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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!

Thanksgiving Weekend in Anaheim

November 21st, 2016

 

In sunny California for the holiday weekend, and don’t know where to begin? If you’re up for a challenge, tackle the Black Friday sales! You can see what steals are available at top shops on Rodeo Drive, or head to the Citadel Outlets to maximize your savings. Being the fashion mecca of the country, stores go above and beyond to compete for your business and get into the black before next year.

Head to the Hollywood Christmas Parade the first Sunday after Thanksgiving where you can see the Hollywood sign, check out the handprints and footprints of the stars, and visit the Griffith Observatory during this family-friendly annual event. The Grove, an outdoor mall, will be beautifully decorated for the first time for the holiday seasons.

You’ve Got Options

If you’re looking for someone else to do the cooking, try the Fall Harvest Buffet at Disneyland, one of the most elaborate in the area. The price tag might be a bit steep at $76.99 (less than $30 for kids), but it’s well worth it! The gourmet spread is matched only by the harvest decorations that only Disney could dream up.

Back Bay Bistro serves a buffet from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Barton G. is famous for their annual three-course meal, and Revolutionario has a unique “pay what you can” meal from noon until 9 p.m. that always happens the day before Thanksgiving with all the classics. How will your weekend kick off?

 

Brushstrokes

November 11th, 2016

 

Everyone loves a painting party, and at Brushstrokes you can customize your event based on age, preferences and goals! Located in the heart of old downtown Tustin, you can schedule a private event or party any time and day of the week! However, you can also drop in during open studio hours and dive right into a painting frenzy. Up to 40 painters can join a private event, so you can imagine that making “fun art” (not fine art!) can turn into a real gala.

During open painting sessions, $30 gets you a 16×20 canvas, paint, brushes and an apron, and you can paint whatever you like or choose from the impressive gallery of options. Plan your child’s birthday party, a co-worker happy hour event, or make your next anniversary extra special. Leave the supplies and cleanup to the pros, and enjoy painting in a relaxed atmosphere.

A Masterpiece in the Works

Whether you’ve painted professionally before or never picked up a brush in your life, all ages and abilities are welcome. Instruction can be provided, or you can paint in peace. At Brushstrokes, you’re the master artist. Customize your next event, and call today to talk to a party planning pro.

Painting is a relaxing, calming, yet fun-filled hobby. From first dates to corporate bonding events, the paint can really fuse you and your party together. What will you create on canvas?

 

Card Addiction

November 8th, 2016

 

One of the best hobby shops in southern California is just a few minutes from your hotel. Located in nearby Fullerton, you’ll find everything you need for your Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, Yu-Gi-Oh, WoW addiction and more at this close-knit, family-owned establishment. Whether you’re traveling and want to be welcomed into a temporary guild or fold, or you’re looking for a rare collector item, you’ll be surprised at the expansive inventory and stellar customer service Card Addiction is known for.

Looking to sell? Card Addiction offers a “buy list” updated in real time, so you can offer your goods and get matched with an eager buyer. It’s a platform that keeps spam and negative buyers/sellers at bay, so you can ensure a transaction runs smoothly. There’s also a forum to get to know your community near and far. This hobby shop is all about encouraging harmony.

It’s an Addict Thing

Check out their in-depth articles to get insider information on your favorite games and hobbies. The owners are also welcoming of guest bloggers, so you can certainly offer your own insights! Tournaments are always happening in this part of California, and on the tournaments page you can find the latest information to plan your getaway accordingly.

There’s no need to miss out on games, quests and events while traveling in Anaheim. Card Addiction has you covered.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo is Coming!

October 26th, 2016

 

Do something a little different this Halloween weekend, and head to Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo October 28 – 30! Located at the nearby Los Angeles Convention Center, tickets are available online now for a discount, or you can get admission at the door. This year’s guests include Stan Lee (of course), Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar and Lee Meriwether among many others. It’s the area’s first multi-media pop culture conference, held annually and bringing together the latest in fantasy, video games, comics, sci-fi, horror and pop culture!

In collaboration with Stan Lee and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, it’s fully owned and managed by genuine pop culture icons. Over 75,000 attendees flock to the convention every year, coming from every part of the world. Last year, there were more than 700 vendors and artists offering a variety of rare comics, figurines and collectibles—and this year is expected to be even bigger.

Get Ready to Geek Out

Indulge in a positive, geeky community vibe where fantasies come to life. Stan Lee is quick to point out that the goal is to make the event a family affair, complete with Elvira as the crazy and beautiful aunt. Hours are October 28 from 5 – 9 p.m., October 29 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and October 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., giving you plenty of opportunities to meet your favorite stars, snap a photo with celebrities, and still have time to celebrate Halloween each evening.

You’ll find cosplayers galore and are encouraged to come in your own best getups. Meet famed players Megan Golden, Joanie Brosas, Maid of Might and many more. The Convention Center is a short drive from your Anaheim guest room, and it’s the ultimate gathering for anyone with a geek streak (or more!) in them.

Anaheim’s Haunting Season

October 20th, 2016

 

Spend this Halloween in Anaheim indulging in spooktacular events! The Anaheim Fall Festival at Center Street Promenade takes place every Halloween weekend, with free admission and plentiful parking. Enjoy live entertainment, a pumpkin patch, local food vendors vying for the best autumnal and spooky treats, game booths, and craft fairs. Fun for all ages, it’s the Halloween Parade that really draws a crowd with ghosts, ghouls and goblins taking over the streets.

Disney lovers delight at Disneyland’s Halloween, hosted by Jack Skellington and more favorite characters. For five hours during Mickey’s Halloween Party, kids of all ages are welcome to the park for trick or treating like you’ve never seen before. Tour the annual Haunted Mansion, show off your best costumes, and check out the Howl-O-Ween fireworks show!

Screams for All Ages

Knott’s Halloween Haunt offers thrills and screams for scare-lovers of all ages. For over 40 years, Knott’s Berry Farm has been spooking out their theme park for the witching hour, and it’s the oldest amusement park to embrace such a tradition in the country. Costume contests, themed attractions and plenty of tricks and treats await.

Downtown Anaheim shops participate in annual trick or treating on the big night, and many families check out the luxurious Los Angeles neighborhoods for a night of candy hunting like you won’t believe. The gorgeous southern California weather allows for any type of costume—what will you be dressed as this year?

Anaheim’s Mexican Picks

October 20th, 2016

 

You can’t travel to southern California without sampling some of the best, most authentic and innovative Mexican restaurants in town. Start your journey at La Casa Garcia, a family-owned restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with Mexican favorites along with Americana classics. For breakfast, try the menudo, nopalitos with chorizo and eggs, or a Spanish omelette. Of course, flan is on all three menus!

Los Alazanes Mexican Food is one of the few Mex stops open around the clock for counter service. You’re going to love their spin on street tacos, or if you have a raging appetite, check out the massive burritos. Tortas and smaller authentic bites are always popular, and you’ll find the best spices and flavors 24/7 at this beloved local stop.

Spice Things Up

Head to Casa Rangel for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In the morning, nothing beats their huevos rancheros, chile verde con huevos, or the chilaquiles. Their famous wet burrito dinner, sizzling fajitas and shrimp cocktail are great picks for lunch or dinner. Get a side of onion rings or fresh guacamole, and save room for the churros, flan or deep fried ice cream.

At El Cholo, you’ll find an aged cheese quesadilla, Sonora-style nachos, and a crabmeat enchilada. The southwest chicken tostada with blackened chicken and avocado is a Cali staple, or get the Taste of History featuring a cheese enchilada, beef taco, pork tamale and chile relleno with Spanish rice and refried beans. Where will your gastro journey begin?

Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational and Gala

October 2nd, 2016

 

Get your tickets for the 18th annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational and Collectors Gala coming your way October 8-16! Hosted by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, this annual event draws art lovers and artists from around the globe. Laguna Beach, the beloved beachside community and home to historical artistic colonies, turns the seaside into an outdoor painting studio for a full week each October. Here, you’ll find the most prestigious plein air art festival in the world.

The globe’s best plein air artists compete in the Painting Invitational, and you get to enjoy viewings and workshops featuring the top landscape artists of the year. Participate in public paint-outs, demos and conversations. A host of activities are on hand for all ages, and it all culminates in the Collectors Gala, where awards and celebrations are the highlight of the night.

In “Plein” Sight

This year’s gala takes place October 14 and is hosted by Tivoli Too, a gorgeous venue in Laguna Canyon. Tickets are available now and may be available at the door, but it’s best to plan in advance for this popular event! You won’t want to miss this showcase, and tickets include admission to the following two-day art show.

Eighteen years ago, the festival was established by famed plein air painters including Edgar Payne and Anna Hills, who were key in establishing Laguna Beach’s first art gallery. All proceeds benefit the non-profit host, who is committed to preserving the region’s plein air heritage. Get your tickets online now!

 

Chinese Cuisine in Anaheim

September 16th, 2016

 

You might be staying along the golden coast where fresh seafood and organic greens are readily available (not to mention Disney-destination dining!), but sometimes you’re only craving some really authentic, comforting Chinese cuisine. Anaheim has you covered. The nearby China Kitchen offers all the classics, like shrimp in garlic sauce, moo goo gai pan, Hunan-style bean curd and more. It’s casual, comfortable and delicious.

China Wall is known for their BBQ pork, fried shrimp and cream cheese crab puffs for starters. Don’t miss out on their deep-fried squid with spicy salt or the fish fillet with snow peas and broccoli. A deep-fried fish fillet or steamed chicken and shrimp is on the lighter side.

Indulge Your Taste Buds

The Ten Ten Seafood Restaurant is where you’ll find a generous lunch and dinner buffet focusing on seafood but also offering a variety of dishes. Here, you’ll find all styles of Chinese fare including a few American favorites. It’s the perfect place for anyone who can’t choose from a number of top dishes or for large groups.

Try The Wok Experience for a number of wok dishes that can be customized to your liking. Choose your veggies, protein, spices and heat level. No matter which restaurant you choose, in Anaheim, Chinese is done right!

Blue Whale Migration Summer 2016 Specials

September 10th, 2016

 

Blue whale migration isn’t over yet! Until September 30, take advantage of the $16 whale watching cruise special every day at 10a.m., 1p.m. and 3:30p.m. Admission is usually $32 per person, so this half-priced special is a sweet deal perfect for budget-minded travelers or anyone looking for a unique experience. Hundreds of blue whales migrate through the area every spring and summer, taking over the Newport Beach area. Last year, 350 whales were spotted!

These massive travelers were once thought to be extremely rare in southern California, but they have fortunately made a comeback in the past few years. They are up to 90 feet long and are the biggest of all animals. You might also spot the finback whale, a huge beast as well, who enjoys the same fare and treats as the blue whale.

All Aboard!

There are a number of smaller whales you may encounter on the experience including minke and humpback varieties. Large pods of dolphins are also in the area, and they especially like to keep pace with the local boats. You can board at Newport and Balboa Beach to take advantage of these 2.5 hour cruises. Whether you’re after a family event or a romantic getaway, these specials are a welcome addition to any Anaheim trip.

Hurry! The migration season is over soon.