With its picturesque shoreline, cultural aesthetics and charming ambience, Laguna Beach is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Begin the day together with yoga on the beach, then enjoy one of the town's cafes or bistros. Take a walking tour to view Public Art throughout town, then visit the array of art galleries. For art that captures California's beauty, Laguna Art Museum exhibits more than 3,500 works dating from the early 19th century to the present.
Panoramic vistas provide the perfect backdrop for a proposal, wedding, commitment ceremony or marriage vow renewal. Event planners, many of whom work with the local hotels, will assist you in creating the perfect day. Laguna has more than 10 distinct wedding and special event venues to choose from.
Heighten your romantic experience by sampling a variety of boutique wines at Laguna Wine, Coffee & Specialty Foods or Laguna Canyon Winery. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a table for two at one of the town's many fine restaurants or bistros. Then browse the shops that line the quaint, tree-lined streets. Stop by one of the chocolatiers for chocolate-dipped strawberries for the perfect dessert.
Laguna is known for its renowned jewelry designers as well as some of the world's finest watches and accessories. Pick up an exquisite piece for each other at one of the jewelry stores in town, such as Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers, Gem Mountain Studios or Ken's Jewelry Store.
For the ultimate in relaxation, make reservations at one of Laguna's full-service day spas. Packages designed just for couples include luxuriating treatments, such as side-by-side body massages, therapeutic facials and aromatic bubble baths for two.
As the sun begins to set, choose from a variety of live entertainment venues. The historic Laguna Playhouse, founded in 1920, stages year-round performances. First Thursday's Art Walk is a perfect trio of an evening stroll, viewing art, and sampling drinks and hors d'oeuvres served by participating galleries with free trolley service. Concerts presented by Laguna Beach Live! include a series of evening performances of chamber music held the second Thursday of each month at Laguna Art Museum, and a variety of music festivals and outdoor jazz concerts throughout the year. The Laguna Dance Festival presents professionally staged dance in a variety of genres during a weeklong festival in April and October.
In the fall, attend a winemaker's dinner at Laguna Canyon Winery. Conclude your evening with a romantic picnic on the beach to catch a sunset. Sapphire Pantry prepares gourmet gift baskets featuring artisanal cheeses and chocolates. Then join in a drum circle on the sand under the moonlight at Aliso County Beach.
For overnight accommodations, luxuriate in an in-room Jacuzzi at one of the many upscale resorts, nestle near the fireplace at a cozy bed & breakfast, or sip champagne on the balcony at a quaint seaside cottage gazing at the stars.