Direct from SNA: Scouted Fall Getaways
Pack your bags, we’re getting out of town. To help you make the most of SNA’s direct flights, we’ve scouted our favorite fall getaways—and where to stay, eat, drink, shop, and dine while you’re there. From sunny and hip Austin, Texas (a sub-three-hour direct flight), to delightful Yountville, California (our go-to destination in Napa Valley), here are our 48-hour itineraries for easy destinations from Newport Beach.
Photography courtesy of Commodore Perry Estate.
While the hippy college town of yesteryear has certainly matured – and shed, if somewhat unwillingly, its slightly off-kilter sensibilities – it seems there are benefits to being “discovered.” Sure, Austin’s quintessential influences of the University of Texas and indie culture remain, but they’ve been spiffed up by globally-minded innovators that have cultivated masterful hospitality, culture, and culinary scenes. Bookmark this Texas city for a fall getaway, October and on are the best times to visit, we hear. Looking for more suggestions? Follow along with The Scout Guide Austin…
WHERE TO STAY
Austin Proper (602 W 2nd Street, Austin, TX) is Kelly Wearstler’s addition to Austin, offering cool-girl style with luxe amenities – all within steps of Downtown. Dubbed one of the best new hotels around the world, Austin Proper is loved by locals, too, as it combines Texas charm with California cool and a dash of Manhattan swank for comprehensive lodging and dining experiences. Grab a drink and get comfortable in the chic lobby to spot celebs and Austin’s finest on their way to the Proper’s Members-Only bar.
Commodore Perry Estate (4100 Red River Street, Austin, TX) is a historic estate reimagined by Auberge Resorts and Ken Fulk. It’s a glamorous, modern interpretation of a residential estate that welcomes Austin’s elite and discerning travelers. From a Slim Aarons-esque pool to fabulously manicured grounds and sumptuous design, this 10-acre property feels a world unto its own but is right in the center of town.
Hotel Saint Cecilia (112 Academy Dr, Austin, TX) is the longtime favorite by Austin-born hospitality group, Bunkhouse. Located just off South Congress, the intimate, 14-suite hotel maintains a cloistered feel while offering easy access to local favorites.
WHERE TO DRINK & DINE
Comedor (501 Colorado St, Austin, TX) brings the best of modern Mexican cuisine to Downtown Austin. It’s a sexy, upscale restaurant and bar designed by Tom Kundig and led by James Beard-nominated Chef, Philip Speer. Start with bone marrow tacos – which must be followed by a tequila or mezcal shooter – and finish with delightful seasonal desserts.
Matt’s El Rancho (2613 S Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX) is just one of countless iterations of Tex-Mex, which reigns supreme in Austin. But, Matt’s is definitely an Austin institution after being around since 1952. Start with the Bob Armstrong Dip.
Perla’s (1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX) is a casual-cool seafood and oyster bar on South Congress. Sidle up to their patio for oysters and champagne or a lobster roll and rosé. Bonus points for bringing your dog. It’s Austin, everyone does. Prefer a more intimate spot? Try Perla’s little sister restaurant, Clark’s in Clarksville.
p6 Lounge (111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX) is the rooftop bar of choice, brokering views of South Austin from its Town Lake vantage point. Once a parking garage, it’s been reinvented and revamped with open-air dining and drinks that pair well with Texas sunsets.
Whisler’s (1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX) is where to get your East Side fix. The rustic watering hole features tequila and mezcal-focused cocktails, a patio, and sexy mezcalería (Fri/Sat 7pm – 2pm).
WHERE TO SHOP
By George (1400 S Congress & 524 N Lamar) is Austin’s bet for fashion-forward designer lines. Established in 1979, it gets longtime locals’ stamp of approval while attracting an international client base. Shop the likes of The Row and vintage Celine at their North Lamar location and find more ready-to-wear and home goods at their South Congress spot. If you’re at the North Lamar location, send your men next door to upgrade their style while you shop in peace.
Estilo (2727 Exposition Blvd, Austin, TX) is a favorite of stylish Austin women and, in the heart of Tarrytown, is a local go-to. You’ll find your favorite brands – plus a few new ones to love – in an easy, friendly environment.
Hermès (1221 S Congress Avenue, Austin, TX) arrival in Austin may have shocked longtime Austinites, but it delights in its whimsical interpretation of the city’s spirit.
Thompson + Hanson Garden House (1515 West 35th Street, Austin, TX) s a stunning nursery and well-curated lifestyle shop by landscape architecture firm Thompson & Hanson. The shop stocks native and unusual plants, European antiques, garden furniture, and beautiful containers for both garden and home. Pop in after a light lunch at Tiny Boxwoods (famous for their chocolate chip cookies) and explore its neighboring shops Alexa James Baby, Kelsey Leigh Fine Jewelry, and Valentines.
WHAT TO DO
Town Lake is known by a few different names (Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake, etc.), all of which are immediate indicators of the local-in-question’s time in residence. But, whatever you end up calling it, Austin’s in-town water feature boasts a walk/run/bike loop and ample water activities.
Rainey Street s an adorable few blocks of bars and restaurants designed for bar-hopping and day drinking. It’s an eclectic, vibrant scene where locals and visitors alike while away weekend afternoons that somehow always turn into raucous late nights.
South Congress is Austin’s iconic street that’s well worth a leisurely stroll to enjoy ample dining and shopping. You’ll find Austin favorites like Amy’s Ice Cream and Allen’s Boots alongside cult-favorite brands, Soho House, Le Labo, and Equinox. Stop into Outdoor Voices or customize a hat at Maufrais. Yes, this is where the iconic “I Love You So Much Sign” is although were recommend standing in line for a coffee at Jo’s rather than a photo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO
Photography courtesy of The Cape.
A two and a half hour direct flight from SNA/John Wayne, Cabo is an adult-approved playground perfect for a long weekend or extended stay. And whether you opt for glitzy Cabo San Lucas or quaint San José del Cabo, you and your fellow travelers will delight in its celebration of the authentic and eclectic. Pack for warm weather and cool off in Chileno Bay (one of Cabo’s swimmable beaches) in between delicious meals and ample tequila.
WHERE TO STAY
ACRE (Calle Sin Nombre, Animas Bajas, 23407 San José del Cabo) fashions itself as a sleepover among the palms. Equal parts earthy and sophisticated, their treehouses are your have-and-eat-your-cake hideaway: a private jungle oasis with the frills of a boutique hotel. If you’re not staying at ACRE, a meal at their Restaurant & Cocktail Bar is a must.
Chileno Bay Resort (Playa Chileno Bay, México 1 Km. 15, San Jose, 23410 Cabo San Lucas) is located on one of Cabo’s only swimmable beaches with a 30-something crowd that appreciates its younger, hipper take on the quintessential Mexican beach escape (read: it’s not too fancy, too family-friendly, or too fussy). It’s the rare high-end stay with considered architecture and interiors, modern wellness offerings, and a relaxing vibe that strikes just the right balance between sophistication and cool.
The Cape (México 1 Km 5, Misiones del Cabo, 23455 Cabo San Lucas) is a design-forward resort boasting the best of Baja living: unobstructed views, diverse culinary experience, a late-night scene, and an intimate spa. Our favorite part? The Rooftop. Although their pools are worth writing home – or Instagramming – about, too.
WHERE TO DRINK & DINE
ACRE Restaurant & Cocktail Bar (Calle Sin Nombre, Animas Bajas, 23407 San José del Cabo) was one of the property’s first offerings, delivering global influences with local ingredients for a now award-winning culinary experience. It’s very much a farm-to-table kind of place – many ingredients are grown just steps from your table – with free-spirited sensibilities.
Edith’s (Av. Del Pescador, El Médano, 23410 Cabo San Lucas)is a well-known haunt well worth a reservation. Enjoy views of El Arco while dining on a vivid combination of Baja cuisine, which is often prepared tableside (it’s a tourist town, after all). To finish, order the flan.
Rosa Negra (Carretera Transpeninsular Km 7.3 Cabo del Sol Fracc A-3, 23455 Cabo San Lucas) is for frivolous dinners that last late into the evening. A rousing dining experience fit for the young or young at heart that will, undoubtedly, feature a sparkler or two.
The Rooftop at The Cape (México 1 Km 5, Misiones del Cabo, 23455 Cabo San Lucas) is a fan-favorite of the well-heeled for its sweeping views and sky garden design inspiration. A quintessential spot for an evening out for two, drinks with friends, or a private party, The Rooftop features open-air bars, sunken communal seating, fire pits, and water features with DJs flown in monthly.
WHAT TO DO
El Archo is admittedly touristy, but when visited by yacht, is well worth a trip. The jagged rock formations guard the meeting of the Sea of Cortes and the Pacific Ocean for a breathtaking view. Pair with a leisurely maritime cruise and a full cooler for a casual afternoon.
La Coyota (Leona Vicario, Ampliación Juárez, Cabo San Lucas) is the former home of Edith Jimenez, as in Edith’s restaurant and The Office, converted into a store by Edith herself. Each room is organized by theme with every surface shoppable. Venture to it’s less-touristy locale to shop treasures like pottery, light fixtures, embroidered linens, and more.
PHOENIX & SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Photography courtesy of The Four Seasons.
Whether you’re in search of a wellness weekend, golf trip, or a frivolous few days, Phoenix & Scottsdale fits the bill. With top-tier resorts, a vibrant nightlife scene, iconic landscapes, and big-city delights, the desert destination offers something for everyone and every occasion. Golf, lounge, dine, drink, repeat.
To help you enjoy the best of Phoenix & Scottsdale’s local offerings, we’ve outlined a few of our favorites. Need more suggestions? Follow along with The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale
WHERE TO STAY
Four Seasons in North Scottsdale (10600 E Crescent Moon Dr, Scottsdale, AZ) is the ultimate getaway. Nestled in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak amid towering cacti, the 5-star hotel boasts two world-class golf courses, locally inspired spa treatments, a bi-level pool, and inspired cuisine for an ultra relaxing dessert escape.
Arizona Biltmore (2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ) is an Arizona classic featuring Frank Lloyd Wright-style, storied history, and a generous splash of old Hollywood glamor. It’s perfect for families, has an incredible spa, and is centrally located to excellent dining and shopping.
Hermosa Inn (5532 North Palo Cristi Road) offers a much-needed dose of Cowboy Energy so quintessential to the southwestern escape. It’s a total gem and a meal at Lon’s is a must.
WHERE TO DRINK & DINE
Sanctuary Jade Bar (5700 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ) offers unbeatable views. Come for the view, stay for a drink, snap a picture, then head to the following…
Fat Ox (6316 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ) serves up Chef Matt Carter’s modern riffs on regional Italian classics. Expect housemate pasta, roasted meats, and a globally literate wine list.
Tarbell’s (3213 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ) is an award-winning, service-driven local favorite helmed by celebrity chef Mark Tarbell. Locals love the elevated dining that’s heavily inspired by local, sustainable, organic, and internationally-celebrated seasonal delicacies.
The Mission (3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, AZ) blends Spanish, Mexican, Central American, and South American influences for a Latin culinary experience. Enjoy tortillas, sauces, and salsas made in-house daily, as well as meats prepped on a Plancha.
Veccina (3433 N 56th St, Phoenix, AZ) boasts a loyal neighborhood following for its Latin-inspired dishes with international flair. Favorites include Pork Belly Tacos and Japanese Fried Chicken with ajiamarillo and elote.
WHERE TO SHOP
AMY ATELIER (7144 East Stetson Drive, #100, Scottsdale, AZ) From elevated wardrobe essentials to luxury one-of-a-kinds, Amy Atelier is a must-visit featuring curates the season’s top fashions to deliver an ultra personalized shopping experience. Don’t forget to pop into their men’s store, MAN.
Bungalow (15330 N Hayden Rd Ste 120, Scottsdale, AZ) Since 2001, Bungalow has delivered design inspiration and beautiful furnishings to the Valley. From apothecary goods to furniture, linens to lighting, shop everything the well-outfitted home needs.
Looking for more places to shop? Check out The Scout Guide Phoenix & Scottsdale’s Shopping Guide.
WHAT TO DO
Taliesin West (12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ) was Frank Lloyd Wright’s beloved winter home and desert laboratory, diligently handcrafted over many years into a world unto itself. Open to the public, Taliesin West offers a broad range of experiences. Reservations are highly recommended.
Troon North Golf Club (10320 E Dynamite Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ) Even if you’ve opted for another lodging, Troon North Golf Club at The Four Seasons is a must-play with two 18-hole courses: The Pinnacle (par-71) and The Moment (par-72).
Photography courtesy of The Estate Yountville.
Combine Michelin-starred restaurants, award-wining tasting rooms, world-class art, and gorgeous lodgings with the best of small-town hospitality and you get Yountville. Just under an hour and a half via direct flight from SNA, Yountville is the go-to if venturing to wine country. Plan to walk, shop, and – of course – drink.
WHERE TO STAY
Bardessono (6526 Yount Street, Yountville, CA) is located within walking distance of the Girard Winery. With a high value on conscious living, Bardessono models hospitality with enduring expressions of land and family that fostered and sustained the original Bardessono family farmstead. Enjoy luxe accommodations, thoughtful amenities like complimentary bicycles, a sunny rooftop pool, and a refreshing spa.
The Estate (6541 Washington Street, Yountville, CA) has re-imagined the Wine Country experience with its 22-acre village-within-a-village design. It features two lodging options (plus a Villa) with distinct personalities: the good and oh-so-social Hotel Villagio and its sophisticated counterpart, Vintage House, a chic and tranquil sanctuary. Amenities include dining, shopping, a spa, and signature Napa experiences.
WHERE TO DRINK & DINE
Bistro Jeanty (6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA) is a family-run restaurant bringing classic, homestyle French cuisine to Napa. A warm, familiar setting combined with meticulous preparation creates a nostalgic, award-winning experience loved by locals and visitors alike.
Regis Ova Caviar & Champagne Lounge (6480 Washington Street, Yountville, CA) is a must-visit. Originally opened by the legendary chef Thomas Kellers as a pop-up restaurant in 2021, it’s since taken up permanent residency due to popular demand from Napa’s discerning locals and visitors. The lounge features a decadent menu of caviar – including Chef Keller’s own brand, Regis Ova Caviar – as well as an extensive bubbles program. Order the Tastings of Regis Ova Caviar to find your favorite or enjoy unexpected dishes with Dom Pérignon by the glass.
Restoration Hardware (6725 Washington Street, Yountville, CA) features The RH Restaurant, part of the five-building RH Yountville compound. It’s a masterful combination of food, wine, art, and design featuring timeless classics for brunch and dinner paired with a selection of wines from esteemed vintners. Be sure to check out their wine vault, too.
WHERE TO SHOP
Alchemy Works (6540 Washington Street, Yountville, CA) offers a reminder of home with a Napa flair. And while you may have shopped with Lido Village location, a visit to their Napa store is a must to shop favorites like Flamingo Estate, Clare V., Lawson-Fenning, and more.
WHAT TO DO
Cliff Lede Vineyards (1473 Yountville Cross Road, Yountville, CA) is located in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. When Cliff Lede acquired the 60 acres in 2002, he recruited industry experts to redesign and replant the majority of the estate. With plantings so precise to each soil type and exposure, Cliff named each block after favorite rock songs and albums for easy identification and reference (think “Dark Side of the Moon” and “My Generation”). The Classic Rock edge is felt throughout the property, which offers the best wine, music, art, and architecture in a decidedly modern yet quintessentially Napa feel.
Hot Air Balloon Ride is the ideal way to take in Napa’s gorgeous scenery. Napa Valley Aloft is one of the original hot air balloon companies in Napa and is conveniently located at the historical V-Marketplace with additional launch site options.
V Marketplace (6525 Washington St, Yountville, CA) is a festival-style shopping center offering upscale home, garden, and bath boutiques, fine art galleries and restaurants, a wine-tasting cellar, and Napa Valley’s original hot air balloon company. Originally known as “Vintage 1870,” V Marketplace is housed within and around the historic, 137-year-old Groezinger Winery complex. A leisurely stroll is a must.
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