Archive for the ‘Historical’ Category

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 By 1935 it had been replaced by the red and white Soda Shack.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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Summer Camp at Crystal Cove

May 15, 2019

From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, families flocked  to Crystal Cove to set up camp for the summer In the early days at the cove, after the highway was completed in the mid-1920s, people began to discover the beauty of Orange County’s coast. No longer the well-kept secret of Hollywood insiders and Irvine Ranch employees, the cove was now open […]

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“This is truly a magical place” – Cottage #14, South Beach Suite

Mar 15, 2019

  Cottage #14 began as a simple palm-frond hut hastily built during The Great Depression. Over the years,  the once tiny hut evolved into a spacious light-filled cottage available for overnight lodging. Known now as “South Beach Suite” for its South Beach location and views, and as “McCloskey Cottage” for the family who lived there […]

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Cottage #26 – Browning Cottage on the North Beach

Oct 18, 2018

  Crystal Cove is known for its one-of-a-kind vernacular architecture as well as its celebrations and traditions, and one historic cottage combined these concepts in its annual Costume and Charades party. The party, held during the 1950s and 1960s by the Browning family of Cottage #26, incorporated a ¨no-store-bought¨ element of vernacular design with the […]

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A Party For All Seasons: Crystal Cove’s Soiree Over The Years

Sep 14, 2018

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Laura Davick said when announcing Crystal Cove’s first fundraising Gala in 2003. “A lot of fun” on one evening of the year can do a lot of good at the Cove all year long, and the 16th Annual Soiree on October 6 promises both. This year’s theme […]

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Tent Camping at Crystal Cove

Aug 10, 2018

It wasn’t an exaggeration when longtime Coveite Mike Fenderson described the heyday of Crystal Cove’s tent camping era as “going to live all summer at the beach.” Families pulled up to the sand over Memorial Day weekend with trucks and trailers full of supplies for ingenious tents that they lived in through Labor Day weekend. […]

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