Here we go again. Our last day in Orange County. We are heading south on the Pacific Coast Highway towards Laguna Beach today.
We drive past Crystal Cove State Park with the first really good vista of the ocean laid out in front of us, and I know we are close.
There are so many places we haven’t made it to over the last several days of our visit, but we knew that we could not leave without paying our respects to Laguna Beach.
Laguna Beach is the second oldest city in Orange County, a seaside artist’s community that has evolved in to a mix of tony upscale shops, restaurants, and museums, to guys playing a game of pick up basketball alongside the volley ball players on the beach.
We had lunch at Las Brisas, an incredible restaurant high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific. A place with special memories for me of happy times with special people in my life. We had a bit of a wait, but no matter, we wandered about outside admiring the spectacular view.
After lunch we wandered down to the main street (the PCH that winds through downtown) and peaked in to shops and lanes between buildings.
It was a warm, sunny day, and we stopped by the Hotel Laguna’s Terrace Cafe for a wine spritzer to cool off, rest, and enjoy more of that view that you just can’t get enough of. The Terrace Cafe is ocean side and pretty darn nice to hang out at for a meal or just a drink.
The day in Laguna Beach was a wonderful way to say “until next time”.
Photo Credits: Personal photos 5/2011