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What's New in Laguna Beach
New Restaurant Openings
Broadway by Amar Santana opened September 2011. Amar Santana was formerly the chef at Charlie Palmer restaurant in South Coast Plaza. The restaurant is designed with an industrial New York vibe. The inventive menu will feature seasonal items such as Lobster and Shrimp Corn Dogs with Tarragon Emulsion; Pan Roasted Sea Scallops with Sea Urchin Risotto and Passion Fruit; Bacon Wrapped Braised Pork Cheek with Roasted Garlic Grits and BBQ Honey; Slow Poached Organic Chicken Eggs with Chicken Livers, Chicken Wings and Crispy Chicken Skin, and Foie Gras Stuffed Quail in Celery Root Puree with Pumpernickel and Truffle Jus. www.broadwaybyamarsantana.com
Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink is a neighborhood establishment featuring Chef-driven comfort food. With an emphasis on the farm to fork movement, they support principles of sustainability and responsible farms and fisheries. "Globally Influenced, Domestically Sourced." They utilize fresh, local ingredients with a seasonally changing menu. www.370common.com
Laguna Beach Foodies
Visit Laguna BeachTM launched http://www.lagunabeachinfo.com/foodies/ in 2011. Guests have the opportunity to sign up to receive instant access to exclusive restaurant offers in Laguna Beach (2 for 1 entrees, 20% off total bill, etc).
Hotel Laguna has created a new synergy with the community by partnering with Pageant of the Masters for their property-wide renovation. They are now displaying large, framed photographs taken 'behind the scenes' at Pageant of the Masters in the newly renovated guest rooms. Also, the Terrace Cafe has been renamed OceanView Bar & Grill offering new menu items. www.hotellaguna.com
Inn at Laguna Beach, offering intimate ocean lodging at Main Beach above the Pacific in the heart of Laguna, will undergo a complete renovation in Spring 2012 to include guest rooms, the swimming pool and spa, and sun terrace. Guest rooms will have new furniture, carpet and paint with upgraded bathrooms. The pool area will have a new deck and furniture, and the pool will be re-plastered with new tiles. The Pacific meeting room and fourth floor terrace will receive new flooring, new furniture and higher glass walls on both sides to cut down on noise and wind. The concept is to create a beachy chic look, and wherever possible they are using items that are environmentally conscious such as dual flush toilets and 30% recycled material for the bathroom tiles. is located at 211 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. www.innatlagunabeach.com
Pacific Edge Hotel
New additions include The Deck and Indoor/Outdoor Cabanas. Pacific Edge, Joie de Vivre Hotels' Laguna Beach property, unveils The Deck, boasting the ultimate beachfront restaurant experience literally right on the sand. Guests can nosh on casual beach fare, sip on freshly made cocktails, take a dip in the ocean, watch the surfers, paddle boarders and dolphins, or catch a sunset. Guests visiting The Deck can relax on lounge chairs in the sand, store paddleboards at the beach valet, take a surf lesson, or rent a cabana. The five fully private beachfront cabanas (that open out to a deck with direct access to the beach) offer a menu of "extras," including a masseuse, mobile airbrush spray tanning, manicure/pedicure, and a personal photographer/videographer. Available for day use only, and you don't have to be a hotel guest to take advantage of this special pampering. Cabanas can accommodate up to eight people. www.pacificedgehotel.com
Surf & Sand Resort recently underwent a complete guest room/suite and pool deck renovation. With the completion of its $3 million renovation project that included the pool deck, Aquaterra Spa and Splashes Restaurant, these new design elements have transformed this idyllic ocean front resort to a more modern aesthetic. The resort features 167 guest rooms, including 13 suites and 3 penthouses that sit terraced above the sea. Its newly remodeled pool, with a modern-chic design, features new cabanas, chaise lounges, a mosaic tile wall designed by a local artist and a newly added poolside bar. Surf & Sand is one of only five oceanfront properties in the state. www.surfandsandresort.com