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Whale Watching Season Begins!

February 5th, 2017

 

Newport Beach whale watching season begins January 1 with a special $16 entry. The gray whale begins the longest major migration of all marine mammals this season, with several thousand whales migrating along Newport Beach. Returning from the Baja California lagoon through April, it’s common to see at least five whales on an average cruise.

You might also spot humpback whales, finbacks and minke whales along with many types of dolphins. Newport Bay is home to one of the largest protected areas for marine life in southern California, offering a thriving ecosystem. There are more than 15 miles of sanctuary, and marine animals know this is their sanctuary.

Get on Board

From Newport to Laguna Beach, your vessel will whisk you along the popular migration route offering the best opportunities for spotting and photographing whales and dolphins. Plus, it’s one of the most stunning areas in this part of California.

Get your tickets online or by calling 949-675-0551. This is one January tradition you won’t want to miss, especially since February is peak season for the migration back from winter. Where will your Anaheim vacation take you? If it doesn’t include a migration whale-watching tour, you’re not experiencing the real southern California.

 

It’s a Ghost Town!

November 16th, 2016

 

The Calico Ghost Town is just a short drive from your Anaheim hotel, located at 36600 Ghost Town Road in Yermo. Open every day, except Christmas, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., you can make camping reservations by calling 800-TO-CALICO, or simply stop by the Wild West mining town that’s been a tourist favorite for over 100 years. In 1881, the biggest silver strike in the state took place after 500 mines drummed up more than $20 million in just 12 years. However, in the 1890s, silver began to lose its value and Calico residents fled.

When all the miner’s left, they abandoned what was a thriving city just a few years prior. Calico became a ghost town at lightning speed, and Walter Knott (of Knott’s Berry Farm) bought the town in the 1950s. All buildings were restored and now look identical to their heyday of the 1880s. In 2005, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared Calico the official California Silver Rush Ghost Town.

You Look Like You’ve Seen a Ghost

The San Bernardino County Regional Parks system manages Calico, the ghost town that draws visitors from around the world. Find out more about the city’s history, and take in the beauty of the surrounding desert. You’ll also find contemporary restaurants, shops, and options for camping and outdoor fun around Calico. However, do keep in mind that Calico mines are dangerous, and much of the city is not handicap accessible.

Visit the Lucy Lane Museum to check out artifacts, the Maggie Mine to see a restored mine over 100 years old, and the Mystery Shack Tour where you’ll be amazed at the optical illusions. Ghost tours, gold panning and the Odessa Railroad are all waiting for you to explore, discover, and enjoy a blast from the past.

Black Star Canyon

November 6th, 2016

 

Don’t think all the stars in the L.A. area are in Hollywood! At Black Star Canyon, you can get away from the bustle of the city without having to travel far. This remote canyon in the Santa Ana Mountain Range is a watershed and popular spot for mountain bikers, hikers and star gazers.  The incredible scenery makes it irresistible for photographers and nature lovers, too.

There are still remnants of the old mining operation, including shafts, equipment and coal piles around the area. In the 1920s, a small road was built along the eastern part of the mountains, opening up the canyon to explorers. You can now access the area’s uppermost areas thanks to these early route-builders, although the roads are not maintained.

Wild Beauty

There are numerous hiking and biking trails, although the lines are blurry when it comes to what parts of the canyon are legally private. You’ll see “private property” signs, but the local sheriff’s office has confirmed that any trails are public property. It’s part of what makes the region so appealing, and helps to keep the amount of outdoor lovers at bay. Come experience what a truly quiet wild slice of the Santa Ana Mountains is like.

Many visitors ask local restaurants and diners to pack a picnic lunch for them and head for the hills for fresh hair, incredible views, and the chance to stumble upon some wildlife. With a rich history and urban legends galore, this is one part of the Wild West you don’t want to miss.

 

Orange Street Fair

September 1st, 2016

 

One of the most anticipated fairs of the year spans the entire Labor Day weekend! Created in 1973, the Orange International Street Fair was founded in Old Town Orange and now features 15 ethnic “streets” complete with 42 food and drink booths. Non-profits man each booth, and the proceeds go directly back to them. There are handmade crafts and artwork showcasing local artisans.

Check out the community booth area to meet the non-profits and find out more about their missions. The commercial section is where you’ll find a slew of companies meeting and greeting attendees. There’s a street solely for kids with plenty of games and crafts. Plus, enjoy eight stages of entertainment with local performers playing an array of international sounds.

Orange You Glad You Came?

2016 is slated to be the biggest and best year yet. Vendors are still signing up, but a few include Casa Teresa on Asian Street, OC HS of the Arts on Australian Street, the Danish American Club on Danish Street, Orange Elks on English Street, and Orange Coast Gakuen on Ginza Street.

From September 2-4, indulge in everything this sprawling fair has to offer. Located at Plaza Square Park, parking can be limited, so be prepared to walk a few blocks to the festivities. Alcohol sales close at 9 p.m. nightly.

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!

Take an LA Tour

April 8th, 2016

Whether you want an official Disney tour, winery tour, tour of stars’ homes, or a whale watching expedition, an LA-area tour is a must for anyone visiting Anaheim! A Day in LA Tours offers an eclectic mix of options, and you can choose which area of Southern California to discover or customize a private tour, seeing only what you like. The tar pits, food truck tours, and classic Hollywood are all up for grabs.

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Sunseeker Tours specializes in tours of beaches, whisking you from one golden destination to another. Learn about the thriving cultural history of each beach, be taken directly to the best food joints at each one, and spend your day sunbathing, gazing at the ocean, and never worrying about parking.

A Tour de Force

Bike Tours Hollywood ensures you get a great workout while also discovering gorgeous California. Choose from a variety of levels and time frames, so you can make sure the tour is ideal for your needs. From beginners to competitive cyclists, there’s something for everyone.

Spirit Cruises offers unforgettable boating excursions spanning from a couple of hours to an entire day. Head to Catalina, or simply cruise along the coastline to see LA from a new perspective.

Discover the Dana Point Festival of Whales

March 2nd, 2016

Every March, the Dana Point Festival of Whales gives you the opportunity to get a close look at the annual migration. On March 5th and 6th as well as the 12th and 13th, Anaheim is celebrating the 45th year of whale watching festivities with an epic two-weekend event. It’s the best time of year for whale watching in California, and tour boats are booking up fast. Schedule a two-hour tour, 8am trip special, 4pm sunset whale watch trip, 2.5 hour catamaran cruise, Ocean Institute whale watching cruise, or Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching adventure today!

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Free shuttle services are available on festival days from 10am to 4pm, with extended hours on March 5th—the day of the family-friendly parade that kicks off the celebration. Park and ride all day for free, including the water taxi service that has you migrating right along with the whales.

A Whale of a Tale

The California Gray Whale migrates to and from Mexico and Alaska, with 40-50 whales passing through Dana Point during the festival days. At the headland, 200-foot cliffs allow for a real bird’s eye view of the migration. A public trail system to the docks spans just over three miles, offering a leisurely hike for families.

Stop in to the Nature Interpretive Center to learn more about the whales, Dana Point, and local activities. It’s the best time to visit Anaheim, where you won’t be the only traveler passing through!

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?

 

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.

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.