Day Trip From Los Angeles California!
A Southern California day trip to Old Towne Orange Ca. One of the short and fun day trips from Los Angeles that your whole family will like.
Established in 1871, the City of Orange is one of the most historic cities in Orange County California.
I recommend Old Towne Orange as one of the great Southern California day trips from Los Angeles, because the Old Towne has one of the best walking districts in Southern California.
In just one square mile, there are more than 100 antique dealers, along with one of a kind restaurants, tearooms, art galleries, boutiques and a charming central plaza that was created in the late 1800′s.
The central plaza in Old Towne has an old fashioned tiled foutain, and a rose garden. It’s a perfect spot to sit, sip coffee from a nearby cafe, and take in the view of this quaint old town in California.
One of Southern California day trips destinations that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
On this day trip to Old Towne Orange, you’ll find lots of architectural styles, including Victorian, craftsman, Mediterranean revival, and Spanish colonial building styles.
The charming surrounding residential neighborhoods have one of the largest concentration of pre-1940′s homes in Southern California.
Old Towne Orange could easily be the setting for the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. All that’s missing is the snow.
Shopping In Old Towne Orange
You could easily spend hours at two huge antique malls here on your Southern California Day Trip to Old Towne Orange. Lots of wonderful one of kind stores and shops to browse in. We usually take at least one day trip from Los Angeles to Orange each year.
COUNTRY ROADS ANTIQUES: 201 E. Chapman Ave. Phone: 714-532-3041.
CHAPMAN ANTIQUE MALL: 201 E. Chapman Ave. Phone: 633-0388.
TONY’S ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE: You’ll find a large selection of stained glass windows, huge oak doors and beautiful chandelers. 119 N. Olive Street. Phone: 714-538-1900.
GALLERY ON GLASSELL: If you love art, and we do, this art gallery offers very fine paintings of California and the West. 115 N. Glassell Street. Phone: 714-744-9844.
BLESSINGS: We love this great shop of whimsical gifts, including candles, jewelry and unique home furnishings. 128 N. Glassell Street. Phone: 714-532-5501.
Restaurants In Old Towne Orange
I have selected four of our favorite places to eat when we take a Southern California day trip to Old Towne Orange. I am sure you will like them also. The atmosphere and food will give you a glimpse of Americana.
THE FILLING STATION: This was once a 1920′s gas station. You’ll find hearty portions of delicious food, friendly service and the best breakfast around. 201 N. Glassell Street. Phone: 714-289-9714.
WATSON’S DRUGSTORE: Built in 1899, it’s the oldest drugstore in Orange County California. It has been featured in movies and commercials. They have an authentic soda fountain with made to order shakes, malts and ice cream sodas. Order one of their fabulous hamburgers with your milk shake. 116 E. Chapman Ave. Phone: 714-633-1050.
RUTABEGARZ: Have lunch at this restaurant situated in a 1915 building that once was home to citrus farmers. They serve wonderful deluxe sandwiches and salads. They also have a great kids menu. 264 N. Glassell Street. Phone: 714-633-3260.
CITRUS CITY GRILLE: If you prefer more of a gourmet dinner, try the upscale American and California cuisine at this fine restaurant. 122 N.Glassell Street. Phone: 714-639-9600.
Driving Directions: To take this Southern California day trip to Old Towne Orange from Los Angeles, take the 1-5 freeway south. In Orange County take the 1-22 Garden Grove freeway east. Exit at Old Towne Orange. Look for the sign.