Right before the wedding, I headed down to LA and the OC just shy of a week to do a few stories for the California board of tourism’s annual Visit California guide. SVV joined me for the weekend, and we ventured on over to Long Beach bright and early Sunday morning.
Of course, SVV was stoked because this meant we got to explore the historic Queen Mary. Being a former Navy guy and all-around dork when it comes to planes, trains, boats and the like, nothing quite gets SVV as high as the chance to wander a retired ship at leisure.
Me? Well, I was just happy to be outdoors in a sundress, as we haven’t had that luxury since I moved here in over a year in San Francisco.
As you probably know, the Queen Mary now serves as a hotel. It also hosts this amazing Sunday champagne jazz brunch where, for $39 a person ($12 for children), you get an unlimited buffet (and mimosas). And when they say buffet, they mean it; one afternoon at the Queen Mary and you’ll need a bigger pair of jeans (which is precisely why you’ll always see me in dresses, particularly when dining out—strategy, my friends). There were at least 20 different tables that served everything from cakes and pies to traditional brunch fare to Mexican and Chinese cuisine to oysters. An odd mix, sure, but we weren’t complaining—the food was pretty divine.
Then, we walked off a fraction of the calories by heading up top. I’m not going to lie: I may have pretended (in my mind) like I was on the Titanic. Tell me you could go aboard a ship of such splendor and not think the same thoughts.
The ship is said to be haunted—there are even paranormal tours and a haunted maze during Halloween season—but I wasn’t scared: After all, I was traveling with a walking weapon. Guess that broken arm was good for something after all—personal defense!
(And this was the “small cast,” too; you really should have seen the original club they used to outfit the patient.)
Even if you don’t want to partake in the brunch or stay at the hotel, I’d recommend a visit up to the top deck, if for nothing else, the views.
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