Tuesday, July 26, 2011

August Happenings at the Laguna Beach HIP District

August brings more exciting events to the HIP District’s many art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, bars, hotels and shops

Spanning seven blocks of Pacific Coast Highway between Anita Street and Blue Bird Canyon, Laguna Beach’s HIP District has it all, from bars and restaurants to accommodation and a variety of retail shops.
Many of our art Galleries will be participating in the First Thursday’s Art Walk on August 5th, from 6 to 9PM. The Studio Arts Gallery at the Old Pottery Place will be having three special events on the night. The first is the reception and premiere for artist Suzi Chauvel, a multi-media collection called Chasing the Horizon. The second event is for artists Susan Thacker, the reception and premiere for her collection of paintings, Over and Above. On the patio while you browse the gallery, the sounds of professional violinist Paul McIntire will be heard and Gabriella Ferrin’s multi-ethnic designs will be on display.

The Cove Gallery near Calliope Street will be presenting two guest artists this August. Browse local artist Lucy Arnold’s hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces in sterling silver, gold, bronze, copper and natural gemstones. Janet Mackaig takes images from memory and creates works of art with a “visual haiku attitude.” Both of these artists’ unique work shouldn’t be missed.

The Laguna Coffee Company’s artisanally created coffee is the tastiest coffee around—and they’ve got proof. One of the shop’s regulars entered their Estate Costa Rican coffee into the Sierra Club’s recent coffee challenge. The eight participants brought their favorite roast from their local shops on the trip to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, and Laguna Coffee’s was the top pick. So come on by and pick up a pound of the Estate Costa Rican coffee for only $10 during the month of August and help them celebrate!

Feeling stressed or perhaps sore from all your summer activities? Stop by the Laguna Sports Massage & Skin Spa in August and treat yourself to two relaxing massages for only $169, or a facial and massage for the same price. On your way out, pick a gift out for yourself or a friend at the Jewelry Den, where there’s 20% off the entire store during the month of August. 3

Between 2 and 4PM each Saturday during the month, return to the Old Pottery Place for a free summer concert series. On August 7th and 14th, listen to the artistic expressions of professional violinist Paul McIntire. The third Saturday brings the incredible lyrics and voice of Sasha Evans, followed on the 28th with the brilliant and popular Jason Feddy on the acoustic guitar.

A trip to Laguna Beach this weekend will not be complete without a tour through the HIP District, where both locals and tourists find the best shopping, dining, art and accommodations in town.
The HIP District stretches between Anita Street and Blue Bird Canyon on Pacific Coast Highway. For more information on the stores listed above, please contact:

+ Studio Arts Gallery: (949) 376-1619 • studioartslaguna.com
+ The Cove Gallery: (949) 494-1878 • covegallerylaguna.com
+ Laguna Coffee Company: (949) 494-6901 • lagunacoffeeco.com
+ Laguna Sports Massage and Skin Spa: (949) 464-2000 • lagunasportsmassage.com

For HIP District press enquiries, please contact Jennifer Myers via phone on 949.463.8134 or via email at jennifer@eitherormedia.com.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Beachfront vibe. Upscale luxury. Pure Laguna Beach.  

Imagine kicking back in your own personal beachfront oasis. The Surf Cabanas here at Pacific Edge will take your day at the beach to another level!

Whatever your perfect beach experience is, the Surf Cabana will probably have it. Pacific Edge has an ideal beachfront setting with Beach Sherpas and Cabana Girls to attend to your every need: lounge chairs, towels and umbrellas, cocktail orders or delicious eats from The Deck Restaurant!

If you feel like turning up the energy, we have that covered as well, Pacific Edge offers a VIP Cabana Host to assist you in planning a fun-filled day from spray-tanning to massages to a fun filled cocktail party all in the comfort of your beachside, air-conditioned cabana!

The Deck, a new dining experience at Pacific Edge, is where it is at! The ultimate beachfront dining experience, The Deck is located steps from the sand with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean offering classic beach fare and a breathtaking setting. The Deck is open from 11:00am - 10:00pm daily.

Guests can reserve a Surf Cabana for up to 8 guests from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily by calling 714-965-4447 for rates and availability.

Sawdust Art Festival

WHERE: Sawdust Art Festival
ADDRESS: 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651
WHEN: June 24, 2011 - August 28, 2011
WEBSITE: www.sawdustartfestival.org
PHONE: 949-494-3030

The Sawdust will feature the fine art and craft of over 200 Laguna Beach artists and is sure to be the highlight of your summer adventures. Join our email list to receive Sawdust updates and special offers.

Art enthusiasts, collectors, and novice artists have come to the Sawdust since our beginning in 1966 for our mix of fine art and craft. Media include hand-blown and fused glass, painting, jewelry, surf art, ceramics, clothing and textiles, wood and metal sculpture, scrimshaw, photography, and so much more.

Our artists are eager to share their creative process with you so please feel free to ask our exhibitors questions, take an art workshop, and enjoy our live art demonstrations.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari

WHERE: Dana Point Harbor
ADDRESS: 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
WHEN: May 28, 2011 - May 29, 2011
WEBSITE: www.lagunabeach.com/dolphinsafari
PHONE: 949-488-2828
ADMISSION: $55 per adult / $35 per child ages 3-12

Come sail with Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari's on our hi-tech sailing catamarans year round, with its exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater viewing POD™. Daily trips to see dolphins, up to 5,000 strong, leap and play right off our bow, migrating Gray whales December through April and Blue Whales May through November. See them below, too, with our underwater video camera, hear them on our hydrophone. Celebrity and Certified naturalists make this exciting excursion educational and entertaining, too. Homemade triple-fudge brownies make this a one-of-a-kind adventure unforgettable. You can see a live feed from our boat, the first and only place in the world where you can view Whales and Dolphins Live right from your computer during our daily Dolphin & Whale Watching excursions at whalewatchingtv.com!

Captain Dave's Dolphin Safari offers you the opportunity to get close to and view the exquisite California dolphins and California whales, as well as California Sea Lions and other beautiful sea creatures. Southern California whale watching can be one of the most peaceful and exciting adventures of your lifetime. We leave from our ocean view 'Dolphin Deck', one of the prettiest spots in Dana Point Harbor and take you on a 2 1/2 to 3 hour ocean adventure. Dana Point harbor is just 12 minutes from downtown Laguna Beach. Captain Dave Anderson is an Award winning filmmaker and experienced Marine naturalist who has been leading dolphin trips and whale watching from Dana Point since 1995. He has also created and produced the award winning documentary "Wild Dolphins and the Whales of Southern California ". Call Captain Dave's to book your dolphin and whale safari and enjoy your awesome once-in-a- lifetime experience!

Private charters are also available for larger groups and can include our regular dolphin and whale watching excursions, as well as traditional and sunset sails, team building activities and massage/martini relaxation sails. Please call for details.