Visit Muzeo

November 3rd, 2016


This little-known museum and cultural center packs a big punch, offering exhibits, tours and special events year-round. Nestled in Orange County, it’s easily accessible, and they’re committed to celebrating heritage and cultural diversity via the arts. There are three major traveling exhibitions each year, and all are coupled with special activities and programming. All Carnegie Gallery exhibits are free, and various admission fees are assigned to the other exhibits. Visit Muzeo Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In November, local Anaheim residents enjoy Free First Thursdays. On November 17, join the Open Book Author Series, a free event that brings writers from around the world to Muzeo. This month features Eric Z. Weintraub, author of Dreams of an American Exile and winner of the Plaza Literary Prize. William Brandon III, editor and designer of numerous publications, also takes the stage. Don’t miss Jon-Barrett Ingels, storyteller and screenwriter, who has passed on the craft to his daughter.

A Cultural Exchange

November 12 welcomes the Art Crawl Experience, a special event from 6 – 10 p.m. where museum visitors can walk, imbibe and explore various pop-up exhibits around the area. Any time of year is a great time to check out the permanent exhibits, including Anaheim: A Walk Through Local History, a historical exhibit in the 1908 Carnegie Library building.

You’ll discover artifacts and slices of history, which pair perfectly with a trip to the Anaheim Heritage Center. It’s now a part of the local public library system, and is right beside the Main Gallery. A rich history space, there are nearly one million artifacts catalogued by local scholars.



The OC’s Best Trick or Treating

October 25th, 2016


Halloween in Anaheim is guaranteed to thrill, and when you’re traveling with the kids, it’s all about the trick or treating. Nearby, you’ll find Rustic Cowan Heights in Santa Ana. It’s a favorite neighborhood for locals because the gorgeous homes are known for handing out the best, biggest candies. Here, you’ll find unbelievable costumes, gourmet treats, and a neighborhood that knows they’re the best—and are committed to keeping that reputation.

You’ll also want to check out Anaheim Town Square’s tricks and treats, every Halloween from 3 – 5 p.m. It’s ideal for younger kids or anyone who wants to get a head start on the night’s mission. You’ll also enjoy costume contests, face painting and pumpkin decorating. Most stores participate in the shenanigans, and you can tell by the pumpkin balloons and decals by their entrances.

All Treats, No Tricks

Head to downtown Huntington Beach and start strolling the neighborhoods for some top-notch candy. Main Street shops also participate, and many local families haunt on their porches to give out fistfuls of sweets to those in costumes. You’ll find many haunted houses here and an old-timey Halloween vibe.

Nothing trumps Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland, complete with admission to the park three hours before the party starts! Take advantage of five full hours of trick or treating, haunts, costumes and more at a level that only Disney can pull off! Fireworks, a headless horseman and character greetings are all included.

Go Japanese in Anaheim

October 24th, 2016


Japanese cuisine is known for exceptional seafood, and the Los Angeles area is a world-renowned foodie scene. It’s the perfect combination to create a region with famous Japanese cuisine, and it all starts at Sushi Noguchi. Start with the crab ensemble and baked asparagus before choosing one of the many rolls from Anaheim’s top-ranked sushi joints. Full dinners of sea bass, wagyu steak and pork belly are also tempting treats.

Biyako is where you’ll find a number of locals dining, enjoying the beef don and sashimi platters. Hand roll options include albacore, shrimp tempura, salmon, scallop and veggie options. With the classic rolls, you can get soft-shell crab, tuna rolls, salmon skin and, of course, the California roll. For dessert, try the mochi or tempura ice cream.

Hot Off the Grill

Yosuke Sushi offers fatty tuna sashimi, yellow tail sashimi and thinly sliced salmon for starters. A variety of teriyaki options from veggie to salmon, shrimp and beef helped put this little restaurant on the map. You’ll also want to try the sushi combination deluxe with nine pieces of sushi and one roll—perfect for sharing!

The Kagura Restaurant is known for their fried Japanese chili, fresh calamari and boiled asparagus for starters. Grilled free-range chicken, assorted sushi or sashimi and seafood tempura are top picks for lunch. Check out the Kagura special rolls for innovative options like tuna and smelt egg, lobster tempura with avocado, and deep-fried soft shelled crab.


Visit Prado Dam and Reservoir

October 14th, 2016


This earth-filled dam near the Santa Ana River was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and management of the river. It’s located just over 30 miles from the ocean and has been a staple of the Chino Hills area since 1936. It’s also a key source for water storage and a landmark for some of the best outdoor recreation around.

Families flock to Prado Regional Park to get a slice of paradise without the need for the golden coast. “Prado” means meadow in Spanish, and it’s a hot spot for camping, hiking, nature trails, fishing, picnicking and disc golf. There’s even a meeting room seating up to 80 people and is a popular spot for parties, receptions and meetings.

Explore Prado

You can easily spend a day exploring the gorgeous meadow, or head over to one of the two 18-hole golf courses on site. There’s an Olympic shooting range, ideal for a little stress relief for business travelers, and an archery range. Pedal boat rentals are available May – October, so take advantage of this final month on the water. Rowboats, kayaks and canoes are also allowed.

Bring the little ones to explore the Universal Playground, horseshoe pits and Zero Depth Water Play Park. The 60-acre lake is rich with catfish, trout and bass for those wanting to fish, and campgrounds feature 75 full hookups. Who knew Anaheim had such a beautiful, semi-secret getaway?

Are You Tough (Mudder) Enough?

October 9th, 2016


Ready for the ultimate Anaheim challenge? Tough Mudder comes to town October 15, and this is the craziest, muddiest, and truly the toughest event yet! Located at nearby Vail Lake, you can sign up as an individual or a team. Corporate packages are available for business travelers who want to take on the challenge as a team—and you may want that camaraderie for 2016!

There are some brand new obstacles waiting.The Block Ness Monster is the latest addition to the notorious mud run. You’ll have to roll, push and pull through 60 feet of muddy, slippery rotating barriers. Teamwork is great here, letting you rock and roll en masse through this monstrous feat. However, the most hardcore of mudders can beat the beast solo!

Ready, Steady …

King of the Swingers is also a big feature, offering the kind of rope swing challenge you wished was at the lake when you were a kid. Only a few will have what it takes to ring the bell, but many will try. Will you be one of the elite to succeed?

Choose from a variety of course options including the original Tough Mudder, Tough Mudder Half, and even the World’s Toughest Mudder Challenge. Engineers are always working to come up with even more creative and intense challenges, but safety remains a priority. Completing a Tough Mudder calls for some serious bragging rights, and it’s the perfect way to liven up your Anaheim getaway.

Are you up for it?

Head to Soak City!

September 17th, 2016


It might be nearly autumn, but the Southern California heat sticks around! Cool off at Knott’s Soak City Water Park where you can rent a semi-private cabin complete with food and drink service, rent any gear you need, and make your adrenaline spike with some of the zaniest water park rides in the world! It’s ideal for families and “big kids” of all ages who are looking for a fresh new adventure.

There are rides and experiences for all ages and degrees of adrenaline junkies. Banzai Falls features six multi-lane slides where you fall over 41-feet headfirst into the turquoise waters below. Try out the Laguna Storm Water Tower, a tube slide monstrosity that’s 43-feet high. At Gremmie Lagoon, the littlest swimmers get a water playground with an interactive octopus and impressive submarine.

Wild Rides

Malibu Run offers four inner tube slides with open flumes, dark flumes, and a drop-off height peaking at 36-feet. Old Man Falls is the biggest of all, 63-feet tall, and it’s where you can really let ‘er rip-feet first or head first! However, Pacific Spin is a real contender—though it’s not a slide! A multi-person thrill ride spins you along a six-story funnel with swirling water.

These rides can really rev up your appetite, and there are many choices on deck. Try Longboard’s Grill for classic American fare from burgers to dogs, or go to Portside Pizza for wedge slices and refreshing salads. At Surf Daddy’s Food Hut, you have icees, pretzels, churros and more treats. Ready to dive in?


OC Brew Ha Ha Craft Brew Festival

September 15th, 2016


Beer lovers unite in Orange County for the seventh annual craft beer festival on Saturday, September 24 at Oak Canyon in nearby Silverado, California. You get unlimited tastings (seriously!) of over 200 craft and import beers compliments of more than 90 top-ranked breweries. Your commemorative festival glass goes perfectly with those craft beer seminars hosted by industry experts.

Live entertainment is peppered around the festival, or you can slip away to the Gray Cloud Cigar Lounge where beers are paired with cigars by the pros. Games, exhibitions and more are yours for the taking. Just make sure to set up transportation in advance, and your front desk agent can help with that.

Beer + Food

Some regular attendees come just as much for the food as the beer! Indulge in a variety of vendors and food trucks as you take in the view of Irvine Lake. Admission is $45 to attend from 1-4p.m., or you can upgrade to VIP admission and get in at noon for $60. For designated drivers, tickets are just $20.

Please keep kids and pets home, and remember to drink responsibly. Taking a cab or ride sharing/pickup service is highly recommended. This rain-or-shine event is guaranteed to be one of the liveliest festivals in early autumn, so get your tickets now!

Best Mex in Anaheim

September 4th, 2016


You can’t travel to southern California without trying some of the best Mexican cuisine in the country. Whether you’re craving authentic fare or upscale fusion, Anaheim has it all. Mi Casa Mexicana is known for their generous portions along with authentic street-style tacos. Tortas and quesadillas are very popular here, and the family meal deals offer a fantastic array of combinations with fajitas, enchiladas, taquitos, tacos and more.

La Casa Garcia is a family-owned restaurant where you’ll find classics. Don’t let the strip mall location fool you, because this is one establishment renowned by locals for the full flavors. Available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can start off your morning with Machaca and eggs, a shrimp and avocado omelet, or get the Nopalitos with chorizo and eggs.

Service Up!

Urbana Mexican Gastronomy and Bar is a unique experience bringing together local and Mexican flavors. Known for “innovative Mexican food” and craft cocktails along with locally handcrafted beers, you’ll always find something new on the menu from their experimental chefs. It’s the perfect date spot or family outing.

Head to Casa Gamino for traditional fare and an epic weekend lunch buffet! An all-you-can-eat taco bar, flautas, pancakes, enchiladas, rice and beans, omelets made to order, pancakes, potatoes with chorizo, chili rellenos, Mexican hot chocolate, soups, salads, fruits and desserts is the must-have indulgence of an Anaheim weekend.

Orange Street Fair

September 1st, 2016


Spend Labor Day weekend at the Orange International Street Fair, where 15 streets are packed with a variety of cultural activities, food and drink booths, arts and crafts centers, and so much more. Each street is “themed” with a region/country from around the world with local sponsors, vendors and non-profits coming together to celebrate inclusiveness and diversity. Open September 2-4 until 10 p.m. nightly, this family-friendly affair is the perfect place to explore, indulge and bond.

Do keep in mind that parking can be tough around the Plaza Square area, so be ready to walk a few blocks to get to the excitement. Although vendors are still signing up, a few of the participants include Arty Brush and Goals on Children’s Street and Pence Animal Sculpture, Ron’s Wood Design and Soaps by Miss Kitty Girl on Arts and Crafts Street.

A Trip Around the World

Where in the world will you travel first? There’s All-American Street, Asian Street, Australian Street, Danish Street, Dutch Street, English Street, German Street, Ginza Street, Greek Street, Irish Street, Italian Street, Mexican Street, Polynesian Street and Swiss Street to discover. Down each road, you’ll find an eclectic mix of representation.

This popular fair has been taking place annually since 1973, growing every year. With 42 food and alcohol booths this year and eight stages offering live entertainment, it’ll take the whole weekend to see it all!

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!