24 hours in Laguna Beach

24 hours in Laguna Beach

How to spend the day in this charming corner of Orange County

The Southern California beach town of Laguna is easy to love and visit year-round. Steeped in the arts for more than 100 years, Laguna Beach hugs seven miles along the famed Pacific Coast Highway and is lined with secluded coves, picturesque bluffs, and sweeping ocean views.

 

laguna-beach-viewStop One – Beach Therapy
Where:
Treasure Island and Goff Cove Beach
When: 9 am
Why: Laguna has many strands of sand and these two beaches connect in front of Montage Resort offering views every beachgoer loves. Treasure Island has turquoise waters and seals that often play in the surf; if you are lucky enough you might catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures. Goff Cove Beach is known for its calm waters and protected snorkeling spots.

Stop Two – California Dreamin’
Where:
Downtown Laguna Beach
When: 10 am
Why: Stroll the art galleries, shops and boutiques to get acquainted with this charming beach town. Well known as an artists’ colony, you can spend hours peeking into the galleries  here. At the center of town there is the iconic Heisler Park which offers a dream Cali scene of beach volleyball courts, picnic tables, and locals cruising the oceanfront boardwalk.

Stop Three – Coffee Talk
Where:
Moulin Bistro
When: 11 am
Why: Moulin Bistro is a French sidewalk cafe ideal for sipping a foamy cappuccino and indulging in made-to-order crepes. This neighborhood eatery is central to all the shops downtown, making it the perfect place to linger and people watch or grab a quick, casual fix in between gallery hopping.

montagelaguna-cropStop Four – Seaside Lunch
Where:
Mosaic at Montage Resort
When: 12 pm
Why: Mosaic Bar and Grille is known for its fresh, California fare and breezy, alfresco terrace. With a shrimp cocktail to die for and swoon-worthy views, Mosaic and the Montage Resort in general is a must visit. If you have time later in the day you should consider a visit to the Lobby Bar to check out the lounge piano player, David Allen Baker. He brilliantly covers tunes from pop icons like The Beatles, Elton John and U2.

Stop Five – Top Of The World
Where:
Alta Laguna Park
When: 1 pm
Why: This community park situated above Laguna Beach is a beautiful spot to explore. Hike along the trails or if you have little ones, visit the family playground. The well-groomed hiking trail begins at “Top of the World” and offers panoramic views over Orange County, so make sure you bring your camera.

rooftop-bar-lagunaStop Six – Catalina Sunset
Where:
The Rooftop
When: 5 pm
Why: On the clearest day, catch a glimpse of the famed Catalina Island from this prime sunset patio. Located in the La Casa del Camino Hotel, The Rooftop hosts a casual scene and their signature sangria or a cold glass of rose pairs nicely with the ocean view. Get here early for front-row seating.

Stop Seven – Coastal Comfort
Where:
Selanne Steak Tavern
When:
7 pm
Why: Set in a quaint cottage that looks as if it is straight out of a storybook, Selanne Steak Tavern is where old meets new. The restaurant inside is bright and modern with vintage touches like old-school surf photos and crystal chandeliers. Former Anaheim Ducks star player, Teemu Selanne, opened this steakhouse with friend Kevin Pratt, and locals and visitors flock here for artisan cocktails and delicious dining.

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