California Dreamin' – Part 2 - Things to do in California

Having just returned from World Tea East, and spending time with such wonderful tea people, I am now over-flowing with excitement in anticipation for World Tea Expo to be held in Long Beach, California, next May. CailforniaDreaminBlog It simply must be said that exhibiting and attending any event put on by World Tea Media is essential to starting a tea business, growing a tea business, and making and maintaining important connections within the tea industry.  If you would like to read my post-show recap and view pictures from World Tea East held Oct. 20-22, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia, please click here. I have already said it, but we can thank George Jage, Founder and Director of World Tea Media, for bringing us all together year after year to help our businesses grow. Thank you, George, and keep up the great work – all of you at World Tea! Now, while I was exhibiting at World Tea East - of course - a few people caught my ear about things to do in California next May. First of all, I am told the weather will be glorious! Warm in the day and chilly at night so be sure to pack a jacket!  Not to take you away from Long Beach, but if you plan to visit a few days before or after World Tea Expo, I am told that a side trip to Laguna Beach would be great fun. You may find more information at Visit Laguna Beach, a year round retreat for art lovers. I also learned about two fabulous events held in Laguna Beach each year but find they will not be happening during May. Still something to check out, though.
Photo Credit: Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Back to Long Beach now. Some interesting facts about the history of Long Beach may be found here.  If you are looking for arts and culture, click here.  Someone told me that Whale Watching might not be in season in May but I researched this for you and have found information about that.  Some of Southern California’s best whale watching happens in Long Beach! The Blue Whale may be seen June through October off the coast of Long Beach.  The Gray Whale may be seen December through May.  A variety of other marine mammals such as Humpback Whales, Killer Whales (Orcas), Minke Whales, dolphins, sea lions and sea birds may be spotted in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. For more information on whale watching, please click here. If you are a landlubber, a visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific presents an opportunity to take in more than 11,000 ocean animals, representing over 500 species.  Exhibits range in size and capacity from about 5,000 to 350,000 gallons. The Aquarium is situated on over six acres on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, across the water from the Long Beach Convention Center. This blog will continue monthly through May, 2014 and I will help connect you to area attractions, dining, and special events planned at World Tea Expo. If you have any questions about Long Beach, California, or upcoming activities or events planned for World Tea Expo, please post a comment below, or click here to contact me directly, and visit for more information. Until next time, I remain California Dreamin’… : ) Gail Gastelu, The Tea House Times