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.
Wine beat exercise in this study. Those who maintained moderate alcohol consumption had a greater reduction in risk of heart attacks than they did from regular physical activity. What is the take-away message for men?
There’s always something happening at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano. Though the community table brunches are on hiatus, enviro-education classes continue, and on Saturday, Nov. 8, crafters and artisans will gather for Handmade: A Maker’s Market. Expect textiles, soap, jewelry, and furniture, starting at 11 a.m. and running all day. Sounds like a […]
I recently returned from a two-week stay in the Burgundy region of France. The trip was a combination of work (recording audio interviews for GrapeRadio.com) and pleasure. Truthfully, the entire time was pleasure, which is as it should be. I’ve been to most of the French wine regions several times in the past, and one […]
Willa Porter climbs out of a silver Mustang convertible in the Dana Point Harbor parking lot and greets me with a smile. Long blond hair, bangs, all-white sweats, flirty eyelash extensions. She takes a business call in the parking lot from one of her five sons, something involving the paving company she owns. So this […]
Called Mariona, this estate is a unique melding of Mission-Mediterranean-Craftsman styles. The historic main house conforms to the craggy cliff, some 50 feet above the surf. Built between 1918 and ’21 for $100,000, its five irregularly shaped bedrooms and 4½ baths meander up and around various staircases and passageways.
I spent my first week in O.C. on a friend’s couch in an apartment on Santa Ana’s 17th Street. It was October 1985. That same week, on that same street, a Palestinian-American antidiscrimination activist named Alex Odeh opened the door of his office and set off a bomb. Odeh died in the explosion, which the […]
Sabrina Harper has performed at Segerstrom Hall before, and she remembers it fondly: The stage was “huge” and the auditorium was “enormous.” Harper, who grew up in Laguna Beach, was only 9 or 10 at the time (she can’t remember exactly), a child extra in San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” Now on the national tour of […]
If a woman is to have it all, her wardrobe needs to do it all. At least that’s what three savvy Newport Beach women believe. So last year, Leah Hundsness, 45, Libby Amelia, 30, and Lauren Gill, 32, all with long fashion and beauty resumes, founded Out Inc., a fitness and activewear line based in […]