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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Revisit the Past in Long Beach

An abundance of vintage boutiques, throwback dining spots, and old-school beachfront charm make this city the retro-chic capital of California.


1. Where to Stay

Enjoy the polished guestrooms at AVIA.   

Surround yourself with palm trees and tiki torches at Hotel Maya (from $135), where you can sip a Peruvian Kiss ($11), a citrusy blend of Pisco and Campari, on the waterfront patio. Inside, all 195 rooms feature eccentric design flourishes—lime-green shutters and stone mosaic headboards—that conjure up images of old Miami.

See a design mash-up of new and old at the 35-room Varden Hotel (from $119), which first opened its doors in 1929 and was reborn in 2008 as a European-style boutique property.

Pretend you never left New York at one-year-old AVIA (from $159), a sleek downtown lodging that evokes Gotham with modern, angular furniture and in-room snacks from Dean & Deluca. Still, the standout feature is completely California: a year-round outdoor rooftop pool with views across the bay.

Published on Dec 16, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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