Sports Galore in Orange County
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.
frandango24 Sports Galore in Orange Orange County, 2 Days Table of contents: Guide Description 2 Itinerary Overview 3 Daily Itineraries 4 Orange County Snapshot 10 1 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. 2 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 3 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 citysearch 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. 4 Day 1 - continued... 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 5 Day 1 - continued... 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 6 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 citysearch 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 7 Day 2 - continued... 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 8 Day 2 - continued... 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 citysearch 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 9 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 10 Orange County Snapshot continued 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 11 Orange County Snapshot continued 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 12 Orange County Snapshot continued 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 13 Orange County Snapshot continued 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. 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