Discover Museums

Bowers Museum: A Global Art and Culture Hub Immerse in a world of art, history, and culture. Extensive collection from pre-Columbian art to Asian artifacts. About 1 mile from our accommodations at My Cali House.

Laguna Art Museum – The Laguna Art Museum exists to engage people of all ages through art that embodies and preserves the California experience.  Consisting of over 3,600 works of art from the 19th century to the present day.  Open from 10am to 5pm Tues through Sunday.  A 30-minute drive.

Nixon Library – Voted OC’s Best Museum – Learn about Richard Nixon the man, his life, and his presidency.  Enjoy tours of Richard Nixon’s original birthplace and boyhood home.  Walk through the presidential helicopter that flew Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford to all corners of the globe.  Take in the splendor of the White House East Room.  Open every day, from 10am to 5pm.  A 20-minute drive away. 

Mission San Juan Capistrano Founded in 1776, the mission is famous for the Annual Return of the Swallows, which usually takes place in mid-March. The mission is a historic landmark, museum and gardens, welcoming over 300,000 visitors each year. In it, you’ll enjoy exhibits featuring historic and religious artifacts, rare paintings, and more. It is a monument to California’s multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage.

Amusement Parks and Gardens

Arguably, the world’s most popular amusement park. The myriad of rides, live entertainment, limitless dining options, and beautiful gardens, makes Disneyland a place to visit time after time. A 10-minute drive makes it an easy visit from the accommodations at My Cali House.

Knott’s Berry Farm Originally a working berry farm, it is now the place for thrill-rides. A day at Knott’s Berry Farm means taking on mammoth roller coasters, Old West adventures in the authentic 1800’s Ghost Town, paying tribute to California’s Hispanic roots in Fiesta Village, experiencing the Southern California beach lifestyle along the Boardwalk.

Heisler Park A linear park stretching along the bluffs on Cliff Drive from Aster Street to Diver’s Cove, in Laguna Beach. This oceanfront park has walking trails, gardens, a marine refuge with tide pools, picnic tables, barbecues, lawn bowling greens. Popular park wedding sites include a Gazebo and Monument Point. Restrooms also available. There’s a great restaurant at the end called Las Brisas. Great for sipping on Margaritas with a view.

Crescent Bay Point Park and Shaw’s Cove Just off Pacific Coast Hwy located on a bluff just before Laguna Beach. A quiet beach area providing panoramic views of the ocean and a great place for whale-watching during migration and dolphin watching year round.

Treasure Island Park – What you will experience here is a beautiful blue ocean, clean sandy beach, some rocky areas with tide pools to explore, and for a bonus, a few lazy seals to watch! Parking is tricky on weekends. The walk from the parking lot to the beaches and park area is gorgeous, right along the thousand dollars per-night rooms at the Montage Resort. It’s yours to enjoy for the cost of public parking.

Dining Delights

Gabby’s Mexican Kitchen: Creative Mexican Cuisine Savor innovative Mexican dishes using only the freshest ingredients. Gabby and her husband run this restaurant as well as CHAAK, listed below. We personally recommend this restaurant time and again, knowing that our guests always leave happy. Located at the Circle of Orange – an old town center reminiscent of the 1950’s with breweries, restaurants and shops.

CHAAK: Fusion of Flavors and Culture Experience Mayan-inspired dishes with Mediterranean, Spanish and Caribbean influences. The open-air dining room provides the perfect vibes for a romantic dinner or a dinner with friends and family.

Finneys’s Crafthouse: Great Sports Bar and Restaurant at the Circle of Orange Indulge in mouthwatering tacos and margaritas at Eduardo’s Border Grill, capturing the essence of authentic Mexican street food. Perfect for a quick, satisfying meal or a relaxed evening with friends.

Pandor Artisan Bakery and Cafe: French Bakery and Cafe It’s the best bakery outside of Paris. Go for breakfast or lunch. Bring home the best croissants and almond croissants you’ve ever had, here at Pandor. WIth four locations in Orange County, we consider it a privilege to have one here in our backyard, at the Circle of Orange.

Bear Flag Fish Co: Freshest Fish in a Relaxed Cali Setting: From their humble beginnings as local fishermen, this is a California family story for all to enjoy. Here you can buy the freshest fish in all of OC, to take come or enjoy there. We recommend at least trying their Tuna Poke and Ceviche. They have three locations and we recommend their Crystal Cove location right on Pacific Coast Hwy. (PCH as the locals call it.)

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