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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.


The Reptile Zoo

November 14th, 2017


Creepy and crawly? The Reptile Zoo gives visitors a new perspective on reptiles, and it all starts with the famous ambassador Frank the Zila Monster. A warm (albeit cold-blooded) welcome from Frank gives guests a sneak peek at what to expect. In 1988, owner Jay Brewer’s Prehistoric Pets shop kept growing at such a rapid clip that it eventually turned into a zoo-like environment. Now full of exotic reptiles, there are more reptilian species here than at the largest zoos in the world.

Part entertainment and part educational, you’ll find more than 100 species of arachnids, amphibians and reptiles from all over the world. Each has its own unique backstory. Many are rescues, and some were born right here while others are on loan from private collections. Learn more about these misunderstood creatures with presentations and interactive displays.

Get Closer

Kids can feed turtles and even “walk the spider.” Special celebrations, like children’s birthday parties, are also possible—and they’re Jurassic themed. Choose the type of party, date and customize details with a party planner. The Reptile Zoo is the perfect venue for an exciting outing that’s memorable and fun for all.

The Reptile Zoo is just 20 minutes from Disneyland and off the 405 Freeway at 18818 Brookhurst Street in Fountain Valley. Open daily from 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., no visit to Anaheim is complete without visiting some of the local residents, including those who have traveled far and wide to represent their species at this one of a kind destination.



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.


Yorba Regional Park

October 1st, 2017


Nestled right in the heart of Anaheim on E. La Palma, Yorba Regional Park is open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the autumn and parking is just $3 – $5 per vehicle. Explore 140 acres at the start to The Santa Ana Canyon where over 200 BBQs are available. It’s the perfect destination for a stroll through southern California beauty, a gathering of family and friends, or an early autumn barbeque with colleagues.

The Santa Ana River hugs the park closely, and the historic setting epitomizes California’s charm. Opened in 1976, Yorba is just one of many quintessential names in the area along with Peralta and Dominguez—an homage to the state’s rich history. Yorba Regional Park is the county’s official bicentennial project.

Let the Park Be Your Playground

Developed to be the ultimate in family and group outings, Yorba is a great choice for picnics with over 400 tables peppered throughout the park. Visitors will find a number of permanent shade structures, and reservations aren’t required for the majority of parties. Walk alongside four gorgeous lakes, all open for fishing and model boat sailing.

Take to the hiking or bicycle trails, and keep an eye out for the Santa Ana River Trail. Just 20 miles away is the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll find playgrounds and restroom facilities well maintained. From horseshoe pits to ball diamonds and volleyball courts to a fitness course, Yorba Regional Park has something for everyone.


Boysen Park

September 21st, 2017


Looking for the perfect outdoor space to celebrate Labor Day weekend and the end of summer? Nearby Boysen Park, slightly northeast of downtown Anaheim, features nearly 25 acres in honor of the former parks superintendent Rudy Boysen. The founder of Boysenberry is famous in Orange County, and his namesake park is the ideal place for an outdoor barbeque as there is a maintained children’s play area near the grills.

Also known as “Airplane Park,” Boysen Park’s landmark feature is a massive U.S. Navy Cougar jet plane retired from the Korean War. It’s been a favorite fixture on the playground since 1959. There’s also a well-lit baseball and softball field that allows friends and family to enjoy a post-barbeque game. Alternatively, there are lit tennis and pickleball courts at the ready.

Fun and Games

With a big open play area and plenty of managed restrooms, Boysen Park is unique and easily accessible from Anaheim hotels. There’s also a volleyball court and an un-lit softball field for day games. Pack a picnic from a local restaurant or food truck (perhaps from the Anaheim Packing District) and say farewell to summer in style.

Anaheim is rich with beautifully landscaped parks and trails. Escape the bustle of the adventure parks and carve out a little time to enjoy the natural wonder of Anaheim. The weather is getting cooler and it’s prime for BBQing. Which park will be your first stop?

Ethiopian Picks in Anaheim

September 2nd, 2017


Southern California has long been known as a foodie paradise, but visitors don’t need to drive into Los Angeles to experience the eclectic diversity of cuisine. There are two drool-worthy Ethiopian restaurants right in Anaheim, each offering up a unique take on authentic Ethiopian treats, entrees and of course that addictive injera bread.

Tana Ethiopian Restaurant and Market features a casual eatery tucked into an Ethiopian market, which allows visitors to easily pick up their favorite ingredients and ready-made options. Favorite dishes include the “Gored Gored” with finger strips of lean-cut beef simmered in seasoned butter, chilies and onion. Try the Tana Special Kitfo with chopped prime beef and “mitmita,” a powder-based spicy chili. There’s also the famous Doro Wot with chicken chunks sautéed in butter with lemon juice, onion, fresh-grated ginger and served with hard-boiled eggs on the side.

Fresh Eats

Abysinnia Restaurant is another fantastic pick known for their Quanta Firfir, made with injera bread soaked in a special stew of Quanta with dried, seasoned meat. Next, it’s sautéed in “kibbe,” or spicy butter, and served with fresh ginger, garlic and onion.

Don’t miss the Gommen with Meat, a special collard green with ginger, garlic and a variety of meats. The Byainetu is popular with vegetarians and carnivores alike. Choose to add beef if you like, or stick with the veg options with injera soaked in sauces and seasoned butter, garlic, ginger and onion. Try them both and discover your favorite!


September 1st, 2017

Anaheim Packing District

Shop, taste and stroll at The Packing House, open daily for breakfast starting at 9 a.m. (note that individual stalls and restaurants have various hours). Bars on-site are open until midnight, making this the perfect destination for early birds and night owls looking for a unique dining experience in Anaheim. The communal hub, located in downtown Anaheim, features renovated historical buildings alongside brand new, contemporary spaces.

You’ll find the Packing District at Anaheim Boulevard and Santa Ana Street, featuring the Packard Building and former Car Showroom. Here, the Farmers Park and renovated citrus Packing House is nestled against Cooks Chapel, a popular spot for private events. In The Backyard, visitors are treated to a sprawling outdoor event space with an orange grove and outdoor fireplace.

Fine Dining

With over 20 artisan restaurants and stalls, along with live music every weekend on the Mezzanine, this family-friendly destination completes any Anaheim visit. Merchants include Adya for spicy fresh Indian cuisine, BXCR the underground wine society, Georgia’s Restaurant highlighting the best of soul food, i am for smoothies and shaved snow, and so much more.

On Farmers Park, explore two acres including a boardwalk, olive grove and community gardens. The Packard Building is one of just a handful of historic commercial buildings still standing in Anaheim post-urban sprawl. Built in 1925, it’s a must-see and a fantastic piece of the OC’s history.



Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

August 13th, 2017


At the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center, which hosts everything from special events to permanent exhibits, there’s always something exciting to discover. Located at 241 S. Anaheim Boulevard, Muzeo is in the heart of Orange County and highlights the culture, heritage and arts via explorative programming. Three ticketed temporary exhibits are featured each year in the Main Gallery, while Carnegie Gallery is always free and brimming with permanent exhibits.

Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the historic 1908 Carnegie Gallery is a work of art in itself. Formerly a local library before turning into a museum in the 80s, it’s a landmark of Anaheim architecture. Carnegie Plaza and Courtyard is a popular venue for special events, and the Main Gallery is comprised of a lavish 25,000 square foot contemporary space with cutting edge A/V technology.

A Day at the Museum

Special events in August include the Young Hoon Kim Asian Calligraphy exhibit in the upper Carnegie as well as the Yeda Crops of Love in the lower Carnegie. For any ticketed events that complement these features, plan to arrive 30 – 40 minutes in advance. Fine art classes are available Tuesdays and Thursdays for those ages 14 – 21 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Enjoy the thriving arts and culture scene in gorgeous Anaheim, and slip away to the courtyard for a breezy outdoor dining experience. It’s the perfect destination for a date, solo activity or family-friendly fun.

Discovery Cube Orange County

August 3rd, 2017


Discovery Cube is where inspiration, play, education and science come together for a unique experience geared towards all ages. With science-based programs, the Cube is committed to making a positive impact on the OC. Plan a birthday party, special events or stop by the Discovery Cube for permanent exhibits, features or one of the temporary options. It’s where non-stop fun meets learning that doesn’t feel like learning!

Backed by the Discovery Science Foundation for over 35 years, tickets are between $13 and $18 depending on age, with $3 Discovery Movie tickets. Permanent exhibits include Mission Control, where kids get in the pilot seat of a space mission, a “Helicopter Tour” that allows kids to get a peek inside the cockpit and the Water Gallery Aquarium.

Science for All

Kids can take an Inspector Training Course, become a master chef in the Healthy Kitchen or learn the Science of Hockey. There’s a number of interactive experiences available so little ones can see, do, touch and play. Check out the Planetary Research Station or the Eco Challenge.

The Dino Quest is a favorite. Get first-hand experience and discover more about these ancient beasts. If you’re looking for a different kind of adventure in Anaheim, Discovery Cube is your ticket to fun-filled challenges and experiences.


Fullerton Museum Center

July 27th, 2017


Just a few miles from your downtown Anaheim guest room is the Fullerton Museum Center featuring the Leo Fender Gallery. OC Weekly calls it the best art museum in the region, and it features a variety of multidisciplinary exhibits as well as educational programs. Focusing on art, science, history and humanities, the FMC is all about critical and creative thinking coming together to stimulate conversations.

General admission is just $5. The current trending exhibit is the new Fullerton Public Art by Jun Blanco featuring “A City Rich in History.” It’s a nod to the agricultural history of Fullerton along with the city’s industrial past. Public art has long been a staple in the city, starting in 1935 with the Works Progress in downtown showcasing art by local creatives.

Art from the Heart

Around town, you’ll find “Pastoral California” by Charles Kassler on the Plummer Auditorium wall. It’s one of the biggest frescoes in the area. There’s also “Flight” by Aldo Casanova at City Hall. All are governed by the museum and regional committees.

The temporary exhibit Audio Visuals: The Photography of Henry Diltz opened in April. Discover the work of the famed photographer who’s created albums for the likes of James Taylor and The Eagles. Check the calendar for special events and listings.