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Linda Adler, Owner/Proprietor of The Pengu-inn
About Linda Adler, Owner/Proprietor of The Pengu-inn
My parents and two friends bought this 3-unit condominium complex when it was still under construction. I inherited our unit last year and am now the only original owner/family still here. Since it is too big for me, I moved nearby to Belmont Heights, and decided to share the condo as a vacation rental. As a former teacher, consultant, and heavy-duty traveler, I learned through experience what parents, children, and guests look for when vacationing. We have worked very hard to make this as easy a vacation as you and your family might want. My family came from New York, in 1954, to a suburb of Los Angeles, but it wasn't until after college that my brothers and I persuaded our parents that they just had to move to the beach. They found the condo and the rest is history--our little piece of Heaven. The condo has seen 40+ years of family partying, out-of-town guests, BBQs, celebrations, babies, toddlers, teenagers, adults, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It has been home to my two brothers and me and a wonderful time at the shore for our offspring. We have enjoyed seeing small changes in Old Town Seal Beach and relish the fact it has stayed one of California's last quaint little cities by the sea. For the last few years I have lived here and been a companion to my mother. Each day we would have our coffee and breakfast in the dining room and watch the daily parade of people and pets enjoying their morning walk, and the surfers sitting patiently on their surfboards waiting for a wave, and the park benches filled with friends and visitors. If it rained, we watched the angry surf and then the return to serenity and collecting shells on the scruffy shore. Seal Beach has provided our whole family with a most wonderful experience. My parents, with their open-door policy, filled It with love for all who came. They made it a home complete with family, friends, and fun. I hope our guests will continue that tradition.
Linda Adler, Owner/Proprietor of The Pengu-inn purchased this Condo in 1979
Why Linda Adler, Owner/Proprietor of The Pengu-inn chose Old Towne
Even though when we first saw it it was nearing the end of its construction, we knew why our parents bought it. The 3-unit condominium complex was brand new, on a corner, with a unobstructable view of the pier, beach, harbor and city lights and a true stone's throw from the sand and sea. What more could they want??? To top that off, it was big enough for family, friends, and entertaining; it was in a small, easily accessible, beachside city that didn't have dreams of becoming a metropolitan area. My father said then, and many years later, that it was Paradise--and the best decision he'd made since marrying my mother and moving his family to California. Not one of us ever disagreed with him. Now, sharing this Paradise with our guests will ensure our grandchildren and great-grandchildren can continue to enjoy it.
What makes this Condo unique
What made us fall in love with our new home? As the realtors say, "Location, location, location!" Facing the park and the beach, our condo has unobstructed panoramic views of the sand, sea, pier, and people. It is bright, comfortable, open, and in the midst of a little town that just celebrated its centennial and continues the traditions of a quaint little beach town, a community of concerts, commerce, camaraderie. It is easily accessible from a major, but old-fashioned quick in and out airport, central to a host of theme parks, sports events, excellent schools and universities. It plays host to a number of charitable events that bring people to the town to enjoy its restaurants, bars, and beach. Our beaches are kept spotless on a daily basis, safe with its six lifeguard stations; our streets equally clean and safe and filled with friendly residents and tourists and an unbelievably large variety of pets of all sizes and ages. It is truly a Southern California treasure.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Sunshine at Christmas
It was a perfect place for our extended family to gather after Christmas. Lots of room....spacious dining room...and perfect living room to watch New Years football with a view of the beach. Great location.... from the pier to main street... lots to do. Bedrooms were private and suited 3 couples. And we LOVED the penguins everywhere! A great time. Will come in summer sometime.... unbelievable location.
Wonderful location in a safe and friendly, laid-back, Southern California beach town.
Linda’s place sits on the corner of 8th and Ocean Blvd in Seal Beach. We were worried when we first booked, but, wow; the location was one of our favorite things about the unit. Ocean Ave sported amazingly limited traffic even on Christmas week. We never closed the blinds because we felt safe and alsoentertained by the ocean-view interspersed with neighborhood dog-walkers and stunning sunsets. My thirty-year-old son walked to a neighborhood bar after the “old folks” went to bed and the community brass band played Christmas Charols outside the Coldstone ice-cream parlor at the end of the block. Seal Beach is an authentic beach town but truly “off the beaten tract.”
The unit has absolutely everything you would want, all the cooking stuff, comfortable living room chairs with a view and a giant TV, Lots of towels a garage for one car and a parking permit for another.
The only thing I regret about our stay is that we didn’t have any kids, (other than my grown son) because Linda’s house looks like it would be great for families who have children. The sand and waves were right there and the nicknacks we’re all out of reach.
Thank you Lin, for a wonderful Christmas week.
Location, location, location.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. 6 adults, 2 little ones had a great time. Weather was great for October. Went to Disneyland, played in the sand, walked the downtown, met with California family and friends.
Thanks for sharing your home, hope to return soon.
Pengu-Inn The Best!
Clean, comfortable and the most hospitable Hostess, Linda Adler. Whatever situation that was at hand Linda promptly addressed and was instantly a Friend who served our needs.
This site is the best on the Street I think, with the view of all the comings and goings of Seal Beach morning, noon or night. We had perfect weather and all our families were within a 2 block distance with 3 rentals. We had the best! Made the perfect Wedding celebration even more spectacular for us East Coast visitors.
Everything we needed
Location was amazing! Beach, shops, etc. we would stay there again!
This really is your view from the front window.
You are really a block walk from the beginning of the Old Town area. If you never wanted to move your car it could happen. The two parking spots made moving possible but having no more than a midsize car made things easier. We had five adults and a baby so the rooms fit our needs. Plenty of seating and the kitchen table was huge. Linda is a wonderful host and even found a crib for the baby. As a reminder to first time visitors to the area. Everyone loves to come to the beach. There is a lot of hustle and bustle in the area and you need to enjoy it as you are in the center of it. We loved it and it was a perfect place for us.
There is so much to see and do, with or without a car. You'll love walking down Main St, spending the day on the sand and watching the sunset from your living room or the pier. A children's playground is on the sand at the pier, as are ice cream and smoothie shops. It's always happy hour in Seal Beach!
A few miles southwest is Huntington Beach, aka Surf City, yet more shopping, surfing, sunning and eating. Less than an hour away by car are Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Legoland, baseball, LA Zoo, Universal City, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, museums, observatory, arboretum, botanical gardens. Cabrillo Beach and its museum will give you a glimpse of Southern California wildlife and sea life, picnic areas and a jetty to walk on. Also in San Pedro is the SS Iowa, a retired battleship open for viewing. A ride through the winding roads of Palos Verdes provides spectacular views, picnic areas, surfers and luxury shopping. See and feel the results of earth movements from the bumps in the road and how the road itself continues to shift. It's a modern archeological gem! Visit the South Bay beach cities, Redondo, Hermosa, and Manhattan, where you might see sports and TV and film celebrities who have homes there and work at Sony Studios.
If you're not in the sightseeing frame of mind, there is still plenty to do right in Seal Beach and its surrounding area. Be sure to check on the surfer's board at the beginning of the pier to see when the grunion run. Grunion are sardine-sized fish that come in on waves and lay their eggs in the sand before being washed back out to sea. This happens around midnight during a few days of the month. Be sure to get a fishing license if you want to catch some with your bare hands. They make excellent eating, just sautéed in some butter and make for a never-to-be-forgotten memory for children of all ages. July 4, watch the fireworks from the pier, your living room window, or the sand. Long Beach, on your right, and Huntington Beach, on your left both provide fir . Enjoy concerts in the park at dusk, local festivals, golf, fishing, or what's really the best, are the beaches of Seal Beach--the fine sand that is groomed daily, the bright sun, the shades of the trees in the park above the beach. At the marina, where Seal Beach meets Long Beach, visit craft breweries (as well as our very own and renowned Beachwood Brewery and BBQ on Main St) and dine seaside. Enjoy the Farmers' Market and Crafts Fair there on Sundays.
Walk the streets of the city and see the architectural variety where the old meets the contemporary; bicycle over to 2nd St. in Belmont Shore, which is like our Main Street. It's filled with unique shops, ethnic restaurants, patisseries, and great people-watching.
Nearby Long Beach has a multitude of activities, too. Live theater, the Pike along the waterfront, filled with an arcade, restaurants, lots and lots of restaurants, an arts district, museums. Don't miss the Aquarium, with its fabulous mural outside and sea life on the inside.
Back in Seal Beach, be on the lookout for seals and whales in the water, and big trailers from some TV or film studios. Seal Beach is a favorite for filming commercials, TV programs and films. One of our famous pubs was the location for a scene in a Clint Eastwood Oscar nominated film. Speaking of the pub, Main St has a really wide assortment of restaurants and bars, serving Mexican, Thai, Italian, Japanese (including Sushi), Greek, Mediterranean, pizza, seafood, good ole burgers, subs, and sandwiches, wonderful breakfasts and brunches, daily specials, sports bars, and fine French and cosmopolitan dining. There is an old-fashioned coffee house, complete with live music nightly, just down the street, and other coffee houses and bakeries serving the yummiest pastries, desserts, crepes and coffee. You can't go hungry or thirsty in Seal Beach!
If you have energy to burn, walk to the fire station, library, City Hall, tennis courts, or the swimming pool at McGough Elementary School. Or, watch children and teens go through their paces on the beach with surfing schools and a summer program teaching them about marine life, safety, ecology.
Pavilions Market and CVS Pharmacy are across the highway at the end of Main St. Restaurants, banks, candy store, bar, shoemaker and a stained glass shop/workshop and laundromat are there.
More restaurants, shops and movie theaters are a stone's throw away; a famous In-N-Out Burgers keeps the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and 2nd St busy all the time while the shopping centers on either side will entice you. Barnes & Noble books, Starbucks, pet grooming, Trader Joe's, Nordstrom Rack, Best Buy, Gelson's Gourmet and Whole Foods Markets are just a few of the shops to explore. But, best of all walk across the street in front of the condo to bask in the sun on the beach or nap in the shade of the park's trees. Seal Beach, and your home away from home bring you just a little bit of Paradise by the Pacific.