- 3pm Arrive at Casa Laguna
- 5pm Casa Laguna Wine & Hors d'oeuvre Reception
- 6:30 Early drinks and dinner at Nirvana Grille
- 8pm Catch a play at Laguna Playhouse
- 8am Breakfast at Casa Laguna
- 10am Whale watching with Captain Dave or Sunbathing at Victoria Beach
- 1pm Lunch at The Deck on Laguna Beach or The Cliff Restaurant
- 3pm Stroll along the Main Beach boardwalk or take pictures in Hiesler Park
- 5pm Have a massage and Sunset Soak in Casa Laguna’s Garden Gazebo
- 6pm Casa Laguna Wine & Hors d'oeuvre Reception
- 7pm Dinner & Wine at Tabu Grille
- 9pm Stroll the ocean-front paths at Treasure Island Park
- 8am Breakfast at Casa Laguna
- 9am Enjoy morning lounging by pool
- 11am Casa Laguna Check-out time
- 12pm Visit downtown Laguna galleries & shops
- 1:30 Leisurely lunch at Nick’s
- 3pm Drive North along the coast past Crystal Cove
Laguna Beach offers a myriad of leisure activities, shops, galleries, and restaurants to fill each day of your visit with fun, sun, and good food. Casa Laguna’s management and staff have put together this suggested itinerary for the “perfect 48 hours in Laguna Beach” to give prospective visitors a sampling of the places and activities we might choose for a balance of fun and relaxation during a two-night stay at our inn. Our Guest Service Associates can help you make any required arrangements or reservations and provide directions to all of the activities mentioned, or just ask and we’ll suggest some alternatives. Best times and availability vary with the seasons, so be sure to plan early.
Casa Laguna check-in time is 3pm. We want everyone’s room to be perfectly clean and comfortable for arrival, so we use every minute between check-out and check-in to make that happen. While your accommodations might be available earlier, we suggest you plan your arrival as close as possible to 3pm to assure you can be taken straight to your room. Then settle in and check out all the great amenities. Maybe explore our terraced gardens or take a dip in the heated pool. Our Wine & Hors d'oeuvre Reception starts at 5pm and we suggest you plan to arrive early so that you can relax and enjoy talking to other guests before heading out to dinner. Since you’re going to the theater, you’ll need to make sure you have early dinner reservations. We’re suggesting Nirvana Grille because it’s one of our favorite restaurants and it’s within a short walk of the Laguna Playhouse. A 6:30 dinner reservation will give you plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely meal and still get to the theater on time for the 8pm show. And here’s a little money-saving secret: Take a few minutes and go to the Playhouse to pick up your tickets before dinner. Then show your tickets at Nirvana Grille and get 10% off your meal! Laguna Playhouse hosts a wide range of theatrical presentations, ranging from comedies to musicals to special appearance performances. We’ve seen a lot of shows there, and we can honestly say we’ve enjoyed them all. It will be around 11pm when you get out of the theater and, to be candid, there just isn’t much to do that time of night in Laguna Beach. So if you’re not ready to snuggle down on our cloudlike beds and call it a day, stop by the Mission House and check out a DVD from our extensive library.
Our inn is famous for our fabulous breakfasts, chosen from a menu of multiple entrees and sides. Our breakfast was even mentioned in a New York Times article about California travel. Service starts at 7:30 and if you’ve made arrangements to go on Whale Watching safari with Captain Dave you should probably come down for breakfast as early as possible. Safari schedules change often, depending on the season and the likelihood of seeing specific types of whales, so you may need to adjust your schedule for 9am, 10:30am, or 12noon, departure. We’ll help you make those arrangements, or you can make them yourself on the Captain Dave website. If you’re not into whale watching, or maybe you don’t do well on boats, we suggest you spend the morning at beautiful Victoria Beach, which is just a 10 minute walk from the inn. (Maybe a little longer if you’re not used to short hikes.) We’ll even loan you beach chairs and umbrellas. Just be aware that there are no restrooms at Victoria Beach, so you’ll probably want to head back to Casa in a couple hours. Whether you’re just back from your safari or your morning at the beach, you’ll probably be ready for a refreshing Mai Tai and lunch, and what better place to enjoy both than right on the ocean. We recommend either The Deck on Laguna Beach, where the ocean waves can sometimes roll in right under the deck, or The Cliff Restaurant, which boasts spectacular Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island views. At the Deck, we love the Surf N Turf Kebobs (skewered filet mignon and shrimp on a bed of large pearl cous cous). At the Cliff, we go for the Fish & Chips, with tender, nearly greasless Cod and the best fries on the beach. Both restaurants offer valet parking—or park downtown, then make the short uphill walk to either restaurant and check out the famous Whelan art gallery along the way. After lunch, walk back downtown and stroll along the Main Beach boardwalk—the perfect place to people-watch—or drive north through town to Heisler Park. If you chose the second option, be sure you have your camera with you so you can photograph all the beautiful gardens, public art displays, and expansive ocean views. After your busy day in the sun, you’ll probably be ready for a nice massage and therapeutic soak. Casa Laguna’s spa offers a wide variety of massage services. Just be sure to make your reservations well in advance—especially if you are interested in our very popular sunset soak with sparkling wine and souvenir flutes. Then, don’t forget our Wine & Hors d'oeuvre Reception starts at 5pm--but you can arrive a little later this time because your 7pm dinner reservations are at Tabu Grille, which is just a 10-minute walk from the inn. You’ll love Tabu’s eclectic atmosphere, superior food, and acclaimed wine list. We love sitting at the kitchen bar, where we can watch the busy chefs prepare our food. If that’s your choice as well, just be sure to reserve a spot well in advance. You’ve probably had your share of walking, but if you still have a little late night energy left after dinner, we recommend walking to the nearby Montage Hotel, where you can stroll the oceanfront pathways in the moonlight and listen to the waves crash against the rocks. You’re only a half-mile from Casa Laguna, but after your busy day, you may want to grab a taxi back.
It’s departure day, but our fabulous waffles and a cup of our delicious free trade coffee will make you smile as you have a relaxing breakfast followed by a dip in the pool, or just lounging your remaining time away on the sundeck. Checkout time is 11am, and we ask that you have everything out of your room by that time. But your 48 hours isn’t over yet. Today is the perfect day for shopping and browsing Laguna Beach’s many art galleries--with a stop at Nicks for a leisurely lunch. (We recommend Nick’s blackened chicken and noodle salad with mango, cucumber, and thai peanut vinaigrette.) If it fits with your travel plans we suggest a northerly exit from Laguna Beach via Coast Highway, past picturesque Crystal Cove Beach.
As we said, this is just one scenario for a perfect 48 hours in Laguna Beach. We invite you to explore the Activities page of our website for more ideas, or peruse the Visitors Bureau’s official Laguna Beach website.