Nearer the dreaded section of the 405, some resorts are also looking to lure stressed residents. Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula offered a 40.5% discount on rooms, although its website says the resort is fully booked Friday and Saturday nights. In Santa Monica, Shutters on the Beach and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows are also offering deals.
Newport's concerted effort, however, appears to be unique. Visit Newport Beach placed ads in the Los Angeles Times, in the Los Angeles Newspaper Group's suburban L.A. County publications, and started a promotion on KOST 103.5 FM, Sherwin said.
It even went so far as to make a video with a narrator who, over a soaring shot of the coastline, says "Ride the waves instead of the brakes."
The Balboa Bay Club & Resort: Complimentary breakfast and valet
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach: Third night free
Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa: Complimentary breakfast and valet
Fairmont Newport Beach: Spa discounts, complimentary cocktails and valet
Island Hotel: Complimentary breakfast and valet
The Resort at Pelican Hill: Resort credit