Last week I was in Long Beach, California for a conference, and it was a delightful trip! The weather was gorgeous -- sunny and cool -- and we enjoyed wonderful restaurants and fabulous shopping. Since my "hobbies" including eating out and shopping, I was happy! My husband went with me, and he was in charge of finding restaurants. On our first full day there, we enjoyed Sunday brunch on the Queen Mary.
The ship, which originally crossed the Atlantic between the mid-1930s and mid-1960s, is permanently docked in Long Beach and now houses a hotel and restaurant. Tours of the rest of the ship are also available, but after our brunch, we weren't up for climbing ladders! Here's a view of the gorgeous flowerbeds with the ship in the background.
We had a table along one side of the big dining room, right next to a porthole, so that was fun! The photo below is the view of the dining room from our table. The service was wonderful, and our champagne glasses were never empty for long. There was also a harpist playing, and we enjoyed her music.
There were several buffet areas, including one with traditional breakfast foods, another with salads and cheeses, a pasta bar, a carving station, and a Mexican buffet. (As Texans, we did not sample from that last one!) The dessert area was beautifully arranged, and in addition to bite-sized pastries and mini-desserts, they had homemade ice cream with various toppings.
I will be linking this post to The Tablescaper's party, "Oh, the PLACES I've been!", so check out other fun destinations there on Fridays.