Casa Laguna Inn

2510 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, California 92651
Innkeeper(s): Francois Leclair, Kathryn Mace
 
  • Introduction

    Located on a terraced hillside in Laguna Beach, California, Casa Laguna's mission-style buildings and lush green gardens exude the romantic ambiance of bygone days when Laguna Beach developed its reputation as an artist colony and hideaway for Hollywood film stars.

    Towering palms frame spectacular expansive views of the blue Pacific Ocean, and a myriad of secluded patios invite you to linger, relax, and rejuvenate. Lounge on the sunny pool deck, take a dip in our heated pool, or reserve a picnic lunch to take to nearby Victoria Beach. Our on-site spa offers a variety of massage services, including hot stone and couples massage. 

    As you snuggle down in one of our antique beds among luxurious eco-friendly linens, we invite you to dream of breakfast - not just any breakfast, but your choice of several culinary masterpieces by our acclaimed chefs. Our guests always rave about our breakfasts! At Select Registry's Inn-Credible Breakfast Cook-off, Casa Laguna chefs won the Silver Medal in 2007, and the Gold Medal in 2008. There's also an evening wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, featuring an array of gourmet appetizers created in our kitchen exclusively for this event.

    While you enjoy your evening wine, visit with fellow-guests in the Mission House, or sneak away to the Bell Tower to enjoy a magnificent Catalina sunset. Casa Laguna's tower has become famous as a place to propose, or lift a glass in celebration of a new marriage or a landmark anniversary. Casa Laguna is all about romance. Our rooms are all designed for one or two adult guests. The inn is not considered appropriate for families, groups, or children.

    Casa Laguna is within walking distance of two superb restaurants; as well as beaches and tide pools. We are less than two miles from downtown Laguna Beach - far enough to be away from the traffic and bustle, but close enough to enjoy a day exploring Laguna's many shops, art galleries, and summer festivals.

    Our inn welcomes well behaved, clean and healthy pets, with certain restrictions. We can also recommend a number of pet-friendly (outdoor patio) restaurants, as well as dog parks and beaches. If you plan to bring your pet, we suggest you call first so we can give you the full "scoop."

     Casa Laguna was voted "Best of Orange County" for nine consecutive years by the OC Register; and, we were featured as a "Romantic Stay" in Sunset Magazine and a "Best Coastal Inn" in Coastal Living Magazine.

     

     

     

     

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Kathryn Mace and Francois Leclair for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Honeymoons, engagements, anniversaries, babymoons and birthdays

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Best known for romance and our award winning breakfast. We are a closed compound with only registered guests allowed on property which provides an unusually peaceful and relaxing ambiance. I love the gardens & fountains that create the romantic atmosphere we are so proud of.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Art.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    That we make guests feel like they are our personal guests and the only ones on property.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Hidden beaches.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Whale watching trip, visit art galleries, learn standup paddle boarding, or wine tasting.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Two beautiful beaches and two great restaurants.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Broadway – California eclectic.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Laguna Beach Info.com

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    22.

    Do you accept pets?

    Yes, with restrictions.

     

  • Breakfast at Casa Laguna

    We are famous for our award winning gourmet breakfasts that guests choose each morning from a menu of entrée selections and sides.

    Breakfast is served from 7:30am to 10:30am in the Mission House and on our beautiful Palm Court, which is heated during cooler months. You will seat yourself, and a server will take your order and deliver your food. Coffee and a variety of teas and juices are available at our self-service beverage bar. Every effort is made to accommodate diet restrictions and special needs whenever possible, provided that sufficient advance notice has been given. For a service charge of $25, breakfast can be delivered to your room, provided we have at least 30 minutes notice.  We are the only Laguna Beach bed & breakfast to offer a full menu of gourmet entrees and sides, and our breakfast quality is unmatched by any Laguna Beach hotel. Meal service is limited to registered guests only.

    Our Gourmet Wine & Hors D'Oeuvre Reception

    This is not your typical B&B wine & cheese.

    In addition to a selection of rare and unique imported and domestic cheeses, our chefs also prepare a number of delicious gourmet appetizers, both sweet and savory, made freshly in-house each day. A variety of red and white wines are served, as well as non-alcoholic cider and sparkling water. During the reception, guests often mingle in the Mission House or on the Palm Court; or, couples may want to sneak away to a private nook, sunset patio, or our famous Bell Tower. The reception starts promptly at 5pm and ends promptly at 7pm. This reception is provided for the enjoyment of our registered guests only.

    Casa Laguna's Box Lunch

    Enjoy a gourmet lunch on one of our beautiful patios, or picnic at nearby Victoria Beach. Choose either a delicious gourmet sandwich or salad, or a cheese plate. Choice of soft drink or bottled water is also included. Just place your order during breakfast or call the front desk prior to 10:30am. Your lunch will be boxed and ready for pickup at 1pm.
    $17 per person.

    These are our current offerings, but the menu changes with availability of seasonal ingredients and the whim of our chef, so be sure to check back often and see what's new:

    • Paris Train Station Sandwich: Prosciutto, herbed butter & cornichon on a French Baguette.
    • Ensalada Casa: Baby mesclun, tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, olives garbanzo beans with lemon & olive oil dressing.
    • BLT Salad: Diced Pancetta tossed with shredded Romaine, house aioli & sliced heirloom tomatoes with our 7 Grain Malty toast on the side.
    • “Rye Not?”: A vegetarian feast of cucumber, tomato, red onion, house made hummus & avocado slices & dressed lightly with balsamic & olive oil on rye bread.
    • Cheese Plate: Your choice of three cheeses from our chefs selection. Ask for our current offerings. To round out your plate our chef will select from: nuts, olives, cornichon, grapes or dried fruit- and always with several slices of French baguette.
  • Casa Laguna Spa

    Casa Laguna SpaOur spa pampers guests with rejuvenating massage, reflexology, salt scrubs, and/or a relaxing soak. These services are available to our registered guests only. Advance reservations are always required. Cancellation policies and penalties are strictly enforced. Be sure to read Spa Policies.

    Swedish Massage

    An oil massage, using five types of manipulation: long strokes, kneading, deep circular movement, tapping, and vibration to promote relaxation, improve circulation, relieve tension, and expand the range of motion. Sixty minutes $90. Ninety minutes $130.

    Deep Tissue Massage

    A deep, penetrating form of massage designed to separate the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held patterns of tension. Sixty minutes $100. Ninety minutes $140.

    Reflexology

    This healing massage stimulates energy pathways through reflexes on the feet, hands and ears, promoting relaxation and a sense of well-being. Sixty minutes $100. Ninety minutes $140.

    Togetherness Massage

    Simultaneous massages for two are performed in an intimate ambiance allowing you and your partner to share the bliss. Sixty or ninety minute massage and forty-five minute therapeutic soak in our ocean view garden tub (subject to availability) with complimentary champagne and flutes. Sixty-minute massage, forty-five min. soak -- $250. Ninety minute massage, forty-five min. soak – $300.

    Sunset Togetherness

    Includes same features as Togetherness Massage, but tub is booked for sunset. Pricing as above but with additional $50 service fee to assure soak begins at sunset. For obvious reasons, sunset quality or visibility cannot be guaranteed and no refunds will be given.

    Salt Polish and Pamper

    The experience begins with an invigorating and exfoliating Papaya Salt Glow scrub. The ingredients in our special apothecary blend nourish the skin while gently renewing its appearance. The scrub is followed by a refreshing rinse and a relaxing rub down. Your choice of aromatherapy essences will be infused throughout the treatment. Restricted to ninety minutes only, $200.

    Hot Stone Massage

    A massage technique using warm stones gently placed on and under the body at precise trigger points. Stone massage is a great treatment for melting away stress, and has a profoundly relaxing effect on the mind and body. Restricted to ninety minutes only, $140.

    Aroma Therapy can be added to any treatment for $15.00

    Therapeutic Soak Tub Only:

    Use of our theraputic soak tub is considered a spa treatment, and is available by reservation only, as priced below. The tub is not otherwise open to guests. Bathing suits must be worn at all times. This is the tub and view featured in our “signature” photograph. Because this is a popular service that is usually included in our “Togetherness” massage packages, “soak tub only” reservations can only be made on the morning of the treatment. For the best overall spa value and the ability to make advance spa tub reservations, reserve one of our “Togetherness” packages.

    Romance in the Garden -- Therapeutic Soak with Champagne

    Take a 45 minute therapeutic soak in our ocean view garden tub. (Subject to availability.) Alongside the tub you will find a bottle of sparkling wine and two souvenir champagne flutes featuring our romantic tower logo. $50

    Sunset in the Garden -- Therapeutic Soak with Champagne

    Includes the same features as Romance in the Garden, but the soak starts promptly at sunset. (Subject to availability.) Pricing is as above, but with an additional $25 service fee to assure soak begins at sunset. For obvious reasons, sunset quality or visibility cannot be guaranteed and no refunds will be given.

  • Activities

    Pageant of the Masters and Festival of the Arts

    A tradition in Laguna Beach since 1932, the Pageant of the Masters (800-487-3378 )is a tableau vivant presentation of works by The Masters, and is a unique experience not to be missed. The Pageant runs nightly from mid-summer through early fall, along with the Festival of the Arts, which provides visitors with a “one stop shopping” experience for art of all types and in all price ranges. Also running concurrent with the Pageant is the Sawdust Festival and Art-a-Fair, featuring arts and crafts from local and regional artists.

    Art Galleries & Museums

    Downtown Laguna Beach, Canyon Road, and Pacific Coast Highway are all home to a significant number of art galleries displaying and selling an infinite variety of media. Laguna Art Museum (949-494-8971) is an exceptional regional art museum with a very active schedule featuring a wide array of artists and media.

    Beaches and Coves of Laguna Beach

    Laguna Beach is famous for miles of sandy beaches, crystal blue coves, and rocky points. Beautiful Victoria Beach is a short stroll from Casa Laguna and is known for its soft white sand, beautiful blue-green water, impressive residences (old and new), and its famous residents. Moss Point sits just to the north of Casa Laguna and offers a close-up look at marine wild life and nature's progress in its tide pools, sheer cliffs and rock formations. Main Beach (photo above), in the heart of Laguna Village is the center of beach life, with its famous Lifeguard Tower surrounded by volleyball and basketball courts, street festivals, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and more. North of Main Beach, beautiful Heisler Park winds its way along some of the most scenic cliffs on the California Coast. A walk through the park offers the observer prime examples of the natural geography, flora, and fauna of the California Sea Coast.

    Dining in Laguna Beach

    Some of the finest dining in Orange County, California, can be found in Laguna Beach restaurants. Casa Laguna's guests can peruse a portfolio of menus in our Mission House lobby, and our staff is always eager to assist guests with choosing a restaurant or making reservations. Two fine-dining restaurants are within walking distance of Casa Laguna: Dizz’s As-Is (949-494-5250) features an ever-changing menu of traditional continental cuisine in an eclectic setting; and, the highly Zagat rated Tabu Grill (949-494-7743) offers a wide variety of gourmet fare for just about every preference-supplemented by a superb wine list. Downtown Laguna Beach, just 1.5 miles from Casa Laguna, provides a rich canvas of restaurant types, including many new arrivals that have greatly widened the area’s culinary landscape. Several excellent eateries can also be found at the edges of town, in areas designated as North Laguna and South Laguna. Included among the favorite restaurants of Casa Laguna staff and management are:  Broadway by Amar Santana,  French 75, Asada Laguna, Nirvana Grille, Sundried Tomato, Cafe Zoolu, House of Big Fish, Madison Square & Garden Café, Mozambique, Sapphire, Splashes at the Surf & Sand, Studio at Montage, Rock'n Fish, and Watermarc.

    The City of Laguna Beach

    The “village” of Laguna Beach developed as an artist colony from about 1920 through the mid-1980s, when property values and other economic factors led many artists to seek less expensive quarters elsewhere. However, the city is still all about “the arts,” whether that be painting and sculpture, music, or theater. Downtown Laguna and the major thoroughfares are also home to an endless variety of shops and restaurants.

    Theatrical Entertainment at the Laguna Playhouse

    More than 100,000 theatre patrons attend performances at The Laguna Playhouse each season, with countless others participating in its educational and community programming. The award-winning Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre is widely recognized for its outstanding youth education programs, and has been named “Outstanding Arts Education Entity” by Arts Orange County and for its “Outstanding Contribution to Education” by the Orange County Department of Education. Additionally the Laguna Playhouse has welcomed Community Collaborators such as CADance and the Laguna Dance Festival, Laguna Beach Live, and the Laguna Community Band as well as offering special engagements such as comedian Rita Rudner, performance artist Hershey Felder, and author Dean Koontz.

    Laguna Beach Wilderness Parks and Outdoor Activities

    More than 19,000 acres of coastal wilderness, parks, open space and marine preserves surround Laguna. Walking, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding and bird-watching are some of the activities found in the South Coast Regional Wilderness and surrounds. As Laguna Coast Wilderness Park's new headquarters, the Nix Nature Center is the gateway for recreational users to explore a vast network of linked trails throughout the 20,000-acre South Coast Regional Wilderness. The nature center's picture windows frame four main views into the surrounding parklands, challenging visitors of all ages to consider the wilderness from various perspectives. An easy loop trail just outside the center encourages visitors to appreciate the park's natural beauty. Restrooms with changing tables, drinking fountains, picnic tables, free maps and nature-oriented merchandise are available on site. Call the park at 949-923-2235 for program information.

    Whale Watching with Captain Dave Dolphin Safari and Dana Wharf Cruises

    More than 20,000 gray whales swim the Pacific shores during their annual migration, passing through the waters of Laguna from mid-December to early April. The summer months attract pods of dolphins, the occasional blue whales, harbor seals, and California sea lions. Get close to these marine friends through an excursion out of Dana Point with Captain Dave or Dana Wharf cruises.

    Wine Tasting in the Laguna Beach Area

    Yes, wine tasting in Orange County! Several wineries are within a short drive of Casa Laguna -- Hamilton Oaks  by appointment W-Su (949-459-6913), Laguna Canyon Winery 11-6 Tu-Su (949-715-9463), and Orange Coast Winery 12-5 Sa-Su or by appointment (949-554-4920). The wine cave (photo above) at Newport Beach Winery (949-500-0273), is available for private events, but tastings are strictly by appointment and they are not otherwise open to the public.

  • How to Find Us

    Heading North:

    From I-5 N:

    • Take the CA-1/CAMINO LAS RAMBLAS exit towards BEACH CITIES
    • Keep LEFT at the fork in the ramp
    • Merge onto CA-1/PACIFIC COAST HWY, which becomes COAST HWY
    • 6.7 miles

    Heading South:

    From I-5 S or I-405 S:

    • Take the CA-133 S exit towards Laguna Beach
    • Merge onto CA-133 S. 9 miles
    • Turn LEFT onto COAST HWY/CA-1
    • 1.75 miles