Top 7 Valentines Day Ideas in Orange County

Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate the month of love than with your special someone! Orange County is the perfect place to spend a romantic getaway from dreamy gondola rides to enchanting picnics with a view. We’ve listed a few incredible events and ideas we know you and your special someone will love for Valentines Day and any day!

Valentine Hike+Picnic with a View
1000 Steps Beach
31972 Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Orange County is known for its splendid views and nature strolls. Start off your day with an easy hike to A Thousand Steps Beach, and enjoy a romantic picnic with your significant other. Scope out the beach and discover tide pools and secret caves.

Facade Fun House
The Lab Anti-Mall
2930 Bristol street
Costa mesa, CA 92627

https://www.facadefunhouse.com/
Have some fun at Facade Fun House in The Lab, Costa Mesa. You and your special someone will adore this interactive exhibition where you can take hundreds of photos and post it all over social media.

Liven up with some Cuban Flare
Habana
708 Spectrum Center Drive Irvine, CA 92618
949-419-0100

https://www.restauranthabana.com/
If you love authentic Cuban food and Cuban flare, enjoy a lively and romantic meal at the Habana. It is known for their romantic atmosphere with candle-lit ambiance and delicious culinary creations.

Escape Rooms in Orange County
4245 E La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92807
714-572-1004

https://crossroadsescapegames.com/
Have a group date and be entertained rummaging your way through these escape games. Rated #1 best escape room in Orange County and Los Angeles, Cross Roads Escape Games is known for its clever and unusual themes, which your team will no doubt love.

Wine Tasting
26755 Verdugo St
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
949-481-6682

http://www.ranchocapistranowinery.com/
Time to unwind and taste some delicious wine in Orange County’s largest winery. Stocked with over 50 different offerings, you and your special someone will lose track of time delighting yourselves in the abundance of wine. Feeling a little hungry after? You’re in luck! Rancho Capistrano Winery is also home to delicious creations from Chef Adrian de La Torre. It’s no wonder this winery was named “Best Overall Restaurant” in San Juan Capistrano.

Romantic Gondola Ride
3101 West Coast Hwy #110
Newport Beach, CA 92663
855-466-3652

http://www.newportbeach.gondola.com/
Relax and make a romantic gesture by taking your significant other on a gondola ride. Create memories and float swiftly through canals and watch the beautiful horizon as the sun sets.

Valentine’s Day Garden Dinner
Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden
2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd
Unit #5
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

http://farmhouserg.com/
Indulge in this romantic getaway restaurant, nestled on over 7 acres of land in the heart of Newport Beach. You and your special someone will love the ambiance and fresh cuisine picked right out of the garden.

Orange County is not only the perfect Valentine’s Day destination, but an even better place to live! Contact The Kovacs Connection Team to learn more.

7 Ways to Get The Most out of Fall in Rancho Santa Margarita

Now don’t be scared. Yes, the wind is howling, the door is creaking and the dog is barking, but we’ve got you covered! Our team worked our way through fall in Rancho Santa Margarita to find some fun ways to spend the scariest time of the year.

Fall in Rancho Santa Margarita Means Orange:

Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm

The color orange is the star attraction at the Pumpkin City’s Pumpkin Farm. It’s for fall, it’s fun, and it’s free! We’re talking about Orange County’s largest premier Harvest Festival. Talk about a perfect outing for the family! Free admission and parking, barnyard animals in the Petting Zoo, pony rides at the Pony Corral, puppet shows, amusement rides, thousands of pumpkins..need we say more?!?

Spooktacular Fall Family Festival

Tuesday, October 31–2pm-5pm

What a great way to spend time with your younger children on Halloween afternoon. Spooktacular gives your kids a chance to trick-or-treat in a fun and safe environment. They can play on multiple inflatables and bounce houses. There is also a costume contest as well as a child and pet costume parade. Just think of the possibilities! Enjoy some refreshments and have your picture taken for your memory book. Or Facebook. Or Twitter. Or Snapchat. Or Instagram..you get the picture!

Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas

Speaking of pictures: talk about a great spot for Girls Night Out, Date Night Out, or Some Other Special Night Out! Cinepolis is a premiere movie theatre and restaurant experience. Wander in and find areas to relax, order dinner and watch a frightening movie in comfort and style. Just have your sweetie nearby so you can grab him when the movie takes a dark and scary turn!

Cismontane Brewing Co.

Regulars to Cismontane love its cozy atmosphere and excellent choice of craft brews. Seating at this smaller craft brewing company is limited: the locals recommend ordering a growler. Cismontane Brewing typically has around 8 beers on tap, and many others bottled. Grab an outside table, order a meal from the Thai restaurant next door and they’ll deliver it right to you. Sounds like a plan!

Dailys Sports Grill

College and Pro Football is king this time of year, and the NBA is just getting started. Dailys Sports Grill can scratch your itch for lots of sports to watch with multiple TVs and good pub food. Excellent weekend spot to unwind and figure out what you’re going to wear to that Halloween party!

Dunbar Brewing

This is not a place for a witch’s brew, but rather a cool spot to hear music and gather with friends around a pint. Regulars say the bar will remind you of “Cheers” where everybody knows your name, but newcomers are welcomed with open arms. There are food trucks on location that can fill up your empty tanks. The beer selection is impressive and varied.

Spa Gregorie’s Day Spa & Salon

If the ghosts and ghouls are getting on your last nerve, Spa Gregorie’s might just be the antidote for your worries. It was voted Best Day Spa by American Spa Magazine, Day Spa Magazine, City Search and SpaFinder. This is a unique retreat for women and men, where guests can escape the rigors of daily stress. So unwind in this special space. Body massages and facials await, and there are couples package deals to die for!

 

So.., even if the dog is barking, the wind is howling, and the door is creaking, you can shut the door and head out to some fall fun in OC!

Best Family Biking Trails in OC

Pump up the tires, fill your water bottles, grab your helmets and let’s hit the road! At The Kovacs Connection we know fall is the perfect time to spend with your family on two wheels. There are trails throughout OC for every athletic and skill level, but we’re concentrating on the best family biking trails! And if your wheels are in need of a tune-up, we’ve also given you some information on some of the best bike shops in OC.

Aliso and Wood Canyon Wilderness Park

This is a great trail if you’re thinking about a picnic mid-way. Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail runs 18 miles from Laguna Niguel to Whiting Ranch. You and your kids are on a trail off the road, so you’re not worrying about the traffic. The massive trees provide a ton of shade, which makes it perfect for when the kids need to stop and rest. The rest areas have historical information about OC as well.

Photo Courtesy ocparks.com

Santa Ana River Trail

This is a great trail if you are biking with younger kids. The Santa Ana River Trail stretches from Huntington Beach to Weir Canyon Road, and the trail is away from traffic and pretty level. Keeps down the “Mom, when are we going to stop?” conversations. Some added benefits are the parks that you will ride to along the way, where the family can chill for a bit and the kids take advantage of the added play time and nature centers

San Clemente Beach Trail

This trail has a bit of everything for your family. First of all, it’s gorgeous, with the trails running right along the coastline. It’s not too long, and it ends at the beach, so pack a picnic and make a day of it!

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

2301 University Drive

Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 923-2290

This is a great trail for the nature lovers in your group. The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve includes a 10-mile path called the Back Bay Loop. It’s a wide trail and takes you around the back bay area of Newport Beach. There are places to stop along the way, including a nature center, the Back Bay Science Center, and several picturesque parks.

San Diego Creek Bikeway

The San Diego Creek Trail is more than 9 miles long, and bisects the city going east-to-west.  On the western end, the trail connects with the Back Bay trail in the City of Newport Beach.  On the east end, it ends near the junction of I-405 and State Highway 133. Along the trail is easy access to parks, retail centers, neighborhoods and more, providing a welcome escape from the heart of a bustling city.

Best Bike Shops in OC

The Path Bike Shop

215 W. 1st St., #102

Tustin, CA 92780

(714) 669-0784

Rock N’ Road Cyclery

5701 Santa Ana Canyon Road

Anaheim Hills, CA 92807

(714) 998-2453

Santiago Cycling

115 Prospect Ave.

Tustin, CA 92780

(714) 544-6091

Bicycle Discovery

8800 Warner Ave.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

(714) 841-1366

Two Wheels One Planet

420 E. 17th St.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

(949) 646-7717