Welcome to Orange County!

Our newest City Guide is taking us once again to California–to “The O.C.” as we’ve come to know and love it. Known for a laid-back, family-friendly vibe, Orange County has a lot going for it. Situated right on the Pacific Ocean with mountain backdrops and enviable year-round weather, not to mention boasting Disneyland and gorgeous beaches, it’s no wonder its residents wouldn’t trade in their home county for any other place in the world.  With its cool surfer culture and thousands of other ways to play, we’ve been wondering how anyone gets anything done in Orange County!

Elizabeth Street’s busy, entrepreneurial O.C. moms are certainly getting a lot done, despite the distractions. In this guide, explore the sunny paradise through the eyes of women like designer and The Real Housewives of Orange County cast member Alexis Bellino, fashion blogger Beth Jones, and author Lisi Harrison. They’ll share with you the places they enjoy with their families, such as Crescent Beach, South Coast Plaza and The Montage.

“A sense of community and appreciation for where we live is ubiquitous here. Kids are outside and in nature every day,” says Lisi Harrison, who also appreciates the feeling of safety for her children. “As a parent, I love knowing that they can’t get into too much trouble before getting busted by someone they know. It’s like there’s one of those invisible dog fences around them at all times.”

Check out our latest City Guide for a little Orange County envy or for inspiration to make it your next family trip.