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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.

 

 

Trip Advisor’s Best of Anaheim

October 22nd, 2015

The full Disney experience tops the charts on Trip Advisor’s must-do activities in Anaheim, including Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney. But what about when you’re moused out? Check out the best Trip Advisor recommendations for a complete Anaheim experience! It all starts with Yorba Regional Park, hailed as fantastic for family gatherings and the perfect spot for a picnic, hike or simply taking in the beauty of the area.

The Anaheim Packing District is a fun, local favorite where you’ll find delicious treats and great deals. However, the Anaheim Farmers Market is the place to go for good, clean family fun and to discover what the best local farms, bakers and artists have to offer. Anaheim Plaza is another shopping option, close to the Disney attractions and with a fabulous pool.

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Anaheim Hot Spots

Trip Advisor recommends the Oak Canyon Nature Center for a beautiful stroll, calling it a hidden gem of the area. The Muzeo Museum is worth a visit, offering a jolt of culture and history in gorgeous Anaheim. The Little Arabia District is where you’ll find authentic Arabic dishes, and is a surprising favorite that few know about.

Take in a show at Gallery Theater, discover a new favorite boutique at the Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk, or head to the Hobby City Doll and Toy Museum with the little ones. There’s always something to discover in this Disney-infused city.

 

The Best Hollywood Tours in Town

October 22nd, 2015

There are some fantastic Hollywood tours to be had, but how can you know which tours are legitimate, offer the best options, and are most reputable? Luckily for Anaheim travelers, there are a bevy of high quality tours available. For starters, Starline Tours is one of the longest running tour providers in the area, offering daily, two-day and charter tours like Movie Stars’ Home Tours, Movie Locations Tours, a Hollywood Fun Trolley Tour and the Haunted Hollywood Tour.

Access Hollywood Tours has a double decker tour and a very unique stretch convertible tour. Take the two-hour loop tour of the Grove/Farmers Market, Walk of Fame, La Brea Tar Pits and Pink’s Hot Dogs (just a few of the options!). Their Hollywood Sign and Celebrity Homes Tour is another favorite.

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Be Treated like a Star

Ultimate Hollywood Tours feature open-top vans and is rated the best Hollywood homes tour on Trip Advisor. You’re whisked to the homes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Halle Berry, Katy Perry and Charlize Theron. Rockin’ Hollywood Tours has a Hollywood Landmarks Tour, Historical Musical Sites Tour, and their own celeb home tour that includes the famous Fresh Prince of Bel-Air home.

Additional reputable tour companies include Primetime Hollywood Tours, Hollywood Tourz and LA City Tours. You’ll never run out of tour options and sightings when you have the best guides as your chauffeur.

 

Fashion Island Itinerary

October 22nd, 2015

No trip to southern California is complete without a stop at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Here you’ll find the best in shopping, dining, special events and a once-in-a-lifetime cinematic experience! In November, Santa’s House opens on the 13th and of course the Black Friday sales can’t be missed. However, when it comes to planning your day at Fashion Island, it pays (literally, in savings!) to be prepared.

Start by booking your very own personal shopper so you can streamline the shopping process. Let him or her know the celeb styles you love, personal preferences, and if you want them to focus on certain shops like Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Francesca’s Collections or Hanna Andersson for your little ones.

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Making a Day of It

Fashion Island is just as famous for the great eats as it is the fab looks. Your staples are aplenty, such as Auntie Anne’s, but don’t miss out on the unique-to-Anaheim favorites. Try the newly opened Sushi Roku or the upcoming Hopdoddy Burger Bar, opening any day now! Otherwise, you can always dine while enjoying the latest Hollywood creation at the gigantic cinema featuring a full café, beer and wine menu.

Group tours are available, and the amenities make it a breeze to visit the Island with the whole family. Plan your itinerary carefully—you don’t want to miss out on any of the action!

 

Mapping Out Your Citadel Outlet Trip

October 22nd, 2015

For the fashion hunter who loves a great deal, nothing compares to Anaheim’s Citadel Outlet. Located at 100 Citadel Drive in Los Angeles, you can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, bag check, and they have foreign currency exchange on site. Parking can be a challenge, especially during the holiday season, but don’t worry—a valet is available, or you can schedule a chartered pickup from your Anaheim hotel with the Shop and Shuttle option!

Military discounts apply at many shops, and there are constantly new sales popping up. Check out the additional deals you can score with Calvin Klein, Asics, Carter’s, Charlotte Russe, DKNY, the Children’s Place, Gap, and Kate Spade being amongst just a few stores offering amazing sales for the holidays. On November 14th, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place with Laura Marano and Sabrina Carpenter along with Mario Lopez as the entertainment lineup.

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Bargains Found

All your favorite stores are in one place, complete with unimaginable deals to be found. Head to Stride Rite, Gymboree, Van Heusen, Coach, H&M, or Converse to start your expedition. Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and Kenneth Cole might also be on your itinerary. Need to refuel? Subway, Sbarro, Panda Express and more can be found at the Citadel Café.

There are also gift wrapping options, vending machines, and a sprawling women’s lounge. What will you find at Citadel?

 

 

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!