FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kathy Anderson, Tourism Specialist
FASHION ISLAND AND IRVINE SPECTRUM CENTER OFFER
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VISITORS UNIQUE SHOPPING,
DINING & ENTERTAINMENT ENVIRONMENTS
Located in California's world-famous Orange County (The OC), Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center are two of the state's most distinctive outdoor shopping centers, welcoming millions of visitors from around the world each year. From their stunning architectural designs to their impressive retail and restaurant collections and outstanding entertainment venues and seasonal events, the centers are must-see additions to every traveler's itinerary.
As Newport Beach's premier coastal shopping experience, Fashion Island features specialty boutiques, world-class department stores and a vast array of restaurants and cafes. Offering a sophisticated, yet relaxed, atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California, the center invites discriminating travelers to discover unique shopping and dining experiences in a coastal resort setting. Views of the Pacific Ocean, iconic palm trees and flora, elegant splashing fountains, artistic sculptures, plush outdoor seating and a sparkling koi pond create the breathtaking ambiance of Fashion Island. A 45-foot, hand-carved granite obelisk fountain, Italian light fixtures and an elaborate Gazebo based on 19th century Italianate cast-iron add to the visual experience. Visitors stroll the Mediterranean-inspired paseos and courtyards to prestigious retailers and restaurants, many of which are found nowhere else in The OC.
Irvine Spectrum Center was designed as an energetic destination where visitors can shop, dine and be entertained. Known for its remarkable architecture, the center was inspired by the famous Alhambra, the 13th century citadel overlooking the city of Granada, Spain. Comprised of buildings connected by magnificent courtyards, the center features an exotic blend of classic architecture with a colorful overlay of Spanish details such as tile mosaics and elaborate carvings. Add in the property's colorful landscaping, fountains and ambient nighttime lighting and it's obvious why the center is one of The OC's most popular attractions.
Both Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center are located approximately one hour south of Los Angeles International Airport and only minutes from Orange County/John Wayne Airport, which offers over 20 non-stop flights into Southern California from throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Travelers enjoy the convenience of this award-winning regional airport, which welcomes passengers from major U.S. gateway cities including Chicago, Atlanta, Newark, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco and more. Complimentary guided tours of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal are available for visitors interested in avionics and aircraft. More information is available at www.ocair.com.
A visit to Orange County just isn't complete without enjoying the wide range of attractions, beaches and amusement parks that set the destination apart, including world-renowned Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. A variety of hotels and resorts are located in close proximity to Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center offering a wide range of services, amenities and transportation to visitors seeking to experience these shopping and dining phenomenons.
"The Irvine Company recognizes that travelers have many choices when it comes to shopping and dining while visiting Southern California," said Stacie Ellis, Senior Director of Marketing, Irvine Company Retail Properties. "We're proud to provide visitors with a distinctive collection of retailers featuring world-class designer brands and California exclusives in addition to an expansive range of restaurants from California casual to upscale, fine dining. Set in amazing outdoor environments, our centers are the epitome of the Southern California experience -- something visitors will find nowhere else in the United States," Ellis added.
Both centers offer visitors an array of exclusive offers and amenities from participating retailers and restaurants via the OC Stylish Savings program. Multilingual vouchers, which can be exchanged at each center's Guest Services Desk for OC Stylish Savings Books, are available to travel trade, hotels and attractions upon request by emailing Julie@RetailTourism.com. Vouchers are also available online at ShopFashionIsland.com or ShopIrvineSpectrumCenter.com. Pre-paid commissionable meal vouchers for groups of 12 or and shopping packages for group and leisure travelers will be available Summer 2013. Visitors are invited to avail themselves of the many other services and amenities offered through Guest Services, including information about restaurants, stores, events, local attractions, airport shuttles and taxi service. Admission tickets to Disneyland® are also available for purchase at Guest Services. Both centers offer convenient valet parking and Fashion Island provides complimentary personal shopping services as well.
About The Irvine Company
Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center are owned and managed by The Irvine Company, an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties, and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. Founded in 1864, the Irvine Company's growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California's premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America's most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated to Orange County more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County-50,000 acres-to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as "Natural Landmarks," one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.