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Spring Break in Anaheim

March 12th, 2017

 

March is the month that brings college students, high schoolers, and those who are young at heart flocking to the beaches. A trip to Disneyland is the perfect way to usher in warmer months, or hop on a whale watching cruise ship, and see the massive gray whale migration in full swing. Throughout March, Anaheim and the surrounding areas dish up plenty of options for a week-long escape.

Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove is a Disney alternative where you have endless picks for water park rides. Keep cool, dine at some of the best restaurants in the theme-park realm, and discover everything the family-friendly getaway has to offer. There’s also Knott’s Soak City and the Atlantis Play Center for more water-full options.

Life’s a Beach

No spring break in southern California is complete without plenty of beach bumming. Check out the top-rated beaches including San Elijo State Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach and Campground and Salt Creek Beach Park. These names might not sound familiar, but they’re highly rated by locals and less busy than more famous coastlines.

Surfing lessons, swimming classes, fishing expeditions and relaxing cruises all give you a new reason to head to the Pacific. How will you be spending your spring break in Anaheim? Start planning today!

 

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.

Valentine’s Day in Anaheim

February 10th, 2017

 

There are many ways to spread the love this Valentine’s Day in Anaheim, whether you’re single or coupled up. Singles flock to Relish’s annual speed dating event at Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill where it’s all about finding someone (or a few someones!) to relish for the day. On February 14th at 8pm, if you’re single and 24-38 years old, you can have a slew of dates in one fell swoop with no name tags, no games—just speed.

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On February 11th, head to the Fish Interfaith Center at Chapman University for a night of dinner theater featuring a five-star menu. Rave reviews are touted by this show, as well as the food, with jazz artist Ilya Serov setting the mood along with his quartet. It’s the perfect complement to a four-course meal with singers between courses including Mezzo Maria Lazarova and Terasa Mai.

Love is in the Air

In the mood for something a little more seductive? Reserve your tickets for the Endless Night: Los Angeles Vampire Ball on February 19th at the Globe Theater in celebration of the anti-Valentine’s Day. Mystery, magic, romance and sensuality are at the core of this favorite event, with DJs spinning in multiple rooms and a cirque performance at 11pm. There’s also costume contests and absinthe bloodbath drink specials.

A Valentine’s Day Cabaret Dinner Theatre kicks off at the Ellery Room Sports Bar and Grill February 10th. It often sells out, so book early for the hilarious “All’s Lehrer in Love and War.” You’ll get great food and laughs, and it’s the kind of event where you can come solo, with a date or in a group. Come see Sarah Raines in her one-night-only performance!

 

She Rocks Awards

January 16th, 2017

 

On January 20th, join some of the most inspiring women in the country at the fifth annual She Rocks Awards. Gold and VIP tables are available, and this is guaranteed to be an evening to remember. Hosted at the Hilton Anaheim, the awards kick off at 7 p.m. and celebrate women in the music industry who are making a big difference.

The NAMM show always starts the new year in style, and this year’s big performance features Lita Ford, founding member of The Runaways. The Grammy-nominated artist sets the mood for the evening with her history of breaking into a male-dominated industry and achieving success for consecutive decades.

What to Expect

Women in the industry who’ve taken on leadership roles and blazed trails for others are honored at this special night. Previous award winners include Karmin, Colbie Caillat, The Bangles, Mary Peavey and Chaka Khan. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages, a silent auction, and giveaways take place throughout the night.

The ultimate networking event for those in the industry (or fans!) takes place just minutes from your Anaheim hotel. Artists, professionals, icons and fans come together for the celebration (and yes, men are welcome, too!).

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.

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.

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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!

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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.