Once again, Parenting OC readers have spoken — and boy, did they have a lot to say! This year’s voting in over 60 categories brought in our biggest voter response in the history of the awards; with 82,469 nods to the hard work of Orange County businesses. Voters told us their picks came from feeling a sense of community, of being welcomed when arriving kid-in-tow rather than merely being tolerated. A common theme was that of service being key in what makes a true winner.
Excellent customer experiences swayed votes toward shops, eateries, classes and venues who went a step above what was expected, and who took a personal interest in making sure the experience was memorable and that everyone in the family left feeling satisfied and well taken care of. When it comes right down to it, people are what really stand out — and the passion shown in every day interactions deserves to be celebrated.
Keep this issue throughout the year, tuck it in your kitchen drawer for inspiration on a rainy day, or a sunny day that demands to be enjoyed in the beautiful environment that we are lucky enough to live in. Venture out and enjoy the far reaches of Orange County, there’s a wealth of family fun to be had. Here’s our, or rather, your guide to the best!
By Debra Garfinkle and Sascha Zuger
Photo Research and Compiled by Bonnie Hebert