Maybe you’re child-weary after the long summer. Maybe you’re celebrating your anniversary. Or maybe you’re smart, and don’t need any excuse at all to treat yourself to the perfect SoCal weekend. Jaw-droppingly beautiful shoreline, revitalizing outdoor activities and sophisticated lodging, fine art and dining--this is what we work for. Here's your guide to Laguna Beach.

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Sleep Easy

The vibe here is as relaxed as a surf camp, as pampering as a world-class destination spa and as understated as an elegant Adirondack camp your family’s been visiting for generations. Spring for an ocean-view room on an upper floor, because you’ll want to enjoy both the crashing waves and the tranquil sun-ray-tile pool from your balcony.

The Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach; 866-271-6953 or montagehotels.com

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Swim Warm

Later, wetsuits (although long-sleeved suits are so happening): The water temperature is among the warmest in the Pacific, with mid-summer temperatures of 75 degrees. Walk south from the Montage Resort to Treasure Island Beach--rocks along the shore break protect swimming areas and there’s a natural sea arch.

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Experience Art

This has historically been the sweetest, sleepy seaside arts village, with thousands of painters, sculptors and other creative types still working away here--and until September, showing their work at the Festival of the Arts and also creating a famed performance where they recreate paintings IRL.

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Ride Electric

Feeling ambitious? Then pedal. Or take it easy and rent an electric bike at Electric Cyclery and don’t even break a sweat while you cruise up and down the coast.

Electric Cyclery, 912 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach; 949-494-4952 or lagunabikerental.com

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Shop Silky

Forget your all-important swimsuit or slinky-casual slip dress to wear to dinner? Groovy hand-tooled leather sandals? What about a Japanese straw sun hat designed to collapse into a box for storage after the season’s over? It’s all part of the super-smart retail edit at Laguna Supply.

210 Beach St., Laguna Beach; 949-497-8850 or lagunasupply.com

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Toast to Sunset

Pasta topped  with pickle pepper sauce and shrimp caught wild down in Baja and a So-Cal mule (Svedka clementine vodka, ginger beer and lime sour). All served on a brand-new deck that sits right on the sand. Questions? We didn’t think so.

The Deck on Laguna Beach, 627 Sleepy Hollow Ln., Laguna Beach; 949-494-700 or deckonlaguna.com

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