A few weeks ago my fiance and I took a long weekend trip. We called it our “Orange County Trip”. Here’s what we did:
DAY #1 | ARRIVED IN LAGUNA BEACH
On Thursday evening we headed out for our “Orange County Trip”. We packed the car and drove right into traffic. No surprise there though. It took us a couple of hours, but we finally made it to our first stop…Laguna Beach. We stayed at this cute hotel called Capri Laguna Inn on the Beach.
Since it was late and we were tired from the work day and the long drive we decided just to go to dinner. We got dressed up and walked right across the street to the Selanne Steak Tavern. This restaurant is owned by Teemu Selanne who was the Anaheim Ducks star player. Inside the restaurant, there’s a replica of the Stanley Cup and his Olympic Medals on display for everyone to see. It’s pretty cool.
Not only was the atmosphere and set up amazing, the food was amazing too! I had the Scarlet Beet Ravioli as a starter and the Chef’s ‘Signature’ Selanne’s Mac and Cheese. That Mac and Cheese was to die for! I highly recommend it if you ever try the place out.
DAY #2 | LAGUNA BEACH
The next day was great. Had breakfast, provided by the hotel, and went shopping in Downtown Laguna. We stopped at a few clothing shops and I treated myself to a cute tank top and a really cute dress. The Candy Baron was a must for me since I’m a sucker for all sorts of sweets. I got my favorite jelly beans (Dr. Pepper flavor), sour patch kids, and some raspberry candies. We had lunch at this great place called Watermarc. The duck burger I got was amazing!
Afterward, we headed down to the beach and our hotel provided us with towels and chairs. Score! After laying out, we headed back up to the terrace to grab some of the delicious (free) wine and cheese…and laid out some more.
But wait there’s more…
When we had our fill of free wine, we headed down the street to The Roof Top Lounge at the La Casa Del Camino Hotel for more drinks and to watch the sunset over the ocean. It was really pretty and romantic. Then we took the free shuttle to Downtown Laguna again and stopped at 230 Forest Avenue Restaurant to have a few of their signature cocktails.
Our last stop of the night was back at Watermarc again. At lunch we had such a hard time deciding what to eat because everything looked so good. So, we decided to have some late night snacks there. We had the Fried Goat Cheese and the New Zealand Greenlip Mussels. Did I mention that Watermarc has amazing food?
DAY #3 | SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO & ANAHEIM
On day three, we left Laguna Beach and headed to San Juan Capistrano to check out the Los Rios District which is one of the oldest neighborhoods in California. The forty homes that still stand were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some are still private residences while others have been turned into small businesses. We had lunch at the Hummingbird House Cafe located in this area.
After about three hours of walking around and getting sunburned we headed to Anaheim. We visited the recently opened Anaheim Packing House. They converted the old Sunkist packing house into a huge food hall. It’s really amazing how many different businesses there are. There’s also live music playing while your there enjoying the food.
After having Indian food we had drinks at the (not so) secret speakeasy called The Blind Rabbit. You go through a secret entrance and leave through a bookcase within the bar. It’s so cool and the drinks are really good. I went with the bartenders choice, so they made me a drink based on the type of alcohol I like.
DAY #4 | ANAHEIM
The final day during our “Orange County Trip” was to go see our Angels play baseball. We love cheering on our team!
Let me know if you have any questions about the places we went to or have any stories of your own in these areas.