By Deb Flomberg
When you have such beautiful weather year-round, it is important to go out and enjoy yourself whenever possible. With tons of great beaches, plenty of amazing parks and trails to hike and an abundance of other great areas to explore, southern California has it all. And one of the best (and most well-kept secrets) is the Santa Ana Artists Village. This little artsy pocket of Santa Ana is the perfect place to visit on a weekend evening to all the local art and color with those that you love most.
More than 40 art galleries are spread out throughout this little artistic neighborhood. One of the best times to visit is the first Saturday of every month, when all the galleries open their doors for the First Saturday Art Walk. As the sun goes down, the street lights go on and the roads start to fill with musicians, artists, street vendors and more. The majority of the artists and galleries are along the Second Street Promenade and you can stroll from gallery to gallery, taking in all the art and meeting a lot of the local artists.
In addition to all the great galleries, there are many truly local (and quite affordable) spots for a quick bite. Check out Lola Gaspar for a fantastic happy hour and delicious fruit and herb infused cocktails that change depending on what is in season. Or stop by the Gypsy Den for funky Moroccan décor and some amazingly delicious sweets. If you’re seriously hungry, swing by Crosby for classic foods made extraordinary.
Make sure to check the local events as well, as there is always something fun going on in this hip and funky little neighborhood. It’s particularly fun during the end of October and beginning of November when all the galleries start to gear up for Dia de los Muertos. You’ll find stunning works of art, sugar skulls, shrines and other traditional art work to enjoy.
While the majority of the area is walkable, you’ll want to head there in style. Set out in your 2013 GL63 AMG SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. This is the perfect way to arrive at the Santa Ana Artists Village since you can pick up all your friends and have plenty of room to head there together. Plus you’ll have lots of room in case you fall in love with a large painting (or three) and need space to cary your new treasure home.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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