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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Style

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St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by most everyone whether you are Irish or not.  What originally started out as a feast day for the  patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, was actually a very tame holiday in Ireland when pubs even closed on March 17th.  Today, many wear green and eat, drink and be merry.

Orange County is home to some of the best Irish pubs in Southern California, so what better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day than with a traditional pub crawl.  Gather some of your friends, coworkers, or family, and enjoy a chauffeured limousine to the pubs of your choice.  Not sure what’s available in the Orange County area?  Here are a list of just some of our favorites - all of them will be fully decked out and celebrating in the traditional Irish style!

  • Branagan’s Irish Pub - This classic, traditional pub is located in the heart of downtown Fullerton.  With over 30 different beers, including many imported straight from Ireland, classic Irish menu fare such as lamb stew, and corned beef and cabbage, along with  a whiskey selection said to be the largest in the Orange county area, you won’t go wrong making this pub a must visit on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • The Harp Inn - Calling itself the “most authentic Irish pub in Orange County,” the Harp Inn is tucked away in downtown Costa Mesa.  Offering music, hearty pub food (bangers anyone?), a variety of Irish beers naturally and much more, this 20 year old establishment has an energetic atmosphere that truly knows how to celebrate its Irish heritage.
  • Silky Sullivan’s Restaurant and Irish Pub - named for Silky Sullivan (1955-1977) which has been called the greatest “come from behind” stretch runner in horse racing history, this iconic restaurant and bar was voted best Irish Pub in Orange County by CitySearch.  Established 28 years ago, here you will find spirits,  a wide selection of beers, a varied menu, music and dancing.  Located in the old Fountain Valley Post Office, add this to your St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl.
  • Muldoon’s Irish Pub - Located in Newport Beach, this one of a kind Irish pub opened its ivy covered doors in 1974.  While Muldoon’s boasts two distinct pubs, outdoor patio and quaint dining room, it’s ambiance is pure Ireland.  With music, fireplace, great food from the motherland, as well as amazing drinks not to mention a wide selection of Irish beers, this popular spot will be packed this St. Patrick’s Day with those seeking a truly memorable celebration.  
  • Malarky’s Irish Pub - With their motto, “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met,” by William Butler Yeats, Malarky’s is a festive Irish pub that offers great fun year round, but particularly on St. Patrick’s Day.  In the past, they have had bagpipers walk the tables while guests toast with their whiskey, green beer or their favorite beverage.  A few years ago Malarky’s went under new ownership and did some redecorating, including installing a traditional copper bar.  

How else can you heighten your Irish pub crawl this St. Patrick’s Day?  Make sure you and your guests are decked out in your green attire, and make a playlist of traditional Irish party music to listen in your reserved limousine.  Here are some songs worth downloading:

  • Whiskey in a Jar by The Dubliners.  
  • Finnegan’s Wake by Christy Moore
  • When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
  • Whiskey’s Bailey’s Guinness - BarleyJuice
  • Drink It Up Men - The Dubliners
  • Beer, Beer, Beer - The Clancy Brothers
  • Dicey Riley - The Dublin City Ramblers
  • The Rocky Road To Dublin - The High Kings

Finally, and with any special event, leave the driving to the professionals.  Let The Perfect Limo pick you up at your destination, and get you safely home.  Without a doubt, St. Patrick’s Day should be enjoyed as it is intended, celebrating with good friends in a comfortable environment.

Attractions in Southern California that are Inexpensive

For some, the thought of renting a limousine may appear out of reach.  However, with so many free and inexpensive attractions in Southern California, hiring a chauffeured car can not only be within your budget, it also can enhance any celebration.  Whether celebrating a child’s birthday, anniversary, or any other special event, here is inspiration on some of the best things to do to give your overall budget a rest.

  • Griffith Park - Los Angeles.  With the huge success of the Academy Award nominated movie, La La Land, hire a limousine and take your date to Griffith Park at Mount Hollywood, the location of one of the most talked about and romantic scenes in the movie.  While we are not giving out any spoilers, here you can hike through the wooded canyons, view the historic miniature train rides, the circa 1925 carousel, the Museum of the American West and most of all, Griffith Observatory. You can even picnic among the magnificent landscaping.  All are either low cost or free!
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, Segerstrom Center of the Arts - Orange County.  Do you have a music aficionado that you would love to treat to a concert? Fortunately, these two venues frequently offer free or inexpensive tickets.  At the Walt Disney Concert Hall, consider taking a docent led, free tour inside and throughout the gardens. Every season at Disney Hall, there are approximately 60 productions that offer $20 tickets, with two the limit.  At Segerstrom Center, you can also find attractions and some children productions, starting at $10 per ticket as well.  
  • Getty Museum - Los Angeles.  Admission to the Getty Museum is always free, and this is an ideal and inexpensive way to spend the day for those that love spectacular architecture design, beautiful gardens, panoramic views of Los Angeles and some of the most revered art in the world.  Situated on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains on 110 sprawling acres, here you can take tours, dine and soak in the atmosphere.  
  • Tour John Wayne Airport - Orange County.  Do you have a child in your family that is fascinated with airplanes and flying?  Take your pilot to be on a guided tour (many are private pilots, teachers and executives who donate their time), and enjoy a grand tour with explanations on how planes fly, historical photos, the Wright Brother’s flights, flight display monitors, and more.  The last stop offers an area where you can view planes taking off and landing.  
  • A Day At Laguna Beach - Laguna Beach.  There is so much to do in this exclusive coastal Orange County town that cost absolutely nothing, such as a visit to the Woods Cove Tide Pools, where you will see a variety of marine life.  Enjoy the numerous attractions and art galleries that have seen world wide recognition and feature traditional fine art, contemporary, pottery, sculpture and so much more. Enjoy a picnic at one of their many parks, some of the most popular being Crystal Cove and Heisler Park.  If you are a wine aficionado, visit the Laguna Canyon Winery, where they have daily wine tastings (closed on Mondays) at no charge.  
  • Ice Skating - The Rinks Anaheim: With public skating admission at $11 for adults, and $7 for children, (add $4 more for rentals), here is an inexpensive way to have fun.  Added attractions include AI Nights! Every public skating session on Friday and Saturday nights, from 9;30-11:30 will feature modern dance like music and lighting. Check the website for additional information.

Spending a fortune on special events or celebrations is not necessary in order to have fun.  It’s sometimes the extra features you include that make a difference.  Personalizing your limousine experience can create lasting memories! Add balloons, your favorite beverages and food! From a cost standpoint, a limousine is less expensive than you may think, especially if you are enjoying any of the trips mentioned above, or creating your own affordable getaway or party.  So take advantage of all the low cost attractions Orange County and the surrounding areas offer, and sit back and enjoy the ride with The Perfect Limo.

Valentine Day Couple Ideas that are Unique

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Charles Schultz, best known for creating Charlie Brown,  was once quoted as saying, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”  While Valentine’s Day is awash with  heart shaped candy boxes and florists who work overtime to keep up with the demand of bouquets, sometimes it’s necessary to think outside the box when February 14th approaches.  You can never go wrong with the traditional gifts of chocolates and flowers, but for those looking to spice it up, or want some fresh ideas, here are some unique couple ideas for this very special day.

Picnic on the Beach:  Living in Orange County, our weather can be gorgeous on Valentine’s Day.  Gather some of your favorite food and beverages in a traditional style picnic basket, grab a few blankets, and watch the sunset on one of our many beautiful beaches.  This is a great excuse to get cozy!

Nostalgic Tour:  This is very popular for couples! Rent a limousine, bring a playlist of your favorite, meaningful songs (such as the first song you danced to, first concert you went to as a couple, your wedding dance, etc.) add your favorite drinks and appetizers and take a romantic drive to spots that have meant something to both of you.  Maybe drive by the place you met? Perhaps your first date? The place you were married? The hospital where your children were born?  This nostalgic drive can be whatever you want it to be! Another spin on this date?  Make it a Scavenger Hunt! Great idea for those planning to propose!

Surprise Date:  Surprise your Valentine by picking him/her up from work in a limousine stocked with your favorite snacks and drinks.  Head to a movie your date has wanted to see, or a restaurant that has been difficult to get into (make reservations now!), or whatever it is that your significant other has wanted to do, but keeps putting off.  It’s a win win for everyone!

Helicopter Ride:  There are several Orange County helicopter companies that offer a variety of tours.  Perhaps an Orange County Beach Tour? Some companies, such as OC Helicopters offers a unique Heli-Dine-N-Dash, a helicopter ride over the Orange County coastline and then arrive at a secluded five star dining experience.  

Cooking Class: Does your Valentine enjoy cooking? Maybe he or she wants to learn to prepare a gourmet meal, or simply experience something new? Take a cooking class together!  Orange County offers many excellent cooking classes, such as Hipcooks that provides hands on cooking classes for the novice or the pro.  Several romantic themed classes are scheduled for the week of Valentines, but reservations are required.

Sur la Table in Newport Beach, and Le Gourmet Culinary are just a few of the other excellent locales in the Orange County area that are extremely popular.

Craft Beer Tour:  The craft beer industry is exploding.  While virtually unknown ten years ago, today, it’s a worldwide phenomenon.  If your Valentine is an avid beer connoisseur, then indulge in a craft beer tour.  With several breweries in Orange County, such as Legends Craft Brewery, Noble Ale Works and Backstreet Brewing in Anaheim, or Barley Forge in Costa Mesa, Four Sons in Huntington Beach and  Cismontane in Santa Ana, rent a full service limousine and tour your favorites or some new breweries for a special and safe date.

Couples Massage: Some of the greatest and most luxurious spas are here in Orange County. Enjoy a Couples Massage at the renowned The Spa at Laguna Cliffs in Dana Point which offers a soothing 60 minute massage of your choice, plus 30 minutes of private time in the Romantic Suite, complete with champagne and chocolate delights.  Another popular choice is the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. Situated in a Spanish style estate they offer wonderful spa packages. swimming and cabana rentals as well.

Naturally, to make your Valentine’s Day even more special, reserving your private limousine today can ensure that you are taking your celebration up a notch.  There is no need to worry about traffic, parking or other nuisances that can take put a negative spin on a day where the focus is on one thing and one thing only: showing the person that means the most to you, how much you care.

Discover Orange County’s Best Breweries

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There is no doubt that Orange County has some of the best craft breweries anywhere.  While home to many gastropubs, including both inland and near the beach, arriving safely is all important. Booking a limousine for your craft beer tour is certainly the way to go. Here, we can map out your travel offer, let you enjoy the experience with your guests and not people you don’t know, and get you to your destinations with a professional chauffeur.

Here are just a few of the breweries that we love and recommend.  This is a popular way to celebrate birthdays, office parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, anniversaries, or simply surprising your craft beer aficionado with a day experiencing the best Orange County has to offer. So grab your growler and book your brew crawl!

Bruery Terreux

This is a boutique craft brewery located in Anaheim. According to their website, they specialize in “farmhouse style, wild and sour ales.” Rustic, yet traditional, here you can enjoy their Tasting Room, which offers up to 24 beers on tap either available by the glass or by the flight. Food trucks have a dedicated spot near the outdoor seating area, making it convenient to enjoy some incredible food while sampling a beer….or three!  Tours are held on weekends and can be booked via their website. Also, you will find a Calendar of Events that indicate what is happening at the brewery as well as what food trucks will be available. Note: It appears that food carts are not there every day, so check ahead.

Tasting Room:  1174 N. Grove St., Anaheim, CA  92806  Phone: 714-996-6258

Barley Forge

Located near South Coast Plaza, Barley Forge is a top rated brewery (voted Best Brewery in 2015 by OC Weekly) that focuses on Belgian, West Coast and German-style beers. Open seven days a week, here you can taste award winning craft beers, by flight or by the glass,  at their very impressive tasting room. With a full kitchen and eclectic menu, you can imbibe a few of their classic favorites, such as Grandpa Tractor, The Patsy, One Louder and a host of seasonal beers.  Barley Forge has special events as well, such as Tuesday Night Trivia, and Thursday Night Jazz, but be sure to check beforehand as schedules are subject to change.

Tasting Room:  2957 Randolph Ave., Costa Mesa, CA  92626  Phone:  714-641-2084

Four Sons Brewing

Family owned and operated, Four Sons Brewing tasting room is located in Huntington Beach.  At just two years old, this brewery offers some of the best beers around.  This is the place to go if you simply want to indulge in carefully crafted beers. Like other breweries, they have no real menu, but excellent food trucks (check ahead to confirm).  Located in an industrial style building, the tasting room is extremely popular, offering flights or by the glass. Their website features what beers they will be pouring, but popular choices include The Great One, an Imperial IPA, The Coco, a coconut amber, and Nightmare on Gothard Street, a chocolate coffee stout.  Seasonal beers are available as well.

Tasting Room:  18421 Gothard Street, #100,  Huntington Beach, CA 92648  714-584-7501

Noble Ale Works

Located in Anaheim near Angels Stadium, this microbrewery has a tasting room that offers twenty draught beer faucets, a hand pumped cask beer engine and great views of the brewery. Extremely popular, and moving to bigger digs soon, Noble Ale Works has an impressive beer menu, with Naughty Sauce being a favorite of the locals. If you are hungry, food carts are usually parked just outside. This is the perfect spot to meet before an Angel game, and as your designated driver, we can get you home safely.

Tasting  Room:  1621 South Sinclair, Ste. B, Anaheim, CA  92806   714-634-2739

Bottle Logic Brewing

Truly a unique experience, Bottle Logic Brewing offers exclusive beers in a one of a kind setting. Always hosting fun events and releasing exclusive beers, this is usually a “must stop” on most Orange County craft beer tours.  As with many breweries, the area’s most popular food trucks are parked outside to pair with your favorite beer. Note that they are currently expanding their tasting room due to their popularity. Some beers that may be on the tasting menu include Razz Berry Red IPA, Elevation Change. Recursion 9.0, and Neighbor of the Beast.

Tasting Room:  1072 N. Armando St., Anaheim, CA 92806  Phone:  714-660-2537

Bootlegger's Brewery

A favorite for years, Bootlegger's Brewery is well known for its seasonal releases, Located in downtown Fullerton they offer beer by the pint or half pint, shirts, pint glasses and growlers. Their motto is “Drink Fresh, Drink Local.” While no food is served, you are permitted to bring outside food into the tasting room. Popular drinks include Palomino Pale Ale, Rustic Rye IPA, Black Phoenix and the infamous Knuckle Sandwich, a double IPA that packs a punch.

Tasting Room:  130 S. Highland Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832  Phone:  714-871-2337

It is always a good idea to check with breweries beforehand to confirm events, food trucks, beer menu, and hours.  And don't forget to call PTL Executive to check availability for your upcoming event.