Laguna Beach - Where the beauties live

Trip Start Sep 14, 2007
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Trip End Sep 23, 2007


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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

It was nice to drive out of the mountains and see the ocean again.  I don't know why or how, but any time I see the ocean my spirit lifts and my heart makes a little jump.  Highway 1 would take us through Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and land us in Laguna Beach.  A fitting name to describe the route would be "Don't touch anything, because you can't afford to pay for it".  Why even tease myself with this area?  Cause it's sooooooooo pretty!

We enjoyed our drive and had planned carefully not to hit any L.A. traffic peaks and let me tell you: Someone seriously messed up!  Once we entered L.A. around 02:00 p.m. we quickly had to give up the idea of staying on Highway 1. Too many traffic lights.  To get to Laguna Beach it probably would have taken us 4 hours and I'm not kidding.  At least we were smart enough to get some AAA maps before our trip. 

The interstate wasn't much better though, stop-and-go, bumper-to-bumper traffic all the way.  I don't know how people manage to live in L.A. and not go crazy?  I thought D.C. traffic was bad, but L.A. takes the cake on that one.  We did have one advantage and that was the HOV lane (high occupancy vehicle) or car pool lane.  We had two passengers in our car and were allowed to bypass all the slow traffic in this lane.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Otherwise road rage probably would have taken over the wheel.

Eventually we did get to Laguna Beach and checked into our place for the night: The Best Western Laguna Reef Inn.  The hotel is very cute and cozy, no big style hotel.  There's no elevator, so you'll have to haul your luggage two flights of  stairs up to your room.  Once you get to your room, you'll be reimbursed for the effort with a beautiful ocean view.  Target located. 

The room was nice and spacious, except for the fact that our toilet didn't work, which was not so great.  Too bad we found out late at night.  I honestly think that this was a mistake not laziness or negligence on the hotels part and should not stop anyone from staying there. 

In order to get to the beach, you have to cross through the Montage Resort, which is absolutely gorgeous.  The waterfront part of the property seems to be a public park.  You'll see people walking their dogs, family picnics and so on. 

Laguna Beach is a little piece of paradise.  It has everything you could possibly ask for: Gorgeous water, waves crashing in, palms trees growing higher than the houses and a shoreline that keeps your eyes tracing the curvy cliffs for miles and miles until they fade away on the horizon.  The scenery reminded me of pictures of Hawaii.  What do you think?














There are a few different lookout points on the Montage property, all very neatly kept with flower boxes, pavillions and benches.  One set of stairs leads down to the beach where you'll discover a natural bridge.  This place is truly paradise.












After gaping at the scenery for a while we had to let go and made our way back into the town center.  We decided to have a drink at Las Brisas.  Unfortunately this article won't let me create the hyperlink for this restaurant/bar.  Please paste this link into another browser window:

                                           http://www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com/

The location was perfect, right on the ocean.  You can hear the waves crashing in, while looking at the mountains glitterling with the lights from peoples homes.  I feel that bars often are very pushy with their food and just having a drink only gets you a free round of rolling eyes.  Not so here.  We got a prime spot on the terrace and they even had a little "snack" menu.  We ordered Guacamole, Chips and Salsa, wine and beer and lived happily ever after.  

The next morning we went for another walk on the beach and shot our little video that you can find in the photogallery.  I was a little heartbroken that we already had to leave this place,
                                                       I think I fell in love...

Well, every vacation comes to an end and ours is going to end in San Diego, so we need to get going...
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