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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Hiking and Biking Trails

July 30th, 2015

Hiking and Biking TrailsGo take a hike. Seriously, you should go for a hike while you are visiting Anaheim. Orange County has some of the best hiking and biking trails you can find. With a number of inland trails throughout and beautiful coastline trails, you can’t find a better place to hike.

There are a few inland trails that are perfect for a family hike. Hit the beach and enjoy a few beach hikes for a relaxing and enjoyable view  Holy Jim Falls Trail is a great one to try as a family. Relatively easy, making it ideal for a family with younger family members. O’Neill Regional Park has a trail system for both intermediate and beginners. With most of the trails covered in shade, it will keep you out of the sun while you enjoy the outdoors. For beach views, check out the Bolsa Chica Slough Trail just north of Huntington Beach Pier. Offering 530 acres of marshland, enjoy a combination of both fresh water and salt water wildlife sanctuary. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park also hoffers over 40 miles of trails that wind through beautiful trees and rocky canyons.

These are just a few of the amazing hiking and biking trails around Anaheim. Get your hiking shoes on and head out to explore Orange County in a new capacity.

Fun For FREE In OC!

January 29th, 2015

Fun for Free in OCNot only do we have affordable rates but as your Anaheim hotel we want to make sure you have fun that doesn’t leave a hole in your wallet while visiting with us. Take a look below at some of the fun activities in Orange County that you can enjoy for FREE! There is nothing better than fun for free in OC.

  • Orange County Art Walks: Experience the essence of Orange County without spending a dime. Take in the fresh air, sun and a variety of local art work at your own pace.
  • Hike/Bike Orange County Parks: With over 40,000 acres of open space there is enormous opportunity to get exercise while enjoying the beautiful surroundings in Orange County.
  • Bowers Museum: Visitors get to enjoy the museum, Kidseum and activities for FREE on the first Sunday of the month. That’s coming up so don’t miss out!
  • Orange County Farmer’s Market: You can have a great time shopping for local, fresh produce, sampling delicious foods and supporting local artist as you listen to live music. One of Orange County’s many farmers markets is the perfect place to soak up the sun and take in the atmosphere of Southern California.
  • Main Street and Huntington Beach Pier: Hit a couple of Orange County’s iconic hot spots. Main Street and the beautiful Huntington Beach Pier are just a few places to see and be seen. Watch a gorgeous Southern California sunset on the pier and you will never forget it.

OC Food Truck Fare

December 15th, 2014
OC Food Truck FareOne of the Fast upcoming trends these days is food trucks and food truck festivals. Not only are these fun events but they have some surprisingly good food. Orange County is cashing in on this craze and boasting of its own OC Food Truck Fare. Bringing a number of local food trucks to one spot with atmosphere that is second to none, this is the place to be this week.
The Orange County Food Truck Fare ends this week, December 19th, so be sure to enjoy the fun while it lasts. Thursday from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm and Wednesday from 5:30 pm until 9:00 pm gives you two opportunities to have a food truck meal or two. Bringing you a number of popular local food trucks, you get the chance to try them out all at once. Wednesday evening those age 21 and up can enjoy a cash bar giving them a local brew with their local food.
Admission is free so stop by the OC Fair & Event Center at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa for great food in an awesome atmosphere. Show your support and get into the trendiness of Food Truck awesomeness. For a list of vendors and more, check out ocfair.com or follow them on Twitter (@ocfair) or Facebook (OCFair).

Food Truck Fare 2014

December 7th, 2014

Food Truck Fare 2014Orange County is bringing you the hottest trend in food, food trucks. Thats right, this Wednesday head over to the Orange County Fair & Event Center for our very own Food Truck Fare. This fun event brings you a number of local food trucks all to one venue giving you the option to eat as much as you can or would like. The Food Truck Fare 2014 is not only a great time but has some of the best food you will find in the area.

Bring your family or your friends and enjoy a variety of foods, a cash bar (for those 21 and older) and great people watching. Drawing a crowd each week, this is one of the most popular events in Orange County. The Food Truck Fare begins at 5:30 pm and the trucks don’t close down shop until 9:00 pm.

For a complete listing of trucks that will be at the event, check out ocfair.com.

If you can’t make it Wednesday, not to worry, the trucks will be back at it on Thursday. Take an out of office  lunch and grab a bite to eat from 11:00am until 2:00pm.