It finally feels like summer in our beautiful Orange County and so with that comes time to visit our beautiful cities, beaches and local eateries. We are lucky enough to live in a place that the rest of the world considers a vacation destination, so why not enjoy it like a tourist?
Here's an idea for you. Use the trolley! Our South OC towns provide a free trolley service and riders can expect a trolley at each stop about every 15 minutes. Trolley stops are clearly marked with signs. You can ride along the different trolleys and do a coastal trip from San Clemente, going through Dana Point, into Laguna Beach, or take a detour from Dana Point into San Juan Capistrano. Check out these links for the specific information:
Already thinking about how you are going to spend your 4th of July in South OC? Where are the best fireworks or what kind of activities can you be part of?
We've found a few favorites in our office and here's the results:
1. Dana Point - Fireworks at the Harbor
This is the busiest day of the year so plan your arrival at Doheny State Beach accordingly. The fireworks can also be seen from the neighborhoods atop the 'Lantern Village'. These fireworks are synchronized to KSBR 88.5 FM - the show starts at 8:45pm.
2. San Clemente - Fireworks at the Pier
Another favorite - the city has an annual tradition of great fireworks done from the end of the Pier. These can be seen from many beaches in San Clemente as well as from the neighborhoods in the
The California State Parks & Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association are bringing back the 17th annual DOHENY SURF & ART FESTIVAL 201. This is free festival consisting of a two-day celebration of the Southern California surfing lifestyle.
When: June 22nd & 23rd
Time: 9 AM to 6 PM
Where: Doheny State Beach
Activities will include:
Surfers Vendor Village -Surfers Art & Collectibles
Menehune (kids) Surf Contest- 60’s Surf Contest
Tandem Exhibition – Surf Tricks Exhibition
Local Surfboard Shops – Beer Garden
Live Music – Polynesian Dancing – Great Food
Healthy Living Demonstrations
Classic Longboard Exhibit – and MORE!
What to expect from this Festival? Check out this video we found from a few years back.
Where:Pines Park 34941 Camino Capistrano Dana Point, California 92629
VFW Post 9934 and the City of Dana Point will present a beautiful Memorial Day Service in Pines Park honoring the sacrifices made by our nation to earn our freedom. A special part of this program is the "Boots and Rifle" ceremony conducted by officers of Post 9934, and the bugle call, TAPS. We will also be honoring all of the women who have served our country, or supported our active duty personnel and veterans. For more information contact www.vfwpost9934.org.
The Downtown Business Association is hosting their 24th Annual Car Show in downtown San Clemente on Avenida Del Mar. The show is free to the public and boasts 300 quality show cars on exhibit from classic to exotic and also vintage trailers to view. This family friendly event includes live entertainment, a beer, wine & mimosa garden, food trucks, vendors, and children’s activities.
When: June 15th 2019 - 10 am-3 pm
Where: Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
Wondering about the parking situation? There will be a free shuttle bus at San Clemente High School from 9:00am-4:00pm or park at the The Outlets and use the San Clemente Trolley for a fun filled day in historical downtown San Clemente. This is a rain or shine event. For more
Mother's Day weekend in coming up next and while yes, Orange County has many many places celebrating Mom with a brunch, here's some different ideas/events happening this upcoming weekend celebrating all Mothers.
Mother's Day Fine Art Show -
Come and check out Dana Point Harbor’s Fine Art Show and Sale presented by members of Dana Point Fine Art Association.
When: Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Dana Point Harbor
Mother's Day Cruise-
Join the crew for a Two Hour Coastal Cruise aboard the Ocean Adventures Catamaran. This trip will depart Dana Point Harbor and cruise up the coastline to Laguna Beach.
Springtime is here even if we still have some clouds hovering over us. Are you looking for an event or something fun to do this weekend?
Check out or previous post on the California Wine Festival happening April 26 and 27th in Dana Point. But if wine is not your thing, here's another idea: the annual Woodie Club and Car Show at Doheny State Beach!
Woodies start lining up in the north day-use area at dawn and begin departing in the mid-afternoon. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled day!
When: April 27th 2019
Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Doheny State Beach (25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive Dana Point, CA 92629 )
If you are interested in homes that are walking distance to the many events happening in Dana Point year round, contact us!
Swarms of butterflies are invading inland sections of Southern California as a result of an unusually heavy migration of a common species making its way from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest to breed, experts say.
About 1 billion butterflies, known as Painted Ladies, are flying at speeds of 20 miles per hour in a northerly direction from the deserts of Mexico to reach breeding grounds in Oregon, according to several sources in different newspapers.
Here in Orange County we are seeing this magnificent phenomenon - and if you were wondering what was happening - well, that's that. The volume this year is definitely unusual - with many of us experiencing these swarms of butterflies these past days.
Are you ready? The 61st Annual Swallows Day Parade ( Fiesta de las Golondrinas) is coming back in a few days! This is the nation's largest non-motorized parade. It is totally organized and presented by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association. Arrive early; most street closures are by 10.00 a.m. The parade begins promptly at 11 am. The Mercado is a Street Fair and Market Place where you can eat, drink, and shop at over 100 booths. It is THE place to be after the parade! Listen and dance to the music of The Working Cowboy Band, a traditional country music band.
This event is happening rain or shine, so mark your calendar!
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Where: Downtown San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Have you bought your ticket for the California Wine Festival in Dana Point?
Wine, food, music, sea and sun. These elements create the quintessential wine tasting experience at the California Wine Festival – Orange County in Dana Point. At this sunny seaside setting, California’s best wineries pour hundreds of vintage red and white wines, complemented by dozens of the region’s top chefs and specialty food purveyors serving gourmet appetizers along with live music and an ocean view. Experience one of the California's most popular wine festivals.
There's two events to choose from:
The "Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting" where guests are invited sip on fine wines and taste a variety of delicacies at the Dana Point Yacht Club. This is an elegant resort