Explore Land in Orange County
Horsing Around: Trail riding is a great way to see the outdoors in a leisurely fashion. Get a leg up at Country Trails and Riding School, located within Irvine Regional Park, where paths wander through chaparral, coastal live oaks, and California sycamores. Guided tours available throughout the year; a one-hour ride is $40. Country Trails, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714-538-5860, www.ctriding.com
Built into a cliff next to a footpath that leads to Little Corona Beach, the house called Crown of the Sea is nearly invisible from the street. Such modesty only amplifies the jaw-dropping effect of stepping inside the front door—a 270-degree ocean panorama through floor-to-ceiling windows.