Article By: Mary Tran: Let's Play OC
When visiting a place that’s as historic as Disneyland, why not stay someplace that also has a great story to tell?
Find a healthy dose of history and charm packed into the single square mile of Old Towne Orange. Known colloquially as the “Orange Circle,” this bustling historic district is the heart and soul of the city of Orange. Don’t let the size fool you—there’s much to see, do and taste in a neighborhood where gourmet restaurants are as much at home as antique shops. Check out seven stops on our Old Towne tour featuring experiences you’ll find only in Orange.
South Coast Plaza’s story is entwined with that of its founders, the Segerstrom family, who arrived in Orange County in 1898. The Segerstroms acquired and developed land and built an agricultural empire along the way. Lima beans once grew on the site where the center now stands. South Coast Plaza opened its doors to great fanfare in March 1967, with 70 shops and anchor stores May Company and Sears.
Anaheim has many historical and cultural landmarks that are well worth visiting. Three of them in particular - Disneyland, Angels Stadium and the Mother Colony House - really show the unique past, present and future of Anaheim. where it has been and where it is going. Check out this visual diary of Anaheim and see how deep some of the roots grow in this city.
Calling all novelty “Kiss Me I’m Irish” pin wearing, Guinness swigging, pint glass toting participants of epic St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. It’s time to breathe new life back into those green skinny jeans you keep in the back of your closet (we know they’re in there) and step into one of these Orange County bars and restaurants for your Paddy’s Day festivities, where the green beer is flowing, and the whiskey love’s a-growing.
Just 8 miles south of Anaheim, Santa Ana has built a reputation as a burgeoning arts district in Orange County. Entrepreneurs, restaurateurs and artists flock to this cultural haven, which boasts everything from contemporary galleries and studios to cocktail lounges and chef-driven specialty restaurants at 4th Street Market and beyond. While there’s much to explore throughout the downtown neighborhood, check out these seven spots that celebrate the independent spirit of Santa Ana.
March signifies many significant events: Daylight Savings, the start of Spring and Women’s History Month. The Anaheim Convention Center looks forward to the Natural Products Expo West, a five-day event encompassing educational seminars as well as an extensive trade show. As it continues to grow in size, adjustments are made to accommodate both new exhibitors and attendees. Here’s a rundown of some of those changes, as well as a few hints we’ve learned from personal experience.
Move over, Las Vegas. Orange County’s selection of live entertainment dinner shows offers loads of variety and unique options for fun family dinners out on the town. Magic, murder mystery, chivalry and adventure are all waiting for you. Immerse yourself in a medieval castle, in the tropical rainforest, at a glamorous hotel and even inside a giant pirate ship. Here are our picks for the best family dinner attractions in Orange County:
Previously located at Downtown Disney, the House of Blues, has been a hot spot in the center of Anaheim for entertainment. At its new location, at the Garden Walk on Disney Way, the House of Blues is now home at a magical 44 thousand square feet musical majesty of multi rooms with art and history everywhere.