Beach Town Getaways | May 2015


Beach Town Getaways  Orange Coast staffers fanned out along the California coast for this detailed report spotlighting six classic beach towns. Discover the best dining, lodging, and attractions in Carmel, Santa Cruz, Mendocino, Pescadero, Morro Bay, and La Jolla.


Not Quite Crazy  What on Earth would possess someone to run for 30, 50, 100 miles at a stretch? In this essay by ultramarathoner Greg Hardesty, we meet some of the Orange County residents who try to explain their pursuit of this punishing pastime. Click here to read about someone who does it for charity.

Selling Johnny  Johnny Carson’s nephew, O.C.’s Jeff Sotzing, controls the licensing rights to “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” We talk to him about the late late-night talk titan’s legacy, and future earning potential, on the eve of an exhibit about the making of the show that opens this month at the Fullerton Art Center. Check out his stuff here.

The Educoder  Computer coding guru Raj Sidhu believes all American children should learn computer coding. His first foray into that educational realm was a board game that teaches the basics of coding. Now he’s opening a coding academy in Costa Mesa in his continuing quest to create more digi-literate future generations.


Read our Main Course review of Boathouse Collective in Costa Mesa, with five spring cocktail recipes from the head bartender here. In The Global Diner, check out three great places to get Peruvian pastas—plus, a fried-seafood app extravaganza. Find the county’s favorite off-menu items in O.C.’s Best here. In Bites, get the latest news on nFuse Bar & Kitchen in Anaheim, gourmet picnic-basket service Waterman’s Harbor in Dana Point, and the playful, mole-rich menu at Amor y Tacos just across the county line in Cerritos.

Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 190 recommended Orange County restaurants.


Meet our Person of Interest, Garrett Deagon, a UCI grad who snagged the plum role of the orphan-snatching Rooster in the national touring company of “Annie,” which opens this month at Segerstrom Center. Explore the county’s newest food hall, the 4th Street Market in Downtown Santa Ana, in our Neighborhoods feature, and see all of our Neighborhoods guides on a map here. We cover what to do in Lower Manhattan in Perfect Getaway, and catalog Diane Keaton’s leading men in Hot Pop.

Click here for our Finds page, showcasing fringed suede for festival season. Hot Shop takes you to Laguna Supply in Corona del Mar. Plus, meet the women behind Beek sandals of Newport Beach in Tastemakers.

Editor’s Letter here.
My O.C.  Life, love, and flag football on the beach among rec players—click here.
Rituals  The quaint, retro Maypole celebration at the strange and wonderful Waldorf School of Orange County in Costa Mesa
Answer Man has tons of O.C. trivia here.

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