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Holiday Light Displays in Anaheim

December 1st, 2016

 

There are many places to enjoy the holiday lights in Anaheim, but having an insider’s guide gives you a major advantage. Beyond Disneyland and the famous Nutcracker tree downtown, you’ll also want to head to Kraemer and Birch in nearby Brea. The so-called “Eagle Hills neighborhood” is known for putting on an incredible show, and this neighborhood gets into the spirit early!

 

In Fountain Valley, try the Brookhurst Street and Heil Avenue neighborhood, or plug 16801 Euclid into your GPS. This lit-up neighborhood features plenty of parking nearby, and you can cruise the street or park and walk to take in the twinkling lights and over-sized decorations.

Light it Up!

Long Beach gives you Daisy Avenue, located between the Pacific Coast Highway and Willow Street. Families looking for Griswold-level lights need to come to the beach. Afterwards, swing by the golden coast for some legendary seafood-inspired Christmas fare at one of the many coastal restaurants.

Talega’s Seaside Neighborhood in San Clemente is another local secret, where the neighbors compete for who has the most, brightest and most spirited of decorations. You don’t want to miss out on this display, especially when there are cafes offering up hot cocoa (and something a bit more caffeinated) to keep those spirits shining.

 

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club

October 10th, 2016

 

Known as one of the best German pubs and restaurants in town, the Phoenix Club puts on an Oktoberfest like no other. With events held throughout September and October, there’s sure to be a festival for every visitor to enjoy. Even better, the restaurant underwent a big reconstruction in the summer, so this year’s Oktoberfest will be the best yet! It’s all leading up to “Karneval” in November, the Mardi Gras of German parties.

Costumes are always encouraged at the Phoenix Club, especially during the Oktoberfest season. Raucous singing and dancing can always be found, along with happy hours Tuesday through Saturday. Dining here during the autumn means more than indulging in the incredible menu. It’s a non-stop party filled with cultural traditions and plenty of imported beers.

Party On!

Try the fried mac and cheese or spicy sweet potato fries to get your appetite revving. It’s a must before those stuffed beet rolls topped with gravy and loaded with bacon arrive. The sauerbraten, or marinated sirloin roast, is a fan favorite complete with homemade ginger snap gravy served alongside red cabbage and spaetzle.

For travelers looking for a special banquet facility for wedding receptions, parties, business meetings and more, you’ll find it all at the Phoenix Club Banquet Room. Throw your own Oktoberfest, or take advantage of the surrounding festivities to create a party atmosphere for the record books.

 

Halloween at Disneyland

October 7th, 2016

 

Spooktacular events at Disneyland span the entire months of September and October, but nothing beats a night of trick or treating on the big night! Discover seasonal attractions like the Haunted Mansion Holiday hosted by Jack Skellington and all the citizens of Halloween Town. Can you get away from the phantoms at Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, and are you up for the thrills waiting at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror?

Main Street turns into a massive pumpkin festival with hundreds of unique, hand-carved jack-o-lanterns. At Frontierland, celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a classical skeleton showcase. Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour whisks you through a one-of-a-kind, spooky tour of the park. Kids of all ages adore Mickey’s Halloween Party, where you can trick or treat amidst chilling celebrations, available on special nights throughout the season.

Halloween Magic

During this terror-ific time of year, Disney offers special-occasion experiences like “My First Disney Visit” complete with trick-or-treat bags of surprises. Contact the Disney Floral and Gifts department at 714-781-GIFT to connect with a Dream Maker and make all your “nightmares” come true.

This haunting season, let Disneyland help make your trip to Anaheim one to remember. Where will your autumnal celebration bring you first?


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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!

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.

 

 

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?

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!

 

 

Best Irish Pubs in Orange County

March 16th, 2015

Best Irish Pubs in Orange CountyThis St. Patrick’s Day celebrate the Irish in you at one of the best Irish Pubs in Orange County. With a number of places in such a large area, you have to be good to top any of the charts in OC. We love these spots as they have great food, good service, friendly people and best of all, fantastic beer. If you are looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,  you are sure to find it at one of the best Irish pubs in Orange County.

Malarky’s Irish Pub (voted top 5 in Orange County)

The Harp Inn (voted top 5 in Orange County)

Gallagher’s Pub and Grill (voted top 5 in Orange County)

Muldoon’s Irish Pub (voted top 5 in Orange County)

The Auld Dubliner

If you are all out of green or not into rubbing elbows with leprechauns, these hot spots are a great place to visit year round. Head over for a great beer and good food next time you are in town. Be sure to book your Anaheim hotel with us. We make reservations fast and easy with our online reservation system. We look forward to hosting you and helping you toast the Irish on your next visit.

Newport’s Annual Boat Parade

December 17th, 2014

It is time for Newport’s Annual Boat Parade this holiday season. If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy this delightful holiday tradition, we invite you to grab a friend or family member and head out to Bay Island Channel for Deck the Hulls With Bows of Jolly. The fun lasts through the 21st so you have several nights to join in the fun.Newport's Annual Boat Parade

This annual tradition is a favorite among locals and many look forward to it all year. Parading along the coast line of the inlet as well as Balboa Island and Lido Isle, there are plenty of spots for you to get a good seat. The parade begins at 6:30 pm and lasts all the way to 9:00 pm. It is the highlight of the season and residents come from all over to get a glimpse at the magical show so expect a crowd. Bring some Christmas music, a blanket and some warm apple cider and kick back to boats of all shapes and sizes lit up in holiday cheer.

The parade route is located on the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade website. You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair or other seating to get comfortable as you enjoy the festivities. This is the event of the season. Don’t miss out!

 

Quick Tips for Halloween Safety

October 31st, 2014

 

tips for Halloween safetyIts Halloween which means that while you will be out trick-or-treating, the ghosts and witches will be flying around. Be safe this weekend with these quick tips for Halloween safety.

  1. Make sure costumes don’t drag the ground as they can be a tripping hazard.
  2. Check costumes to make sure there are no sharp edges or points sticking out. You cold injure another trick-or-treater just by bumping into them.
  3. If your costume contains any weapons, be sure they could not be mistaken for actual weapons.
  4. Be polite and walk on the sidewalks and not through landscaping and yards.
  5. Do not enter a house or a car for a treat. Stay where you are in sight of your group.
  6. Do not trick-or-treat alone. Always have a friend, parent or group with you.
  7. Carry a cell phone for emergencies.
  8. Flashlights and/or glow sticks are a good idea to keep yourself visible to drivers. Reflective tape on your costume is another alternative.
  9. Sort through candy before eating any. Inspect your loot and discard any candy that is unwrapped or looks questionable.
  10. Ration your gatherings over the next week or so. Too much candy can cause a big belly ache.