Jesse Powell, Spring Bloom, Pt. Lobos (detail), Courtesy of the Irvine Museum
In Orange County, world-class colleges and universities, entertainment and cultural institutions augment the area’s natural beauty. Some of California’s greatest beaches are in Orange County as well as harbors, hiking trails and regional parks.
For the retail inclined, a visit to the internationally acclaimed South Coast Plaza is a real treat. Experience the lovely, outdoor Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach, perched on a rise with spectacular views of the ocean.
California’s own Impressionist movement in the late 19th/early 20th century forever preserved the rugged and windswept landscape of Orange County. Hundreds of works painted in plein air style are housed at the Irvine Museum about 5 miles from Huntington Beach. Other superb art museums nearby include the Laguna Art Museum and the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.
Orange County’s beloved Segerstrom Center for the Arts is just seven miles from the hotel, adjacent to South Coast Plaza. The Center’s 14-acre campus is home to the Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale, South Coast Repertory and is the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art.
In nearby Los Angeles you’ll enjoy access to many first class museums and libraries. The Huntington Library is the home of a fine art collection as well as Botanical Gardens. This San Marino estate of 150 acres of landscaped gardens was once the home of Henry E. Huntington, railroad and real estate developer. (Yes, the same gentleman who helped establish Huntington Beach.) Other museums include the two Getty museums, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Cultural opportunities can be found at the Los Angeles Music Center, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra), in addition to the many venues surrounding the film industry in Los Angeles.
And of course, Mickey Mouse can be found at Disneyland, just 16 miles from the hotel.