Holiday Travel Guide: Journey to the O.C.
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Aniesia Williams

Writer Aniesia Williams about to enjoy a ride courtesy of Toes On The Nose bike rental

December is filled with holidays that remind us to take in the beauty of beautifully decorated homes, to send and receive greeting cards filled with good cheer, and to share meals that have been prepared with love. We use these winter holidays to marvel at the snow and to rest by cozy fireplaces.

However, if the winter’s cold air and the possibility of snow aren’t exactly what you have in mind this holiday season, consider traveling to California’s Orange County for a change in temperature and style.

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Orange County, more popularly known as the “O.C.,” is a destination worth any plane ride or road trip. Disneyland is one of its hugest attractions, but that doesn’t detract from the miles of beautiful beaches that line the Pacific Coast and, of course, the warm and sunny weather that can improve anyone’s winter blues. If you’re looking for a winter travel vacation that reminds you of summertime, you’ll enjoy the O.C.

The 2016 Kia Sorento was my transportation around town (Photo:

The 2016 Kia Sorento was my transportation around town (Photo:

Courtesy of my 2016 Kia Sorento, I saw all four of Orange County’s four main beaches: Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and San Clemente.Each of them has their own unique charm and offerings. Now although you may think that the idea of going to a beach for a winter vacation could subdue that holiday feeling, fear not! The O.C.’s attractions and beaches offer winter wonderland themed decorations and activities minus the frigid temperature. You can still sip hot cocoa, take pictures with Santa, go caroling, sit by a fireplace, and even frolic in faux snow.

Huntington Beach, California

Huntington Beach (Photo credit: Aniesia Williams)

Santa's House O.C., California

Santa’s House (Photo credit: Aniesia Williams)

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Aniesia Williams

Aniesia Williams is an LA-based, yet global senior brand strategist and expert, multimedia journalist, and digital beast. She was recently named as one of Network Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. She brings more than a decade of experience in marketing, new media, and branding. She has provided her expertise to some of the world’s largest brands, including Ford, Samsung, Shell, Lionsgate, and the Clinton Global Initiative. As a journalist, Aniesia also writes extensively about business and luxury travel experiences. Beyond her own media platform, A Global Lifestyle, Aniesia has provided content for top publications, including Business Insider, Black Enterprise, and Ebony Magazine to name a few.