Crystal Cove Cottages, Southern California, USA

12 February 2014 . Tags: , ,

Tucked between the housing developments and golf courses of the Orange County coast lies a small settlement of rustic beach cottages seemingly frozen in time. This uniquely preserved beach spot, that has lured travellers and campers since the 1920s has been deemed by the National Register of Historic Places to be “the last intact example of California beach vernacular architecture,”. It is now a registered state park whose cottages are newly available for public overnight visits. From silent-film location to rum-runners’ hideout, scenic setting for a vibrant landscape painting community to 1950s luau-party headquarters, Crystal Cove has managed to remain a bohemian, yet family-friendly, village.


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Built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & ‘40’s, Crystal Cove endures as a magical escape for visitors who appreciate the opportunity to experience California’s natural and architectural beauty, untouched by time.


Thanks to the efforts of the Crystal Cove Alliance, all of the original cottages are still standing today – spared from the hands of developers. Twenty-one cottages have already been authentically restored to reflect the era between 1935 and 1955, when the Cove evolved as a community.


You are invited to experience the magic of Crystal Cove as it existed in the 1930s to ‘50s with a stay in one of 13 Individual or three Dorm-Style Cottages. Located directly on the beach or overlooking the seaside from a bluff top, each cottage has been painstakingly restored and furnished to recreate Crystal Cove’s unique vintage beach culture and rustic ambience. Reservations are available year-round.


Apparently they are very hard to book so MHM tracked down this delightful rental guide, by Gordon Ledgerwood of, that has all the necessary tips to assist you in renting one.  Sounds like it is definitely worth your while!

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