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There’s a reason why so many poets and authors have called Laguna Beach home for some part of their lives (hint: not because of the great bar scene). It’s undoubtedly charming.

Artists in the early 1900s flocked to Laguna due to its fantastic landscape scenes full of cliffs, ocean vistas, coves, rolling hills and deep canyons. At one point during this time, the town had a population of 300 – half of which were artists.

Although much has changed since then, Laguna still holds its enchantment as well as its healthy artist contingent. The town has not grown geographically bigger, since it’s nestled in between a canyon and the ocean and protected from too much change by proud residents fiercely protective of their city’s unique architecture and style.

But Laguna’s not just about looks. (Although this could be easily debated – we are talking about Orange County). The community keeps a very active yearly agenda:

Every first Thursday of the month, the Laguna Beach Art Walk has the town’s galleries open their doors to showcase what they’re proud of…along with free wine and snacks.

During the summer months the Sawdust Art Festival runs from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. with heaps of artwork, music and more. And then there’s the famed Pageant of the Masters, where people recreate famous and new original paintings on stage with an orchestra playing in the background.

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