Experience Art Like a Master in LAGUNA BEACH

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is offering two extraordinary overnight packages for the 2015 Pageant of the Masters season – The Pursuit of Happiness and Behind the Velvet Rope.


The Festival of Arts is one of California’s most prestigious juried art shows and includes a wide variety of media by local artists, such as paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more. For over 80 years, the Festival of Arts has exhibited award-winning art, along with demonstrations, art workshops, art tours, and live music. From July 5 through August 31, 2015, this premiere art festival will once again open its doors to artists and art lovers alike.

Watch art come to life at the Pageant of the Masters, the “crowning jewel” of the Festival of Arts. This unique theatrical production is world-renowned for faithfully re-creating the illusion of living pictures of classical and contemporary works with real people posing as the figures in the paintings. Ticketholders can enjoy this living art show each evening in an outdoor amphitheater, with live narration, accompanied by a professional orchestra, intricate sets and exquisite costumes.


As the official hotel partner of Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is showcasing original works from 25 Festival of Arts artists. The exhibit will be on display in the Art Exhibit Space through September 30, 2015. For a more comprehensive art experience, guests can book one of the two Pageant of the Masters overnight experiences that feature incredible seats and exclusive offerings.

The Pageant of the Masters Pursuit of Happiness experience starts at $775 per night and includes:

  • Overnight Accommodations
  • Two Premier Loge Center tickets to the Pageant of the Masters performance
  • Admission for two to Festival of Arts
  • Welcome Amenity and Pageant Program Guide

Follow04_LeCirque_570WFor a more exclusive experience, the Pageant of the Masters Behind the Velvet Rope package showcases how the production comes together behind the curtain and offers a peek into the mystery of how art comes to life. The experience provides the unique opportunity for guests to rub elbows with fine artists on a guided docent tour and then feel the thrill of being back stage just before the show. The Behind the Velvet Rope experience starts at $1,699 per couple, per night and includes:

  • The Ritz-Carlton Club Level Ocean View Accommodations
  • Backstage tour of the Pageant of the Masters
  • Two Premier Loge Center tickets to the Pageant of the Masters performance
  • Admission for two to Festival of Arts
  • Guided Docent Tour of Festival of Arts
  • Welcome Amenity and Pageant Program Guide

The 2015 Pageant of the Masters will explore the many sources of happiness, both ancient and modern through its theatrical production of “living pictures.” Guests will go on a sentimental journey through depictions of pastimes and activities that gave people joy long before the instant gratification of the computer age, and will discover artists who found their own answers to the age-old question, “what makes life worth living?” The 2015 Pageant promises to be a breathtaking, playful and joyous journey, in search of that most mysterious of treasures.

The overnight experiences are available July 8 through August 30, 2015. Both packages can be booked on-line at www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaNiguel.

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Seaside Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Perched atop a seaside bluff with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and miles of sandy beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel features a reimagined personality and playful approach to California luxury and captivates guests from the moment of arrival with its awe inspiring location. Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego along the coast of Dana Point, guests discover a surfside retreat that awakens the senses with its unique beachfront setting and remarkable service heritage. The resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years, but is proud to boast earning AAA Five Diamond status for 30 years, the longest in California. For additional information or reservations call 800-241-3333 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaNiguel.

Liz Laing

Liz Laing

Liz has been a freelance travel writer for nearly a decade, writing for multiple outlets such as Mothering, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, CBS Los Angeles, MadeMan and wandermelon, to name a few. Growing up in New Mexico, Liz also traveled to Japan and Europe, including touring with a modern dance troupe throughout France. She’s now also added photography and web design to her talents, but her greatest accomplishment has been raising her four wonderful kids, who have already been bitten by the travel bug.
Liz Laing

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