Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Laguna Beach

J&L Repair is finally able to get started on the repair work. We left Big Bear on Tuesday, making a stop at the shop to go over what work is being done. We had to pick out new tile and carpeting We are also having some other things done on our dime while we have the coach in the shop, including having tile backsplashes in the kitchen area and over the bathroom sink. We headed to Laguna. Laguna Beach is a beautiful town and a well known art colony.

There are many art galleries all along Pacific Coast Hwy and several other streets, as well as many other shops. Summers are a busy tourist time, but there are always a number of people walking around the streets and on the beaches Each summer the Pageant of the Masters is held. This event shows recreations of artwork with people posing in a set that looks like the original art. Also held during the summer are festivals such as the Sawdust Art Festival, Festival of Arts, and Art-A-Fair. The Sawdust Art Festival began in 1965. There is also a winter Sawdust Festival which starts on Friday and goes for several weekends. Agreat place for Christmas shopping. There are also a number of great restaurants here. We are staying at the Tides Inn. It has been around for years but looks like it might have been recently upgraded. Each room is different and they are nicely decorated.It is pet friendly as are a number of the hotels in the area. hey have a nice saltwater pool and an outdoor fireplace with lots of comfortable seating.  It is within walking distance of Heisler Park, which I think is one of the most beautiful city parks around. Paths run parallel to the ocean with several walkways down to the beach. The park itself has many art pieces which are fitting for this town.

     One day we took an early walk down to one of the beach coves and let Savannah off her lease as no one was around. She had a ball She is a real beach girl. During the summer, dogs are only allow on the beaches in early morning and late afternoon and evening. However, off season they are welcome any time There are a lot of dogs being walked through the park and on the beaches by locals and tourists alike.

We love having this park close enough to walk to everyday. 

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