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The Greeter
Posted on 2015-08-10

The Greeter


When you’re driving into Laguna Beach on Pacific Coast Highway, you’ll notice a statue of a man where Park Ave. and Forest Ave. intersect Pacific Coast Highway. This is the statue of “The Greeter” as locals call him. Eiler Larsen was born March 27, 1890 in Denmark. His father worked as manager of the city’s poorhouse, which isn’t without irony as you’re about to read...Continue

Bluebird Park Laguna Beach
Posted on 2015-08-05

Bluebird Park Laguna Beach


If you’re visiting Laguna Beach for a few days with children, and you’re looking for something to do other than the beach, we recommend taking a trip with the family to Bluebird Park. Most of the local children call it “Rocketship Park” because of the the 40 foot tall structure that greets you as you enter the park. Here’s what else you can expect. It’s an immense fenced-in park, meaning that your children can’t run off into a dangerous street with cars driving by. At the center of the park, there are shaded picnic tables that view almost every part of the park from a central location...Continue

Second Smallest Catholic Church in the World
Posted on 2015-07-28

Second Smallest Catholic Church in the World


Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the second smallest Catholic Church in the world, St. Francis by the Sea was built in 1933 from the rubble of the March 10th Long Beach earthquake. This was a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that killed 120 people and resulted in $50 million worth of damage. It lead to the Field Act that mandated earthquake resistant construction. This 1,053 square foot church has only 42 seats and still features the stained glass and Spanish tile from its original construction...Continue

Laguna Canyon Winery
Posted on 2015-07-22

Laguna Canyon Winery


One of the many enjoyable ways to spend your Laguna Beach vacation is wine tasting. The Laguna Canyon Winery is a family-owned winery known for its award-winning wines. They select premium grapes from small, low-yield vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Valleys, ensuring taste, quality and flavor achieved only by producers who personally tend their vines and handpick their fruit. You’ll find that wearing comfortable and casually elegant clothing sets the tone for a sophisticated outing and is a sign of respect for the winery...Continue

Let’s Go Fly a Kite
Posted on 2015-07-19

Let’s Go Fly a Kite


When you’re standing at the edge of the ocean in Laguna Beach, you’ll notice that we have a surplus of sand, sun, and water. One of the other things we have is a steady ocean breeze. This breeze is great for two things, keeping you from getting too hot in the sun, and flying kites. If you’ve had enough nap time in you beach chair, and you’re looking for something to do, flying a kite can be just the thing. If you’re with small children, a very simple and cheep kite bought from a toy store can be just the thing...Continue