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Monday, January 7, 2013

Great Escape: Crystal Cove Cottages

Dotting a 3-mile stretch along one of the most desirable beaches in Southern California, the historic cottages of Crystal Cove sit like a string of inherited pearls. Classic, sentimental -and yes, handed down.


You see, in 2006, the charming clapboard and shingled ocean front cottages became available for rent at bargain prices through the California State Parks system. In a way, they belong to all of us. Did you know you had a beach house on California's Gold Coast? 


The small slice of coastline is home to 46 cottages (including shared-use, dormitory-style digs and ADA approved sites) that date from the 1920's (when they were used as film sets for silent movies) through the 1950's. 

Until recently, 17 of the cottages stood empty awaiting funds for restoration. This year, however, the Crystal Cove Alliance, the non-profit organization responsible for saving the cottages from demolition and developers, report they have raised the necessary funds to restore the rest of the colony. 


Reasonably priced rates (we're talking steps to the shore!) offer one of the best deals around, but there's a catch: reservations are as elusive as Willy Wonka's Golden ticket. But not impossible (ever the optimist...).

 Like all state-operated campsites and lodgings, reservations for the vintage cottages become available through ReserveAmerica on the first day of every month for the upcoming six months.

Since the most popular state park sites (i.e. Crystal Cove Cottages) book up immediately (like within minutes of becoming available), the first day of the month allows would-be travelers the opportunity to grab newly-released dates six months out. It's a cyber free-for-all, sort of like one of those door-crasher wedding gown sales...but with surf, sand and relaxation at stake.

Bottom line: If you are looking to score a cottage in August, you and your flying fingers must be at a computer keyboard and ready to strike at 8am on February 1st.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Winterscape at the beach. The quiet season.

It's never too early to start planning that next getaway...

 Check out this comprehensive video from the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages website:


  1. Great shots of a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing. On my calendar to dial Feb. 1!

  2. Yay! Go, Kim! Good luck!! Let me know if you score one...may have to barge in for dinner!

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