Visit Luxury Living at the California Palms Apartments Santa

The California Palms Apartment offers the quintessential California vibe with luscious landscapes, wondrous palm trees, and enough scenery to make you think the location came straight from the movies. The complex offers two swimming pools that are always in season because the weather in Santa Ana is amazing; a BBQ area (because, again, the weather is great) a fitness center and laundry area.

Since freeways are the lifeline of living in Southern California, the Palms apartments are located near the 22 and 405 freeways and only a couple of miles away from the locations best attractions from Disneyland, to Knott’s to the Convention Center. However, seeing is believing when it comes to apartment hunting, so when you are ready to fall in love with our units, contact us at (855) 584-5328 to schedule a guided tour today. We are here to serve you!!

Fun Things To Do In Santa Ana, CA

Fun Things To Do

Like most people, after the holidays you might be feeling the pinch in your bank account. The great thing is that there is plenty to do in Santa Ana this January that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. And what’s even better, you will not need to travel far from your California Palms’ apartment.

Check out the Lyon Air Museum located at 19300 Ike Jones Road where you can see plenty of WW2 memorabilia, old motorcycles and classic cars. An added plus is because it is near the airport; you can see jets taking off and landing, which kids really love. This is a great place to go in January or other cooler months because it can get pretty warm during the summer at the museum since it is located in a hangar.

January is also a great time to visit the Santa Ana Zoo because the animals are more active during the cooler weather. Go on safari or take a ride on the 50 Monkey Ferris Wheel, which salutes the Zoo’s commitment to always having at least 50 monkeys in the zoo at any given time in addition to 80 other species of animals.

How to Throw the Easiest New Year’s Eve Party Around

Parties are a lot of work, but they don’t have to be. You can try and throw the easiest party around just for your own sanity. Here are a few simple tips for hosting a wonderful, yet simple NYE party.

Games: Every party need games, so why not try a New Year’s Resolution game. Grab a few index cards and write out a phrases like, “The habit I want to end this year is ―――.” “The good deed I want to accomplish is ―――.” “The person I want to emulate is ―――.” “The skill I want to try is ―――.” Next you read the cards aloud and try to guess which people said what.

Skip the food for snacks: Not every party his to feature a full blown four course meal. Save yourself some stress and buy snacks and finger food instead. Let your guest know a meal will not be served and they’ll eat beforehand.

Get a playlist: music sets the mood for everything, so get a great NYE playlist ready. Here are a few songs to download.
Fly Me to the Moon,” Frank Sinatra
“Golden Years,” David Bowie
“It Had to Be You,” Harry Connick Jr.
“Mas Que Nada,” Sergio Mendes, featuring the Black Eyed Peas
“Night Time Is the Right Time,” Ray Charles
“Put Your Records On,” Corinne Bailey Rae
“Rock Steady,” Aretha Franklin
“Save the Last Dance for Me,” Michael Buble
“The Best Is Yet to Come,” Tony Bennett
“Twiggy Twiggy,” Pizzicato 5

Discover the Science of Gingerbread

You might not think about it, but there’s loads of science during the holidays. This December why not get your little ones into the kitchen and explore the educational world of cooking? The Discovery Cube in Santa Ana will be hosting a Science of Gingerbread event from now until the end of the year that is free with the cost of entrance into the museum.  

The fun will feature hands on science/cooking experiments, cookie decorating, gingerbread displays, and a visit from Santa Claus. The event is designed help families celebrate the holidays with educational activities to help bring families together.  Santa will not be on hand every day, so check with the Discovery Cube’s website to find out scheduling details for the next week. Have fun and enjoy your gingerbread cookies.  

Science of Gingerbread –
Now thru January 1, 2017

Discovery Cube
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Try Ritter’s Steam Kettle Kitchen in Santa Ana

Finding authentic Southern Food can be hit and miss in Southern California. The area has a host of restaurants that claim to be Southern Style, but not many hit the mark in the way that you’d expect. Luckily, Ritter’s Steam Kettle Kitchen in Santa Ana, boasts some of the best Louisiana style food around.

The home cooking restaurants serves a gumbo and sweet tea that may be the best you’ve ever had. The Bouillabaisse and beignets are two of the favorites locals typically rave about. When you are ready to try a popular spot with a mom and pop feel, stop by Ritter’s Steam Kettle Kitchen on your next night out. Your stomach will thank us. Here is a quick look at the restaurant’s information. Enjoy the food.

Ritter’s  Steam Kettle Kitchen

1421 West MacArthur Boulevard,

Santa Ana, CA

714 850 1380

Get Your Picture Taken With Santa

Getting your picture taken with Santa is one of the best parts of the holiday season. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or an adult, getting a picture is still a treat of anyone. This year Santa will be stationed at the Westfield Mall from now until Christmas Eve. Packages start in the $23 dollar range and allow for as many people who can fit into the shot. If you are looking to create new memories with your own children this Christmas, the first place to start is with a picture of Santa.

Here is a bit more information about the process. Just be sure to show up early, because the lines can be very long the closer you wait until Christmas.

Pictures with Santa
@ Westfield MainPlace
Take pictures with Santa

Monday through Saturday from 10am – 8pm
Sundays from 11am – 6pm
Nov 18 – Dec 24

Westfield MainPlace
2800 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Photo packages start at $23


Thanksgiving Side: Try a Sauteed Green Beans Mix

Vegetables can get lost in the smorgisborge of carb loaded Thanksgiving sides. Mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, stuffing and all the other classics usually push the veggies to the end of the table or off it altogether. For those that would like to add a bit of color to their Thanksgiving meal this year, why not try a simple, yet tasty sauteed green bean recipe. The dish will be a perfect, and healthy, complement to your meal. Here are the directions.


For this recipe all you really need are two ingredients: green beans and mushrooms. First blanch green beans in boiling water for a couple of minutes. Crunchy green beans taste much better than soggy ones, so don’t let them sit too long. Just enough to get a quick cook.

While the green beans are boiling, saute the mushrooms in butter or light oil with a medium flame. Cook until the mushrooms are golden brown and mix them with the blanched beans. Next add salt and pepper, toss then serve.

Have Some Night Time Entertainment at the Copper Door in Santa Ana

The Cooper Door Bar in Santa Ana is your one stop shop for entertainment in the Santa Ana area. The bar & restaurant features amazing food, tasty drinks and a full schedule of late night fun for those night owls looking to close down a location on a Friday or Saturday night. The Copper Door provides patrons a chic take on the regular bar experience with an upscale wood decor and a massive 30-foot table with benches, counters and bar stools.

Outside of the decor, the bars boast a 300-person capacity and 6,000 square feet of space perfect for those night owls looking to wasting the night away drinking and grooving to great music and a friendly atmosphere. The location hosting a various events from “birthday parties, wedding receptions, business functions, CD release parties, and fashion shows”.

Patron can also expected over 20 craft beer options and 8 signature cocktails along with exciting weekly entertainment from local bands, DJs and other community artist. The next time you are looking to stay out late, be sure to check out the The Copper Door.

Places To Exercise in and Around Santa Ana

If you are a health nut the holidays might be the most difficult time of the year to remain active and healthy. Its seems like most of us will be eating huge dinners every other week and there are only two ways to stay healthy during the holidays: by exercises or dieting. And who wants to diet and miss out on tamales, mac and cheese and all those other treats you family loves to cook? So our only option is to exercise over the next two months. Here are a few options to try near your apartment.


Rounders MMA and Boxing

1214 E 17th St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone number (714) 599-0826

If you are looking to exercise and learn a new skill Rounders MMA is a great place for beginners to start.

Mater Dei High School

1202 W Edinger Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone number (714) 754-7711

Mater Dei High School has an open track for those looking to get an evening jog in after work. Just lace up your running shoes and get going a few times a week.

Carl Thorton Park

1801 W Segerstrom Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Carl Thorton Park has a nice jogging and hiking trail for those nature lovers looking for something more than a jog.