What's New in Laguna Beach

Hotel Happenings

Just north on Pacific Coast Highway, atop Main Beach, visitors to the seaside Inn at Laguna Beach will find a recently renovated boutique property highlighted by spectacular views, a new pool, luxurious guest rooms and sustainable key cards.

Montage Laguna Beach, with its unparalleled location atop the Pacific Ocean, has created even more enticing accommodations. They renovated all guest rooms, suites and corridors in phases, with improvements completed in 2013. 

Indulge in the ultimate beachfront experience at Pacific Edge Hotel's newly renovated Bungalows. These five beachfront Bungalows are available for indoor/outdoor, day-use and offer stunning interior décor, a comfortable living room, a VIP Bungalow Host, a private bathroom with a shower, a bar area, and more. The Bungalows have been designed by Billabong, Fox Head, Inc., The Sleepy Hollow Group, Hobie and Tuvalu, and gorjana & griffin. 

Other recent renovations that have taken place include Capri Laguna's guest rooms, parking lots and decks. They have also added a beach attendant to assist guests with chairs, umbrellas and other requests; Hotel Laguna's guest rooms and on-site restaurant, OceanView Bar & Grill; Surf & Sand Resort also completed a $3 million property refresh, which encompassed their guest rooms and suites, a new pool deck, Aquaterra Spa and Splashes Restaurant; Seaside Laguna Inn & Suites has also completed property wide renovations. The Ranch at Laguna Beach (formerly Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course), is expected to re-open in late 2014. Set in secluded Laguna Canyon and just a short walk to a fabulous beach, it returns to its rustic roots with a nostalgic classic, beachy cottage feel, where "unpretentious luxury meets coastal ranch chic." On the 83-acre property, the original 64 guest rooms have been expanded to 97, including 64 spacious hotel rooms, nine studios, three suites and 20 "cottages" that feature 1,125 sq. ft. in an upstairs/downstairs layout. The property will erect an indoor/outdoor spa, and 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center near the pool; a hotel lobby embedded in the restaurant (HARVEST); and an enlarged banquet room extending onto a 3,000 sq. ft. deck.  

New Culinary Adventures Have Arrived!

Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach, formerly The Beach House Restaurant, opened in June 2014, and features a classic California Coastal vibe that will reflect the breathtaking oceanfront views, and a menu with the freshest and finest seafood, steaks and hand-shucked oysters. Just behind the dining room, is the new Stateroom Bar, showcasing artisan cocktails with an emphasis on Bourbons and Whiskeys artfully and creatively blended into tasty concoctions with a play on classic cocktails.

Mozambique Steakhouse recently opened The Veranda, a rooftop dining space that is open for lunch, cocktails and dinner daily, from 11am-sundown. Happy Hour drinks are served on the Veranda from Monday-Friday 2pm-4pm. 

Selanne Steak Tavern on South Coast Hwy., is a casual, yet upscale traditional steakhouse, owned by a group that includes Anaheim Ducks' player and future NHL Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne. It serves traditional American food in a neighborhood tavern-style setting. They offer a wide range of beers, an extensive wine and cocktail list, and chef-driven comfort food, including great steaks, burgers and small plates.

Señor Fish now has a location in Laguna Beach, located off Boat Canyon. This restaurant was the originator of the Mexican fish taco sensation that occurred in the early 1990s and is the place to go for Baja-style seafood and tacos made from scratch.

Slapfish, across from Main Beach, brings you real American seafood, redefined with simple flavors and a healthy slap of fresh. Slapfish offers a new perspective on "boat to plate" dining by serving the freshest fish and shellfish sourced from well-managed, responsible suppliers of sustainable seafood.

Opened in early June 2014, Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach features farm-fresh ingredients and organic products when available, free of lard and processed additives. The menu offerings - a mixture of small plates and larger entrees - include original items exclusive to the new Laguna Beach location, as well as many of Chef Cathy Shyne's signature dishes, including spicy and tropical vegan Hibiscus Flower Enchiladas made with hibiscus flowers, roasted tomato chipotle sauce, jicama, carrots and onion. Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach offers handcrafted margaritas, cocktails and tequila flights, all using 100% blue agave; there are more than 100 agave tequilas to choose from.

COMING SOON!!! Urth Caffe, known for its organic specialty coffees and fine teas, plans to open their first Orange County location in late 2014, moving into the space occupied for nearly 50 years by The Cottage Restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in North Laguna Beach. The structure was built in 1917 as a house, becoming a restaurant in 1938. The owners will maintain the house's original integrity and charm, while opening up an enclosed side room for outdoor dining. Health conscious meals include breakfast items, soups, organic salads, sandwiches and freshly made desserts. Low fat and vegan selections, http://www.urthcaffe.com/.

One-of-a-Kind Shopping

Laguna Wine, Coffee, & Specialty Foods shares a space with the Official Laguna Beach Visitors Center at 381 Forest Avenue and offers a varied selection of domestic and international wines and beers in an enjoyable setting. Specialty foods include oils, vinegars, teas, pastas, sauces & marinades, and gourmet spices. Grab a snack from the deli counter or try their chocolates, cookies and crackers paired with one of their coffees made from Verve roasted coffee beans, prepared by a state-of-the-art Marzocco espresso machine. They also carry all-natural, certified organic and gluten-free products. Located in South Laguna's HIP District, Adrift features styles that reflect the easygoing yet trendsetting So-Cal lifestyle. Classic and chic-neutral, and timeless-dress it up or down apparel is great paired with their purses, jewelry and accessories. Naked Dog Bistro is the place for happy healthy dogs in Orange County. Check out their gluten-free dog food & treats and all the unique products in their boutique. Buy Hand in South Laguna features one-of-a-kind treasures and gifts crafted by hand - all with a story. The shop is filled with locally made clothing, silk beachwear, art, home & pet goods, jewelry, accessories, toys, candles, greeting cards, recycled items and more. The Shop on South Coast Highway was created to bring back the essence of the beach lifestyle, catering to the free-spirited fashionable beach girl. A great find for home and fashion, it captures the feeling of summer all year round.

Check out the 2014 Official Laguna Beach Visitors Guide and start planning your trip Today!

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