Day Trip: Laguna Beach California

September 11, 2018 Hilary

Day Trip: Laguna Beach California

Though summer isn’t officially over for twelve more days my kids went back to school weeks ago, and Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial official end of summer here in the States has come and gone. Still, autumn isn’t here just yet, and I’m holding on tight to the last days of what turned out to be a wonderful summer full of carefree and fun filled days. With this in mind and wanting one last hurrah I decided a family day trip was in order.

Laguna Arts District Laguna Beach California

Artist: Okuda

Laguna Beach, just one hour or so south of Los Angeles, has gorgeous beaches with warm glittering blue water, fun restaurants with delicious food, and street art, so basically all the makings of a perfect day trip!

The Laguna Arts District

A day at the beach was my main objective, really it was, but we needed to eat, so why not in the Laguna Arts District? This way we could grab a bite to eat, tour some murals, and then be on our merry way.

The Hive Laguna Beach California

The Hive Laguna Beach

The Hive a newly refurbished complex in the Arts District, offered a number of dining choices along with multiple art markets, boutiques and galleries.

Laguna Beach Beer Company

The Laguna Beach Beer Company is a seat yourself casual dining restaurant. All the food was excellent and the boys devoured their pizzas, but our favorite item was this brie with peaches and honey. In fact we loved it so much we’ve recreated it a few times since and its been a big hit! See below for my version of the recipe.

Laguna Beer Co Laguna Beach California #lagunabeach

Laguna Beer Co.

The Summer of Color

The Summer of Color was created by Laguna Creative Ventures to celebrate the art, music and food in the Laguna Arts District. Artists from around the world were brought in to enhance the area and I’d say they’ve done a fabulous job.

Artist: Okuda – The Palace of Dreams

This mural was so big it covered the entire front and side of the building, which houses the Art-A-Fair. The artist, Okuda titled the piece The Palace of Dreams. Don’t forget to go around the side of the building to see the rest of the mural, it’s immense.

Laguna Arts District Laguna Beach California #okuda

Artist: Okuda

Artist: Brett Crawford

Laguna Arts District Laguna Beach California #brettcrawford

Artist: Brett Crawford

Artist: Beau Stanton

Laguna Arts District Laguna Beach California #beaustanton

Artist: Beau Stanton

Artist: James Thistlethwaite

This incredibly detailed mural is actually hand drawn with charcoal!

Laguna Arts District Laguna Beach California #jamesthistlewaite

Artist: James Thistlethwaite

Artist: Faith47

Laguna Arts District Laguna Beach California #faith47

Artist: Faith 47

Victoria Beach

Once we’d had our fill of food and art we set off for the beach. There are many beautiful beaches in Laguna, but Victoria Beach with its Rapunzel like tower was our destination.

Pirates Tower Laguna Beach California

Built in 1926 the 60 foot tall Pirate Tower, as it’s known by locals, is actually an enclosed staircase providing access to the beach from the home above. Privately owned, the tower isn’t accessible to the public, but that doesn’t mean one can’t poke around at the bottom.

Note: The Pirate Tower can only be accessed at low tide. 

Victoria Beach Laguna Beach

Victoria Beach Laguna Beach

We spent hours at this lovely beach exploring the Pirates Tower, enjoying the warmer southern water, watching the volleyball players and lounging in the sand.

Parking for Victoria Beach can be tricky as there is no parking lot. Be prepared to park a fair distance and walk.

Slice Pizza

Slice Pizza located in Downtown Laguna Beach was the perfect place to stop for a quick bite before our drive back to LA. Kids will enjoy the make your own pizza and for those who aren’t driving the beer tap wall with the honor system is a fun idea.

Slice Pizza Laguna Beach California

Slice Pizza Tap Wall

Bonus: We found a pair of Colette Miller angel wings on the back wall of Slice Pizza!

#colettemillerangelwings Slice Pizza Laguna Beach

Colette Miler Angel Wings

One last glimpse of the Pirates Tower as the sun was setting was the perfect end to our day trip, and with it’s fabulous beaches, vibrant Arts District and hip downtown Laguna Beach was the perfect end to our summer vacation.

Pirates Tower Laguna Beach California

Pirates Tower Laguna Beach

Brie with Peaches and Honey

Would you like to create this delicious Brie with peaches and honey dish?

Brie w/peaches and honey #hilarystyle

Brie w/peaches and honey #hilarystyle

Here’s our version:

Ingredients: loaf of crusty bread, brie, just ripe peaches, honey, blackberries, pistachios and arugula

Slice the bread, brie and peaches and shell the pistachios.

Brie w/peaches and honey #hilarystyle

Brie w/peaches and honey hilarystyle

Drizzle the bread with honey and then layer with brie and peaches and drizzle with more honey.

Brie w/peaches and honey #hilarystyle

Brie w/peaches and honey #hilarystyle

Broil in the oven at 450 degrees until the bread is toasty, the brie is bubbly and the peaches are softened, about 5 -7 minutes.

Brie w/peaches and honey #hilarystyle

Brie w/peaches and honey #hilarystyle

Remove from the oven and arrange on the bed of arugula add blackberries and pistachios and drizzle with more honey. Enjoy!

Brie w/peaches and honey #hilarystyle

Brie w/peaches and honey #hilarystyle

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Pirates Tower Laguna Beach California

Laguna Beach California

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I love to travel & explore the world both near and far! I do my best to make the most out of life each and everyday! I have two boys and they are, at the ages of 13 and 18, world travelers and all around go along guys. There isnt anywhere I cant take them. It is my hope this blog will be a way to share the fun things Ive learned while on our many adventures together!

Comments (43)

    • Hilary

      We realized we need to explore the other beach cities a little more… We weren’t disappointed!

  1. How wonderful!! The beach with a Rapunzel tower – the wall art – the food!! I love it all. The recipe will be useful for my trip in November to Normandy with family. I’ll opt for making a starter and make this dish! Thanks xx Maria

    • Hilary

      Thank you! It was a very nice day out! I love to make the appetizer. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

  2. Even after traveling far and wide, Laguna Beach (close to my hometown) is still one of my favorite beach areas in the world! I can’t believe I’ve never been to the restaurants you mentioned, I’ll definitely have to try them out when I return. The beer place looks awesome! Thanks for sharing and reminding me why California is so amazing 🙂 You’re making me homesick!

    • Hilary

      It’s a pretty special place! I highly recommend the Laguna Beach Beer Co, it was friendly and delicious.

  3. I always wanted to see that tower! It’s so dreamy and you certainly found some amazing wall murals here too! I’m starting to think ALL of Cali is covered in art now! Pinned! #FarawayFiles

  4. Clare Thomson

    What an amazing place for a day trip! And that photo of the Rapunzel tower in the setting sun is just magical. Like the look of your brie and blackberries starter too. I know we’d like that as we do something similar with figs and gorgonzola. #FarawayFiles

    • Hilary

      It was truly a magical day out for the entire family. It seems like ages ago now…

  5. I think I went to Laguna Beach when I was a kid visiting my grandparents who lived in the LA area. But honestly, I don’t remember anything about it since I was so young. It looks awesome. I would love to explore around Rapunzel’s Tower, and that alone would get my daughter to want to visit. Her favorite Disney princess is Rapunzel. #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      We went years ago too, but had forgotten all of it. It’s a lively little beach city! The tower was really magical!

    • Hilary

      It was a great day out! It felt very much like a vacation but we got to go home at the end of the day.

  6. This definitely looks like the perfect day out! I could feel the summerly, relaxing vibe through your photos! And I need that now as I’ve been working all through summer. Vacation coming up soon though 🙂 #farawayfiles

  7. The Pirate Tower is really unusual, it’s a shame you couldn’t go inside. Although the magnificent street art around there certainly made up for it, it’s amazing.

    Love your photos, as always #farawayfiles

    • Hilary

      Thank you! I fear people are tired of all the art, but just can’t help myself!

  8. Oh my, that Pirate Tower looks incredible. I can’t believe it’s privately owned! What a fantastic way to get to the beach – I think I need to up my beach house goals. Your brie with peaches and honey creation looks delicious. There’s a little deli near us in London which has the most incredible truffle honey which would go so well with this dish. #FarawayFiles

  9. The murals are stunning! I didn’t know Laguna Beach was such a street art destination, we’ll definitely keep that in mind the next time we’re out that way. Great pics, and that peaches and Brie dish looks amazing!

    • Hilary

      I was also pleasantly surprised! Much to my delight it seems that many cities are jumping on the street art bandwagon!

  10. pigeonpairandme

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. I’ve been lusting after it after reading your post on IG! As ever, you’ve racked down some incredible street art here. The Beau Stanton is my favourite. #FarawayFiles

    • Hilary

      I’m so glad you liked it! I think it would work with many fruit cheese combinations too, which is great as peach season won’t last much longer… I like the Beau Stanton one too, it’s so incredibly detailed.

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