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August Races Near Anaheim

August 1st, 2017

 

It’s peak summer season, but gorgeous early morning runs and races are a great way to see the Anaheim area from a fresh perspective. The Hansen Dam Superhero Run in Lake View Terrace is a popular triathlon that gives you a chance to cool off during the swimming portion of the event. Stick around to splash in the lake after the race (or root on the contenders!).

The Tiki Beach 5k and 10k on August 13th at Huntington Beach gives you the option of two distances so you can pick your challenge. Huntington Beach is one of the closest golden coasts to Anaheim, just a short drive away and boasting a charming coastal town. You’ll want to linger afterwards for some fresh seafare and boutique shopping.

A Race to Remember

On August 5, you can Rock the Bayshore with a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon at nearby Long Beach or check out the Conquer Our Run 5k or 10k at Manhattan Beach. The coastal breeze and Pacific waters make for the perfect race environment. Run the Marina takes place on August 6th in Long Beach, ranging from a 5k to full marathon.

There’s the Blast the Marina on August 12th at Long Beach, featuring a variety of distances up to a marathon. The Griffith Luau is a family-friendly favorite in Los Angeles with a 5k, 10k and kids 1 mile fun run. Join a southern California tradition and strap on your running shoes for an early morning event like no other.

 

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.

 

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?

What’s Club 33?

June 1st, 2017

 

Now in its 50th year, Disneyland’s exclusive, members-only Club 33 is celebrating its golden year in style. Just how stylish? Well, you have to be a member to find out. Oftentimes, it’s only the most earnest of Disney fans who even know about this club within the park. It’s nestled above The French Market’s Café Orleans in the New Orleans Square section of Anaheim’s park. Here, you’ll find only five-star restaurants, and membership is highly exclusive.

Although Disneyland does its best to keep the details under wraps, a few of the secrets have slipped. Most renowned for the world-class dishes, all prepared by some of the best chefs in the business, this is Disney dining at an entirely new level. It’s been said that A-list actors, Presidents, foreign nation leaders, and Fortune 100 CEOs are just a few of the guests who have seen the inside of this one-of-a-kind club.

How Can I Get a Membership?

Unfortunately, anyone who has to ask probably won’t be able to snag this particular members-only jacket. Club 33 was originally intended as a private place for Walt Disney to entertain his guests. However, he passed just five months before it opened. There is a waitlist that opens and closes as demand fluctuates, and it’s rumored that the initiation fee ranges from $25,000 – $100,000 with an additional annual fee of up to $30,000.

Supposedly, there are various membership levels, but it’s safe to say that even the “bottom rung members” are treated like royalty. You can spy a few insider sneak peeks online, though nothing has been verified by Disney.

 

Frank R. Bowerman Landfill Tour

April 12th, 2017

 

Touring a landfill might not seem like the most popular tourist activity, but this incredible tour has a few surprises. Hosted by OC Waste & Recycling, every attendee is required to sign a waiver and wear suitable, closed-toe shoes. In 90 minutes, which includes an overview of safety, visitors learn what really happens to the tons of trash and recycling Los Angeles creates.

Only municipal and commercial solid waste haulers dump at this landfill. A daily tonnage limit is set by the county, and Bowerman has more “diversions” (rejected trucks) than any other landfill in the region. Bowerman is renowned for engineering and environmental excellence. Open for less than one year, the landfill has already racked up awards and established partnerships with the City of Anaheim to power over 26,000 homes.

Green Ideals

At Bowerman, visitors see the incredible benefits landfills offer via state-of-the-art renewable energy technology. Bowerman hosts a number of environmental protection systems and engineering excellence. There’s also a nature reserve, an erosion and sediment control area, and landslide mitigation management.

Children at least five years old are welcome, and carpooling is encouraged since parking is scarce. Located in nearby Irvine with easy interstate access, contact the landfill directly to schedule your tour. Public tours are capped at 14, but larger and private groups can be arranged.

What’s on Rodeo Drive Right Now?

April 8th, 2017

 

Famous Rodeo Drive is known for high-end shopping, but few non-locals can say exactly which shops are available. Current options include 208 Rodeo, Anne Fontaine and Balenciaga. You’ll also find Burberry and Bulgari, and affordable staples like Brooks Brothers. At the intersection of fashion, entertainment and dining, it’s truly an outing destination for all.

Check out the renowned Beverly Hills Wilshire where numerous films and photo shoots take place. It’s also a popular event venue available to rent. Cartier, Chanel and Céline are on the strip, along with Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.

Head to the 90210

In the heart of Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive is home to Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Harry Winston. Shoppers can also find Guess, Jimmy Choo and La Perla Boutique. Lacoste has a boutique on Rodeo, as well as the world-known Lancer Skincare dermatology suite. Stop by Louis Vuitton, or spend the afternoon perusing Miu Miu.

On Rodeo Bistro and Lounge is a favorite spot for drinks and light fare, or check out Sidebar for a classic cocktail. The Polo Lounge is another hot spot, where you can take your breakfast while seated in the lap of luxury (or enjoyed in front of Tiffany).

LA Beer Fest

April 5th, 2017

 

April 8th marks the 9th annual LA Beer Festival. Buy your tickets soon! Last year’s event sold out, and this year is slated to be even bigger and better. Enjoy dozens of domestic and international beers, more than a dozen food trucks, and live entertainment throughout the festivities. Located at the LA Center Studios, this short and lively festival goes only from 12 – 3p.m., so come early to imbibe.

A second session is available from 5 – 8p.m., and many beer lovers reserve both tickets. Admission includes bottomless tastings, but food is sold separately. Opt for a Connoisseur’s Ticket for $80 to take advantage of a reserved indoor/outdoor deck, one-off beers not available for general admission, and luxury restrooms.

Bottoms Up

All proceeds benefit Noah’s B-ark, Inc., an organization that rescues dogs from kill shelters to place them in loving homes. Proceeds specifically help with funding food, veterinary bills and shelter for the rescued pets.

Reserve your tickets now, and make sure to coordinate with friends so everyone is at the same session. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to try out a variety of gourmet beers and cuisine from some of the area’s top-ranked establishments.

 

Old Orange County Courthouse

March 6th, 2017

 

History buffs and appreciators of architecture will adore the 1893 Old Orange County Courthouse which is open for self-guided tours. It was the very first building in Santa Ana and opened in 1897 as a jail. However, in 1990 it began to transition into a courthouse and became the most striking building in the area throughout the first half of the twentieth century. It took 17 months to turn into a courthouse and was ushered into the new century and Orange County in 1901.

Unsurprisingly, the courthouse has been a staple in a number of big cases including the ruling which gave California royalties for off-shore drilling easements. In 1947, the streets were flooded with hundreds of people to catch a glimpse of the defendants in the People v. Gollum and Overell case. The courthouse became a landmark in 1983 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Visiting the Courthouse

As part of the OC Parks System, the courthouse is open to the public, and you’ll find volunteers on site to answer questions. You can schedule group tours Monday through Friday, and the museum portion of the courthouse is open daily. It’s still a functioning courthouse with offices for marriage licenses, the OC archives, and hearing rooms for appeals.

Various wings of the courthouse are available for special events, and getting married at the Old Courthouse is very popular. Stop by for a museum tour, to explore the archives, or schedule your next event at this charming destination.

What’s New at Madame Tussauds?

February 24th, 2017

 

If it’s been a while since you visited the Madame (or if you’ve never been!), it’s time to tick this southern California staple off your bucket list. The famous wax statue museum is so massive it’s broken into categories including Spirit of Hollywood, Modern Classics, Making Movies, Marvel Superheroes, A-List Party, Country Western, and Crime. Even President Obama has his very own niche!

Private events and group sales are available if you’re traveling with a crowd, otherwise slip inside seven days a week, and “meet” your favorite stars. Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Charlie Chaplin and Elvis Presley are waiting to greet you. Take a photo with Selena, snag a selfie with Jason Derulo, or get your photo with Adele.

VIP List

Everyone’s a VIP at Madame Tussauds when there’s Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Will Smith awaiting your arrival. In the crime wing, you’ll find Anthony Hopkins, Marlon Brando and Pierce Brosnan.

Shrek and Edward Scissorhands are always popular picks, and you’ll get the real 4-D experience in the Marvel wing! Thor, Wolverine, Captain America and more are all on hand to make your visit or special event one worthy of a hero.