Come discover Laguna Beach this Spring! With beautiful weather, pristine beaches and alluring hotel packages, this is the perfect destination for students on spring break, a romantic couples' getaway, girls get together, a family staycation, or a warm retreat for snowbirds escaping the cold.
Be an Artist for a day! - Workshops welcome visitors and locals (from novice to advanced) to create a unique art piece to wear or share. Two-hour sessions led by a professional artist take place Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Spring Workshop Schedule: Coloring with Fire, an Introduction to Enameling on Metal (Friday, March 11 and Friday, April 29, 2016). Cost: $95; Watercolor Keep-scapes: (Saturday, April 23, 2016). Cost: $95; and Glass Mosaic: (Saturday/Sunday, March 19 and 20, 2016. Cost: $130. All materials and supplies are provided. Takes place on the Sawdust Art Festival grounds. www.sawduststudioartclasses.com
Explore Tide Pools - View amazing marine life hidden just below the waves. Laguna Beach boasts impressive tide pooling opportunities, giving you an up-close look at various sea creatures from sea stars and hermit crabs to anemones and coralline algae. Pick up an illustrated brochure at the Official Visitors Center, 381 Forest Ave., to help you identify the sea life you might spot. Download the Visit Laguna Beach app to view the current tide schedule.
Whale Watching and Dolphin Cruises - The whale watching off Laguna Beach is exceptional with year-round opportunities. View gray whales in the spring. Finback whales, minke whales, humpbacks and several species of dolphin might also be spotted. Fun Fact: The dolphin population off Laguna's coastline exceeds more than that of Florida, Hawaii and the Caribbean combined! For whale-watching/dolphin excursions: www.newportlanding.com; www.dolphinsafari.com; www.danawharf.com
First Thursdays Art Walk - Takes place every first Thursday of the month from 6-9 p.m., with more than 40 galleries participating around town. Enjoy artist receptions, demonstrations, refreshments and live music. Free trolley service runs throughout the evening, and the Laguna Art Museum is open free of charge from 5-9 p.m. www.firsthursdaysartwalk.org
Rent bicycles - Tour the charming village or the backroads. Riding maps and tours available for all skill levels. www.lagunabeachcyclery.com
Take a Self-Guided Public Art Tour - Laguna Beach has more than 80 pieces of public art throughout town that were designed and created specifically for the community. Discover the many murals, statues, sculptures and benches with a Public Art Map that can be picked up at the Official Visitors Center, located at 381 Forest Ave.
Laguna Art Museum's Kids' Art Studio - Every third Sunday, 2-4 pm, create artwork based on an exhibition on view at the museum. Free for children with accompanying adults with museum admission; walk-in basis. http://lagunaartmuseum.org/education/kids-art-studio/
Embark on a guided two-hour kayak eco-tour - Explore hidden coves, beaches and kelp beds, and view sea life up close. Single and tandem kayak tours available through La Vida Laguna. Great for families! www.lavidalaguna.com
Tour the Pacific Marine Mammal Center - The only facility of its kind in Orange County for pinnipeds stranded along 42 miles of Southern California coast. It is dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation and release back into the wild of marine mammals. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. www.pacificmmc.org
Hop aboard and ride the free weekend trolley - Click here to view trolley info, including times and route. Download the official Visit Laguna Beach app and use the "Trolley Tracker" function to access real-time trolley information. Share your great trolley experiences on Facebook and Instagram with #LagunaFreeTrolley.
Exhibits and Performances
Laguna Art Museum: Exhibits - Helen Lundeberg: A Retrospective (Feb. 21-May, 30, 2016); Frederick Hammersley: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection (Feb. 8-May 30, 2016); and City Life, Los Angeles: 1930s to 1950s (Feb. 21-May 30, 2016). www.lagunaartmuseum.org
The Laguna Playhouse: Performances - Louis and Keely: Live at the Sahara (Feb. 23-March 26, 2016); Girls Night: The Musical (March 30-April 3, 2016); Zombie in Love: the Musical (Youth Theater, April 8-17, 2016). Special Performance: A Nun For All Seasons - Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas, Sister Rolls the Dice (April 11 and 18, 2016). www.lagunaplayhouse.com
Montage Laguna Beach
"Experience California" Luxury Coastal Picnic Experience: This experience allows guests to indulge in a picnic that showcases the best coastal views and cuisine in Southern California. The day starts with a private helicopter tour of the Southern California coastline, followed by an afternoon picnic atop a cliff catered by renowned Montage Laguna Beach chefs. Guests will end the day with more culinary artistry at Montage Laguna Beach's oceanfront, signature restaurant, Studio, with a private dining experience and a visit from Studio's Executive Chef Craig Strong. The following morning, guests will end their adventure with a Coastal Shores Stone Massage at Spa Montage. Pricing begins at $2,845; available April 1-June 15, 2016.
Spring Getaway - Montage Memories Package: Enjoy one night's accommodations in an oceanfront guest room with access to all resort amenities, plus one $60 breakfast credit at The Loft or In-Room Dining and complimentary valet parking. A complimentary 45-minute photo session captures your stay, with a $50 print credit included and no sitting fee required. For more information and to reserve your stay, click here. Just for Kids! During your stay, children are invited to Paintbox (ages 5-12) & Paintbox Petite (ages 2-5). Activities include cookie decorating, tie dye, egg hunt, petting zoo and more. To view the Paintbox activities calendar click here. For more information and to make a reservation for your child, please call (949) 715-6005.
Family Fun Package: Bring the entire family for the ultimate getaway. They'll take care of breakfast and entertainment for the kids while you relax and enjoy the sweeping panoramas of the Pacific. Includes: One night's accommodations in an oceanfront guest room; one $60 dining credit for breakfast at The Loft or In-Room dining; complimentary half-day Paintbox admission for one youngster ($70 value); and access to all resort amenities. Rate based on availability. Additional restrictions may apply. Valid through Dec. 31, 2016. www.montagehotels.com
Surf & Sand Resort
Spring Escape: Step off the resort property onto the sandy beaches of Laguna Beach. Indulge at Aquaterra Spa with seasonal aroma blend treatments. Savor seafood creations at Splashes restaurant. Cozy up outside around the fire pits at 15FiftyFive. This overnight getaway is the perfect spring break getaway. March rates starting from $460; valid through March 31, 2016. Call (855) 842-8931.
Family Fun Package: One-night stay, $75 resort credit, milk & cookies welcome amenity and s'mores & snores in-room camping for kids. Rates start from $560. Some restrictions and blackout dates apply. Package starting from pricing based on weekday lowest rates. Expires May 31, 2016. Book Now or Call (877) 741-5908.
Stay, Spa & Splashes Package: One-night stay Signature spa treatments for two; gourmet breakfast; three-course dinner for two at Splashes Restaurant. Rates start from $910. Some restrictions and blackout dates apply. Package starting from pricing based on weekday lowest rates. Expires May 31, 2016. Book Now or call (877) 741-5908.
Stay & Board Package: Get adventurous with a Standup Paddle Board Lesson & Tour, or a Private Surf Camp for Two. Fuel up before or replenish afterward with a meal-to-go prepared by the Splashes restaurant culinary team in a keepsake pail. Includes a one-night stay. Rates start from $690. Some restrictions and blackout dates apply. Package starting from pricing based on weekday lowest rates. Expires May 31, 2016. Book Now or call (877) 741-5908.
For additional hotel packages, visit www.surfandsandresort.com/packages.
Laguna Beach House
Love in Laguna, for a couple's getaway to enjoy crashing waves and sunset views: One night stay, chilled champagne, a sweet treat upon arrival and a romance turndown service. Rates are based on availability; blackout dates may apply.
Cruise the Coast: One night stay, daily mid-sized rental car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car to cruise Pacific Coast Highway and explore Laguna Canyon, 20% discount off room rates and complimentary garage parking (a daily savings of $12). Must be booked 48 hours in advance.
Stand Up Paddle: One night stay, stand up paddle experience for two, two paddle board rentals, 30-minute lesson on the beach, and a one-hour guided ocean tour from Fisherman's Cove to Seal Rock to observe dolphins, sea lions and fish along the way. Rates from $499 per night, based on availability. www.thelagunabeachhouse.com
The Ranch at Laguna Beach
Spring Break Getaway: It's time to think about Spring Break! Stay with us during the spring break season of March and April and receive a $50 resort credit (1 or 2 nights) or $100 resort credit for stays lasting 3 or more nights that can be used towards Food & Beverage, Golf, Retail Souvenir, or In-Room Spa Treatment. *Resort credit has no cash value, cannot be transferred to a future reservation or used towards the room rate & tax and cannot be exchanged*. Book now - https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=61912&Chain=16553&promo=SPRBRK16&nck=8665676180