If you want something fun to do while in the area of Santa Ana, CA then the Irvine Spectrum Center is a must see.  You have dining, shopping, and entertainment all in one.  There are great restaurants like P.F. Chang, a huge theater including an 8-story IMAX playing the latest movies, and great shopping like Nordstrom, Macy's, Target, etc. with valet parking and free parking.  http://www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com/   I was also told that Disneyland isn't that far away.  Also closeby is the John Wayne airport.  Many great hotels are within driving distance.  If you have pets, the La Quinta Inn is perfect.

 If you want a very special, historical and beautiful place to stay to get away, visit the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.  It is a hotel and spa with gorgeous architecture and they have a fabulous Sunday champagne brunch in the open courtyard.

Because of the driving, it is good for anyone using GPS on their phone, etc. to map places out on telenav.com and send the information to your phone, onStar or whatever you use. 

The snow-capped mountains are visible in this area, and there are plenty of things to do for amusement, including the arts.