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October 28, 2020

The Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, CA

If you’ve ever wondered what that giant blue pyramid in Long Beach is, you’re not alone.   Is it another Luxor like in Las Vegas?   Like the pyramids built in Egypt, is this going to be one of the next wonders of the world?   While both aren’t the case, this pyramid does hold its own special significance.   The bright blue structure is called the Walter Pyramid, and it’s an indoor multi-purpose arena that’s located on the campus of Califo...
August 31, 2020

Top 7 Vegan Restaurants in Long Beach CA

Long Beach is a vegan and vegetarian paradise with plenty of yummy options to choose from. You’ll get everything from fresh takes on Mexican food to cozy little corner cafes. We believe that variety is the spice of life, and Long Beach is no stranger to that If you’re a vegan eater or just health-conscious and visiting the Long Beach area, check out our favorite vegan-friendly options below. TOP VEGAN RESTAURANTS LONG BEACH    1. Seabirds Kitchen Long Beach  ...
August 17, 2020

Belmont Shore & Naples: Long Beach’s Quintessential Seaside Community

If asked to picture a classic Southern California neighborhood, it would probably look something like Belmont Shore & Naples. This Long Beach Seaside Community is home to calm beaches, serene lagoons, attractive canals, beautiful boardwalks, and of course, the bustling and energetic environment of Second Street.  Where is Belmont Shore & Naples, you may ask? Well, they are situated just minutes from Downtown Long Beach.  Belmont Shore (affectionately titled “The Shore&...
July 20, 2020

The Best Used Bookstores in Long Beach, CA

Long Beach is a city that seemingly has it all.   From gorgeous beaches to nature parks to doses of culture & authenticity, it’s hard-pressed to find not be able something in this city that’s fulfilling, entertaining, and jaw-droppingly beautiful.   Included in that broad sphere of what this city has to offer are geared more toward bibliophiles. Bookstores, to be precise.   But these bookstores that lay spread out in this city aren&rs...
August 10, 2020

Best Whale Watching Tours in Long Beach, CA

As one of California’s most visited ocean side cities, Long Beach truly loves the Pacific Ocean and all that comes along with it. Home to one of the nation’s largest ports, ocean educational center, city-wide recycling programs, beaches, harbors, and more, both Long Beach residents and visitors are able to enjoy the beauty of the big blue. One of the most amazing and natural luxuries available in Long Beach is the breathtaking views of the largest animals ever known to live on th...
August 03, 2020

Best Pizza Shops in Long Beach, CA

Pizza. One of the best things to ever grace our existence. Pizza is one of the most delicious and versatile foods on the planet due to the seemingly endless number of topping combinations you can have on it.  We’ll bet that we stirred up your hunger for a slice or two, or five. If you are indeed now hungry and you’re in Long Beach, you’re in luck.  Long Beach is filled with some of the best pizza shops in Southern California. Here’s a list of some fan favo...
July 13, 2020

Virtual Tours: Fun Things To Do While at Home During the Coronavirus Quarantine

As we all know, Coronavirus has impacted the world in many ways. Seemingly everything that once was as it was, is now and will continue to be different in adaptation to a new normal.  Social distancing is the new normal. Wearing masks is the new normal. There may be more things under the umbrella of new normal, for what those are and for how long are yet to be seen. It’s undeniable that things are still very shaky and very weird. This will be the case for the foreseeable future beca...
July 07, 2020

Guide to Long Beach Art Walk

The art walk.   What is it?   You’ve probably heard people talking about it here and there, and maybe you know what it is, or maybe you’re still unsure.    For those who have ever attended an art walk in a major city, those will say it’s quite the experience.    For those who haven’t yet had the privilege of attending one, it’s definitely something that should be added to your calendar. And soon.   But that still doesn&rs...
July 29, 2020

The Pike Outlets Long Beach – Shopping & Entertainment Guide

The Pike Outlets in Long Beach is not your ordinary shopping mall. Located right next to The Aquarium of the Pacific, this open-air shopping center is packed with dozens of familiar restaurants, bars, shops, and movie theatres. Let’s not forget to include the giant Ferris Wheel, and the widely known comedy establishment, The Laugh Factory. Pair these with beautiful views of Long Beach Harbor and year-round perfect weather, and you have yourself a day filled with fun, shopping, a...
June 22, 2020

Top Day Trips From Long Beach, CA

Long Beach is one of those cities where you can do almost anything in. Looking to hit up the water in search of some awesome waves or just to relax at? Check out some of the best beaches in town. In the mood to explore one of Orange County’s coolest, most eclectic line of shops and restaurants? There’s always Retro Row. For those weekends where you want to just walk around and visit some exotic sea life, The Aquarium of the Pacific is your best bet.  While t...
December 09, 2019

Long Beach Ballet’s Nutcracker 2019

You won’t want to miss out on the 37th production of The Nutcracker from the Long Beach Ballet’s Artistic Director, David Wilcox. We think this year’s performance is the best one yet with a full symphony orchestra, a flying sleigh, an actual horse, pyrotechnics, and a huge cast of over 200. You’ll also love the scenery designed by former Disney set designers Elliot Hessayon and Scott Chaffer, the costumes designed by artist Adrian Clark, special effects by well-...
December 02, 2019

Top Long Beach Christmas Tree Farms

Christmas in Long Beach is a gorgeous time. We may not have the snow, but we do have tree lighting ceremonies, boat parades, Christmas on the Queen Mary, and of course plenty of beautiful Christmas trees to choose from. Get your home ready for the holidays with a perfect Christmas tree from one of Long Beach’s top lots.    1. SNOWY PINES CHRISTMAS TREES Now in its 45th year serving the Long Beach Community, Snowy Pines Christmas Tree Farm is back open ...
November 25, 2019

Guide to the Long Beach Turkey Trot 2019

Get up and moving before your Thanksgiving feast with the Long Beach Turkey Trot. Thanksgiving Day is by far the most popular race day of the year in the United States with over 1,000 events taking place nationwide. Embarking on a long run during a holiday of leisure might not be everyone’s choice for fun, but we say go for it! For more motivation, 100% of proceeds go to the Community Action Team (C.A.T.) charity organization. Continue reading for Hotel Current’s full ...
November 18, 2019

Top 5 Long Beach Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Looking to bring some joy back into this Thanksgiving? How about eating out rather than spending hours on a meal that may or may not turn out. You’re in luck as Long Beach is chock full of delicious restaurants offering up special Thanksgiving brunches, lunches, and dinner. Continue reading for our full list of the best restaurants open this Turkey Day. TOP 5 LONG BEACH RESTAURANTS OPEN ON THANKSGIVING 1. The Queen Mary’s Thanksgiving  If you’re looking for fine di...
October 21, 2019

Guide to Long Beach Pumpkin Patches

Looking to pick out that perfect pumpkin this Halloween? You’re in luck! Long Beach is home to various different pumpkin patches from quaint to elaborate and fun. Kids will love the patches featuring games, tractor rides, and petting zoos. You can’t have Halloween without pumpkins, so check out our guide to the best pumpkin patches in Long Beach, CA and its surrounding areas.    1. PA’S PUMPKIN PATCH   No list of Long Beach Pumpkin patches is complete wi...
September 30, 2019

The spookiest attraction in Long Beach

Dark Harbor is the Queen Mary’s annual Halloween haunted attraction with multiple mazes, a 4D theater experience, countless live monsters, live entertainment, DJ’s, themed bars, private cabanas, concession-style food, and a R.I.P lounge experience. Now on the 10th year of the event, Dark Harbor is a must-see attraction in Long Beach.    CONTINUE READING FOR A FULL GUIDE TO THIS SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN EVENT!    Mazes & Monsters Get ready for hundreds of li...
July 01, 2019

Experience Long Beach’s Most Iconic Summer Event

The Sea Festival is one of Long Beach’s longest standing and most beloved summer traditions. The “festival,” founded in 1888, is an umbrella term for events that range from sand castle contests to the world famous Catalina Ski Race. While the tradition lasts, the festival continues to evolve over the years. What was once a small community event is now a regional tourist draw. The best part is most events are free and fun for the whole family. Various events are put o...
June 24, 2019

The Nation’s Only Museum Dedicated to Contemporary Latin American Art

If you are visiting the Long Beach area looking for events and attractions, The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) offers a unique day out and about. Located in downtown Long Beach, it is currently the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. COMMITTED TO ART AND CULTURE Offering ground-breaking exhibitions, educational programs, and cultural events, MOLAA expands the knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary Latin ...
June 17, 2019

Visit Long Beach Symphony for an Unforgettable Musical Experience

If you are visiting Long Beach and looking for a little culture, then look no further than the Long Beach Symphony.   Featuring some of Southern California’s finest symphonic musicians, Long Beach Symphony celebrates its 85th season in 2019.   The Symphony presents more than 100 concerts, education, and community programs each year that reach more than 100,000 residents-from toddlers to senior citizens. The Symphony also provides over 150 free music education programs in par...
June 10, 2019

Wild Rides, Water Slides and Amazing History at Knott’s Berry Farm

A true Southern California icon, there is only one Knotts Berry Farm. It’s located in Buena Park and hosts over 3.5 Million visitors each year. Today it is known as a mecca of wild rides, attractions, and entertainment, but originally in the 1920s, it began as a berry stand on the side of the road. HOW KNOTT’S BERRY FARM GOT STARTED The Knott’s Berry Farm theme began as a berry farm established by Walter Knott and his family. Beginning in the mid-1920s, the Knott family...
October 10, 2018

Brew’s and Boo’s

Did you know that October (octo, meaning eight) WAS the 8th month of the Roman calendar until the Julian calendar reform? Yep, they added January & February, making October the 10th month of our calendar.  At Hotel Current, we know that October is a “10!”   From our 4th Annual Oktoberfest on October 13th, from noon – 7pm to our Queen Mary ‘Dark Harbor’ event that promises the most intense authent...
June 27, 2018

Three Tips to Save on Your Next Trip

As the weather warms up in Southern California, mini-vacations and out of town stays can be a wonderful way to celebrate the Spring. Wedding season is also fast approaching, and that can mean a lot of traveling. Here are three tips that can help you make the most of your expenses and give you freedom to enjoy your trips. Packages that Match If you are traveling to see a specific tourist attraction or are in need of extra accommodations during your stay, find a hotel that matches your needs and...
June 14, 2018

Time for a Romantic Getaway?

Spring has sprung, the weather is gorgeous in Long Beach, California, and it’s June!   One of the most romantic and beautiful months of the year! “Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” ~ Al Bernstein   If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, there is no better place than Hotel Current.  Not only are we minutes from downtown Long Beach, we are within 5 miles of the gorgeous Shoreline Village that hosts ever...
February 08, 2018

Who let the Dogs out?

That would be Chinese Lunar calendar! After an extreme year of the Fire Rooster, we welcome in the Year of the Earth Dog and the universal values of love and respect for all! And speaking of love, at hotel Current we adore man’s best friend and welcome our four-legged friends to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings of our lush pool area and some of the nicest spots to dine in Long Beach. Within a couple of miles of hotel Current is The Attic, a pet-friendly restaurant that encourages yo...
January 19, 2018

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

One of the greatest events in our fair City of Long Beach is the pride that we take in our annual Martin Luther King Jr Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration. This year we celebrated the 30th annual event on January 13th, by “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.” A fun-filled day that started with the parade at 10:30am, and after the parade ended, the celebration started with arts, crafts, vendors, food, entertainment … the list goes on and on!  “Be a ...
June 08, 2020

Retro Row – Long Beach’s Top Outing Spot for Culture & Authenticity

Long Beach’s Retro Row is one of those places that you’ll never forget once you go. Retro Row is a small business district on paper but is much more when one actually sees it first hand. It isn’t just about the great food spots, bars, or thrift shops (which are awesome). It’s about how this place makes you feel. The creative & vibrant spirit of Retro Row and the people you come across as you spend time there provide visitors with a strong sense of community & a g...
May 18, 2020

Guide to The Aquarium of the Pacific

What is there to do in Long Beach?   The answer is quite a lot, but there’s one place in particular that we always recommend our guests experience when visiting Long Beach. THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC The Aquarium of the Pacific is minutes away from Hotel CURRENT and has been delighting guests of all ages for over 20 years. Experience the wonder of the natural undersea flora and fauna that is available. Turtles, sea lions, whale watching, penguins, sharks and much more awa...
March 30, 2020

The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Long Beach

Long Beach is home to some of the tastiest restaurants in Orange County. But when it comes to brunch, there are far fewer places that take the cake. If you’re like us, we love brunch. Being able to still eat breakfast essentially during lunchtime is a luxury itself. The word brunch actually means that. It’s a combination of the words breakfast and lunch. Fewer things are better on the weekend than eating waffles and pancakes and sipping on a refreshing mimosa. It’s the meal t...