Let’s go to Laguna Beach

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I have coffee every few weeks with some girlfriends…we used to call it Therapy Thursdays, but now it occurs any day of the week.  Anyway, this past Friday Mimi gave us some restaurant suggestions in Laguna Beach.  In the three years I’ve lived down in Newport I think I’ve been to Laguna maybe two or three times….and it’s literally a 10 mile drive down a beautiful stretch of Pacific Coast Hwy.  Laguna Beach is sometimes compared to the French Riviera, with it’s beautiful coastline and cliffs, but it’s also known as an artist’s village, with multiple art galleries, as well as the annual Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts….you should go at least once.  I knew it was going to be a gorgeous Southern California weekend, so why not try out one her restaurant recommendations right away!

One of her suggestions was a place called The Deck, literally a deck overlooking the ocean and sand.  I texted a few friends and threw out the invitation at rowing practice on Saturday morning.  It was a beautiful morning on the water…like glass…so the afternoon would be equally as stunning.  We were meeting at 4:30, but I decided to go down around 2 to do some shopping and just walk around.  Here’s my day in pictures….

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 Went to this cute little place called Cottage Furnishings to pick up some beachy knick-knacks for my impending move back to my home

laguna beach trolley

I parked back in one of the neighborhoods, so took the free
shuttle into town to walk around.

laguna beach..forest

 Looking up Forest Avenue..one of the main streets with many
dining, shopping and art gallery options

IMAG3871Main beach was crowded….the happening place to be!
…then headed back to the restaurant to meet everyone

IMAG3875There was an hour wait for a table, but this cozy lounge
made the wait-time a pleasure…what a view..and just more time to socialize

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this is the fireplace in the cozy lounge

IMAG3877First round!

IMAG3886Second & subsequent rounds….lots of water in cute green mason jars

IMAG3893Can’t beat this view…that’s Catalina in the distance

IMAG3888Yummy menu options

IMAG3872secret alleys that lead to the beach

Here are some pics of the quaint houses as I walked back to my car.

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Just another beautiful day in Southern California…so grateful & lucky to live here!
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 You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails! 

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