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Posted February 26, 2015 by Charles Epting
Indiana Jones Adventure

As Disneyland® gears up for its 60th anniversary this spring, it’s important not to forget that one of the park’s most popular attractions is also celebrating its 20th anniversary. “Indiana Jones Adventure,” an Adventureland staple, has become one of Disneyland’s most beloved attractions since it first opened to the public on March 4, 1995.

Posted February 20, 2015 by Alex Fenn
Milky Buns by Afters Ice Cream in Fountain Valley

Doughnuts, they are a traditional sweet treat that satisfies around-the-clock and appeals to all ages. Whether it’s an old fashioned, a maple bar or an apple fritter, everyone has his or her go-to doughnut flavor. From new flavors to hybrids, like the cronut, a fair share of experimental and unique doughnut options have popped up around Orange County.

Posted February 19, 2015 by Charles Epting
The first overland trail through California

From the Santa Ana Mountains to the former Irvine Ranch and dozens of miles of coastline, Orange County is renowned for having some of Southern California’s best hikes. Here are three hikes that — in addition to featuring beautiful scenery — showcase the county’s rich cultural history.

Posted February 13, 2015 by Alex Fenn
Disneyland on Mardi Gras

Plastic beads, fancy masks, bright colors, drinking, dancing and parades. Mardi Gras is right around the corner and even if you can’t make it to New Orleans this year, many places throughout Orange County are bringing a little bit of the Big Easy to SoCal.

Posted February 12, 2015 by Charles Epting
Loop the Loop at Coney Island, courtesy Library of Congress

Forty years ago this year, a ride opened at Knott’s Berry Farm that revolutionized theme parks forever. Although a ride on the Corkscrew only lasted a minute and 15 seconds, it provided park-goers with an experience unlike anything else in the world — a chance to travel upside-down on a roller coaster.

Posted February 10, 2015 by Kristin Wing
Ride. Dine. Stay. OC Restaurant Week 2015

Take your taste buds on a vacation - OC Restaurant Week returns Sunday, March 1- Saturday, March 7. If you’re visiting the Anaheim and Orange County area, make sure to make room in your itinerary and tummy to experience this treasured culinary event.

Posted February 04, 2015 by Charles Epting
First edition cover of Catch-22

An immediate classic upon its release in 1961, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 is considered by many to be one of the greatest books ever written — even landing a spot at number seven on Modern Library’s list of the 100 Best Novels. Although read by millions, few realize that one of the major locations in the book is actually in Orange County.

Posted January 29, 2015 by Charles Epting
Howard Hughes in H-1 Racer take off runway, courtesy of UNLV Libraries

Orange County has a number of aviation-themed landmarks — from the site of the world’s first water-to-water flight in Newport Beach to the Tustin lighter-than-air ship hangars — but few people know about a record that was set 80 years ago by one of history’s most enigmatic figures.

Posted January 14, 2015 by Charles Epting
Tennessee Williams

Years before he ever wrote The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, or Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, an unknown playwright by the name of Tennessee Williams spent “the happiest and healthiest and most radiant” summer of his entire life at an enchanting artist colony known as Laguna Beach.

Posted January 08, 2015 by Janet Pacheco
Center Street in Anaheim

Now that the New Year’s celebration dust has settled, we’d like to take a moment to showcase some breathtaking Instagram photos taken in 2014 that had us at “hello.” 

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