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Balboa Craft Beer Festival

​Enjoy The 4th Balboa Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, April 1st From 12:30 to 5PM
​​Between The Beach and The Bay in Balboa Village, Newport Beach

Enjoy 35 Craft Beers From 17 Breweries
​Plus Delicious Food From The Best Local Restaurants! 

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The Wedge Tree Has Fallen

This is what it looks like today… so sad. After the great Lucifer storm, we are all at a loss. This was one of my favorite trees in Newport.  I watched a friend get married and countless sunsets. I enjoyed the surf when I was younger and now bring my kids here often. We can’t believe this tree has fallen…

The Wedge Tree Has Fallen

The Famous Wedge Tree

My daughter noticed instantly that “The Wedge” has changed forever…. How do you feel?

Do you have memories here? Share them below!

A large crowd gathered around the Balboa Island post office of Friday night. After 42 years with the US Post Office, Jeff Regan officially retired. He lowered the flag for his last time after overseeing the Balboa Island location for 11 years. He was surprised with the local turnout. I wish I would have known about this so I could have helped make the island residents aware of this special moment. Jeff lives on Marine Avenue and will continue to enjoy the island lifestyle.  After many hugs and congratulations, the locals celebrated at The Village Inn.

A Great Farewell For Jeff Regan... Our Post Office Manager

Basilic Restaurant Celebrates 20 Years of Award-Winning Swiss-French Cuisine

Basilic Restaurant Celebrates 20 Years on Balboa Island

Chef-owner Bernard Althaus brings back guest favorites from his original menu!


Since Swiss native Bernard Althaus founded the quintessentially intimate 24-seat Basilic Restaurant in 1997, it has become synonymous with fine dining on Balboa Island, and is a landmark destination for the island’s locals and visitors. As executive chef and proprietor, Althaus still serves one of the best Swiss-French menus and continues to curate a unique wine list for his patrons. This February, he also kicks off the restaurant’s 20-year anniversary.

“Many of our guests have been coming here and supporting this culinary journey since our early years in business, and for them and all our patrons, we are thankful,” Althaus said. “Balboa Island has come to feel like home, and our customers have become like family.”

After moving to the United States from his native Switzerland with his wife and two children in 1990, Althaus quickly got to work in the kitchens of some of the top chefs and restaurants in Southern California. But as a natural entrepreneur, he was destined to open his own restaurant. It was at this same time that Balboa Island was ripe for a culinary uplift. With the recipe set, he and his wife Arlette set to open Basilic. Arlette can still be seen front-of-house, chatting with guests, while Chef Bernard brews his magic in the kitchen.
In celebration of two decades in business, Althaus will be bringing back some of his original menu items as nightly specials throughout the month of February. For more information, visit


Located on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, Calif., Basilic Restaurant opened its doors in February 1997 with Swiss  executive  chef  and  proprietor, Bernard Althaus at the helm.  Named after the French word for basil – Althaus’ favorite herb – the intimate 24-seat restaurant has since proven that good things do in come in small packages. Althaus has since been spending his time perfecting his made-to-order dishes, making sure every plate is served to perfection five days a week. Basilic Restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, with service starting at 5:30 p.m.

Today, the council voted 6-0 today in favor of a compromise… An alternative plan was presented by Scott Peotter (a councilman) that would allow The Village Inn – Balboa Island to have its Marine Ave outdoor dining space on a smaller scale but also allowed other patio space on Park Ave. Both Sullivan (resident) and Miller (Village Inn owner) found this acceptable as well as the council and dozens of Village Inn supporters. Here is the latest article. This is a preliminary approval but looks promising…

“The fate of a Balboa Island restaurant’s request to build an outdoor patio on the public sidewalk is coming to the Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday.” – Daily Pilot

The Village Inn is looking to build a 200 sq ft patio. At the moment, the section of the sidewalk contains bike racks and they would have to be relocated at The Inn’s expense if approved. The Village Inn has been a LONG time business on the island and supporter of local businesses like my own. It was originally established in 1933… That is 84 years and counting. Not too many businesses on the island can boast such a longevity. How do you feel about this patio? Please comment and share the post below! – Steve Roose

In May the “Balboa Village” arch was approved with an estimated cost of $230,000. It was installed this week across Balboa Boulevard in hopes to draw attention to the Balboa Fun Zone. It has a circular logo with a Ferris Wheel and the words “Home of The Fun Zone”. Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

I came across this video today while working on! Very cool to learn more about the history of the wedge. There are some sad parts but it’s still worth watching. I will have to pay my respects to the rock monument next time I am down there. – Steve Roose (Real Estate Broker)

Balboa Island & Balboa are transformed into magical holiday landscape each holiday season. This year celebrates the 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights & Ring Of Lights celebrations. With over 100 years of history, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is viewed by over a million people each year. Newport Bay comes alive with decorations for the boat parade and Ring Of Lights celebrations. Homes, yachts, docks whole landscapes are transformed into a magical holiday experience. Newport Beach begins its holiday decorations after Thanksgiving and by the first of December the harbor is richly illuminated with millions of lights and hundreds of themed estates. This year the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade takes place from Wednesday December 14th – Sunday December 18th.

Newport Landing provides 3 cruises each night of the parade and all of December to view the amazing light displays. Cruises during the parade travel in the parade and view both ships and estates in full décor. Cruises during the holiday lights cruises view all of the amazing light displays associated with the Ring Of Lights and Boat Parade celebrations cruising along miles of bay front estates and holiday landscapes. Also view many of the competing decorated ships that are in the parade. All of the cruises are onboard fully decorated ships.

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  • December 2nd, 2016 – January 1st, 2017
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  • Address: 309 Palm St STE A, Newport Beach, CA 92661
  • Cruise Times: 5:30 pm, 7:00 pm, & 8:30 pm
  • Admission: $32 – $36
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    • Only $32 for Christmas Boat Parade Cruises with promo code “32BalboaLights
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December is one of the best months to be on the island whether you are a resident or simply visiting! The island exudes Christmas spirit with beautifully decorated homes, a holiday tree lighting party, and being in a prime location for the Christmas Boat Parade and other local events.

These Christmas events on or around Balboa Island are worth checking out!