Long Beach

#WeAllGrow Field Trips Inspired Moments of Awe

#WeAllGrow in Long Beach, CA
#WeAllGrow in Long Beach, CA

#WeAllGrow Summit started with several magical Field Trips filled with enough moments of awe to last a lifetime. Dolphins included!

Our sponsors were so excited to meet everyone and connect with the influencers who have been killing it online (Yes, you!). Several of them joined us in organizing an unforgettable day of tours, sightseeing, relaxation and a few mimosas! Because everyone knows you can’t have a fab day without a bit of champagne. #WeAllGrow sponsors also know that the only way to create long-lasting relationships is by illustrating the mission behind their brands with meaningful experiences, which are rooted in empowerment, cultura y familia.

Neutrogena

Select attendees were treated with a cruise to the Catalina Islands for a day of beach-front relaxation, a healthy, beautifying lunch, refreshing mimosas, and yoga under a gorgeous sunlit sky (with SPF, of course!). With scenic views in every corner and a beautiful dolphin sighting to complete the day, Neutrogena’s #VerasQueEsPosible mantra came to life.

Neutrogena Field Trips #WeAllGrow #veraqueesposible
Neutrogena Field Trips #WeAllGrow #veraqueesposible

Transitions + VisionWorks

Transitions and VisionWorks kept the day stylish with a fun tour of Los Angeles with hosts, celebrity eyewear designers Coco + Breezy! Attendees learned all about the twins’ humble beginnings in the eyewear industry and connected over a delicious vegan Mexican lunch at the popular LA restaurant, Gracias Madre. Coco and Breezy set the tone for the rest of the day as they DJ’d from their phones on the tour bus and danced with attendees as they headed back to the studio for their very own photoshoot with Transitions + VisionWorks. Latina bloggers and creators were treated to a styling session and finished off their look with a chic pair of Transitions lenses from VisionWorks, perfect for their professional street style photoshoot.

Transitions at #WeAllGrow
Transitions at #WeAllGrow

Long Beach Conventions and Visitor Bureau

As if the #WeAllGrow Summit and Latina Bloggers Connect teams didn’t suffer enough FOMO (we had meetings in lieu of trips), a group of over 40 attendees got to take in the beautiful sites of our host city, Long Beach. They started the day off with a boat tour that revisited the history of Long Beach’s scenic harbor. They were able to sit back and chat with each other while enjoying a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline and world famous Queen Mary. Shortly after their boat tour they headed to the Museum of Latin American Art located in the East Village Arts District of Long Beach. While there, Latina Bloggers had the opportunity to view MOLAA At Twenty 1996-2016 Exhibition, an extensive collection of U.S. Latino and Chicano art. A short bus ride over next led them to the Aquarium of the Pacific for a delicious lunch with a view and a VIP behind-the-scenes guided tour of the aquarium. Lastly, it wouldn’t have been a true tour of Long Beach without visiting the historic Queen Mary. Attendees wrapped up their daylong tour of Long Beach with a guided tour of the legendary ship.

#LongBeach and #WeAllGrow Summit
#LongBeach and #WeAllGrow Summit

Disney Parks

Disney Parks celebrated 60 years of magic with #WeAllGrow Summit attendees! Guests explored both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure and enjoyed rides like Star Tours and Radiator Springs Racers. Rides were followed by a beautiful day listening to the Mickey Mouse marching band and #Disneyland60 celebrations throughout the park. The day ended with a group photo of all the bloggers and creators that attended this fabulous field trip.

disney parks at #weallgrow summit
disney parks at #weallgrow summit

YouTube

There’s nothing quite like visiting the YouTube Space in Los Angeles to really bring the power of its influence to life. #LatinaCreators were excited to see and experience the place they’ve virtually known and loved for so long! Guests were once again blown away by the size of YouTube Space LA and the amount of resources available to those who wish to create a channel. Many came back from their trip ready to step up their game by perfecting their SEO, upping their video content and making better use of YouTube’s analytics to further understand their audiences.

YouTube Space LA #WeAllGrow
YouTube Space LA #WeAllGrow

Mazda

Mazda knows that #DrivingMatters, especially when you’re cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway. Attendees drove down Ocean Drive to Huntington Beach Pier in style in the brand new CX-5 before heading to the award-winning Parker’s Lighthouse for a seafood lunch in Long Beach. The day ended with a tour of the beautiful and culturally rich Museum of Latin American Art.

#DrivingMatters with Mazda #WeAllGrow
#DrivingMatters with Mazda #WeAllGrow

As you can see, there’s something about driving a Mazda that makes you whip your hair back and forth!

For more behind the scenes fun, check out our Snapchat story!

Eats and Sweets: Best Places to Dine in Downtown Long Beach

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Long Beach is a vibrant community with delicious options for eating. We’ve rounded up nine restaurants (and two extras for your sweet tooth) of all different cuisine for you to check out during your #WeAllGrow Summit stay in California.

Berlin Bistro:

If you’re looking to get an exceptional cup of joe while shopping around the East Village Arts District, you have to stop in Berlin Bistro. This contemporary café serves up a unique blend of healthy cuisine and bold brews.

From cappuccinos, to espressos, to red eyes, Berlin Bistro has it all. Against the backdrop of reclaimed wood and, your Instagram pictures will pop with pictures of a fresh entrees, that include delicious finger foods, refreshing salads and vegan pastries. Download their breakfast, brunch, and lunch and dinner menus here.

Bo Beau Kitchen + Roof Tap:

Located in Downtown Long Beach, Bo Beau Kitchen + Roof Tap offers a casual, urban atmosphere and features California-French comfort food. Complete with a roof tap beer garden, the restaurant has delicious, reasonable priced food to dig into after a long.

Check out the amazing gallery; we already have a few photo-shoot ideas in store. But even if you’re just in the mood to relax, Bo Beau Kitchen + Roof Tap is a great setting to kick back with a glass of wine and discuss the day’s events with your newest friends.

The Attic on Broadway

If you’re craving southern comfort food in a 1920s style bungalow, then you have to stop in to The Attic on Broadway. Most known for their mac n’ cheetos, The Attic on Broadway is unique and carefree. Prices here range from $8 to $30 so it’s great if you’re in the mood for a quick bite to eat or someplace inexpensive. The menu items range from breakfast, to appetizers, to dinner and lunch. Check it out here.

555 East:

Vacations always call for a steak dinner, so look no further than 555 East American Steakhouse. This restaurant offers a classic, yet comfortable ambiance with a delicious menu and an award-winning wine list. Whether you want to stop in for lunch, dinner or even just dessert, 555 East has it all.  Choose from their extensive wine list, and pair with a delicious steak (cooked to your liking), pasta and chicken, or choose from a variety of seafood options.

Lola’s Mexican Cuisine:

If you’re in the mood for a fiesta, head on over to Lola’s Mexican Cuisine. Everything is made from scratch and Lola’s serves quality ingredients, using only the choicest meats, poultry and fish. Brought to you from the kitchens of Guadalajara, Mexico, come enjoy lunch or dinner in the dining room or relax on the outside patio. Peruse their menu; platillos del mar, enchiladas, burritos, tacos de lujo and so much more will make your decision tough but it’s guaranteed to be delicious.

Restauration:

Looking for a modern eatery? Venture to Downtown Long Beach and stop in at Restauration. According to the restaurant’s website, Restauration is a combination of two words that define the Long Beach community: restaurant and restore. This eatery brings old American cuisine, while embracing modern flare.All food is locally sourced and responsibly grown, using seasonal ingredients based on the Southern and Central Californian lifestyle. You can order online and the best part – happy hour is every day from 3 – 6:30 p.m. Enjoy $4-$6 beer, wine and select food specials. You don’t want to miss out on Restauration.

Number Nine:

If you’re in the mood for Vietnamese cuisine, Number Nine Noodles and Beer is the place to be. This restaurant focuses on clean, simple, healthy and enjoyable experience in a modern atmosphere.

You’re able to order online at Number Nine and their menu boosts a ton of options all for under $15. Definitely consider this noodle bar if you’re in the mood for a delicious yet cheaper dinner.

Beachwood BBQ and Brewing:

Everyone loves a good barbeque and Beachwood BBQ is just the place to satisfy your craving. With an endless array of traditions and techniques, Beachwood likes it low and slow. While they take their time preparing your dish, they make sure it’s worth the wait.

Somewhere between tradition and innovation, Beachwood has found their groove with perfectly cooked pork and 22 beers to choose from. You may need a while to look through their savvy menu.

P3 Artisan Pasta:

We didn’t forget about our pasta lovers so head on over to P3 Artisan Pasta to get those Italian dishes you’ve been yearning for. Start off with a spinach artichoke dip (because who doesn’t love that), and choose between a variety of pizzas and homemade pastas. And if you’re gluten free, no worries – P3 has options for gluten free pasta. Additionally, there is an extensive wine list to pair perfectly with any Italian dish.

Check out the full menu to start planning out your meals!

For those of us with a sweet tooth…

For anyone looking for a sweet fix, Guanabana and Afters Ice Cream are two great options. Guanabana serves delicious ice creams and sorbets topped with tropical fruit. Pick from one, two or three scoops of ice cream from a variety of flavors, or go the drink route and choose a smoothie, juice, shaved ice or milk shake.

Do you love donuts? Do you enjoy ice cream? What about together? If you want to find out if this is your new favorite dessert, then head on over to Afters Ice Cream. Known for this combination (called a milky bun), this unique ice cream parlor will leave your taste buds in a frenzy. Of course, you don’t have to pair your ice cream with a donut. Whatever you decide, make sure to stop by this California adventure.

For more food options and things to do in Long Beach, follow #WeAllGrow Summit's board Beautiful City of Long Beach on Pinterest.

Downtown Long Beach Awaits: Things to See and Do

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Long Beach is an exciting Southern California city that screams fun and entertainment. With so much to see and explore, as well as the many offerings at #WeAllGrow Summit, to narrow down the sights you might want to take in can be a challenge. Fear not lovely ladies, for your good friends at Latina Bloggers Connect have you covered. Check out our list of must-see things in Long Beach. Happy exploring!

For our Adventures:

For anyone who is up for adventuring throughout Long Beach, there are plenty of options. Whether you’re a kid at heart or preparing for the premiere of Finding Dory, theLong Beach Aquarium is a beautiful way to spend some free time. With 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, there’s plenty to explore. The Aquarium houses an array of animals, from all different species of fish, to sharks to Southern California steelheads to penguins. Explore the world of jellyfish and then get up-close and personal with Magellanic penguins. See them from above or walk through the underwater tunnel, which gives you a feeling of being right in the exhibit with the critters. With so much to explore, you won’t be bored at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

If you’re looking for a historic adventure, head on over to the elegantQueen Mary, a 1930s voyager, which regularly sailed from Southampton, England to New York City. Now docked in Long Beach, you have the chance to hop aboard and tour the magnificent vessel. Take an informative guided tour, check out the Princess Diana exhibit, dedicated to the late duchess and the Royal Family, or explore the ship at night when the spirits come out to play. They just don’t make them like they used to, so if you have free time make sure to pay Queen Mary a visit.

For our Art Lovers:

If you’re looking to get cultured in Cali, Long Beach is full of amazing places to experience art.Pow Wow Long Beach features a collection of graphic art and murals throughout the city. What started in Hawaii, quickly spread to other cities and Long Beach is lucky enough to be one of these amazing cities. Make sure to check out themap in order to find all the murals.

TheMuseum of Latin American Art is also not to be missed. Conveniently located at the corner of 6th Street and Alamitos, MOLAA expands knowledge and appreciation for modern and contemporary Latin American art through collections, exhibits, educational programs and cultural events. Admission is only $10 and the museum is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and until 9 p.m. on Fridays. Additionally, if you’re planning on staying any extra days in Long Beach, admission is free on Sundays.

Long Beach East Village Arts District displays a collection of art, as well as exciting attractions, great places to eat and a lot of dynamic stores to browse and shop. Some of the attractions include Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Long Beach Sports Arena, the 1926 Art Deco Breakers Hotel and the Museum of Latin American Art!

For our Nature Lovers:

For all our girls looking to spend some quality time outdoors (or are looking for the perfect photo opportunity) theEarl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is the perfect stop. The garden is a hybrid art form that combines typical Japanese garden designs fused with the Southern California lifestyle. Admission to the garden is completely free. If you have time, check out thephoto gallery of the garden – it is absolutely stunning!

If you’re coming to Cali in search of sand and water, head on down toBelmont Shore. Not only will you have access to the ocean, you can rent kayaks on or go for a Gondola ride. Additionally, you can also explore the Shore on bikes and ride them throughout the boardwalk. There are many shops and restaurants as well to meet any craving. However, if you’re looking to relax a little bit, Belmont Shore provides spectacular views and would be the perfect place for a photo shoot – of the scenery or with a blogger friend!

For our Shopaholics:

One of the best places for shopping in Long Beach is theShoreline Village. It boosts a number of unique, cute shops, like Seabreeze Jewelry and Sunglasses, Soapy Delites and Shorelines Comics. If you’re looking for interesting souvenirs and gifts, this is definitely the place to be. Check out Queen Mary Couture, an eclectic boutique featuring an assortment of vintage-inspired styles and rocker-chic fashion. Head on over to Latin Waves, which is the place for authentic Mexican, handmade clothing for both men and women. Or pick up a unique cap at Village Hat Shop.

The East Village Art District also has great options for shopping. So if you’re planning on stopping there for the art, think about window-shopping too! Long Beach also has a lot of smaller, boutiques throughout the downtown area. If you’re a vintage lover, you have to check outMeow! Vintage. A paradise for vintage shoppers, the store is filled with retro clothing and accessories from the 1940s to 1980s.  There are many more stores throughout the city and we recommend checking outthis list to help find and narrow down where you want to shop!

For all our foodies, check back next week when we have an entire article dedicated to Long Beach eats! Make sure to check out our Long Beach Board on Pinterest for even more fun things to do.

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Announcing #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Dates and Location

#WeAllGrow Summit 2016I have major butterflies in my stomach as I write this. I'm transported back to those magical 3-4 days we spent together just four months ago at our inaugural #WeAllGrow Summit at the LINE Hotel in Los Angeles y me emociona tanto that we're so blessed to be able to do this again!

#WeAllGrow Summit is back and growing!

Join us from March 3-5, 2016 at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA.

What to expect?

This year our theme is "Moments of Awe" because we want to continue inspiring and motivating your growth with sessions, speakers, events and a location that provokes feelings of awe. And awe nurtures creativity and passion.

We'll be growing to 350 attendees, but it's still crafted to feel and be an intimate event with well thought-out and executed sessions, workshops, plus networking and bonding opportunities. And all within a beautiful Southern California waterfront backdrop.

The Hotel Maya - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - embraces the Latin American and Southern California aesthetic in such a unique way and is just ideal for us. We're actually doing a complete takeover of the hotel, so you definitely want to book your room as soon as possible to get first dibs on those coveted water view rooms.

Long Beach is such a perfect location because it has its own airport (a JetBlue hub!) and is only 22 miles away from either LAX or John Wayne airport in Orange County. It's also a very fun beach hangout with plenty of waterfront activities that we'll make sure you get to enjoy at leisure or through sponsor experiences.

Remember we sold out this year and it was our first summit! So now that word is out and we only have 100 more spots than we did last year, we suggest you register as soon as you can. In fact, we have a Super Early Bird ticket for $150 USD starting now and ending on June 29 at 9pm PST. Register here.

Interested in connecting with a fabulous and professional group of #LatinaBloggers and #LatinaCreators in a spectacular setting? Check out our Sponsors page for more info. We have limited sponsorship opportunities to keep the event and connections impactful and meaningful, so we invite you to contact us as soon as possible to guarantee the best options.