4 Spots to Visit in Dana Point’s Lantern District

Craft beer is flowing in this section of Dana Point.
Station Craft; Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Station Craft
The huge patio, bright and airy dining room, and minimalist decor at this new restaurant and brewery draws crowds eager to try one of the 17 beers brewed in-house, available in 8-ounce ($4 to $6) or 16-ounce ($7 to $9) pours. Diners match the IPAs and stouts to shareable starters, such as chicken wings ($14), shishito peppers ($8), and house-made pimento cheese dip ($10), or more substantial fare such as salads, burgers, and sandwiches ($10 to $18). Not a beer drinker? Station Craft also offers wine by the bottle and by the glass. Pair with a classic cheese board. 34150 Pacific Coast Highway, 949-264-8288

Nails Lounge by the Sea
Plush velvet lounge chairs line the exposed-brick walls at this sunny, friendly nail salon, which opened in February. Customers sink into the cushions with a complimentary mimosa while getting gel manicures, acrylics, dipping-powder manicures, and pedicures, complete with little luxuries such as hot towel wraps, arm massages, and organic foot soaks. A “Princess of the Sea” mani-pedi for kids under 12 and a full range of waxing and lash services round out the offerings. 24625 Del Prado, 760-683-9999

Rad Brat
The beer garden vibe at this new spot comes courtesy of the setup—you order at the bar and eat at picnic tables—and the nearly 30 rotating taps, some from local outfits such as Riip Beer Company. To accompany your craft brews, the menu offers a range of bratwurst, sausages, and hot dogs, from a basic chili cheese dog ($8) to the Angry Samoan, a Portuguese sausage topped with fried Spam, teriyaki sauce, pineapple jalapeno salsa, and Maui onion chips ($9). 34091 La Plaza, 949-427-2238

Cycleogical Bikes
The knowledgeable mechanics at this neighborhood bicycle shop are known for fixing bikes quickly, and the shop itself carries road bikes, mountain bikes, and commuter and hybrid styles from brands including Fuji, Marin, and Santa Cruz. Not sure what kind of ride you need? Rent a demo bike for a day, and your rental fee will be applied toward the purchase of a new bike. 34102 La Plaza, 949-542-4777

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