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Long Beach Staycation

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24 Hours in Long Beach

Summer is here and it’s not too late to plan a Long Beach Staycation, or a mini vacation in your hometown. Just 24 hours and you will become reacquainted with the beach city you call home. A perfect time to be a tourist and experience a new restaurant, dance the night away, let someone else make your bed and deliver you breakfast on a tray.

Long Beach Staycation

Long Beach Staycation

Long Beach is beautiful waterfront city that embodies the cool chill vibe of a beach town, yet it boasts sophisticated big city amenities. A true melting pot of cultures. With that said… Let’s discover what Long Beach has to offer in just 24 hours.

Day One – A Saturday in July

Carpenter Center

Carpenter Center

1:00pm Arrive at the Carpenter Center

singin in the rain

Sit back and enjoy an afternoon matinée of Singin in the Rain, based on the MGM film about two silent film actors making the transition into talking films.  A wonderful production performed by Musical Theater West.  A premier Southern California Musical Theater Company that brings the best of Broadway to your backyard. They blend both professional actors from Broadway, Hollywood, and national tours along with the best local talent. Start your staycation off off Broadway at the beautiful Carpenter Center located on the California State University Long Beach campus.

Earl Burns Miller - Japanese Gardes

Earl Burns Miller –
Japanese Gardens

3:30pm Stroll through Peaceful Japanese Gardens

After enjoying a fabulous musical, stay on the CSULB campus, and stretch your legs while walking through the beautiful Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens. It is 1.3 acres of lush landscape and a hybrid of art forms.

koi pond at japanese gardens

You will see typical elements of a traditional Japanese garden including exotic flowers, extremely manicured trees, and a Koi pond full of colorful fish.

Restauration - Retro Row, Long Beach

Restauration – Retro Row, Long Beach

5:00pm Early Dinner Reservations at the “hot spot” Restauration

Restauration, a farm to table restaurant located on 4th Street in the trendy Retro Row. Dine in a hip urban backyard setting. It is a comfortable yet sophisticated patio with elegant lighting, vertical gardens, and a wood-burning oven baking the best pizzas and fresh fruit galettes in town. They offer American cuisine that highlights locally sourced and responsibly grown seasonal items. Homemade pates, pickles, and chips are guaranteed to please. There is something for everyone… Roasted Brussels sprouts with roasted corn and red bell pepper, braised short ribs with Ricotta gnocchi, Manila clams with Chorizo and Fingerling potatoes, and an assortment of  handmade pizzas.

falfal burger

Do not forget a vegetarian favorite – The 4th Street Falafel Burger. These are just a few of the creative dishes you will find along with a great selection of hand crafted beers and local wines by the glass or bottle.

 

dockside

Dockside Boat and Breakfast

6:30pm Check into your room with a view – Dockside Boat and Breakfast

dockside boat

Enjoy the life of the rich and famous for a night aboard a private yacht located in the majestic Rainbow Harbor. The yachts at Dockside Boat and Breakfast are moored on a private dock for your security and peace of mind.

Deck of the Merry Berry -Private Yacht

Deck of the Merry Berry -Private Yacht

Enjoy a relaxing retreat while watching the sun set on your private deck.

skyroom

8:30pm Live Music and Dancing at the Sky Room

couple dancing

Put on your dancing shoes and relive a time from the past in a one of kind Art Deco Supper Club and Lounge. The nightly entertainment changes monthly showcasing genres of music ranging from Jazz piano to 7-piece orchestras.

lb night

Step outside onto the gorgeous Sky Room patio and be mesmerized by the breath taking panoramic views of the city.

chocolate cake at skyroom

End the evening with a night cap and decadent dessert. House favorites include vanilla bean crème brulee and homemade chocolate ganache cake.

breakfast

9:00am Breakfast is delivered to your yacht

Brew a pot of coffee and enjoy pastries and yogurt while breathing in the fresh salt air. Pack your bags and get ready to be rejuvenated.

cangles and stones

11am Check your stress at the door at La Dolce Vita Day Spa

massage

Enjoy one of the many services offered at this two-time MyFoxLa Hot List winner for best day spa. Nestled inside a downtown historic building it boasts a serene outdoor garden as well as four separate treatment rooms. There a many individual and couple packages especially designed to promote health and relaxation. La Dolce Vita Spa services include facials, massages, wraps, and manicures. (If you check on Groupon or Living Social, you may even find a deal on their services.)

Belmont Brewry

1 pm Lunch is served on the sand overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the Belmont Brewing Company

The Belmont Brewing Company is Southern California’s oldest operating brew pub. A unique restaurant located at the entrance to the Belmont Pier serving award winning homemade beers and classic American fair with international twists.

beer

Sample one or all of the great tasting suds including simple ales, clean blondes, hoppy pales and IPAs, balanced ambers, big stouts, fruit weizens, and spicy Belgians.

ahi

All the beers and wines by the glass or bottles compliment the extensive menu of beach town favorites; Hawaiian style poke, steamed mussels, fish and chips, and several interesting soups, salads, and sandwiches.

sand

If you are not quite ready to end your Long Beach Staycation, then you can put your toes in the sand. Walk along beach while taking in the warm climate of Southern California.

 

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