Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach
Many goop staffers opt to stay at the Montage for the special occasions—and the Laguna Beach location, perched on a coastal clifftop overlooking the Pacific, is particularly memorable. It's the kind of place that's perfect for both family vacations (it's great for keeping littles occupied) and romantic getaways. Each of the 250 guest rooms feature Craftsman-style architecture, dark, stately furnishings, and make the most of the views. The property is so pretty you won't really want to leave, so it's easy to alternate between the three restaurants, all of which cull ingredients for their menus from the resort's expansive garden. Almost everyone comes here for the 20,000-foot-spa, which is most certainly worth it if you're in need of R&R. Tip: If you book a treatment as a non-guest, you have access to the gym and (less crowded) spa pool.
Driftwood Kitchen & Stateroom Bar
619 Sleepy Hollow Ln., Laguna Beach
Always packed and with patio seating overlooking the ocean, Driftwood Kitchen is a staple for Sunday brunch. Look for a pretty consistently solid menu featuring Crab Benedict, blueberry pancakes, and the Beach Burger—heartily topped with bacon, chipotle, cheddar, and tomatoes.
Zinc Café and Market
350 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach
We've been fans of Zinc since it first got its start Orange County before expanding to other locations (there are similar outposts in Corona del Mar and DTLA). Like its sister locations, the Laguna Beach space is bright and airy making it a great spot for a low-key breakfast or lunch meeting—it's also perfect for carry-out. Go for the salads (tri-colore and avocado), baked goods (scones, croissants, and gluten-free muffins), and wood-fired pizzas (margherita, funghi, pesto).
Selanne Steak Tavern
1464 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach
The fact that we're not big red meat eaters doesn't deter us from a night out here. Chef Joshua Severson delivers classic American dishes, including an excellent Jidori chicken, plenty of fresh veggie sides, and pretty delicious mac 'n cheese. The adjacent gourmet shoppe next door offers a good mix of made-to-order favorites from the chef.
448 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach
This teeny Laguna Beach gelato shop is consistently marked by a line that stretch well beyond its adorable alleyway storefront—no matter the time of day. The good news? It's worth the wait: their gelato, which comes in all the traditional Italian flavors plus dozens of fan favorites like cookies-and-cream and salted caramel, is made onsite, in small batches, using time-honored Sicilian recipes. The elaborate gelato cakes make great hostess gifts (but secure yours in advance, as they tend to sell out). There are also locations in Newport Beach and San Diego.
The Pearl Laguna
21095 Raquel Rd., Laguna Beach
A week-long holistic retreat on the beach, The Pearl offers guests a luxurious way to detox and decompress with daily hikes, yoga, and restorative massage, as well as introductions to new practices like Tai Chi or chakra balancing. After a week of clean eating, days full of exercise, quality time in nature, and lots of sleep, you'll leave here feeling lighter in every sense of the word.
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