Laguna Beach, California Cool

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If the commotion of everyday life has hit an all-time high for you, it’s time to book a digital detox. Halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles, Laguna Beach is a popular Orange County beach town which is best-known for its impressive art scene and cutting-edge California cuisine. Laguna Beach is much more than a destination for sunbathers and surfers.  

Nestled in the majestic Aliso and Wood Canyons, right in the heart of Southern California, resides The Ranch at Laguna Beach resort, which is the perfect locale to unplug and unwind. This property is California’s only National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, making it a stunning backdrop for a quick weekend getaway or a meaningful family vacation (especially since The Ranch at Laguna Beach sits in the canyons which block cell service).

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This newly renovated and distinctly local hotel and spa are situated on an iconic piece of land where canyon and coastline meet. This premier boutique hotel and spa is the perfect blend of the rich artistry that is Laguna Beach and scenic splendor of its surroundings. With a range of activities offered from a 9-hole golf course and picturesque driving range, to live music, campfires and delectable cocktails, what’s not to love?

The resort is set on 87 acres and the 90-plus rooms at The Ranch bring the fresh air and beautiful views inside through the use of natural colors and soft furnishings. As you sit out on your private patio or balcony, perhaps with your favorite drink in hand, you can enjoy the year-round OC sun, stunning canyon, and golf course views, and let the California breeze whistle through your hair.

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Since inevitably the fresh air will make your taste buds water, you’ll want to savor the exceptional flavors and fabulous dishes at the property’s premier restaurant, Harvest. The superb restaurant, bar and private dining room (with an outdoor patio overlooking the splendid canyon and impressive golf course), combines seasonal ingredients (with many grown on the property on the ¼ acre Harvest Garden) with an all-American comfort and California cool menu. The scenic bar, situated in the center of the restaurant, features a full hand-crafted cocktail menu, wonderful wine selection and a plethora of craft beers on tap. Harvest is a spot not to be missed for one – or several – meals during your stay.

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The Ranch offers complimentary rides, through a house Uber account, into and back from the Laguna Beach town. For a truly unique and very special meal, book a reservation at the not-to-be-missed Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink restaurant in downtown Laguna Beach. Three Seventy Common is a very lively spot for New American comfort food with a globally inspired twist, made thoughtfully from locally sourced ingredients.

Owner and Chef Ryan Adams employ a farm-to-fork philosophy with a delectable seasonally changing menu guided by principles of sustainability. Unique mouthwatering small, medium and large dishes are created with family sharing in mind. Pretzel Bites with mustard kick off the memorable meal. Other must-order items include the tantalizing broccolini, the charcuterie board with seasonal jams, mustards and pickles and the award-winning 10 napkin burger, which leaves you thinking about your next reservation back. Barrel-aged cocktails and a domestic-only wine list are the perfect complements to a tantalizing menu.The uber-cool vaulted ceilings, exposed brick fireplace and edgy, modern appeal feel make this spot a favorite among locals and tourists alike.Bottom line, Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink is the perfect gathering place for great food, fun, and camaraderie.

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Unplugging from your mobile phones, tablets and other connected devices in your daily life are a must every now and again… but before you do that, book your getaway as soon as possible. Dinner at Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink and a stay at The Ranch at Laguna Beach are the ideal combinations for your cool California getaway. 

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Whitney Spielfogel is a guru in influencer marketing and public relations with experience working for popular lifestyle brands. Throughout the course of her career, she has also worked for leading media companies including Z100 Radio, ABC TV, Viacom and Condé Nast Publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with Magna Cum Laude Honors from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication...(Read More)

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