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UUs Hit Long Beach

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A June 2004 trip to Long Beach by SFPhotocraft

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Quote: I was voted a delegate for the Unitarian General Assembly this year. I wasn't thrilled with the convention city - Long Beach. I only knew it as a grimy, slightly seedy harbor town - boy, was I wrong!

UUs Hit Long Beach

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Overview

Long Beach Photo, Long Beach, California
Quote:
This year I was voted aa a delegate to attend the annual Unitarian General Assembly. I was thrilled to do my duty, but I also had the guilty pleasure that I would get one more trip (paid for!) this summer. The only problem was that it wasn't in cities like Boston, D.C., or New York, where it was in years past. It was down in Long Beach. I lived in L.A. (okay, 20 years ago), but Long Beach was a city I stayed clear of. It was old and full of decay. Its heyday was during the war, and, since that time, it has just gone downhill. I even sailed out of Long Beach recently, and did what I could to avoid downtown to just get on the ship. Wher...Read More

The Westin Long Beach

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Hotel

The Westin Long Beach Photo, Long Beach, California
Quote:
The hotels were picked for us by the Convention Bureau in Long Beach. By far the first choice for everyone was the Long Beach Hyatt, which connects to the Convention Center and is just across the street from the water. The next choice was the Westin. I guess I was on the "B" list, as I got into the Westin. However, I was actually quite glad, as I am a huge Westin fan. First off, all the maps show the Westin just across the street from the Convention Center. It looked very simple. Our airport van let us off at the Convention Center and the Hyatt people went a few feet, but we found we had to walk around the Convention Center and up a steep hill, and it was several blocks away, as you c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2004

The Westin Long Beach
333 E OCEAN BLVD
Long Beach, California 90802
562-436-3000

Hyatt Regency Long Beach

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Hotel | "Hyatt Regency"

Hyatt Regency Long Beach Photo, Long Beach, California
Quote:
The convention office took care of picking our hotels. We had to list our preference choices and then put it into their hands. Everyone was scrambling for the Hyatt, as it was the nearest hotel, not only to the convention center, but nearest to the water. I must have made the "B" list, as I was awarded my second pick - The Westin. The Hyatt is by far the nearest hotel to the Convention Center. It connects to it via a small walkway and is only a few feet away. The airport van let all of us off at the convention center. Those at the Hyatt were already home, while we Westin folk had to walk a fair distance to our hotel. The Hyatt is indee...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2004

Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 South Pine Avenue
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 491-1234

Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks

Restaurant | "Islands"

Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks Photo, Long Beach, California
Quote:
During General Assembly, we had only an hour for lunch and there was always a scramble to get out and hit one of the popular restaurants to find a table. One of the favorites always was Islands. This is a faux Hawaiian surf place directly across Pine Avenue, from the convention center. You couldn't miss the bright yellow neon sign. The inside tries to play up a beach-bar theme. It has surfboards hung on the walls, thatched roofs over the bar, and TV screens that play surf videos. The wait staff is all young and beachy. They wear bright-colored Hawaiian shirts and try to present a hip, laid-back, beach feel. It sounds a bit contrived, but, in reality, it seems to work. The place is fun and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2004

Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks

Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 436-6590

Wasabi

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Restaurant

Wasabi Photo, Long Beach, California
Quote:
The last day of the convention, we broke late for lunch. Everyone seemed beat and few people even wanted to venture out in search of food. I, however, needed to get away for a bit and ventured out alone. Somehow, sushi was on my mind. I walked up Pine Avenue and came to a kind of hip, cool-looking sushi joint called Wasabi. On the outside of the building, they were advertising sushi, Teppan Yaki Tables, and karaoke. WOW, this place had it ALL going on! This was slightly after the lunch rush and things seemed to be winding down. The main floor is a large, open room with a sushi bar on one side and drink bar crossing the front. A mo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2004

Wasabi
200 Pine Ave.
Long Beach, California
(562) 901-0300

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

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Restaurant

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Photo, Long Beach, California
Quote:
One of the pros or cons (depending on the person) about being part of a convention is, sometimes, you have to follow the pack. This seemed to happen a lot at dinner when other members had strong opinions about where to (or where not to) eat. This night, several of the pack dogs were barking about Bubba Gumps; aparently this is a chain and they have several across the country. We don't have one near us, and I had never even heard of the chain prior to this, but the reviews were stellar and I decided I best shut up and just follow the pack. We walked over to the Aquariam area, which is fairly new and polished. There it was, Bubba Gumps, all new and shiny with a huge, red neon sign. We ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2004

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 432-4900

Outback Steakhouse

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Restaurant

Outback Steakhouse Photo, Long Beach, California
Quote:
I usually don't write about chains. My theory is that a Red Lobster in Oregon is about the same as a Red Lobster in Rhode Island. Their claim to fame is standardization. However, the Outback Steakhouse in Long Beach felt unique to me and worth an entry in this travel journal. Having said all that, I am a fan of Outback We have one near our house, and when I want to go and get a nice cold Fosters with a good steak that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, I head to Outback. So when a group from the convention suggested Outback, I was game to be included in the pack.I always get the Outback sirloin. It's a tasty, nine-ounce sirloin tha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 14, 2004

Outback Steakhouse
20 West Shoreline
Long Beach, California
562/435-0002

King's Fish House

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Restaurant | "King's Seafood"

King's Fish House Photo, Long Beach, California
Quote:
During the weekend part of the convention, Chris and Breana were joining me in Long Beach. On Saturday night we hoped to hit the town and have a nice dinner. I had walked by an interesting place on Broadway all week called King's Fishhouse, it looked great. Now what was I thinking NOT making reservations for a Saturday night? It was my fault, I know better than that. So when we walked in off the street, the hostess pretty much just glared at us. She seemed to be in the middle of a mid-Saturday night breakdown mode. The place was crawling with others waiting their turn, and the hostess let us know the wait would be around 90 minutes to get a tab...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 16, 2004

King's Fish House
100 West Broadway Avenue
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 432-7463

The Auld Dubliner

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Restaurant

The Auld Dubliner Photo, Long Beach, California
Quote:
I am usually suspicious about places that pretend they belong somewhere else. So when I saw theAuld Dubliner just across from the doors of the convention center, I figured it would be some cutesy Irish pub knockoff and I stayed clear. A lot of the convention-goers soon discovered the Auld Dubliner, and it became the popular lunch spot of our convention. The reviews were all good to great, and I decided I just might be missing something good. I was indeed! Several of us went for lunch, and I have to admit that although this was a fairly new pub, it looked like an authentic old Irish pub somewhere in Ireland. It was dark, and there was a huge b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2004

The Auld Dubliner
71 Pine Ave
Long Beach, California 90802
562/437-8300

Westin Hotel Grill

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Restaurant | "The Grill in the Westin Hotel"

Westin Hotel Grill Photo, Long Beach, California
Quote:
The Grill is located in the lobby of the Westin Hotel in Long Beach. You will find the Grill right next door to the lobby bar. The restaurant has an open feel to it and even though it's indoors, the front part of the restaurant feels a bit like an outdoor cafe. We had breakfast here most mornings during the convention. The Grill is open daily from 6:30am until 10:30pm each evening. I enjoyed breakfasts here. The service had a formal feel to it, yet it was still very casual and friendly. The waiters wear black tuxedos and the tables are set with crisp white linens, yet people can eat here in shorts and the waitstaff is friendly and chatty. It's a nice compromise between formal and cas...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2004

Westin Hotel Grill
333 East Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, California
(562) 499-2060

Rainbow Rocket Inc

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Attraction | "Rainbow Rocket"

Rainbow Rocket Inc Photo, Long Beach, California
Quote:
While walking down to Shoreline Village, we would constantly pass a large, yellow speed boat that was being filled with happy tourists. It had big, red letters with the name RAINBOW ROCKET. It was bright, it was yellow, and it went fast - Breana just had to go! Its claim is that it starts out in the harbor and then goes out into the open sea, where it BLASTS OFF and rides on top of the waves at high speeds. It looked like fun, so we decided to do it. The boat is a open speedboat that seats about 40 people. It's a big boy. You leave Dock 7, pass Shoreline Village, and go near the Queen Mary. I have to admit, the slow part of the harbor tour was by far my favorite part. Suddenl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 14, 2004

Rainbow Rocket Inc
200 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 437-6253