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Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

November 14th, 2017

 

You don’t need to be a fan of Tricky Dick to enjoy the exhibits and special events at this unique Anaheim landmark. The new museum and library is open to the public, and 1,600 newly released pages of Warren “Bill” Gulley’s documents from the White House Central Files are on display. The events described in these pages include visits by President Nixon and the First Family. Also in 2017, the library released 29,600 pages of Jeffrey Donfeld’s White House Central Files materials.

Another set of declassified materials, including 5,000 pages previously dubbed as strictly classified, detail President Nixon’s Brief, archives on Vietnam and the Middle East, and much more. Special programming just for kids include photo galleries, transcripts and audio of speeches (including Moon Landing and Silent Majority), White House tapes and of course kid-friendly exhibits on Watergate.

A Presidential Welcome

Within the museum, countless permanent exhibits ensure you’ll need more than one trip to see it all. Get acquainted with the museum at Orientation Theater, then move into the Wave of Change exhibit showcasing curved walls and a smorgasbord of sights and sounds that bring landmark events to life. A replica of the Oval Office immerses guests in how President Nixon spent his working days, and the Vietnam War exhibit is one of the most impressive in the country.

Of course, the Watergate exhibit is one of the most popular, and the Farewell Speech and Departure exhibit puts guests inside 1974’s Army One. Head Back to the Beginning and Early Years to get a glimpse into Nixon’s beginnings.

Which exhibit will you explore first?

The Race is On!

November 1st, 2017

 

November is prime race season throughout Southern California, whether you’re ready for your first 5k or you want to take on a marathon or ultra. Before the holidays are in full swing, challenge yourself at the Friends of La Serna 5k race in nearby Whittier. Now in its 20th year, the race benefits a local school and gives $500 scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Sign up for the November 11th event and get a healthy head start on your New Year’s resolutions.

The Calabasas Classic Run on November 12th takes racers through the famous streets of the stars. The race turns 21 this year, and proceeds benefit the Community Center Alliance. Help support activities, programs and services while getting a peek at some of the most famous houses in the area.

Beat Your PR

The Long Beach Veteran’s Day 5k and 10k on November 11th is a popular event where participants take to the scenic bike path and enjoy ocean views while helping to raise funds and awareness for those who served. Registration is just $20 if you sign up early, and it’s the perfect option for beginners and competitive racers alike.

Check out the Thanksgiving Weekend Marathon, also in Long Beach, on November 26th and burn off that holiday dinner. With a full marathon, half, 15k, 10k and 5k option, there’s truly a route for everyone. You’ll want to sign up early for this event—it’s a turkey of a good time!

 

Anaheim Convention Center and Arena

September 30th, 2017

 

Be one of the first to explore the newly expanded Anaheim Convention Center, now with an additional 200,000 square feet of flex-space ideal for banquets, exhibits and meetings. This new area replaced Car Park 1 and features a better entrance for vehicles as well as new loading docks. With climate control and a stunning design, it’s the upgrade the city’s convention center deserves.

A hub for conventions since the 1960s, the domed arena features state of the art meeting technology and a massive exhibit hall. There have been six total expansions in the past six decades as well as a myriad of cosmetic updates. From the moment visitors approach from Convention Way along the palmed drive to the entry point with glass walled towers, it’s an indescribable experience.

Grand Entries

The lobby boasts 190-foot spires with glass walls. Any type of event or occasion is achievable at this fine venue. There are 1.15 million square feet of exhibit space, the largest on the West Coast, and 130,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space. Gorgeous landscaping, traffic thoroughfare and pedestrian walkways make the convention center a standout landmark.

Interested in reserving the Convention Center for your event? Complete the online form and work with the on-site event planners, A/V staff and caterers to make your dream event come true.

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.

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.

 

Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

August 12th, 2017

 

Featuring a number of permanent and traveling exhibits, special events and boasting a stunning architectural design, no visit to Anaheim is complete without checking out the “Muzeo.” On site is the Carnegie Gallery, a historic library from 1908 and originally crafted via a $10,000 grant. It served as a library until the 1960s, then a museum in 1987 before becoming part of the complete Muzeo experience ten years ago.

The Muzeo Main Gallery expands over 25,000 square feet and encompasses the biggest art gallery venue in Anaheim. Nestled perfectly into the urban environment, there’s luxury living and shopping experiences flanking the campus. Special events are often held at the Main Gallery, which is available to rent.

Find Your “Muzeo”

The permanent exhibition features the history of Anaheim, curated before the 2007 Muzeo existed. You’ll find it in the Carnegie Library, where a variety of artifacts describe how the city came to be. Ancient Native American artifacts, 19th century vineyard and citrus tools, and more reveal the unique history of the region.

Discover one million permanent items in this one of a kind museum. You can purchase tickets for special events on site or online, but a number of areas are always free (including the Main Gallery). Plan to arrive 40 minutes before any scheduled event.

 

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Top Indian Cuisine in Anaheim

July 28th, 2017

 

Many Anaheim visitors go straight for the decadence at Disneyland, but if you’re craving something with a little more kick and heat, the local Indian restaurants are the place to go. Try Punjabi Tandoor for traditional northern Indian cuisine including the famous tandoori chicken and naan in a casual eatery. Authentic fare that ranges from creamy butter chicken to parathas stuffed with a variety of options, from meats to vegetarian, can be found here and are made from scratch.

Gandhi Palace is popular with locals, featuring an impressive vegetarian and carnivore menu. Here you’ll find classics from around India, from southern-inspired crispy dosas to “comfort food” like moong dahl and saag paneer with large pieces of paneer (cottage cheese).

The Spice of Anaheim

Don’t be fooled by the name Ambala Sweets and Spices. This grocer/restaurant is known for their Indian sweets including besan ladoo and jalebi, but also serves a genuine and full menu to customers in the know. Try their vegetarian biryani, malai kofta, palak paneer and saag aloo.

At India King, you’ll be treated to an impressive option of curries, stuffed naan and tandoori specialties. Try the paneer tikka skewer, goat biryani and variety of starters from perfectly seasoned samosas stuffed with potatoes to the aloo tikki chaat. Where will your cravings take you?

Indian Restaurants Near Chatsworth

June 23rd, 2017

Southern California is a renowned foodie paradise, and there are countless options in the Chatsworth area. Try Valley India Café for all your south Indian favorites including massive dosas, curries, and a daily lunch buffet that showcases all the flavors and bounty of the southern region. Don’t forget to try the chai or a cool and thick lassi to help with that summer heat.

Royal Delhi Palace is also known for their impressive lunch buffet in a light and casual eatery. There are plenty of vegetarian options from saag paneer to dal, but the butter and tandoori chicken are also popular picks. Choose from a selection of rotis, naan and parathas to pair with your favorite Indian dishes from around the country.

Add Some Spice to Your Trip

Dilli Express is your quick stop for delicious, home-cooked Indian fare with a touch of fusion. You have to try the curry tacos, the perfect blend of Indian and Californian deliciousness. Seafood is a must with the Pacific so close by, from the shrimp tikka masala to the coconut seafood curry.

Paradise Biryani Pointe specializes in biryani with a delectable variety of proteins, but there’s so much more to this Punjabi-centric destination than rice dishes. A local chain, you’ll want to try their kebabs and curry dishes, too. Check out the goat menu with goat saag or paradise goat curry for a unique dish.

 

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.

Local Races in June

June 4th, 2017

 

Discover Anaheim in a brand new way at the June 11th Northgate Market Downtown Anaheim 5k. Featuring a shorter kids run, this family-friendly event is a great way to get to know the city and challenge yourself in the California sunshine. It’s the only race in central Anaheim during the month of June, and many consider it a warm-up for the Disney half-marathon at the end of summer.

Head to Long Beach and partake in Rockin’ the Marina on June 10th. Choose from a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon. You’ll race along the coastal streets taking in stunning ocean views. With an early start time to beat the heat, you’ll never experience a California sunrise like this. That cool ocean air is a great motivator, and you’ll have plenty of options for beachfront dining once you cross that finish line.

The Race is On

The Redondo Beach Triathlon on June 11th is another option for those who prefer a side of cycling and swimming with their running. With the option for a sprint or mini-sprint, it’s a much more approachable event than some others. Located along Redondo Beach Pier and in its 13th year, it’s a tradition for many as the unofficial start to summer.

With Run to the Hollywood Sign on June 3rd, you get to experience an iconic landmark in a brand new way. The eight mile run begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Griffith Park Old Zoo. Choose from three levels (including a 5k or 1 mile walk option) so that the whole family can enjoy the trails, pathways and the final view that has made L.A. so legendary.