Between Miraval’s peaceful private cul-de-sac, serene indoor/outdoor spaces, and wide open design, you might never want to leave. Yet just beyond Mesa Verde lies Costa Mesa’s vibrant art scene, award-winning restaurants, world class shopping, and picturesque trail system just waiting to be explored. Costa Mesa is a go-to destination for weekend travelers and locals alike, and living at Miraval puts you just steps away from the best that Orange County has to offer. With the weekend just around the corner, read on for some of our favorite ways to spend the day in Costa Mesa.
Marquee Costa Mesa
Marquee Costa Mesa spotlights some of the most exciting and unique businesses in Orange County and is one of Mesa Verde’s favorite destinations for shopping, dining and fun. You’ll find everything from classic kicks at Birkenstock Costa Mesa to classic (and new) vinyl at the Port of Sound Record Shoppe. The center also is home to new concepts, including Choc XO Coffee and Cacao, which features bean to barista coffee and bean to bar gourmet chocolate. New to the neighborhood is Inspired: The Art and Wine Experience, a relaxed space where you can uncork, unwind and explore your creative side with a fun afternoon or evening of painting.
The LAB Antimall
The LAB Antimall, recycled from a night vision goggle factory, began its journey to bring a fresh perspective to the retail scene almost twenty years ago. In the midst of Orange County’s picturesque residential communities and thriving businesses, the Lab, which stands for “Little American Business” recognized a need for a homey, indoor-outdoor hang out with creative restaurants and bohemian shops geared for the young at heart. We recommend spending the afternoon perusing The LAB’s one of-a-kind boutiques like Heirlooms and Hardware, Eye Society, and May Martin, Inc. and cap off the day with a refreshing mojito and fresh ceviche from Habana.
For the outdoor adventurer, Miraval is located near Fairview Park’s scenic trail system, perfect for walking and biking along the river jetty to watch the sunset. Fairview Park encompasses 208 acres of open space consisting of bluffs, vernal pools, trails, native plant communities and wildlife. Park visitors also can enjoy community events such as the Summer Concerts in the Park and the Lions' Club Fish Fry, or take a train ride at Goathill Junction Railroad Station.
SOCO and The OC Mix
Defining the ultimate design and culinary experience, with over 70 carefully curated, restaurants, showrooms and stores, South Coast Collection (SOCO) will inspire the decorator, designer, chef, trendsetter, and creative in you. Find the finishing touches for your new Miraval home at premier design showrooms like Design Within Reach, Cisco Home, or HD Buttercup, and sample cuisine from some of Orange County’s most acclaimed restaurants like Taco Maria, Pueblo, and Bistro Papillote. In addition to an impressive shopping and dining line-up, SOCO and The OC Mix offer a rich assortment of cooking classes, book signings, food and wine tasting events, DIY workshops, and the famed SOCO Farmers Market every Saturday.
South Coast Plaza
Just minutes from Miraval, South Coast Plaza defines the luxury shopping experience with extraordinary boutiques, personal shopping services, and upscale amenities. Renowned as a major global shopping destination, South Coast Plaza is home to more than 250 prominent names in fashion, beauty, and design, critically-acclaimed restaurants, and the adjacent celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts.