Archive for May, 2018

Cottage #23 “Casita del Mar” on the North Beach

May 10, 2018

“We figured we were in the world’s perfect spot,” wrote one longtime resident of Cottage #23 — also known as “Casita del Mar.” Offering “splendid views from the deck,” the cottage dates from 1932 and is part of the mid-bluff grouping of the North Beach. Not much is known of the original builders, but drill […]

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Crystal Cove’s Beautiful Coastal Sage Scrub

May 10, 2018

The sight of scrub brush, the smell of sage, and the sound of gnatcatchers; indicators of quality Coastal Sage Scrub and characteristics of much of the landscape of Crystal Cove.  Coastal Sage Scrub, the primary plant community of Crystal Cove, is a collection of plants which are adapted to the dry conditions they face in […]

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Plein Air Painting Classes at the Cove this Summer

May 10, 2018

Every summer, Crystal Cove hosts Plein-Air painting classes at Cottage #13 with an instructor, giving beginning painters the opportunity to participate in a nearly 100-year-old tradition at Crystal Cove. Debbie Morines was one such participant in our classes, and eventually went on to be featured in one of our Art Shows! Here is her experience: […]

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Consider Becoming a Member of Crystal Cove Conservancy

May 10, 2018

With spring in the air, there is a sense of renewal throughout all of Crystal Cove. Our 2,400 protected acres of backcountry are in bloom with a bounty of butterflies and birds. Our 1,150-acre offshore underwater park creates a peaceful pathway for migrating gray whales. With the days becoming longer and the sun dipping below […]

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