August 2, 2012 |
"Pat O'Connell is generally considered the happiest surfer alive," according to this Surfline bio . The Chicago native's life is a classic tale of boy-meets-waves, boy turns pro, boy stars in "Endless Summer II" and boy wins a spot in the Surfers' Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach. Now O'Connell will be hanging out at the un-surfer-like Montage Laguna Beach to teach mere mortals like you and me how to surf. Really. What the hotel calls its Surf With a Legend package costs $1,270 for single travelers and $1,450 for two during a weekend retreat Sept.
July 22, 2012 |
Thirty-four-year-old Van de la Plante looks every bit the gentleman. Sporting a beige linen resort suit, a green Cuban guayabera cigar shirt and Cole Haan huarache sandals, De la Plante fits in well as owner of Gentlemen's Breakfast, a new boutique in Laguna Beach that sells antique eyeglasses, sunglasses and accessories. The small shop, splattered in bitter chocolate and beige tones, is decorated with manly finds and furnishings. Antique crystal decanters sit on an old desk, filled with Scotch and ready for the pour.
July 15, 2012
This four-level oceanfront contemporary is set behind gates on a cul-de-sac overlooking Emerald Bay. Its limestone entry is suspended above a 4,500-gallon koi pond with a 12-foot stone waterfall. The details Location: 1115 Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach 92651 Asking price: $12.995 million Year built: 2009 Architect: Scott Laidlaw House size: Five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 7,000 square feet Lot size: 9,460 square feet Features: Temperature-controlled 1,500-bottle wine cellar, barrel ceilings in living room, wet bar and fireplace in family room, penthouse master suite, elevator, extensive deck space, saltwater pool and spa, seven-car subterranean garage, gym, two fire pits, solar panels About the area: In the first quarter, 89 single-family homes sold in the 92651 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.15 million, according to DataQuick.
July 8, 2012 |
With summer in full swing, it's time to hit the beach — for sunning, yes, but also for shopping. There's a new level of sophistication in shopping along the coast. Locally owned boutiques with a curated point of view are changing the flavor of beach towns from beer-soaked spring break haunts to chic retail and dining destinations. The style renaissance is fueled in part by the success of Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard, which this spring was dubbed by GQ magazine the chic-est street in America.
July 5, 2012
ART The Festival of the Arts' annual Pageant of the Masters is back for another season. This time the theme is "genius," and as usual it features 90 minutes of "living pictures. " These are detailed recreations of classical and contemporary works of art using humans posing in tableaux identical to the original pieces. A professional orchestra, original score and live narration accompany this breathtaking feat of living design. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 8:30 p.m., nightly.
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June 22, 2012 |
They came early and they came prepared. For months, Andrew Landsiedel, Adam Redding-Kaufman and Macklin Thornton had been protesting a proposed city ordinance that would fine adults who knowingly provided minors with a place to drink. This week, the three Laguna Beach High School students took center stage in a packed City Council meeting to argue against the measure. Their opposition was formidable - school officials, a deputy district attorney, medical doctors, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the local PTA and even a tearful father whose only son was killed by a drunk driver.
June 20, 2012 |
Here's a great way to take advantage of festival season in Laguna Beach: Buy a pass for $21.50 that allows unlimited visits to three signature summer art events in the coastal town. The deal: The Passport to the Arts 2012 includes multiple visits to Art-A-Fair (June 29-Sept. 2), Festival of the Arts (July 1-Aug. 31) and the Sawdust Art Festival (June 29-Sept. 2). (Note this pass doesn't include access to the popular Pageant of the Masters.) It also comes with discounts at area restaurants, hotels and activities.
April 12, 2012
Laguna Dance Festival Where : Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach When : Thu.-Sun., 7.30 p.m.; Also Sun. at 2 p.m. Cost : $50, students $35. Info : (949) 715-5578; http://www.lagunadancefestival.org .
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March 31, 2012 |
Harry Lawrence, the globe-trotting former owner of an Asian art and antiques import shop in Laguna Beach whose contributions to civic improvements over the decades earned him the nickname Mr. Laguna, has died. He was 97. Lawrence died Sunday of kidney failure in Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, said his wife, Zahide. A resident of Laguna since 1947 — after he and his late first wife, Maxine, bought Warren Imports on South Coast Highway — Lawrence spent the ensuing decades as a major civic force in the picturesque seaside community.
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March 30, 2012 |
Concern over the safety of the San Onofre nuclear power plant is growing among Orange County cities closest to the facility, which has been shut down since January because of system failures. Officials in nearby San Clemente and Laguna Beach - both within 20 miles of the San Onofre facility - have registered their fears after significant wear was found on hundreds of tubes carrying radioactive water inside the plant's generators. Residents in the Orange County beach towns for years have lived with the twin-domed nuclear plant as a backdrop.