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Fall in Love this Valentine’s Day

February 4th, 2016

Spending Valentine’s Day in Anaheim? How lucky you and your paramour are! There are oodles of things to do, like making reservations at Vue Restaurant at Dana Point for their famous V-Day dinner. Held February 13th-15th, dinner reservations start at 5pm with a four course menu on the 14th (the 13th and 15th feature a special entrée). They have discounted valet parking, live entertainment, and for an extra $30 you can add on a wine pairing.

The four course menu at the Winemaker’s Dinner at Laguna Canyon Winery in Laguna Beach is divine. Reservations start at 7pm, and include gourmet “epicurean creations” all paired with artisanal boutique wines. Live music sets the mood, and the views from the Winery are beyond compare.

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Wining and Dining

The beloved Dinner for Two at the Orange County Mining Company is a southern California tradition. Gorgeous views in a dining room with floor to ceiling windows is the perfect place to stir up some romance. Nestled in the heart of Orange, this former mining town is steeped in history with fantastic architecture throughout the neighborhood.

If you prefer a little more action on this big day, head to the Silver Stirrup Riding Academy in Lake Forest. A date on horseback is one for the record books. There are two date options available throughout the month of February, so you can make those storybook romances come alive.

 

Super Bowl Watch Spots

February 2nd, 2016

If you’re lucky enough to be in Anaheim during the Super Bowl, you have a smorgasbord of pubs, taverns and sports bars to cheer along with like-minded fans. The Hub in Costa Mesa is a well-kept local secret, so you won’t have to elbow your way to a good seat. The menu is expansive and features locally sourced ingredients. From the ice cold beer to the state-of-the-art televisions, it’s the perfect hideaway for the true sports lover.

Visit Mutt Lynch’s in Newport Beach, one of the top ranked sports bars in the area (and the views don’t hurt, either!). Here, you can get schooners of beer to go along with that view. The flatscreens are huge, and the prices for cocktails, beer and wine can’t be beat.

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A Great Game’s Brewing

At Tustin Brewing Co., you can discover one of southern California’s finest microbreweries. It’s tucked away in Tustin and dishes up all your favorite game day treats. Great pub food, cold beers, and fantastic oversized screens make Tustin’s a natural choice.

Finally, take a trip to The Olde Ship in Santa Ana. It has the best import beer on tap alongside genuine British fare. The bartenders are friendly, and even though this might be a bar with a nod to our neighbors across the pond, it’s all football all day for the Super Bowl!

 

 

February Races Near Anaheim

February 1st, 2016

The race is on—to find the best local races during your February stay in Anaheim! Southern California is one of the best regions to run in the winter thanks to moderate temperatures and gorgeous views. The FV Fit Body Boot Camp 5K Fun Run/Walk on February 6th in Fountain Valley is a relatively easy jaunt for the whole family. Held on a Saturday, it’s the perfect way to kick off your weekend and take in the view from a brand new perspective.

The Help 2 Heal a Heart 2-Mile Run/Walk in Downey is another great option, held on February 6th as well. Shorter runs can count as part of your training for a 10k, half marathon or the big 26.2 miler! On February 7th, the Surf City USA Marathon takes place in Huntington Beach, offering a marathon or half marathon option.

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Got the Runs?

Cupid’s Undie Run on February 20th is a one-mile novelty run in Los Angeles. Love is (still!) in the air after Valentine’s Day, and it’s the perfect warmup to the day’s workout or a great way to burn off those V-Day chocolates. On the 21st, the Paws FUR Pink 5k Run/Walk takes place in Orange, along with a one-mile fun run.

Celebrate spring with the Winter’s End 5k, 10k or half-marathon in Santa Monica on the 28th. In the state known for beach bodies and health, it’s time to show Californians what you’ve got.

 

Disney’s Best Kept Park Secrets

January 14th, 2016

See Disneyland like you never have before, even if this is your twentieth trip to Anaheim! In Cinderella’s castle, there’s a secret suite that was originally created as a getaway for Walt and his wife. It’s gilded in 24k gold, has a “Magic mirror” that’s also a hidden television, and features stunning stained glass features. Look for the window above the fire station on Main Street—it used to light up to let visitors know that Walt himself was on site!

Take a closer look at Cinderella in the fountain—adults should crouch down. She looks poignant or sad to most adults but from a lower angle you can see (and kids always can!) that she is actually smiling. See if you can spot the secret “smellitizers” that blast appropriate aromas around the park, such as sea smells near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

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The Magic of Disney

If you keep an eye out, you might spy one of the many feral cats that call Disneyland home (although they most often come out at night). Try to count the steps between garbage bins in the park. Walt found that it took him 25 steps to eat a hot dog, and that’s why he dictated there be a bin every 25 steps no matter where you go.

From the real human skull on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride to the Club 33 in New Orleans Square, Disney is brimming with secrets eager to reveal themselves to you.

 

 

 

Top Celebrity Sighting Spots

January 10th, 2016

Up your odds of spotting your favorite celebrities by hanging out where they’ve been known to linger. There are numerous Hollywood/LA tour companies offering tours of celebrity homes, local shooting destinations, and other hot spots where you might see an A-lister. You can also stack the odds in your favor yourself! Take a cue from the paparazzi and go to Asia de Cuba/the Mondrian Hotel on Sunset Boulevard.

Go to Beacher’s Madhouse, a late night spot where paps normally lurk at closing. BOA Steakhouse has the paparazzi waiting at the valet and nearly every night there’s someone famous slinking in for a great cut. Bootsy Bellows on Sunset Boulevard is a popular place for spotting the younger Hollywood crowd.

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The Celeb Lifestyle

The Brentwood Country Mart is a great place in the morning to play paparazzi. Or head to Maha Yoga where Tommy Chong has breakfast nearby every day and Arnold Schwarzenegger is regularly seen. Bristol Farms is the celeb preferred grocery shopping center, and Chateau Marmont is a good choice for a posh dinner out.

Nobu remains a beloved dinner spot for celebs like George Clooney, and Joan’s on Third is a nice choice for breakfast. You can also try Osteria Mozza, Koi and Urth Caffe. Whether you spot a celeb or not, you’re sure to dine like one!

 

 

 

Anaheim’s Public Transportation Cheat Sheet

January 10th, 2016

Getting around Anaheim doesn’t require a rental car or a reliance on taxis. The public transportation is fast, affordable and easy. The ARTIC Transportation Hub (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center) is the newest southern California transportation hub. It begins at the Angel Stadium and of course races through Disney attractions, offering sophisticated and lightning fast transportation to the hottest destinations in Anaheim.

The OCTA Bus has been the region’s most popular form of transportation for over 40 years. Plan your trip online, get your first ride free by claiming a code on the official website, and get absolutely anywhere in the OC without dealing with that infamous LA traffic.

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You Get Around!

Amtrak, the nation’s premier rail service, has numerous stops in the Anaheim area. In fact, there are 22 local Pacific trains with on-board amenities like free Wi-Fi and reclining seats. Bicycle racks are also an amenity many travelers love. Metrolink is Anaheim’s rail system, with 11 stations offering 42 round trips every day.

Megabus is the local city to city option, offering express services all the way to San Francisco. Tickets start at just one dollar. There’s also the Anaheim Transportation Network and Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) with 16 routes available.

 

 

 

Satisfy Your Dessert Cravings

January 1st, 2016

Anaheim is a sweet spot in southern California with the dessert shops to prove it! Of course, you can find plenty of sweet treats at the local theme parks, including Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, but there are also options in the real OC itself. Patty’s Cake and Desserts is known for unique creations and homemade goodness, and you can custom order just about any dreamy dessert you can imagine.

Marceline’s Confectionery is a favorite for kids and adults alike, offering a variety of sweets to satisfy any craving. At OMG! Dessert Lounge you can really get your sugar on, complete in a charming setting that will quickly become a southern California tradition.

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Cravings, Satisfied

Amazing Cakes serves incredible cakes (of course!) but also a variety of chocolates, cookies, parfaits and more. Andrew’s Ice Cream and Dessert is just the ticket for a sweet cool down on one of those legendary OC hot days. Polly’s Pies Restaurant is a traditional Americana diner known for pies with a variety of fillings.

The Cookie Lady Shop serves mouthwatering cookies with a cold glass of milk. Sarkis Pastry dishes up a variety of sweet solutions, whether you’re craving a buttery chocolate croissant or a decadent slice of five-layer cake. Try a sweet foot truck or ask your front desk staff for their own local recommendation!

 

Affordable Activities in Orange County

January 29th, 2015

Affordable Activities in Orange CountyEnjoying all that Anaheim has to offer doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Check out our list of affordable activities in Orange County that gives you a sample of all the exciting things our area offers.

  • Hike or Mountain Bike OC Parks: Orange County has almost 40,000 acres of parks and open areas that are calling your name. Featuring ample opportunity for enjoying the great outdoors, its the perfect place to get a little exercise while taking in some fresh air.
  • Huntington Beach Pier and Main Street: These iconic spots are must do’s on any visitors list while visiting Anaheim. Watch a breathtaking sunset on the pier with the ones you love.
  • Great Park Balloon Rides: A thrilling experience in a huge balloon can’t be missed. With room for 25 to 30 passengers, view the surrounding beauty from 400 feet in the air.
  • Balboa Island Ferry: Running since 1919 the Balboa Island Ferry gives you amazing views as it shuttles you to the other side of the harbor. Rides are not exclusive to foot traffic only. Bikes and cars/trucks can take the ferry across also!
  • Angel Stadium Tour: Get an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Angel’s stadium. Get a chance to see the dugout, Visitor’s clubhouse, press box and so many more aspects of this great venue.

Add these cool activities to our great rates here at Best Western PLUS Pavilions Hotel and you have a trip your wallet can handle. We pride ourselves in being your Anaheim hotel and are proud to offer incredible service to our guests at affordable rates.

Food Truck Fun

December 7th, 2014

Food Truck FunThe OC Fair & Event Center is waving farewell to this year’s Food Truck Fare this week.  Before the food trucks take their sabatical, head out to the OC Fair and Event Center this week to enjoy some food truck fun, taste some of the local favorite food trucks and the delectable cuisines that is unique to each truck.

Each week the trucks attending the Food Truck Fare differs so take a look at ocfair.com for this week’s offerings. Each food truck boasts of its unique flavor and style of food. Grab a friend and taste a little sample from each truck. Wednesday, the trucks will be out from 5:30 pm until 9:00 pm. Grab a brew to enjoy with your food. A cash bar will be available for those age 21 and older.

Take a long lunch on Thursday and head out to the Food Truck Fare from 11 am until 2 pm. This is the final Food Truck Fare of 2014. Enjoy the outdoors and local food before they pack up shop for the winter.

Do you have a favorite food truck? We want to know.

Make Us Your Anaheim Ducks Hotel

November 20th, 2014

Anaheim Ducks HotelLooking for some fast action this fall? Why not head over to the Honda Center right here in Anaheim and check out an Anaheim Ducks game?! Not only will you be reeling with excitement but it will be enough to make you want to try out for the team next season.

Join the Ducks next week for their home games against the Coyotes, the Flames and the Blackhawks. With a super start to the season, cheer on  Ryan Getzlaf as he leads his team to victory once again. Enjoy a tree lighting ceremony tonight at Edwards Theater Courtyard right here in Anaheim and stick around for an outdoor watch party complete with popcorn and two massive LED screens to watch the game. Bring your own chair and rub elbows with the local die-hard fans as they watch their beloved Anaheim Ducks play the Canucks.

Check out the season schedule and purchase tickets online. If you are heading in town for an upcoming game, let us be your Anaheim Ducks hotel. We pride ourselves in making our guests feel at home away from home. With excellent service, comfortable and relaxing rooms we want to be your Anaheim hotel. Reservations are fast and easy on our website. Also, check out our specials page for upcoming deals. We look forward to seeing you!