The California Fish and Wildlife Department has scattered dozens of these nesting boxes throughout the refuge. This Barn Swallow eyed me warily the whole time I was taking photographs.
It needn't have bothered. I've already eaten my quota of Barn Swallow for the year. Landing at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. This is the 405 frwy looking towards Irvine. Lots of birds diving and soaring around the preserve, but most did not come close enough [or stay still enough] for the Fuji to do its work. Fortunately, this Turkey Vulture accommodated me with a fly-by. He was probably no more than eight feet from my face.
Seriously, though, the place is a massive aviary. With all that abundant marine life bubbling about under the surface, the area can support as many of these creatures as are able to tolerate living together.
And that is a surprising number, though the toleration varies in its magnitude from one minute to the next. Bacon wrapped pickles...YES! A culinary masterpiece! A ride called Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joes? Why not! Just leaving the office and saw this and had to share... Honey Bee on Beach Coreopsis
Lots of wildflowers at the preserve this time of year, and lots of critters punching the clock to get the pollen and nectar collected on time.
The Beach Coreopsis flowers have blossoms about twice the size of a silver dollar, though the center isn't much bigger than a quarter [does anybody still know what those are?].
This bee spent a bit of time on this blossom, leading me to believe that there was a mess'o'powder to forage. Stop and think Leave it to the OC to build a combination automobile/bicycle/pedestrian path, each with its own lane, along a three mile stretch of the upper portion of the Newport Bay.
But that is exactly what they did.
The trail is all asphalt, with a few very small offshoots into dirt Sedum at sunset.
The variety and number of these on the property was really astonishing. Near the entrance to the Preserve is a structure called the Muth Interpretive Center. From the literature, it sounds as if this location is used to help educate the public about the efforts to restore and maintain the refuge, and to offer educational services to local schools and families about the wildlife in the area.
Really a sweet-sounding place.
However, admittance is by invitation only, and the place is locked down tighter than Area-51.
That doesn't keep the birds from dropping by to perch on some of the structures both inside and outside the center.
This Mourning Dove sat quietly while I hid like a cat burglar behind my hiking partner and tried to get a picture. Ten photos taken, only one in focus, but I think it's a good one.
William Jones took an even snazzier one a couple of days ago, and he mentioned to me in a comment that he never realized how colorful these birds are, though they appear almost grey from a distance.
They would have always been grey to me because that is how I generally get to see them. With this one exception. Bird on a wire. More specifically, a Scrub Jay on a wire. But that kind of ruins the poetry, doesn't it? Bougainvillea bush at night under incandescent light.
Did not have much chance to share some of the marvels of the house where we stayed in the OC.
Such a beautiful place. At night or during the day. A whole urn-full of sedum basking under the long, late rays of the sun. This is an exquisite plant whose name I was able to find on Google this morning, but promptly lost the link. Those in the know (@throwingsofas) might nudge me in the right direction.
The blossoms are silvery-white, with very thin petals, as you can see from an example in the upper left. The rest of the plant is literally covered in little iridescent beads [Google iridescent bead flowers and prepare yourself for the biggest crafts' fair on the internet].
There are pods which contain both ruby beads and colorless beads, But the rest of the plant is encrusted with the colorless variety. I have to believe this is some form of water collection system for the plant, though I can only guess at this point.
They are unimaginably beautiful to see strewn along the path like a trail of polished gems. As we are likely to say anytime we take a picture -- the photo doesn't do them justice. C and Java fans take note! The Preserve was established back in 1975 after a fairly ferocious battle between environmentalists and, well, everybody else. I doubt there is anyone alive today who regrets the turn of events.
For one thing, huge swaths of land have been preserved [and protected] in pristine form, for another, public access through the place makes it a popular destination for runners, hikers and slow-driving tourists.
Finally, the surrounding area is almost completely developed for business, high-end residential, and hotel property.
Everybody wins...well, as long as you're willing to keep your head pointed in the direction most suited to your tastes.
It's probably a workable model only where almost everyone is working with a set of unlimited resources and is willing to put them on the line in pursuit of their interests.
A Walden for billionaires, if you wish. But I gotta admit, it seems to work. Very nice courtyard surrounded by high rise buildings. Lots of artwork and fountains to see. This photo was taken through glass, so it's not as clear. Grill em all truck! The Wite burger. Nom nom. Bacon burger with Sriacha chili paste and cream cheese. So good though! My bagel from Shirley's. Cream cheese was delicious. A bit more muted color scheme with the incandescent lights still waiting on their timer.
Remember that bird on the wire. Just something fun for family and friend to do for the summer in California Parking spots all have inspirational sayings Brewery, Anti Lab Mall Just ended a meeting in this cool conference room. Peach jelly. It may be a bit expensive, but it's totally worth the experience. Orange County Pet Expo - fun pets, weenie dog races, splash dog contests, agility competition, lamas , tigers oh my!!! Come by and see us today at booth 105. Having fun!!! Looking out the window in the lobby of The Michelson Building. Really unique shallow infinity pools surrounding the trees. Cool place for employees to relax. Penthouse terrace at The Michelson Building Back Bay Loop, 10.6 miles of gorgeous wildlife.
www.surfseayouandme.com Lobby at First American Title Co Hot tip from David Cedrone Interesting wall - I thought. 405 freeway slicing a path through Irvine, looking southbound, which is actually east at this point, just past Jamboree Rd. Gorgeous paddle session surrounded by nature with our NIXY Inflatable SUPs Amazing donuts! Made with fresh ingredients everyday! The flavors are well put together! Love the maple/bacon, however the rosemary is a great option as well! Check them out!!! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's SuperDog!! Connecting the 18th and 19th floors at Hyundai Financial. Great food & show for the hold family. So take the family and enjoy the summer Ok ok I get it. Shortest line at the fair! Raving! One of the things about California is their love for in and out burger. Definitely a Californian! Sometimes you just got to eat burger an in and out burger. No matter how obsessed we are of being healthy and fit every now and then we splurge.😍 We love to go paddleboarding with our Nixy iSUPs early in the morning. Appetizers. Renaissance Faire women: Joker vs Crow.
This Renn Faire outside LA runs every June! I had to walk pretty quickly to get from my parking space to this location before I lost the light.. i’m glad I made it when I did because five minutes after I took this photo all that fabulous color was gone, And the clouds were just white One store located inside Mitsuwa that sells Japanese fruit jelly, and other dessert delicacies. My favorite is the peach jelly. It's made from high quality white peaches and it is incredibly juicy when you bite into it! >< amazing. Vegan food, twister salad wrap and native nachos, if you don't want chips I've heard it tastes good with kale. Also on Friday they have happy hour so the appetizers are 50% off!!! The manager is very nice as well! Take the family to have fun... I walk to this area every few days in hopes of catching an elusive blue heron that occasionally hangs out at a small pond nearby. I looked down on my return trip a few days ago and saw this interesting mushroom Picking up the perfect Christmas tree is not an easy task! Can anyone tell what plant this is
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Get an overview of this hotelEuropean-inspired Costa Mesa/Newport Beach hotel near beaches

Popular property highlights

Free self parking
Free WiFi
Restaurant
24-hour business center
Laundry facilities

Near fairgrounds

This Costa Mesa courtyard hotel is a mile from the Orange County Fairgrounds, 2 miles from South Coast Plaza and the Performing Arts Center, and 3 miles from the beach.

Taste of France

A lobby with traditional antique-style decor leads to a landscaped cobblestone courtyard; the Ayres Hotel's Provençal-style restaurant serves Continental cuisine.

European flair

The 284 guestrooms at Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa/Newport Beach offer mahogany Queen Anne reproduction furnishings, crown moldings, marble-topped tables, complimentary WiFi, and multi-line phones.

Languages Spoken

Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa/Newport Beach

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Located two miles from South Coast Plaza, Ayres Hotel & Suites features European-style decor that makes the most of rich colors, fabrics, and framed reproduction art. It offers two outdoor pools with spas in private courtyard settings, a beauty salon, and a Provencal-style restaurant and bar with seating in a cobblestone courtyard.

Wireless Internet access throughout the hotel and shuttle service to John Wayne/Orange County Airport and local-area attractions are complimentary. Fax and copy services also are available.

  • Bar/lounge 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Free shopping center shuttle 
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2 
  • Theme park shuttle (surcharge) 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Free airport transportation 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Conference space 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Grocery/convenience store 
  • Restaurant 
  • Express check-out 
  • Meeting rooms 16 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Year Built 1984 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free self parking 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 604 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Hair salon 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 6500 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Spa tub 
  • Total number of rooms - 284 
  • Number of floors - 4 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2 
  • Wedding services 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Fireplace in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pools  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Area shuttle (complimentary)  
  • Grocery/convenience store  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Parking

Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Premium bedding 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free weekday newspaper 
  • Phone 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • HDTV 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Dial-up Internet access (surcharge) 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Down comforter 
  • Pillowtop mattress 

Where to Eat

Breakfast (surcharge) is served daily from 6 AM to 10 AM.

Le Chateau Garden Bistro - Continental cuisine is served for all meals in this intimate Provençal-style restaurant. Guests can dine outdoors on the flower-filled cobblestone terrace, shaded by blue umbrellas. The adjacent library-style bar serves cocktails.

Nearby Things to Do

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Snorkeling nearby 
  • Parasailing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Ecotours nearby 
  • Segway rental/tour nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals on site 
  • Golf lessons available nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 

Spa Services

  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Facial treatments 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time ends at midnight

Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM

Special check-in instructions:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 3 children 12 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
  • Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
No rollaway/extra beds available

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Deposit: USD 125 per stay
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 13.99 per person (approximately)
  • Early check-in fee: USD 35
  • Late check-out fee: USD 35
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Ayres Costa Mesa Newport Beach
  • Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa Newport Beach
  • Ayres Hotel Newport Beach
  • Ayres Newport Beach
  • Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
  • Ayres Hotel Mesa/Newport Beach
  • Ayres Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
  • Ayres Mesa/Newport Beach

We should mention

Up to 3 children 12 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


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