The Ranch at Laguna Beach, CA. – A Preview

24 May 2016 / By travel4foodfun@gmail.com
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It seemed like we drove onto a campground from the 1960s. We asked ourselves: what’s the draw to this property? As we toured the property, it was pretty clear that something exciting was happening as construction rolls on and local residents were buzzing with activity on the Saturday we visited.

Nestled in the majestic Aliso and Wood Canyons in the heart of Orange County resides The Ranch Laguna Beach. A local icon for the last 50 years, the hidden treasure is being re-envisioned and renovated to reopen as the premier boutique Southern California coastal ranch resort that perfectly reflects the rich history of these storied canyons and the artistry that is Laguna Beach. A grand reopening is expected in the summer of 2016 with final touches scheduled to be completed in early fall. We hope to revisit at that time and see the artist’s rendition of the project in person.

The Location

Tucked away off the Pacific Coast Highway, The Ranch Laguna Beach is located in the Aliso and Wood Canyons. The 87-acre property is conveniently near the Pacific Ocean either by walking there on foot or taking one of the complimentary golf carts.

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Accommodations

Dotted throughout the grounds, The Ranch at Laguna Beach offers a myriad of accommodations to suit everyone’s desires. From deluxe rooms to two level two-bedroom cottages to a highly coveted Laguna Beach Tree house that is perfect for honeymooners, the choice is yours. The decoration scheme is beachy elegance meets refined ranch. All of the furnishings are unique, one of a kind pieces that make you feel you are at home, rather than at a chain property.

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Dining Options

Harvest marries the bounty of the season with the atmosphere and creativity of Laguna Beach, inspired by the local flavors, ingredients and traditions of American and California Cuisine. The restaurant, bar and private dining room pull from the incredible revival of California’s organic, farming, ranching, brewing, distillery and oenology.

Ben’s pantry is designed to give off a rustic, organic feel and is reminiscent of a treasured country bakery and café. It is THE place for a local outdoor café experience. The design aesthetic features natural wood display cases and a local legendary vintage espresso machine. Be sure to grab one of the homemade energy bars. We still salivate when thinking about this delicious goodie!

Ranch Provisions, the onsite restaurant, will open in the summer of 2016. Enjoy Executive Chef Cameron’s favorite dishes through the unique dining offerings. There will be a to-go service, which provides pre-order breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Another option through the Ranch Provisions are picnic baskets filled with specialty gourmet items of your choosing if you decide to head off property.

Activities

Golf rental sets are available for the 9-hole par 32 Ben Brown’s Golf Course. But watch out for the “native” wildlife! Guest can also enjoy nearby surfing, kayaking, snorkeling and whale/dolphin watching. Mountain biking and hiking opportunities are also nearby. Free valet and self-parking is provided for guests.

Mom’s Note

For children ages 5-12, be sure to check out the Ranger Station Kid’s Camp. The program takes advantage of the property’s wilderness by the sea location with a curriculum focused on sustainability, marine life, and appreciating all of nature’s offerings.

Romance

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is an ideal location for a destination wedding. From golf fairways to a stunningly lush putting green located atop a bluff to romantic bridges and lavish gardens, the choice is yours. The property is all about personalized service and has wedding specialists on staff to make this a once in a lifetime day seamless and spectacular.

The property also caters to couples on a romantic getaway. Interested in a moonlit dinner on your private balcony? How about a couple’s golf class? The concierge is always available to assist whatever your heart desires.

Summary

Currently being renovated with an anticipated completion date of Summer 2016, The Ranch at Laguna Beach is a great place for couples, destination weddings, and multi-generational retreats. Whether you want to immerse yourself in quiet seclusion or participate in all of the activities Southern California offers, the staff at The Ranch at Laguna Beach will make your stay special. As for the grounds and construction, we hope to revisit the property upon its’ grand reopening and provide an update.

Contact Us for questions or inquiries on your travel needs.

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