USA: The best of Orange County

Posted By Megan Singleton On October 7, 2012 @ 12:28 pm In California,USA | No Comments

If you think of Orange County like a slice of the very citrus fruit it is named after, then Irvine is the hub from which all the other segments sprawl. It's also probably California's most affordable destination to base yourself at with plenty to keep you busy in every direction. There's hiking, golfing and an award-winning farmer's market right here, and then a bunch of day trips within an easy drive. Here's what you can do...

Where to stay/eat:

I stayed at the Hyatt, Irvine. It's a AAA-rated hotel and probably most regularly used for conference delegates and business travellers. It has a lovely pool surrounded by lounge chairs for when you're not out exploring, but the restaurant 6ix Park Grill is a real find.

Have a drink outside by the fire pit and then ask Ted, chef de cuisine, to suggest his best choices. That's what we did and he was only too happy to point us in the delicious direction of scallops prepared three ways (grilled and raw served on shells with different sauces). 6ix Park Grill is also famous for its prime cuts of beef, so it would have been rude not to order a juicy steak, medium-rare! Then the piste de resistance is their secret dessert menu accessed by scanning the QR code with my phone. Very unique and a really great way to engage guests. The restaurant also prides itself on locally grown and produced food and organic and sustainable practices.