There are few places like Watson Soda Fountain & Lunch Counter left in America, and even fewer in Orange County. With formica and chrome, "Liver and Onions" on special, and red checkered tablecloths with swivel stools to match, it oozes nostalgia without even trying. Both a functioning drug store and a diner, its interior is a space so eeriely classic, so suspended in a long forgotten decade, that I half expect Andy Taylor to mosey in, saddle up at the counter, and order a slice of apple pie and a chocolate malt -- which just happens to be a specialty of the house.
The Old Town Historic district is a one-square mile area surrounding the Plaza at the intersection of Chapman Ave. and Glassel St. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and contains approximately 1,300 buildings dating back as far as the 1870s. The Plaza at the center of the district has been used as a movies stand-in for small towns in historic movies.
The elegant Orange Hill Restaurant, located in the foothills of Orange, is an upscale dining experience. It features one of Southern California's best Sunday Brunches with views all the way to the ocean.
In the Orange Circle is a quaint location with the best Cuban and Spanish food in all of Orange County with outdoor seating providing lovely views of the Plaza.
Hiking, biking, and equestrian trails around a lake and along a stream. The reservoir attracts many birds so it is an excellent spot for birdwatching.
A massive out-door shopping venue with a multi-screen movie theatre and giant indoor skate park.
Excellent sport bar with many quality pool tables.