Best Dessert Spots in South Orange County

Calling those with a sweet tooth! Some of the best dessert spots in Orange County are located in local towns like San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point! Whether they’re spots you’ve heard of or not, all five of these great dessert destinations should be on your list of things to do over the next few months! After reading about them though, you might want to try all of them right now!

 

Southswell Hand Dipped Ice Cream

The first stop on your dessert tour of South Orange County should be Southswell Hand-Dipped Ice Cream in San Clemente! This unique dessert shop has only been open for a few months, but is already gaining a lot of popularity because its special approach to serving ice cream. Customers have the option between a variety of ice cream bars on a stick or a variety of ice cream floats. The ice cream bars, however are not your basic vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate… A fan favorite at the shop is called The Parent Trap which is vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, topped with Oreo cookies and peanut butter.

 

The Hive and Co.

Easy to miss, the Hive and Co is a small, boutique dessert stop in Dana Point! The bright yellow building is covered in green ivy, and the organic dessert choices are all amazing! The menu offers gluten free and dairy free options for customers to choose from. The main items on the menu are a variety of flavors of popsicles and ice cream sandwiches! Our personal favorites are the peanut butter cookie sandwich and the cookies and cream popsicle!

 

Sugar Blossom Bake Shop

            The Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in San Clemente is a great place to use for events or weddings! This bake shop offers signature treats that are perfect for large groups of people. They offer nine types of decadent cupcakes, customizable cakes, nine types of tasty cookies, well-known signature cinnamon rolls and gluten free brownie bites for those at your event with an allergy! This bake shop is used and loved by residents all over Orange County!

 

Rita’s

Home to the most popular Italian Ice across the country, Rita’s is a great spot to get a light treat after a big dinner. Rita’s offers a wide range of great Italian ice flavors as well as cream ice, gelati, misto shakes, frozen custard, blendinis, sugar-free Italian ice and even milkshakes! Rita’s is refreshing and tasty- certainly a stop on the dessert tour!

 

Lolli & Pops

Perfect for a classy birthday gift or thank you gift, Lolli & Pops is a great destination for an upscale dessert experience. Customers can choose from a wide assortment of different gift boxes, packages and treats. Any of their products pair great with a nice bottle of wine to bring to dinner parties or as host gifts! Our personal favorite from Lolli & Pops are the cookie butter truffles!

 

South Orange County is filled with more great hidden gems and fun food places! To learn more about the area, and the different cities in South Orange County get in touch with one of our agents today!

 

Things to Do in Dana Point

A quaint boating community, Dana Point is home to ocean lovers and boating enthusiasts alike. This fitness-loving community spends much of its time catching the waves on one of the nearby beaches or hiking one of the city’s trails to see breathtaking views of the area’s coastal bluffs lining the Pacific Ocean.

The friendly, involved residents take advantage of the unbeatable events happening around this coastal city year-round. From annual wine and music festivals to farmer’s markets and harbor cruises, there is never a shortage of fun things to do in Dana Point.

Year-Round Activities in Dana Point

Throughout the year, make a visit to the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and enjoy aiming for a hole-in-one at one of the Top 100 Golf Resorts in the world. This championship golf course overlooks the Pacific Ocean and features rolling hills on an 18-hole golf course.

Hop aboard a luxury catamaran for an incredible trip around Dana Point Harbor, complete with wine tastings from a local winery and a platter of delicious cheese, crackers, and fruit. The Orange County Wine Cruise offers a romantic trip around the harbor with incredible views. Guests who sign up online will receive a free bottle of wine to enjoy either during the 90-minute cruise or after the voyage has returned.

Spend your Saturday mornings strolling through the Dana Point Farmer’s Market in La Plaza Park. Choose fresh, organic produce from dozens of nearby vendors and browse through products brought by Dana Point businesses and arts & crafts vendors.

Each day, breathe into downward dog with the Dana Point yoga community as they enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Lantern Bay Park. iHeartYoga in the Park occurs at least once a day and is a donation-based class offered to all participants, including the occasional pup. Relax with the Dana Point yoga community and enjoy the city’s outdoors!

Special Events in Dana Point

In early Spring, vie for the chance to see a pod of whales migrating north for the summer at the Festival of Whales in Dana Point Harbor. The city of Dana Point celebrates this event with their Annual Street Fair, which offers food, entertainment, and an arts and crafts show supplied by over 100 local vendors.

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco, and Music Festival has now been relocated to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. Local residents take to the beach to hear heavy-metal mariachi bands while sipping on local brews and trying tasty tacos. With a ticket to this festival comes unlimited, complimentary beer tastings and the opportunity to try popular eats from local food trucks. Don’t miss out on this unique food and music festival happening each spring at Dana Point!

The Annual California Wine Festival in Dana Point offers wine, music, sea, and sun each spring. This event offers fine wines from over 35 California wineries for 600 enthusiastic guests. Get your tickets early to this popular event, because they go fast!

Each Independence Day, celebrate with the Dana Point community by making the trip to Doheny State Beach to view the annual fireworks show! Tune your radio to KSBR 88.5FM to enjoy a synchronized musical score accompanying the captivating light show. This event is something the whole family can take part in and enjoy.

The running-lovers of Dana Point gather each November for the annual Turkey Trot, known as one of America’s “most scenic runs.” This event offers a 10K, a 5K, and a kids run, all overlooking the beautiful local beaches, coves, and cliffs of the Southern California coastline. Don’t miss the famous tall ship Pilgrim as you run past the Dana Point Harbor!

During the holiday season, get in the Christmas spirit with the Annual Boat Parade of Lights happening around the Dana Point Harbor. Residents take to multiple locations to watch this popular parade; from along the waterfront at the Harbor, inside one of the cozy restaurants lining the bay, or even on one of the boats participating in the parade! This festive event occurs every December and is a favorite among residents and visitors alike.

Dana Point is unlike any community in the country. With incredible views from nearly anywhere you go in the city, to unending entertainment and activities offered at one of the city’s popular beaches or parks, the Dana Point community has something for the whole family to enjoy, no matter the time of year. For any further questions about community life in Dana Point, contact The Reed Team today!

Dining Guide to South Orange County

Whether you’re brunching on the weekend, out for lunch with the ladies or planning a fancy dinner, South Orange County has some of the best restaurants to meet your every craving, desire and atmosphere. There are so many fantastic restaurants that sometimes it can be hard to choose just one! We have tried to help guide you by picking out some of our favorite spots in the area! Some of which are just minutes away from current listings on our site!

 

South of Nick’s Mexican Kitchen + Bar

One of many popular Nick’s restaurants in the Orange County area, South of Nick’s in San Clemente holds its own charm and character compared to some of Nick’s other restaurants in the area. If you’re looking for great Mexican food in San Clemente book a reservation at Nick’s today! It’s a great place to go with a big group because the appetizers are large and the atmosphere is friendly. Large parties usually opt for the pork or vegetable empanadas as a starter, then pick off each other’s plates when everyone’s tasty entrees arrive. Some crowd favorites at South of Nick’s are the Bacon Wrapped Sonoran Dogs and the Filete Ranchero.

 

Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar

Craving scrumptious seafood? Take a stroll down to The Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar on the San Clemente Pier! The Fisherman’s flies in the freshest seafood daily to ensure you are getting top of the line cuisine! The restaurant is also a great place to go after work for drinks! They offer a sunset happy hour with discounted drinks and a view of the sunset you won’t want to miss! The Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar has any type of fish you can imagine from a bucket of steamed mussels to a king crab sandwich! The prices are reasonable and the food is certainly delicious!

 

Ellie’s Table at North Beach

Morning person? If you need that extra kick of caffeine or bite of a muffin to wake you up then head down to Ellie’s Table at North Beach! This cute and quaint café on the coast in San Clemente is a local favorite! Their motto “where happiness is made” certainly shines through in every bite of their warm, flaky croissants and fluffly quiches. The food is homemade daily, so it feels just like your mother’s kitchen cooking. Ellie’s table also caters if you want their pastries delivered to a brunch or work meeting.

 

Salt Creek Grille

With a mesquite-inspired menu to die for, the Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point is never a bad choice! Although the restaurant has two locations in Orange County, we prefer the one in Dana Point because of the stunning outdoor seating, and the proximity to the coastline. The patio is so large that it is frequently rented out for wedding receptions and large events! The Salt Creek Grille pride themselves on their outstanding “scratch cooking,” and the variety of options they offer. Some of our favorites include the Citrus Glazed Jumbo Shrimp and the Mesquite Grilled Baby Back Ribs! Frequent diners are also invited to join the Grille Club which is a rewards membership for the restaurant, and being a part of it can earn you special discounts and private events!

 

Café Mimosa

Known as the ultimate brunch spot in San Clemente, Café Mimosa prides itself on the wide variety of tasty cocktails and juices they offer as well as the hefty breakfast dishes. Grab a classic mimosa and sit on the enclosed patio or the tight indoor seating! Café Mimosa is a great place to dine at and a great place to people watch on Sundays when the Farmer’s Market fills the streets of San Clemente! One of the most popular breakfast items is the Chorizo Scramble, but if you’re leaning more towards lunch then we definitely recommend the Mimosa Burger which is packed with white cheddar, boston lettuce, tomatoes and grainy mustard aioli!

 

The Loft

One of the best, hidden gems in all of Orange County, The Loft is a fine dining restaurant enclosed in The Montage Hotel in Laguna. You’ll have a tough time deciding when to dine because The Montage offers an assortment of seven menus: Brunch, Breakfast, AM Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Bistro and PM Dessert. Our favorite time to eat at The Loft is for brunch, because the views of the coastline are unbeatable and the cocktails never hurt anyone either! The blood orange mimosa pairs perfectly with the seafood cocktail starter and apple and mascarpone crepes to satisfy that sweet tooth craving. Reservations at The Loft fill up quickly so call today to try this delightful dining experience for yourself!

 

Slapfish

Last but not least, the ever instagrammable Slapfish is a necessity on our dining guide! With locations in Brea, Irvine, Laguna, Newport Beach, San Clemente and Huntington Beach there are plenty of opportunities to get your seafood fix! A few of their menu items like the Clobster Grilled Cheese stuffed with gooey cheese and fresh crab, or the Lobster Breakfast Taco filled with Maine lobster, avocado, eggs, mozzarella, bacon and red peppers speak for themselves. To get the best impression of Slapfish head to their Instagram @slapfish.

 

Orange County is a great place to find great food, and is also a fantastic area to reside in! To look at homes in Orange County or to speak with one of our team members, give us a call today!

 

 

Top 5 Workouts in Orange County

Summer is around the corner and what better place to work on your beach body than in one of the most beautiful beach cities in Orange County, San Clemente! Explore everything from high intensity cycling classes to meditative hot yoga practice. Skip the boring gym elliptical and join one of the many fitness families waiting to begin this journey with you.

  • CycleBarn San Clemente

Trade your beach cruiser for an indoor cycling bike and join the fitness revolution. A full forty-five minutes of fat-burning cycling and choreography will leave you sore yet satisfied. You and your fitness family will move, shake, and motivate each other as your transform your body and life! Inspirational instructors and a fun variety of classes will keep your spirits high and your heart rate even higher.

372 Camino De Estrella, San Clemente, CA 92672

Studio open Monday through Sunday with classes ranging from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Learn more about the studio here.

  • Crossfit San Clemente

A workout a day keeps the doctor away and at Crossfit San Clemente every day is a different and dynamic workout. The WOD or Workout of the Day can range from endurance to strength or a combination of the two. No prior Crossfit experience? No problem, Crossfit San Clemente has a five-to-one couch-to-member ratio in all of their classes to ensure your comfort and safety. The CrossFit San Clemente staff is comprised of professional coaches with certifications including CF-L1, CF-L2, CF Endurance, USAW, POSE, CF Barbell, CF Olympic Lifting, CF Gymnastics, USAT, USATF, FMS, and ISSA. So whether you’re a Crossfit expert or completely new to the sport they’ve got you covered.

79 Via Pico Plaza, San Clemente, CA 92672

Studio open Monday through Saturday with classes ranging from 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Free introductory class

Learn more about the studio here.

  • AsanaFit San Clemente

Workout your physical health and work on your mental health with a stress cleansing hot yoga class at AsanaFit. The studio offers hot classes to strategically to maximize the purification and detoxification of your body by maintaining 105-degree heat and 40% humidity, helping you to achieve the workout you need and the serenity you deserve. They also offer cool classes to help exploration and transformation through expressive healing arts You will push yourself to new depths with the balanced blend of static postures, dynamic flows, and vinyasa movements connected to breath.

102 S Ola Vista, San Clemente, CA 92672

Studio open Monday through Sunday with classes ranging from 5:45 AM to 8:30 PM

Learn more about the studio here. 

  • Orange Theory Fitness San Clemente

If awakening your spirit isn’t in your workout regimen then let science do the work. Orange Theory Fitness San Clemente is a unique training program backed by the science of Excess Post-Experience Oxygen Consumption. Classes are designed to help members burn an estimated 500 to 1,000 calories in one sixty-minute class, but it doesn’t stop there. Due to the heart rate monitored training members can keep burning calories for up to 36 hours after class. The program targets metabolism stimulation and increases energy with upbeat music and motivational trainers to help you along the way.

802 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA 92672

Studio open Monday through Sunday with class times ranging from 5:00 AM to 7:15 PM

Free introductory class

Learn more about the studio here.

  • Pure Barre San Clemente

With 375 studios open across the country Pure Barre’s incredible results aren’t just limited to San Clemente. The Pure Barre family is so large for a reason as people from coast to coast are joining together for a killer total body workout. Utilizing the ballet barre to execute graceful routines of small, isometric movements proven is burn fat, sculpt muscles, and create long, lean physiques. Each class if full of empowered women finding the strength in themselves and encouraging it in each other.


1041 Avenida Pico a, San Clemente, CA 92673

Studio open Monday through Sunday with class times ranging from 6:00 AM to 6:45 PM

1st month of unlimited class for just $99

Learn more about the studio here.
If it does not challenge you it will not change you. Enjoy the challenge with these engaging classes and savor the positive changes they make for your mental and physical health.