OC Travel & Outdoors
In Orange County, the summer atmosphere seems to permeate the landscape year-round. Even in wintertime, locals are hard-pressed to call this part of California a winter wonderland. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t experience a classic holiday escape amidst the palm trees and bright sunshine. Without having to drive past the county line, families and friends can get into the mood of winter by grabbing a pair of skates and enjoying some of the best ice skating rinks in the southland.
If the start of spring has you pining to flex your green thumb, consider visiting one of these Orange County plant nurseries to help you kick off the growing season.
Spring Break is not just for college students anymore. Anyone in need of a mental reset ought to take part. Uncover the top five local staycations within three hours of Orange County as expert travel agent, Nancy Decker, shares her advice.
No matter where you live in Orange County, the perfect place for Valentine’s Day is not far away. Whether it’s outdoor fun, imaginative whimsy, or music and culture, these romantic settings will help you create a special night your loved one will remember forever. These are Orange County’s best V-Day destinations.
Whether you run for fun, fitness, stress relief, or competition, there are many like you in Orange County who pound the pavement with some of the region’s best running clubs to train and to socialize.
Outdoor enthusiasts who brave the elements in the wintertime know a camping trip in snow requires extra preparation. It takes proper gear and special training to make the chill and frost survivable, let alone enjoyable. For Orange County adventure seekers, a little extra investment for supplies and courses may clear the way for a thrilling winter getaway of snowshoeing, sledding, cross-country skiing and good-spirited outdoor hooliganism.
For the best ski retreats this winter, Southern Californians won’t have to travel far. From a 75-minute drive to a 70-minute flight, take advantage of more than five top-notch destinations. Find affordable day escapes or luxe weekend getaways at the best ski resorts near Orange County.
Take advantage of useful travel tips this holiday season and navigate around unnecessary costs and stress. With airports, taxis and train options, knowing how to navigate the area saves time and plenty of headaches. Experience travel how you truly should with holiday travel tips ranging from apps to which airport will best serve you this season.
Drive through any city in Orange County and signs advertising CrossFit gyms will beckon to even the choosiest of sweat and adrenaline junkies. “CrossFit” is quickly becoming a household name for the young and old, those who are in shape and those who just want to be. Those OC exercise fanatics who have had enough of the run-of-the-mill, neighborhood gyms and want to do more than pop a P90X video into the DVD player should check out the best CrossFit gyms in Orange County.
When people think of Orange County, it’s likely that images of surfing at sandy beaches quickly come to mind. It shouldn’t be surprising, however, that as the home of the Anaheim Ducks, there are a lot of adult leagues around offering competitive hockey for players of all levels. In addition to the five outstanding leagues highlighted below, each rink offers pick-up games, clinics and private lessons. Strap on your skates and get ready to shoot and score.
While trick-or-treating may satisfy your sweet tooth this Halloween, there’s more moonlit magic to uncover beyond your backyard. With the whole family in mind, it’s possible to create your own potion of fun – think mysterious scavenger hunts, pumpkin patch adventuring, arts and crafts, and interactive haunted mazes. Take part in a secret neighborhood retreat and find out why Orange County’s “most elaborate” yard display has been raising hairs for 13 years.