These are some of the best places to go and do that we have found to be the best the whole family will enjoy. After weeding out the lots of substandard business’s the following is our best picks. We hope you will enjoy.
After a full day walking around Disneyland a great places to eat and relax is the Blue Bayou restaurant. It is located in the same building as the Pirates of the Caribbean river ride. Louisiana style cooking with other cuisine’s enhance the full table service in a moonlit setting as boats from Pirates of the Caribbean float past. The atmosphere is quiet and very pleasant. Along with the best Monte Cristo sandwich in California they have jambalaya and gumbo as well as specialty entrees including mahi-mahi. Make sure you make reservations early. www.disneyland.com From there go to where to eat on their web site, then park dining and scroll down to the Blue Bayou. It’s a experience to remember.
The Farmers Market (next door to the Grove) was started in 1934 and has been going strong ever since. You can find any kind of food or gift of a different nature in the Farmers Market you like. We love to go and get different kinds of lunch items and sit in one of tables in the aisles and watch the people mill around the shops and booths. You can choose from lots of different types of food to eat there or take home such as Cajun or Chinese, American Diner or authentic Middle-eastern, French crepes, sandwiches, salsa and sushi and lots more. Farmers Market restaurants and cafes supply super menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Market has around 19 grocery & specialty foods, 15 service areas (Pharmacy, Bank, news stand, key shop, etc.), a couple of clothing & accessories stores, 19 gifts & specialty shops and around 33 restaurants & beverage areas. Check out their web site at www.farmersmarketla.com. You could see celebrities walking around, we have seen many during the week and sometimes on the weekend. Off of the 10 Freeway, go north (toward Hollywood) on Fairfax Ave, turn right on Third St. and go about half a block to Grove Drive, turn left. Phone 323-933-9211
You have probably heard that Palm Springs, for the most part, is a wealthy community that only the affluent can shop, dine and spend the night. This is not only false but just the opposite. We have stayed on Palm Canyon Drive at the Shilo Inn (one of our favorites) and spent the day shopping and walking around looking at all that Palm Springs has to enjoy. Palm Canyon Drive is the main part of Palm Springs where most of the great stores and restaurants are. You can eat all manner of food in the area. We have had Mexican food sitting on the sidewalk cafe style while watching the crowds pass by. At night we like to go to one of the fine steak houses and sit outside again watching the lights and the people. Palm Springs has more then 35 golf courses (138 in the whole valley) from the east side of Palm Springs to the west side of La Quinta. La Quinta is just west of Palm Springs. You can visit the Aerial Tramway, swim in the Oasis Water Park, check out the worlds largest electrical producing windmill farm or gamble at the Vegas type casinos. Palm Springs visitors center (760) 5681441
Knott’s Berry Farm Chicken Dinner Restaurant
The chicken dinner restaurant’s menu still features the same famous chicken, biscuits, and boysenberry pie. OMG, boysenberry pie. Each dinner is made from the “just-right” plump birds and the fixin’s still include lighter-than-air buttermilk biscuits, fluffy mashed potatoes, rich chicken gravy and mouth-watering farm-fresh vegetables. The sheer goodness of the platters of piping hot chicken keeps guests coming back time after time. They always know they’ll sit down to a dinner that is an unforgettable treat, at prices that make the biggest family seem small. The menu features other items as well. These include various lunch and dinner entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches and a complete Farm breakfast featuring French toast, pancakes, and daily specials. The french toast will melt in your mouth. Buena Park (714) 220-5055
Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum
Ever want to ride on a real steam train but can’t because they are very rare and hard to find? Well, you can drive up to the Live steamers Railroad Museum in L.A. in Griffith park. The trains are real to every detail. Every Sunday they offer rides on the trains for a small donation .They are built to a 1/8 TH scale or 1/2 ” to the foot scale. When one of the steam locomotive is pulling your train, you will notice that the engine has a fire, smoke, and is actually running on steam. Our steam locomotives may be burning coal, fuel oil, or propane. The typical locomotive operates with about 100 pounds of steam pressure. Just like the full-sized engines, our steamers use lots of water and require constant maintenance and attention. The water used in the steam engines is specially treated by their water treatment system.