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Sports Galore in Orange
Orange County, 2 Days


Table of contents:
Guide Description 2
Itinerary Overview 3
Daily Itineraries 4
Orange County Snapshot 10




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Guide Description




AUTHOR NOTE: Orange County may be known for its access
to the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and that is great. It is also known
as a great place to view breathtaking art, and it is. However it
also boasts nearly every sport you can think of. This trip will bring
you to collegiate basketball games, professional hockey games,
and of course relaxing golf. It wouldn't be complete for most
people with out golf. If golf is not your thing, then do one of those
other Orange County things, its up to you. Between the John
Wooden Classic dine at great laid back restaurants and sample
an obscene amount of beer. Do this all over the city, and then
crash at your oh so comfortable bed at the Hilton Suites Anaheim/
Orange.




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                                                                                                                                 things to do
Itinerary Overview                                                                                                                restaurants
                                                                                                                                        hotels
                                                                                                                                      nightlife



Day 1 - Orange County                                                   the mindset for the hockey game tonight. Or just enjoy their
                                                                        extensive menu of burgers, chicken ribs and steaks. Depending
                                                                        on what time the Ducks game is at tonight feel free to do some
DAY NOTE: This is one jam packed weekend and the Hilton
                                                                        exploring around the Pond or just stay at the Rib Trader. The
Suites Anaheim/ Orange is the perfect place for base camp. It is
                                                                        Ducks game will be awesome, hockey is one of the best live
perfectly located in the middle where you are going. It is right next
                                                                        action sports there is, even if you are not a fan. After the game
to such landmarks as the Honda Center and The Anaheim Pond.
                                                                        head to Hollingshead's for some post game fun and a selection
It is perfect and it will save you money to spend later. Before
                                                                        of hundreds of beers. This is a great deli style restaurant that will
you head to the Honda Center to watch some top notch college
                                                                        go great with a beer. If you are still excited after the game head
basketball head to Molly's Kitchen and enjoy some hearty egg,
                                                                        to Danny K's Cafe and Billiards to relive all the action, and drink
bacon, ham and potato breakfast. The John Wooden Classic
                                                                        some more beer.
is a great event, you will see four top college teams duke it out
in this legendary event. The exact dates and times are not sent
but this is the weekend it happened last year. For lunch head
to JT Shmid's Restaurant and Brewery, for a treat. This is an                        Hilton Suites Anaheim/Orange
award winning micro brewery that also serves great pizza's and                       At home with Hilton
wings as well as tacos and chicken dishes. There will be time
to fill during the day because the schedule is not sent. so enjoy                    Anaheim Hills Golf Course
whatever looks good to you, even if that is a bar stool at this                      Beautiful views for the more expert golfers
fine establishment. For dinner get in the golfing mood at The
Clubhouse, a joint venture between Tin Cup star Kevin Costner
and many golfing greats, have you heard of Jack Nicklaus? This                       Rib Trader
is a really cool restaurant where you can get classics such as pot                   Ribs and BBQ
pie, and meatloaf. After this head on to Garf's, i know it sounds
weird but this is a great place to hang out with your friends or                     Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
make some new ones.                                                                  Watch Disney's favourite ice hockey team crack a
                                                                                     few skulls

             Hilton Suites Anaheim/Orange                                            Hollingshead's
             At home with Hilton                                                     Gastropub deli with friendly staff, local feel, craft
                                                                                     brews
             Molly's Kitchen                                                         Danny K's Cafe & Billiards
             Western Diner                                                           Sports bar with more screens than a TV showroom

             John Wooden Classic
             Basketball Excitement

             Clubhouse (The)
             Kevin Costner's Golf Restaurant

             Garf's
             Come here for beer and to watch sport



Day 2 - Orange County
DAY NOTE: It may have been a rough night at Garf's last night,
and your bed at the Hilton may be way to comfortable but head
downstairs and grab a quick bite to eat before you head to the
links. The Anaheim Hills Golf Course offers some breathtaking
views as well as some breathtakingly difficult holes. It's not that
bad, either way you will have a great time with your friends.
After your game or games head to the Rib Trader and get in

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Day 1 - Orange County
                                                                                             QUICK NOTE




DAY NOTE: This is one jam packed weekend and the Hilton Suites Anaheim/ Orange is the perfect place for base camp. It is perfectly
located in the middle where you are going. It is right next to such landmarks as the Honda Center and The Anaheim Pond. It is perfect
and it will save you money to spend later. Before you head to the Honda Center to watch some top notch college basketball head to
Molly's Kitchen and enjoy some hearty egg, bacon, ham and potato breakfast. The John Wooden Classic is a great event, you will see
four top college teams duke it out in this legendary event. The exact dates and times are not sent but this is the weekend it happened
last year. For lunch head to JT Shmid's Restaurant and Brewery, for a treat. This is an award winning micro brewery that also serves
great pizza's and wings as well as tacos and chicken dishes. There will be time to fill during the day because the schedule is not sent.
so enjoy whatever looks good to you, even if that is a bar stool at this fine establishment. For dinner get in the golfing mood at The
Clubhouse, a joint venture between Tin Cup star Kevin Costner and many golfing greats, have you heard of Jack Nicklaus? This is a
really cool restaurant where you can get classics such as pot pie, and meatloaf. After this head on to Garf's, i know it sounds weird but
this is a great place to hang out with your friends or make some new ones.




                                      1 Hilton Suites Anaheim/Orange
contact:
tel: +1 714 938 1111
fax: +1 714 938 0930
http://www.hilton.com                DESCRIPTION: The Hilton Suites Anaheim/Orange in Orange,
                                     Calif., is located 12 miles from John Wayne International
location:                            Airport. Angel Stadium, the Crystal Cathedral, Arrowhead
400 N State College Blvd             Pond of Anaheim Arena, the Anaheim Convention Center and
Orange CA 92868                      Disneyland Resort are all within a two-mile radius of the hotel's
                                     entrance. Guests who plan to visit Disneyland Resort are
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                                     eligible for Disney Resort Park Hopper discounts. For visitors
                                     who prefer shopping and dining pursuits, The Block at Orange,
                                     an outdoor area with a 30-screen cinema and more than 20
                                     restaurants, is one-half mile away.


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                                The Hilton Suites Anaheim/Orange features an impressive 10-
                                story atrium lobby with marble floors, waterfalls, contemporary
                                furnishings and glass elevators. Other amenities include
                                concierge services, an ATM and wireless Internet access
                                in the lobby. Guests can utilize the hotel's business center,
                                which provides audiovisual equipment and fax and photocopy
                                machines. Conference suites include high-speed Internet
                                access and dual-line telephones. The fitness center includes
                                a spa tub, whirlpool and sauna. The hotel includes indoor and
                                outdoor pools. The hotel's Panini Grill and Bar offers salads,
                                soups, sandwiches and Chef's Specials.
                                All guestrooms have private bedrooms and separate living
                                rooms. High-speed Internet access is available in each suite.



                                 2 Molly's Kitchen
contact:
tel: +1 714 750 1811
fax: +1 714 971 3626
http://www.starwoodhotels.co    DESCRIPTION: Come to Molly's kitchen in the grand Sheraton
m/sheraton/property/dining/in   Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort to have a perfect western
dex.html                        dining experience. Kick start your day with a hearty breakfast
                                comprising eggs, bacon and ham; team it with a tall glass of
location:                       fresh orange juice. Preparations from cheese and potatoes are
1855 South Harbor Boulevard     a good dining option. As you enter this petite eatery located in
                                                                                                                           Molly's Kitchen
Anaheim CA 92802                the lobby area of Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort,
                                friendly waiting staff gives you a warm welcome, taking care of
hours:                          every need. © wcities.com
Daily 6a-3p


                                 3 John Wooden Classic
contact:
tel: +1 714 704 2400
http://www.woodenclassic.co
m                               DESCRIPTION: Each year, Anaheim explodes with energy
                                as the John Wooden college basketball classic returns to
location:                       Arrowhead Pond. Every year the best of the best match up and
2695 East Katella Avenue        tip off for annual bragging rights. Four top collegiate contenders
Anaheim CA 92806                play in the two-game series played during one evening. Exact
                                start time and ticket prices are yet to be set. If you are a college
                                                                                                       Photo courtesy of the John Wooden
                                basketball fan, this is the night for you. © wcities.com                                           Classic



                                 4 Clubhouse (The)
contact:
tel: 7147082582
www.theclubhouse.com
                                DESCRIPTION: This golf-themed restaurant is owned by
location:                       actors Kevin Costner and Robert Wagner and golf legends
3333 Bristol St.                Jack Nicklaus and Fred Couples. The atmosphere attempts to
Costa Mesa CA 92626             recreate an elite country club environment without the country
                                club membership and fees. Marble floors, mahogany doors
                                and velvet curtains contribute to the wealthy and exclusive
                                                                                                                                   wcities
                                ambiance. The menu is decidedly American, with chicken pot
                                pie, meatloaf and mashed potatoes on the menu, as well as
                                sandwiches, pizzas and pastas. The restaurant offers a full bar,
                                specializing in great martinis. Try the Lemon Meringue martini.
                                The wine list is extensive too. © wcities.com


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                            5 Garf's
contact:
tel: +1 714 435 4070
fax: +1 714 435 0134
http://www.garfsbar.com/   DESCRIPTION: This place has a cool name and an even
                           cooler vibe. It is not exactly a happening, wild place, but it is a
location:                  good place to have a few beers with the boys (and girls) and
3036 Bristol Street        play a few rounds of pool with the pros who have been around
Costa Mesa CA 92626        this place probably longer than you have been alive. There
                           are always the sports channels playing, a few dartboards, and
hours:                                                                                           Photo courtesy of Garf's
                           several cranky characters watching your every move. Don't
M-Su 7a-2a                 worry, after a few minutes they will get used to you and you will
                           be one of them in no time. © wcities.com




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Day 2 - Orange County
                                                                                              QUICK NOTE




DAY NOTE: It may have been a rough night at Garf's last night, and your bed at the Hilton may be way to comfortable but head
downstairs and grab a quick bite to eat before you head to the links. The Anaheim Hills Golf Course offers some breathtaking views as
well as some breathtakingly difficult holes. It's not that bad, either way you will have a great time with your friends. After your game or
games head to the Rib Trader and get in the mindset for the hockey game tonight. Or just enjoy their extensive menu of burgers, chicken
ribs and steaks. Depending on what time the Ducks game is at tonight feel free to do some exploring around the Pond or just stay at the
Rib Trader. The Ducks game will be awesome, hockey is one of the best live action sports there is, even if you are not a fan. After the
game head to Hollingshead's for some post game fun and a selection of hundreds of beers. This is a great deli style restaurant that will
go great with a beer. If you are still excited after the game head to Danny K's Cafe and Billiards to relive all the action, and drink some
more beer.




                                       1 Hilton Suites Anaheim/Orange
contact:
tel: +1 714 938 1111
fax: +1 714 938 0930
http://www.hilton.com                DESCRIPTION: The Hilton Suites Anaheim/Orange in Orange,
                                     Calif., is located 12 miles from John Wayne International
location:                            Airport. Angel Stadium, the Crystal Cathedral, Arrowhead
400 N State College Blvd             Pond of Anaheim Arena, the Anaheim Convention Center and
Orange CA 92868                      Disneyland Resort are all within a two-mile radius of the hotel's
                                     entrance. Guests who plan to visit Disneyland Resort are
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                                     eligible for Disney Resort Park Hopper discounts. For visitors
                                     who prefer shopping and dining pursuits, The Block at Orange,
                                     an outdoor area with a 30-screen cinema and more than 20
                                     restaurants, is one-half mile away.
                                     The Hilton Suites Anaheim/Orange features an impressive 10-
                                     story atrium lobby with marble floors, waterfalls, contemporary
                                     furnishings and glass elevators. Other amenities include


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                               concierge services, an ATM and wireless Internet access
                               in the lobby. Guests can utilize the hotel's business center,
                               which provides audiovisual equipment and fax and photocopy
                               machines. Conference suites include high-speed Internet
                               access and dual-line telephones. The fitness center includes
                               a spa tub, whirlpool and sauna. The hotel includes indoor and
                               outdoor pools. The hotel's Panini Grill and Bar offers salads,
                               soups, sandwiches and Chef's Specials.
                               All guestrooms have private bedrooms and separate living
                               rooms. High-speed Internet access is available in each suite.



                                2 Anaheim Hills Golf Course
contact:
tel: +1 888 802 3248
http://www.anaheim-golf.com/
                               DESCRIPTION: This is a very hilly course that is no small
location:                      challenge, even for experienced golfers. Because there are
6501 Nohl Ranch Road           so many hills, some of the views are breathtaking - don't let it
Anaheim CA 92807               distract you from your swing! This is a unique course designed
                               in 1972 by Richard Bigler and it is fun for those who are tired of
                               the average course and are looking for a new challenge. The
                                                                                                    Photo courtesy of the Anaheim Hill
                               clubhouse features a restaurant and bar. Greens fees: $34-40.                              Golf Course
                               © wcities.com



                                3 Rib Trader
contact:
tel: +1 714 744 9288
fax: +1 714 744 0823
http://www.ribtrader.com/      DESCRIPTION: Rib Trader, serves sumptuous BBQ chicken,
                               steak, beef, sandwiches, burgers and (not to forget) Ribs. The
location:                      'BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad' is a clear winner and you have
2710 East Chapman Avenue       the option of having shrimp instead of chicken. The wild chicken
Orange CA 92869                wings are not to be missed, while Chicken Nachos are a sure
                               try. The exhaustive menu is full of dishes that will whet your
hours:                                                                                                                      citysearch
                               appetite. Order a drink of your choice to go with your meal.
Su-Th 11:30a-10p, F-Sa         They have a special kids menu and a banquet hall for parties
11:30a-11p                     and events. © wcities.com



                                4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
contact:
tel: +1 714 765 8888
http://www.mightyducks.com
                               DESCRIPTION: If a day at the "Magic Kingdom" hasn't Disney-ed you out, head over to the
location:                      sparkling Arrowhead Pond for some more family-friendly entertainment courtesy of the Mouse
2695 East Katella Avenue       House. Named after the kiddie-flick trilogy, the Mighty Ducks game is a family-friendly experience,
Anaheim CA 92806               with squeaky-clean marquee players like Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne replacing the brawlers
                               like Stu "The Grim Reaper" Grimson that filled out the lineup in the team's expansion-draft years.
                               The team even plays a decent game of hockey, but that is incidental to the family fun. Stay tuned
                               for upcoming season schedule. © wcities.com




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                                 5 Hollingshead's
contact:
tel: +1 714 978 9467
http://www.hollingsheadsdeli.
com/                            DESCRIPTION: The selection of beer here is mind boggling
                                — hundreds of bottled selections and about 15 beers on tap
location:                       will satisfy the most finicky of beer drinkers. This is also a deli
368 South Main Street           serving sandwiches and other typical deli fare like potato salad
Orange CA 92868                 and other goodies. If you are on a diet, this place is not for you,
                                but if you just want delicious beer and food, loosen your belt
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                                and prepare to fill up. © wcities.com



                                 6 Danny K's Cafe & Billiards
contact:
tel: +1 714 771 9706 / +1 714
771 9707
fax: +1 714 771 5601            DESCRIPTION: This is a great place for sports fanatics who
http://www.dannyks.com/         want to eat, drink and sleep sports. There are several huge
                                televisions on which to watch your game of choice in the
location:                       company of other like-minded souls. Since beer and sports go
1096 North Main Street          hand in hand, you will also appreciate the more than 30 beers
Orange CA 92867                 on tap. If you want to get in on the action yourself, head over to
                                                                                                      Danny K's
                                the pool tables or perhaps the foosball tables. You never know
hours:                          when and where love will bloom, either. There are also a lot
M-Th 11a-1a, F-Sa 11a-2a,       of women rooting for the home team alongside the men. They
Su 11a-Mid                      offer half price pool every Sunday and Monday and free tables
                                for parties of eight or more till 9p. © wcities.com




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Orange County Snapshot
Local Info                                      pods of amphibious wetsuit-wearing                 the coast. The Dripping Cave(found in
                                                surfers, often in the water from as early as       Aliso and Wood Canyons Park), a prime
Orange County ain't what it was. When the
Beach Boys were at their height, typifying      6am to avoid the crowds and lay claim to           example of the wind-carved sandstone
the gleaming white privilege ofRichard          the best waves.                                    caves that litter the region, was the hideout
Nixon's birthplace, it was Happy Days                                                              for stagecoach bandits, reminding you of
on holiday(without the subversive Italian       Surfin' USA                                        wilder times in this now most settled of
element).                                                                                          regions.
                                                Surfing being what it is in Orange
The picture today is much different.            County(Huntington Beach, proudly
The world famous beaches, bleached                                                                 Top stops
                                                known as"Surf City USA" lays claim to
blonde locals, originalMagic Kingdom,           the origins of the practice in the US),            And nowhere is more settled than the
and entrenched conservatism still remain,
                                                it's also possible to come across surfing          twin jewels of the region:Laguna Beach
but the years have brought gradual,
beneficial change. The Democrats achieved       competitions throughout the year at                andNewport Beach(the latter incorporating
unprecedented success in Orange County          any of these prime surf spots; just look           Balboa Island and the Balboa Peninsula).
during the 2008 presidential election, while    for a few branded pavilions, some long             These two towns, on the surface, are
the social and cultural demographics are        lenses plus assorted"dudes"(probably               distillates of old school Orange County,
also much changed from Nixon's day              some kids who should be at school). Two            with millionaire residents and, in the case
with, as an example, a strong Vietnamese        competitions particularly worth catching are       of Newport's Balboa Island, gleaming
presence now established in the City of         theHuntington Beach-located US Open(July           powerboats docked at the end of private
Westminster.                                    18-26), like a local festival with live music      piers. But, look closer, and you see what
And, while the Beach Boys(none of whom          and a skateboarding arena included, and            the super-rich are buying here is the cosy,
could actually surf) continue to be played      the Hurley Pro Trestles(13-19 Sept), held at       local feel that sets these towns apart from
every third song on local radio station, K-     Lower Trestles nearSan Clemente.                   their in-county cousins.Laguna, home to
Earth, a younger generation of locals are                                                          a stretch of stunning beaches backed by
more likely to think of No Doubt as the         Historical pockets                                 sea-cliffs(1,000 Steps Beach is a perennial
representative OC-born band of recent
                                                                                                   local favorite), is also Orange County's
years: inventive, exciting, and with a          If you're looking for more concrete
definite global appeal.                                                                            local artist epicentre, with a small gallery
                                                history than the ongoing surfing tradition
                                                                                                   almost every second shop(for a closer look,
                                                practitioners(althoughHuntington does
OC geography                                                                                       attend the annual Sawdust Festival when
                                                have an International Surfing Museum),
                                                                                                   local artists open their studios to the public).
This substantial 948 square mile rectangle      there are some historical pockets of interest
                                                                                                   Walking around Newport's Balboa Island
of California, with the longer edges lined      available in the OC; but if it's a top priority,
                                                                                                   feels like stepping backwards into a more
up along the west coast and pushing out         it must be said that there are continents of
                                                                                                   innocent time: at the Fun Zone there's a big
towards the San Bernardino Forest in the        alternatives that would have proved more
                                                                                                   wheel, a 50's style diner on the pier, and
east, contains among the 34 towns within        suitable holiday destinations. However,
                                                                                                   stands at which to buy the local specialty of
its borders the capabilities to cater for       MissionSan Juan Capistrano is always
                                                                                                   frozen bananas.
almost any tastes. That said the main draw      a popular choice, famous for its classic
remains the unending coastline, and its         Spanish Colonial architecture and the              If that all sounds a little too nostalgic,
rhythmic battery by the Pacific Ocean.          Return of the Swallows celebration which           South Coast Plaza, the great commercial
                                                marks the annual migration of the swallows         heart of Orange County, awaits just off
Stretching the full length of the county,       from Argentina to the OC. Nearby Dana              the I-5 for all those keen to indulge in
from the OC's southernmost city ofSan           Point also holds an historical gem: a              some serious mall-time. For the wandering
Clemente(aka: the Spanish Village               replica of the brig Pilgrim(the boat upon          gourmand, increasing ethnic diversity
by the Sea) and the westernmost tip             which Richard Henry Dana rode in on to             coupled with OC resident Michelin-starred
ofSeal Beach(home to a National Wildlife        eventually write"Two Years Before the              chefs ensurea galaxy of choice(for all
Preserve), the beach is the focal point         Mast", and whoDana Point is named after).          budgets) when it comes to deciding where
for much of life in the OC. Millionaire                                                            to eat. Oenophiles, unsure whether to go
homesteads inNewport andLaguna Beach            History can also be uncovered in                   straight to Napa, can find local wineries in
cap the semi-arid hills of the OC hinterland,   unexpected places, such as along the               Orange County(Laguna Canyon for one),
jostling for maximised ocean-views from         hiking trails(or dirt bike tracks, depending       and are also within easy striking distance of
their perches. Choice surf spots such           on your perspective) that unspool                  the many vineyards found in the Temecula
asHuntington Beach, Salt Creek, and San         throughout the beautiful canyons that              Valley.
Onofre are never without their attendant        you can find just a few miles inland from


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                                                by increased secularization implemented by      Disneyland opened in Anaheim, followed
The thing about Orange County is                the Mexican government. Unrest continued,       by Knotts Berry Farm in 1968 setting the
that it's full of surprises. Yes, there's       and Mexico eventually lost control of the       standard for the newest form of American
Disneyland(now expanded to include the          territory with Mexican-American war of          entertainment, the theme park.
rides of sister-park, California Adventure,     1846-1848 and the Treaty of Guadalupe
                                                                                                Modern History and Development
and the music of the House of Blues),           Hidalgo.
coastline to die for and the laid-back surfer                                                   Today Orange County is the second most
                                                California Becomes a State
vibe. But there're also intense chilli cook-                                                    populous county in California, fifth in the
offs, bizarre traditions like the Laguna        With statehood in 1850 issues over land         nation. Known for its wealthy population
Niguel annual mooning of the Amtrak train       arose, as citizens were required to show        and political conservatism, the region has
service, and America's richest two-day          documentation of landownership in order         entered pop culture's spotlight in recent
rodeo. Remember that when deciding your         to retain their holdings. Because much of       years with hit TV shows like The O.C.
itinerary, leave a couple of days free to       the land had been freely parceled out and       and reality series such as MTV's Laguna
explore and find out what you can uncover.      distributed by the Spanish and Mexican          Beach. A mecca for successful people
© NileGuide                                     governments, many people lost their land.       of every profession, the area is at the
                                                Taking advantage of this, entrepreneurs         center of the"Tech Coast," a term coined
                                                such as James Irvine bought up huge             to describe Southern California's economic
History                                         amounts of land and planted more drought        transformation from aerospace and defense
Although perhaps now more closely               resistant crops such as walnuts, avocados,      to a international, multi-tech industries.
associated with sprawling oceanfront            and the citrus for which the county was later   The South Coast is home to of mega
mansions and designer flip-flops, the           named. Settlements sprung up, aided by          companies and some of the top research
coastal region between Los Angeles and          the expansion of the railroads. An electric     universities. Home to some of the country's
San Diego has a past rooted in conflict over    trolley system was put in place carrying        most exclusive and expensive communities,
land, the Catholic Church, and agriculture.     passengers to and from Los Angeles              Orange County has set the standard for
                                                making the region more accessible and           master planned luxury development. With
The Mission Era
                                                resulting in the founding of Huntington and     its sunny climate, sandy beaches, wealth
Originally inhabited by the Tongva and          Seal Beach as resort communities.               of recreational activities, and world class
Juaneño/Luiseño people, a group of                                                              dining and shopping its no wonder those
                                                Orange Becomes County
Spanish explorers and missionaries                                                              with big bank accounts choose to live here.
bound for the legendary Monterey Bay            The discovery of silver in the Santa            © wcities.com
reached the region in the mid-1700s.            Ana mountains in 1887 caused another
Father Junipero Serra, founder of the           population surge, and as the 20th century
Alta California Mission chain, was among        approached the area was bursting at             Hotel Insights
the party and established the Mission           the seams. Tired of the long trek to            Orange County, encompassing a number of
San Juan Capistrano in 1776 making it           Los Angeles to do official business and         cities and towns, offers a diverse selection
the first permanent European settlement         concerned that their needs were not being       of accommodations to choose from. From
in California. The Mission was built and        adequately addressed, residents began           beach bungalows and oceanfront resorts to
maintained by the native people who were        to push for self-government. In 1889 their      Disneyland's digs, there is an appropriate
converted to Christianity by the Spanish        wish was granted, and paying homage             place for every occasion and person within
monks. Once converted, most of these            to its agricultural roots the county was        the towns that make up Orange County.
native Californians were permitted to own       named"Orange." While the trolley lines
                                                                                                San Juan Capistrano& San Clemente
land, undoubtedly the impetus for many          promoted growth and tourism during the
of the transformations. During this time        early 1900s, it was the introduction of the     For those looking to stay in the picturesque
the cattle industry thrived in area with the    automobile and freeway system that made         and historical areas of San Juan Capistrano
development of a port at Dana Point, and        an impact on the latter half of the century.    and San Clemente, there are plenty of
a busy trade of tallow, hide, and other         Completion of US 101 and I-5 made this          options for any budget. The Capistrano
goods developed between New England             coastal haven even more accessible, and         Seaside Inn offers a romantic getaway
and the West Coast. Mexico gained its           Orange County became a popular getaway          with ocean views and lush gardens at a
independence from Spain in 1821 and             for early Hollywood. The end of WWII saw        moderate price. If you're visiting San Juan
the California missions fell into a state of    another population increase when the            Capistrano in March, the Best Western
disrepair. Subsequent drought and disease       military bases that had dominated the area      Capistrano Inn provides a great location
wiped out the cattle and killed crops, and      closed and service men and women settled        for watching the swallows return to the
the mission economy was further damaged         in the area and raised families. In 1955        Mission. In San Clemente, the Casa


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Tropicana Inn& Spa is a comfortable             Suites lets you stay in your own castle in      Greek, French, Japanese, Hawaiian, and
bed and breakfast with themed rooms.            between visits to Cinderella's.                 good old American style cuisines.
Designed to look like a California, the
                                                Costa Mesa& Irvine                              Laguna Beach/Dana Point
Country Plaza Inn By San Clemente Beach
boasts a variety of amenities including fresh   The immediate areas surrounding John            When in the Laguna Beach area, you'll be
fruit every morning and complimentary           Wayne Airport, the cities of Irvine and         able to eat at luxurious locations where
newspapers.                                     Costa Mesa offer many accommodation             the dishes match the spectacular views
                                                options for business travelers or those who     from their ocean side seating. Have a
Laguna Beach& Dana Point
                                                just want to explore the area. The Atrium       taste of Belgium at Brussels Bistro where
As one drives north or south along Highway      Hotel and Hilton Irvine/Orange County           you'll find a traditional atmosphere that
101, California's green highway signs           Airport are both convenient distances to        serves Belgium beer. Next up for the tour
announce the upcoming exits for"Beach           the airport as well as nearby shopping          of international cuisines is the Aegean
Cities," referring to the beautiful, hip,       and restaurants. Also near some of the          Cafe whose Greek dishes are only part of
coastal towns of Dana Point, Laguna             area's major shopping and popular local         the experience. Waiters will serenade you
Beach, and beyond. If you're looking for        spots are Westin South Coast Plaza, which       with traditional Greek songs and balance
renowned golf courses, pristine beaches,        is connected to one of Orange County's          things on their noses to create an upbeat,
high-end boutiques, or world-class surf         trendy fashion centers, South Coast Plaza,      high-energy environment for your dining
spots, these unforgettable and unique cities    and Holiday Inn Express Costa Mesa/             pleasure. If you're in the mood for a true
are a must-see! Leading the list of Beach       Newport Beach provides easy access to           Hawaiian and Polynesian experience, stop
Cities' accommodation options is the Ritz-      some of the best beaches in the county.         in at the Royal Hawaiian. Try the Mahi
Carlton Laguna Niguel. Named"the best                                                           Mahi or Teriyaki Halibut at Claes Seafood.
                                                Huntington Beach& Newport Beach
hotel in North America" by the readers                                                          For a more historical dining experience,
ofTravel& Leisure. If the pricey rates of the   Being only a stones throw away from the         be sure to drop by The Cottage, a home
Ritz aren't exactly your"cup'o tea" check out   most luxurious harbor in the region, Balboa     built in 1917 that has been converted
The Surf& Sand. Here, guests are treated        Bay Club, has been alive and well since         into a restaurant. Made famous for their
to their very own balcony with ocean views      1948 treating visitors(and many times the       breakfast menu, you can have brunch in a
and a unique restaurant, Splashes, which        Hollywood elite), to four-diamond luxury        comfortable, back-in-the-day setting. Want
features only the finest in Mediterranean       amenities spread out over 15 incredible         to dine on the beach without dealing with
cuisine. Other luxury accommodations            beachfront acres. Whether it's the prime        sand and seagulls? Resting merely five feet
include the St. Regis Monarch Beach             waterfront dining or the short distance         above sea level, Five Feet feels as if you're
which offers many interesting packages,         to Fashion Island, visitors will quickly        on the beach without having to be at the
and Montage Resort& Spa, which boasts           realize why it has been dubbed"The Host         beach. Las Brisas is known for its authentic
amenities that define luxury.                   of the Coast." Perhaps you're looking for       Mexican food right alongside the beach as
                                                a more affordable luxury experience. If so,     well.
Anaheim
                                                you might want to explore the Newport
                                                                                                Newport Beach/Costa Mesa/Huntington
Obviously, the main attraction for decades      Beach Marriott Hotel& Spa offering
                                                                                                Beach
in the area has been Disneyland and its         guests a rejuvenating spa experience
accommodations are no less famous. The          in a comfortable and relaxing location.         Newport Beach offers a variety of
Disneyland Hotel and the neighboring            So whether you're looking to get away           restaurant choices that will whet your
Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel have been        from it all, or simply trying to get close to   appetite. After a day of parading on Balboa
mainstays for visitors to the park where kids   everything, Orange County has options for       Island's boardwalk, stop in The Spaghetti
of all ages can dine with Mickey, Pluto, and    every style of traveler.                        Bender where their marinara sauce tastes
all their friends, or simply experience the     © wcities.com                                   as if its homemade. The Clubhouse is
luxury of the"happiest place on earth". If                                                      a perfect place to get the country club
you're looking for something a little homier,                                                   experience without the pricey membership
Dolphin's Cove Resort features a wide
                                                Restaurants Insights                            dues. They serve American style cuisine
range of condominiums that are fully-           While Orange County is known for its            such as chicken potpie and mashed
equipped with kitchens, patios, and even a      famous beaches, mega shopping centers,          potatoes. Hana No Ki serves everything
mini-golf course. For more wallet-friendly      and"Magic Kingdom," it's also chock full of     but sushi. They pride themselves in serving
options off the park grounds, the Fairfield     spectacular dining spots. Their restaurants     often overlooked Japanese dishes like
Inn Anaheim Disneyland Resort is located        offer diverse culinary sites from places        Grilled FishSaikyoyaki andShime Saba.
right across the street and the Castle Inn      around the world including Mediterranean,       For genuine Southern-fried comfort, check
                                                                                                out Memphis Soul Cafe. Their menu


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consists of Soul Meatloaf, Cajun Gumbo,                                                         just about everything from Lollapalooza
                                                 Art& Museums
Shrimp Creole, Soul Burgers, and much                                                           to classical concerts to the Mighty Ducks
more. Located on a floating riverboat,           The true beauty of Orange County is            of Anaheim. Jazz fans will appreciate the
Anthony's Riverboat Restaurant serves            matched by equally exceptionally creative      Steamers Cafe where jazz musicians from
Fresh Northern Halibut, Lobster Tail, Roast      representations that celebrate California      around the world grace the stage. For a
Prime Rib of Beef, and New York Steak.           culture and contemporary art. Located          night of the OC's local artists, stop by The
Not to worry if you're vegetarian. The           at the popular Fashion Island Newport          Hub where you can sip on a latte while
Avanti Cafe serves a vegetarian menu             Beach, the Orange County Museum of             checking out some music performers. The
where dishes are made from locally grown         Art features collections that concentrate      Coach House is a favorite spot for those
vegetables. Located on the Newport Pier,         on California art and late 20th century        that enjoy seeing their favorite musicians in
The Rockin' Baja Lobster provides a fun,         pieces. California impressionism can be        the most intimate of settings.
upbeat atmosphere. Their"Baja Buckets"           seen at The Irvine Museum where they're
                                                                                                Theater& Film
are the thing to try. You can stuff them with    dedicated to spreading awareness about
whatever seafood or meat you choose.             the current condition California's natural     Theater& film is a significant part of Orange
                                                 environment. If you're interested in the       County's entertainment field. For Broadway
Anaheim/Orange
                                                 works of local artists, check out the Art      fans, be sure to visit the Orange County
After a trip to the"happiest place on Earth,"    Institute of Southern California-Ettinger&     Performing Arts Center and the Segerstrom
try these equally incredible places to           Reynolds Galleries, that features works by     Center for the Arts which feature shows
dine. Located in the Disneyland Hotel,           students, and the Orange County Center         including"Cats" and"Miss Saigon." The
Granville's lamb chops, fish plates, and ribs    for Contemporary Art whose emphasis is         South Coast Repertory and Costa Mesa
are everything but Mickey Mouse. Within          on freedom to express oneself through          Civic Playhouse features many classic
the Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel, drop in      contemporary art. At the Irvine Fine Arts      and contemporary plays. The Brea Curtis
for some sushi and tempura at Yamabuki.          Center, you can see an array of innovative     Theatre puts on many comedies, dramas,
Continue following your dreams while in          artistic expressions including ceramic,        and also has The Kids Culture Club which
Downtown Disney at Catal Restaurant&             multimedia, photography, and much more.        is ideal for family outings where you can
Uva Bar. They serve Mediterranean                                                               see ballets and jugglers. Want to see
                                                 For the seafaring enthusiasts, you will
style food such as"Paella a la Valencia"                                                        modern plays such as"Grease"? Stop by
                                                 be happy to know that Orange County's
and"Duck Leg Confit."                                                                           the La Habra Depot Theatre. For a fun
                                                 proximity to beaches makes it a perfect
                                                                                                excursion with friends, check out Medieval
Anaheim White House marks the spot for           place to see art about maritime history. The
                                                                                                Times. In addition, the Newport Beach Film
lovers of not only Italian food, but Italian     Vallejo Gallery is dedicated to portrayals
                                                                                                Festival brings to film buffs a chance to not
celebrities as well. Their plates, named         of the American and British ships of the
                                                                                                only watch films, but also an opportunity
after Italian personalities, have names          past. Also, at the Newport Harbor Nautical
                                                                                                to meet with the screenwriters, directors,
such as"Versace Whitefish" and"Dolce&            Museum, you can see a historical boat
                                                                                                and cinematographers as well. Research
Gabbana Sand Dabs." Although you will            that is docked at the harbor and learn
                                                                                                Institutes& Exhibits
have to make a reservation at least a month      about the history of Newport harbor while
in advance for The Hobbit, it's well worth       getting some fun-in-the-sun time too.          While Orange County's claim to fame is its
it once inside because you get to take a         While the art of Orange County is relatively   all-the-rage beaches and shopping centers,
tour of the chef's kitchen which is located in   California-based, the Laguna Art Museum        the Orange County Natural History Museum
a 1930s Spanish home. One place, three           features works that have a global reach        offsets this representation by being a
zones: Restaurant, Taqueria for those on         as well. Here, you can find classic and        research facility dedicated to environmental
the go, and the Cantina. At Tortilla Jo's, you   modern art by both local and internationally   preservation. TheOcean Institute of Dana
have it all, literally.                          distinguished artists. The Bowers Museum       Point also serves as an educational facility
© wcities.com                                    of Cultural Art has artifacts from Southeast   for students and tourists alike.
                                                 Asian, Mexican, and Native American
                                                                                                Nightclubs
                                                 cultures.
Nightlife Insights                                                                              Although there's a lot to do during the
                                                 Music
Orange County's entertainment scene                                                             day, the OC is one happening place at
is crammed with endless possibilities for        The music scene in Orange County offers        night. The young, hip crowd of Costa Mesa
locals and visitors alike. Whether you like      about as much as you can imagine. An           likes to go to The Shark Club where they
fine art or hard rock, the OC is the place       assortment of venues brings music to           play pool and check out the 2000 gallon
for you. Its beautiful seaside surroundings      the ears of Orange County residents and        shark tank. For a wild time, after a day in
and nearly perfect weather creates ample         visitors. Places such as Verizon Wireless      Laguna Beach catching your rays, drop
opportunities for your"things to do" list.       Amphitheatre and Honda Center offers           in at the Sandpiper Lounge for their"4

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second poured" drinks and live music. For        preserves. In and around those, here are a        Marina Avenue before hopping on the ferry
an even wilder night out, check out Club         few further tips to local areas:                  to the peninsula. Spend some time at the
Rubber, located at the Galaxy Concert                                                              nostalgicBalboa Fun Zone, book a boat tour
                                                 Huntington BeachIt's Surf City USA, so
Theatre. Here, you can run amok among                                                              around the harbor, and stop by for excellent
                                                 walk the pier and check out the surfing,
the most eccentric crowd of the OC and                                                             live music an dinner at theStudio Café.
                                                 or, better still, get in the water yourself. If
participate in one of the club's monthly
                                                 you'd rather not get your wetsuit dirty, so       AnaheimHome of the theme parks. On this
themes such as"Catholic School Girl"
                                                 to speak, but still like the vibe, then head      hallowed ground you'll find the hyperactive
and"60s Psychedelics." At Club M, sushi
                                                 over to the International Surfing Museum to       trinity ofDisneyland,Disney's California
lovers can get their fill of"Spicy Tuna Rolls"
                                                 get an historical perspective. Surfed out?        Adventure andKnott's Berry Farm. Keep
and sake bombs before dancing the night
                                                 Then head over to the extensive collections       the doors locked upon approach, you don't
away at the restaurant's club. The same
                                                 exhibited at theOrange County Museum of           want the overexcited kids making an early
goes for the China Beach Canteen. For
                                                 Art.                                              break for it across the I5.
those that like to try new things, this place
breaks the mold by blending Chinese food         Laguna BeachDon't be put off by its               San Juan Capistrano Most famous for its
and reggae music under one roof.                 name,1,000 Steps Beach really doesn't             historical elements, namely the remaining
                                                 have that many steps and is the gem               examples of adobe architecture evident
Outdoor Activities                                                                                 in the Old Town and theMission San Juan
                                                 of the local beaches. Time your visit for
Beautiful Orange County is also booming          theSawdust Festival to really tap into the        Capistrano. The mission, over two hundred
with outdoor activities. A day trip hot spot     artistic vibe of this town, or check out the      years old and perhaps the best preserved
is the Newport Landing Boardwalk and             extraordinaryPageant of the Masters(not           example of its kind, is part of a chain of
Newport Pier, where friends, families,           nearly as ridiculous as it sounds(well,           missions built along the California coast by
tourists, and locals enjoy shopping, eating,     nearly)). If you're looking for a better          the Spanish. A good time to visit is during
and taking in the splendor of the harbor.        vantage point for those holiday snaps, try        the annual Return of the Swallows Festival,
Take advantage of the harbor by doing            nearbyAliso and Wood Canyons Park for             an event held to welcome the famous
some day fishing at Newport Landing              spectacular views up the coast.                   migrating swallows returning from Argentina
Sportfishing. Balboa Island's relaxing                                                             to nest in the eaves of the mission.
                                                 San ClementeNestled at the southernmost           © NileGuide
atmosphere makes it a perfect place to
                                                 tip of the county, San Clemente (also
spend the day on an island.
                                                 known as"The Spanish Village by the Sea")
If you're an avid golfer, the OC's golf          makes a great stop before heading on to           Travel Tips
courses are certainly up to par. Come play       San Diego or Mexico, but is also a lively,
                                                                                                   By Air
all 18 holes at Westridge Golf Club or, if       scenic destination in its own right(Richard
you're up for a challenge, play on the hills     Nixon used to love it). Stroll Avenida del        John Wayne Airport(SNA): The only
of the Anaheim Hills Golf Course. The            Mar dipping into the many boutiques and           commercial service airport in Orange
Strawberry Farms Golf Club and Aliso Viejo       cafes that line the street, before reaching       County. It is located 35 miles south of Los
Ice Chalet are also great places to practice     the beachfront, home to arguably the most         Angeles, between the cities of Costa Mesa,
your swing.                                      beautiful of the OC's extensive collection of     Irvine, Newport Beach and Santa Ana.
                                                 piers.                                            (+1 949 252 5200/http://www.ocair.com/
Last but certainly not least, Disneyland, is
                                                                                                   default.asp)
one of the OC's must-see spots. Dubbed           Dana PointA quiet town positioned in
the"Magic Kingdom," Disneyland brings            between Laguna Beach and San Juan                 John Wayne Airport is home to the following
visitors from far and wide to see attractions    Capistrano, Dana Point is centered around         major airlines:
like Pirates of the Caribbean and the            its tranquilharbor. There're some good            Alaska Airlines(+1 800 252 7522/http://
Matterhorn.                                      beaches here, and a sense of timelessness         www.alaskaair.com) American Airlines(+1
© wcities.com                                    prevails as you walk the breakwater               800 433 7300/http://www.aa.com)
                                                 between the fishermen and standing                Continental(+1 800 525 0280/http://
                                                 surfers. Above the harbor, stunning views
Things to Do Insights                            south are readily available.
                                                                                                   www.continental.com) Delta(+1 800
                                                                                                   221 1212/http://www.delta.com)
Touring Orange County and nearby Los                                                               Southwest(+1 800 435 9792/http://
                                                 Balboa/NewportA self-contained Avalon
Angeles requires a car. Luckily, while in the                                                      www.iflyswa.com) United(+1 800 241 6522/
                                                 for the extremely well off,Balboa Island
OC, you don't need to travel far to come                                                           http://www.ual.com) US Airways(+1 800
                                                 maintains a local charm that surprises(even
across the world famous beaches or the                                                             428 4322/http://www.usairways.com)
                                                 more so after seeing the floating fibreglass
lesser well known but locally just as loved
                                                 castles of Balboa homeowners docked on
expanses of wilderness and ecological
                                                 their private piers). Walk down the island's

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Airport Map& Information:http://              Shuttles are located on the Arrival(Lower)       The major Interstate freeways are: I-5,
www.airguideonline.com/airports/              Level in the Ground Transportation Center.       I-405, and I-605.
airport_sna.htm                               Coordinators are available to assist you
                                                                                               The major California State freeways
Airport Services:http://                      with your ground transportation needs.
                                                                                               running east-west are: CA/SR-91 and the
www.airguideonline.com/airports/
                                              ABC Shuttle(+1 714 719 4197/http://              CA/SR-22.
airport_sna2.htm
                                              www.abcshuttleatjohnwayne.com)
Airport Transportation:http://                                                                 Running north-south: CA/SR-57, SR/CA-55,
                                              Advance Shuttle(+1 800 567 7500/
www.airguideonline.com/airports/                                                               CA/SR-133, CA/SR-73, CA/SR-261, CA/
                                              http://www.advanceshuttle.com)
airport_sna3.htm                                                                               SR-133, CA/SR-241, and CA/SR-241.
                                              Express Shuttle(+1 800 427 7483/
Long Beach Airport(LGB) is an alternative     http://xpressshuttle.com) Disneyland®            If traveling overseas, take the safety
airport when flying to Orange County,         Resort Express(+1 800 828 6699/http://           precaution of registering your trip athttps://
situated midway between Los Angeles           anaheimsightseeing.com)                          travelregistration.state.gov and for
and Orange County. Long Beach                                                                  helpful, practical advice about traveling
                                              Buses
Airport provides very efficient ground                                                         technicalities and safety standards check
transportation, and the lowest-cost parking   Orange County Transportation Authority(+1        outhttp://travel.state.gov/.
in the region.(+1 562 570 2619/http://        714 636 7433/http://www.octa.net)                © wcities.com
www.longbeach.gov/airport/default.asp)        Serving Orange County, regular fare
Airport Parking Service                       is$1.25; free for children under 6.              Fun Facts
                                              Greyhound(+1 800 231 2222/http://
John Wayne Airport offers a variety of                                                         Orange County State: California
                                              www.greyhound.com)
parking options: Four terminal parking                                                         Country: United States
structures at the rate of$1 per hour or       By Train
                                                                                               Orange County By The Numbers:
$17 per day, an off-site(Main Street)         Train stations are located throughout
parking lot for$1 per hour or$12 per day                                                       Population: 3,072,336 Average January
                                              Orange County, with Metrolink servicing
and valet parking for$23 per day are                                                           Temperature: 67° F/19° C Average
                                              stations between Los Angeles and San
available. The Main Street Parking Lot                                                         July Temperature: 87° F/30° C Average
                                              Diego as well as east to San Bernardino
offers a complimentary shuttle service to                                                      Annual Rainfall: 13 inches/33 centimeters
                                              County. Amtrak also passes through these
the Terminal every 15 minutes. All parking    stations but has limited stops on weekends.      Quick Facts:
options are available for short and long-     See websites for more details:
term parking.(+1 949 252 5200)                                                                 Major Industries: Tourism, Business
                                              Amtrak(+1 800 USA RAIL/http://                   Services, Manufacturing, Education, Health
Park'N Fly(+1 800 763 6895/http://            www.amtrak.com) Metrolink(+1 800 371             Care
www.pnfnetwork.com)                           LINK/http://www.metrolinktrains.com)
                                                                                               Ethnic Mix:(64.81%) White,(13.59%)
Rental Car Companies Include                  By Boat                                          Asian,(1.67%) African American,
Alamo(+1 800 327 9633/http://                                                                  (0.70%) Native American,(0.31%) Pacific
                                              Catalina Express: Equipped with airplane-
www.alamo.com) Avis(+1 800 831                                                                 Islander(30.76%) Hispanic or Latino
                                              style seats, panoramic viewing windows
2847/http://www.avis.com) Budget(+1           and refreshments on board, Catalina              Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz, standard two
800 527 0700/http://www.budget.com)           Express offers year round service and up         pin plugs
Enterprise(+1 800 325 8007/http://            to 30 departures daily from ports in Long
www.enterprise.com) Hertz(+1 800                                                               Time Zone: GMT- 8
                                              Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. Views
654 3131/http://www.hertz.com)                of the Pacific coast don't get any better than   Country Dialing Code: 1
National(+1 800 227 7368/http://              this, and you may even catch a glimpse of
www.nationalcar.com) Thrifty(+1 800 367                                                        Area Code: 949& 714
                                              dolphins swimming alongside the boat in
2277/http://www.thrifty.com)                  this memorable boating trip for the whole        Did You Know?
Taxis                                         family.
                                                                                               Orange County's economy is larger than all
John Wayne Airport Yellow Cab Service(+1      By Car                                           but 31 nations in the world, ranking ahead
800 535 2211/+1 714 535 0156/http://                                                           of Israel, Portugal, and Singapore.
                                              Orange County is connected by a maze of
www.cayellow.com)Shuttles                                                                      © wcities.com
                                              California State and Interstate freeways.




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Description: Orange County may be known for its access to the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and that is great. It is also known as a great place to view breathtaking art, and it is. However it also boasts nearly every sport you can think of. This trip will bring you to collegiate basketball games, professional hockey games, and of course relaxing golf. It wouldn't be complete for most people with out golf. If golf is not your thing, then do one of those other Orange County things, its up to you. Between the John Wooden Classic dine at great laid back restaurants and sample an obscene amount of beer. Do this all over the city, and then crash at your oh so comfortable bed at the Hilton Suites Anaheim/ Orange.
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