Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific

April 9th, 2016

No trip to the golden coast is complete without heading under the sea—or at least visiting the full-time residents! At the Aquarium of the Pacific, the whole family can enjoy a day of meeting sea creatures. Special exhibits are always popping up, and in April there’s the Jellies exhibit, which showcases one of the ocean’s most mysterious and beautiful residents.


There’s also the Southern California Steelhead Story; an exhibit that’s immersive and tells the tale of local waterways and why this fish plays a key role. The penguins have arrived, the first in the aquarium’s history, and now is the time to meet them at the new June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Head to the Ocean Science Center, hosted by NOAA, and explore the why’s and how’s behind the ocean.

Dive In!

The Molina Animal Care Center is where you get to see veterinarians in action in over 14,000 square feet. It’s a healthcare center for sea-faring residents, tucked right behind Shark Lagoon. Environmentally sensitive practices and preservation are a top priority of the aquarium.

Don’t miss The Southern California/Baja Gallery, home to animals who call the coastline from Baja to Oregon home. You can easily spend several days here, so map out your plan of action now!

AORN Conference

April 1st, 2016

On April 4, the AORN Conference comes to the Anaheim Convention Center. It’s one of the largest events for surgeons in the country. The massive 2016 expo is bringing medical professionals together from around the nation, where sessions, keynote speakers and networking events are non-stop. This year, Amy Purdy is leading the general education session with her “On My Own Two Feet” talk.

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Mark Thompson, a venture investor, is giving a talk on lectureship and the general writer’s awards. He’s spent over 25 years helping businesses thrive from the ground up, and the increase in private practices makes his expertise especially important to those in the medical field.

What to Expect

Education sessions address needs, concerns and questions from those in the surgical industry. There are tools, tips, and technology to be shared that can make running a medical/surgical business a little easier. In the exhibit hall, attendees can see first-hand how the latest tech works.

The Connections and Cocktails event features a DJ and signature drinks, and it encourages attendees to connect. Book your conveniently located hotel now for the AORN Conference and minimize commute time to the conference. Where you stay is just as important as attending, so book now and mix some leisure with business travels.

Delectable Vegetarian Restaurants

March 26th, 2016


Anaheim is one of the best places to travel to if you’re vegetarian or vegan, with plenty of dining options catering to your kind eating ways. Loving Hut is a local chain serving only counter-style vegan cuisine. They are sensitive to food allergies too. Try their Golden Wontons, BBQ Noodle plate, Lucky Mongo with a veg fillet, or the selection of “milk” shakes and coolers.

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BHIMAS Pure Vegetarian specializes in Southern Indian style cooking that’s all vegetarian. A selection of curries (many featuring paneer) in an all you can eat buffet style environment makes this restaurant a local lunch favorite.

Get Your Veg On

Rutabegorz Restaurant has three locations in the Anaheim area, all with slightly different veg menus. Check out the mac and cheese, bagels, Peasant Mushroom bowl, Mexican Casserole or the Veggie Surprise. Thuyen Vien is the place to go for those who are craving Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine, with an all-veg menu.

Green Bliss is a café serving only vegetarian fare, like their Vegan Sweet Quesadilla, Baked Oatmeal, Caprese Flatbread, Curried Chickpea Salad, and a seasonal menu that changes as local ingredients go in and out of season. There are a number of veg options at the ready, so your only challenge is what to try first.

Your Ultimate Spring Break Guide

March 15th, 2016


If you’re traveling to Anaheim during spring break, you are lucky to be in one of the hottest spring break destinations in the country! With all the southern California beaches at your fingertips, you can spend each day at a different location. Venice Beach, Muscle Beach, Manhattan Beach, and more are all an easy drive away. Dine on some of the freshest seafood along the coast, or take a surf lesson to really assimilate.

Having fun in the waters

The Disney adventure awaits, with weekdays between Tuesday and Thursday being the quietest during this busy time of year. A number of theaters and cinemas are available, including the Main Street Cinema in Disneyland that features only family-friendly classics in this old school palace of a theater.

Break Up Your Routine

Spend the day in Hollywood taking a tour of star’s homes, or head to Universal Studios for the real all-star experience. Knott’s Berry Farm is a great alternative for thrill seekers who need more amusement park fun, or try the charming boardwalk in Malibu.

Shopping is an extreme sport here, whether you head to the outlet malls or to the glitz of famous boutique couture shops. Make the most of your spring break by planning ahead and choosing a comfortable hotel.


Check Out the Local US Military Ships

March 12th, 2016


There are some incredible vessels permanently docked in the Anaheim area which have been converted into museums and theaters. Discover some of the previously active-duty ships during your trip, like the USS Midway, which was an aircraft carrier. So large that it initially couldn’t access the Panama Canal, it served in the military for over 40 years before retiring in the 1990s.

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Now, the USS Midway is one of the most popular attractions in the southern California region. Docents are readily available and all are veterans of various military branches. Get lost in the halls and rooms of this incredible ship, take an audio guide to learn more about its history, and spend your spring break exploring a part of California few see!

Getting on Board

There’s also the USS IOWA, which is home to the Pacific Battleship Center and features one area that’s been converted into an 80-seat theater. Visitors of all ages adore the ships, and it’s an excellent way to break up a busy trip of Disneyland and shopping.

Get on board today! Tickets are available “at the dock” to make this a potential last minute outing.



The Dana Point Festival of Whales

March 2nd, 2016

Earmark the first two weekends of March for the Dana Point Festival of Whales, an annual event where you get the best chance of seeing the massive whales in migration between Mexico and Alaska. On March 5th, a morning parade celebrates the movement of California’s biggest coastal residents. For the festival days, you can enjoy free parking and shuttle services (including the water taxi!) at this family-friendly tradition.


Choose from a selection of boating excursions, but reserve your tickets soon! The most popular option is the two-hour tour, but you can select morning cruises, evening expeditions, and even a yacht outing to make the most of your trip. All guides are experts at spotting the whales and will ensure you’re in the best position possible for whale watching.

An Event to Remember

The bluffs overlooking Dana Point are gorgeous, and you can do some great whale watching from that vantage point too. There’s a three mile trail that winds down to the beach, the perfect way to start your day of whale watching.

Dana Point is open year-round, but with up to 80 whales passing through daily during the festival, now is the time to increase your odds of spotting them as they make their trek.

Spend Leap Day in the OC

February 27th, 2016

Congratulations, you’ve earned an extra day in Orange County! In 2016, Leap Day falls on a Monday, which means this might just be the first Monday you’ve looked forward to in a long time. Of course, Disneyland will be open for their incredible 24 hours at Disney event. It’s the only day where the park is open for 24 hours straight, giving you plenty of opportunities to make the most of an overnight outing. However, that’s just one option!

Take advantage of Monday discounts, from the cinema to the museums. It’s not a very popular day (usually!) for folks to be out and about, which means many top destinations will try to lure you in with offers you can’t beat. Try the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Garden Grove Historical Society, or Discovery Cube Orange County and enjoy a not-so-busy outing.


Take a Leap!

When it comes to the cinema, you can’t beat southern California. One of the best is the AMC in downtown Disney, where more than just Disney flicks are featured. Go early for matinee prices, or use a military or student ID for extra savings.

From ESPN Zone to catch a game to California Screamin’ for some thrills, make this extra Monday count!



Best Pizza Joints in Town

February 22nd, 2016

California does pizza right (and contrary to popular belief, avocado isn’t on every pie!). Anaheim Pizza is a local staple featuring a variety of crust options, toppings and, of course, sides like salads, pastas and desserts. Pizza Boy offers full pies or slices alongside an eclectic menu of sandwiches and more goodies. The Pizza Press is retro-styled and offers an impressive beer menu, the perfect pairing for any pie.

Head to Pepz Pizza for a casual Italian eatery that’s famous for pizza but offers so much more. Giant Manhattan Pizza does it (you guessed it!) NYC style which means foldable slices, classic toppings and a thin crust. Try Marri’s Pizza and Pasta if you can’t decide which carb you’ll prefer, or Cortina’s Italian Market for cheap and delicious Italian eats.


Slice by Slice

The Pizza Store has everything you can imagine that’s pie related, while Zito’s Pizza is another Manhattan-inspired eatery. Here, you’ll find pies and pasta that are traditional or zany and everything in between.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is an American diner that just happens to have some of the best pies in town. You could easily spend your entire trip pizza hopping, and some do! Ask a local where the best pizza is, and you’re bound to get a different answer each time.



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.


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.


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!