In celebration of the harvest season, The Resort at Pelican Hill® along the coast of Newport Beach presents its annual Festa dell’Autunno, an autumn festival taking place over the first weekend of November this year. From live art and entertainment to authentic Italian fare and olive-inspired spa indulgences, the traditions of Italy come alive at Southern California’s own Tuscan seaside village.
“Inspired by 750 mature olive trees across 504 acres, the second annual Festa dell’Autunno marks the third annual pressing of Pelican Hill’s signature olive oil,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “Much like what I experienced growing up in a small Northern Italian town, the fall season in Newport Beach is the perfect time for friends and family to gather outdoors and celebrate our mild Mediterranean climate, idyllic coastal setting and locally grown seasonal cuisine.”
The harvesting and pressing of resort-grown olives in Pelican Hill’s inaugural year of producing olive oil has this year grown into a three-day series of events. Open to Resort guests and local guests, the highlight of the weekend is an Italian Street Festival on Saturday, November 4, featuring Italian cuisine, live entertainment, visual arts, automobile exhibitions, and an olive oil pressing demonstration. Pelican Hill’s signature blend of olive oil will be available for tasting during the event and for purchase in Resort boutiques.
Over Festa dell’Autunno weekend, from November 2-4, special events include:
Morsi & Vini on the evening of Friday, November 2
An al fresco evening dining experience, with rustic small plates and paired wines, a strolling guitarist, traditional drummers and flag bearer performances, late evening cigars, spirits and coffee around a fire pit lounge.
$85* per person; exclusively for Resort guests
Italian Street Festa on the afternoon of Saturday, November 3
A traditional celebration of the harvest season along the Resort’s olive tree-lined Bungalow lanes, with a live olive pressing demonstration, wine, cheese, and olive oil tasting, Italian cooking exhibitions, an espresso and gelato lounge, traditional Madonnari street-painting artists, plein air painting, traditional Italian flag and drummer performances, strolling musicians, bocce ball games, Motori Italiani automobile exhibitions and children’s chalk art activities.
$75* per adult and $35 per child; open to local guests and Resort guests
Festa dell’Unitá on the evening of Saturday, November 3
A family-style dinner experience in a rustic outdoor setting, featuring a display kitchen, live entertainment, opera performances and a late evening lounge.
$95* per person; exclusively for Resort guests
Mimosa Jazz Brunch on Sunday, November 4
A festive al fresco brunch buffet from with endless Prosecco mimosas, performances by a jazz trio, traditional drummers and flag bearers, and the presentation of a charitable donation to the winner of the Resort’s first annual Festa Plein Air Painting Invitational.
$65* per person; exclusively for Resort guests
Festa Weekend at Camp Pelican
From November 2-4, Camp Pelican presents special Festa dell’Autunno Weekend half-day sessions for children ages 4-12. On Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, children will discover the art of olive oil infusion, create their own masterpiece with mini canvas painting and try their hand at seed planting with tiny terra cotta pots. Each half-day session includes lunch and snacks. On Friday and Saturday evenings, half-day sessions feature olive-inspired activities, dinner and a movie.
$60* per child; exclusively for Resort guests
Special Festa dell’Autunno accommodation packages are available November 2-4:
Festa Magnifica Package
Two-night stay with entry for two guests to Friday Morsi & Vini, Saturday Italian Street Festa, Festa dell’Unitá and Sunday Mimosa Jazz Brunch
Bungalows from $1,230* for two guests
Festa Friday Package
Friday night stay with entry for two guests to Friday Morsi & Vini and Saturday Italian Street Festa
Bungalows from $615* for two guests
Festa Saturday Package
Saturday night stay with entry to for two guests Saturday Italian Street Festa, Festa dell’Unitá and Sunday Mimosa Jazz Brunch
Bungalows from $765* for two guests
Festa Bungalow Package
Friday or Saturday night stay with entry for two guests to Saturday Italian Street Festa
Bungalows from $445* for two guests
*All prices exclude tax and gratuity.
Throughout October and November, Pelican Hill offers weekly Art & Olives tours, special Olive Oil Savor Menus in each Resort restaurant, and seasonal spa treatments inspired by the olive harvest. Weekend accommodation packages and individual event tickets are available through Pelican Hill reservations at 800-820-6800. Additional Festa dell’Autunno Weekend details are available at www.pelicanhill.com/festa.
About Pelican Hill®
Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, Pelican Hill features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic “Coliseum Pool,” one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, as Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 U.S. Resort, Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2011 Readers’ Choice Awards), in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100” World’s Best Hotels (2011 Readers’ Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011).
The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city’s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.
About the Irvine Company
The Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.