The Long Beach you think you know is cooler than you realize…22 miles from downtown LA or an hour flight from San Francisco to the quaint LGB airport, it’s brimming with vintage charm and a growing number of thoughtful entrepreneurs, notable eateries, and talented makers. Our founder, Jenny Hwa and Cassandra Malone, founder of the cool kids destination California Drifters, partnered up to share their favorite spots and past times…if you love sunny skies, locavore culinary experiences, unique shopping nooks, artisanal coffee purveyors and retro flair keep reading, so you can curate a lovely long weekend in this often overlooked seaside town…
Where to stay
Food + cocktails
Coffee, Juice + Donuts
Activities + to dos
If you know and love Long Beach and its surrounding areas, please click 'continue reading' and leave comments to add your own contributions!
Photos courtesy of Design Sponge, The Varden Hotel, 6th and Detroit, Roe Seafood and Hollie Wood Style.
As of July 2017 we were globally buying a million plastic bottles per minute and 91% of all plastic waste is not recycled. As a result of these stats, it’s estimated that by 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.
As if we needed any more reason to stop purchasing bottled beverages, yesterday a major study across nine countries came out - the world's leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process. Read more here and we’re endorsing a commitment to reusable, refillable bottles. One of our favorites for health and style is Copper H2O.
Photo credit: Copper H2O
Instagram is sensational for stumbling upon people you would never have otherwise found or had the chance to know; I recently came across California Drifters and was immediately smitten with their cool, yesteryear vibes and artistic curation of goods. It was founded in Long Beach by Cassandra Malone, who launched an e-commerce business a year ago and has now opened a brick and mortar shop in an up and coming neighborhood to create a more immersive experience. Conveniently, I was heading to Long Beach so I could check out the new intimate space in person…I was mesmerized with desert-inspired feel that reflected Cassandra's lifestyle; we had a great time talking shop and I loved learning more about her vision…In her own words:
“I wanted to create a retail space that felt more like a museum filled with local craftsmen, infused with an authentic feel, that would stay true to the artist. Many of the featured artists in the shop are good friends that I love and support…I only offer products and brands that I truthfully love and believe in personally.
After working with companies, like Seven For All Mankind, I’ve drifted consistently, always inspired by life and nature, while searching for well-imagined works from craftsmen to fill my home. Now I can share these works with the local community and abroad via our site.”
A few of my shop faves (and items I went home with) include:
Luna Noel - Earth mood perfumes handcrafted in congruence with the moon cycle with only essential oils, living water and crystals
Loft Creative - Cactus Print No. 16 (as featured on IG)
Stop by California Drifters online or say hello in person - 2714 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814
Photo credit: Stephanie Castillo
Not sure about you, but we’re sleepy and need to catch up on the hour of sleep we lost due to the spring forward time change. And guess what? It’s National Napping Day! It’s always observed annually the day following the return of daylight saving time, so here are some nap hacks courtesy of the HuffPost:
Tips For a Better Nap
Benefits of Napping
Photo: Two Dawson