Tag: things to do

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!

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!

 

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!