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Keep Cool at Irvine Inline Skate

July 3rd, 2016

The best way to beat the heat near Anaheim is at Irvine Inline, an ice-skating and hockey rink with summer camps, open skate times, and all the rental equipment you need to keep your cool. Every day of the week, check out the public skate times from 2-4pm and Saturdays from 7-10pm. Admission is $5 and skate rentals are $3, making this one of the most fun and affordable ways to stay cool in July.

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If you’ll be in Anaheim for the summer and want to enroll your child or teen in summer hockey camps, they offer one week long camps beginning July 5, July 11 and August 8. For skaters and goalies alike, the price is $195 for skaters and $50 for goalies. Lunch is included in these camps that are Monday-Thursday from 9am-4pm.

Skate Like You Mean It

Kids don’t have all the fun, because adult-only pick-up times are every Friday and Sunday from 9-10:30pm. Admission is just $10 for non-members. There’s also stick time, which is available Monday through Saturday with a $5 admission. Whether you’re a newbie or you’ve been skating for years, Irvine Inline has you covered.

Ask about company retreat options, birthday parties or another custom idea!

 

Where to Watch the Fireworks in Anaheim

July 1st, 2016

Independence Day is taken seriously in Anaheim, with numerous restaurants offering specials for active-duty service members and veterans, but the fireworks are the real showstoppers. There’s Disneyland, which streams their show live at 8:50pm, but the party gets started well before the night falls! In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a DJ begins setting the mood at 5:30 and the adults-only Rockin’ Fourth of July Party kicks off at 10:30. You’ll also be treated to seeing your favorite Disney characters in patriotic costumes throughout the day.

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The annual OC Block Party stretches from 3-11pm, with the fireworks spectacular show at 9:45. It’s a food lover’s paradise where local vendors whip up special patriotic dishes to tempt you. Carnival games, merchandise vendors, live art installations and more can be found at this family-friendly event at the Angels Stadium.

Light Up the Night

Balboa Peninsula-Newport Bay’s July 4 fireworks and parade cruises are a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday. Boat parades take place at 1pm and 4pm, and you can take a tour along Newport Beach to enjoy the California sunshine. The fireworks begin at 7pm.

Enjoy a quaint fireworks show at the annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival of Fullerton. Entertainment, food and live music are on hand to keep you entertained. Most activities are free, and the fireworks begin at 9pm, lasting 20 minutes!

Raise the Steaks!

June 20th, 2016

Don’t think that all of California is healthy eating and seafood (although there’s plenty of it!). It’s also a fabulous spot for some of the best steakhouses in the country. Check out The Ranch Restaurant, which has a Wild West saloon attached in case you’re craving happy hour steak bites instead of the whole enchilada, or rib eye in this case! There’s over 53,000 square feet to explore, with ingredients and cuts coming from several California farms.

Beef steak on black stone table

Prime Cut Café is another popular pick, open for lunch and dinner with an expansive wine bar. Try their happy hour menu where the steak frites are perfectly seasoned and complement the hanger steak, which is always flawlessly prepared. A separate dessert menu featuring seasonally changing treats is the rich ending to an idyllic outing.

Good Eats

Manhattan Steak and Seafood offers a touch of the Big Apple in southern California. Go back in time to the era of supper clubs in a classy environment, where the drinks are poured strong and the dishes are on point. However, the menu is always changing, so you need to check it out every time you’re in Anaheim to see what’s new!

From the Steer Inn where you get generous portions of locally farmed cuts to the countless Japanese infusion steak houses, there are plenty of choices to find just the right cut for you.

Celebrate the First Day of Summer

June 16th, 2016

It’s officially summer, and you’re on the golden coast where (although it feels like summer year-round!), it’s an especially fantastic location to celebrate. Start your morning with a SUP or surfing lesson at one of the area’s famous beaches. Venice, Malibu and Muscle Beach are all fantastic options. Try the quintessential California roller blading along a boardwalk, and you’ll instantly be in the summer groove.

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There are more fro-yo options in California than you can shake a stick at, as well as bubble tea and gourmet ice cream. Cool off after your morning outing by stopping at Salt and Straw (a Portland, Ore. transplant), the classic local Pinkberry, or the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and treat yourself to some summer lovin’.

Easy Living

Disneyland, if you haven’t made it there yet on this trip, is full of easy living during the summertime. Book a character experience, or pamper yourself with a park spa visit. Inspired by Bali experience, the Disney Spa offers a Mandara Spa Ritual, a couples retreat, and a special sunrise 2+ hour massage experience.

There are summer solstice celebrations throughout the region, with a massive Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara (well worth the trip) with live music, a drum circle and plenty of events for the kids.

 

 

Book Your Private Dining Grad Celebration

June 12th, 2016

Are you traveling en masse with all your family and friends to celebrate a graduation this June? For larger parties, it’s a good idea to book a private dining experience. That way there’s no hassle over bill splitting or overloading wait staff, and you might even be able to customize a menu to make ordering faster and easier for all. There are many options for private dining in the Anaheim area.

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Calivino Wine Pub features beers and wines that are constantly rotating as well as an eclectic menu and gorgeous private dining options. Book your private affair (the views are complimentary), and work with the event manager to ensure this special day is perfect. There’s also The Ranch Restaurant, serving authentic American fare in a rustic environment and specializing in private dining affairs.

A Little Privacy

Club 33 epitomizes fine dining in southern California, and the Trophy Room is a beloved Disneyland favorite. If you want to visit the happiest place on earth while indulging in the best fare in California, this is it!

Try the Napa Rose, and book the long, intimate table at the rear of the restaurant for your larger party. The convenient location and private experience, without being sequestered in a separate room, make the Napa Rose a favorite choice.

Feeling Tongue “Thaid” in Anaheim?

June 2nd, 2016

The Anaheim area is home to some of the best Thai food around, starting with Fasai Thai Restaurant with classic noodle and curry dishes. Available for take-out (so you can enjoy in your spacious hotel) or dine in, their most popular items are sheer comfort food. Pick up their cream cheese wontons, orange chicken, egg rolls, and pad Thai. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are also authentic plate options with a bevy of spice levels.

Pork and cashews wrapped in Chaplo  delicious of Thaifood.

Bangkok Thai Spice Cuisine offers salads, soups, appetizers, curries, noodles, rice dishes, meat and veggie options, seafood, and endless desserts in their huge menu. Fried tofu, crispy curry, chicken satay and pad see-ew are some of their most famous dishes.

Thai Cravings

Essential Thai Cuisine says it all in the name. Original yet authentic flavors come together in this neighborhood favorite that caters to locals and tourists alike. Pick up a dinner special to enjoy in your room, or dine in and get a recommendation from the wait staff with an impeccable palate.

You & I Thai Cuisine, with its cute name and humble environment, is the perfect spot for a romantic date. Their fried wontons are the perfect starter, and the strong tea pairs perfectly with everything from noodles to curry-laden rice.

Plan Dad’s Day Out

June 2nd, 2016

Celebrate Father’s Day in Anaheim in style by getting tickets to the LA Angels vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game on June 16 at Angel Stadium. When the classic stadium was reverted to baseball-only territory once again in 2003 with a massive renovation, it became a favorite spot for baseball lovers around the world. Treat dad to some “Angel Wings,” or head to the Broken Brat Pub pre- or post-game for some drool-worthy fare.

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Tickets to the jazz and blues ensemble, Intocable, at the House of Blues on June 17 is the perfect fit for the dad who really rocks. Combine this outing with reservations at Crossroads Restaurant on site, where creole-style Jambalaya and Voodoo Shrimp are on the menu.

A Treat for Dad

Robin Trower, English singer and rock guitarist, is appearing at The Grove of Anaheim on June 17 too. Book your tickets now, including premium seating, if you really want to make this a standout holiday. Conveniently next to the Angel’s stadium, you can make this a weekend brimming with fun and entertainment.

Of course, there are also a number of top steak restaurants in town such as the Anaheim White House Restaurant and Steakhouse 55. Where will you take dad on his big day?

Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

May 12th, 2016

Now in its 58th year, the annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival takes place every Memorial Day weekend. From May 27-30, 2016, you can enjoy live entertainment and, of course, the best strawberries California produces. Friday hours are from 1pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-10pm, and Monday 10am-9pm. Veterans are honored at the festival, which is held at the Village Green between Euclid Avenue and Main Street in Garden Grove.

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Admission is free, and unlimited all-day rides are just $25. You’ll pore over historical photos, check out the Strawberry Cake Cutting Ceremony and Tiny Tots King & Queen Contest, and partake in the Strawberry Stomp 5K run. On Saturday, a VIP breakfast is held followed by the parade, celebrity autograph signings, listen to blues and rock bands, and check out the Strawberry Idol Karaoke Contest in the evening.

A Sweet Escape

The Berry, Berry Beautiful Baby Contest is held on Sunday, followed by more live bands, dance groups and a performance by Miss Garden Grove and Friends. The Redhead Roundup Contest kicks off on Monday, followed by musical groups and The Colony of the Performing Arts.

Don’t miss out on the sweetest event in southern California. Come hungry, armed with your camera, and ready to have a blast!

Register for the Disney Half Marathon

May 9th, 2016

True, the Disney Half Marathon isn’t until September, but for frequent travelers to Anaheim, the time to register is now! This fun-filled run always sells out, so it’s time to register online right now. For many runners, it’s on their bucket list and for others it’s an annual event they would never miss. It’s not just a half marathon. There’s also a 10k, Dumbo Double Dare, 5k, kids races, and more. The festivities never end, and you don’t need to be a “runner” to have a blast!

Minnie Mouse at a Hamner Springs Christmas Parade

Of course, the parties and routes are filled with your favorite characters and tons of Disney fun. This year, Mickey and Pluto are hosting the Happiest Race on Earth which winds along a magical course. You’ll see them cheering you on as you tackle the Disney California Adventure Park, conquer Main Street, U.S.A., and then make your way onto the streets of Anaheim.

Magic Course

Every year, there are different surprises and treats as you close in on the finish line. The run ends at the Disneyland Hotel, and you’re guaranteed miles of smiles and some incredible memories. This is a chip timed race with a family reunion area, featuring live entertainment, at the finish.

Event transportation is included when staying at Anaheim hotels, and you’ll get a finisher medal, event guide and Champion tech shirt. An igiftbag will also be waiting for you, as will post-race refreshments.

 

Grapes for Grads

April 28th, 2016

On May 1, head to the biggest wine festival in Anaheim to celebrate the graduates of the season! Music is provided by Magnolia Memoir, food by the Wine Gallery, and a silent auction and raffle drawing causes quite a stir each year. The biggest prize of 2016 is a one night’s stay at the Pacific Edge Hotel & Resort. Tickets are $40 per person with an advance purchase of $50 at the door.

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Located at Tivoli Too! in Laguna Beach, the event kicks off at noon and culminates at 4pm with the exciting raffle drawing. The biggest wine tasting event in the area features wines from local vineyards as well as around the world. This year representing countries include: Argentina, France, New Zealand and more!

Art and Culture

Art demos by students at the Laguna College of Art + Design will also be featured, with some pieces available for purchase. Get your tickets early, bearing in mind that at-the-door tickets are never guaranteed. You must be 21+ to attend, and planning for transportation in advance is highly recommended.

Nothing compares to wine tasting in California—especially at this biggest wine tasting extravaganza of all. Some vendors ship their wines to your door, but it’s still a good idea to leave a little extra room in your suitcase.