Flightdeck Air Combat Center

October 19th, 2016


Ready for the kind of thrills you can’t get at Disneyland? If you prefer your adrenaline rushes from a little more realistic venture, the Flightdeck Air Combat Center is for you! Choose from a variety of flight simulation options, and pull off aerial moves at 600 knots, or go head to head with friends (or strangers!) in simulated combat with genuine military moves. Feel the rush of managing a 737 commercial airliner, or if you prefer to watch, the Officers Club offers LCD views of all the aerial actions.

Before the experience, you’ll be treated to classroom instruction as well as in-flight guidance. You can also customize the experience for corporate events and parties. Select from eight types of fighter jets, each with an experience starting at just $59. The Boeing experience starts at $89, and the Kid Party options offer a range of choices!

Take Flight

Totally safe, you’ll literally stay grounded, but you won’t feel like it! The combat center is also a sweet destination for anyone considering a military or pilot career. Up to 18 “pilots” are welcome for children’s parties, which include half an hour of flying per person and access to the party room to decorate and fill with goodies as you see fit.

Rated as one of the top destinations in Anaheim and just two miles from Disneyland, it’s the kind of unique experience you don’t immediately match with southern California—but should!


Anaheim’s Halloween Options

October 16th, 2016


The glitz, the great weather, the incredible treats and tricks—nothing compares to Halloween in Anaheim. Disneyland’s Halloween Time is a festival not to be missed with Jack Skellington as your host, the best trick or treating in town, costume contests and one-of-a-kind hauntings on Main Street. No matter your age, there’s something for everyone! Check out the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks and the annual Haunted Mansion.

The Anaheim Halloween Parade is a local tradition with over 90 years of Halloween perfection. Enjoy the nighttime parade of ghosts and goblins as they take over downtown. You’ll see incredible lit jack-o’-lanterns and witches on their nightly hauntings. In 2016, the parade begins at dusk on October 29, whisking you into the spooky season.

Treats and Tricks

The Anaheim Marketplace is one of the best trick-or-treating hot spots in the area! Go shop to shop and vendor to vendor, and you’ll be amazed at what these locals are dishing out as spooktacular treats. On October 31 from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m., this early option is perfect for younger children or as a warmup to the big event.

Head to Roger’s Gardens September 2 – October 30 for the Halloween Boutique Opening and Grimm Tales. This free event offers bedtime stories in the Grimm style nightly at 6 p.m. to give visitors of all ages sweet nightmares. Try one event, try them all—or try your luck trick or treating door to door in celebrity-infused areas!


Get Japanese Tonight in Anaheim!

October 10th, 2016


The accessibility of the Pacific Ocean and the flair that’s only found in southern California-based chefs makes Anaheim a hot spot for Japanese dining. Try out Fuji Grill for a no-frills and very authentic option for everything from sushi to classic dishes. Famous for the lunchtime teriyaki bowl, this local chain also offers sushi bowls, rice bowls and some amazing side orders. Miso soup, shrimp, soy beans and a full sushi menu offer big temptations!

Kaori Sushi in nearby Fullerton has the famous green tea crunch roll with secret sauce that’ll have you keeping the soy sauce on the table. Watch sushi chef Gino work his magic when you sit at the sushi table, and you’ll be amazed at his technique, innovation, and the incredible high quality of the ingredients.

On a Roll Now

True Seasons Organic Kitchen is everything you imagine a California semi-fusion Japanese restaurant to be. Get the organic spicy edamame with truffle oil, wild salmon wrap with pomegranate, Thai curry rice bowl with organic chicken or wild caught scallops. Coconut and green tea ice cream or a handmade popsicle seal the deal.

Sushi @ Sushi is a favorite amongst locals, relatively new and already racking up great reviews. Choose from a huge selection of rolls, and don’t forget to peek at the 50 percent off menu! The Philadelphia roll never disappoints and the freshest of sashimi pairs well with the hot, salty edamame.


Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational

October 1st, 2016


Visit the Laguna Art Museum from October 8-16 for the 18th annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational! The gala takes place October 14, and tickets are available now. Enjoy a full week of landscape painting celebrations that put a focus on the local community, art education and the environment. The famous Laguna Beach is rich with a historical artist community, and the outdoor studio’s annual plein air painting invitational is the ultimate event to highlight dozens of the country’s top plein air landscape painters.

Stroll through the public “paint outs” or sit in on a workshop for environmental awareness. The finale is the gala and public art show and sale, where you can pick up an original piece as the ultimate California keepsake. Learn more about the legacy of Laguna Beach, and fall in love with new artists and works.

An Artistic Community

The museum partners up with a number of local organizations to offer a myriad of activities, like the Kids’ Paint Out at Heisler Park, private tours of the Laguna Canyons, and lectures from leading curators and artists from around the country. Join the Next Generation Paint Out, hosted by students from the Laguna College of Art + Design, or head to Crystal Cove State Park for a one-of-a-kind paint out!

In collaboration with the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Council, visitors are treated to many outdoor artist demos. Most events are free, save for the fine art lectures and a few key presentations. Gala tickets start at $125 and are available for pre-order or at the door. The Laguna Art Museum is committed to offering art exposure to the community and visitors via conservation, research, exhibition and scholarship.

Anaheim’s Best Mexican

September 28th, 2016


Southern California is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine as well as innovative and fusion-rich flavors. In Anaheim, travelers are treated to a variety of Mexican options, starting with Los Alazanes Mexican Food. With tortas, tacos, burritos, and more, the full menu is open around the clock for counter service. It’s a popular late night stop for locals and a place where you can get amazing cuisine no matter when cravings strike.


El Cholo is an Anaheim classic, a family restaurant where the margarita menu is just as big as the dinner menu! Get the Sonora-style enchilada with layered corn tortillas, chicken, a fried egg, tomato, onion and cilantro broth. It’s the original, though there are many imitators.

Dine In or Carry Out

At Mi Casa Mexicana, you’ll find street tacos with every possible filling and combination imaginable. Try the Chef’s Combos featuring tacos, taquitos, fajitas and accoutrements, or one of their famous chili rellenos with a taco. For dessert, cheesecakes, cinnamon fried ice cream, churros, flan and tres leches are on the menu.

Casa Rangel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you can start your day with chilaquiles, chili verde con chorizo, machaca or even a short stack or classic omelet.

Hang Glide in Anaheim

September 25th, 2016


Get a real bird’s eye view of the Golden Coast with a hang gliding adventure! Safe, fun, and suitable for nearly any ability, your first tandem ride is one you’ll always remember. There are many reputable hang gliding schools and outfitters in the area, such as Windsports Hang Gliding. Choose from beach or mountain lessons, where you can either soar above the Pacific or off a 3,500-foot mountain!

RushCube is another popular outfitter, offering a number of adrenaline-packed adventures including hang gliding, ziplining, hot air balloon rides, skydiving and more. Learn from the best and get off the ground after just a couple of hours of training for your initial tandem flight. You can also double down and book back-to-back adventures!

Want to Hang Out?

Hang Gliding in Anaheim offers a variety of packages, whether it’s your first time or you want to train to be an instructor. For a tandem jump, all you need is a brief introduction and training, then you’ll be towed via plane with your instructor for your very first gliding experience. Alternatively, you can choose the Basics of Flight Package and learn to take to the skies yourself!

You’re sure to find the perfect hang gliding experience with add-on media packages to record your flight, or find a special all-day experience if you want a little more in-depth training. Ready to see how Californians really hang out?


Greek Treats in Anaheim

September 17th, 2016


Staying so close to the Pacific Ocean means you have to take advantage of the freshest seafood—and what better cuisine than Greek to make this happen? Anaheim is rich with Greek cuisine, like the offerings at Kentro Greek Kitchen. Starters include keftedes meatballs, house spanakopita, tiropites (stuffed puff pastries), and homemade zucchini chips.

Choose a spread with house baked rustic bread alongside olivada, fava or tzatziki. Brizola, an 8-ounce ribeye, is a popular dish as is the psari tiganito featuring pan-fried fish. Save room for dessert, like the baklava, Greek beignets, or cool down with the delectable baklava ice cream sandwich.

Going Greek

Willy’s Eatery is open for breakfast and lunch, offering Greek-American fusion cuisine. A Greek omelet with tomato, basil and feta cheese is a hearty start to the day. Grab one of their famous Greek pitas for lunch, like the Willy’s Greek chicken wrap with rice, hummus and tomato. A gyro plate with Greek salad is always in season, and the feta delight burger with a side of hummus and pita is divine.

No matter where you go in Anaheim, you’ll be met with eclectic and delicious offerings from all over the world. Make your trip a culinary adventure, and don’t forget to check out what the Greek chefs have in store for you.


Go on a Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

September 16th, 2016


If you can’t decide between swashbuckling and settling down to a delicious meal, the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is for you! Located in Buena Park, you’ll find a Spanish galleon replica that stretches 46 feet and features 40 foot masts to start your adventure. This 18th century homage is anchored into a 30,000 gallon interior lagoon complete with a night sky crafted overhead with cutting edge technology. Six showrooms displaying six more ships encircle your pirate boat. Comfortable seats are laid out throughout these showrooms, giving every attendee the best seat in the house.

No matter which one of the six ships you’re on, you’ll have your very own pirate mascot leading the way. Over a dozen actors take to the “stage” with stunt performances, singing and dancing as you’re served an incredible meal. It guarantees to ward off scurvy and sate a hungry pirate’s appetite.

All Aboard!

Of the 150 attendees invited to every show, each and every one has the option to play a role and join in the adventure! Can you help take down evil Captain Sebastian the Black? Or will you be the one who ends up walking the plank? It’s an adventure suitable for the whole family and a great way to kick off your vacation.

Buy tickets in advance, and get ready to sail the high seas—without even having to leave the golden coast!

Labor Day Weekend’s Orange Street Fair

September 2nd, 2016


Visitors to Anaheim are in for a real treat at the Orange International Street Fair, a massive, 15-street festival spanning September 2-4 where you’ll find themed streets paying homage to a variety of regions and countries. With eight stages of live entertainment, an arts and crafts street for the kids, and more food and beverage vendors than you can possible try in one long weekend, the decades-old fair is just what you need for your southern California getaway.

A non-profit event, the Orange International Street Fair began in 1973 to celebrate food, community and fun in Old Town Orange, California—just a short drive from your hotel. This year, it’s expected to be the biggest yet with over 42 food and alcohol booths spanning those many streets. You’ll find handcrafted treats and crafts from local artists as well as a community booth area where you can learn more about the non-profit participants.

Plan Your Weekend

From All-American Street to Swiss Road, Australian Avenue to Italian Avenue, there’s no shortage of options for indulging in any type of cuisine you’re craving. Alcohol sales are open until 9 p.m. all three nights, but do bear in mind that parking is limited. Ask your front desk agent for help with transportation if you need a designated driver, or enjoy a dry event (but head there early to get the best parking spots!).

A portion of proceeds benefit local non-profits.

Labor Day Weekend in Anaheim

September 1st, 2016


A lot of travelers are heading to Disneyland for the long weekend, and while that’s a fabulous yet popular choice, Anaheim has a slew of other options at the ready too! For the college crowd, AVALON Hollywood is the biggest collegiate event venue in the area, and they have a special event taking place September 4. It’s a 19+ crowd with doors opening at 8 p.m. and the party goes on ‘til 4 in the morning. At AVALON Hollywood, a top entertainment venue, you’ll find the best in EDM with four music rooms.

DJs feature trance, hardstyle, progressive, trap and more. Since there’s no school or work the next day for most, it’s your last chance to celebrate summer. All college/university students are welcome and bottle service starts at $450.

The Labor Day Interfaith Harvest is also happening at The Abundant Table. Come together, regardless of faith, to harvest, share and celebrate the bounty.

Nobody’s Working for The Weekend

The Impresario Group Black Party kicks off September 4 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Tickets range from $30-150, but book yours soon! Attendees come from all over the world for the most renowned event of the year hosted by The Impresario Group, Rouse House Entertainment, BleedingLuv Entertainment and more.

Nearby, The City of Maywood Festival Carnival on September 2 is your chance to check out classic games, rides and sporting events. Family friendly, there are four stages of entertainment, plenty of food vendors, and a beer garden for the 21+ crowd.