More Places That We L.O.V.E.
Honestly, there are too many good things in Long Beach to fit onto one page, but we can’t help but share a few more of our favorites. The Aquarium of the pacific is Southern California’s Largest Aquarium whose mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. Our favorite exhibits are the jellyfish and seahorses! MADE by Millworks‘ airy showroom features clothing, jewelry, home decor items and more- all created by local makers, artisans and designers. Their tongue-in-cheek motto? “It’s Your Civic Duty to Shop Local!” Check their facebook and IG pages for upcoming art openings too. Urban Americana, an antique and design collective, is located in the heart of the historic Zaferia Design District. Their 16,000 square foot mid-century warehouse is filled with antique dealers, artisans and vintage inspired goods. While you’re in the neighborhood, grab a bite at Working Class Kitchen, or our favorite Mexican restaurant, Los Compadres (the E. Anaheim St. location). For dessert, head to Frosted Cupcakery on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore for the best cupcake you’ll ever put in your mouth. They even have a gluten free option! We’re bigs fan of their hi-top’s (mini cupcake sandwiches, oh my!) and the classic cupcakes never disappoint. One of the best kept secrets in Long Beach is a beautiful sanctuary that rests upon a hilltop and is a place we like to go for a respite from the business of life. Rancho Los Alamitos is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places – once as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin, and second, for the evolution of its significant historic landscape over time. The site includes traces of the ancestral village, an adobe-core ranch house ca.1800, four acres of lush historic gardens developed during the 1920s and 30s, and the restored working ranch barnyard of the early-mid 20th century. A quintessential place for people to experience the living story of southern California, Rancho Los Alamitos is a microcosm of the region, past to present.