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How to Score a VIP Advance Access Invite to the New Orange County Museum of Art

Calling All Art Lovers—This One’s for You!

On Oct. 8, the Orange County Museum of Art is reopening its doors to the public, providing an immersive cultural, artistic and architectural experience right in the heart of Orange County. This 53,000-square-foot space will feature five inaugural exhibitions, including the California Biennial, a stunning outdoor sculpture by Sanford Biggers and a collective exhibition that pays tribute to the female founders of the museum. Orange County Museum Art

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Marriott Bonvoy members are also in for a special treat: one week before the opening, members are able to bid on a luxurious experience that includes a VIP advance access invite to experience the museum for two, hotel accommodations for one night and a private dinner at one of the best restaurants in Costa Mesa. This exclusive Artist and Art World Opening event is happening on Oct. 3, allowing art lovers to get a once-in-a-lifetime preview of the new Orange County Museum of Art.

As a Marriott Bonvoy member, you are able to use your accumulated points to bid on exclusive events and activities such as this. That said, if you don’t have enough points to bid, you can always buy more. While the museum pre-opening experience–featuring appetizers, cocktails, dancing and curated tours–is the main event, there are also four incredible Marriott-branded hotels that will welcome members.

Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is Costa Mesa’s only AAA Four Diamond Hotel—an arts-inspired luxury hotel that welcomes artists, music enthusiasts, foodies, creators, travelers and more. Experience the sensation of stepping into your own private gallery with their hotel rooms in Costa Mesa continuing the theme of art in abundance with luxury touches through gold decor, eclectic-style furnishings and framed views of the lake. Savor fresh, theater-inspired cocktails and cuisine at their onsite Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar, before walking across the street to check out the new Orange County Museum of Art or catch a show at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa is a haven of wellness and renewal. Stay energized in their Lobby Lounge and Waterfall Terrace with California cuisine that includes their Eat Well menu. Here you’ll be able to experience the spacious outdoor pool area, state-of-the-art fitness center and modern guest rooms.  Orange County Museum Art

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The Residence Inn Costa Mesa Newport Beach offers a furnished apartment setting, making the perfect home base for all of your Southern California adventures. With complimentary breakfast, a heated outdoor pool and a fitness center, you’ll feel right at home.

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Finally, staying at the Costa Mesa Marriott means enjoying art-inspired comfort with exceptional service. Newly renovated, this all-suite hotel offers dining at the trendy aMuse bar and restaurant, cozy cabanas and fire pits near the outdoor pool. 

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No matter which hotel you stay at, all four properties ensure a top-notch experience before and after the museum pre-opening gala. Though there will be appetizers at the exclusive event, guests will indulge in a dinner for two at Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar. This AAA Three Diamond restaurant offers fun theater-inspired cocktails like their Pretty Woman Spritz and dishes like charred Brussels sprouts, pistachio-crusted branzino and caramelized corn butter cake. Best of all, members attending the Artist and Art World Opening will take home a signature tote bag with a $200 gift card that can be used at more than 250 boutiques and 30 restaurants at South Coast Plaza, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory and The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa. Orange County Museum Art

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​​Not a member? It’s free to join the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, and all members can book hotels at discounted rates, enjoy free Wi-Fi and earn points toward free nights. Once you rise in Marriott Bonvoy status, you’ll get additional benefits like late checkout, free breakfast, lounge access and more. Join now!

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Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.


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