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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Revisit the Past in Long Beach


5. Oddball Day

Enjoy the six-acre Bluff Park overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  

Start your day at Retro Row’s Porfolio Coffeehouse with a chocolate croissant ($2.25) and an ice-blended peanut butter mocha (from $3.20). Drive twenty minutes to Rancho Estates, a mid-century-modern subdivision, where all 700 Cliff May–designed homes offer a flash-frozen glimpse of fifties Southern California. Bordering the subdivision on two sides is El Dorado East Regional Park, where you’ll find miles of paved biking and hiking trails. Navigate back to 4th Street for lunch at Taqueria La Mexicana. Order choose-your-own-meat tacos with onion, cilantro, and hot sauce ($1.10 each) to go, then drive three minutes to Bluff Park and grab a bench to eat by the beach. Drive two miles to the Museum of Latin American Art, the country’s only museum devoted to modern and contemporary Latin American art, to see a permanent collection including work by more than 350 artists from twenty countries. Afterward, The Sky Room is just a few minutes away. Grab a sunset cocktail here with views of the city and out to Catalina Island. For dinner, head four miles south to Michael’s on Naples Ristorante, where Milanese chef Marco Cavuoto has designed a menu that’s authentic Italian with a touch of California. Highlights include roasted free-range-chicken roulade with roasted potatoes, chorizo piccante, and arugula salad ($23). Return to Retro Row for movie watching and wine sipping at the newly remodeled Art Theatre, which screens a mix of mainstream current releases, independent films, and art house classics.

Published on Dec 16, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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