Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Long Beach, California
By Verna Gates
LONG BEACH, California (Reuters Life!) - Movie stars enjoyed the beach here during Hollywood's early days and Elizabeth Taylor spent a honeymoon in Long Beach.
Today celebrities and tourists still relax and enjoy the scenic and historic charm of the city. Reuters correspondents with local knowledge offer tips on how to get the most out of one of the few California towns where walking shoes will suffice to see most of the sights.
4 p.m. - Check into your hotel downtown and within eight blocks 100 restaurants are ready to serve whatever type of food you fancy.
4:30 p.m. - Savor drinks at the Up Lounge in the old Breakers Hotel, where World War Two soldiers looked out to the sea that would soon to carry them to war. Stories of romance and friendship abound in this breathtaking panorama. Dance in the sky room below. www.theskyroom.com
6:30 to 9 p.m. - Dine on Pine Avenue. First stop is the Tapas Bar in Cafe Sevilla. Next try George's Greek Cafe for flaming Saganaki and Dolmathes. Try King's Fish House for local spiny lobster or fresh Pacific swordfish and finish at L'Opera for homemade desserts such as Luna Piena and L.Incanto.
10:30 p.m. - Indulge in a romantic gondola ride through Naples Island canals. Enjoy the wine, the stars and the opera singing in an authentic Venetian gondola, complete with striped shirts and berets. www.gondolagetawayinc.com