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Graber Olive House

March 22nd, 2017

 

Olives and California go together like sand and surf, and in Ontario guests are treated to a working olive-packing facility experience like no other. Spanish missionaries planted the first olive trees in Mission San Diego de Alcala in the mid-1700s, and the trees quickly took to their new soil. Olives on a California dinner table quickly became a tradition, and C.C. Graber continues that tradition by curing his own barrels—and opening the entire experience to the public.

Olives are Ontario’s oldest industry. Graber Olives have been a landmark since 1894, featuring olives ripened on the tree for a rich flavor. Harvest time is October-December, but you can visit year-round and peruse the gift shop, take a tour and indulge in one of the state’s most beloved delicacies.

Olive You!

From olive oil to a variety of gift baskets and of course “just olives,” the gift shop is the perfect place to choose a treasure to bring home. You can also shop online for favorites like the California Classic Box, which comes with two tins of olives, smoked almonds, whole roasted almonds, pimiento-stuffed Spanish olives, a jar of apple butter, a jar of cucumber slices and pectin candy.

Go nutty, sweet or all of the above. Apricots and dates, including medjool varieties, are the perfect decadent dessert. Try cherries, or pair your dried fruits with salty almonds. No visit to Ontario is complete without swinging by Graber’s.

 

 

 

Ontario Convention Center

March 19th, 2017

 

The premier venue in Ontario is perfect for your next big event whether it’s a conference, tradeshow, competition or anything else you can imagine. It’s popular with filmmakers, offering state of the art technology ideal for films and commercials. Enjoy a modern design with over 225,000 square feet of space flexible for any type of function. DS3, video-conferencing and of course Wi-Fi are all available.

Professional on-site services and catering teams offer over 50 years of combined experience, guaranteeing a flawless event. Building services such as setups, floor planning, vendor services, labor, permit negotiating, transportation and parking are all available.

All at Your Fingertips

Depend on the marketing and PR team to help with banners, virtual or marquee signage, all marketing collateral and website event listings. Browse floor plans online or take a virtual tour of the facilities. For the biggest and best events in Ontario, you deserve a team and space with the tools and experience capable of making your big day shine.

Choose from an impressive array of options, from balloon pillars to booth or stage rentals, A/V services and delectable catering are available and can be customized to any need or preference. Contact the Ontario Convention Center today and start the planning process today.

 

 

Luck is On Your Side in Anaheim

March 14th, 2017

 

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Anaheim gives you plenty of options, whether you prefer to spend the day at Disneyland enjoying their green desserts, or you want to head to a local Irish pub for corned beef and cabbage. The annual Shamrock ‘n’ Roll on the Queen Mary is a tradition for many, and you’ll enjoy two stages of Celtic rock along with prizes, competitions, and all the Irish fare you can manage.

Casey’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival draws a lively crowd in downtown Los Angeles. All day, you can indulge in games, drinks, food and more. Admission is just $10, and the party goes all day. It’s family-friendly, but keep in mind that this is one party where the green beer flows with ease.

St. Paddy’s Shenanigans

At Tam O’Shanters, one of the oldest Irish establishments in southern California, you’re in for a real treat. The party starts at 11 a.m. with Irish coffee for those who need a pick me up. The tented parking lot opens at 1 p.m., and Celtic bands get the party really started at 2. Pub food, great music and green beer go until the wee hours.

The famous Pig ‘n Whistle also throws an epic party with the best DJs in town as well as drink specials on Jameson and Guinness. Here, pinching those not in green remains a holiday tradition. Where will March 17 find you?

 

Keep Cool this Spring Break

March 7th, 2017

 

Thousands of teens and 20-somethings head to Anaheim every March and April for spring break. Staying at Anaheim Inn offers spacious yet affordable rooms, easy access to the best destinations, and of course that Arabica coffee to help keep the party going. For many, spending spring break at Disneyland is a dream come true, especially with all the water rides and perfect spring weather.

Make this spring break one to remember by checking out as many of the area’s water parks as possible! Splash Zone offers slick water slides, pools and impeccable cabanas. It’s more of a relaxing retreat where you can sunbathe and snooze, and it’s also popular with families. If you’re traveling with little ones, this is the park for you.

A Slippery Slope

Raging Waters Los Angeles is the state’s biggest water park chain, and you can rent a cabana, take on the epic slides, and of course lounge while being served from an eclectic menu. The Aqua Rocket is a lightning-fast option, while the Dragon’s Den is the perfect pick for couples who want to take on the whirling slope as a duo.

At Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, you can take on the brand new Python Plunge or go up Taboo Tower. Once you’re at the top, there’s only one way down! Book a private event for your group, or hop from one park to another with your spring break crew on whims. Pack your spring break suits, and prepare for an adventure!

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

March 1st, 2017

 

The Anaheim area is full of destinations for history buffs, and going a little off the grid will lead you to some incredible museum experiences. At the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, you’ll be treated to the brand new 2016 renovation including new galleries, archives and exhibits. The museum was closed for nearly a year as the staff organized the best, biggest and most comprehensive collections yet.

Start at the orientation theater where you’ll be introduced to the 50-year professional history of Nixon. The Wave of Change is an interactive model of landmark events as well as the people and events that shaped his presidency. Slip into a replica of the Oval Office during his administration, and get confronted with the Vietnam War—the same predicament Nixon faced.

History in the Making

In the Domestic Policy Vision exhibit, you’ll be faced with the “war on cancer,” environmental issues, relating to the youth of America, and civil rights concerns in southern schools. Explore communism and the Cold War, learn more about Pat Nixon, and discover what life in the White House was like during Nixon’s term.

The museum is open Monday – Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 11-5. Admission is just $16 for adults. For real history buffs, plan to spend a full day (or two!) perusing this impressive, re-designed museum.

 

 

 

Best Japanese Cuisine

February 24th, 2017

 

In the mood for some of the Pacific’s freshest seafood tackled by premium Japanese chefs? Anaheim and the surrounding area is full of fantastic Japanese restaurants, like Yogi’s Teriyaki. Start with tempura veggies or shrimp before your teriyaki bowl or plate appears. The beef rib veggie plate is always a favorite, or go with “Yogi’s Plate” to see what the chef prefers!

Biyako is a classic establishment offering all-you-can eat buffets along with traditional entrees and table service. Get a quail egg on the side, and for appetizers you can’t forget the sushi nuggets, fried oysters and spicy garlic edamame. Classic rolls and hand rolls are on the menu, along with fresh, baked and tempura roll options.

Now We’re Rolling!

Roll Star Sushi is a basic eatery with no frills—just great flavors. They deliver locally and offer sushi, sashimi, and Japanese-Chinese fusion to satisfy all your cravings. Try the fried rice, chow mein and teriyaki bowls for a filling indulgence.

At Fuji Grill, you’ll fall in love with a local chain featuring bowls galore that are take-away friendly. Called the “best teriyaki bowl in town,” you’ll also want to try a bento box or the dynamite bowl for an extra kick. Baked scallop, Alaska and tataki bowls are also popular picks.

 

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?