Flame Skimmer (female) What a sweet place to wander around in the unspoiled wilderness of Laguna Canyon. We were there during a weekday in the middle of June, and practically had the place to ourselves.
There are miles of trails -- dozens of miles of trails -- that take you through every kind of geographic and topographic feature you can envision for a southwestern landscape.
And there is wildlife everywhere you look.
The main building here has an interpretive center for children, and some nice, shady spots to rest and grab fresh water.
There are plenty of beautiful places to hike in Orange County, but this one may be the most serene and least-travelled one in the area. California Rose-winged Grasshopper Orange-throated Whiptail
Out in the sun, these speed-demons are a bit easier to spot. Once they get into the shade, well, you can see what happens.
That may have been why this one stopped so long to allow me to get close enough. It probably thought it was invisible there in the shadows. If I had not seen him go there, I probably would never have realized there was anything but...well...whatever all that other stuff is...sitting in the shade.
You've got to hand it to nature for all the ingenious ways it adopts to protect the creatures that roam around in it. Barbara's Lake
This is the only natural lake left in all of Orange County. Seriously.
It made me do a double-take when I heard it for the first time, but it's absolutely true. Fortunately, it is smack in the middle of a wilderness preserve, so it's likely to be protected for a good long time.
Also, I think even the jaded residents of the OC would be embarrassed to admit that they let the last natural lake in their county dry up on their watch.
This makes for #waterlust of an entirely different kind.
[ http://ocmomblog.com/barbaras-lake-orange-countys-only-natural-lake/ ] The trees of southern California are wiry and tough. They've adapted to one of the most brutal and arid climates for flora in all the country (the high desert is just an hour or two to the east). And yet they flourish, even through drought years such as this one.
A wizened old Blue Oak such as the one you see in this photo has a myriad number of ingenious adaptations to hold it safe during both the winter and the summer. It can shed its leaves to withstand a drought no matter what time of the year. Its extensive and elaborate root system can dig down a hundred feet and crack through rock in a effort to obtain water.
And yet they look so frail and delicate, almost ethereal really. You'll pardon if I gloss over the fact that this means they're exposing less surface to the sun.
To me it seems as if they could catch a sharp breeze at any moment and be lifted off the ground like a feather.
It won't happen. They'll all outlive me. But the notion that such a tough and tenacious living entity could appear as fragile as a paper flower is one of those mysteries that keeps drawing me back into the wilderness.
[source: http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/blue_oak.htm] The park's interpretive center has clean lines, an elegant design, and, get this: air conditioning, all the cold water you may need to refill your supplies, and the cleanest public restrooms in the galaxy [I don't know about that last part, but it is hard to imagine them any cleaner].
The staff is very helpful if you arrive without a clue about the trail system or the park's topography in general. Which probably applies to almost everyone who walks in the door.
They'll hand you maps for the various areas encompassed by the park, highlight them for you, tell you where the wildlife is, what rock formations you might find, elevation gains, mileage... well, you name it.
Since the center is, well, pretty much at the center of the park, you can use it as a pivot area to loop through along the various trails. That way, you can pick up more water, take a bathroom break, sit in the shade and grab a power bar (which you will have to bring yourself), and rest up for the next leg of your journey.
Very convenient, very well-designed, very well-staffed. For those who hike as much as we do, that is worth its weight in gold. Situated in a series of canyons, the park offers views of some fairly jaw-dropping rock formations. The Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is situated on 7,000 acres nestled in some of the last The center does have its principal adherents, who visit day after day to admire the architecture and gaze across the countryside in wonder and amazement.
Of course, loyalty of this kind is generously rewarded.
They pay no admittance or parking fees and can take their pick of any rodent they see on the property.
We should all have it so good. Los Olivos Club House!
Irvine, California Pusheen macaron is a rare find.
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Get an overview of this hotelLaguna Woods hotel with pool, near Verizon Amphitheatre

Popular property highlights

Breakfast included
Free self parking
Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
24-hour business center

Beach: 6 miles

This European-inspired hotel is 3 miles from Wild Rivers Waterpark, 4 miles from the Irvine Spectrum Center, and 6 miles from beautiful Laguna Beach.

Breakfast included

Complimentary daily breakfast includes hot and cold selections. Complimentary refreshments are served Monday to Thursday evenings. An outdoor pool is paired with a spa tub. The hotel is smoke-free.

Flat-panel TVs, Wi-Fi

Guestrooms offer 32-inch flat-screen HDTVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, refrigerators, microwaves, wet bars, and coffeemakers. Pillowtop mattresses are topped with down duvets.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

This smoke-free hotel offers easy access to ocean beaches, golf courses, theme parks, and Irvine businesses and attractions. The lobby features a central fireplace, fresh flowers, and marble flooring.

Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods serves a complimentary daily breakfast with hot and cold selections. A complimentary evening reception (Monday - Thursday) includes wine, beer, and snacks. Complimentary, freshly baked cookies are served in the afternoon. The hotel provides 2 meeting rooms for business travelers.

An outdoor pool is paired with a spa tub. Surrounded by olive trees, the peaceful courtyard includes a fountain, an herb garden, and a patio fireplace.

  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount) 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Conference space 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Grocery/convenience store 
  • Meeting rooms 2 
  • Express check-out 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Year Built 2001 
  • Free self parking 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 139 
  • Free reception 
  • ATM/banking 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 1500 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Spa tub 
  • Total number of rooms - 139 
  • Television in common areas 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Wedding services 
  • Garden 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Grocery/convenience store  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Phone 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Microwave 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Premium bedding 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free weekday newspaper 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Desk 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • HDTV 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Dial-up Internet access (surcharge) 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Down comforter 
  • Pillowtop mattress 

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary buffet breakfast.

Nearby Things to Do

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a fitness facility.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Helicopter/airplane tours on site 
  • Hiking/biking trails on site 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Mountain biking nearby 
  • Golf lessons available nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site 
  • Windsurfing nearby 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 12 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
No rollaway/extra beds available


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Deposit: USD 125 per stay
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Hotel Name

  • Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods
  • Ayres Laguna Woods
  • Hotel Ayres Laguna Woods
  • Hotel Laguna Woods
  • Laguna Woods Ayres Hotel
  • Laguna Woods Hotel

We should mention

Children 12 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

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