Shangri-La

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Initially anxious to return to civilization, most of the newcomers grew to love Shangri-La once they learn their arrival was no accident.

The founder of Shangri-La, High Lama, is rumored to be over two hundred years old, kept forever young, like the other residents, by the magical properties of the paradise he created.  Now High Lama needs someone wise and knowledgeable in the ways of the modern world to keep Shangri-La a paradise.

Film director and La Quinta Resort guest Frank Capra wrote the screenplay for Lost Horizon poolside at the La Quinta Resort in 1937.

Crystal Cove. Newport Coast, California

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On August 14, 1927 The Los Angeles Examiner wrote, “On the Coast Highway between Balboa and Laguna is a bathing resort that has the atmosphere of a South Sea atoll with thatched huts and long-fronded palms.”

Originally settled over 10,000 years ago by the Tongva and Acjachemen native Americans, Crystal Cove State Park evolved into an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & 40’s.

Today, the cottages are designated as a federally Historic District, with several restored and available to rent for an overnight stay.  The park includes 3.2 miles of beach, 2,400 acres of wilderness area with carefully maintained hiking trails and a protected offshore underwater area.

Photographs by Daniel Stiel.