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North Gate of the City of Anaheim

December 5th, 2017

 

Located at 775 Anaheim Boulevard and North Street, this is the original town site of Anaheim. During its heyday, it was enclosed by a “living fence” comprised of willow trees which did a fantastic job of keeping livestock out. This gate is one of four that aided in travel back and forth to the north. While the actual gate no longer exists, the space remains a living testament to Anaheim’s history and is a gorgeous historic stop.

Visitors will find a historical marker set into a stone, marked HMZ2u. Use #HMZ2U when visiting, and share photos of your trip on social media. It’s a brief stop without any major signage, interpretive signs or a visitor’s center, which makes it a fast bucket list item for many travelers.

Anaheim’s History

The city was founded in 1857 and was originally made up 1,165 acres. The original name was “Annaheim,” in reference to the Santa Ana River. “Heim” means “home” in German. Over the years, the name naturally progressed. However, there are still hints of the rich German immigrant population that helped shape Anaheim into what it is today.

Fifty German families founded the town, which was incorporated in 1876. Throughout the decades, after splitting off from Los Angeles County, Anaheim remained largely rural until recent years. When Disneyland opened in the 1950s, that’s when suburban sprawl began and the rest is history—history that’s readily available for travelers visiting during their stay.

 

Magical Thanksgiving Feasts

November 20th, 2017

 

Three places are famously open on Thanksgiving Day in Anaheim: Theme parks, plenty of restaurants and a lot of pubs. One of the most popular picks for holiday cuisine is Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knott’s Berry Farm. For less than $30 per person, you can enjoy a lavish and traditional feast. However, tables do fill up quickly, so you’ll want to make your reservations soon.

Disneyland is also open, as are all park restaurants, but a few are particularly well-known for their Thanksgiving dishes. The showstopper is the Fall Harvest Buffet in the Grand Ballroom at Disneyland Hotel. The classic meal includes roasted turkey, beef and ham, salads, mashed potatoes and other favorite sides, as well as a mouthwatering dessert station. It’s spendy at $79.99 for adults, but well worth it.

Dig In at Disneyland Park

Throughout the park, you’ll find themed specials like the Carnation Café’s oven-roasted turkey breast with bourbon gravy, sweet cornbread stuffing and homemade pumpkin pie. Duck into the Plaza Inn for a slow-roasted turkey and gravy dish with apple thyme dressing on the side. The River Belle Terrace also features turkey and all the trimmings, while the French Market is known for their cornbread and apricot stuffing, smashed potatoes and juicy cuts.

At the Blue Bayou, you’ll get a Cajun twist with turkey roulade complete with truffle stuffing, cognac turkey gravy and pumpkin crème brulee for dessert. Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante dishes up seasonal tamales with unique turkey twists. Get ready for the most delicious holiday spread of your life—the only question is, where do you start?

 

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

November 14th, 2017

 

You don’t need to be a fan of Tricky Dick to enjoy the exhibits and special events at this unique Anaheim landmark. The new museum and library is open to the public, and 1,600 newly released pages of Warren “Bill” Gulley’s documents from the White House Central Files are on display. The events described in these pages include visits by President Nixon and the First Family. Also in 2017, the library released 29,600 pages of Jeffrey Donfeld’s White House Central Files materials.

Another set of declassified materials, including 5,000 pages previously dubbed as strictly classified, detail President Nixon’s Brief, archives on Vietnam and the Middle East, and much more. Special programming just for kids include photo galleries, transcripts and audio of speeches (including Moon Landing and Silent Majority), White House tapes and of course kid-friendly exhibits on Watergate.

A Presidential Welcome

Within the museum, countless permanent exhibits ensure you’ll need more than one trip to see it all. Get acquainted with the museum at Orientation Theater, then move into the Wave of Change exhibit showcasing curved walls and a smorgasbord of sights and sounds that bring landmark events to life. A replica of the Oval Office immerses guests in how President Nixon spent his working days, and the Vietnam War exhibit is one of the most impressive in the country.

Of course, the Watergate exhibit is one of the most popular, and the Farewell Speech and Departure exhibit puts guests inside 1974’s Army One. Head Back to the Beginning and Early Years to get a glimpse into Nixon’s beginnings.

Which exhibit will you explore first?

Irvine Park Railroad

November 4th, 2017

 

Discover family fun galore at Irvine Park Railroad, where hiking, games of horseshoe, pony rides and horse rentals, bike rentals and of course train rides guarantee a fun day of thrills. The sprawling park is also home to the Orange County Zoo, and you’ll often find volleyball games taking place on grassy lawns and sandy areas.

 

Two restaurants, the Train Station Snack Bar and Lakeside Station Snack Bar, offer a variety of treats and goodies to keep energy levels high. Catering is also available for special events, such as weddings. Dig into scrumptious all-natural burgers, chili cheese nachos or fries, chicken nuggets, burritos and other favorites.

Planning Your Visit

With charcoal pits around the area, a large pavilion, meadows and moon bounce rentals available, it’s the perfect destination for your next event. A variety of natural venues, both covered and uncovered, allow for parties of all sizes. Whether you’re planning a wedding, quinceañera, family reunion or other event, work with the Irvine Park staff to create a memorable gathering.

Rentals are $250-$500 depending on the location and party size. You can also purchase everything necessary to fire up one of the complimentary BBQs around the park. For outdoor fun, Irvine Park has you covered.

 

The Race is On!

November 1st, 2017

 

November is prime race season throughout Southern California, whether you’re ready for your first 5k or you want to take on a marathon or ultra. Before the holidays are in full swing, challenge yourself at the Friends of La Serna 5k race in nearby Whittier. Now in its 20th year, the race benefits a local school and gives $500 scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Sign up for the November 11th event and get a healthy head start on your New Year’s resolutions.

The Calabasas Classic Run on November 12th takes racers through the famous streets of the stars. The race turns 21 this year, and proceeds benefit the Community Center Alliance. Help support activities, programs and services while getting a peek at some of the most famous houses in the area.

Beat Your PR

The Long Beach Veteran’s Day 5k and 10k on November 11th is a popular event where participants take to the scenic bike path and enjoy ocean views while helping to raise funds and awareness for those who served. Registration is just $20 if you sign up early, and it’s the perfect option for beginners and competitive racers alike.

Check out the Thanksgiving Weekend Marathon, also in Long Beach, on November 26th and burn off that holiday dinner. With a full marathon, half, 15k, 10k and 5k option, there’s truly a route for everyone. You’ll want to sign up early for this event—it’s a turkey of a good time!

 

Discovery Cube

October 29th, 2017

 

Part of the Discovery Science Foundation, the Cube is where science meets fun. It’s the perfect destination for a family outing, and if you’re traveling with little ones in Anaheim you won’t want to miss out on all the exhibits, galleries and hands-on experiences. The “Helicopter tour” lets guests explore a real helicopter, from the cockpit to the blades, while the Science of Hockey lets athletes dig deeper into a beloved sport.

Check out Bubblefest and learn the science behind making bubbles, or take an Inspector Training Course and get an inside peek into a challenging, fun and outdoor career. Healthy Kitchen takes kid’s cooking to another level while Mission Control puts visitors in the driver’s seat of an exciting mission to space.

What Will You Discover?

Summer camps, after school workshops, Homeschool Days and more programs are offered throughout the year so educators and parents can find the perfect program for their kids. Sleepovers and birthday parties (or any kind of party!) are also an option if you want a one of a kind, science-centric experience. Contact Discovery Cube and start planning your special event today.

When visiting during regular hours, the Cube is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Some spooky science exhibits will be popping up in October, and as always the Showcase Theater offers unique movies and shorts throughout the day. Discover more in the O.C.

Exodus Escape Room

October 7th, 2017

 

Do you have the skills and nerve to get out of an Exodus Escape Room in time? This fun, group event demands critical thinking skills, teamwork, and plenty of bravery. Choose from three rooms, grab a date or your favorite group, and get a unique thrill this haunting season at Anaheim’s biggest challenge yet. Book online, and if you want to get in on Halloween, book early!

Exodus, the namesake room, is where you’ll find a pharaoh who’s out to get you. Can you work as a team and put together a plan lead by clues to get out in time? Perfect for smaller groups of 2 – 4 people, you can take on this room with just one other person. What better way to bond?

One Room, One Hour

Masquerade Manor places you in a stunning party, but there are clues to be uncovered. Not everything is as it seems, and you’ll have to comb through physical objects to find your way out. Rated as “hard difficulty,” it’s for groups of 4 – 8 and provides plenty of thrills that will keep you on your toes until the party ends.

Sherlock’s Study is customizable for groups of 2 – 8, but you’ll need your best investigational skills to make it out. Everything appears chaotic, but there are clues peppered throughout. Partner up with Holmes to undo a mystery like no other.

Yorba Regional Park

September 25th, 2017

 

Located at 7600 E. La Palma in Anaheim, Yorba Regional Park is one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in Anaheim. Open from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. in the summer (and 6 p.m. in the autumn), it’s a short drive from your guest room and parking is just $3 weekdays and $5 on weekends. With a day-use park just over one mile long and spanning 140 acres, tucked against the Santa Ana Canyon, this gorgeous slice of southern California is perfect for any outdoor adventure.

Enjoy the river setting and the rich historic area for hiking, biking, picnicking and much more. It’s the official Orange County bicentennial project where names like Yorba, Dominguez and Peralta were common in history. Designed for family fun, there are over 400 picnic tables in the park, many featuring permanent shaded structures.

The Great Outdoors

Take advantage of the four lakes with streams, ideal for fishing and model boat sailing. The Santa Ana River Trail connects with various bike trails in the park, culminating in a 20-mile stretch all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Enjoy playgrounds and maintained restrooms throughout Yorba Regional Park. Seven group shelters are available to rent for special occasions. From the physical fitness course to 200 barbeques, horseshoe pits to baseball diamonds, the options at this lush destination are endless.

Christ Cathedral

September 22nd, 2017

 

Explore this standout architectural and spiritual destination near downtown Anaheim Monday – Saturday with a self-guided or docent-led tour. Located at 13280 Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove, there are 32 beautiful acres with a variety of buildings including Christ Cathedral, Cathedral Cultural Center, as well as gardens and an on-site cemetery. With 55 volunteer docents, private groups of 15+ can schedule a personalized tour. Otherwise, complimentary tours take place throughout the day and last around 40 minutes.

Visit the cathedral grounds from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. Sundays are reserved for a day of worship at this now-Catholic institution, although all faiths are welcome to the services. When it was first built in 1980, “Crystal Cathedral” was designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee as a sort of religious theater. Enclosed in glass, Rev. Robert Schuller had a big say in its design, wanting his evangelical televised church to “be open to the sky and surrounding world.”

A California Beauty

Today, the Cathedral’s main sanctuary seats 3,000 people. Currently under renovation (but open during construction), the big reveal is slated for 2018. With the star-shaped plan and a modified Latin cross plan on the campus, the architects have been challenged to create such an angular construction.

There are more than 10,000 mirrored glass panes that are created to withstand an 8.0 earthquake and wind speeds up to 100 mph. From the carillon with 52 bells to the ability to hold 1,000 singers and performers, it’s truly an Anaheim marvel everyone has to see to believe.

 

Best Burger Joints

September 12th, 2017

 

Getting ranked as a best burger destination in Southern California is no easy task. Glee Donuts and Burgers offers two all-American favorites. Try the Holy Mole Burger with guacamole, jalapenos and Swiss cheese with two patties and house dressing. The Soft Shell Crab Burger highlights the Pacific’s seafare, and of course dessert with a cronut, apple fritter or Tiger Tail donut is the sweet ending you crave.

At Burger Theory, they have burgers down to a science. House burgers include the Philly with grilled peppers, onions and jack cheese, The Boss is two patties with loads of bacon and sharp cheddar melted along with Swiss cheese. Get the parmesan panko onion rings as a side for a double whammy of goodness.

Flippin’ Awesome

The Blind Rabbit is an upscale restaurant, speakeasy and bar known for “The Burger.” Grab some bone marrow appetizers before diving into the half-pound monster with gruyere cheese, a fried egg, caramelized onion, bacon aioli truffle greens and tater tots on the side. Alternatively, the Buffalo Chicken Sliders on a pretzel roll with Pepper Jack and house pickles makes for a tangy dish.