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One night in a village: Long Beach's Alamitos Bay

Ideas, inspiration and community, Alamitos Bay Yarn Company.
Ideas, inspiration and community, Alamitos Bay Yarn Company.

Alamitos Bay Yarn Company

Ideas and inspiration.
Robin Pearl

Is it possible for a yarn shop to be a destination—like a club or restaurant? Is it possible to have a favorite yarn shop if you don’t knit, crochet, felt or make teeny-tiny sailor knots in yarn? If it’s Alamitos Bay Yarn Company, the answer is yes. Located at the very end of Marina Drive North, the yarn company is housed in a beach cottage-style yellow building with white trim and a bright red door and contains so many skeins of brightly-colored yarns, it looks like a party on the inside.

In addition to dozens of samples, the latest in pattern books, classes, and friendly and knowledgeable staff, the Yarn Company is an experience—a day out at the shore. During the summer months they even offer knit and cruises. Until then, consider making a day of your trip to Alamitos Bay with a ride across the bay on the Aqualink.

For more information: Alamitos Bay Yarn Company 74 Marina Drive (562) 799-8484.


Your day out can be bookended by a ride on the Aqualink, Long Beach’s inexpensive public water transportation. It’s a catamaran painted up like a water-tight rose parade float —pink, yellow, purple—you can’t miss it. Board the boat on the west side of the bay and ride it over for an afternoon at Alamitos Bay Landing.

For more information: Aqualink (562) 591-2301.

Buster’s Beach House and Long Board Bar

After you’ve explored Alamitos Bay Yarn Company and before you head back on the Aqualink, pop in to Busters Beach House and Long Board Bar for lunch, appetizers, sugar shack cocktails—they have a full bar—and a little bit of aloha in every bite. That’s their slogan. What their slogan and menu don’t tell you, is that Buster’s dining room and bar offer some of the best bay views to be found in Long Beach. You’ll see the giant Buster’s sign as you pull up in the water taxi.

For more information: Buster’s Beach House and Long Board Bar 168 Marina Drive (562) 598-9431.



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