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The Resident Ravens of Crystal Cove

Oct 17, 2019

As summer comes to an end, visitors at Crystal Cove make their way back home. Along with the flocks of shorebirds that start to migrate in, as you take your stroll along the park, you may encounter a shadowy black figure flying overhead. Chances are that you might have witnessed a common raven. Common ravens […]

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From Jazz Era to Artists’s Retreat: Cottage #32

Oct 16, 2019

  In 1968, artist Alice Powell and her husband Tom acquired Cottage #32, also known by the whimsical “Hi-de-Ho” sign displayed on its exterior. Alice was a ceramicist who kept a kiln and workshop in the backyard of the cottage and hand painted her original fired work. Tom passed away in 1987, and Alice later […]

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North Beach Construction Update 10-16-19

Oct 16, 2019

So far, 29 of the 46 cottages in Crystal Cove’s Historic District have been restored and turned into low-cost coastal accommodations, providing public access to the beach and allowing individuals and families the opportunity to stay overnight mere feet from the water at extremely affordable rates.  Today, 17 of the historic seaside cottages at Crystal […]

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Crystal Cove Beach Cottages Staff Highlight

Sep 12, 2019

  The Crystal Cove Beach Cottage experience goes beyond just staying in the cottages. It includes the crew that helps hold the entire operation together behind the scenes. From the front desk, to the shuttle service, to the maintenance, to the traffic control, Beach Cottages is an operation that has continuously served over 4,000 guests […]

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Founder’s Historic District Tour: A Walk Through Time

Sep 12, 2019

  An adventure in time travel begins every third Sunday at noon at Crystal Cove. Laura Davick, Founder Emeritus of Crystal Cove Conservancy, started offering an informal tour of the past, present, and future of the 12-acre Historic District way back in 2001. The cottage residents had just moved out, and the walking tour was […]

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Forests of the Sea

Sep 12, 2019

  Each year, close to 2 million visitors get to engage and explore the many worlds of Crystal Cove State Park. Hiking in the backcountry, exploring the tidepools, or enjoying a day in the water are all very popular attractions, but only a fraction of these people explore the world that is just below the […]

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Whale watching boat spots Blue Whale!

Aug 14, 2019

On a warm summer day, The Newport Legacy, a whale watching boat from Newport Beach, sat idle about four miles from Crystal Cove State Park as they waited for a large whale to emerge from the depths of the ocean. This whale was about 85 feet long, which was at least 10 feet longer than […]

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The Cottage in Crystal Cove Hollow: Cottage 00 — “The Office”

Aug 14, 2019

Crystal Cove was a natural paradise discovered by artists, tent campers, and the silent film industry more than a century ago. From as early as 1917, movie studios planted palm trees to make the Cove even more cinematically tropical. It’s believed that every palm at Crystal Cove was planted by a Hollywood studio, including the […]

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Cottage #46 – The Summer Store

Jul 17, 2019

Summertime has always been the busiest season at Crystal Cove, and from early days, there was a summer store right on the beach to serve the summertime Cove community. The first summer store was a palm-thatched snack stand. By 1935 it had been replaced by the red and white Soda Shack. After the Soda Shack […]

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