Brea California Vacation in Southern California's Orange County


Brea, Calif.--Though not widely known or recognized as a Southern California vacation destination, Brea is better recognized to business travelers doing business in the city. Among its large corporations and clients are aerospace, oil, and banking industries that bring the business set to town.

But what we missed until we did our research is that Breaa's convenient & close location to Knott's Berry Farm and Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park, Disneyland and Downtown Disney in Anaheim, and its own shopping mall and huge movie theater complex are a few reasons you might want to stay in Brea.

With a sprinkling of hotels that offer amenities such as the Embassy Suites Made-to-Order breakfast, guests tend to travel to destinations where they can find this brand, just for the hot meal alone. Checking the hotel prices of Brea's Embassy Suites, the prices are generally lower than the Embassy Suites in Garden Grove right next to Disneyland.

Some of the fun things to see in Brea include arts and entertainment that city has invested in. Creating an environment welcoming to guests, you can attend the performing arts venue, a city-operated facility that features plays, concerts with top musical acts, and comedy shows. In addition, the city also operates an art center that annually focuses on California arts and artists.  Made in California exhibit is a juried art show and a decades-long tradition that allows resident artists to submit their works for exhibition. A very cool gift shop at the Gallery offers glass art, mixed media, ceramics and display art gifts for tourists to acquire and take home from a trip.

Where to eat: Claim Jumper serves a variety of traditional dishes, steaks, burgers, chicken and many appetizers in hearty portions. This mid-priced chain restaurant is a sure bet. BJ's Brewhouse serves up pizza and micro-brewed beers, ideal for casual faire. The Melting Pot is one of our favorites, serving fondue dishes that make for lively entertainment and sharing in a meal that's more of a social event. Other hot & tasty chain options are Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, Island Restaurant, Red Lobster, Buca di Beppo, Outback Steakhouse, Souplantation, California Pizza Kitchen and over 70 great choices ranging from Greek to Cuban.

Where to stay The Embassy Suites offers made-to-order breakfast, and all-suite accommodations. One of the more unusual Embassy Suites hotels offers an Egyptian courtyard and multi-colored koi pond. The theme is fun. Woodfin Suites also features full breakfast and all suites.

What to see: Brea Jazz Festival is an annual highlight held usually in September. offers updates on the upcoming jazz fests. During the summer there's a cool car show at Bobby McGhee's on Wednesday evenings.


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