Old Towne Orange and Irvine Park

Orange County is known for our miles of beautiful coastline and beaches, but there’s also a lot to see inland as well.


Old Towne Orange is a great place to explore and it is only ten miles from EagleRider Newport Beach via CA-55N to Chapman Ave.

In the “Orange Circle” and up and down Glassell Ave., you will find plenty of antique malls, unique shops and lots of great restaurants and the surrounding streets are overflowing with beautiful historical homes.

Getting lost in nostalgia is easy in Old Towne Orange. It’s fun to get lost in the huge antique and consignment malls that feature all sorts of treasures from old Life magazines to record albums, comic books, jewelry, dishware, furniture, action figures and anything else you can dream up.

If you’re into 1950’s and 60’s mid-century furniture don’t miss a visit to Woody’s. Bret and Bettie Woody have an impressive collection of mid-century Danish and Heyfield Wakeman furniture for sale and can tell you anything you need to know about it.

Next door is the famous Watson’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain where you can literally step back in time and enjoy an old-fashioned hamburger lunch complete with malt or float while listening to the 1950’s jukebox.

There are lots of specialty shops in Orange that are great fun to browse. Mr. C’s Rare Records is a favorite. The selection is great here, but the prices are a bit steep. Nearby is Big Red Comics where you can find toys, games and action figures in addition to the comic books. I also recommend a stop at the Army Navy Store where you’ll find lots of great camping equipment as well as pins, patches, bumper stickers, clothing, foot ware and a selection of knives and guns.

If you want to try some of the best Cuban food in town, head over to Felix’s Continental Café. Their portions are huge and you can sit outside or in. Other great places to eat are Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen, Citrus City Grille and Bruxie’s. If you’re a vegetarian, there’s a couple of amazing places to eat. Try Rutabegorz with its laid-back, hippie vibe or Mead’s Green Door, which features a local artists’ gallery. Next door to Mead’s is a great sausage and beer joint called Linx.

If you take E. Chapman Ave all the way to Jamboree Rd, you’ll end up running into Irvine Regional Park in Santiago Canyon. This is a beautiful and sprawling park, complete with a small zoo, train rides, paddle boat rentals, horseback riding, picnic grounds and hiking trails. Well worth the extra few minute drive from Old Towne Orange.

To get back to EagleRider Newport Beach, take Jamboree to CA-405N to CA-55S, then exit at Baker St.


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