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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.

 

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?

Spanish Fare in Anaheim

January 5th, 2017

Looking for the flavors of Spain? Anaheim has you covered, starting with Olé! Spain Delishop. Located in nearby Santa Ana, Olé! is the go-to sandwich shop where you can get the Combo Bocata with two sides, your favorite sandwich, and pasta with chorizo, salad, soup or dessert as your side picks. The Castilla with manchego cheese, pesto, onion and black olive or the Catalana with butifarra (ham), Pamplona sausage and piquillo peppers are favorites.

For tapas, get furia roja which includes four pieces of bread with manchego, topped with small chorizos. The andaluza with pesto, tomato, manchego and five pieces of cheese or the Iberica with serrano ham, manchego and four pieces of bread are delectable. Dessert is flan or Carlota.

A Taste of Spain

Café Tu Tu Tango is a lively nightspot with great eats. Located in the Outlets of Orange County, re-fuel for shopping or a night of dancing with picadillo and cheese empanadas, or try the famous Taste of Tango platter with stuffed mushrooms, chipotle chicken empanadas, pacific rim steak skewers and Cajun chicken eggrolls.

Big Plate selections include twin lobster tails with roasted corn on the cob or the Barcelona blackened chicken breast featuring manchego cheese and a marinara sauce. Served with rice and black beans, it’s the perfect taste of Barcelona.

Your Disney Christmas

December 10th, 2016

 

The most magical place on earth becomes even more magical during the holiday season. The season runs November 10 – January 8, giving you plenty of time to explore the park, special events, and surrounding festivals. The Festival of Holidays is a food bazaar and taster event with wine pairings (and sparkling cider pairings for the kids). Don’t miss the World of Color – Season of Light, which lights up the park in a new and wondrous way.

Christmas decorations cover the park, with thousands of lights creating a glowing wonderland. Garlands have been added to Main Street this year, and even more lights decorate the castle, making this the most festive Disney Christmas bonanza yet.

Light It Up

Somehow, Disney has outdone itself and replaced the famous Believe … in Holiday Magic fireworks show with the stunning Disneyland Forever show. A new gingerbread addition joins the fun, and you’ll find your favorite characters in the park with their uber-festive gear.

Make sure to visit each of the park’s restaurants for special, seasonal treats like eggnog, Christmas pudding, Christmas cookies and more. Help put out treats for Santa and his reindeer, and don’t forget to tackle seasonally-decorated rides.

When Christmas is at Disneyland, you can bet it will be one of the best holidays yet!

 

Come See Santa!

December 5th, 2016

 

Santa, along with his doppelganger helpers, are all over Anaheim, because they know the nicest boys and girls are treated to Disneyland vacations. Visit Santa at Anaheim Town Square throughout the month of December where you’ll enjoy a real snow play area, plenty of holiday crafts including face painting, train rides and a balloon artist on hand who specializes in reindeer.

 

Get your photo with Santa at 2180 East Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim, and don’t forget to come with your wish list and in your best holiday attire. Can’t make it to Anaheim Town Square? Don’t worry. You can drop your child’s wish list at any USPS box, simply addressed to Santa at the North Pole, and the letter will arrive swifter than a reindeer’s gallop.

More Santa Sightings

Santa loves malls because it’s where he picks up so many of his goodies! Head to the Anaheim GardenWalk for another chance to meet Santa and his elves. The outdoor shopping experience means even more decorations and bright lights, but, as always, Santa is the main attraction. Visit during the weekdays for shorter lines and more time on the big guy’s lap.

Natalie Mall and nearby Brea Mall also feature Santa as their resident celebrity of the month. At shopping destinations, special holiday events and bazaars around Anaheim, you’ll have plenty of photo opps with Santa and memories to be made.

 

Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting

December 2nd, 2016

 

Only a “nut” would miss the 21st Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting in downtown Anaheim. On Saturday, December 5, you can watch the inaugural lighting, and get treated to the yearly holiday bazaar where you can stock up on gifts, crafts, decorations and more. With free admission and parking, along with events from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season in southern California.

There are free kids craft activities until 5:45, free snow play (in California, it’s made by machines and perfectly fluffy!), and free train rides so you can sit back and enjoy the holiday spirit. Family-friendly musical shows take place throughout the day, and of course, your favorite Christmas treats are on hand.

‘Tis the Season

An International Food Fair takes place throughout the day, with trucks and booths offering unique holiday treats from around the world. Authentic Christmas pudding pairs perfectly with your holiday shopping. At 6 p.m., gather in the square for the lighting of the 50-foot tree, or swing by any day after December 5 to check out the thousands of lights and decorations adorning Anaheim’s community tree.

It all happens at Feldhaus Circle, with plenty of parking and public transportation access.

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.

 

Grand Central Art Center

November 30th, 2016

 

CSUF’s Grand Central Art Center is home to Fullerton’s College of the Art’s “open exploration of contemporary art and visual culture.” Here, you’ll find art and exhibits from local and international artists committed to collaboration and community. Located in nearby Santa Ana, the museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, with a First Saturday Art Walk from 7 – 10 p.m. CSUF art students compete to live on site, just ten miles from the primary campus and minutes from the freeway.

In the art center, you’ll find a combination of commercial, residential and educational resources. At over 45,000 square feet, this entire city block offers studio spaces for visiting artists and students, the Grand Central Main Gallery, Education and Teaching Gallery, Hipcooks, Project Room, Gypsy Den Café, and Grand Central Theatre amongst many additional resources.

A Work of Art

The Grand Central Theatre offers ongoing performances throughout the year. Tickets are just $5 for performances and can be purchased at the Clayes Performing Arts Center Box Office until 5 p.m. on the day of each show. Last minute tickets can be secured online. All performances are offered by the CSUF Theatre and Dance Department, a nationally recognized program.

Artist-in-Residence programs welcome the best artists in the world to the Center. Community-engaged projects bring the arts to the local Anaheim area, and you can check out the online calendar to see which exhibits and shows are showcased during your stay.

 

 

Anaheim Thanksgiving Guide

November 20th, 2016

 

Spend the holidays in sunny southern California where you get the best of both worlds: Incredible Thanksgiving feasts along with sandy beaches and warm weather. Many of the restaurants at Disneyland feature Thanksgiving classic fare including juicy turkeys, moist stuffing, pies, sides and more. However, it’s also a great time of year to visit the park with shorter lines, less crowds, and the opportunity to bond with loved ones.

The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon is a popular pick, offering a prix fixe menu starting at 2 p.m. This rustic, charming diner is a family favorite, and the innovative dishes provide generous portions and spins on classics. You might also want to check out Buca di Beppo for a full turkey feast along with their regular menu. Feasts are available for a fixed price based on party size, and they are open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (though reservations fill up fast!).

Thanks for the Memories

Prefer to enjoy your holiday meal in the comfort of your oversized guest room? Many restaurants offer to-go options, including Zov’s Anaheim. They pack up fresh, homemade full Thanksgiving meals for up to 15 guests. It’s all there from the turkey to the yams, stuffing to mashed potatoes, carrots, salads, rolls and desserts.

For those who prefer to go turkey-free, try Morton’s for their seafood, steak, and Thanksgiving-infused sides. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is dishing up their full menu, and McCormick and Schmick’s is surf and turf with a holiday twist.