Category: Fall Activities

06
Oct

5 Secrets About Living in Orange County You Have to Hear

From the magic of Disneyland to the chill vibes of Huntington Beach, Orange County is home to a lot of popular tourist destinations. But what people who are new to the area wouldn’t know is that Orange County is also full of a lot of other hidden gems. Check out these five secrets about living in Orange County that only locals would know!

 

1. It’s not always how it looks on tv

Orange County is known as the infamous backdrop to popular shows like Laguna Beach, The Hills, and The O.C. These shows often depict beautiful stars having the time of their lives as they cruise along the traffic-free coast in their Mercedes or frolic down the empty beaches in Newport. While these portrayals may have some truth behind them, others are pure exaggerations for the sake of entertainment. In reality, some of these shows weren’t even filmed in Orange County. So no, locals don’t actually call Orange County “The O.C.” and not everyone drives a Mercedes, but there are so many reasons why the reality of Orange County is even better than how it appears on television. Good food? Check. Awesome people? You bet. Fun adventures? Of course. Orange County really does have it all and television shows just don’t do this extraordinary place justice.

 

2. Traffic is no joke

…but there are ways to get around it! If you’ve ever been to Orange County, you’ve probably heard people referring to the 5, the 22, the 55, and the 405. These seemingly random numbers are actually names of freeways and talking about the best way to navigate the roads is like another language to Orange County residents. Orange County natives have mastered the art of the sometimes hectic freeways and you can too by following these tips. First, avoid rush hour. Although it varies depending on the freeway and your direction of travel, the weekday morning commute is generally from 7:30am to 9am, while the after-work commute typically lasts from 4pm to 6:30pm. Fridays, however, are a whole different story with the after-work commute starting as early as 1pm. If you’re traveling on the weekend, it’s best to start early or after dinner to avoid the potential traffic from people heading off to their next adventure. Another helpful tip is to download Google Maps or Waze. Unlike some other GPS systems, these apps offer alternative routes and route changes to help you get to your destination as quickly as possible. Since Orange County has so many exciting things to do and something for everyone in each city, the freeways can get a bit crazy, but the priceless memories you’ll make from your day trip to the beach or the many laughs you’ll have during your amusement park adventure will make the commute more than worth it!

 

3. The best day to go to the beach is Wednesday

…or any weekday really. It’s no secret that Orange County is home to some of the best beaches along the West Coast. There’s the infamous Newport Beach, tourist favorite Laguna Beach, and the holy grail of surfing, Huntington Beach, just to name a few! But with the wildly popular beaches comes the huge crowds and parking nightmare. So when’s the best time to go to your favorite beach without all the hassle? Well, from our experience living in Orange County, we found that the middle of the week is the best time to escape the crowds that tend to populate every Saturday and Sunday. If you are going on a weekend, however, try to beat the rush and head to the beach in the early morning. Nothing sounds better than a peaceful morning relaxing on the beach followed by a delicious brunch along the water. Another beach tip is to avoid the peak of summer if possible. Autumn is an ideal time to visit the beach and it’s Southern California so the weather is always perfect regardless of the time of year!

 

4. Orange County is home to a lot of foodies

From the octopus ceviche at Javier’s in Newport Beach to the soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung in Costa Mesa, Orange County hosts a wide variety of cuisine. Every city has their specialties, so almost every type of food is accessible as long as you know where to go. Want to find the best food without taking all the time and effort to do the research? Check out some of our past blogs to find the best dessert spots , top brunch destinations, and more!

 

5. Orange County really is the best place to live!

Orange County has more than just gorgeous beaches and yummy grub. The fantastic sights, relaxing vibes, and plethora of things to do are giving locals so much to love about their hometowns. Comprised of 34 cities with over three million residents, Orange County is much more diverse than television may lead people to believe. Looking for a quiet place where you can walk around the farmer’s’ market or browse antique stores? Old towne Orange is the perfect place for you. Maybe you want something with a bit more nightlife? Check out Fullerton and everything the city has to offer. In Orange County, there truly is something for everyone!

 

Interested in moving to Orange County? Let us know and we’d be more than happy to help!

24
Sep

5 Ideas for a Ladies Day in Orange County

With the kids back in school there’s plenty of time to take a day to yourself! Grab the girls and treat yourselves to a ladies day. Here are a few of our favorite activities to do with the girls on a free day!

1. Shopping and Lunch at Fashion Island

Known as one of the nicest outdoor shopping malls in southern California, Fashion Island has numerous boutiques, four major department stores- including Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s, many delicious restaurants and even some great dessert spots! A popular lunch spot at Fashion Island is a cafeteria-style dining spot called Lemonade. It’s the perfect way to mix a healthy lunch with some fun shopping.

2. Nails and Juice Bowls

Nothing like a manicure and pedicure to treat yourself and your girlfriends! Sitting in the massage chairs is the perfect way to relax and spend time talking. There’s plenty of great nail spots all over Orange County but some of the most popular spots are Pardon My French Nail Bar in Tustin and Lollipop Nail Studio in Costa Mesa. There are plenty of dining options around these nail spots but acai bowls seem to be a popular option lately!

3. Wine Tasting

Maybe not the best weekday activity if you have to pick the kids up from school, but wine tasting on the weekends is a great activity to invite the girls to! There’s plenty of wineries across Orange County but one of our favorites is the Laguna Canyon Winery!  

4. Spa Day at Monarch Beach

Although it’s a little bit of an expense, a spa day is a great way to relax and reboot. Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point has a beautiful Miraval Spa that focuses on a “Life in Balance” mentality. After your treatments at the spa there are restaurants to choose from at the resort, and you also gain access to the stunning pool area that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. It is not hard to spend a whole day at Monarch Beach Resort. One of our favorite treatments offered is called the Endless Wave Experience, and can be great for anyone with sun-damaged skin. But, if Monarch Beach is not the place for you, there are plenty more spas and resorts across Orange County that offer top notch treatments and massages.

5. Brunch and Mimosas

Another great weekend activity with the girls is brunch! Although it seems cliche, it can be a great way to catch up and enjoy a tasty meal as well. Some of our favorite places to brunch on the weekends are at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, or Cafe Mimosa in San Clemente. Both menus offer incredibly delicious choices and mimosas as well!
If you’re interested in more tips, advice and information on Orange County then take a look at some of out other blog posts! We’d love to answer any questions you might have or provide more information on the area and specific cities.

14
Sep

Fall Events in Orange County

The temperature might not be dropping too dramatically in southern California, but Fall is just around the corner and it’s time to start decorating, preparing and cooking for the season. Locals love this time of year because there is not only excitement about the holiday season approaching, but also so much happening in Orange County. Here’s your guide to all Fall events happening in these next couple months!

  1. Knott’s Scary Farm

Kicking off the Fall season is a fan favorite among Orange County locals! Knott’s Scary Farm is a tradition hosted by the Buena Park amusement park! This experience is so extreme that it calls for its own ticket! On select nights, beginning at the end of September and running through the end of October, visitors have the chance to visit this unique haunted house experience. Their tagline for the attraction is “where nightmares never end.” It’s certainly an ‘enter at your own risk’ experience, but many people love the attraction and even get big groups of friends to go together!

2. Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

An event targeted at the over 21 crowd of Orange County, the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is a three day festival takes place at the end of September, and locals or visitors are welcome purchase different levels of tickets. In addition to decadent cuisine and tasty dishes, there will be over 60 different craft beer, specialty wine and even a few cocktail vendors. Although this event is not exactly Fall specific, it’s a great chance to find good holiday/ dinner party gifts.

3. Oktoberfest at Oak Gille

At this extravagant dinner hosted by Oak Grille in Newport Beach, attendees will be treated to a five course meal. In addition to the food, attendees will also be served a variety of craft beers that are special to the season. Seats are limited for this October 27th event so make sure you book your spot soon!

4. Holiday Faire in Irvine

Need to get some Christmas shopping done? What better way to do it than all in one place. This Holiday Faire takes place November 4 and 5, so you can get most of your shopping out of the way early. At the Holiday Faire there will be over 100 vendors of all different sorts. This is a great place to find holiday gifts for dinner parties, in laws or friends!

5. Surfing Santa Competition

Have you ever seen Santa surf? Well, if you head down to Salt Creek Beach, in Dana Point, on November 18 or 19 you can see hundreds of them! This fun and friendly competition requires all participants to dress up in some form of a Santa costume. The event raises money for the Surf Healing foundation, and surfers are awarded prizes depending on how extravagant their costumes are. This is a very fun event to bring the whole family to!
For more details on events happening this Fall in Orange County, feel free to reach out to us! We are more than happy to help!

14
Oct

Halloween Activities in Orange County

Halloween happens to be one of our favorite days around here in the office and we are sure, like us y’all are looking for some fun Halloween activities in Orange County. We’ve put a list together of some of our favorites… From the thrill seeker to the faint of heart to the little bitty babies…. You’re sure to find something that will make your Halloween special!

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Knott’s Scary Farm

Buena Park, Ca.

Sept 22nd – Oct. 31 st

7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Knott’s professional “scare-masters” transform the old Berry Farm into Knott’s Scary Farm for another year of the world’s first, biggest and most famous theme park Halloween event! Every year all 160-acres of Knott’s Berry Farm are transformed into your worst nightmare with themed mazes, live shows, and scare zones featuring hundreds of free-roaming monsters.

 

Halloween trick-or-treating

Kidz Block Party

Downtown Brea

October 31st

North Orange County’s Largest Free Halloween Alternative Event at Downtown Brea.

Presented by The Cause Community Church featuring face painting, pony rides, games, bounce house, petting zoo,rock climbing wall, raffles, prizes, entertainment and free candy.

 

 

Haunted House

 

Motel 6 Feet Under

Business Expo Center
1960 S Anaheim Way
Anaheim, CA 92805

Are you ready for the SCARIEST haunted house in Orange County!? If you are, then step inside Motel 6 Feet Under – and get lost! This haunted maze is sure to frighten even the most seasoned of Halloween veterans, with state-of-the-art props and animatronics around every corner, a dedicated staff of haunting ghouls and just a touch of magic! What’s better than being scared silly? Supporting a good cause while doing so! Motel 6 Feet Under is a non-profit which benefits the local community, and is partnered with BOO! (Building Occupational Opportunities) which benefits local under-served adults by providing theatrical arts and construction training

 

haunted hallway

 

Haunted Fullerton Walking Towers

September 21 through November 10, 2016 (special tour on Oct 31)
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

LOCATION:
Meet at Fullerton Museum

RESERVATIONS & INFORMATION:
(714) 738-6545 

Did you know Fullerton is one of the most haunted cities around? Ghosts are lurking at every corner. Take this tour and find out what businesses have pots and pans flying around after hours, what famous deceased Fullertonian makes an “appearance” now and then, enjoy some of Fullerton’s history. These tours are a celebration of local legend while sharing stories of another facet of Fullerton’s history, particularly that of the downtown.

“Ghost hunters” should be prepared to walk approximately 1.5 miles (lasting about 2 ½ hours), and the tours will include climbing stairs. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of humor with them. The tour is not recommended for children under 13. $15 for museum members and $18 for the general public. Halloween tour is $20 for museum members and $25 for the general public

baby frankenstien

Children’s Museum Funny Frankensteins

Children’s Museum at La Habra
301 South Euclid Street
La Habra:
INFORMATION:
Please call 562-905-9793 for reservations

Free with paid admission.

Calling all silly ghouls and goblins to make a funny fFrankenstein craft on Halloween Day!

treats

Treats in the Streets Autumn Festival 

Thursday, October 27, 2016
4-7 p.m.

LOCATION:
Old Towne Orange Plaza Area
Chapman Ave. & Glassell

The streets surrounding the Old Towne Plaza are closed off to traffic and Old Towne merchants decorate their shops and local non-profit groups provide delicious food items and tasty treats for a nominal charge. There is tons of games, trick-or-treating, a costume parade and entertainment for all ages! (Please leave pets at home)

 

haunted girl

The 17th Door

LOCATION:
The Market Place in Tustin
2856 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782

Open September 23 – October 31, 2016

The 17th Door, Orange County’s most intense and most terrifying haunted house, returns to The Market Place for its second year! Over a dozen new rooms have been created, including a mini escape room, to take things to a whole new level. This year’s haunt will be larger and longer, featuring over 34 minutes filled with more monsters, more scares, more of what you love and more of what you hate! Behind its 17 doors is an interactive experience more innovative and shocking than anything that’s been tried before.

Tickets on sale now! Buy now before they sell out!

**The 17th Door is designed for mature audiences, preferably 16 years of age and older, and is not recommended for children under the age of 13, as there will be intense thematic material throughout the haunt.

boo

Boo at the Zoo

October 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 2016
5:30 – 8 pm

This family-friendly costumed extravaganza will bring FUN, SAFE, trick-or-treating in a “Merry not Scary” Zoo atmosphere, with educational animal presentations, storytelling, and entertainment throughout the evening, with a grand finale costume parade!

For the older kids, there’s also “Teen Scream,” a haunted house filled with thrills and chills. This ghoulish attraction has a separate entrance, but is included with the price of admission.

LOCATION:
Santa Ana Zoo
1801 E. Chestnut Ave

INFORMATION:
714-953-8555

Have a fun and safe Halloween everybody!!!!

*Information provided by Orangecounty.net