Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Relaxing Time At Crystal Cove Cottages

The above painting is from a very talented local artist Linda Wissler, we have framed these beautiful custom works for clients. They look fabulous displayed in a collection!
The Crystal Cove Cottages are located at Crystal Cove State Beach between Corona del Mar and Newport Beach. Nestled in the Los Trancos Creek on the coast in Southern California, are 46 rustic coastal cottages built in the early 1920's and 1930's. The cove was originally owned by James Irvine Jr., who allowed people to camp on the property. He allowed people to build small cabins there and rent the land. The cove and its cottages became a set for Hollywood filmmakers in the 1920's and 1930's. It also became a beach colony of artists painting the serene setting of coastal cottage living. The book on Crystal Cove Cottages is one of my favorites! A fabulous, historical and picturesque view of one of California's historical preserves.

The cottages are available for 7 day stays and The Beachcomber Restaurant was created from a converted cottage on the beach overlooking the ocean. Parking is available across Pacific Coast Highway and a vintage style trolley will take you to the cottages and restaurant for a small fee. (the trolley is so cute!)


Here is a colored version of the vintage photo taken in the 1950's at the gathering point where the Beachcomber sits today. The famous martini flag would raise as the sun goes down to start the party! The martini flag raises today at The Beachcomber Cafe, just as it did in the '50's. It's a casual atmosphere at the cafe, my husband and I take our two children for lunch or dinner. It's so relaxing that we find it difficult to leave! Sometimes the kids play on the beach and we enjoy a glass of wine! Try the ripened tomato tart for an appetizer and the baked bleu tomato soup is delicious too! Another favorite is the vegetable crepes!



A small tour of a few of the cottages available:
The South Sea Shanty cottage built in 1938.




The Romantic Retreat cottage built in 1938, also available for stays.




I love this cottage! My favorite art is painted from this setting! Cottage 13 is called " The Beaches Cottage"- it was in the 1988 Bette Midler film Beaches.
Six couples built the cottage in the late 1920's.













The Shell Shack Cottage was built in 1926.
There are 14 finished cottages out of the 46 cottages on the cove. The next phase is currently in progress to finish more cottages to become available for 7 day stays. The base rate starts at around $95 per night. There is always a long waiting list. It's very rustic- with the decor of the cottages as it would be in the 1940's and 1950's. For more info: http://www.crystalcovebeachcottages.org/

The painting at the top of this post is an example of the framed landscape paintings available from our design studio, painted by a very talented local artist. At the right of the blog posts, you will find a photo of the style of framed paintings from Linda Wissler available from Zuniga Interiors. Each one may vary. These paintings are of the Crystal Cove Cottages and Crystal Cove Beach. The frames have a vintage feel, they are perfect in a collection or grouping. Place one on an easel in a vignette. Contact our studio for details.




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