Essence of Laguna: Art Exhibit at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

In partnership with artists of the Laguna Beach Sawdust Art Festival, the oceanfront resort debuts a new art exhibit. Edited by Whitney Lauren Han. (June 13, 2019 edit: This exhibit is no longer up for show at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel) With Laguna Beach being home to many art galleries and local artists, it’s no […]

Trend-Proof: The Stronghold on Abbot Kinney Boulevard

By Joseph LeMoyne The Stronghold, whose mascot Stronghold Steve once appeared on its labels and buttons, has a rich heritage. Founded in 1895, and reportedly Los Angeles’ oldest fashion label, the brand of work clothes was endorsed in 1916 by Charlie Chaplin, who later wore the company’s products in the film Modern Times. Henry Fonda […]

San Diego in Bloom

The county’s blossoming flora in springtime packs some serious flower power. By Sarah Daoust. Spring has indeed sprung in America’s Finest City—where our parks and gardens come alive with some of the most stunning and diverse foliage in the U.S. We rounded up our favorite spots to stop and smell a rose … and thousands […]

San Diego as an Urban Winery Oasis

Go wine tasting without leaving town at these stylish wineries and tasting rooms. By Sarah Daoust. When it comes to imbibing, San Diego is all about its craft beer and cocktails. However, the region is also prime wine territory. With Temecula wine country to the north and Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe wine region to the […]

O.C. Dining: New Restaurant CdM Set to Open in March 2019

Anticipated to open this March in Corona del Mar is new elevated American dining concept, CdM. Edited by Whitney Lauren Han from original press release by The ACE Agency. Update (3/6/19): Official opening is Saturday, March 9. Hollywood producer McG and restaurateur Jordan Otterbein—River Jetty Restaurant Group partners known for acclaimed A Restaurant and A […]

The Best Holes on Orange County’s Best Golf Courses

By Brian Robin. You figure these holes are great when you see them. You confirm they are great when you play them—though you may not always be able to say exactly why they’re great. Aesthetics and natural beauty are factors—but golf courses from Newport Beach to Nantucket feature beautiful holes that aren’t great holes. And […]

Orange County’s Coolest Coastal Hikes

The county’s best trails are in or near Laguna Beach. Most come with ocean breezes. By Joseph Elliott. There are great nature walks along the coast. Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve come to mind. Elevation gain: near zero. Difficulty: Easiest. You could spend all day slogging up Santiago Peak, aka […]

Now Playing: Theatre Box in the Gaslamp

Theatre Box adds some Hollywood movie magic—and a sugar rush—to the Gaslamp. By Sarah Daoust. A prime piece of Gaslamp Quarter real estate is buzzing once again. Shuttered in early 2016, the landmark movie theater long known locally as the Pacific Gaslamp 15 (and then Reading Cinemas) has reopened as Theatre Box—a stunning, 73,000-square-foot entertainment […]

Vistal Marries Idyllic Waterfront Dining With Culinary Excellence

By Cole Casey. What might happen if one took the world’s first international luxury hotel brand (and the largest of its kind), and combined it with a historical location on the downtown San Diego waterfront? Then, one combined tastes from all places coastal, from the Mediterranean to Baja to the Pacific Islands? And then, these […]

Culture and Cuisine Converge in San José del Cabo

A “Cabo getaway” is often synonymous with “party time,” in which case one is likely referring to a trip to Cabo San Lucas. The bustling resort city plunked on Baja’s southern tip—where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez collide—is a playground for those seeking sun, outdoor fun and scintillating nightlife. Yet, a Cabo getaway […]