If you harbor any doubts as to the international draw of Laguna Beach, just spend a Saturday or Sunday in Heisler Park.
An open house at my home "forced" me out for the afternoon. I hadn't made any real plans and wasn't interested in a shopping expedition. I thought about the beach, but that was a no-go. Buster was with me, and no dogs on the beach after 8 a.m. kept us from lounging on the sand. Next choice? Heisler Park. It's his favorite walk, it's close to the sea, and so I packed a beach chair, art supplies, book and iPad and headed for the lawn.
Finding a spot was easy. I set up beach chair and towel under a spreading tree between the picnic area and the lawn bowling greens. It was a foggy afternoon — a clinging sense of June gloom — but that didn't stop the masses of picnicker, partiers, and wanderers from fully utilizing our town's lovely spaces.