Laguna Beach, where there are no lagoons (see history of city’s name below)
A few weekends ago my lovely friends, Andrew and Sara (newlyweds – woohoo!), invited me to join them on a day trip to Laguna Beach, CA. It’s a good drive from the Los Angeles area, especially since we live in the north eastern parts, but on a Sunday morning it’s a nice and easy drive.
We arrived in downtown Laguna about 12:30pm, and after several squeals from Sara and I at cute cafes to eat lunch, Andrew found a good parking spot on the street and we made our way to The Cottage Restaurant. The Cottage is in a historical landmark home built in 1917, and has served as a restaurant for 47 years. It offers home-style cooking and a lovely outdoor dining patio. We all ordered various sandwiches, and, of course, mimosas to drink! What’s a Sunday brunch without mimosas?! We opted for the bottle of champagne and bottle of orange juice, instead of everyone getting a single glass, as we were told it’s cheaper that way. Well it ended up being a bit more Mimosa mixins’ than we would’ve had normally, but it sure made the beach fun! lol 🙂
Laguna was established in 1887 as Lagonas, and renamed Laguna Beach in 1904. During it’s early years the town struggled economically, until deciding to rent sections of their beaches to the inland communities wanting to escape the summer heat; thus beginning the tourism that is still prominent in Laguna. Today, Laguna is one of the wealthiest communities in the U.S. and also known for being an artsy town. During the 1920s, Laguna was attracting artists from nearby LA, which laid the foundation for Laguna’s thriving art community.
Fun Fact: “The region was originally known to the Spanish as “La Cañada de Las Lagunas” which means “The Canyon of the Small Lakes”, in reference to two lakes found near the head of Laguna Canyon. However, in confusion with the word “Lagoon”, Laguna Beach was nearly misnamed “Lagoona” by the State of California.”
Hope you enjoyed my little trip to Orange County! Adieu, until my next adventure!