Mark and I made our first trip to Orange County a few weekends ago for our anniversary. We drove to Newport Beach, which is about an hour drive from Pasadena and spent a few hours exploring Balboa Island.
We cruised through Newport Beach (super fancy) and went straight to Balboa Island, which is right off the coast. Balboa Island was the cutest little spot– we walked down the main street in town, popping into little boutiques and stopping for a frozen banana before strolling along the waterfront and taking the ferry (just $2 a person!) over to Balboa Peninsula.