Head to California’s Orange County coast for a classic beach-cottage vacation.
Photographer Shelley Metcalf , Writer Kelly Brown Tomas
Life at Crystal Cove is slow and soulful. Ocean waves sweep toward a solitary lifeguard chair as the setting sun casts a fiery
glow on its orange seat. Beachgoers remain planted in the sand, relishing the last rays of light. And a sense of simplicity
surrounds the cove’s vintage cottages. They’re not even visible from the blufftop highway that snakes down the Southern California