The Real Natives of Orange County: The Definitive Nature Center Guide (South County)

Question: Is there wildlife in Orange County if we’re not talking about what comes out at night and hits the bars in Newport Beach? Most of us would be hard pressed to name more than sea gulls and squirrels. Local trees? The palm trees and eucalyptus are imports. Even the wild mustard that turns the …

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Everything’s Coming Up Wildflowers: Your Complete Guide to Orange County’s Wild Blooms

Spring is the real New Year. Everything is blooming. Colors are vivid. The air smells better. And around Orange County, you’ve probably seen unexpected pops of color on hillsides and stretches of land that are normally in an earth tones palette more suited to a reality TV celebrity dining room. We haven’t had the deluges …

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10 Beloved Orange County Hikes and Brunch Spots for the Perfect Weekend Combo

Hike and a brunch? You know you love it. Hiking in California is a universal activity. Rappers do it. Kim Kardashian does it. And I know you love brunch. Oh, how you love brunch. So everyone loves a hike-n-brunch on a sunny weekend morning, and with the weather seemingly turning a corner from its oh-so-brief winter spell, …

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The Ultimate Drives in the OC: Where and When to Take the Top Down & Cruise

When overuse of the 5 and 405 freeways give you cause to scratch your head and wonder why on earth you moved to Orange County and bought a 6-speed manual transmission convertible, it may be time to inspire yourself with the possibility of some new, scenic drives. After all, L.A. has the sit-in-traffic base covered. …

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