Time and time again, I read articles and online editorials about the value in trying new things in life. Whether it’s learning a new skill, trying out a new hobby, making a new friend, visiting a new place, etc. - these new opportunities allow us to learn more about the complexities and fascinations of the world, and more about ourselves, in the process. Something I love most about Los Angeles is that there is always an opportunity to learn, discover, or experience something NEW here. I’m pretty sure it would take hundreds of years to experience all of the adventures that Los Angeles has to offer. As a full-time working adult, this, of course, makes me thankful for my weekends. Weekends are the time I have to decompress from the work week, explore and photograph our vast and adventure-filled city, let my creative and innovative soul flow freely, and spend quality time with my dear loved ones – all while cultivating new experiences. To this end, something new that I tried last weekend was a fun double date outing to beautiful Newport, a coastal city about 45 minutes south of Los Angeles.
As much as I’m a fan of trying new things, I’m also a big fan of getting the most bang for my buck. :) I find myself frequently browsing discount sites/apps – like Groupon, Living Social, Amazon Local and Gold Star - to see if there is anything that especially sparks my interest and something that my readers and social media followers may also be interested in. I recently stumbled upon a Groupon deal for the Gondola Company of Newport that shared, “We will row you across the beautiful bay, through the canals and beneath the picturesque skyline; a taste of Italy in Newport Beach, California...” Ahhhh *insert peaceful sigh*. I was sold!
I had no idea that Newport Beach was home to canals similar to those in Venice Beach and thought an hour gondola ride through the canals would make for a fun weekend adventure outing with friends. My hunch about this was right, and this double date turned out to be such a blast. Read more below for some of the highlights of the adventure and tips/things you should know before you go. Bon voyage!
Tips & Things to Know Before You Go
Have fun if you decide to go on this adventure, and feel free to let me know if you have any questions! Gondola Company of Newport is located at 3431 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Call 949-675- 1212 with any questions or visit their website by clicking here.
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L.A. is an amazing and diverse city full of culture, history, art, nature, museums, and attractions - which results in countless things to do & see - no matter your budget. Time after time I find that when you seek new adventure, you will find it!
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