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November 1, 2019

For our out of town clients, we are working hard on our full TRAVEL GUIDE! We wanted to show off a portion of the guide and some fun things to do while you are visiting!  Whether you are here for a mini vacation, or have only a day or two in our neck of the woods, there is something for everyone to put on their calendar.  We realize that some of the items on our list are calendar-sensitive and we have provided dates, when possible, in order for you to know if your visit coincides with their availability.  


  • Disneyland– For obvious reasons, we have put this 1st on the list of things to do.  The park is open from 8-9AM until 11PM-12AM during Spring Break (Mid-March-Mid April), Summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day), and Winter Holidays (Mid November-New Years Day).  The rest of the year the park is typically open from 10Am-8PM.
  • Knott’s Berry Farm-A personal favorite of ours, this park features some of the best and wildest rides and a real “locals” feeling to the restaurants and shops. For hair-raising fun, be sure not to miss Knott’s Scary Farm which runs from September 19th through November 2nd!
  • Universal Studios and Theme Park-Of course this theme park is in Hollywood and features some great rides and some amazing stunt shows.  You wouldn’t want to miss the Studio Tour which made this park famous as well as visiting the Universal CityWalk; Three-block Entertainment, Dining & Shopping Promenade with Clubs and Lounges for the night owl.
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain– Located in Valencia, this park features some of the best rides in California including the amazing Twisted Colossus, one of the longest hybrid coasters in the world!


  • Festival of the Arts-Located in beautiful Laguna Beach, you can enjoy great food, drinks and wine all while viewing the original works of our local artists.  The show runs from July 6 to September 3 and features the Pageant of the Masters which is a live reproduction of famous paintings using locals as the subjects.  It’s truly something that you should see once in a lifetime!
  • Sawdust Festival-The Sawdust Festival is an Arts and Crafts Bazaar in Laguna Beach that offers paintings and artworks for sale by local artists and runs through the summer from June 28 to September 1 each year.  It really feels like you are back in the 1960’s when you visit this site and you could literally spend all day between the Sawdust Festival and the Art-A-Fair. Be sure not to miss the Winter Fantasy which runs each year from November 23 to December 22 and features marionette shows, a fantastic light display, live music, and art classes.
  • Art-A-Fair-Open from June 26 to August 30 and located in Laguna Beach, the Art-A-Fair is literally a “garden of art” from artists around the world as well as home-grown talent.  Here you will find oil paintings, acrylics, photography sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and much more.
  • Balboa Island-Located in Newport Beach and reached by bridge or ferry, this “island” has beach-focused activities and features local dining, shops, arcades and museums.  It is definitely a walking island which is just the way you want to take it in; nice and slow so you can enjoy the view!
  • Mission San Juan-Mission San Juan Capistrano is a former California mission established by Father Junipero Serra and was opened in 1776.  This California landmark has been through several renovations to restore it to its original state. The Mission is largely considered the “Jewel of the California Missions” and is home to the Annual Return of the Swallows which takes place in the spring each year.
  • 1,000 Steps Beach-For those who don’t mind a good workout, 1,000 Steps Beach is located in South Laguna and is one of the cove beaches you would expect to find.  Interestingly, there are only 223 steps, not the 1,000 it is named for. However, once on the beach, there are caves on either side of the sandy shore that are only accessible in low tide.  It’s fun to explore and just to spend a relaxing day sunbathing.


  • The Blind Rabbit-Located in Anaheim, this restaurant harkens back to the days of the Prohibition and Speakeasies of the 1920’s.  The décor is definitely of that time period and they change their menu every six months. The downside is that they are open only at night and they are by reservation only.  
  • Eat Chow-For those who don’t have much time here, Eat Chow is located minutes from the Photography by Alyssa Michelle Studio.  Eat Chow is a charming, eclectic café open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with great food and pleasant service. Eat Chow has happy hour Monday through Friday from 4pm,-6pm and offers wine and craft beers as well.
  • 4th Street Market-If you want tons of options (I see you ladies) 😉 then 4th street market is perfect! It’s an indoor/ outdoor market that has 8-10 food trucks turned pop up restaurant to choose from!
  • Benchmark-A nicer option especially for lunch! It’s an all outdoor patio feel with funky and AMAZING menu options!

Obviously, being in California, there are so many things to see and so many places to eat that are unique to this area that we simply cannot mention them all.  Hopefully, this gives you a good template to start with to fill any extra time you may have allowed yourself on your trip.

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