Anaheim – Should We Visit Disney??

pool-and-clubhouseAfter a fairly short, but definitely interesting drive from Indio, we arrived in Anaheim, just as the sun was setting. We have 2 options for condos in Anaheim, both less than a mile from Disney – Worldmark Indio and Dolphin’s Cove. On a previous visit we stayed at the Worldmark, so this time we tried Dolphin’s Cove, which is a Wyndham resort.

We have visited Disney Resorts, both in Anaheim and Orlando, many times and have no doubt we will be returning with grandkids in the future. Therefore, it was rather easy to give the most obvious Anaheim attractions a miss. But, what else does this area offer??

Dolphin’s Cove Resort couldn’t be more different from the Worldmark, which is a modern high rise. The Dolphin’s Cove Resort is an older converted apartment complex; however, for just the 2 of us, it was reasonably comfortable. Our biggest challenge was the tiny kitchen, which is smaller than our RV’s kitchen.

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Pool and Clubhouse

Friends and fellow Redwood owners, Shane & Diane live a couple of miles from the resort, so we spent a few days with them. On the Friday, they suggested lunch at Yard House, which is located in Long Beach’s Shoreline Village.long-beach-ca-yard-house

When we entered and saw the bar, I was like a kid in a candy shop – they have an entire bar filled with draft beer taps. OMG, sheer paradise!

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Over 100 draft beer taps – heavenly

We requested a table on the patio overlooking the marina. On sitting down, the waitress brought each of us a food menu and the much larger beer menu. Select here for a link to the beer list. While Shane tried the samplers, I gave it my best shot trying a pint of most of their stouts/porters and IPA’s.

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View of marina & colourful shops from the patio

After enjoying lunch, Judi and Diane went for a wander around the colourful shops of Shoreline Village, while Shane and I sampled a few more beverages. Really enjoyed a great day.

Next day, Judi and Diane went out shopping, an activity that Shane and I don’t enjoy, so you guessed correctly, we found a couple of craft breweries, close to the condo. I picked Shane up and we drove to Karl Strauss Brewing, where we left the car. Although I skipped their 12.9% ABV Belgian Ale, I did enjoy a number of their strong stouts and bold IPA’s. After lunch, we walked a couple of blocks to Golden Road Brewing, where we enjoyed a couple more brews on their patio.

Judi and Diane picked us up and drove the car back to the condo, where we all enjoyed a steak dinner.

Heavy rain curtailed a couple of our planned activities, but we drove down to San Diego for a day and on the Sunday enjoyed a champagne brunch on the Queen Mary. Look for the Queen Mary post and photos in a couple of days.

 

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