A Cove to Call Home
Summer after summer after summer Catalina beckons and a community sets anchor in White’s Cove
White’s Cove, four miles from Avalon on the leeward coast of Catalina Island, is a shallow inlet of tall palms framed by scrub-covered hills that jut sharply from the sea. Yachters from Newport Beach have sought out the idyllic spot for more th... Full story
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Best Sellers
The Hottest Homes in coastal Orange County
What tops buying a luxury home with a view of the Pacific Ocean? That’s easy. Finding one that’s newly built. Three of the five Orange County homes recorded in the Multiple Listing Service as selling for the heftiest sums in the first hal... Full story
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Grain of Goodness
For these passionate sailors, it’s wood that floats their boats
Catch the rich glow of varnished mahogany in the morning sunlight, notice the sleek, simple lines, and – if you score an invitation – step into a wooden boat for an up-close experience, and very likely you’ll be hooked. Wooden boa... Full story
Raffish Throwback
The no-fills crab cooker holds onto its colorful heritage
Nobody goes to the Crab Cooker for its eccentric charm. Not only, anyway. You go for the fresh fish, cooked on open rotating charcoal grills visible to anyone who wants to watch: oysters, Alaskan king crab, king crab killer claws, Maryland-style crab... Full story
The Original Surf Star
Huntington Beach's Peter Townend and a turned-around trophy caught the very first wave of professional surfing
When Huntington Beach’s Peter Townend, best known as PT, sees what professional surfing has become in the four decades since he became the sport’s first world champion, he is both stoked and amazed. Today, professional surfing’s cha... Full story
Behind the scenes at the Pageant of the Masters
Two singular experiences frame the breadth of Dan Duling’s writing career. One, the 1997 sci-fi movie “Last Lives,” featured a man grappling “against time, space, and his own mortality,” in the words of the review websit... Full story
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Dig in and bottoms up at Orange County's inventive gastropubs
These six spots are elevating pub fare
Gastropubs aren’t new to the Orange County dining scene, but what is new is the mindset. Gone are the days when grabbing a drink with friends meant nursing a flavorless bottled beer with an apathetically plated appetizer. More than just bars th... Full story
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Local skippers manage their hopes, strategies and fears for the 48th Transpac
On Christmas morning when Dana Point’s Chris Hemans was 6 years old, he ran downstairs to get a look at what Santa had put under the tree. To his amazement, he found an 8-foot Sabot sailboat (how Santa got it down the chimney wasn’t quest... Full story
Who are Orange County's Super Chefs?
A handful of veterans rise head and shoulders above the rest
Among local culinary wizards, a handful of veterans rise head and shoulders above the rest. Brimming with creativity and proven leadership ability, each has the physical stamina and strength of character to put out fires — sometimes literally &... Full story
Where to eat now? Top 10 spots along Newport Harbor and Balboa Peninsula
Newport Harbor and the Balboa Peninsula embody the endless-summer lifestyle for which coastal Orange County is justly famous. And what’s not to love about the wide-open beaches, The Wedge, the idyllic pace of Balboa Island, the impressive yacht... Full story

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