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Travel Costa Mesa Blog

Archive for December, 2012

Newport Beach Holiday Boat Parade

Posted on December 20, 2012 | 3:08pm

Newport Harbor was alight with sea-faring vessels of all shapes and sizes, glowing with lights and decorations for the start of the 104th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.  Each year, this Orange County tradition draws over a million viewers looking to take in the holiday spectacle.  This year’s theme is “Surf, Sand and Santa.”

Boats in the Harbor

Although the holiday parade is over one hundred years old, this year marked the first time that the start of the parade was commemorated with a firework show.   The fireworks were set off of the Balboa Pier at 6:30 pm.  The final night will also be marked by a firework show at 9 pm.  The boat parade lasts for five nights, from Wednesday, December 19 – Sunday, December 23 as Newport Harbor, Balboa Island and Newport Peninsula are illuminated with vivid lights and adorned with extensive holiday decor. Read More

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Snoopy House Returns to Costa Mesa City Hall

Posted on December 17, 2012 | 12:23pm

The Snoopy House Holiday Display returns once again to illuminate Costa Mesa City Hall during the holiday season.  The elaborate display was an east side Costa Mesa neighborhood tradition for 44 years.  Due to a home foreclosure in 2011, the Peanuts-themed display moved to the City Hall building at 77 Fair Drive, located across the street from the OC Fair & Event Center.

Costa Mesa Snoopy House

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Chef Thomas Keller Signs Copies of Bouchon Bakery at South Coast Plaza

Posted on December 12, 2012 | 11:00am

Hundreds of people anxiously waited in line to meet renowned Chef Thomas Keller and his Executive Pastry Chef Sébastien Rouxel.  The two famous chefs appeared at Williams-Sonoma at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa to sign copies of their new cookbook, Bouchon Bakery.  It was their only book signing in Orange County. Read More

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Free Holiday Events in Costa Mesa

Posted on December 7, 2012 | 11:38am

The holiday season has a tendency to quickly lighten your wallet.  Between gift shopping and traveling to see friends and family, holidays can be expensive.  Fortunately, there are some free winter events in the City of the Arts. Read More

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Craft Beer in Costa Mesa

Posted on December 4, 2012 | 10:39am

Craft beer lovers are passionate about their beverages.  From the process to consumption, little excites a true craft beer lover more than the perfectly brewed combination of water, malt, hops and yeast.   Of course, there are many more adjuncts that add to the flavor, consistency and aroma, but the four main building blocks are the simplest amalgamation of what defines beer.

There is a vast amount of beer styles that are categorized based on numerous factors.  Strength, color and ingredients all determine beer type, however, craft beers are not defined by their “style,” but by the brewery that produces the beer.  Craft beers are essentially beers that are brewed by a small, independent brewery.

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