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Discover the Beauty of Orange County

Friday March 30, 2012

One of my favorite things about being the Orange County Guide is most certainly learning so much about the county. Sure, I thought I knew the O.C. -- and I did. But writing this site has forced me to explore and appreciate Orange County even more than I already did. Each city has its own unique story and community, the diversity of which is emblematic of why Orange County has developed into a large metropolitan area.

On the surface, Orange County seems like a suburban mecca. This may well be true across many cities. But the true beauty of the O.C. lies in the rich arts and culture, the luxury of beach living, the urban grit and the family friendly suburban living. You can make your home in some idyllic enclave, a sea-side arts community, or a town steeped in history. All of this without the frenetic pace of L.A. living.

I hope that as you read this guide, you too, are reminded of what makes the O.C. such a great place to live, play and work.

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What Do Super Heros and Pubs Have in Common?

Friday March 9, 2012

Pub Hero

St Patrick's Day is just around the corner and there are plenty of Irish pubs throughout the O.C. for those so inclined to indulge in the festivities. But if you're looking for a little warm-up, you might want to check out the O.C. Weekly Super Hero Pub Crawl. Who could resist the chance to dress up like your favorite super hero and crawl the pubs along Main St. in Huntington Beach?

As with any pub crawl, you should plan to take a cab, public transportation or assign a designated driver. áThe crawl starts Saturday March 10 at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m.

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The Wonderland That is Anaheim

Wednesday February 22, 2012

As an O.C. resident, I think I sometimes take for granted how many awesome things there are to do -- not just in my little beach community, but throughout the county.

So when I began writing a neighborhood profile for the city of Anaheim, it gave me such delight to realize that it isn't just some land-locked city in North O.C., it's one of the biggest cities in Southern California and has a large, dedicated and thriving tourist industry. The convention center, Angel Stadium, the Honda Center -- not to mention all of the hotels, and a host of other attractions -- Anaheim is a wonderland for locals and visitors alike.

And if you're an O.C. resident, it's pretty standard fair to buy season passes to Disneyland and visit the Happiest Place on Earth at your leisure. It doesn't get much better than that.

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The Mediterranean California Climate

Sunday January 29, 2012

Sunset Surf

One of my favorite things about living in Southern California is the temperate climate. Sure temperate could be cold, but we have a lovely average of 75░ F.

A bit of trivia: All of the beautiful Southern California weather is thanks to its Mediterranean climate. While the largest area of similar climate surrounds the Mediterranean sea, Southern California is the only Mediterranean climate within the U.S.

There is precious little of the perfection that is the Mediterranean climate and this is one of many things that make SoCal so special. But we shouldn't get too excited about signs of Spring in January. We are in the thick of what is considered the rainy season, which runs from November through April.

That's ok though, because today there are clear blue skies and 70░ F highs.

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