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What to see in Laguna Beach this summer

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).

The northern lights hit the West, San Francisco’s best shops, and more great travel finds

Summer is officially underway, and it’s Friday—time to pack our bags and hit the road. 

Our favorite new SoCal stays

  From refurbished beachfront hideaways to recently opened inns, these 8 hotels are well worth a check in.

Lose the Lawn: before and after in Newport Beach, CA

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.