Scottish Fest at the OC Fairgrounds: MAY 27-28

May 24, 2016

This Memorial Day weekend, enjoy a celebration of everything Scottish at the Scottish Fest & Highland Games at the nearby OC Fairgrounds. This annual celebration of Scottish (and some Irish) music, Highland Dancing, Highland Games and everything to do with the Scottish culture is popular and fun. Enjoy Scottish foods like meat pies, fish and chips, and bangers and corned beef. There will also be whiskey tastings and master classes.

Newport Beach Wine Festival: MAY 27-29

May 11, 2016

Summer is almost here and a perfect what to celebrate that is at the Balboa Bay Resort’s 13th annual Newport Beach Wine Festival. Enjoy fine wine and amazing cuisine over the Memorial Day weekend. The idyllic waterfront setting at Balboa Bay Resort provides the perfect backdrop for exciting and interactive food and wine experiences celebrated over three incredible days. Choose from the VIP reception & cruise, winemaker dinner, champagne brunch, overnight packages and more! CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Springtime fun: Crystal Cove State Park

May 1, 2016

Now is the perfect time for a beautiful drive along Pacific Coast Highway to Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach. Enjoy Reef Point, Moro Beach, Pelican Point, and Los Trancos. Enjoy trails, scenic views and fresh ocean breezes. The Crystal Cove Historic District is a 12.3-acre coastal portion of the 2,791-acre Crystal Cove State Park. The federally listed Historic District is an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & ‘40’s and nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek. It is one of the last remaining examples of early 20th century Southern California coastal development. Also available in the Historic District is the Beachcomber Café, a restored beachfront cottage, offering a relaxed dining atmosphere with spectacular ocean views and a quality menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The backcountry and wilderness areas of Crystal Cove State Park offer you 17 miles of hiking trails through 2,400 acres of native wilderness mostly the endangered coastal sage scrub plant community.  For energetic backpackers, there are three environmental campgrounds, one in a canyon and two at the higher elevations.  The higher trails offer beautiful vistas of the mountainous backcountry, geological formations, and the blue Pacific Ocean.  Exploring the lower trails offers hiking through riparian woodlands with oak and sycamore trees along the seasonal Moro Creek. Whether you explore the high trails or the low trails or both, you will find ample evidence of native plants and animals, and a sense of escaping from civilization into the beautiful solitude of natural history. CLICK HERE for more information.

Lights, camera, action! NB Film Festival: April 21-28

April 13, 2016

It’s that time of year to get entertained as well as inspired at the 17th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival! Set in beautiful Newport Beach and close to Azulón at Mesa Verde, discover 10 miles of spectacular California coastline, a rich film making history, and a myriad of fine dining, shopping, and exceptional recreational activities. The Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 21, 2016 through April 28, 2016 and will spotlight 300+ films from 50 countries. The Newport Beach Film Festival brings the best of classic and contemporary film making, as well as a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program as well as providing a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films. CLICK HERE for more information.

St. Patrick’s Day venues and recipes

March 16, 2016

It’s time for one of the most festive days of the year: St. Patrick’s Day. If you are looking for some local Costa Mesa venues that fit the bill, try Durty Nelly’s, Skosh Monahan’s, and The Harp Inn. If you’d rather not brave the crowds and cook up some delicious dishes in your beautiful Azulón residence, check out amazing St. Patrick’s Day recipes from Martha Stewart, Food Network, and Food and Wine.