Crystal Cove Cottages

I usually blog about daytrips , outings and events. Today I wanted to blog about a place some of you may or may not know about- Crystal Cove Cottages in Crystal Cove, Newport Beach. The cottages are state owned and offer you an opportunity to stay in a beachfront bungalow at a very reasonable rate from one to seven nights. Think of it as camping on the beach in style. In fact to reserve a spot in Crystal Cove you must use the reservation system used by all California campgrounds and parks- Reserve America.
The cottages are extremely popular and you can rent them on the first day of the month at 8am. You can sign on to the system and start trying at 7:50. If you want to make sure to snag one a night or two make sure to browse through the website for the cottages and let the agent know the one you are interested in. You can also call and see if there are cancellations for perhaps a last minute outing or book a cancellation online through Reserve America. You make a reservation 6 months in advanced. For example if you were to book a cottage on Mar 1st , you would be booking for your stay in September.
The Cottages are newly restored and are either Individual or Dorm-style Cottages Crystal Cove Beach Cottages offer gorgeous ocean views, charming historic details, and a glimpse of a uniquely Southern Californian beach community from a bygone era. Located in the heart of Crystal Cove State Park’s 3.5 miles of pristine coastline, the Historic District first developed as a South Seas movie set due to its seclusion and tropical aura. The community thrived and became beloved for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere and picturesque landscape, and in 1979, the Crystal Cove Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
You can stay in one of 11 Individual or 3 Dorm-style Cottages. Located directly on the beach or overlooking it from a bluff top, each cottage has been painstakingly restored and furnished to recreate Crystal Cove’s unique historic beach culture and ambiance. Reservations are available year-round.
I know that we are facing some tough economic times and the thought of renting a beach home or vacation sounds like a far fetched dream for many- but thanks to Crystal Cove you can afford a beachfront retreat for around the same price as spending a night at your local Marriott. Rentals are around $180.00 for a flat rate of 4 people. This does not include children 4 and under. There is an additional charge for more than 4 people over the age of 4.
I’m planning on renting a little cottage for one night.. I hope you can also and spend an unforgettable day or days at the beach.
For additional information click here and for reservations click here
Reserve America
Reservations 1-800-444-7275
Customer Service 1-800-695-2269

Olvera Street

In honor of Cinco de May- I wanted to blog about one of my favorite places in Los Angeles, La Plazita Olvera or Olvera Street. I have great memories of this LA treasure. My parents both came to the States at a young age and yearned for a piece of back home. We visited Olvera Street often on Sundays to have dinner and listen to Mariachis playing in the plaza.

Olvera Street is the birthplace of Los Angeles. It’s also known as El Pueblo Historical Monument. Olvera Street is fantastic place to visit as a family. It’s rich history and buildings make it a perfect family day trip. The colorful village features 27 historic buildings with a traditional Mexican Style Plaza Area. On the weekends you can enjoy live traditional Mexican music and dancing.

The Marketplace area is home to many shops where you can find anything from traditional Mexican attire to a comal(tortilla warmer). My kids love taking in all of the beautiful colors and smells from the various shops and restaurants. Make sure to come hungry, as the food is fantastic!!! You will find the best flautas(taquitos) in town here and I can’t remember the name of the restaurant but it lies directly across from the plaza has the best tamales and champurrado(Mexican Hot Chocolate) in town.

Make sure to stop at El Pueblo’s Visitor Center for a brochure or better yet, Las Angelitas, El Pueblo’s Docent Organization provide free tours to groups Wed-Sun from 10am to noon.I love this place and I know your family will too!!

Olvera Street is open everyday from 10am to 7pm and is free to the public.

El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historic Park

845 N. Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012
For more information:(213) 680-2525