In these parts, we never run out of things to do, Orange County visitors, but in this article, we thought we’d take you a little deeper than just the traditional Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. Here’s a grab bag of suggestions that will allow you to appreciate the diversity of activities that Southern California has to offer.
If you’re feeling peckish at the start of your journey, why not begin with dinner at The Hobbit, located on East Chapman Avenue in Orange. If you’re a fan of all things Tolkien, you know that those hobbits loved their meals, and this eatery has all the feel of a hobbit hole. Open since 1972, the idea here is to surrender yourself to the chef’s whims, as you get a seven-course prix-fixe menu, available from Wednesday through Sunday. Begin with champagne and hors d’oeuvres, then move along to the salad and soup courses, entree, and dessert. In between, you can enjoy the Hobbit-themed decor.
Have you ever wanted to live the life aquatic? For those of us who might not have the resources to purchase a yacht, a Duffy Electric Boat rental is probably the best option. Head down to Newport Beach along the Coast Highway, and you can rent one of these handsome watercrafts. Ten to twelve people can fit on a Duffy Boat, they’re super easy to drive, and you can load up with snacks before you go. You just need to be twenty-one, and they’ll put you behind the tiller. It’s that simple. You can check out Balboa Island and Newport Harbor, and get an up close look at some eye-popping homes, including one that used to belong to John Wayne.
Our final pick is Old World’s Oktoberfest, in Huntington Beach. From mid-September through mid-November, enjoy dark German beers, paired up with schnitzel and sausages. There’s a live oompah band, but the best reason for going has to be the dachshund races. Yes, you read that right. If there’s any better activity than scarfing down sausage and watching weiner dogs battle it out for supremacy, we’ve yet to discover it.
With such an eclectic mix of activities for you to enjoy, it’s safe to say that there’s nowhere like Orange County. Soak up the California sun, and take plenty of pictures to make your friends back home jealous.