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This morning, I trotted out early to meet one of my new buddies for coffee at The Orange Inn in Laguna Beach. Every time I walk in the place, I remember why I love this place so much; it’s truly one of the most eclectic and interesting places in town.

While the Orange Inn is largely dominated by tourists in the summer and during weekends, we Laguna Beach locals love congregating here on our early morning weekdays. The Orange Inn is really one of the perfect examples of why we love Laguna Beach: The coffee is one of the very best in town (it ranks in my top 2). John, the owner, loves greeting his regulars, many of whom have been coming here for 20 years or more. In turn, the regulars have all gotten to know each other and it’s constant activity of hand shakes, bear hugs and kisses.

Never mind that John created the world’s first orange smoothie (it’s a fact!). Never mind that this joint bakes up the most incredible, gargantuan muffins and pastries each morning. [singlepic id=160 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right] Never mind the fact that the Orange Inn’s unique coffee is still fabulous tasting 3 hours later, cold, after a spin class … the Orange Inn is like walking into your neighborhood surf shack on the morning of a classic, incoming swell. It’s just got the vibe, man.

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To read more about the Orange Inn offerings, see my earlier blog entry here: The Orange Inn: Breakfast & Sandwiches

Hours of Operation: 7 days a week from 6 .m. to 5 p.m.

How to Find Laguna Beach’s Orange Inn
From Laguna’s Main Beach (the first big beach at Broadway and PCH), continue south on PCH about .4 of a mile. You’ll see Kentucky Fried and Taco Bell on the ocean side of PCH – that next intersection is Cleo Street where the Orange Inn resides.

© 2011, Diane Armitage, LagunaBeachBest.com
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