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CONTENTS 72 10 NEIGHBORHOODS Six jeweled communities, each with its own distinct personality, sparkle on the storybook coastline of Orange County.

14 OUT & ABOUT This insider’s tour guide shows where to go for the best beaches, world-class golfing and outdoor adventures, with a bonus calendar of exciting entertainment, from local parades to area performing arts.

26 CULTURAL Take a closer look at the impressive local artists, art galleries and museums available here in Southern California.

36 SHOPPING

90 WELLNESS

Where to shop for the best clothes, home décor, jewelry, gifts and more.

Rejuvenate and invigorate with our guide to the best health and wellness spots.

48 EAT & DRINK

94 PHILANTHROPIC

From sushi bars and steakhouses to bakeries and cafés, this complete dining guide brings you the best of the best.

72 TRAVEL Retreat to Palm Springs. Escape to Dubai’s Al Habtoor City for the ultimate in luxury. Find your hideaway at the charming Puerto Vallarta Beach Club on the Mexican Riviera. Checking in: V Palm Springs, Ingleside Inn and The Garland.

Highlighting philanthropic organizations that make a difference in Orange County.


Pack Light. REALLY LIGHT.

VIBRANT DOWNTOWN Martinis, creative cuisine, and a downtown casino. Ride the BUZZ, Palm Springs trolley – free and fast.

TRENDY UPTOWN Shop for vintage treasures or modern classics. It’s the hippest shopping mile in the desert.

MID-CENTURY MODERN DESIGN Discover the City’s architectural wealth of Mid-century architecture. It just never goes out of style.

HOLLYWOOD’S PLAYGROUND Hollywood’s been coming to Palm Springs ever since there was a Hollywood. Come play among the stars.

UNIQUE VACATION HOME RENTALS Take a reprieve from the rushed work week to relax poolside. Cozy bungalows or celeb hideaways…live like a local.

BOUTIQUE INNS From 100 year old adobes to cool classics, surrounded by the stunning San Jacintos. Experience these treasures – they’re not to be missed.

GO TAKE A HIKE Hike down into the awe-inspiring Indian Canyons or soar up the Aerial Tramway. Or golf, spa, fly, drift, run, bike, tour, race, or scoot….it’s all here.

TWO HOURS FROM ORANGE COUNTY Astonishingly beautiful. Utterly relaxing. Extraordinary design. Surprisingly affordable.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT By day, discover museums and art galleries. By night, find small clubs with top notch entertainers. Welcome to Palm Springs’ great indoors.

www.VisitPalmSprings.com Like no place else.™


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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

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e invite you to spend time exploring OC InRoom Magazine. Fall is in the air, and as a reminder to all of us, falling leaves that have changed colors to gold and red, scents of baking and family coming together to embrace the holidays make us realize what we’re so thankful for. We’re fortunate in Southern California that we can continue to enjoy our beaches, hike our wildernesses and dine alfresco. Want to get your fashion fix on? We’ve got you covered as we explore SOCO and OC Mix starting on page 36. It’s definitely football season, so root on your favorite team! Our “Game On” feature on page 50 will share where to hang for the best burgers and brews in town. And who doesn’t need a short getaway to rejuvenate and recalibrate? Retreat to Palm Springs. Just a short drive away, an oasis awaits with myriad golf courses, luxurious spas, upscale dining and boutique shopping, see page 72. Check into the V Palm Springs or Ingleside Inn. Looking for a hideaway? Puerta Vallarta awaits, see page 82. Dubai’s Al Habtoor City beckons with mega-luxe accommodations, see page 84. Then pursue our Calendar of Events for performances and happenings you don’t want to miss. Holiday performances will dazzle. Please enjoy OC InRoom and your stay in beautiful Orange County. We hope you return soon.

JENNIFER LARSEN

Executive Editor/Publisher

MEGAN KEOUGH Creative Director Megan Keough is a Oregon based art director, graphic designer and production manager in the print industry, but she mostly identifies herself as an artist. In her free time, Megan practices photography, oil painting, illustration design and writing. She is constantly pursuing knowledge and furthering her ability to keep up with the ever-growing art community.

LYDIA KREMER Writer Lydia Kremer is a widely-published Palm Springs-based freelance writer and publicist. She writes on a wide range of topics--architecture, design, people, art, culture, and travel. She is also the author of a Palm Springs travel guide, “100 Things to Do in Palm Springs Before You Die” published recently by Reedy Press. See Lydia’s travel story on Palm Springs beginning on page 72.

CARRIE WILLIAMS Writer A Newport Beach native, Carrie Williams still loves to play tourist in her hometown... especially in the winter when the beaches are quiet, prime-time restaurant reservations are possible and she can really feel like a local. When she’s not waxing eloquent about must-visit spots for OC InRoom Magazine, she’s likely working her day job as a marketing and PR pro, spending time with her two teenage daughters or considering (still) learning how to surf. See Carrie’s shopping story on SOCO and OC Mix beginning on page 36 and her dining story on Best Sports Bars in Orange County beginning on page 50.


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Neighborhoods

Welcome to the American Riviera, more than 40 miles of the most inviting—and interesting— beaches in the world and the fascinating communities that define it.

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he diversity of life above and beneath the sun-kissed Pacific Ocean is virtually unlimited, as are the varied cultural, educational and sports offerings of towns that hug her shore. Reveling in an average temperature of 70 degrees, the area beckons with 400 miles of bikeways and nature trails. Some of the country’s finest settings for golf, including the legendary Pebble Beach courses, call the area home. Families can enjoy the Performing Arts Center and ever-changing exhibits and entertainments at a host of sites, including Aquarium of the Pacific, Knott’s Berry Farm, and, of course, the iconic Disneyland. History breathes magic into this special strip of sand through significant ongoing preservation efforts by local communities honoring their star-studded heritage. From early Spanish settlers to members of Hollywood’s—and America’s—platinum rosters who first discovered the area in the 1920s and continue to be captivated by her charm, the Orange County coast serves as both a place of discovery and a restful retreat. Resorts and upscale lodgings offering the finest in service and amenities are housed in both contemporary and historic architectural masterpieces. Farm-to-table, organic and the freshest ingredients possible dominate the superb cuisine offered throughout the region, from 5-star restaurants to small, family-owned dining establishments. Shopping opportunities are unparalleled, as many of world’s top design houses maintain shops offering apparel for both men and women.

NEWPORT BEACH

Nearly 10,000 boats and yachts make their home here, site of the greatest number of restaurants with water-view dining in all of Orange County. Fishing, harbor cruises and a sandcastle competition are only the beginning. Fashion Island and Atrium Court offer upscale boutique shopping and dining. Balboa Peninsula is a five-mile stretch of land with sandy beaches, two piers, and a funland amusement area. In addition, the peninsula serves as a connection point for a ferry boat ride to Catalina Island. Forgot your ‘board? Not to worry; Wedge jetty is famous for body surfing.


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Six jeweled communities, each with its own distinct personality, sparkle on the storybook coastline of Orange County. HUNTINGTON BEACH

The city plays host each year to the U.S. Open of Surfing and Surfing Walk of Fame and serves as site of the Surfers’ Hall of Fame and International Surfing Museum. Resorts here in Surf City, USA, offer top spas and rooms with prime ocean views. Pick up a board at any surf shop on Main Street and glide away; with eight miles of uninterrupted beach, visitors easily transform to locals by day’s end. This is where “laid back” and “slowed down” were born. Huntington Beach Pier is 1,800 feet of entertainment and fishing. On the end of the pier, Ruby’s Diner provides guests the sensation of dining on the ocean surface. Visitors and locals roam Pier Plaza for more fine-dining opportunities and shopping, while world-class surfers and dolphins provide ready entertainment at sea. With the air beginning to cool and a glowing sun sinking slowly into the waves, the perfect Huntington Beach sunset is nearly complete; it needs only you, with your toes in the sand.

LAGUNA BEACH

This is the heart—and art—of The American Riviera. In the 1920s, half of the population were artists; today, Laguna Art Association and Laguna Art Museum serve as testament to their tenacity and success. Known as The Artist Colony, the town is home to Laguna College of Arts + Design. With a treasure trove of permanent art galleries, a monthly gallery walk, the Sawdust Art and Craft Festival, Art-A-Fair and the summer-long Festival of Arts, art is everywhere. Professional dance and music also thrive in this creative environment. The Laguna Beach coastline includes seven miles of beaches, bluffs, hills and canyons dotted with 30 coves, each a piece of paradise. At the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, injured and ill sea lions are nursed back to health and released.

DANA POINT

Oft-deemed the most romantic city on the California coast, Dana Point sparkles with breathtaking views of the Pacific, glorious spas, and toprated hotels and resorts. The community is small enough to enjoy in a single walk, yet offers a complete range of amenities.. Dana Point boasts one of the few harbors on the coast, and visitors find ships ready to transport them to Catalina Island, sport fishing, sightseeing and day cruising. An annual tall-ship event, in which beautiful rigged ships sail proudly into the harbor, is mounted each September.

Lantern Village is the most historic part of the city; here, streets are named for the different colors of lanterns used 200 years ago by ships to advertise their wares. The Ocean Institute is nationally acclaimed for its hands-on curricula in marine science. More than 100,000 K-12 students and 6,000 teachers participate each year in 61 award-winning immersion-style programs.

ANAHEIM

Don your big, round ears (and get your tickets online) for a visit to Anaheim’s most famous theme park. Disneyland still reigns for many as childhood’s best adventure, so it’s comforting to know today’s park retains its traditional charm while offering new, upto-date experiences for both the young and young at heart. A hop, skip and jump away is Knott’s Berry Farm, home of the world’s first looping roller coaster. Go nose to nose with bottlenose dolphins and a plethora of other sea creatures of all shapes, sizes, colors and textures at Aquarium of the Pacific.When ready to rev up the pace, catch the action as the Anaheim Ducks grab their hockey sticks and move at speeds about which Disney’s Donald can only dream. Not solely fun and games, Anaheim serves as the business hub of the American Riviera and is home to several of the top 20 employers in Orange County; its Chamber of Commerce hosts five separate business councils.

SANTA ANA

The county seat of Orange County, Santa Ana offers visitors a range of experiences that include The Discovery Science Center and Bowers Museum, an accredited museum focusing on world cultures showcased through its 100,000-item collection from Africa, Asia, the South Pacific, and the Americas, including pre-Columbian art, native American artifacts, and California plein-air paintings. Many rock ‘n’ roll legends have found fame with Rickenbacker electric guitars and bass guitars, which are crafted in Santa Ana. Founded in 1931, the company continues to produce a variety of electric stringed instruments and amplifiers. Preservation is key in Santa Ana; the city is home to two districts on the National Register of Historic Places and several beautifully restored homes and churches dating to the 1800s.


FIND IT 1. Ruby’s Diner 1 Main Street, Huntington Beach, 714.969.7829, www.rubys.com

Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514, www.art-a-fair.com

2. Pier Plaza 315 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 714.898.7927

9. Festival of Arts 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145, www.foapom.com

3. Fashion Island 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach,855.658.8527 www.shopfashionisland.com

10. Pacific Marine Mammal Center 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3050, www.pacificmmc.org

4. Balboa Island 100 Marine Avenue, Balboa Island, www.balboa-island.com

11. The Ocean Institute 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org

5. Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949. 494.8971, www.lagunaartmuseum.org

12. Knott’s Berry Farm 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, 714.220.5200, www.knotts.com

6. Laguna College of Arts + Design 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.376.6000, www.lcad.edu

13. Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100, www.aquariumofpacific.org

7. Sawdust Art and Craft Festival 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030, www.sawdustartfestival.org

14. The Discovery Science Center 2500 N Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823, www.discoverycube.org

8. Art-A-Fair Festival 777 Laguna Canyon Road,

15. Bowers Museum 2002 N Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.567.3600, www.bowers.org


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Waves

Over forty-seven million vacationers come to Orange County each year. They are drawn to the forty-two miles of captivating scenic coastline filled with some of America’s most famous beaches.

NEWPORT BEACH Corona del Mar State Beach

Located down steps or a path from Ocean Boulevard, Big Corona as its known by locals offers stunning views of the Newport Beach jetties and bay at Inspiration Point Park. This entire beach area was once known for its powerful waves that surfers enjoyed but now is docile to child’s play because of the break created by the jetties. The beach looks across the bay to Newport Beach’s peninsula and famous surfing spot The Wedge. The powerful waves that roll into The Wedge are the same waves that would have impacted Corona del Mar beaches, had the jetty not been built in the early 1900’s. The beaches allow dogs after 5:00 pm and early morn-

Beach Access: Ocean Boulevard, Newport Beach

Newport Pier

One of OC’s beach meccas, the Newport Pier area, which roughly runs from about 18th Street up to 21st Street and beyond, is a whirlwind of activity and is definitely the place to be, especially during the summer. There is so much going on in this dynamic coastal city, it is hard to know where to start. Swimming, boogie boarding, skim boarding, surfing and fishing, not to mention jetty climbing, are considered great recreation around here and make any person feel like they are on a holiday. Beach Access: Off Balboa Boulevard at McFadden Place and Ocean Front Street, Newport Beach

The Wedge

The Wedge is one of the most famous bodysurfing and body boarding spots in the world. Known for its immense waves, this place has earned its reputation as a dare devil’s haven. In some stretches of the Wedge, it is recommended to just watch the action unless you’re an expert. The waves slightly farther north are tamer and more suitable for surfers and swimmers of all experience levels. Beach Access: At West Jetty View Park, tip of Balboa Peninsula, end of Channel Road, Newport Beach

LAGUNA BEACH Crystal Cove State Park

A secluded beach stretching some

3.5 miles, an official “underwater park” teeming with reefs and 2,000-plus wooded acres for exploring make Crystal Cove State Park a remarkable escape from the crowds and bustle of Newport Harbor. Tide pools and coves delight visitors to the beach year-round, though rangers advise exploration of these during winter, when lower tides present clearer views of the aquatic life. Carved into the park’s ridges and canyons are more than 23 miles of mountain-biking, horseback-riding and hiking trails, many of which feature steep, rocky climbs. Also explore the lower trails that offer hiking through riparian woodlands with oak and sycamore trees along the seasonal Moro Creek. Beach Access: E Pacific Coast Highway in between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach with easy access from I-5, 405 and 73, Laguna Beach


Shaw’s Cove

This picturesque cove has tidepools and has become a popular diving destination. The crevice is in 15-20 ft of water depending on the tide. There are plenty of smaller channels into the reef as you go deeper. If you dive around the reef on the eastern side of the cove, you can exit the water at Fisherman’s Cove. Shaw’s Cove is monitored by the Laguna Beach life guards so make sure you have a buddy and a snorkel - they check. Beach Access: At Fairview Street and Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach

This beach is almost exclusively used by locals of all ages who surf and skim. Thalia is one of those neighborhood gems offering many opportunities to soak up the local culture. This is a surfing beach and is not for use by swimmers or body boarders. Swimming is permitted south of the beach (past the surf flag) at the northern end of Anita Street beach. Beach Access: Just look for the surf shop on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Thalia Street in Laguna Beach that calls itself Thalia Street Surf Shop. The beach is located at the bottom of the street down a set of stairs | Laguna Beach

Main Beach Laguna

Main Beach is a busy, urban beach nestled in the middle of downtown Laguna. This small beach attracts a lot of visitors, especially in summer. A boardwalk runs the length of the beach where artists and street musicians set up along the coast. The park and plaza that abut the beach include basketball and volleyball courts, a playground and picnic tables. This is a terrific place to walk on the bluff and walk down to several coves along the way. At night, Main Beach’s waterfront walk is popular with strolling sweethearts. Beach Access: Laguna Canyon Road and South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach

Aliso County Beach

Aliso Beach Park features sandy beaches, rocky promontories and scenic coastal foothills. These geological features combine to form one of the most recreationally appealing areas along the entire California coast. The park consists of two sections, the beach itself and an inland area surrounded by native coastal chaparral. Aliso is also the site for championship skim board contest. Beach Access: 31131 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach

Thalia Street Beach

Thousand Steps Beach

Two hundred nineteen concrete steps lead to a small beach at the base of a Laguna cliff near the Montage Resort. As you descend the stairs you will get glimpses of the ocean and the beach. The stairs are covered with trees and vines in a thick canopy. This beach is great for surfing, body surfing, volleyball and some good ol’ sunbathing. When the surf is up, you will get to see some spectacular waves crashing against the rock outcroppings. Beach Access: At 9th Street and South Coast Highway, South Laguna

Treasure Island

Treasure Island is the southern most city beach that is guarded by the City of Laguna Beach, Department of Marine Safety; located just north of Aliso Creek Beach. It is best accessed by the ramp at the southwest corner of the Montage Resort. Popular activities include swimming, skin and scuba diving, tide pooling, and other beach activities. The beach has a good amount of sand, but can get crowded during weekend or hot summer days. This beach is mostly sand bottom with shorebreak type surf. The beach can become steep at times depending on the sand. Beach Access: Pacific Coast Highway and Victoria Drive, South Laguna

Victoria Beach

Victoria Beach is located south of main beach and is known for its white sandy beach, beautiful blue-green waters and unique residences. The main attraction is the tower that stands tall at the north end of the beach. The 16th century looking Victorian turret or lighthouse type structure, built as a spiral staircase access to the beach from the towering residence above, was built in 1926. Victoria Beach is one of Laguna’s most private public beaches mainly because it is not easy to find and provides very limited parking. Nearby there is also a circular concrete pool that fills with sand and salt water from the waves. Beach Access: Pacific Coast Highway and Victoria Drive | South Laguna Beach

HUNTINGTON BEACH Huntington State Beach & Pier

The crown jewel of the recreation system is the wide expanse of beautiful and pristine beaches, where large crowds gather to watch professional sporting events as the U.S. Open of Surfing, AV P Pro Beach Volleyball and the Surf City USA Marathon. From the serious water sports competitor to the amateur just out for fun, the Huntington Beach Pier offers something for everyone. Beach Access: Along Pacific Coast Highway and extends north from Beach Boulevard to Seapoint Street, Huntington Beach

Huntington Dog Beach

The Preservation Society of Huntington Dog Beach is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve access to the beach for dogs and to keep the beach clean and safe. Huntington Dog Beach is considered doggy-heaven by most visitors. Dogs come from all over the world to play in the sand and

splash in the surf. Beach Access: Pacific Coast Highway between Seapoint Avenue and 21st Street, Huntington Beach

DANA POINT Dana Point Harbor Baby Beach

For moms, Baby Beach can be an ideal place to let toddlers blow off steam by splashing around and digging in sand. It’s nestled in Dana Point Harbor, so waves are nonexistent. Nearby are rentals for water sports plus Pilgrim tours and the Ocean Institute. Beach Access: 34551 Puerto Place, Dana Point

Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach truly is one of the favorite beaches for barbecues and family picnics. Its beautiful grass lawns, tables and grills, volleyball courts and clean sand beach are all close to the parking lot, so you don’t have far to walk. This Dana Point favorite has a five-acre lawn with private picnic facility rentals plus a sand beach and plenty of restrooms, food concessions, showers, etc. Doheny State Beach is the readers’ choice as the County’s “Best Camping Site” in the Orange County Register’s 14th Annual Best of Orange County survey. Beach Access: 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point

Salt Creek Beach

The long, sandy beach is a popular surfing spot. Both upland and beach facilities can be reached from Ritz Carlton Drive off Pacific Coast Highway. From the west side of the lot, a paved path leads to the beach and to the grassy, seven-acre Bluff Park, which has benches, barbecue grills and picnic tables. Beach Access: 33333 S Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point


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Hike

Nestled in Orange County’s canyons, slopes, beaches and mountains you will find meticulously kept paths of varying difficulty that show a naturally breathtaking side of SoCal. These carved routes will most certainly allow you to get in touch with OC in a unique, refreshingly rustic way.


Crystal Cove State Park

This park is undeveloped with wooded ravines, open coastal bluffs and a small significant stretch of Pacific coastline. Eighteen miles of trails may be found in 2400 acres of wilderness, with three separate trails including easy, moderate or difficult. Docent led, backcountry hikes are scheduled most Saturdays and Sundays. Hikes are 3 to 5 miles, and last about two hours. Hike Access: El Moro Visitor Center – from Coast Highway, turn inland at the School/State Park light and follow park signs. Laguna Beach, 949.494.3539, www.crystalcovestatepark.com

California and is the home of nearly two hundred species of birds, including several endangered species, as well as numerous species of mammals, fish, other critters and native plants. The tenmile trail has multiple entry points along the loop, with opportunities for scenic stops and visits to local educational facilities along the way. The Environmental Nature Center at the Upper Newport Bay inspires all generations to protect the natural world by serving as our community’s foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education. Hike Access: 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, 949.923.2290

an excellent choice even in rainy weather. There are three major arteries that the trail passes under, Niguel Road, Camino del Avion and Pacific Coast Highway. Remember to head down and through the tunnel, then keep paralleling the creek through the valley. It’s a moderate hike that takes about two hours and has gently rolling inclines. Once you reach the beach, you can stop and enjoy the views, or extend your hike with a beach walk. Your best bet is to head south, and you can walk all the way to the Dana Point. Hike Access: 33333 S Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.923.2235

Irvine Regional Park Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Set out for the Top of the World hike along a scenic crest in the mountains backing Laguna Beach. This is a 2.5-mile (round-trip) “reverse hike” in the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. You’ll start by hiking downhill and finish with 700 feet of cardio climbing on the return journey. All in all, it’s an efficient workout on Canyon Acres Trail, crossing the steep slope between the bottom of Laguna Canyon and the round 1000-foot summit, Top of the World. On a clear day, the views blast out in all directions. Descend Canyon Acres Trail, relishing big views up and down Laguna Canyon. Hike Access: 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, 949.584.6753

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve Every year, more than one million people visit the Upper Newport Bay. Birders, joggers, bicyclists, hikers, kayakers, horseback riders, educators, outdoor enthusiasts, and others enjoy the Back Bay’s natural beauty and variety of activities. It is one of only a few remaining estuaries in Southern

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park’s 6500 acres lie within some of the last remaining coastal canyons in Southern California. The park ecosystem is primarily Coastal Sage Scrub, with Maritime Chaparral, Oak Woodlands, Riparian habitats, and the ONLY natural lakes in Orange County. The James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center, full of interesting displays and with amenities in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park’s Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area, is approximately five miles south of the I-5/405 and approximately two miles north of El Toro Road. There are several trails from this point for all levels of fitness. Docent led hikes, such as Elder Trek to learn about the outdoors and diverse plant life, Cultural Resource Hike to learn how Native Americans used various plants and a Fitness Hike, are offered. Hike Access: 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.923.2235

The Salt Creek Greenway Trail

The Salt Creek Trail provides a nice mid-week alternative. It follows Salt Creek from near Golden Lantern in Laguna Niguel all the way down to Salt Creek beach and back, all on a paved path that makes it

Irvine Regional Park is nestled among a grove of heritage Oak and Sycamore trees. The rolling foothills surrounding the park are filled with a variety of wildlife. Trees and shaded turf areas provide a serene setting for leisure activities. Santiago Creek bisects the park and a pond with stonework waterfall and foot bridge is located in the center of the park. A three-mile equestrian trail skirts the perimeter of the central park providing scenic views of the park and it’s natural scenery. A lookout trail is on the north slope of the natural area where a covered shelter, watering trough and water fountain are available. Remember to also visit the OC Zoo inside the park. Hike Access: Black Star Canyon Road, Orange, 714.973.6835

Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

Caspers Wilderness Park is an 8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve nestled among the river terraces and sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains. The park’s many fertile valleys are overtly complemented by specimen groves of native Coastal Live Oak and magnificent stands of California Sycamore. These areas are further accentuated by seasonal wildflower displays and running streams. Wildlife is abundant and can be read-

ily viewed from any of the parks numerous trails. A Ranger-guided walk is offered at a scheduled time on Sunday. Walks during the week can be arranged by advance appointment. Hike Access: 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949.923.2210

Black Star Canyon Trail Head

Black Star Canyon Falls is one of the lesser-known natural gems of Orange County and has become a popular destination for mountain bikers due to its wild scenery. The 6-mile hike begins on a fire-trail in the Santiago Canyon an easy, minimal incline located near Silverado, CA that features a beautiful waterfall. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail. We recommend doing the Black Star Canyon Hike in the early springtime. This is the best time to see the active (flowing) waterfall. During the summer months, do this hike in the early morning to prevent heat exhaustion. The fall season is also a great time to partake in this hike, but the waterfall will likely not be flowing. Hike Access: 14587 Black Star Canyon Road, Silverado

Santiago Oaks Regional Park

Lying peacefully in east Orange alongside the Santiago Creek, the 1,269-acre Santiago Oaks Regional park is a nature lover’s paradise. This secluded refuge offers hikers, bikers and equestrians the natural charm of mountain vistas, an orange grove, a meandering creek and a mature forest of many different species of trees. Wildlife abounds and a series of interconnecting trails leads through shady groves and to a lookout that features an awe-inspiring view of Orange and the surrounding foothills. Hike Access: 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange, 714.973.6620


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Golf

From the stunning ocean views along the coast to the inland rolling terrain surrounded by rugged hillsides, Orange County offers the most diverse golf courses in California. Photography courtesy of PELICAN HILL


Monarch Beach Golf Links

Nestled along the Pacific Ocean is a 6601 yard, par 70 championship course by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Named the “Top 100 Golf Shops in the County” the 1200 square-foot pro shop has a wide variety of golf apparel and resort wear featuring name brands such as Tommy Bahama, Ashworth, Greg Norman, Byron Nelson, Sigrid Olsen and EP Pro to name a few. Monarch Beach Golf Links, 50 Monarch Beach Resort Drive North, Dana Point, 949.248.3001, www.monarchbeachgolf.com

Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club Orange County’s newest golf course is set amidst the Ladera Open Space Reserve offering views of Trabuco Creek. A par 72, 7011 yard course set on 240 acres, Arroyo Trabuco delivers an unforgettable experience equal to the finest high-end clubs. Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, 26772 Avery Parkway, Mission Viejo, 949.305.5100, www.arroyotrabuco.com

Pelican Hill Golf Club

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this November, the 18-hole Faziodesigned Ocean North and Ocean South courses consistently rank in prestigious annual lists published by Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Golfweek and LINKS Magazine. Open to the public, the oceanview Golf Club features a luxurious 44,000-square-foot clubhouse with men’s and women’s locker rooms and lounges, Pelican Hill Golf Academy, the acclaimed Pelican Grill and lounge, an Italian coffee bar, a golf shop, professional forecaddie services, custom Nike practice balls and a full-service practice facility. Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 855.467.6800, www.golfpelicanhill.com

Talega Golf Club

Just three miles from the Pacific Ocean is another recent addition to the OC. This 6950 yard, par 72 course presents a different Southern California look with its Augusta white sand bunkers, dramatic scenery and cool ocean breezes. Telega Golf Club, 990 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, 949.369.6226, www.talegagolfclub.com

Strawberry Farms Golf Course Opened in 1997 and designed by James W. Lipe Jr., this par 71 encompassing 6700 yards features Orange County’s longest hole, a 630 yard uphill par 5. This course combines the rural beauty and tranquility of the surrounding area with the challenge of true championship golf. Strawberry Farms Golf Course, 11 Strawberry Farms Road, Irvine, 949.551.1811, www.strawberryfarmsgolf.com

Black Gold Golf Club One of Orange County’s favorite public golf course is Black Gold Golf Club located in Yorba Linda. Designed by Arthur Hills, this par 72 boasting 6756 yards incorporates several water features, including a stunning waterfall off the 18th green. Slight elevation changes and rolling hills offer incredible vistas overlooking coastal Orange & Los Angeles Counties, including portions of the Newport Beach Coast and Catalina Island. Black Gold Golf Club, One Black Gold Drive, Yorba Linda, 714.961.0060, www.blackgoldgolf.com

Anaheim Hills Golf Course

Offering stirring hillside vistas, graceful valleys and a natural stream flowing past stands of oaks and sycamores, Anaheim Hills will

truly captivate the most experienced players. The par 71 and 6245 yard course was designed by Richard Bigler and is located just twenty minutes from Disneyland.

Tee Time at Pelican Hill

Anaheim Hills Golf Course, 6501 E Nohl Ranch Road, Anaheim, 714.998.3041, www.hillsclubhouse.com

Oak Creek Golf Club

Set against the majestic backdrop of Saddleback Mountain, Oak Creek provides one of the most stunning settings in the area. This Tom Fazio designed course, named after the beautiful creek that runs through it, features tapered fairways, picturesque greens, glistening water hazards and bull-nose carved bunkers. Oak Creek Golf Club, One Golf Club Drive, Irvine, 949.653.5300, www.oakcreekgolfclub.com

Aliso Creek Inn Golf Course

This par 32 with 2221 yards, sits just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. Players will follow this challenging course as it winds around a babbling creek and through a steep canyon. The golf course, now owned by the Montage Resort, offers a peaceful playing environment where often deer gather near a green or on the fairway. Aliso Creek Inn Golf Course, 31106 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.499.1919, www.alisocreekinn.com

Coyote Hills Golf Course Coyote Hills Golf Course is an award-winning 18-hole, par 70 golf course that features five distinct tees and panoramic views of Los Angeles and Orange County. Enjoy an outstanding golf experience at one of Southern California’s best golf courses. Coyote Hills Golf Course, 1440 E Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, 714.672.6800, www.ishjuniorgolf.com

GROUP GOLF ACADEMY Pelican Hill Golf Academy offers group and private instruction for any level of golfer. Led by Glenn Deck, one of Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Teachers in America,” the Golf Academy will design tune-up lessons or half-day clinics for groups as leisure activities, team building sessions or incentives. For group golf tournaments, academy instruction can be arranged prior to play for attendees looking to brush up on their fundamentals before teeing off with colleagues. GOLF & GRILL GATHERINGS Two ocean-view Fazio-designed golf courses can accommodate group tournaments for golfers of all experience levels. Pelican Hill Golf Club coordinates rounds for groups as small as 13 players, or tournaments as large as 144 golfers. After a game of golf, players enjoy grill food favorites in the Pelican Grill private dining room, or at an open-air barbecue in the Golf Pavilion, Pelican Hill’s largest event space. PELICAN HILL GOLF CLUB 22800 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 855.467.6800, www.golfpelicanhill.com


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Attractions Find your own adventure at these world-class attractions found only in Orange County.

PLAY BY THE OCEAN

301 5th Street, 714.465.2782, Huntington Beach, www.pedegohb.com

Balboa Surf & Style

Surf N Paddle

Stand-up paddleboard lessons with tour and rentals. Also offer stand-up paddleboard yoga. 213 Marine Avenue, Balboa Island, 949.673.1003, www.balboasurfandstyle.com

Pedego Electric Bikes Huntington Beach

Electric bike rentals & tours.

All inclusive, boards, wetsuit, and instruction for surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and skim boarding. Also available for sales and repair. 695 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.497.1423, www.casurfnpaddle.com

Moe B’s Watersports at Newport Dunes Resort

Aquatic fun park with diving and sliding water inflatables plus an enormous floating obstacle course. Open every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.3863, www.newportdunes.com

Newport Aquatic Center

Lessons in rowing, kayak and stand-up paddleboarding. Back Bay guided kayak tours and camps. 1 White Cliffs Drive, Newport Beach, 949.646.7725, www.newportaquaticcenter.com

Stand Up Paddle Co

Stand-up paddleboard lessons, boards and paddles, rentals and apparel. 1103 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.9730, www.supcompany.com

Ocean Institute

Jet ski, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org

Banzai Surf School


Summer surf camp with private or group lessons.

Newport Coast Yacht Management

Free, first-come, first-served fire rings for your beach bonfire.

Newport Coast Yacht Management offers private and corporate yacht charters aboard the “Kayla Lynne.” The most fun, flexible and reasonably priced charter operation in Newport Beach, having hosted hundreds of parties and entertained thousands of satisfied guests. For more information contact sales@newportcoastyachtmanagement.com .

Pacific Coast Highway, stretching from Warner Avenue to Brookhurst Street, 714.377.9422, www.parks.ca.gov

120 Tustin Avenue, C-157, Newport Beach, 949.400.3689, www.newportcoastyachtmanagement.com

Jetpack America

Newport Beach Whale Watching

Brookhurst Street & Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 714.499.3315, www.banzaisurfschool.com

Huntington Beach Fire Rings

Experience the new, water-propelled-jet-pack adventure, flying over the ocean. 2600 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, 888.553.6471, www.jetpackamerica.com

Surf City Segways

Newport Landing offers whale watching tours year-round.

309 Palm Street #A, Newport Beach, 949.675.0551, www.newportwhales.com

Catalina Express

Segway rentals and tours.

Year-round boat service to Catalina Island. Daily departures.

417 Main Street, Huntington Beach, 714.536.5126, www.surfcitysegway.com

34675 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point, 800.481.3470, www.catalinaexpress.com

BOATING, FISHING Hornblower Cruises & Events & WHALE WATCHING Hornblower Cruises & Events Bongos Fishing Charters

Sport fishing excursions to Catalina, San Clemente Island or open ocean, plus cruises and whale watching. 400 Main Street,Newport Beach, 949.673.2810, www.bongossportfishing.com

Classic Yacht Excursions

Flexible yacht and sailboat charters that allow you to create the trip you want. 3335 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.612.8767, www.classicyachtexcursions.com

offers a splashy solution for a unique nautical dining experience: spectacular water views, gourmet cuisine and impeccable service aboard an elegant Hornblower yacht in Newport Beach. Enjoy a sunset dinner, cocktail cruise or weekend champagne brunch cruise. All six yachts are available for groups, destination weddings or private charters. 2431 West Pacific Coast Highway #101, Newport Beach, 855.255.7943, www.hornblower.com

Dana Wharf Sportfishing

Year-round fishing and whale watching trips with private charters and sailing also available.

All of Dana Wharf’s vessels are available for private charter. They have 14 vessels that include fishing boats, their new 63’ catamaran, six passenger fishing yachts, a scuba diving vessel and specialty sail boats are available. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com

CONNECT TO NATURE Environmental Nature Center

Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center

One of the largest equestrian centers in southern California and just two miles from the beach. 18381 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, 714.848.6565, www.HCPEC.com

Country Trails and Riding School Experience the fun of horseback riding. Lessons and trail rides through the beautiful Irvine Regional Park.

Features fifteen native California ecosystems. An educational center where you can touch and investigate a seasonal butterfly habitat.

101 Main Street & Pacific Coast Highway, Irvine, 714.698.5710, www.surfingwalkoffame.com

1601 E 16th Street, Newport Beach, 949.645.8489, www.encenter.com

Urban Forest

Newport Bay Conservancy

California native plants and trees and low water flora with wide walking and equestrian trails.

Home to several of the region’s most productive ecosystems. A beautiful place to walk, jog, ride horses, bike, hike, canoe, kayak or bird watch.

North of Ellis Avenue between Goldenwest Street & Edwards Street, www.hbtrees.org

600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach, 949.640.1751, www.newportbay.org

Balboa Fun Zone

DOWNTOWN OC

ExplorOcean

One of Southern California’s oldest coastal amusement areas with a ferris wheel, arcades, food and shops.

Hands-on activities for children with educational demonstrations and touch tanks.

600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach, www.thebalboafunzone.com

600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach, 949.675.8915, www.explorocean.org

Discovery Cube

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals back to the ocean. Open every day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3050, www.pacificmmc.org

Specially designed boats that can get you up close and personal with dolphins and whales. Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, 949.533.3636, www.shannonrosesportfishing.com

Disneyland The magical kingdom awaits. Just off of the 5 freeway in Anaheim. 1313 South Disneyland Drive,


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PMMC

Anaheim, 714.781.4565, www.disneyland.disney.go.com

Helistream The magical kingdom awaits. Just off of the 5 freeway in Anaheim. 3000 Airway Avenue, Suite 350, Costa Mesa, 714.662.3163, www.helistream.com

Knott’s Berry Farm & Knott’s Soak City Classic theme park built on top of a former berry farm, offering riveting roller coasters, dozens of rides and shows.

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration. Unlike whales and dolphins, seals and sea lions don’t have to remain in water in order to survive. The animals beach themselves to be warm and dry when feeling ill. They seek rest on land for a variety of reasons and are not always in need of intervention. PMMC’s staff is trained to recognize animals suffering from infections, malnourishment, pneumonia, gill net strangulation, etc. which can harm an animal’s chance for survival. During the course of rehabilitation, animals require a variety of treatments such as administration of antibiotics and subcutaneous fluids, tube feeding, force feeding, wound care, etc. Once an animal has gained an optimal weight and is competing for food, it’s ready for release. We strive to return every one of our patients back to the wild once their care with us is complete.

PACIFIC MARINE MAMMAL CENTER

20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3050, www.pacificmmc.org

8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, 714.220.5200, www.knotts.com

Newport Beach Winery

www.vans.com

Pretend City Children’s Museum Interactive miniature city for children, infants to eight-year-olds. 29 Hubble, Irvine, 949.428.3900, www.pretendcity.org

BEYOND OC Aquarium of the Pacific

World-class aquarium with more than 11,000 ocean animals on display and outdoor exhibits like Shark Lagoon and the Lorikeet Forest. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100, www.aquariumofpacific.org

Private wine tastings, charity events, rehearsal dinners and wine education dinners.

Legoland

2128 Mesa Drive, Newport Beach, 949.630.8662, www.NBWine.com

Amusement park full of rides and scenes built of plastic blocks.

Rockreation Indoor climbing facility with instruction at all levels. 1300 Logan Avenue, Costa Mesa, 714.556.7625, www.rockreation.com

Sky High Sports

1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346, www.legoland.com

500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, 800.25.SHAMU, www.seaworldparks.com

Six Flags Magic Mountain Known as the “thrill capital of the world” with ninteen exhilarating roller coasters. 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, 661.255.4100, www.sixflags.com/magicmountain

Staples Center Host to more than 250 events annually—professional sports, boxing, concerts, family shows, and special events. 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 213.742.7100, www.StaplesCenter.com

TCL Chinese Theater Known for its forecourt of the stars—hand and footprints of celebrities from past to present.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, 323.461.3331

133-acre zoo featuring more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles and over 7,400 individual plants.

Queen Mary Ship and Seaport

Fun center features 360 degrees of trampoline walls, free-bounce, dodgeball and AIRobics.

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, 323.644.4200, www.LAZoo.org

2970 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, 714.437.5867

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park

Vans Off the Wall Skatepark & Jack’s Garage

Get up close and discover the natural wonders of the ocean with a variety of marine life.

America’s most famous zoo and home to some of the most rare animals in the world.

Open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public. All skaters and BMXers must wear a helmet.

2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, San Diego, 619.231.1515, www.sandiegozoo.org

7471 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach, 714.379.6666,

SeaWorld

Self-guided and guided tours of the historic ocean liner. 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, 562.435.3511, www.QueenMary.com

Universal Studios Hollywood World’s biggest motion picture and TV studio and theme park. Rides and tours feature special effects. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377, www.universalstudioshollywood.com


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PACIFIC SYMPHONY

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From the tiniest ballerina to the most serious classical music lover, Pacific Symphony has the perfect holiday concert for everyone

hildren’s eyes are sure to light up when beautiful ballerinas dance and twirl to Tchaikovsky’s delightful and imaginative music in the annual Nutcracker for Kids (Dec. 3), a 45-minute version of the beloved Christmas ballet adapted especially for children ages 5 and above. Featuring Pacific Symphony and dancers from the Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT), this concert brings to life the enchanted world of toy soldiers, waltzing flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Prepare to be swept off your feet in Strauss’ Vienna (Dec. 1-3), a tribute to the charming Viennese waltz. Music Director Carl St.Clair leads the orchestra in the beloved “Rosenkavalier” Suite by Richard Strauss and the most quintessential waltz, “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss Jr. In the 1800s, Vienna was the glittering cultural jewel at the heart of Europe and Brahms spent his entire life there. Performing Brahms’ First Piano Concerto is Jeremy Denk, whose insightful interpretation is a must-hear. As The New York Times wrote: “Mr. Denk, clearly,

is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination – both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.” The angelic voices of the Pacific Chorale sing out with heavenly praise during Handel’s Glorious “Messiah” (Dec. 4). With blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and a heart-stirring “Hallelujah” chorus, Handel’s most famous oratorio offers listeners a masterful combination of theatrical effect and spiritual reflection. Set to texts selected from Holy Scripture by Charles Jennens,, the piece is a three-part meditation on the life of Jesus – from his birth, to his time on Earth and death, to the resurrection. Experience a festive evening that’s sure to make spines tingle – as 10 magnificent tenors raise their voices together on one stage.. The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays (Dec. 16-17) features Australia’s “Rockstars of the Opera” delivering signature versions of classical-crossover hits, arias, Broadway tunes, pop songs and seasonal favorites, accompanied by the festive sounds of the


OPPOSITE Music Director Carl St.Clair leads Pacific Symphony and

Pacific Chorale on the stage of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center of the Arts. Photograph by Nick Koon. ABOVE The Ten Tenors deliver a unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. Photograph by Ten Tenors Studio. LEFT Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists, winner of a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award. Photograph by Michael Wilson.

orchestra. Renowned for their colorful repertoire and breathtaking orchestral arrangements, the audience will thrill to the sheer power of “The Vocal Wonder from Down Under.” It’s a truly dynamic and festive way to celebrate the holidays. Christmas melodies majestically reverberate from the mighty pipes of the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ during the Holiday Organ Spectacular (Dec. 20) featuring organist Todd Wilson, “a fabulous virtuoso with fleet feet, a prodigious memory and technique to burn” (The Plain Dealer). The magnificent color, beauty and versatility of the organ is showcased in partnership with solo instruments to bring out the best of treasured holiday classics. All holiday concerts take place in the Renée and Henry Seg erstrom Concert Hall at Seg erstrom Center for the Arts, adjacent to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Tickets are available at www.PacificSymphony.org or call 714.755.5799.


Cultural MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

LAGUNA ART MUSEUM

ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART

Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends offers an in-depth look at the last 10 years of Bress’s practice. Bringing together his video, sculpture and works on paper for the first time, the exhibition is the most significant presentation of the L.A. artist’s work to date. Bress is known for the fictional characters he creates, inspired by 1980s children’s programming, exotic world cultures and historical art movements. Born as doodles or collages, these imaginative figures take shape as sculptural costumes and come to life on video, performed in front of elaborately composed backdrops. Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends will be view through December 4, 2016.

Laguna Art Museum is proud to announce Phillip K. Smith III: Bent Parallel on view October 16 through January 15, 2017. Phillip K. Smith III’s monumental installation Bent Parallel envelopes viewers in immersive reflective light continuing the artist’s ongoing dialogue with color theory, optics, scale and technology. Appearing as two intersecting, color-field walls, this hinge-like structure merges surfaces to engender a perceptual atmosphere that shifts and blends colored light. This installation creates a third, material-less, zero-thickness plane that mixes the adjacent colors and extends the physical bounds of the immediate space. The resulting environment appears simultaneously infinite and finite, while hues push and pull and saturate and dissolve the surroundings, encouraging us to focus on the interaction and movement of pure color. For more information please call 949.494.8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

For more information please call 949.759.1122 or visit www.ocma.net. ABOVE

Brian Bress 370 Cover, 2015 High definition six-channel video (color), high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 75 x 75 x 4 inches installed, 13 minutes, 13 seconds, loop Courtesy of Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles ©Brian Bress TOP RIGHT

Phillip K. Smith III’s “Reflection Field” merges the ideas of his recently acclaimed installation, “Lucid Stead”, with the paced, color merging of his formally pure Lightworks series at the Coachella Music Festival in 2016. Presented by Goldenvoice Indio, CA. RIGHT

Colin Campbell Cooper (1856-1937) Balboa Park, 1916 Oil on canvas 14 x 10.5 inches Private Collection

IRVINE MUSEUM OF ART

The Irvine Museum presents Masterpieces of California Art October 15, 2016 through January 19, 2017. The exhibition is a display of some of the most celebrated works painted in California between 1890 and 1940, and combines works from the collection of The Irvine Museum, as well as paintings from several important private lenders. For more information please call 949.476.0294 or visit www.irvinemuseum.org.


Laguna College of Art + Design The mission of Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD)’s gallery is to serve the educational and cultural objectives of the studio majors. Each year through its exhibitions the gallery seeks to promote the development of their students’ talent and aesthetic awareness, while at the same time expanding the appreciation of various art forms to the community. Founded in 1961 as the Laguna Beach School of Art, LCAD has grown to include five undergraduate majors and a graduate department. They offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting, Illustration, Design + Digital Media, Animation and Game Art. Laguna College of Art + Design, 374 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach, 949.376.6000, www.lcad.edu

Gallery McCollum Located in the Villa, a historical building overlooking the dramatic Laguna Beach coastline, Gallery McCollum has been representing some of the area’s finest artists, of local and international acclaim, since 1994. Owner, Karen Tobin, has been in the art business for 24 years. Artists represented are Pat Tobin, Vanessa Rothe, Kevin Short, Michael Logan, Caroline Zimmermann, Dante Liberi, Tricia Strickfaden, James Strombotne, Gabrielle Pool, Jeff Sewell, Michael Obermeyer and Richard Merchan. Gallery McCollum, 206 N Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.497.4027, www.gallerymccollum.com

The DeBilzan Gallery The DeBilzan Gallery features the artwork of William DeBilzan, a self taught, abstract expressionist painter. William DeBilzan opened his first art gallery in Laguna Beach more than 20 years ago. DeBilzan’s work has been included in many prominent private &

public collections including the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building in Dubai & the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere, the Marriott near Central Park. DeBilzan Gallery, 224 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, 949.715.0405, www.debilzangallery.com

DAX Gallery

Aimed at increasing the cultural significance of inland Orange County and bringing greater awareness to its art community, the DAX Gallery houses both an inspiring art collection and innovative event space. The art changes every four to six weeks with an emphasis on urban contemporary artists. DAX melds traditional mediums with contemporary modules, and prides itself on these juxtapositions. DAX Gallery, 2951 Randolph Avenue, Costa Mesa, 714.957.1706, www.daxgallery.com

Sue Greenwood Fine Art Established in 2005, Sue Green-

JENNIFER CECERE

Double Doily is returning to New York City. After two years at Newport Beach Civic Center Park, Ms. Cecere’s sculpture will be reinstalled this November in the Greenstreets Space outside MoMa PS1. Jennifer Cecere has expanded and experimented with the mapping qualities of needlework as a ready-made overlay for organic design in both urban and rural settings. She has worked with galleries, public spaces, and corporations, including New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, The Guggenheim Museum, Pratt Institute, Socrates Sculpture Park, MoMA PS1, Cooper Hewitt, Addison Gallery of American Art, Central Park Arsenal, and Green Public Art, as well as the New York City Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and the city of Newport Beach, Calif. For more information please call 917.385.1935 or visit www.jennifercecere.com.

wood Fine Art (SGFA) is one of Orange County’s highly respected fine art galleries. The gallery space is located along the prestigious North Gallery Row in Laguna Beach, across the street from the Laguna Art Museum. SGFA has a reputation for exhibiting paintings, sculptures and mixed media works with contemporary realism and figurative influences. The gallery represents 35 highly refined emerging, mid-career, and established artists who are predominately from the Western

region of the United States. Sue Greenwood Fine Art, 330 N Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.494.0669, www.suegreenwoodfineart.com

Simard Bilodeau Galerie This could easily be the biggest art gallery in Southern California, featuring original paintings and limited edition bronze sculptures by some of the best living artists. This gallery is just north of the


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the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and enjoyment of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971, www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Whitney Gallery

THE BROAD MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES

The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler and offers free general admission. A new exhibition, Creature, is a free installation opening November 5 that will fill the museum’s first-floor galleries with more than 50 works presenting approaches to figuration and selfhood in the Broad collection. For more information please call 213.232.6200 or visit www.thebroad.org

Festival of Arts grounds and in a wilderness park. The views are unmatched as you enjoy and own pieces of art from this breathtaking gallery. Simard Bilodeau Galerie, 1945 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.376.7611, www.simardbilodeau.com

Lu Martin Galleries

Housed in a large converted cottage on historic Gallery Row in North Laguna since 1988, Lu Martin Galleries features an interesting mix of contemporary and traditional paintings by local and international artists. Beautiful seascapes, Zen inspired landscapes, sophisticated abstracts, and ironic and iconic portraits painted on bullet casings are some of the highlights you’ll discover at this long established gallery. Lu Martin Galleries, 372 N Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8074, www.lumartingalleries.com

JoAnne Artman Gallery JoAnne Artman opened her space at 326 North Coast Highway in Laguna Beach in 2008, presenting vibrant and eclectic exhibitions. As the owner of her own gallery, Artman features award-winning artists that bring her dreams to life. She enjoys engaging in exciting conversations with the public about all the featured artists and even allows for her gallery to be rented out for private events. JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.510.5481, www.joanneartmangallery.com

Laguna Art Museum Laguna Art Museum is a museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive,

The paintings of Marc Whitney capture the private, visual experience that defines our daily lives and validates the moments that matter – a morning cup of coffee, the rumpled sheets across a bed, and a simple vase of flowers on a table. Whitney Gallery is also proud to present original works of art by some of the finest contemporary artists in the nation including painters Giovanni Casadei, Peter Colquhoun, Peggi KrollRoberts, Andrea Krupp, Bradford J. Salamon, Derek Sterkel and Sarah J. Webber, ceramics by Monica Dunham and photographic art by Beatrice Rosenbaum. Whitney Gallery, 305 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, 949.497.4322, www.marcwhitney.com

ents a unique perspective on contemporary art for collectors and enthusiasts. The exquisitely edited gallery exhibits museum-quality glass sculptures, original paintings and avant-garde photography. New works on view by Laszlo Lukacsi, Gyorgy Gaspar, Father Bill Moore, Pan Qi Qun, Stephanie Paige, James C. Leonard, Michael Ruffini and Peter Borkovics. Avran Art + Design, 540 S Pacific Coast Highway, Suites 104 + 106, Laguna Beach, 949.494.0900, www.avranart.com

Liv Saether Art Studio

Liv Saether has painted for more than 40 years and taught for 20. She prefers painting and teaching to self-promoting, which is why Liv is one of the true hidden treasures in Orange County’s art world. Liv teaches classical oil painting techniques to all levels. If you have always wanted to learn how to paint but have felt intimidated, Liv is the perfect teacher for you. Her studio is a comfortable and relaxing oasis where your dreams of painting will come true. Liv Saether Art Studio, 234 17th Street, Suite 208, Costa Mesa, 949.275.8498, www.livsaether.com

Lahaina Galleries

Lahaina Galleries flourished in Hawaii then expanded to Newport Beach, and is now one of the bestknown art dealers in the United States. Lahaina’s curators carefully select works that emphasize the emotional connection between artists and their art. This beautiful space highlights coastal living through deeply poignant paintings and sculptures that are rich with depth and color. Lahaina Galleries, 1173 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.9117, www.lahainagalleries.com

Avran Art + Design

Avran Art + Design distinguishes itself among the vibrant art scene in Laguna Beach by offering its cli-

LGOCA - Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art is a humanitarian gallery with artists from around the world that believe in giving back and paying it forward. LGOCA is a true contemporary gallery featuring all original, innovative art including abstract and figurative paintings, mechanical, bronze and glass sculptures, photography and many other creative expressions. The main goal of the gallery is to spread the message of universal love, compassion and hope through art and giving back. Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, 611 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.9604, www.LGOCA.com


Great Nights Out

Enjoy Unforgettable Evenings with Pacific Symphony

CLASSICAL

POPS

Big Stars and Stirring Masterpieces

Superstars and Unbeatable Entertainment

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth

Amy Grant

Grieg’s Piano Concerto

Home Alone

Strauss’ Vienna

The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays

Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 Oct. 20-22 • 8 p.m. | Oct. 23 • 3 p.m.

The six-time Grammy Award winner sings her greatest hits Oct. 14-15 • 8 p.m.

Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” and Stravinsky’s magical “Firebird” Nov. 17-19 • 8 p.m.

The heart-warming holiday classic with live orchestra Nov. 11-12 • 8 p.m.

“Blue Danube,” “Rosenkavalier” and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 Dec. 1-3 • 8 p.m.

Australia’s “rock stars of the opera” capture the spirit of the season Dec. 16-17 • 8 p.m.

(714) 755-5799 • PacificSymphony.org PACIFIC SYMPHONY PROUDLY PERFORMS AT:

600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa FOR ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE INFORMATION: SCFTA.org


Calendar of Events FALL 2016

NEWPORT BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

Tap, sip and revel in the epicurean talent in Newport Beach. Enjoy celebrity chef cooking demos and book signings, interactive wine panels with master sommeliers, mixology courses and live music. Grand Tasting Pavilions boast 30 of the OC’s finest restaurants with more than 200 wines poured for tastings. Must be 21 years and older to attend festival events. Ticket prices vary. Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival will be continuing through October 2 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. For more information please visit www.newportwineandfood.com.

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE - THE NUTCRACKER

OKTOBERFEST 2016

An irresistible Southern California tradition returns with a cast of more than 100 performers taking audiences on a dreamlike adventure, amid colorful, larger-than-life scenery, dancing toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, a glittering Christmas tree and music by Tchaikovsky. Audiences will be thrilled by ABT’s most celebrated dancers and delighted by sets and costumes by Tony®-winning designer Richard Hudson as the ballet unfolds to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Tickets start at $20. The Nutcracker ballet will begin December 9 through 18, 2016, times vary.

The celebration features authentic German food, imported German beers, German bands with Dachshund Weiner Dog races, festivities, competitions and games. Prices and times vary.

For more information please call 714.556.2787 or visit www.scfta.org.

For more information please call 714.895.8020 or visit www.oldworld.ws.

ABOVE

The Nutcracker features the American Ballet Theatre Photo courtesy of Segerstrom Center for the Arts


Surf City Nights

Tuesdays weekly | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm | This weekly street fair takes place along a closed-off section of Main Street and 5th Street in downtown Huntington Beach and features a certified farmers’ market, live entertainment, food and merchant vendors and children’s activities. 200 Main Street, Huntington Beach, 714.733.3167, www.surfcitynights.com

First Thursdays Art Walk

First Thursday of the month | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | The art season in Laguna Beach flourishes year round with First Thursdays Art Walk. This educational monthly art event celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach. The Laguna Art Museum offers free admission every first Thursday of the month from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm and there is also free shuttle service from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Throughout Laguna Beach, www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com

14th Annual Crystal Cove 2016 Soiree

October 1 | Times TBD | This simply elegant affair celebrates the natural beauty of the land and history of Crystal Cove State Park. Enjoy farm-to-table dining, silent & live auctions, entertainment & dancing and blufftop sunset views. Tickets: $400; Table of 10, $4,000. Crystal Cove Alliance, #5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, 949.376.6200, www.CrystalCoveAlliance.org

55th Annual Sandcastle Contest

October 2 | 11 am - 4:30 pm | Attracts thousands of spectators and contest participants. This year’s theme is “Fantasy Castles and Cars.” Event participants receive a free T-shirt and compete for cash prizes. Corona del Mar State Beach, 3100

Ocean Blvd., Corona del Mar, www.newportbeach.com

Toshiba Classic

October 5 - 9 | Times TBD | One of the most prestigious golf events on the Champions Tour. Tickets for one day grounds in advance, $25; at the Main Gate, $30. VIP available. Newport Beach Country Club, 1600 E. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.660.1001, www.toshibaclassic.com

Amy Grant

October 14 - 15 | 8 pm | This sixtime Grammy award-winner has enjoyed a career spanning more than 30 years, stretching from her roots in gospel music to becoming a leading pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. Tickets start at $35. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall , 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Box office 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

13th Annual Art in the Park

October 15 | 10 am - 4 pm | Enjoy a festive day, while mingling with more than 100 artists and craftspeople who exhibit and sell their original art and fine crafts. Art demos, food and kids’ art projects. Free admission and parking. Newport Beach Civic Center Green, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, www.newportbeachartinthepark.com

Dana Point Oktoberfest

October 15 | 12 pm - 7 pm | Enjoy traditional German fare, beer, entertainment by The Bluebirds and Warsaw Poland Bros., dancing and interactive fun & games, with Master of Ceremonies Pieter Meister. There’s even a sausage toss, men and women’s beer chugging and a sauerkraut eating contest! Admission is free. Free parking and shuttle service. Dogs on lease are welcome. Sea Terrace Park, 33501 Niguel

FESTA DELL’AUTUNNO WEEKEND AT PELICAN HILL

Sixth annual harvest day celebration on October 7 - 9 features seasonally inspired cuisine and wine pairings; an Italian Street Festa with food & wine, live music & dancing, a mercato, Motori Italiani auto exhibits, bocce ball and flag performances; and an oceanview jazz brunch. For more information please call 855.55.FESTA or visit www.pelicanhill.com.

Road, Dana Point, www.danapointoktoberfest.com

by the Balboa Village Merchants Association.

Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch

Balboa Village, On the corner of Balboa Boulevard and Palm Street, Balboa Peninsula, www.balboavillage.com

October 16 | 10 am - 3 pm | Family fun with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes for sale, food from local restaurants, a native plant sale, children’s crafts, face painting & henna tattoos, entertainment & story time, games, pony rides & a petting zoo, with live animals from the Orange County Bird of Prey Center, and incredible insects from Francisco the Bug Guy. Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, 949.645.8489, ext. 119, www.encenter.org

Balboa Chili & Chalk Walk October 16 | 11 am - 5 pm | A fun-filled day with professional chalk artists creating artworks, chili cook-off and tastings, a beer & wine garden, live music and children’s activities. Sponsored

Keller Williams Presents: 3rd Annual Surf City Charity Golf Tournament

October 17 | 10 am - 8 pm | Tee it up to support Make-A-Wish of Orange County and the Inland Empire, The First Tee and The Marines 1/1 Foundation. Schedule: 10 am check-in with silent auction viewing; 12 pm shotgun start with an 18 hole four-person scramble; 6:30 pm, dinner and awards. Costs: $195 individual; $50 super player package; $10 golf ball drop entry; $50 dinner only. Seacliff Country Club, 6501 Palm Avenue, Huntington Beach, www.sccgc2016.accelraising.com


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October 22 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Bring your family and friends to celebrate Halloween in a fun and safe environment with spookiness, a fun zone and an array of educational booths. No charge for admission, however a donation of one non-perishable item per person is greatly appreciated. Come dressed in costume! Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, picnic sites A and B, Dana Point, www.dohenystatebeach.org

26TH ANNUAL SAWDUST ART FESTIVAL WINTER FANTASY

The Sawdust Festival grounds transform into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display and sell original creations over the course of five weekends. Art media includes jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles. In addition to the unique artwork, enjoy live holiday entertainment, great outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, a petting zoo, Santa and much more. Tickets: $9 adults; $7 seniors (65+); $4 children (6-12); children 5 and under are free. Weekends: November 19-20, 25-27 – December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 10 am - 6 pm. For more information please call 949.494.3030 or visit www.sawdustartfestival.org

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth

October 20 - 22 | 8 pm | Tchaikovsky described his Fourth Symphony as “a reflection of Beethoven’s Fifth.” From the fateful thundering brass fanfare to the dramatic finish, this quintessentially romantic Russian music evokes powerful emotions. Carl St.Clair conducting with Arnaud Sussmann on violin along with the Pacific Symphony. Tickets start at $25. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Box office 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

The Magic & Music of Harry Potter

October 22 | 10 am and 11:30 am | Attention all Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws and Slytherins! Grab your brooms and fly away as Pacific Symphony

performs selections from the Harry Potter films and more, complete with presentations by a professional magician. Dress as your favorite wizard, sorcerer or other Halloween character for this special Hogwarts Halloween. This Pacific Symphony Family Musical Morning is specially designed for children 5 - 11 years of age. During the Musical Carnival (9 am for 10 am concertgoers; 12:15 pm for 11:30 am concertgoers), enjoy hands-on activities for children who can meet Symphony musicians, try musical instruments and participate in thematic activities related to the concert. Tickets start at $12. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Box office 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Lily Tomlin

October 22 | 7:30 pm | This award-winning comedienne shares more of her insightful and funny stand-up. Brief Q&A with the audience afterward. Tickets start at $49. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Box office 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Box office 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Children’s Halloween Festival, Costume Parade, Crafts & Activities

October 30 | 3 pm - 4:30 pm |

Calling all ghosts & goblins! Share your Halloween spirit and your creativity at this annual Halloween Festival. Bring your children for some fun, interactive crafts and activities and everyone’s favorite trick-or-treating costume parade throughout the gardens for all to enjoy. Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949.640.5800, Open daily, 9 am - 6 pm, www.rogersgardens.com

Tony Bennett

October 23 | 7 pm | This singing legend’s successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950s. His signature song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” garnered him the first two of his 17 Grammy Awards. Tickets start at $59. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Box office 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

43rd Annual PTA Corona del Mar Home Tour

October 25 | 8 am - 6 pm | Tour beautiful homes throughout Corona del Mar and Newport Beach. Tickets are $80 and include a light breakfast, lunch and boutique at Sherman Library & Gardens, and an afternoon reception at Bliss Home & Design. Benefits CdM Middle and High Schools. www.cdmhometour.com

Doheny State Beach Halloween Haunt

October 29 | 8 pm | Gustavo Dudamel, conductor, leads Mahler’s Ninth Symphony; presented by the Philharmonic Society. Tickets start at $50.

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

November 4 - 20 | Mr. Popper loves Antarctic adventures, so he’s thrilled when a penguin named Captain Cook waddles out of a mysterious box on the doorstep. The zookeeper donates a female companion and soon there is the patter of 20 baby penguin feet! They’ll sing and dance their way into everyone’s hearts in a musical version of the classic children’s book by Robert Kauzlaric. This is a production from the Theatre for Young Audiences. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, For performance times and ticket prices, call 714.708.5555, or visit www. scr.org.

Home Alone

November 11 - 12 | 8 pm | This hilarious and heart-warming comedy classic features John Williams’ charming and captivating score performed live by


Pacific Symphony to a screening of the film. When 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left behind after his family takes off on Christmas vacation, he needs to defend his home against two bungling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). Tickets start at $35. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Box office 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Vintage Nest Market

November 13 | 8 am - 3 pm | Sparrow’s Nest hosts this quarterly pop-up market. Features hand selected vendors with vintage furniture, accessories and clothing. Admission is free. Public parking. Sparrow’s Nest, 7451 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, 714.975.3548, www.sparrowsnestconsignment.com

Miracle on Main Street Tree Lighting Celebration

November 20 | 2 pm - 7 pm | They close the second block of Main Street in downtown and fill the street with entertainment and Christmas shopping. The festivities start with ChristmasTubas, followed by Forever Young, led by 91-year-old tap dancer, Sid Halburn. The HBHS cheer squad dances before Sunshine Generation takes the stage at approximately 4:30 pm. The APA Surf City Singers followed by the world renowned All-American Boys Chorus with Santa’s arrival at 6 pm to light the tree, keep the festivities going. Vendors will have ugly sweaters and holiday decor. Free admission and refreshments. 200 Main Street, Huntington Beach, www.hbdowntown.com

A Christmas Carol

November 25 - December 24 | In its 37th annual production, 19th century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned

Christmas with this timeless Charles Dickens classic and all your favorite characters: Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, For performance times and ticket prices, call 714.708.5555, or visit www.scr.org.

Laguna Beach Hospitality Night December 2 | 5 pm - 10 pm | Annual community event that kicks off the holiday season. Downtown merchants (stay open late), non-profit organizations and the Chamber of Commerce provide myriad activities around downtown along with live musical entertainment, ice skating, strolling Victorian carolers, hot chocolate, tamale sales and more! Highlights include lighting the giant pepper tree at City Hall and the arrival of Santa Claus and his “reindeer.” Admission is free. Takes place at a variety of downtown Laguna Beach locations, 949.494.1018, www.lagunabeachchamber.org

20th Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting and Holiday Bazaar

December 3 | Starts at 10 am | Enjoy strolling carolers, vintage decor, a holiday bazaar from 10 am - 4 pm with a seaglass wrapping activity (fee), handcrafted jewelry and more. Santa arrives at 4 pm, a tree lighting takes place at sunset and complimentary hot cocoa & cookies are provided by The Beachcomber Café. Admission is free. Park in the Los Trancos Parking Lot, $5/hour. Crystal Cove Alliance, #5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, 949.376.6200, www.CrystalCoveAlliance.com

38th Annual Corona del Mar

Christmas Walk

December 4 | 11 am - 4 pm | This special event is filled with holiday festivities for family, friends, residents and visitors looking for a spectacular way to ring in the holiday season. Each year “The Walk” brings together thousands of fun-loving people into the village of Corona del Mar for live entertainment, food, a beer & wine garden, opportunity drawings with great prizes, a petting zoo, games, photos with Santa and a TOYS for TOTS Drive. Takes place throughout the village of Corona del Mar, www.cdmchamber.com

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz

December 4 - 5, 11 - 13 and 18 - 20 | When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor, trying to restore the proper holiday spirit. Tickets on sale November 4. No Square Theatre, 384 Legion Street, 949.715.0333, www.nosquare.org

Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Night

December 7 - 30 | Performance Times Vary | Broadway and TV stars perform in the interactive musical fairy tale with comedy, magic and pop music sure to delight children of all ages. Ticket prices vary. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.ARTS (2787), www.lagunaplayhouse.com

108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 14 - 18 | 6:30 pm - 9 pm | Hosted by The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of

Commerce. Celebrate the nation’s longest running lighted holiday boat parade, which has been hailed as one of the “World’s Best Christmas Parades” by Conde Nast Traveler and one of the “Top Ten Christmas Happenings in the Nation” by the New York Times. Vessels of all sizes are adorned from top to bottom with lights, decorations, moving displays, dancers and music as they cruise Newport Harbor. The parade starts and ends at Bay Island. Ring of Lights, with beautifully decorated bayside homes and businesses, adds to the holiday splendor. Takes place throughout Newport Harbor, www.christmasboatparade.com

The Ten Tenors

December 16 - 17 | 8 pm | “Home for the Holidays” is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight and captivate audiences. Join Australia’s rockstars of the opera as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” these multitalented vocalists will get you into the spirit of the season. Tickets start at $35. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, Box office 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

54th Annual Cruise of Lights

December 16-19, 22-23 | 8 pm | Presented by the Orange Country Philharmonic Society, narrated boat tours take place throughout the waterways of Huntington Harbour, filling the nights with thousands of lights, animated displays and holiday sounds on brightly decorated homes, docks, decks and boats. Voted “Top 10” by Coastal Living magazine. Ticket prices vary. Cruise of Lights, 16889 Algonquin Street, Huntington Beach, 714.840.7542, www.cruiseoflights.org


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IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A FASHION FIX, YOU’LL LOVE SOCO AND ITS ARTISAN MARKETPLACE, THE OC MIX

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o longer in the shadow of its metropolitan neighbor to the north, Orange County has come into its own as a style, design and culinary capital. While you can find fabulous fashion, decor and food throughout the OC, one destination brings it all together: SOCO. Centrally located off the 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa, a visit to SOCO is the ultimate design and culinary experience, with more than 70 carefully curated restaurants, showrooms and shops to inspire the decorator, designer, chef, trendsetter, and creative in you. When it comes to interior design, SOCO uniquely combines an array of worldclass purveyors of home furnishings, fine antiques, outdoor living, fixtures, appliances and finishes with an abundance of California casual and artisan home accessory stores and showrooms - all open to the public. From the world’s largest Design Within Reach to H.D. Buttercup, Cisco Home, and Roche Bobois, and from Pirch to Room & Board, Farrow & Ball and

Stark Carpet, SOCO will inspire you to create inspired spaces in your home even while you’re on vacation! If you’re looking for a fashion fix, you’ll love SOCO and its artisan marketplace, The OC Mix. Here, expert stylists and boutique owners specialize in helping you blend casual and sophisticated looks in a distinctive way to inspire your personal style. SOCO and The OC Mix feature an appealing alchemy of indie designers and established labels across apparel, jewelry and accessories for men, women and kids. From celeb favorite Lili Claspe jewelry to cutting edge Compton fashion house Drifter, and from the artfully edited apparel collection at Eva’s Trunk to style for the tiniest tots at Granola Babies and Milk & Honey Baby, you’ll spend an inspired day shopping at SOCO. Of course, you’ve worked up an appetite from shopping, and - thankfully - many of Southern California’s top chefs call SOCO and The OC Mix home, making it a vibrant new culinary hub in the heart of Orange County. Explore haute new

restaurant concepts, including Restaurant Marin and The Guild. Indulge at James Beard-nominated Taco Maria. Enjoy noted regional restaurants including ARC, Pueblo, Bistro Papillote and Shuck Oyster Bar, among others. Sip a cup of masterfully brewed coffee at OC’s famed Portola Coffee. Satisfy your sweet tooth at SusieCakes, ST Patisserie, ST Chocolat…the list goes on! SOCO offers more than world-class design showrooms, restaurants and boutiques. This Orange County destination also lets you experience life in exciting new ways. Visit the SOCO website to view the center’s always-happening event calendar, which includes an acclaimed Saturday Farmers’ Market, cooking classes and demonstrations, book signings, food and wine tasting events, lectures and more. SOCO AND THE OC MIX 3303 - 3323 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA www.SouthCoastCollection.com


OPPOSITE When you’re not

shopping, relax and enjoy lunch from an award-winning restaurant - or sip OC’s favorite cup of coffee at Portola. ABOVE At SOCO, you can stroll through native California gardens while shopping world-class interior design showrooms, fashion boutiques and more. LEFT The OC Mix at SOCO offers a unique, curated collection of shops and eateries to indulge your love of food, fashion, and style.


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WINSTON’S CROWN JEWELERS A Dazzling Selection Of Legendary Timepieces, Fine Jewelry And Gemstones at Winston’s Crown Jewelers – All At A Tremendous Value By LANA JOHNSON

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ooking for that special piece of jewelry ? Whether it’s a 20- or 30-carat diamond, a 100-carat tanzanite or emerald, a rare colored diamond or an unheated Burmese ruby – Winston’s has one of the largest inventories of precious gemstones in Orange County. They also have signed pieces such as Harry Winston, Tiffany, Cartier and Van Cleef, among others. Some gemstones are museum quality. According to Winston’s Owner/President Glenn Verdult, “Our success can be attributed to offering an exceptional ‘deal’. Whether you’re on a budget or a millionaire – everyone wants great value for a great product. This is what we are known for.” Due to extensive estate buying and purchasing, where they acquire 60-70% of their product, they are able to buy low and sell low. “Because people are changing their relationships with jewelry, our offerings turn over regularly,” Verdult said. “With stones, they are re-polished and remodeled into the newest state-of-the-art designs that patrons are seeking.” Specializing in estate merchandise, Winston’s Crown Jewelers’ exquisite collection of 400 previously loved watches have been completely reconditioned and


guaranteed. From Rolex and Cartier to Chanel, Breitling, Vacheron and Breguet, when the watches are available on the floor, they are half-price or less from the original purchase price, and all come with three-year warranties. In-house watch technicians who are experts in the field, will dissect, dismantle and then refurbish the timepieces to their original high quality standard. With the largest collection of pre-owned watches in Orange County, Calif., you can expect nothing less than the finest furnishings to grace your wrist or that of a special someone in your life…and measure time. Due to the fact that people experience changing lifestyles, jewelry undergoes regular transition. Winston’s, with its nearly half a century of acumen in the industry, will assist in finding your treasured timepieces a new home. How can they offer such exquisite pieces at affordable prices? According to Verdult, “It’s always in the ‘ buy ’.” They also have a vast selection of consignment items for people who are looking to liquidate important pieces. Taking these in for a small percentage, satisfies both a buyer and a seller. At the age of 15, Verdult worked for his Uncle Winston (who started the family business in 1969) in the estate, pawn jewelry store in the 1970s, learning about buying and selling at a young age. Today, 30 years later, with their gemologist on-site, the Winston family has defined their mastery of preowned jewelry, watches and estate items. They have two locations: Winston’s Crown Jewelers, built and opened two years ago in Mariner ’s Point, Newport Beach, exhibits small to large multimillion dollar pieces; and Winston’s Jewelers in Costa Mesa, founded in 1969. WINSTON’S CROWN JEWELERS 100 W. Coast Highway, Ste. 101, Newport Beach, 949.642.5000 WINSTON’S JEWELERS 1775 Newport Blvd., Ste. B, Costa Mesa, 949.645.9000, www.winstoncrownjewelers.com

the JEWELS 1. Gentlemans Rolex Day-Date in 18 karat Rose Gold/ Accented with a Diamond bezel consisting of 1.50 carats and champagne Roman Numeral diamond Dial. 2. Elegant Ceylon Blue Sapphire Ring. Blue sapphire originates from Sri Lanka weighing approximately 10 carats. Blue sapphire is accented with a halo of round brilliant cut diamonds weighing 1.78 carats total. The band is eternity style that consists of the diamonds wrapping all the way around the finger. 3. Beautiful Burmese Oval shaped ruby with two trillion cut diamonds on each side. Ruby is 9.56 carats and the diamonds are 2 carats total weight. Ring is two-toned made with platinum and 18 karat yellow gold prongs.


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American Rag Cie, Maison Midi

American Rag Cie is based in Los Angeles and Newport Beach, featuring contemporary men’s & women’s fashion, denim, vintage, and footwear. Located within American Rag Cie, Maison Midi features home decor, furniture, kitchen, linens, accessories and one-of-a-kind gifts. Masion Midi’s buying team travel the world in pursuit of unique and exclusive merchandise to stock their beautiful shops. 401 Newport Center Drive, Suite f953, Newport Beach, 949.760.1510, www.americanrag.com

It’s more than just beautiful beaches, sparkling ocean views and million dollar homes. Orange County offers an array of shopping centers. From luxury shopping at South Coast Plaza to unique boutiques, Orange County’s swanky and stylish surroundings deliver a shopping oasis.

A’maree’s

The family behind A’maree’s has built this tiny boutique into a high-fashion force, unparalleled in America. A’maree’s, 2241 W Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.642.4423, www.amarees.com

Anaheim Packing District

Located in the heart of Downtown Anaheim is a new, up-and-coming section from the creative minds behind Costa Mesa’s the Camp and the Lab. The area surrounding City Hall is making use of the historic Packard Building where the hit LA-based Umami Burger has opened as well as the Anaheim

Citrus Packing House, which will be home to several food purveyors. Anaheim Packing District, 440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, 714.533.7225, www.anaheimpackingdistrict.com

Anhcoy

Born out of the desire to revive the donning of hats as an essential accessory, Anhcoy features a millinery collection carefully handcrafted by artisans using traditional skills learned and passed down from generation to generation. Each piece is designed for longevity, inspired by timeless glamour.

Anhcoy, 15942 Los Serranos Country Club Drive, Suite D #433, Chino Hills, 714.855.8269, www.anhcoy.com

Balboa Island

With one of the most expensive real estate markets in North America, this small island in the middle of Newport Harbor is home to approximately seventy quaint boutiques, eateries, and coffee houses. After a day of exploring the area, be sure to have a frozen treat from the famous Dad’s Donut & Bakery Shop. Marine Avenue is the heart of the island’s Apparel district with marvelous boutiques and galleries.


Balboa Island, Marine Avenue, Newport Beach, www. balboaisland.net

create custom pieces. Light and airy, the space has seven rooms – including the expansive showroom.

Balboa Peninsula

Black Star and Frost, 341 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.673.1771, www.blackstarandfrost.com

Accessible by car or by ferry from Balboa Island, this three-milelong stretch of sandy beaches has stores scattered up and down the beach. From beachwear and gift shops to art galleries, this is the perfect place to meander up and down the boardwalk while browsing the charming boutiques, restaurants and gift shops along the waterfront. Balboa Peninsula, South Newport Blvd from Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach

Bella Roche

Bella Roche carries quality, oneof-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry, as featured on The Real Housewives of Orange County. The pendants and gemstones are carefully selected during the owner’s travels throughout Europe and Asia. Bella Rocke, 949.636.1371, www.bellaroche.com

Bella Terra

This outdoor shopping center is beautifully landscaped with fountains and plenty of patio seating in a coastal-casual style. Stores include Barnes & Noble, Diane’s Beachwear and No Rest for Bridget. Bella Terra, 7777 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach, 714.897.2534, www.bellaterra-hb.com

Black Star and Frost Newport Beach

You may have heard of Black Star and Frost from the legendary Marilyn Monroe who sang the song Diamond’s Are A Girl’s Best Friend. Certainly Marilyn was not wrong, located on the waterfront in the heart of Newport Beach at Balboa Marina this world known store offers master jewelers to hand

The CAMP

“Go-green” enthusiasts will find refuge at the CAMP. The green gathering spot offers a hippie-chicdesert design and includes ecodepartment store SEED People’s Market, Active Ride Shop and Patagonia. On the last Tuesday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 pm is the SoBeCa (South on Bristol Entertainment, Culture and Arts) ARTwalk. The Camp, 2937 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661, www.thecampsite.com

Chetna Singh

Chetna Singh’s line of luxurious silk scarves and pocket squares are the designer’s original artwork, digitally printed on pure Indian silk. The designs are unique and influenced by her Indian heritage and her love for travel and horses. Singh says she designs for her customer who is confident and stylish, but not always trendy, tries new things but never forgets their favorites. Chetna Singh, www.chetnasingh. com, admin@chetnasingh.com

Corona del Mar Plaza

Located just off Coast Highway is this Mediterranean-style shopping center with shops, restaurants, gourmet markets and more. Stores include Tommy Bahama, Sur la Table and Savory Spice Shop. On a warm day, locals flock here to grab an ice cream cone from Sprinkles Cupcakes. Just be prepared for a long line. Corona del Mar Plaza, 800-984 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach

Corona del Mar Village

This seaside community winding along Coast Highway is filled with quaint specialty stores, fabulous restaurants and tree-lined streets with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Newport Harbor. From bridal shops like The White Dress to home décor at Bliss Home and Design, an afternoon stroll through this charming town will not disappoint. Corona del Mar Village, Pacific Coast Highway from Jamboree Road to Hazel Drive, Corona del Mar, 949.720.3100

Covetcaftan

Covetcaftan is an online luxury wear-brand specialized in silk caftans and inspired by the jetset lifestyle. Conceptualized by Marina Shapiro, Elena Tevelev, and designed by iconic Russian designer Elena Souproun, the caftans make easy the blending of versatility and grace, and urge living with a diva-style confidence. Covetcaftan, www.covetcaftan.com

Fredric Rubel also offers the finest brands of jewelry and watches from acclaimed designers. This local family owned and operated business offers one-on-one relationships with each of their clients, ensuring to exceed expectations. Noted for classic hand fabricated designer jewelry in platinum or gold, ideal-cut diamonds by Lazare Diamonds, and classic timepieces. Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers, 246 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3513, www.rubeljewelers.com

Irvine Spectrum

Home to one of the largest movie theaters on the west coast, the Irvine Spectrum, or simply “The Spectrum,” is a giant outdoor shopping complex with largename department stores including Nordstrom and Macy’s. While the higher-end designer stores are absent, The Spectrum is the ideal place to bring the whole family for a fun day of shopping. The kids will especially love the giant ferris wheel, carousel and kiddie train. Irvine Spectrum, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180, www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com

Fashion Island

With the sun perpetually shining in The OC, it’s no wonder that one of the best shopping scenes is located in a beautiful, sun-soaked outdoor setting. With beautifully landscaped grounds, fountains, ocean views and even a koi pond, Fashion Island is Newport Beach’s favorite shopping destination. There’s even a complimentary trolley service throughout the center and parking areas. Major department stores include Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. Famous celebrity shopping store, Los Angeles’ Kitson recently opened its doors here as well. Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000, www.shopfashionisland.com

Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers Being an official Rolex retailer,

Jewels by Joseph

As a family owned and operated jewelry store in Newport Beach, CA, Jewels by Joseph have mastered the skill of finding the perfect jewels for any occasion. The company was founded by Jim Hartstein’s grandfather, who was a jeweler in Pennsylvania. With experience and knowledge passed down over four generations, thier jewelry repair, design and cleaning are executed with attention to detail and extraordinary dedication. If you are looking for a great custom jewelry piece, engagement or wedding rings, diamond necklaces and more, their jewelry store is the perfect place to look. Jewels By Joseph, 948 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, 949.640.6788, www.jewelsbyjoseph.com


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ABOVE Morphologically owner Melissa

McGill.

Morphologically

Melissa McGill is the creator of Morphologically, an exquisite line of handcrafted aromatherapy candles, essential oils, and aromatic woods. Melissa uses her expertise in organic chemistry, holistic healing, and urban witchcraft to make these gorgeous collections, which shift energy, enhance moods, and create harmony. You won’t soon forget these magical elixirs with various combinations of palo santo, vetiver, blood orange and sacred woods essences. Morphologically, 917.647.6212, Melissa@morphologically.com, wwww.morphologically.com

Juxtaposition Home

Juxtaposition Home is a true lifestyle shop established in 2002 by husband-and-wife team Mario Santos and Michele Graham. Inspired by the things and objects

that make people happy, Mario and Michele set out to create a shop for the serendipitous: a place where you can walk in, fall in love, and find that perfect piece and give it a place in your home. Juxtaposition, 7976 East Coast Highway, Newport Coast, 949.715.1181, www.juxtaposition.com

The LAB

The LAB, recycled from a night vision goggle factory, began its journey to combat retail monotony almost 20 years ago. In the midst of Orange County’s suburbia and perfectly planted palm trees, we recognized a need for a homey, indoor-outdoor hang out with shops and restaurants geared for the young at heart, and not offered in every mall on every corner. The Lab, 2930 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.966.6660, www.the lab.com

Lugano Diamonds

With unparalleled quality and service, Lugano offers an array of the most breathtaking assortment of stones, ideal-cut diamonds and custom-designed jewelry. Lugano Diamonds, 620 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100, Newport Beach, 949.720.1258, www.luganodiamonds.com

Mariner’s Mile

Cruising along, the Pacific Coast Highway is composed of a variety of stores, automotive dealers, restaurants and marine-related businesses. It is home to the iconic, waterfront boutique A’maree’s, a family-run business since the early 1970s. For a mix of unique boutiques and cool ‘60’s retro vibe, The Cove on PCH delivers a hip shopping experience. Mariner’s Mile, Pacific Coast Highway from Dover Drive to North Newport Blvd., Newport Beach

Novecento Boutique

Established in October, 2004, Novecento Boutique specializes in luxury fashion, shoes, handbags, and accessories. Since inception, it has been the goal of Novecento Boutique to maintain a platinum level of personalized service unlike any other. Novecento specializes in luxury fashion, shoes, handbags and accessories for men and women. Novecento Boutique, 8002 E Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.715.1700, www.novecentofashion.com

Novecento Sports

While working out it is important to always look good, because when you look good you feel good. Stocked up on fashion forward apparel, Novecento Sports has a variety of sports wear for men and women including Puma and other great brands. When walking into


this hip store you get great vibes from the beginning to the end with reliable and friendly customer service. Being a family owned and operated store Novecento is located just off the coast of Newport. Novecento Sports, 7988 East Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.715.6900, www.novecentosports.com

The OC Mix

This upscale, hipster center is home to locally owned boutiques and specialty food stores set amid California-desert grounds, fire pits and fountains, which create a relaxed atmosphere. The OC Mix includes specialty shops like jewelry shop Lili Claspe, artisanal chocolate store Michelle Haute Chocolat and a full service cheese shop. On Saturdays there is a farmers’ market as well as several food stores set amid Californiadesert grounds, fire pits and fountains, which create a relaxed atmosphere. The OC Mix, 3313 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, 949.375.0749, www.shoptheocmix.com

The Old Pottery Place

Among the most historically significant sites in Laguna Beach, the Old Pottery Place is home to a collection of distinctive shops, specialty food stores, restaurants and more. Blue Eyed Girl is the hot spot for women’s fashion, while Jack Thomas at Home is the go-to for unique, clever home-style décor. The Old Pottery Place, 1200 South Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4779, www.theoldpotteryplace.com

The Outlets at Orange

The Outlets at Orange is Orange County’s premier outlet shopping destination with over 120 popular stores and restaurants. This leading open-air shopping, dining and entertainment venue includes Nordstrom Rack, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF

5TH, and AMC 30 Theaters. The center is located only minutes from Disneyland.

gift or outfit, there’s no minimum purchase required and zero obligation to buy.

The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd West, Orange, 714.769.4000

Fashion Island Personal Shopping & Styling Services, Newport Beach, 949.701.3166, shoppingspecialists@ irvinecompany.com

Shop the

FINEST

Rolex Boutique

South Coast Plaza is an international attraction and a must-see destination as part of any visit to Southern California. The Rolex Boutique at South Coast Plaza, has redefined and elevated the luxury shopping experience to new heights. This flagship store, dedicated entirely to the exquisite World of Rolex, has been generating worldwide interest and offers an extraordinary selection of Rolex timepieces, presented by a professional, multi-lingual staff. Rolex Boutique Baron & Leeds, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.241.8088, www.rolex.com

SASHA boutique

Located on PCH in the heart of Laguna Beach, SASHA boutique is the destination for locals and tourists to shop on trend clothing, jewelry, and shoes. SASHA boutique has been styling women since 2008 and their team will help you create an effortless and welledited look in a warm setting with exceptional customer service. SASHA boutique, 550 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.1444, www.shopsasha.com

Shopping Specialist

Let us help you make your shopping experience easier than ever. With more than 100 exclusive boutiques and coveted brands – from Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, Vince, Kate Spade, Joie, Rebecca Taylor, Elie Tahari and more – our savvy personal shoppers can provide gift-buying and styling services featuring the season’s hottest trends and must-have items. All at no cost. That’s right – whether our expert personal shoppers and stylists spend 30 minutes with you or a full day to help you find the perfect

Sailorsware

Sailorsware features gifts for the sailor like the “Nip That Drip Kit” which includes a Monkey’s Fist knot on top of a designer wine stopper and a Turks Head knot wine collar. All products are manufactured locally. Decorative knots are featured throughout the web store, surf by on the web. Sailorware, www.sailorsware.com

SOCO

Defining the ultimate design and culinary experience, with over 70 carefully curated, restaurants, showrooms and stores, South Coast Collection (SOCO) is Orange County’s central shopping destination and will inspire the decorator, designer, chef, trendsetter, and creative in you. SOCO, 3303-3323 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, 949.760.9150, www.southcoastcollection.com

The Strand

Just one block from the Huntington Beach pier is a two-block row of stores and restaurants providing a perfect spot for fun and relaxation. Retailers include Crocs, Rip Curl and RA Sushi. A beachfront destination featuring the Shorebreak Hotel, the Strand is the perfect spot for fun and relaxation. The Strand, 155 5th Street, Huntington Beach, 714.960.9100, www.thestrandon5th.com

South Coast Plaza

Known as Southern California’s premier shopping destination, South Coast Plaza is an internationally recognized

Shop The Finest was born from enormous passion for offering only the finest Italian handmade clothing and accessories, but for far below retail prices. Founded in 2001, there is a relentless pursuit for acquiring and stocking only the “best” in the world at 60 to 70% off retail. Brioni, Kiton, Brunello Cucinelli and Cesare Attolini are among the brands that are accumulated and offered both online and in our very conveniently located Los Angeles showroom. At an early age, I had a keen sense of what I really liked to wear, well before the age of 10. By the time I was through high school, I truly understood the difference between quality over quantity. This innate sense has allowed Shop The Finest to be at the forefront of providing spectacular client experiences. Enormous drive, inspiration and passion is behind our continued success, and we are committed to bringing remarkable value to our loyal and valued clients. We remain one of the best-kept secrets to leaders of boardrooms, Hollywood and some of the most famous celebrities in the world. Come discover our selection and pricing, as we look forward to assisting you. - Ian Stewart Daniels

SHOP THE FINEST 2234 Purdue Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90064, 310.444.7140


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shopper’s paradise with an unrivaled collection of over 250 boutiques and award-winning restaurants. Not only is it the largest shopping center on the west coast, but it is also home to some of the most luxurious stores in the world including Harry Winston, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Chloé. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888, www.southcoastplaza.com LEFT Wear your travels past, present &

future with Dune Jewelry. www.dunejewelry.com. Photograph by Steve Sullivan Photography.

Dune Jewelry

Wear your favorite travel memories with custom, handmade accessories from Dune Jewelry - the Original Beach Sand Jewelry Company®. Dune Jewelry is experiential jewelry that captures memories from where you’ve been, where you love and where you’re going. Dune’s Sandbank™ offers thousands of sands and locations worldwide, you also have the option to send your own sand. There is something for all travel lovers, men and women alike, in the Dune Collection. Dune Jewelry, www.dunejewelry.com

Tommy Bahama

From swimwear to accessories for both men and women, Tommy Bahama offers a selection of apparel for almost any occasion. Tommy Bahama, 854 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, 949.760.1886 400 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.376.6881, www.tommybahama.com

Tootsies

This trendy shoe boutique is filled with a vast selection of “Affordable and Adorable” shoes. Tootsies carries everything from the basics to the hottest trends. Tootsies, 1200 S Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 104 A,

Laguna Beach, 949.715.5151, www.tootsieslagunabeach.com

Traditional Jewelers

Traditional Jewelers offers exquisite cutting edge designs from world-renowned designer jewelry icons. Offering an array of jewelry you can find one-of-a-kind statement pieces or even classic diamond studs. Traditional Jewelers, 817 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.9010, www.traditionaljewelers.com

Winston’s Crown Jewels

Providing superior value, style, quality and services, customers have always trusted Winston’s Jewelers. Carrying the largest collections of exceptional gemstone jewelry in Southern California, Winston’s designers are always happy to customize mountings of your dreams. Winston’s Crown Jewelers, 100 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 101, Newport Beach, 949.642.5000 1775 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, 949.645.9000, www.winstonscrownjewelers.com

The White Dress

The White Dress has grown to become one of the pre-eminent Couture Bridal Salons in the country. The moment you enter the salon you will be warmly greeted and paired with you own stylist who will make you and your companions comfortable. While The White Dress has expanded well beyond its original footprint to include seven dressing rooms, a bridesmaids lounge and 3,000 square feet of showroom space, the experience remains personal, attentive and truly unique throughout the USA and Canada. The White Dress, 2853 East Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949.723.0121, www.thewhitedress.com


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TASTE MAKER OPEN-AIR DINING, COCKTAILS AND PANORAMIC OCEAN VIEWS TRANSPORT YOU The Cliff Restaurant offers a world class menu with an unsurpassed dining experience. Take in the 180-degree whitewater views from the multi-level patio while enjoying a relaxing breakfast or lunch, then catch a breathtaking sunset over a romantic dinner. If you are visiting with your beloved pooch, they offer a “Precious Puppy Plates� menu with delicious, healthy entrees and treats. A refreshing starter is the ahi poke, made with sashimi grade Yellowfin Tuna tossed in a sweet sesame soy sauce with diced jalapenos and topped with avocado. Executive Chef Candido Aranda serves the Cliff Poke in a crispy wonton bowl accompanied by fresh Taro chips. The Cliff Poke is a traditional Hawaiian poke with a little bit of spice, and since adding it to their menu, it has quickly become one of the top-sellers. It is cool, healthy and satisfying while being loaded with protein. The poke mix is also offered in a whole wheat wrap on the lunch menu. THE CLIFF RESTAURANT 577 S. Pacific Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.715.3141 | www.thecliffrestaurant.com


THE

DRINK For an accompanying libation, indulge in the spicy watermelon margarita – Beauty & The Beast. This seductive concoction is made with Casamigos Blanco Tequila, fresh lime juice, agave, cubed watermelon and sliced jalapenos. All of the ingredients are combined in a shaker of ice and shaken vigorously until the watermelon explodes and the jalapenos release the heat. It is served on the rocks with a Tajin-salted rim. This drink is aptly named, since it is beautiful in color and provides a beastly amount of heat.

RECIPE 1 ½ oz. Silver Tequila Splash of Agave ½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice 4-5 Pieces of 1” Cubes of Watermelon 2 Slices of Jalapeno Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until the watermelon has disintegrated. Pour into a rocks glass with a Tajin salted rim. Rim ingredients are equal parts of salt and Tajin.

NOTE Tajin is a seasoning comprised of world-class Mexican chilies, lime juice and sea salt.

DON’T FORGET THE WINE Wine Not Wednesdays? Half price bottles all day. Excludes sparkling and bottles over $100.


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Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Newport Beach


GAME ON!

OC’s Sports Bars Offer Burgers, Brews, and Something for Everyone By CARRIE WILLIAMS

You’re lucky enough to be visiting Orange County in the fall – what many consider to be the best season here. But just because you’re taking the time to enjoy the area’s many attractions doesn’t mean you have to miss watching your favorite sports teams on TV. Whether you’re a football, basketball or hockey fan, and whether you prefer a local hangout or haute cuisine with your game, you’ll find it all at OC’s sports bars.

ENJOY THE VIEW

You may be headed to a sports bar to catch the game, but it doesn’t hurt if the spot has amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, to boot. At Simmzy’s in Pacific City – the hot new dining, shopping and lifestyle destination in Huntington Beach – you’ll enjoy rooting on your team against an incredible view backdrop, with an impressive menu that includes gourmet burgers (try the namesake Simmzy’s Burger) and a large selection of quality craft beers on tap. 21010 Pacific Coast Highway, #E-100, Huntington Beach, 714.831.1240, simmzys.com

TRY A LONE STAR FAVORITE

Simmzy’s, Huntington Beach

Unless you’re from Texas, you may not know be familiar with Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Famed for its fresh, all-natural Angus burgers served alongside Kennebec hand cut fries, farm fresh salads and handcrafted milkshakes, Hopdoddy also has a passion for craft local beer. At Hopdoddy, you’ll experience some Southern hospitality with your burger and brew, whether you’re cheering for the Cowboys or not. 311 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.2337, hopdoddy.com

GET IN THE ZONE

For the ultimate sports fan, ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney in Anaheim is the place. Check out their Screening Room, with a dining and bar area featuring a 16-foot HD large screen surrounded by 12 monitors airing multiple sports. You can even kick back in a recliner and enjoy one of their craft and premium beers on tap with a signature burger. We recommend the Overtime Burger with roasted green chiles, pepper jack and Sriracha Ranch. 1545 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.300.3776, espnzone.com

GO FOR EXTRA YARDAGE

When it comes to a quintessential sports bar and restaurant in Orange County, it’s the Yard House. In addition to being loaded with TVs to watch all of your favorite games, the Yard House


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Newport Beach Brewing Company, Newport Beach

boasts the world’s largest selection of draft beer. Their customized menu of more than 100 offerings on tap is complemented by an ever-changing chalkboard of new brews from around the globe, all available by the glass (of course) or the half-yard (wow!). Pair your beer with one of the best burger menus around (we say try the Kurobuta Pork Burger), and you’ve got a win…even if your team doesn’t. Locations in Brea, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Irvine, yardhouse.com

TOAST AN ORIGINAL

Before breweries and gastropubs started their takeover of the OC bar and restaurant scene, there was The Newport Beach Brewing Company. Established in 1995, “The Brew Co,” as it’s fondly known, became the second brewery in Orange County and the only one in Newport Beach - with a fantastic surf-close spot on the Peninsula. Go for the games and their award-winning beer, brewed using West Coast IPA style techniques. Then, enjoy any of the highquality dishes from their delectable menu, including seven different burgers. 2920 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.675.8449, newportbeachbrewingcompany.com

GO FOR THE (FIVE) STARS

There may be no more luxurious place in Orange County to relax and watch a game than at The Lounge at Pelican Grill within the world-famous Pelican Hill Resort. This posh post-up features two nine-foot HD TVs, spectacular views of the Pelican Hill golf course, and the ocean – as well as a menu with a solid lineup of appetizers, craft beers and entrees including the Prime “1855” New York Steak Sandwich. 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast, 844.443.0022, pelicangrillnb.com

HANG WITH THE LOCALS

It doesn’t get more authentically local than Rudy’s Pub and Grill on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. Just one block from the beach, Rudy’s features 32 high-definition plasmas where you can watch all the pro and college games in an always lively atmosphere. Don’t let the “Pub” moniker fool you; Rudy’s chef-driven menu features fresh seared ahi and pulled pork sliders to house specialties including a grilled Kobe Beef burger. 3110 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.723.0293, rudyspubandgrill.com


Stag Bar +

KITCHEN

If the food, drinks and atmosphere are just as important as watching the game, you’ll want to check out the newly renovated Stag Bar + Kitchen on the Balboa Peninsula. In addition to an array of draft and bottled brews, craft cocktails and a vast selection of premium whiskey, the historic spot located just steps from the Newport Pier offers up some of the best bar bites in town, including artisan pizza (named top 10 pizzas in OC by The Orange County Register), house-ground meatballs, hot wings and seasonal salads. Score big during their all-day Happy Hour which runs 8am-7pm Monday through Friday. Or, watch weekend games with their popular Boozy Brunch highlighting breakfast pizza, signature omelettes and featured Bloody Marys and fresh-squeezed Greyhounds. For game viewing, there’s not a bad seat in the house with a number of hi-def screens throughout the venue.

STAG BAR + KITCHEN 121 McFadden Place, Newport Beach, 949.673.4470, www.stagbar.com


EAT & DRINK ORANGE COUNTY

SEASALT WOODFIRE GRILL

OLD VINE CAFE

Chef Mark McDonald’s veteran wine-driven concept, Old Vine Café, located in the boutique CAMP retail center features contemporary wood and iron fixtures that transport diners on a woody retreat that feels more NorCal than Costa Mesa. Guests are invited to taste selections from their curated wine list while enjoying inventive constantly-rotating dishes inspired by various culinary destinations for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Old Vine Cafe, 2937 Bristol St. Suite A-102 Costa Mesa, 714.545.1411, www.oldvinecafe.com

SeaSalt Woodfire Grill brings the culinary concept and culture of Santa Maria to coastal Huntington Beach, California. The grill house and weekend breakfast destination features the tastes of “farm-to-fire” grilling with slow-grilled meats, such as the bold-and-robust bone-in ribeye steak and traditional tri-tip, along with fresh seasonal side dishes. Diners can pair their selections with specialty “craft rim” libations, or an Orange County craft beer or wine from the Santa Maria Valley. SeaSalt Woodfire Grill, 21214 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, 714.804.5545, www.seasaltwoodfiregrill.com

SAPPHIRE LAGUNA

Embark on a journey where comfort cuisine meets exotic innovation. When you dine at Sapphire Laguna, you are traveling through the world’s markets with your palate, without needing a passport. Chef Azmin Ghahreman is a citizen of the world and his international-oriented cooking styles and avid interest in utilizing the best seasonal ingredients available distinguish him on the culinary map. His global market cuisine utilizes only the most responsibly raised meat, poultry, and seafood. Located in the heart of beautiful Laguna Beach, Sapphire Laguna is open for lunch, dinner, Sunset Hour and weekend brunch. Sapphire Laguna, 1200 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.9888, www.SapphireLaguna.com


NEWPORT BEACH 21 Oceanfront

With interior elegance and beauty accentuated by stunning ocean views and sunlight streaming through water-facing windows, it’s no wonder Zagat designated 21 Oceanfront its Most Romantic Restaurant in 2012. More than just romance is served up at this elegant eatery, known for the juiciest steaks and best seafood in Orange County. 21 Oceanfront, 2100 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.2100, www.21oceanfront.com

A Restaurant

As the oldest operating restaurant in Orange County, “A” Restaurant stands as a landmark deeply rooted in the culture of Newport Beach. Opened in 1926 as The Arches, this traditional dining destination was reborn in 2008 and, today, remains a haven for classic culinary experiences. With a straightforward menu, “A” takes great pride in sourcing the freshest ingredients from purveyors that share its passion for fine food. A Restaurant, 3334 W Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.650.6505, www.arestaurantnb.com

Andrea Ristorante at Pelican Hill

The unprecedented attention to detail to recreate storied culinary traditions in classic dishes bursting with the true flavors of Italy results in remarkable Northern Italian cuisine with Tuscan influences that rivals the nation’s top Italian restaurants. About 17 varieties of pasta are handmade fresh daily in the restaurant’s pasta room. Andrea Ristorante at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 855.467.6800, www.andreanb.com

A&O Kitchen+Bar

Short for “Anchors and Oceans”,

Balboa Bay Resort’s waterfront gastropub offers real food, real drinks all served in an unpretentious way with a strong focus on shared plates, hearty dishes, and creative cocktails with six beers and two wines on an iron-clad centerpiece tap. The interior of A&O is casual and rustic, with wood floors, reclaimed barn siding wall and floor accents, and live edge wood communal dining tables and bar top. The large horseshoeshaped bar overlooking the harbor and the outdoor patio, complete with two communal fire pits, make A&O the perfect place for enjoying an adult beverage and gastropubinspired fare while watching the game or enjoying one of our quintessential West Coast sunsets. A&O Kitchen + Bar, 1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.630.4285, www.anchorsandoceans.com

AVO Bar + Restaurant

AVO offers Southern California locally sourced seasonal menus. From SoCal burgers and bites to inspired entrees, AVO provides a perfect place to relax and enjoy approachable cuisine. Located on the Lobby Level of Fairmont Newport Beach, AVO is open for lunch and dinner daily. Fairmont Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, 949.476.2001, www.fairmont.com/ newport-beach

Back Bay Bistro

Home to the sun-drenched climate of Southern California and tucked away in the ecological reserves of the Newport Dunes, Back Bay Bistro has become the ultimate destination for both locals and tourists craving unparalleled cuisine. This is the ideal place in Newport Beach for waterfront dining, chic atmosphere and delicious dishes. Back Bay Bistro, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.1144, www.newportdunes.com

Babette’s

Babette’s, one of East Hampton’s most celebrated and iconic restaurants, has opened its second outpost in Newport Coast’s Crystal Cove shopping center. Serving up delicious fare featuring healthy and sustainable ingredients, as well as an impressive and innovative cocktail program, Babette’s is a great addition to the OC dining scene. Whether you dine on the lovely patio or in the beautiful, modern craftsman-inspired dining room, Babette’s will indulge your senses with thoughtful cuisine and a comfortable, yet elegant, atmosphere. Babette’s, 7962 E Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Coast, 949.715.9915, www.babettesoc.com

Bayside Restaurant

We adore harbor-front Bayside Restaurant for its view, its environment and its heavy-on-the-fish menu of New American cuisine created by pro Paul Gstrein. Bayside Restaurant, 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222, www.baysiderestaurant.com

The Beachcomber

The Beachcomber is a beautiful sand-side dining experience that serves fresh, coastal fare in the gorgeous Crystal Cove. There’s no better place in the O.C. to have a sunset dinner while having your feet in the sand. Reservations are recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The Beachcomber, 15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, 949.376.6900 | www.thebeachcombercafe.com

Bear Flag Fish Co.

Bear Flag Fish Company is dedicated to providing a healthy, high quality dining experience. A fish market for the new generation, Bear Flag provides a modern ambience and focuses on healthy seafood cuisine. The fish tacos, their real New England clam chowder, and some of the freshest sushi in Orange County are some

of the local favorites. Lunch and dinner daily. Bear Flag Fish Co., 3421 Via Lido, Newport Beach, 949.673.3474, www.bearflagfishco.com

Bluewater Grill

Bluewater Grill’s mission is to provide their guests with the highest quality seafood, classically prepared, at a fair price, in a friendly, casual atmosphere. When you’re in the mood for fish, this is the place. Bluewater offers up to 15 fresh fish items on the menu (printed every day). Lunch and dinner daily. Bluewater Grill, 630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, 949.675.3474, www.bluewatergrill.com

The Bungalow

This charming Craftsman-style restaurant is nestled in the heart of Corona del Mar. Dark wood and private booths have made The Bungalow a dining favorite for residents and visitors alike. The Bungalow specializes in USDA Prime Steaks and fresh seafood. They also feature an awardwinning wine list that has over 20 premium wines by the glass and over 160 bottled wines from their wine cellar. The Bungalow recently introduced lunch service available Monday through Friday. The Bungalow, 2441 E Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949.673.6585 , www.thebungalowrestaurant.com

Caffé & Market

For breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in-between, Caffè & Market offers hundreds of food and beverage items for casually dining in or conveniently taking away. Shop a gourmet array of fresh market fare, including sandwiches, salads, soup, pastries, Resort-made gelato, salads, snacks, featured daily quiche, barista-made coffee, wine and beer.


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in both classic bastions of East Coast luxury (Lespinasse, Bistro Lepic) and small, family-owned eateries—the menu combines the flavors of Italy with the organic freshness of California. CUCINA also features an expansive alfresco patio with a cozy fireplace—the perfect relaxing atmosphere to enjoy handcrafted specialty cocktails, hard-to-find Italian artisan beers, or a fine varietal from the wine shop. CUCINA enoteca, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416, www.cucinaenoteca.com

Fig & Olive

Caffè & Market, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 855.467.6800, www.pelicanhill. com/dining

Canaletto

Perhaps the most stylish pizzeria in town, orbs of cheesy goodness are put together with housemade dough and mozzarella, then wood-fired to achieve thin-crust perfection. Canaletto also boasts the best happy hour in town. Canaletto, 545 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0900, www.ilfornaio.com

The Cannery

Eighty years ago, this commercial fish cannery was the first of its kind along the Rhine Channel in Newport Beach. Today, this antiqued waterfront warehouse serves up the freshest fine seafood, adding chic contemporary interior decor to locals and visitors alike. At water level, a sophisticated menu of delicious steaks, chops, and salads are created with an innovative touch, while upstairs you can sample an array of Japanese specialties from the sushi bar in

the Asian-inspired dining room.

smoothies.

The Cannery, 3010 Lafayette Road, Newport Beach, 949.566.0060, www.cannerynewport.com

Coliseum Pool & Grill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 855.467.6800, www.coliseumnb.com

Citrus

Citrus - where classic styles are presented with a bold combination of flavors that celebrate the very best of Southern California. Located on the Lobby Level of Fairmont Newport Beach, Citrus is open for breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday and breakfast Saturday - Sunday. Fairmont Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, 949.476.2001, www.fairmont.com/ newport-beach

Coliseum Pool & Grill

An incomparably fun and intriguing place to dine, the Coliseum Pool & Grill overlooks the “scene” at the strikingly iconic Coliseum Pool, back-dropped by the Pacific Ocean. American favorites on the superbly prepared menu runs the gamut from pizzas, panini and sandwiches to seafood dishes, pastas, specialty salads and even

The Crow Bar and Kitchen

Being the first gastropub in Orange County isn’t the only reason the Crow Bar has received such high acclaim. A gastropub is a term from our friends across the pond for a pub specializing in high-quality food, far beyond typical bar food. The Crow Bar has exceeded the term, offering food, serving beer and creating an ambience unlike anything you’ve seen in Orange County. The Crow Bar, 2325 E Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949.675.0070 , www.crowbarcdm.com

CUCINA enoteca

Under the inspired direction of Urban Kitchen Group’s Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli—a natural culinary savant whose Italian heritage and experience

Fig & Olive takes you on an edible journey to the South of France, Spain and Italy. Every meal begins with an olive oil tasting before guests feast upon seasonally driven creations like the Provencal roasted organic chicken in the wine room, white room or, sure to be our favorite, the orchard room, where a wall of 400 olive oil bottles provides an artful backdrop. Fig & Olive, 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005, www.figandolive.com

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Founded in 1998 by restaurateurs Paul Fleming and Bill Allen, the first Fleming’s opened in Newport Beach, California. Fleming’s pairs a passion for service and seasonal ingredients with the finest USDA prime beef. At Fleming’s a steak is never just a steak. Every savory dish is meticulously made from scratch, and with their award-winning list of 100 wines by the glass, you’ll discover the perfect wine to pair with your meal. Elevate your selection even more with their indulgent steak-companions, including truffle-poached lobster, diablo shrimp, or king crab. Dinner nightly, brunch Sunday. Fleming’s, 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.9633, www.flemingssteakhouse.com


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Fly-N-Fish

Newport Beach Brewing Company

Newport Beach Brewing Company

Fly-N-Fish is located in the heart of the Boardwalk and just a short stroll down from the Newport Beach Pier. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters with a refreshing glass of wine while you enjoy the sunset in Newport Beach. They offer seasonal specials as well as many of their own classic creations. Signature dishes include Maryland crab cakes, bacon wrapped scallops, cioppino and their award-winnng New England clam chowder.

The Newport Beach Brewing Co is conveniently located at 30th and Newport Boulevard on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach with plenty of free parking. It is known for its award-winning beer brewed on site, as well as its California cuisine and amazing hand-crafted cocktails. Voted “Best Burger” by the OC Register, it is the go-to place for a casual lunch and dinner at the BrewPub, or on its outdoor patio, the largest on the Peninsula. For late night fun, NBBC is the place to be and be seen. Curved hi-def screens make it a gathering place to catch your favorite game. Established in 1995, NBBC is the most well-established brewery in Orange County. Come see why.

Fly-N-Fish, 2304 W Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.8400, www.flynfishoysterbar.com

Great Room Social Lounge

Newport Beach Brewing Co, 2920 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, 949.675 .8449, www.nbbrewco.com

A lively place to gather, savor and linger at the heart of The Resort at Pelican Hill, the Lounge features craft cocktails, small bites and a modern upbeat vibe. Plush seating swivels around for ocean and sunset views by day, then evening dining and entertainment by night.

Pelican Grill

Great Room Social Lounge, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 855.467.6800, www.pelicanhill.com/dining

Gulfstream

The menu of diverse American seafood classics lets the quality of ingredients take center stage at Gulfstream. The restaurant works closely with local farmers and purveyors to ensure the produce, fish, meat and chicken are of the highest standard, along with their own herb garden to guarantee the freshest greens available. The restaurant offers patio dining or relaxing Adirondack fire pit seating. Lunch and dinner daily. Gulfstream, 850 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, 949.718.0188, www.hillstone.com

Hornblower Cruises & Events

Hornblower Cruises & Events offers a splashy solution for a unique nautical dining experience:

spectacular water views, gourmet cuisine and impeccable service aboard an elegant Hornblower yacht in Newport Beach. Enjoy a sunset dinner, cocktail cruise or weekend champagne brunch cruise. All six yachts are available for groups, destination weddings or private charters. Hornblower Cruises, 2431 W Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.646.0155, www.hornblower.com

Javier’s Crystal Cove

Offering the best regionally influenced home-style Mexican cooking made with the freshest and finest ingredients. Javier’s also features the largest selection of premium tequilas in Orange County in a contemporary tropical setting in Newport Beach. Javier’s Crystal Cove,

7832 E Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Coast, 949.494.1239, www.javiers-cantina.com

Kitayama

Kitayama is a traditional Japanese restaurant in Newport Beach offering a novel yet modern approach to the savory traditions of Japanese cuisine. Their fish is shipped daily in their best efforts to provide only the freshest selection for their guests. Beyond their reputable sushi bar and highly requested sushi chef, Kitayama’s dining rooms are offered as three distinguished sections, all of which provide individual ambiences to fit your desired style of dining for the evening. Kitayama, 101 Bayview Place, Newport Beach, 949.725.0777, www.kitayamanewport.com

Located at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill presents the quintessential California dining experience, featuring cuisine prepared with the highest-quality fresh and locally sourced foods, al fresco dining on the ocean-view terrace, and a popular lounge with two huge 9’ x 6’ HD TVs for viewing sports events. Pelican Grill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 855.467.6800, www.pelicangrillnb.com

Pizzeria Mozza

Newport Beach is a bustling, urban burst of flavor and color. Pizzeria Mozza is the perfect atmosphere – whether it’s a business lunch or late night snack. The wine bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling from a selection of Italian wines, salami and pizza. The chefs meld their prodigious talents, with unwavering commitment to product, environment and hospitality. Pizzeria Mozza is much more than your average pizza joint.


21 OCEANFRONT 21 Oceanfront is the ultimate location for dining in Newport Beach. Reminiscent of a grand, turnof-the-century dining club located in the historical McFadden Building, 21 Oceanfront specializes in classic continental selections offering a wide variety of fresh fish, seafood and prime meats. Complement your elegant oceanfront dining experience with a fine

selection of wines from our extensive private wine cellar. 21 Oceanfront Restaurant is recognized as being the most romantic restaurant in Orange County and the best place to watch the sunset. Don’t miss this amazing dining experience. Complimentary Transportation for groups of 8 or more (based on availability.)

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The Ritz Prime Seafood, Newport Beach

Monday through Friday, dinner nightly. Rothschild’s Restaurant, 2407 E Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949.673.3750, www.rothschildsrestaurant.com

ing Gamberi al Vino Bianco, which consists of sautéed shrimp in a white wine and garlic sauce. Sapori is open for lunch on the weekdays from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm and everyday for dinner from 4:30 pm - 10 pm.

The Ritz Prime Seafood

Sapori Ristorante, 1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.4220, www.saporinb.com

Situated right on the water, The Ritz Prime Seafood is located on Mariner’s Mile in Newport Beach. They take a modern and vibrant take on the fine dining experience. Their chef-driven menu offers sustainable fish and seafood flown in daily from pristine waters, dryaged steaks, a skillfully constructed wine list, and hand-crafted cocktails. Enjoy happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch with live entertainment. The Ritz Prime Seafood, 2801 W Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.720.1800, www.theRitzPrimeSeafood.com

Roy’s

Pizzeria Mozza, 800 W Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.945.1126, www.pizzeriamozza.com

R&D Kitchen

An essential stop in Orange County, Cafe R&D offers crisp and flavorful cuisine in a quintessentially California indoor-outdoor space. Be sure to try new classics like the Reubenesque sandwich, Café steak salad, or the three-layer carrot cake with Mascarpone icing. You’ll be sure to love this casual yet chic café. Lunch and dinner daily. R&D Kitchen, 555 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.219.0555, www.hillstone.com

Red O

Executive Chef Keith Stich (for-

merly of Newport’s Wildfish Seafood Grille) is heading the kitchen at Rick Bayless’ Red O Restaurant. Offering a unique combination of prime steaks and seafood using authentic Mexican sauces prepared with ingredients that are primarily sourced from local farms using sustainable practices to create dishes of unparalleled flavor and quality. Red O, 143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0300, www.redorestaurant.com

Rothschild’s Restaurant

This quaint restaurant gives you the feel and familiarity of a European chateau, with a friendly ambience and great menu. Serving northern Italian cuisine, featuring homemade pastas, fresh seafood, the finest cuts of beef, veal and lamb, and flavorful sauces – all with generous portions. Lunch

Hawaiian cuisine meets French and Asian influences at Roy’s. Blending classic techniques with adventurous Pacific Rim flavors, culinary pioneer Roy Yamaguchi created an entirely new approach to fine dining. Indulge in one of their spectacular cocktails or choose a glass from Roy’s awardwinning wine list while you discover the fresh ingredients and outstanding seafood, expertly prepared by the local chefs that made the restaurant famous. Dinner nightly. Roy’s, 453 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.7697, www.roysrestaurant.com

Sapori Ristorante

Known for their extensive imported wine list and heavenly Italian family recipes, Newport’s Sapori Ristorante transports guests on a culinary journey to Tuscany. Located just a block away from the Newport Harbor, the smell of Ocean breeze compliments the numerous seafood dishes inspired by the Mediterranean coast includ-

SideDoor

The SideDoor is an English­style gastropub in Corona del Mar. Printed daily, the menu reflects the evolving creativity of Executive Chef Dennis Brask and his crew by featuring a variety of seasonal plates, which may include salads of roasted Chioggia beets and gravlax with fennel and Meyer lemon, as well as vegetable dishes such as butternut squash with wild nettle pesto.

SideDoor, 3801 E Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949.717.4322, www.sidedoorcdm.com

Sol Cocina

Deborah Schneider’s Sol Cocina in Newport has long been known as a harbor-front hot spot for its Bajainspired flavors and fiesta-like atmosphere, but now, her team’s adding something new to the mix with Solita Tacos & Margaritas is her newer restaurant in Huntington Beach. Sol Cocina, 251 W Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.675.9800, www.solcocina.com

Stag Bar + Kitchen

If the food, drinks and atmosphere are just as important as watching the game, you’ll want to check out the newly renovated Stag Bar + Kitchen on the Balboa Peninsula. In addition to an array of draft and bottled brews, craft cocktails and a vast selection of premium whiskey, the historic spot located just steps from the Newport Pier offers up some of the best bar bites in town, including artisan pizza (named top 10 pizzas in OC by The OC Regis-


KITAYAMA

Kitayama is a traditional Japanese restaurant in Newport Beach offering a novel yet modern approach to the savory traditions of Japanese cuisine. Their fish is shipped daily in their best efforts to provide only the freshest selection for their guests. Beyond their reputable sushi bar and highly requested sushi chef, Kitayama’s dining rooms are offered as three distinguished sections, all of which providing individual ambiances to fit your desired style of dining for the evening. One of the distinguished sections is the private Tatami room that is designed very

traditional Japanese style with a beautiful garden view. Kitayama has created an extensive menu, featuring dishes such as the Chef’s monthly special menu, an assortment of sushi, signature sushi rolls and Kaiseki set menus. To compliment your dining experience, Kitayama has an extensive list of artisanal sake and shochu, signature cocktails, wine and a full bar. Kitayama also offers lunch from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm and one the best happy hours in town from 4:30 pm to 6 pm Monday through Friday.

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Sapphire Laguna, Laguna Beach

242 Café Fusion Sushi

ter), house-ground meatballs, hot wings and seasonal salads.

Located across from Main Beach, owner and head chef Miki Izumisawa has a hidden gem popular among the locals. Her artistic approach and extensive culinary background create some of the most beautiful and tasty dishes you’ll ever have. You will be seated at skim board tables facing the ocean or at the bar where the chefs will lead your journey. “No soy sauce” is the theme, as every plate has its own special sauce to accompany the dish. Open for dinner every day. Wine, sake and beer available.

Stag Bar + Kitchen, 121 McFadden Place, Newport Beach, 949.673.4470, www.stagbar.com

Sushi Roku

Sushi Roku has transformed the traditional sushi bar by artfully combining exceptional cuisine with a sleek, seductive and warm environment. Guests indulge in one-of-a-kind dishes while sipping on specialty cocktails, an extensive wine and sake collection, and handpicked Japanese beers. Sushi Roku uses the finest, freshest fish from around the globe with the kind of artistry that can only be executed by a seasoned sushi chef to ensure an unparalleled sushi experience.

242 Cafe Fusion Sushi, 242 N Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.494.2444, www.fusionart.us

Big Fish Tavern

Sushi Roku, 327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.3622, www.innovativedining.com

True Food Kitchen

If you’re like us, the flavors of spring excite your palate and give you plenty of reasons to indulge – perhaps a bit too many. So, we try to enjoy this season of eating a bit more healthfully by dining at True Food Kitchen in Newport. The concept is teasing our taste buds; and they are committed to responsibly sourcing every protein. Try the sustainable steelhead, braised grass­fed beef short rib, gluten­ free spaghetti squash casserole, or housemate turkey lasagna.Inventive pizzas, too. Leave some room for the spiced apple & goji berry crisp or chia seed pudding. True Food Kitchen, 451 Newport Center Drive, 949.644.2400, www.truefoodkitchen.com

Waterline Newport Beach

Located along the Newport Bay waterfront in Balboa Bay Resort, Waterline Newport Beach is the resort’s signature restaurant that features a captivating water-to-table experience offering the freshest seafood and a unique chef-

driven concept. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Waterline’s fresh entrees, stylish décor, and unforgettable bay views make it a perfect place to relax and unwind, as well as a destination to meet and celebrate.

Saturday and Sunday, lunch and dinner daily.

Waterline Newport Beach, 1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.630.4145, www.waterlinenewport.com

LAGUNA BEACH

Zov’s

Zov’s brings contemporary cuisine with Chef Zov’s signature Mediterranean flair, in an upscale chic environment. The menu showcases her Mediterranean, MiddleEastern and Armenian influences in this local treasure. Be sure to try the Armenian sausage flatbread or the Ahi kebob. Breakfast

Zov’s, 21123 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, 949.760.9687, www.zovs.com

230 Forest Avenue

Co-owner and chef, Mark Cohen celebrates fusion with dishes playing on Asian and Latin influences – all with an emphasis on seafood. Lunch and dinner daily. 230 Forest Avenue, 230 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, 949.494.2545, www.230forestavenue.com

The new Big Fish Tavern brings an innovative seafood menu to the residents of Laguna Beach and visiting tourists alike, all with fast, friendly service. Along with unique seafood appetizers and entrees, the casual restaurant concept serves eight craft beers on tap and 50+ beers in bottles and cans, plus boutique wines and cocktails. Specialty menu items include Lobster Fondue, “Peruvian style” Shrimp & Crab Ceviche, Fresh Fish of the Day cooked your way, and very share-able Chowder Fries. Jim Walker and Louie Feinstein took over the formerly named House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer on November 1 from Casa Resorts, who wanted to concentrate on their hotel properties. Big Fish Tavern | 540 South Coast Highway #200 | Laguna Beach | 949.715.4500 | www.bigfishtavernlaguna.com

The Cliff Restaurant

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing lunch, a fine dining experience or a venue for that special event, The Cliff fits every occasion. Located in Southern California’s gorgeous city of Laguna Beach, The Cliff restaurant offers a worldclass menu and 180-degree whitewater views from the multi-level patio. The menu features a delightful selection of California Cuisine


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Morton’s The Steakhouse, Santa Ana

Rooftop Lounge

Leave your worries at the door of La Casa del Camino hotel and head up to the roof. A local favorite and a must-see for visitors, The Rooftop Lounge offers a front row seat for a spectacular sunset. Indulge in one of the best happy hours in town, with signature fresh fruit Mojitos and one truly amazing panoramic ocean view while sampling small bites and California casual cuisine. The Rooftop Lounge is the perfect venue for every occasion including weddings, private parties, meetings or corporate events with indoor/outdoor space, on-site catering and a staff dedicated to your every need. Rooftop Lounge, 1289 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2446, www.rooftoplagunabeach.com

Sapphire Laguna

with a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and seafood specialties. Oceanfront, open-air dining and cocktails are available daily at the spectacularly situated restaurant that is within walking distance to the quaint Laguna Village artist community, which offers an array of unique studios and boutiques. The Cliff Restaurant, 577 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1956, www.thecliffrestaurant.com

The Deck

A unique oceanfront dining experience in Laguna Beach, specializing in fresh seafood and creative cocktails served beachside with a smile. The Deck restaurant, open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks, is one of the few Laguna Beach waterfront restaurants on the beach, offering a seaside restaurant experience in South Orange County. This is Southern California living at its best.

The Deck, 627 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6700, www.deckonlaguna.com

K’ya Bistro Bar

This hidden secret that’s located in the lobby of La Casa del Camino is extremely popular with the locals. The all-small-plate menu offers Mediterranean café-inspired food and is perfect for sharing one of the 60 small plate choices. The hotel’s rooftop lounge has an unbeatable ocean view with delectable cocktails. Dinner daily. Rooftop Lounge offers lunch and dinner daily. K’ya Bistro Bar, 1287 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.376.9718, www.kyabistro.com

Mozambique Steakhouse Mozambique Restaurant and Coastal Lounge brings the tastes and smells from the beaches of Mozambique to Laguna Beach – creating an unforgettable experi-

ence that is exotic and yet close to heart and home. Whether you are coming for Peri-Peri Prawns on the patio, or an unforgettable steak in one of their various dining rooms, you will always leave wanting to come back for more. Mozambique, 1740 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.7777, www.mozambiqueoc.com

Las Brisas

The legendary Las Brisas overlooks the Pacific and the beautiful Laguna Beach coastline. A Southern California landmark since its inception in 1938, Las Brisas has become a magnet for locals and visitors from all over the world. The menu represents a collection of Mexican recipes, as well as innovative California cuisine. The chefs’ menus are inspired by the abundant seafood of the region. Las Brisas, 360 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.497.5434, www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com

Embark on a journey where comfort cuisine meets exotic innovation. When you dine at Sapphire Laguna, you are traveling through the world’s markets with your palate, without needing a passport. Chef Azmin Ghahreman is a citizen of the world and his international-oriented cooking styles and avid interest in utilizing the best ingredients available distinguish him on the culinary map. His global market cuisine utilizes the best seasonal ingredients and only the most responsibly raised and sourced meat, poultry, and seafood. Located in the heart of beautiful Laguna Beach, Sapphire Laguna is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Sapphire Laguna, 1200 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.9888, www.SapphireLaguna.com

Selanne Steak Tavern

Owned by hockey legend Teemu Selanne and his local business partner Kevin Pratt, Selanne Steak Tavern, located in Laguna Beach, is a contemporary upscale steak house and tavern – serving American fare and libations in a newly converted building that was once a beach cottage built in 1934.


THE CLIFF RESTAURANT & B AR

The Cliff Restaurant offers a world class menu with an unsurpassed dining experience. Enjoy the 180 degree whitewater views from the multi-level patio while enjoying a relaxing breakfast or lunch, or catch a romantic sunset over dinner with a special friend. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing lunch, a fine dining experience or a venue for that special occasion, The Cliff has it all with a panoramic view of the ocean situated in the quaint Laguna Village artist community. The Cliff Restaurant | 577 South Coast Highway | Laguna Beach | 949.494.1956 | www.thecliffrestaurant.com


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Selanne’s Steak Tavern, 464 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.9881, www.selannesteaktavern.com

SPLASHES at Surf and Sand Resort

Perched above the sandy shoreline, Splashes Restaurant embodies California-chic elegance and boasts some of the West Coast’s best views and finest cuisine. As the daylight sun shines, feel the slight breeze of the sea as waves break just 25 feet below the airy dining. When weather gets cooler, an opulent fireplace creates a cracking warmth and cozy atmosphere in the evening hours. Every table is the best in house, framing the awe-inspiring view of the coast. SPLASHES at Surf & Sand Re-

sort, 1555 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 888.869.7569, www.surfandsandresort.com

Tommy Bahama Bar & Grill

Located in the heart of Laguna Beach, steps from the sand of Main Beach, Tommy Bahama Bar & Grill serves an island-inspired lineup of delectable dishes and cocktails in a tropical paradise environment. California’s freshest seafood gets a sophisticated but playful treatment in the skilled hands of Chef Marcus Lage. This spot is perfect for lunch or dinner, or to just unwind with one of the many delicious cocktails. Tommy Bahama Bar & Grill, 400 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.376.6886, www.tommybahama.com

Studio

Located in the beautiful Montage Laguna Beach, Studio serves modern French cuisine with a California influence and specializes in seasonal, creative masterpieces. Outside Studio’s doors lies a private garden where Chef de Cuisine, Craig Strong, picks the herbs and vegetables used throughout the restaurant. Studio offers comfortably elegant evenings featuring fine food and impeccable service at the edge of the Pacific. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Studio, 30801 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.6420, www.studiolagunabeach.com

Watermarc

Executive chef and owner Mark Cohen brings a lofty pedigree,

having brought to Orange County 230 Forest Avenue Restaurant in Laguna Beach, and Opah Restaurant & Bar at the Aliso Viejo Towne Center in Aliso Viejo and also at the Irvine Marketplace. Watermarc brings together the vision of pairing great food with great beverage, offering wonderful inventive tapas – such as the filet mignon potpie. The open patio and second floor terrace overlook the infamous Pacific Coast Highway. Lunch, intermezzo and dinner nightly. Watermarc, 448 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.376.6272, www.watermarcrestuarant.com

DANA POINT Chart House

Support Your Local Brewery 949.675.8449 nbbrewco.com


PRIME STEAKS.

LEGENDARY SERVICE. FINE WINE • PRIVATE DINING • EXCEPTIONAL MENU SOUTH COAST PLAZA IN COSTA MESA 1641 W. Sunflower Ave. 714-444-4834 ANAHEIM 1895 South Harbor Blvd. 714-621-0101 MORTONS.COM


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On a clear day, the view from Chart House Dana Point extends 50 miles down the Southern California Coast all the way to La Jolla. Seated atop the majestic bluffs overlooking the Dana Point Harbor and the pristine azure waters of the Pacific Ocean, Chart House is one of the most romantic restaurants in Dana Point, year round. Chart House, 34442 Street of the Green LanternM, Dana Point, 949.493.1183, www.chart-house.com

enoSTEAK

Located in the Ritz-Carlton, enoSTEAK is an intimate steakhouse featuring only the highest quality ingredients. All the steaks are from prime and grass-fed, pasture-raised beef. The organic produce is grown locally and harvested at the peak of the season. enoSTEAK also highlights artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and a large selection of wines. Dinner Monday through Sunday. enoSTEAK, 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000, www.ritzcarlton.com

Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant

Harpoon Henry is proud to offer the latest in California Beach Cuisine. They are located on the water in the Dana Point Harbor and offer their guests a spectacular waterfront view from both the dining room and their harborside outdoor patio. For 39 years Harpoon Henry’s has provided the best in service, ambience and cuisine. Harpoon Henry’s Seafood Restaurant, 34555 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point, 949.493.2933, www.windandsearestaurants.com

Salt Creek Grille

Known for mesquite grilled steaks, chops, fresh fish, burgers, weekend brunch, sandwiches and entrée salads. A locals’ favorite with a casually sophisticated atmosphere, fairly priced, award-

winning wine list, all served and facilitated by an extremely friendly staff. Salt Creek now offers a NEW brunch menu, showcasing a creative, chef-inspired menu, with fresh and local ingredients and a personal presentation. Salt Creek Grille, 32802 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.661.7799, www.saltcreekgrille.com

with avocado and mango. They serve nothing but the freshest gourmet living cuisine. All of their menu items are lovingly prepared by hand daily using local organic produce wherever possible. 118 Degrees, 2981 Bristol Suite B5, Costa Mesa, 714.754.0718, www.118degrees.com

Open for dinner only, Stonehill Tavern at The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort is Michael Mina’s acclaimed restaurant, offering tavern fare in a casual yet sophisticated setting. Guests of the Forbes Four-Star Stonehill Tavern enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience, including modern American cuisine that features seasonal ingredients and contemporary twists on classic tavern dishes. Mina’s philosophy on cooking is his philosophy on life: create balance and harmony. Stonehill Tavern, 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3318, www.stregismb.com/stonehilltavern

Vue

Fresh-caught seafood and breathtaking views of the Pacific Harbor are what the Vue is all about. Located in the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, the Vue offers savory dishes like the prawn linguine with roma tomatoes and chili flakes. Breakfast daily, lunch Saturday and Sunday, dinner Friday and Saturday. Vue, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.487.7555, www.thevuerestaurant.com

COSTA MESA 118 Degrees

Jenny Ross’ raw-foods restaurant is a hit among veggie-lovers and carnivores alike, thanks to delectable concoctions like the 100 percent vegan pumpkin seed cheese

Eat Chow, 1802 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa | 949.650.2469 211 62nd Street, Newport Beach, 949.423.7080, www.eatchownow.com

Fireside Tavern AnQi

Stonehill Tavern

ture truffle fries.

A California-Asian food concept with emphasis on Vietnamese herbs and spices, tailored for diners from all around the world. AnQi is committed to using fresh, organic and sustainable ingredients, in both the dishes and their cocktails. The culinary tradition here is “tapas-style,” with each dish intended to share. Chef Helene An’s claim to fame is her roasted crab that’s prepared in a secret kitchen and offered only on Tuesday nights. Lunch and dinner daily. AnQi, 3333 South Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.557.5679, www.anqibistro.com

The Capital Grille

This East Coast steak and seafood restaurant comes with all of the classic cuts, and their fresh seafood is flown in daily. Dine in the elegant dining room, or choose the comfortable outdoor terrace. Dry-aged steaks, creative seafood dishes, and an award-winning wine list are all sure to please. Lunch and dinner daily. The Capital Grille, South Coast Plaza, 3333 South Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.432.1140, www.thecapitalgrille.com

Eat Chow

This sophisticated all-American food diner serves up eclectic menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner dining, including the following favorites: huevos rancheros, a breakfast salad, a breakfast BLTA, and lemon Mascarpone French toast. For dinner you can try truffle mac & cheese, warm curry chicken salad, or the signa-

Fireside offers a welcoming environment for travelers and locals alike, serving contemporary American cuisine, craft beer, cocktails and wine. The chic tavern has a comfortable lounge, dining room and fireside patio that treat diners to a new O.C. dining experience, with daily happy hour specials. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Fireside Tavern, Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa, 3131 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa , 714.913.9061, www.firesidetavern.com

Holsteins Shakes and Buns

The contemporary Las Vegas burger concept, which opened in Costa Mesa last September to rave reviews, is known for its creative menu of specialty burgers, small bites, salads, & the alcoholinfused “Bam-Boozled” shakes. The Orange County restaurant is housed in a 11,000-square-foot space featuring 13-foot ceilings and walls accented by bright and instinctually nostalgic pop art. Guests are welcomed to dine in rustic, leather-tufted booths with matching banquettes and red leather accent chairs. Holsteins boasts extensive beer and wine lists, after work and late-night Happy Hour and live music in the bar/lounge Friday and Saturday nights from 9-11 pm. Holsteins Shakes and Buns, 3333 South Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.352.2525, www.HolsteinsBurgers.com/Orange-County

Leatherby’s Café Rouge

Orange County’s culinary epicenter is found at Leatherby’s Café Rouge, in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Seger-


DORYMAN’S INN OCEANFR ONT NEWP ORT BEACH HOTEL

If you are looking for a Newport Beach hotel that is on the beach, then the Doryman’s Inn Hotel is your first and only choice. Not to say that there are not other hotel choices in Newport Beach or Orange County, but Doryman’s is a boutique hotel for a unique stay. Like no other Newport Beach hotels, the Doryman’s Inn Hotel expresses the intrigue of briefly encountering the glamour of a past era. This unique Newport hotel, has eleven specially crafted rooms to relax with the romantic influences of classic Victorian designs. Continental breakfast is complimentary, and a roof terrace offers panoramic views of Newport Beach and the Pacific coastline. There’s also an elegant fine-dining steak and seafood restaurant overlooking the ocean. D o r y m a n ’s I n n | 2 1 0 2 We s t O c e a n f r o n t | N e w p o r t B e a c h | 9 4 9.6 75 .73 0 0 | w w w.d o r y m a n s i n n .c o m


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strom Center for the Arts. You will enjoy contemporary American cuisine in this exciting dining experience. In this serene, light-infused setting, whimsical culinary artistry becomes an integral part of the cultural experience. Warm, minimalist interiors create an ideal backdrop for artful presentations serving up exceptional, modern American dishes with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Perfect for pre-theater dining or a special night out.

SeaLegs Wine Bar, Huntington Beach

Situated in the center of bustling South Coast Plaza, Quattro Caffè has emerged as one of the OC’s best-loved dining destinations. Its light Northern Italian fare is served by an impeccable wait staff dedicated to offer guests a respite from a hectic day of shopping. The relaxed environment features large black & white Italian movie posters and soothing background music. Its private garden patio is a well-kept secret among loyal guests.

Leatherby’s Cafè Rouge, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.429.7640, www.patinagroup.com

Quattro Caffè, 3333 Bristol Street #1201, Costa Mesa, 714.754.0300, www.quattrocaffe.com

La Cave

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This local eatery offers a dark & romantic setting for classic chophouse fare plus Sinatra-themed nights. La Cave also offers private dining with a nostalgic and intimate atmosphere. Whether you are planning a social or corporate event, La Cave can accommodate your needs.

Duke’s Huntington Beach

La Cave, 1695 Irvine Avenue, Costa Mesa, 949.646.7944, www.lacaverestaurant.com

Mastro’s Steakhouse

Mastro’s is consistently hailed by diners and critics alike as “masterful,” “high-end,” one of the “top 10 steakhouses in the US,” and “the preferred steakhouse of celebs and locals.” A collection of sophisticated, classic steakhouses and sumptuous fish houses, Mastro’s is recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine, and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. Mastro’s Steakhouse is a truly unparalleled dining experience. Mastro’s Steakhouse, 633 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, 714.546.7405, www.mastrosrestaurants.com

Mesa

Mesa attracts a chic Orange County crowd with adventurous small-plate cuisine and creative cocktails in a modern lounge

atmosphere. With unique architecture including an open-air retractable roof and fireplace, Mesa is reminiscent of a stylish westside Los Angeles nightclub. The roof opens when the weather is good– providing a view of the stars. Mesa, 725 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, 714.557.6700, www.mesacostamesa.com

Memphis Café

Memphis Café is a Costa Mesa neighborhood mainstay in the heart of the SOBECA district. Classically trained chef and cofounder Diego Velasco has created a distinctive gourmet interpretation of Southern home-style cooking with signature dishes such as the smoky gumbo and pulled pork, ethereal buttermilk fried chicken, savory seafood jambalaya and seasonal specials sourced locally with naturally raised meats and poultry. The roadhouse style bar at Memphis offers both classic call and crafted cocktails as well

a carefully curated beer and wine list. Memphis Cafè, 2920 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.432.7685, www.memphiscafe.com

SOCIAL Costa Mesa

SOCIAL Costa Mesa is a chef and ingredient-focused, new-American inspired restaurant, offering a thoughtfully curated dinner menu with classic Southern dishes made with fresh California ingredients. SOCIAL also serves late-night bites and weekend brunch. In addition to the food, the all-star mixologist team is creating oneof-a-kind craft cocktails using only housemade syrups, cordials and bitters. SOCIAL Costa Mesa, 512 W 19th Street, Costa Mesa, 949.642.2425, www.socialcostamesa.com

Quattro Caffé

With waves consistently breaking on eight and a half miles of beautiful sandy beach, Duke’s in Huntington Beach epitomizes the California beach lifestyle type restaurant. Relax and take in the view while you enjoy the Hawaiian beach house ambience, and savor the freshest seafood and prime steaks, uniquely prepared and thoughtfully served. Duke’s Huntington Beach, 317 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 714.374.6446, www.dukeshuntington.com

Sandy’s Beach Grill

Celebrate the beach lifestyle and be a part of the vibrant scene on the sand at the base of the Huntington Beach Pier. The casual restaurant and bar is the perfect place to gather with friends and family to share a true Southern California coastal dining experience complete with dramatic beach and ocean views and cuisine inspired by the region. The extensive lunch and dinner menus offer something for everyone: fresh seafood, premium steaks, an array of appetizers, as well as wood-fired pizzas and flatbreads, burgers, sandwiches and salads. A diverse collection of craft beers and wines by the glass complements the menus.


Sandy’s Beach Grill | 315 Pacific Coast Highway | Huntington Beach | 714.374.7273 | www.sandyshb.com

SeaSalt Woodfire Grill, Huntington Beach

SeaLegs Wine Bar

At SeaLegs Wine Bar, diners can enjoy a selection of limited production wines, hand-selected craft beers and cocktails and a seasonal California shared-plates menu that combines California-fresh with a touch of New England class. SeaLegs Wine Bar’s seasonal and ever changing menu has earned it a place in the Golden Foodie Awards’ “Foodie” Hall of Fame and a four time win for Best Californian Cuisine. SeaLegs Wine Bar, 21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.536.5700, www.sealegswinebar.com

SeaSalt Woodfire Grill

SeaSalt Woodfire Grill brings the culinary concept and culture of Santa Maria to coastal Huntington Beach, California. The grill house and weekend breakfast destination features the tastes of “farmto-fire” grilling with slow-grilled meats, such as the bold-and-robust bone-in ribeye steak and traditional tri-tip, along with fresh seasonal side dishes. Diners can pair their selections with specialty “craft rim” libations, or an Orange County craft beer or wine from the Santa Maria Valley. SeaSalt Woodfire Grill, 21214 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, 714.804.5545, www.seasaltwoodfiregrill.com

Sushi on Fire

The Sushi on Fire concept is a simple one – you will come across a casually elegant atmosphere with modern style décor, people smiling, outstanding chefs and friendly staff. Sushi on Fire is committed to satisfying their customers with the best quality, fresh delicious sushi dishes, and excellent service. This popular sushi joint is just a few steps from the beach on beautiful Main Street.

Sushi on Fire, 301 Main Street #103, Huntington Beach, 714.374.8885, www.sushionfire.com

Ways & Means Oyster House

Ways & Means Oyster House offers diners fresh seafood dishes, tropical cocktails, and a waterfront views. Guests are welcome to slurp down oysters and seafood favorites at this casual eatery while enjoying the sights and sounds of the happening new Huntington Beach shopping and dining complex, Pacific City. Chilly nights are remedied by a series of heaters and the ocean breeze and built-in awning keeps day diners cool in the heat of summer. Ways & Means Oyster House, 21022 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 714.960.4300, www.wmoysters.com

ANAHEIM/ SANTA ANA Antonello Ristorante & Enoteca Lounge

Highly rated in the Zagat Guide for many years, Antonello Ristorante captures Old World authenticity with an emphasis on fresh, organic ingredients and an ample variety of exceptional fish, poultry, veal and beef entrees. Upon entering the beautifully appointed dining room, guests know they are in for an unforgettable dining experience. Antonello also is renowned for its dedicated wait staff who have earned rave reviews for their impeccable service. Antonello Ristorante, 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153, www.antonello.com

Blinking Owl Distillery

Be one of the first to check out Orange County’s first craft distillery. Based in downtown Santa Ana, the distillery will open to the public for tours and tastings this weekend. At launch, three spirits will be featured: Vodka, OC Orange Flavored Vodka and Aquavit. In addition to spirits, enjoy live music and purchase food from local chefs Luis Perez and Lola Gaspar. VIP hosts for the evening are co-owners Robin Christenson and Kirsten Vangsness (known for her role

in CBS hit crime showCriminal Minds). Reservations encouraged. Sa noon-7 p.m., Su noon-5 p.m. Free admission. Tastings, tours and cocktails $10-$25. Blinking Owl Distillery, 802 E. Washington Avenue, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153, www.blinkingowldistillery.com

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Morton’s The Steakhouse first opened its doors on State Street in 1978 and now welcomes guests to its 74 worldwide locations. If you’re looking for an amazing steak, look no further. Morton’s serves USDA-prime beef that’s been aged for 23-28 days and custom-cut per Morton’s specifications. Morton’s isn’t just a top-tier steakhouse; they do offer other great choices of crab cakes, fish and large side dishes as well. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner nightly.

Morton’s The Steakhouse, 1641 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, 714.444.4834, www.mortons.com 895 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, 714.621.0101, www.mortons.com


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PALM SPRINGS An Insiders Guide By LYDIA KREMER


Winter often brings snow to the local mountain peaks and Palm Springs offers spectacular sweeping views of the San Jacinto Mountains, part of the Santa Rosa San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Photograph by VisitPalmSprings.com


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here’s a good reason that visitors and snowbirds flock to Palm Springs once the summer months are behind us. Since the 1930s, Palm Springs has been a seasonal getaway for fun in the sun--and the fun gets started in October with a flurry of events that kick off “the season.” This is when a visit to this glamorous destination will reward you with a dizzying choice of events and activities to keep you entertained. Of course, Palm Springs is renowned for the perfect place to decompress, so if intense R&R is on your mind, your options for pampering are limitless. Either way you are in the perfect spot for whatever strikes your mood. And the 2016-2017 season ushers in some favorite annual events and a couple of new ones, as well as some new dining options. Read on for a snapshot of some of the annual world-class events that await you.

OF COURSE, PALM SPRINGS IS RENOWNED FOR THE PERFECT PLACE TO DECOMPRESS, SO IF INTENSE R&R IS ON YOUR MIND, YOUR OPTIONS FOR PAMPERING ARE LIMITLESS.


MODERNISM FALL PREVIEW

Since Modernism Week was started in 2006, it has continued to grow exponentially every year. In fact, when event organizers could no longer contain the fun in the 10-day festival in February, they launched the Modernism Week Fall Preview that now takes place in October – a mini version of the February celebration which is held over 3 or 4 days. This year the Fall Preview takes place October 21-23, 2016 and will feature many of the most popular events that have become audience favorites in the February festival such as architecture and design home tours, Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, the Modernism Show & Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center, and of course, it wouldn’t be Modernism Week fun without glam poolside parties. Check event schedule and get tickets at www.modernismweek.com.

PALM SPRINGS PRIDE

Palm Springs is proud of its diverse community and Pride Week (November 1-6, 2016) will be front and center throughout nearly a full week of events. With a wide range of activities based in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, everyone is welcome to attend. Palm Springs Pride Week is an enormous festive gathering of the LGBT community and features a free Equality Concert on Arenas Road on Nov 4; a two-day Pride Festival on Nov 5-6 with DJ’s, food vendors, and concluding with a rollicking Pride Parade along downtown’s Palm Canyon Drive. For more information visit www.spride.org.

OPPOSITE The Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture + Design Center is housed in a Palm Springs historic building. Photograph by Jake Holt. TOP Home and interior design

tours are among the most popular events during Modernism Week. Photograph by David A. Lee. ABOVE Modernism Week’s Seva House. Photograph by Daniel Chavkin.


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MCCORMICK’S CLASSIC CAR AUCTION

Another favorite event of the season is McCormick’s Classic Car Auction. The auction takes place over three days – November 18, 19, 20, 2016 and will feature 180 classic autos. The annual event is so popular in fact that it is held twice a year – in November and in February. During its February 26-28, 2017, McCormick’s will celebrate its 30th year milestone. McCormick’s Classic Car Auction features free admission for the public on Friday, while the admission for Saturday and Sunday is only $15 per day or $25 for both days. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. The auction begins on Friday at noon and continues each day. For more information visit www.Classic-carauction.com.

WALK OF THE INNS

The Walk of the Inns is an annual Palm Springs holiday tradition that draws thousands; this year it takes place on December 8th. Guests begin their walking tour of Palm Springs’ charming boutique hotels and historic inns at the Palm Springs Art Museum where you will receive maps and flashlights. On your tour you’ll stop at several of the inns along the way where you’ll enjoy treats and holiday décor at the city’s collection of unique inns that range from a 100-year old adobe to 1920s Mediterranean-inspired villas. For more information visit www.visitpalmsprings.com/ events/walk-of-the-inns

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Now in its 28th year, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is considered one of the top five film fests in the United States. The two-week international film extravaganza (January 2-16, 2017) presents more than 200 films from around the world including all of the Foreign Language Oscar® Nominated films and culminates in a glamorous star-studded gala that draws scores of A-list celebrities. For tickets and schedule visit www.psfilmfest.org.

DESERT X

The highly-anticipated Desert X will have its inaugural event in 2017 (February 25 through April) Desert X is a three-month site-specific curated indoor and outdoor exhibition of


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musicians, architects, artists and writers from around the world who will produce contemporary works of art using the desert landscape as inspiration. Learn more at desertx.org.

NEW EATERIES TO DISCOVER

You’ll also find lots to celebrate about Palm Springs’ dynamic dining scene. With longestablished local favorites and new eateries joining the scene, you won’t have to venture far to find a great meal. Here are three new ones to add to your list. Tipper’s Gourmet Marketplace offers a casual, friendly spot for a quick bite from their selection of artisan deli items. 276 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760.322.6666, www.tippersgourmetmarketplace.com. For the best chicken in town head over to the Chicken Ranch which serves only free range locally sourced rotisserie chicken in a variety of ways to tempt your palate. 515 N.

Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760.832.6682, www.eatchickenranch.com. Pho 533 isn’t new but it has recently reopened with a chic expanded space but the same reliably tasty and fresh Vietnamesefusion cuisine. Don’t miss the new Spring Roll Bar. 1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 625, Palm Springs, 760.778.6595, www.pho533.com. Of course, a long-time Palm Springs audience favorite—Norma’s at The Parker Palm Springs– never disappoints with its “indulgent comfort food.” The stylish hotel is renowned has a celebrity hideout. 4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760.770-5000, www.theparkerpalmsprings.com/dine/normas. While the seasonal whirl begins in October, the fun keeps on going until the end of May. So if you can’t make it for these listed events, no worries, you’ll find plenty of reasons to celebrate Palm Springs spirit of fun in the sun. Enjoy!

For more Insiders Tips, pick up a copy of 100 Things to Do in Palm Springs Before You Die, Lydia Kremer’s newly-published guide book on what to do, where to shop, where to dine, and where to have fun. This book is an easy reference guide to Greater Palm Springs’ culture, recreation, dining, shopping, and entertainment options for every age, style, budget, and interest. Designed and written to be a handy guidebook, 100 Things to Do in Palm Springs Before You Die gives visitors and residents an insightful overview and quick reference on how to rev up the fun quotient to maximize your enjoyment in this visuallyseductive desert oasis. 100 Things to Do in Palm Springs Before You Die By Lydia Kremer Softcover, 160 pages 8.5 x 5.5 inches ISBN: 9781681060514 Published by Reedy Press $16.00


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elcome to the V Palm Springs, a beautiful property nestled at the foot of the breathtaking San Jacinto Mountains. The V captures the original Palm Springs vibe with its glamorous mid-century modern design mixed with the natural elements of the desert. The 140-room hotel features two sparkling pools, which includes a new saltwater pool and two large spa-Jacuzzis. The spacious rooms are all fitted with luxurious beds, flat-screen televisions, sizable bathrooms with exclusive custommade boutique bath products and complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel. Each guestroom has a unique dream catcher swing where guests can enjoy a glass of wine and take in the sublime spirit of the V. The V pool overlooks the open floor plan of the beautiful lobby and is the home of the Elixir Pool Bar & Grill, which offers guests a Polynesian-inspired food and cocktail menu. The food menu offers organic and healthy breakfast options like lobster avocado toast, acai breakfast bowl, and much more. If you are a late riser, then opt for the regular menu selections including juicy burgers, guacamole with plantain chips, or select something a little lighter like their famous Ahi tuna cigars. The signature cocktail, In Love with the Cocoa which is served in a V branded coconut, is often times the reason for a photo-op. These artfully crafted cocktails have been conjured up by acclaimed mixologist, Shannon Stiggins, recently of the Edition Hotel

in New York. Elixir’s drink selections and upscale champagne and spirit menu create a luxurious & relaxing atmosphere for guests. Elixir also becomes the backdrop for V’s “La V en Rose” a daytime pool party where the hottest DJs spin every Saturday & Sunday. The V Palm Springs is also proud to introduce Solstice Restaurant and Lounge, slated to open Fall 2016, which will serve desert-inspired modern American fare. Greg Grossman of Oreya Southampton has curated a farm to fork culinary experience, which will prove to shake up the Palm Springs’ dining experience. Solstice will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

The guests are also offered complimentary bikes to explore the desert or to take a short ride to Downtown Palm Springs. If you want to skip the bikes, the hotel offers Buzz shuttle service on the weekend to Downtown Palm Springs. Whether you are coming to party or just to relax and take in the desert vibes, the V Palm Springs has it all. V PALM SPRINGS 333 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264 877.544.4446 | www.vpalmsprings.com


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THE HISTORIC INGLESIDE INN AND MELVYN’S A GLAMOROUS PALM SPRINGS DUO By LYDIA KREMER

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reta Garbo slept there. Carol Lombard and Clark Gable honeymooned there. Frank Sinatra partied there. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell flew in just to have a poolside lunch and a swim. The Ingleside Inn, a 1925 historic Palm Springs landmark, has long had a reputation for welcoming the likes of these luminaries. The legacy of those early halcyon days are still alive at the Ingleside Inn and Melvyn’s as are its traditions for gracious hospitality. Under the stewardship of owner Melvyn Haber, this legacy has continued. Haber, a New York businessman on Palm Springs vacation in 1975, fell in love with the enchanted 2-acre property. Although it had

been neglected for a couple of years, Haber saw its potential and fell under its spell. Now 40 years of operating the Ingleside Inn and its signature restaurant Melvyn’s, the historic property has retained its legendary glamour and charm. Old and new, classic and sophisticated, historic and contemporary – all this intersects here. You will discover the best of these worlds are in perfect balance at this renowned and stylish outpost. After decades of a celebrity outpost, Melvyn’s at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs is being discovered by a new generation of celebrities -- Nora Jones, Kevin Bass, Virginia Madsen, Heidi Klum. Newlyweds Kym Johnson, former contestant with

Dancing with the Stars and Robert Herjavec, now of Shark Tank, have also been spotted here recently. While times have changed and culture has evolved, some things have remained the same at Melvyn’s -- nightly live entertainment and dancing are still on the menu in the Casablanca Lounge. You never know who might drop in, Liza Minnelli has been known to sing a few impromptu tunes. On your next visit to Palm Springs, put a visit to the Ingleside Inn and Melvyn’s Restaurant on your to-do list.

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mericans first discovered Puerto Vallarta in the 1960s after Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor decided to maintain a vacation home there upon completion of Burton’s filming of “Night of the Iguana.” A host of other celebrities soon followed, establishing the locale as a prime destination for a veritable who’s who of film and entertainment. Today, Alaska and Southwest Airlines whisk travelers daily from urban living to the charming seaside village on the Mexican Riviera; the trip takes only two hours from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. Upon arrival, visitors may stroll cobblestone streets, browse art galleries and waterfront shops, and linger in inviting cafes when not exploring a wealth of activities on the ocean or beach or in the jungle. Rich in warmth and hospitality, Puerto Vallerta has successfully maintained its original quaint, small-town ambience. Puerto Vallarta Beach Club and Villa Verano, a walled estate on Los Muertos Beach, also were born of celebrity; the compound was built by the Macy family of department store fame. The current owners, who reside in Newport Beach, CA, purchased the property from a Macy granddaughter. Today, visitors to the estate include public figures, dignitaries, and business visionaries. Designed for groups, but also able to

accommodate as few as 1-2 guests, the compound is perched on the most tranquil part of the beach and includes five villas, from the 1 bedroom “beachhouse,” to the grand 11-bedroom, hacienda-style main house. Each of the included 22 guest suites commands a magnificent view of the Bay of Banderas. The Puerto Vallarta Beach Club accommodates from two to eight guests in private villas, each with butler and heated pool. Business and pleasure combine seamlessly at Villa Verano for corporate retreats and think-tank escapes. In addition, the Villa hosts weddings, family gatherings and other special celebrations. A professional, bilingual staff of 22 provides 5-star service for customized vacations or retreats, the estate’s specialities. The low guest-to-staff ratio ensures unmatched personalized attention. Guests may lounge by the pool, enjoy attentions of massage therapists and aestheticians under palm trees, or explore nearby towns and beaches with all arrangements made smoothly by staff. Menus customized to guest’s preferences may range from traditional Mexican dishes to gourmet French cuisine, all prepared by accommodating chefs trained at The Four Seasons and acclaimed eateries in the Los Angeles area. In addition, chefs are happy to share their skills and recipes with guest culinary enthusiasts in the kitchen. A host of water sports, including paddleboarding, kayaking, jet-skiing, parasailing

and flyboarding, are available just outside the beach gate. Other popular excursions include zip-line jungle tours, snorkeling, fishing, and boating to unique beaches accessible only via water. Nearby Marina Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta and Punta Mita offer world-class golfing. A private car and driver can be reserved by the Villa concierge on a moment’s notice, or guests may take one of the town’s ubiquitous taxis. During happy hour, the carefree tropical environment serves to foster stimulating conversation over libations and hors d’oeurves; nothing compares with a brilliant Puerto Vallarta sunset shared with friends over speciality cocktails on the private “infinity” beach that overlooks the public beach below. Equally memorable is dinner on the terrace overlooking the Bay of Banderas; the view includes fireworks provided by the Marigalante Galleon, a wood “pirate ship” that cruises the Bay each night. Many guests at this exceptional, yet surprisingly affordable, private estate choose to return year after year. More than a few have commented on the perceived “healing qualities” of the experience and how the beauty of the setting, combined with the staff ’s warmth and hospitality, seems to enhance, deepen and solidify personal relationships. PUERTO VALLARTA BEACH CLUB

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RISING PHOENIX AL HABTOOR CITY REDEFINES A LEGACY OF LUXURY Photography courtesy of AL HABTOOR GROUP & STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS WORLDWIDE


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enowned for its high-end hotels, Dubai is now home to two new premier destinations from the visionary Al Habtoor Group: Al Habtoor City and Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. AL HABTOOR CITY This mixed-use, transformational urban development is the brainchild of Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, founder and chairman of Al Habtoor Group and leading United Arab Emirates business magnate. Built on the former site of the iconic Metropolitan Hotel, the multifaceted development is sited close to both the financial district and the Arabian Gulf—and within easy reach, via boat, helicopter or chauffeur-driven Bentley, of Dubai’s two international airports. “Al Habtoor City is a one-stop destination,” says Mohammed Al Habtoor, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Al Habtoor Group. “Visitors have an abundance of choices of where to stay and what to do. The three hotels offer something unique to the customer, depending on their lifestyle preference. The Dubai Water Canal is an added blessing and provides endless opportunities.” Three “Collections” comprise Al Habtoor City: The Hotel Collection, which boasts three, 5-star hotels; The Residence Collection, 1,500 luxury apartments contained in three towers; and The Leisure Collection, a boulevard bordered by quality bars, restaurants and retail on the Dubai Water Canal. THE HOTEL COLLECTION The Beaux-Arts-inspired, five-story St. Regis Dubai houses 234 stylish rooms and 51 suites, including the world’s first Bentley Suite and the three-bedroom Sir Winston Churchill Suite ($20,420 per night), which contains art mastered by the British statesman and a Cuban cigar in the private collection of Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor’s and donated to the Sir Winston Churchill Suite. The St. Regis Dubai provides eight distinctive culinary, lounge and bar venues. Music, design and fashion converge in the trendsetting W Dubai Al Habtoor City. The hotel boasts 356 rooms, including a two-floor, two-bedroom Extreme WOW Duplex suite with panoramic views of Dubai’s famous skyline. The W Dubai – Al Habtoor City features five contemporary dining venues, a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, cabanas on the Wet Deck, and the W Lounge, where guests can indulge in high tea by day and global rhythms by night. The largest Westin property in the region, The Westin Dubai, Al

Habtoor City, rises 41-stories along Sheikh Zayed Road and offers 1,004 guest rooms, including 142 suites. Guests may enjoy endless views of the city from the Westin Club or visit the WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio and Heavenly Spa by Westin™. Six culinary venues, 15 meeting rooms and a nearly 5,000-square-foot ballroom accommodate a range of events, from intimate dinners to largescale business or social gatherings. THE RESIDENCE COLLECTION Scheduled for completion in 2017, the Residence Collection offers three luxury residential towers containing 1,500 spectacular apartments, each with uninterrupted views of Dubai’s principal landmarks, including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and Business Bay. THE LEISURE COLLECTION More than 40 restaurants, cafés and bars are based at Al Habtoor City; many line a European-style boulevard separating the hotel and residental towers. Together with a marina on the Dubai Water Canal, the setting will create a leisure metropolis in the heart of the city. A special feature will be La Perle; the region’s first permanent show housed in a tailor-made, state-of-the-art aqua theater and produced by Dragone, one of the world’s most revered cultural creation companies. www.alhabtoorcity.com AL HABTOOR POLO RESORT & CLUB In addition, Al Habtoor Group is developing an equestrian resort within the heart of DubaiLand, an entertainment complex in the desert. The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club will be anchored by the region’s second St. Regis Dubai and surrounded by luxury residential villas, four polo fields, a dressage arena and more than 500 state-of-the-art stables. Lessons will be available in horseback riding, polo, dressage and show jumping. Also, international polo events are scheduled throughout the year. “Dubai is a well-known polo destination,” says Mohammed Al Habtoor. “World-famous polo players are now opting for Dubai over other traditional polo destinations around the world. We are now competing—and winning—on the international polo circuit.” www.alhabtoorpoloresortandclub.com

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The lobby at the W Dubai - Al Habtoor City. Luxury villas line the polo fields at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. MIDDLE ROW: The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City has spectacular views over the Dubai Water CanalGuest room at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City. The W Lounge. BOTTOM ROW: The St. Regis Dubai. The stables at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club can accommodate more than 500 horses. TOP ROW:


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THE GARLAND

A RETRO-CHIC HOLLYWOOD BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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hotel with true Hollywood roots, The Garland is centrally located and just minutes from Hollywood’s most popular destinations and attractions, including Universal Studios and Universal CityWalk, Hollywood and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nearby blockbuster movie, television, and music studios also include Walt Disney Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers Studios, as well as major entertainment production companies: ABC, CBS and NBC Studios. The ideal urban retreat for industry executives, families, couples, local residents, and more The Garland was also recognized among the “Top 15 Hotels in Los Angeles” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Garland was originally built in 1972 by Fillmore Crank for his wife Beverly Garland, a critically acclaimed American film and television actress. Today, the property is overseen by their youngest son, James Crank, who most recently led the property through a $20 million multiphase renovation and redesign that completed in August 2015. The Garland now boasts 257 renovated guest rooms including 14 suites, updated public spaces, and the addition of Beverly Park, a dreamy 4,000 square-foot outdoor garden, and weddings and events venue. At the cornerstone of the renovation was the opening of The Front Yard, the property’s redesigned neighborhood-dining destination. Helmed by Executive Chef Larry

Greenwood, The Front Yard is nestled under towering sycamore trees and offers an approachable menu celebrating the Los Angeles food scene. Boasting an abundance of glass doors and windows that allow the interior space to seamlessly flow onto the expansive outdoor dining patio, guests can also enjoy a towering slump stone fireplace, picnic tables, umbrellas and 12-foot community table, perfect for large groups or holiday parties. THE GARLAND 4222 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91602 818.980.8000 | www.thegarland.com


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HEALTH / MEDICAL SPA / FITNESS / SALON / RESORT SPA

Newport Beach MedSpa

At Newport Beach MedSpa presents the latest skin care therapies that can slow down the appearance of aging and restore that youthful glow. Our medical staff and estheticians are our most valued assets. Trained in a culture of warmth, friendliness, and customer service, together they can assist you in achieving your aesthetic goals. Newport Beach MedSpa offers a variety of aesthetic and cosmetic enhancement procedures. Total face and overall enhancement procedures are available to assist in realizing the full beauty potential of each client. Newport Beach MedSpa, 2131 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.631.2800,

4341 Birch Street #101, Newport Beach, 949.756.8633, www.newportbeachmedspa.com

Bellagio Spa & Salon

With three locations in Orange County, this is a great boutique spa and salon. Spa Services include massages, facials, body treatments, hand and foot care and cosmedical procedures such as botox, dermal fillers and laser treatments, as well as a full-service salon. Bellagio Spa & Salon, 21165 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, 949.720.9277 7932 E Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Coast, 949.715.7932 3993 Portola Parkway, Irvine, 714.730.7767, www.salonbellagio.com

The Hydration Room

The first of its kind in Orange County, this wellness clinic specializes in customized IV therapy and vitamin injections to promote health from the inside out. Whether patients are suffering from the flu, exhausted from jet lag, battling painful headaches, or waking up from a long night of over-indulgence, Dr. Brett Florie, DO, MD and Dr. Liz Bales, MD (The Hydration Room founders) provide therapies that leave clients feeling refreshed and renewed. The Hydration Room, 404 Westminster Avenue, Suite 4, Newport Beach, 949.650.0866, www.thehydrationroom.com

Pure Blue Spa at

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

This full-service spa features a eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna, saltwater whirlpool Jacuzzi, a refreshing cold foot plunge and a saltwater lap pool reserved for spa guests only. Services include signature massages, body wraps, facials and full-service salon services. Pure Blue Spa at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.4000, www.purebluspa.com

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Laguna Niguel

This soothing retreat at the heart of Dana Point features twelve


spa treatment rooms bathed in soft hues of aqua and beige with tranquil water features adding to the overall sensory experience. Services include massages, facials, exfoliation, hand and foot therapy, hair therapy and more. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Laguna Niguel, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000, www.ritzcarlton.com

Aquaterra Spa at Surf and Sand Resort

Aquaterra Spa has eight indulgent treatment rooms, an ocean view couples room, a cozy nail nook with pedicure and manicure tables. An intimate co-ed relaxation area with a fireplace, refreshments, and indoor and outdoor seating is also on premises. Aquaterra Spa at Surf and Sand Resort, 1555 S Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.376.2772 , www.surfandsandresort.com

Spa at Island Hotel

One of the best spas in Newport Beach is The Spa at Island Hotel. Featuring massages, body treatments and facials, this is the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and revitalize. Services are offered a la carte, but all-inclusive packages can be arranged. Spa at Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.0808, www.islandhotel. com/spa

Spa at Balboa Bay Resort

The waterfront resort offers the ultimate escape for health and relaxation. Specializing in massages, facials and body scrubs, The Spa at Balboa Bay Resort features nine treatment rooms, hot whirlpools, a eucalyptusinfused steam room and dry sauna. Newport spa guests also have access to their premier fitness center and Bayside Salon, a fullservice nail and hair salon, allowing guests to feel completely refreshed and renewed.

Spa at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949.645.5000, www.balboabayclub.com

The Spa at Pelican Hill

Newport Beach’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Spa tailors each guest’s experience to personal intentions of relaxing, renewing and invigorating. With its dramatic 28-foot-high Palladian rotunda, wall of flowing water, 22 private treatment rooms, steam rooms, saunas and saltwater Roman soaking tubs, the 23,000-squarefoot Spa offers daily guided beach walks, wellness retreats, more than 25 complimentary fitness classes weekly, a private Spa Suite, a full-service salon, fitness center, boutique and a mindful spa cuisine menu. The Spa at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 855.467.6800, www.pelicanhill.com/spa

The Spa at Laguna Cliffs

Ultimate relaxation awaits you at The Spa at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, boasting scenic views of the historical city of Dana Point. The Laguna Cliffs spa is one of the best with a passion for delivering results-oriented treatments using high-quality products. Services, treatments and amenities include: body scrub, body wrap, couple’s massage, eye treatment, facials, fitness counseling, lip treatments, massage lessons, massages, spa restaurant, steam room and waxing. The Spa at Laguna Cliffs, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 866.526.7772, www.lagunacliffs.com

Spa Montage

Situated on one of the world’s most stunning oceanfront settings, come to this Laguna Beach day spa to relax and rejuvenate in serene surroundings. Offering a variety of treatments including massages, water and bath therapies, facials, wraps and scrubs, Spa Montage offers twelve massage rooms, four facial treatment rooms, two

hydrotherapy rooms and three indoor/outdoor rooms. Spa Montage, 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.6000, www.spamontage. com/lagunabeach

DAVIS B. NGUYEN, M.D. FACIAL PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

Spa Nordstrom

Located on the fourth floor of Nordstrom in South Coast Plaza, Spa Nordstrom offers three treatment rooms and specializes in personally customized body therapies such as massages, facials, nail care, Eastern healing treatments, waxing, spray tanning, eyelash extensions, wraps, haircuts and styling. Spa Nordstrom, 3333 Bristol Street, 4th Floor, Costa Mesa, 714.850.2570, www.shop.nordstrom.com

Spa Gregorie’s

This award-winning day spa is an oasis for both men and women to escape the rigors of daily stress and achieve whole-body well being. With an exceptional atmosphere and comfortable setting, guests receive top-of-the-line services. Services include massage treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures, body wraps and polishes, hydrotherapy, mother-tobe program, sunless tanning and more. Spa Gregorie’s, 200 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100, Newport Beach, 949.644.6672, www. spagregories.com

Skin Laundry

This is the go-to for a quick facial. Created around a simple idea of “Healthy Skin with No Down Time,” this spa from LA is the newest addition to The OC spa scene. Skin Laundry’s innovative laser technology makes it possible to achieve maximum results by tightening and toning the skin in the shortest period of time. Skin Laundry, 123 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.7203 | www.skinlaundry.com

When discerning Californians seek to look refreshed but not “done,” they turn to Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon, Davis B. Nguyen, M.D. Dubbed the “un-plastic” plastic surgeon, Dr. Nguyen is touted for his conservative approach to facial rejuvenation and the rigorously natural results he achieves. Boasting dual board certifications, Dr. Nguyen’s academic pedigree includes training at both Harvard and Yale. Patients call him an “artist” and say they are made to feel “like family” by Dr. Nguyen and his welcoming staff. Those that can’t travel to Beverly Hills can experience Dr. Nguyen’s unique brand of aesthetics at one of three satellite offices in Manhattan, Newport Beach, and Greenwich, Connecticut. DAVIS B. NGUYEN, M.D. 450 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.550.0288 366 San Miguel Drive, Newport Beach, www.DrDavisNguyen.com


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BIKE TO T H E B E AT

THE HIT LIST

YOGA

The spinning cult, which many claim started in New York, has taken over the west coast and made its way to Orange County. Gyms are no longer holding traditional spin classes as many studios have begun incorporating weights into their workout regimes. As more studios have started popping up all over the coast, the competition to offer the best ride is increasing. We have hopped on countless bikes and spun our little hearts out to bring you the best spin studios in the OC.

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range County has seen an immense growth in the number of yoga studios as locals and visitors are eager to hop on the yoga train. And it’s no surprise why. Yoga is a great way to ease your tension and build strength, but it takes practice and discipline. Take a few days off – not to mention a few weeks or months – and you may find your hands aren’t able to touch the ground anymore. Fear not yogis! The OC yoga scene has you covered. Ra Yoga (3077 Bristol Sreet, Suite A, Costa Mesa, 714.708.3060, www.rayoga.com) is a local favorite and for good reason. They offer multiple class levels as well as a yogalates class – heated yoga with pilates. A long-time favorite that has been around since 2005 is Yoga Shakti,(4249 Campus Drive Ste B140, Irvine, 949.856.9642, www.yogashaktistudio.com) which offers yoga, meditation courses and Ayurveda. Jabulani Yoga (2711 East Coast Hwy, Suite 102, Corona del Mar, 949.723.5228, www.jabulaniyoga.com) not only has top-of-the-line instructors, but it also hosts several workshops and retreats. For Ashtanga yoga, Laguna Yoga Shala (30110 Crown Valley Pkwy #202, Laguna Beach, 949.371.9642, www.lagunayogashala.com ) is a dedicated studio, which delivers a high quality of instruction and knowledge. If hot yoga is more your thing, check out Bikram Yoga Irvine, (680 Roosevelt, Irvine, 949.748.7780, www.bikramyogairvine.com ) which is a highly reputable studio that is never overcrowded, or Radiant Hot Yoga (1200 Bison Ave nue C-1, Newport Beach, 949.706.9642, www. radianthotyoga.com ) for a less vigorous, more gentle heated yoga class. We invite you to practice with Ritual Yoga in their newest studio location featuring a beautiful Himalayan Salt wall. Their team of the most highly qualified and sought after instructors in the OC are there to guide you through dynamic, intelligent and challenging classes with an engaging, hands-on approach. 100 W Coast Highway, Ste 103, Newport Beach, 949.873.5025, www.ritual-yoga.com)

Orange County’s premier boutique cycling studio has created a unique fitness community deep in the heart of Costa Mesa. Our high-energy cycling classes take place within the club-like “Saddle Room,” where riders torch calories by incorporating upper body resistance training into beat-based movement, resulting in an insanely intense, fun full-body workout. Single Class: 45 minutes, $22, www.gritcycle.com

BIKE2THEBEAT

Head here for a fun and high-energy workout. The concept behind bike2thebeat is to mesh an instructor with a DJ spinning the latest tunes while you spin to the beat. Expect loud, heart pumping music through the full hour class. Single Class: 60 mins, $20, www.bike2thebeat.com

RHYTHM RIDE

The instructors at Rhythm Ride are focused on providing an energetic atmosphere where each ride is choreographed to the beat. Offering two different classes, Rhythm Ride is your standard ride whereas Rhythm Ripped incorporates hand weights into the routine for a full-body workout. Single Class: 60 mins, $20, www.rhythmride.com

SOULCYCLE

After the SoulCycle cult swept the East Coast and then Los Angeles, a studio has finally opened in Orange County. The full-body workout, which incorporates weights into the routine is more than just a normal ride, is perfect for those seeking the ultimate exercise fad in what the company describes as a joyful, community-based experience. Single class: 45 mins, $30, www.soul-cycle.com


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GOOD ALWAYS WINS

DREAMFLIGHT, A HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME

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t the age of nine Patricia Pearce MBE had made up her mind that she wanted to be an Air Hostess when she grew up. Maybe living nine miles from London’s Heathrow Airport and watching the aircraft flying overhead influenced her. At the age of 21 her dream became a reality and in July 1966 she finally got where she wanted to be when she was accepted by BOAC (the forerunner of British Airways). Pat flew for a total of 39 years and during this time spent two months on the Queen’s Flight. In 1987 whilst still flying, she had the idea of taking the most deserving children away for the holiday of a lifetime and the children’s Charity Dreamflight was born. That year, the children were lucky enough to be waved off by Princess Diana. Although the original idea was meant to be a one-off trip, Dreamflight has happened annually ever since, with the 30th trip taking place during 2016. Every October the Charity charters a 747 aircraft and takes 192 children from across the UK with a serious illness or disability to Orlando, Florida. No parents are allowed, but instead a huge volunteer team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other helpers look after the children for 10 days. The parents leave their children at a fantastic pre-departure party in the UK, and they start making new friends immediately. The next day the excitement rises and the party continues on board the flight; setting the scene for the week to come. On arrival in Orlando, the flight is met by an army of US daily and weekly volunteers from the across the state, who join in the fun. The days that follow are sheer magic; there’s something for everyone. Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and SeaWorld, all give the children a chance to immerse themselves in their holiday of a lifetime – the fun, thrills, adventure and excitement on show, has every child wideeyed and delighted. Then comes a firm favorite – Discovery Cove, where all the children experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of swimming with dolphins. It’s hard to imagine anything more touching than the joy on the children’s faces as they meet these gentle, friendly creatures. Dreamflight children have gone on to amazing achievements. This year, several of the returning Paralympians from Rio had

been Dreamflight children, citing the trip as a turning point for them. Dreamflight is not just a holiday; it does something that medicine cannot. The children leave their families behind giving them an opportunity to discover independence, confidence and a whole new outlook on life. Often for the first time, these children realize that they are not alone, and they are not the odd one out. They see children around them who have also suffered; they gain perspective and experience things they never thought possible. In order to make the trip happen, the Charity must raise in excess of £750,000 (approximately $970,000) each year. Without the amazing fundraisers and supporters, the trip could not go ahead. Dreamflight are extremely lucky to have the support of golfer Ian Poulter as Patron. He holds the IJP Charity Classic Golf Day at Lake Nona, Florida and Ian Poulter Golf Day at Woburn Golf Club in the UK each year; helping to raise vital funds for the charity. More than 5,000 children have now been on their Dreamflight. If you would like to help more amazing children have their holiday of a lifetime, please take a look at the UK website www.dreamflight.org or Dreamflight USA at www.dreamflightusa.net.


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