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SUMMER In The CITY Of ANGELS
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Six jeweled communities, each with its own distinct personality, sparkle on the storybook coastline of Orange County.
This insider’s tour guide shows where to go for the best beaches, world-class golfing and outdoor adventures, with a bonus calendar of exciting entertainment, from local parades to area performing arts.
Take a closer look at the impressive local artists, art galleries and museums available here in Southern California.
Where to shop for the best clothes, home décor, jewelry, gifts and more.
Discover Crystal Cove State Park – a hidden gem, and explore the “must visits” in L.A., from trendy to laid back. Escape to Dubai’s Al Habtoor City for the ultimate in luxury, check-in to an overwater bungalow in a tropical locale like the Maldives or Philippines and indulge at the charming Puerto Vallarta Beach Club on the Mexican Riviera.
From sushi bars and steakhouses to bakeries and cafés, this complete dining guide brings you the best of the best.
Rejuvenate and invigorate with our guide to the best health and wellness spots.
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e invite you to spend time exploring OC InRoom Magazine. Happy Summer! It’s the perfect time of year to get out and explore Southern California’s coastal treasures. Bodysurf the waves, kayak the hidden coves, try yoga on a paddleboard, embark on an ocean adventure to view whales and dolphins up-close, hop aboard the ferry at the Fun Zone, rent an electric bike, take in wildlife at the wetlands, go fishing off the pier, hike the canyons, tee-it up for a round of twilight golf, and catch a surfing and skimboard contest. If you feel like just kicking back, pack a picnic, sunscreen and a good book then head to one of our pristine beaches, or get pampered from head-to-toe at a relaxing day spa. With award-winning cuisine and a lively nightlife, take in sweeping vistas at an oceanfront restaurant, dance the night away to your favorite music, or hear a top headliner under the stars at Hollywood Bowl. The choices are never ending. Take in the happenings, too. From Pageant of the Masters, Shakespeare by the Sea and a Sunset Jazz concert, to a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game, performance by the Pacific Symphony, and local wine, food and art festivals, see the Calendar of Events starting on (page 34). In this issue, there are some enchanting places around the world (and some close to home) to venture out to and discover. Crystal Cove State Park is a nearby oasis from a bygone era (page 46); and L.A.s “must visits” and trendy dining scene capture the senses. (page 52) Dubai’s Al Habtoor City beckons with mega-luxe accommodations (page 60); an overwater bungalow at a tropical locale such as the Maldives, Fiji or Philippines is ocean living at its finest (page 64); picturesque Puerto Vallarta is the destination for a beach or jungle getaway (page 68). Please enjoy OC InRoom and your stay in beautiful Orange County. We hope you return soon.
MEGAN KEOUGH Creative Director Megan Keough is a Oregon based art director, graphic designer and production manager in the print industry, but she mostly identifies herself as an artist. In her free time, Megan practices photography, oil painting, illustration design and writing. She is constantly pursuing knowledge and furthering her ability to keep up with the ever-growing art community. Born and raised in Texas, Megan is a nature girl at heart.
GUNNAR MCCLELLAN Photographer Gunnar was born and raised in Newport Beach where he developed a strong love for the ocean. He moved to San Francisco in 2008 where he found his passion for art and photography and established Cal Coast Photography. Gunnar seems to be on a continual road trip chasing light from the coast to the sierras. He feels blessed to live, photograph and raise a family in California. See Gunnar’s photography in the Out & About section beginning on page 12.
J. CHRISTOPHER LAUNI Photographer J. Christopher Launi is commercial photographer based in Long Beach California. His work has won various regional and national awards. His work has also been featured in publications that include National Geographic Traveler, Westways and American Heritage magazine. He has also coauthored several books including Long Bach Art Deco and The RMS Queen Mary. Christopher”s current projects involve architecture, residential and commercial real restate, and historic preservation. For more information and to view Launi’s work visit www.jclauni. zenfolio.com. See Christopher’s photography in the Crystal Cove travel story beginning on page 46.
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Welcome to the American Riviera, more than 40 miles of the most invitingâ€”and interestingâ€”beaches in the world and the fascinating communities that define it. by PATI HAWORTH
he diversity of life above and beneath the sunkissed Pacific Ocean is virtually unlimited, as are the varied cultural, educational and sports offerings of towns that hug her shore. Reveling in an average temperature of 70 degrees, the area beckons with 400 miles of bikeways and nature trails. Some of the country’s finest settings for golf, including the legendary Pebble Beach courses, call the area home. Families can enjoy the Performing Arts Center and ever-changing exhibits and entertainments at a host of sites, including Aquarium of the Pacific, Knott’s Berry Farm, and, of course, the iconic Disneyland. History breathes magic into this special strip of sand through significant ongoing preservation efforts by local communities honoring their star-studded heritage. From early Spanish settlers to members of Hollywood’s—and America’s—platinum rosters who first discovered the area in the 1920s and continue to be captivated by her charm, the Orange County coast serves as both a place of discovery and a restful retreat. Resorts and upscale lodgings offering the finest in service and amenities are housed in both contemporary and historic architectural masterpieces. Farm-to-table, organic and the freshest ingredients possible dominate the superb cuisine offered throughout the region, from 5-star restaurants to small, family-owned dining establishments. Shopping opportunities are unparalleled, as many of world’s top design houses maintain shops offering apparel for both men and women.
The city plays host each year to the U.S. Open of Surfing and Surfing Walk of Fame and serves as site of the Surfers’ Hall of Fame and International Surfing Museum. Resorts here in Surf City, USA, offer top spas and rooms with prime ocean views. Pick up a board at any surf shop on Main Street and glide away; with eight miles of uninterrupted beach, visitors easily transform to locals by day’s end. This is where “laid back” and “slowed down” were born. Huntington Beach Pier is 1,800 feet of entertainment and fishing. On the end of the pier, Ruby’s Diner provides guests the sensation of dining on the ocean surface. Visitors and locals roam Pier Plaza for more fine-dining opportunities and shopping, while world-class surfers and dolphins provide ready entertainment at sea. With the air beginning to cool and a glowing sun sinking slowly into the waves, the perfect Huntington Beach sunset is nearly complete; it needs only you, with your toes in the sand.
Nearly 10,000 boats and yachts make their home here, site of the greatest number of restaurants with water-view dining in all of Orange County. Fishing, harbor cruises and a sand-castle competition are only the beginning. Fashion Island and Atrium Court offer upscale boutique shopping and dining. Balboa Peninsula is a five-mile stretch of land with sandy beaches, two piers, and a funland amusement area. In addition, the peninsula serves as a connection point for a ferry boat ride to Catalina Island. Forgot your ‘board? Not to worry; Wedge jetty is famous for body surfing. Newport Beach includes seven islands, of which Balboa Island is the largest. Here, beautiful, neatly arranged homes with waving American flags evoke a Norman Rockwell painting. Shopping and dining line the streets of this charming community.
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This is the heart—and art—of The American Riviera. In the 1920s, half of the population were artists; today, Laguna Art Association and Laguna Art Museum serve as testament to their tenacity and success. Known as The Artist Colony, the town is home to Laguna College of Arts + Design. With a treasure trove of permanent art galleries, a monthly gallery walk, the Sawdust Art and Craft Festival, Art-A-Fair and the summer-long Festival of Arts, art is everywhere. Professional dance and music also thrive in this creative environment. The Laguna Beach coastline includes seven miles of beaches, bluffs, hills and canyons dotted with 30 coves, each a piece of paradise. At the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, injured and ill sea lions are nursed back to health and released.
Oft-deemed the most romantic city on the California coast, Dana Point sparkles with breathtaking views of the Pacific, glorious spas, and top-rated hotels and resorts. The community is small enough to enjoy in a single walk, yet offers a complete range of amenities.. Dana Point boasts one of the few harbors on the coast, and visitors find ships ready to transport them to Catalina Island, sport fishing, sightseeing and day cruising. An annual tall-ship event, in which beautiful rigged ships sail proudly into the harbor, is mounted each September. Lantern Village is the most historic part of the city; here, streets are named for the different colors of lanterns used 200 years ago by ships to advertise their wares. The Ocean Institute is nationally acclaimed for its hands-on curricula in marine science. More than 100,000 K-12 students and 6,000 teachers participate each year in 61 award-winning immersion-style programs.
Don your big, round ears (and get your tickets online) for a visit to Anaheim’s most famous theme park. Disneyland still reigns for many as childhood’s best adventure, so it’s comforting to know today’s park retains its traditional charm while offering new, up-to-date experiences for both the young and young at heart. A hop, skip and jump away is Knott’s Berry Farm, home of the world’s first looping roller coaster. Go nose to nose with bottlenose dolphins and a plethora of other sea creatures of all shapes, sizes, colors and textures at Aquarium of the Pacific.When ready to rev up the pace, catch the action as the Anaheim Ducks grab their hockey sticks and move at speeds about which Disney’s Donald can only dream. Not solely fun and games, Anaheim serves as the business hub of the American Riviera and is home to several of the top 20 employers in Orange County; its Chamber of Commerce hosts five separate business councils.
The county seat of Orange County, Santa Ana offers visitors a range of experiences that include The Discovery Science Center and Bowers Museum, an accredited museum focusing on world cultures showcased through its 100,000-item collection from Africa, Asia, the South Pacific, and the Americas, including pre-Columbian art, native American artifacts, and California plein-air paintings. Many rock ‘n’ roll legends have found fame with Rickenbacker electric guitars and bass guitars, which are crafted in Santa Ana. Founded in 1931, the company continues to produce a variety of electric stringed instruments and amplifiers. Preservation is key in Santa Ana; the city is home to two districts on the National Register of Historic Places and several beautifully restored homes and churches dating to the 1800s.
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This insiderâ€™s tour guide shows where to go for the best beaches, world-class golfing and outdoor adventures, with a bonus calendar of exciting entertainment, from local parades to area performing arts. Photograph by GUNNAR McCLELLAN, CAL COAST PHOTOGRAPHY
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Over forty-seven million vacationers come to Orange County each year. They are drawn to the forty-two miles of captivating scenic coastline filled with some of America’s most famous beaches.
NEWPORT BEACH Corona del Mar State Beach
Located down steps or a path from Ocean Boulevard, Big Corona as its known by locals offers stunning views of the Newport Beach jetties and bay at Inspiration Point Park. This entire beach area was once known for its powerful waves that surfers enjoyed but now is docile to child’s play because of the break created by the jetties. The beach looks across the bay to Newport Beach’s peninsula and famous surfing spot The Wedge. The powerful waves that roll into The Wedge are the same waves that would have impacted Corona del Mar beaches, had the jetty not been built in the early 1900’s. The beaches allow dogs after 5:00 pm and early morn-
Beach Access: Ocean Boulevard | Newport Beach
One of OC’s beach meccas, the Newport Pier area, which roughly runs from about 18th Street up to 21st Street and beyond, is a whirlwind of activity and is definitely the place to be, especially during the summer. There is so much going on in this dynamic coastal city, it is hard to know where to start. Swimming, boogie boarding, skim boarding, surfing and fishing, not to mention jetty climbing, are considered great recreation around here and make any person feel like they are on a holiday. Beach Access: Off Balboa Boulevard at McFadden Place and Ocean Front Street | Newport Beach
The Wedge is one of the most famous bodysurfing and body boarding spots in the world. Known for its immense waves, this place has earned its reputation as a dare devil’s haven. In some stretches of the Wedge, it is recommended to just watch the action unless you’re an expert. The waves slightly farther north are tamer and more suitable for surfers and swimmers of all experience levels. Beach Access: At West Jetty View Park, tip of Balboa Peninsula, end of Channel Road | Newport Beach
LAGUNA BEACH Crystal Cove State Park
A secluded beach stretching some
3.5 miles, an official “underwater park” teeming with reefs and 2,000-plus wooded acres for exploring make Crystal Cove State Park a remarkable escape from the crowds and bustle of Newport Harbor. Tide pools and coves delight visitors to the beach year-round, though rangers advise exploration of these during winter, when lower tides present clearer views of the aquatic life. Carved into the park’s ridges and canyons are more than 23 miles of mountain-biking, horseback-riding and hiking trails, many of which feature steep, rocky climbs. Also explore the lower trails that offer hiking through riparian woodlands with oak and sycamore trees along the seasonal Moro Creek. Beach Access: E Pacific Coast Highway in between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach with easy access from I-5, 405 and 73 | Laguna Beach
This picturesque cove has tidepools and has become a popular diving destination. The crevice is in 15-20 ft of water depending on the tide. There are plenty of smaller channels into the reef as you go deeper. If you dive around the reef on the eastern side of the cove, you can exit the water at Fisherman’s Cove. Shaw’s Cove is monitored by the Laguna Beach life guards so make sure you have a buddy and a snorkel - they check. Beach Access: At Fairview Street and Cliff Drive | Laguna Beach
This beach is almost exclusively used by locals of all ages who surf and skim. Thalia is one of those neighborhood gems offering many opportunities to soak up the local culture. This is a surfing beach and is not for use by swimmers or body boarders. Swimming is permitted south of the beach (past the surf flag) at the northern end of Anita Street beach. Beach Access: Just look for the surf shop on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Thalia Street in Laguna Beach that calls itself Thalia Street Surf Shop. The beach is located at the bottom of the street down a set of stairs | Laguna Beach
Main Beach Laguna
Main Beach is a busy, urban beach nestled in the middle of downtown Laguna. This small beach attracts a lot of visitors, especially in summer. A boardwalk runs the length of the beach where artists and street musicians set up along the coast. The park and plaza that abut the beach include basketball and volleyball courts, a playground and picnic tables. This is a terrific place to walk on the bluff and walk down to several coves along the way. At night, Main Beach’s waterfront walk is popular with strolling sweethearts. Beach Access: Laguna Canyon Road and South Coast Highway | Laguna Beach
Aliso County Beach
Aliso Beach Park features sandy beaches, rocky promontories and scenic coastal foothills. These geological features combine to form one of the most recreationally appealing areas along the entire California coast. The park consists of two sections, the beach itself and an inland area surrounded by native coastal chaparral. Aliso is also the site for championship skim board contest. Beach Access: 31131 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach
Thalia Street Beach
Thousand Steps Beach
Two hundred nineteen concrete steps lead to a small beach at the base of a Laguna cliff near the Montage Resort. As you descend the stairs you will get glimpses of the ocean and the beach. The stairs are covered with trees and vines in a thick canopy. This beach is great for surfing, body surfing, volleyball and some good ol’ sunbathing. When the surf is up, you will get to see some spectacular waves crashing against the rock outcroppings. Beach Access: At 9th Street and South Coast Highway | South Laguna
Treasure Island is the southern most city beach that is guarded by the City of Laguna Beach, Department of Marine Safety; located just north of Aliso Creek Beach. It is best accessed by the ramp at the southwest corner of the Montage Resort. Popular activities include swimming, skin and scuba diving, tide pooling, and other beach activities. The beach has a good amount of sand, but can get crowded during weekend or hot summer days. This beach is mostly sand bottom with shorebreak type surf. The beach can become steep at times depending on the sand. Beach Access: Pacific Coast Highway and Victoria Drive | South Laguna
Victoria Beach is located south of main beach and is known for its white sandy beach, beautiful blue-green waters and unique residences. The main attraction is the tower that stands tall at the north end of the beach. The 16th century looking Victorian turret or lighthouse type structure, built as a spiral staircase access to the beach from the towering residence above, was built in 1926.Victoria Beach is one of Laguna’s most private public beaches mainly because it is not easy to find and provides very limited parking. Nearby there is also a circular concrete pool that fills with sand and salt water from the waves. Beach Access: Pacific Coast Highway and Victoria Drive | South Laguna Beach
HUNTINGTON BEACH Huntington State Beach & Pier
The crown jewel of the recreation system is the wide expanse of beautiful and pristine beaches, where large crowds gather to watch professional sporting events as the U.S. Open of Surfing, AV P Pro Beach Volleyball and the Surf City USA Marathon. From the serious water sports competitor to the amateur just out for fun, the Huntington Beach Pier offers something for everyone. Beach Access: Along Pacific Coast Highway and extends north from Beach Boulevard to Seapoint Street | Huntington Beach
Huntington Dog Beach
The Preservation Society of Huntington Dog Beach is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve access to the beach for dogs and to keep the beach clean and safe. Huntington Dog Beach is considered doggy-heaven by most visitors. Dogs come from all over the world to play in the sand and
splash in the surf. Beach Access: Pacific Coast Highway between Seapoint Avenue and 21st Street | Huntington Beach
DANA POINT Dana Point Harbor Baby Beach
For moms, Baby Beach can be an ideal place to let toddlers blow off steam by splashing around and digging in sand. It’s nestled in Dana Point Harbor, so waves are nonexistent. Nearby are rentals for water sports plus Pilgrim tours and the Ocean Institute. Beach Access: 34551 Puerto Place | Dana Point
Doheny State Beach
Doheny State Beach truly is one of the favorite beaches for barbecues and family picnics. Its beautiful grass lawns, tables and grills, volleyball courts and clean sand beach are all close to the parking lot, so you don’t have far to walk. This Dana Point favorite has a five-acre lawn with private picnic facility rentals plus a sand beach and plenty of restrooms, food concessions, showers, etc. Doheny State Beach is the readers’ choice as the County’s “Best Camping Site” in the Orange County Register’s 14th Annual Best of Orange County survey. Beach Access: 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive | Dana Point
Salt Creek Beach
The long, sandy beach is a popular surfing spot. Both upland and beach facilities can be reached from Ritz Carlton Drive off Pacific Coast Highway. From the west side of the lot, a paved path leads to the beach and to the grassy, seven-acre Bluff Park, which has benches, barbecue grills and picnic tables. Beach Access: 33333 S Pacific Coast Highway | Dana Point
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TRAILBLAZING Nestled in Orange County’s canyons, slopes, beaches and mountains you will find meticulously kept paths of varying difficulty that show a naturally breathtaking side of SoCal. These carved routes will most certainly allow you to get in touch with OC in a unique, refreshingly rustic way. Photograph by J. CHRISTOPHER LAUNI
Crystal Cove State Park
This park is undeveloped with wooded ravines, open coastal bluffs and a small significant stretch of Pacific coastline. Eighteen miles of trails may be found in 2400 acres of wilderness, with three separate trails including easy, moderate or difficult. Docent led, backcountry hikes are scheduled most Saturdays and Sundays. Hikes are 3 to 5 miles, and last about two hours. Hike Access: El Moro Visitor Center – from Coast Highway, turn inland at the School/State Park light and follow park signs. Laguna Beach | 949.494.3539 | www.crystalcovestatepark.com
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Set out for the Top of the World hike along a scenic crest in the mountains backing Laguna Beach. This is a 2.5-mile (round-trip) “reverse hike” in the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. You’ll start by hiking downhill and finish with 700 feet of cardio climbing on the return journey. All in all, it’s an efficient workout on Canyon Acres Trail, crossing the steep slope between the bottom of Laguna Canyon and the round 1000-foot summit, Top of the World. On a clear day, the views blast out in all directions. Descend Canyon Acres
Trail, relishing big views up and down Laguna Canyon. Hike Access: 28373 Alicia Parkway | Laguna Niguel | 949.584.6753
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve Every year, more than one million people visit the Upper Newport Bay. Birders, joggers, bicyclists, hikers, kayakers, horseback riders, educators, outdoor enthusiasts, and others enjoy the Back Bay’s natural beauty and variety of activities. It is one of only a few remaining estuaries in Southern California and is the home of nearly two hundred species of birds, including several endangered species, as well as numerous species of mammals, fish, other critters and native plants. The tenmile trail has multiple entry points along the loop, with opportunities for scenic stops and visits to local educational facilities along the way. The Environmental Nature Center at the Upper Newport Bay inspires all generations to protect the natural world by serving as our community’s foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education.
of fitness. Docent led hikes, such as Elder Trek to learn about the outdoors and diverse plant life, Cultural Resource Hike to learn how Native Americans used various plants and a Fitness Hike, are offered. Hike Access: 18751 Laguna Canyon Road | Laguna Beach | 949.923.2235
The Salt Creek Greenway Trail
The Salt Creek Trail provides a nice mid-week alternative. It follows Salt Creek from near Golden Lantern in Laguna Niguel all the way down to Salt Creek beach and back, all on a paved path that makes it an excellent choice even in rainy weather. There are three major arteries that the trail passes under, Niguel Road, Camino del Avion and Pacific Coast Highway. Remember to head down and through the tunnel, then keep paralleling the creek through the valley. It’s a moderate hike that takes about two hours and has gently rolling inclines. Once you reach the beach, you can stop and enjoy the views, or extend your hike with a beach walk. Your best bet is to head south, and you can walk all the way to the Dana Point.
Hike Access: 2301 University Drive | Newport Beach | 949.923.2290
Hike Access: 33333 S Pacific Coast Highway | Dana Point | 949.923.2235
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Irvine Regional Park
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park’s 6500 acres lie within some of the last remaining coastal canyons in Southern California. The park ecosystem is primarily Coastal Sage Scrub, with Maritime Chaparral, Oak Woodlands, Riparian habitats, and the ONLY natural lakes in Orange County. The James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center, full of interesting displays and with amenities in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park’s Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area, is approximately five miles south of the I-5/405 and approximately two miles north of El Toro Road. There are several trails from this point for all levels
Irvine Regional Park is nestled among a grove of heritage Oak and Sycamore trees. The rolling foothills surrounding the park are filled with a variety of wildlife. Trees and shaded turf areas provide a serene setting for leisure activities. Santiago Creek bisects the park and a pond with stonework waterfall and foot bridge is located in the center of the park. A three-mile equestrian trail skirts the perimeter of the central park providing scenic views of the park and it’s natural scenery. A lookout trail is on the north slope of the natural area where a covered shelter, watering trough and water fountain are available. Remember
to also visit the OC Zoo inside the park. Hike Access: Black Star Canyon Road | Orange | 714.973.6835
Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Caspers Wilderness Park is an 8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve nestled among the river terraces and sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains. The park’s many fertile valleys are overtly complemented by specimen groves of native Coastal Live Oak and magnificent stands of California Sycamore. These areas are further accentuated by seasonal wildflower displays and running streams. Wildlife is abundant and can be readily viewed from any of the parks numerous trails. A Ranger-guided walk is offered at a scheduled time on Sunday. Walks during the week can be arranged by advance appointment.
HIKE Crystal Cove State Park offers pristine coastal nature, ocean views, and well marked trails. This Crystal Cove hike takes you on a best-of loop, with great views of the mountains, ocean, and on a clear day, Catalina. This is one of our favorite hikes as you can walk down to the beach for a swim and grab a bite and a drink at the local’s Beachcomer Cafe and stroll down the beach and check out the incredible tide pools Crystal Cove has to offer.
Hike Access: 33401 Ortega Highway | San Juan Capistrano | 949.923.2210
Black Star Canyon Trail Head
Black Star Canyon Falls is one of the lesser-known natural gems of Orange County and has become a popular destination for mountain bikers due to its wild scenery. The 6-mile hike begins on a fire-trail in the Santiago Canyon an easy, minimal incline located near Silverado, CA that features a beautiful waterfall. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail. We recommend doing the Black Star Canyon Hike in the early springtime. This is the best time to see the active (flowing) waterfall. During the summer months, do this hike in the early morning to prevent heat exhaustion. The fall season is also a great time to partake in this hike, but the waterfall will likely not be flowing. Hike Access: 14587 Black Star Canyon Road | Silverado
The Beachcomber is a beautiful sand-side dining experience that serves fresh, coastal fare in the gorgeous Crystal Cove. There’s no better place in the O.C. to have a sunset dinner while having your feet in the sand.Reservations are recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The Beachcomber 15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, 949.376.6900, www.thebeachcombercafe.com
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From the stunning ocean views along the coast to the inland rolling terrain surrounded by rugged hillsides, Orange County offers the most diverse golf courses in California.
Monarch Beach Golf Links
Nestled along the Pacific Ocean is a 6601 yard, par 70 championship course by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Named the “Top 100 Golf Shops in the County” the 1200 square-foot pro shop has a wide variety of golf apparel and resort wear featuring name brands such as Tommy Bahama, Ashworth, Greg Norman, Byron Nelson, Sigrid Olsen and EP Pro to name a few. Monarch Beach Golf Links | 50 Monarch Beach Resort Drive North | Dana Point | 949.248.3001 | www.monarchbeachgolf.com
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
Orange County’s newest golf course is set amidst the Ladera Open Space Reserve offering views of Trabuco Creek. A par 72, 7011 yard course set on 240 acres, Arroyo Trabuco delivers an unforgettable experience equal to the finest high-end clubs. Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club | 26772 Avery Parkway | Mission Viejo | 949.305.5100 | www.arroyotrabuco.com
Pelican Hill Golf Club
Open to the public, the 18-hole Fazio-designed Ocean North and Ocean South courses consistently rank in prestigious annual lists published by Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Golfweek and LINKS Magazine. The oceanview Golf Club features a luxurious 44,000-squarefoot clubhouse with men’s and women’s locker rooms and lounges, Pelican Hill Golf Academy, the acclaimed Pelican Grill and lounge, an Italian coffee bar, a golf shop, professional forecaddie services, custom Nike practice balls and a full-service practice facility. Pelican Hill Golf Club | 22800 Pelican Hill Road South | Newport Coast | 855.467.6800 | www.golfpelicanhill.com
Talega Golf Club
Just three miles from the Pacific Ocean is another recent addition to the OC. This 6950 yard, par 72 course presents a different Southern California look with its Augusta white sand bunkers, dramatic scenery and cool ocean breezes. Telega Golf Club | 990 Avenida Talega | San Clemente | 949.369.6226 | www.talegagolfclub.com
Strawberry Farms Golf Course Opened in 1997 and designed by James W. Lipe Jr., this par 71 encompassing 6700 yards features Orange County’s longest hole, a 630 yard uphill par 5. This course combines the rural beauty and tranquility of the surrounding area with the challenge of true championship golf. Strawberry Farms Golf Course | 11 Strawberry Farms Road | Irvine | 949.551.1811 | www.strawberryfarmsgolf.com
Black Gold Golf Club One of Orange County’s favorite public golf course is Black Gold Golf Club located in Yorba Linda. Designed by Arthur Hills, this par 72 boasting 6756 yards incorporates several water features, including a stunning waterfall off the 18th green. Slight elevation changes and rolling hills offer incredible vistas overlooking coastal Orange & Los Angeles Counties, including portions of the Newport Beach Coast and Catalina Island. Black Gold Golf Club | One Black Gold Drive | Yorba Linda | 714.961.0060 | www.blackgoldgolf.com
Anaheim Hills Golf Course
Offering stirring hillside vistas, graceful valleys and a natural stream flowing past stands of oaks and sycamores, Anaheim Hills will truly captivate the most experienced play-
ers. The par 71 and 6245 yard course was designed by Richard Bigler and is located just twenty minutes from Disneyland. Anaheim Hills Golf Course | 6501 E Nohl Ranch Road | Anaheim | 714.998.3041 | www.hillsclubhouse.com
Oak Creek Golf Club
Set against the majestic backdrop of Saddleback Mountain, Oak Creek provides one of the most stunning settings in the area. This Tom Fazio designed course, named after the beautiful creek that runs through it, features tapered fairways, picturesque greens, glistening water hazards and bull-nose carved bunkers. Oak Creek Golf Club | One Golf Club Drive | Irvine | 949.653.5300 | www.oakcreekgolfclub.com
Aliso Creek Inn Golf Course
This par 32 with 2221 yards, sits just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. Players will follow this challenging course as it winds around a babbling creek and through a steep canyon. The golf course, now owned by the Montage Resort, offers a peaceful playing environment where often deer gather near a green or on the fairway. Aliso Creek Inn Golf Course | 31106 Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.499.1919 | www.alisocreekinn.com
Coyote Hills Golf Course Coyote Hills Golf Course is an award-winning 18-hole, par 70 golf course that features five distinct tees and panoramic views of Los Angeles and Orange County. Enjoy an outstanding golf experience at one of Southern California’s best golf courses. Coyote Hills Golf Course | 1440 E Bastanchury Road | Fullerton | 714.672.6800 | www.ishjuniorgolf.com
Monarch Beach Golf Links is available for your tournament and/or outing 7 days week, 365 days a year. They specialize in corporate events, charity tournaments, and golf outings. The beautiful coastal setting and amenities make Monarch Beach Golf Links a great venue for everything from 12 player outings to 144+ player tournaments and events. Tee time starts are available for any group of 35 or less, and shotgun or tee time starts are the option for any group of 36 players or more. Their tournament coordinator and PGA staff are available for any needs that you may have, and are dedicated to ensure that your event is a complete success. With every tournament, event, and outing that Monarch Beach Golf Links host, every guest is treated as a VIP. This includes personalized cart signs and scorecards, bag tag, ball markers, tees and a full-color digital GPS. Monarch Beach Golf Links 50 Monarch Beach Resort Drive North, Dana Point, 949.248.3001, www.monarchbeachgolf.com
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Find your own adventure at these world-class attractions found only in Orange County.
ATTRACTIONS PLAY BY THE OCEAN
301 5th Street | 714.465.2782 | Huntington Beach | www.pedegohb.com
Balboa Surf & Style
Surf N Paddle
Stand-up paddleboard lessons with tour and rentals. Also offer stand-up paddleboard yoga. 213 Marine Avenue | Balboa Island | 949.673.1003 | www.balboasurfandstyle.com
Pedego Electric Bikes Huntington Beach Electric bike rentals & tours.
All inclusive, boards, wetsuit, and instruction for surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and skim boarding. Also available for sales and repair. 695 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.497.1423 | www.casurfnpaddle.com
Moe Bâ€™s Watersports at Newport Dunes Resort
Aquatic fun park with diving and sliding water inflatables plus an enormous floating obstacle course. Open every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. 1131 Back Bay Drive | Newport Beach | 949.729.3863 | www.newportdunes.com
Newport Aquatic Center
Lessons in rowing, kayak and stand-up paddleboarding. Back Bay guided kayak tours and camps. 1 White Cliffs Drive | Newport Beach | 949.646.7725 | www.newportaquaticcenter.com
Stand Up Paddle Co
Stand-up paddleboard lessons, boards and paddles, rentals and apparel. 1103 South Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.715.9730 | www.supcompany.com
Jet ski, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive | Dana Point | 949.496.2274 | www.ocean-institute.org
Banzai Surf School
Summer surf camp with private or group lessons.
Newport Coast Yacht Management
Free, first-come, first-served fire rings for your beach bonfire.
Newport Coast Yacht Management offers private and corporate yacht charters aboard the “Kayla Lynne.” The most fun, flexible and reasonably priced charter operation in Newport Beach, having hosted hundreds of parties and entertained thousands of satisfied guests. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Pacific Coast Highway, stretching from Warner Avenue to Brookhurst Street | 714.377.9422 | www.parks.ca.gov
120 Tustin Avenue, C-157 | Newport Beach | 949.400.3689 | www.newportcoastyachtmanagement.com
Newport Beach Whale Watching
Brookhurst Street & Pacific Coast Highway | Huntington Beach | 714.499.3315 | www.banzaisurfschool.com
Huntington Beach Fire Rings
Experience the new, water-propelled-jet-pack adventure, flying over the ocean. 2600 Newport Blvd | Newport Beach | 888.553.6471 | www.jetpackamerica.com
Surf City Segways
Newport Landing offers whale watching tours year-round.
309 Palm Street #A | Newport Beach | 949.675.0551 | www.newportwhales.com
Segway rentals and tours.
Year-round boat service to Catalina Island. Daily departures.
417 Main Street | Huntington Beach | 714.536.5126 | www.surfcitysegway.com
34675 Golden Lantern Street | Dana Point | 800.481.3470 | www.catalinaexpress.com
BOATING, FISHING Hornblower Cruises & Events & WHALE WATCHING Hornblower Cruises & Events Bongos Fishing Charters
Sport fishing excursions to Catalina, San Clemente Island or open ocean, plus cruises and whale watching. 400 Main Street | Newport Beach | 949.673.2810 | www.bongossportfishing.com
Classic Yacht Excursions
Flexible yacht and sailboat charters that allow you to create the trip you want. 3335 West Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.612.8767 | www.classicyachtexcursions.com
offers a splashy solution for a unique nautical dining experience: spectacular water views, gourmet cuisine and impeccable service aboard an elegant Hornblower yacht in Newport Beach. Enjoy a sunset dinner, cocktail cruise or weekend champagne brunch cruise. All six yachts are available for groups, destination weddings or private charters. 2431 West Pacific Coast Highway #101 | Newport Beach | 855.255.7943 | www.hornblower.com
Dana Wharf Sportfishing
Year-round fishing and whale watching trips with private charters and sailing also available.
All of Dana Wharf’s vessels are available for private charter. They have 14 vessels that include fishing boats, their new 63’ catamaran, six passenger fishing yachts, a scuba diving vessel and specialty sail boats are available.
34675 Golden Lantern | Dana Point | 949.496.5794 | www.danawharf.com
CONNECT TO NATURE Environmental Nature Center Features fifteen native California ecosystems. An educational center where you can touch and investigate a seasonal butterfly habitat. 1601 E 16th Street | Newport Beach | 949.645.8489 | www.encenter.com
Newport Bay Conservancy
Home to several of the region’s most productive ecosystems. A beautiful place to walk, jog, ride horses, bike, hike, canoe, kayak or bird watch. 600 Shellmaker Road | Newport Beach | 949.640.1751 | www.newportbay.org
ExplorOcean Hands-on activities for children with educational demonstrations and touch tanks. 600 East Bay Avenue | Newport Beach | 949.675.8915 | www.explorocean.org
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals back to the ocean. Open every day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road | Laguna Beach | 949.494.3050 | www.pacificmmc.org
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration. Unlike whales and dolphins, seals and sea lions don’t have to remain in water in order to survive. The animals beach themselves to be warm and dry when feeling ill. They seek rest on land for a variety of reasons and are not always in need of intervention. PMMC’s staff is trained to recognize animals suffering from infections, malnourishment, pneumonia, gill net strangulation, etc. which can harm an animal’s chance for survival. During the course of rehabilitation, animals require a variety of treatments such as administration of antibiotics and subcutaneous fluids, tube feeding, force feeding, wound care, etc. Once an animal has gained an optimal weight and is competing for food, it’s ready for release. We strive to return every one of our patients back to the wild once their care with us is complete. Pacific Marine Mammal Center 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3050, www.pacificmmc.org
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Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center
One of the largest equestrian centers in southern California and just two miles from the beach. 18381 Goldenwest Street | Huntington Beach | 714.848.6565 | www.HCPEC.com
Country Trails and Riding School
One of Southern California’s oldest coastal amusement areas with a ferris wheel, arcades, food and shops. 600 East Bay Avenue | Newport Beach | www.thebalboafunzone.com
Discovery Cube Specially designed boats that can get you up close and personal with dolphins and whales.
Experience the fun of horseback riding. Lessons and trail rides through the beautiful Irvine Regional Park.
Dana Point Harbor | Dana Point | 949.533.3636 | www.shannonrosesportfishing.com
101 Main Street & Pacific Coast Highway | Irvine | 714.698.5710 | www.surfingwalkoffame.com
DOWNTOWN OC Balboa Fun Zone
Helistream The magical kingdom awaits. Just off of the 5 freeway in Anaheim.
7471 Center Avenue | Huntington Beach | 714.379.6666 | www.vans.com
3000 Airway Avenue, Suite 350 | Costa Mesa | 714.662.3163 | www.helistream.com
Pretend City Children’s Museum
Knott’s Berry Farm & Knott’s Soak City Classic theme park built on top of a former berry farm, offering riveting roller coasters, dozens of rides and shows. 8039 Beach Boulevard | Buena Park | 714.220.5200 | www.knotts.com
The magical kingdom awaits. Just off of the 5 freeway in Anaheim.
Vans Off the Wall Skatepark & Jack’s Garage
1313 South Disneyland Drive | Anaheim | 714.781.4565 | www.disneyland.disney.go.com
Open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public. All skaters and BMXers must wear a helmet.
Interactive miniature city for children, infants to eight-year-olds. 29 Hubble | Irvine | 949.428.3900 | www.pretendcity.org
BEYOND OC Aquarium of the Pacific
World-class aquarium with more than 11,000 ocean animals on display and outdoor exhibits like Shark Lagoon and the Lorikeet Forest. 100 Aquarium Way | Long Beach | 562.590.3100 | www.aquariumofpacific.org
Join s! e Water’s Great!
Sunset Dinner, Champagne Brunch and Summer Sunset Cocktail Cruises. Private Charters and Weddings available. 1-855-255-7943 HORNBLOWER.COM
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YACHT E XCUR SIONS
Sharing The World Of Whales From Onboard A Piece Of History Creates An Unforgettable Experience
f all the visitor experiences available in the Newport Beach area, only one brings together two treasures—one above, one below the sea—in a single, custom-tailored, history-infused experience. Tom Zetlmaier, owner of two of only three vintage wooden boats that sail out of Southern California, offers guests these once-in-a-lifetime experiences through his company, Classic Yacht Excursions, which specializes in private whale-watching cruises. June through September is the season for humpback, and blue whale sightings; gray and pilot whales migrate December through mid-March. Year-round residents of the sea include dolphins, seals and sea lions. Guests can’t choose which whales they see leaping from the deep blue, but they can choose everything else about their custom-tailored day at sea. “The idea” says Zetlmaier, “is to give each person an unforgettable day on the sea, going wherever he or she desires.” Before designing an itinerary, guests choose the immaculate vintage vessel on which to spend the day: Spartan, a 42-foot sailboat based on Phillip Rhodes 1955 design #632, or Movin On, a 36-foot power boat designed and built by Grand Banks. Spartan is a look-back in a time to an era when the racers/cruiser class stood high and proud in the world of yachting. Rhodes’ boats are renowned for being “kind” in the sea, for gifting yachters with a pure melding of man and nature. Weighing in at 26,000 pounds with 42 feet on deck and 720 square feet of sail, Spartan provides guests a comfortable and, depending on winds, exhilarating sail along the Orange County coastline.
Grand Banks boats have set the standard for quality and comfort. Movin’ On offers a generously provisioned enclosed cabin, fore and aft staterooms with private bathrooms, three levels of viewing platforms, including a flybridge, and ample cushioned seating. The more adventurous may try their hand on Riviera hand-finished, stand-up paddleboards, once Movin’ On has moved on out of the harbor, away from boat traffic. While relaxing in the fresh sea air, guests may dine on cuisine provided by the company caterer or may bring their own chef or caterer. Beverages are provided in each package, which can be tailored for a full-day or half-day outing. No two tour experiences are ever the same: One day, two pilot whales may frolic happily, their pectoral fins splashing above the water; the next day, a pod of gray whales may appear, their giant tails flipping high from under the waves. Visitors soon join the rhythm of their surroundings as these peaceful mammals in their natural habitat banish urban stress from all thoughts. Throughout the trip, dolphins chase alongside the gleaming wooden boat. In addition to offering whale-watching tours, Zetlmaier also makes his vintage wooden boats available as unique venues for intimate gatherings and as transport for passengers heading to Laguna Beach, San Diego or Crystal Cove. After one of his tours, guests leave his finely crafted boats with new appreciation for both the amazing vintage vessels above the sea and the magnificant mammals below it, both jewels of the sea at Newport Beach. www.ClassicYachtExcursions.com
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WHERE ART COMES TO LIFE The Festival of Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has always been a local leader that has helped with the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. The Festival of Artsâ€™ mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. For every summer for over 80 years, the Festival of Arts has produced two world-class events: The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Together both shows attract more than 250,000 visitors into Laguna Beach. In addition to the summer shows, the Festival of Arts has an extensive Permanent Art Collection that is regularly on display at off-site exhibits throughout the year. The Festival of
Arts has given more than $3 million in scholarships to Laguna Beach high school students and $2.6 million in grants to local art organizations.
FESTIVAL OF ARTS FINE ART SHOW
Recently named Orange County Registerâ€™s Best Place to Buy Original Art and Top 5 Art Festival in the nation by USA Today readers, the Festival of Arts features the artwork of 140 awardwinning artists. In addition to the variety of artwork, the Festival offers a wide range of daily activities including demonstrations and art workshops, art tours, live music, special events and much more.
Visitors look at artwork by Festival exhibitor Ron Azeved. BELOW Pageant re-creation of Gaston Lafitte’s Butterfly Brooch. OPPOSITE Entrance to the Festival of Arts. LEFT
PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS
The Pageant of the Masters is the Festival of Arts’ crowning jewel and arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Watch real people be magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of arts. A live narrator guides you through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra. With an expert staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the Pageant of the Masters has won recognition as the best presentation of its kind. Shows are nightly during the Festival of Arts summer schedule.
UPCOMING EVENTS FESTIVAL OF ARTS FINE ART SHOW July 5 – August 31, 2016 PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS July 7 – August 31, 2016, “Partners” SPECIAL EVENTS: Art and Story Time: Mondays, July 11 - Aug 29 Rising Stars Music Series: Tuesdays, July 12 – Aug 30 Art Talks: A Lecture Series: Wednesdays, July 13 - Aug 31 Art, Jazz, Wine, & Chocolate: Thursdays, July 14 - Aug 25 Concerts on the Green: Saturdays, July 9 & 23, Aug 6 & 20 Family Art Day: Saturday, July 16 Festival Runway Fashion Show: Saturday, August 13 Celebrity Benefit Concert & Pageant: Saturday, August 27 Books and Brunch: Sunday, July 24 & August 21 For a complete listing of events and exhibits, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org. TICKETS AND INFORMATION: Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters 650 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach, CA 92651 800.487.2278 LagunaFestivalofArts.org
Cultural MUSEUMS & GALLERIES FOASOUTH, LAGUNA BEACH
Opened as a collaboration between Festival of the Arts and Active Culture, foaSOUTH serves visitors and residents of Laguna Beach by promoting Festivalrelated exhibitions throughout the year. From July 10th through October 10th, foaSOUTH will be showcasing an exhibit entitled Coastal Dreams from the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection featuring the artwork of Benjamin Brown, Joane Cromwell, William Daniel, Galen Doss, Roger Folk, Conway Griffith, Ben Kutcher, Louise Leyden, Scott Moore, Gail Moulton, Brian Day, Seymour Thomas and Agnes Copeland. For more information please call 949.494.1145 or visit www.foapom.com. LEFT
Roger Folk Shore Patrol Oil on canvas foaSOUTH
ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
For over three decades Marilyn Minter has produced lush paintings, photographs, and videos that vividly manifest our culture’s complex and contradictory emotions around the feminine body and beauty. From the oversized paintings of makeup-laden lips and eyes to soiled designer shoes, Minter’s work brings into sharp, critical focus the power of desire. Marilyn Minter: Pretty/ Dirty features over 25 paintings made between 1976 and 2015, three video works, and several photographs that show Minter’s work in depth. For more information please call 949.759.1122 or visit www.ocma.net. ABOVE
Marilyn Minter Black Orchid, 2012 C-print Courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, New York, and Regen Projects, Los Angeles. Pop Rocks, 2009, enamel on metal; Collection of Danielle and David Ganek
Jon Seeman Transformation Steel Festival of Arts
FESTIVAL OF ARTS FINE ART SHOW
This summer explore Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts- a juried fine art show featuring 140 of Southern Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting on view July 5 through August 31, 2016. A world-renowned art destination, visitors can take tours of the exhibit, catch an art demonstration, dine at one of the on-site restaurants, create their own masterpiece, or simply sit back and enjoy the creative atmosphere. There are even daily art classes for kids. Weekends are jampacked with live music and special events providing entertainment for all. For more information please call 949.494.1145 or visit www.lagunafestivalofarts.org
Laguna College of Art + Design The mission of Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD)’s gallery is to serve the educational and cultural objectives of the studio majors. Each year through its exhibitions the gallery seeks to promote the development of their students’ talent and aesthetic awareness, while at the same time expanding the appreciation of various art forms to the community. Founded in 1961 as the Laguna Beach School of Art, LCAD has grown to include five undergraduate majors and a graduate department. They offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting, Illustration, Design + Digital Media, Animation and Game Art. Laguna College of Art + Design | 374 Ocean Avenue | Laguna Beach | 949.376.6000 | www.lcad.edu
Gallery McCollum Located in the Villa, a historical building overlooking the dramatic Laguna Beach coastline, Gallery McCollum has been representing some of the area’s finest artists, of local and international acclaim, since 1994. Owner, Karen Tobin, has been in the art business for 24 years. Artists represented are Pat Tobin, Vanessa Rothe, Kevin Short, Michael Logan, Caroline Zimmermann, Dante Liberi, Tricia Strickfaden, James Strombotne, Gabrielle Pool, Jeff Sewell, Michael Obermeyer and Richard Merchan. Gallery McCollum | 206 N Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.497.4027 | www.gallerymccollum.com
The DeBilzan Gallery The DeBilzan Gallery features the artwork of William DeBilzan, a self taught, abstract expressionist painter. William DeBilzan opened his first art gallery in Laguna Beach more than 20 years ago. DeBilzan’s work has been included in many prominent private &
public collections including the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building in Dubai & the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere, the Marriott near Central Park. DeBilzan Gallery | 224 Forest Avenue | Laguna Beach | 949.715.0405 | www.debilzangallery.com
Aimed at increasing the cultural significance of inland Orange County and bringing greater awareness to its art community, the DAX Gallery houses both an inspiring art collection and innovative event space. The art changes every four to six weeks with an emphasis on urban contemporary artists. DAX melds traditional mediums with contemporary modules, and prides itself on these juxtapositions. DAX Gallery | 2951 Randolph Avenue | Costa Mesa | 714.957.1706 | www.daxgallery.com
Sue Greenwood Fine Art Established in 2005, Sue Greenwood Fine Art (SGFA) is one of Orange County’s highly respected fine art galleries. The gallery space is located along the prestigious North Gallery Row in Laguna Beach, across the street from the Laguna Art Museum. SGFA has a reputation for exhibiting paintings, sculptures and mixed media works with contemporary realism and figurative influences. The gallery represents 35 highly refined emerging, mid-career, and established artists who are predominately from the Western region of the United States. Sue Greenwood Fine Art | 330 N Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.494.0669 | www.suegreenwoodfineart.com
Simard Bilodeau Galerie This could easily be the biggest art gallery in Southern California, featuring original paintings and
Brooke Harker Corner of Pearl 90 x 60 inches Ink, acrylic and oil on canvas Lu Martin Galleires
limited edition bronze sculptures by some of the best living artists. This gallery is just north of the Festival of Arts grounds and in a wilderness park. The views are unmatched as you enjoy and own pieces of art from this breathtaking gallery. Simard Bilodeau Galerie | 1945 Laguna Canyon Road | Laguna Beach | 949.376.7611 | www.simardbilodeau.com
Lu Martin Galleries
Housed in a large converted cottage on historic Gallery Row in North Laguna since 1988, Lu Martin Galleries features an interesting mix of contemporary and traditional paintings by local and international artists. Beautiful seascapes, Zen inspired landscapes, sophisticated abstracts, and ironic and iconic portraits painted on bullet casings are some of the highlights you’ll discover at this long established gallery. Lu Martin Galleries | 372 N Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.494.8074 | www.lumartingalleries.com
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nue | Laguna Beach | 949.497.4322 | www.marcwhitney.com
Liv Saether Art Studio | 234 17th Street, Suite 208 | Costa Mesa | 949.275.8498 | www.livsaether.com
LGOCA - Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art
Lahaina Galleries flourished in Hawaii then expanded to Newport Beach, and is now one of the bestknown art dealers in the United States. Lahaina’s curators carefully select works that emphasize the emotional connection between artists and their art. This beautiful space highlights coastal living through deeply poignant paintings and sculptures that are rich with depth and color.
HILBERT MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART ORANGE, CALIFORNIA Chapman University’s brand new Hilbert Museum of California Art opened in March 2016 in Orange, California. The museum houses and exhibits a world-class collection of California Scene paintings donated to the University by Mark and Janet Hilbert of Newport Beach, California. For more information please call 714.516.5880 or visit www.hilbertmuseum.com.
JoAnne Artman Gallery JoAnne Artman opened her space at 326 North Coast Highway in Laguna Beach in 2008, presenting vibrant and eclectic exhibitions. As the owner of her own gallery, Artman features award-winning artists that bring her dreams to life. She enjoys engaging in exciting conversations with the public about all the featured artists and even allows for her gallery to be rented out for private events. JoAnne Artman Gallery | 326 N Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.510.5481 | www.joanneartmangallery.com
Laguna Art Museum Laguna Art Museum is a museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s
knowledge and enjoyment of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field. Laguna Art Museum | 307 Cliff Drive | Laguna Beach | 949.494.8971 | www.lagunaartmuseum.org
Whitney Gallery The paintings of Marc Whitney capture the private, visual experience that defines our daily lives and validates the moments that matter – a morning cup of coffee, the rumpled sheets across a bed, and a simple vase of flowers on a table. Whitney Gallery is also proud to present original works of art by some of the finest contemporary artists in the nation including painters Giovanni Casadei, Peter Colquhoun, Peggi KrollRoberts, Andrea Krupp, Bradford J. Salamon, Derek Sterkel and Sarah J. Webber, ceramics by Monica Dunham and photographic art by Beatrice Rosenbaum. Whitney Gallery | 305 Forest Ave-
Lahaina Galleries | 1173 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.721.9117 | www.lahainagalleries.com
Avran Art + Design
Avran Art + Design distinguishes itself among the vibrant art scene in Laguna Beach by offering its clients a unique perspective on contemporary art for collectors and enthusiasts. The exquisitely edited gallery exhibits museum-quality glass sculptures, original paintings and avant-garde photography. New works on view by Laszlo Lukacsi, Gyorgy Gaspar, Father Bill Moore, Pan Qi Qun, Stephanie Paige, James C. Leonard, Michael Ruffini and Peter Borkovics. Avran Art + Design | 540 S Pacific Coast Highway, Suites 104 + 106 | Laguna Beach | 949.494.0900 | www.avranart.com
Liv Saether Art Studio
Liv Saether has painted for more than 40 years and taught for 20. She prefers painting and teaching to self-promoting, which is why Liv is one of the true hidden treasures in Orange County’s art world. Liv teaches classical oil painting techniques to all levels. If you have always wanted to learn how to paint but have felt intimidated, Liv is the perfect teacher for you. Her studio is a comfortable and relaxing oasis where your dreams of painting will come true.
Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art is a humanitarian gallery with artists from around the world that believe in giving back and paying it forward. LGOCA is a true contemporary gallery featuring all original, innovative art including abstract and figurative paintings, mechanical, bronze and glass sculptures, photography and many other creative expressions. The main goal of the gallery is to spread the message of universal love, compassion and hope through art and giving back. Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art | 611 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.715.9604 | www.LGOCA.com
Aimed at increasing the cultural significance of inland Orange County and bringing greater awareness to its art community, the DAX Gallery houses both an inspiring art collection and innovative event space. The art changes every four to six weeks with an emphasis on urban contemporary artists. DAX melds traditional mediums with contemporary modules, and prides itself on these juxtapositions. DAX Gallery | 2951 Randolph Avenue | Costa Mesa | 714.957.1706 | www.daxgallery.com
Huntington Beach Art Center
The Huntington Beach Art Center is a community arts and cultural center serving Huntington Beach and the Southern California region. Huntington Beach Art Center | 538 Main Street | Huntington Beach | 714.374.1650 | www.huntingtonbeachartcenter.org
July 5 - August 31, 2016 140 Fine Artists, Live Music, Workshops, Events + More! LagunaFestivalofArts.org
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July 7 - August 31, 2016 Pageant of the Masters A Unique Theatrical Per formance
PageantTickets.com Advance Tickets: $15 - $230
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PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS
Art comes to life right before your eyes at the Pageant of the Masters. Audiences are amazed by 90 minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers have won recognition for the Pageant of the Masters as the best presentation of its kind. The 2016 theme: ‘Partners’ sets out in search of stories of compelling collaborations that led to the creation of unforgettable artworks. A Pageant ticket entitles one to free, unlimited admission to the Festival of Arts grounds all summer long. Pageant of the Masters will be continuing through August 31, 2016 from 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm. For more information please call 800.487.3378 or visit www.pageanttickets.com. ABOVE
Pageant recreation of David Hockney’s American Collectors
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING
The largest action sports event in North America, featuring professional men, women and junior surfers comes to “Surf City USA” July 23-31, 2016 Entertainment includes curated retail spaces, world-class BMX competitions and the return of the Van Doren Village featuring art exhibitions and hands-on creative workshops for attendees. From the Katin Pro/Am to National Scholastic Surfing Association competitions to the City of Huntington Beach’s annual Surf Open, hardly a weekend goes by without a pop-up tent on the sand sheltering judges and competitors for that week’s event. For more information please visit www.vansusopenofsurfing.com.
LAGUNA DANCE FESTIVAL
Now in its 12th year, Laguna Dance Festival is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists. This year, it brings to the intimate stage, three world-renowned dance companies: New York-based Kyle Abraham/ Abraham.In.Motion; Philadelphia’s BalletX; and Los Angeles’ BODYTRAFFIC. In addition, there are free public performances and master classes. Tickets: $60 adults; $35 for students with valid student ID. Laguna Dance Festival takes place September 21-25, 2016, performance times vary. For more information please call 949.497.2787 or visit www.lagunadancefestival.org. ABOVE
Laguna Dance Festival 2016 BalletX Photograph by Alexander Iziliaev
Surf City Nights
Tuesdays weekly | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm This weekly street fair takes place along a closed-off section of Main Street and 5th Street in downtown Huntington Beach and features a certified farmers’ market, live entertainment, food and merchant vendors, and children’s activities. 200 Main Street | Huntington Beach | 714.733.3167 | www.surfcitynights.com
First Thursdays Art Walk
First Thursday of the month | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | The art season in Laguna Beach flourishes year round with First Thursdays Art Walk. This educational monthly art event celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach. The Laguna Art Museum offers free admission every first Thursday of the month from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm and there is also free shuttle service from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Throughout Laguna Beach | www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com
Angels Baseball Exhibit, Calling All Angels
Continuing through July 31 | Daily | To commemorate the 56th season of Angels Baseball, John Wayne Airport is featuring the ‘Calling All Angels’ exhibit in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery, located on the Departure (upper) Level, across from Gates 2 through 5 in Terminal A, Gates 18 through 21 in Terminal C and in the freestanding display cases across from Gate 14. View historic memorabilia from the early years to the present, including autographed baseballs and bats, cleats and baseball guides. Orange County John Wayne Airport (SNA) | www.ocair.com
Continuing through August 28 | 10:00 am - 10:00 pm | View fine art by 125 renowned artists and master craftspeople from around the world, across
the United States and gifted local artists as well. Stroll through ArtA-Fair’s peaceful garden setting, with cool ocean breezes, and enjoy a memorable day among the artists as they work on oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. Tickets: $7.50 adults; $5.50 seniors and military; children under 12 are free with an adult. Laguna Art-A-Fair | 777 Laguna Canyon Road | Laguna Beach | 949.494.4514 | www.art-a-fair.com
Sawdust Art & Crafts Festival
Continuing through August 28 | 10:00 am - 10:00 pm | Celebrating the soul of art for 50 years, Sawdust Art Festival was voted “Best Festival” by OC Weekly and “one of the country’s top five festivals” by American Style Magazine. Located in a beautiful eucalyptus grove, visitors experience the creativity of more than 200 local artisans. Visitors are drawn to the glass-blowing enclosure where glass masters perform their skill at the furnace. Art activities for children and adults, live entertainment, outdoor cafes and the Sawdust Saloon. Tickets: $9 adults; $7 seniors (65+); $4 children (612); children 5 and under are free; $18, season pass. Sawdust Art Festival | 935 Laguna Canyon Road | Laguna Beach | 949.494.3030 | www.sawdustartfestival.org
4th of July Celebration at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina
July 4 | Noon - 10:00 pm | A variety of entertaining activities and events, including a fireworks display, live music featuring KC & The Sunshine Band, local artisans and merchants, carnival games, face painting and a family fun zone. Take part in judging a Food Truck Wars contest and taste savory bites from the Back Bay Bistro. Admission costs vary with activities.
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort | 1131 Back Bay Drive | Newport Beach | 949.729.3863 | www.newportdunes.com
July 6 - August 31 | 6 pm | Enjoy this summer jazz series held every two weeks with table service, and a menu of tempting food and beverages. All seating is assigned by purchase date. Tickets start at $20. Hotel Laguna, Rose Garden | 425 S. Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.715.9713 | www.lagunabeachlive.org
Sunset Jazz at Newport
Wednesday evenings, July 6 September 14 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Features a variety of jazz artists from the Newport Beach Jazz Party and The Jazz Cruise. Ticket prices vary. Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa | 900 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.759.5003 | www.sunsetjazzatnewport.com
Dana Point Summer Concert Series
Sundays, July 10 - August 20 | 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Features two bands playing for 90 minutes each. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Bring a blanket or low back lawn chair. Free. Sea Terrace Park | Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road | Dana Point | 949.248.3530 | www.danapoint.org
Pipeline to a Cure
July 16 | 5:30 pm | Join Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama and Jamie Mitchell to celebrate the therapeutic benefits that surfing brings to the Cystic Fibrosis community with live entertainment, auctions and a gourmet dinner. Tickets start at $250. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa | 21500 Pacific Coast Highway | Huntington Beach | 714.938.1393 | www.pipelinetoacure.com
19th Annual Community Golf Tournament
July 15 | 11 am - 6 pm | The Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce holds this annual fundraiser at Mesa Verde Country Club. Individuals and foursomes can enter to play and win prizes. Shotgun: 11 am; Reception and awards, 4 pm. Mesa Verde Country Club | 3000 Clubhouse Road | Costa Mesa | Chamber of Commerce office 714.885.9090 | www.costamesachamber.com
Dana Point Lantern District Car Show
July 17 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Enjoy an afternoon featuring cars of all shapes, sizes and makes. Free car registration. Free. Del Prado between Old Golden Lantern and Amber Lantern | 949.248.3536 | Registration: Marc Spizzirri, 949.496.3000 | www.dplanterndistrict.com
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Texas Rangers July 18 - 20 | 7:05 pm
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Chicago White Sox
Anaheim Stadium | 2000 E. Gene Autry Way | Anaheim | 714.704.2400 | www.losangeles. angels.mlb.com
Anaheim Stadium | 2000 E. Gene Autry Way | Anaheim | 714.704.2400 | www.losangeles. angels.mlb.com
The Sound of Music
July 15 - 17 | 7:05 pm, 6:05 pm, 12:35 pm
July 19 - 31| Performance times vary | The Hills are alive with this brand new production
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Newport Beach Concert on the Green: Hollywood Stones
July 31 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Hollywood Stones brings the ultracool Rolling Stones look and sound to Newport Beach, with dead-ringer recreations of the five-member legendary band. Event is free. Newport Beach Civic Center | 100 Civic Center Drive | Newport Beach | www.visitnewportbeach.com
Lobsterfest at Newport Beach
OC FAIR 2016
Enjoy a full day of fun with animals of all kinds, musical performances in the Pacific Amphitheatre and The Hangar, events in the Action Sports Arena, beautiful exhibits, delicious treats and carnival rides. The 23-day event features shopping, exhibits, handson activities, competitions and contests. The fair opens July 15 through August 14, Wednesday through Friday, noon to midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to midnight. For more information please call 714.708.1500 or visit www.ocfair.com.
of The Sound of Music with Maria and the Von Trapp family. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Hall | 615 Town Center Drive | Costa Mesa | 714.755.5799 | www.scfta.org
Elements of Art Summer Camps
July 25 - August 19 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm | Four art camps explore the elements of line, shape, form, space, color and texture in art. Students get to create work in a variety of media while being inspired by the museum exhibitions on view. Camps are open to ages 5 through 12 and projects vary in complexity according to the student’s age. The curriculum is different for every camp, so students may sign up for more than one camp. Cost: $125 for museum members; $175 for others, which includes five days of camp plus art supplies. Laguna Art Museum | 307
Cliff Drive | Laguna Beach | 949.494.8971 | www.lagunaartmuseum.org
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Out Of This World
July 29 - August 7 | Performance times vary | This new, immersive experience debuts on the West Coast for the first time in the 145th year history of Ringling Bros. Features an interactive action-packed storyline filled with space-age family fun and technology. Audiences, through the lens of a magic telescope, join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic mission of good vs. evil to bring performers back to Earth. Honda Center | 2695 E. Katella Avenue | Anaheim | Tickets at the Honda Center box office | 800.745.3000 | www.hondacenter.com
August 7 | 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm | This 8th annual event promises a day of fun and entertainment with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish® Orange County and Inland Empire, and Leadership Tomorrow. A celebration of summer, Maine lobster is flown in fresh and prepared on site with traditional seafood accompaniments and kids’ activities at Camp James, along with live entertainment. Tickets, advance purchase: VIP $150, General $60, Children, $20. Tickets purchased at the door: General $80, Children $25 Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina | 101 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach (enter off Pacific Coast Highway) | Newport Beach | 949.478.3468 | www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com
August 9 - 21 | Performance times vary| This Tony awardwinning musical presented by the critically acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company is about following your heart while the world loses its way. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Hall | 600 Town Center Drive | Costa Mesa | Box office 714.556.2787 | www.scfta.org
Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 13 | 8 pm | Relive the adventures of Indiana Jones with John Williams’ thrilling score per-
formed live! Tickets from $25. Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre | 8808 Irvine Center Drive | Irvine | 714.755.5799 | www.PacificSymphony.org
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Seattle Mariners August 15 - 18 | 7:05 pm
Anaheim Stadium | 2000 E. Gene Autry Way | Anaheim | 714.704.2400 | www.losangeles. angels.mlb.com
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. New York Yankees
August 19 - 21 | 7:05 pm, 6:05 pm Anaheim Stadium | 2000 E. Gene Autry Way | Anaheim | 714.704.2400 | www.losangeles. angels.mlb.com
The Ohana Fest
August 27 - 28 | 1:00 pm - 9:15 pm | Debuting at Doheny Beach, this two-day musical festival features Eddie Vedder, Lana Del Rey and Elvis Costello among its headliners. Activities include sand art competitions, surfboard displays, and food trucks and vendors with artisan food options and craft cocktails. Doheny State Beach | 25300 Dana Point Harbor | Dana Point | www.mydanapoint.com
The 40th VIC Skimboards World Championship
August 27 - 28 | Considered the most prestigious event on the skimboarding circuit, professionals and amateurs compete in a variety of age categories. Aliso Beach | Laguna Beach | www.thevic.victoriaskimboards. com
Tour de Force III
August 27 | 7:30 pm | Honors Segerstrom Center’s 30 years of presenting the greatest ballet companies and the world’s most celebrated dancers. Includes three Center premieres. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Hall | 600 Town Center Drive | Costa Mesa | Box office 714.556.2787 | www.scfta.org
ing to pirate songs about life on the high seas to learning how to tie a bowline, there is something for youngsters of all ages. Ticket prices vary.
Pacific Marine Mammal Center | 20612 Laguna Canyon Road | Laguna Beach | 949.494.3050 | www.pacificmmc.org
Ocean Institute | 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive | Dana Point | 949.496.2274 | www.tallshipsfestival.com
Taste of Laguna
Oktoberfest 2016 All The Way
August 27 | 7:30 pm | A political drama by Robert Schenkkan, it traces Lyndon B. Johnson as he catapults into the most powerful job on earth in 1963, and interfaces with America’s most dynamic leaders who stand beside him or against him. South Coast Repertory Segerstrom Stage | 655 Town Center Drive | Costa Mesa | Box office 714.708.5555 | www.scr.org
August 27 | 7:30 pm | Conductor Carl St.Clair presents excerpts from “Swan Lake,” “The Nutcracker,” two concertos and “1812 Overture.” Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre | 8808 Irvine Center Drive | Irvine | Symphony box office 714.755.5799 | www.pacificsymphony.org
Mummies of The World at The Bowers Museum
Continuing through September 5 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | Come face-to-face with real mummies and artifacts from Europe, South America and Ancient Egypt, some dating back more than 4,500 years. Tickets from $9. The Bowers Museum | 2002 N. Main Street | Santa Ana | 714.480.1520 | www.bowers.org
Toshiba Tall Ships Festival
September 9 - 11 | Maritime history festival with cannon battles, guided cruises, sunset sails and pirate adventures. From listen-
September 11 - October 30 | The celebration features authentic German food, imported German beers, German bands with Dachshund Weiner Dog races, festivities, competitions and games. Prices and times vary. Old World German Village | 7561 Center Avenue | Huntington Beach | 714.895.8020 | www.oldworld.ws
Surf City Days
September 17 - 18 | Begins at 9:00 am | Beach competitions include surfing, volleyball and SUP contests. Also, Seventies Session, Old Skool Skate, HSS/Surfline Demo Days, Kowabunga Van Klan Klassic Kar Show, Unique Vendors at Pier Plaza, Art Fair, Green Expo and Surfin’ Sundays Concert at the Pier. Downtown, Pier and the Beach | Huntington Beach | www.hbdowntown.com
Treasures Under the Sea Gala
September 18 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm | Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach holds this annual fundraiser for the facility, which is the only one of its kind in Orange County that rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals stranded along the 42-mile southern OC coast, then releases healthy pinnipeds back to their native environment. Enjoy an evening under the stars, including dinner, live & silent auctions and entertainment. Takes place at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, 31106 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. Tickets: $250.
September 21 | 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm | A foodie event with tantalizing tastes. Graze on local fare, presented by some of Laguna Beach’s leading culinary stars. Sample a variety of wines, craft beers and tequila. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Presented by the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. Tickets: Early Bird pricing until August 1 - $60 general; $80 VIP includes early admission at 4:30 pm and parking. Tivoli Too! | 777 Laguna Canyon Road | Laguna Beach | 949.494.1018 | www.lagunabeachchamber.org
Huntington Beach Surf Dog Festival at Dog Beach
September 23 - 25 | 8:00 am 1:30 pm | Multi-heat dog surfing competition, PAWabunga Costume Contest, Dog Surfing History Exhibit and International Surf Dog Walk of Fame. Free to see; fee to participate. Huntington Dog Beach | 100 Goldenwest Street | Huntington Beach | www.surfcitysurfdog.com
25th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
September 25 | 7:00 am | This 5K run/walk is the largest annual fundraiser of its kind in Orange County. Join thousands of supporters, breast cancer survivors and families gathering with a common vision: a world without breast cancer. Fashion Island | 700 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 714.957.9157 ext. 34 | www.komenoc.org/race
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Oakland Athletics
September 26 - 28 | 7:05 pm Anaheim Stadium | 2000 E. Gene Autry Way | Anaheim | 714.704.2400 | www.losangeles. angels.mlb.com
Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
September 30 - October 2 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Tap, sip and revel in the epicurean talent in Newport Beach. Enjoy celebrity chef cooking demos and book signings, interactive wine panels with master sommeliers, mixology courses and live music. Grand Tasting Pavilions boast 30 of the OC’s finest restaurants with more than 200 wines poured for tastings. Must be 21 years and older to attend festival events. Ticket prices vary. Newport Beach Civic Center | 100 Civic Center Drive | Newport Beach | www.newportwineandfood.com
The Godfather - Live in Concert
October 1 | 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm | Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece comes to Segerstrom Center for the first time. A symphony orchestra brings the music to life while the film is simultaneously shown in high definition on the big screen. Tickets start at $49. Segerstrom Hall | 600 Town Center Drive | Costa Mesa | Box office 714.556.2787 | www.scfta.org
October 1 | 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm | A vibrant display of stunts including pole climbers, hoop-diving, contortionists and more. Colorful, authentic costumes, state-ofthe-art lighting, sound, stunning backdrops and thrilling musical accompaniments energize each performance. Tickets start at $19. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall | 615 Town Center Drive | Costa Mesa | 714.556.2787 | www.scfta.org
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BARON& LEEDS BARON & LEEDS OPENS NEWLY EXPANDED AND REMODELED ROLEX BOUTIQUE IN SOUTH COAST PLAZA Baron & Leeds, one of the West Coast’s foremost watch retailers, announced the opening of their newly expanded and renovated boutique in Orange County, California. Located in South Coast Plaza, the original boutique, opened in 2008, was the first of its kind in the United States. After having just undergone a full remodeling and extensive expansion, this renovated boutique will offer the ultimate luxury shopping experience. As South Coast Plaza is a local, national and international center of attraction, this ideal setting is a tribute to the timelessness and perfection of the leading Swiss watch brand. Upon entering the 2,100 square-foot boutique in South Coast Plaza, guests are offered an intimate place in which they can discover the impressive selection of Rolex wristwatches, particularly the self-winding, mechanical Oyster Perpetual models, which form the pillar of a collection of legendary timepieces that combine tradition, prestige and technology with precision, peerless reliability and style suited to every occasion. The boutique offers an environment inspired by the sea, evoking the essence of Rolex, known worldwide as the inventor of the Oyster in 1926, the first waterproof wristwatch. With the rolling, gently curved walls throughout the space leading to an illuminated Aqua panel sculpted with a softly undulating wave motif, this specially designed space provides the most luxurious setting for clientele seeking a high-end shopping experience.
“We are extremely proud and honored to present our newly remodeled flagship store,” says Terry Weiner, CEO of Baron & Leeds. “Rolex design and Swiss engineering come together to create an unparalleled shopping experience.”
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The Pearlmaster is Rolexâ€™s crowning jewellery watch. Featuring the softly curved lines of the Pearlmaster design, it is characterised by uniquely rich dials and exquisite gem settings of diamonds, sapphires or rubies and available only in 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold made by Rolex in its own foundry. To preserve the beauty of its pink gold watches, Rolex created and patented an exclusive 18 ct pink gold alloy cast in its own foundry: Everose gold. Introduced in 2005, 18 ct Everose is used on all Rolex Oyster models in pink gold. Gem-setters, like sculptors, finely carve the precious metal to hand-shape the seat in which each gemstone will be perfectly lodged. With the art and craft of a jeweller, the stone is placed and meticulously aligned with the others, then firmly secured in its gold or platinum setting. Besides the intrinsic quality of the stones, several other criteria contribute to the beauty of Rolex gemsetting: the precise alignment of the height of the gems, their orientation and position, the regularity, strength and proportions of the setting as well as the intricate finishing of the metalwork.
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It’s more than just beautiful beaches, sparkling ocean views and million dollar homes. Orange County offers an array of shopping centers. From luxury shopping at South Coast Plaza to unique boutiques, Orange County’s swanky and stylish surroundings deliver a shopping oasis.
American Rag Cie, Maison Midi
American Rag Cie is based in Los Angeles and Newport Beach, featuring contemporary men’s & women’s fashion, denim, vintage, and footwear. Located within American Rag Cie, Maison Midi features home decor, furniture, kitchen, linens, accessories and one-of-a-kind gifts. Masion Midi’s buying team travel the world in pursuit of unique and exclusive merchandise to stock their beautiful shops. 401 Newport Center Drive, Suite f953 | Newport Beach| 949.760.1510 | www.americanrag.com
The family behind A’maree’s has built this tiny boutique into a high-fashion force, unparalleled in America. A’maree’s | 2241 W Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.642.4423 | www.amarees.com
Anaheim Packing District
Located in the heart of Downtown Anaheim is a new, up-and-coming section from the creative minds behind Costa Mesa’s the Camp and the Lab. The area surrounding City Hall is making use of the historic Packard Building where the hit LA-based Umami Burger has opened as well as the Anaheim
Citrus Packing House, which will be home to several food purveyors. Anaheim Packing District | 440 S Anaheim Blvd | Anaheim | 714.533.7225 | www. anaheimpackingdistrict.com
Born out of the desire to revive the donning of hats as an essential accessory, Anhcoy features a millinery collection carefully handcrafted by artisans using traditional skills learned and passed down from generation to generation. Each piece is designed for longevity, inspired by timeless glamour.
Anhcoy | 15942 Los Serranos Country Club Drive, Suite D #433 | Chino Hills | 714.855.8269 | www.anhcoy.com
With one of the most expensive real estate markets in North America, this small island in the middle of Newport Harbor is home to approximately seventy quaint boutiques, eateries, and coffee houses. After a day of exploring the area, be sure to have a frozen treat from the famous Dad’s Donut & Bakery Shop. Marine Avenue is the heart of the island’s Apparel district with marvelous boutiques and galleries.
Balboa Island | Marine Avenue | Newport Beach | www. balboaisland.net
create custom pieces. Light and airy, the space has seven rooms – including the expansive showroom.
Black Star and Frost | 3 41 Bayside Drive | Newport Beach | 949.673.1771 | www.blackstarandfrost.com
Accessible by car or by ferry from Balboa Island, this three-milelong stretch of sandy beaches has stores scattered up and down the beach. From beachwear and gift shops to art galleries, this is the perfect place to meander up and down the boardwalk while browsing the charming boutiques, restaurants and gift shops along the waterfront. Balboa Peninsula | South Newport Blvd from Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Beach
Bella Roche carries quality, oneof-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry, as featured on The Real Housewives of Orange County. The pendants and gemstones are carefully selected during the owner’s travels throughout Europe and Asia.
“Go-green” enthusiasts will find refuge at the CAMP. The green gathering spot offers a hippie-chicdesert design and includes ecodepartment store SEED People’s Market, Active Ride Shop and Patagonia. On the last Tuesday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 pm is the SoBeCa (South on Bristol Entertainment, Culture and Arts) ARTwalk. The Camp | 2937 Bristol Street | Costa Mesa | 714.966.6661 | www.thecampsite.com
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Corona del Mar Plaza
Located just off Coast Highway is this Mediterranean-style shopping center with shops, restaurants, gourmet markets and more. Stores include Tommy Bahama, Sur la Table and Savory Spice Shop. On a warm day, locals flock here to grab an ice cream cone from Sprinkles Cupcakes. Just be prepared for a long line. Corona del Mar Plaza | 800-984 Avocado Avenue | Newport Beach |
Corona del Mar Village
This seaside community winding along Coast Highway is filled with quaint specialty stores, fabulous restaurants and tree-lined streets with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Newport Harbor. From bridal shops like The White Dress to home décor at Bliss Home and Design, an afternoon stroll through this charming town will not disappoint. Corona del Mar Village | Pacific Coast Highway from Jamboree Road to Hazel Drive | Corona del Mar | 949.720.3100
Bella Rocke | 949.636.1371 | www.bellaroche.com
This outdoor shopping center is beautifully landscaped with fountains and plenty of patio seating in a coastal-casual style. Stores include Barnes & Noble, Diane’s Beachwear and No Rest for Bridget. Bella Terra | 7777 Edinger Avenue | Huntington Beach | 714.897.2534 | www.bellaterra-hb.com
Black Star and Frost Newport Beach
You may have heard of Black Star and Frost from the legendary Marilyn Monroe who sang the song Diamond’s Are A Girl’s Best Friend. Certainly Marilyn was not wrong, located on the waterfront in the heart of Newport Beach at Balboa Marina this world known store offers master jewelers to hand
Dune Jewelry | www.dunejewelry.com
Chetna Singh’s line of luxurious silk scarves and pocket squares are the designer’s original artwork, digitally printed on pure Indian silk. The designs are unique and influenced by her Indian heritage and her love for travel and horses. Singh says she designs for her customer who is confident and stylish, but not always trendy, tries new things but never forgets their favorites. Chetna Singh | www.chetnasingh.
Covetcaftan is an online luxury wear-brand specialized in silk caftans and inspired by the jetset lifestyle. Conceptualized by Marina Shapiro, Elena Tevelev, and designed by iconic Russian designer Elena Souproun, the caftans make easy the blending of versatility and grace, and urge living with a diva-style confidence. Covetcaftan | www.covetcaftan.com
Wear your favorite travel memories with custom, handmade accessories from Dune Jewelry - the Original Beach Sand Jewelry Company®. Dune Jewelry is experiential jewelry that captures memories from where you’ve been, where you love and where you’re
BEACH BUNNY SWIMWEAR 950 West Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.548.0348 | www.beachbunnyswimwear.com A’MAREES 2241 West Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.642.4423 | www.amarees.com MOLLY BROWN SWIMWEAR 2116 Newport Blvd | Newport Beach | 949.673.9004 | www.mollybrownsswimwear.com DIANES BEACHWEAR 920 Avocado Ave. #A-1 | Newport Beach | 949.759.6880 118 Main Street | Huntington Beach | 714.536.7803 |www.dianesbeachwear.com MERRILEE’S SWIMWEAR 790 South Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.497.6743 120 Fifth Street, Suite 110 | Huntington Beach | 714.960.8433 | www.merrileeswimwear.com
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shopping complex with largename department stores including Nordstrom and Macy’s. While the higher-end designer stores are absent, The Spectrum is the ideal place to bring the whole family for a fun day of shopping. The kids will especially love the giant ferris wheel, carousel and kiddie train. Irvine Spectrum | 71 Fortune Drive | Irvine | 949.753.5180 | www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com
Jewels by Joseph
As a family owned and operated jewelry store in Newport Beach, CA, Jewels by Joseph have mastered the skill of finding the perfect jewels for any occasion. With experience and knowledge passed down over four generations, thier jewelry repair, design and cleaning are executed with attention to detail and extraordinary dedication. If you are looking for a great custom jewelry piece, engagement or wedding rings, diamond necklaces and more, our jewelry store is the perfect place to look going. Dune’s Sandbank™ offers thousands of sands and locations worldwide, you also have the option to send your own sand. There is something for all travel lovers, men and women alike, in the Dune Collection. Dune Jewelry | www.dunejewelry.com
With the sun perpetually shining in The OC, it’s no wonder that one of the best shopping scenes is located in a beautiful, sun-soaked outdoor setting. With beautifully landscaped grounds, fountains, ocean views and even a koi pond, Fashion Island is Newport Beach’s favorite shopping destination. There’s even a complimentary trolley service throughout the center and parking areas. Major department stores include Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. Famous celebrity shopping store, Los Angeles’ Kitson recently opened its doors here as well. Fashion Island | 401 Newport Center
Drive | Newport Beach | 949.721.2000 | www.shopfashionisland.com
Jewels By Joseph | 948 Avocado Avenue | Newport Beach | 949.640.6788 | www.jewelsbyjoseph.com
Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers
Covetcaftan silk dress | www.covetcaftan.com
Being an official Rolex retailer, Fredric Rubel also offers the finest brands of jewelry and watches from acclaimed designers. This local family owned and operated business offers one-on-one relationships with each of their clients, ensuring to exceed expectations. Noted for classic hand fabricated designer jewelry in platinum or gold, ideal-cut diamonds by Lazare Diamonds, and classic timepieces. Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers | 246 Forest Avenue | Laguna Beach | 949.494.3513 | www.rubeljewelers.com
Home to one of the largest movie theaters on the west coast, the Irvine Spectrum, or simply “The Spectrum,” is a giant outdoor
Juxtaposition Home is a true lifestyle shop established in 2002 by husband-and-wife team Mario Santos and Michele Graham. Inspired by the things and objects that make people happy, Mario and Michele set out to create a shop for the serendipitous: a place where you can walk in, fall in love, and find that perfect piece and give it a place in your home. Juxtaposition | 7976 East Coast Highway | Newport Coast | 949.715.1181 | www.juxtaposition.com
The LAB, recycled from a night vision goggle factory, began its journey to combat retail monotony almost 20 years ago. In the midst of Orange County’s suburbia and
perfectly planted palm trees, we recognized a need for a homey, indoor-outdoor hang out with shops and restaurants geared for the young at heart, and not offered in every mall on every corner. The Lab | 2930 Bristol Street | Costa Mesa | 714.966.6660 | www.the lab.com
With unparalleled quality and service, Lugano offers an array of the most breathtaking assortment of stones, ideal-cut diamonds and custom-designed jewelry. Lugano Diamonds | 620 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100 | Newport Beach | 949.720.1258 | www.luganodiamonds.com
Cruising along, the Pacific Coast Highway is composed of a variety of stores, automotive dealers, restaurants and marine-related businesses. It is home to the iconic, waterfront boutique A’maree’s, a family-run business since the early 1970s. For a mix of unique boutiques and cool ‘60’s retro vibe, The Cove on PCH delivers a hip shopping experience. Mariner’s Mile | Pacific Coast Highway from Dover Drive to North Newport Blvd. | Newport Beach
Established in October, 2004, Novecento Boutique specializes in luxury fashion, shoes, handbags, and accessories. Since inception, it has been the goal of Novecento Boutique to maintain a platinum level of personalized service unlike any other. Novecento specializes in luxury fashion, shoes, handbags and accessories for men and women. Novecento Boutique | 8002 E Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.715.1700 | www.novecentofashion.com
While working out it is important to always look good, because when you look good you feel good. Stocked up on fashion forward apparel, Novecento Sports has a variety of sports wear for men and women including Puma and other great brands. When walking into this hip store you get great vibes from the beginning to the end with reliable and friendly customer service. Being a family owned and operated store Novecento is located just off the coast of Newport. Novecento Sports | 7988 East Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.715.6900 | www.novecentosports.com
The OC Mix
This upscale, hipster center is home to locally owned boutiques and specialty food stores set amid California-desert grounds, fire pits and fountains, which create a relaxed atmosphere. The OC Mix includes specialty shops like jewelry shop Lili Claspe, artisanal chocolate store Michelle Haute Chocolat and a full service cheese shop. On Saturdays there is a farmers’ market as well as several food stores set amid Californiadesert grounds, fire pits and fountains, which create a relaxed atmosphere. The OC Mix | 3313 Hyland Avenue | Costa Mesa | 949.375.0749 | www.shoptheocmix.com
The Old Pottery Place
Among the most historically significant sites in Laguna Beach, the Old Pottery Place is home to a collection of distinctive shops, specialty food stores, restaurants and more. Blue Eyed Girl is the hot spot for women’s fashion, while Jack Thomas at Home is the go-to for unique, clever home-style décor. The Old Pottery Place | 1200 South Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.494.4779 | www.theoldpotteryplace.com
The Outlets at Orange
The Outlets at Orange is Orange County’s premier outlet shopping destination with over 120 popular stores and restaurants. This leading open-air shopping, dining and entertainment venue includes Nordstrom Rack, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, and AMC 30 Theaters. The center is located only minutes from Disneyland. The Outlets at Orange | 20 City Blvd West | Orange | 714.769.4000
Rebecca Taylor, Elie Tahari and more – our savvy personal shoppers can provide gift-buying and styling services featuring the season’s hottest trends and must-have items. All at no cost. That’s right – whether our expert personal shoppers and stylists spend 30 minutes with you or a full day to help you find the perfect gift or outfit, there’s no minimum purchase required and zero obligation to buy. Fashion Island Personal Shopping & Styling Services | Newport Beach | 949.701.3166 | firstname.lastname@example.org
South Coast Plaza is an international attraction and a must-see destination as part of any visit to Southern California. The Rolex Boutique at South Coast Plaza, has redefined and elevated the luxury shopping experience to new heights. This flagship store, dedicated entirely to the exquisite World of Rolex, has been generating worldwide interest and offers an extraordinary selection of Rolex timepieces, presented by a professional, multi-lingual staff.
Located on PCH in the heart of Laguna Beach, SASHA boutique is the destination for locals and tourists to shop on trend clothing, jewelry, and shoes. SASHA boutique has been styling women since 2008 and their team will help you create an effortless and welledited look in a warm setting with exceptional customer service. SASHA boutique | 550 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.715.1444 | www.shopsasha.com
Let us help you make your shopping experience easier than ever. With more than 100 exclusive boutiques and coveted brands – from Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, Vince, Kate Spade, Joie,
South Coast Plaza
Known as Southern California’s premier shopping destination, South Coast Plaza is an internationally recognized shopper’s paradise with an unrivaled collection of over 250 boutiques and award-winning restaurants. Not only is it the largest shopping center on the west coast, but it is also home to some of the most luxurious stores in the world including Harry Winston, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Chloé. South Coast Plaza | 3333 Bristol Street | Costa Mesa | 800.782.8888 | www.southcoastplaza.com
From swimwear to accessories for both men and women, Tommy Bahama offers a selection of apparel for almost any occasion. Tommy Bahama | 854 Avocado Avenue | Newport Beach | 949.760.1886
Rolex Boutique Baron & Leeds | 3333 Bristol Street | Costa Mesa | 714.241.8088 | www.rolex.com
The Strand |155 5th Street | Huntington Beach | 714.960.9100 | www.thestrandon5th.com
Sailorsware features gifts for the sailor like the “Nip That Drip Kit” which includes a Monkey’s Fist knot on top of a designer wine stopper and a Turks Head knot wine collar. All products are manufactured locally. Decorative knots are featured throughout the web store, surf by on the web. Sailorware | www.sailorsware.com
Just one block from the Huntington Beach pier is a two-block row of stores and restaurants providing a perfect spot for fun and relaxation. Retailers include Crocs, Rip Curl and RA Sushi. A beachfront destination featuring the Shorebreak Hotel, the Strand is the perfect spot for fun and relaxation.
400 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.376.6881 | www.tommybahama.com
This trendy shoe boutique is filled with a vast selection of “Affordable and Adorable” shoes. Tootsies carries everything from the basics to the hottest trends. Tootsies | 1200 S Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 104 A | Laguna Beach | 949.715.5151 | www.tootsieslagunabeach.com
Traditional Jewelers offers exquisite cutting edge designs from world-renowned designer jewelry icons. Offering an array of jewelry you can find one-of-a-kind statement pieces or even classic diamond studs.
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Anhcoy | www.anhcoy.com
ration, yet current and timeless. Vitra Eyewear | 714.966.2186 | www.vitraeyewear.com
Traditional Jewelers | 817 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.721.9010 | www.traditionaljewelers.com
UNOde50 was founded in the late 1990s by a group of creative artists who resolved to create a fashion jewelry brand that would break all existing molds. It was launched with the original and exclusive philosophy of creating 50 of each design. Currently, there are 20 free-standing boutiques including Fashion Island, two outlets and more than 600 Wholesale accounts throughout the USA and Canada. UNOde50 | 401 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.640.2200 | www.unode50.com
VICI is a haven for the modern fashionista, specializing in the versatility. What started as a small family business is slowly growing into something greater. Offering a range of casual pieces to beautiful statement dresses, VICI offers eye catching patterns, bright colors and beautiful drapes. Their passion is styling for the busy mom, working woman, and Pinterest loving fashionista, keeping you chic and always comfortable. VICI | 15 Corporate Plaza Dr Ste 110 | Newport Beach | 949.706.0027 | www.vicicollection.com
The world’s most unique eyewear collections are only found at Vitra Eyewear, South Coast Plaza. Intricately curated brands and styles are presented amidst luxurious surroundings. Among their designers, Matsuda is one of the most celebrated Japanese fashion houses, famous for historic inspi-
Vineyard Vines is an American clothing and accessory retailer founded in 1998 in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, by brothers Shep and Ian Murray. The brand markets high end ties, hats, belts, shirts, shorts, bags for men, women, and children Vineyard Vines|1125 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.706.1570 | www.vineyardvines.com
Winston’s Crown Jewels
Providing superior value, style, quality and services, customers have always trusted Winston’s Jewelers. Carrying the largest collections of exceptional gemstone jewelry in Southern California, Winston’s designers are always happy to customize mountings of your dreams. Winston’s Crown Jewelers | 100 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite 101 | Newport Beach | 949.642.5000 1775 Newport Blvd | Costa Mesa | 949.645.9000 | www.winstonscrownjewelers.com
The White Dress
The White Dress has grown to become one of the pre-eminent Couture Bridal Salons in the country. While The White Dress has expanded well beyond its original footprint to include seven dressing rooms, a bridesmaids lounge and 3,000 square feet of showroom space, the experience remains personal, attentive and truly unique throughout the USA and Canada. The White Dress | 2853 East Pacific Coast Highway | Corona del Mar | 949.723.0121 | www.thewhitedress.com
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ORANGE COUNTYâ€™S HIDDEN JEWEL Photography by J. CHRISTOPHER LAUNI
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TUCKED AWAY IN A PICTURESQUE BEND IN THE COASTLINE BETWEEN LAGUNA BEACH AND NEWPORT BEACH... CLOCKWISE FROM
The vintage beach cottages in Crystal Cove’s Historic District are recognized as the last remaining example of vernacular architecture in California. Sixteen cottages, preserved to capture lifestyles from 1935-1955, are available for overnight rental. A rustic cottage deck offers stunning ocean views. TOP TO BOTTOM
nce the best kept secret in Orange County, Crystal Cove State Park is now a favorite hidden gem. With 3.2 miles of idyllic coastline, 2,400 acres of backcountry, and a one-of-a-kind Historic District with beachfront cottages dating back to the 1920s-1950s, the Cove – as it is known locally – has something for everyone. Tucked away in a picturesque bend in the coastline between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, the 46 original cottages that make up the Crystal Cove Historic District are like an oasis from a bygone age, transporting visitors to a time not so long ago when people were connected by a sense of community and a profound reverence for nature. In its early days, the Crystal Cove community was rustic and rugged, attracting tent campers who were willing to forego gas, electricity, and running water. As time passed, some of the tent camping families began staying longer and longer, creating a need for more permanent habitation – and the cottages grew up around them. Some were built partially from kits, and others, in true Coveite fashion, were constructed out of found materials and flotsam from the beach. Today, Crystal Cove’s early community spirit is preserved through the efforts of Crystal Cove Alliance, Crystal Cove State Park’s nonprofit cooperative association, which was founded in 1999 by Laura Davick to prevent the Crystal Cove Historic District from being developed into a luxury resort property. On Wednesdays during the summer, Crystal Cove Alliance hosts
Community Days in the Historic District’s Education Commons, inviting visitors to step back in time with free tours, vintage games, beachside chats, and historic arts and crafts. By the 1920s, the small beach settlement had begun drawing visitors of a different sort: Hollywood filmmakers who craved unspoiled stretches of beaches that could become a backdrop for shipwrecks and tropical islands. Classic favorites such as Tell It To the Marines (1926) and the original Treasure Island (1934) were filmed on Crystal Cove’s pristine beaches – a history that Crystal Cove Alliance pays homage to today through its Historic Films on the Beach series, which features historic movies on a giant inflatable screen on the sand throughout the summer. Located close to the artist colony in Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove is also known for its links to the plein air art movement. Starting in the late 1910s, many impressionist painters came to Crystal Cove to capture the striking coastline on their canvas or to enjoy the community of the whimsical settlement. This one hundred year tradition of painting outdoors is still kept alive today through a juried art program at the Crystal Cove State Park Interpretive Store, as well as “The Great Plein Air Art Experience,” a public workshop offered throughout the summer which invites participants to create their own masterpiece as they explore Crystal Cove through the eyes of the plein air artist. There’s plenty to explore in the immense backcountry as well, with free hikes led by volunteer State Park docents every weekend and trails for every ability level. For more information about Historic Films on the Beach, art classes, hikes, and other public programming, visit www.crystalcovealliance.org.
EVENTS UPCOMING EVENTS July 14, 8 pm Historic Movies on the Beach Tell It to the Marines July 28, 8 pm Historic Movies on the Beach Some Like It Hot July 29, 5:30 - 7 pm Follow the Sun Opening Night Reception; Reservations Required July 30-31, 10 – 4 pm Follow the Sun Plein Air Art Show. August 11, 8 pm Historic Movies on the Beach 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea OVERNIGHT STAYS Crystal Cove Beach Cottages 35 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast www.crystalcovebeachcottages.org DINING Ruby’s Shake Shack 7703 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Coast, www.rubys.com The Beachcomber Café 18 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, www.thebeachcombercafe.com
ABOVE Crystal Cove State Park’s sandy beaches stretch out along the Pacific Ocean. RIGHT Covites gather together and salute during the 5:00 pm raising of the martini flag. This tradition is still celebrated daily at the Beachcomber Café.
ABOVE Crystal Cove State Parkâ€™s Historic District has remained a singular, unchanged place in the sun. 29 of the 46 historic cottages have been restored so far, thanks to the model partnership between Crystal Cove Alliance and California State Parks.
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SUMMER In The CITYOf ANGELS
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ARGUABLY THE UNDISPUTED ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, COME EXPLORE LOS ANGELES. HERE ARE SOME MUST VISITS, NORTH TO SOUTH By LANA JOHNSON
BEACH CITIES/LAX Malibu is home to Pepperdine University and is known as a luxurious enclave for Hollywood stars. Venice Beach is unique with colorful street performers, cafes, boutiques and the world-renowned Muscle Beach. Marina Del Rey is just down the coast and includes an upscale small boat harbor for kayaking, paddleboarding and sunset sails. South of LAX are Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo beaches, people watching meccas, all with laidback eateries, good surf and beach volleyball.
BEVERLY HILLS Enjoy world-class shopping on Rodeo Drive, then hop board Starline Tours and wind through streets filled with jaw-dropping movie star mansions. For an even more unique “ride,” take off in an Orbic Air Helicopter and soar over Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Santa Monica. Dine at a celebrity chef restaurant. DOWNTOWN/LA METRO Catch top entertainment at venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy
Chandler Pavilion and Microsoft Theatre. Feel like visual art? The GRAMMY Museum features a spectacular collection of musical artifacts. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) collection includes more than 6,800 works representing abstract expressionism, pop art, minimalism, conceptual art and post modernism. The Broad, a new contemporary art museum, houses 2,000 works of art in the Broad family collection. Just south, explore Exposition Park, home of Space Shuttle Endeavor; Dinosaur Hall featuring 300 real fossils and 20 complete dinosaurs, then tour
The Broad, photograph courtesy of The Broad. ABOVE Griffith Park with Skyline, photograph courtesy of Discover Los Angeles. OPPOSITE Courtyard at Pasadena City Hall, photograph courtesy of Visit Pasadena. Photograph by Baldemar Fierro. BELOW
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SANTA MONICA PIER CAPTURES SOCAL FUN AND EXCITEMENT, FROM ITS ROLLER COASTER AND FERRIS WHEEL TO THE AQUARIUM; ENJOY GREAT VIEWS AND LONG SANDY BEACHES.
the 7.5 acre rose garden. North of downt ow n , c a t c h a M L B g a m e a t D o d g e r s Stadium. HOLLYWOOD Visit the Walk of Fame along Hollywood and Vine, the TCL Chinese Theatre (with hand and footprints of 100s of stars), and Universal Studios Hollywood with the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Pack a picnic dinner and head to the Hollywood Bowl for world-class music under the stars. Hike to the Hollywood sign for a great photo opp., overlooking the southland and visit the Griffith Observatory for amazing galaxy views.
Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens; Norton Simon Museum; and The Gamble House. A great place for finds: The Rose Bowl Flea Market on the second Sunday monthly. WILDERNESS AWAITS Hike the Santa Monica Mountains. With 154,000 acres, LA is the largest urban national park in the world! This year, the National Park Service is celebrating 100 years, so find out what it offers with these suggested trails. Franklin Canyon is a 605-acre sanctuary with a reservoir bordered by grasses and evergreens. More than five miles of trails include the Discovery Trail, an easy stroll, or seek out the more difficult Hastain Trail with views of West LA and the Pacific Ocean. Solstice Canyon Hike/Rising Sun Trail located off Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, has one of the only year-long waterfalls in the local mountains. This easy trail is partially paved; the more challenging Rising Sun Trail is atop the hills.
WESTSIDE For world-famous art, go to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) with R i v e r a ’s F l o w e r D a y a n d M a g r i t t e ’s Treachery of Images, or The Getty Center with Van Gogh’s Irises and Renoir’s La Promenade. Check out The Original Farmers Market with 100+ gourmet grocers, trendy shops and restaurants, then head to t h e s e s h o p p i n g m e c c a s : T h e G r o v e , LA’S HIDDEN GEMS Beverly Center and Westfield Century City. - America Tropical Interpretive Center is dedicated to the life and legacy of Chicano SANTA MONICA muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, showcasSanta Monica Pier captures SoCal fun and ing his restored historic mural America excitement, from its roller coaster and Tropical. It is located on Olvera Street, a ferris wheel to the aquarium; enjoy great Mexican Marketplace with street vendors, views and long sandy beaches. Third Street cafes and strolling Mariachis. Promenade/Santa Monica Place quenches - FIDM Museum & Galleries is a treasure s h o p p e r s a n d t h o s e t a k i n g i n s t r e e t trove of fashion, accessories, textiles, p e r f o r m e r s. I t ’s Mo n t a n a Ave n u e f o r jewelry and fragrances that provides a upscale shopping, and Main Street for close-up view to their historic role. coffee and historic sites. - Skirball Cultural Center is dedicated to exploring the connections between 4,000 PASADENA years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of Old Pasadena with restored brick build- American democratic ideals. View the ings is listed on the National Register of m u s e u m , c h a n g i n g e x h i b i t i o n s, fi l m / Historic Places offering 100 bistros, cafes, theater programs and its award-winning bars, nightclubs and restaurants. It’s home Noah’s Ark. Also worth a visit, is the to the Tournament of Roses Parade and Museum of Tolerance, with its approach to the Rose Bowl (catch the largest July 4th understanding the Holocaust in historical fireworks show in SoCal). Peruse The and contemporary contexts.
THE SPA ON RODEO
The Spa on Rodeo is a hidden oasis located in the heart of Beverly Hills in The Rodeo Collection on Rodeo Drive. Developed by Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon Dr. Bobby Pourziaee with the intention of creating wellness from the ground up, he offers his expertise, gained from years of practice, in tandem with alternative therapies and treatments provided by his professional staff. This full-service luxury spa caters to each individual guestâ€™s unique circumstances and needs. Spa services range from custom therapeutic massages including cupping, prenatal and hot stone massage to skin revision facial treatments, manicures and pedicures with signature soaks, body treatments, Juvederm and Botox. Within this sanctuary, you will be guided on a path to optimal wellness and deep relaxation. The Spa on Rodeo, 421 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 424.284.8040, www.TheSpaOnRodeo.com
Gjelina, photograph courtesy of Gjelina
WHERE TO DINE Bestia among the warehouses on LA’s downtown far eastern side serves up Italian fare, pizza and pastas, with leaping flames, natural wines and 60 forms of house-made charcuterie. Decibel levels edge into the 90s, as it’s among the noisiest restaurants and also one of the most popular. Chef Ori Menashe, a meat virtuoso, made Food & Wine’s 2015 Best New Chefs list. 2121 7th Place, Los Angeles, 213.514.5724, www.bestiala.com Cassia in Santa Monica is Bryant Ng’s boldflavored Southeast Asian brasserie. Try the Vietnamese charcuterie plate, Singapore pepper crab, grilled pork belly vermicelli, short rib pot au feu, grilled sea bass, egg custard with uni, or homemade laksa noodle soup. Los Angeles Magazine hailed it as among the Top 10 Best Restaurants in 2015. 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, 310.393.6699, www.cassiala.com Gjelina in Venice, is open daily 8 a.m. to midnight. Travis Lett’s cooking is co-dependent with the farmers market. Start with fresh raw oysters or a charcuterie and cheese plate. From veggies to pizza, small plates and crispy duck confit to weekend brunch, it’s worth a visit to Abbot Kinney Blvd. where the shopping and nearby ocean beckons. 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1429, www.gjelina.com ink. in West Hollywood is the brainchild of modernist and Bravo’s Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio, who elevates the finest ingredients to create a multi-sensory experience. Deliciousness exudes in the soy-cured melon, potato polenta, gooey egg-yolk gnocchi, Wagu beef brisket, octopus with shaved fennel and jet-black ink and the branzino with roasted cauliflower. 8360 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 323.651.5866, www.mvink.com Hit the snooze button, and enjoy brunch at The Ivy in West Hollywood. It features omelette concoctions, and crab and salmon benedicts – mentioned in the Los Angeles Times among Best Brunch places in the US. How about splurging with the 1.5 lb. Fresh Wild Maine Lobster with scrambled eggs, bell pepper, onions, bacon and three cheeses for $54.75? 113 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, 310.274.8303, www.theivyrestaurants.com Manhattan Beach Post in Manhattan Beach is the ideal casual dining spot where you’ll want to drop by for a plate of steamed mussels, shrimp arrabbiata, blistered green beans in chili sauce with spiced pork, or the finest Iberico Pork from Spain, after a day at the beach. Save room for the “ELVIS,” – chocolate pudding, peanut butter mousse and bacon brittle. Seasonal menu changes at the whim of the chef. 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5405, www.eatmbpost.com Maude, Curtis Stone’s high-end New American eatery in Beverly Hills, creates a seasonally inspired tasting menu of nine plates monthly. For the tastes of summer, look for zucchiniinspired dishes in July, plums in August and grapes in September. Each of these ingredients is broken down and paired with beautiful pro-
ENGINE CO. NO. 28 duce, then the cooking techniques draw out the very best flavors and textures. The prix-fixe menu creates an intimate chef’s table experience – only 25 seats. 212 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 90212. 310.859.3418. www.mauderestaurant.com The Nice Guy in West Hollywood specializes in pizza, pastas, meats and fish. Try Lew’s chicken picatta, the bone-in veal chop, pan seared branzino, or eggplant cannelloni with candied walnuts. How about made-to-order chocolate, hazelnut and blueberry glazed donuts, or the salted caramel apple crumble to end your memorable meal? Upscale lounge atmosphere, serves dinner only. 401 N. Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.360.9500, www.theniceguyla.com Orsa & Winston in downtown LA, features Chef Josef Centeno’s six-course tasting menus, inspired by Italian and Japanese ingredients that change seasonally. For summer, the menu features dry-aged beef carpaccio; soup of romanesco & leek; 20-ingredient spring vegetable salad with abalone morels, cultured grain agnolotti with paitan broth; roasted Manchester Farms quail with black garlic miso, green barley and charred kumquat relish; and bing cherry crostata with creme anglaise, cherry blossom and tarragon. Menu alla carta offerings such as mangalitsa pork testa nori with green tea shichimi, or the squid ink spaghettini Maine lobster with kumquat are available Tue.-Sat. 122 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, 90013. 213.687.0300. www.orsaandwinston.com Rockwell: Table & Stage, located in the heart of Los Feliz Village, engages patrons by staging live, musical performances all the while serving unwavering cuisine with seasonal alternating menus, masterfully prepared by Chef Wayne. With a newly renovated indoor supper club and bi-level open-air patio restaurant, this entertainment destination attracts a dynamic crowd. Baroque chandeliers and dark rustic furnishings fashion a warm indoor eatery and performance space, while a robust California Coral tree and flourishing vegetation set the scene for a lush, outdoor dining experience. From musical parodies of famous films to talent straight from Broadway, take in a memorable experience that was named one of the “Best Dinner Theaters in Los Angeles” by CBS Los Angeles. 1714 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 323.669.1550. For reservations, tickets and showtimes, visit www.rockwell-la.com. Trois Mec in Hollywood welcomes you to one of 26 seats in a repurposed pizza parlor. This vision of Ludo Lefebvre, features award-winning cuisine rooted in Burgundy as well as the rest of the world. A constantly changing five-course tasting menu may feature Iberico pork cooked over almond wood, that’s heightened by clams in a mustard-ladened broth. Enjoy vintages from a Gallic-only wine list. Reservations can be accessed by advance ticket purchase only. 716 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, www.troismec.com
Engine Co. No. 28 Restaurant is an American establishment located in the Historic Engine Company No. 28 Firehouse in Downtown Los Angeles, built in 1912. The restaurant has found a home in this landmark, serving southern comfort food in the company of the building’s most defining features. A local favorite, Engine’s patronage has kept the firehouse running for over 30 years. Engine Co. No. 28, 644 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, 213.624.6996, www.engineco.com
Established in 2014, 10e brought old world traditional Armenian dishes together with modern culinary creativity in the Historic Fine Arts Building in Downtown LA. 10e’s diverse menu mixes authentic Armenian cuisine with modern Middle Eastern influences and exotic flavors. Owners Mark Geragos and Jacques Darakjian, named the restaurant after Geragos’s daughter, Teny. The restaurant reflects the family fare that Geragos and Darakjian have traditionally grown up eating. 10e, 811 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, 213.488.1096, www.10erestaurant.com
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RISING PHOENIX AL HABTOOR CITY REDEFINES A LEGACY OF LUXURY Photography courtesy of AL HABTOOR GROUP & STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS WORLDWIDE
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enowned for its high-end hotels and spectacular landmarks, Dubai soon will be home to two new premier destinations from the visionary Al Habtoor Group: Al Habtoor City and Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. AL HABTOOR CITY This mixed-use, transformational urban development is the brainchild of Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, founder and chairman of Al Habtoor Group and leading United Arab Emirates business magnate. Built on the former site of the iconic Metropolitan Hotel, the multifaceted development is sited close to both the financial district and the Arabian Gulf—and within easy reach, via boat, helicopter or chauffeur-driven Bentley, of Dubai’s two international airports. “Al Habtoor City is a one-stop destination,” says Mohammed Al Habtoor, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Al Habtoor Group. “Visitors have an abundance of choices of where to stay and what to do. The three hotels offer something unique to the customer, depending on their lifestyle preference. The Dubai Water Canal is an added blessing and provides endless opportunities.” Three “Collections” comprise Al Habtoor City: The Hotel Collection, which boasts three, 5-star hotels; The Residence Collection, 1,500 luxury apartments contained in three towers; and The Leisure Collection, a boulevard bordered by quality bars, restaurants and retail on the Dubai canal. THE HOTEL COLLECTION The Beaux-Arts-inspired, five-story St. Regis Dubai houses 234 stylish rooms and 51 suites, including the world’s first Bentley Suite and the three-bedroom Sir Winston Churchill Suite ($20,420 per night), which contains art mastered by the British statesman and a Cuban cigar in the private collection of Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor’s and donated to the Sir Winston Churchill Suite. The St. Regis Dubai provides eight distinctive culinary, lounge and bar venues. Music, design and fashion converge in the trendsetting W Hotel Dubai. The hotel boasts 356 rooms, including a two-floor, twobedroom Extreme WOW Duplex suite with panoramic views of Dubai’s famous skyline. The W Dubai – Al Habtoor City features five contemporary dining venues, a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, cabanas on the Wet Deck, and the W Lounge, where guests can indulge in high tea by day and global rhythms by night.
The largest Westin property in the region, The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, rises 41-stories along Sheikh Zayed Road and offers 1,004 guest rooms, including 142 suites. Guests may enjoy endless views of the city from the Westin Club or visit the WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio and Heavenly Spa by Westin™. Six culinary venues, 15 meeting rooms and a nearly 5,000-square-foot ballroom accommodate a range of events, from intimate dinners to largescale business or social gatherings. THE RESIDENCE COLLECTION Scheduled for completion in 2017, the Residence Collection offers three luxury residential towers containing 1,500 spectacular apartments, each with uninterrupted views of Dubai’s principal landmarks, including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and Business Bay. THE LEISURE COLLECTION More than 40 restaurants, cafés and bars are based at Al Habtoor City; many line a European-style boulevard separating the hotel and residental towers. Together with a marina on the Dubai Water Canal, the setting will create a leisure metropolis in the heart of the city. A special feature will be La Perle; the region’s first permanent show housed in a tailor-made, state-of-the-art aqua theater and produced by Dragone, one of the world’s most revered cultural creation companies. www.alhabtoorcity.com AL HABTOOR POLO RESORT & CLUB In addition, Al Habtoor Group is developing an equestrian resort within the heart of DubaiLand, an entertainment complex in the desert. The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club will be anchored by the region’s second St. Regis Dubai and surrounded by luxury residential villas, four polo fields, a dressage arena and more than 500 state-of-the-art stables. Lessons will be available in horseback riding, polo, dressage and show jumping. Also, international polo events are scheduled throughout the year. “Dubai is a well-known polo destination,” says Mohammed Al Habtoor. “World-famous polo players are now opting for Dubai over other traditional polo destinations around the world. We are now competing—and winning—on the international polo circuit.” www.alhabtoorpoloresortandclub.com
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The Heavenly Spa at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club The Marina on the Dubai Water Canal Guest room at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City Brasserie Quartier at The St. Regis Dubai The Residence Collection, Al Habtoor City
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OCEAN LIVING The Allure Of The Best Overwater Bungalows By TRISHA ASHFORD
The many resorts in the Maldives have taken luxury living to an entirely different level with the creation of their overwater villas. Most villas offer expansive interiors, many with multiple bedrooms, spacious outdoor terraces with private pools and Jacuzzis, and an uninterrupted panoramic view of the sparkling Indian Ocean. OPPOSITE The bungalows stretch out into the lagoon at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, allowing for breathtaking views of Mt. Otemanu.
verwater bungalows. These two words immediately conjure images of exotic luxury, tropical escapes, romantic seclusion, and the South Pacific. Throughout the years, these traditional huts perched on top of the breathtaking lagoons have come to be the quintessential icon of Tahiti. Becoming a bucket list item for many travelers, the bungalows offer first class accommodations in an unrivaled tropical setting. Although originating as simple one bedroom huts placed atop cement stilts in the water, the most exclusive overwater bungalows now feature several rooms, plunge pools, Jacuzzis, outdoor terraces, air conditioning, wifi, and multiple flat screen televisions. It is fairly common knowledge that overwater bungalows trace their origin back to the islands of Tahiti in the 1960s. However, not everyone knows about the origins of the creators, the Bali Hai Boys. The three Bali Hai Boys – Hugh Kelley, Don “Muk” McCallum, and Jay Carlisle – are USC graduates originally from Newport Beach, California. They decided together to escape the so-called rat-race and moved to Tahiti and promptly purchased a vanilla plantation. After a failed attempt at growing and selling the Tahitian vanilla bean, they transitioned into the hotel business and created the now-popular overwater bungalow concept for a hotel room on the island of Moorea. Before the island even had air travel to it, the men would strategically place themselves at the dock and entice just arriving tourists to stay at their hotel. News spread of their tropical paradise, leading national magazines such as Life to run feature articles on their story putting Tahiti and overwater bungalows on the map. The rest, as they say, is history.
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Although the design will forever be associated with French Polynesia, overwater bungalows are quickly appearing in many tropical locales around the globe including: Maldives, Fiji, Mexico, the Philippines, and the Caribbean, among others. Disney has even jumped on the bungalow bandwagon for some of their resorts. With so many options available, it can be difficult to decide which location is the best fit for you on your upcoming vacation. With the expertise in overwater bungalows at Tahiti Legends, we’ve picked our favorites from around the globe to inspire your next vacation. Best View: InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso (Tahiti): Among the most elite properties in the world, the InterContinental offers incredible views of Bora Bora’s lagoon and the iconic Mt. Otemanu. Designed with an environmental sensitivity, the resort uses revolutionary technology that draws seawater from the depths of the ocean to reuse for electricity. Best Private Pool: Jumeirah Dhevanafushi (Maldives): The Sunset Villas at this resort are built directly over the Indian Ocean, with an unspoiled view of the sunset. Each villa features expansive interiors and a private terrace with a sizable infinity pool. The pool seems to disappear into the ocean and offers yet another spectacular option for viewing each sunset. Best Glass Panel: Le Meridien Bora Bora (Tahiti): Encircled by Bora Bora’s lagoon and home to the famed Turtle Sanctuary, the resort serves as a refuge for both guests and sea creatures alike. Each overwater bungalow features a breathtaking glass floor, the largest on the island. Be sure to take advantage of the Miki Miki Bar,
designed to look like the prow of a ship pointing at Mt. Otemanu. Most Innovative Design: Cocoa Island (Maldives): Cocoa Island stands out from the other bungalows due to its unique styling. Each bungalow is made to look like a traditional dhoni boat. Each suite still has a private sundeck and butler service that can arrange intimate dinners by night and give guided snorkeling tours by day. Best Bathroom: Six Senses Laamu (Maldives): Created to complement the natural beauty of the island, each overwater bungalow at Six Senses Laamu features a glass overwater bathtub with a view to the ocean and the abundant marine life below. The restaurants and bars boast spectacular panoramic views and offer the best organic and locally caught cuisine. Best Value: Le Taha’a (Tahiti): Le Taha’a is a luxurious property that offers guests a true taste of paradise and spectacular views of Bora Bora and Taha’a for a reasonable price. The overwater villas feature a private terrace or sundeck and offer world-class amenities. With multiple restaurants and a range of excursions, guests can be as active or relaxed as they prefer. Most Romantic: Likuliku Lagoon (Fiji): Between the overwater bungalows (among the only ones in Fiji) and the sea-view spa (try the coconut body glow), this thatch-roofed retreat is made for couples. When you’re not blissing out above a blue lagoon, jet ski to floating bar Cloud 9 or take a picnic to Honeymoon Island. Most Private: Gili Lankanfushi (Maldives): Secluded for total privacy, the Crusoe Residences stand alone in the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean and are only accessible by private rowing boat or
A private pool, ample deck space, and lavish living areas make the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort’s overwater villas an ideal escape for families of many sizes. OPPOSITE Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives creates a new bathtub concept, with the view of the ocean as the floor of the tub. LEFT
Created to complement the natural beauty of the island, each overwater bungalow at Six Senses Laamu features a glass overwater bathtub with a view to the ocean and the abundant marine life below.
pontoon boat shuttle. The resort has a fully equipped diving school and unforgettable dining experiences such as romantic moonlit dinners. Most Luxurious: Velaa Private Island (Maldives): Accessible only by boat, the Romantic Pool Residence offers the utmost privacy and romance including a private chef and butler. Dine inside or over the water in a dining gazebo on its own jetty. With a personal gym and spa treatment rooms inside the residence, there’s little reason to leave. Best for Families: St. Regis Bora Bora (Tahiti): The St. Regis Bora Bora boasts some of the largest overwater villas in Tahiti, representing the epitome of carefree elegance. Guest amenities include two swimming pools with a swim-up bar, a children’s club, activities center with water sports equipment available, and daily afternoon ice cream and cookies for the kids. Best Overwater Bungalow Not on an Island: Anantara the Palm (Dubai): The overwater villas perched atop the Arabian Gulf are the first of their kind in the Middle East. Created to exude the epitome of luxury, each villa comes with a personal host who can accommodate any special requests including a private dinner for two on your villa deck, overlooking the sunset. Overwater bungalows are the ultimate indulgence, a once-in-a-lifetime experience where travelers can enjoy the breathtaking ocean views in a traditional Polynesian-style hut with a close proximity to nature yet still retain the exclusivity and luxurious amenities of a modern-day high-end resort. The authenticity and differentiation that so many travelers crave, is precisely what these bungalows offer and what makes them so unique. Just as the Bali Hai Boys yearned for an escape from the rat-race, many travelers today still yearn for that escape on their vacations. The creation of the overwater bungalows has insured that throughout time, there will always be a secluded tropical escape waiting to embrace travelers as they arrive at their destination. Tahiti Legends is a leading luxury tour operator to the South Pacific, Dubai & Maldives. Call your travel agent or 800.200.1213 for reservations. Visit www.tahitilegends.com for more information and exclusive packages.
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PUERTO VALLARTA THE RESTORED MACY FAMILY ESTATE PROVIDES THE ULTIMATE SETTING FOR GROUP GETAWAYS Photography courtesy of PUERTO VALLARTA BEACH CLUB
mericans first discovered Puerto Vallarta in the 1960s after Richard Burton and E l i z a b e t h Ta y l o r decided to maintain a vacation home there upon completion of Burton’s filming of “Night of the Iguana.” A host of other celebrities soon followed, establishing the locale as a prime destination for a veritable who’s who of film and entertainment. Today, Alaska and Southwest Airlines whisk travelers daily from urban living to the charming seaside village on the Mexican Riviera; the trip takes only two hours from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. Upon arrival, visitors may stroll cobblestone streets, browse art galleries and waterfront shops, and linger in inviting cafes when not exploring a wealth of activities on the ocean or beach or in the jungle. Rich in warmth and hospitality, Puerto Vallerta has successfully maintained its original quaint, small-town ambience. Puerto Vallarta Beach Club and Villa Verano, a walled estate on Los Muertos Beach, also were born of celebrity; the compound was built by the Macy family of department store fame. The current owners, who reside in Newport Beach, CA, purchased the property from a Macy granddaughter. Today, visitors to the estate include public figures, digni-
taries, and business visionaries. Designed for groups, but also able to accommodate as few as 1-2 guests, the compound is perched on the most tranquil part of the beach and includes five villas, from the 1 bedroom “ beach house,” to the grand 11-bedroom, hacienda-style main house. Each of the included 22 guest suites commands a magnificent view of the Bay of Banderas. The Puerto Vallarta Beach Club accommodates from two to eight guests in private villas, each with butler and heated pool. Business and pleasure combine seamlessly at Villa Verano for corporate retreats and think-tank escapes. In addition, the Villa hosts weddings, family gatherings and other special celebrations. A professional, bilingual staff of 22 provides 5-star service for customized vacations or retreats, the estate’s specialities. The low guest-to-staff ratio ensures unmatched personalized attention. Guests may lounge by the pool, enjoy attentions of massage therapists and aestheticians under palm trees, or explore nearby towns and beaches with all arrangements made smoothly by staff. Menus customized to guest’s preferences may range from traditional Mexican dishes to gourmet French cuisine, all prepared by accommodating chefs trained at The Four Seasons
One of the finest and best-trained staff on the Mexican Riviera. OPPOSITE A sea of water sports is available on the peaceful beach below. ABOVE
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and acclaimed eateries in the Los Angeles area. In addition, chefs are happy to share their skills and recipes with guest culinary enthusiasts in the kitchen. A host of water sports, including paddleboarding, kayaking, jet-skiing, parasailing and flyboarding, are available just outside the beach gate. Other popular excursions include zip-line jungle tours, snorkeling, fishing, and boating to unique beaches accessible only via water. Nearby Marina Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta and Punta Mita offer world-class golfing. A private car and driver can be reserved by the Villa concierge on a moment’s notice, or guests may take one of the town’s ubiquitous taxis. During happy hour, the carefree tropical environment serves to foster stimulating conversation over libations and hors d’oeurves; nothing compares with a brilliant Puerto Vallarta sunset
shared with friends over speciality cocktails on the private “infinity ” beach that overlooks the public beach below. Equally memorable is dinner on the terrace overlooking the Bay of Banderas; the view includes fireworks provided by the Marigalante Galleon, a wood “pirate ship” that cruises the Bay each night. Many guests at this exceptional, yet surprisingly affordable, private estate choose to return year after year. More than a few have commented on the perceived “ healing qualities” of the experience and how the beauty of the s ett i n g , c o m b i n e d w i t h t h e st a f f ’s w a r m t h a n d h o s p i t a l i t y, s e e m s t o enhance, deepen and solidify personal relationships. Puerto Vallarta Beach Club 760.416.3366, www.villaverano.com www.puertovallartabeachclub.com
VALLARTA BOTANICAL GARDENS
ABOVE The popular, romantic one-bedroom beachouse built for two. ABOVE LEFT The estate’s unique, private infinity beach. RIGHT Ideally situated on the famous Los Muertos Beach, the compound is just steps away from colorful beachfront shops and restaurants.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens provides an unprecedented opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the wonder of Mexico’s diverse species of flora, all displayed in a stunning representation of unmatched beauty. The crown jewel of this splendid sanctuary is Vallarta Conservatory of Orchids and Native Plants. Home to more than 1,200 species, one-third of the country’s native orchids, the Conservatory reigns as the most-visited public collection of orchids in Mexico. The 20-acre Gardens has earned a reputation as the essential highlight of any trip to Puerto Vallarta. TripAdvisor rates the Gardens No. 3 on its Things To Do list. In addition, the peaceful paradise is recommended by Lonely Planet, National Geographic and Fodor’s. All collections are available to visitors for exploration in a safe environment, complete with viewing trails. Vallarta Botanical Garden, www.vbgardens.org
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TASTEMAKER EMBARK ON A JOURNEY WHERE COMFORT CUISINE MEETS EXOTIC INNOVATION Photography by SAPPHIRE LAGUNA
When you dine at Sapphire Laguna, you are traveling through the worldâ€™s markets with your palate, without needing a passport. Chef Azmin Ghahreman is a citizen of the world and his international-oriented cooking styles and avid interest in utilizing the best ingredients available distinguish him on the culinary map. His global market cuisine utilizes the best seasonal ingredients and only the most responsibly raised and sourced meat, poultry, and seafood. Born in Iran and educated in Geneva, Switzerland, Chef Azmin attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, with concentration in French Cuisine. He has lived and worked all over the globe, having served as the executive chef at 5-star resorts around the world, has recently partnered with Crystal Cruises. His talent and world experiences have given him the prestigious opportunity to cook for more than 40 kings, presidents, heads of state, prime ministers, and other world leaders. A true renaissance man, his culinary interests have no bounds. He is a chef, sommelier, master mixologist, and expert in global spices and cooking techniques. At Sapphire Laguna, a culinary adventure awaits. Web: SapphireLaguna.com Facebook: /SapphireLaguna Twitter: @SapphireLaguna Instagram: @SapphireLaguna #SapphireLaguna
DRINK Adam Bernstein, craft bartender at Sapphire Laguna, in Laguna Beach has been busy mastering signature cocktails which embrace kitchen-to-bar concepts with respect to the original cocktail recipe. His attention to flavor profiling matches the global cuisine approach of Sapphire Laguna. Adam is constantly collaborating with the chefs at Sapphire to keep the kitchen-to-bar element thriving. Offering weekly signature cocktail specials, Adam has been representing themes from the kitchen and complimenting the ever-changing menu at Sapphire. The Pure Passion Martini calls for Vanilla Infused Ketel One Vodka, Lilikoi Puree and a Cayenne Sugared Rim. The perfect cocktail for any time of the day when you’re in picturesque Laguna Beach. TIPS FOR PERFECT MARTINI
• Chill the glass in the freezer before serving • Rim the glass with a cayenne sugar rim (1 part sugar, 1 part dash of cayenne) • 2oz. Vanilla Vodka • 1/4oz. Simple Syrup • 2oz. fresh passion fruit puree • Fill shaker with ice and ingredients, shake hard and strain into glass. GARNISHES
• Edible flowers taste like they smell – experiment here • Candied orange zest • Dehydrated chili
Sapphire Laguna’s highly skilled craft bartender Adam Bernstein. OPPOSITE Sapphire’s Buddha Margarita made with Don Julio Blanco, Buddha Hand Lemon Confit, Fresh Lime and Cointreau. LEFT
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Bear Flag Fish Co., Newport Beach
Short for “Anchors and Oceans”,
With interior elegance and beauty accentuated by stunning ocean views and sunlight streaming through water-facing windows, it’s no wonder Zagat designated 21 Oceanfront its Most Romantic Restaurant in 2012. More than just romance is served up at this elegant eatery, known for the juiciest steaks and best seafood in Orange County. 21 Oceanfront | 2100 West Oceanfront | Newport Beach | 949.673.2100 | www.21oceanfront.com
As the oldest operating restaurant in Orange County, “A” Restaurant stands as a landmark deeply rooted in the culture of Newport Beach. Opened in 1926 as The Arches, this traditional dining destination was reborn in 2008 and, today, remains a haven for classic culinary experiences. With a straightforward menu, “A” takes great pride in sourcing the freshest ingredients from purveyors that share its passion for fine food. A Restaurant | 3334 W Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.650.6505 | www.arestaurantnb.com
Andrea Ristorante at Pelican Hill
The unprecedented attention to detail to recreate storied culinary traditions in classic dishes bursting with the true flavors of Italy results in remarkable Northern Italian cuisine with Tuscan influences that rivals the nation’s top Italian restaurants. About 17 varieties of pasta are handmade fresh daily in the restaurant’s pasta room. Andrea Ristorante at Pelican Hill | 22701 Pelican Hill Road South | Newport Coast | 855.467.6800 | www.andreanb.com
Balboa Bay Resort’s waterfront gastropub offers real food, real drinks all served in an unpretentious way with a strong focus on shared plates, hearty dishes, and creative cocktails with six beers and two wines on an iron-clad centerpiece tap. The interior of A&O is casual and rustic, with wood floors, reclaimed barn siding wall and floor accents, and live edge wood communal dining tables and bar top. The large horseshoeshaped bar overlooking the harbor and the outdoor patio, complete with two communal fire pits, make A&O the perfect place for enjoying an adult beverage and gastropubinspired fare while watching the game or enjoying one of our quintessential West Coast sunsets. A&O Kitchen + Bar | 1221 West Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.630.4285 | www.anchorsandoceans.com
AVO Bar + Restaurant
AVO offers Southern California locally sourced seasonal menus. From SoCal burgers and bites to inspired entrees, AVO provides a perfect place to relax and enjoy approachable cuisine. Located on the Lobby Level of Fairmont Newport Beach, AVO is open for lunch and dinner daily. Fairmont Newport Beach | 4500 MacArthur Blvd | Newport Beach | 949.476.2001 | www.fairmont.com/ newport-beach
Bear Flag Fish Co.
Bear Flag Fish Company is dedicated to providing a healthy, high quality dining experience. A fish market for the new generation, Bear Flag provides a modern ambience and focuses on healthy seafood cuisine. The fish tacos, their real New England clam chowder, and some of the freshest sushi in Orange County are some of the local favorites. Lunch and dinner daily. Bear Flag Fish Co. | 3421 Via Lido | Newport Beach | 949.673.3474 | www.bearflagfishco.com
Back Bay Bistro
Home to the sun-drenched climate of Southern California and tucked
away in the ecological reserves of the Newport Dunes, Back Bay Bistro has become the ultimate destination for both locals and tourists craving unparalleled cuisine. This is the ideal place in Newport Beach for waterfront dining, chic atmosphere and delicious dishes. Back Bay Bistro | 1131 Back Bay Drive | Newport Beach | 949.729.1144 | www.newportdunes.com
Babette’s, one of East Hampton’s most celebrated and iconic restaurants, has opened its second outpost in Newport Coast’s Crystal Cove shopping center. Serving up delicious fare featuring healthy
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and sustainable ingredients, as
This charming Craftsman-style restaurant is nestled in the heart of Corona del Mar. Dark wood and private booths have made The Bungalow a dining favorite for residents and visitors alike. The Bungalow specializes in USDA Prime Steaks and fresh seafood. They also feature an awardwinning wine list that has over 20 premium wines by the glass and over 160 bottled wines from their wine cellar. The Bungalow recently introduced lunch service available Monday through Friday. The Bungalow | 2441 E Pacific Coast Highway | Corona del Mar | 949.673.6585 | www.thebungalowrestaurant.com
Bluewater Grill’s mission is to provide their guests with the highest quality seafood, classically prepared, at a fair price, in a friendly, casual atmosphere. When you’re in the mood for fish, this is the place. Bluewater offers up to 15 fresh fish items on the menu (printed every day). Lunch and dinner daily. Bluewater Grill | 630 Lido Park Drive | Newport Beach | 949.675.3474 | www.bluewatergrill.com well as an impressive and innovative cocktail program, Babette’s is a great addition to the OC dining scene. Whether you dine on the lovely patio or in the beautiful, modern craftsman-inspired dining room, Babette’s will indulge your senses with thoughtful cuisine and a comfortable, yet elegant, atmosphere. Babette’s | 7962 E Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Coast | 949.715.9915 | www.babettesoc.com
We adore harbor-front Bayside Restaurant for its view, its environment and its heavy-on-the-fish menu of New American cuisine created by pro Paul Gstrein.
Bayside Restaurant | 900 Bayside Drive | Newport Beach | 949.721.1222 | www.baysiderestaurant.com
The Beachcomber is a beautiful sand-side dining experience that serves fresh, coastal fare in the gorgeous Crystal Cove. There’s no better place in the O.C. to have a sunset dinner while having your feet in the sand. Reservations are recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The Beachcomber | 15 Crystal Cove | Newport Coast | 949.376.6900 | www.thebeachcombercafe.com
Perhaps the most stylish pizzeria in town, orbs of cheesy goodness are put together with housemade dough and mozzarella, then wood-fired to achieve thin-crust perfection. Canaletto also boasts the best happy hour in town. Canaletto | 545 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.640.0900 | www.ilfornaio.com
Caffé & Market
For breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in-between, Caffè & Market offers hundreds of food and beverage items for casually dining in or conveniently taking away. Shop a gourmet array
of fresh market fare, including sandwiches, salads, soup, pastries, Resort-made gelato, salads, snacks, featured daily quiche, barista-made coffee, wine and beer. Caffè & Market | 22701 Pelican Hill Road South | Newport Coast | 855.467.6800 | www.pelicanhill.com/dining
Eighty years ago, this commercial fish cannery was the first of its kind along the Rhine Channel in Newport Beach. Today, this antiqued waterfront warehouse serves up the freshest fine seafood, adding chic contemporary interior decor to locals and visitors alike. At water level, a sophisticated menu of delicious steaks, chops, and salads are created with an innovative touch, while upstairs you can sample an array of Japanese specialties from the sushi bar in the Asian-inspired dining room. The Cannery | 3010 Lafayette Road | Newport Beach | 949.566.0060 | www.cannerynewport.com
Citrus - where classic styles are presented with a bold combination of flavors that celebrate the very best of Southern California. Located on the Lobby Level of Fairmont Newport Beach, Citrus is open for breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday and breakfast Saturday - Sunday. Fairmont Newport Beach | 4500 MacArthur Blvd | Newport Beach | 949.476.2001 | www.fairmont.com/ newport-beach
Coliseum Pool & Grill
An incomparably fun and intriguing place to dine, the Coliseum Pool & Grill overlooks the “scene” at the strikingly iconic Coliseum Pool, back-dropped by the Pacific Ocean. American favorites on the superbly prepared menu runs the gamut from pizzas, panini and sandwiches to seafood dishes, pastas, specialty salads and even
21 OCEANFRONT 21 Oceanfront is the ultimate location for dining in Newport Beach. Reminiscent of a grand, turnof-the-century dining club located in the historical McFadden Building, 21 Oceanfront specializes in classic continental selections offering a wide variety of fresh fish, seafood and prime meats. Complement your elegant oceanfront dining experience with a fine
selection of wines from our extensive private wine cellar. 21 Oceanfront Restaurant is recognized as being the most romantic restaurant in Orange County and the best place to watch the sunset. Donâ€™t miss this amazing dining experience. Complimentary Transportation for groups of 8 or more (based on availability.)
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smoothies. Coliseum Pool & Grill | 22701 Pelican Hill Road South | Newport Coast | 855.467.6800 | www.coliseumnb.com
The Crow Bar and Kitchen
Being the first gastropub in Orange County isn’t the only reason the Crow Bar has received such high acclaim. A gastropub is a term from our friends across the pond for a pub specializing in high-quality food, far beyond typical bar food. The Crow Bar has exceeded the term, offering food, serving beer and creating an ambience unlike anything you’ve seen in Orange County. The Crow Bar | 2325 E Pacific Coast Highway | Corona del Mar | 949.675.0070 | www.crowbarcdm.com
Under the inspired direction of Urban Kitchen Group’s Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli—a natural culinary savant whose Italian heritage and experience in both classic bastions of East Coast luxury (Lespinasse, Bistro Lepic) and small, family-owned eateries—the menu combines the flavors of Italy with the organic freshness of California. CUCINA also features an expansive alfresco patio with a cozy fireplace—the perfect relaxing atmosphere to enjoy handcrafted specialty cocktails, hard-to-find Italian artisan beers, or a fine varietal from the wine shop. CUCINA enoteca | 951 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.706.1416 | www.cucinaenoteca.com
Fig & Olive
Fig & Olive takes you on an edible journey to the South of France, Spain and Italy. Every meal begins with an olive oil tasting before guests feast upon seasonally driven creations like the Provencal roasted organic chicken in the
wine room, white room or, sure to be our favorite, the orchard room, where a wall of 400 olive oil bottles provides an artful backdrop. Fig & Olive | 151 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.877.3005 | www.figandolive.com
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Fleming’s pairs a passion for service and seasonal ingredients with the finest USDA prime beef. At Fleming’s a steak is never just a steak. Every savory dish is meticulously made from scratch, and with their award-winning list of 100 wines by the glass, you’ll discover the perfect wine to pair with your meal. Elevate your selection even more with their indulgent steakcompanions, including trufflepoached lobster, diablo shrimp, or king crab. Dinner nightly, brunch Sunday. Fleming’s | 455 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.720.9633 | www.flemingssteakhouse.com
Fly-N-Fish is located in the heart of the Boardwalk and just a short stroll down from the Newport Beach Pier. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters with a refreshing glass of wine while you enjoy the sunset in Newport Beach. They offer seasonal specials as well as many of their own classic creations. Signature dishes include Maryland crab cakes, bacon wrapped scallops, cioppino and their award-winnng New England clam chowder. Fly-N-Fish | 2304 W Oceanfront | Newport Beach | 949.673.8400 | www.flynfishoysterbar.com
Great Room Social Lounge
A lively place to gather, savor and linger at the heart of The Resort at Pelican Hill, the Lounge features craft cocktails, small bites and a modern upbeat vibe. Plush seating
swivels around for ocean and sunset views by day, then evening dining and entertainment by night.
Newport Coast | 949.494.1239 | www.javiers-cantina.com
Great Room Social Lounge | 22701 Pelican Hill Road South | Newport Coast | 855.467.6800 | www.pelicanhill.com/dining
The menu of diverse American seafood classics lets the quality of ingredients take center stage at Gulfstream. The restaurant works closely with local farmers and purveyors to ensure the produce, fish, meat and chicken are of the highest standard, along with their own herb garden to guarantee the freshest greens available. The restaurant offers patio dining or relaxing Adirondack fire pit seating. Lunch and dinner daily. Gulfstream | 850 Avocado Avenue | Newport Beach | 949.718.0188 | www.hillstone.com
Hornblower Cruises & Events
Hornblower Cruises & Events offers a splashy solution for a unique nautical dining experience: spectacular water views, gourmet cuisine and impeccable service aboard an elegant Hornblower yacht in Newport Beach. Enjoy a sunset dinner, cocktail cruise or weekend champagne brunch cruise. All six yachts are available for groups, destination weddings or private charters. Hornblower Cruises | 2431 W Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.646.0155 | www.hornblower.com
Javier’s Crystal Cove
Offering the best regionally influenced home-style Mexican cooking made with the freshest and finest ingredients. Javier’s also features the largest selection of premium tequilas in Orange County in a contemporary tropical setting in Newport Beach. Javier’s Crystal Cove | 7832 E Pacific Coast Highway |
Kitayama is a traditional Japanese restaurant in Newport Beach offering a novel yet modern approach to the savory traditions of Japanese cuisine. Their fish is shipped daily in their best efforts to provide only the freshest selection for their guests. Beyond their reputable sushi bar and highly requested sushi chef, Kitayama’s dining rooms are offered as three distinguished sections, all of which provide individual ambiences to fit your desired style of dining for the evening. Kitayama | 101 Bayview Place | Newport Beach | 949.725.0777 | www.kitayamanewport.com
Located at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill presents the quintessential California dining experience, featuring cuisine prepared with the highest-quality fresh and locally sourced foods, al fresco dining on the ocean-view terrace, and a popular lounge with two huge 9’ x 6’ HD TVs for viewing sports events. Pelican Grill | 22701 Pelican Hill Road South | Newport Coast | 855.467.6800 | www.pelicangrillnb.com
Newport Beach is a bustling, urban burst of flavor and color. Pizzeria Mozza is the perfect atmosphere – whether it’s a business lunch or late night snack. The wine bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling from a selection of Italian wines, salami and pizza. The chefs meld their prodigious talents, with unwavering commitment to product, environment and hospitality. Pizzeria Mozza is much more than your average pizza joint. Pizzeria Mozza | 800 W Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.945.1126 | www.pizzeriamozza.com
Kitayama is a traditional Japanese restaurant in Newport Beach offering a novel yet modern approach to the savory traditions of Japanese cuisine. Their fish is shipped daily in their best efforts to provide only the freshest selection for their guests. Beyond their reputable sushi bar and highly requested sushi chef, Kitayamaâ€™s dining rooms are offered as three distinguished sections, all of which providing individual ambiances to fit your desired style of dining for the evening. One of the distinguished sections is the private Tatami room that is designed very
traditional Japanese style with a beautiful garden view. Kitayama has created an extensive menu, featuring dishes such as the Chefâ€™s monthly special menu, an assortment of sushi, signature sushi rolls and Kaiseki set menus. To compliment your dining experience, Kitayama has an extensive list of artisanal sake and shochu, signature cocktails, wine and a full bar. Kitayama also offers lunch from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm and one the best happy hours in town from 4:30 pm to 6 pm Monday through Friday.
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Sushi Roku, Newport Beach
An essential stop in Orange County, Cafe R&D offers crisp and flavorful cuisine in a quintessentially California indoor-outdoor space. Be sure to try new classics like the Reubenesque sandwich, Café steak salad, or the three-layer carrot cake with Mascarpone icing. You’ll be sure to love this casual yet chic café. Lunch and dinner daily. R&D Kitchen | 555 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.219.0555 | www.hillstone.com
Executive Chef Keith Stich (formerly of Newport’s Wildfish Seafood Grille) is heading the kitchen at Rick Bayless’ Red O Restaurant. Offering a unique combination of prime steaks and seafood using authentic Mexican sauces prepared with ingredients that are primarily sourced from local farms using sustainable practices to create dishes of unparalleled flavor and quality. Red O | 143 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.718.0300 | www.redorestaurant.com
This quaint restaurant gives you the feel and familiarity of a European chateau, with a friendly ambience and great menu. Serving
northern Italian cuisine, featuring homemade pastas, fresh seafood, the finest cuts of beef, veal and lamb, and flavorful sauces – all with generous portions. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner nightly. Rothschild’s Restaurant | 2407 E Pacific Coast Highway | Corona del Mar | 949.673.3750 | www.rothschildsrestaurant.com
The Ritz Prime Seafood
Situated right on the water, The Ritz Prime Seafood is located on Mariner’s Mile in Newport Beach. They take a modern and vibrant take on the fine dining experience. Their chef-driven menu offers sustainable fish and seafood flown in daily from pristine waters, dryaged steaks, a skillfully constructed wine list, and hand-crafted cocktails. Enjoy happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch with live entertainment.
to fine dining. Indulge in one of their spectacular cocktails or choose a glass from Roy’s awardwinning wine list while you discover the fresh ingredients and outstanding seafood, expertly prepared by the local chefs that made the restaurant famous. Dinner nightly. Roy’s | 453 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.640.7697 www.roysrestaurant.com
The SideDoor is an Englishstyle gastropub in Corona del Mar. Printed daily, the menu reflects the evolving creativity of Executive Chef Dennis Brask and his crew by featuring a variety of seasonal plates, which may include salads of roasted Chioggia beets and gravlax with fennel and Meyer lemon, as well as vegetable dishes such as butternut squash with wild nettle pesto.
The Ritz Prime Seafood | 2801 W Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.720.1800 | www.theRitzPrimeSeafood.com
SideDoor | 3801 E Pacific Coast Highway | Corona del Mar | 949.717.4322 | www.sidedoorcdm.com
Hawaiian cuisine meets French and Asian influences at Roy’s. Blending classic techniques with adventurous Pacific Rim flavors, culinary pioneer Roy Yamaguchi created an entirely new approach
Deborah Schneider’s Sol Cocina in Newport has long been known as a harbor-front hot spot for its Bajainspired flavors and fiesta-like atmosphere, but now, her team’s adding something new to the mix
with Solita Tacos & Margaritas is her newer restaurant in Huntington Beach. Sol Cocina | 251 W Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.675.9800 | www.solcocina.com
Sushi Roku has transformed the traditional sushi bar by artfully combining exceptional cuisine with a sleek, seductive and warm environment. Guests indulge in one-of-a-kind dishes while sipping on specialty cocktails, an extensive wine and sake collection, and handpicked Japanese beers. Sushi Roku uses the finest, freshest fish from around the globe with the kind of artistry that can only be executed by a seasoned sushi chef to ensure an unparalleled sushi experience. Sushi Roku | 327 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.706.3622 | www.innovativedining.com
True Food Kitchen
If you’re like us, the flavors of spring excite your palate and give you plenty of reasons to indulge – perhaps a bit too many. So, we try to enjoy this season of eating a bit more healthfully by dining at True Food Kitchen in Newport. The concept is teasing our taste buds; and they are committed to responsibly sourcing every protein. Try
THE RITZ PRIME SEAF OOD
A modern and vibrant take on the traditional… Experience dinner, weekend brunch and happy hour with live entertainment and a Waterfront View. Their chef driven menu offers sustainable fish and seafood flown in daily from pristine waters, dry-aged steaks, a skillfully constructed wine list, and hand-crafted cocktails. The Ritz Prime Seafood is The Definition of Style… The Ritz Prime Seafood | 2801 W Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.720.1800 | www.theRitzPrimeSeafood.com
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the sustainable steelhead, braised grassfed beef short rib, gluten free spaghetti squash casserole, or housemate turkey lasagna.Inventive pizzas, too. Leave some room for the spiced apple & goji berry crisp or chia seed pudding.
230 Forest Avenue | 230 Forest Avenue | Laguna Beach | 949.494.2545 | www.230forestavenue.com
True Food Kitchen | 451 Newport Center Drive | 949.644.2400 | www.truefoodkitchen.com
Located across from Main Beach, owner and head chef Miki Izumisawa has a hidden gem popular among the locals. Her artistic approach and extensive culinary background create some of the most beautiful and tasty dishes you’ll ever have. You will be seated at skim board tables facing the ocean or at the bar where the chefs will lead your journey. “No soy sauce” is the theme, as every plate has its own special sauce to accompany the dish. Open for dinner every day. Wine, sake and beer available.
Waterline Newport Beach
Located along the Newport Bay waterfront in Balboa Bay Resort, Waterline Newport Beach is the resort’s signature restaurant that features a captivating water-to-table experience offering the freshest seafood and a unique chefdriven concept. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Waterline’s fresh entrees, stylish décor, and unforgettable bay views make it a perfect place to relax and unwind, as well as a destination to meet and celebrate. Waterline Newport Beach | 1221 West Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.630.4145 | www.waterlinenewport.com
Zov’s brings contemporary cuisine with Chef Zov’s signature Mediterranean flair, in an upscale chic environment. The menu showcases her Mediterranean, MiddleEastern and Armenian influences in this local treasure. Be sure to try the Armenian sausage flatbread or the Ahi kebob. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch and dinner daily. Zov’s | 21123 Newport Coast Drive | Newport Coast | 949.760.9687 | www.zovs.com
242 Café Fusion Sushi
event, The Cliff fits every occasion. Located in Southern California’s gorgeous city of Laguna Beach, The Cliff restaurant offers a worldclass menu and 180-degree whitewater views from the multi-level patio. The menu features a delightful selection of California Cuisine with a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and seafood specialties. Oceanfront, open-air dining and cocktails are available daily at the spectacularly situated restaurant that is within walking distance to the quaint Laguna Village artist community, which offers an array of unique studios and boutiques. The Cliff Restaurant | 577 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.494.1956 | www.thecliffrestaurant.com
242 Cafe Fusion Sushi | 242 N Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.494.2444 | www.fusionart.us
Big Fish Tavern | 540 South Coast Highway #200 | Laguna Beach | 949.715.4500 | www.bigfishtavernlaguna.com
The Cliff Restaurant
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing lunch, a fine dining experience or a venue for that special
Mozambique Restaurant and Coastal Lounge brings the tastes and smells from the beaches of Mozambique to Laguna Beach – creating an unforgettable experience that is exotic and yet close to heart and home. Whether you are coming for Peri-Peri Prawns on the patio, or an unforgettable steak in one of their various dining rooms, you will always leave wanting to come back for more.
A unique oceanfront dining experience in Laguna Beach, specializing in fresh seafood and creative cocktails served beachside with a smile. The Deck restaurant, open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks, is one of the few Laguna Beach waterfront restaurants on the beach, offering a seaside restaurant experience in South Orange County. This is Southern California living at its best. The Deck | 627 Sleepy Hollow Lane | Laguna Beach | 949.494.6700 | www.deckonlaguna.com
230 Forest Avenue
Co-owner and chef, Mark Cohen celebrates fusion with dishes playing on Asian and Latin influences – all with an emphasis on seafood. Lunch and dinner daily.
K’ya Bistro Bar | 1287 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.376.9718 | www.kyabistro.com
Mozambique | 1740 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.715.7777 | www.mozambiqueoc.com
Big Fish Tavern
The new Big Fish Tavern brings an innovative seafood menu to the residents of Laguna Beach and visiting tourists alike, all with fast, friendly service. Along with unique seafood appetizers and entrees, the casual restaurant concept serves eight craft beers on tap and 50+ beers in bottles and cans, plus boutique wines and cocktails. Specialty menu items include Lobster Fondue, “Peruvian style” Shrimp & Crab Ceviche, Fresh Fish of the Day cooked your way, and very share-able Chowder Fries. Jim Walker and Louie Feinstein took over the formerly named House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer on November 1 from Casa Resorts, who wanted to concentrate on their hotel properties.
Mediterranean café-inspired food and is perfect for sharing one of the 60 small plate choices. The hotel’s rooftop lounge has an unbeatable ocean view with delectable cocktails. Dinner daily. Rooftop Lounge offers lunch and dinner daily.
K’ya Bistro Bar
This hidden secret that’s located in the lobby of La Casa del Camino is extremely popular with the locals. The all-small-plate menu offers
The legendary Las Brisas overlooks the Pacific and the beautiful Laguna Beach coastline. A Southern California landmark since its inception in 1938, Las Brisas has become a magnet for locals and visitors from all over the world. The menu represents a collection of Mexican recipes, as well as innovative California cuisine. The chefs’ menus are inspired by the abundant seafood of the region. Las Brisas | 360 Cliff Drive | Laguna Beach | 949.497.5434 | www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com
Leave your worries at the door of La Casa del Camino hotel and head up to the roof. A local favorite and a must-see for visitors, The Rooftop Lounge offers a front row seat for a spectacular sunset. Indulge in one of the best happy hours in town, with signature fresh fruit Mojitos and one truly amazing
THE CLIFF RESTAURANT & B AR
The Cliff Restaurant offers a world class menu with an unsurpassed dining experience. Enjoy the 180 degree whitewater views from the multi-level patio while enjoying a relaxing breakfast or lunch, or catch a romantic sunset over dinner with a special friend. Whether youâ€™re looking for a relaxing lunch, a fine dining experience or a venue for that special occasion, The Cliff has it all with a panoramic view of the ocean situated in the quaint Laguna Village artist community. The Cliff Restaurant | 577 South Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.494.1956 | www.thecliffrestaurant.com
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Sapphire Laguna, Laguna Beach
newly converted building that was once a beach cottage built in 1934. Selanne’s Steak Tavern | 1464 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.715.9881 | www.selannesteaktavern.com
SPLASHES at Surf and Sand Resort
Perched above the sandy shoreline, Splashes Restaurant embodies California-chic elegance and boasts some of the West Coast’s best views and finest cuisine. As the daylight sun shines, feel the slight breeze of the sea as waves break just 25 feet below the airy dining. When weather gets cooler, an opulent fireplace creates a cracking warmth and cozy atmosphere in the evening hours. Every table is the best in house, framing the awe-inspiring view of the coast. SPLASHES at Surf & Sand Resort | 1555 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 888.869.7569 | www.surfandsandresort.com
Tommy Bahama Bar & Grill panoramic ocean view while sampling small bites and California casual cuisine. The Rooftop Lounge is the perfect venue for every occasion including weddings, private parties, meetings or corporate events with indoor/outdoor space, on-site catering and a staff dedicated to your every need. Rooftop Lounge | 1289 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.497.2446 | www.rooftoplagunabeach.com
styles and avid interest in utilizing the best ingredients available distinguish him on the culinary map. His global market cuisine utilizes the best seasonal ingredients and only the most responsibly raised and sourced meat, poultry, and seafood. Located in the heart of beautiful Laguna Beach, Sapphire Laguna is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
Located in the heart of Laguna Beach, steps from the sand of Main Beach, Tommy Bahama Bar & Grill serves an island-inspired lineup of delectable dishes and cocktails in a tropical paradise environment. California’s freshest seafood gets a sophisticated but playful treatment in the skilled hands of Chef Marcus Lage. This spot is perfect for lunch or dinner, or to just unwind with one of the many delicious cocktails.
Sapphire Laguna | 1200 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.715.9888 | www.SapphireLaguna.com
Tommy Bahama Bar & Grill | 400 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.376.6886 | www.tommybahama.com
Selanne Steak Tavern
Embark on a journey where comfort cuisine meets exotic innovation. When you dine at Sapphire Laguna, you are traveling through the world’s markets with your palate, without needing a passport. Chef Azmin Ghahreman is a citizen of the world and his international-oriented cooking
Owned by hockey legend Teemu Selanne and his local business partner Kevin Pratt, Selanne Steak Tavern, located in Laguna Beach, is a contemporary upscale steak house and tavern – serving American fare and libations in a
Located in the beautiful Montage Laguna Beach, Studio serves modern French cuisine with a California influence and specializes in seasonal, creative masterpieces. Outside Studio’s doors lies a private garden where Chef de Cuisine,
Craig Strong, picks the herbs and vegetables used throughout the restaurant. Studio offers comfortably elegant evenings featuring fine food and impeccable service at the edge of the Pacific. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Studio | 30801 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.715.6420 | www.studiolagunabeach.com
Executive chef and owner Mark Cohen brings a lofty pedigree, having brought to Orange County 230 Forest Avenue Restaurant in Laguna Beach, and Opah Restaurant & Bar at the Aliso Viejo Towne Center in Aliso Viejo and also at the Irvine Marketplace. Watermarc brings together the vision of pairing great food with great beverage, offering wonderful inventive tapas – such as the filet mignon potpie. The open patio and second floor terrace overlook the infamous Pacific Coast Highway. Lunch, intermezzo and dinner nightly. Watermarc | 448 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.376.6272 | www.watermarcrestuarant.com
DANA POINT Chart House
On a clear day, the view from Chart House Dana Point extends 50 miles down the Southern California Coast all the way to La Jolla. Seated atop the majestic bluffs overlooking the Dana Point Harbor and the pristine azure waters of the Pacific Ocean, Chart House is one of the most romantic restaurants in Dana Point, year round. Chart House | 34442 Street of the Green Lantern | Dana Point | 949.493.1183 | www.chart-house.com
Located in the Ritz-Carlton, enoSTEAK is an intimate steak-
LEGENDARY SERVICE. FINE WINE • PRIVATE DINING • EXCEPTIONAL MENU SOUTH COAST PLAZA IN COSTA MESA 1641 W. Sunflower Ave. 714-444-4834 ANAHEIM 1895 South Harbor Blvd. 714-621-0101 MORTONS.COM
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house featuring only the highest quality ingredients. All the steaks are from prime and grass-fed, pasture-raised beef. The organic produce is grown locally and harvested at the peak of the season. enoSTEAK also highlights artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and a large selection of wines. Dinner Monday through Sunday. enoSTEAK | 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive | Dana Point | 949.240.2000 | www.ritzcarlton.com
Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant
Harpoon Henry is proud to offer the latest in California Beach Cuisine. They are located on the water in the Dana Point Harbor and offer their guests a spectacular waterfront view from both the dining room and their harborside outdoor patio. For 39 years Harpoon Henry’s has provided the best in service, ambience and cuisine. Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant | 34555 Golden Lantern Street | Dana Point | 949.493.2933 | www.windandsearestaurants.com
Salt Creek Grille
Known for mesquite grilled steaks, chops, fresh fish, burgers, weekend brunch, sandwiches and entrée salads. A locals’ favorite with a casually sophisticated atmosphere, fairly priced, awardwinning wine list, all served and facilitated by an extremely friendly staff. Salt Creek now offers a NEW brunch menu, showcasing a creative, chef-inspired menu, with fresh and local ingredients and a personal presentation. Salt Creek Grille | 32802 Pacific Coast Highway | Dana Point | 949.661.7799 | www.saltcreekgrille.com
a one-of-a-kind dining experience, including modern American cuisine that features seasonal ingredients and contemporary twists on classic tavern dishes. Mina’s philosophy on cooking is his philosophy on life: create balance and harmony.
ros, a breakfast salad, a breakfast BLTA, and lemon Mascarpone French toast. For dinner you can try truffle mac & cheese, warm curry chicken salad, or the signature truffle fries. Eat Chow | 1802 Newport Blvd | Costa Mesa | 949.650.2469
Stonehill Tavern | 1 Monarch Beach Resort | Dana Point | 949.234.3318 | www.stregismb. com/stonehill-tavern
211 62nd Street | Newport Beach | 949.423.7080 | www.eatchownow.com
Greenleaf Gourmet ChopShop
A California-Asian food concept with emphasis on Vietnamese herbs and spices, tailored for diners from all around the world. AnQi is committed to using fresh, organic and sustainable ingredients, in both the dishes and their cocktails. The culinary tradition here is “tapas-style,” with each dish intended to share. Chef Helene An’s claim to fame is her roasted crab that’s prepared in a secret kitchen and offered only on Tuesday nights. Lunch and dinner daily. AnQi | 3333 South Bristol Street | Costa Mesa | 714.557.5679 | www.anqibistro.com
The Capital Grille
This East Coast steak and seafood restaurant comes with all of the classic cuts, and their fresh seafood is flown in daily. Dine in the elegant dining room, or choose the comfortable outdoor terrace. Dry-aged steaks, creative seafood dishes, and an award-winning wine list are all sure to please. Lunch and dinner daily. The Capital Grille | South Coast Plaza, 3333 South Bristol Street | Costa Mesa | 714.432.1140 | www.thecapitalgrille.com
Open for dinner only, Stonehill Tavern at The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort is Michael Mina’s acclaimed restaurant, offering tavern fare in a casual yet sophisticated setting. Guests of the Forbes Four-Star Stonehill Tavern enjoy
This sophisticated all-American food diner serves up eclectic menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner dining, including the following favorites: huevos ranche-
Greenleaf provides their communities with the highest quality, freshest and most delicious food that is also good for you. They say: “Eat Well. Live Well.” Greenleaf is committed to using the finest and freshest local ingredients combined with gourmet cooking techniques to serve their customers an affordable yet creative dining option in a fun, comfortable, and relaxed environment. Our fave? The antioxidant orchard salad with grapes, apples, celery, cranberries, walnuts and blue cheese. Greenleaf Gourmet ChopShop | 234 East 17th Street | Costa Mesa | 949.200.3950 | www.greenleafchopshop.com
This local eatery offers a dark & romantic setting for classic chophouse fare plus Sinatra-themed nights. La Cave also offers private dining with a nostalgic and intimate atmosphere. Whether you are planning a social or corporate event, La Cave can accommodate your needs. La Cave | 1695 Irvine Avenue | Costa Mesa | 949.646.7944 | www.lacaverestaurant.com
is recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine, and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. Mastro’s Steakhouse is a truly unparalleled dining experience. Mastro’s Steakhouse | 633 Anton Blvd | Costa Mesa | 714.546.7405 | www.mastrosrestaurants.com
Mesa attracts a chic Orange County crowd with adventurous small-plate cuisine and creative cocktails in a modern lounge atmosphere. With unique architecture including an open-air retractable roof and fireplace, Mesa is reminiscent of a stylish westside Los Angeles nightclub. The roof opens when the weather is good– providing a view of the stars. Mesa | 725 Baker Street | Costa Mesa | 714.557.6700 | www.mesacostamesa.com
Memphis Café is a Costa Mesa neighborhood mainstay in the heart of the SOBECA district. Classically trained chef and cofounder Diego Velasco has created a distinctive gourmet interpretation of Southern home-style cooking with signature dishes such as the smoky gumbo and pulled pork, ethereal buttermilk fried chicken, savory seafood jambalaya and seasonal specials sourced locally with naturally raised meats and poultry. The roadhouse style bar at Memphis offers both classic call and crafted cocktails as well a carefully curated beer and wine list. Memphis Cafè | 2920 Bristol Street | Costa Mesa | 714.432.7685 | www.memphiscafe.com
Mastro’s is consistently hailed by diners and critics alike as “masterful,” “high-end,” one of the “top 10 steakhouses in the US,” and “the preferred steakhouse of celebs and locals.” A collection of sophisticated, classic steakhouses and sumptuous fish houses, Mastro’s
SOCIAL Costa Mesa
SOCIAL Costa Mesa is a chef and ingredient-focused, new-American inspired restaurant, offering a thoughtfully curated dinner menu with classic Southern dishes made with fresh California ingredients.
DORYMAN’S INN OCEANFR ONT NEWP ORT BEACH HOTEL
If you are looking for a Newport Beach hotel that is on the beach, then the Doryman’s Inn Hotel is your first and only choice. Not to say that there are not other hotel choices in Newport Beach or Orange County, but Doryman’s is a boutique hotel for a unique stay. Like no other Newport Beach hotels, the Doryman’s Inn Hotel expresses the intrigue of briefly encountering the glamour of a past era. This unique Newport hotel, has eleven specially crafted rooms to relax with the romantic influences of classic Victorian designs. Continental breakfast is complimentary, and a roof terrace offers panoramic views of Newport Beach and the Pacific coastline. There’s also an elegant fine-dining steak and seafood restaurant overlooking the ocean. D o r y m a n ’s I n n | 2 1 0 2 We s t O c e a n f r o n t | N e w p o r t B e a c h | 9 4 9.6 75 .73 0 0 | w w w.d o r y m a n s i n n .c o m
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Morton’s The Steakhouse, Santa Ana and Anaheim
Huntington Beach | 714.374.6446 | www.dukeshuntington.com
Sushi on Fire
The Sushi on Fire concept is a simple one – you will come across a casually elegant atmosphere with modern style décor, people smiling, outstanding chefs and friendly staff. Sushi on Fire is committed to satisfying their customers with the best quality, fresh delicious sushi dishes, and excellent service. This popular sushi joint is just a few steps from the beach on beautiful Main Street. Sushi on Fire | 301 Main Street #103 | Huntington Beach | 714.374.8885 | www.sushionfire.com
ANAHEIM/ SANTA ANA Antonello Ristorante & Enoteca Lounge
SOCIAL also serves late-night bites and weekend brunch. In addition to the food, the all-star mixologist team is creating oneof-a-kind craft cocktails using only housemade syrups, cordials and bitters. SOCIAL Costa Mesa | 512 W 19th Street | Costa Mesa | 949.642.2425 | www.socialcostamesa.com
guests. Quattro Caffè | 3333 Bristol Street #1201 | Costa Mesa | 714.754.0300 | www.quattrocaffe.com
HUNTINGTON BEACH Duke’s Huntington Beach
Situated in the center of bustling South Coast Plaza, Quattro Caffè has emerged as one of the OC’s best-loved dining destinations. Its light Northern Italian fare is served by an impeccable wait staff dedicated to offer guests a respite from a hectic day of shopping. The relaxed environment features large black & white Italian movie posters and soothing background music. Its private garden patio is a well-kept secret among loyal
With waves consistently breaking on eight and a half miles of beautiful sandy beach, Duke’s in Huntington Beach epitomizes the California beach lifestyle type restaurant. Relax and take in the view while you enjoy the Hawaiian beach house ambience, and savor the freshest seafood and prime steaks, uniquely prepared and thoughtfully served. Duke’s Huntington Beach | 317 Pacific Coast Highway |
Highly rated in the Zagat Guide for many years, Antonello Ristorante captures Old World authenticity with an emphasis on fresh, organic ingredients and an ample variety of exceptional fish, poultry, veal and beef entrees. Upon entering the beautifully appointed dining room, guests know they are in for an unforgettable dining experience. Antonello also is renowned for its dedicated wait staff who have earned rave reviews for their impeccable service. Antonello Ristorante | 3800 South Plaza Drive | Santa Ana | 714.751.7153 | www.antonello.com
A comfortably upscale restaurant, The Catch features the finest in fresh seafood, USDA prime steaks and table-side service of classics, such as Caesar salad, and sizzling Hamachi sashimi. The Catch excels in spirits, beer and wine offerings, featuring award-winning ales and lagers from sister restaurant, TAPS Fish House & Brewery. The Catch | 2100 East Katella, Ste 104 | Anaheim | 714.935.0101 |
Morton’s The Steakhouse
If you’re looking for an amazing steak, look no further. Morton’s serves USDA-prime beef that’s been aged for 23-28 days and custom-cut per Morton’s specifications. Morton’s isn’t just a top-tier steakhouse; they do offer other great choices of crab cakes, fish and large side dishes as well. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner nightly. Morton’s The Steakhouse | 1641 West Sunflower Avenue | Santa Ana | 714.444.4834 | www.mortons.com 895 S Harbor Blvd | Anaheim | 714.621.0101 | www.mortons.com
The Ranch Restaurant
The Ranch features true American regional cuisine, cooking from scratch with the finest ingredients possible to capture the rustic style of wine country and the freshest flavors of the farm. The Ranch has a farm-to-table emphasis, with fresh organically grown fruits and vegetables from their own ranch in the Santa Ana Mountains. Live country music and dinner nightly. The Ranch | 1025 East Ball Road | Anaheim | 714.817.4200 | www.theranch.com
The history of Towne Park Brew Company would be incomplete without the pioneering dreamers who own it, operate it and are passionate about making craft beer. Better yet, to make our own little towne, Rancho Las Lomas, brimming with beautiful ladies from all different spices of life. From blondes to redheads to brunettes and more, we’ve envisioned these sassy gals and their stories with a gunslinger’s attitude at the Towne’s heart and soul.
Towne Park | 19191 Lawrence Canyon | Silverado | 949.888.3080 | www.rancholaslomas.com
At the center of it all Thrilling theme parks, world class shopping and yearround sunshine. Conveniently located between LA and San Diego, Fairmont Newport Beach is your gateway to spectacular Southern California
4500 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach CA 92660 â€˘ 949.476.2001 â€˘ www.fairmont.com/newport-beach
Newport Beach MedSpa
At Newport Beach MedSpa presents the latest skin care therapies that can slow down the appearance of aging and restore that youthful glow. Our medical staff and estheticians are our most valued assets. Trained in a culture of warmth, friendliness, and customer service, together they can assist you in achieving your aesthetic goals. Newport Beach MedSpa offers a variety of aesthetic and cosmetic enhancement procedures. Total face and overall enhancement procedures are available to assist in realizing the full beauty potential of each client. Newport Beach MedSpa | 2131 Westcliff Drive | Newport Beach | 949.631.2800 |
/ MEDICAL SPA / FITNESS / SALON / RESORT SPA
4341 Birch Street #101 | Newport Beach | 949.756.8633 | www.newportbeachmedspa.com
Bellagio Spa & Salon
With three locations in Orange County, this is a great boutique spa and salon. Spa Services include massages, facials, body treatments, hand and foot care and cosmedical procedures such as botox, dermal fillers and laser treatments, as well as a full-service salon. Bellagio Spa & Salon | 21165 Newport Coast Drive | Newport Coast | 949.720.9277 7932 E Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Coast | 949.715.7932 3993 Portola Parkway | Irvine | 714.730.7767 | www.salonbellagio.com
The Hydration Room
The first of its kind in Orange County, this wellness clinic specializes in customized IV therapy and vitamin injections to promote health from the inside out. Whether patients are suffering from the flu, exhausted from jet lag, battling painful headaches, or waking up from a long night of over-indulgence, Dr. Brett Florie, DO, MD and Dr. Liz Bales, MD (The Hydration Room founders) provide therapies that leave clients feeling refreshed and renewed. The Hydration Room | 404 Westminster Avenue, Suite 4 | Newport Beach | 949.650.0866 | www.thehydrationroom.com
Pure Blue Spa at
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
This full-service spa features a eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna, saltwater whirlpool Jacuzzi, a refreshing cold foot plunge and a saltwater lap pool reserved for spa guests only. Services include signature massages, body wraps, facials and full-service salon services. Pure Blue Spa at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa | 900 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.640.4000 | www.purebluspa.com
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Laguna Niguel
This soothing retreat at the heart of Dana Point features twelve
spa treatment rooms bathed in soft hues of aqua and beige with tranquil water features adding to the overall sensory experience. Services include massages, facials, exfoliation, hand and foot therapy, hair therapy and more. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Laguna Niguel | One Ritz-Carlton Drive | Dana Point | 949.240.2000 | www.ritzcarlton.com
Aquaterra Spa at Surf and Sand Resort
Aquaterra Spa has eight indulgent treatment rooms, an ocean view couples room, a cozy nail nook with pedicure and manicure tables. An intimate co-ed relaxation area with a fireplace, refreshments, and indoor and outdoor seating is also on premises. Aquaterra Spa at Surf and Sand Resort | 1555 S Pacific Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.376.2772 | www.surfandsandresort.com
Spa at Island Hotel
One of the best spas in Newport Beach is The Spa at Island Hotel. Featuring massages, body treatments and facials, this is the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and revitalize. Services are offered a la carte, but all-inclusive packages can be arranged. Spa at Island Hotel |690 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.759.0808 | www.islandhotel. com/spa
Spa at Balboa Bay Resort
The waterfront resort offers the ultimate escape for health and relaxation. Specializing in massages, facials and body scrubs, The Spa at Balboa Bay Resort features nine treatment rooms, hot whirlpools, a eucalyptusinfused steam room and dry sauna. Newport spa guests also have access to their premier fitness center and Bayside Salon, a fullservice nail and hair salon, allowing guests to feel completely refreshed and renewed.
Spa at Balboa Bay Resort | 1221 W Pacific Coast Highway | Newport Beach | 949.645.5000 | www.balboabayclub.com
indoor/outdoor rooms. Spa Montage | 30801 South Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.715.6000 | www.spamontage. com/lagunabeach
The Spa at Pelican Hill
Newport Beach’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Spa tailors each guest’s experience to personal intentions of relaxing, renewing and invigorating. With its dramatic 28-foot-high Palladian rotunda, wall of flowing water, 22 private treatment rooms, steam rooms, saunas and saltwater Roman soaking tubs, the 23,000-squarefoot Spa offers daily guided beach walks, wellness retreats, more than 25 complimentary fitness classes weekly, a private Spa Suite, a full-service salon, fitness center, boutique and a mindful spa cuisine menu. The Spa at Pelican Hill | 22701 Pelican Hill Road South | Newport Coast | 855.467.6800 | www.pelicanhill.com/spa
The Spa at Laguna Cliffs
Ultimate relaxation awaits you at The Spa at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, boasting scenic views of the historical city of Dana Point. The Laguna Cliffs spa is one of the best with a passion for delivering results-oriented treatments using high-quality products. Services, treatments and amenities include: body scrub, body wrap, couple’s massage, eye treatment, facials, fitness counseling, lip treatments, massage lessons, massages, spa restaurant, steam room and waxing. The Spa at Laguna Cliffs | 25135 Park Lantern | Dana Point | 866.526.7772 | www.lagunacliffs.com
Situated on one of the world’s most stunning oceanfront settings, come to this Laguna Beach day spa to relax and rejuvenate in serene surroundings. Offering a variety of treatments including massages, water and bath therapies, facials, wraps and scrubs, Spa Montage offers twelve massage rooms, four facial treatment rooms, two hydrotherapy rooms and three
Located on the fourth floor of Nordstrom in South Coast Plaza, Spa Nordstrom offers three treatment rooms and specializes in personally customized body therapies such as massages, facials, nail care, Eastern healing treatments, waxing, spray tanning, eyelash extensions, wraps, haircuts and styling.
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This award-winning day spa is an oasis for both men and women to escape the rigors of daily stress and achieve whole-body well being. With an exceptional atmosphere and comfortable setting, guests receive top-of-the-line services. Services include massage treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures, body wraps and polishes, hydrotherapy, mother-tobe program, sunless tanning and more. Spa Gregorie’s | 200 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100 | Newport Beach | 949.644.6672 | www. spagregories.com
This is the go-to for a quick facial. Created around a simple idea of “Healthy Skin with No Down Time,” this spa from LA is the newest addition to The OC spa scene. Skin Laundry’s innovative laser technology makes it possible to achieve maximum results by tightening and toning the skin in the shortest period of time. Skin Laundry | 123 Newport Center Drive | Newport Beach | 949.706.7203 | www.skinlaundry.com
When discerning Californians seek to look refreshed but not “done,” they turn to Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon, Davis B. Nguyen, M.D. Dubbed the “un-plastic” plastic surgeon, Dr. Nguyen is touted for his conservative approach to facial rejuvenation and the rigorously natural results he achieves. Boasting dual board certifications, Dr. Nguyen’s academic pedigree includes training at both Harvard and Yale. Patients call him an “artist” and say they are made to feel “like family” by Dr. Nguyen and his welcoming staff. Those that can’t travel to Beverly Hills can experience Dr. Nguyen’s unique brand of aesthetics at one of three satellite offices in Manhattan, Newport Beach, and Greenwich, Connecticut. Davis B. Nguyen, M.D. 450 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.550.0288 366 San Miguel Drive, Newport Beach, www.DrDavisNguyen.com
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BIKE TO T H E B E AT The spinning cult, which many claim started in New York, has taken over the west coast and made its way to Orange County. Gyms are no longer holding traditional spin classes as many studios have begun incorporating weights into their workout regimes. As more studios have started popping up all over the coast, the competition to offer the best ride is increasing. We have hopped on countless bikes and spun our little hearts out to bring you the best spin studios in The OC.
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Orange County has seen an immense growth in the number of yoga studios as locals and visitors are eager to hop on the yoga train. And it’s no surprise why. Yoga is a great way to ease your tension and build strength, but it takes practice and discipline. Take a few days off – not to mention a few weeks or months – and you may find your hands aren’t able to touch the ground anymore. Fear not yogis! The OC yoga scene has you covered. Ra Yoga (3077 Bristol Sreet, Suite A | Costa Mesa | 714.708.3060 | www. rayoga.com) is a local favorite and for good reason. They offer multiple class levels as well as a yogalates class – heated yoga with pilates. A long-time favorite that has been around since 2005 is Yoga Shakti,(4249 Campus Drive Ste B140 | Irvine | 949.856.9642 | www.yogashaktistudio.com) which offers yoga, meditation courses and Ayurveda. Jabulani Yoga (2711 East Coast Hwy, Suite 102 | Corona Del Mar | 949.723.5228 | www.jabulaniyoga.com) not only has top-of-the-line instructors, but it also hosts several workshops and retreats. For Ashtanga yoga, Laguna Yoga Shala (30110 Crown Valley Pkwy #202 | Laguna Beach | 949.371.9642 | www.lagunayogashala.com ) is a dedicated studio, which delivers a high quality of instruction and knowledge. If hot yoga is more your thing, check out Bikram Yoga Irvine, (680 Roosevelt | Irvine | 949.748.7780 | www.bikramyogairvine.com ) which is a highly reputable studio that is never overcrowded, or Radiant Hot Yoga (1200 Bison Ave nue C-1 | Newport Beach | 949.706.9642 | www. radianthotyoga.com ) for a less vigorous, more gentle heated yoga class. We invite you to practice with Ritual Yoga in their newest studio location featuring a beautiful Himalayan Salt wall. Their team of the most highly qualified and sought after instructors in the OC are there to guide you through dynamic, intelligent and challenging classes with an engaging, hands-on approach. 100 W Coast Highway, Ste 103 | Newport Beach | 949.873.5025 | www.ritual-yoga.com
Orange County’s premier boutique cycling studio has created a unique fitness community deep in the heart of Costa Mesa. Our high-energy cycling classes take place within the club-like “Saddle Room,” where riders torch calories by incorporating upper body resistance training into beat-based movement, resulting in an insanely intense, fun full-body workout. Single Class: 45 minutes, $22, www.gritcycle.com
Head here for a fun and high-energy workout. The concept behind bike2thebeat is to mesh an instructor with a DJ spinning the latest tunes while you spin to the beat. Expect loud, heart pumping music through the full hour class. Single Class: 60 mins, $20, www.bike2thebeat.com
The instructors at Rhythm Ride are focused on providing an energetic atmosphere where each ride is choreographed to the beat. Offering two different classes, Rhythm Ride is your standard ride whereas Rhythm Ripped incorporates hand weights into the routine for a full-body workout. Single Class: 60 mins, $20, www.rhythmride.com
After the SoulCycle cult swept the East Coast and then Los Angeles, a studio has finally opened in Orange County. The full-body workout, which incorporates weights into the routine is more than just a normal ride, is perfect for those seeking the ultimate exercise fad in what the company describes as a joyful, community-based experience. Single class: 45 mins, $30, www.soul-cycle.com
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Caravan To Midnight host John B. Wells takes it to the mainstream media with his TV Internet talk show. By JIM MARRS | Photograph by DAVID WOO
fter thirty some odd years in mass communication, John B. Wells is fed up with mainstream media. “Six companies control it all and CIA ‘owns’ every high-profile media personality. This is according to former CIA Director Colby. If you don’t believe me, you can look it up. And that is why he is the host of Caravan to Midnight, one of the most successful and wide-ranging, internet-delivered programs in the world. Five days a week, he provides his
membership extraordinary interviews with some of the most notable and controversial personalities ever to speak their minds, revealing information and opinions that are simply not available from the mainstream media. “Conspiracy is defined as deliberate concealment of something that should be generally known. So it’s not always a conspiracy theory. Sometimes it’s lie detection,” says Wells, in what has been described as a basso profondo voice instantly recognized all over the globe. The Texas native got his start at the local KZDEW-FM station known as The Zoo. His immediate success as a host at the station granted him countless bookings and international voice acting opportunities, eventually prompting him to buy his own recording studio. There he recorded everything from TV and radio commercials; corporate narrations, including those for government contractors in aerospace; movie trailers; and the occasional bit part in movies like JFK—for
which he did the opening narration—and Talk Radio, both by Oliver Stone. The United Kingdom and Europe took a liking to his distinctive voice as well. BBC Radio 1, 2FM Dublin, and Hit 95 Berlin all had him as the image voice of their stations and networks. He even held a contract for sixteen years in South Africa for Lexington cigarettes. “We went to South Africa every year. I fell in love with it at wheels-down: the culture, the food, the natural beauty and the people. Such an extraordinary place. It’s being destroyed, you know. And not for the reasons you may think,” he says, with a dour look on his face. “The whole ‘freedom’ thing was nothing more than communism. I know, because I was there. Once you know what really happened, it will make you sick. But then, once you know the truth about most of your so-called reality, it will make you sick. That’s why I do what I do now.” The march of technology soon made a studio engineer, secretary, assistant and even
a specially designed, acoustically tuned studio unnecessary. Live sessions over integrated services digital network were becoming a nuisance. “These radio station producers were calling several times a day. I told them we’re dropping ISDN sessions because they’re making me nuts. Internet delivery only from now on. Within two weeks, the word came down from corporate that ISDN was going away.” Ahead of the curve again. Now a laptop and an interface for your mic was all it took, and soon, professional boredom set in. “Not working with a crew or even having human contact was a little dreary. Get the script from email, record the file and send it back over the ‘net. Next....” In 2005, Wells contacted his friend and former Program Director from the KZEW days, Tom Owens. As it turned out, Tom was Senior VP of New Content for Premiere Radio Networks. A couple of lunches and about a month later, Wells was put into a fill-in slot at Coast to Coast AM, the most famous overnight talk show in the history of radio. He did one show and noth-
Through the years, Wells has interviewed such diverse subjects as famed sciene fiction writer Ray Bradbury and rock legend Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull. BELOW AND RIGHT
ing else happened for two years. But then occasional fill-ins eventually led to a regular slot on Saturday night in January of 2012. And the same thing happened there that had happened at The Zoo: his listenership and the ratings went through the roof. “Coast is still a haven for ‘woo-woo’ topics. Bigfoot, ghosts and other flashlight-under-theblanket-with-the-other-kiddies twaddle. I did a little of that; you know, Satanists and Dark Side of The Moonies. But I was more interested in NSA whistleblowers like William Binney, new technology experts and visionaries like Ray Bradbury, nuclear experts like Arnie Gunderson.” Has he ever seen a UFO? “Yes, but you can’t talk about that to just anybody, let alone everybody. But yes, they are quite real. Everybody in government at certain levels knows it and has known about it since Harry Truman. Look it up. 1952 UFO Flap. You’ll see.” But his interviews on Coast to Coast AM were not limited to the esoteric or the arcane. “You know, one night I had Paul Rogers of Bad Company, Jack Cassidy of Jefferson Airplane, Leslie West of Mountain and Ian
Anderson of Jethro Tull each take an hour to talk about what ever happened to the so-called Revolution. All of these great artists on one show? Amazing! Especially Ian. He had a lot to say about the Islamization of England. He’s not happy about it, I can tell you. A great guy. You would think that show would have been made known through every PR outlet in existence.” During his time at Coast, conspiracy was always in the back of his mind. The 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown led Wells to start his own subscription TV and talk show, Caravan to Midnight, as an awareness site and a place to get Geiger counters and countermeasures equipment. Though “radiation shows” were feared to be ratings-killers, the ratings continued to climb and his new show was “not helpful politically” to Coast to Coast management. And so, after just a little over two years of regular programs, he was fired. “Best things that ever happened to me in radio was going on to Coast to Coast and then leaving Coast to Coast,” he says, because his audience followed him to Caravan to Midnight. “They are the most loyal listeners you could ever imagine. We are a huge family. I engage and they engage. We help people who need it. With information and sometimes with money. We bring light where there is none. It’s not a job, it’s a mission. It always has been. Did they really think I was going to stop? Too many people have been lulled into a sense of security that does not exist. Now it’s becoming denial. And denial is dangerous.” So with this huge following and a track record of high ratings numbers, why has he not been inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame? “You tell me.” He grins again. Conspiracy?
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