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V-Day, Anaheim Style

February 9th, 2016

If you want a real fairytale of a Valentine’s Day, head to Disneyland. It’s a little cheesy (in the right ways) and you’ll be in great company with incredible decorations and special love-inspired dishes. However, if you want something a little more elegant, there are plenty of romantic restaurants nearby. Book early, or have your front desk staff help, to get your top choice.

Try The Cellar on Harbor Boulevard, a French restaurant with dim lighting, aphrodisiacs on the menu, and a night out you’ll never forget. There’s Anaheim White House Restaurant for regal Italian dining. Summit House Restaurant specializes in prime rib in an English manor.

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Sweets for the Sweet

There’s a Ghirardelli shop on Disneyland Drive where you can pick up the ultimate Valentine’s Day chocolate bouquet. Marceline’s Confectionery is another option and a favorite of the locals. Call Cinderella Cakes Anaheim, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, or Edible Arrangements for more options.

Finally, don’t forget the flowers! Sarah’s Flowers always has your back, while Collins Flowers offers some of the most stunning arrangements in town. Visser’s Florist can take last minute orders and Avante Gardens Florist features unique and creative arrangements that are jaw dropping. In Anaheim, everything goes—how will you style your V-Day?

 

Super Bowl Destinations in Anaheim

February 1st, 2016

Can’t decide where to catch the game in Anaheim? The solution is easy: Everything you need is at The Catch on E. Katella Avenue! It’s been a favorite local sports bar for several years, and you might even spot the occasional athlete cooling down after their own tournament, game or match. The beers are handcrafted and go flawlessly with the big burgers. However, keep in mind that this bar can really get busy, so get there early for the best seats.

Travelers might also want to try the OC Sports Grill in Orange, located on North State College Boulevard. Retired NFL players have been spotted here, and the local NFL alumni association ranks this bar as the best in the OC. There are more than 50 HDTVs, including 3 HD big screens, so you don’t have to worry about scoring a “good seat.” You can even try their 100-ounce tapper which will keep the buzz going for the entire game.

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Zone Out!

Finally, don’t forget to check out ESPN Zone right in Anaheim located on S. Disneyland Drive. This is where a number of live broadcasts take place, complete with 120 HD televisions. The grill menu is exquisite, and there are also special, secret menu items for the Super Bowl that are only revealed on the day. Plus, with a 10,000 square foot sports arena, you can always play along while watching the game!

Get Surf Lessons in a Snap

January 20th, 2016

Learning how to surf while staying in Anaheim is a big bucket list item for many people. There’s no better place to do it! Huntington Beach Surf Lessons is one of the most established companies around, working with all ages and abilities. You can rent all the equipment you need, so all you have to do is show up, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready to learn one of southern California’s staple sports.

At Mahalo Surf School, you get the Aloha spirit along with expert instruction. Surf City Surf School has office hours open late, ‘til 8pm, so even if you’re working with a packed itinerary, you can still squeeze in time for those lessons. Call Corky Carroll’s Surf School, a five-star rated operation, and learn from the best.

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Surf’s Up!

M&M Surf School is another late night operation, has flawless reviews, and specializes in working with an eclectic mix of clients. Maybe you just learned how to swim last year, your little one wants lessons, or you’re a seasoned pro who fell out of practice for the past 40 years. No matter, M&M can help you achieve your surf dreams.

Surfriders Academy Surf School allows you to customize your surf lessons, whether you want group or individual classes. From Banzai Surf School to Newport Beach Surfing Lessons, the ocean’s the limit. Where will you hang ten?

 

 

Roll Into the Top Sushi Hot Spots

January 10th, 2016

Anaheim knows how to roll (and it’s not all California rolls!). When you’re traveling along the Pacific coast, you need to try out all the sushi, sashimi and fresh seafood you can. Biyako is a simple, tasty and family-friendly establishment just a few miles from Stovalls Inn. Yosuke Sushi is another winner, serving classic Japanese fare that’s delicious, always fresh and affordable.

Try Orange Roll and Sushi, Orange County’s popular sushi joint that fuses classic dishes with an Americana twist. Chomp Rockin’ Sushi and Teppan Grills serves sushi and other seafood dishes with extra flair—you wouldn’t expect anything less from a restaurant that’s seen a celebrity or two in attendance. No matter how you roll, you can rock it in Anaheim!

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Roll Up!

Sushi Town on Lincoln Avenue gives you everything you expect in a sushi joint. Great rolls, good prices, and fast service. There’s also Sushi at Sushi which is (you guessed it!) all sushi, all the time. However, their other dishes are definitely worth checking out. Kagura Restaurant is a more sophisticated establishment, serving only dinner.

Try Ohshima Japanese Cuisine for an intimate setting, Sake Sushi and Grill for lunch, or Sushi Teriyaki for an expansive menu that’s sure to please everyone in your party. Nothing compares to sushi in southern California, and you have a tough choice to make!

 

 

Top Food Trucks in Anaheim

January 2nd, 2016

The southern California food truck scene is thriving, and if you want a real taste of the region, you have to eat like a local! Try out Crepes Bonaparte, a creperie on wheels with both classic and unique fillings. From sweet to savory, it’s the perfect choice for breakfast, lunch, dinner and every craving in between. Burger Monster is all burgers, all the time—and even offers delivery for group orders or catering!

The OC Food Truck features fusion, local ingredients and true farm-to-truck offerings. Oahu Shave Ice and Ice Cream is the closest thing you can get to Aloha without crossing the Pacific. The Tri Tip Man Food Truck might attract the less fair sex in throngs, but there are plenty of foodie women and kids who can throw down steak like pros too.

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Gourmet on Wheels

The Poke Hut brings a brand new meaning to “hot wheels” and features fresh fare like Atlantic salmon with an ever-evolving menu. Relatively new to the food truck scene, you can be amongst the first to check it out.

Tornado Potato serves a whirlwind of Korean-inspired potato dishes, and the Devilicious Food Truck is the ultimate in Americana fare. Good things really do come in small packages (and on wheels!).

 

 

Best Burger Joints in Anaheim

January 1st, 2016

Orange County takes your classic American burger and kicks it up a few notches. If you’re craving the most iconic of patriotic dishes, look no further than right by your hotel. Angelo’s Hamburgers is retro styled with a roller skating wait staff, serving the classics like thick malted milkshakes, only the freshest ingredients, and hand cut fries. Slater’s 50/50 Café is famous for their bacon-beef burgers with perfectly crafted beers on the side.

Varsity Burger is a local chain that’s everything you wish other fast food joints could live up to. At Umami Burger, you get gourmet hamburgers with every possible topping you can imagine—get creative and make your own! Ted’s Burgers is an OC staple, open until midnight, and a popular destination for late night cravings.

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The Perfect Burger

Burger Boy is close to a college campus, open until 11pm, and serves one of the most delectable burgers in town (and affordably priced!). At Jim’s Super Burgers, you’ll find fresh and local ingredients, traditional style, and just what you need to satiate your cravings. Head to Knowlwood, another local chain—but the flagship location is tucked into the heart of Anaheim.

Ruby’s Diner is a vintage charmer, taking you back to the 1950s and specializing (of course) in burgers, fries and shakes. Maybe you want to try Rally’s, Christos Best or Daniel’s Burgers. No matter which restaurant you choose, nothing trumps the quest for the ultimate California burger.

 

 

Trust a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel!

November 30th, 2015

What makes a good neighbor? Disney has their own definition, and Best Western Stovall Inn qualifies! According to Disney, a “good neighbor hotel” is one that is physically close to the company’s parks, is child-friendly, and offers high quality amenities and knowledgeable staff. Just because a hotel is technically close to Disneyland doesn’t mean it’s a top notch option for your stay.

Disney has created their own, official list of Disney Good Neighbor Hotels in Anaheim, and Best Western remains ones of the business’ most trusted hotels. With a complimentary breakfast featuring favorite treats and local fare, it’s a great way for families to save (and fill up!) for a day of adventure. The guest rooms are fitted with comfortable beds to guarantee sugar plum fairy visitors at night.

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You Can Have It All

A trip to Disney’s parks is a dream come true for many. Make the most of it by staying at a hotel that’s trusted and recommended by Disney. Getting to the parks quickly and safely can be a game changer. Having all the perks on site that you’d like, such as a pool and business center, makes all the difference.

Disney has already given Best Western their stamp of approval. All you have to do is book!

 

Citadel Outlets: Where Bargain Hunters Rejoice!

November 21st, 2015

It’s the only outlet mall that offers a shuttle service around the Anaheim area—so you can leave the parking hassle to the experts. No car is necessary to head to Citadel Drive, but prepare for a workout. You’re going to need strong arms to carry all the bargains you’re about to uncover! Big brands like Vitamin World, Hurley, Tommy Hilfiger and Billabong can be found here. Marvel at the towering Christmas tree during your December visit, the perfect place for a photo opportunity.

There’s the Citadel Café when you need to recharge, a traditional mall food court area featuring Sbarros, Subway and a coffee shop. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Nibi Pho Bistro, Hot Dog on a Stick, and of course Starbucks is at the ready to recharge and refuel you also.

A Shopper’s Biggest Dream

Head to Hugo Boss Sportswear, Lucky Brand Jeans, Converse, or PacSun to uncover fantastic holiday savings. Citadel Outlets is the perfect place to finish your holiday shopping or to pick up a few pieces for yourself. There’s Nike Factory Store, American Eagle, and Perfumania. Don’t forget Under Armour, Levi’s and Lacoste too.

Throughout December, special sales are available. Le Creuset is offering 35 percent off a number of items, while OshKosh’s sale is50 percent off the whole store. What treasures will you uncover?

 

 

Spend the Day at Temecula Wineries

November 21st, 2015

 

Does a flight of vino strike your fancy? You’re in luck, because Anaheim is just a short drive from the sprawling Temecula Wineries region. Start your tour at Lorimar Vineyards and Winery, which began with two friends who had a dream of crafting great wines at an affordable price. Designed in Tuscon style, the Old Town Tasting Room is the perfect place for small bites, generous pours, and enjoying antique exhibits.

At Lumiere Winery, you can take advantage of tasting seven days per week in a small, intimate tasting room. Maurice Car’rie Vineyard and Winery features one of the most inviting of vineyards in the region, complete with a Victorian farmhouse. It’s one of the oldest vineyards in the area and there are over 70 acres to explore.

A Toast to Travelers

Miramonte Winery was founded by entrepreneur Cane Vanderhoof when he was just 32 years old. It became one of the original share economy vineyards, with his friends joining ownership to become an organization of self-described “wine geeks” with a taste for the finest wines.

Oak Mountain Winery is where you’ll find gorgeous views (of Oak Mountain, of course) while you enjoy the famous Bordeaux varieties. Barrel samples are aplenty, and it’s the perfect nightcap to your Temecula tour.

 

 

Ring in the New Year in Anaheim!

November 20th, 2015

Anaheim is spilling over with New Year’s Eve parties, so if you’re traveling to Southern California during the holidays, the toughest choice you’ll have to make is what party to attend! The White Wonderland lets you slip down the rabbit hole with live music featuring Paul van Dyk, Benny Benassi and more at this two-day event held at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tickets start at $75, and it’s the only two-day fiesta in town.

Of course, the Disneyland Resort is world-famous for the Ring in the New Year Fireworks Spectacular. An incredible fireworks display amidst Christmas attractions and decorations is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Tickets start at $80 with special discounts for younger children.

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Countdown in Style

Try the New Year’s Bash with Kenny Sara and the Sounds of New Orleans at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen located on Disneyland Drive. The Cajun soul of Louisiana is in town with “musical gumbo” from Kenny Sara. Of course, authentic NOLA cuisine is also on the menu—plus, admission is free!

Maybe New Year’s Eve with ATB is more your speed, with German DJ ATB spinning music all night long. The trance/EDM party takes place at The Observatory on S. Harbor in Santa Ana. This 21+ show has tickets starting at $100 and promises to keep the party going well into the New Year.