Santa Ana Lifestyle: Where to Go Hiking

Hiking is a huge part of living in the Southern California area. Why live in such an amazing place if you are not going to take advantage of the wonderful amenities that come along with it? If you are a hiking novice and need a simple trail to start your exercise journey the Peters Canyon Regional Park has been called “one of the easiest hikes in OC.”

The trails are open from 7am to sunset and are free to use and enter, but parking will cost $3 to $5 depending on where you stop. The area offers 55 acres of land along with a blend of nature, water, trails and fun. Later February is the perfect time to get active during your weekends, so why not get up early and go for a hike?


Peters Canyon Regional Park

8548 E Canyon View Ave, Oran

ge, CA 92869
Phone number (714) 973-6611


Eat At Mastro’s SteakHouse For Valentine’s Day

If you are going to go out on Valentine’s Day, you might as well go for broke and have an expensive and over-the-top meal. How often do you get to treat yourself during the year? Most of the time dining out probably consists of McDonald’s and Subway for lunch? This year why not try Mastro’s Steakhouse for a great meal. The location is a fine dining experience and will cost a pretty penny, but according to reviewers it will be worth every penny as the “the steak never disappoints”.


The filet mignon and lobster are said to be delicious. However, the locations has a host of other options that even include vegan dining as well. Plates start at $60 and higher, so be ready to pay for the great services, but sometimes you just gotta spoil yourself.

Mastro’s Steakhouse

633 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone number (714) 546-7405

Santa Ana Bars: Super Bowl LI

The Atlanta Falcons are set to play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Either you are super excited or have no idea what you just read. Either way, the Super Bowl is the one event for sports and non sports fan come together to and watch the game, commercials and halftime show. It doesn’t matter why you care–maybe you’re just a Lady Gaga fan–just as long as you watch and join in the conversation later that night. If you have no where to watch the game, which takes place on Sunday, February 5th, here are two great bars showing the Super Bowl near your Santa Ana apartment.


The Fling

2370 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone number (714) 547-8972


Danny K’s Billiards & Sports Bar

1096 N Main St, Orange, CA 92867
Phone number (714) 771-9706


No matter where you choose to watch Super Bowl LI, make sure to arrive early so that you can get some great seats. Remember to invite your friends to make it an even more memorable event!

Santa Ana Events: 2017 Bull Riding Championships

Even if you aren’t necessarily into country music and or their pop culture scene, heading over to the 2017 Championship Bull Riding Bucking challenge in Santa Ana is a great way to try something new get out of your comfort zone. The Star Center will be hosting the bull riding festivities on Saturday, January 28. World Champion Bull Rider Sage Steele Kimzey will be present to defend is title and top CBR ranking (yeah, I have no idea who is he either, but he’s kind of a big deal.)

“Kimzey is fundamentally flawless, the best rider this sport has seen in 15 years,” is what the CBR says on its website. Tickets for the event cost $25 each and are still on sale and can be purchased at the door. You can also get more information by calling 888.694.4849 or visiting the Star Center website  at Have fun and enjoy the bull riding shenanigans.


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

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