Summer is in full swing, which means your social calendar is probably packed with plans—I know mine is. But between the parties, weddings, vacations and other events, it’s easy to get a little carried away when it comes to spending. So I’ve put together a little guide guaranteed to keep the fun going, featuring 10 free and cheap things to do in Orange County this summer.
Have you ever visited somewhere for the first time and wondered, “how did I not know this place existed”? Well, that’s exactly what happened last weekend when I met a few of my girlfriends at the new Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach. This place is a hidden gem to say the least, from the architecture and design to the shops, restaurants and cafes-and let’s not even get started on its dreamy marina-front location.
When you think of Huntington Beach, I’m betting the term ‘Surf City, USA’ comes to mind. As home to the Surfers’ Hall of Fame, world’s largest surfboard and annual US Open competition, it’s hard to think of it as anything else. But this city has much more to offer than what you hear in the classic Beach Boys song. If you want to live like a local but still get the essential Huntington Beach experience, I’ve planned a day for you.
I wouldn’t classify myself as a foodie, but I do love to eat. Trying new restaurants is one of my favorite things to do. So, as I continue to eat and drink my way through Orange County, I thought I would start a new blog feature called “Best of OC”. Whether it is brunch, happy hour or an unbeatable view, I’ll be sharing my top picks right here!
Like flowers? Who doesn’t. What about champagne? You’d be lying if you said you didn’t. Well, thanks to genius businesswoman Theresa Anderson, you can enjoy both at her new boutique concept, Petals & Pop. I first noticed it about a month ago, shortly after opening at Lot 579 in Pacific City, and I can honestly say it was love it at first sight.