Tag Archives: Orange County

A Visit to Knott’s Berry Farm

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For my friends and family who know me very well – they can tell you that I LOVE theme parks! Sure, I’m not so great with the motion-sickness and upside-down rollercoasters all the time, but I seriously love them. Every summer my parents would take us to Canada’s Wonderland on some sort of bank day where my teller cousin got us tickets for $15. So it’s definitely a summer tradition for me.

Knott’s Berry Farm has been on my LA Pinterest board for a long time and it reminds me a bit of Canada’s Wonderland back in Toronto. They are both roughly the same size, with similar rides – so it made me super nostalgic for home. Paul and I hopped in a car from LA and finally made the one-hour drive to Buena Park, California to visit America’s first amusement park!

Knotts-Berry-Farm-Review

Getting There – To avoid any crazy traffic, we left early at around 9:30 AM to get there for 10:30 AM and to beat all the weekend traffic going up and down the 405. The one thing to be aware of is that it gets HOT in the afternoon if you’re visiting during the summer months. Go earlier in the day or go on a night they are open late. Bring a hat, sunscreen and frozen bottles of water. Parking was around $17

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What To Eat – The Funnel Cake is a must-eat. I don’t eat them very often, but this deep-fried batter of goodness topped with vanilla soft-serve, powdered sugar and stewed sweet strawberries is all part of the experience. If you’re looking to avoid burgers and fries, there is a Panda Express inside Knott’s Berry Farm where we opted for stir-fried veggies and rice. (more…)

Top 8 Tips for Visiting Disneyland + California Adventure

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Main Street, USA

Happy #ThrowbackThursday! Planning a trip to Disneyland? I’m re-sharing my BEST tips on getting the most out of your visit to both Anaheim parks – Disneyland + California adventure. PIN or bookmark for future trip plans!

I’m back! After a getaway last week to Anaheim, California to visit Disneyland and California Adventure Park, I have compiled a few tips to make sure your future visit does not involve waiting in long lines and junk food.

1) Use the Single-Rider Line – If you don’t want to wait 50+ minutes in the stand-by line and you don’t have a FASTPASS, the single-rider line is your best bet. A few of the rides do have this option – simply ask the attendant at the front of the ride for a paper pass or enter through the exit. I was on both the California Screamin’ rollercoaster and Splash Mountain in under 5 minutes! This is perfect if your group is not picky about riding together.

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California Advenutre Park

2) Get a FASTPASS – When the single-rider line isn’t an option (like on Space Mountain), get a FASTPASS and return at your assigned time printed on your paper ticket. Disneyland tries to keep the wait to under 15 minutes for FASTPASS holders, so you’ll save a ton of time and get on the ride quickly.

Appetizers from Napa Rose Restaurant

Appetizers from Napa Rose Restaurant

3) Eat Well + Fine Dining – Disneyland is not just all about churros and hot dogs (though those are good too!). Take a proper meal break and you will be refreshed for the afternoon. Some of the dining options were beyond what I expected for typical theme park food. Look up Napa Rose Restaurant inside the Grand Californian Hotel and Carthay Circle Restaurant or Wine Country Trattoria inside California Adventure Park. (more…)

A Trip to The OC Fair

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Took a little ride on the skyway at The OC Fair

It’s #ThrowbackThursday and I’m re-sharing a fun little trip Paul and I took to the OC Fair in Orange County, California. It’s ON right now if you’re thinking of going! Though I will miss Toronto’s CNE this year – I do love a good summer fair and all the crazy foods and things there are to do there. Hope you’re all enjoying your summer! xo – Lisa

After finally settling into our new home in LA with the basics, Paul and I decided it was time to finally get away from doing ‘house stuff’ and actually have a life. You know, the one that we drove 4000 KMs here for. So off we went to Costa Mesa, California on Friday for The OC Fair.

Giant-Orange

Have you hugged an orange today? I have.

After watching countless episodes (okay maybe two) of The OC, I was eager to find out, “How they do it in the OC.” I’m pretty sure they didn’t go around hugging oranges like me.

The OC Fair itself is a lot of fun and a summer tradition for a lot of people. It’s very similar to a fair we have in Toronto called the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition). We gorged on fried food, southern BBQ, old-fashioned lemonade and corn dogs. We spent a lot of money playing ring toss, basketball and the coin toss (which I won!). There’s also a section at the OC Fair dedicated to farm animals and agriculture. Along with the live performances, we also hit up the carnival rides, shopped the vendors and poked around all the prize-winning art, crafts and food. (more…)

A Day Trip to Orange County California

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If I had to be stranded on any island in the world, Fashion Island – a mall in Newport Beach would be a top contender. If you’re headed to Orange County and want to do some serious damage this is THE place.

Fashion Island Mall has a few of my favourite stores including Jonathan Adler, Restoration Hardware, Bloomingdale’s and American Rag. It’s an easy drive if you happen to be visiting Disneyland or any of the other surrounding theme parks in Orange County. (more…)

Sailing Away: Nautical Style

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I’ve been looking for any excuse to rock a bit of nautical style and when Anaheim & Orange County Tourism invited me for a Sunset Organic Wine Cruise at Dana Wharf, I grabbed my blue and white stripes and was off in a jiffy. Nautical Style Dress from Gap. I did stop short from letting myself buy a captain’s hat…there’s always next time…. (more…)