Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead - by Thomas Hawk - FlickrLake Arrowhead, also known as "The Alps of Southern California," is a town in the San Bernardino mountains. 

The beautiful lake is an artificial reservoir built as part of a failed commercial venture. Now it is a major tourist attraction and a recreational area. 

When visiting Lake Arrowed, you will probably end up at the Village – a retail and entertainment complex overlooking the lake. 

You can buy clothes and trinkets in the Village or even groceries. Or you can enjoy Belgian Waffles, Pizza, wine tasting, sandwiches, tea, and coffee. 

For an inexpensive meal, Mcdonald's has a large restaurant with a great view from a terrace overlooking the lake.

On summer nights, you can also catch a free summer concert. 

California Adventure Dining

Disney California Adventure - Wine Country Trattoria - by JeffChristiansen - Flickr

​California Adventure offers many dining options. You can get a quick snack from places like “Corn Dog Castle” or “Cozy Cone Motel” or you can get lunch for a casual dining place like “Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill” or “Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta”.

For an overview of California Adventure, go here.

Snacks and Casual Dining

If you are in the mood for something casual, go to “Award Wieners” where they serve delicious sausage and hotdogs.

For food truck experience, try the “Studio Catering Co.” for some corn dogs, chips or caramel popcorn.

Newport Beach

Newport Pier at SunsetNewport Beach is a vibrant coastal city in Orange County, California, renowned for its sandy beaches, piers, bike paths, malls, and diverse dining options.

The beaches in Newport are perfect for surfing, bodyboarding, bodysurfing, swimming, and fishing, offering a plethora of water activities for enthusiasts of all ages.

Beyond the beach, Newport Beach offers a variety of activities including leisurely walks along the shore, cycling, exploring local shops and eateries at the pier, family fun at the Fun Zone, and engaging in Dolphin and Whale watching tours.

Visitors can also rent boats or jet skis for a relaxing time in the bay or an adventurous day out in the ocean.

For shoppers, Fashion Island offers numerous high-end retail outlets, two food courts, and a selection of upscale restaurants.

Oxnard, CA

Oxnard - Channel Islands harborThis beach town's claim to fame is that it is the Gateway to the Channel Islands. But wait a minute, a few miles northwest of Oxnard, Ventura also claims to be the Gateway to the Channel Islands. So confusing!

But no, not really. They both have a lovely harbor with regular service to the Channel Islands, but I think Oxnard's harbor is more fun.

The channel islands harbor has an extensive canal system making it look and feel like Venice, Italy, or Venice, CA. You can even get gondola rides on those canals. 
On both sides of those canals, you can find homes with ramps, restaurants, and recreation areas. 

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Studios Orlando - Main Entrance GlobeSince its inception in June 1990, Universal Orlando has evolved into a sprawling resort encompassing two theme parks, a water park, a bustling shopping district, and multiple hotels. This entertainment powerhouse offers an immersive experience into the worlds of film and television, with thrilling rides, engaging exhibits, and captivating shows.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a recent and spectacular addition, spans across both theme parks. Passes covering both parks are essential to fully immerse yourself in the magical world of Harry Potter.

Universal Studios Orlando, the first Universal park in Florida, mirrors many of the classic rides found in its Hollywood counterpart. However, it boasts a larger footprint, featuring more rides and attractions. The park is divided into eight distinct areas encircling a large lagoon, each offering its unique set of thrills.