The Most Magical Time of the Year

Dec 12, 2019

    The holidays are upon us and the Crystal Cove Historic District is transformed from a sublime coastal escape to a winter wonderland, with a bit less snow, and a lot more sand. Replete with glimmering lights and reindeer, the Cove is decked out for Christmas, thanks to the generous help of staff and volunteers. […]

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Crystal Cove Student Data Included in First Scientific Journal Article!

Nov 17, 2019

Since 2016, fifth grade students from across Orange County have joined Crystal Cove Conservancy educators, UC Irvine scientists, and State Park land managers, helping us investigate how to best protect and preserve threatened open spaces like Crystal Cove State Park through the Project Crystal Community Science program. Last month, the findings from data collected by […]

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Crystal Cove State Park – Accessibility for All

Nov 14, 2019

Crystal Cove State Park – Accessibility for All Access to Crystal Cove State Park’s stunning beaches and blufftops have always provided challenges for visitors of all abilities who want to experience all that our unique park has to offer. Despite the challenges of a rugged and diverse environment, accommodations are continually being made to improve […]

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“One Great House” Community at The Commons: Cottages 42, 43, & 44

Nov 14, 2019

Back in 1982, a Los Angeles Times article on the Crystal Cove Historic District reported “It was almost as if all the houses were just rooms belonging to one great house.” This description captures the spirit of community and of place that has emerged at Crystal Cove over the decades. While the original character and history […]

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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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Honoring Our Founder, Laura Davick

Sep 12, 2019

  This year, The Conservancy honors Founder, Laura Davick and her tireless commitment to saving Crystal Cove.  A third generation “Coveite” she has dedicated the last twenty years of her life to advocating for environmental protection, historic preservation, and education at Crystal Cove State Park. Davick grew up at Crystal Cove amid the 46 cottages, […]

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