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Dad’s Day Celebrations

June 4th, 2016

Show Dad how much you love him by planning the perfect Father’s Day in Anaheim! The Anaheim Marketplace features a special performance by Don Cheto of La Que Beuna on June 19 along with a full taco bar and mechanical bull. Join the fun from noon until 4pm at the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace located at 1440 South Anaheim Boulevard. Come hungry and ready for an exciting day just for Dad.

Fun and games on a bicycle

On June 16, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium. The game starts at 3:30, but it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance. Choose box seats, the reserved section, and treat dad to concession favorites and a beer garden visit. It’s the perfect gift for the sports loving dad in your life.

Holiday Bonanza

The annual Father’s Day Beer Brunch at the Phoenix Club is accepting reservations for the 10:30am or 1pm seating. Brunch features include a carving sation, German and American specialties, omelet station, pork ribs, salads, European breads and pastries, German sausages, and peel and eat shrimp. Bitburger Beer for dads is included in the price.

The Brownstone Café is offering a Father’s Day special of steak and eggs along with their usual, expansive menu. Located in Fullerton, it’s the perfect way to start the morning! Make reservations early whether you’re heading to a feast, game or special event.

Celebrate Mom in Southern California

May 2nd, 2016

If you’re celebrating Mother’s Day in southern California, you’re in for a real treat! Disneyland goes all out with specials around the park. Check out the Carthay Benedict at Carthay Circle Restaurant with two poached eggs riding on petite filet mignon served alongside corn bread and poblano chili hollandaise. At Blue Bayou Restaurant, a crayfish and crusted sea ball on angel hair pasta is available just for mom, complete with herb tomatoes and fennel sauce.

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At the Anaheim Packing House, a “progressive dining experience” awaits which hearkens back to the days of massive public markets in Europe. The BXCR Underground Wine Society is a fine place to start, then head to the Curry of the Day at Adya. The Chippy fries up the best fish and chips in the region, and finish the day with Ecco’s Georgia peach cobbler.

Treat Mom Right

Little Sparrow Café is a favorite for Mother’s Day brunch with a prix fixe menu featuring classics and innovative dishes from Chef Eric Samaniego. Kimchi fried rice with gochujang grilled pork belly, haricot vert and eggs, and incredible bananas fosters pancakes with maple syrup are a great start to the day.

End the day with a star tour, beach trip, or epic shopping expedition from Rodeo Drive to the famous outlets.

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.

 

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!

 

 

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?

 

Art Crawl for All

October 13th, 2015

The Art Crawl Experience or “ACE” is an incredible art festival and walk happening on Saturday, November 24th from 6-10pm. Hailed by local artists as the ultimate in downtown Anaheim artistic gatherings, it’s an artisan-inspired festival that highlights art throughout the community. Here, you’ll find pop-up galleries, street artists, and traditional galleries coming together to celebrate the fantastic creativity within Southern California.

Walk from exhibit to exhibit, and into galleries pairing art with wine tastings. There’s the Peter Shire illuminated bird sculptures, live art performances, and over 50 artists (so far!) who are bringing the experience to life. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 201 Center Street Promenade in Anaheim.

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“ACE”ing It

Gourmet food trucks, beer and wine, and the King Tut exhibit at MUZEO are just part of what’s bringing people from around the country to check out ACE. A number of downtown spaces, restaurants, and galleries are opening their doors to mind-blowing exhibits including Rothick Art Haus, Joy Art Gallery and Kooi Art.

Spanning from Anaheim Boulevard to Harbor Boulevard, you can walk, crawl, or take Anaheim Resort Transit for free during the crawl. It’s the last ACE of 2015, so don’t miss out on Anaheim’s greatest artistic endeavor!

Why You Have to Visit the Sugarplum Arts and Crafts Festival

October 13th, 2015

Welcome the holiday season November 13-14 at the Sugar Plum Arts and Crafts Festival! This free festival is where you can find the finest handmade goods and crafts from around the country. Over 120 vendors are registered for the 2015 festival, offering collectibles, antiques, handcrafted items, and keepsakes. Located at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa, strollers are allowed as this is a truly family-friendly affair.

The OC Fair Event Center is a sprawling destination featuring the best events in Orange County. Proud to host the Sugarplum Arts and Crafts Festival, it’s the ultimate destination for visitors to the OC and a great complement to the Happiest Place on Earth. Just a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, this is where you’ll find one of a kind gifts and decorations to celebrate 2015 in style.

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It’s a true treasure hunt, as last-minute vendors signing up make it impossible to know what you’ll discover. Bring the entire family to look for heirlooms, incredible sweets, and keepsakes from around the US. There are also many local artisans featuring their best creations.

You can easily spend multiple days perusing the goods at Sugarplum, so bring an empty suitcase, your walking shoes, and get ready to discover what the OC has to offer.

Local Irish Pubs

March 16th, 2015

Local Irish PUbsIt is St. Patrick’s Day which means it is time to throw on your green and head to one of the best local Irish Pubs you can find. Lucky for you, we have a number of great spots here in Orange County. We bring you only the best when you visit with us. Here is our list of top  5 Orange County Irish Pubs to visit this St. Patrick’s Day.

  1. Molly Blooms Irish Bar and Restaurant:
  2. Malarky’s Irish Pub
  3. O’hara’s Pub
  4. The Harp Inn
  5. Muldoon’s Irish Pub

These are all fantstic spots so even if you don’t make it for St. Patrick’s Day, stop by for a beer and a bite to eat while you are visiting with us. You will see why they are at the top of the charts not only in our books, but for the locals as well.

We always put safety first so if you are out this St. Patrick’s Day, be responsible and find a designated driver to get you home safely. If you need a place to stay that is just like home but a bit closer, give us a call. We will gladly treat you to a comfortable stay to help you finish off the night.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 17th, 2014

Newport Beach Christmas Boat ParadeExperience a unique Christmas tradition this year. Join thousands of your nearest and dearest friends for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. This annual Christmas favorite is in its 106th year. It has become a family tradition among many locals and we invite you to make it your new tradition. Deck The Hulls With Bows of Jolly is something you don’t want to miss!

The fun lasts through Sunday, December 21st. There will be a firework show to close out the events. This is a very popular event so be sure to arrive early to get your spot. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, radio for Christmas music and a thermos of hot cocoa to sip on while you sit back and enjoy the entertainment.

For those of you attended last year, the parade will begin and end at the same points as last year. For those of you new this year, the parade begins at the Bay Island Channel at 6:30 pm and will end around 9:00 pm at the same spot. The parade route makes its way around the coast line of the inlet, Balboa Island and Lido Isle. For a more detailed map of the parade route and for more information, visit www.christmasboatparade.com.

Top 10 Halloween Safety Tips

October 31st, 2014

Top 10 Halloween Safety TipsGet your trick-or-treat bags ready, its Halloween! Before you hit the streets going door to door for your fair share of candy, take a look at these top 10 Halloween safety tips to ensure you have a safe time.

 

  1. Always use designated cross walks, especially after dark.
  2. Avoid dimly lit areas including alleyways.
  3. Never go out alone, always have a buddy with you or travel in groups.
  4. Carry a cell phone for emergencies.
  5. Have a flashlight or glow sticks to ensure drivers can see you.
  6. Consider using reflective tape on costumes to enhance visibility for drivers
  7. Make sure costumes don’t drag the ground and cause you to trip.
  8. Parents, if your kids go out with friends, review the route they are taking, neighborhoods they are visiting and a time for them to check in or return home.
  9. Never enter a house or car for a treat.
  10. Sort and inspect candy before eating. Any candy that has been unwrapped or looks questionable should be thrown away.

 

Always be cautious when out at night, especially on a busy holiday. We want to make sure that everyone has a fun and safe holiday. Make wise decisions and steer clear of the ghouls and goblins out there!

 

Happy Halloween!