Relive beach cottage life on the Southern California coast

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Call them the little beach cottages that could. At SouthernCalifornia's Crystal Cove State Park, 13 recently restored vintagebungalows were set to open to the public in June 2006, ― andreservations are already in high demand.

Dating back to the 1930s, the cottages are the last remnants ofa bohemian summer coastal community, where families slept just feetfrom the surf, woke to the cries of seagulls, and played ukulelesby the light of bonfires. When the state purchased this land 27years ago, the plan was to convert the existing structures into aluxury beach resort. But an alliance of nonprofit organizations andLaguna Beach residents rallied to keep Crystal Cove the way it hadbeen. Which, amazingly enough, is exactly what happened.

Info: Crystal Cove BeachCottages (13 units from $165). Book seven months ahead at www.reserveamerica.com or800/?444-7275.

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