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Here are your choices for Dana Point’s best businesses, services, places and events of 2014.

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Welcome to the Seventh Annual Best of Dana Point People’s Choice Lantern Awards Annually we ask you, our readers, to vote for your favorite eateries, watering holes, services, shops, events and attractions. After your votes are tallied, the results are presented in this special keepsake issue we hope you will enjoy referring to throughout the year. So here’s to keepin’ it local and enjoying all of the very best Dana Point has to offer.

“Our patio is so popular with diners, for its casual ambience. People love the come-as-you-are, laid-back feel.” JAY STILES, GENERAL MANAGER, WIND & SEA RESTAURANT

Wind & Sea Restaurant Gold: Best Outdoor Dining Silver: Best Happy Hour


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IN THIS ISSUE EATERIES AND WATERING HOLES Best … Appetizers Bagel Bar Beer Selection Breakfast Burger Cup of Coffee Donut Happy Hour International Eats Margarita Menu for Healthy Choices Pizza Restaurant for a Date/ Romantic Evening Restaurant for Outdoor Dining Restaurant Overall Sandwich Spot to Cure a Sweet Tooth Sushi Taco Wine Selection

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AT THE SHOPS Best … Bicycle Shop Clothing Flowers Home Décor and Furnishings Gifts for Adults Gifts for Kids Jewelry Specialty Grocer Surf/SUP Shop Tackle Shop

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GETTING OUT Best … Beach Harbor Recreation/Excursion Live Music Venue Local Annual Event Lodging Park Place to Take Out-of-towners Surf Break Wedding Venue Whale Watching Yacht Club

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ON THE COVER (Clockwise from top left) Browne’s Flowers, Hobie Surf Shop, The Kings Club Barber Shop, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, Dana Point Harbor, Harbor Grill, Bella Bazaar, Golden Lantern Animal Hospital. Photography by Allison Jarrell, Alex Paris and Andrea Swayne unless otherwise noted.

34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 phone 949.388.7700 fax 949.388.9977 www.danapointtimes.com

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SERVICES ON THE TO-DO LIST Best … Alternative Health Care Provider Barber Shop Car Repair Customer Service Overall Dental Health Care Provider Dry Cleaner Grooming/Pet Care Gym/Workout Hair Salon Jeweler Local Nonprofit Organization Manicure and Pedicure

Martial Arts Studio Medical Health Care Provider Spa for Massages, Facials, etc. Specialty Beauty Service Veterinarian Yacht/Boat Maintenance/Repair Yoga/Pilates Studio

PUBLISHER Norb Garrett

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EDITORIAL Andrea Swayne, Jim Shilander, Allison Jarrell, Steve Breazeale, Andrea Papagianis ART/DESIGN Jasmine Smith

ADVERTISING Lauralyn Loynes, Susie Lantz, Debra Wells, Michele Reddick OPERATIONS Alyssa Garrett, Tricia Zines CONTRIBUTORS Alex Paris, Dana Schnell, Robyn Wyman-Dill

The DP Times (www.danapointtimes.com) is published weekly by Picket Fence Media, publishers of the SC Times (www. sanclementetimes.com) and The Capistrano Dispatch (www. thecapistranodispatch.com). Copyright: No articles, illustrations, photographs or other editorial matter or advertisements herein may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. The publisher assumes no responsibility for return of unsolicited manuscripts, art, photos or negatives. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.

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Best Breakfast RJ’S Café

Eateries & Watering Holes BEST BREAKFAST GOLDEN LANTERN

RJ’S Café

RJ’s Café owner RJ Breeden says the eatery’s emphasis is on creating a friendly atmosphere for locals. That includes keeping the same wait staff for years, giving both customers and employees a chance to get to know one another. And of course, there’s the food. “People come up to me all the time to tell me we have the best pancakes in the world,” Breeden said. 25001 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.218.5757, www.rjscafe.com

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The Coffee Importers

34531 Golden Lantern, 949.493.7773, www.coffeeimporters.com

NOMINEES: A’s Burgers • Aurora’s Taqueria • Best Western Plus Dana Point Inn-by-the-Sea • Blue Lantern Inn • Bonjour Café & Bistro • Carlos Mexican Restaurant • Dana Point Yacht Club • Denny’s • Dippity Donuts • El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Bar • Gemmell’s Restaurant • Harbor Delicatessen • Harbor House Café • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • Hennessey’s Tavern • I Love Bagels • Jack’s Restaurant • JC Beans Coffee House • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • McDonald’s • Monarch Beach Market • Pain Du Monde • Proud Mary’s • Stacks Pancake House • Starbucks • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Sunsets Capo Beach • Tavern on the Coast • The Brig Restaurant • The Harbor Grill • The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel • The Shwack Beach Grill • Turk’s Restaurant • Tutor and Spunky’s Deli • WhataDish Café & Catering • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: Gold: RJ’s Café; Silver: The Coffee Importers

BEST CUP OF COFFEE GOLDEN LANTERN

The Coffee Importers

Roasting coffee is an art as essential to a great cuppa as the quality of the beans and the preparation. For over 30 years, owner Jim Miller has sourced his top-quality Arabica beans from the same roaster. That, along with highly trained baristas, beans ground fresh daily and the waterside location, has made Coffee Importers a perennial favorite and an

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integral part of the local coffee culture. 34531 Golden Lantern, 949.493.7773, www.coffeeimporters.com

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JC Beans Coffee House

34114 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.496.4700, www.jcbeans.com NOMINEES: Bonjour Café & Bistro • Burger King • Crank & Grind • Denny’s • Dippity Donuts • Harbor Delicatessen • Harbor House Café • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • McDonald’s • Monarch Beach Market • Pain Du Monde • Raya • RJ’s Café • Stacks Pancake House • Starbucks • Sunsets Capo Beach • Tutor and Spunky’s Deli • WhataDish Café & Catering • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Coffee Importers; Silver: JC Beans Coffee House

BEST BAGEL GOLDEN LANTERN

The Coffee Importers

The classic “roll with a hole” is taken to new heights. Crafted in the traditional boil then bake method to create a soft and chewy interior with a slightly crisp skin, these bagels are bigger and fluffier than most. For the last 15 of his 35 years in business, owner Jim Miller has or-

“We love our locals and always do our best to offer them a quality meal at a fair price.” R. J. BREEDEN, OWNER, R.J.’S CAFÉ

dered his bagels from the same Orange County baker and then paired them with fresh ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 34531 Golden Lantern, 949.493.7773,

www.coffeeimporters.com

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I Love Bagels

32545 Golden Lantern, Suite B, 949.443.3300 NOMINEES: Gelson’s Market • Harbor Delicatessen • JC Beans Coffee House • Monarch Beach Market • Pain Du Monde • Ralphs • RJ’s Café • Starbucks • The Boneyard Café • Tutor and Spunky’s Deli 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Coffee Importers; Silver: I Love Bagels


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Best Menu for Healthy Choices The Coffee Importers

“If you’re looking for fresh and organic, we have a lot of really great choices.” JIM MILLER, OWNER, THE COFFEE IMPORTERS

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Tutor and Spunky’s Deli

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Not only are there dozens of sandwiches to choose from—named for and by the locals, celebs and staff who inspired them—the friendly longtime employees are always eager to build custom creations in an endless variety of combinations. Hungry diners get just what their taste buds ordered. And from the choice of bread to the ample layering of meats, cheeses, condiments and veggies, the sandwiches never skimp on freshness, size or flavor. 34085 Pacific

Coast Highway, Suite 116, 949.248.9008, www.tutorandspunkys.com

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The Coffee Importers

“I do everything I can to offer fresh unprocessed and organic ingredients wherever possible,” said owner Jim Miller. His efforts have resulted in a varied menu of healthy and tasty items. Choose from nine combinations of fruit and vegetable juice blends or create your own—all with no added sugar. Smoothies, salads and blended exotic fruit bowls—acai or pitaya with fresh fruit and grains—are but a few delicious options. 34531 Golden Lantern, 949.493.7773, www.coffeeimporters.com

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Subway

The Shwack Beach Grill

NOMINEES: A’s Burgers • Albertsons • Beach Hut Deli • Bonjour Café • Bubba Kahuna’s Pizza & BBQ • Dana West Yacht Club • DaVine Food & Wine • Dana Point Yacht Club • Dippity Donuts • Gelson’s Market • Harbor Delicatessen • Harbor House Café • Hennessey’s Tavern • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • Jon’s Fish Market • Monarch Beach Market • Pain Du Monde • Proud Mary’s • Ralphs • RJ’s Café • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Tavern on the Coast • The Brig Restaurant • The Harbor Grill • The People’s Deli • The Shwack Beach Grill • WhataDish Café & Catering • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Tutor and Spunky’s Deli; Silver: The Coffee Importers

NOMINEES: Beach Hut Deli • Bonjour Café • Casanova Ristorante • Chart House Restaurant • Chronic Tacos • Dana West Yacht Club • Gen Kai Sushi • Harbor Delicatessen • Harbor House Café • Jack’s Restaurant • Jamba Juice • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • Jon’s Fish Market • Juicilicious Juice Bar • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Mahé • McDonald’s • Monarch Beach Market • Organic Tree Juice Bar • Pain Du Monde • Peking Dragon Restaurant • Proud Mary’s • RJ’s Café • Subway • Tavern on the Coast • Thai This • The Harbor Grill • The HIVE & Co • The Little Kitchen Asian Café • The Wine Bistro • Turk’s Restaurant • Tutor and Spunky’s Deli • Waterman’s Harbor • WhataDish Café & Catering • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Coffee Importers; Silver: Subway

32545 Golden Lantern, 949.248.9933; 34255 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.443.9825; 33489 Del Obispo Street, 949.429.5581, www.subway.com

24502 Del Prado Avenue, 949.218.2731, www.theshwack.com

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BEST APPETIZERS GOLDEN LANTERN

“We have a wide variety of appetizers representing great American comfort food from all around the country … sure to satisfy your cravings.”

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

It is all-American all the time at Jimmy’s where provincial, comfort classics from each corner of the U.S. take on a trendy, yet approachable, twist. Since opening in 2013, creative culinary interpretations like the rarely-seen-on-local-menus pimiento cheese dip, buffalo-style meatballs, jalapeño “bedeviled” hen eggs, amber ale battered onion rings and barbecue whiskey shrimp, along with other starters and shares, have made Jimmy’s a south county favorite for small bites.

STACY MALD, GENERAL MANAGER, JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN

25001 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.388.8900, www.j-fat.com

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Luxe Restaurant and Martini Bar 24582 Del Prado Avenue, 949.276.4990, www.luxedanapoint.com

NOMINEES: 180blũ • Beach Hut Deli • Brio Tuscany Grille • Bubba Kahuna’s Pizza & BBQ • Cannons Seafood Grill • Casanova Ristorante • Chart House Restaurant • Dana Kai Sushi • Dana Point Yacht Club • DaVine Food & Wine • El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Bar • Gemmell’s Restaurant • Gen Kai Sushi • Harbor House Café • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • Hennessey’s Tavern • Ichibiri Japanese Restaurant • Jack’s Restaurant • Luciana’s Ristorante • Mahé • Olamendi’s Mexican Restaurant • OverVue Lounge • Salt Creek Grille • Stella’s Serious Italian Restaurant • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Tavern on the Coast • Thai This • The Harbor Grill • The Little Kitchen Asian Café • The Point Restaurant and Bar • The Rib Joint • The Shwack Beach Grill • The Surfin Cowboy • The Wine Bistro • Turk’s Restaurant • Waterman’s Harbor • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Brio Tuscany Grille; Silver: Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant; Wind & Sea Restaurant

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Best Burger The Shwack Beach Grill

The Shwack Beach Grill

Owner Max Fisher says Shwack’s variety of burgers, crafted with fresh ingredients and served in a friendly atmosphere, have made the restaurant the perennial choice for the top burger in Dana Point. And each burger, he says, develops its own devotees, from the “man’s burger,” Big Al’s Bacon Burger, to the health conscious “Low Tide” turkey burger and the consistent and classic “Shwack.”

Best Spot to Cure a Sweet Tooth

24502 Del Prado Avenue, 949.218.2731, www.theshwack.com

Scoop Deck

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A’s Burgers

34344 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.496.4460, www.asburgersrestaurant.com NOMINEES: Carl’s Jr. • Dana Point Yacht Club • Dana West Yacht Club • Dippity Donuts • Donut World • Gemmell’s Restaurant • Harbor Delicatessen • Harbor House Café • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • Hennessey’s Tavern • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • McDonald’s • OverVue Lounge • Proud Mary’s • RJ’s Café • Salt Creek Grille • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Tavern on the Coast • The Boneyard Café • The Brig Restaurant • The Harbor Grill • The Point Restaurant and Bar • The Surfin Cowboy • The Wine Bistro • Turk’s Restaurant • Waterman’s Harbor • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Shwack Beach Grill; A’s Burgers

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Dippity Donuts

Dippity Donuts once again tops Dana Point residents’ lists for its breakfast

treats. A fresh product, combined with nearly 30 years of serving city regulars donuts and coffee—and a number of other breakfast and lunch options, including muffins, cinnamon rolls and fritters—has attracted generations of Dippity Donuts devotees. Regulars are also fans of the ham and cheese croissant and lunchtime burger specials. 33621 Del Obispo Street,

Suite C, 949.240.6064

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Donut World

34130 Doheny Park Road, 949.496.2454 NOMINEES: Chevron • Harbor Delicatessen • JC Beans Coffee House • Pain Du Monde • Ralphs • RJ’s Café • Starbucks2013 WINNERS: Gold: Dippity Donuts; Silver: Donut World, The Coffee Importers

BEST SPOT TO CURE A SWEET TOOTH GOLDEN LANTERN

Scoop Deck at The Coffee Importers

pineapple ice cream with brownie pieces and raspberry sorbet—even the meanest sweet tooth doesn’t stand a chance.

34531 Golden Lantern, 949.493.7773, www.coffeeimporters.com

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With 28 flavors of Lappert’s ice cream— soon to be 35—Scoop Deck is once again the favorite for sweet treats. “Lappert’s is a super-premium ice cream, lower in air, higher in fat and hand made in small batches,” said owner Jim Miller. With all the classics plus more exotic recipes such as Hawaiian Sea Salt and Caramel, Lychee or Nuku Hiva—coconut,

The Chocolate Soldier

34513 Golden Lantern, 949.493.4135, www.thechocolatesoldier.com NOMINEES: Baskin-Robbins • Bonjour Café • Chart House Restaurant • Dana Point Yacht Club • Harbor Delicatessen • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • It’s All About the Cake • JC Beans Coffee House • Monarch Beach Market • Pain Du Monde • Rita’s Italian Ice • RJ’s Café • Salt Creek Grille • Stacks Pancake House • Starbucks • Tavern on the Coast • The Boneyard Café • The Brig Restaurant • The Harbor Grill • The HIVE & Co • The Wine Bistro • Turks Restaurant • Waterman’s Harbor • WhataDish Café & Catering • Yogurtland 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Scoop Deck at The Coffee Importers; Silver: It’s All About the Cake

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BEST TACO “We strive to make our tacos rise above any other you’ve ever experienced—huge, fresh and delicious.”

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Taco Surf

A trip 90 miles south will find you in Tijuana—the northern-most point in Baja California. It’s a state filled with the vibrant sights, sounds and tastes that inspired Taco Surf’s founders to mingle their passions—surf and chow. Since 1988, Taco Surf has been bringing Baja to the OC through its authentic flavors, in the form of salsas, carnitas, sauces and more, wrapped in flour or corn tortillas.

DOT VIERIA-BLAKE, CO-OWNER, TACO SURF

34195 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.661.5754, www.tacosurf.com

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Aurora’s Taqueria

34146 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.496.1401, www.facebook.com/taqueriauerora

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Chronic Tacos

34255 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.481.3720, www.eatchronictacos.com NOMINEES: 180blũ Restaurant • A’s Burgers • Buena Vista Market • Carlos Mexican Restaurant • Chart House Restaurant • Dana Point Yacht Club • Del Taco • El Patio Café • El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Bar • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • Jack in the Box • Jon’s Fish Market • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Olamendi’s Mexican Restaurant • Proud Mary’s • Taco Bell • The Harbor Grill • The Shwack Beach Grill • The Surfin Cowboy • Turk’s Restaurant • Waterman’s Harbor 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Taco Surf; Silver: The Shwack Beach Grill

BEST PIZZA GOLDEN LANTERN

Stuft Pizza

At Stuft Pizza, imitation is the grandest form of flattery. Others have tried to mimic Stuft’s thick-yet-crispy crust but no one does it quite the same. These delectable pies are made from a wheatflour dough that is topped with a zesty sauce of tomatoes, herbs and spices before being slathered with cheese, vegetables and meats, then baked at 500 degrees on an oven platform rotating like a Ferris wheel. 24821 Del Prado Avenue, 949.240.6444, www.stuftpizza.com

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Brio Tuscany Grille

24050 Camino Del Avion, 949.443.1476, www.briorestaurant.com NOMINEES: Agostino’s By The Sea Ristorante Italiano • Angelina’s Pizzeria • Beach Cities Pizza • Bubba Kahuna’s Pizza & BBQ • Casanova Ristorante • Dana Point Yacht Club • Domino’s Pizza • Harbor Delicatessen/Slice of New York • Jack’s Restaurant • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • Kokomo’s Pizza • Luciana’s Ristorante • Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza • Pizza Hut • Stella’s Serious Italian Restaurant • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Tavern on the Coast • The Point Restaurant and Bar 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Beach Cities Pizza; Silver: Stuft Pizza

Best Pizza Stuft Pizza

BEST INTERNATIONAL EATS GOLDEN LANTERN

Thai This

Chef Jib Roungchug, the innovative gastronomic voice behind Thai This, knows the Pacific. Born in Thailand, Jib tested his culinary chops in Hong Kong before moving to the Philippines and eventually Dana Point, where he’s been dishing up traditional, learned-from-mom cuisine with his well-traveled twist since 1992. Let Jib take you on a savory journey as you explore his Appethaizer, Go Hog Wild and Have Wings Will Travel menu items. 24501 Del Prado Avenue, Suite B, 949.240.7944, www.thaithis.com

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Peking Dragon Restaurant

34171 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.493.9499, www.pekingdragonrestaurant.com NOMINEES: Agostino’s By The Sea Ristorante Italiano • Angelina’s Pizzeria • Aurora’s Taqueria • Beach Hut Deli • Bonjour Café & Bistro • Brio Tuscany Grille • Cannons Seafood Grill • Carlos Mexican Restaurant • Casanova Ristorante • Chart House Restaurant • Choya Japanese • Dana Kai Sushi • El Patio Café • El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Bar • Gemmell’s Restaurant • Gen Kai Sushi • Harbor Delicatessen • Harbor House Café • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • Jack’s Restaurant • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • Luciana’s Ristorante • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Mahé • Maki Yaki Japanese Restaurant •

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Olamendi’s Mexican Restaurant • Peking Dragon Restaurant • Salt Creek Grille • Shanghai Charlie’s • Stella’s Serious Italian Restaurant • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Taco Surf • Tavern on the Coast • Thai Dara • The Harbor Grill • The Little Kitchen Asian Café • The Shwack Beach Grill • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Thai This; Silver: Gen Kai Sushi

BEST SUSHI GOLDEN LANTERN

Gen Kai Sushi

Three decades. That’s how long chefs at Gen Kai have been producing exotic, culinary masterpieces for local patrons— dishes full of raw, fresh, thinly-sliced sashimi and skillfully-crafted sushi rolls imitating the colorful artistry of Japan’s anime scenes. For lunch try the Deluxe Poki Bowl—sashimi salad atop rice and crab meat with ponzu sauce. And whether dinners are sticking with a simple spicy tuna roll or walking on the wild side with the Crazy Gen Kai, these artists are ready to create. 34143 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.240.2004, www.sushiorangecounty.com

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Mahé

24961 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.240.6243, www.eatatmahe.com NOMINEES: Choya Japanese Cuisine • Dana Kai Sushi • Ichibiri Japanese Restaurant • Maki Yaki Japanese Restaurant • Ralphs • Sushi Kiyo 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Gen Kai Sushi; Silver: Mahé


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“[My father] wanted a comfortable atmosphere ... he saw seafood as an opportunity to be creative.” KEEGAN HICKS, THE HARBOR GRILL

BEST RESTAURANT OVERALL GOLDEN LANTERN

BEST RESTAURANT FOR OUTDOOR DINING

The Harbor Grill

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The iconic Harbor Grill has seafood delivered daily and “anything less than the best” is sent back, says co-owner Keegan Hicks. The sauces accompanying the seafood—from Asian and Latin, to Mediterranean and Cajun—are made daily as well. Hicks says the high standards extend to creating a welcoming atmosphere and hiring seasoned staff. Don’t miss Thursdays, where oysters are served six different ways.

Wind & Sea Restaurant

Sailboats just out of arms reach, water on three sides, a crackling fire pit, and mahi mahi fish and chips give the Wind & Sea a magnetic appeal. What you can’t see by peering in over the patio fence is the competitive pricing, consistent cooking and SoCal hospitality of the wait staff. A casual atmosphere and their famous Mai Tais complete the outdoor dining experience. 34699 Golden Lantern,

34499 Golden Lantern, 949.240.1416, www.harborgrill.com

949.496.6500, www.windandsearestaurants.com

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Waterman’s Harbor

24050 Camino Del Avion, 949.443.1476, www.briorestaurant.com

34661 Golden Lantern, 949.764.3474, www.watermandp.com

NOMINEES: 180blũ • Agostino’s By The Sea Ristorante Italiano • Angelina’s Pizzeria • Beach Cities Pizza • Beach Hut Deli • Bonjour Café & Bistro • Bubba Kahunas Pizza & BBQ • Cannons Seafood Grill • Carlos Mexican Restaurant • Casanova Ristorante • Chart House Restaurant • Choya Japanese • Dana Point Yacht Club • Dana West Yacht Club • DaVine Food & Wine • El Patio Cafe • El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Bar • enoSTEAK • Gemmell’s Restaurant • Gen Kai Sushi • Harbor House Café • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • Hennessey’s Tavern • Jack’s Restaurant • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • Jon’s Fish Market • Luciana’s Ristorante • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Mahé • Monarch Beach Market • Olamendi’s Mexican Restaurant • OverVue Lounge • Peking Dragon Restaurant • Proud Mary’s • Raya • RJ’s Café • Salt Creek Grille • Stacks Pancakes House • Stella’s Serious Italian Restaurant • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Stonehill Tavern • Sushi Kiyo • Taco Surf • Tavern on the Coast • Thai This • The Brig Restaurant • The Coffee Importers • The Harbor Grill • The Little Kitchen Asian Café • The Point Restaurant and Bar • The Rib Joint • The Shwack Beach Grill • The Surfin Cowboy • The Wine Bistro • Turk’s Restaurant • Tutor and Spunky’s Deli • Vue • Waterman’s Harbor • WhataDish Café & Catering • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Harbor Grill; Silver: Luciana’s Ristorante

NOMINEES: 180blũ • Agostino’s By The Sea Ristorante Italiano • Beach Hut Deli • Bonjour Café & Bistro • Brio Tuscany Grille • Cannons Seafood Grill • Carlos Mexican Restaurant • Chart House Restaurant • Dana Point Yacht Club • Gemmell’s Restaurant • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • Hennessey’s Tavern • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • Jon’s Fish Market • Luciana’s Ristorante • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Mahé • Proud Mary’s • RJ’s Café • Salt Creek Grille • Stack’s Pancake House • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Taco Surf • Tavern on the Coast • The Coffee Importers • The Harbor Grill • The Point Restaurant and Bar • The Shwack Beach Grill • The Wine Bistro • Turk’s Restaurant • WhataDish Café & Catering 2013 WINNERS: New Category

BEST HAPPY HOUR GOLDEN LANTERN

Brio Tuscany Grille

If you want to have a drink where every-

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body knows your name, Brio owner Enzo Scognamiglio recommends their happy hour from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., seven days a week. “Everybody knows each other. The bartenders have been here for years,” Scognamiglio said. “It feels comfortable.” Patrons can enjoy discounted prices on house wines, cocktails and martinis, as well as appetizers like the Tuscany flatbread, calamari fritti and scampi caprese skewers. 24050 Camino Del

Avion, 949.443.1476, www.briorestaurant.com

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Wind & Sea Restaurant

34699 Golden Lantern, 949.496.6500, www.windandsearestaurants.com NOMINEES: 180blũ • Cannons Seafood Grill • Casanova Ristorante • Chart House Restaurant • Dana Point Yacht Club • Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching • Dana West Yacht Club • DaVine Food & Wine • El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Bar • Gen Kai Sushi • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • Hennessey’s Tavern • Jack’s Restaurant • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • Luciana’s Ristorante • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Mahé • OverVue Lounge • Salt Creek Grille • St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort • Stella’s Serious Italian Restaurant • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Sunsets Capo Beach • Taco Surf • Tavern on the Coast • Thai This • The Harbor Grill • The Point Restaurant and Bar • The Shwack Beach Grill • The Surfin Cowboy • The Wine Bistro • Turk’s Restaurant • Tutor and Spunky’s Deli • Waterman’s Harbor 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant; Silver: Wind & Sea Restaurant

BEST RESTAURANT FOR A DATE/ ROMANTIC EVENING GOLDEN LANTERN (TIE)

Luciana’s Ristorante

From the outside, Luciana’s looks like a charming home, and that’s no accident. Owner Jorge Luhan II strives to welcome

customers with the feeling of walking into a friend’s house. Luhan achieves this with veteran staff, flickering fireplaces, shelves lined with wine and old-world family recipes. It’s a romantic atmosphere where “you get the feel by walking into it” says Luhan, “and forget the trials of the day.” 24312 Del Prado Avenue,

949.661.6500, www.lucianas.com

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Chart House Restaurant

For a romantic evening out, many locals look no further than the Chart House, nestled atop the bluffs overlooking Dana Point Harbor. Guests are treated to fresh seafood offerings and sweeping vistas of the coast year-round, including seasonal views like the spring gray whale migration, fireworks in July and the Boat Parade of Lights in December. It’s no wonder the chain’s mantra is “seafood with a perfect view.” 34442 Green Lantern, 949.493.1183, www.chart-house.com

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The Harbor Grill

34499 Golden Lantern, 949.240.1416, www.harborgrill.com NOMINEES: 180blũ • Agostino’s By The Sea Ristorante Italiano • Bonjour Café & Bistro • Brio Tuscany Grille • Cannons Seafood Grill • Casanova Ristorante • DaVine Food & Wine • Dana Kai Sushi • Dana Point Yacht Club • enoSTEAK • Gemmell’s Restaurant • Gen Kai Sushi • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • Jack’s Restaurant • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Mahé • Olamendi’s Mexican Restaurant • Peking Dragon Restaurant • Raya • Salt Creek Grille • Stella’s Serious Italian Restaurant • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Stonehill Tavern • Tavern on the Coast • Thai This • The Rib Joint • The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel • The Wine Bistro • Turk’s Restaurant • Tutor and Spunky’s Deli • Vue • Waterman’s Harbor • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Luciana’s Ristorante; Silver: Chart House Restaurant


7th Annual

BEST OF DANA POINT PEOPLE’S CHOICE LANTERN AWARDS drinks, no frills and a unique view of the Harbor. Here you can sip your favorite beverage from the bar, watch the fishing boats come in with the day’s catch and swap stories with colorful barflies. Turk’s also offers popular bar food staples, such as burgers and fish and chips, to help soak up the libations. 34683 Golden Lantern,

Best Beer Selection Hennessey’s Tavern

949.496.9028

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Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

25001 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.388.8900, www.j-fat.com NOMINEES: 180blũ • Aventura Sailing Association • Blue Dolphin Restaurant & Billiards • Brio Tuscany Grille • Cannons Seafood Grill • Casanova’s Ristorante • Chart House Restaurant • Dana Point Yacht Club • Dana West Yacht Club • DaVine Food & Wine • El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Bar • Gemmell’s Restaurant • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • Hennessey’s Tavern • Jack’s Restaurant • Luciana’s Ristorante • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Mahé • OverVue Lounge • Proud Mary’s • Salt Creek Grille • Stella’s Serious Italian Restaurant • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Stonehill Tavern • Sunsets Capo Beach • Taco Surf • Tavern on the Coast • Thai This • The Harbor Grill • The Point Restaurant and Bar • The Ritz-Carlton • The Shwack Beach Grill • The Surfin Cowboy • Waterman’s Harbor • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Turk’s Restaurant; Silver: Brio Tuscany Grille

BEST MARGARITA GOLDEN LANTERN

El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Bar

BEST BEER SELECTION GOLDEN LANTERN (TIE)

Hennessey’s Tavern

It’s a fact: Hennessey’s is Dana Point’s spot. “It’s got that neighborhood feel,” says general manager Natalie Fischer. That ambience, coupled with two bars, $5 happy hour prices, 23 taps and rotating bottled-beer selection make this local watering hole a go-to stop for malted barley and wheat beverages. Feeling audacious? Join the Beer of the Month Club or tackle a 50-ounce pint of your favorite brew. 34111 La Plaza, 949.488.0121,

www.hennesseystavern.com

GOLDEN LANTERN (TIE)

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

When it comes to lagers and ales, JFAT sticks with small-batch, microbrews from hop masters in the 50 states and beyond. Sure, you’ll find the Rocky Mountain choice Coors Light on the “liquids” menu aside Dublin’s own dry stout Guinness, but brews from Los Angeles, Placentia, Solana Beach, San Diego and Fullerton reign supreme— giving libations list consumers a taste of Southern California’s beer scene. 25001 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.388.8900, www.j-fat.com

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The Point Restaurant and Bar 34085 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.464.5700, www.thepointrestaurantandbar.com

NOMINEES: Brio Tuscany Grille • Chart House Restaurant • Dana Point Yacht Club • DaVine & Wine • Harbor House Café • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Monarch Beach Market • Salt Creek Grille • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Tavern on the Coast • The Harbor Grill • The Shwack Beach Grill • The Surfin Cowboy • The Wine Bistro • Turk’s Restaurant • Waterman’s Harbor • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: New Category

BEST WINE SELECTION GOLDEN LANTERN

Yacht Club • El Torito Mexican Restaurant • enoSTEAK • Gemmell’s Restaurant • Hennessey’s Tavern • Jack’s Restaurant • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • Laguna Cliff ’s Marriott Resort & Spa • Luciana’s Ristorante • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Mahé • Monarch Beach Market • OverVue Lounge • Ralphs • Salt Creek Grille • St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort • Stella’s Serious Italian Restaurant • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Stonehill Tavern • Tavern on the Coast • Thai This • The Harbor Grill • The Point Restaurant and Bar • The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel • The Wine Bistro • Turk’s Restaurant • Tutor and Spunky’s Deli • Waterman’s Harbor • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Brio Tuscany Grille; Silver: DaVine Food & Wine

BEST BAR GOLDEN LANTERN

Turk’s Restaurant

Turk’s Restaurant in Dana Point Harbor is an institution, known for having stiff

El Torito offers a wide variety of margarita’s from a harbor-side vantage point, providing an opportunity to imbibe within site of the ocean. With a variety of premium and ultra-premium tequila offerings, as well as chances to choose between blended and hand-shaken options in a long list of flavors, El Torito’s margaritas are “lo mejor!” 34521 Golden

Lantern, 949.496.6311, www.eltorito.com

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Olamendi’s Mexican Restaurant 34664 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.661.1005, www.originalolamendis.com

NOMINEES: Aventura Sailing Association • Brio Tuscany Grille • Carlos Mexican Restaurant • Chart House Restaurant • Dana Point Yacht Club • Dana West Yacht Club • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • Hennessey’s Tavern • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Mahé • OverVue Lounge • Proud Mary’s • Salt Creek Grille • St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • Sunsets Capo Beach • Taco Surf • Tavern on the Coast • The Harbor Grill • The Point Restaurant and Bar • The RitzCarlton Laguna Niguel • The Surfin Cowboy • Turk’s Restaurant • Vivo Rooftop Lounge • Waterman’s Harbor • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Bar; Silver: Brio Tuscany Grille

Brio Tuscany Grille

With 33 wines by the glass and 100 bottles of vino on their wine list, it’s no surprise that Brio Tuscany Grille can please even the most discerning wine connoisseur. Owner Enzo Scognamiglio said most of their wines can’t be found at your typical grocery store; they come from local growers and vineyards in California’s central and north coasts. To top it all off, Brio guarantees a 6-ounce pour every time. 24050 Camino Del Avion,

949.443.1476, www.briorestaurant.com

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DaVine Food & Wine

34673 Golden Lantern, 949.493.4044, www.davine-wine.com NOMINEES: Cannons Seafood Grill • Casanova Ristorante • Chart House Restaurant • Dana Point Cigar & Wine • Dana Point Yacht Club • Dana West

14 DP Times Best of Dana Point People’s Choice Lantern Awards

Best Bar Turk’s Restaurant


7th Annual

BEST OF DANA POINT PEOPLE’S CHOICE LANTERN AWARDS

Best Home Décor Bella Bazaar

At the Shops … BEST HOME DÉCOR AND FURNISHINGS GOLDEN LANTERN

Bella Bazaar

Next time you are on a mission to find special decor, look no further than owner Azar Salehi’s bazaar of beautiful accents. A mélange of coastal-inspired decor with over 1,000 bolts of designer fabrics and lots of pottery, plush pillows, vases, original art and furnishings to entice the eye and spark the decorator in everyone. To keep it fresh, Salemi stocks new merchandise regularly. 34135 Pacific Coast Highway,

949.429.6200, www.bellabazaar.com

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2nd Hand Treasures

34272 Doheny Park Road, 949.218.7962, www.2ndhandtreasures.com NOMINEES: Art Sea Gallery • Coastal Arcadian • Dana Point Nursery • Downstairs Store • Hobie Surf Shop • Jeddy’s Upholstery & Interiors • JunQies Vintage Boutique • Lantern Bay Carpets • Ocean Institute • The Gift Chateau • Timeless Teak • Upstairs Store • Woody Hut 2013 WINNERS: Gold: 2nd Hand Treasures; Silver: Bella Bazaar

BEST CLOTHING GOLDEN LANTERN

Doheny Clothing Exchange

When a style-conscious mother and

daughter team set up shop five years ago, little did they know that, within months, it would be heralded the “hot spot” to buy, sell and trade gently-used clothing. Today, their business continues to hold its own, and its unusually large demographic. “Our current trends and contemporary wear bring in teens to women in their 80s,” says owner Pamela Vandergrift. 34276 Doheny Park Road, 949.240.4800

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Hobie Surf Shop

34174 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.496.2366, www.hobiesurfshop.com NOMINEES: Bella Bazaar • Bike Religion • Boutique Chez Nevine • Camellia Boutique • Carmady Street Boutique • Girl in the Curl Surf Shop • Golden Galleon Boutique • Infinity Surfboards • Jack’s Surfboards • JunQies Vintage Boutique • Killer Dana Surf Shop • Millie • Monarch Silks Fine Boutique • Ocean Institute • Top Brass • True Desire Women’s Fashions • Woody Hut 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Doheny Clothing Exchange; Silver: Hobie Surf Shop

BEST STORE TO BUY GIFTS FOR KIDS GOLDEN LANTERN

The Wee Loft

Wee Loft co-owner Annette Garcia said being locally owned and operated and easily reached from all around Dana Point are important parts of the store’s appeal for parents and kids. The store has been doing just that, for 25 years. But, there’s also something else—knowing what customers really want and need. “We don’t have everything, but we have the best,”

16 DP Times Best of Dana Point People’s Choice Lantern Awards

Garcia said. 32585 Golden Lantern, Suite K, 949.489.9202, www.theweeloft.com

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Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org NOMINEES: 2nd Hand Treasures • Art Sea Gallery • Bike Religion • Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari • Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching • Girl in the Curl Surf Shop • Hobie Surf Shop • Hogan’s Bait & Tackle • Infinity Surfboards • Jack’s Surfboards • JunQies Vintage Boutique • Killer Dana Surf Shop • String Tennis Shop • The Gift Chateau • Upstairs Store • Woody Hut 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Wee Loft; Silver: Ocean Institute; The Gift Chateau

BEST STORE TO BUY GIFTS FOR ADULTS

“We started 30 years ago selling pencils to kids. Now we get visitors from all over the world coming in to buy our goods.” DEBBIE FRANKS, OCEAN INSTITUTE

GOLDEN LANTERN

Ocean Institute

Raising awareness of the ocean’s health is a big job and the Ocean Institute embraces this challenge in everything they do, including their retail store. Debbie Franks, manager of the institute’s Laurena G. Chambers Gallery Book and Gift Store, curates one-of-a-kind nautical home decor items and ocean-themed specialty gifts, rugs and apparel for their visitors. Proceeds benefit the Ocean Institute. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org

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2nd Hand Treasures

34272 Doheny Park Road, 949.218.7962, www.2ndhandtreasures.com

NOMINEES: Art Sea Gallery • Bella Bazaar • Bike Religion • Camellia Boutique • Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari • Coastal Arcadian • Country Fox • Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching • DaVine Food & Wine • Dana Point Hardware • Doheny Clothing Exchange • Downstairs Store • Girl in the Curl Surf Shop • Golden Galleon Boutique • Harbor Jewelry • Hobie Surf Shop • Hogans Bait & Tackle • Infinity Surfboards • Jack’s Surfboards • JunQies Vintage Boutique • Killer Dana Surf Shop • Laura Seeley Studio • Marinelli Fine Jewelry • Massage Envy • Planet Beauty • String Tennis Shop • Sun Salute Yoga • The Gift Chateau • The HIVE & Co • The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel • Upstairs Store • Woody Hut 2013 WINNERS: Gold: 2nd Hand Treasures; Hobie Surf Shop Silver: Bella Bazaar


7th Annual

BEST OF DANA POINT PEOPLE’S CHOICE LANTERN AWARDS

BEST PLACE TO BUY FLOWERS

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NOMINEES: Dana Point Jet Ski & Kayak • Girl in the Curl Surf Shop • Infinity Surf Shop • Jack’s Surfboards • OC Surf & Sport • Outrigger Surf • Westwind Sailing 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Killer Dana Surf Shop; Silver: Hobie Surf Shop

Killer Dana Surf Shop

24621 Del Prado Avenue, 949.489.8380, www.killerdana.com

Browne’s Flowers

From full-service wedding floral design to special occasion deliveries for loved ones, customers have counted on owners Susan and Jim Browne and staff for the best in service, selection and quality for over 25 years. Freshness is unparalleled as Jim goes to market three times per week to offer long-lasting arrangements that are tops in value and a joy to give and receive. And their tiered openair display, makes choosing a visually dazzling and fragrant experience.

BEST BICYCLE SHOP

31456 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.661.4748, www.brownesflowers.com

“We are constantly keeping up with the trends of the floral industry and are blessed to have a team of very talented designers.”

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The Flower Girl

24040 Camino Del Avion, 949.248.1570, www.myflowergirl.com NOMINEES: Albertsons • Dana Point Farmers Market • Dana Point Nursery • Gelson’s Market • Ralphs • The Beach Flower 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Browne’s Flowers; Silver: McCool Flowers

SUSAN BROWNE, BROWNE’S FLOWERS

GOLDEN LANTERN

Bike Religion

BEST JEWELRY GOLDEN LANTERN (TIE)

Harbor Jeweler

Harbor Jeweler manager Rick Voskeritchian, a fifth-generation jeweler and watchmaker, and shop owner Vartan Jiznejian enjoy designing and custommaking their own jewelry and watches— whether it’s a silver, gold or platinum piece. Voskeritchian describes the shop as a “complete service jewelry store,” where they even offer overhauls of any type of watch. “We do all of the work onsite ourselves,” Voskeritchian said. 34515 Golden Lantern, 949.276.2424

GOLDEN LANTERN (TIE)

Marinelli Fine Jewelry

Upon entering Marinelli Fine Jewelry, visitors will find treasures ranging from orange diamonds and a colorful array of pearls to spruced-up coins salvaged from historic shipwrecks. Owner Marty Lungo carefully selects his metals and gemstones from around the world and is known for meticulously fashioning them into one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces. Most of the jewelry is custom-made onsite, with Lungo and associates crafting at the back of the shop. 32932 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 12, 949.443.4030

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Swiss Connection Fine Jewelry & Watches

32565 Golden Lantern Street, 949.488.0900, www.jeanjacquesmamie.com NOMINEES: 2nd Hand Treasures • About Time • Art Sea Gallery • Bella Bazaar • Camellia Boutique • Doheny Clothing Exchange • Girl in the Curl Surf Shop • Golden Galleon Boutique • Hobie Surf Shop • JunQies Vintage Boutique • JW Jewelry Design Inc • Mille Fleurs • OC Beads • Ocean Institute • The HIVE & Co • Upstairs Store • White Pelican Gallery • Woody Hut 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Harbor Jeweler; Silver: White Pelican Gallery

BEST SPECIALTY GROCER GOLDEN LANTERN

Gelson’s Market

Gelson’s takes the inaugural race in the new best specialty grocer category. With a well-appointed deli section and a wide variety of food items—customers seem to be able to find only there—Gelson’s has become a Dana Point favorite for hard-to-please shoppers in search of both a good deal and high quality. Started by brothers Eugene and Bernie Gelson in 1961, the Dana Point store is one the chain’s 18 locations. 24 Pointe

Monarch Drive, 949.488.8174, www.gelsons.com

SILVER LANTERN (TIE)

Monarch Beach Market

34040 Camino Del Avion, 949.429.8450, www.monarchbeachmarket.com

SILVER LANTERN (TIE)

Dana Point Farmers Market

La Plaza Park, 949.573.5033, www.danapoint.org NOMINEES: Albertsons • Buena Vista Market • DaVine Food & Wine • Marina Ranch Market • Ralphs • The HIVE & Co 2013 WINNERS: New Category

18 DP Times Best of Dana Point People’s Choice Lantern Awards

BEST SURF/ SUP SHOP GOLDEN LANTERN

Hobie Surf Shop

Hobie Alter pioneered the modern surfboard’s transition from wood to foam and fiberglass, invented the Hobie Cat sail boat and in 1954, opened Southern California’s first surf shop, in Dana Point. In the more than 60 years since, the company has grown, but gearing up for chasing fun on the water has remained as simple as visiting Hobie Surf Shop. 34174 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.496.2366, www.hobiesurfshop.com

Best Surf/SUP Shop Hobie Surf Shop

Bike Religion aims to be a mecca for all cyclists, from the devout to the newlyconverted. For the beginners, they offer a wide selection of bikes, bike fittings and free lifetime adjustments. Avid cyclists will appreciate the shop’s knowledgeable mechanics, guaranteed workmanship, advanced fittings, Bike Religion jerseys and the only Shimano service center in town. The staff even practices what they preach with four weekly club rides. 34150 Pacific Coast Highway, 855.433.8806, www.bikereligion.com

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Cycleogical

34102 La Plaza, Suite A, 949.542.4777, www.cycleogical.net NOMINEES: EZ Green Bikes • Hole in the Fence • Pedego Electric Bikes • Synaptic Cycles Bicycle Rentals 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Bike Religion; Silver: Cycleogical


7th Annual

BEST OF DANA POINT PEOPLE’S CHOICE LANTERN AWARDS

BEST TACKLE SHOP

Best Tackle Shop

GOLDEN LANTERN

Jig Stop Tackle and Tours

Specializing in providing both the tools and the opportunity to enjoy deep-sea fishing, Jig Stop Tackle and Tours is Dana Point’s new favorite tackle shop. In addition to a wide variety of lures and equipment, Jig Stop also offers fishermen the opportunity to tour the best spots locally and internationally, in the pursuit of the next big catch. 34186 Pacific Coast Highway,

Tina Hager. “We all have a lot of love and passion for what we do, and it shows.” 33971 Selva Road, Suite 105, 949.240.1773, www.artistryatinahagersalon.com

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Sundara Salon

Jig Stop Tackle and Tours

34212 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.487.0992, www.sundarasalondanapoint.com NOMINEES: Azalea Salon & Boutique • Brenda’s Hair House • Daniel Paul Salon • Dawnielle Jonene Salon • Ego Salon • Howard Jones Salon • JTC Salon • Kelly’s Hair Salon • Luca Shea The Salon • Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa • Magical Shears Hair Salon • Martha’s Beauty Salon • Paragon Salon & Studio • Parks Salon • Planet Beauty • Reflections Hair Design • Salon Connection • Salon De La Mer • Salon Palisades • Salon Revelation • Salon Rouge • Spa Gaucin at St. Regis • The Captain’s Chair • The District Salon • Top Nails & Hair • Vanity Salon 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Artistry Hair Salon; Silver: Salon Revelation

949.496.3555, www.jigstop.com

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BEST BARBER SHOP

Hogan’s Bait & Tackle

34320 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite G, 949.493.3528

GOLDEN LANTERN

The King’s Club Barber Shop

NOMINEES: Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Hogan’s Bait & Tackle; Silver: Jig Stop Tackle and Tours

When Mike Swenson bought the place eight years ago, he pledged to keep with tradition by offering a classic American barber shop experience. “It got started as a one-chair shop in 1964 and it remains the oldest working barber shop in Dana Point today,” says barber Scott Young. When the beloved landmark was torched by fire last year, the community rallied to rebuild it. It re-opened six months later with four chairs and its large loyal following intact. 34085 La Plaza,

Services on the To-Do List BEST MANICURE AND PEDICURE GOLDEN LANTERN

949.496.4644, www.thekingsclubbarbershop. blogspot.com

Posh Nails

Owner Alice Doan and her staff of 15 know how to keep customers happy with their excellent nail care services. Their Posh Pedicure includes callus removal, a scrub, mask, paraffin treatment and a long, luxurious hot stone massage. Equipped with eight top-of-the-line chairs, more than 400 color gel polishes, waxing and other beauty treatments, Posh is the place to go, seven days a week, for the very best in looking your best. 24040 Camino Del Avion, Suite 8,

949.496.7674

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Sports Barber

34221 Golden Lantern, 949.493.6081, www.sportsbarberdp.com

“We want people to feel safe and know that we think safety first in everything we teach.” TROY COX, OWNER/TRAINER, SUN SALUTE YOGA

Sun Salute Yoga

Salon Rouge

“Our disciplines are based in strengthening the body and mind and not so much focused on the spiritual,” says owner Troy Cox. Nevertheless, the studio’s new location feels like an enlightened space with its bowed walls, lounge, soft flooring and ample room for eight more students per class. Eight new classes were also added. Slow gentle yoga with essential healing oils is their most popular offering. 24582 Del Prado, Suite G,

34255 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 117, 949.489.1565, www.salonrougedanapoint.com NOMINEES: Artistic Nails & Hair Removal by Ilena • Azalea Salon & Boutique • Bella Terrace • Dana Skin & Nails • Design Nails Spa • Diane Tracy/Salon Rouge • Howard Jones Salon • JTC Salon • Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa • Le Visage European Day Spa • Mylee Salon • Paradise Nails • Salon De La Mer • Salon Revelation • Salon Rouge • Tic Tac Nails • Top Nails & Hair 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Posh Nails; Silver: Salon Rogue

BEST HAIR SALON GOLDEN LANTERN Located above scenic Dana Strand Beach, the talented stylists of Artistry Hair Salon offer premier customer service, professional quality of work and top-of-the-line hair products to their clientele. “We really make it our focus and priority to make all of our clients look and feel their best,” said owner 20 DP Times Best of Dana Point People’s Choice Lantern Awards

BEST YOGA/ PILATES STUDIO GOLDEN LANTERN

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Artistry Hair Salon

NOMINEES: Aloha Barber Salon • Artistry Hair Salon • Daniel Paul Salon • Ego Salon • JTC Salon • Reflections Hair Design • Salon Revelation • Salon Rouge • Sundara Salon • The Captain’s Chair • Vanity Salon 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Sports Barber; Silver: The King’s Club Barber Shop

949.371.6097, www.sunsaluteyoga.com

Best Barber Shop The King’s Club Barber Shop

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I Heart Yoga in the Park

Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road, www.iheartyogainthepark.com NOMINEES: Desa Prana • DP Pilates & Barre • Evolve Personalized Fitness/ Kardia Life Fitness Center • Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala • PCH Pilates & Yoga • Pilates on the Point • Rado’s Fitness • Reform Pilates Studio • Rooftop Pilates • Spa Gaucin at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort • Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Sun Salute Yoga; Silver: I Heart Yoga in the Park


7th Annual

BEST OF DANA POINT PEOPLE’S CHOICE LANTERN AWARDS

BEST MEDICAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

“We continually work toward staying current with the latest technology and training, to help our patients look and feel their best.”

GOLDEN LANTERN

JEANNINE KOFFORD, M.D., RIVIERA LASER STUDIOS

Mark Kofford, M.D.,Ph.D./ Jeannine Kofford, M.D./ Dana Point Medical Associates/ Riviera Laser Studios

“We’ve strive to provide patients with thorough care. We don’t rush them and give as much personalized attention as possible,” said Dr. Jeannine Kofford, of this husband and wife team of M.D.s. “Mark (Kofford) and I genuinely love and care for our patients. And our physician’s assistant Monica Alvarez, PA/C, is caring, competent and goes the extra mile.” The practice includes non-surgical facial aesthetics and general medicine. The doctors travel the world on multiple medical missions each year. 24582 Del Prado Avenue,

949.240.4291, www.rivieralaser.com

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Thomas Oliveira, M.D.

24672 San Juan Avenue, 949.218.2334 NOMINESS: Anne Luhan, M.D./Elite Medizin • Bob Sears, M.D./Sears Family Pediatrics • Burton A. Lucich, D.C./Lucich Chiropractic • Danuta Delnitz, M.D./ Family Medical Center • Dana Point Physical Therapy • Dana Point Urgent Care • Greg A. Brown, M.D. • Irene M. Lin-Dilorinzo, O.D./Monarch Bay Optometry • John C. Spaeth, O.D./Ocean Ranch Optometry • Judy L. Bourget, M.D. • Laguna Dana Urgent Care • Larry Snyder, M.D. • Maya Bidichandani-Kaura, M.D. • Patrick K. Thein, M.D. • Rose Hearing Aid Center • Shilpa Gaikwad, M.D. • Therapy Solutions • Usha Idnani, M.D. • Xu’s Chinese Healing 2013 WINNERS: Anne Luhan, M.D.; Silver: Larry Snyder, M.D.

the health of their teeth. “One of our patients said he feels so good, he can’t stop smiling,” Godino said. 34190 Pacific Coast

Highway, 949.493.7004, www.drfrankgodino.com

BEST DENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

SILVER LANTERN (TIE)

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Jeffrey R. Kindseth, D.D.S./ Dana Point Dental Care

Frank Godino, D.M.D./ Dana Niguel Dental

The key to a great smile is healthy gums and teeth. Frank Godino, who practices family and cosmetic dentistry including fixed bridge work, has witnessed the results firsthand. Godino said his patients are happier after he works to improve

BEST ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

Gerald Franke, D.D.S.

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SILVER LANTERN (TIE)

“I focus on reducing cellular inflammation to improve one’s quality of life,” says Lucich. “It reduces neck and back pain and disease.” Since 1996, Lucich has been improving the community’s health with traditional adjustments and healing therapies, using advanced infrared therapy systems and high frequency machines. Lucich has also served as an official chiropractor to professional surfers during World Championship Tour events. His mission is to coach his clients, from kids to adults, on the “how-tos” of excellent health. 24721 La Plaza, 949.240.7423

24861 Del Prado Avenue, 949.661.6255, www.drgeraldfranke.com

24721 La Plaza, 949.661.2152, www.danapointdentalcare.com

NOMINEES: Anne Fingal, D.D.S. • Carmen Freiberg, D.D.S. • Charles E. Slone, D.D.S. • Dana Cosmo Dental • Eric Johnson, D.D.S. • Hannah Lewis, D.D.S./Dana Point Smiles • Hemant Patel, D.D.S./Dana Point Smiles • Herbert S. Malmon, D.D.S./Ocean Ranch Dentistry • Ian H. Rodd, D.D.S. • Jeff Briney, D.D.S. • Judy J. Tiffany/Monarch View Dental • Kelly F. McDonough, D.D.S. • Mark Cruz, D.D.S. • Steven Margulies, D.D.S. 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Gerald Franke, D.D.S.; Jeffrey R. Kindseth, D.D.S.; Silver: Hannah Lewis, D.D.S.

Best Dental Provider Frank Godino, D.M.D.

Burton A. Lucich, D.C./ Lucich Chiropractic

SILVER LANTERN (TIE)

Pacific Acupuncture Center

34255 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 114, 949.489.1911, www.pacificacupuncture.com

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Massage Envy Spa

Since its launch in 2009, Massage Envy manager Darcey Holdt says the spa has been promoting a culture of integrity, honesty, excellence and teamwork, while offering convenient and affordable massage therapy and spa services. Massage Envy is open late nights and on weekends to accommodate busy schedules, making it the perfect stop for a stress-relieving facial or customized massage session. 32585 Golden Lantern,

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Suite C, 949.545.0444, www.massageenvy.com

Xu’s Chinese Healing

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24692 Del Prado Avenue, 949.493.0962 NOMINEES: Angela Goldstein, N.D. • Dana Point Bodycentre • Dana Point Physical Therapy • Dr. Blake Medical Marijuana of San Diego/Orange County • Judy L. Bourget, M.D. • Pack Physical Therapy • Ocean Ranch Chiropractic • Susan Jeffries, L.Ac. 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Lucich Chiropractic; Silver: Pack Physical Therapy

22 DP Times Best of Dana Point People’s Choice Lantern Awards

BEST SPA FOR MASSAGES, FACIALS, ETC.

Dana Point Bodycentre

24629 Del Prado Avenue, 949.487.0891, www.danapointbodycentre.com NOMINEES: Dawns Day Spa • English Rose Skincare • Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa • Planet Beauty • Pure Clover Skin Spa • Rescue Skin Care and Waxing Studio • Riviera Beach & Spa Resort • Skin Diva Day Spa • Spa Alana • Spa Gaucin/St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort • Sundara Salon • Thai Body Works Dana Point • The Eyelash Spa • The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel • White Lotus Day Spa 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Dana Point Bodycentre; Silver: Massage Envy Spa


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BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE OVERALL

Best Customer Service

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Tutor and Spunky’s Deli

Tutor and Spunky’s Deli

Sandwiches made to order and with a smile has been the order of the day since 1988. “Not be clichéd, but the customer is always right—even when they’re wrong,” said owner Tom Blake. “Every time someone walks through the door or calls it’s a chance to win over a new customer or please a regular—many of whom we know by name and know their usual order. Every employee knows this and does everything they can to make a good impression.” 34085 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.248.3851, www.tutorandspunkys.com

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Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.488.2828, www.dolphinsafari.com NOMINEES: 2nd Hand Treasures • 949hometeam • Anthony’s Shoe Repair • Art Sea Gallery • Artistry Hair Salon • A’s Burgers • Beach Cities Pizza • Beach Hut Deli • Bella Bazaar • Best Western Plus Dana Point Inn-by-the-Sea • Best Western Plus Marina Shoes Hotel • Bike Religion • Blue Lantern Inn • Bonjour Café & Bistro • Brio Tuscany Grille • Burton A. Lucich, D.C./Lucich Chiropractic • Camellia Boutique • Carlos Mexican Restaurant • Choya Japanese • City of Dana Point • Cox Communications • Crank & Grind • CrossFit Dana Point • CVS Pharmacy • Cyclelogical • Dana Point Aquatic Foundation • Dana Point Auto Service • Dana Point Bodycentre • Dana Point Chamber of Commerce • Dana Point Foreign Car Service • Dana Point Grooming and Pet Spa • Dana Point Hardware • Dana Point Jet Ski & Kayak • Dana Point Marina Inn • Dana Point Nursery • Dana Point Yacht Club • Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching • DaVine Food & Wine • Dawgy Style Groom Shop • Doheny Builders Supply • Doheny Clothing Exchange • Downstairs Store • Ed Reiner Diving Company • Edward Jones • Edward Jones, Tammy McKennon • Elaine LaVine/State Farm Insurance • El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Bar • Evergreen Realty • FedEx • Gelson’s Market • Gemmell’s Restaurant • Girl in the Curl Surf Shop • Golden Galleon Boutique • Harbor Delicatessen • Harbor House Café • Hogan’s Bait & Tackle • I Heart Yoga in the Park • Infinity Surfboards • Jack’s Restaurant • Jack’s Surfboards • JC Beans Coffee House • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • Jon’s Fish Market • JTC Salon • JunQies Vintage Boutique • Killer Dana Surf Shop • Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa • Lantern Bay Interiors • Leo Chade Real Estate • Luciana’s Ristorante • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Mahé • Massage Envy Spa • Mike Plouff/Allstate • Mission Hull • Monarch Beach Market • OC Dana Point Harbor • Ocean Institute • Outbound Yacht Services • OverVue Lounge • Pacific Acupuncture Services • Pacific Cleaners • Pacific Western Bank • Paul’s TV • Performance Haus Volkswagon • Proud Mary’s Restaurant • Ralphs • Raymar Cleaners • RJ’s Café • Royal Cleaners • Salon Revelation • Salon Rouge • Salt Creek Grille • Ship To Shore Insurance • Sign Lingo • Smart & Final • South Coast Fire Protection • St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort • Stack’s Pancake House • State Farm, Ted Bowersox • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • String Tennis Shop • Sun Salute Yoga • Sundara Salon • Sunsets Capo Beach • Surterre Properties • Taco Surf • Tavern on the Coast • The Brig Restaurant • The Coffee Importers • The Gift Chateau • The Harbor Grill • The HIVE & Co • The Little Asian Kitchen Café • The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel • The Shwack Beach Grill • The Surfin Cowboy • The UPS Store • The Wee Loft • The Wine Bistro • Threads Cleaners • Timeless Teak • Turk’s Restaurant • Vintage Marina Partners • Waterman’s Harbor • Westwind Sailing • White Pelican Gallery • Wind & Sea Restaurant • Woody Hut 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Tutor and Spunky’s Deli; Silver: The Coffee Importers

BEST VETERINARIAN GOLDEN LANTERN

Golden Lantern Animal Hospital

Owners Bob Stone and Tom Saunders can expect many more years to come as the community’s top choice for all their pets’ medical needs. Last year, the hospital went above and beyond typical pet care practices by adding anesthesia-free dental cleaning. “We are so grateful to our clients for the last 24

“We have been individually owned for 26 years and are not a chain. We’re proud of that. But we also know we have a job to do and must represent Dana Point as one of this city’s outstanding businesses.”

BEST SPECIALTY BEAUTY SERVICE

TOM BLAKE, OWNER, TUTOR AND SPUNKY’S DELI

years of continued service,” said manager Rhonda Bell of the hospital’s loyal customer base. “It’s very humbling.” 32545 Golden Lantern, 949.493.1370, www.goldenlanternah.com

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Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital

quite enjoy pampering their four-legged clients. The pets seem to like it too— relishing the special treatment while being groomed to perfection. The driving force behind such harmony in DP’s animal kingdom is owner Tamara Muslin, whose enduring passion for animals is still going strong after 10 years in business. “It just seems to work,” she said.

34249 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.661.6375, www.dananiguelvet.com

34102 La Plaza, Suite B, 949.429.7297, www.ocgroomer.com

NOMINEES: Gary Johnson, D.V.M./Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital • James W. Bridge, D.V.M./Dana Capistrano Animal Clinic • Tom Saunders/Golden Lantern Animal Hospital • Wendi Browne, D.V.M./Estrella Veterinary Hospital 2013 WINNERS: New Category

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BEST GROOMING/ PET CARE GOLDEN LANTERN

Dana Point Grooming and Pet Spa

In this happy environment, pet stylists

Dawgy Style Groom Shop

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The Lash Spa of Orange County

Long lashes are an enduring sign of beauty for many cultures, with the practice of enhancing eyelashes dating as far back as the Bronze Age. Owners Kristy Johnson Armijo and Noelle Mathieu are licensed professionals in modern lash extensions with nearly a decade of experience. Inside their serene space, brow and lash tinting, body waxing, hair extensions, makeup application and other beauty services are also offered. 34071 La Plaza, Suite 130, 949.661.1200, www.thelashspa.com

34085 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 112, 949.496.3315

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OC Happy Tails Dog Grooming 32802 Crown Valley Parkway, 949.370.6033, www.ochappytails.com

NOMINEES: Beach Dogue • Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital • Estrella Pet Grooming • Estrella Veterinary Hospital • Golden Lantern Animal Hospital • Paws for a Tail 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Dana Point Grooming and Pet Spa; Silver: Dawgy Style Groom Shop

The Sculpted Brow

24422 Del Prado Avenue, 949.293.3193, www.thesculptedbrow.com NOMINEES: Artisty Hair Salon • Azalea Salon & Boutique • Dana Point Bodycentre • Dawns Day Spa • English Rose Skincare • Glycelene • JTC Salon • Kelly’s Hair Salon • Magical Shears Hair Salon • Planet Beauty • Posh Nails • Pro Nail • Salon Revelation • Salon Rouge • Spa Alana • Sundara Salon • Tic Tac Nails • Top Nails & Hair • Vanity Salon 2013 WINNERS: New Category

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7th Annual

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Best Gym/ Workout Fitness Together

BEST GYM/ WORKOUT GOLDEN LANTERN

Fitness Together

Fitness Together provides one-on-one personal training, small group training and nutritional guidance tailored to fit each individual. Whether your aim is to lose weight, tone and tighten muscles or simply work toward better health, owner Debbie Peters has an expert team of trainers ready to provide motivation and guidance to meet your wellness goals and get the results you want. 34255 Pacific

Coast Highway, Suite 107, 949.488.0005, www.fitnesstogether.com

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Evolve Personalized Fitness 24582 Del Prado Avenue, 949.661.1213, www.evolvefitnessdp.com

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I Heart Yoga in the Park

Lantern Bay Park, www.iheartyogainthepark.com NOMINEES: Billy Blanks Ancient Arts Studio • CrossFit Dana Point • Dana Point Headlands Nature Park • Dana Point Physical Therapy • Dana Strand Beach (Stairs) • Desa Prana • DP Pilates & Barre • FIT Club Outdoor Bootcamp • Gracie Barra Dana Point • Jazzercise Dana Point • Kardia Life Fitness Center • Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa • Palestra Gym • PCH Pilates & Yoga • Rado’s Fitness • Reform Pilates Studio • Rooftop Pilates • So Cal Boot Camp • Sun Salute Yoga • Tennis Club at Monarch Beach • The Dragon Institute 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Fitness Together; Silver: Rado’s Fitness

focus and determination of its students. Founder Adam Williss has been teaching Wing Chun for more than 20 years. 34241 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.542.8470, www.ocwingchun.com

“Our motto, ‘No egos, no competition, just superior self-defense,’ says it all.” ELISABETH WILLISS, CO-OWNER, THE DRAGON INSTITUTE

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Billy Blanks Ancient Arts Studio 34207 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.542.4348, www.billyblanksancientarts.com

NOMINEES: Gracie Barra Dana Point • United Studios of Self Defense 2013 WINNERS: New Category

BEST DRY CLEANER GOLDEN LANTERN

Raymar Cleaners

For more than 50 years, Raymar Cleaners has been providing Dana Point residents with high quality, environmentally safe dry cleaning. Owner Ann Chung said she enjoys being a part of the community and is proud of their customer service, which includes services like alterations and shoe repairs. “Our customers are like family to us, and that’s what keeps us going every day,” Chung said. 34085 La Plaza,

had a customer walk out of our store unhappy.” In addition to good service, their one-of-a-kind designs crafted from platinum, gold, pearls and gemstones are truly a delight to behold. Every year, Lungo travels the country acquiring precious gems and stones. And Marinelli crafts 80 percent of their merchandise onsite. 32932 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 12, 949.443.4030

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Harbor Jeweler

GOLDEN LANTERN

The Dragon Institute

The Dragon Institute is Dana Point’s choice for the city’s top martial arts studio in this category’s Lantern Awards debut. Specializing in the Wing Chun school of kung fu, the school provides self-defense classes for adults and kids alike, while also providing help with

34119 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.661.0988

Threads Cleaners

24839 Del Prado Avenue, 949.388.6900

Marinelli Fine Jewelry

“Customer Service is our main goal,” says founder Marty Lungo. “We’ve never

26 DP Times Best of Dana Point People’s Choice Lantern Awards

34342 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.496.1086

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Rubens Imports

NOMINEES: AAMCO Transmissions • Dana Point Foreign Car Service • Dana Point Shell • OC Smog Center 2 • Old Town Garage • Performance Haus Volkswagen 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Dana Point Auto Service; Silver: Dana Point Shell; Rubens Imports

Royal Cleaners

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Dana Point Auto Service owner Richard Deffenbaugh said the key to running his business over the last 46 years has been providing exceptional customer service. Dana Point Auto is a complete auto repair facility and California STAR certified smog station, servicing both foreign and domestic cars. “Customers come to us for our service, our honesty and our ties to the community,” Deffenbaugh said.

NOMINEES: 2nd Hand Treasures • Art Sea Gallery • Jean-Jacques Mamie • JW Jewelry Design Inc. • Monaco Jewelers • Swiss Connection Fine Jewelry • White Pelican Gallery 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Harbor Jeweler; Silver: Marinelli Fine Jewelry

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BEST JEWELER

Dana Point Auto Service

34134 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.493.5050, www.rubensimports.com

Suite B, 949.496.2640, www.raymarcleaners.com

NOMINEES: Celebrity Cleaners • Crown Cleaners • Dana Point Cleaners • Elite Cleaners • Monarch Bay Cleaners • Pacific Cleaners • Sparklean Laundry • Sunny Fresh Cleaners 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Raymar Cleaners; Silver: Elite Cleaners; Royal Cleaners

GOLDEN LANTERN

34515 Golden Lantern, 949.276.2424

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BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO

BEST CAR REPAIR

Best Car Repair Dana Point Auto Service


7th Annual

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BEST YACHT/BOAT MAINTENANCE REPAIR GOLDEN LANTERN

Ed Riener Diving Company

Hooray for rust busters. These are the frogmen who dare to dive deep to provide hull cleaning and maintenance. For 36 years, ERDC has been busy down below, preventing algae-growth and rusting on the underbelly of every kind of boat from diesel motor yachts to quaint sailboats. A team of three industrious divers work year-round, servicing clientele from Huntington Beach to Oceanside, including many happy Dana Point Harbor customers. 34571 Golden Lantern, 760.721.1928, www.edrienerdiving.com

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Dana Point Shipyard

34671 Puerto Place, Suite A, 949.661.1313, www.danapoint-shipyard.com NOMINEES: American Yacht Service • Aqua Tech Yacht Services • Captain’s Choice Marine Tech • Dana Harbor Marine Service • Dana Point Jet Ski & Kayak Center • Dana Point Yacht Maintenance • Dana West Yacht Club • Dick Simon Yachts • Dolphin Divers • Harbor Boat Rentals • John Ross Marine Diesel & Mechanical Repairs • Marine Care & Repair • Mariner’s Yacht & Ship Brokerage • Mission Hull, Inc • Nordhavn • Orange County Outboards • Outbound Yacht Services • Ricardo Vega Marine • Sea Wolff Canvas • Tony Cozad Yacht Services • West Marine • Yacht Ready Consultants 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Ed Riener Diving Company; Silver: Dana Point Shipyard

BEST LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION GOLDEN LANTERN

Ocean Institute

The Ocean Institute’s passionate and knowledgeable staff utilizes local history, science and natural resources to teach adults and kids alike—including more than 100,000 students last year. The recently-added Maddie James Seaside Learning Center is the first in a twophase expansion that will vastly increase the institute’s public accessibility and educational opportunities. “There are

Best Live Music Brio Tuscany Grille

always new things happening here,” said CEO Dan Stetson. “There’s no place like this in the U.S.” 24200 Dana Point Harbor

Drive, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org

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Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group P.O. Box 471, 949.373.5373, www.danapoint5thmarines.com

NOMINEES: Acoustic for a Change • Adopt-a-Class/Ocean Institute • Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley • Canine Companions • Dana Point Aquatic Foundation • Dana Point Boaters Association • Dana Point Chamber of Commerce • Dana Point Harbor Youth Foundation • Dana Point Historical Society • Dana West Yacht Club • Dana West Youth Sailing • Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association • Festival of Whales Foundation • Fish for Life • Gulf of Catalina Gray Whale Preservation & Education Foundation • Hearts 4 Africa • Hope 4 Kids • I’m a Shoe Angel • Lighthouse Thrift Store • Mariners 936 Sea Scouts of Dana Point • Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club • Pet Project Foundation • Read to a Dog/Dana Point Library • Reflexion Connexion • Relay for Life of Dana Point • Skatepark of Dana Point • Surfers Healing • Trauma Intervention Program • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934 • Welcome Inn • Zero Trash 2013 WINNERS: New Category

Getting Out BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OFTOWNERS GOLDEN LANTERN

Dana Point Harbor

Since its opening in 1971 Dana Point Harbor has been an important center for recreation, shopping and dining. Its location—with the Pacific on one side and the majestic cliffs of the Dana Point Headlands on the other—provides one of the world’s most scenic locales. A trip to Dana Point would not be complete without a visit to the Harbor. 34624 Golden Lantern, 949.923.2255, www.danapointharbor.com

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Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.488.2828, www.dolphinsafari.com

Best Place to Take Outof-Towners Dana Point Harbor

28 DP Times Best of Dana Point People’s Choice Lantern Awards

NOMINEES: 180blũ • 2nd Hand Treasures • Artistry Hair Salon • Aventura Sailing Association • Baby Beach • Beach Cities Pizza • Bella Bazaar • Bike Religion • Bonjour Café & Bistro • Brio Tuscany Grill • Bubba Kahuna’s Pizza & BBQ • Cannons Seafood Grill • Chart House Restaurant • Dana Point Aquatic Foundation • Dana Point Bodycentre • Dana Point Headlands Nature Preserve • Dana Point Jet Ski & Kayak Center • Dana Strand Beach • Dana Point Tide Pools • Dana Point Yacht Club • Dana West Yacht Club • Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching • Doheny Clothing Exchange • Doheny State Beach • El Torito Mexican Restaurant • Gelson’s Market • Gemmell’s Restaurant • Harbor House Café • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • Heritage Park • Hogan’s Bait & Tackle • I Heart Yoga in the Park • Jack’s Surfboards • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern • Jon’s Fish Market • JunQies Vinatge Boutique • Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa • Luciana’s Ristorante • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Mahé • Maki Yaki Japanese Restaurant • Marina Ranch Market • Marinelli Fine Jewelry • Monarch Bay Club • Monarch Beach Market • Ocean Institute •

Olamendi’s Mexican Restaurant • OverVue Lounge • Peking Dragon Restaurant • Proud Mary’s • RJ’S Café • Salt Creek Beach • Scoop Deck at The Coffee Importers • South Shores Church • St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort • StillWater Spirits & Sounds • The Coffee Importers • The Gift Chateau • The Harbor Grill • The HIVE & Co • The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel • The Shwack Beach Grill • The Surfin Cowboy • Turk’s Restaurant • Tutor and Spunky’s Deli • Waterman’s Harbor • Westwind Sailing • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Dana Point Harbor; Silver: Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

BEST VENUE FOR LIVE MUSIC GOLDEN LANTERN

Brio Tuscany Grille

Five days a week, patrons swarm the dance floor at Brio Tuscany Grille to enjoy the restaurant’s vibrant live music scene. Owner Enzo Scognamiglio said the nightly entertainment rotates between local bands, talented open mic performers and Latin music like salsa and meringue on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, Brio caters to the younger crowd with “Club Brio,” featuring popular Orange County disc jockey, DJ Johnny. 24050 Camino Del Avion, 949.443.1476, www.briorestaurant.com

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StillWater Spirits & Sounds 24701 Del Prado Avenue, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com

NOMINEES: 180blũ • Aventura Sailing Association • Dana Point Yacht Club • Doheny Blues Festival • Dana Point Yacht Club • Dana West Yacht Club • DaVine Food & Wine • Harbor Music Cruise/Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching • Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant • Hennessey’s Tavern • Heritage Park • Laguna Cliff ’s Marriott Resort & Spa • Lantern Bay Park • Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar • Mahé • Ocean Institute • Ocean Institute Jazz Festival • OverVue Lounge • Salt Creek Grille • Sea Terrace Park • Stella’s Serious Italian Restaurant • Summer Concerts in the Park • Taco Surf • The Point Restaurant and Bar • The Rib Joint • The Surfin Cowboy • The Wine Bistro • Waterman’s Harbor • Wind & Sea Restaurant • WhataDish Café & Catering 2013 WINNERS: Gold: StillWater Spirits & Sounds; Silver: Brio Tuscany Grille


7th Annual

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Best Lodging Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

BEST LODGING GOLDEN LANTERN

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

The Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort’s seemingly endless list of amenities and services, sweeping ocean views, close proximity to the beach and location adjacent to a sprawling park give this hotel a leg up on the competition. But what sets them apart, according to General Manager Jim Samuels, is their employees. “We’re really focused on creating an environment and culture of friendly service,” Samuels said. 25135 Park Lantern, 949.661.5000, www.lagunacliffs.com

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The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, 949.240.2000, www.ritzcarlton.com

NOMINEES: Best Western Plus Dana Point Inn-by-the-Sea • Best Western Plus Marina Shores • Blue Lantern Inn • Dana Point Harbor Inn • Dana Point Marina Inn • Doheny State Beach Campgrounds • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach • St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa; Silver: Dana Point Marina Inn

Strand Vista Park to the beach below. A network of paths completely encircles the beach making it popular among walkers. Access from Strand Vista Park on Selva Road

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Salt Creek Beach

33333 S. Pacific Coast Highway, 949.923.2280, www.ocparks.com NOMINEES: Baby Beach • Capistrano Beach Park/Hole in the Fence • Doheny State Beach • Monarch Beach 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Dana Strand Beach; Silver: Doheny State Beach; Salt Creek Beach

BEST PARK GOLDEN LANTERN

Lantern Bay Park

949.248.3557, www.danapoint.org

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Nestled at the foot of the Dana Point Headlands on a crescent-shaped cove, Strand is one of the area’s most scenic stretches of sand. From surfing to sandcastle building, it is a favorite place for locals to enjoy a day at the beach. Four walkways and a funicular inclined elevator offer easy access from parking at

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Dana Point Turkey Trot

A longstanding Thanksgiving Day tradition, the Dana Point Turkey Trot, with its 10K, 5K and kids’ Gobble Wobble, draws a crowd of participants and spectators estimated at 15,000. Runners—many in costume—come for the physical challenge, fun, camaraderie and the satisfaction of knowing their entry fees are going to support local charitable organizations. Event organizer, the Dana

Its high bluff top location makes Lantern Bay Park the perfect spot for taking in the panoramic view of the coast whether just on a stroll or enjoying live music at summer concert events. With a basketball court, barbecues, picnic tables, restrooms and a playground, it is a great place for families. The expansive lawn offers picturesque views of Doheny Beach and the Harbor and is a popular spot for couples to tie the knot and kids’ birthday parties. 25111 Park Lantern Road,

BEST BEACH Dana Strand Beach

BEST LOCAL ANNUAL EVENT

Pines Park

34941 Camino Capistrano, 949.248.3557, www.danapoint.org NOMINEES: Baby Beach • Creekside Park • Crystal Cove Park • Dana Crest Park • Dana Woods Park • Del Obispo Park • Doheny State Beach • Dana Point Headlands Nature Preserve • Harry Otsubo Community Gardens • Heritage Park • Lantern Village Community Park • La Plaza Park • Louise Leyden Park • Palisades Gazebo • Salt Creek Beach Park • Sampson Overview Gazebo • Sea Canyon Park • Sea Terrace Community Park • Sea View Park • Shipwreck Park • Strand Vista Park • Sunset Park • Thunderbird Park 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Lantern Bay Park; Silver: Heritage Park

30 DP Times Best of Dana Point People’s Choice Lantern Awards

Best Annual Event Dana Point Turkey Trot

Point Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the event’s 37th year in 2014. 949.496.1555,

www.turkeytrot.com

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Dana Point Festival of Whales 949.496.5794, www.festivalofwhales.com

NOMINEES: Annual Charity Regatta/Dana West Yacht Club • Ante Up for Autism • Billabong Cosmic Creek Surf Contest • California Wine Festival • Dana Point Food Wine & Music Festival • Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling • Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights • Dana Point IlluminOcean • Dana Point Lobster Fest • Dana Point Oktoberfest • Dana Point State BBQ Championships • Dana Point Symphony • Doheny Blues Festival • Doheny Days Music Festival • Doheny Surf Festival • Doheny Wood • Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular • I Heart Yoga in the Park • Movies in the Park • Ocean Institute Jazz Festival • Shakespeare in the Park • Rainbow Sandals Jerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle • Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta • Summer Concerts in the Park • The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Tree Lighting • Toshiba Tall Ships Festival • Wag-AThon • Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook Off 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Dana Point Festival of Whales; Summer Concerts in the Park; Silver: Dana Point Turkey Trot


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BEST HARBOR RECREATION/ EXCURSION

“The cornerstone of our success is giving back to the community. We are happy to support local organizations by donating ocean adventures that create lifelong memories.”

GOLDEN LANTERN

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

DONNA KALEZ, CO-OWNER, DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING & WHALE WATCHING

The first business in operation when the Harbor opened 44 years ago and the originators of whale watching in Orange County, Dana Wharf offers daily excursions to observe the majestic ocean mammals, as well as year-round sportfishing, kids’ camps, specialty cruises and more. “We do our best to offer an array of fun and exciting ocean adventures that appeal to all ages,” said Donna Kalez, who owns and operates the business alongside her brother Michael Hansen. 34675 Golden Lantern, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com

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Westwind Sailing

34451 Ensenada Place, 949.492.3035, www.westwindsailing.com NOMINEES: Aventura Sailing Association • boat racing • boating • Capo Beach Watercraft • Catalina Express • Curlew Charters Inc • Dana Point Aquatic Foundation • Dana Point Jet Ski & Kayak Center • Dick Simon Yachts • Dream Catcher Yachts • fishing • geocaching • Harbor Boat Rentals • kayaking • Music Harbor Cruise/Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching • OC Wine Cruise/Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching • Ocean Institute • Riviera Burial at Sea and Boat Charter • sailing • scuba diving • Spirit of Dana Point/ Ocean Institute • stand-up paddleboarding • Toshiba Tall Ships Festival 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching; Silver: Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

BEST WHALE WATCHING

Photo: Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

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Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

Best Whale Watching

“People want a peak experience, and my goal is to give them that,” said owner, Capt. Dave Anderson. 2015 will be his 20th year operating whale and dolphin safaris out of Dana Point Harbor and he says he feels blessed to be able to share the majesty of the ocean’s mammals while he and his team are doing what they love. “Everyone on my crew loves the work too,” Anderson said. “We put our hearts into it and I think it shows.” His four boats—sailing and power catamarans—offer special features, such as underwater viewing pods and hydrophones. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive,

Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

949.488.2828, www.dolphinsafari.com

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Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching 34675 Golden Lantern, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com

NOMINEES: Aventura Sailing Association • Ocean Institute 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari; Silver: Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching Photo: Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari/Barry Curtis

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7th Annual

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BEST WEDDING VENUE GOLDEN LANTERN

Dana Point Yacht Club

Dramatic entrances and grand ocean vistas are the hallmark of the Dana Point Yacht Club, and “where else can you arrive by boat?” says Danielle Hunt, event director. But it’s the accommodations that make it the best wedding venue, Hunt says. “It’s like a beach wedding without the hassle.” Their strength is personalizing weddings, with a 200-person capacity ball room and a versatile inhouse chef. 24399 Dana Drive, 949.496.2900, www.dpyc.org

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Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org NOMINEES: Aventura Sailing Association • beaches • Cannons Seafood Grill • Chart House Restaurant • Dana Strand Beach • Dana West Yacht Club • Doheny State Beach • Heritage Park • Lantern Bay Park • OC Sailing & Events Center • Palisades Gazebo • Pines Park • Sampson Overview Gazebo • Salt Creek Grille • South Shores Church • St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church • St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort • Strand Vista Park • The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel • Waterman’s Harbor • Wind & Sea Restaurant 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa; Silver: Dana Point Yacht Club

BEST YACHT CLUB

Best Wedding Venue Dana Point Yacht Club Photo: Dana Point Yacht Club

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BEST SURF BREAK

Dana West Yacht Club

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“It’s a place where everybody knows your name,” said Vice Commodore, Brian Lintz of the club known throughout its more than 35 years of operation as “the friendliest little yacht club on the West Coast.” Lintz attributes its popularity to their programs—junior sailing, racing, fishing, ladies auxiliary and more—social gatherings, togetherness among members, a full bar and kitchen serving delicious meals Thursday through Monday. The club hosts several public open houses yearly. 24601 Dana Drive, 949.661.1185, www.dwyc.org

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Dana Point Yacht Club

Salt Creek Beach

Oriented to pick up swell arriving from most directions, Salt Creek is an experienced surfer’s playground. Its combination of both a point and beach breaks covering three distinct sections—The Point, Middles and Gravels—offers fun, fast and steep waves, not recommended for beginners. While Creek often serves up long, hollow, glassy barrels, it is also notorious for its heavy shore break. 33333 S. Pacific Coast Highway, 949.923.2280, www.ocparks.com

Best Surf Spot

SILVER LANTERN

Doheny State Beach

24399 Dana Drive, 949.496.2900, www.dpyc.org

25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.496.6171, www.parks.ca.gov

NOMINEES: Aventura Sailing Association 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Dana West Yacht Club; Silver: Dana Point Yacht Club

NOMINEES: Killer Dana • Dana Strand Beach 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Salt Creek Beach; Silver: Doheny State Beach

Salt Creek Beach Photo: Jack McDaniel


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