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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.