Monday, July 23, 2012

Doing #RWA12 like a local: your guide to Anaheim

While I'm not officially attending the RWA National conference this week, I will be lurking around the bar and making an appearance at the Passionate Ink party!

As a resident of the OC ("Orange County" for those outside of Southern California) I wanted to impart some knowledge about the area around the hotel!
  • For any essentials you may have forgotten, there's a Target about a mile away from the Marriott. Here are the directions:
  • You cannot come to Southern California without getting good Mexican food! I would recommend one of the following places:
    • Alertos, 0.5 miles away. Their burritos are so filling!:
    • Picantes, 3 miles away. Get their carnitas tacos!:
  • At the Anaheim Garden Walk, you can eat at Bubba Gump Shrimp, Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang's, California Pizza Kitchen, McCormick & Schmicks (for the big spender), and more:
    • The UltraLuxe Theater, offering IMAX AND a 21+ side to the theater with comfier seats, a more intimate theater, a robust menu, and alcoholic beverages--served to your movie seat!:
    •  LUSH: enough said!
    • G-Stage: like Forever 21, great for hip, trendy clothing. They have a great Plus Size section!
  • The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have home games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Friday game has fireworks afterwards! Here's the schedule.
  • The House of Blues Anaheim (at Downtown Disney) is featuring Dashboard Confessional (Thursday), Relient K (Saturday), and their weekly Gospel Brunch (Sunday). Here's the calendar.
  • Downtown Disney is a great place to catch a movie, eat, hear live music, and grab souvenirs. Parking is free for up to three hours (get your stub validated!). Heads up--this will be SWAMPED Friday and Saturday nights, so make reservations if you want to eat there on a weekend night. Directions:
  • Souvenirs and 7-11: Right up the street is a 7-11 that sells Disney sway AND just behind it on Harbor is a kitschy souvenir shop. Get your Anaheim, California, and Disney souvenirs here--it's cheaper and less crowded! Walking directions:
  • Bookstores: There's a B&N five miles away, and a couple used book stores
    • Barnes & Noble:
    • Bookman:
    • Booktown USA (be warned, the owner can be a grumpy old man):
    • Book Carnival:
  • Doughnuts: Blueberry Doughnuts have become a "thing" in SoCal, and lucky for you TWO of the best places to grab them are nearby!
    • Mel's:
    • M & M Doughnuts: 
 Hope that helps! If you're looking for anything else in particular, leave your question in the comments!


Ella Quinn said...

Thanks so much. Maybe I'll see you around.

Erin Nicholas said...

Nice guide, Sky! Makes me wish I was going to be there even MORE!

Kinsey Holley said...

Oh yeah. Me. I want to read this. I love Hawaii and Hawaii heroes and this looks like fun.