Nestled within lush canyons just 50 miles south of the South Bay, this bohemian seaside locale offers natural beauty, culture and relaxation in spades.
Where to Stay
Artists, film stars, writers and public figures from all walks of life have known for decades that Laguna is a tucked-away treasure. Enjoy a little celeb-worthy luxury at the Sunset Cove Villas, where sweeping ocean views and a private beach entry take R&R to a new level. Located in the heart of downtown Laguna yet offering secured gated entry, guests can choose from eight distinct villas that feature one-, two- or three-bedroom accommodations. Interiors include an entertainment center as well as a fully equipped kitchen with premium appliances and all the necessary accoutrements. sunsetcove.com
Where to Eat
For ocean views, sustainable fresh fish, farm-to-table offerings and a beer selection par excellence, check out House of Big Fish. The staff is passionate about food and happy to suggest beer and food pairings. Try the lobster fondue with an ice-cold Stone IPA for a bit of tastebud heaven.
The Orange Inn has been a veritable Southern California institution for more than 80 years. Offering “the best coffee in town,” fresh baked goods, hearty breakfast fare, sandwiches, salads, smoothies and shakes, the venue’s California-style home cooking is superb. In fact, the owner’s wife dishes up her famous pumpkin soup year-round.
For a fun night out and more stunning ocean views, head to Rooftop Lounge. Their specialty cocktails menu is impressive and includes mouthwatering interpretations of the classic mojito that are served with a real stick of sugar cane.
Where to Explore
Art tops the agenda in Laguna. The Laguna Art Museum is a premier destination for viewing California works dating from the 19th century to the present. The Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art brings contemporary work of the highest quality to downtown Laguna Beach—from emerging to mid-career to internationally recognized artists. And of course, there are the art festivals that put Laguna on the map, like Sawdust, Art-A-Fair and Festival of Arts, all drawing visitors from around the world.
Also not to be missed
Pageant of the Masters affords visitors the chance to watch classical and contemporary works of art come to life, with actual performers posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. This year’s festival kicks off nightly beginning on July 9. foapom.com
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