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Laguna Beach

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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.
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).
Gelato Paradiso
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.
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