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Spend Valentine’s Day at Disney

February 4th, 2016

Romance is all around, and there’s nothing like celebrating Valentine’s Day at Disneyland. Historically, there are shorter lines in February than any other month of the year, so you can count on an intimate outing with your loved ones. The Downtown Disney District has different special events, all love-themed of course, throughout the month and especially on the big day itself. However, this V-Day is right before President’s Day, so many travelers will be making the most of their three-day weekend.

Nothing pairs with the adrenaline rush of a thrill ride like some fine dining. Luckily, Disneyland has gourmet fare down to an art. Go to the Alfresco Tasting Terrace, one of the few bars in the park where the views are phenomenal and the setting is romantic. The Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue is a favorite for couples and families who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.

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The Perfect Evening

Carnation Cafe is a sweet spot for a snack, brunch, or to indulge in desserts. Try Carthay Circle Lounge, another restaurant serving adult beverages, for light bites in a cozy setting. Cove Bar is another prime choice, where romance blossoms and the cocktails are divine.

Fantasmic! dining packages are always a great idea so you can enjoy dinner and a show in one fell swoop. When you think romance this year, think Disney—it’s where fairytales come true!

 

 

Super Bowl Watch Parties

February 1st, 2016

Traveling during the big game? Don’t panic—there are plenty of top notch bars near Anaheim where you can eat, drink, and enjoy the game on massive screens. Malarky’s Irish Pub is an institution in Orange County and has long been one of the best hot-spots to watch the Super Bowl. It’s been a local tradition since 1977, featuring an impressive lunch and dinner menu specializing in burgers. Open from 7:30am until 2am, complete with free Wi-Fi, it’s an easy choice for a great time.

There’s also Blackie’s By the Sea, featuring an oceanfront view that just might compete with the game! Located in Fullerton, it’s a beloved Newport Beach hangout where you’re treated like a local (in all the right ways!). With 15 TVs including 42-inch plasma and LCD options, you won’t miss out on any of the action. The beer is cold, and the food is fantastic.

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Fans Unite

At The Cellar in Fullerton, you’ll be in the midst of the trendiest part of town. This sophisticated bar was crafted by the same designers who made Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride. There are celebrity spottings regularly here, and the perfection is in the details—from the décor to the cocktails.

Finally, check out Joe Jost’s in Long Beach, a tavern staple in town since 1934, famous for the all-beef sausages and rye sandwiches. The Super Bowl parties here are legendary! The freshly roasted peanuts and pickled eggs pair perfectly with the big game.

 

 

Every Day is Taco Tuesday in Anaheim!

January 22nd, 2016

It doesn’t matter if it’s Monday, Saturday, Wednesday or, of course, Tuesday. Every day can be Taco Tuesday in Anaheim, where some of the best, most authentic Mexican food is available (often times 24 hours a day!). Take a taco tour and choose your favorite. Start the journey at the Little Caboose Taco Shop where cheap eats, cold drinks, and unlimited tacos are offered. Next up is Taco Boy, open at 8am for early birds or anyone who knows tacos are for more than just lunch and dinner.

Chronic Tacos lets you build your own tacos so if you don’t want sour cream, love extra guac, or want to mix chicken with steak, your wish is their command. Rubio’s is a local chain famous for fish tacos, breakfast tacos, and every other kind of taco in between.

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Close to the Border

Taco Jr’s is a favorite for college students, located on State College Boulevard and opens at 9am for unique breakfast taco options. Wahoo’s Fish Tacos has a Brazilian and Asian twist. When it comes to Mexican street food, Anaheim is the next best thing to crossing the border.

Head to Taco San Pedro for “hole in the wall” done right, or Tacos Xalos for fresh eats the college students love. Which taco is going to be your new amore?

Charter a Boat in Anaheim

January 20th, 2016

In Southern California, any time of year is boating season! However, there’s nothing like chartering your very own outing, whether it’s for a business meeting, family getaway, or just you and your other half. Call Surf City Boat Rentals for affordable and customizable packages, whether you want a boat by the hour, for half a day, a full day, or even longer. Setting sail has never been so easy!

Check out Prince Charters Ltd. for the VIP treatment. There’s a wide selection of vessels to choose from, and each captain is skilled, knowledgeable, and knows how to host a great time for all. At Pelican Joe Bay Boat Rentals, Inc., you can enjoy the expertise that a reputable boat company offers including a selection of amenities and boat features.

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Come Sail Away!

Setting sail has never looked so good, especially when you have Charter Yachts of Newport Beach on your side. This top rated company is a popular wedding venue, but is also a must for anyone looking for a luxury outing. Only the best yachts and boats are featured, so you can cruise like a Hollywood celebrity.

Newport Beach Sailing Charters is another prime choice, as is Admiral Yacht Charters. No matter the party size or boat preference, you can sail at ease knowing premium charters are readily available.

 

Best Disney Destinations

January 7th, 2016

Disneyland is aptly named—it’s an entire land of enchantment, fun and entertainment! Narrowing down what you want to do at the Anaheim Disney attractions can be challenging, and it’s easy to miss out on some incredible adventures, even if you’re a seasoned Disney vet. For little ones who love animals, don’t miss out on the Big Thunder Ranch Petting Zoo at Frontierland, where you can get up close and personal with some cuddly, lovable critters.

When riding the Disneyland Railroad, (an obvious must!) ask if you can sit in the tender seat. If you’re lucky, you’ll be escorted beyond security to the very front where there are tiny, hidden seats yours for the taking! The same goes for the Mark Twain Riverboat—simply ask and you’ll probably be able to steer it!

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A Not So Small World

Immediately when the park opens, head over to Main Street Station and get a reservation for the Lilly Belle train car. Named after Walt’s wife, it’s incredibly decorated and fills up fast. Get your name in first and you’ll feel like the real Belle (or Cinderella…or Ariel…) of the ball.

When in the Mad Hatter gift shop, feel free to check yourself out in the mirrors. The Cheshire Cat just might appear. There are endless surprises to be found at Disneyland. What’s first on your list?

 

Hot Air Balloon Options

January 3rd, 2016

Equally romantic and exhilarating, hot air ballooning is a chance to see the world from a brand new perspective. In Anaheim there are many options to check out the beaches, Disneyland, and more from the cloudless blue skies. Try The Great Park Balloon Ride, one of the most established and popular companies in Anaheim, conveniently departing just a few miles from Park Place Inn and Mini Suites. The front desk staff can help with reservations and transportation.

There’s also Full of Hot Air Balloon Company, offering a variety of customization options. If you want to pop the question when you’re sky high, schedule a small company retreat in an out-of-this-world mini conference center, or surprise a friend with the ultimate birthday getaway, this company is a great option.

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Up, Up and Away!

Orange County Great Park Balloon is a top rated company and has a little added safety measure for those who are afraid of heights. Each balloon is tethered securely to the ground, offering a great boost of support for children or anyone who wants to stick a little closer to solid surfaces.

Call Los Angeles Hot Air Balloons to personalize your tour and make this Anaheim vacation a trip to remember. What’s wrong with having your head in the clouds anyway?

 

Heavenly Holiday Desserts that are Sinfully Good

December 9th, 2015

Cookies and pies and cakes, oh my! By far, one of the best parts of the holidays is all those heavenly desserts—and that’s exactly what the Heavenly Holiday Desserts festival brings to Anaheim by the pie crust-full! From November 22 through November 23, you can learn baking techniques and try the most decadent of desserts featuring seasonal flavors. Chocolate, pumpkin, peppermint, cloves, cinnamon, and more come together thanks to the Cooking Schools of America located at 3309 Hyland Avenue in Costa Mesa.

The Chef Instructor is on hand to walk you through making your own sinfully good treats. From homemade ganache to cupcakes to die for, all the secrets for a wicked dessert will be revealed. Of course, there’s plenty of time for tasting from the experts, too. Indulge in chocolate peppermint bars, pumpkin gingerbread cupcakes, and brandied pear galette.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

For just $65, you’ll learn how to make the flakiest of pie crusts, and sample some of the most extraordinary pies imaginable. It’s the ultimate way to kick off Thanksgiving week, and you’re sure to get a few ideas for your own holiday gathering.

On both days, the event takes place from noon until 3pm. Make reservations online, or by calling 714-453-2665. Your friendly Park Place Inn & Mini Suites can help with reservations and directions.

Can You Solve the Mystery at the Dinner Detective Mystery Show?

December 9th, 2015

Join the biggest interactive award-winning murder mystery dinner in the country during your Anaheim stay! Both public and private shows are available around the US, but Southern California remains one of the most popular comedic-seasoned of all. Stories are always set in the present day, unlike your parents’ murder mystery shows. There aren’t any goofy costumes, bad dialogue, or cheesy songs. Performers look just like you—so you can’t tell who’s part of the show and who’s along for the ride.

Many times, guests are seated right with performers. All seems to be going swimmingly, until someone at your table dies! Don’t worry, the on-site detectives are at the ready to interview everyone, find clues, and solve the mystery. If you’re one of the Top Sleuths, you’ll get a prize at the end of the night, but everyone walks away with some great memories.

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Whodunnit at Dinner

The price is $59.95 per person, and tickets can be reserved online or by calling 866-496-0535. Located at 1325 East Dyer Road in Santa Ana, your murder mystery dinner is a short drive away and reservations (ahem, tickets) are readily available in advance. Why not plan for your next Southern California expedition to have a little mystery, a little intrigue, and maybe even a death or two?

Ask your local front desk staff for help with reservations, and prepare for the most exciting dinner of your life!

See Red Moon Road with Ric Taylor

December 9th, 2015

The Living Tradition, a non-profit organization, brings Red Moon Road featuring Ric Taylor to concert November 21-22nd. Red Moon Road is one of Canada’s most beloved folk bands, with Daniel Jordan classically trained in jazz and Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner using his bilingual progressive rock training to life alongside singer Sheena Rattai. They’ve performed everywhere, from living rooms to the biggest folk stages, and offer modern music with strong folksy roots.

Red Moon Road is a trio of master storytellers, and blend perfectly with the style of Ric Taylor. In 2014, Taylor’s “Ruby Johnson” received the 2014 ASCAP Jay Gorney Memorial Award due to the message of social conscience and incredible composition. Taylor continues to rack up songwriting awards, and uses humor at times to engage with audiences.

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Tickets Selling Fast!

Buy tickets online in advance for $16, or ask your Park Place Inn & Mini Suites front desk staff for help with reservations. The venue is located at 250 E. Center Street in Anaheim, a short drive from the hotel. All events are family-friendly at the Living Tradition, which has become a staple in the downtown Anaheim community.

Check out all upcoming events, but book your Red Moon Road/Ric Taylor tickets soon as events of this caliber do sell out.

Celebrate 2016 in Anaheim!

November 20th, 2015

Few are lucky enough to ring in 2016 in Anaheim, but if you are, you’ll get the chance to celebrate like a local! Many are heading to the Annual New Year’s at Noon party, which has family-friendly fun for revelers of all ages. There’s a ginger ale toast at noon, balloon drop and non-stop dancing. The event kicks off at 11am, and reservations are being accepted now. Held at the Children’s Museum on S. Euclid in La Habra, admission is under $10 for every age group.

Another option is Orange County’s biggest bash with scores of musical acts for every taste from Jim Morrison and Elton John tribute bands to local acts. There’s also a dueling piano performance to check out alongside comedy shows. A sprawling casino, carnival rides and loads of food trucks are on site at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Tickets start at $44.

Family Fun for All!

At Great Park’s Family New Year’s Eve you can celebrate early with the kids in a safe, fun place that closes at 10pm—so you can still make an adults-only gala afterward. Enjoy dancing, carousel rides, kid-friendly activities and live music in a no-alcohol environment. Located at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, admission is free and parking is $10.

If you want a more traditional NYE, check out the annual New Year’s Eve Bash at the Wayfarer Bar on W 19th Street in Costa Mesa. This 21+ show has a $20 cover at the door, drink specials, and of course, that champagne toast at midnight.