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What To Do This Summer

A mixed bag of events and activities to keep your summer full of fun. Summer in Orange County

Written By:: Alexa Erickson & Emily Villanueva Summer in Orange County
Photographed By:: Angelica Bongioanni
Styled By: Style by F.E.A
Models: Jennifer Hawkins & Sam Haiden of Brand Model and Talent

Get Stylish with Ruby Mint Towels 

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Sick of toting around the same old, boring beach towel? Amp up your style with the bold, playful and always unique designs of Ruby Mint’s signature beach towels. Meant to withstand the harsh effects of the sun, sand and ocean, these towels will not only serve as a stylish accessory, but will stay with you for multiple seasons. ruby-mint.com 

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TOUR A MICROBREWERY

Summer is beer season and San Diego is a beer city, so why not celebrate both by touring our 50 plus microbreweries? Visit the grandfathers of the scene— Karl Strauss, Stone, Mission, Coronado, Ballast Point, AleSmith—or check out the newer kids on the block like Societe, Lost Abbey, Modern Times, Pizza Port and Hess Brewing, a tiny new nano- brewery. If you can’t choose one, sign up for a tour with Brewery Tours of San Diego for an all-day, multiple-stop, brew-crawl complete with lunch, transportation and free swag. brewerytoursofsandiego.com

 

UNWIND AT SURF & SAND RESORT

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The crashing waves at Surf & Sand Resort are a soothing sensory overload. Resembling a sun-washed Mediterranean village, the resort is both a quaint and stunning shoreline stay. Stylish cabanas, comfortable chaise lounges, a scenic tile mural made by a local artist and a poolside bar make up the beachfront pool area. The resort’s signature restaurant, Splashes, pulls from both California and Mediterranean flavors to prepare topnotch dishes to guests and locals. surfandsandresort.com 

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VISIT THE VISIONARY SALK INSTITUTE

The non-profit scientific research institute founded by Polio vaccine developer John Salk ranks among the top independent institutions in the country for disease research and life sciences and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has even seen five of its scientists win Nobel prizes. salk.edu 

 

TASTE TAPAS AT IZAKAYA MASA

Has anyone ever noticed how the best food places often have the weirdest hours? It’s like the owners know their food is so good that people will wait. They must follow this tenet at Izakaya Masa, a hidden Mission Hills gem that is only open from 6pm to 1am. Its unassuming exterior is easy to overlook, but its classic Japanese tapas-style fare is impossible to forget. izakayamasa.com 

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WATCH A FLICK AT THE STONE BREW SUMMER MOVIES

Stone World Bistro & Gardens breaks out the 12-foot screen every summer for Stone Movie nights. Every Wednesday people bring their blankets and lawn chairs for a night of crowd-pleasing cinema and beer, and this year’s schedule is full of cult hits like “The Big Lebowski, ” “Fight Club, ” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” stoneworldbistro.com/ movies 

 

Take a Cruise with Pedego Electric Bikes 

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Capable of speeds up to 20 miles per hour, the ability to travel 20-30 miles on a single charge and a quiet motor, Pedego Electric Bikes are next level. Conceived in 2007, Pedego has created a line of electric bikes that combine style and function to provide an alternative form of transportation. pedegoelectricbikes.com 

SIP A DRINK AT MOHAWK BEND

The food at Echo Park’s Mohawk Bend is to die for, but the crafted cocktails could probably raise the dead. The 100-year- old Vaudeville theater- turned-gastropub is a Sunset Blvd mainstay that boasts limited edition, liquid works- of-art from mixologist Lauren Reyes. Take her barrel-aged Brave Bull, a 28-day-old mixture of IXA Organic Silver Tequila, house-made coffee liqueur and chile de arbol, or her classic Phuket, made of Bummer and Lazarus Gin, cilantro, lime juice, Thai chili and a lemongrass twist. mohawk.la 

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DINE AT THE WINERY RESTAURANT AND BAR

Overlooking the marina off of PCH, the Winery, a sister to The District location, is serving delicious drinks and eats on the water! Partners JC Clow, William Lewis and Chef Yvon Goetz have already begun a buzz surrounding their contemporary California cuisine in a sophisticated yet hip and lively environment. The Winery provides an avant-garde dining experience. thewineryrestaurant.net 

 

FEAST AT QUEENSTOWN PUBLIC HOUSE

Queenstown Public House in Little Italy is whimsically decorated by Michael- Soriano of Vin de Syrah fame (the place looks as if an Outback Steakhouse fell down the wonderland rabbit hole, complete with upside down sheep hanging from the ceiling). But even more whimsical is the menu, a hodgepodge of interesting dishes using staple kiwi ingredients. Chow down on their unconventional, interesting fare like the Bare Lil Lamb Burger (lamb patty, blue cheese, mint jelly, beetroot). queenstownpublichouse.com 

 

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