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.

OC Restaurant Week: Now through March 12

March 8, 2016

With 100+ restaurants in Orange County participating there is something for everyone! Enjoy family night, date night, girls night out and more. OC Restaurant Week is also a great time to pair wines, beers and cocktails with great meals. CLICK HERE for participating restaurants in Costa Mesa. Nearby Newport Beach also has wonderful venues participating. Cheers!

Wicked at Segerstrom: NOW through March 6

February 17, 2016

The popular and incredibly entertaining show Wicked is back at Segerstrom Center for the Arts! This show has won every award there is to be had and continues to thrill audiences nationwide. It runs at Segerstrom now until March 6. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One—born with emerald green skin—is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete—and completely satisfying—musical in a long time” (USA Today). CLICK HERE for ticket info.