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Manhattan Beach, California: Three Top Things to Do

04 January 2019 Written by   Jeff Shotwell Published in blog
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Manhattan Beach is a cool town. If you're staying here, take advantage of these top 3 attractions.

1. Ray Kappe's Scheimer Residence

Southern California is filled with architectural gems. It was home to ground-breaking twentieth- and twenty-first century architects from Frank Gehry to Richard Neutra. Not to be outdone is architect Ray Kappe's Scheimer Residence, on the Strand, #1600. It was designed to look like a luxury cruise ship from the heyday of the luxury liner, with large windows and a more than $13 million price tag. This area of The Strand is filled with interesting architecture, so take a stroll around to see more. (Note that this is a private residence; only the outside can be publicly viewed.)

2. Pages Bookstore

Love bookstores? Pages is a great stop on your Manhattan Beach travels. It's an independent bookstore whose offerings range from California history to beach photography to wine tastings to the history of the movies. You can sit; you can browse; you can pick up books for later reading or New Year's gifts. You can also catch readings and signings by local and national authors, including Lisa See and Jill Soloway. Pages is at 904 Manhattan Avenue.

3. The Manhattan Beach Pier

The Manhattan Beach Pier is not as big or built-up as Santa Monica's Pier, but many people like it better. You can play volleyball, stroll around, or go to a small aquarium. The pier itself is over 900 feet long, so it makes a nice stroll. It's also a great place to see the ocean, needless to say.

4. The Farmer's Market

Manhattan Beach has a fantastic farmer's market. Not only is their top-of-the-line and unusual produce, but there are activities, prepared meals, music, and train rides. This is your chance to pick up produce and products in which the area specializes, from vegan cheese to avocados. Every Tuesday from 11 to 4, at 13th Street & Morningside Drive.

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