Residents And Visitors Enjoy New And Iconic Offering
Along Newport Harbor and adjacent to the Pacific Ocean is one of Newport Beach’s most cherished communities, offering the quintessential beach town lifestyle: Lido Isle Village. From its history founded in the late 1860’s by brothers James and Robert McFadden, to high-end home renovations, fine dining in classic restaurant and new architecture; Lido Island has a little bit of everything for its established and new residents, and its many daily visitors.
In 1902, James McFadden sold all of his Newport property, including the Newport townsite, about half the Balboa Peninsula, and the swamplands that were to become Harbor, Lido, and Balboa Islands (totaling about 900 acres) to William S. Collins and C. A. Hanson for an undisclosed amount, suspected to be $35,000.
Lido Marina Village
When it comes to Lido Village’s historic charm and revitalized, up-and-coming feel, one area might stand out that holds its iconic charm and fresh new look; Lido Marina Village. Situated at the tip of Newport Peninsula, Lido Marina Village is a vibrant area with buildings dating back to the 1930’s inhabited by newly established shops, eateries and fun activities for all-ages.
“First developed as a series of waterside bungalows in the 30’s and 40’s, you can still find some of the original fireplaces inside select stores,” explained General Manager, Michelle St. Amour. “Lido Marina Village transformed in the early 1970s to include dining and retail shops. It became a haven for lavish parties attended by celebrities, including John Wayne and Robert Goulet.”
Every Wednesday between 1–6pm, the Village closes down Via Lido street and welcomes amazing local vendors to the Farmers Market.
“Lido Marina Village’s idyllic waterside setting provides a special place for guests with fire pits, numerous seating areas, live music, guest dock slips, picnic tables, a boat pond where children can sail boats and a weekly kids club with music, storytelling and crafts,” said St. Amour.www.lidomarinavillage.com
Just the next street west of Lido Marina Village is The Lido Theatre, which was opened in 1938. The entire theatre has been restored but still maintains its original Art Deco style and Hollywood glamour vibe.
“The Lido Theater was one of the first properties built in the area and its first screening, “Jezebel” starred nearby resident Bette Davis. The Lido Theater and Via Lido Plaza were both developed by the Griffith Company and acquired by The Fritz Duda Company in 1986. As only the second owner in 80 years, the company has maintained its status as one of the only operating single screen theaters in California.
Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic seasonal film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Lido Theater, Fri, Dec. 14 through Mon, Dec. 17, shown at 1pm and 7pm each day. In addition, on Sat, Dec. 15 at 6pm, moviegoers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the movie. www.regencymovies.com
For decades Hilton Builders has been building and remodeling custom homes on Lido Isle and the Peninsula. Longtime residents themselves of Cannery Village, owners Patricia and Dan Hilton’s love and belief in the potential of the area started years ago when Dan Hilton petitioned the City Council to change the zoning from light commercial to mixed use. Because of Dan’s efforts, owners and renters can live above their businesses.
When the City Hall was moved near Fashion Island, the city council presented several options for its land use. Patricia Hilton, together with many other residents, through petitions, letters and participation in council meetings persuaded the city to permit a high-end boutique hotel on the property. “We are thrilled with Lido House Hotel and very appreciative with the continued efforts of the city council to beautify and re-establish this charming area of Newport Beach,” says Patricia Hilton.www.hiltonbuilders.com
In 1934, Western Canners Company was founded to take over the plant and it remains at the same location today. At that time, the canning operation was done by hand at the rate of 400 cases of fish per day. Better machinery and enlarged facilities later increased it to 5,000 cases per day, with automation in the 1950’s speeding up the canning process even further.
Rebuilt by Bill Hamilton (the founder of Clean Harbor Day) as a waterfront restaurant in 1973, The Cannery regained its position of prominence in the community and once again was a focal point ofinterest and inspiration.
In the fall of 1999, Mr. Hamilton sold The Cannery to a developer that had planned to tear down the restaurant and put homes on the property. In the spring of 2000, however, local resident Jack Croul purchased the property seeking to preserve the history of Newport Beach that resides within The Cannery’s walls. www.cannerynewport.com
In 1985, an old bookstore in the Cannery Village was dismantled and turned into a wholesale coffee warehouse. People in the area soon got wind of something new in the neighborhood. Fresh hot coffee was available for the locals and served out the side door. Soon people gathered and got the munchies while drinking their cappuccino and Alta quickly became a quaint, local gathering place that offers great fresh brewed coffee, good eats and good times. www.alta-coffee-co.com
Lido House Hotel
The new, grand Hotel facing Lido Marina Village and just behind Lido Theatre is Lido House Hotel. R.D. Olson Development proposed the new hotel as part of Lido Village’s revitalization project to the city of Newport Beach and broke ground on the project in 2013. For decades, the site housed Newport Beach’s City Hall complex, which moved to its new municipal offices near Fashion Island in 2013.
Lido House is one of the first hotels in the US to blend and bottle their own champagne in partnership with a major champagne house and first for French champagne producer, Piper Heidsieck. Lido House’s Executive Chef Partner Riley Huddleston created something quite unparalleled for The Mayor’s Table: He flew to Reims (the unofficial capital of France’s Champagne region) to work with Piper-Heidsieck’s Chef de Cave to create his very own Champagne blend for The Mayor’s Table and Lido House.
Nestled in an idyllic spot on the bay by Lido and just steps from the Cannery Village Shops, sits the new VUE Condos. VUE has just 27 luxury condos and townhomes that feature classic, contemporary architecture, gourmet kitchens and an urban lifestyle. With a price tag ranging from $2.1 million to $3.9 million, these condos cater to high-end residents who are ready to enjoy all local amenities Lido Village has to offer just steps from their doors.
At VUE, their slogan is Live, Dock, Dine, and Shop. Situated on the bay front side of the Peninsula just south of Lido Village, VUE has a warm, eclectic village vibe all its own with breathtaking views. www.vuenewport.com
Bravante Vineyards tasting room:
Just across from Sabatino’s Sausage Company in the Lido Shipyard Shops is the new Lido Tasting Room. This new Wine Tasting storefront is part of the Bravante Vineyards wine club, where southern California locals who belong to the vineyard’s club can come pick up their wine orders and sample the latest bottles released from the winery.
“The idea here (at the Lido Tasting Room) is that we have a lot of wine club members down here, so this acts as a place for our wine club members to try the wine and pick up their wine club orders,” explains wine pourer Anthony Curci. “We do wine pick up parties where members can come, bring friends, try their wine and meet other members.”www.bravantevineyards.com