Category: Lifestyle

Things to Do for Valentine’s Day in Orange County

Ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Orange County, CA!

It’s that time of year again! Roses are lining the supermarkets and there’s soon to be a mad rush to purchase heart-shaped chocolate and sweet cards. That’s right, Valentine’s Day is almost here. If you’re looking for some sweet ways to spend the day of love with your other half, take a look what you can do in Orange County.

Spend the day at the beach

The weather is warmer and there’s no better place to watch the sunset than beachside. Whether you take a sunset stroll, share a picnic or a dip in the water, Orange County has a variety of beaches with different personalities to suit everyone. Crystal Cove is great for tidepools and Laguna Beach is picturesque for a romantic walk.

Visit Disneyland

Act like kids again and visit Disneyland – a.k.a. the “happiest place on earth”. Couples with a good sense of fun can find all sorts of romance and whimsy at Disneyland, from exploring the different lands to enjoying good food.

Sample Orange County wines

If you aren’t a huge foodie or just want to enjoy a sophisticated day with your loved one, taking a tour of one of the many vineyards in Orange County is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day.

Wine and dine

Enjoy a four course Valentine’s Winemaker’s Dinner in Laguna Beach with your loved one. Enjoy fine epicurean creations paired with artisan boutique wines while listening to live music.

Try new chocolate

Visit Valenza Chocolatier’s Valentine’s Day pop up to experience sensational chocolate. There’s something for everyone at this event, including that special someone in your life.

From the team at Dean Rathbun, we hope that you and your family enjoy Valentine’s Day! Contact us for all of your home loan needs.

What We’re Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving from Our Team 

The season of giving thanks is upon us! Now is the perfect opportunity for our team at Dean Rathbun to extend a huge thank you to our clients. We are so grateful that you are part of the family and we enjoy having the opportunity to help you reach your dream house goals. It is only because of your continued support and loyalty that we can do what we love. For that, we are incredibly thankful.

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Whether you’re gathering with friends and family or helping out your local community in need, we wish you a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Orange County’s Halloween Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Local event happenings for Halloween in Orange County.

It’s that time of year again. Dig out your pumpkin candles, spooky décor, and enjoy the holiday that is Halloween. Orange County doesn’t let you miss out on any of the fun, whatever your age. Check out just a few local events that will get you in the spirit of Halloween.

Pacific Symphony presents: ‘The Wizard’s Spellbook’: October 27

Enjoy a fun and fascinating 45-minute concert designed for children ages 5 to 11. The Halloween celebration will include music from Fantasia and Harry Potter, as well as The Conductor’s Spellbook, an exciting and interactive new work by composer Paul Dooley that teaches about the instruments of the orchestra. Kids are welcome to dress up in costume, complete with a wand and broomstick! Running from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., this is a Halloween experience your little one won’t want to miss.

Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Legend of Boot Hill: October 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

Boot Hill rises from the fog for its 19th year to haunt the residence at 16 Goldenrod in Irvine, California. This is Orange County’s most elaborate yard display, and is certainly not one to be missed! It’s free to watch, but donations will be accepted and will go towards the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Spooktacular Fun Days: October 13, 14

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy traditional family-friendly fall activities such as treat town, a pumpkin patch, crafts, entertainment, inflatables, face-painting, carnival games, and much more. This is ideal for families of all ages!

The Great Park
5 Freeway and Sand Canyon

Casa Creepy: Haunted House: October 27, 28, 31

Have you ever wondered if Casa Romantica is haunted? Believe it or not, it is! Bring the whole family to this spooky event at one of the most haunted and unique houses in Orange County. Encounter ghosts, mummies, and creepy-crawlies that will surprise you around every corner.

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Haunted Trails: October 18-20

Deep in the valley, there is a special crown guarded by dragons and buried within the compound. The knights guard the castle walls, while thieves search for goods. The Haunted Trails are not for the faint-hearted – this event is not recommended for children under the age of 8. When the sun sets, the trails will open, and guides will escort groups of 10 guests through the halls and tents.

Crown Valley Community Park
29751 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, location at the entrance to the Community Park on the emergency road.

From the team at Dean Rathbun, we hope that you and your family enjoy Halloween! Contact us for all of your home loan needs.

Enjoy Your Local SOCO Farmers’ Market

Looking for local produce, crafts, and more? Head down to your SOCO farmers’ market.  

We all know there’s a lot to do in Costa Mesa, California. From the nature reserve and parks to Balboa Pier and shopping, Orange County offers a wide variety of things to do. If you’re looking for a fun Saturday activity that infuses the heart of the community with one-of-a-kind purchases, look no further than the SOCO Farmers’ Market.

If you want great prices on local seasonal fruits and vegetables, the farmers market is the place to get them. It also helps to support your community, which is a winning proposition for everyone involved. To get the best in locally-grown food, visit the SOCO Farmers’ Market. It’s open Saturdays from 9am – 2pm, and located at the SOCO Collection (3315 Hyland Ave, 92626 Costa Mesa, California.) The makings of a great meal are just waiting for you there.

Thousands of people attend the market, and you can also get homemade bread and handcrafted items there, in addition to fruits and vegetables. Special events are generally held throughout the year as well. You can also enjoy coffee shops, pastry shops, home décor, barware, kids’ clothes, and women’s fashion. The SOCO Collection is your destination for inspiration. With this farmers’ market as the anchor, your Saturdays in Costa Mesa are set!

Take the whole family for food and fun! From the team at Dean Rathbun, we hope you enjoy this market. For all of your agency resources and home loan needs, contact us today.

Don’t Miss the Costa Mesa Community Run

Join in the Costa Mesa Community Run coming September 23!

Don’t miss the 11th Annual Costa Mesa Community Run that will take place September 23, 2018, at Fairview Park. The event features one of the best 5K and 10K courses you’ll find in Southern California! The run will be fun for the whole family – so get everyone involved! What’s more, this year they are offering a new low price for the Family Fun Run. Dress up in your favorite superhero costume and run the course that is less than 1 mile.

All attendees that finish the run will receive a custom designed race t-shirt and a goodie bag loaded with great surprises.

The race promises to be bigger and better than before:

  • Start and finish inside the stadium at Estancia High School
  • Professionally timed event for accurate results
  • Unique cross-country style course
  • Enjoy the beautiful trails of Fairview Park
  • Designed tech t-shirts for every participant
  • Mostly flat and suitable for all abilities
  • Benefitting education foundations of Costa Mesa

The Costa Mesa Community Run has been able to grant nearly $150,000 to the schools of Costa Mesa. This has allowed the youth of Costa Mesa to take steps to achieve their goals and better the community. Bring your friends along for a fun day! Join your neighbors and fellow runners for one of the best races of the year.

For more information about the Costa Mesa Community Run, click here.

The Costa Mesa community is one of the best! Whether you’re looking for a quality home loan to land you your Californian dream property or a growing agency looking for connections, the team at Dean Rathbun can help. Contact us for more information!

Best Golf Courses in Palm Desert

Enjoy a game of golf? Check out these top-rated courses.

Whether you are an avid golfer or a seasonal player, you may know that nothing quite beats a Californian golf course. The lush green grass, constant sunshine, and fresh air make ideal conditions for every golfer. If you have yet to check out the top golf courses in Palm Desert, here are a few to try!

Desert Willow Golf Resort

Known to be well maintained, have good deals, and challenging enough to be fun, golfers should check out this stunning location. It’s highly rated as one of the most beautiful courses in all of Palm Springs, and this course doesn’t let you down. Complete with cactus plants and wildflowers, you can truly enjoy nature while having a round of golf. 

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club
Located in the Coachella Valley, Shadow Ridge Golf Club enjoys over 350 days of sunshine and blue skies every year. This beautiful and peaceful valley is often referred to as the “golf capital of the world” because of its ideal playing conditions and abundance of courses.

Palm Desert Country Club

Palm Desert Country Club is a premier golf club in Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley. Renowned for its wide fairways and subtle greens, the Palm Desert Golf Club appeals to golfers of all levels. The golf course and golf clubhouse have recently undergone tasteful renovations. Come play a round of golf and see why generations of golfers have hailed Palm Desert Country Club as a “must-visit” golf course

Are you looking for a home loan to land your dream home in California? If you’re interested in learning how you can get the best loan for your needs, the team at Dean Rathbun is ready to help!

Don’t Miss the 2018 OC Fair!

The OC Fair is back and it starts tomorrow! 

Are you ready for ultimate summer fun? Running from July 13th to August 12th, the OC Fair is back and bigger than ever. During the 23-day event, you can enjoy live entertainment, shop from local vendors, marvel at exhibitions, check out the competitions, and indulge in some seriously good eats.

The carnival is what you’re going for, right? There are a wide variety of rides, ranging from the Wheel, Balloon Ride, Carousel, Crazy Coaster, Galaxy Coaster, Super Slide, Zipper, and lots more! There are rides to suit people of all ages and are fun for the whole family.

This year, the 10th Annual OC Fair Fun Run 5K will be held on Sunday, August 5th at 8:00 a.m. Gather your family and friends to enjoy this run around the whole fair! Additional exhibitions include The Courtyard Wine Seminars (designed to wow your inner wine connoisseur), and city days celebrations.

Quite possibly the best line up to date is that of the exhibits. Joining us for the first time is My Fair Selfie, a pop-up palace of photo fun. Opening July 20th, don’t miss this year’s must-see exhibit. Along with culinary exhibits, garden and floral displays, crafts, visual arts, a heroes hall, and more, there is plenty to do and see!

OC Fair Hours
Wednesday-Friday: Noon – Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m. – Midnight
Monday-Tuesday: Closed

What are you waiting for? Grab your tickets here! Bring the whole family for extra summer fun.

From the team at Dean Rathbun, we hope that you and your family enjoy this special event. Contact us for all of your home loan needs.

Fun Fourth of July Events in Costa Mesa

Don’t miss these exciting July 4th local events!

There is no other celebration quite like Independence Day, falling on July 4th of every year. On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, helping to eventually form the United States. This holiday is one of the most significant national holidays in the U.S., and us Americans are only right to celebrate in style! To get involved in Costa Mesa celebrations, check out these events!

Pacific Symphony: Music of Chicago

July 4, 8:00 p.m. | Pacific Amphitheatre @ OC Fair & Event Center

Celebrate the Fourth with the music of Chicago, known as the “rock and roll band with horns.” With hits like “You’re the Inspiration,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “If You Leave Me Now,” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” you’ll be swept away by the melodies that make this band such a beloved classic. To cap off the evening, sing along to your favorite patriotic tunes as we salute our armed forces and thrill to a sizzling fireworks show. This year, parking is free!

Concert On The Green and Firework Festival 

July 4, 3:00 p.m. | Irvine High School Stadium

Hosted by the Irvine Police Association, this event is a Pyro Musical sky concert & Fireworks extravaganza! This year’s event will be featuring live music by the Derek Bordeaux Group, Professional Field Entertainers with Field Games and Activities, Bounce Houses, Raffle with Prizes & Gourmet Food Trucks (food available for purchase).

Fourth of July at Centennial Park

July 4, 4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Centennial Park, Santa Ana

The city of Santa Ana will celebrate Independence Day fireworks at 9 p.m. Celebration begins at 4 p.m. (activities end at 8 p.m.) with live music, delicious food, youth sports activities, kids jump zone, face painting, and more! Along with the fun, children will have a chance to meet important figures from American History at our annual History Walk and see a civil war cannon display. To end the festivities, a 20-minute firework finale will light up the night sky! So bring the family, a picnic, and lawn chairs, and enjoy a fun-filled evening!

4th of July Parade & Pier Festival 

July 1-4, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Multiple locations

Complete with live entertainment, exhibitors, food vendors, a parade, 5K run, and fireworks, don’t miss this spectacular event to celebrate the fourth of July.

 From the team at Dean Rathbun, we hope that you have a fun and safe fourth of July! For all of your property buying needs, get in contact with us today.