Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Anniversary-Dinner at "The Beachcomber"

Heute abend hatten wir eine Tischreservierung im "The Beachcomber" am Crystal Cove State Beach. Das Restaurant ist direkt am Strand und sie servieren dort drinnen oder auf der Terrasse Fruehstueck, Mittag oder eben auch Abendessen mit direktem Blick auf den Strand. Wir bekamen den besten Tisch auf der Terrasse, hatten wunderbares Essen und einen tollen Sonnenuntergang ;) Wir werden mit Sicherheit wiederkommen!
For today we had a reservation at "The Beachcomber" at Crystal Cove State Beach. The restaurant is located right on the beach and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner inside or outside on the deck, overlooking the sand. We got the best table, had a great dinner and also a beautiful sunset ;) We will definitely be back!

Hier koennt Ihr ein wenig die Geschichte von Crystal Cove und den Cottages nachlesen:
Hier you can read a little bit about the historie oft Crystal Cove and the Cottages:

"Crystal Cove" was named in 1927 by Elizabeth Wood "because the name seemed right for such a beautiful place." The site was always a favorite spot of the owners James Irvine II and James Irvine III, who spent much time enjoying the beach setting. They generously allowed employees and friends to build small shelters and cottages along the beach and against the bluffs.
During these years, the cottages were close to the creek that drained Los Trancos Canyon. Tents were pitched on the beach. A parking area for cars was developed at the foot of the canyon. Sometime in the 1920's, a lumber ship capsized and wood suitable for construction of more cottages drifted ashore. It became a tradition for many families who had enjoyed the Cove since the 1920's to return to this favored place each summer.
The Irvine Family had been generous with permission for the construction of the cottages that still line the beach today, virtually unchanged. In the late 1930's, as the cottage owners made improvements and lengthened their stay, the Irvine Family decided that those with cottages must make a choice. They were invited to either move their cottages elsewhere or to relinquish ownership and lease their cottages from The Irvine Company.
This short term leasing system actually served to preserve Crystal Cove in its original form since the leases specified that no dimensional changes could be made to the cottages. This single act ensured that the area appears much as it did in the 1920's with the exception of the absence of seasonal visitors who are no longer allowed to pitch tents on the beach. In the mid-seventies, Martha Padve learned of the California State Parks’ interest in acquiring Crystal Cove. Mrs. Padve and her husband had been weekend residents of the Cove for nearly 20 years. Her interest in historic preservation in her home town of Pasadena led her to explore placing Crystal Cove on the National Register of Historic Places, thereby saving the cottages for future use. With the help and advice of another Cove resident, historian Christine Shirley, and of Elsa Burns, a preservationist from San Juan Capistrano, Mrs. Padve researched the early history of Crystal Cove and its resident community. She wrote a successful proposal adopted by members of the State Historical Commission, who recommended it for National Register status.
In 1979, the State of California purchased the land from The Irvine Company to form a state park named after Crystal Cove.

1 comment:

San said...

Happy Anniversary!

That sounds like a wonderful evening!