My O.C.: How to Score in Fantasy Football

It’s raining the first time I play with the Tight Ends, raining in that distinctly Southern California way where you think it might just...

Open Streets Event Coming to Garden Grove

Imagine downtown Garden Grove without cars. Now, imagine that you can casually stroll down the middle of the block, ride a bike, skateboard, or...

Summer Guide: Location Scouting

This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue.

Seven First Date Ideas in Orange County

1. Take a HikePart of Crystal Cove State Park, El Moro Canyon is an undeveloped valley east of Newport Coast that offers miles of trails leading to stunning ocean views. (All-day parking is $15.) Opt for a relatively easy 3½-mile outing, or the more arduous 8-mile trek. Afterward, treat yourselves to lunch or dinner at The Beachcomber just steps from the sea. Need other trail options? Our October “Great Hikes” issue has nine more. Check them out at orangecoast.com/hikes. Crystal Cove State Park, 871 N. Coast Highway, 949-494-3539; The Beachcomber, 15 Crystal Cove, 949-376-6900, thebeachcombercafe.com

10 Great Hikes

Cleveland National Forest: It’s long, it’s a climb, it hurts your feet, but it has amazing two-county views and loads of flowers. It’s worth it. Take Trabuco Canyon Trail through the woods with alder and large bay trees releasing their distinctive culinary fragrance.

7 Cool O.C. Summer Trails to Do With the Whole Family

Spring hikes in Orange County are a breeze, but summer outings require more planning. High temperatures, strong sunlight, dry brush, and snakes are your...

Down the Garden Path

Tourists and locals sing Laguna Beach’s praises as one of the most picturesque towns in Orange County. The coastal village is a garden spot. Roads wind through greenery, and many streets have bucolic patches tucked into staircases and other pathways that lead to the beach. Among the city’s two dozen public parks, which range from pocket-size to 7 acres, you’ll find native species, seasonal flowers, and, often, original art. Here are eight favorites.