Some of the best details from the Pier Shop & Visitor Center at the Santa Monica Pier–the custom hangers and the Pier Table.
Check them out on the CAMP Blog…
One of my favorite things about living in Long Beach is that I can bike or walk to lots of great places. With the weather getting warmer, I wanted to share some of my favorite spots to bike in Long Beach as well as great places to stop, eat, drink, and explore.
I’m a firm believer that Fridays in the summertime are meant for happy hour and enjoying the sunshine. So the next time you have an excuse to ditch your office post-lunch, here’s what you should do…
Start at what people, unfortunately, call Retro Row (1)–a handful of great vintage (albeit somewhat overpriced) shops on 4th Street with everything from clothing to furniture. Today is probably not the day to stock up on goods, unless you have a cargo bike, but it’s still fun to peruse.
Head south and west a few blocks to 3rd and Cerritos and get your afternoon caffeine fix at Lord Windsor Roasters (2). The neighborhood coffee shop roasts their own beans in the back of the shop and is a great place to sit and enjoy an iced coffee.
When you’re done, head south all the way to the beach and hop on the bike path (3). Take it easy riding past all the walkers and runners and enjoy the ocean view and people watching.
If you’re feeling up to it, stop at the pier and enjoy a refreshing beer on the patio of Belmont Brewing Co. (4) while the ocean breeze keeps you cool.
…or keep heading south on the bike path until it ends and go north up any little street until you get to Belmont Shore / Second Street (5). You can enjoy a walk around the shops or go straight for the fish tacos at Roe Fish Market or a beer and Fig & Bacon pizza at Simmzy’s–both of which have great outdoor seating.
From there you are in a good spot to continue with your Friday night shenanigans or head out for the rest of your weekend plans!
Here’s a little peek at some wedding invitations I recently finished. The gold foil and letterpress are so scrumptious! Not to mention the beautiful handiwork of Angela Southern.
More of their invitation suite and big day coming soon…
If you know me, then you know that I absolutely love living in Long Beach, CA. One of my favorite things about it is that I can bike or walk to lots of great places.
With the weather getting warmer, I wanted to share some of my favorite spots to bike in Long Beach as well as great places to stop, eat, drink, and explore.
Even if you don’t live in Long Beach, it is definitely worth visiting for a day and renting some bikes to get around. And if you live in LA, we’re only a short (bike friendly) Metro ride away–it makes the perfect day trip!
On a nice Sunday morning, head to Makai Coffee (1) on Temple and Broadway and start the day of easy with a delicious pour over coffee or espresso drink.
Once you have thoroughly enjoyed your perfectly made cup, hop on your bikes and head down Temple toward the ocean and ride down 1st & 2nd Streets through Bluff Park neighborhood (2). The wide street gives you plenty of space to take it slow and really soak in all the beautiful homes ranging from classic craftsman to deco influenced houses.
North on Belmont and right on 3rd will put you at Starling Diner (3) where you can enjoy a delicious brunch. I would recommend the stuffed French Toast, the breakfast bruchetta, and the scones. Ooooh, the scones…
Start working off that brunch and head east on 3rd, following it to Appian Way (4). Enjoy the marina views and and keep an eye out for the rowing teams practicing in the harbor. Ride under the bridge and loop up the ramp to the right to merge on to 2nd Street.
From 2nd Street, turn right on to Marina Dr. where you will land at the Farmer’s Market (5). Stroll around this certified organic market that’s right on the harbor and enjoy the breeze.
When you have stocked up on your fresh fruits and veggies, head back the way you came, and enjoy the rest of the beautiful, sunny weekend!