Like the bad pennies we are, we turned up again last weekend, all smiles, in Newport Beach.
For couples like Tina and John, who get to live the dream on Lido Isle it’s only fair that they should have to entertain a passel of relatives
constantly from time to time, right?
And there we were: me, the CE (Chicken Emperor) and PG (Granny), wondering what was for dinner Thursday evening. Tina always knows about the latest and greatest places to eat in Newport, and she made a reservation for us at the trendy and fabulous Cucina Enoteca at Fashion Island.
Being as we were staying at the lovely Island Hotel, there was shopping to be done across the street at Fashion Island mall. We convinced Phyllis that her destiny lay at Neiman Marcus, where the CE tried to talk her into a pair of summer shorts. Hilarity (of the nonagenarian variety) ensued.
All this was mere prelude to our true goal. You know how some people want to occupy Wall Street? Our goals are much simpler: we just want to occupy the Duffy Boat, ever so briefly. Say, just for the weekend. And since there was no getting rid of us until this was accomplished, Tina, John and family kindly indulged us.
The Island Hotel has recently undergone a glamorous makeover of its common areas, among them the pool. In the right light, and with a requisite number of umbrella drinks, you might convince yourself that your afternoon at the Island pool approximates a tropical getaway. We were drinking club soda, and had three little ones in tow, but our pool time on Saturday and Sunday still had a whiff of Maui to it. Good practice for our upcoming vacation!
Back at home, Caleigh showed us her “clubhouse”:
And showed off her Minnie dress:
Vivie was feeling a bit under the weather, but as beautiful as ever:
On Saturday evening, Tina and John arranged a date night for me and the CE, sending us off in the Duffy with a lavish cheese plate and a dinner reservation at The Winery, where we docked the boat and dined waterside. Afterwards we cruised the harbor until nightfall. Such a perfect evening!
Such a lovely weekend trip. We are already missing our hearty al fresco breakfasts on the terrace at Island Hotel. We are missing the Duffy Boat rides. And, most especially, we are missing Tina, John and those adorable girls. Guess we’ll just have to plan a return trip – what are you guys doing next weekend?