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Pip Ashford has operated her Travel Representation company since 1988, representing Hong Kong, Macau and currently Anaheim Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau.This role sees her working closely with all areas of the travel trade in NZ and travel writers with the aim of promoting this already very popular destination for NZ Travelers.

Orange County: A Golfer's Paradise, Part Two

Orange County: A Golfer's Paradise, Part Two
If the last post didn’t feature any courses that grabbed your attention, this one certainly will. Continuing the list of Orange County’s top public golf courses, we have three of some of the best you can find anywhere. *Please Note: Difficulty rankings are a matter of the blogger's opinion. Each course has tee boxes dedicated to all skill levels. Pelican Hill Golf Club 22800 S Pelican Hill Rd. Newport Beach Website:  www.pelicanhill.com/golf/ Par:  71 (North Course), 70 (South Course) Difficulty Level:  Intermediate-Advanced Toughest Hole:  No. 7 (North Course); No. 9 (South Course)  Yardage: Black:  6,945 yards (North Course); 6,580 yards (South...
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Orange County: A Golfer's Paradise, Part One

Orange County: A Golfer's Paradise, Part One
Looking for a golf experience you won’t soon forget? Orange County has you covered with some of the best public golf courses you can find. No matter how good of a player you are, OC’s golf scene caters to all. From coastal resort courses to inland canyon courses, you will be sure to find the one that best aligns with your game. Here are some of the courses that are a must see. *Please Note: Difficulty rankings are a matter of the blogger's opinion. Each course has tee boxes dedicated to all skill levels. Anaheim Hills Golf Course 6501 Nohl Ranch...
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Day Trip from OC: Long Beach

Day Trip from OC: Long Beach
There are so many things for families to do in Long Beach that you may have to take several trips to take it all in. Our family has taken many day trips to visit this fun harbor town, located just outside the Orange County border. Aquarium of the Pacific When my son was five he said he wanted to be a diver when he grew up, so I took him to the  Aquarium of the Pacific  in Long Beach. He stood in awe at the two-story aquarium filled with large tropical fish in the main lobby. We timed it right to...
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Mountains to Sea Bike Trail

Mountains to Sea Bike Trail
Recently,  Destination Irvine  hosted travel blogger, Elena Sonnino. Elena’s interests were hiking and outdoor recreation, so as the Director of Tourism Marketing, I thought this would be a great opportunity to showcase biking in Orange County and Irvine’s 300+ miles of on-road cycling lanes and its 50 miles of off-road bike trails. I heard about the  Mountains to Sea Trail , a 22-mile trail that runs from Weir Canyon (Irvine) to Upper Newport Bay (Newport Beach), which connects networks of urban parks, trails and preserved natural lands. While I am an avid runner and swimmer, I had not been on...
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Upscale Outings in Orange County

Upscale Outings in Orange County
Lifestyles of the rich and the famous are definitely not reality for the majority of us, but sometimes, it just feels good to treat yourself. Orange County is the perfect place to indulge in some luxuries that are out of the everyday norm, so forget feeling guilty and get ready to enjoy! You deserve it. Day Spa It’s hard to think about luxurious indulgence without images of a serene, spa-like setting immediately popping into your mind. When it’s time to unwind and take a day for “you time,” head to one of Orange County’s beautiful day spas. If you’re spending...
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Indoor Activities for Kids

Indoor Activities for Kids
Usually in the winter we are trying to escape the cold. But if you've been in Orange County lately, you know that this winter has been ridiculously warm – it's almost as if we are trying to  escape  the heat! Whether it's a chilly, rainy day or a day when the sweltering sun has you begging for the air conditioner, there are lots of indoor places that you can take the kids to keep them busy. From physical play to education – Orange County has a little bit of everything! Here are some great indoor options for the kids (and...
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Top Orange County Sports Venues

Top Orange County Sports Venues
Orange County is most commonly known for its beautiful beaches, resort lifestyles and historic theme parks. One piece of information that tends to slip under the radar is that OC is a sports mecca. Whether you are here for leisure or business, sports entertainment centers cater to all visitors, young and old. Some of the finest venues in the nation are right here in OC: Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Baseball) 2000 E. Gene Autry Way Anaheim Home of the 2002 World Series Champions, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim,  Angel Stadium of Anaheim  has played host to the MLB All Star...
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What's New: Anaheim Resort District Hotels

What's New: Anaheim Resort District Hotels
If you've driven anywhere near the Anaheim Resort area lately, you've probably noticed more than a few construction sites (five to be exact). Most residents already know (and to the visitor, here is the explanation) that these are the sites of future hotels. Anaheim already has roughly 25,000 hotel rooms -- why does it need more, you ask? Simple. Three words: supply and demand.Anaheim is internationally known as the home to the original  Disneyland Park . In 2012, Disney completed its $1.4 billion renovation to its hotels ( Disneyland Hotel ,  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel ,  Disney's Grand Californian Hotel...
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Lux Bus Day Tour to Universal Studios

Lux Bus Day Tour to Universal Studios
You may know Lux Bus America as the stress-free mode of transportation that brings you  to and from Las Vegas ,  but did you know that you can also use Lux Bus for attraction packages and daily sightseeing tours? You can now take Lux Bus from Anaheim to Hollywood, Universal Studios, SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND and the San Diego Zoo! Not only are Lux Bus day tours perfect for people from out of town without a car, but they’re also great for locals! A few weeks ago I booked a Lux Bus Universal Studios Hollywood Front of the Line Tour....
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Must-Try Foods in Disneyland Park

Must-Try Foods in Disneyland Park
Have you ever had the smell of something delicious bring back a memory? Maybe it reminded you of Sunday dinners at grandma's or the perfect meal on special vacation? There is no doubt about it, food creates memories. Theme parks aren't always known as foodie destinations, but Disneyland isn't your typical theme park; it is an institution, and the food served inside the Happiest Place on Earth is an integral part of the visitor experience. If you are heading to Disneyland and want to start creating some fabulous memories of your own, start with these classics. Churros:  Growing up in...
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Perfect Places for Celebration Dinners in Orange County

Perfect Places for Celebration Dinners in Orange County
Orange County has a wide variety of amazing places to dine and celebrate for any occasion. From intimate, upscale restaurants to dining in a vibrant and casual setting, you’re sure to find the right fit for your celebration style.  Here are three casual and fun places to celebrate in Orange County:   Benihana 2100 E. Ball Road Anaheim, CA 92806 Benihana  is such a fun restaurant that, no matter what you are celebrating, you’re sure to have a great time. There is a full sushi bar and large teppanyaki tables, which is really where the fun happens. Each teppanyaki table...
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Famous Orange County Brands

Famous Orange County Brands
Orange County, California, is known as a fun, active and hip destination with an enviable climate. The Southern California lifestyle is sought after by many, but as the center of the region, Orange County is also the hub for many of the most popular, active brands around. Here are some brands that have originated or are currently based in (or both) Orange County, California. Surfwear Surfing didn't originate in Orange County but the surfwear industry sure took off here. It's no surprise that many of the top global surfwear companies can trace their roots back to Orange County and/or are...
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Top Spots for Mexican Food in Orange County

Top Spots for Mexican Food in Orange County
Steaming bowls of posole, perfectly wrapped tamales, tender carnitas and fragrant tortillas. There’s something about the holiday time that makes me crave Mexican food and, thankfully, OC is a great place to be for delicious south-of-the-border cuisine. We have a rich history of Mexican roots, and with a close proximity to the border you’re guaranteed some of the best Mexican in the country. Here are my tried and true favorites and the must-order’s at each. For Perfect Posole: Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen Gabbi’s  is probably my favorite Mexican spot to hit anytime I’m at home in Orange County. Everything about it...
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Art Walks in Orange County

Art Walks in Orange County
Sometimes the best way to get to know a destination is through its culture. Often times that culture is represented physically through various forms of art. One of the best ways to soak in and appreciate Orange County art is by attending one of the many art walks that take place monthly. Take a stroll through these artistic communities and get a glimpse of the local art scene. Here is a rundown of the art walks that take place throughout the year in OC (in chronological order). Laguna Beach -  With all its summer and winter art festivals, boutique galleries...
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Top Orange County Sporting Events in 2014

Top Orange County Sporting Events in 2014
Whether you are playing the game or watching from the sidelines, Orange County offers a wide variety of sporting events that you don’t want to miss! Mark your calendars and make 2014 the year you go the distance in Anaheim/OC!    Although you might already be familiar with Orange County as home of the “Happiest Place On Earth,” 42 miles of coastline, some of the world’s best shopping and dining options, America’s oldest theme park and the largest convention center on the West Coast—if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that OC is also host to some of the...
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