In this edition of Free Yourself Friday, we take you to Orange County, CA where Vaco provides expert consulting, permanent placement, executive search, and strategic staffing services.
Yes, we specialize in premier talent & solutions, but most importantly, we help people find freedom. We believe in the power of an entrepreneurial spirit, staying team focused, and a true work-life balance.
So, if you find yourself in Orange County on business or just for a visit, our local OC Vaconians have the top five places to Free Yourself in Orange County.
- Disneyland – Anaheim, CA
Disneyland lives up to the saying, “Happiest place on Earth!” It reminds me of my childhood and I appreciate how innovative Disney can be by coming up with new entertainment for all ages! In my free time, I enjoy walking around the park to embrace how Disney has brought the characters and movies to life. There’s so much to do — It has the Animation Studios where you can sketch your favorite character, or you can dance along during one of the many night parades! If you are a foodie, Disneyland is constantly coming up with new things to keep your taste buds watering whether it’s a pumpkin pie cheesecake for the fall or a new cocktail to commemorate a new Disney movie! – Marjorie Blanco, Vaco Recruiter
- Top of the World Hiking Trail – Laguna Beach, CA
Top of the World, in Laguna Beach, is a must-see if you like being outdoors. With an elevation of about 1,000 feet above sea level, visitors can see most of Orange County on a clear, cloud-free day. I personally love the various bike trails, hiking trails, and views that this location offers. In one direction you can nearly see the end of the ocean. In the other, you can see the full Santa Ana Mountain range. This park’s official name is Alta Laguna Park, but its adopted nickname has become “Top of the World,” due to the vast view from the top. – David Lemus, Recruiting Manager
Downtown Huntington Beach offers more than just the ocean, including the Pacific City Mall where you can indulge in anything from cocktails to BBQ and you can play beach volleyball. There are even events throughout the year like the Air Show from Oct. 19 to 21, the US Open of Surfing from July 28 to Aug. 5, and so many more. I love to walk on the pier, especially during sunset to see the different species of sea life or grab a beer on Main Street and dance the night away. There is something to do for everyone! – Jennifer McCasland, Managing Partner
Watch art come to life at the annual Pageant of the Masters at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. Enjoy ninety minutes of living pictures and beautiful recreations of classical and contemporary works of art. Actors and actresses do an amazing job of turning your favorite pieces into reality. Enjoy the show any evening from July 7 to Sept. 1. – Kelli Maresch, Partner
Trying to soak up every ounce of that summer fun? Head to Orange County park to enjoy the Sunset Cinema Film Series or the Summer Concert Series. Bring your own blankets and chairs to enjoy any of the 10 free outdoor concerts or the 14 free movie screenings throughout the summer. There is free parking and food and drinks are available for purchase. – Troy Navales, Recruiter