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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!

21
Aug

Thing to Do This Halloween in Orange County

Finding Halloween activities in Orange County isn’t hard to do, but choosing between all of them is! This year is going to be even bigger than the previous years because everyone is finally realizing just how much fun the spooky events are. Plus, there are tons more family friendly options this year than ever, so you don’t have to wait until trick or treating to get the kids involved.

Check out a few of our favorite picks this year:

Mickey’s Halloween Party

With years and years of just decorating the park during Halloween, Disney finally got in on the action and created a family friendly experience where adults and children alike get to dress up and trick or treat together!

You didn’t misread that; everyone gets their own candy, both adults, and kids. It not only gets you out as a family, but it lets parents (and non-parents) get to rekindle the feeling they had as a child when they used to go house to house getting candy.

This isn’t the only feature of Mickey’s Halloween Party that you won’t want to miss. There are themed decorations, bags, collectors pins, spooky Disney villains, the Headless Horseman who leads a special Halloween parade, and the Halloween Screams fireworks show.

All of this and more are available only to those who go to Mickey’s Halloween Party (tickets are sold separate from day time admission.)

 

Knott’s Scary Farm

Adolescents and brave kids can make the trip, but leave the little ones at home because this is one Halloween event that is meant to scare your socks off! Knott’s Scary Farm has been a staple of SoCal scares for several years, and they are frequently changing the chills and thrills with each passing year.

The main attraction is the many creepy themed mazes scattered throughout the park, but there are tons of other cool features to enjoy! Among the attractions are all the usual rides like Ghostrider that will be fully functioning during the festivities, numerous shows including Elvira’s Last Show (a stage show), and cast members running around the park scaring all who dare enter.

Knott’s Scary Farm is a classic destination for all of the true Halloween junkies out there!

 

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

 

Tanaka Farms Annual Pumpkin Patch is a blast for the whole family! It also happens to be the most affordable to make our list, with free parking and $2 entry daily. If you’d like to ride the wagon that takes you on a tour of the 30 acres, it only costs $5 for anyone over the age of 2.

This is one place that the kids will absolutely love! Not only are there thousands of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, but there is free face painting, balloons, and even a pumpkin cannon that shoots real pumpkins into the hills nearby!

 

Honorable Mentions

There are several other places that you can go to get your Halloween thrills, some of them year-round. There are even locations that require you to sign a waiver because they are so scary. 17th Door is one such location. These aren’t for the faint of heart, so research it before going!

Escape rooms are another awesome way to get into the Halloween spirit, and the good news is that most operate all year. They have horror themed problem-solving adventures that require you to solve the game to get out of a room within a certain time, or you fail.

Some are based on ideas like the movie Saw, and others require you to keep a pathogen inside to save the world! There are several different escape room locations throughout the OC, and each has their own unusual style!

 

Let’s Talk!

If you’re as excited about all the family outings in Orange County as we are, why not move here? Contact us here to learn more!

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.

 

Let’s Talk!

If you’re as excited about all the family outings in Orange County as we are, why not move here? Contact us here to learn more!

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!

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