THE FULLEST Guide to OC
A city guide that’s literally near and dear to our heart — Orange County! Not only is it home to some of California’s most stunning coastline, organic food grocers, and clean beauty studios — it’s also home to THE FULLEST HQ! We’ve rounded up our favorite local haunts and must-do’s for your next visit to our hometown.
Nestled above Shaws Cove, Hotel Joaquin is a true hidden gem. Each room is individually furnished and feels part sanctuary, part high-end vintage store, and part gallery. We also love their luxe but earthy stone bathrooms and hand cut tiles. Their restaurant Saline is also amazing as is their summer perfect pool deck.
Perched upon 504 acres of unrivaled coastline, Pelican Hill is set apart as a world unto itself. Their five star private bungalows and villas nod to the sensuality of Italy, while their wellness spa and crystal clear beaches capture Southern California’s natural oceanic beauty. It’s a true sanctuary of seclusion, a feast for the senses, and retreat for family and friends.
The definition of seaside luxury, this resort brings creature comfort and family friendly amenities without sacrificing elegance and escapism. Set on a sparkling beachfront in the heart of Southern California’s preeminent artist colony, you can enjoy the best of the OC’s coastal views and cultural activities.
Looking for something a little more playful and relaxed for your OC stay? Situated at the nexus of the beach, marina, and town — this location is ideal for those that love to be out and about. However, you’ll also love staying in Lido House’s effortless but definitive beach house rooms that capture Newport’s Cape Cod aesthetic with elegant twists on a variety of nautical themes.
Based on the belief that a healthy gut equals a healthy life — “Ferm Farm” specializes in probiotic-rich and restorative foods that also contain B vitamins, electrolytes, collagen, and minerals that are necessary for proper gut and immune system and overall body wellness. Drop by for a fermented breakfast, lunch, dinner, Taco Tuesday, or to fill up your jun growler!
Run by the same team as Daydream Surf Shop, Semi Tropic Wines follows the policy that their biodynamic wine selection of living wines are in tune with nature. Pick up a bottle from their careful curation of winemakers that prioritize the health of the land and diversity of environment.
This is a true OG natural food stand before it was “cool” to be organic and has managed to retain its authenticity and lineage for over 40 years. We love their fruit soft serve for a cold treat on the warmer days but everything on their vegan menu is nourishing and nutritious.
Sejuiced serves up more than their delicious cold-pressed, on-site juices. They also share the benefits of natural raw foods’ ability to heal, cleanse, and promote longevity. Balancing flavor and function, they deliver a deliciously healthy experience — we love the Kale Detox Bowl (you’ve gotta add avo and ask for it tossed!).
Aussies have infiltrated California and we’re not mad about it, especially when they bring Aussie-inspired eats. Outpost Kitchen’s menu is a throwback to 1970 surf cafe culture from Australia’s Gold Coast with a Cali twist and includes classics like their oat milk flat white.
One of the OC’s most iconic buildings, Hotel Laguna is home to three unbelievable restaurants that marry design, views, and hospitality with each of their individual menus. Larsen is their breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurant; great for local-inspired food and ingredients. Fin is their sushi and sake bar serving up the best in local fresh seafood and imported delicacies. Laguna Beach Club is open to private members and hotel guests and is perfect for a breezy outdoor dining and drinks.
Beautifully designed, this indoor/outdoor dining room with high ceilings and large open windows is located in the heart of downtown San Juan Capistrano. Their secret garden patio is secluded at the back of the restaurant and provides a beautiful environment to relax and enjoy their menu that combines modern Californian cooking with flavors from the Levant region, an area spanning the Middle East, Mediterranean, and North Africa.
Just like the name suggests, this cute neighborhood coffee shop is light and airy and has gorgeous clean interiors that feel part Scandinavian part Californian. If you are a conscious coffee drinker, you’ll find a range of sustainably sourced blends and a simple menu. The perfect spot to catch up with friends or take a time out of your busy schedule for a just for you moment.
This neighborhood merchant carries everything from local organic produce, curated artisan pantry goods, house-made provisions, and — THE FULLEST saffron range. They also support artisans, local farmers, and education. Step through their doors and you’ll instantly recognize this is a special place.
Willbo is a California lifestyle company that delivers thoughtful experiences and products for a life well lived — a motto that we definitely share! As fellow California natives, they are inspired by the beauty and abundance of the region’s surroundings that translates into their men’s and women’s lines. Check out their range of leisure and activewear that is made from locally sourced, high-quality fabrics and materials in small batch production runs.
Looking for some hydration as you hike, swim, or bike the OC? Refill your glass or aluminum bottle with high-quality restructured water from The Water Brewery. Or just drop by to check out their wide array of superfood supplements, crystals, and conscious goods including some of our favorite brands like Sun Potion and Quinton Plasma.
Good Together House is one of our favorite local home goods stores that has an answer for every domestic bliss need. You can pick up a Flamingo Estate produce box, shop for the most elegant natural deodorants, or grab some one-of-a-kind vintage glassware to take back in your suitcase.
Okay, some of the pieces in A’maree’s may be outside our budget but regardless of shopping, this is a place worth visiting. Along with its boutique store, it’s a destination in and of itself due to the fact that it’s a stunning bayfront architectural masterpiece. It also attracts a high-profile crowd and has hosted fashion designers, editors, buyers, stylists, musicians, actors, models, royalty, and an incredibly loyal, local clientele.
We love a farmers market, especially one in our hometown. Besides the fresh local produce, you’ll find us picking up Koko Moo’s plant-based milks, Superfood & Company’s Kefir Soda, Vision Sprouts’ sprouted nuts and seeds, Ray’s Ranch’s organic and local veggies, and Sunny Cal Farms’ organic and local fruit.
A local regenerative farm is a learning hub that teaches and practices deep stewardship. Stop by and pick up produce from their farmstand daily, enjoy homemade pizza from farm ingredients on Tuesdays, or — when in season — pick your own strawberries or pumpkins. You can learn more about their offering in this episode of THE FULLEST Podcast with founder Evan Marks.
Enjoy a cute morning or afternoon trip to Balboa Island courtesy of the ferry service. Since 1919, the Balboa Island Ferry has provided a direct and scenic route for locals and travelers. Take a seat on the deck and enjoy the ocean views.
An amazing healing center offering naturopathy, acupuncture, fertility, holistic beauty and massage treatments. The team at Magnolia have helped many locals achieve amazing results on everything from hormonal imbalances, to gut and skin health. They also offer virtual sessions and you can learn more about them our THE FULLEST Podcast episode with the founder, Angela Sinnett.