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November 4, 2015

Spiced Apple Cider

Finally, we are feeling a break from the heat and it has seemingly switched to autumn overnight.   Laguna is known for our fabulous weather, but as a resident its nice to have bit of a season change every once in awhile.  Though I dread the shopping and holiday prepping, I do fancy the food and drinks this time of year.  In fact its one of my favorite culinary seasons!   When we get those handful of chilly days a year here in Laguna, there's nothing like warm, holiday-inspired spiced apple cider. Add a little rum and it’s great for a chilly night too.

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October 22, 2015


Port-Poached-Pears. Try saying that three times fast. OK, it’s not that hard to say, but it’s even easier to make. The pear season is upon us and this is a really versatile recipe that can be used as part of a salad with toasted walnuts, as a side for a roasted pork dish, or even served slightly warm with ice cream as a dessert. Feel free to change up the port for any other wine you prefer, but if you use a very dry wine, make sure you bump up the sugar a bit.


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October 16, 2015

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Fall is without a doubt our favorite time of year. There is really nothing better than the crisp air, a beer in hand and the rich nostalgic Fall foods from our childhoods.

A Fall staple for kids (of all ages) is Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. This simple yet ultimately comforting invention doubles as a snack or meal that is also a perfect Fall comfort food for those nights or weekends you choose to hibernate. As always, the ingredients are really key.

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October 2, 2015

Apple Brown Sugar Muffins

Our Pastry Chef MC is a culinary, creative genius. If you haven’t tried her Parmesan Chorizo Rolls or Peanut Butter and Jelly Squares you are missing out! But really… One of our favorite fall time treats is her Apple Brown Sugar Muffin. What could be better than butter and brown sugar? I mean, we’d eat that by itself if it were acceptable!

This bold breakfast or dessert will make your day just a little more exciting, find her full recipe below.

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October 1, 2015

Random Acts of Kindness

Our canyon is an unusually spectacular place. From the moment you turn off PCH, wind your way to the property and step out onto the Patio, it’s evident that this place is special.  It’s unlike anywhere you’ve been before but at the same time feels like home.

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September 28, 2015

It’s about a Place

It might be the “Fish-on-a-Line” bar lamps, the worn brass rail or maybe the antlers – more than likely it’s just that you know this “Place”.  Many of you from Laguna Beach know this Place.  For decades the bar at Ben Browns was a storied destination – many a secret were created here.  Don’t fret, we keep those secrets locked tight, awaiting with anticipation the creation of new ones to protect.

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September 16, 2015

Cam's Strawberry Jam

With the end of summer upon us we normally start thinking about fall dishes. However with the current heat and humidity here in Laguna, that last thing on my mind is roasted turkey and pumpkin soup. And while we will miss the summer when it’s gone for the year, here is a way to take a little summer the into fall months. This simple recipe is for strawberry jam, but any berry you like will work just as well. It you are comfortable with canning it in your own it jars go for it. If not, it will freeze just fine too. Just make sure you thaw it early enough when you want to use it.

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September 10, 2015

The wait is almost over!

Our team is working around the clock to complete the transformation of this iconic property, and from what we’ve seen so far, we are creating The Coolest Hotel in Laguna Beach

We thought it was time to peel back the curtain and give our supporters an exclusive sneak peek.  We are excited to announce a “Pre-Opening Preview” period for a chance be the first to experience the resort.  A select number of preview rooms are available now starting at a preview rate of $249 per night. 

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August 21, 2015

Margarita Madness by Chef Woods

Summer is coming to a close for everyone else. Luckily in Laguna we are blessed with summer weather year round and less traffic. We’ll cheers to that!

My team and I have crafted the perfect, simple, Agave and Lime Margarita to finish this summer strong.  Agave or aguamiel, known as “honey water,” is a succulent plant native to Southern Mexico that the Aztecs prized as a gift from the gods.

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August 17, 2015

Laguna Beach Family Day by Trolley

Exploring the beaches, tidepools, restaurants and attractions of Laguna Beach is easy with the free, open-air, summer trolley that runs seven days a week from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm until the end of August (and on weekends through the rest of the year).

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