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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.

 

Visit Laguna Lake Park

July 17th, 2017

 

These gorgeous 28.5 acres were established as a park in 1952. Located at 3120 Lakeview Drive, it’s the perfect “city getaway” for joggers, hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, birders and fishermen. Pack a picnic basket and dine al fresco in the shade at one of the picnic tables, or take a short stroll to the dam or around the lake for a truly unique experience. You’ll find catfish, bluegills, rainbow trout and bass when fishing, depending on the season.

Home to the Equestrian Center, you’ll often see horseback riders taking to the horse-only trails and if you’d like to ride, guides and rentals are available. Tour the center and see the grandstands, riding and show rings. No matter what kind of nature lover you are, Laguna Lake Park is a dreamy destination for all.

The Big One

A favorite spot for fishing, the lake is managed by the state’s Department of Fish and Game. A fishing license is required for anyone over the age of 16, and you can count on a well-stocked lake year round.

Getting away from the bustle of Anaheim is easy when you know where the metro slices of paradise can be found. Visit Laguna Lake and discover a new side to Anaheim.

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?

Oak Canyon Nature Center

June 30th, 2017

 

Long before Disneyland made Anaheim famous, there was already plenty of natural magic available. Oak Canyon Nature Center is a sprawling 58-acre reserve tucked into the Anaheim hills. Year-round, you’ll find streams winding through the park, incredible native flora and fauna, and plenty of hiking trails. It’s one of the few remaining natural sanctuaries in the area, and it’s begging for you to discover it.

You’ll find the John J. Collier Interpretive Center in the park where you can learn more about the history of the region. A little museum featuring history and live animal exhibits is also available. For those who know about this treasure of Anaheim, the Oak Canyon Nature Center is also a popular venue for special events including June weddings.

A Slice of Paradise

It’s amazing that such a seemingly untouched world is within minutes of bustling Disneyland and a short drive from Los Angeles. However, in order to protect and preserve this getaway within the city, there are some rules. Photographers and videographers are more than welcome, but do need a permit. The park is open sunrise to sunset daily, with the Interpretive Center open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

No parking fees are required to enter the park, but a suggested $2 donation is appreciated. Self-guided tours are available with materials available in the Interpretive Center, or guests can schedule a guided tour by calling 714-998-8380. Please leave pets at home or in your pet-friendly guest room, and bear in mind there’s no cooking, alcohol, smoking, bicycles or skateboards allowed. However, picnicking is highly recommended, especially if you bring a goodie bag from a local restaurant!

 

 

Ice Cream in Anaheim

June 11th, 2017

 

Ice cream is nearly as synonymous with Southern California as Disneyland! It’s the sweetest way to keep your cool, especially when traveling to Anaheim in the summer months. Challenge yourself to an ice cream showdown, sampling the best scoops in town. A great starting point is Joe’s Italian Ice. It’s not technically ice cream, but it just might make you a convert with Philly-style flavors like peanut butter and strawberry swirl.

Next up is Brianna’s Ice Cream, a local joint where you can get your “ice cream in a waffle,” which is the only way you’ll take it after you get a taste! As a bonus, Brianna’s is also a great stop for a snack whether you’re craving a mango salad or a sandwich.

Double Down

You’ll definitely be tempted by a double or triple scoop at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor. It’s in Disneyland, hosted by Dreyer’s, and completely charming in its old fashioned décor. Get a scoop, float, cone, and a side of a baked waffle. It’s everyone’s favorite sweet stop in the park.

Finally, you won’t want to miss out on the very unique flavors at the Portland-based Salt & Straw shops. There are five locations in Southern California featuring foundational flavors like sea salt with caramel ribbons and avocado and strawberry sherbet. However, their monthly fun flavors are a force to be reckoned with. Are you up for it?