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An Anaheim Valentine’s Day

February 10th, 2017

 

Golden beaches, turquoise waters, and world class restaurants—what else could you want on Valentine’s Day? If you’re celebrating in Anaheim, consider making this day of love one to remember with whale watching at Dana Point. It’s the season for the great grey whale migration from Mexico, and February is prime time to catch glimpses of numerous whale and dolphin species while on a romantic sunset cruise. Newport and Laguna beach areas are your best bet.

The southern California area is known for luxury and pampering, and booking a couple’s massage is a fantastic way to get in the mood for love. Check the reviews and testimonials of premium spas like Skinterest Day Spa or Montage Laguna Beach, or ask the front desk staff about their recommendations.

A Thing Called Love

Take a horseback ride along Huntington Beach, and customize the length and style of your outing. The Trail Ride Package is an intimate ride along the rolling hills, complete with photos and a gourmet dinner at Red Horse Barn. The cost is $225 per couple, but book early!

At Newport Beach, hop on a gondola ride and feel whisked away to the beauty of Italy. Hosted by Gondola Romance, this package comes with a 60- or 90-minute ride option, and you can add on dinner at Le Bistro for the finishing touch.

The Disney Gallery

February 3rd, 2017

 

Disneyland encompasses a truly magical world, and you don’t want to overlook the Disney Gallery. Located on Main Street U.S.A. in the Disneyland Park, you’ll be able to explore unique, original Disney art that you never imagined still existed. For the true Disney (and art) lover, no vacation in Anaheim is complete without a stroll through this gallery.

You’ll find seasonal exhibits that showcase works of art paying homage to the icons and attractions of Disney parks from around the globe. The gallery is a quiet and peaceful getaway in the midst of the thrills and fun of the park. Original concept renderings as well as finished artwork by the Imagineers and artists inspired by Disney cover the walls.

Works of Art

The Disneyana Shop is connected to the Disney Gallery, and you’ll be able to get merchandise that is tied to current exhibits. Take a piece of the magic home with you, including original art as well as famous reproductions of the most popular pieces.

The gallery is beloved by visitors of all ages, open seven days out of the week, and like all aspects of Disneyland, fully handicap accessible. If you’re looking to indulge your artistic leanings or simply want a peaceful break as you explore the park, slip into the Disney Gallery for sweet surprises.

 

 

 

February Events Cheat Sheet

February 1st, 2017

 

Mark your calendars for the Carnival in the Dominican Republic on Santa Catalina Island. Just a short and very romantic ride from the beaches near Anaheim is Catalina Island, a remote and stunning getaway that’s popular with locals. However, Carnival takes over on the 27 – 28, and you’ll feel like you’ve landed in the paradise of the DR complete with music, food and cultural entertainment.

The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is a staple in nearby Buena Park, open year-round, but especially popular around Valentine’s Day. Here, you’ll be treated to a live tournament that takes you back to the middle ages. Eat with your hands, enjoy traditional fare, and you’ll find this destination is perfect for a date or families.
A Real Adventure

It’s whale migration season, and February is one of the best times to jump on a cruise ship and get glimpses of whales and dolphins as they journey up from Baja. The Laguna and Newport beaches offer the best sightings, especially since these regions are protected. Guides will help you best spot these amazing creatures.

Take a tour of Universal Studios Hollywood, one of the area’s many theme parks. You can act out your favorite scenes, check out live action performances, and of course, tour a real Hollywood studio lot. From backstage immersions to some of the best shopping and dining in town, this is one adventure you don’t want to miss.

Chinese New Year

January 17th, 2017

 

Chinatown Los Angeles is an absolute must for Lunar New Year. Throughout the month of January, enjoy special decorations and small celebrations throughout the streets with everything culminating on January 28th. Take the Undiscovered Chinatown Tour on January 7, and get a peek into the inner workings and history of this diverse neighborhood. You’ll see an herbal shop, a temple, and discover great treasures on this 2.5 hour walking tour.

This year marks the Year of the Rooster, and many Lunar New Year celebrants tie in the honorable animal to their festivities. A symbol of awakening, success and triumph, patience and hard work is required this year. For business travelers, relating to the year of the fiery rooster is easy. It’s your year to shine—why not kick it off at the happiest place on earth?

A Disney New Year

Disneyland holds an epic Lunar New Year celebration each year. You’ll find the streets decorated with stunning traditional ornaments throughout January. Enjoy authentic dancers and entertainers while seeing your favorite Disney characters paying homage to the Year of the Rooster, too.

Visit a local Chinese restaurant for Lunar New Year specials, or shop a local boutique and pick up your very own rooster keepsake. How will you be celebrating?

 

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations

January 14th, 2017

 

How are you celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Anaheim? Children’s Book World hosts an annual storytelling session for kids ages four and up on January 14 at 10:30 a.m. Learn about civil rights while interacting with skilled children’s storytellers. Stay and browse, shop, and indulge in some treats to start the holiday weekend right.

The 29th annual MLK Jr. Peace and Unity Parade takes place at noon on January 16 with over 25,000 attendees flocking to MLK Jr. Boulevard each year. Learn about local organizations, enjoy carnival rides, and watch the floats and entertainment acts as the streets shut down all the way across Crenshaw for a full day of peace and brotherhood.

The Best Ways to Celebrate

At the California African American Museum, Cake for King is a special festival for kids that’s full of activities, arts and crafts, and, of course, plenty of birthday cake. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., stop by for face painting, or check out a documentary.

Visit the “I Have a Dream” Wall at Kiddie Center, located on Crenshaw Boulevard, for a full day of fun and entertainment. Add your handprints to the wall along with your own dream expression. The wall is always the focal point of the holiday and a great tool to inspire youth.

 

 

Spanish Restaurant Choices

January 4th, 2017

 

Craving some tapas? Anaheim is rich with Spanish restaurant picks, like Catal Restaurant in the downtown Disney district. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner all while boasting an impressive drink selection, you can start your morning with chilaquiles or a breakfast burrito, served with a cold brew coffee or espresso.

For lunch, try their manchego salad with arugula, or the hanger steak with chimichurri sauce. The traditional paella features roasted chicken, shrimp, clams, mussels and more. Salmon cheek and pork belly for dinner, or the roja/blanca sangria at happy hour is always popular.

Spanish Delights

Try the Felix Continental Café for their wide Spanish menu, including papas rellena (beloved in Cuba and usually available solely at street vendor stands). They feature a protein choice, potato and egg with bread crumbs. Their Mozzarella Provencal is your favorite cheese rolled in egg and bread crumbs, then deep fried and served with fresh tomatoes, onions and a white wine sauce.

Their Fricase de Pollo is chicken and potatoes with raisins, olives and a dry cooking wine with a rich sauce—a truly unique dish. Touting the “best omelets in town” and known for their one of a kind flavors, this café a real treat that you don’t want to miss.

 

LA Zoo Happenings

January 1st, 2017

 

The San Diego Zoo gets a lot of hype, but don’t overlook the nearby LA Zoo where special events, four-legged (and more!) residents are available to visit, and gorgeous landscaping make for an idyllic getaway. You can schedule a birthday party or other private event. Don’t miss out on the tail end of LA Zoo Lights January 1 – 8, and take in the last of the holiday festivities from 6 – 10 p.m.

The Reindeer Romp also happens until January 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with real reindeer available for viewing. These temporary guests are a favorite of little ones, and since the holidays are over, they’re well-rested and ready for photo opportunities. You can also visit the LAIR (living amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles) to check out the unique habitats of endangered and rare species—it’s one of the rarest collections in North America.

Plan Your Visit

Stroll through the botanical gardens and discover native and imported plants. With over 5,400 mammals on earth, you’ll be surprised at how many are represented here! Visit the giant anteater, the aptly named bat-eared fox, giraffes, tigers, zebras and more.

Educational programs are available for all ages, including adults. The zoo’s overnight camp lets you camp with the creatures, and family classes let you get closer to the animals and learn more about conservation efforts. Where will your zoo-venture begin?

 

NYE Party Planning

December 26th, 2016

 

Spending New Year’s Eve in Anaheim is an incredible experience. There are parties galore, starting with the Noise Revolt and White Cube Society Present: White Noise New Year’s Eve party. Located at the LA Warehouse, you’ll find musical acts, live entertainment, painters and a fully immersive party. The goal is to give revelers an experience like no other, one of transcendence, and tickets sell out fast, so get yours today.

Resolution New Year’s Eve at Couture is all “electric energy” in a 21+ environment. With a heated patio, luxurious main room and a strict dress code to ensure everyone is looking their best, you’ll be showered in party favors, champagne toasts, and the best countdown in LA.

10, 9, 8 …

NYElectric is your rooftop party at the W Hotel in Los Angeles. Located at their rooftop space and lounge, this is dubbed the swankiest party in the area. With two DJs, a panoramic view of the valley, VIP bottle service, your choice of party styles, a four-hour premium hosted bar, and an epic countdown, this party is for the record books.

Try Wine Tasting NYE at Heritage Vineyards, a Beverly Hills French winery known just as much for their French breads and cheeses as their wine. No matter where you choose to party, you can bet NYE in southern California is a memory maker.

Christmas Eve Wine Tasting

December 21st, 2016

 

Sometimes milk and hot cocoa doesn’t cut it, and that’s when Santa heads to nearby Heritage Wines! He has his own “Santa’s Selection” at this local winery, and on Christmas Eve you can start the party early with this year’s selection of French wines. With one ticket, you get a tasting flight of six fabulous French wines approved by the big man himself, a ten percent discount on featured wines you buy the day of the event, and a cheese plate featuring Poilâne bread.

Heritage Wines is known for their eclectic French varieties as well as their luxury tasting room. Held on December 24 from 3 – 6 p.m., you can also sample a variety of luxury French cheeses and breads that pair perfectly with each of your new favorite bottles. Come discover the best of French wine at the Beverly Hills location, and trust that Santa knows a thing or two about pampering!

A New Christmas Tradition

Touted as one of the best wine bars in all of Beverly Hills, Heritage proves that you don’t need to drive out to the rural areas for great wine. A popular space for gatherings and parties, Heritage helps you relax the day before Christmas. Reward yourself after that hectic last minute shopping with a real treat that’s Santa-approved.

Tickets are available here.

Camelot Golfland

November 23rd, 2016

 

Enjoy a fun-filled day fit for the whole family, and get the royal treatment at Camelot Golfland. On Saturday mornings, you can score unlimited arcade games for just $7, and the world famous shakes at Iceland will keep you cool and your energy levels up for a whole day of excitement. The brand new bumper boats have been making a big splash and are the perfect way to start or end your day when booking a private event from a birthday party to a corporate team building event.

There are a number of miniature golf courses available, each with varying degrees of difficulty and all featuring a route fit for a king or queen. Perhaps laser tag is more your speed, or picking up a slice of the freshest, hottest pizza in town. Challenge your friends to a go-kart race, or show off your skills on one of the latest interactive video games.

Another Round at the Round Table

From dining to play, Camelot was created for all ages. It’s open every day of the year, but attraction hours may vary. The first waterslides in California were built here, and Camelot has kept up the pace over the years. Bring your swimsuit, and get ready to scream on one of the five twisty, recently renovated tubes.

Special group packages are available, including discounts, if you want a fundraiser or retreat at Camelot. Plan your event today, or simply stop by!