When Inspirato member Sharon Watt was looking for a way to celebrate her 40th birthday, she thought a trip to Nashville would be a fun getaway for her family of four.
But when it became clear that her husband and two kids, ages 8 and 11, were a little less than enthused about their Tennessee destination, inspiration for a quick change of plans struck in an Inspirato Jaunt email. Sharon saw that Newport Beach, California, was one of the featured destinations, and that a stay in a home there would be comparable to what they’d be paying to stay in a hotel room.
“He was like, ‘So you’re telling me we’re going from Nashville, in a … hotel room, to a whole house in California?’” she said.
Sharon quickly made moves to shift their travel plans, putting in calls to Inspirato and United. She ended up booking Admiral, one-half of a duplex that’s just two blocks from the beach and boardwalk, for five nights.
Everything was just very well done: classy, cool, modern, but not over the top. Even the orange (front) door; just the little subtle pops of color.Inspirato member Sharon Watt
Throughout the week, the Watts rented bikes and explored Newport, spent plenty of time on the beach, watched sunsets, surfed (her husband and son), got their nails done (she and her daughter), and went to Balboa Island, a little harborside community just a 20-minute drive from their Inspirato home.
Sharon said they also enjoyed just lounging around the house, from making their own breakfast each morning to catching some sun on the home’s rooftop deck.
Watt normally prefers to be the planner on her trips, but decided to take a step back this time and let the Newport Destination Concierge, Whitney, cover the itinerary, a refreshing change of pace for her.
“Whitney (the Destination Concierge) there was so lovely. She was always checking in with us, showed us all around, and gave us a wonderful itinerary,” Watt said. “She gave us ideas and said, ‘Use them or don’t,’ but it was just so nice to have local recommendations.”
“It was really just … kind of perfect, and a perfect celebration for my 40th. The week really couldn’t have been better,” she said. “It was a well-rounded trip for our family.”