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ARTIC is Here

ARTIC offers Transportation in AnaheimThe Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) opened in December 2014. The center connects Metrolink, Amtrak, bus lines and taxis for convenient travel options to a variety of destinations.

In addition to a cornucopia of transportation options, ARTIC is a venue for fresh, unique dining options.

Check out this article on Better Living SoCal that Sarah wrote about ARTIC featuring a great interview with the marketing force behind the new transportation hub.

Here’s a video of the ARTIC Grand Opening Party:

The transportation hub is more than just a ticket kiosk. Great dining options await travelers as well! You can have your very own culinary adventure while you wait for your train ride out to… well, wherever!

At ARTIC you can grab a cup of gourmet coffee from The Lost Bean, the second storefront for the brand that has been so popular in its Tustin location. Enjoy some cajun creole cooking from Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking. Nosh on some oysters or just snag a beer at The Oyster Bar. If you’re in a rush, there’s also the Mission Market where you can find delicious deli meals to go as well as common convenience store snacks.

Whether taking it easy or in a hurry, there’s a convenient choice for any hungry belly and more shops are set to open later this year.

The ARTIC VIP Celebration:

The transportation facility is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in Orange County. The structure offers a gorgeous light display with oscillating colors shining through the building’s energy efficient ETFE roofing. ARTIC is a LEED certified structure, meaning that it is considered to be an environmentally friendly, sustainable structure.

Here is a cool aerial shot of the center as it was under construction:

ARTIC started off like this:

Visit and “Like” the ARTIC Facebook page and follow the ARTIC Twitter account for updates on the new.

ARTIC is located at 2626 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806.

Have you been to ARTIC? We’d love to hear what you think!

Happy travels!
-Long and Sarah, Vacation in Anaheim

Anaheim Packing District

The Anaheim Packing District is tucked within our own little historic community called the Anaheim Colony. The Packing District comprises the Packard Building, the Farmers Park and the Packing House.

Anaheim Packing District with Anaheim Packing House

The Packard Building, formerly the Packard Showroom, is home to Umami Burger and Anaheim Brewery.

The Packard Building at the Packing District Anaheim located in Downtown Anaheim
The Historic Packard Building

Umami Burger offers great hamburgers with exciting twists. Anaheim Brewery offers great beers with a dash of history. The brewery and it’s recipes date back to 1870. National Prohibition shut Anaheim Brewery down in 1920. It wasn’t until 2010 when Barbara and Greg Gerovac sought to bring the brewery back, offering fresh, local brewed beer to Anaheim residents and visitors.

The Farmer’s Park is a two-acre park sandwiched between the Packard Building and the Packing House.

Farmers Park Redwood Boardwalk
The Redwood Boardwalk at the Farmers Park

The park features a community vegetable garden, beautiful landscaping, a redwood boardwalk for leisurely strolls and even an outdoor ping pong table. Farmer’s Park hosts many events including Farmer’s Park Flicks outdoor movie nights, Annual Halloween Parade Float viewing areas, a German Christmas Market and a Sunday Farmer’s Market taking place every Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

The revitalized Packing House had its grand opening on May 31st, 2014, during which 20 culinary stores opened shop and served up their best. Each shop is unique in its offerings. From Indian food to gourmet ice cream and raw vegan juice to bulk foods and spices, this food court has your craziest cravings covered.

cappuccino from Cafecito Orgánico
A gorgeous and delicious Cafecito Orgánico cappuccino

Our favorites include Cafecito Orgánico for their cappuccinos, the Iron Press for the amazing waffle sandwiches and Pop Bar for out of this world popsicles, if you can brave a long line.

Restaurants at the Packing House open at 10:30am but you can pick up juice and coffee starting at 9:00am.

Here are some sweeping shots of the Packing District’s Packing House:

The beautiful, trendy decor and signage within the airy warehouse make for an exciting, invigorating experience, day or night. The Packing House is a great place to grab a snack, take a date, have a meal with friends or even break out the laptop and get some work done with free WiFi available.

In this video, ABC covers a bit of the history and the construction of the Packing House food hall as well as the cuisine offerings.

Packing House Grand Opening at the Anaheim Packing District in Downtown Anaheim
The Packing House had its Grand Opening May 31st, 2014

The Packing House building used to be the premier citrus processing facility in Orange County.

The old railway tracks that carried the produce from the warehouse are still there, though no longer in use. An old open-air railway car sits on the tracks now and serves as a patio and dining space for the restaurants inside, namely Adya Indian food, which has a dedicated seating area at one end.

The building is surrounded by orange trees to commemorate the Packing House’s historical significance to Orange County.

For more information, check out this article Sarah wrote on the Anaheim Packing District. Also, be sure to “Like” the Anaheim Packing District Facebook page for updates, events and general fun.

The Anaheim Packing District is located at 440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805.

 

Happy travels!

-Long and Sarah, Vacation in Anaheim

VidCon at Anaheim Convention Center

VidCon, a portmanteau of the words “Video Convention”, is the world’s largest meeting centered on the creation and consumption of internet videos. The event is held every summer at the Anaheim Convention Center.


VidCon is the product of Hank and John Green who were early entrants to the online video community. At the time of this article the Green brothers have over 500 million views.


VidCon was first held in 2010. It has grown in great leaps each year. The convention is more than just an industry conference where people can establish important business contacts. As their website states, it is also a huge celebration.


The massive event brings together industry leaders, talent, creators, fans, brands, and others. Nearby hotels book up quickly and tickets sell out even faster so it is important to plan as far ahead as possible if you want to attend VidCon.


The convention features interviews with creators, performances, live vlogging (video blogging), panels, meet-and-greets and plenty of other activities.

VidCon held at Anaheim Convention Center every yearThe people who make VidCon possible also negotiate a special Disneyland ticket price for convention goers.

Are you interested in attending VidCon but worried about the cost? Here’s an insider tip: volunteer at the convention and save some money! Volunteering can be very rewarding and allows you to help make the event a reality. You will miss some performances and panels but the savings may just make up for it. For more information visit the VidCon Volunteers page.


If you want to learn more about VidCon all you have to do is visit youtube.com, type “vidcon” into the search bar, hit enter and watch some videos. You can find anything from how to pack for the convention, to coverage of the event, fan vlogs, and more. Expect plenty of snarky humor and quick-talking.

Here’s a last bit of VidCon silly-fun:

Happy travels!

-Long and Sarah, Vacation in Anaheim