Orange Travel Guide

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    Chapman Ave sign, Orange, CA
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Orange Highlights

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    marinarena says…

     multi-dimensional city/county; high quality of life/environment in most parts, pretty views; small town feel while having advantages like of a big city, ample space, family-friendly 

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     We have our share of gangs, bad traffic, high cost of living. 

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     great place to come visit and live...... know someone here, otherwise you wont have as much fun. 

Orange Things to Do

  • Attend Artisan Farmer's Market on...

    The Orange Artisan Farmer's Market is one of the better farmer's markets that regularly occurs. On Saturdays, from 9 AM- 1 PM, many locals come out not just for the fresh and organic fruits and veggies but for live entertainment, usually a musician, and good hearted community chat. If not local, the farmer's market is convenient for outside who...

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  • Awe over Christ Cathedral- Garden Grove,...

    Inside the Christ Cathedral (formerly and more known as the Crystal Cathedral) can make of a wonderful religious experience. If you are not religious, you'd be impressed greatly with the experience of viewing spectacular architecture. About the cathedral...it has 10,000 panes of reflective glass, allowing 8% of outside light into the church.Much...

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  • Spend time at the Block (Outlets at...

    In the west side of Orange, premier shopping and entertainment is along City Blvd at the Outlets at Orange, which is more commonly referred to as the Block (formerly, the mall was called The Block at Orange but corporate meddling has, alas, ruined a perfectly good name once again.)The mall stretches out about a square mile, providing more than...

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Orange Restaurants

  • Extraordinary Dining Experience

    My boyfriend took us to dinner here for my birthday and my daughter's birthday and had a fabulous dining experience! The Hobbit Restaurant is in a converted house. Even the bathtub is in the bathroom. You enjoy a prix fixe meal with a couple of choices for your entree. Food allergies and dietary constraints are taken into consideration.Everyone...

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  • Try a Flavorful & Friendly O.C. Fave

    Kimmie's is one of those local town faves you'll want to seek out if you're an outsider who want to experience everyday local- not just in the city of Orange but in all of Orange county. You take ma and pop, granny, your best friend- guy or girl, kids- everyone will delight here. Kimmie's is a busy breakfast, lunch and brunch spot that draws the...

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  • Try Mucho Tres Bien Anepalco

    Can't decide between Mexican and French? Head to Anepalco for the best of the two scrumptious cuisines. Whereas the Franco-Mexican union of Tony Parker and Eva Longoria fizzled, Anepalco sizzles on and more than satisfies the palette by following classic French cooking practice with the unmistakable rich flavor of Mexican food. As the featured...

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Orange Nightlife

  • Dining Experience at the Block (Outlets...

    There is much inside the Block. A main attraction of the "Universal City Walk of Orange county" is the food and drink. I'll give a quick rundown of where to go according to major taste :Sandwiches/Bread:Corner Bakery- Ah, love the pastries and panini here!Seafood:Market Broiler- Try the salmon or ahi!Coffee:Skip Starbucks and go to Corner Bakery...

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  • Get Happy at Burlesque Theme District

    Head down to the District if you want a great happy hour in an alluring environment, live rock and/or DJ dancing fun in Old Towne Orange! Love the throwback 50s inspired burlesque décor inside- velvety red curtains, pin-up girl prints and all! This spot is also great for catching the game. Matches are displayed on several HD TVs. If you're not into...

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  • Take a tipsy-ish trolley way south of...

    Four hundred miles away from the classic trolley cars of San Francisco are those of OC Trolley, which are decidedly more "tipsy". In Old Towne Orange, hop aboard the non-track OC Wine Trolley, which gives passengers sampling of wine, food and slices of Orange city history during a 2+ hours. Conducted by a realtor company, the drunkened, stuffed...

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Orange Transportation

  • Take Advantage of Toll Roads --Big O.C....

    Toll roads in the greater Los Angeles area are found in Orange County, heading towards the South County area. These routes are the 73, 133, 241 and the 261. These are good alternative roads for locals who have to commute to work in the area and for any tourist who enjoys scenic views of hillsides (like me).Mostly, toll roads are of the concern to...

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  • Hop Aboard OCTA Buses! (Big O.C. Tip)

    Overall, OCTA buses run smoothly and timely and most drivers are friendly and helpful. There are exceptions of course! Compared to L.A.'s Metro buses, the O.C. ones tend to be more comfortable, clean, and efficient.To help with navigation, riders take advantage of the Bus Book. The guide, which details schedules of each OCTA bus, selected schedules...

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  • Take the 50 for OC fun (Big O.C. Tip)

    OCTA Bus Route 50 Long Beach-Orange (mainly via Katella Ave)Travels from the city of Orange, at The Village, to Long Beach, by Cal State Fullerton/ VA Hospital (major Long Beach/ Los Angeles Co travel) hub to Orange county. From the city of Orange, one can go all the way to Long Beach via bus. The ride throughout is up to 2 hours, but costs just...

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Orange Shopping

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  • Buy Cutesy Aprons and Kitsch Here

    CLOSING Spring 2014 (Sad to see it go, but read anyway :-))Cute aprons and kitchen accessories are the main trinkets in this one-of-a-kind,Christian-inspired Old Towne Orange boutique, located along the locally famous traffic circle, off Chapman Ave. Women who love to play dress up in the kitchen will be drawn to the large variety of designer...

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  • Go To Garden & Pretty Things Lover's...

    Here's a not-to-miss shop for those, especially women, who enjoy decorative knick knack for the house and garden. This 1920s era house converted into a boutique is full of cutesy and intriguing finds that are sure to be treasured. Let's see.... you can get a lovely assortment of picture frames, , decorative pens, succulents and a wide range of...

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  • Grab an Organic Bite

    Come in the Bite Market, a darling little, all gluten-free and dairy-free shop in old town Orange packed with a variety of foods and products. The shop owner, Bridget, has turned her own experience with food allergies and ailments brought along by gluten-rich and milk-based foods into a business that focuses on housing the most quality items in one...

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Orange Local Customs

  • Tip approx in OC

    In case you wonder about tipping, especially in restaurants in Orange county, know that the sales tax is 7.750. The regular OC rate is slightly lower that that of L.A. county. Commonly, I double the tax for tipping at a restaurant (unless the service sucks!). Some say to tip 15% of the tab and others do slighly more or less. I almost always just...

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  • See & don't see the line drawn btwn...

    Orange county is seen often in terms of north & south, despite there being a west and east & other sub-parallels. North & south are determined largely by economics & very generalized characteristics.Distinction is particularly made of the South (called commonly South county) as being the wealthy, overly suburban part with a snobby or uppity...

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  • Seek out Little Saigon 4 Pho and more!

    If you want to see very ethnic culture in Orange county, Little Saigon is where its at. Decidely Vietnamese culture is represented here, and looking around, one can really imagine being in Saigon. Down Bolsa and Westminter Aves is the historic OC version of Little Saigon, the largest designated Vietnamese town in the U.S. Come here to get you "pho"...

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Orange Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of Sinister Westminster- well...

    it is not so bad here. Just, when referring to the pristine, generally "beautiful" part of Orange county, Westminster is not the very first place one would consider. It is not very danergous here but does have more problems with crime than other cities, especially compared to one of her neighbors, Huntington Beach. Just avoid unecessarily hanging...

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  • Stay Clear of Stanton, that is, unless...

    ...looking for a cheaper house or condo in Orange county! Not to say that it is a very dangerous place to be, but the city of Stanton is just so... blah! This is just a --"Boring!" warning. Still, I give poor little Stanton some attention , just because it is in Orange county- but no picture- at least for now!To say a few things good about...

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  • Beware of the Crush!

    Orange County is known for many things, including the dreaded traffic jam known as the "crush". Actually, there are a few daily crushes on the freeways here but the infamous one occurs approximately in the city of Orange, where the 5, 57 and 22 freeways meet. Pack some patience if you are driving in the area! Check out the "crush" and other traffic...

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Orange Tourist Traps

  • Krave your Krispy Kreme still...

    at the Block at Orange. Due to outrageous over-expansion, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts had to shut down many locations (inlcuding the one of my La Habra). Fortunately, there are still a few in Orange county, including one at the Block and also south in Mission Viejo. The one at The Block at Orange has a very cute, 50s style building. split a donut with...

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  • Cafe Tu Tu Tango

    Maybe I should put this also in the restaurant category as well. Cafe Tu Tu Tango looks very appetizing, both with its architectural eye candy and Nouveau Latin cuisine menu. Looks can indeed deceiving, and this restaurant proves it- somewhat. People, especially singles, flock here at night in hopes of finding a date, so if you see a crowd...

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Orange What to Pack

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Our weather is usually mild. Our winters run in 60s F with evenings in the 40s or 50s. Summers are generally 80s or 90s day, 70s evenings. The rest of the year is pretty much 70s or 80s day, 60s evening. Yes, it rains in Southern California but not very often and generally not beyond a day or two. Coats are only needed during the winter months. Most of the time a sweater is all you'll need for the evenings and mornings.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: LA and Orange Counties have plenty of stores where you can pick up anything you'll need on your trip. Shops closer to tourist attractions have the highest prices, of course.

    Photo Equipment: Any 7-Eleven convenience store, Sav-On, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, grocery stores, etc. Try to buy as far away from a tourist area as possible. For example, don't buy film anywhere near Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm. They'll make you pay top-dollar.

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Orange Off The Beaten Path

  • See a sung city: Garden Grove

    Garden Grove!Well, call her either a sung or unsung city. The Southern California rock group, Sublime, has a song called "Garden Grove". Singers who have lived at least at one point, include the lead singer of Offspring, Dexter Holland and of Save Ferris, Monique Powell. Moreover, famous athletes, Troy Polamalu (NFL-Pittsburgh Steelers) and Lenny...

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  • Stay in a "Safest City": Mission Viejo

    M.V. is a place to Be- or "N.V." (Envy)Home to 96,000+ residents, Mission Viejo is quintessential Orange county. For the most part, it is a fine, rich and safe city for visiting and staying. In fact, in 2013, it has been named the U.S."safest city", as far as being safe from dangerous crimes such as assaults and murders. M.V. has consistently been...

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  • See an unsung city: Tustin

    Here's a friendly town to stay and experience normal Orange county life without the major grandiose fluff for which this region is known (sterotypcially). As one of the more older towns in O.C. , Tustin has indeed established an identity, yet not so much to dedicate many pages here on VT. Tustin makes for a good place to stay for accommodations, as...

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Orange Sports & Outdoors

  • Seek out Santiago Oaks

    In East Orange, one can enjoy the rugged outdoors of Santiago Canyon. There are 350 acres of natural beauty and outdoor fun away from the city-suburban life. Sycamore trees are abundant here. Be cautious of poison oak and, oh yeah, MOUNTAIN LIONS! They don't usually go near humans. This is a prime OC place for hiking, birdwatching, and gladly,...

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  • Vans Skate Park- The Block at Orange

    This is the original skateboard park in Orange County. It has been touted the the biggest and most techincally advanced skate park in the world. One sees many teenage boys here hitting the ramps here, as well as girls and the older crowd. if you don't have your own board, helmet and kneepads, you can rent some at the Vans store.

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  • See Indoor Racing

    Here's a good alternative for guys and young kids, who are the target audience here for indoor racing entertainment. Lots of adrenaline comes out of this place. Dromo races run inside a very easy-to-miss building a few miles away from Angel Stadium and the Honda Center (Old Arrowhead Pond arena). check website

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  • Go Lebanese!

    In the city of Orange, there are a good number of Lebanese restaurants, indicating a visible influence in the town. Some restaurants include Zena's (by the Village of Orange) and Byblos (in the old town district). Warning: Lebanese tends to be on the spicy side!!Zena's2094 N. Tustin St., Orange714-279-9511 Byblos129 W Chapman Ave, Orange(714)...

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  • Know the case of Chapman v Chapman Ave

    The funny thing about O.C. street names!Just a little note when driving in O.C. -be aware of the two major Chapman avenues!Though far enough apart and parallel, the two Chapmans can throw off those new in the area. There is a Chapman Ave which runs west-east, mainly in the city of Fullerton. Off this Chapman is Cal State Fullerton. The other...

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  • Go French in Tustin, O.C.

    Plaza Lafayette, Tustin, Orange countyWhat a cute, way off the beaten path town center! Off Newport Ave and Old Irvine Blvd, Plaza Lafayette is a charming strip mall that captures a bit of the French countryside on the exterior. The finest of boutiques and cafes that Tustin has to offer are here. For those who enjoy to pamper themselves, there are...

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Explore Deeper into Orange
Take an inexpensive tour along ocean on Route 1
Transportation
Take Covenient Metrolink (Big O.C. Tip)
Transportation
Catch a Cool Concert in the Park- Orange, O.C.
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Visit a Uniquely California Zoo
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Jump for Joey Joy in Tustin!
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Go Back in Time at Watson's
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Get to the 'Rute' of tasty natural food
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Do Tustin to kick off the Summer- Tustin, O.C.
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Catch Busan West, Film Screenings at Chapman
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Enjoy Viet New Year - Garden Grove, OC
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Do a self-guided Church tour in Old Towne
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Get the Good Stuff at Zito's
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Do a Food Tour in Old Towne
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Experience Old Towne via Orange Station
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See an unsung city: Placentia
Off The Beaten Path
See an unsung city: Fountain Valley
Off The Beaten Path
Take another or go solo at Two's Company
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Mouth smackin' Way to Break the Fast
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Stop and dine at Stadium Promenade
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Ride around along well kept streets
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Best of Outdoor Malls/Town Centers
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Be a Local at International Street Fair (Sept)
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Hang at Fun Old Town Haunt
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Get Free OC Weekly 4 OC Entertainment
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Mmmm....Molto bene!
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Cuban and Spanish in One !
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Have Big Patience and Appetite here
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Go to the Commercial Village
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Shop late at local 24/7 Wal-Mart
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Come to Our Version of a Village
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Get OC Family Americana at Katella
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French Country
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Food with a View
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Northern Italian Fare with French Flair
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Pac-Rim Yuminess
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Dutch Baby!!!
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Contemporary American
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Cuban and Spanish Fare
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All natural and delish...
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Eat Tokyo in Old Towne
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