When it came to pick a place to build Miraval, the choice was easy - it had to be Mesa Verde. A timeless community that’s being rediscovered for its friendly neighbors, fun events, big parks, tree-lined streets, large lots and ideal location in the middle of everything Costa Mesa has to offer. And believe us, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Costa Mesa - a place that draws people from around the world to shop, dine, relax and see what’s new…and what’s next. If you’re a local, you already have your spots. But even the most in-the-know locals may not know about these five hidden gems - some old, some new. Read on to see where you’ll be going next in Costa Mesa.
You have to work a little bit to find Haskell Collection - and that’s what makes it feel like even more of a find. Tucked behind a nondescript office building on busting East 17th Street in Costa Mesa, this fun little shop has everything you love in both vintage and new varieties. Browse their artfully curated collection of home furnishings (indoor and outdoor furniture, accessories, rugs, throws), clothing, jewelry and art. They also offer interior/exterior design services and have an eponymous line of stylish outdoor furnishings with Mid-Cenutry lines (perfect for your home at Miraval!) that are as beautiful and functional as they are eco-sensitive.
Port of Sound Records
Just around the corner from Miraval Mesa Verde is the busiest little record shop in town, Port of Sound Records. We could spend hours in this treasure trove, searching through the well-edited and organized collection of new and used vinyl records, including uber-rare original pressings and imports, recent releases and re-issues, and even CDs, cassettes and a few 8-tracks! Haven’t gone vinyl yet (or should we say again?), they have new and refurbished turntables and will clean your records for you.
Located in Costa Mesa’s happening Westside district, Fermentation Farm specializes in handcrafted fermented foods and drinks along with locally-sourced health food items. Founded by Dr. Yasmine Mason, the shop is membership-based and has a loyal community of fans who visit regularly to take classes and to stock up on everything from crock-fermented organic vegetables to organic kombuchas, fermented sodas, tonics and brines, as well as organic dairy (we’re big fans of their zingy yogurt!), bone broths and snack foods.
Okay, so it’s hard to “hide” Costa Mesa’s Fairview Park, with its 208 acres of open space - but how many times do we drive by it without stopping to explore? Make it a point to plan a morning hike or afternoon walk through this scenic nature preserve, with its beautiful bluffs, vernal pools, trails, native plants and wildlife. Recent improvements have made the park even more enjoyable - and walkable - than ever before.
You know about Chef Noah Blom’s ARC at SOCO, but have you been to his new concept, Restaurant Marin? Located adjacent to ARC, Restaurant Marin is a modern-day diner with traditional breakfast staples that are served all day and a fresh coastal lunch and dinner, redefining the Americana Classic. Already getting rave reviews for its at-home comfort with roomy booth seating, diner menu classics, all-day breakfast and seafood inspired lunch and dinners, Restaurant Marin also offers an exclusive bottled-cocktail program by renowned bar chef, Koire Rogers.