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German Fare in Anaheim

December 10th, 2017

 

It’s no surprise that a city founded by Germans has plenty of authentic, delicious German restaurants to choose from. At Jagerhaus, you’ll find goulash, strudel, bratwurst and other German treasures all in an intimate, cozy environment. Start with the traditional fondue, and don’t forget to save room for an extra pint or two of imported beer—or one of the delectable apple crisp desserts.

At The Phoenix Club, you can enjoy special celebrations year-round including an incredible Oktoberfest if you frequently visit the area. The lively pub and dance hall is available for private rentals, and is popular during the holiday season for Christmas parties. Bavarian cuisine is scratch-made and always impressive.

Grab a Pint

Old World German Restaurant is aptly named and known for classic dishes, out of this world schnitzel and a variety of pastries. You’ll also find the biggest collection of imported German beer here, making it a favorite for special gatherings and happy hour. Head to Mattern Sausage and Meats for something a little more low-key, with a deli counter-service operation. The staff is happy to whip up a meal to-go or to take to your guest room.

Stadtgarden is known for quick pub bites and live music on the weekend. It boasts more of a party atmosphere, and has the best treats to end a night of imbibing. No matter which German destination you choose, there’s a good chance the owners and staff are descendants of the founders of Anaheim!

 

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The city was founded in 1857 and was originally made up 1,165 acres.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.

 

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?

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.