Take Your Morning Jog Through the Lemon Orchard at Citrus Ranch Park

August 25, 2015 11:54 am

Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to jog through a grove of lemon trees every morning, but as a resident of Tustin, you are. Citrus Ranch Park is named for its lemon tree orchard, which emanates a sweet, mood-boosting scent as you stroll or run right through. Some people fill their homes with citrusy aromas in order to foster a happy atmosphere, but Citrus Ranch Park has the natural air freshener built right into the landscape.

If you have kids, however, the playground might entice them more than the lemon grove. It's spread out atop a cushy, colorful play surface that's soft enough for your kids to go barefoot (as many do). Keep a close eye while they swing toward the sky, zip down a bright orange slide, or simply scamper up and down the ramps and stairs woven throughout the jungle gym.

Citrus Ranch Park
2910 Portoia Parkway
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 573-3326

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Grab a Glass from the Bar and Get Painting at Pinot’s Palette

August 18, 2015 1:31 pm

Part wine bar, part art studio, Pinot's Palette brings the best of two worlds together for a unique date night or evening out with friends. You don't have to bother stopping for your own bottle of vino on the way to Pinot's Palette since it boasts a full bar in-house, a real perk if you're having enough trouble just getting your entire crew to commit to a meeting time. Beer, wine, and booze-free beverages are all served at the bar, so make sure to bring some extra cash to your class.

Even if you don't imbibe, you'll still walk away from Pinot's Palette with fond memories and a masterpiece. The studio's seasoned instructors lead their guests in creating cute paintings that you can have framed right on the spot and take home to hang on the wall. No matter your current level of artistic ability, the step-by-step approach at Pinot's Palette can turn you into a master of your craft in a matter of two or three hours.

Pinot's Palette
2479 Park Avenue
Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 400-9016

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5 Fast Facts About London’s Big Ben

August 11, 2015 2:24 pm

Big Ben is just a large clock to many people around the world, but to Londoners, it represents much more than that. If you’ve never hopped across the pond to visit this historical landmark, these five facts will teach you a bit about the famous Big Ben.

1. Big Ben is the clock and bell inside of Elizabeth Tower.
The name “Big Ben” used to apply to just the bell of the clock, but it has since come to indicate the clock as well.

2. The clock measures over seven feet tall.
Big Ben measures exactly 7’ 2”, and it is 8’ 8” in diameter. It weighs 13 tons.

3. The bell can be heard up to nine miles away.
It rings once every 15 minutes all day long.

4. Big Ben is the UK’s most popular tourist attraction.
It may seem surprising, but according to a survey released in 2008, the famous bell and clock surpassed even Buckingham Palace.

5. Big Ben’s bell has suffered a number of cracks.
The first bell for the tower was constructed in 1854, but it developed a four-foot long crack in 1857. The bell that is now known as Big Ben chimed for the first time in 1859. It cracked again just two months later, and it was turned so that a hammer would strike an undamaged section. The crack is still there today.

Big Ben Fast Facts [CNN]
10 Interesting Facts About London's Big Ben [Local Nomad]

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