I recently treated myself to a three-day getaway at the newly remodeled Laguna Beach House, formerly the Laguna Cliffs Inn. The boutique hotel is absolutely charming, decorated in a surfer-chic style. The 36 guest rooms, on two levels surrounding a heated pool, carry the same theme, with walls adorned with surfer prints and surfboards. The hotel is dog-friendly too and allows them to stay at no charge. Ocean-view doubles from $319 a night mid-week.
Laguna Beach House, 475 N. Pacific Coast Highway; (800) 297-0007, http://www.thelagunabeachhouse.com