Experience Old California from $32 a Night

August 13, 2009 | By | Comments (3)
Whew! We're hard at work on the October 2009 issue, but I wanted to say a quick word about a new Web exclusive: 4 Budget Beach Escapes.

You might have read the title of this post and said to yourself, "Yeah right." But this isn't just hype. I've got the pictures and credit card receipt to prove it.

I rented one of the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages
several summers ago to find out if this place was as cool as people said. Honestly, I could
have stayed for weeks and weeks. So, accommodations are a little sparse. Big deal. Notice how close you can get to the water? It's incredible.

Back then, the idea of stylish state park rooms was just catching on. Now, they're a hot commodity. So maybe
you like luxury accommodations, but just try staying at one of these state parks once. I have a hunch you'll be pleasantly surprised.



Interior view of the dorm-style room I stayed in

This is from the scouting trip we took for our March 2007 cover image, a.k.a. what you didn't see.
How cute are those pink painted floors?!

A pulled back shot of the Crystal Cove Beach Cottage we used for our March 2007 cover
If I remember correctly, this is the Painter's Cottage #32

A view of Crystal Cove from down the beach

View from one of the cabin porches. Does it get any better than this?


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    That place look gorgeous. The beds look like they take up a lot of space though. Have you considered investing in a futon mattress?

    September 1, 2009 at 2:25 pm
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    There so many beautiful hotels and apartments in California that are near to recreational places like beaches. But if you want to have a permanent house, it is better of course. It is nice to have a house that can be called as your own, and will not be worrying of it, say for the maintenance, for you are the owner, you could have or not make any improvements or repair to this if you want. Unlike with being a lodger, you must be careful for you might be evicted from that house and might be charged with cases.

    May 11, 2011 at 3:22 am
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    For $32 a night, this sounds like a bargain! I wonder if their rates are still at that price today.

    January 3, 2012 at 1:34 am

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