Treasures at the Beachcomber
Treasures at the BeachcomberONCE KNOWN AS THE WHISTLE STOP, THE BEACHCOMBER CAFÉ IS HOME TO NOT ONLY GREAT FOOD BUT ALSO A FUN COLLECTION OF ART AND KNICK-KNACKS INSPIRED BY THE COTTAGE’S ORIGINS.
Though today the Beachcomber Café is a must-visit spot for casual beach food and drinks, it was once the home to artist Vivian Falzetti and her husband Doug. In the years that have passed since Vivian and Doug lived in Cottage #15—also known as The Whistle Stop thanks to a previous owner, a train engineer who installed an electric model train outside the sign—not as much has changed as visitors may think.
The Whistle Stop was potluck central, and Vivian used to feed approximately 75 people every Thanksgiving. She welcomed friends, family and even strangers for holidays as well as weekly Sunday dinners, where folks from the Cove could bring leftovers or miscellaneous ingredients for an interesting menu—red beans, rice and enchiladas, and Vivian’s ceviche were specialties.
Today, the Beachcomber’s menu is more structured, but the convivial and artistic atmosphere remains the same. Art adorns the walls, paying homage to Vivian, one of Crystal Cove’s resident artists, while a children’s model train is a throwback to the days when Mr. Mitchell, the train engineer, lived in the cottage. So next time you’re at the Beachcomber enjoying a hearty burger or grilled mahi mahi tacos, keep your eyes peeled for reminders of Crystal Cove’s artistic past that had roots in Cottage #15 back in the day.