Time Savor

Head to California’s Orange County coast for a classic beach-cottage vacation.

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Crystal Cove Cottage
Photographer Shelley Metcalf

Modern Throwback

From Kelvinator refrigerators to Hawaiian-theme bedspreads, the relaxed coastal setting of Laura’s childhood comes to life here. Laura, her team, and California State Parks staff re-created the style with one goal: “When people walk out of the parking lot, they check into a period between 1935 and 1955,” she says. As a bonus, the community charges affordable prices as retro as the decor. “We put journals in the cottages,” Laura says. “Over and over again people describe it as heaven on Earth. They spend time with their families. They get back to the basics.”

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