By the middle of the last century, the city had already caught the eye of Hollywood filmmakers. Stars like Bette Davis, Mary Pickford, Judy Garland, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Mickey Rooney, and Ozzie and Harriet Nelson maintained homes in town.
Today, Laguna Beach has become a full-fledged resort town. Its newest addition is the Montage Resort & Spa, which draws its own Hollywood crowd. Locals and visitors alike can stroll in the new public park that was created along with the Montage, explore tidepools, and enjoy the sunsets over the Pacific—just as the Indians, Spaniards, and early artists who recognized Laguna's charm did in times gone by.
Laguna's universal allure is best expressed on a famous gate built in 1935 that today stands at the corner of Forest and Park avenues. It reads, "This gate hangs well and hinders none, refresh and rest, then travel on."