Valentine’s Day: Like a Fairytale

February 9th, 2016

Will you be spending Valentine’s Day at Disneyland, or are you planning ahead with reservations at one of the most romantic restaurants in town? Many people do both! The morning at Disneyland is truly magical, especially for those planning a surprise proposal. The evening out at an intimate eatery is divine too. Where will your whirlwind romance take you?

The Orange Hill Restaurant is a classy, newer restaurant promising delectable V-Day menus. At Blue Bayou, the Cajun eatery helps you really spice things up. Napa Rose is known for its wines (of course) as well as flights, tastings, and a special prix fixe menu on this day. Try Anepalco Restaurant or il garage, or ask your front desk staff for recommendations.


Icing on the Cake

No Valentine’s Day is complete without sweets and flowers. Ace Flower Shop opens at 9am and is up for taking last minute orders. Blossom Flowers is an institution in the OC offering fantastic arrangements at a variety of price points. Call Flowers by Cina or Mums the Word for help designing your ultimate bouquet.

As for chocolates and sweets, you can rely on Ghirardelli Chocolate to really deliver the romance. There’s a See’s Candies nearby, and Rocky Mountain Chocolates offers an impressive variety of sugar-free chocolates, if that’s a necessity. Make this Valentine’s Day one for the record books!

US Military Ships in Anaheim

February 2nd, 2016

Well, hello Sailor! Anaheim has a rich naval history since the OC is one of the grandest ports of call in the country. Take a day trip to the US Military Ships and Naval Museums; fun for history buffs, families or anyone who has a love of the open water. The USS Midway and the USS Iowa-Pacific Battleship Center are both in the San Diego Bay area, which isn’t far from your Anaheim Inn accommodations.

The USS Midway Museum is the oldest US Navy aircraft carrier of the past century. You’ll see the huge vessel as soon as you arrive—it’s impossible to miss! It was the first warship to travel the Panama Canal, and even though it was commissioned in 1945, it still looks like a stunner. It served for nearly 50 years then retired as a museum just 11 years ago.


Set Sail

The audio tour gives you the best peek into the history of the ship. You can easily spend days exploring the vessel, with each nook and cranny offering up a different glimpse into its history. The USS Iowa, known as the Battleship of the Presidents, is not quite as large but the history is just as rich.

Well worth the trip, nothing compares to spending a day on board some of the most famous vessels in the country. Gift shops, nearby restaurants and the killer views are the perfect nightcap for this trip!

Where to Watch the Super Bowl

February 1st, 2016

It’s a common conundrum for frequent business travelers: You’re out of town for the Super Bowl and don’t want to take a chance on a bar that could be a dud! Don’t worry, because Anaheim is full of top notch sports bars. Consider the High Park Taphouse in Mission Viejo, which is just as famous for the big screens as the incredible pizza. This isn’t your typical California fare—this is the real deal straight out of Italy.

Prefer something a little more American-themed? Head to Silky Sullivans where the best breakfast/brunch options in town can be found. It’s also a mecca for football fans, hosting one of the best and not overcrowded Super Bowl parties in town. It’s located in Fountain Valley, just a short commute from Anaheim Inn.

American footbal ball

Where’s the Party At?

Players Sports Grill in Laguna Hills offers a plethora of televisions, comfortable seating, and a menu that’s sure to satisfy anyone. The oversized chairs swivel, so you can check out every television in the space. It’s the perfect spot for a group, or head there solo and make instant friends with fellow fans.

Danny K’s Billiards and Sports Bar is another prime choice. You can play pool between quarters knowing you won’t miss any of the excitement. There are big screens everywhere and at every angle, so you’re literally surrounded by your favorite sport.



Vegan/Vegetarian Options Near Anaheim

January 4th, 2016

Veg foodies are in paradise in southern California. Nowhere else is it so easy to customize your food choices or be in such good company. With health and wellness as a top priority in Anaheim, it’s no surprise that restaurants are catering to the veg demographic. Healthy Junk is a 100 percent vegan operation open for lunch and dinner. The chef is imaginative, the menu is creative, and all of your non-veg friends will be more than happy to make this “your spot.”

Hao Sen is another vegetarian option, dishing up Asian fusion cuisine. If you’ve wished all your favorite Asian dishes could be vegetarian, it’s come to fruition here. Green Tomato Grill offers a smorgasbord (literally!) of vegetarian options and is open ‘til 9 p.m. for dinner. There’s also Mead’s Green Door, a vegetarian café and coffee house open for breakfast and lunch.

rustic muffins with pumpkin chocolate and oat flakes on bowl on rustic background

Conscious Eating

The veggie-centric eatery Rutabegorz Restaurant is a top-rated joint with flawless reviews and an evolving menu that’s sure to satisfy. Zen Vegetarian Garden is another Asian cuisine hot spot that’s all veg, all the time. Try Kafe Neo for your Greek cravings—there are plenty of vegetarian dishes to be had.

Rajdhani Indian Cuisine is all vegetarian, and it’s the best place to get your northern Indian fix. From Kareem’s Restaurant to Radhe Sweets and Catering, there’s no place like Anaheim for vegetarians.



Spectacular Sushi in Anaheim

January 4th, 2016

You’re on a roll in Anaheim, with some of the best sushi in southern California just a few miles from the hotel. Orange Roll and Sushi is a local staple, featuring just as many classic rolls as inventive, fusion style options. Miyako is a Japanese favorite that serves a lot more than sushi, yet their perfect rolls are what keep diners coming back time and time again. Try Sushi Teriyaki for a quick and tasty treat or Sushi Yun for specialty rolls in a quaint setting.

Biyako offers a simple setting for fantastic Japanese cuisine, including mouthwatering sushi rolls. Sato Sushi features some of the most creative rolls in town, alongside staples that everyone loves. Head to Kaori Sushi for traditional Japanese fare done right or Chomp Rockin’ Sushi & Teppan Grills to add a little theatrical flare to your outing.

assorted sushi nigiri on slate

Roll With It!

Sake Sushi and Grill has (you guessed it!) an impressive sake menu—the perfect pairing for any roll. At Sushi Noguchi, you can enjoy a designer space that even attracts the occasional celebrity. Koisan Sushi & Japanese Cuisine is the place for semi-formal rolls done right.

Whether you prefer The Red Thai Room, Fish in a Bottle Sushi and Grill, or Shark Sushi (famous for sake bombs and specialty rolls), the world is your oyster (or fish) in Anaheim!

Bar Hop Like an Anaheim Local

January 3rd, 2016

The most family-friendly place on earth surprisingly has a very impressive nightlife scene, too! If this is an adult trip (or after the kids are in bed!) there are plenty of bars, lounges, clubs and taverns nearby. Start the night at The Cellar, a fine French dining establishment with (no surprise here) a great wine list, fine cocktails, and the perfect place to pair fantastic fare with a drink or two. Then it’s on to Bottoms Up Tavern, a local neighborhood bar that’s tucked into a strip mall (you wouldn’t think the two would go together but you’d be wrong!).

Fire and Ice Grill and Bar is a casual space with an open grill, perfect for winding down on those balmy California nights. Orange County Mining Co., don’t let the name fool you, is a favorite bar with live music on some nights, an extensive menu, and great service.


Cheers to That!

Yost Theatre is a local entertainment venue where you can get some strong drinks while taking in the entertainment. Check to see who’s performing when you’re in town. At Original Mike’s you can get some stellar burgers and ice cold pints. The North Left is an unpretentious hot spot with American food, cold beers, and absolutely no relation to the Kardashians! Karl Strauss Brewing Company is where you can go for local, craft beers in an elevated environment.



New Year’s Festivities in Anaheim

December 1st, 2015


Orange County knows how to party, especially on New Year’s Eve! There are endless options near Anaheim Inn, like the annual First Night Fullerton; a family-friendly event where the visual and performing arts are eager to entertain you. An ice skating rink, food vendors, live music, and an incredible midnight fireworks display are all on the docket. Located between Wilshire and Commonwealth in Fullerton, admission is free and activity costs are very budget-friendly.

There’s also the Knott’s New Year’s Eve Celebration (at Knott’s Berry Farm, of course!). With two dance parties, salsa instruction, and a special Snoopy on Ice performance, it’s a party that can’t be missed. Family-friendly comedians, bands, and a Midnight Mayhem fireworks extravaganza at midnight keep the party going. Admission is the regular Buena Vista Theme Park prices.

Party On!

New Year’s Eve with Pablo Francisco is a beloved tradition with two unique shows. Enjoy a dinner and show package with delectable options and bubbly. Free flowing champagne at midnight, party favors and surprises await you! Held on S. Brea Boulevard, tickets start at just $35.

There’s also the Giant New Year’s Dance Party, an alcohol-free event held at Cal State Fullerton Titan Student Union Building. Prices start at $39 and include dance lessons, games, party favors, and live music.



Citadel Outlets: Disneyland for Adults

October 20th, 2015

You’re likely scheduling a trip to Disneyland while in Anaheim, but don’t forget about the other happiest place on earth—Citadel Outlets! Located at 100 Citadel Drive in Los Angeles, it’s the ultimate place to shop to your heart’s content with big bargains, big names and extended holiday hours. Regular hours are 10am to 9pm, but if you’ll be here for Black Friday, you can count on Citadel being home central for early birds.

With well over 100 stores, there’s truly savings to be found for everyone. Famous brands like Gap, Guess, Calvin Klein and OshKosh are here, as well as local favorite boutiques. If you’re planning a group trip with ten or more, you can schedule a special reservation and score some of the best parking available. Call ahead or ask your Anaheim Inn front desk staff for help with reservations.

Endless Shopping Options

Shop and shuttle packages are available; ideal for travelers who don’t have a rental car or don’t want to bother with the hassle of parking. LA’s Outlet Express Shuttle picks up shoppers from convenient locations around Anaheim, making this the easiest and most enjoyable shopping extravaganza.

Enjoy free bag check, free Wi-Fi, and foreign currency exchange on site. No trip to LA is complete without a shopping expedition and Citadel is just the place to start.



Day Trip to Temecula Wineries

October 18th, 2015

Forget northern California—Temecula in southern California, right near Anaheim, is where it’s at. Schedule a day or weekend tour of the best wineries, complete with flights, tastings, and some fantastic food pairings. Stunning gift shops and gourmet restaurants make this award-winning region a must. The Baily Vineyard and Winery is a great option, as is Bel Vino Winery.

Start off your tastings at Briar Rose Winery to sample the award-winning, handcrafted vino. Next up is Callaway Vineyard and Winery, where the wine is only matched by the views. Carter Estate Winery and Resort offers a once in a lifetime tasting experience, and Chapin Family Vineyards is a quaint, charming, and family owned affair.

A Taste of the Good Life

At Cougar Vineyard and Winery you’ll find expert connoisseurs, and Europa Village offers a truly meaningful experience along with fantastic wine. Doffo Vineyard and Winery is a little farther from town, offering a delicious getaway. Try Foot Path Winery, where it’s all handcrafted, all reds, and all family owned.

There’s Falkner Winery on the hill, another award winner, and Hart Winery which opened in 1973 with just 12 acres of luscious soil perfect for growing grapes. From Leoness Cellars to Longshadow Ranch, the pours never stop in Anaheim!

The Best LA Tours near Disney

October 18th, 2015

The only way to see the best of Los Angeles is with a guided tour. Otherwise, you might miss out on the best Hollywood action! Touring the homes of the stars is a classic, and one that’s constantly changing. As the stars get bigger, so do their homes and it’s incredible to see what some call a humble abode. A tour that includes a stop at Madame Tussauds is a must, or try out a movie locations tour—you might even see your favorite celebrity in action!

The TMZ Hollywood Tour keeps you up to date on the latest gossip, or enjoy a one-hour trolley tour that is fun for the whole family (and perfectly timed for little ones). The haunted Hollywood tour is perfect for this time of year, while the grand tour of Los Angeles gives you a glimpse into the best of the valley.

Destination: Fame

A city tour by night gives you a glimpse into the beauty of the bright lights and big city. There are also multi-lingual tours at the ready. Try out the hop on hop off tour or race, or reserve your space on a double decker tour of different parts of the city, from Beverly Hills to Malibu.

Touring Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and other hotspots is also yours for the taking. What will you discover first?