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Posted May 27, 2015 by Erin Ramsauer
Anaheim palm trees

If you are looking to experience the quintessential California vacation destination, look no further than Anaheim, California. Located in sunny Orange County, in the heart of Southern California, Anaheim is a world-class vacation destination.

Posted May 22, 2015 by Jordan Poblete
‘Disneyland Forever’ Sparkles in the Night Sky

Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”  It has been 60 years since Walt Disney first opened the gates to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, giving a lifetime of magical moments to visitors year after year. 

Posted May 21, 2015 by Janet Pacheco
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival Shortcake

Take part in a sweet Orange County tradition - the 57th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival. With roots dating back to 1958, come see why this family-friendly event continues to be a local favorite for over half a millennium.

Posted May 20, 2015 by Alex Fenn

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, so what better way to celebrate by soaking up all of the fun activities Anaheim/Orange County has to offer.

Posted May 14, 2015 by Jordan Poblete
Voyge to the Iron Reef at Knott's Berry Farm

Two water-themed offerings make Knott’s Berry Farm® an ideal place to cool off this summer!

Posted May 13, 2015 by Charles Epting
Walt Disney himself rides the Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland

As Disneyland®Resort approaches its 60th anniversary this July, it is important not to forget the park’s other anniversaries being celebrated in 2015. We’ve already looked at Indiana Jones Adventure and Mission to Mars attractions, but this time we’re going to take a trip to the “little minin’ town of Rainbow Ridge.”

Posted May 08, 2015 by Alex Fenn

In a bind and need brunch plans for Mother’s Day? Let us help you navigate the restaurant waters and find the perfect place to entertain the mom in your life. So break out your phone and start dialing for reservations … and save us a glass of bubbly. 


Posted May 06, 2015 by Charles Epting
San Juan Capistrano, one of Orange County’s first tourist destinations

Orange County is a tourist’s dream — from miles of beaches to Disneyland®Park and Knott’s Berry Farm®  — the county is a premier destination for millions each year. In honor of National Travel & Tourism Week, local historian Charles Epting takes a look back at the early days of tourism in Orange County and how the industry grew from such humble beginnings.


Posted May 04, 2015 by Alex Fenn
La Vida Cantina in Costa Mesa

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo (May 5) and all of Orange County is celebrating! From restaurant specials to lively community events, we’ve got you covered on the best places to fiesta!

Posted April 30, 2015 by Janet Pacheco
Center Street Promenade in Anaheim

A short walk from the Anaheim Packing House is one of Anaheim's gems - Center Street Promenade. What was once the historical center of commerce for Anaheim at the turn of the century, has turned into a mecca for artisan eateries, one-of-a-kind shops and plenty of storefronts to peruse during a leisurely stroll.


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