Sneak Peek at The Ranch in Laguna Beach

The Ranch at Laguna Beach Viewthis coming year, i will be partnering with The Ranch at Laguna Beach to share the latest news and all about what’s happening at OC’s newest hidden gem. just two weeks ago, the hubby and i got to check it out and enjoy a weekend stay so that i could share a sneak peek of what’s to come. everything that we experienced is already available to anyone who wants to book a stay at The Ranch. it’s still under construction, but it’s scheduled to open with all of it’s amenities by summer 2016. currently, there are a number of rooms available at a special preview rate. and there’s the restaurant, golf course, pool, and in-room spa services also available.

now to show you a sneak peek of The Ranch at Laguna Beach….The Ranch at Laguna BeachThe Ranch at Laguna Beach is tucked away in a beautiful canyon right off of Pacific Coast Highway across from Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach. before now, it was a golf club with some old-school condos built in the 60’s, a local golfing spot situated in one of the most serene and natural settings in Orange County. the 9-hole course was designed by Gary Roger Baird, and is carved into the naturally dramatic and lush walls of Aliso and Wood Canyons, creating an ultra-private playing experience with stunning views and elevation changes on every fairway.

starting with this great golf course, The Ranch at Laguna Beach has transformed the old condos into beautifully decorated, Laguna Beach inspired retreats that are nestled right next to the lush golf course.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach GolfingRooms at The Ranch in Laguna what excites me most about The Ranch, is that it’s unlike any other luxury hotel in Orange County. The Ranch at Laguna Beach gives you the luxury of a four star hotel, with experience of being surrounded by nature – secluded within a peaceful blend of canyon and sea. it’s an authentic sanctuary that invites guests to get caught up in the world of a Laguna local that’s off the beaten path in every sense. a stay at The Ranch is a microcosm of the best of Laguna in one organic, refined place. the staff offers an insider’s take on hidden surf spots, shops and specialty galleries. laid-back luxury speaks to the Laguna mindset, and non-stop programs, such as the barefoot Friday golf with three clubs, and monthly art gallery tours, all capturing the vibe of our unique locale.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach Hotel Check-inthe rooms are beautifully decorated with a Laguna Beach vibe. probably one of my most favorite resort looks ever. tranquil and beachy with a vintage flair, i love the pops of orange. we arrived to The Ranch later in the evening, so we enjoyed some room service and just chilled out in the room. a nice evening just the two of us….it was the best.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach Caricutrie PlatterThe Ranch at Laguna Beach King BedThe Ranch at Laguna Beach BathroomThe Ranch at Laguna Beach DetailsDecorated Room at the Ranchthe next morning, we woke up bright and early. we were treated to homemade energy bars made by the chef of The Ranch, and then got transportation to the “Top of the World”, a favorite local hiking spot. we made it just in time for the sunrise. a morning hike with views of the ocean and of Orange County’s hills was just the recharge i’ve been needing.

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we worked up an appetite after all that hiking, so we headed back to clean up an enjoy breakfast at Harvest, the only restaurant currently open at The Ranch so far. it’s last seating is at 3pm, and it serves breakfast and lunch. lets just say that the food we had was amazing, so fresh…and the view quite nice as well.

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after breakfast, the hubby and i explored the rest of The Ranch. it was amazing for a nature lover like myself. someone who loves the idea of camping in the great outdoors…but also craves a little luxury on my vacations. there are trails to walk, and explore….plus there is so much more to come. the Sycamore Spa will be opening spring 2016 and by this summer, the Ranch House, the Canyon Camp activity center, featuring a multitude of activities, and the Ranger’s Station, providing nature and adventure-driven kid’s programming will also be open. it’s going to be an awesome place for families to stay. there are even family suites available.

on this day we rode through the golf course, checked out the outdoor event space area, saw where they were working on the chefs garden and the pool. you will notice a lot of the architecture and fences are made with reclaimed wood from the previous construction. a lot of attention is being taken to make sure that The Ranch is made with high standards regarding sustainability and with high environmentally friendly standards. this is very important to the resort.

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there is also special suite that is under construction called “The Tree House”. i got a glimpse of the inside, and it is going to be a very special place for guests to stay. 

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this is soon to be the home of the main lobby, a restaurant and event space that will host weddings and special events. a large deck will be overlooking the gorgeous golf course and canyon. yes, currently there is a lot construction happening in and around The Ranch, but it still is very enjoyable. The Clubhouse at the Ranch at LagunaThe Golf Course at the Ranch
if you need a snack or a coffee break while you are at The Ranch, stop by Ben’s Pantry. it’s rustic, organic feel is reminiscent of a treasured country bakery and cafe. it is the place for a local outdoor café experience – featuring natural wood display cases and a local legendary vintage espresso machine. it is stocked with California flavors and seasonal ingredients. Ben’s Pantry is changing the way Laguna does local. it’s your new coffee stop in the canyon, and it’s as perfect for enjoying outdoor eats as it is for sipping your favorite California coastal wines. even if you aren’t staying at The Ranch, you can still stop by and enjoy the delicious food of Ben’s Pantry or the Harvest restaurant.

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finally, the best treat of our stay was an in-room couples massage. it was amazingly awesome and the best massage i’ve ever had. it left me feeling so relaxed, i spent the rest of the day in bed. please do not disturb….i’m having the best day ever! Couple's Massages at the Ranch in Laguna The Ranch at Laguna RoomsRelaxing Sign at the Ranch before we headed home, we stopped by the beach to enjoy the salty air and ocean breeze. it’s within walking distant from The Ranch, and starting soon, a shuttle service will also be available to take guest to and from the beach.Aliso Beach ParkAliso Creek Beach as you can see, The Ranch at Laguna Beach is going to be a magnificent getaway for couples, families, and those who love the beautify of the Laguna Beach beaches and wilderness canyons. it has a great vibe and offers something that is unique from any other hotels in the area. i just can’t wait to take the entire family this summer to check out all that there will be to offer families. i also hope to make it a favorite staycation getaway for years to come!The Ranch at Laguna Beach Vintage Car

The Ultimate Knott’s Berry Farm Staycation

knotts-orange-county-staycationof course it’s no secret about how much i LOVE Knott’s…we are always enjoying every season there. which brings us to SUMMER! there is a lot going on at Knott’s Berry Farm this summer, including Soak City Water Park. wouldn’t it be fun to take a fun family staycation at Knott’s. you could stay at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel and enjoy both Knott’s Berry Farm Amusement Park and Soak City. it would be the perfect getaway for those times that you just need to get out of the house and have some fun.

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the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel has created the perfect atmosphere for family travel. it’s 320-room deluxe property features a SNOOPY-themed wing, fitness center, pool with children’s activity area, lighted sports courts and many other amenities. dining options include the Amber Waves Restaurant & Bar, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. specializing in All-American fare. it also has kids menus and daily visits from Snoopy add to the fun. there are also a variety of affordable family vacation packages that can include admission to Knott’s Theme Park, are available year-round. and the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel is located just steps from world-famous Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park and Knott’s Soak City Water Park.

Knott’s has made having your own staycation at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel even more affordable by offering EASYPAY. by booking now, you can get the first choice of availability, lock in the current rates, and spread the cost of your stay over 4 easy payments. you can book online or call (866) 752-2444. use promotional code EASYPAY

Amenities – Outdoor Heated Pool & Spa, Kids Water Play Toy, Fitness Center with Sauna and Steam Room, Lighted Tennis & Basketball Courts, Gift Shop, Room Service, Coffee Makers, Hair Dryers, Irons & Ironing Boards, Daily Snoopy visit in Amber Waves, Camp Snoopy Rooms, and Wireless internet access in all guest rooms.

during your stay cation, when you’re not enjoying yourself in the Knott’s Hotel pool or the awesome room service, you’ll want to head over to Knott’s Berry Farm, one of California’s bed amusement parks. if you haven’t been recently, you’ll be amazed at how family-friendly and how great Knott’s has become over the past few years.

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or you can swing over to Soak City and enjoy some water play on some of the best watersides and water play areas in Southern California. a great way to cool down on these sunny California days.

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i can’t wait for my family to take the ultimate Knott’s Berry Farm Staycation. it’s one of my happy places and the boys are so excited to sleep at the hotel in one of their Snoopy-themed rooms. being so close to home, i’m sure we will be taking this short vacation again and again.
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and the best way to be able to enjoy Soak City all summer long? get the Knott’s Berry Farm Gold Season Pass. with the Gold Season Pass, not only do you get Knott’s Berry Farm Park admission every day of the year, but you also get admission to Soak City every day of the summer. PLUS…discounts on food, merchandise, the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel,  Knott’s Scary Farm tickets and early ride times on select days. Knott’s offers easy payments, so it’s even easier to continue the fun all year long.

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