Casa Laguna Inn
Reviewing the Veranda at Mozambique Steakhouse, Bar, and Grill in Laguna Beach 26 Oct 2013, 9:54 am
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It's been some time since we’ve reviewed Mozambique Steakhouse, Bar, & Lounge. And the opening of their new rooftop Veranda prompted us to make a return visit. Actually, we typically eat there several times a year, which is pretty often when you consider that Laguna Beach has 146 restaurants (according to Trip Advisor). Spoiler alert – we’ll be eating at Mozambique far more often now that we’ve experienced the Veranda.
As usual, we chose a weeknight for our visit. I’ve mentioned before that I think reviewing restaurants in a resort town on weekends is really asking for trouble. But then I’m a hotelier, not a food critic. Our reviews are meant to guide our guests to places and food and drink that we think (hope) will enhance their Laguna Beach stay. Our reviews represent our personal experience on the night in question and your experience may be different.
We forgot to ask if Mozambique will now add “Veranda” to their name. It might make for a long tag line, but all those words certainly tell the story. Mozambique provides something for everyone. First level – a fine dining restaurant with great steaks and seafood and still suitable for families. Second level – a classic beach bar with reggae and other music most nights and lots of tables for casual drinking and dining--and very popular with locals. And now, a rooftop bar & lounge that combines romantic dining with a spectacular view from lunchtime to sundown. (Important to note the “sundown” last-call. Get there early, especially during the winter months.)
The night of our visit we started with two perfectly made Mandarin martinis and, on the suggestion of George the Manager, the Sampler Plate with grilled prawns, chicken “pops,” farmers sausage, grilled pineapple, and Peri-Peri sauce ($10 per person). My husband devoured the lightly spicy grilled prawns while I sampled the tasty sausage. Then we shared the chicken pops (skewered peri-peri grilled chicken). We also couldn’t resist ordering the “small plate” eggplant parmesan ($6), which was melt-in-your-mouth delicious and large enough to be a good percentage of any early dinner. The appetizers we had could easily have been called a meal, but we decided to “sacrifice” ourselves for the sake of a thorough review. I ordered another “small plate” of lamb chops—perfectly cooked, tender, and full of flavor—and half of it went home with us. My husband asked our server, Erin, which fish entrée he should choose from their wide selection and she suggested the Morrocan Style Chilean Sea Bass with artichoke, fennel, tomatoes and pesto mashed potatoes ($38). He raved about the delightful flavors all through the meal. I expected him to sneak into the kitchen at any moment to ask the chef how they make the amazing pesto mashed potatoes.
Pricing on all this was just downright reasonable, especially the small plates and happy hour specials. Our martinis were pricy like most Laguna bars—we expect that when we order a call drink and it comes made to perfection. The atmosphere was perfect, even on a slightly chilly October evening—with a beautiful sunset giving way to sparkling urban lights. Service was flawless. Erin was friendly and helpful, returning regularly but never hovering. She was always watchful and always showed up within seconds when we looked for her. I could see that her service was consistent at every table in her section.
We will be back to Mozambique’s new Veranda as often as possible. The pricing, flavors, service, and atmosphere are just too tempting. Remember….like most ocean view restaurants this place bustles on the weekend, so be prepared to arrive early if possible and take it all in stride. It will be worth it.
Breakfast Casa Laguna Style with Chef Sarah (Video) 19 Oct 2013, 11:55 am
Here's the first episode in our new YouTube video series showing you how to cook some of Casa Laguna's most popular breakfast dishes. Up first is French Style Scramble in Egg Cups with Autumn Potato Hash.
Casa Laguna's 4th of July Survival Guide 29 Jun 2013, 10:57 am
Independence Day week is the busiest week of the year in Laguna Beach—and one of the most fun times to visit. You can expect plenty of sun, sand, fireworks (4th only), and great food; and, you won’t want to miss our world famous Pageant of the Masters, Festival of Arts, Art Affair, and Sawdust Festival. This year, while the rest of the West swelters in the heat, Laguna is expecting temperatures in the mid-70s during the day, and cool 60s at night. As always, you can expect some morning fog or overcast that almost always burns off by noon.
Here are a few hints to help you get the most out of your Laguna Beach summer holiday visit:
1. First and foremost--park your car and take the free Trolley. Traffic and parking are difficult in any beach city this time of year, but the Independence Day holiday period in Laguna Beach can be especially challenging. Our open-air trolleys are absolutely the best way to see the sights, and make your way to and from the festivals, beaches, and restaurants. The trolley stops near every major attraction/destination. They run about every 30 minutes, but be sure to download the Laguna Beach Travel Info app and use the built-in Trolley Tracker so that you don’t waste time waiting at bus stops.
2. Wear comfortable walking shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of walking. Bring clothing for cool nights and mornings and warm days. Layers are always best in Laguna, and a lightweight hoodie is indispensable.
3. If you plan to go see the Laguna Beach fireworks show on July 4, plan to go early and return very late by taxi. The city is keeping the event low key this year, so you won’t find out much about it online. Main Beach and Heisler Park provide the best viewing. Here is the one instance where the Trolleys are not reliable. They will be caught up in traffic by mid-afternoon on the Fourth and they officially stop running that day at 7PM, so plan to grab a cab when they become available. Be sure to take along lots of patience. Other fireworks displays to the south of Casa Laguna may be easier to access -- check out this web site.
4. Make your restaurant reservations now. Most popular restaurants will take reservations days in advance. Don’t expect to call in the afternoon for reservations that evening. A list of restaurants and phone numbers can be found on our website.
5. All Casa Laguna spa services require advance reservations. Make those spa reservations now.
6. If you’re going to the Pageant of the Masters, take a cushion and sweater or blanket. Binoculars are essential for viewing the “living art,” even if you have good seats. All of these items can be rented at the venue.
7. Alcohol enforcement will be at maximum levels throughout the holiday period. Avoid a big fine or worse and do your drinking at a restaurant or bar. And again, if you plan to drink, use public transportation.
8. If you want a prime spot on the beach, go early and stake your claim. As the sun comes out and the day gets warmer, the beaches fill up quickly. Take plenty of drinking water, and check ahead to make sure the beach you chose has restrooms. If you plan to go in the water, check in with the lifeguard when you arrive. He/she can advise you of any possible hazards, such as drop-offs, undercurrents, or sea monsters.
9. Or, avoid all of the above and just hang out by the pool at Casa Laguna and let us spoil you.
About This Year's Festival Season 14 Jun 2013, 6:25 pm
Are you planning to stay at Casa Laguna during the Summer Festival Season? Here is some information you will need. We suggest you print it out--or bookmark this blog on your mobile device.
Summer Festival Dates & Preview
Art-A-Fair VIP Preview Night – Wednesday, June 26 from 5:00pm-10:00pm Open to public, June 28 – Sept. 1 Hours: Sun-Thurs, 10am-9pm; Fri & Sat, 10am-10pm (Early closing on 7/4 at 6pm)
Festival of Arts VIP Preview Night – Saturday, June 29 from 7:00pm-10:00pm Open to public, June 30 – Aug. 31 Hours: June 30-July 4, 10am-6pm; July 5-Aug 31, 10am-11:30pm; Special hours on 8/24 - closes at 3:30pm for their annual gala
Sawdust Art Festival VIP Preview Night – Tuesday, June 25 from 6:00pm-10:00pm Open to public, June 28- Sept. 1 Hours: Open Daily 10am-10pm (Early closing on 7/4 at 6pm)
Pageant of the Masters – ‘The Big Picture’ - 80th Anniversary Chamber/Community Appreciation Night – Friday, July 5 at 8:30pm VIP/Media Night – Saturday, July 6 at 8:30pm Open to public, July 7-Aug. 31 at 8:30pm nightly
Free Trolley Service: Runs daily from June 28 –
Continuous service: 9:30am-11:30pm (early close on 7/4 at 7:00pm)
Route Information: The Canyon Route services Laguna Canyon Road/Broadway from the Act V Parking Lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road to the Bus Depot at 375 Broadway with stops at the Pageant of the Masters, Art-A-Fair, and Sawdust. Frequency is every 20 minutes. The North Route services North Coast Highway from Viejo Street to Cliff Drive along Heisler Park to the Bus Depot on Broadway. Frequency is every 20 minutes. The South Route services South Coast Highway from the Bus Depot on Broadway continuing south to Ritz Carlton Drive where the route turns north and returns to the Bus Depot making several stops along the route. Frequency is every 20 minutes. The transfer point between the North, South and Canyon Routers is at the Transit Center/Bus Depot located at 375 Broadway. Shuttle service between the Act V Parking Lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road and Downtown starts at 8:30am daily.
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Passport to the Arts $21.50 Get unlimited access to all three summer festivals all summer long (excludes Pageant of the Masters); and a one-time parking pass at Act V. Visitors can purchase Passports NOW at http://lagunabeachcity.net/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=8991, or during the summer season at any of the 3 festival box offices, or City Hall’s Recreation department.
Act V, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road - $7 (season pass $20) – Opens June 28
Forest/Laguna Canyon Lot - $10
Lumberyard Lot - $10
Community Center/Suzi Q (open as needed after 5pm) - $5
Hagan Place (open as needed after 5pm) - $5
Mission Hospital (Open Mon.-Fri, after 5pm and all day on weekends) - free.
Pavilion’s Boat Canyon Lot (50 marked spaces in rear of lot - Will be staffed and will have signage; open 9am-10pm, seven days a week) – free.
Miscellaneous public lots in downtown – prices vary
The Perfect 48 Hours in Laguna Beach 21 Mar 2013, 2:40 am
- 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.
Chef Michell's Laguna Beach Top Ten 19 Mar 2013, 1:25 pm
Laguna Beach offers an amazing array of things to see and do, and the Casa Laguna staff is always happy to recommend fun activities and destinations for our guests to enjoy during their visit. But what many visitors want to know is: What do the locals like to do on their days off? Our head chef Michell lives in North Laguna, within walking distance of the village, Main Beach, and the festival grounds. Here’s her “Top Ten” list of things she likes about Laguna Beach:
1. Watching the goats that graze on the hillsides to help keep
the fire danger down.
2. Visiting the many great restaurants in town, that include everything from Armenian to Vegan, and burgers to Foie Gras!
3. Riding the free summertime trolley to local shops and art galleries.
4. Taking advantage of the “First Thursday Art Walk” each month.
5. Visiting the Laguna Culinary Arts Wine & Cheese Shop in the canyon.
6. Listening to all the great street musicians!
7. Stopping by Zinc café to grab a great cup of coffee!
8. Sampling a great craft beer from La Sirena's revolving selection.
9. Shopping at Areo, a fabulous gem of a gift shop with clever books , art objects, cards & trinkets as well as hand crafted jewelry from local artists. My "go to" store for gifts & cards!
10. Hanging out at “The Saloon,” with its standing room only antique bar. It’s like something out of an old western.
As you can see, the locals know about lots of cool places the tourists may not know about. Watch this blog in the coming weeks to see what our other employees find interesting and entertaining in Laguna Beach. And when you visit Casa Laguna, please don’t hesitate to ask them for recommendations. They’re always happy to make suggestions.
Reviewing Carmelita's Kitchen de Mexico 8 Jan 2013, 3:43 pm
Laguna Beach has always had its share of Mexican Restaurants and it probably has more now than ever before. Some are good. Some are not so great. But we’ve always felt that there is not enough difference between them (other than price) to make any one stand out from the others—until now. I’ll be honest….when Carmelita’s opened last September in the old Crab Zone location, I said “Just what we need, another Mexican Restaurant.” And, therefore, we did not rush to check it out until we started seeing the customer reviews, which have been about 90% five-star.
We don’t believe in reviewing restaurants on their busiest night. For that matter, we just don’t go to restaurants on their busiest night whether we’re there for a review or not. If you’ve read my reviews before, you know that we almost always visit a new restaurant on a weeknight, and therefore your experience on a busy weekend will very likely be somewhat different from what we experienced. We visited Carmelita’s early on a Monday evening in January and we were the first table patrons of the evening. A few barflies had already attached themselves to the bar and most were still there when we left. Let me tell you right off the bat, the service at Carmelita’s is alarmingly attentive. There is certainly no shortage of staff and you could very well end up with your own personal waiter. Our waiter Mario spent his first five minutes with us giving a brief history of the “chain” and describing their most popular dishes in great detail. Some customer reviews have dissed this service model as annoying. We found it refreshing and efficient, making our selection process quicker and much easier.
Mario took our order for two house margaritas, and chips with salsa and a wonderful bean dip came almost immediately thereafter. We also ordered Carmelita’s popular guacamole. We’re not big fans of guacamole as a rule, but Carmelita’s version, with bits of plantain and mango, was exceptional. Despite attempts to limit ourselves, we ended up eating way too much of these appetizers.
As usual, my husband chose a seafood dish for dinner, Wild Mexican Prawns, and I chose what I thought would be more classic Mexican fare, pork Carnitas. Both of these Carmelita’s dishes have received high marks on the customer reviews sites, and we soon found out why. My husband said the prawns were fresh and tender, with a wonderful garlic butter sauce. He was given the choice of a more spicy style sauce, but he is not a fan of heat and even found the mild garlic sauce a bit too spicy (which greatly confused Mario). The pork Carnitas were unlike anything I’ve ever had, super tender with a crisply carmelized outer coating. I ended up eating it more like pork roast, dipping forkloads of shredded meat into the spectacular Salsa Quemada it was served with. (Definitely too spicy for my husband, but right up my alley.) About half of the huge portion came home with me. Although we were both stuffed, Mario tempted us with Carmelita’s Tres Leches dessert, which we planned to just taste and take the balance home. We ended up finishing it off with a second margarita (which went surprisingly well with the sweet cake).
Bottom line: We felt the service was flawless and the food was exceptional. We can’t guarantee that everyone will have the same experience, but unless we just got lucky that Monday night, we think Carmelitas Laguna Beach is the best Mexican restaurant in the area. Does it have the atmosphere or people-watching qualities of Javier’s or Las Brisas? Of course not. But for quality of food and service, it beats those popular high-end establishments hands down. The menu is so varied and extensive I won’t attempt to discuss it in detail here. Check out the website menu to get a general idea.
Carmelitas Laguna Beach is located at 217 Broadway St. just east of the intersection with Pacific Coast Highway. Parking is where you can find it. We always have luck in the lots or street parking on Ocean Avenue. Carmelitas is a family owned chain, with additional restaurants in Rancho Santa Margarita and in the Sacramento area. They have a number of websites, which can be confusing. The site for the Laguna Beach location is Carmelita’s Kitchen de Mexico.
Reviewing the Wine Gallery—Wine Bar & Kitchen 30 Nov 2012, 4:59 pm
We loved it!
I usually work my way up to a dramatic reveal on how we like the new restaurants we visit, but this one impressed us from arrival to departure. I should immediately follow that declaration with a caveat that there’s a possibility not everyone will be as impressed with the Wine Gallery as we were. As I’m about to reveal, the Wine Gallery is the epitome of a niche venue.
The full name of the establishment—the Wine Gallery Wine Bar & Kitchen—says a lot. You’ll see every bit of that when you walk in the door. A square bar takes up the center of the room and is surrounded by several high two-tops and four-tops on two sides, a long group-table on one side, and a small wood-fired oven at the back. The room is not large, but everything is well-spaced and uncrowded. While the place fills up by 7:30-8ish at the latest, I doubt you’ll ever see a large noisy crowd standing around sipping wine while waiting for a seat. The Thursday night that we were there, it was clear that the bar has already developed a following of locals who make their way there from nearby neighborhoods for a glass of wine and a nosh at the end of the day.
We arrived shortly after the 5pm opening time and were greeted by the owner-bartender Chris Olsen, who invited us to choose any table we wanted. Within seconds of seating we were presented with two menus—one for wine by the glass, carafe, or bottle—and a food menu sporting a variety of Cheese, Salami, Bruschetta, Pizza, Small Plates (kinda like tapas but a bit more generous), Large Plates (limited but well-varied), and Dessert. We immediately went for the braised short-rib tacos and the mushroom risotto. Our friendly and efficient server Amanda suggested we give their pizza a try, so we rounded out our sampling with their classic wood-fired Margherita pizza. The food arrived quickly and was fresh and delish. The tacos were loaded with filling and filled with flavor. The pizza was perfectly fired by Chef Josh—crisp, lightly charred crust, a flavorful sauce, and just the right amount of cheese.
And, of course, we would expect a place called the Wine Gallery to have a great selection of wines—and they did not disappoint. My husband and I are by no means wine connoisseurs, but we do consider ourselves well-educated on the subject and our pallets are certainly experienced. We were impressed with the variety of both recognizable and unfamiliar offerings. I am a fan of what has become old-fashioned buttery Chardonnay, and Amanda recommended one that was right on the mark. My husband is a Pinot guy, and tried two, one of which--from Chris Olsen's own Mile 216 winery--well exceeded his expectations.
So why wouldn’t someone like the Wine Gallery. Well, it’s a wine bar, so obviously if you’re not into wine, this is not the bar for you. The wines are high-end and are priced accordingly. Our tab for the described food and four generous glasses of wine was a cool $100 before tip and well worth it in our opinion. The atmosphere is laid back and pleasant. And while I’m sure the patrons occasionally look up from their Cabernet to check out the basketball score, this is definitely not a sports bar. No burgers and fries here, though you can get frites with your sirloin. We liked the Wine Gallery’s classy style, superb friendly service, deliciously uncommon food, and great selection of wines. If that sounds like your style, we suggest you give it a first-try early in the evening on a weekday. And don’t worry about the constantly crammed street parking. All of the stalls in the parking structure on Pearl Street are available to Wine Gallery customers during regular evening hours. The Wine Gallery Wine Bar & Kitchen is located at 1833 South Coast Hwy #110 and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 11pm. The menus on their website are representative, but you'll notice most of the items I mentioned are not shown there. I have a feeling you’ll see something new and wonderful on the in-house menu every time you visit.
Flash Sale!! Gift Certificate Bonus 28 Nov 2012, 9:16 am
Time Sensitive Offer Ends Midnight December 5
Limited offer begins at 12:01 A.M. Thursday, November 29, 2012 and ends at 11:59 P.M. on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, or when 100 coupons have been issued. Purchase a gift certificate in an amount from $100 to $500 online at www.casalaguna.com/gift-shop/ordering during the above designated 7-day period and type the word FLASH after the amount. When we process the gift certificate, we will issue a coupon for an additional 50% of the value of the gift certificate. The gift certificate can be used at any time, as described in the gift certificate terms and conditions. This Limited Use Coupon expires March 31, 2013, and can be used toward your billing at Casa Laguna during the period December 2012 through March 2013, excluding holiday periods. See definitions below. This offer is strictly limited to the first 100 orders, so place your order soon.
Example: You purchase a gift certificate via our online gift shop for $200. We will process the order and send you the $200 gift certificate, plus a coupon for $100 off a stay at Casa Laguna. The coupon can be used by you or someone you have gifted it to, but only until the end of March 2013—and reservations must be made by calling our front desk at 800-233-0449. The Gift Certificate can be used at any time by you or someone you have gifted it to, subject to the standard terms and conditions listed below and on our website. During the prescribed period, the coupon may be used in conjunction with the Gift Certificate or on its own.
About Gift Certificates: Gift certificates are available in increments of $25, $50 and $100. Gift certificates can be used towards a stay at the inn or our gift shop. We do not give money back. Gift Certificates are non-refundable and cannot be replaced if lost. The cancellation and minimum stay requirements apply even when using a gift certificate. If you are giving a certificate to someone who has not previously stayed with us, be sure to let them know that our rooms are designed for one or two adult guests only and we have no accommodations or amenities suitable for infants, children, groups, or events. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property. Be sure to read our cancelation policy at www.casalaguna.com/about/policies
About Limited Use Coupons: Unlike a Gift Certificate, a Limited Use Coupon has a specific expiration date and has specific restrictions regarding when and how it can be used. The Flash Sale coupon described above expires March 31, 2013. It cannot be used during the following high-volume periods: December 22 through 25; December 29 through January 1; or February 13 & 14. Only 100 of these coupons will be issued during the Flash Sale period. Reservations for a stay for which a coupon will be used must be booked through the Casa Laguna front desk. You must advise Casa Laguna at the time of your booking that you will be using a coupon. Coupons cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or special and are not valid for existing reservations. Coupons have no cash value and any unused value will not be refunded.
Casa Laguna's Exclusive New Fall Menu Offers Something for Everyone 27 Sep 2012, 1:28 pm
Ask our previous guests what they liked most about Casa Laguna and some will say the great service. Others might say the beautiful ocean view terraced gardens or the cloudlike beds with luxurious linens. But almost everyone will say they loved our fabulous gourmet breakfasts, chosen from a menu of seven entrees and cooked to order by our acclaimed chefs. Casa Laguna's Chef de Cuisine, Michell Bretall, has just unveiled her new Fall menu, and it's clearly one of our most varied and flavor-filled menus ever—ranging from heavenly duck confit sitting atop a perfectly fried egg and tri-color potatoes; to a hot, crispy corn meal-apple waffle with a sweet-tart cider syrup that is guaranteed to wake up those drowsy morning taste buds. Our always popular Meyer steak and eggs is back on the menu, and the every-changing Casa Benedict once again has a new incarnation—this time with house-made, spicy salt & pepper sausage. As always, the full current Casa Laguna breakfast menu can be found on our website. But don’t forget, Casa Laguna is a bed & breakfast inn, not a restaurant—you must experience our beds before you experience our breakfasts. Book now for the Fall and Winter seasons – and don’t forget to check out the Specials page. (Shhhh….don’t tell our bustling summer crowds….the cooler months are the best time to visit Casa Laguna and Laguna Beach—less traffic, uncrowded beaches, and almost no lines for those coveted sunset-view ocean-front tables.)