Guide For Thanksgiving Weekend Visitors To OC

November 9, 2013 4:00 AM

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Thanksgiving isn’t all about the turkey dinner and pumpkin pie. It’s a long weekend to spend with those you love most. Thankfully, you live in the OC, so you don’t have to spend four days making small talk around a wood-burning fireplace. If you’re entertaining out-of-town guests over the Thanksgiving weekend, give them a taste of what Southern Californians are truly thankful for.

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(credit: South Coast Plaza)

South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(800) 782-8888
www.southcoastplaza.comSouthern California is the western mecca for shopping. You and your guests can shop until you drop on Black Friday at some of the finest malls on this side of the continent. South Coast Plaza is a regional favorite with high-end shops such as Burberry, Chanel, Coach and Tiffany & Co. Watch for great deals on the day following Thanksgiving. Many retailers open early and offer huge markdowns for anxious shoppers willing to stand in line until the doors open.

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Dana Point Harbor
34624 Golden Lantern
St.Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 923-2255
www.danapointharbor.comA visit to Orange County wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Pacific Coast. Dana Point Harbor is a great place to enjoy the sun and sea. It’s here that you’ll find the Pilgrim, a full-size replica of the historic tall ship that was the setting for the classic novel “Two Years Before the Mast,” written by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. In addition, you’ll find a variety of boutiques and restaurants that epitomize Orange County’s beach culture.Related: The Perfect Long Weekend In Los Angeles

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(credit: Sawdust Art Festival)

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-3030
www.sawdustartfestival.orgArt runs deep in Orange County’s culture. Treat your Thanksgiving visitors to a winter wonderland of art and music at the Sawdust Festival. This winter festival in Laguna Beach runs from November 23 through December 15. Get some of your holiday shopping done by purchasing unique jewelry, glass, paintings, woodwork or textiles from 175 local artists. The kids will surely be entertained by the art classes, petting zoo and an early visit with Santa.

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(credit: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

Disneyland Park
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-4565
www.disneyland.disney.go.comIf your visitors are fans of the Disney Universe, take them to the happiest place on Earth where it all started. Disneyland Park in Anaheim is a great destination to work off that turkey dinner. Explore the magical lands dreamt up by Walt Disney. Ride coasters, watch parades, enjoy the shows and shop for souvenirs. Your guests will thank you for a fantastic start to their holiday season.

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(credit: Erik Oginski)

Crystal Cove State Park
871 N. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-3539
www.crystalcovestatepark.comEnd the long weekend with a trip to the sandy beaches of Crystal Cove where your visitors can dip their feet into the chilly blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Your guests will fall in love with the tranquility of the crashing waves and serenity of the ocean breeze. Watch the autumn sunset over the horizon before grabbing a delicious dinner at the popular Beachcomber Café.

Related: Weekend Getaways Near Orange County

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Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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