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10
Aug

Best Family Outings in Orange County

Looking for some fun family outings in Orange County? Look no more because we have some great ideas for your family trips.

We understand life can get really hectic sometimes. No matter how efficient we think we are we could all use a break from the usual grind to get refreshed.  This holds even more true for kids as it does for the adults.

When you are exhausted, and you notice that the kids are bored too, it makes sense to step out of the house, get some fresh air, and have a rejuvenating time outside. After all, nothing can beat a family excursion, and why should the kids feel left out!

Some great destination ideas for family outings in Orange County include:

  • Parks: Parks are always great. You don’t have to plan anything special, and the fun of riding big balloons never grows old. Parks are a wonderful place even if it’s just a small picnic or get-together with the family. They are budget friendly and also allow you to have some quiet time. If you still want some help, check out this fantastic link http://funorangecountyparks.com that covers almost all of Orange County.
  • Zoos to Farms: Kids really love to interact, especially when they get a chance to be with nature and wild life. It’s like a new door has been opened to them, and we happen to love it too! There are various zoos and farms, where you can closely explore some wild life. Kids can feed the small animals, like turtles and rabbits. They can even touch snakes and other reptiles. If the idea sounds interesting to you, pack your bags and take your kids to Centennial Farm, Santa Ana Zoo, OC Zoo (Orange), The Reptile Zoo (Fountain Valley), or Tanaka Farms.
  • Disneyland: Does it even need an introduction? Come on; we are all huge fans of Disneyland. It’s a heaven for both kids and adults. From dining with characters to watching the firecrackers, from shopping to recreational activities, it’s a great entertainment place for all of us. So, what is stopping you? Visit http://disneyland.disney.go.com/ and book the tickets already!
  • Glowing Ocean: The Pirate Coast Paddle Co. lets you have amazing guided SUP Glow Night tours of Newport Bay. You can get there on Friday and Saturday nights in the summer. There are waterproof LED lightings, which let boarders see marine life in the calm waters. For detailed info, visit com.
  • Go ahead and jump: With kids, we too become younger. And kids never get bored of jumping. This time, along with your children, unleash the child in you and wiggle out at several trampoline places throughout Orange County. For some more sporty fun, explore dodge-ball, basketball, foam pits and an arcade area. The places to check are Sky Zone, Anaheim Hills, and Westminster; Big Air, Buena Park and Laguna Hills; Get Air Surf City, Huntington Beach; Sky High Sports, Costa Mesa; and Rockin’ Jump, Santa Ana.
  • Water Parks: We can never get enough splashing or cool water during the summer. Water parks are everybody’s favorite family outing spots. The best of them is Soak City. With new water slides and many more fun options, you can have an incredible time. Just click https://www.knotts.com/play/soak-city and you are ready to go! Some other water parks are Splash, Raging Waters, Heritage Water Splash Pads, and Frontier Park, etc.
  • Adventure Zone: At gov, you would find the Adventure Playground. It lets kids raft on a small pond, climb across a rope bridge and slide down a mud slide. As the activities can be a little muddy, you may need to bring some extra clothes and towels.  It becomes even better. There are not one but two such parks with the same name in Orange County. The Adventure Playground at Irvine’s University Park is not a traditional playground. The kids can have some unstructured play, use their imagination to build, create and interact at Cityofirvine.org.
  • Museums: Many of us love to visit museums. Museums are cool. They are full of info, a bit mysterious and take us into a different era altogether. They are food for the wondering, curious minds. The best museums in Orange County are Discovery Science Center, Bowers Museum and Pretend City.
  • Movies and starlit sky: What could be more mesmerizing than watching movies on giant screens, under the starlit skies? There are communities that arrange such movie screenings, where families bring beach chairs and blankets and enjoy the show. The locations are Brea, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Irvine, Lake Forest and Placentia.
  • For the love of books: Hello, book-lovers! For some of us, spending time with and around books is equally thrilling and refreshing as any other outing option. Sounds even better, if you get free books to read, at places like Pottery Barn Book Club. There are other options too, like Local Library Programs.

If you feel like checking out more ways to a lovely and entertaining family outing, don’t get disheartened. There are various websites and blogs, flooding with places to get you going.

Some of them are:

  1. http://funorangecountyparks.com
  2. http://www.coastalgroupoc.com/blog/2015-awards-the-99-best-places-to-take-your-kids-in-orange-county.html
  3. sandytoesandpopsicles.com/orange-county
  4. https://www.planadayout.com/Things-to-do-with-kids-in-Orange-County-0

Isn’t it exhilarating, having so many options to choose from! What are you waiting for? Grab your bag, plan a day out and enjoy some beautiful family outings with your loved ones.

 

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20
Jul

Orange County Movies in the Park

There aren’t many places that can beat Orange County in the Summertime. Beach days are endless, picnics are easy and there’s always something to do or somewhere to go! Although we are nearing the end of July, there is still plenty of Summer left, so soak it up! In a recent blog we gave your opinions on some of the best Summer concerts happening in the area this Summer, but that is not the only night activity to take the family to. Movies in the Park are also a great way to bring everyone together, pack a picnic, and make a night out of it! There are multiple places that host movie in the park events, but here are a few of our favorites that are showing classics throughout the month of August!

Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim

The Summer movie series titled, Sunset Cinema, still has a few great showings left this season! On August 11, they’ll be showing A Bug’s Life,  then on August 18 The Sandlot  will be showing! Two great movies that many of your older kids will remember from their childhood!

 

Tustin

You can find movies in the park in Tustin at a few different locations! Tonight Centennial Park will be showing Moana! People tend to show up around 5:30 pm to play a few games and find a good seat, but the actual movie does not start until 8 pm. At the beginning of August, Peppertree Park will be screening The Jungle Book-  a great family film! The timing for this showing is similar to that at Centennial Park. Finally on August 10, Camino Real Park will be showing Finding Dory.

 

Anaheim

Aside from the Yorba Regional Park, there are a few other locations in Anaheim that have movie in the park showings throughout the rest of Summer! Tomorrow night Juarez Park will be showing Tangled for their Disney Summer Movie Series. This series continues on August 4 in Stoddard Park with Peter Pan. Following this classic, a newer film, Moana, will be screening at Eucalyptus Park on August 11.

 

Irvine

If you and the kids are looking for a new twist on movies in the park, the William Woolllett Aquatics Center puts on a Splash-In Movie & Recreational Swim event where families are welcome to bring swimsuits and floaties and lounge/play in the pool while Moana plays on a large screen. Because this event is so unique there is a small fee of $2 for children 1-17 and $4 for anyone 18 and over. The event begins at 6:30 pm so make sure not to be late!

 

Start packing your picnics and gathering your blankets because movies in the park are not an event to miss this Summer! It’s a great way to bring the family together and it’s an activity everyone can enjoy!

 

12
Jul

4 Orange County Workouts to Check Out

Many Orange County locals are big fans of workout classes or discovering the latest workout trend. There are plenty of workout studios, gyms and classes in the area to meet everyone’s needs, but there are certainly a few that stand out. If you are a fan of the gym or a good class, check out some of these great workouts in Orange County. We guarantee you’ll be sore the next day!

OrangeTheory Fitness

You may have heard of this fitness studio before as it is a chain across California. However, if you have simply passed it off as just another gym, you are very wrong. OrangeTheory Fitness classes focus on heart rate-based interval training. Although the classes are designed like group personal training, each workout is designed to meet the needs of your body and your abilities. The classes are a combination of strength training and cardio, but each person is welcome to move at their own pace. This kind of training will target your metabolism and keep your body burning calories far beyond the 60-minute class. Spots fill up quick, so book your free trial class online today!

CKO Kickboxing

If you need a big kick in the butt, sign up for a class at CKO Kickboxing! The location in North Tustin is just down the road from Orange and it very easy to get to! This kickboxing studio uses hanging punching bags to provide more resistance and a better workout for your body! This class will keep you moving for the full 60 minutes and give your body the kickstart it needs. Taking one class at CKO will target muscles you are probably not used to working and jumpstart your metabolism. If you are unsure about this kickboxing workout, CKO offers new members a deal of three trial classes for $20. That flat rate also includes a brief introduction session before your first class, and gloves!

Bikram Yoga

Still want a great workout, but not as keen on the high intensity and moving workout classes? Bikram Yoga in Fullerton offers classes that are designed to work for attendees of all levels. Whether this is your first yoga class or you have been practicing yoga for years, bikram yoga will not only help your strained muscles, but also work your body in a different way than cardio or muscle training would. Bikram yoga classes are heated to 105 degrees and are typically referred to as “hot yoga” classes. This heat not only loosens your body and helps increases stretching abilities, but the heat also detoxifies your body and allows it to sweat out all the toxins. A 90-minute class is far from easy, but it is a great workout and a great meditation session to boot!

CycleLab Fitness Studio

You have probably heard a lot about cycling lately as it is one of the trendiest and most popular workouts today! There are plenty of studios now offering cycling classes, but not all of them are reliable or as good of a workout as they claim. If you want to get the ultimate cycling workout and reap the many benefits of a 60 minute session, then it’s time to try CycleLab Fitness Studio in Anaheim! Not only is the studio beautiful, but the instructors and staff are amazing! A class at CycleLab Fitness Studio is even more fun with a group of friends! There’s a variety of different types of classes to choose from depending on what you’re looking for: Fusion Cycle, Tone & Spin, Spin & Sculpt, and Group Training. Hop on a bike today to discover why everyone swears by a cycling workout!
These are just a few of the many great workouts Orange County has to offer! For more advice on Orange County give us a call today or reach out by email! We are happy to help with all your Orange County needs.

26
Jun

Guide to 4th of July in Orange County

Orange County might be the best place to be for the Fourth of July weekend! There’s activities for kids, adults and families all across the area, so you can stay local in your town, or venture over to another city. Here we have compiled a list of events, parades and festivals going on across Orange County for the Fourth so you can figure out where you want to be for this fun holiday!

Huntington Beach: 4th of July Parade and Pier Festival

The celebration at Huntington Beach actually takes place over the course of three days! The 4th of July celebrations and festival takes place from July 2-4. Come down to the pier and adjoining streets anytime from 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. for art and craft exhibitors, food vendors, live music and family games. On the Fourth there is

Newport Beach: Old Glory Boat Parade

Newport Beach is always a fun place to be in the afternoon on the Fourth of July because local and visiting boat owners like to decorate their boats and take them around the harbor. Whether you’re on a boat yourself or watching from the shore, this boat parade is always entertaining for the whole family!

Brea: Country Fair

How better to spend the Fourth of July than playing carnival games and eating fair food? The fair takes place in the City Hall Park and is open to the public. You can get your day started at 10 a.m. with this fun event! The Brea County Fair is a great place to bring the kids because there are lots of kid-friendly exhibits, games and even a parade.

Irvine: Concert on the Green Firework and Festival

Come out to the Irvine High School Stadium for an afternoon of fun activities beginning at 3 p.m.! There will be live music throughout the evening, games and bounce houses for the children, food vendors, and of course a firework show at 9 p.m.

Dana Point: Ocean View BBQ Buffet

Head down to Laguna Cliffs on the evening of the Fourth for one of the best buffets all year! This spectacular Fourth of July extravaganza is hosted by the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa. This event requires a little more advanced planning however. Families looking to attend the extravagant buffet from 5:00-8:30 p.m. must make reservations ahead of time. An adult ticket for $99 or a child ticket for $40 includes valet parking, a full buffet equipped with a mac and cheese station, live entertainment and music and a full-blown firework show to finish off the night.

Fullerton: Annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival

If Fullerton is the place you want to be on the Fourth then head over to the Fullerton High School Stadium for a celebration similar to Irvine. Beginning at 5 p.m. this celebration offers live bands, great food and carnival games to amuse the children until the firework show begins at 9 p.m.

Tustin: Annual Celebration

On this hectic day, Tustin invites locals and visitors to stop by the Tustin High School for an enjoyable evening of music, food and entertainment. Many families like to pack their own picnic and bring blankets and chairs to set up. A variety of drinks and snacks can also be purchased at the event. It’s a great way to socialize and involve yourself in the community. Fireworks also begin at 9 p.m. for this event!

Wherever you end up spending the 4th of July we’re sure you’ll have a great time! Orange County is such a great area to be because the fun never stops. You can always find excitement, but you can also find peace and relaxation depending on what you’re looking for! If you want more information on Orange County or the individual communities do not hesitate to contact us today!

02
Jun

The Top 8 Dessert Spots in Orange County

Orange County is booming with fantastic restaurants and fine cuisine, so it’s not a surprise that so many companies and entrepreneurs in the area have jumped on the trend of making desserts into a delicacy. Now, if you’re craving something sweet, you can find just about anything you can imagine plus more! To top it all off, most of the desserts look like artwork! Here are a few of our favorite spots to try!

1. Creme and Sugar

Quite possibly the most “instagrammed” dessert spot in all of Orange County, Creme and Sugar serves the most colorful treats that look like they’re from a unicorn fairy land. Their signature hot chocolate comes in a neon pink, purple or blue and is topped with whipped cream and colorful sour candies. Crème and Sugar also sells colorful cupcakes and cakes to pair with that glass of hot chocolate.

2. Pie Hole

Missing your mother’s home-cooked apple pie? Don’t worry, Pie Hole has it covered! Originally based in Los Angeles, Pie Hole recently opened up their Orange County location in Orange. Here, visitors can choose from a variety of sweet and savory pies. One of the most popular pies, is their signature Earl Grey pie. Although it may sound obscure, the taste is excellent!

3. Tap Gelato

Have you ever tried ice cream so delicious that it tastes like gold? Well at Tap Gelato you can actually eat gold. Amongst the variety of gelato creations, one order gets you any flavor ice cream, dipped in milk chocolate and topped with a sliver of 24k gold.

4. The Loop

Another crowd favorite dessert for being incredibly photogenic, The Loop offers soft serve ice cream topped with a handcrafted churro. Not only is there a variety of flavors, but the churros can also be dipped in chocolate sprinkles, or even fruity pebbles! The Loop also always has special seasonal and holiday creations!

5. Afters Ice Cream

As if a doughnut wasn’t delicious enough on it’s own, now there’s ice cream inside!! Afters Ice Cream is a chain of ice cream shops throughout southern California, and what they are most known for is their doughnut ice cream sandwiches! With their signature cookie monster blue ice cream in the middle, this is certainly a dessert you can’t go wrong with!

6. The Dirty Cookie

Located at The District in Tustin, The Dirty Cookie serves your favorite milk and cookies in the best way! Customers get to choose their favorite cookie flavor amongst the variety of cookie cups, which are lined with either milk, dark or white chocolate. The customers then get to pick whether they want their cup filled with milk, vanilla cream or chocolate cream! It’s Santa’s dream!

7. Rollin’ Creamery

The name says it all! The Rollin’ Creamery specializes in ice cream served in a unique fashion. Once you choose a flavor, the Rollin’ Creamery uses tools and very cold surfaces to freeze your ice cream before your eyes and roll it up into little tubes. In one cup of ice cream you’ll find five or six rolled up ice cream tubes, which you can then top with whipped cream, sauces and much more! Customers can also order an ice cream taco. The shell is a waffle cone and the rolled ice cream fits perfectly in the middle!

8. Popbar

If you need something small and sweet after big meal, Popbar can satisfy your simple cravings! Known for serving hand-crafted gelato on a stick, Popbar offers the adult version of your favorite childhood dessert. Customers can choose between a variety of creamy or fruity flavored popsicles. Once your flavor is picked out, your pop can be fully or half dipped in white, dark or milk chocolate and topped with a choice of nuts, sprinkles or other toppings. Popbar has locations all over southern California so find the one closest to you! Popbar also caters for those fun Summer parties!

 

Is your mouth drooling yet? These are just some of the fun spots to hit up around the area! There are so many more great dessert places, and new spots opening up all the time! Orange County is a great place to live whether you’re a family, couple or single! For more information on Orange County give us a call today!

02
Jun

Summer Concerts in Orange County

The best time to have fun in the sun is during summer, and our favorite way is to go to as many summer concerts in Orange County as possible. One thing that the OC does better than other county’s festivals and concerts. We have put together a few of the best upcoming events and venues to help you get the most out of this summer!

 

OC Parks Concerts

The OC Park’s annual outdoor Summer Concert Series is kicking off in June at Craig Regional Park and making the rounds to Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, and ending off in Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach in late August. They offer a pretty wide variety of music genres, and the tickets vary in price by popularity. One big name you may remember from a few years ago is Big Bad Voodoo Daddy!

 

For the full list of artists, dates, and to purchase tickets, you can go here.

 

 

OC Fair

Summer concerts in Orange County are a staple at the OC Fairgrounds thanks to the annual OC Fair. This year is going to be absolutely incredible, with big names like Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Isley Brothers with The Commodores, The B-52’s, Dashboard Confessionals with The All-American Rejects, and Kenny Rogers!

 

As usual, the OC Fair has done a fantastic job at selecting musicians from every walk of life to please everyone’s taste in music. Plus, the actual fair will be bigger and better this year than ever before!

 

This year’s OC Fair is going to kick off hard starting July 14th, so check the lineup out now and get your tickets (which include fair access) while they still last.

 

The Honda Center

Summer Concerts in Orange CountyYou may not think of summer concerts in Orange County when you here the Honda Center, but it scouts some serious talent. Just this year I went to the Andrea Bocelli event, and it was pure magic (minus the guy singing off key the whole time right next to me!)

 

This summer is packed with tons of events, both musical and theatrical, to keep you entertained. As far as concerts go, you can catch Brad Paisley, John Mayer, Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey, and Kendrick Lamar.

 

Tickets are usually available all the way up until right before the event, but just know that you’ll be paying a premium for waiting. You can grab your tickets here.

 

Doheny Days

Summer Concerts in Orange CountyNo list would be complete without mentioning the iconic beach concerts of Dana Point. This year’s 3–day music festival will be taking place on September 8th through 10th, and it will be a real treat with 20 artists! The talent coming this year includes Elvis Costello, HAIM, Social Distortion, and Fiona Apple to name a few.

 

Tickets are moving fast, so be sure to grab your single or 3-day pass before they’re gone!

 

Call Us!

Getting to the best summer concerts in Orange County is our favorite pastime, so give us a call, and we can get you moved to the OC to take full advantage! You can contact us at 714-333-7327, reach us at 201 S. Antia #203, Orange, CA 92868, or email us at stacyandnicole@stacyandnicole.com today with any questions!

 

 

17
May

5 Restaurants in Orange to Try Now

Orange is a quaint community with a charming town center, great shopping and amazing food! There are great restaurants all over Orange County, but the city of Orange has some hidden gems that should be on the top of your list for this weekend! We have laid out a guide to some of our favorite eating spots and top menu picks!

Smoqued

For the best barbeque in Orange County look no further than the award-winning barbeque served up at Smoqued in the Orange Circle. This intimate spot combines wood smoked meats with some of the best beer crafted in California! If you’re with a large group, the Smoqued Pork Nachos are a must to order.

Francoli Gourmet

Craving an intimate atmosphere and divine food? Francoli Gourmet sits on one of the four corners of the Orange Circle, but is possibly the biggest hidden gem of Orange. Francoli Gourmet creates authentic Northern Italian cuisine dishes that will spark anyone’s taste buds. This restaurant offers diners the best Italian food in all of Orange County. One dish is better than the next, and to top it off, any meal is followed by classic Italian desserts. One of our personal favorite desserts is the Chocolate Fondant Cake!

Rutabegorz

                Operating out of a 100 year-old historical home, Rutabegorz is the perfect place for a relaxing meal. All of the food is organic and the menu is extensive- you will not know what to pick! Some of our favorite menu items include the Garlic Chicken Salad, Joe’s BBQ Chicken Sandwich and the Gringo Burrito. Not only are the entrées and appetizers fantastic, but the desserts and incredible too! With cookies as big as your face, and seasonal selections, Rutabegorz is our destination for all things sweet!

Orange Hill Restaurant

Looking for the perfect date night? Orange Hill Restaurant sits atop one of the highest points in Orange and overlooks all of Orange County. Orange Hill is the perfect place for a romantic, upscale dinner. For the ultimate experience, make reservations around sunset to see one of the best views for miles. The restaurant has different menus for brunch, dinner and sunset (a pre-determined three-course menu), but the food is equally as decadent and delicious on all of them. The restaurant can also be rented out for special events, along with the O Bar featured at Orange Hill.

Watson’s Soda Fountain & Café

If you need more than just a cup of coffee for breakfast, head over to Watson’s Soda Fountain in the circle for some of the most decadent breakfast items you’ve ever seen! The restaurant was recently remodeled and the interior is a fun and upbeat atmosphere- great for families and small children. A few breakfast items you can’t go wrong with are the Nutella Stuffed Pancakes, Huevos Rancheros or Lone Range Benedict. If you still have enough room in your stomach, the lunch and dinner menu is equally as incredible. However, you never have to choose a certain type of meal because breakfast is served all day at Watson’s! A must-try at Watson’s are their famous shakes and malts, some of which are even spiked!

For more information on Orange and great restaurants to try, get in contact with our team today! We can offer advice and show you homes on the market in Orange.

               

15
May

Things to do this Memorial Day Weekend in Orange County

Planning to heat up those grills and take a dip in the pool this May 29th? Instead of having your average Memorial Day Weekend celebration, take advantage of the warm weather and family-friendly events happening around Orange County. Celebrate the service of our active and veteran military members this Memorial Day, while the whole family partakes in a fun-filled weekend with one of these exciting Memorial Day Weekend events.

Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run
No matter how much you work out, the Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run has a fun, active event for everyone. Whether it’s the famous half marathon, 10k, 5k, or Kid’s Run (1/2 mile), the whole family can run through the streets of Laguna Hills together to celebrate our service men and women while working off the inevitable barbecue of the afternoon.
Memorial Day Program in Anaheim
Rain or shine, those honoring the veterans of the El Toro Memorial Park, Santa Ana, and Anaheim cemeteries will gather at the Anaheim Cemetery on Memorial Day at 11 a.m. The program will include inspirational guest speakers, the beautiful presentation of wreaths, and a respectful honor guard firing salute. This is the perfect event for the whole family to attend to appreciate and honor the incredible service of our veterans this Memorial Day.
Newport Beach Wine Festival
In the weekend days prior to Memorial Day, spend the afternoon wining and dining at the 14th annual Newport Beach Wine Festival. Take in the beautiful sights of Newport Bay as you sip fine wines, taste gourmet entrees, and learn from the festival’s interactive classes! This annual event offers a winemaker dinner, afternoon wine tasting, and a refreshing Sunday morning brunch complete with sparkling wines and fresh seafood. Spoil yourself by spending date night tasting some of California’s finest wines!
Military Days at Knott’s Berry Farm
This Memorial Day Weekend, take the whole family out for an afternoon of dips, dives, thrills, and shrills at the rides of Knott’s Berry Farm. U.S. Military Personnel receive free admission for themselves, as well as discounted admission for up to 6 guests of their choosing. Enjoy a piece of boysenberry pie or a trip through Camp Snoopy, all at an excitingly discounted price.
Local Farmers’ Markets
Browse through some of the freshest produce California farmers have to offer at one of the dozens of farmers’ markets open over Memorial Day Weekend. Stop by the Orange County Market Place, the Yorba Linda Farmers’ Market, or the SOCO Farmer’s Market in Costa Mesa on Saturday for farm-fresh produce. For any Sunday-goers, the Downtown Santa Ana Farmers’ Market or the Certified Farmers’ Market offer fresh fruits and veggies that are perfect for your Memorial Day Weekend cookout.
Brunch
For brunch lovers, Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect time to get your brunch on. Get excited for the bottomless brunch offered at the Gypsy Den in Santa Ana. Enjoy endless mimosas, delicious entrees, and the sweet tunes of Apollo Bebop, a local, well-known experimental jazz/hip hop group. Or, for brunch with an unbeatable view, reserve your seat now at the Hornblower Cruises’ Memorial Day Weekend brunch cruise. Appreciate the scenic harbor views as you sip on champagne at your private table and enjoy the gourmet brunch buffet on the 2-hour long cruise.

So, instead of your annual Memorial Day cookout, adventure out to one of these local spots to see what Orange County has to offer this Memorial Day Weekend. From an exciting family run to a popular wine festival, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Throughout the weekend, don’t forget to thank a veteran for their service. While the weekend marks the beginning of summer, it is most importantly a time for us to reflect and appreciate the freedom we have been given!

For more questions about year-round events in Orange County, give Stacy & Nicole a call today!

17
Apr

Best of Orange County in the Summer

With Summer just around the corner, everyone is getting antsy to take weekend trips and bask in the warm sun! Orange County is a great place to be during the summer because it has an endless list of great activities, and it offers easy access for quick weekend trips. Whether you’re looking for a fun weekend activity, the best places to eat at, or the sweetest dessert stops, this is your guide to all things to do in Orange County during the Summer!

Knott’s Berry Farm

Are the kids getting a little too rowdy? Blow off some steam at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. The ultimate Summer day activity, a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm has something for the whole family. The thrilling rides, fun games and tasty treats are sure to please all five senses. A daily admission ticket to the park is $45, but you can also purchase park hopper passes to make the lines shorter and the day a little more convenient. Bring suits for the water rides if you’re looking to cool off as well!

OC Fair

A crowd favorite, the OC Fair should be marked on your calendar for this Summer! This delightful fair that tours the southern California area is one you will certainly not want to miss! This year the fair, located in Costa Mesa, will take place from July 14-August 13 and is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays. This year some of the performances will include Justin More, Colbie Caillat and The Band Perry. You can also purchase tickets to special events at the fair like the OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup. Check out more fun rides, games, food and concerts on the OC Fair website!

Habana Costa Mesa

Need a great dinner spot for that warm summer evening? Try booking reservations at Habana in Costa Mesa! Not only is the food delicious, but the outdoor seating will have you feeling relaxed and peaceful. If dinner doesn’t work, try heading over for brunch or lunch as well! The patio is enclosed in beautiful green plants and the stringed fairy lights above set the perfect tone. Some favorites on the menu are the Caribbean Eggs Benedict and the Citrus Marinated Pork Belly!

Tustin Street Fair & Cookoff

Clear your calendar and make sure to fast for a week so you’ll have room in your stomach for the Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-off! This fun event is held in Old Town Tustin and includes a variety of activities! This year the Street Fair and Cook-off will take place on June 4th from 11:30 am- 6:00 pm. Attractions of the event include food vendors, live music, carnival games, craft booths, a kid’s area, alcohol booths and of course- the Chili Cook-Off!

Vans U.S. Open of Surfing

This all day event is the perfect Summer activity because it includes sun, sand and surf! It doesn’t get much more “California” than that. The Vans US Open of Surfing is a nine-day surfing event that hosts over 350 elite surfers. This is a great activity to do for a day or two because it’s completely free to go sit on the beach and watch the surfers, and the atmosphere is very fun! Many sponsors and art vendors set up on the beach and there is live music as well as meet and greets with some of the athletes. This year the Vans US Open of Surfing will take place from July 29- August 6. Be sure to get there early because even though everyone is welcome it can be very tricky to find parking!

Orange International Street Fair

Can’t decide what type of food to choose? Italian…Mexican….Indian? Well you don’t have to at the Orange International Street Fair! Although it’s closer towards the end of Summer, taking place on September 1-3, it’s a good idea to put it on the calendar now because this food festival is certainly not to be missed! There are food booths broken up into 15 different parts of the world: America, Switzerland, Asia, Australia, Denmark, England, Japan, Greece, Holland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Polynesia, Mexico and Lebanon. There are also nine different stages scattered throughout the festival on which performances take place throughout the weekend! This “taste of tradition” is not to be missed!

Catalina Island

Although not exactly in Orange County, a day trip to Catalina Island can be the perfect weekend activity for any age group! Just a short hour boat-ride away, Catalina Island has many different attractions such as snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking. The island also has some great events of its own throughout the Summer that you may want to plan your trip around. At the beginning of June, visitors can experience the 13th “Taste Around of Avalon 2017” in which you are able to experience some of Catalina’s finest cuisine and drinks. Beginning in the middle of June the Catalina Island Concert Series occupies the Wrigley Plaza Stage. Kids also enjoy the Fishing Derby each Wednesday and Summer Beach Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday!

Living in Orange County during the Summer is fantastic because there is so much to do and the weather is unbeatable. Many families choose to settle in Orange County at the beginning of Summer so they are able to relax and enjoy all it has to offer. For more information on housing in Orange County contact us today!

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Top Brunch Destinations for Your Easter Sunday

Easter came late this year so there’s still time to find the perfect place to brunch on that Sunday with the family! Amongst the variety of amazing restaurants in Orange County there are a few that go the extra mile on Easter! We know it can be overwhelming trying to find the perfect place, so we have laid out a few options for you to choose from! Check out these great spots for good food, gorgeous views and a great time!

The Coliseum Bar and Grill at Pelican Hill

If you are an Orange County native, you know you can never go wrong with Pelican Hill. As if the breathtaking views of the serene coastal line and enormous infinity pool weren’t enough to send you over the edge, the food at The Coliseum is divine. The outdoor seating allows couples and families to look out over the bright green golf course and Pacific Ocean, and is the perfect place for a sunny Easter Sunday. The brunch is buffet style with all the classics like waffles, eggs and sausage as well as a few extra items! You can even lounge around all day after brunch and stay for the Easter dinner they serve. This restaurant fills up quick for lunch so make sure to call soon if you’re looking to make reservations!

The Ramos House Café

Nestled in the heart of San Juan Capistrano, The Ramos House Café can be the perfect place to take the family for Easter brunch if you’re looking for something more casual. This restaurant is down-to-earth and the outdoor seating has a warm feel to it. The price of brunch is $40 per person and from there you are able to choose between drinks and an assortment of southern takes on basic brunch items. Many of the crowd favorites are the Smoked Bacon Scramble w/ Wilted Rocket & Apple Fried Potatoes, as well as the Duck Confit Wild Mushroom Mac N’ Cheese. The Apple Cinnamon Beignets also pair great with a fresh mimosa!

Sapphire Laguna

Looking for a spot that’s a little more upscale? Head to Sapphire Laguna for a beautiful and sophisticated brunch with your Easter Sunday crew. The outdoor seating has great views of the ocean, and the bright orange umbrellas protect you from getting too warm. The Easter Sunday menu is a three course set menu priced at $65 per person. The first course, which is a Swiss Muesli Parfait with bananas, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, local honey and toasted almonds, sets the tone for the decadent food that Chef Azmin Ghahreman whips up! Your mouth will be watering just looking at the menu.

Back Bay Bistro

Talk about an assortment of food… Back Bay Bistro in Newport Beach offers a variety of “stations” at their Easter brunch so no one can leave hungry! The different options include an omelet, pancake, smoked fish, seafood, crab cake, carving and dessert station! In addition to that, the brunch also offers a variety of foods from the grill. The Back Bay Bistro is a great place to take the family on Easter Sunday because not only to they offer a wide range of kid and adult foods, but they also offer a separate price for children and adults. To brunch until you’re stuffed at the Back Bay Bistro costs $79 for adults and $38 for children. There’s a few more bonuses… the all-inclusive price for adults also includes bottomless champagne and mimosas for the whole morning! The Easter Bunny is also set to make an appearance, so while the adults are enjoying the drinks, the kids are amused too! The Back Bay Bistro is a great place to check out for the ultimate Easter Sunday brunch.

The Phoenix Club

Want to try something different for Easter? Bring everyone to the Ostermarkt Easter Bazaar hosted by The Phoenix Club! Although it’s not your typical sit-down brunch, this festival will have German food, imported desserts, a German bakery, German beer live music and crafts! The Easter Bunny is also said to make a special appearance at this fun festival! There’s no cost to attend the festival and it lasts from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. If Bratwurst, potato pancakes and split pea soup sounds good for Easter Sunday then stop by the Ostermarkt Easter Bazaar!

Social

If the cocktails are a vital part of the perfect Easter brunch for your party of people, then Social in Costa Mesa is the place to go! Although it’s not a traditional, classy Easter brunch, it’s delicious and signature drinks are to die for! Brunch goers can choose from a wide range of menu items. The food ranges anywhere from something as light as market fruits to a hefty plate of chicken and waffles. The food is not where most eyes wander though when there’s such a fantastic menu of cocktails to browse! A crowd favorite at brunch is the “Magic Carpet Ride” which is a mix of vodka, Sauvignon Blanc, jasmine and grapefruit. The atmosphere inside is fun and intimate which is why Social is a popular destination for friend groups on an Easter Sunday! Take a look at their sinful menu of delicious food and drinks today!

Still having a tough time choosing where you want to brunch for Easter? Here’s a short checklist you can use to narrow down your options:

  • How far will you have to drive?
  • Do you want a view?
  • Do you care if there’s outdoor seating?
  • Is there a set menu?
  • Is it family-friendly?
  • How expensive is it per person?

 

Hopefully now you have the tools to book the perfect Easter Sunday!