Travel Costa Mesa Blog
Can you believe the holidays are here? They always sneak up so fast on us. Though you might be visiting Costa Mesa for a quick getaway, holiday shopping (Black Friday at South Coast Plaza, anyone?) or a business trip, you can still get the full Thanksgiving experience at a few different Costa Mesa hotels and restaurants. Here’s some places to get your turkey fix:
Martin Lawrence Galleries has 10 locations around the United States, specializing in original paintings, sculpture and limited edition graphics. With three locations in California, the gallery in Orange County is located inside South Coast Plaza. Not only providing artwork for sale and display, Martin Lawrence Galleries has also lent nearly 250 different artworks by 16 different artists to 32 different museums around the world.
Visit California is the tourism organization representing the state of California, and this year has focused on promoting foodie travel and culinary tourism. To help highlight the amazing cuisine found throughout the state, Visit California is sending the California Dream Eater on a road trip…and one of his stops was this weekend in Costa Mesa!
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What is a speakeasy? Back in the Prohibition Era, speakeasies were hidden, illicit spots that sold alcoholic beverages under the table even though they were illegal. According to Wikipedia, a newspaper in 1889 stated, “Unlicensed saloons in Pennsylvania are known as ‘speak-easies’.” They were “so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors”.
When Prohibition was ended in 1933, speakeasies in general died away. Today, we have a little different view on the speakeasy, hearkening back to a day when drinking seemed sultry, mysterious, and just a little bit dangerous. Costa Mesa has a great selection of bars and nightlife, particularly a few spots that hearken back to those early 1900 days of dark bars, red velvet couches and a well-made cocktail. Take a look at our list of speakeasy bars in Costa Mesa, in the heart of Orange County. (pc: Life Magazine)
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Ah, the taco…that perfect handheld bite of tortilla, filled with delicious meat or veggies, cheese and whatever else creative minds can throw at you. While Costa Mesa is definitely known for its abundance of amazing homestyle Mexican restaurants, you can also find upscale taco dishes that reinvent the old favorites. Best of all, it’s National Taco Day, AND Taco Tuesday combined! Take a look at 5 of our favorite taco spots in town.