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Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

February 11th, 2018

 

Are you planning to sweep someone off their feet in Anaheim this Valentine’s Day? Reserve your table at one of the most romantic restaurants in town, like the Blue Bayou Restaurant located inside Disneyland Park. It’s the right mixture of Cajun and Creole to help you spice up the holiday, with gorgeous New Orleans-style balconies and outdoor seating options. Don’t let the location in the park fool you—you’ll feel worlds away at this themed destination.

Steakhouse 55 is another top pick located inside the park. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s ranked as one of the best steakhouses in the city. Prime chops and delicious local seafood make this a classic option for wining and dining. Save room for one of the decadent desserts, or take it to go and enjoy in your nearby guest room.

A Night to Remember

You’ll find the renowned Reunion Kitchen + Drink at 5775 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd. It’s new American comfort food with contemporary twists on classic favorites. Entrees include Rosemary’s chicken and biscuits, pan roasted salmon, and a variety of steaks. Try the parmesan roasted vegetables or Mexican shells on the side, with warm butter cake whiskey bread pudding or lemon crème brulee for dessert.

Zov’s Anaheim, located at 1801 E Katella Ave #1001, is open for lunch and dinner, and has a fantastic dessert menu. The 10 spice steak, angel hair pasta, seared salmon, and filet mignons are all favorites. You can get a pizza to share and pair it with a craft beer, wine, or cocktail like the pomegranate margarita. For dessert, the Ridiculous Sundae or warm chocolate cake is a winner.

 

Celebrating MLK Jr. Day

January 9th, 2018

 

One of the most popular ways to commemorate the work and life of Martin Luther King Jr. is by exploring the interconnected regional trails of Orange County. Dr. King promoted peace and meditation, and taking to the trails is a fantastic way to reflect on how you can live a life of service. The weather is cooler, and including a few strolls (or challenging scrambles!) around the Anaheim area has never been better. Arrive early to have the scenic beauty to yourself.

Organizations like OneOC promotes the long weekend as “a day on, not off,” and offers a variety of ways you can volunteer in the community. Visit www.oneoc.org for information and to sign up for your unique way to give. Alternatively, if you’re with a group, you can get the project toolkit and have everything you need to create your own project.

The Big Event

Don’t miss the 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration, which kicks off in Long Beach and welcomes over 25,000 attendees each year. It starts at 10:30 a.m. on the corner of MLK and Atlantic Avenues. Find a spot along the route and you’ll be treated to marching bands, floats, competitive yet friendly contests and much more.

The festival continues until 6 p.m. with entertainment including dancing, live music and more. Take a whirl on one of the carnival rides, and peruse the food trucks and vendors. There are arts and crafts activities for children and local non-profits offering options for giving back. In the spirit of justice, it’s the major holiday weekend event many flock to the OC to attend.

 

An Anaheim New Year

December 28th, 2017

 

There are plenty of options for ringing in 2018 in Anaheim, starting with the decadent Fantasy in the Sky fireworks show at Disneyland. Tickets to spend the full day at the park on New Year’s (8 a.m. – 2 a.m.) start at just $99. Take advantage of a full day of rides and surprises at the park, then stay late for one of a kind entertainment. Fireworks displays happen at 9 p.m. and midnight. It’s a night you’ll never forget.

The Rumba Room Live at the Anaheim GardenWalk is a NYE tradition for many. The fun starts at 9 p.m., and you’re in for a night of great music, dancing and drink specials. The midnight toast, special guest performances and unique party favors are part of what make this party so wild. Prices start at just $50.

Out with the Old

The Medieval Times’ New Year’s Extravaganza starts at 5:30 p.m. and stretches until 1 a.m. You’ll be treated to a grand feast with plenty of medieval-themed antics. The four-course banquet is served as a fantastic display of heroism and jousting takes place before your eyes. At midnight, the champagne toast with Knights of the Realm is the perfect way to welcome 2018.

Get tickets to the party at the Mansion in nearby Costa Mesa, the oldest nightclub party in the area. It’s the official venue for the OC NYE Countdown Party with dancing starting at 9 p.m. Just for the 21+ crowd, there are 10 DJs spinning, a VIP bar open for five hours, and plenty of giveaways and party favors. It’s regularly billed as a top NYE destination.

Where will your midnight kiss take place?

A Disney Holiday

December 20th, 2017

 

Disneyland is always a magical experience, but the destination ups the ante this time of year. December is the perfect month to plan a Disney getaway, and the season runs from November 9 – January of 2018. Enjoy special decorations, entertainment, goodies and attractions. The Festival of Holidays entertainment and once-a-year desserts are a must, while the World of Color: Season of Light is a family favorite.

Check out the A Christmas Fantasy Parade and challenge yourself to try as many seasonal dishes as possible. Take a journey on the Jingle Cruise, slip into the Haunted Mansion Holiday and arrive early to see the first “It’s a Small World Holiday” spectacular. You’ll love the Candlelight Processional and the Holiday Time at Disneyland.

A Not-So-Small World

Unlike many other parks, including Walt Disney World, you’ll get all the bonus holiday entertainment for the price of regular park admission. Don’t worry about purchasing any additional tickets or passes. The first two weeks of December usually have the lightest crowds, and weekdays of course have fewer visitors than weekends.

However, if you really want to dive head-first into the craziness, the week between Christmas and New Years is pretty incredible. Main Street features the most decorations, followed by New Orleans Square. Tomorrowland’s Season of the Force event is a must-see, too.

What’s your favorite part of the seasonal Disney magic?

Spotting Santa

December 5th, 2017

 

Besides Disneyland, where can you get your Santa fix in Orange County? Head to South Coast Plaza, where Santa is featured at two locations. He’s at Macy’s Home Store Wing and the Carousel Court, open during holiday mall hours. Choose to snap photos with your own phone or buy a luxury photo package. Enjoy Santa’s magical village, take a spin on the Christmas Carousel and snag free tickets for the express train with every photo.

Annual boat rides with Santa take place at Dana Point Harbor, where you’ll climb on board with the big man himself and his many helpers. At Dana Wharf, these free boat rides have been a holiday tradition for decades. Donations are welcome and benefit a local charity. Take part in the 20-minute cruise around the harbor while Santa tells stories, takes photos and listens to holiday requests.

A Touch of Magic

The Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad is another annual tradition where visitors are whisked away to the North Pole. With trains leaving every 15 minutes, you never have to wait long. Story time with Mrs. Clause, carnival games and customizing Christmas cookies are just a few of the activities on site. Enjoy treats from the Elk House Snack Bar and gear up for the most magical holiday yet.

Santa sets up shop at Knott’s Merry Farm this time of year, and can also be found at Fashion Island. You’ll spot him at the Atrium Lawn in his charming cottage where the lights are a real showstopper. Using your own camera for photos is permitted, or you can also get the photo package available.

What do you have on your wish list?

 

 

 

Anaheim Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2017

 

An Anaheim Thanksgiving means blending tradition with California flare. It never feels like Thanksgiving in sunny southern California—until you walk through the doors of a restaurant known for holiday classics. The Anaheim Whitehouse serves Thanksgiving dinner from noon – 9 p.m. and is known for fresh turkey and sides like mashed potatoes and stuffing. For over three decades, this has been a landmark of holiday feasts.

Tangata restaurant is well-known for its mission-style courtyard and modern décor with soaring skylights. It’s a fine dining pick that serves an early holiday feast from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Don’t miss the Cinderella pumpkin soup with dates and local honey, the five-spice crème fraiche and of course slow roasted turkey, port wine beef ribs and Scottish salmon.

Giving Thanks in California

Book a table at the Anaheim Convention Center’s Mix Restaurant for a Thanksgiving buffet you’ll never forget. The carving station features turkey (of course) along with smoked duck frisee and non-stop side dishes. Start at the salad bar for a taste of California freshness, and leave plenty of room for the dessert table.

You can also opt for a children’s buffet for the little ones, complete with a half-priced menu. Here, service is from 4 – 9 p.m. for night owls, or for those who are starting their morning with one of the local turkey trots.

 

Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade

October 25th, 2017

 

One of the oldest Halloween festivals in the country takes place right in Anaheim. Since 1923, the Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade has drawn several thousand spooky lovers to the city, decked out in their best ghost and goblin costumes to take to the streets and watch this decades-old party unfold. Family-friendly and old-fashioned, it’s the perfect addition to your Anaheim getaway.

While Disneyland celebrates the witching season all month long with special treats and tricks, you don’t want to miss the charm of the festival and parade in downtown. Originally created to celebrate the harvest season, today it’s a mix of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos with pumpkin patches and costume contests, pet promenades and mariachi bands, carnival games, live music, and your favorite fair food.

California Thrills

Always free and full of complimentary entertainment from storytelling to artisan vendor booths, you won’t find a fall festival like this anywhere else. The annual Halloween Parade on October 29th was originally designed to keep teens out of mischief, but it’s become the pinnacle of the events. The 45-minute procession is now the biggest Halloween party in California. There were 150,000 attendees at the biggest gathering!

Today, the parade is also an excuse for artists and entertainers to show off their best costumery. Businesses, individuals, schools and more rally to show off their skills. Don’t miss out on this mid-day adventure down the streets of Anaheim and become a part of history.

 

Independence Day in Anaheim

July 1st, 2017

 

Disneyland isn’t the only Anaheim area destination known for a fantastic fireworks display. Head to the City of Laguna Hills Fourth of July Celebration from 4 – 9:30 p.m. for carnival rides, non-stop live music, face painting and patriotic craft making. It all culminates in a huge fireworks show, and there’s plenty of food, drinks and ride tickets available. Located at Laguna Hills Community Center, it’s a charming low key option.

Fourth of July

There’s also the Laguna Niguel 4th of July All Day Celebration starting at 7:30 a.m. with a 5k run/walk. The pancake breakfast is from 7:30 – 11 a.m. and costs only $5, and the evening concert begins at 6 p.m. featuring Undercover Live at the Crown Valley Community Park. Stroll along the park trails to take in the fireworks display at 9 p.m. for a picture perfect holiday.

A Star Spangled Success

In La Palma, the Annual Run for Fun Event takes place July 4th featuring a quaint hometown vibe. Kids are welcome to the Yankee Doodle Dash at 8:30 a.m. just for little ones ages 2 – 12. Non-competitive with a variety of distances, everyone gets a bib and medal. Next is the Family Fun Zone starting at 8:30 a.m. with obstacle courses, potato sack races, tug of war and more. From the pancake breakfast to the evening fireworks, it’s a show to remember.

La Habra’s Annual 4th of July Spectacular features live music, food and drinks, a free kids’ zone with a giant slide, obstacle course, balloon artist and more. Pick up pre-sale wristbands early or at the gate. Where will you be celebrating?

Anaheim Spring Break Guide

March 20th, 2017

 

With more than 15,000 schools letting out for a full week throughout March and April, Anaheim is, and has always been, a popular spring break destination. Of course, the weather is perfect for a trip to Disneyland where you’ll find the park decked out for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations as well as spring break revelers. However, what if you want a cooler option this time around?

Visit the many water parks the Anaheim area has to offer, like Great Wolf Lodge—perfect for families, singles and couples! Get a daily pass for their slides and pools, and there are many dining and shopping options. The Howlin’ Tornado twister of a ride, slick Coyote Cannon and Totem Towers await.

Wet Escapades

At Knott’s Soak City, just a few miles from your guest room, you can see what the 2017 expansion has ushered in. The biggest water park in Orange County boasts a brand new Shore Break, an almost vertical fall featuring S-curves that only the bravest should dare attempt.

Hopping on a whale-watching excursion is a leisurely and romantic spring break option. With migration season in full swing and the Anaheim area a sanctuary, it’s nearly guaranteed that you will spot gray and blue whales, dolphins and more marine life.

Go Green This St. Patrick’s Day

March 14th, 2017

 

Irish pubs and southern California might not sound like a common pairing, but the Anaheim area is home to some of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country. Check out the top Irish bars in the area, like Tom Bergin’s, a tavern where you’ll be treated to Celtic music, authentic grub, and plenty of imported beer including the famous Guinness. (Green beer is also available on the big day!)

South Bay’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities include a family-friendly parade and festival at the Pier Plaza. Located close to Hermosa Beach, it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday before heading to the Pacific for a surf lesson, sun bathing session, or hopping on a whale-watching expedition.

Luck of the Irish

Wear your green when going to the Hooley in San Pedro. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus, a “good old-fashioned Irish hooley” is just what your next vacation in Anaheim needs. A dinner of corned beef and cabbage, a full dessert bar, and all the Celtic entertainment you can handle is yours at this annual 18+ fundraiser.

Of course, you can always loop back to Tom Bergin’s and take part in their annual marathon where the course is full of Guinness trucks, beer pong tables and Irish entertainment. The “Shamrock Hour” is where many go for low-cost beer, fare, and a little debauchery.