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Buy Your Holiday Chocolates Locally

December 12th, 2017

 

You’ll find plenty of options to satisfy your sweet tooth around Anaheim, starting with the Cocoa Parlor in Laguna Niguel. Here, only organic ingredients are used and the chocolate bars are life-changing. While you might spy their bars in shops around town, only the official brick and mortar offers bark, cookies, truffles and gluten-free options. Try the chocolate orange, black seed curry, caramel jungle and cinnamon latte. The almond bark has plenty of bite, and pairs wonderfully with hot chocolate or organic coffee served on site.

The Caramel Apple Shop in La Habra is one of a kind, known for constantly changing innovative flavor pairings. With a friendly and knowledgeable staff, it’s a true wonderland. Make your own marshmallow stick with sauces, candies and sprinkles. Get a demo on apple dipping and décor, watch rocky road fudge in the making and enjoy plenty of samples. The shop itself is tucked into a mall, but well worth the hunt. Don’t miss out on the chocolate-dipped honeycomb.

Life’s Better with Chocolate

Luisa Chocolatier takes chocolate to another level. It’s where you’ll want to get boxes of chocolates to surprise your loved ones. Crafted with love, elegant and decadent, you’ll find a rich variety of options from chocolate-covered krispies to molded chocolate in seasonal shapes. Truly addicting, each piece is almost too gorgeous to eat—almost.

Royce’ in Irvine is truly the Rolls Royce of chocolate, featuring a plethora of sweets including gourmet chocolate mochi. However, it’s their namesake chocolate that really draws a crowd. Nama chocolate melts in your mouth, and every concoction is dense, silky and a genuine experience.

Where will your cravings lead you?

 

Visit Mother Colony House

December 5th, 2017

 

Anaheim is teeming with historical sites, like the Mother Colony House—one of the first buildings in the city. Construction began in 1857, and it’s considered an American Territorial style cottage. Built largely out of local redwoods, the house features three rooms and a gable roof complete with a decorative crest. An impressive eave shelters the entirety of the porch, and an addition in the rear was crafted circa 1870.

Built by L.A. local George Hansen, who became the Los Angeles Vineyard Society’s superintendent, it’s a landmark site. At the time, there were around 50 colonists from Germany who banded together to found Anaheim. It was Hansen’s personal home and office, well before he was dubbed the “Father of Anaheim.”

A Home with History

Following Hansen, a number of families called the Mother Colony home. This includes saloon owner Frederick Ruhmann. It was slated for demolition in 1929, but was saved by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Today, the house has been moved from its original location on Anaheim Boulevard and Cypress to 414 North West Street. It remains the oldest museum in the county, and is now owned by the City of Anaheim.

When visiting the house, pop next door to the Woelke-Stoffel House, another site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Admission is free. Tours are available the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Visit Christ Cathedral

November 29th, 2017

 

Faith-driven and non-secular guests alike are welcome to the Christ Cathedral, a landmark in Anaheim and an architectural delight. Visitors can’t help but notice the stunning steeple, and the cultural icon is a destination for guests of all faiths. However, it shot to fame with former Rev. Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power,” which was televised evangelization. However, in 2012 the Orange Diocese bought the church, along with all 34 acres, and committed to returning the site to its former glory as a hub of worship and wonder for all.

Today, the cathedral is a beacon for Catholics and still offers regular mass and services. However, it’s also open to all for tours. There’s a large collection of stunning buildings on campus encompassing nearly 320,000 square feet in total. Buildings include galleries, the arboretum, the Tower of Hope, Cathedral Cultural Center, Crean Tower and Diocese of the Orange Pastoral Center.

Hallowed Grounds

Visitors also flock to the site to enjoy the natural landscapes, a number of fountains and beautiful sculptures peppered throughout the grounds. Throughout the year, and especially heading into the holidays, there are a variety of cultural and arts events that take place. Thanksgiving weekend can be an especially popular time to visit the cathedral as the Christmas season is ushered in.

Self-guided and docent-led tours are available with 55 volunteers on site. Tours last up to 45 minutes, and private tours can be arranged by contacting the cathedral if you have 15+ guests. Mass is open to all with daily services. To find out more about upcoming events or to plan your visit, visit the cathedral’s official site.

Anaheim Thanksgiving Picks

November 20th, 2017

 

It might not feel like winter is around the corner when you’re spending Thanksgiving in Anaheim—but the right restaurants with scratch-made holiday dishes will quickly get you in the holiday spirit. Pair an impressive meal with black Friday deals at the nearby outlets, and you have the perfect long weekend.

The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon is a favorite, featuring a rustic ambiance with rich dark wood. The farm to table experience utilizes nearby providers for a fixed menu available 2 – 7 p.m. Enjoy unique, local starters like seared scallops from the Pacific and goat cheese pasta. The Mary’s free range turkey, sausage stuffing, pheasant pot pie and buffalo prime rib get the party started. Be sure to save room for pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie.

A Feast Fit for Royalty

Book a table at Buca di Beppo for an Italian take on Thanksgiving. Choose from their regular menu, or indulge in a turkey feast that’s served family style and comes in a variety of size options. You’ll enjoy all the classic dishes, elevated as only Buca di Beppo can manage. Decadent desserts complete the one of a kind experience.

At Zov’s Anaheim, truly all of the fixings are served and the headliner is the turkey and scratch-made gravy. With garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry dressing, a selection of salads, roasted yams, and all the rolls and slices of pie you can manage, it’s truly a treat—but one to be enjoyed in your guest room. Pick up orders are available the day before Thanksgiving, allowing you to enjoy the holiday in comfort.

 

Oak Canyon Nature Center

November 12th, 2017

 

Paradise is tucked into Oak Canyon Nature Center with 58 rolling acres of park right in the Anaheim Hills. Open year-round, November is a lovely time to visit thanks to the cooler temperatures and influx of greenery. Here, three canyons adjoin and there are four miles of hiking trails throughout the woodlands that take you from the greenery of the foothills to coastal sage-covered landscapes.

Discover native wildlife and flowers, and birders can take advantage of non-stop photography opportunities (please note that formal photography requires a permit). Parts of the center are available for rental for special events, including holiday parties and weddings. Otherwise, park grounds are open sunrise to sunset daily and the interpretive center is open weekends from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Getting in Touch with Nature

Guided tours are available by calling the center at 714-998-8380, and self-guided tours are available during opening hours. Interested in hosting a birthday party at the center? A special children’s party for those ages 4-12 is available and includes two hours of fun with a naturalist-led hike, themed crafts, visit to the museum, time for gifts and treats, and a live animal encounter. Cost is $240 for up to 15 guests.

Special camps are also available for kids, such as OAKS day camp and Zombie Survival Camp. Personalize your visit to the center, or stop by and discover a piece of Anaheim you’ve never seen before. It’s easy getting to the great outdoors.

 

Wobble and Gobble: Anaheim Races

November 2nd, 2017

 

November is the perfect month to beat your best time in a half marathon, or challenge yourself to your first 5k. With the holidays coming, getting a head start on fitness and health is a wise move. There are plenty of November races near Anaheim, like the Spider-Man 5k on Friday, November 10. The “Run Disney” event kicks off the Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland resort—and it might even be a warmup for the Thor 10k November 11 or the half marathon on November 12!

Thanksgiving Day marks the annual Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run (now with a 10k option!). The event is in its tenth year and the popular 5k takes runners and walkers along Yorba Regional Park trails and the Santa Ana River Trail. The certified and chip timed event includes free finish line photos, awards and age-group medals. Free parking and a costume contest—along with plenty of Thanksgiving themed treats—make this a popular outing.

Turkey Trots

In nearby Los Angeles, the Drumstick Dash 10k and 5k is a way to help raise funds for the homeless and hungry. It all starts Thanksgiving morning in Studio City with free parking in the CBS Studios lot. Walkers, runners and families are welcome.

If you’re really after a pre-holiday challenge, check out the Blitz the Marina November 19 for a full marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k race. Runners enjoy scenic streets and views of the ocean and lake. For many, the Long Beach event is a Boston qualifier.

 

Halloween in Anaheim

October 22nd, 2017

 

Looking for a spooktacular good time this Halloween? The annual Anaheim Halloween Parade has been providing family-friendly frights since 1924. On October 28, join the nighttime pageant winding 1.5 miles through downtown. Easily the biggest Halloween celebration in California, hundreds of thousands of spectators flock to the streets to see this old-fashioned celebration in action.

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland is a tradition for many, and special tricks (along with plenty of treats) saturate the famous park throughout October. There’s also Motel 6 Feet Under’s Haunted House every Thursday – Sunday throughout the month. Dubbed the scariest experience in Orange County, the maize is full of state of the art animatronics and props. You’ll find it at the Business Expo Center.

A Scary Good Time

The Anaheim Plaza Halloween Trick or Treat festival is fun for the whole family. Held on October 28 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., it’s perfect for families with little ones. With balloon art, a kid-friendly DJ, face painting and giveaways, you’ll enjoy trick or treating at N. Euclid Street and the Santa Ana Freeway.

Head to the Halloween Treat-or-Treating at Anaheim Town Square for all the treats and none of the trick. This free event is all about candy gathering, decorating pumpkins, train rides and more. Participate in the annual costume contest and get your face painted a ghostly creation. Anaheim Town Square is located at 2180 East Lincoln Avenue.

British Pubs

October 18th, 2017

 

Whether you’re craving bangers and mash for breakfast, sticky toffee pudding for dessert, or your favorite British pint, there are plenty of British pubs and restaurants in Anaheim to satisfy your cravings. Start at The Pasty Kitchen, named after the beloved British “pasty” with savory meats wrapped in a tasty, flaky dough. The turnover is also available for vegetarians, and the perfect way to start your day.

Food and Drinks Establishment with a Traditional Modern Twist

The Olde Ship is a traditional British pub known for their fish ‘n’ chips and Great British Breakfast. Dine on British bacon and fried bread, baked beans on toast, black pudding and more favorites from across the pond. A banger in a roll, your choice of cod or haddock for their award winning beer-battered staple, or Yorkshire pudding is always popular.

Pond-Hopping Delights

London’s Pub and Grill is a must-visit for pub lovers. You’ll find pub fries with curry sauce, lamb samosas for that Indian infusion, fish ‘n’ chips and bangers and mash (of course), shepherd’s pie and Cornish pastries. Don’t forget the kidney pies and cheese and onion pasty.

McKenna’s Tea Cottage serves traditional British high tea in a charming, upscale environment. A favorite for special events, choose from a variety of tea packages including Queen Mum’s Tea. Homemade scones with clotted cream, a salad and soup of the day, five assorted tea sandwiches, and three petite desserts make for a lovely afternoon in Anaheim.

Exodus Escape Room

October 15th, 2017

 

This real-life escape game locks you in a room with a timer—and you only have so long to solve the mystery. It’s the perfect October event full of thrills, fun and adrenaline surges. There are a number of rooms and mysteries to choose from, with new experiences added throughout the year. Select Sherlock’s Study to tap into your own Sherlock skills, digging through what seems like chaos to find clues. It’s perfect for groups of two – eight.

Masquerade Manor is a Halloween season favorite, recommended for groups of four – eight. You’re invited to a masquerade ball, but there’s more to this gala than you think. You’ll need to dig into your critical thinking skills and competitive nature to get through a variety of obstacles.

The Clock is Ticking

Exodus is a classic, challenging your group of two – four to get out of the pharaoh’s reign before it’s too late. Each room takes about an hour on average to escape, and demands teamwork, brainpower and natural survival skills. Do you have what it takes to “beat the clock and turn the lock?”

Whether you’re looking for a fun and unique outing with family or friends, a one of a kind corporate team building activity, or a truly memorable date, the Escape Room has you covered. Book your great escape online now.

 

Anaheim Convention Center

October 1st, 2017

 

Anaheim Inn is minutes from the Anaheim Convention Center, the biggest exhibit venue in the entire West Coast. It’s hosted the largest events imaginable, from Disney’s D23 Expo to the winter NAMM Show. If you’re in town for an event at the ACC, enjoy convenient access and a fast commute to one of Anaheim’s most famous landmarks.

The center encompasses 53 acres and 1.8 million square feet of dynamic space. Looking for a venue for your event? The ACC offers a variety of customizable packages to fit your budget and needs. Capable of hosting intimate events in a number of spaces as well as the largest events imaginable, it’s a popular pick for tradeshows, conferences, performances and more.

Location is Everything

The ACC offers 376,000 square feet of ballroom space, 99 meeting rooms, 7,500 arena seats, 200,000 square feet of outdoor venue space, 352,000 square feet of meeting space and 1 million square feet of exhibit space. Having your event at the ACC ensures state of the art equipment, professional services, and the best catering in Anaheim.

Embracing green practices and with a recent 2017 renovation, the Convention Center is the perfect venue pick. Catering by Aramark allows for a personalized menu from prix fixe to buffet style. With a farm to fork mission, your guests will enjoy fresh, locally sourced ingredients and gourmet fare for any occasion.