Mummies of the World at the Bower Museum

August 12th, 2016


It’s the last month to see the Mummies of the World exhibit at Bowers Museum where you can get nose to nose with preserved remains from Ancient Egypt, Europe and South America. Some of the displays are 4,500+ years old, and the exhibit closes September 5. Bowers Museum is in nearby Santa Ana with hours from 10am-4pm. Museum admission includes the Mummies exhibit, but planning to spend an entire day at the museum is a smart move—there’s so much to see!


NBC has called the exhibit fascinating, intriguing and inspiring, while NPR dubbed it a must-see. It’s the perfect outing for families, or for anyone who wants a closer glimpse at some of the best preserved mummies in the world. You can buy tickets online here or schedule a special group outing with your very own docent.

Oh, Mummy!

Mummification is the blocking of decay and a relatively common practice (especially for royalty) thousands of years ago in many cultures and regions. However, sometimes mummification was accidental, resulting in a diverse collection only available at Bowers Museum. Some cultures, like the Egyptians, had an expert artificial mummification strategy that included organ removal for preservation.

Mummies can teach us a lot about our past, our history, and where we came from. Buy your tickets now, and make this an event you don’t miss!



August 7th, 2016


Anaheim GardenWalk is a destination that demands at least one full day to explore, where dining, shopping and entertainment come together. Located in the OC with 460,000 square feet of outdoor options, it’s right in the middle of the Anaheim Resort District and walkable to Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center. Here, you’ll find unique and upscale options like a bowling lounge and thriving nightlife.


New restaurants are popping up all the time, and constant renovations ensure you get only the best in entertainment and dining. It’s still up and coming, so you get to experience the GardenWalk at its finest and be amongst the first to discover world-class wow factors.

A “Walk” to Remember

Dubbed the “OC’s new hot spot,” shopping at Factory Xtreme, Geeky Mamas, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, and Kensington Luggage is the perfect start to your trip. Don’t forget to swing into Madison & Co. Fine Jewelers and Los Angeles Harley-Davidson of Anaheim for summer specials.

Bowlmor Lanes takes bowling to another level, while Encounters: U.F.O. Experience is a must-see exhibit. Slip into Heat Ultra Lounge after hours or Houdini’s Hideaway for a real slice of magic. Dining options include Johnny Rockets, McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, and Roy’s Restaurant. Find out the latest openings during your Anaheim getaway.


Greek Fare in Anaheim

August 7th, 2016


The Greek scene in Anaheim is going strong, and no trip to the golden coast is complete without visiting Willy’s Eatery. The Willy’s eggs benedict, with their famous “those potatoes,” gives you a Greek spin on a classic, while the Greek omelet with feta, tomato and basil is the perfect way to start the morning. Head in for lunch, where the Greek chicken wrap, gyro sandwich with Greek salad, or their house Mediterranean hummus with sprouts are whipped up fresh.


Kentro Greek Kitchen has starters like zucchini chips with tzatziki sauce, calamari served with garlic and feta, and house spanakopita in a house-made phyllo pie. Try the brizola, and 8 oz. ribeye with briami and house sauce, or a side of kentro fries with kefalotiri butter. For dessert, nothing beats their baklava.

Greek Options

Daphne’s California Greek offers fresh-carved gyros, kebabs, spanakopita and falafel on their mix-and-match menu. Try the Greek salad and rice or garlic-herb salmon with fire-roasted vegetables. Desserts include a classic Greek yogurt parfait with chopped baklava and a house pomegranate drizzle.

Sahara Falafel is where you’ll find a generous falafel plate with homemade pita bread, the mixed kebab platter with lamb and chicken, and the combo shawarma sandwich with beef, chicken and special garlic sauce. Try them all, and choose your favorite!

Fiesta Del Charro

August 1st, 2016


Don’t miss this annual festival on Sunday, August 7 at Action Sports Arena in nearby Costa Mesa! It’s where you’ll be treated to the stunning talents of the charro, a Mexican cowboy fantastically dressed and ready to show off years of skill-building in a special event where untamed animals and man go head-to-head. Know that this isn’t an event for everyone, so please use discretion when purchasing tickets to the 7pm show.


Held as part of the OC Fair, bull riding, a demolition derby and MMA fighting, along with motorcycle stunts, are all part of this adrenaline-packed adventure. For those with reserved seats, you’ll also enjoy complimentary fair admission to check out the rest of the festivities. Otherwise, come early, and stay late, to get the best open seats in the house!

Mexican-Style Showmanship

General admission seating is very limited, so it’s best to go the reserved route for comfort. The fair is open Wednesday-Sunday until midnight, so there’s plenty of time to explore the carnival rides, pie eating contests, and of course delectable “fair fare”.

Tickets are available on Ticketmaster and the OC Fair Box Office located at the Pacific Amphitheater. Hurry, tickets went on sale in March, and there are just a few left. You won’t want to miss this show like no other!

Shore Thing!

July 19th, 2016

A free shore-fishing class is offered Saturday, July 2 in Playa del Rey. The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors has fishing poles and bait available at no cost during this special summer event. The most popular fish this time of year include corbina, leopard shark, surfperch, halibut and croaker. There’s no age limit on this event, but anyone under 12 must have adult accompaniment.

Fishing Background

For those over 16, you must have a valid California fishing license. They are easily found at numerous outlets including West Marine and Marina del Rey Sportfishing, both within minutes of the class. Pre-registration is required as classes are limited to 10 attendees. Call 310-726-4128 for more information or to register.

Bait and Hook

The classes take place at the Dockweiler Youth Center at 12505 Vista del Mar, which is just a short drive from your Anaheim hotel. Other options for fishing include a number of fishing tours for all ages and abilities, whether you prefer deep sea fishing in the Pacific or freshwater fishing in one of California’s lakes or rivers.

Adding a fishing expedition to your trip is a fantastic way to get away from the bustle of the city, relax, and learn some new skills.



Hiking Adventures in Anaheim

July 9th, 2016

Discover the real beauty of the Anaheim area by tackling one of the many local trails. There are various lengths and ratings, so everyone from newbie family hikers to experienced trail runners can find their stride. Try Sturtevant Falls in Pasadena, an easy 3.7 mile hike that takes less than three hours and whisks you through the San Gabriel Mountains to a 50-foot waterfall. A popular hike since the turn of the century, it’s simple, but know that the last half-mile on the return is all uphill.

Happy hiker with bottle and backpack in forest

El Dorado Park is a two-mile nature trail in Long Beach that takes less than one hour to complete. Hidden right in the heart of the city, many people don’t know about this amazing trail. You’ll feel tucked into the woods even with a freeway half a mile away! Check out the wildlife, and bring the kids for a fun-filled afternoon stroll.

Hidden Gems

Bommer Meadow in Irvine is a moderate hike nearly six miles long, but takes under three hours to complete. It’s a roundtrip hike nestled into the San Joaquin Hills and can be accessed by Shady Canyon Drive via Bonita Canyon. There aren’t many parking spots, so you may need to hike to the trailhead—or arrive early for a sunrise treat!

Southern California is rich with trail options. Which will you take on first?


Steak Your Claim in Anaheim!

July 3rd, 2016

Celebrate summer the old fashioned way, with a delectable steak dinner just for dad! There are a number of top steakhouses in the Anaheim area, but consider Morton’s The Steakhouse, a high-end chain that everyone adores, providing a variety of cuts and sides for every craving. There’s also Bari Bari, a local Japanese steakhouse with grilled-to-order meats, and their preparation is a real showstopper.

steak on fork

Head to Stubrik’s Steakhouse and Bar, an American-style chophouse with some thick Italian influences. It’s a high-end restaurant with innovative dishes and constantly changing specials to keep you on your toes. Call ahead to let the host know about the special occasion, and surprise someone with a special treat!

Delicious Options

Doug’s Downtown Grill is low-key and casual, with cozy booths in a sports bar environment. However, their cuts and how they’re prepared are anything but ordinary. You’ll find delectable, homemade tastes in this intimate environment where dad will feel right at home.

You may also want to check out Fire & Ice Grill & Bar, an all-you-can-eat Mongolian-style buffet hot spot that will satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Latin, Asian, American, and Italian flavors are also featured here!

Register Now for the Star Wars Half Marathon!

June 23rd, 2016

Hurry and pick up the pace, because you only have a few weeks left to register for the epic Star Wars Half Marathon! It’s not until January 2017, but bibs always sell out and it’s critical to register before the end of July. You can register, get course information, and find out details on the swag at the official site. Running in costume is highly encouraged, but not required. Spectators are also urged to show up as their favorite character.


Registration begins June 14, right in time for you to start training for one of the best half marathons in town. However, it’s not just a half that’s at stake. You can opt to enroll little ones in the Padawans or Jedi Knights runs, suitable for a variety of ages. There’s also a 5k, 10k, and an out of this world running adventure!

There is No Try

Don’t miss out on the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo before the races, taking place January 12-14. It’s HQ for all you’ll need and is required for picking up your bib, shirt and gear packet. You can also check out more merchandise and get an early peek at what’s in store.

A speaker series on-site features a slew of celebrity runners and last minute trainings on nutrition and strategies. Don’t wait—it’s not as far, far away as you think!


Welcome Summer in Anaheim

June 15th, 2016

Summer Solstice is almost here, and there’s no better way to celebrate it than in sunny Anaheim. The Los Angeles Summer Solstice celebration harkens back to ancient Egypt, marking the Nile flooding season at this time of year. More daylight, warmer weather, and more available outdoor activities is what we celebrate on June 21! You can find the Summer Solstice Party with headliner Jeremy Sole at the Hammer Museum. There’s also Celebration at the Autry at Griffith Park, suitable for families looking for some cultural festivities.


It also marks the beginning of the LA Film Festival, and movie fans can indulge in a number of outdoor screenings with celebrity appearances around Hollywood. Make Music LA also kicks off this time of year, and you’ll discover many mini concerts in the neighborhood.

Foodie Paradise

The LA Street Food Fest during solstice is the perfect way to indulge in some of the city’s best chef creations. There are more than 100 vendors at this all-you-can-eat day-long event. Summer Solstice is the pinnacle of summer in California. How are you planning to celebrate?

From beach hopping to whale watching, surf lessons and more, choose your favorite way to say, “Thank you!” to the sun.

Get the Perfect Grad Gift

June 10th, 2016

Are you heading to Anaheim but don’t want to lug a graduation gift with you? Don’t worry, there are plenty of top notch gift shops near your Anaheim hotel. Try out Castle Gate Gift Shop on Harbor Boulevard for a huge selection, including plenty of graduation gift options for students of all ages. There’s also ABC Market, a popular chain peppered around California offering golden coast twists on grad gift classics.

back of graduates during commencement

You might find the perfect present at Mickey’s Gift, a Disney-themed gift shop for the grad who loves the happiest place on earth. Of course, if you’ll be visiting Disneyland this June, you can always pick up a primo gift from the park itself!

Gift Shopping

A Little Known Shop is a unique gift shop just a few miles from your Anaheim hotel, offering a wide selection for all budgets and tastes. If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, this is the shop to check out first. Locally owned and operated, the customer service is also premium.

The Star Trader on Tomorrowland Drive is a phenomenal shop that you can’t get out of without  buying a little (or a big!) something for yourself too. No matter where you go in California for that perfect gift, you’ll find plenty of options!