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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.

Visit the Honda Center

August 24th, 2017

 

Anaheim is home to one of the biggest entertainment venues in the world. The Honda Center is also the Anaheim Ducks home base and hosts the Big West Basketball Tournament. World class concerts and performances take place here, from the Harlem Globetrotters to Stars on Ice and The Rolling Stones. Over 35 million visitors have experienced the Honda Center in over 3,500 events.

The city of Anaheim owns the venue, opened 14 years ago to a sold-out Barry Manilow show. Continuously updated, the latest offering is the Grand Terrace Project with 15,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space complete with a 250-seat restaurant. With StadiumVision from Cisco throughout the venue and over 500 monitors, it’s truly a one of a kind experience.

Planning Your Visit

Two years ago a new scoreboard was added, a staggering 27 feet tall and over 47 feet wide. With the highest definition available on the continent, it’s one of many upgrades that makes the Honda Center so popular. Explore the massive 650,000 square feet that makes up the venue, including 200,000 square feet of marble in the concourses. With 12 feet of Swedish and Italian granite on the exterior and only 82 feet from the highest seat to the floor, it’s easily one of the most exciting venues in the world.

Check the events page and book your tickets online for a number of summer events, performances, festivals and more.

 

Seal Beach

July 25th, 2017

 

Just 20 miles from downtown Anaheim and south of the much more famous Long Beach is the quaint coastal town of Seal Beach. Here, you’ll find much less hustle, bustle and tourism. It’s the perfect getaway for Anaheim visitors, full of quaint shops, dining and attractions. It’s the northern gate to the 42 miles of Orange County coastline, and a quiet community named after the seals that love to call the city home.

You’ll find big, open beaches and some great surfing. The town is small at just 13 square miles, including 1.8 miles of water. The beach itself is just 1.5 miles long, but features the second longest wood pier in all of California. Seal Beach was established at the turn of the century, and the pier was re-structured in the 1980s following a storm.

Enjoy the Wild Side

Seal Beach is also home to an impressive park system, including 18 parks and over 75 acres stretching beyond the city limits. You’ll find a tennis court, indoor gym and aquatics facility available. During the summer months, average daytime temperatures are 70 degrees, making it perfect for strolling, beach bumming and swimming.

With just under 25,000 residents, Seal Beach is a true gem amidst a busy metro area.

Best Fireworks Near Anaheim

July 1st, 2017

 

Disneyland often takes the cake when it comes to Fourth of July fireworks, but if you’re looking for something a little different, you have plenty of options. Check out the Canyon Hills Community Council celebration taking place all day on July 4th, ending with fireworks at 9 p.m. There’s also a 5k and 10k run, pancake breakfast, ice cream social, food vendors, patriotic concerts and of course a parade. Don’t miss the Yankee Doodle Dog Show, too!

In Balboa, there’s the Balboa Peninsula-Newport Bay fireworks and parade cruises with three cruises scheduled this year. The Firework Spectacular evening cruise is the most popular, but the 2.5 hour day-cruises at 1 and 4 p.m. are fantastic for families with little ones. You’ll want to make reservations by calling 949-673-1489.

Light Up the Night

The Annual Brea Country Fair is a local favorite, with activities starting at the 7 a.m. breakfast. The fair kicks off at 10 a.m. with free music and entertainment until 4 p.m. Enjoy a beautiful baby contest, kiddie parade and bow wow contest. Pie eating contests, hula hoop contests, a car shop and massive market make for a charming traditional celebration. Tour the Brea Museum, take a trolley tour, and check out the petting zoo before the dusk fireworks.

The Cypress Fireworks Celebration starts at 4 p.m. with entertainment, a kids zone and an impressive food court. The Joint Forces Training Base is hosting this event, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for a cozy fireworks extravaganza experience.

Father’s Day Outings

June 15th, 2017

 

Treat the dad in your life to a special Father’s Day at one of Anaheim’s many featured options, like the brunch aboard the Queen Mary. Prices are $60 per adult and include a champagne brunch on the famed Queen while you discover over 50 dishes from around the globe from eggs benedict to carne asada tacos. With a carving station and the best view in southern California, it’ll be a day he never forgets.

Some dads prefer a beer brunch, and the Hornblower Cruise has you covered. With a $74 per person price tag, you get both beer and champagne along with a tantalizing spread and an epic dessert station. Set sail from Newport harbor and indulge in handmade glazed doughnuts, mac and cheese, artisanal sausages and poached prawns.

A Wet ‘n’ Wild Father’s Day

Check out the Father’s Day BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific where the price is $59 for adults. Dine amongst the fish and treat everyone to farmer’s market produce, flame-grilled chicken and German bratwurst, Mexican-style mac ‘n’ cheese, and legendary brownies.

There’s also the Father’s Day Champagne Brunch at Laguna Cliffs’ Vue at Dana Point, where you just might spot a whale migration! Prices are $70 per adult and come with a fantastic view. Customize omelets, dine on jumbo shrimp and prime rib fresh from the carving station, and pair your favorites with seasonal produce, a variety of potatoes and a massive dessert station.

Where will you treat Dad?

The Outlets at Orange

June 11th, 2017

 

So close to Disneyland you can almost see it, you’ll find the real happiest place on earth (at least for shopping addicts) at The Outlets at Orange. It’s the only outlet shopping mall in the county and features over 120 stores from Neiman Marcus to Tommy Hilfiger with Saks Fifth Avenue and a slew of options for snacks, drinks and dining, too.

Just minutes away, you’ll find the Honda Center, Angels Stadium and Disney delights. Conveniently located right off of I-5, the open-air destination also boasts family-fun entertainment. Slip into the Vans Skatepark, or take a break at Dave & Buster’s. There’s also Lucky Strike Bowling and a massive AMC 30 movie theater featuring IMAX. You won’t find better deals in Anaheim.

Plan Your Trip

For many, the trip to the Outlets is solely for dining! Choose from Café Tu Tu Tango for Spanish tapas, Charley’s Steakery for grilled subs, Corner Bakery Café for breakfast, brunch and comfort food, or Kamiyama Sushi for some fresh Pacific seafood. You’ll find every cuisine from around the world.

Always check the site for special deals and events, especially if you’re shopping for a dads or grads occasion. You’ll get sneak peeks on deals and sometimes printable coupons to save even more. Only make one stop for all your southern California shopping needs and have plenty left over for more golden coast adventures.

Bradbury Building

April 14th, 2017

 

An architectural wonder at 304 South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, this circa-1893 building was commissioned by local millionaire Lewis L. Bradbury. Originally designed by Sumner Hunt, it’s been featured in a number of novels, television shows, music videos and films. In 1971, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places (one of just four buildings in Los Angeles to make the list). It’s also the city’s oldest landmarked building.

Bradbury was a gold-mining king turned real estate mogul. Although he originally asked architect Sumner Hunt to design his dream, the drafted design was rejected and considered inadequate. Next, Bradbury commissioned George Wyman, who wasn’t formally educated as an architect. At the time, Wyman worked for Hunt earning $5 per week.

“Victoryin Los Angeles

It opened in 1893, months after Bradbury died, and the building cost three times over the original budget of $500,000. It was largely untouched until 1991 when a $7 million restoration/seismic retrofitting project was undertaken. Beautification included redesigning the lighting system via alabaster wall sconces imported from Spain. However, the original beauty still remains.

Featuring brown brick, terra cotta and sandstone, the Bradbury boasts an Italian Renaissance Revival theme. Inside, it looks like a Parisian paradise with arched windows and a cathedral court. Immediately, visitors are whisked over one hundred years in the past when entering. With a five-story court encased in pink bricks, Italian marble and ornamental cast iron, it’s a true slice of paradise in downtown. Visitors are welcome daily.

In Town for the Natural Products Expo?

March 7th, 2017

 

Park Place Inn and Mini Suites welcomes attendees of the 2017 Natural Products Expo with spacious rooms, easy access to the event, and the peace and quiet you need to relax in between sessions. From March 9 – 12, attendees are flocking to Anaheim to network, catch up and check out the latest natural products for 2017.

Best Western specializes in big events, offering blocked rooms and premium service during what can be a hectic event. If you’re arriving for the full-day, educational event on March 8 as a precursor to the tradeshow, you can rely on the best customer service, quality bedding and prime amenities to make you feel right at home.

A Day’s Work

Perfect for business travelers, each mini suite has a kitchenette, larger square footage than average hotel guest rooms, and all the comforts of home. Planning to stay a bit longer after the tradeshow for a vacation? Rely on local staff members and services to make your vacation as relaxing as possible.

In between your sessions on the Changing Chinese Consumer, an Introduction to Modern Food Safety, and Climate Day, you deserve a luxury guest room that’s close, convenient and comfortable.