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Discover Orange County

September 24, 2000|DENNIS McLELLAN

Looking for a new neighborhood to explore? Here are a few suggestions, culled from recent articles. Complete articles can be accessed through the archives at

Newport Beach

* Where in Orange County can you enjoy a vintage moviegoing experience, check out an array of foreign newspapers and dine aboard a Venetian gondola? The area around Lido Marina Village (3400 Via Oporto, [949] 675-8662) in Newport Beach offers all that and more. There are a variety of shops, such as Lido Consignment Gallery, a 4,000-square-foot store offering furniture, antiques, home accessories and artwork (3439 Via Oporto, [949] 723-6480) as well as the Lido Book Shoppe (4324 Via Oporto, [949] 675-9595) with its outdoor newsstand boasting about 500 magazines and 50 newspapers, from the Times of London to the Jerusalem Post and Paris' Le Monde.

Galleries and restaurants surround the pedestrian-friendly, red-brick street but, somehow, popcorn and a movie at Edwards Lido (5459 Via Lido, [949] 673-8350) seem like the perfect way to begin an afternoon.

Feeling romantic? Or do you just want to view Newport Harbor from the water? If so, rent one of the gondolas docked in front of the Village's boardwalk through the Gondola Co. of Newport ([949] 675-1212) or Gondola Romance ([949] 675-4730).

Getting there: Take the Costa Mesa Freeway to Newport Boulevard, cross Coast Highway and immediately get into the left-turn lane onto Via Lido. Then get into the next left-turn lane on Via Lido and head into the red-brick Lido Marina Village parking structure. Lido Marina Village is east of Newport Boulevard on the West Lido Channel.


A new Discover Orange County feature will run in the Orange County Calendar page next Sunday.

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