When you think of Anaheim, your first thought is probably about Disneyland. But Anaheim has more fun to offer than just Disneyland. Why not visit a place that can be “the happiest place on earth” for both you and the kids? Winter is the time to check out the Anaheim Colony, a quaint historic district located in Anaheim, California.
The Anaheim Historical Society hosts events throughout the year. These events highlight a variety of historical subjects. In addition, the Anaheim Historical Society hosts the occasional Historic Home Tour in order to showcase existing architectural buildings throughout Anaheim. They are definitely worth a visit to see what’s going on in Anaheim during your stay.
If you’re looking for a great place to eat, the Anaheim White House Restaurant is not only beautiful, but is also a restaurant with a heart. This restaurant serves 600 free dinners to homeless motel children each night and is the only restaurant in the world to do so. It specializes in Italian steak and seafood and is located at 887 S. Anaheim Boulevard in the Anaheim Colony. Many celebrities have eaten here, including Jimmy Carter, Danny DeVito, and Andrea Bocelli.
Tandoori Garden is a relatively new restaurant, started in 2009, that is also in the Anaheim Colony. This restaurant serves fine Indian cuisine and is also located on S. Anaheim Boulevard, at 30 S. Anaheim Boulevard. Tandoori Garden features an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $8.95 Monday through Friday and a Weekend Champagne Brunch for just $10.95.
A classy place to listen to music and have a few drinks is the Ember Café and Music Club located at 401 N. Anaheim Boulevard. On Tuesdays, the Ember Café and Music Club features salsa music and dancing. If you’d rather keep it more low-key, The Juke Joint at 735 N. Anaheim Boulevard features 5 pool tables and 20 beer taps. The Juke Joint also serves cocktails. Friday night is Ladies’ Night at The Juke Joint and there is free pool Sundays from 7 PM to close.
A fun event to do in the Anaheim Colony is its weekly Farmers’ Market on Thursdays. This market is held year-round, but will be closed December 26th and January 2nd for the holidays. The Farmers’ Market is held from noon until 7 PM. It features international foods, certified farmers, live music, and a craft fair. This event is great for both kids and adults.
To get a bit of culture from the Anaheim Colony, visit the Muzeo, an art museum located at 241 S. Anaheim Boulevard. The Muzeo hosts three traveling exhibitions yearly which are otherwise not seen in the region. The current exhibition is “Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket,” which will be going on until January 12, 2014. The Muzeo is open from 10 AM to 5 PM daily and costs just $6 for children and $10 for adults. Perhaps you would like to see the ballet. The Anaheim Ballet, at 280 E. Lincoln Ave in the Anaheim Colony, is currently performing The Nutcracker for its 27th season.
As you can see, there is much to discover in the Anaheim Colony. The next time you visit, make sure to explore the many activities, events, and restaurants available. This beautiful historic area is not to be missed!
Article written by our contributing writer: Tabitha Jean Naylor