The grilled vegetable focaccia at Pacific Whey Café is our favorite quick lunch.
Pacific Whey Café. This airy cafe in the Crystal Cove Promenade is a pastry lover's heaven. $$; 7962 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Coast; 949/715-2200.
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Just off PCH and overlooking Newport Bay, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach (formerly the Newporter; 403 rooms from $250; 800/233-1234) has always had a great location. Superb, too, is the resort's subtropical landscaping ― a palm-lover's paradise. Rooms match the setting with bright, tropical colors and splashes of contemporary art. Take advantage of swimming pools and tennis courts on the premises and a par-3 pitch-and-putt golf course a block away.