Crystal Cove Conservancy Turning the Page

Join us for a unique program featuring “Crystal Cove Cottages: Islands in Time on the California Coast” 2nd Edition book signing with co-author Laura Davick, Founder and Vice President of The Conservancy on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (two presentation times are available).  Learn about the rich history of Crystal Cove and about the final capstone North Beach Restoration project.

“This is more than just a book signing.  We are excited to raise awareness for the importance of preservation and to share our vision for the North Beach Restoration project at Crystal Cove State Park and to ensure that we protect this national jewel for future generations,” Davick said. The Sunday program will include a Q&A session, book signing and a 15-minute tour and overview on the sand in front of the North Beach Cottages.

“Crystal Cove Cottages: Islands in Time on the Coast” was originally published by Chronicle Books in 2005. The authors share a love story about the families that built the cottages and the spirit that still exists in them today.  Meriam Braselle, a former resident of Abalone Point and plein air painter; Karen Steen and her family, who share deep roots of the tent-camping era at the cove; and Laura Davick who had the good fortune to call historic Cottage #2 her home for 40 years.  The launch of this treasured 2nd edition was made possible through the generous support and partnership of Randy Higbee and Randy Higbee Gallery.

The beautiful second edition of Crystal Cove Cottages tells the rich history of this unique community and is replete with dozens of paintings, as well as archival and full-color original photographs of key historic cottages and sites, still full of timeworn charm.

“We look forward to sharing updates on recent milestones as Crystal Cove Conservancy begins its largest preservation initiative to date,” Davick said.  “We invite you to participate in the ongoing effort to protect and preserve this pocket of paradise for you, your family and future generations.”

Books will be sold at the event and can also be purchased for $34.95 at The Conservancy’s interpretive store in the park or here.

Event details:  Sunday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m., Crystal Cove Visitor Center in Cottage #00.   Please RSVP by Monday, Feb. 19.  Members receive a 10% discount on book purchases.  Refreshments will be served.  Parking $5/hr. (max. $15).

All proceeds from book sales will be donated to support the mission of Crystal Cove Conservancy.

Guests can park at the Los Trancos parking lot on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway for $5 per hour or for a maximum of $15 for the entire day. The Beachcomber shuttle bus will be available from the Los Trancos parking lot for $1.50 each way.


Crystal Cove is the last survivor of its type and period along the Southern California coast.  Other beach colonies have become major centers of population and have lost the early character they once possessed.  Only Crystal Cove remains intact and strongly conveys the sense of time and place which has disappeared from the rest of the southern coast.

–  National Register of Historic Places nomination form, 1978 –

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