A working farm, California Impressionist art, multicultural dining, and a gigantic orange balloon

By Beth Fhaner 
Westways October 2012

Irvine, a master-planned community located in the heart of Orange County, celebrated its 40th birthday in 2011. With an agricultural heritage of ranch lands and citrus groves, the 65-square-mile city of more than 220,000 residents provides 44.5 miles of off-road bicycle trails and more than 280 miles of bike lanes, along with a network of more than 50 parks. Irvine's unexpected offerings include a working farm, a wildlife sanctuary, and fine dining.

View paintings related to the Golden State at The Irvine Museum 1, which specializes in California art of the Impressionist period (1890-1930). 18881 Von Karman Avenue. 1-949-476-0294. Visit Tanaka Farms 2 to observe a working farm and participate in various seasonal farm tours, including a Pumpkin Patch Tour. 53803/4 University Drive. 1-949-653-2100. Get an acupressure foot massage, sing karaoke, and choose from more than 20 restaurants at Diamond Jamboree 3, a compact multicultural shopping center with a distinct Asian feel, even with all the English signage. 2700-2750 Alton Parkway. 1-626-285-5550.