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Anaheim Plaza Holiday Celebration

December 10th, 2016

 

Mark your calendars for December 12th when the annual Anaheim Plaza Holiday Celebration helps you kick off the season! From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., you and the family can enjoy giveaways, a balloon artist, face painting, airbrush tattoos, and a DJ spinning the latest hits with just a sprinkling of your seasonal favorites. Located at N. Euclid St. and the Santa Ana Freeway intersection, the Anaheim Plaza is your destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Shops and restaurants are teeming with December deals and specials. With 33 stores and restaurants, over 20 brand name stores and 7 on-site dining options, you can finish up your holiday shopping in one fell swoop. Check out Fashion Q, Ulta, T.J. Maxx and Carter’s for last minute shopping.

‘Tis the Season

Dining options include treats like Baskin Robbins, Kelly’s Coffee and Fudge Factory, and Marie Callender’s. Head to Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, Subway or Wendy’s for more options, or slide into Happy Dragon to heat things up.

In between shopping and dining, explore the plaza’s holiday décor, or head to Party City to get everything you need for your own winter extravaganza. Avoid the big crowds and hectic seasonal shopping, and stick with where the locals shop for plenty of cheer and end-of-year specials.

 

Your Anaheim Disney Thanksgiving Guide

November 17th, 2016

 

Dine in or get a feast to go; choose traditional or select an innovative spin. Thanksgiving in Anaheim has something for everyone, starting with Disneyland! The Grand Ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel hosts a massive buffet with ham, turkey, roast beef, a myriad of sides and too many desserts for any one guest to handle. Children have their own buffet stations, and of course your fellow guests will include favorite characters.

Head over to The Storytellers Café for an impressive dinner buffet with hand-carved beef and turkey, a variety of stuffings and dressings, candied yams and all your favorite Thanksgiving desserts. For those who prefer an upscale prix fixe, Steakhouse 55 is offering a three-course meal with roasted turkey and brioche stuffing, Swiss chard with mushroom gravy, delectable cranberry sauce and special desserts.

A Feast for All

At Carnation Café, you’ll find a slow roasted turkey smothered in bourbon gravy, cranberry and apple stuffing, roasted veggies, and mashed sweet potatoes. Harbour Galley is dishing up their famous turkey tortilla soup featuring south of the border spices. The French Market is famous for their Thanksgiving turkey breast and Andouille sausage stuffing, artisan bread with house cranberry sauce, and market potatoes.

Try the Carthay Circle Restaurant for free-range turkey served alongside poblano chiles and mushroom tamales. Their creamed corn dipped in turkey jus can’t be missed. The Pacific Wharf Café is crafting their annual turkey pot pie soup served in a bread bowl with pumpkin spice bread pudding for dessert.

Where will your Thanksgiving begin?

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?

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!

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!

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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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!