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Fourth of July Picks

July 1st, 2016

Disneyland is famous for their fireworks, and they really go all out for the Fourth of July, but what if you want a more intimate, small-town vibe this Independence Day? Anaheim has you covered, starting with Knott’s Berry Farm’s Fourth of July festivities in Buena Park. Here, you’ll enjoy marching bands and other live performances, fireworks and, of course, all the thrills of the amusement park just minutes away.

Fireworks

Brea also hosts a fireworks extravaganza starting at dusk at City Hall Park. This family-friendly event is free and features a reptile show, petting zoo and kiddie parade, so little ones are guaranteed to have a blast. There are also contests, live music and plenty of patriotism to pass around!

Options for Independence Day

Dana Point’s Doheny State Beach is usually beloved for some of the best whale watching in the world, but come July it’s the go-to spot for fireworks lovers. The lengthy and stunning show kicks off at dusk, and the gorgeous backdrop of the ocean—perhaps with a whale sighting—makes this a romantic choice.

The OC Block Party at Angel Stadium is where revelers gather for food vendors, live entertainment and fireworks. No matter where you go in Anaheim, you’re in for a real treat as southern California celebrates the Fourth in style.

Your July Event Cheat Sheet

July 1st, 2016

 

Anaheim has a full calendar in July, including the Certified Farmers Market every Saturday from 9am-2pm at the Old World Village in Huntington Beach. It’s only been open since last summer and offers an expansive list of vendors, local farmers, artisans and live entertainment. This free event is family-friendly and the perfect place to taste, explore and discover some of Anaheim’s best local fare.

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The Discover Laguna Art-A-Fair Fine Art Festival takes place June 24 through August 28 at 777 Laguna Canyon Road. Open seven days per week, as late as 10pm on weekend nights, admission is $7.50 for adults, and children under 12 are free. This festival is celebrating 50 years of the arts in Laguna, and it’s where you’ll find some of the most stunning artwork—or maybe pick up a piece for yourself!

Check Your Calendar

At the JoAnne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach, “Semiotics” featuring James Verbicky is on exhibit until August 31. Free admission to this daily exhibit, from 11am-5pm, featuring Verbicky’s unique style that makes you question what you see (and what you don’t).

Whale watching cruises, Hollywood tours, Disneyland and other famous destinations are a must, but when you want a more authentic, local experience, Anaheim is rich with options every day in July.

Ring in Summer During Solstice!

June 10th, 2016

Summer officially arrives in June (even though it always feels like summer in Anaheim!). Still, if you want to ring in the best season in style, book your tickets for The Summer Solstice Garden Gala at the Fullerton Arboretum on June 18 with a cocktail reception starting at 5:30pm. Dinner, a live auction and dancing start at 7pm on the lawn and go into the wee hours. It’s the perfect soiree and excuse to dress up Hollywood glam during your Anaheim getaway.

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A more intimate option is packing a picnic and heading to the beach where you can watch the sun rise or set during the longest day of the year. Ask the front desk staff for recommendations on goodies to pack, or head to Cortina’s Italian Market where you’ll get set up with delicious deli treats. There’s also Tony’s Original Deli and Bottle Shop, as well as Granny’s Deli, for all your picnic goodness.

A Solstice to Remember

In Santa Barbara, the annual Summer Solstice Celebration is one for the record books, with revelry as the whole town rallies for a massive parade in the streets. Live music, food vendors, artists and more come together to celebrate sunshine, fun and togetherness. No matter how you celebrate summer, you’re already on the right track by having a guest room in Anaheim!

Top Thai Food

June 9th, 2016

If it’s Thai you’re craving, you’re in luck because the Anaheim area has some delicious and authentic restaurants. Fasai Thai Restaurant is a little nook that’s open until 10pm and is renowned for authenticity and spice levels you can customize—but be careful about going “hot!” Specials are constantly changing, but one consistency is the fresh flavors, incredible spices and the sheer passion that’s evident in each dish.

Pad Nor Mai (Thai food)

You might also want to try You & I Thai Cuisine, serving classic Thai dishes until 9pm each night. The adorable name makes it a favorite for date nights and holidays, too. There’s some fusion on the menu, and the owners are quick to make dishes palatable for kids. Customize your spice levels to suit your heat tolerance.

Thai Adore You

At Thai Lingo Restaurant, beer and wine pair perfectly with both traditional and innovative dishes. Open just until 8:30, it’s the ideal happy-hour spot and a popular takeout option for locals. You can also start your night here before heading out to a beach party, night club or night cap at a local rooftop bar.

Spicy Thai Restaurant perfectly blends the chic atmosphere of an LA nightclub with very authentic dishes. It’s a favorite spot for a special celebration or for anyone looking for an excuse to dress up and dine on amazing fare.

 

Get Your Star Wars Half Registration In

June 6th, 2016

It’s true that the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland Park isn’t until January 12, but registration kicks off in June, and these bibs are always a hot seller. Not feeling a 13.1 miler right after the New Year? There are also kids’ races, 5k and 10k options as well as special themed runs that come with their own in-demand medals and swag. Plus, the long race weekend is stuffed with celebrity appearances, seminars and giveaways.

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For many, running a chipped, timed race through Disneyland is a big bucket list item, and January is prime time to do it. Not only will the weather be cool (by California standards) for those who prefer a breezier run, but you can also double down on Disney and enjoy the park during the off season. It’s a blast for runners and spectators alike!

Don’t Delay

The earlier you secure your bib, the sooner you can start planning your next Anaheim getaway. With a hotel minutes from the park, you can sleep-in a little on race day and not worry about the bustle of getting to the starting line. Sign up the little ones for their own run, and remember that themed participants are encouraged.

Go Outdoors with Dad this Father’s Day

June 2nd, 2016

Father’s Day in Anaheim means two things: The great outdoors and fantastic food! Take advantage of the summer sun and schedule a horseback ride along the beach, a mountain trail, or pick a specialty ride that caters to dad’s unique interests. Some of the best outfitters include Urban Horseman and Yes U Can Ranch. Yes U Can Ranch specializes in getting riders of nearly every age and ability on horseback—which means little ones and those with special needs can ride off into the sunset.

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Ziplining is phenomenal in southern California and a great way to see the famous landscape from a new angle. Surprisingly, ziplining is safe and accessible to almost every age, weight and ability. Try out Skull Canyon Zipline or Action Zipline Tours. Get an adrenaline rush before brunch, and really work up an appetite!

Outdoor Fun

Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, is very easy to catch onto. However, if you’d prefer a lesson or group outing, connect with SUP Fitness Laguna, one of the best reviewed outfitters in the area. There are also options to rent paddle board gear at nearly every surf shop, so you can hop from beach to beach.

Pack a picnic, perhaps with local goodies, and head to Yorba National Park, Oak Canyon Nature Center or Fullerton Arboretum to celebrate dad in the heart of Mother Nature. Hiking and biking trails abound, and birders are in paradise with unique species all around. How are you celebrating dad this year?

Memorial Day at LEGOLAND

May 20th, 2016

Maybe you’ve always wanted to explore LEGOLAND, or maybe it’s long been one of your favorite southern California destinations. This Memorial Day weekend, the park is going all out with The Knights’ Tournament, the latest addition and a unique experience that’s interactive and hands-on. You choose which path you take as you scurry over moats and handpick which rides you’re up for taking.

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As you battle dragons and meet other knights, you’re fully in charge of the intensity of the experience—and the challenges. No matter your age, it’s the ultimate California adventure and Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to experience it.

LEGOLAND Adventures

It’s understandable that you can’t see it all and do it all at this park in just one day, which is why the spring special is: buy one day, get four free! It’s perfect for that long weekend you have scheduled at the best Anaheim hotel. Ninjago the Ride also opens in May, and The Lego Movie in 4D is playing, so you can catch a break between adventures.

The Waterpark will keep you cool as the weather heats up, and the Sea Life Aquarium is a great spot to meet new friends from under the sea. Where will your first stop in LEGOLAND be?

 

Register for the Disney Half!

May 18th, 2016

Is the Disneyland Half Marathon on your bucket list, whether you’re a runner, Disney lover, or both? If so, register right now to make sure you get a bib! It’s also a good idea to make your Anaheim hotel reservations now for the September event weekend. This race sells out every year, and if you’re planning on running the half, 10k or 5k in September, registering early guarantees you a spot in the Happiest Race on Earth.

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This year, the festivities take place September 1-4, and Mickey and Goofy are your hosts. A slew of Disney characters also make appearances, both pre- and post-race as well as along the route. For the half marathon runners, the course takes you right into the heart of Main Street, U.S.A. in the park, then leads you into the Anaheim streets.

A Run for Your Money

Not everyone who attends this beloved Disneyland race is a runner. Spectators outnumber runners by quite a bit! Whether you’re cheering on a loved one or simply want to stop by for the fun, festivities and the food, it’s an event you don’t want to miss. Special treats, live entertainment, and photo opportunities abound.

If you’re on the fence, know that 2016 is slated to be the best race yet, with a number of surprises up Mickey’s sleeve to make it extra special.

Catalina Island Day Trip

May 10th, 2016

May is the perfect month for a Catalina day trip. Just 22 miles from the shores of Malibu, sheer paradise awaits (as if southern California’s mainland isn’t paradise enough!). This quaint, charming, Mediterranean-style town has incredible dining, pampering and nightlife. Avalon and Two Harbors are the two hot spots that really come to life at night, perfect for wining, dining and dancing.

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Catch a movie at the Avalon Theater, or slip into your dancing shoes for the Descanso Beach Club. The Island Spa will treat you right with the Sea Oxygen De-Age treatment using pure white algae, white wine, copper, and white tea to detox your body and refresh your mind. Their classic facial treatments, anti-aging treatments, and brow perfectors pair perfectly with massages.

A Slice of Paradise

Camping and boating, including “primitive camping,” lets you truly get away from it all. Boat-in camping sites, mooring sites, guided camping trips, and the ability to really go off the grid on your own are all possible on Catalina. Blackjack Campground is Catalina’s highest peak and offers incredible views of the terrain and ocean.

You can go ziplining, golfing on an 18-hole course, take a scenic tour, or board a glass-bottom boat. Where will Catalina take you?

Treat Mom this Mother’s Day

May 1st, 2016

Anaheim is rich with brunch, breakfast and dinner options to treat mom like royalty, but where will you start? For many, Mother’s Day weekend will kick off with a trip to Disneyland where every single restaurant will have special treats just for her. Plus, there are free flowers throughout the park, and it’s the perfect excuse for the queen of your family to hob knob with princesses for photo opportunities.

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Make reservations at Andrea’s Restaurant on Pelican Hill, a luxe eatery that still has a casual vibe. The intimate banquettes, outdoor terrace with ocean views, and house-crafted cocktails are sure to delight. The appetizer menu features seasonal soups, octopus, seared scallops, and shaved veggie salads with a caramelized dressing. Homemade pasta, fresh seafood and homemade gelato helped make Andrea’s famous.

Make Mom Melt

The Canaletto Ristorante Veneto in Newport Beach, close to Fashion Island, is an Italian mouthful (of flavor). If its sister restaurant in the Venetian has snagged your heart, you’ll be in heaven here. Barrel-shaped ceilings and a romantic atmosphere, along with reasonable prices, make this restaurant a top pick. Begin with fresh oysters, swordfish, or a memorable pizza. Grass-fed veal, clam pasta, and risotto helped put this eatery on the map.

Whether it’s a decadent brunch or a family-friendly dinner you have in mind, Anaheim has all the options you can imagine for a Mother’s Day to remember.