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OC Music Scene – Laguna Beach Music Festival

February 12th, 2015

Music FestivalOrange County has a long list of exciting and fun festivals throughout the year. This weekend, enjoy one of the many festivals that makes our area so great. The Laguna Beach Music festival is four days full of beautiful performances and great musicians blending beautiful and artful classical music with lively contemporary music. Renowned musicians and future stars from our very own area come together to give performances like you have never seen or heard before. Enjoy a variety of music styles from around the world and form each continent in intimate settings and larger venues.

The music begins Thursday evening with wine and hors d’oeuvres as you ming with the musicians and get a taste of the music that is to come throughout the weekend. Friday kicks off the concerts and events. Offering a number of concerts each day and a variety of outreach performances to include Los Angeles Guitar Quartet as well as a performance for kids there is fun waiting for the whole family.

Check the Laguna Beach Music Festival website for the schedule of event. Some performances require reservations due to limited seating so be sure to call ahead of time. Nightly performances have tickets that are available for advance purchase. Tickets, information and much more is all online.

Explore OC On a Budget

January 30th, 2015

OC on a BudgetWith the cost of living on the rise, it is hard to travel these days without breaking the bank. Here at Best Western Park Place Inn and Mini Suites, we understand you work hard for your money that is why we give you the best rates with top notch service. We appreciate that you choose us to be your Anaheim hotel when you are in the area. We also want you to enjoy all that there is to offer here in Orange County which is why we have a few suggestions of things to do that won’t leave a hole in your wallet. Explore OC on a budget without missing out on the fun and excitement.

Enjoy an afternoon hitting some of the iconic spots in Southern California. Huntington Beach Pier has unbelievable sunset views along with great people watching. While you are in the area, head over to Main Street and get caught up in the atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else. Take a tour of Angels Stadium. Get a chance to see behind the scenes and view the dugout, visitor’s clubhouse, press box and more.

Soak up the sun and get fresh air as you experience some of the amazing parks that Orange County has to offer. With over 40,000 acres of open space you can take a hike, go for an adventurous ride on a mountain bike or get a spectacular view from 400 feet in the air with a balloon ride at Great Park. Explore history as you cruise across the harbor on the Balboa Island Ferry. The ferry has been transporting passengers since 1919 and is still going strong. Orange County is full of exciting things to do and the best part, many of them are budget friendly.

Whale Watching Cruise

January 21st, 2015

Whale Watching CruiseIf you have not seen whales up close and personal, now is your time. Dana Point is the perfect day trip to do a little whale watching and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Orange County’s coast line. With several outfits offering whale watching cruises you can find the perfect whale watching cruise to fit your schedule and budget.

Dana Warf has a number of cruse options and also has package deals to suit your interest. Davey’s Locker has been touring visitors for over 40 years. Proudly, they claim the most sightings for a whale watching cruise. Newport Landing Whale Watching invites their guests on a 65 foot ship that has not only indoor and outdoor seating but also a sun deck upstairs to give you the optimal viewing angle.

No matter your whale watching cruise guide, you are sure to have an enjoyable and memorable time with your family at Dana Point. Bring your camera and get ready for memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t pass up this opportunity to view marine life up close and personal. After your excursion, relax and get a good night’s sleep right here at Best Western PLUS Park Place Inn and Mini Suites. We look forward to treating you like family and rolling the red carpet out as we make you feel at home while you are away from home.

Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland

January 15th, 2015

Star Wars Half Marathon At DisneylandThe marathons aren’t over just yet. This weekend is the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend. With fun for all ages, this is the perfect weekend event for the family.

The fun begins with a character-filled welcome party. Buy your tickets today for the Wookie Welcome Party featuring a dessert reception, special admission to select rides and your favorite characters. Both Star Wars characters and classic Disney characters will be in attendance. Hop on Space Mountain without a line and Star Tours (Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster) to add to the fun.

Races are each day beginning Friday morning with the Star Wars 5K. Saturday at 5:30 am is the Star Wars 10 K followed by the Kids Races at 9:00 am. Sunday morning’s Star Wars Half Marathon closes out the events for the weekend. While all races are sold out, there is still room for spectators and members of the ChEAR Squad. Sign up online and get more information about the ChEAR Squad at .

The races are set rain or shine so grab your posters, Mickey ears and line the race route to cheer on the runners.

You won’t find a hotel closer than us. We are proud to not only be your Disneyland Hotel, but your closest spot to Disneyland Park and all of the fun that awaits you this weekend.

Healthy Restaurants in Anaheim

January 9th, 2015

Healthy Restaurants In AnaheimTraveling can put a kink in your normal routine. For those of you who made a new year resolution to eat healthy, exercise and lose weight, there is no need to cave just because you are traveling. Enjoy some of the healthy restaurants in Anaheim as an alternative to fast food.

OC Poultry & Rotisserie Market can’t be beat. With everything from lemongrass steak to mango smoothies, they have something to fit every palate at this hot spot. If you want a sandwich, be ready for the loads of deliciousness that is stuffed inside. Enjoy a tasty Greek salad or flavorful kabobs from Paradise Garden Grill. This Mediterranean delight is arguably one of the healthiest places around. Junk Bar and Healthy Junk are sister establishments that both deliver a powerful flavor punch. Junk Bar has organic beer and wines which you don’t see very often. You can still have an adult beverage if you are looking to maintain that hour glass figure of yours. Healthy Junk has some of the freshest food in Orange County. Their food includes organic ingredients and they offer gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options on their menu.

If you aren’t visiting Disney and meeting your steps per day quota with walking all over the park, we a pool that is calling your name. Take a short swim to get in your exercise and work of some extra calories. Don’t worry about the weather, our pool is heated!

Ring In 2015 At Disneyland

December 31st, 2014

DisneylandIt is time to ring in the new year. While 2014 has been a great ride with lots of memories, we look forward to 2015 and all that it has in store. If you are looking for good family, friendly fun on New Years Eve, look no further. Disneyland is just the spot for you this year. Ring in 2015 at Disneyland with your favorite Disney characters in one of the most magical places on earth. Providing plenty of entertainment for its visitors, you won’t be disappointed in the excitement that surrounds you.

Enjoy fireworks at 9am for the east coast crowd and another show at midnight to ring in the new year. Dance parties at Tomorrowland Terrace, the holiday lights throughout the park, an ongoing Christmas parade down Main Street, falling snow, midnight countdown over the Rivers of America and so much more.  Cast members will even be handing out noisemakers, hats and other party favors to add to the atmosphere.

Disneyland is a very popular place, especially around holidays. We suggest you get to the park early to ensure you are granted entrance. The park has been known to stop entry to maintain a safe number of visitors inside the park at one time.

Newport’s Annual Boat Parade

December 17th, 2014

It is time for Newport’s Annual Boat Parade this holiday season. If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy this delightful holiday tradition, we invite you to grab a friend or family member and head out to Bay Island Channel for Deck the Hulls With Bows of Jolly. The fun lasts through the 21st so you have several nights to join in the fun.Newport's Annual Boat Parade

This annual tradition is a favorite among locals and many look forward to it all year. Parading along the coast line of the inlet as well as Balboa Island and Lido Isle, there are plenty of spots for you to get a good seat. The parade begins at 6:30 pm and lasts all the way to 9:00 pm. It is the highlight of the season and residents come from all over to get a glimpse at the magical show so expect a crowd. Bring some Christmas music, a blanket and some warm apple cider and kick back to boats of all shapes and sizes lit up in holiday cheer.

The parade route is located on the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade website. You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair or other seating to get comfortable as you enjoy the festivities. This is the event of the season. Don’t miss out!

 

Food Truck Fare

December 7th, 2014

Food Truck FareYour last chance to enjoy a variety of food truck deliciousness is here! The OC Fair & Event Center are hosting the last days of the Food Truck Fare for this year. Before we head into the new year we are kissing 2014 fun goodbye.

Head out to the OC Fair & Event Center this week and eat your way through the fun and festivities. Wednesday evening from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm the food trucks will gather with all of the delectable goodness they can carry. For those 21 and over, there will also be a cash bar so you can have a brew with your food. Thursday is the last food truck gathering so be sure to stop by at lunch and taste a little of everything. The food trucks will be out this Thursday for their final encore from 11 am until 2 pm.

Entry to the Food Truck Fare is free to everyone. For offerings and trucks that will be at the Food Truck Fare head over to ocfair.com or follow the OC Fair and Events Center on Twitter (@ocfair) or Facebook (OCFair).

Try a little something from each truck and let us know your favorite.

The Anaheim Ducks

November 20th, 2014

Anaheim DucksIts fall which means one thing… its hockey season!!! And there is no better way to enjoy the fall hockey season than to get in on the action at an Anaheim Ducks hockey game. That’s right, you can see the Ducks live and in action at any one of their home games right here in Anaheim. The Ducks play at the Honda Center just down the road and you are sure to have a great time.

Tonight the Ducks play the Canucks and it is an away game but head on over to The Market Place and enjoy the tree lighting ceremony and then stick around for the watch party. With Two giant LED screens, complimentary popcorn and plenty of food specials what’s not to miss?!

Check out the season schedule on the Anaheim Ducks’ website where you can find more information as well as purchase tickets. If you are in town for a game, let us be your Anaheim Ducks hotel. Visit our specials page for upcoming deals and let us be your chosen Anaheim hotel. Our goal is to make you feel at home away from home. With relaxing and comfortable rooms, top notch service and a prime location, we promise to stand out among the rest and be your go to Anaheim hotel.

Quick Tips for Halloween Safety

October 31st, 2014

 

tips for Halloween safetyIts Halloween which means that while you will be out trick-or-treating, the ghosts and witches will be flying around. Be safe this weekend with these quick tips for Halloween safety.

  1. Make sure costumes don’t drag the ground as they can be a tripping hazard.
  2. Check costumes to make sure there are no sharp edges or points sticking out. You cold injure another trick-or-treater just by bumping into them.
  3. If your costume contains any weapons, be sure they could not be mistaken for actual weapons.
  4. Be polite and walk on the sidewalks and not through landscaping and yards.
  5. Do not enter a house or a car for a treat. Stay where you are in sight of your group.
  6. Do not trick-or-treat alone. Always have a friend, parent or group with you.
  7. Carry a cell phone for emergencies.
  8. Flashlights and/or glow sticks are a good idea to keep yourself visible to drivers. Reflective tape on your costume is another alternative.
  9. Sort through candy before eating any. Inspect your loot and discard any candy that is unwrapped or looks questionable.
  10. Ration your gatherings over the next week or so. Too much candy can cause a big belly ache.
 

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