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Horseback Riding in Anaheim

June 21st, 2017

 

The heart of Orange County is surprisingly full of nature trails, and many of them are designed especially for horseback riding. You’ll find equestrian stables, tours and trails throughout Anaheim, and it’s a beautiful way to discover your favorite Southern California city in a brand new way. Urban Horseman offers options for short rides, full day tours, and is available to riders of any ability and (almost) every age.

At Yes U Can Ranch, the family-friendly and family-owned establishment focuses on riding for fun and leisure. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or have never been on a horse before, Yes U Can will make your time in Anaheim the best it can be. Select from a variety of packages, and ride easy knowing you’re in the care of skilled, local guides.

Giddy Up!

At Anaheim Equestrian Center, you’ll likely see championship riders training and grooming their horses. However, don’t be intimidated. This center is designed for every rider, whether you’re brand new to the sport or a pro. The environment is fun and safe, and here you can practice the art of horsemanship.

S&D Horseback Riding takes riders along riverbeds, on mountain desert terrains, and everywhere in between. Special rides can be customized for your group, or choose a sunset tour to up the romance. Riders must be at least ten years old, but select trail rides are available seven days per week.

Where will you saddle up?

Visit LACMA

May 22nd, 2017

 

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a brief drive from Anaheim, and the standout building has been an L.A. landmark since opening in 1965. Featuring works that span geography and history while showcasing the diversity of the region, it’s the biggest art museum in the western half of the country. Here, you’ll find more than 130,000 objects from several centuries and around the world. Visit the Latin American art, pre-Columbian relics, Asian art, Islamic art and contemporary showcases to discover incredible gems at this must-see attraction.

Most of LACMA’s galleries and exhibits come from public programs and research institutes. Millions visit each year, and the digital programs with online collections and interactive options are a fantastic way to keep in touch with LACMA when not in the L.A. area. You’ll find LACMA on 20 acres at Hancock Park right in the heart of L.A. Conservation, interpretation and exhibition are at the center of LACMA’s mission.

Art with Heart

Special exhibitions available in May include Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, Unexpected Light: Works by Young Il Ahn, and The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts. You won’t want to miss Tony Smith: Smoke, the Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery 1959-71, or any of the art programs available for all ages.

Adult art classes include Drawing from Sculpture, Focus on the Figure, Dreams: Exploration of Surrealism, Drawing and Painting, and several one-day, special workshops. Kids’ workshops are also available, and the LACMA film series highlights a variety of pieces throughout the year. Find out more and reserve your tickets in advance at the official site.

Hollywood Bowl

May 15th, 2017

 

You’ve heard of Hollywood Bowl in movies and television shows, but have you ever been? It’s a Los Angeles staple for a reason, a mecca for concerts, dining and special events. Voted the best outdoor venue for 12 years in a row by Pollstar Magazine, it’s also the biggest natural outdoor amphitheater in the country and a go-to spot for summer concerts and events. Home to the L.A. Philharmonic in summer months as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, you’ll find 14 picnic grounds in this sprawling public park.

It’s ideal for your own special event, too, with various weddings, reunions and camps calling the Hollywood Bowl home for a night of a lifetime. Located at 2301 North Highland Avenue, close to the Hollywood Freeway, it’s easily accessible from Anaheim, although parking is limited. It’s best to park and ride from one of the convenient, nearby locations or use the shuttle bus lots.

Wining and Dining

The Wine Bar by a.o.c. and the backyard restaurant are two great on-site options for food and beverages. For those attending concerts, check out the “supper in your box seats” option for to-go picnic boxes. Every great event deserves equally fantastic fare and wine, which is why the Kitchen 22, sweet shop, and on-site marketplaces have you covered.

May events include Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey May 5 and 6, A Perfect Circle May 7, and Train May 13. Keep an eye on the calendar for updates, to purchase tickets, or for last minute special events you won’t want to miss.

A History of Sunset Boulevard

May 6th, 2017

 

Arguably one of the most famous landmarks in southern California, few can say why Sunset Boulevard is so well-known. It’s located in central and western L.A. County, stretching from the Pacific Coast Highway to Figueroa Street in downtown. At 22 miles long, it’s a lovely and relatively short trip, but takes drivers through notorious mountainous spots that hug the Los Angeles Basin. In the 1780s, what’s now Sunset Boulevard was a cattle trail from Pueblo de Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean.

It’ll take you from downtown to Hollywood, heading west before slightly curving to the Pacific. Take Sunset Boulevard past Echo Park, Los Feliz and Silver Lake before reaching Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It’s also in Bel-Air, hugging UCLA’s Westwood campus boundary. Finally, it reaches the Pacific Palisades and Brentwood.

A Ride to Remember

Sunset Boulevard is known for its curves, sometimes treacherous to the unfamiliar. At its widest, it offers four lines, but is often congested like much of L.A. In the past, it went farther east, reaching into the historic regions of downtown. However, that area has been re-dubbed Cesar Chavez Avenue as of 1994.

Since the 1950s, Sunset Boulevard has been known for its thriving nightlife, and in the 70s it unfortunately became famed for seedy activity. However, other parts of the boulevard are known at Guitar Row thanks to the influx of guitar shops and music industry stores. Today, it’s well worth the 22 mile drive, including a stop at 4334 W. Sunset Boulevard to see the mural of Elliott Smith where fans leave messages to their hero.

 

Can You Visit the Hollywood Sign?

April 2nd, 2017

 

Everyone wants to see the Hollywood sign, but can you actually visit it? The simple answer is no, but there are some key spots to take the best photos. Originally funded by a newspaper publisher, Harry Chandler, the first sign said “Hollywoodland” in 1923. Perched on Mount Lee, it fell into disrepair a few years later and was demolished. It debuted again in 1978, excepting the last four letters.

Three agencies are charged with its maintenance today, and it remains one of the city’s top attractions. You can get a great shot from the Hollywood Bowl concert venue, while hiking in Runyon Canyon, or if you trek to the top of the LA County Museum of Art. However, locals know a few more hot spots for viewing.

Great Shots

Beachwood Canyon is a prime spot for photographs, and local residents are used to visitors and photographers in their neighborhood. Ranked by many as “the best,” you’ll need to wind up some mountainside streets to get a clear shot. It’s also a great neighborhood for shopping and dining.

Lake Hollywood Park keeps you out of residential areas, offering grounds to relax, play, and of course take some fantastic photos. BBQ pits and picnic tables are also available. Try the Griffith Park Observatory for a different angle, and don’t forget to check out the views from the on-site telescopes before going inside for galleries and exhibits. This photo is a staple when visiting southern California. Where will you get the ultimate shot?

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?

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!

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?

 

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.

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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.