Disclosure, I received tickets to the Scots Festival at the Queen Mary, however all opinions are my own.
We spent last Saturday at the Scots Festival at the Queen Mary, located in Long Beach, California. It had been a long time since we’d been to the Queen Mary, and I’d forgotten how much there is to see there.For the past 20 years, I have attend the Scots Festival at various venues around Southern California. Having the festival tucked in and around the Queen Mary is just the right spot for a Scottish Festival, since construction of the Queen Mary began in Scotland in 1930.
Every detail of the ship reflects the Art Deco era, and it is worth walking around the ship, just to experience the luxury of sea travel from days gone by. There is a fascinating and relatively large display of model ships, a haunted encounters tour, as well as a World War 2 tour aptly named, “Her Finest Hour”.
The ship is now a hotel, and many years ago, my husband and I spent the first night of our honeymoon in one of the elegant staterooms. There are a variety of restaurants and bars on the Queen Mary, including Sir Winston’s restaurant, Chelsea Chowder House and a tea room. The pipe bands paraded directly in front of the ship, and the dance competitions were held in air conditioned “salons”. My daughter and I visited the Princess Diana exhibit, while my husband listened to the pipe bands and had an ale.
So, the next time you’re in Los Angeles, make a trip down to Long Beach for the Scots festival at the Queen Mary.
Click on the link for more information on future Queen Mary Scots Festival and International Highland Games in Long Beach.