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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.

 

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

February 19th, 2017

 

Angel Stadium is in the heart of Anaheim, with major renovations that took place in 1996, which turned the then-30-year-old building into a home just for baseball. In 1997, it became the Edison International Field of Anaheim, and in 2003 it was re-named the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The total renovation cost was $100 million, and it was completed just in time for the Anaheim Angels opening day on April 1, 1998.

It’s been the home of the Angels ever since they moved from Los Angeles in 1965. The first game was against the San Francisco Giants in a major exhibition game. The original stadium seated about 43,000 fans and was renovated in 1979 to add extra seating (up to 65,158). A number of organizations and businesses were behind the transition, including Walt Disney Imagineering, HOK Sports Facilities Group and Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

The Angel Stadium Today

Although baseball season doesn’t start ‘til the spring, there are many happenings at and around the Angel Stadium in February. Get Angels gear, buy a personalized brick that will be added to the wall—a beloved site to visit for years to come, or join one of the auctions, and snag a piece of Angels memorabilia for yourself.

The Angels have been active philanthropists in the community for decades with the donation program, educational and healthcare programs, youth baseball and softball leagues and the Angels Baseball Foundation. Visit the stadium for a tour, and get a peek into the rich history of the stadium.

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.

 

An Anaheim Lunar New Year

January 14th, 2017

 

January 28th marks the Year of the Rooster, and Lunar New Year celebrations take place throughout Anaheim. Of course, Disneyland is a must with the beautiful lanterns and Chinese decorations covering Main Street U.S.A. You can also catch performances by traditional dancers, and snap photos of your beloved Disney characters in their own Chinese inspired costumes.

The San Gabriel Valley is a haven for authentic Chinese cuisine from all regions and is a great place to celebrate the Lunar New Year. From whole fish and rice cakes to your favorite mochi ice cream balls, check out a new restaurant or take a cooking lesson to learn how to whip up a delicacy at home (or your guest room!).

The Festivities Go On

The parties don’t stop with Christmas, Hanukkah and the western New Year. The tail end of January is also prime party season. The Los Angeles Saturday Dance Parade for the New Year is a big one, over 100 years old and featuring the famed lion dance. It’s a way to scare off bad spirits for the coming year, and you don’t want to miss it.

A midnight ceremony with firecrackers on January 28th at the temple in Chinatown is a major tradition, but if you missed it, you can visit the temple anytime during open hours. Light a lamp or candle, and enjoy some peace and quiet amidst your hectic travels.

Celebrate MLK Jr. Day in Anaheim

January 14th, 2017

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day offers a variety of options for celebrating in the Anaheim area. The annual Peace and Unity Parade kicks off at the MLK Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street intersection at 10:30 a.m. on January 14, and the celebration continues until 6 p.m. Each year, over 25,000 attendees come together for a day of live music, entertainment and honoring brotherhood and peace.

 

Kids enjoy carnival rides, arts and crafts and are guided towards an understanding of justice and peace. Find out more about local groups that pay homage to the teachings of MLK Jr. Dreamland is a dedicated space where youth can uphold the teachings of Dr. King, and some of the best vendors and food carts in the area will be on site.

Living the Dream

The Cake for King celebration at the California African American Museum takes place each year on the major holiday. From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., enjoy five full hours of commemorating the works and teachings of Dr. King. Kids have a bevy of free, fun activities like face painting, arts and crafts, and of course, indulging in some delectable birthday cake.

Check out documentaries and artifacts, and make this a day of remembering the vision Dr. King had for all people. How will you be celebrating?