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Anaheim Packing District

September 22nd, 2017

 

The historic Packard Building gave the popular Anaheim Packing District its namesake. Part farmers market, cultural hub and hands-on museum, the Packard Building boasts the title as one of just a few historic commercial buildings left in Orange County. It has survived urban development, and what was once a citrus packing house has turned into a landmark of downtown.

Originally built in 1925 as a mission revival building, it’s flooded with light and features an open space. Similar to car showrooms, it’s lived a hearty life as a plethora of auto showcases. However, now restored to its original Art Deco glory, it’s home to the famed Umami Burger (a local chain of escalated pub grub) and the Anaheim Brewery.

Farm On

Adjacent to the Packard Building is Farmers Park, a lush two-acre area with a boardwalk, olive grove, grassy knolls and community gardens. It connects the Packard Building with the Anaheim Packing House, and is a popular spot for special events. The Packing House opens every day at 9 a.m. for breakfast and many stalls stay open until the wee hours.

Check each restaurant for their hours of operation, but expect bars to stay open until midnight. Vendors include Pandor boulangerie and café, the SEED People’s Market, Urbana and many more. The Packing District is a must-see during any Anaheim visit, perfect for families, individual adventures and dates.

 

Christ Cathedral

September 2nd, 2017

 

Both a historical landmark and an active place of worship, Christ Cathedral is open for daily tours that let guests discover the incredible beauty of this Anaheim institution. Famous for those of all faiths, Christ Cathedral was once known for Rev. Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power” evangelized television show. However, the Diocese of Orange bought the church along with all 34 acres a few years ago and turned the cathedral into an open, welcoming destination for residents and tourists alike.

Cathedral Ceiling

Totaling nearly 320,000 square feet, buildings on the campus include the towering Christ Cathedral, an arboretum, the Tower of Hope, Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center, Crean Tower, large and small Galleries, and the Cathedral Cultural Center. There’s a cemetery on site as well as the Cathedral Memorial Gardens. With natural landscaping, sculptures, fountains and more, it’s become a peaceful retreat for many.

A Real Beauty

The campus’ history, beauty, scale and significance has made it a favorite destination for all visitors to Anaheim. Arts and cultural events take place year-round, and exhibit hours (tours) take place Monday – Saturday. Whether visitors are interested in meditation or prayer, education or architecture, Christ Cathedral can’t be missed.

Join a docent-led tour or pick up a guide for a peaceful self-guided tour. It all starts at the Cathedral Cultural Center with the “Becoming Christ Cathedral: Faith and Transformation” exhibit. With 55 volunteer docents representing 30 parishes, tours last about 40 minutes. Private tours can be scheduled for 15+ guests.

Honda Center

July 25th, 2017

 

One of the most famous event venues in southern California is just minutes from your Anaheim guest room. It’s home to the Anaheim Ducks, the Wooden Legacy Basketball Tournament and the biggest concerts in the country. Hosting Stars on Ice and the Harlem Globetrotters, as well as entertainers ranging from The Rolling Stones to Fleetwood Mac, over 3,500 events (and counting!) have happened here and over 35 million guests have been amazed. Are you in Anaheim for a Honda Center event?

The venue is owned by the Anaheim city, and in 2005 it was reimagined as the ultimate events venue when Henry and Susan Samueli bought the Mighty Ducks team and took over venue management. Continuously upgraded, most recently with the addition of a 15,000 square foot Grand Terrace with a 250-seat restaurant, no visit to the Honda Center is ever the same.

State of the Art Entertainment

Two years ago, a new 27 x 47 foot scoreboard was added to the Honda Center. It’s the highest definition and clearest scoreboard available anywhere in North America. With 80 suites and up to 18,900 seats (depending on the event), the 25-year-old venue cost $123 million and continues to be one of the biggest draws in Anaheim.

On-site restaurants include the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club, Standing ‘O’ and Shock Top Terrace. You’ll find gastropub burgers, delectable fries and a gourmet dinner menu at Shock Top (reservations highly recommended).

Visit Santiago Oaks Regional Park

July 12th, 2017

 

Nestled just a few miles away in Orange, the Santiago Oaks Regional Park is open from 7 a.m. to dusk year-round. Parking is $3 on weekdays and $5 per day on weekends. It’s the ultimate getaway for residents and visitors alike, hugging the Santiago Creek and offering 1,269 acres of sheer paradise. Secluded and brimming with trails, it’s a favorite for bikers, hikers and equestrians who want to experience the beauty of southern California’s mountains and orange groves first-hand.

Stroll beside a gorgeous creek and discover what the forest has to share with you. You’ll see an impressive number of native plants and trees along with resident animals and birds. Find the lookout that offers an incredible view of the foothills and city of Orange, or pack a picnic and dine in the true Anaheim way, al fresco style.

Plan Your Trip

Five years ago, almost 200 coastal live oaks were planted as part of a restoration project. The trees have provided a fantastic background to the visitors exploring the interconnecting trails. Linking to the Anaheim Hills Trail System, there’s also a nature system where programs and exhibits take place throughout the year.

Join a nature walk, interpretive activity or connect with a local equestrian club to schedule a ride. The park is the perfect complement to an otherwise busy trip of beaches, Disneyland and legendary shopping.

 

City National Grove of Anaheim

June 22nd, 2017

 

A gorgeous and historic venue in Anaheim, City National Grove is the perfect place to catch a performance or rent for your own memorable event. Located at 2200 East Katella Avenue right next to the Angel Stadium, it’s a landmark in the city and offers an instant touch of old Hollywood glamour without the hassle of traveling to Los Angeles.

Premium Seating Program lets frequent visitors (or those who simply want a VIP experience) get the best seats in the house for a full year. Concerts never sell out and there are never any lines for this program, which offers as few as six concerts per year and up to twenty, so it fits into any budget and need.

Upgrade Your Event

Keep an eye on the events calendar to plan your visit, or to catch any last minute additions as top performers pop into town at the last moment. There are also two VIP options to add dinner onto the experience, including the Mercedes Benz Premier Package and Dinner Ticket passes. With the Mercedes option, you get a private entrance, bar and personal flat screens to better enjoy the entertainment.

Dinner is only available at certain events and includes a three-course fixed menu with delicious entrees, a salad starter and dessert. What will you discover at Anaheim’s most beloved venue?

 

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?

Flightdeck Simulation Center

June 19th, 2017

 

Have you ever dreamed of piloting your own plane, learning the skills of a fighter pilot, or manning a massive Boeing? You can at Flightdeck! Choose from 30-, 60- or 90-minute flights as well as between a Boeing commercial airliner or fighter jet. Introductory packages let you feel what it’s like controlling a jet airliner from a runway taxi to takeoff and reaching full altitude. You’ll master turns, see your favorite landmarks from the cockpit, and nail that perfect landing.

Go for a longer session and you’ll learn all the pre-flight tasks from configuration to systems initiation and engine start. It’ll give you a better background for what’s happening during your take-off, climb and final descent. Plus, with your extra training, you’ll also be ready to handle some inclement weather that Flightdeck throws at you!

The Big Guns

In 90 minutes, you get the ultimate experience. Discover what it’s like to take off and land at the most famous airports in the world including Kai Tak in Hong Kong. The weather conditions can be rough, and adrenaline is pumping, but you can handle it. You’ll also see what really happens during an in-flight emergency, including diverting to another airport.

Many pilots-to-be fall in love with their experience and up the ante with a Transition to Glass, FMC Introduction, or Airline Pilot Prep adventure. Group rates are available, or come and fly solo during your next getaway to Anaheim. Where will the friendly skies take you?

 

Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers Market and Craft Fair

June 13th, 2017

 

Every Thursday from 11 – 4, the traditional downtown farmers market and craft fair gives visitors and residents a chance to sample and discover the best produce, meats, pastries and works of art in one festive setting. Located at the Center Street Promenade, scores of farmers, food vendors and artists gather to showcase their best work. It’s the perfect place to dine, discover a treasure for yourself or to give as a gift, and get a glimpse of the real Anaheim.

You’ll often find free musical performances and shows as you shop and sample, featuring top local talent. Two hours free parking is available with validation (at each booth), and special events happen year-round including the Art Crawl Experience (ACE) August 19th.

Art for All

ACE is a smorgasbord of delights, part art walk and part festival, happening from 6 – 10 p.m. You’ll find local artists bringing art and culture to the heart of downtown, highlighting art in a variety of public spaces. With pop-up galleries and street artists putting on quite the show, it’s the biggest independent craft festival in the city.

Nearby shops and galleries also join the fun with tastings and pairings to go with the art in this fun-filled family experience. Stretching all the way from Anaheim Boulevard to Harbor, you’re encouraged to “walk, crawl or climb” this quarterly event.

 

A Taste of New Orleans in Anaheim

June 11th, 2017

 

Craving mint juleps, beignets and jazz? You’ll feel instantly whisked to New Orleans when you enter the Mint Julep Bar. This charming, old-fashioned destination is known for strong espressos, authentic beignets, and a variety of non-alcoholic, southern cocktails for those who wish to imbibe without completely indulging. It’s a favorite spot for day dates and business meetings.

At Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland, you’ll experience an entirely new kind of magical, small world! Here, it’s all Creole fare and live jazz while still staying family friendly. Satisfy your cravings for jambalaya, gumbo and of course bananas foster while being treated to the best jazz in Anaheim.

There’s also the Jazz Kitchen Express where you can get your piping-hot, smothered-in-powdered-sugar beignets on the go. They’re messy, as they should be, and the perfect fun snack for little ones energizing up for the next Disney adventures.

Old School Entertainment

Café Orleans is another Disney favorite, and it’s considered a veteran of the famed park. In casual surroundings with a sprawling patio, you and your family can enjoy Cajun and Creole favorites in between wild rides and the best entertainment in California.

Where will your jazz leanings lead you?

Adventure City

June 9th, 2017

 

Disneyland is far from the only amusement park in Anaheim. Adventure City is the ultimate destination for little ones aged 1 – 9, where parking is always free and admission is just $18.95 per person. The perfect alternative for budget-minded travelers or those with younger kids who aren’t yet ready for the bigger parks, it’s a popular space to reserve a spot for birthday parties and other special events.

Attractions, rides, performances and great food are all part of the Adventure City experience. With a gorgeous carousel, plenty of water rides to keep cool on an August outing, a petting farm, rock climbing and party tree house for the ultimate celebration, there’s no better place than Adventure City for non-stop family fun.

The Ride of a Lifetime

The Drop Zone is one of the biggest thrills in the park, dropping guests 45 feet for a tummy-flipping experience. In the Barnstorm Planes, you’ll soar high and low as you go around this fun and casual favorite ride. Head to the Children’s Theater for performances all day long, or the Arcade to battle it out with your favorite pinball machines and video games.

Rescue 911 is an experience that gives kids a taste of what it’s like to be a fireman or police officer. Whether you’re on the Crazy Bus or the Giggle Wheel, the options and fun are limitless at this destination.