Located along a seven-mile stretch of the Pacific Ocean on Orange County's southern coast, Laguna Beach combines the historic, artistic, and chic components of SoCal style. A popular tourist destination since the late 1800s, Laguna Beach developed into an artist colony and seaside retreat for Hollywood by the mid-1900s; many Laguna Beach event venues attest to this. Laguna Beach boasts over 100 art galleries and hosts renowned events like the Festival of Arts, Pageant of the Masters, Sawdust Art Festival and Art-A-Fair each summer. The community is also home to the Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Playhouse, where a once-unknown actor named Harrison Ford first appeared on stage in 1965.
Roughly half way between Los Angeles and San Diego, Laguna Beach is 18 miles from John Wayne Airport Orange County, 37 miles from Long Beach Airport, 55 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, and 72 miles to San Diego International Airport.
And at water's edge are some of the most luxurious resorts in Orange County. The meeting venues of Laguna Beach are comprised of both hotel and non-hotel facilities, virtually all with spectacular views of the ocean or hills. The largest hotel venue, the Montage Laguna Beach, sits on 30 acres in the heart of the community. Known for its striking Craftsman-style architecture and sweeping views, the 248-room resort offers 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including a grand ballroom that can handle a meeting for 800 people. The 167-room Surf & Sand Resort, listed among Travel & Leisure's World's Best Hotels, offers 10,000 square feet of function space and has the ability to host a meeting for up to 250 people. In addition, planners can choose the historic 65-room Hotel Laguna; the Joie De Vivre managed 125-room Pacific Edge Hotel; the Hotel Seven4one, with 12 guest rooms and 2,000 square feet of meeting space, which is available for buy-outs only (no individual room reservations); or the 83-acre Ranch at Laguna Beach, which has 8,000 square feet of indoor function space. Formerly the Aliso Creek Inn, The Ranch has revamped and re-opened its expanded overnight accommodations, now featuring 97 guest rooms, including nine studio rooms, three suites, and 20 cottages.
Laguna Beach non-hotel meeting facilities, often also used for special events, include Seven-Degrees, with 25,000 square feet of function space; Tivoli Too!, with 6,500 square feet; Laguna Art Museum, with 5,000 square feet; and Tivoli Terrace, with 4,000 square feet of function space. A popular choice for special events seeking a distinctive VIP experience is renting one or all five of the distinctive beachfront bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel.
A paradise for foodies with a penchant for a sweeping ocean view with their gourmet cuisine, Laguna Beach is replete with memorable places to dine. C'est La Vie, Laguna's only California French restaurant, is located downtown overlooking Main Beach. Locals love it for Wednesday's lobster special and live music on Saturday. Another popular place is the rooftop bar at Nirvana Grille, which serves a seasonal menu drawing on local and organic ingredients. Other options include Selanne Steak Tavern, a casual yet upscale traditional steakhouse; Three Seventy Common, known for its award-winning modern take on comfort cuisine; and Mozambique, which expanded in 2014 to add a third level for rooftop dining famous for its amazing ocean views.
The tree-lined streets of Downtown Village are framed by quaint shops, sidewalk cafes, pubs, and espresso bars; many located in buildings dating to the early 20th century. The community's 20 coves and beaches, all with public access, offer ample space for a planner to incorporate activities ranging from an art workshop on the beach or beach volleyball, to stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and tide pooling.