State Park Escapes | March 2016

COVER STORY | State Park Escapes Discover 26 stunning places without leaving California

O.C.’s Last War This gallery of aerial images shot by Laguna Beach photographer Tom Lamb shows more of what former Orange County Register military writer Gary A. Warner describes in his story as “the ruins of a lost civilization.”
Protectors of the Past Six of Orange County’s historical archives, the people who oversee them, and some of the strange and wondrous objects within.


Read our 3-star Main Course review of Pascal in San Juan Capistrano, where pioneering French chef Pascal Olhats has relocated his menu of extraordinary fare. Explore Mexican huaraches in Global Diner, and a fried chicken sandwich Smackdown. Plus, get the latest news on Vaca in Costa Mesa, the Ritz 55 cocktail at Ritz Prime Seafood, and Rose Canyon Cantina & Grill in Trabuco Canyon.

Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 200 recommended Orange County restaurants.


In Person of Interest, meet artist Brian Peterson, who began painting portraits of Santa Ana’s homeless residents after moving to the city last year. Check out the new Pacific City in Huntington Beach in our Neighborhoods feature, and see all of our Neighborhoods guides on a map here. Meet Cypress-raised actress Jodie Sweetin of “Fuller House” in O.C.’s Own, and see and hear a video of the Irish folk group The Fenians in Culturephile before their St. Patrick’s Day show at the Coach House.


Discover the stripes that will be everywhere this spring in Finds, and in Tastemakers, meet Greg Myler, whose mission is to glam-up Irvine-based St. John Knits. Our Hot Shop feature takes us inside Modern Romance in Fashion Island.

Editor’s Letter Martin J. Smith’s preview of the issue here.
My O.C. What’s so bad about navigating the world with a soft-focus filter?
Answer Man has tons of O.C. trivia here.

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