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Discover Orange County

September 24, 2000|ALLISON COHEN

Looking for a new neighborhood to explore? Here are a few suggestions, culled from recent articles. Complete articles can be accessed through the archives at

Old Town Tustin

* New generations are discovering what their elders have known all along: old-fashioned Main Streets are a wonderful way to browse and shop a weekend away. Across Southern California, historical town centers are experiencing a revival. Put Old Town Tustin at the top of your list.

Architecture dating to the 1800s, flags welcoming passersby and friendly shopkeepers make it worth a visit. Stores such as Gerda's Antiques ([714] 832-4932) have set up shop at the Jamestown Village shopping center on 500 El Camino Real. Nearby is Bruce Noland Cole Antiques and Buttons ([714] 730-5502), with more than 100,000 buttons priced from 1 cent to $1,000.

Getting there: Take the Santa Ana Freeway to the Newport Avenue exit and head north. Turn left on Main Street to El Camino Real. Old Town Tustin is bordered by the Santa Ana and Costa Mesa freeways, Newport Avenue and First Street. Park in diagonal spaces along El Camino Real or in the city lot behind Rutabegorz restaurant at 158 W. Main St.


A new Discover Orange County feature will run in the Orange County Calendar page next Sunday.

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