March 2015: Orange County’s Great Walks


10 Great Walks  Here are some of the county’s most beautiful and fascinating places to amble—by the sea, in the hills, and on neighborhood sidewalks. What’s the boundary between a walk and a hike? A walk tends to be within or adjacent to civilization, as opposed to being in the wilderness. Walks are local by nature. People outside the immediate area don’t tend to even know about them—which is why we’re telling you about 10 of the best here. You’ll also find downloadable, printable PDF guides to each of the walks, and links to the routes through the MapMyHike app.


Handmade in O.C.  They say America has outsourced its manufacturing jobs, and that we really don’t produce much here anymore. But we found some of the people in Orange County who still make high-quality things the old-fashioned way—by hand—including a silversmith, a surfboard shaper, a luthier, a leather craftsman, and a couple of guys who make furniture and custom baseball bats from wood.

Snapshot: Screenwriter Andrea Seigel  The Brown University grad takes inspiration from her childhood in Irvine for her young adult novels and screenplays. Her fourth novel, “Everybody Knows Your Name” will be released in March. “Laggies,” her first produced screenplay, came out in late 2014 and starred Keira Knightley as a twentysomething who doesn’t want to grow up.


Read our Main Course review of Social in Costa Mesa. Click here for Second Course, set in Settebello Pizzeria in Newport Coast. O.C.’s Best shows you where to get multiculti fusion cuisine, including one called Burntzilla. Warm up with a hot pot in Global Diner, and get the latest news about Pueblo, Deb Schneider, and Lyfe Restaurant in Bites.

Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 180 recommended Orange County restaurants.


Meet our Person of Interest, a Lindy hopper. Explore Marbella Plaza in San Juan Capistrano in our Neighborhood feature, and see all of our Neighborhood guides on a map here. Cuba is going to be a Perfect Getaway destination in the years ahead, so why not preview it in Miami?

Click here for our Finds page, showcasing Checks, mate! Hot Shop takes you to The Passionate Collector in Newport Beach. Plus, find out how Jonas Studios in San Clemente operates in Tastemakers.

Feature Tour a concrete Horizon House in Laguna Niguel. And this month’s On the Market features homes with roaring fireplaces.

Editor’s Letter here.
My O.C. A first-time O.C. entrepreneur details the highs and lows of starting an electric bike business at the beach, and what she learned about business, and herself, in the process.
Rituals Why do the county’s yacht clubs stage an annual “breaking of the ice” event every March to signal the start of yachting season, just like they do in colder climates? Click here.
Answer Man has tons of O.C. trivia here.

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