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Visiting Orange County

Having successfully navigated the holiday season, enjoy a relaxing – if not therapeutic – trip through the Orange County region of California. Residents of southern California tread the line between winter and spring because the weather is usually quite nice – not too cold during the winter, and rarely too warm during spring and summer. Whether you’re venturing into a Disneyland adventure with the whole family in Anaheim, or looking to visit closer to open waters – Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach – you’ll find a wealth of interesting, fun, and unique things to do from here through early March.

Cruise into Dana Point on your OC visit. Set between San Clemente and Laguna Beach, Dana Point is a pleasant seaside city, home to the Salt Creek Beach Park, and the Ocean Institute. Enjoy live music at the St. Edwards Church on February 8th, when the Dana Point Symphony performs for guests.

A week before all the hoopla of the Dana Point Symphony, head to La Plaza Park and check out the farmers market, and a festive craft fair – February 2nd from nine in the morning, to three in the afternoon.

Just east along the coast from Dana Point is San Clemente. Another shining example of seaside beauty and hospitality, San Clemente is known as the “Spanish Village by the Sea.” Check out San Clemente State Beach where, although the weather still may be a bit on the chilly side, you’ll find unmatched ocean views. On March 5th, wake up a little early and head for the San Clemente Community Center for the annual Mayor’s Breakfast – starts at 7am.

Closer to Newport Beach you’ll discover Costa Mesa. Make your way into Costa Mesa on February 3rd and visit the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a liver performance of Mozart’s Requiem Unwound.

You’ll find some adventure in Huntington Beach. Whether you visit the International Surfing Museum or stroll along the beach, you’ll find all the excitement you want. Make plans to explore the Huntington Beach Art Center, where from January 18th through February 23rd you’ll be able to enjoy Center on the Center, an “annual non-juried, salon-style group exhibition.”

Continue the art love affair when you check out the Downtown Huntington Beach Art Walk, on February 21st.

A short drive northeast and you’re in Orange. Known to embody a “slice of Old Town charm,” Orange is home to the Orange County Zoo. Pack up the kids and head for the Orange County Zoo on February 28th for the Animal Art II Toddler Program (still pretty fun for slightly older kids.)

Orange County Hotel Map

Orange County Events

August 2014

August 2, 2014
Big Bite Bacon Fest Experience the best in bacon dishes prepared by some of the best chefs in Long Beach. This delicious event takes place on the Queen Mary at 5 p.m.
August 28, 2014
Breakfast at Tiffany's

Watch a classic film on the big screen while enjoying a cold beer or nice glass of wine at the Regency Theatres Director’s Cut Cinema in Laguna Niguel. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

August 23, 2014
Sleeping Giant Sleeping Giant takes the stage at Chain Reaction in Anaheim for a 6:30 p.m. show.

September 2014

September 13, 2014
California Celtic Classic Join in the games or just meander through the Irish marketplace and enjoy live music. This free event at the Sea Terrace Park in Dana Point begins at 10 a.m.
September 3-14, 2014
Laguna Dance Festival Visit the Laguna Playhouse and be immersed into the world of dance as you watch performances by world-renowned dance companies. Times vary per performance.

September 2014

September 25, 2014
Gatsby's Black and White Soiree All you dapper gents and ladies are welcome at the Muckenthaler in Fullerton for this fashionable black-tie soiree. There will be fine dining and live music for dancing. The evening’s events begin at 6 p.m.

October 2014

October 12, 2014
Oktoberfest The Muckenthaler Cultural Center fills with delicious food and brews for this fun annual event in Fullerton. The music strikes up at noon.
October 5, 2014
Yappy Howl-O-Ween The Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point hosts this fun event for the dogs. There will be tricks and treats, a costume contest, and play time for the pups. Yappy Hour begins at 5 p.m.
October 4, 2014
Dana Point State BBQ Championship The smell of great BBQ takes over Sea Terrace Park in Dana Point as over 100 teams compete for cash and prizes and you get to reap the benefits of their hard work. Grills light at 10 a.m.

December 2014

December 7, 2014
German Christmas Holiday Market Old World Village in Huntington Beach hosts this market filled with German food, vintage gifts, and arts and crafts. There will also be a bouncy house for the kids, photos with Santa, and Dachshund Races to enjoy. The market opens at 10 a.m.

24 Best Western Hotels
in Orange County

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    Courtesy Inn

    Anaheim

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    Anaheim Inn

    Anaheim

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    Park Place Inn - Mini Suites

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    Pavilions

    Anaheim

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    Raffles Inn & Suites

    Anaheim

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    Stovall's Inn

    Anaheim

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    Newport Mesa Inn

    Costa Mesa

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    Dana Point Inn-by-the-Sea

    Dana Point

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    Marina Shores Hotel

    Dana Point

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    Huntington Beach Inn

    Huntington Beach

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    Regency Inn

    Huntington Beach

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    Laguna Brisas Spa Hotel

    Laguna Beach

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    Irvine Spectrum Hotel

    Lake Forest

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    Los Alamitos Inn & Suites

    Los Alamitos

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    Newport Beach Inn

    Newport Beach

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    Orange Plaza

    Orange

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    Meridian Inn & Suites, Anaheim-Orange

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    Anaheim Orange County Hotel

    Placentia

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    Casablanca Inn

    San Clemente

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    Capistrano Inn

    San Juan Capistrano

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    Orange County Airport North

    Santa Ana

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    Harbour Inn & Suites

    Sunset Beach

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    Palm Garden Inn

    Westminster

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    Westminster Inn

    Westminster

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