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Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier seaside destination, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. A year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beach goers, Laguna Beach features seven miles of soft sand and surf.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Adam Silverman; Clay and Space at Laguna Art Museum

In his first solo museum exhibit, LA based artist Adam Silverman intrigues us with his collection of experimental pottery. Known for his unique mix of texture, glaze and color, Silverman shows us a rustic, yet futuristic collection of pottery as part of Laguna Art Museum's Art and Nature feature.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sawdust Winter Fantasy

Each winter the Sawdust Festival grounds transform into a winter wonderland. Thousands of holiday decorations cover the festival with a "Towne Square" in the center complete with Santa's sleigh and house. The festival also includes special activities for families and kids.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Happenings in Laguna Beach

*Photo Credit: Laguna Beach Indy

Get a look inside 25+ artists in working studios, the first Saturday of the month, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. now through March. Trolley service is available at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road every 15 minutes.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Val Kilmer’s Citizen Twain Comes to Laguna Beach Playhouse

Val Kilmer brings to life what many consider America’s greatest storyteller and first standup comedian, Mark Twain, in his one man show Citizen Twain. Kilmer's hilarious, raucous portrayal of Twain positions the character as a reluctant, recalcitrant, and downright defiant prophet whose undeniable skills as a story-teller and wordsmith compels the Almighty to call upon Twain to deliver a Sermon on Love to help us through our daily challenges.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Festival of Music in Laguna Beach

This Saturday local radio station, KX 93.5, will be taking over the Festival of Arts grounds for the first Festival of Music fundraiser in Laguna Beach. This is the first music festival at this intimate setting approved by Laguna Beach city council and the Irvine Bowl Policy Committee in almost ten years. “We are honored the committee has trusted us to put on a music festival at this historic Laguna Beach location,” said KX 93.5 Program Director Tyler Russell.“We aim for the first ‘KX 93.5 Festival of Music’ to be a very important fundraiser for our public radio station and these other great, local causes.”

Friday, September 13, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

5 Outdoor Activities to do in Laguna Beach; Five for 5

Our Five for 5 blog series focuses on what to visit, see and do in Laguna Beach. This fourth story will be about some of the outdoor activities to enjoy in Laguna.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Big Picture

This year the Pageant of the Masters celebrates its 80th year by paying homage to the art of film. The Big Picture is a look at the masterpieces that have informed and inspired the films of the past and present. Everyone from Vermeer and Michelangelo to Rockwell and Hooper make an appearance, or two.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

5 Family Fun Activities to do in Laguna Beach; Five for 5

Our Five for 5 blog series focuses on what to visit, see and do in Laguna Beach. This third story will be about the family fun activities found in Laguna.

Friday, May 31, 2013

5 Ways to See Art in Laguna Beach; Five for 5

Our Five for 5 blog series focuses on what to visit, see and do while in Laguna Beach. The second story in the series will explore "Five Ways to See Art in Laguna Beach."

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

5 Romantic Places in Laguna Beach; Five for 5

Our Five for Five blog series focuses on what to see and do while you’re in Laguna Beach. This first story will cover “5 Romantic Places” you can take your special someone to in Laguna Beach.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Steel Magnolias

Most of us know the story of Steel Magnolias from the beloved 1989 film starring Dolly Parton, Daryl Hanna, Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine and Olympia Dukakis. It’s one of those films that brilliantly peels back the complicated layers of friendship

Monday, March 4, 2013

Laguna Beach a la Carte – A Food & Wine Experience, March 7-10, 2013

The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau will embark on the 3rd annual Laguna Beach a la Carte – A Food & Wine Experience, March 7-10, 2013. Guests will experience world-class cuisine, prix-fixe menus, food & wine pairings, daily events and special offers by local restaurateurs…taking place at various restaurants over four special days.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Montage Laguna Beach Celebrates 10 Years With A Five-Star Award

It’s a big year for Montage Laguna Beach. Not only does 2013 mark its 10th anniversary, but Montage Laguna Beach is now part of an exclusive group of properties: those that received Five-Star ratings for their hotels, spas and restaurants.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Laguna Beach named as one of the Top Ten Beaches in the U.S.!

We are excited to announce that TripAdvisor has awarded Laguna Beach the U.S. Travelers’ Choice Award for one of the Top Ten Beaches in the U.S.!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

11th annual 
Laguna Beach Music Festival
 February 5-10, 2013 

Co-presented by Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County

 this five day festival will feature music from Argentina, Brazil, Peru and beyond, as they explore the sounds of South America.  Featured guest artists are pianist-composer Pablo Ziegler, formerly of the great Astor Piazzolla’s tango ensemble, and bandoneónist Hector del Curto, also heir to the tango masters who elevated dance hall music to concert hall repertoire.  Joining are guest artists from various South American musical traditions, for a lively and colorful musical adventure. 
As always, the Festival features emerging artists on the cusp of greatness: this year, the Colburn Conservatory presents top-flight students and their mentors – along with the return of the award-winning Calidore Quartet – in an evening of chamber music from South America’s rich classical tradition.

There are a variety of concerts and events to choose from all around Laguna Beach.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Date Night in Laguna Beach

There’s always fantastic food and entertainment to be found in Laguna Beach! After a long week, my husband and I headed out for a date night in Laguna. We drove down the canyon right at twilight and watched the last glow of the sun drip back behind the hills. The drive into Laguna Beach never gets old for this Southern California girl. Tonight we decided to see the award-winning show ‘Chapter Two,’ at Laguna Playhouse but beforehand, we headed to the Lumberyard  for dinner and drinks.  The Lumberyard opened its doors in 2008, after a complete remodel. It is named after the original company occupying the site, The Laguna Lumber Company, which was the longest running company in Laguna Beach, and in business from 1910 to 1985. Owner, Cary Redfearn wanted to stay true to the original integrity of the 1912 building so he left the office of Joe Jahraus, owner of The Laguna Lumber Company, intact as part of the restaurant. Inside no detail has been left to chance with custom booths, a horseshoe-shaped bar, artisan woodwork throughout, and a beautiful 12,000-piece mesquite wood floor entrance. The only thing that upstages the elegant décor is the food.

We began our date, as is our tradition, with drinks and a toast. I chose the Ri Mist and the Mister went with the Margarita. We toasted to a quiet night out, free from the worries of kids and work. Next we enjoyed the zucchini planks, a Lumberyard signature dish. The zucchini is presented like a Lincoln log tower and topped with parmesan. Each plank is thinly sliced and covered in panko crumbs and fried. These planks are absolutely perfect with a crispy outer layer and a hot tender inside with an aioli sauce for dipping. We had to stop ourselves from over eating this tasty appetizer so we could leave room for the main course.

Before opening Lumberyard, Cary owned the beloved Oysters in Corona Del Mar, famous for their fresh fish. The executive chef from Oysters, Armando Ortega, went with Cary to the Lumberyard, as well as  some of his famous dishes. With this knowledge how could we pass up an opportunity to try them? So I chose the pan seared Pacific Sea Bass and the Mister, the cedar-planked mahogany King Salmon.

The Sea Bass is served over whipped truffled potatoes with edamame and corn ragout,  wild mushrooms, tomatoes and a beurre blanc. The Sea Bass is a staff favorite and I can taste why! This was a deeply flavorful dish made with the simplest of ingredients and the perfect blend of texture and seasoning that brought out rich, bold flavors. The vegetables are a twist on the American favorite succotash, but replacing the lima beans for edamame and making a combination that was absolutely delicious.

The cedar King Salmon was recommended by Cary himself after he heard how much my husband loves salmon. It is covered in a soy-mustard glaze and served with applewood smoked bacon and Yukon gold potatoes. The cedar flavored penetrated the salmon without drying out the fish. It was sweet without being overwhelming.
After dinner we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for dessert. In fact, Lumberyard is running a special right now if you are going to see a play at The Laguna Playhouse. When you purchase two entrees, you receive a FREE dessert! We did not hesitate to jump on that special. Normally we lean towards a chocolate dessert, but tonight we went with the Cherry Ciabatta Bread Pudding and we were very happy we did. Topped with vanilla ice cream this was heaven in a dish and I had to fight the Mister for every bite.
With our bellies satisfied we stepped outside into the crisp air and took the short walk down to the Playhouse to see ‘Chapter Two,’ Neil Simon’s most autobiographical play. It is the story of a divorcee and a recently widowed novelist finding their second chance at love and happiness. It’s a smart, dialogue-heavy play that keeps you on your toes as you watch the story unfold. Each character is dealing with their own personal loneliness that at times is painful to see, but Simon peppers the dialog with witty quips making you laugh your way to hoping that these lonely lovers succeed.

As the Mister and I walked out of the Playhouse hand-in-hand, we smiled, feeling refueled by a fun date night in Laguna.

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By Anne-Marie S.