Airports

Orange County/Santa Ana/John Wayne - SNA
The best airport to fly into for Middleware is the Orange County airport (code SNA). This airport is also called the Santa Ana airport and the John Wayne Airport. Map and Directions
Estimated taxi fare: $15 USD (one way)

Long Beach - LGB
Map and Directions
Estimated taxi fare: $45 USD (one way)


Los Angeles - LAX
Then the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Map and Directions
While it's possible to take a cab from LAX to the hotel in Newport Beach, it's probably going to cost you $100 for that. A cheaper alternative (~$45) is the shared ride vans:
http://www.lawa.org/LAX/srVans.cfm
Or you can rent a car."

Ontario - ONT
Finally there is the Ontario airport.
Map and Directions

 
Local Attractions and Tourist Information
Southern California, and Orange County in particular, is famous for its beaches, surfing, and natural beauty across the coastline (Highway 1), as well as for its upscale shopping destinations and fine dining.

Disneyland Park, the classic Disneyland amusement park, and Disneyland California Adventure, a more modern thrill-ride amusement park, are located 23 miles from the Newport Beach Marriot. Driving times vary from 20 minutes to an hour based on traffic. Here is a link to Google Maps giving directions from the conference venue to Disneyland (where both the Park and California Adventure are located). Here is a link to the park's webpage with hours, admission costs, etc.


There are many beaches in Orange County. The closest ones can be found in Newport Beach. Here is a link to information about beach facilities and conditions.


Other popular regional amusement parks include:
-- Knott's Berry Farm : Thrill Rides
-- Legoland : Family Attractions
-- Universal Studios: Hollywood themed park
-- Sea World : Water park, Sea Animal shows, Thrill Rides

Here are some more ideas for things to check out:

Beach Towns
Newport Beach: http://www.newportbeach.com and http://www.visitnewportbeach.com/playing.asp
BeachComber@Crystal Cove (Hollywood meets the ocean)
Balboa Island (go for a stroll and take the ferry to Newport Pier)
Laguna Beach (another picturesque beach town)
Huntington Beach (a surf city)

Shopping Destinations
Fashion Island: http://www.shopfashionisland.com
South Coast Plaza: http://www.southcoastplaza.com

Amusement Parks
Disneyland at Anaheim: http://disneyland.disney.go.com
Sea World at San Diego: http://www.seaworld.com/sandiego

 
Restaurants

General Lists of restaurants:
http://newportbeachdining.com/
http://www.ocweekly.com/food/

Below are some restaurants that we have tried personally and we liked. They are within 1 mile from the conference venue (in increasing distance).

Tentation Ultra Lounge
4647 Macarthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 660-1010

Bistango
19100 Von Karman Ave # 100
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 752-5222

Kimera Restaurant
19530 Jamboree Rd
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 261-1222

Pascal Restaurant & Catering
1000 Bristol St N
Newport Beach , CA 92660
(949) 263-9400

Il Fornaio
18051 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 261-2202

On UC Irvine campus Indian restaurant
4143 Campus Dr
Irvine , CA 92612
949-854-0009

Several restaurants can also be found at the shopping centers:

Fashion Island: http://www.shopfashionisland.com (recommendation: R&D café)
South Coast Plaza: http://www.southcoastplaza.com/
The Lab (anti-mall): http://www.thelab.com/

Habana Restaurant in The Lab (anti-mall) 714 556 0176
Hint: recommended for outside sitting
2930 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

A little further but combining eating and sight-seeing:

BeachComber@Crystal Cove: (must allow for at least 2hours slot)
Las Brisas, mexican restaurant, with a beautiful view of Laguna Beach
There are a couple of restaurants in the main street of Balboa Island: http://www-balboa-island.com/
In the entrance of balboa island there are also two nice restaurants:
Bayside, and Three Thirty Three waterfront.

Retro: Lido Diner next to the beautiful Lido theater
3461 Via Lido
Newport Beach , CA 92663
949-723-8777

 
Crisis Management Contacts

Medical Emergency: Hoag Hospital Main Operator (949) 764-4624.

Taxi: John Wayne Airport Yellow Cab Service (800) 535-2211 or Newport Beach Cab Co:949-631-2022. Other taxi options

Technology Crisis: Fry's Electronics Fountain Valley: 714-378-4400.

Police: Newport Beach Police Department: 949-644-3681. Website

Marriot Newport Beach Concierge: 949-640-4000

 
Important Dates

Submission Deadline:
Nov. 25, 2007

Acceptance Notification:
Feb. 22, 2008
Camera-Ready Version Due:
Apr. 16, 2008
Author Registration Deadline :
Apr. 16, 2008
 
Sponsors
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Local Organizer

School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Last Update: 6/18/2007