Off the Beaten Path: Speakeasies

Beginning in the 1920’s, speakeasies started as saloons that would sell alcoholic beverage during the Prohibition, as a precaution to getting raided by the police most speakeasies requires passwords to enter into the saloon. Today, the speakeasy trend is strong; most speakeasies has kept the concept of being exclusive bars requiring a password and having the decor to match the 1920’s and 1930’s theme. Here we will give you three speakeasies to check out. Federal Bar Located in an old 1920’s bank building in downtown Long Beach, Federal Bar serves as a restaurant and bar, but once entering through the old bank vault is where their exclusive speakeasy takes place. They often have DJ’s and live performers there, as well. The atmosphere and decor makes this a great speakeasy to check out. Website: lb.thefederalbar.com Address: 102 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802 Phone: 562-435-2000 The Edison   The Edison states, “(they) celebrate an era of invention and imagination - the blending of science, art, and industry.” From the architecture and decor to the food and beverages to the performances, The Edison keeps true to the Prohibition era to make for a true experience for the patrons. Website: www.edisondowntown.com Address: 108 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 213-613-0000 The Exhibition Room The Long Beach speakeasy is only accessible by going through the neighboring Roxanne’s Lounge, going into the 1940’s phone booth located by the pool tables, picking up the phone and giving the password, then the phone booth wall will open into The Exhibition Room. Once entering, it has a 40 seated person bar outfitted in old church pews....

Off the Beaten Path: Sender One Climbing, Yoga, Fitness & Funtopia

Apparently, John’s Incredible Pizza and Chuck E. Cheese kids’ birthday parties are passé. Nowadays, kids are kicking off each new year with the trendier activities like indoor rock climbing activity. Personally, I dig the trend-I was never really down for the germ-infested ball pools and arcades. In the past year, I’ve taken my 9 year-old daughter to two or three indoor rock climbing birthday parties at Sender One in Santa Ana. The kids always looked like they were having a great time and climbing looked like something I could do without hurting myself too badly. After all, I consider myself semi-athletic-ish. I mean, I was a pretty mean dodge ball player back in the day (elementary school counts, right?), and in my adult years, I’ve ran (ok, speed-walked) a couple 5k’s. So, one day, on a whim, I decided to have my own rock climbing party at Sender One with me, myself, and I. Sender One, touted as Southern California’s world-class climbing gym, is one of the biggest and tallest climbing gyms in the whole country. The gym is quite impressive and surprisingly, not daunting at all, even for a novice like myself. Sender One caters to all ages (well, 40 lb-minimum) and skill levels. They provide climbing classes for beginners as well as new routes and boulder problems every week to keep frequent climbers challenged. You can purchase day passes, packages, memberships (options, options, options!) and don’t worry about gear—they have rentals! Lastly, don’t think I didn’t take advantage of full access to their fitness facilities and yoga classes. So, if you’re looking for a good physical and...

Off The Beaten Path: Enigma Escape Rooms

If you’re like us, then once in awhile you want to go out and do something exciting for a change. It’s not always that easy in Orange County though. A few days ago we heard about a pretty cool place you guys might find interesting! So we decided to share it with you guys in this month’s segment of Off The Beaten Path: Enigma Escape Rooms The Enigma Escape Rooms are rooms that offer a unique experience for people who like challenges. An escape room is pretty much a live game where you and your friends get to try to overcome a challenge. Upon entering the room, you will receive a backstory along with the objective you must complete. All of the games are full of puzzles, clues and brainteasers so there isn’t much time for dull moments. You and your friends will be locked in this specially designed room for up to 60 minutes to see if you can complete the challenge. The minimum age limit for admission into the rooms is 14, but if your 12-13 you will be allowed in if you are accompanied by a responsible adult. You don’t need to take anything with you to play, everything you will need is provided. If you bring personal belongings, you can leave them at the reception desk or take them with you to the room. Remember not to show up drunk! Because you will NOT be allowed to participate! Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online by clicking on the book now button on the main page. Website: http://www.enigmaescaperooms.com/ If you waited too long to make an online reservation you...

Off The Beaten Path: Stargazing

Some of the best moments I’ve had by myself or past girlfriends is when I wasn’t saying anything and sometimes, when we let it, the universe speaks to us…so grab a blanket, a basket, and let mother nature happen. Here are some suggestions on how you can turn a simple night into a romantic one. When arranging a list of things to bring we suggest you pack things like wine, cheese or any easily transportable snacks, a blanket, flashlight, thermos for hot cocoa, tea, or coffee, and perhaps pack a picnic basket if you plan to stay longer. Tip* Bring a piece of red paper that you can attach to your flashlight to help you adjust your eyes for quicker night vision adaptation…. And take your trash with you, leave mother nature beautiful. Silverado, Cleveland National Forest - Tustin Area Just 7.5 miles from the lights of North Tustin, this 19th Century silver mining town is now a laid back unincorporated community with a roadside cafe and a biker bar in Silverado Canyon. Just inside the Cleveland National Forest. There are spots on either end of town where you can park without bothering the locals: a highway pullout near Silverado Creek just past the ridge at the west end of town, and the Mountain View Trail just shy of 4 miles east of town along Silverado Canyon Road. Parking at night in the Cleveland National Forest will require an Adventure Pass, so make sure you’ve got one. Address: San Diego, CA 92127, USA Facebook: www.facebook.com/clevelandnf/ Website: www.fs.usda.gov/cleveland/ Phone: 949-497-0716 Crescent Bay – Laguna Beach Area The city of Laguna...

Three Awesome Museums in So Cal

Southern California is more than just nice restaurants and beautiful people. Yes, our region is also home to some of the best artistic establishments in the world! It’s time to enjoy EVERYTHING that Southern California has to offer, starting with three awesome museums in So Cal. The Stairwell The Stairwell in Long Beach is a micro gallery located at the entrance of M.A.D.E. on 2nd Street in Long Beach. A simple staircase is transformed into a gallery of creative art pieces that transcend the normal and take you to the unique. The gallery makes a point of placing art and inspiring creative imagery in unconventional spaces. The Stairwell micro gallery is open to the public encouraging them to participate in the creative process and discovering works of art created in their very own neighborhood. International Surfing Museum Visit International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach, city to the surfers. The museum features everything surf related and has been chosen as an Icon of Orange County. The museum features exhibits, a gift store and an awesome photo gallery. The International Surfing Museum is a non-profit organization devoted to protect the past, present, influence the future of all surfing culture. Historic surfboards from legendary surfers can be seen on display. The museum has been dedicated to Duke Kahanamoku, who is regarded as the person who made the modern sport of surfing popular. Dax Gallery Dax Gallery in Costa Mesa features eclectic art done by artists you may not have heard about, but will someday. You could spend hours in this art gallery just trying to decipher what the artists are saying. The...