Archive for the ‘Historical’ Category

“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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Oct 18, 2018

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ON CRYSTAL COVE: A HERITAGE LEGACY PROJECT FOR CALIFORNIA – FINAL PHASE OF HISTORIC COTTAGES

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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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A Crystal Cove State of Mind

Jul 13, 2018

    Celebrating the Summertime Anniversary of Crystal Cove Beach Cottages “Happiness to All Who Visit This Cottage” “We feel like California time travelers …. we never want to leave. Don’t change a thing; everything is perfect!” This 2009 hand-written entry from the guest journal of restored historic cottage #29 is one of many reflections recorded […]

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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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North Beach Restoration: A Glimpse of the Future

Apr 13, 2018

Last year, Crystal Cove Conservancy commissioned artist Kevin Davidson to paint each of the 17 unrestored cottages in the North Beach area of Crystal Cove State Park depicting them as they will look upon completion of the Phase III restoration project. Kevin has been a Crystal Cove Park Interpretive Store artist for many years. His […]

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Cottage #9 – Little Red House on the Hillside

Apr 12, 2018

“Our Little Red House on the Hillside” is the name one family gave to Cottage #9. Perched on the lower slope of the North Beach bluff and painted dark red-brown with white trim, Cottage #9 was originally built around 1930 with salvage yard windows and wood that drifted ashore from a shipwreck. Like many of […]

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