One of our all-time favorite sea-and-sand getaways is Laguna Beach, California, for its achingly cute downtown, not one but two summerlong arts festivals, and the spectacle we never tire of: Pageant of the Masters (from $15; Jul 8–Aug 31).
When you live in Newport Beach, California, the ocean is a part of life. “We spend a ton of time in the water—either at the beach or on our boat,” says homeowner Dandy O’Shea. Back home, though, her family’s backyard—a bland patch of grass—didn’t reflect this lifestyle. So they hired garden designer Molly Wood to transform the spot into a beachy retreat.
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