Insider Favorites: Linda’s Guide to Long Beach

Insider Favorites: Linda’s Guide to Long Beach

 Insider Favorites: Linda’s Guide to Long Beach

Located in the heart of Southern California’s beach communities, Long Beach blends urban sophistication with a relaxed beach resort vibe. Interesting hotels, world-class attractions, front-line museums, a walkable downtown, award-winning restaurants, unique shopping, a cruise line port, and a thriving, multi-faceted arts and culture scene make this city by the sea a great place to live. For five years on and off, I have lived in and enjoyed the five-and-a-half miles of sandy beachfront, miles of inland bays and waterways, and of course the warm glow of year-round California.

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Insider Favorites: Abella’s Guide to Long Beach

Insider Favorites: Abella’s Guide to Long Beach

View of downtown Long Beach

I currently live in the beautiful LBC (aka Long Beach, California). My husband and I met here 40 years ago while in college. When we weren’t working, he was in a rock band and I was a Polynesian dancer. We dated, married, and lived in all the great areas, from Belmont Heights and Belmont Shore to Naples. We moved inland when we had our two daughters and raised them through their college years—always dreaming of the time we could return to our beachside city.

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Culver City: Los Angeles County’s Newest Hot Spot for Art and Cuisine

Exterior of the Culver Hotel in Culver City

Exterior of the Culver Hotel in Culver City

For Los Angeles residents, when friends from out of town ask where to go when visiting, three places usually come to mind: Santa Monica, Hollywood, and Venice Beach. Well, it’s time to add another location to that list. What was once thought of as a sleepy place to drive by on your way to somewhere else has become one of Los Angeles’ most talked about walking neighborhoods and trendy places to go: Culver City.

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Sail Away to Marina del Rey

Half of Marina del Rey’s 800 acres are underwater; make a splash and explore them by boat or board

Half of Marina del Rey’s 800 acres are underwater; make a splash and explore them by boat or board

No one plans a birthday party quite like Marina del Rey. The picturesque seaside community pulled out all the stops for its 50th birthday celebration, complete with fireworks, a tall ships parade, a weekend-long fair, and a bounty of dining and drink specials around town. What better place to pick up a little inspiration (and maybe a few cocktail recipes!) for one’s own birthday, anniversary, or special weekend getaway? Here are the building blocks for a perfect getaway in one of Los Angeles’ most unique neighborhoods—whether you’re looking to save, spend, or splurge.

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Beverly Hills: A Local Rediscovers the Golden Triangle and Beyond

The famous “Beverly Hills” sign is the centerpiece at Beverly Gardens Park, a public linear park created in 1911

The famous “Beverly Hills” sign is the centerpiece at Beverly Gardens Park, a public linear park created in 1911

When Beverly Hills turned 100 last year (the city was incorporated on January 28, 1914), I decided it was time to get reacquainted with one of the world’s most iconic cities that is right in my own backyard. Truth be told, living on the opposite end of the Los Angeles metropolis I save treks to the west side for business—and for out-of-town guests who have Rodeo Drive on their must-see list.

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