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Norton Simon Museum 411 West Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, California 91105 626.449.6840 general information 626.844.6980 group tours www.nortonsimon.org
THE L ANGHAM H UNTINGTON, P ASADENA is the perfect place to escape from it all and relax in luxury as you enjoy world-class dining and the award-winning Chuan Spa.
CHUAN SPA Uniting today’s cutting-edge facial technologies with treatments inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chuan Spa offers luxurious services such as massages, facials, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, and hair services. It also features two couple’s suites, one of which is a completely private VIP Suite delivering the ultimate feeling of exclusivity, for ideal relaxation.
THE ROYCE | WOOD-FIRED STEAKHOUSE Featuring the finest selection of USDA Prime Cuts, Australian Wagyu and Authentic Kobe Japanese Beef, expertly prepared over a wood-fired grill to sear in maximum flavor and juiciness. Menu includes fresh, seasonal seafood and comforting side dishes. Enjoy pre- or post-dinner drinks in the red wine room, find a spot at the Chef’s Table for the best steak experience in town.
THE TAP ROOM Serving handmade cocktails, premium artisanal beers on tap and upscale bar bites nightly. Live music Thursday – Saturday evenings.
To make a dining or spa reservation, please dial (626) 568 3900
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Experience the new look and feel of the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel. Centrally located in the heart of the city, next to the Pasadena Convention Center and within walking distance to an array of shops and dining options. Whether you are in town for work or leisure, our professionally trained staff is here to make sure your experience is memorable.
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WELCOME Visiting the Crown City
10 WHAT’S NEW Exciting events coming to Pasadena 12 SIGNATURE EVENTS Music, athletics, art and more 22 RESTAURANTS Dining at its best 34 NIGHTLIFE Stepping out at night 36 ARTS & CULTURE The beauty and history of Pasadena 4
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40 TOURS Places to see 41 SHOPPING Pasadena style
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42 FAMILY ACTIVITIES Fun for the whole family 44 OUTDOORS Fresh air and fun 46 HOTELS Superior lodging options 50 GETTING AROUND Local travel tips
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Welcome TO PASADENA
istoric, cosmopolitan and distinct, Pasadena is a vibrant city nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, 10 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The “Crown of the Valley” is known for decades-long traditions, yet remains one of Los Angeles’ most forward-thinking cities. History buffs, culture vultures, design aficionados and leisure travelers alike find plenty to do, whether exploring the famous grand mansions and museums, world-class shopping and dining or attending iconic, year-round events and festivals.
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Described as “a shiny jewel of Southern California” by the New York Times, Pasadena thrives with four distinct neighborhoods. Pasadena’s 19th century origins remain reflected in what was once the city’s original marketplace and oldest commercial area, Old Pasadena. A model of historic preservation and civic revitalization, the 21 blocks of Old Pasadena were designated a National Register Historic District in 1983 and contain restored examples of late 19th and early 20th century architecture. The tree-lined and bohemiancentric Playhouse District is home 8
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to the Pasadena Playhouse, the official State Theatre of California. With festivals like Pasadena ARTWalk, as well as local crafts and specialty shops, the entire neighborhood is practically an open-air museum, thanks to a large number of public art installations like utility box art, street art, spun chairs and painted crosswalk designs. The visually engaging neighborhood is a feast for the eyes. South Lake Avenue District has taken on the motto “Shop. Dine. Live.” and with good reason. It’s a shopping and dining district that flaunts a stylish, lifestyle approach to happy living. The charming, 10-block area with mid-century and European flair is home to designer shops, artisanal boutiques, outdoor bistros, and spas. The Civic Center District, between Old Pasadena and Playhouse District, is home to beautifully designed buildings reflecting the Beaux-Arts and Mediterranean Revival era. History still resonates here with landmark buildings including the Pasadena Central Library,
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Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and City Hall. The Civic Center District is also home to The Paseo, a visually striking retail and shopping promenade featuring contemporary dining, ArcLight Cinema, specialty shops, and more.
For a more local experience, visitors can get off the beaten path and explore East Washington Boulevard for artisanal coffee and ice cream; South Fair Oaks Avenue for antiques; and Lincoln Avenue for brunch and craftsman beer.
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here is of course no more iconic event associated with Pasadena than the Tournament of Roses® Parade and Rose Bowl Game. Well over a century after it first began, the 130th Rose Parade® on January 1, 2019, will celebrate the universal nature of music with the theme “The Melody of Life.” With beautiful floats, crafted with 100 percent natural floral materials, marching bands, and equestrian troops the parade is truly a oneof-a-kind spectacle. Throughout the fall the UCLA Bruins will be playing in the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium. Called America’s premier sporting venue by Sports Illustrated, a game at the Rose Bowl, in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains, is an experience like no other. Fall also brings the 27th annual Craftsman Weekend House tour November 9-11. Celebrating Pasadena’s defining architectural movement, Craftsman Weekend is the largest most comprehensive celebration of the Craftsman Movement in the Western United States. Pasadena’s unique architecture is not only interesting on its own, but a surprising number of houses and PASADENA VISITORS GUIDE
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institutions around town have turned up as locations in many Hollywood productions, adding to their intrigue for fans of the silver screen. The Pasadena Film Tour visits over 30 movie and TV locations around town, from such well known productions as Back To The Future, “Mad Men”, Batman, The Sting, La La Land, and more. For a unique shopping experience take a peek into Peekaboo Gallery, Pasadena’s new experiential gallery and cultural destination in Old Pasadena. Peekaboo’s mission is to offer a museum-style, theatrical experience where the showcased subject matter alternates every two months. The gallery features a myriad of antiques, collectible memorabilia, and one of a kind items—both for exhibition and sale. This December, enjoy some seasonal entertainment with Lythgoe Family Panto who will bring The Wonderful Winter of Oz to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium December 15–30. Entering their seventh season in Pasadena, these raucous, live, interactive reinterpretation of famous fairy tales is sure to enthrall audiences of all ages. Of course you’ll need a place to stay when taking in all the culture and entertainment that Pasadena has to offer. No matter VISITPASADENA.COM
your budget or agenda there is lodging to fit every situation, with new locations opening up and old classics recently remodeled and upgraded for maximum appeal to today’s guests. The $31 million Hyatt Place will open its doors midwinter offering 186 luxury guest rooms as well as ground floor retail space and guest amenities. All directly within the heart of downtown Pasadena. The Hotel
Constance offers an equally elegant experience. Originally built in 1926, the property recently underwent a $60 million makeover to become a stunning lifestyle boutique hotel, centrally located on the parade route in Pasadena’s South Lake Avenue District. From cutting edge cuisine, to fine arts, from the symphony to football, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Pasadena.
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Moonlight Forest October 26, 2018 – January 6, 2019 The breathtaking fantasy of lights will transform the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden into a Moonlight Forest with exotic animals, flowers, pandas, dragons and more. (626) 821-3222 arboretum.org
Enchanted Forest at Descanso Gardens November 18, 2018 – January 6, 2019 Each year during the holidays, Descanso Gardens transforms its grounds into an enchanted forest with whimsical lighting displays and interactive exhibitions. (818) 949-4200 descansogardens.org
Craftsman Weekend November 9-11, 2018 Join the largest, most comprehensive salute to Arts and Crafts-style architecture in the western U.S., including bus and walking tours of historic neighborhoods and visits to distinctive Craftsman-era homes. (626) 441-6333 pasadenaheritage.com
Holiday Look-In Home Tour December 1-2, 2018 Visit four area homes decorated for the holidays by professional florists. pasadenaholidaylookin.org
41st Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade November 18, 2018 Started in 1978, the event was originally conceived as an irreverent answer to the traditional Tournament of Roses Parade. The first of its kind in America, the Doo Dah’s eccentric satire has now been copied in other cities across the country. Offbeat humor and floats from wacky entries like Flying Baby Homerun, Pony Baloney Express, and Fish Tank Dress make their way down Colorado Blvd. beginning at 11:00 am. (626) 590-7596 pasadenadoodahparade.info
Castle Green Holiday Tour December 2, 2018 Take a step back in time at the historic Castle Green while roaming the 120 year old halls and grounds. Enjoy your own self-guided tour of Castle Green; including 25+ private condominiums, the Penthouse and the iconic bridge. (626) 793-0359 castlegreen.com/tour The Wonderful Winter of Oz December 15-30, 2018 Lythgoe Family Panto will bring their world premiere of The Wonderful Winter of Oz to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium this holiday season. An updated version of the classic tale presented in the traditional British panto style and featuring contemporary music, dancing, and a comedic twist. americanpanto.com (323) 575-6161
Snow Days at Kidspace Children’s Museum December 26-30, 2018 Play in real snow, build your own snowman, perfect your snowball making skills, and make snow angels. (626) 449-9144 kidspacemuseum.org Float Decorating Places December 28-31, 2018 Preview Rose Parade® masterpieces as they are readied for New Year’s festivities. (877) 793-9911 tournamentofroses.com Live on Green December 29-31, 2018 Free family festival in the three days leading up to the Rose Parade. Live on Green will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center located on Green Street, which is the inspiration behind the name. liveongreenpaasdena.com Pasadena Heritage Architectural Legacy Walking Tour December 30, 2018 Expert guides highlight extraordinary architecture and local history. (626) 441-6333 pasadenaheritage.org
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Pasadena Ice Skating Center is open every day, offering public skating, group classes, private lessons, hockey sessions and parties. For more information visit skatepasadena.com
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Noon Year’s Eve at Kidspace Children’s Museum December 31, 2018 Celebrate the new year early with Kidspace and ring in the (almost) new year with a balloon drop, music and noise makers. (626) 449-9144 kidspacemuseum.org
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Rose Parade® January 1, 2019 A 130 year old tradition bringing residents and visitors together on New Year’s Day to watch a 5½ mile parade of grand floats, marching bands and equestrian units. (877) 793-9911 tournamentofroses.com Rose Bowl Game® January 1, 2019 The 105th Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual will feature a traditional matchup of teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten. (877) 793-9911 tournamentofroses.com
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Post-Parade Float Viewing January 1-2, 2019 Marvel at the floral masterpieces of the Rose Parade®, exhibited along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards. (877) 793-9911 tournamentofroses.com
Pasadena Cheeseburger Week January 6-11, 2019 Legend has it that Lionel Sternberger invented the cheeseburger in 1924 in Pasadena, while working at his father’s roadside stand called Rite Spot. Each year, restaurants and locals pay homage to Lionel’s achievement with a week-long celebration called Cheeseburger Week. (626) 795-3355 pasadenarestaurantweek.com Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K January 20, 2019 The annual half marathon and 5k will start at the Rose Bowl Stadium and pass through various Pasadena landmarks. pasadenahalf.com Golden State Tattoo Expo January 25-27, 2019 The Golden State Tattoo Expo 2019 brings together some of the world’s top tattoo artists, whose exceptional work clouds the line between fine art and tattoos. goldenstatetattooexpo.com
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Camellia Show at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens February 9-10, 2019 Hundreds of gorgeous blooms will compete for top honors at The Huntington’s 47th annual Camellia Show, co-sponsored by the Southern California Camellia Society. Shop for camellia plants to grow at home, and get some expert tips on care and cultivation. (626) 405-2100 huntington.org Black History Parade & Festival February 2019 Join in this celebration featuring food and merchandise booths, a children’s play area, and more. Jackie Robinson Center (626) 791-7983
ArtNight Pasadena March 8, 2019 Enjoy a free evening of art, music and entertainment as Pasadena’s most prominent art and culture institutions open their doors artnightpasadena.org
Spring Home Tour March 31, 2019 Tour architectural gems of the early 20th century that exemplify quintessential California style. (626) 441-6333 pasadenaheritage.org
Pasadena International Film Festival March 13-21, 2019 With over 100 film screenings from 15 countries, enjoy features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, animation and web series. pasadenafilmfestival.org
Pasadena Showcase House of Design April 21-May 19, 2019 Explore the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. A local estate is exquisitely transformed by top designers. (626) 578-8500 pasadenashowcase.org
America’s Got Talent March 2019 See NBC’s hit show live at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium with a colorful array of singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and more. on-camera-audiences.com/ shows/Americas_Got_Talent
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Monsterpalooza April 12-14, 2019 Horror aficionados and the creative professionals who bring these scary creatures to life will return to the Pasadena Convention Center with over 200 exhibitors, make-up demos, meet and greets and monster museum. monsterpalooza.com Bungalow Heaven Home Tour April 28, 2019 Tour select homes built from 1900 to the 1930s in Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena’s first Landmark District. bungalowheaven.org BoldPas: An Art Takeover June 2019 Los Angeles artists takeover Pasadena with temporary art installations throughout Old Pasadena’s unique urban and historic spaces during BoldPas. Visitors will meander historic alleyways and side streets to explore Old Pasadena’s wonderful history, architecture, retailers, and restaurants. (626) 356-9725 oldpasadena.org Pasadena Chalk Festival June 15–16, 2019 View hundreds of colorful chalk murals at your feet amid live music, fantastic food, shopping, and children’s activities at The Paseo. (626) 795-9100 pasadenachalkfestival.com
BOLDPAS Americafest July 4, 2019 All-day fun, food, and entertainment for the whole family, concluding in a spectacular fireworks show. (626) 577-3100 rosebowlstadium.com
MONTHLY Pasadena City College Flea Market (First Sunday) Peruse the wares of 500 vendors specializing in antiques and vintage collectibles. Free. (626) 585-7906 pasadena.edu/fleamarket
SEASONALLY UCLA Bruins Football Season September–November Cheer on the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl Stadium, home to the team since 1982. (310) 206-5991 rosebowlstadium.com/premiumseating Santa Anita Park December–June Witness live races from Thursday– Sunday at Santa Anita Park. (626) 574-7223 santaanita.com
Rose Bowl Flea Market (Secdond Sunday) Vintage treasure hunters and bargain seekers flock to the legendary Rose Bowl Flea Market. (323) 560-7469 rgcshows.com
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TOURNAMENT OF ROSES
he Rose Parade® has inspired and enlightened visitors for more than a century, and families have made it a tradition for generations to watch. Located along Colorado Boulevard, and flanked by VIP grandstand seating for the best views (hint: reserve these early), the mid-winter festival celebrates the best of Pasadena, where whimsical, floral covered floats, massive marching bands, decked-out horses and other
ornate participants parade for five and a half miles, led by grand marshal, Chaka Khan. This year’s parade theme, “The Melody of Life,” celebrates music, the universal language. While the event is free to the public along the curbside, reserved grandstand seating is available for spectators who want unobstructed views. Over the years, the annual festival of flowers, history, music, pageantry and sports have harmoniously merged for one of the world’s most thrilling affairs where the streets come alive
with larger-than-life, decorated floats, spirited marching bands and equestrian teams. Fans can also see the grand finale of the 2019 Royal Court, celebrating its 101st year. The Rose Queen and Royal Court participate by riding on a float as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses. The Rose Bowl Game® is “The Grandaddy of Them All” – it is oldest of all the bowls having debuted in 1902. In its 105th year, the Rose Bowl Game, presented by Northwestern Mutual, will take place on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 1 pm PST. PASADENA VISITORS GUIDE
KEY CONTACTS Visitors Center 300 E. Green St. (626) 795-9311 (877) 793-9911 visitpasadena.com Monday–Friday 8:00 am–5:00 pm Tournament of Roses® 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd. (626) 449-4100 tournamentofroses.com
Sharp Seating Company Official Tournament of Roses® grandstand seating company 1737 E. Colorado Blvd. (enter in back) (626) 795-4171 sharpseating.com Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr. (626) 577-3100 rosebowlstadium.com/ premiumseating
Pasadena Museum of History Official Year-Round Tournament of Roses® merchandise 470 W. Walnut St. (626) 577-1660 pasadenahistory.org
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360 N. Arroyo Blvd. (626) 577-3100 rosebowlstadium.com
East Shore RV Park 1440 Camper View Rd. San Dimas (909) 599-8355 eastshorervpark.com Fairplex KOA 2200 N. White Ave. Pomona (888) 562-4230 (909) 593-8915 koa.com
At Decorating Places presented by Giti Tire, spectators have the chance to view the final stages of the magnificent parade floats. A variety of seeds, bark, fruits, grasses and flowers will be added to the floats by professionals and volunteers. Visitors can see the floats in all their glory before parading down Colorado Boulevard. The event takes place at Rosemont Pavilion (December 28-31). Be sure to get a ticket in advance.
From Saturday, December 29, to Sunday, December 30, Bandfest presented by Remo will be a live music event featuring the exceptional bands selected to participate in the 2019 Rose Parade. There are more than 20 bands from across the United States and around the world that will perform in three events over the course of two days, presenting the field show that will take place over the parade.
Saddle up at the The Los Angeles Equestrian Center on Saturday, December 29 as Wells Fargo presents Equestfest. This event features the gorgeous horses and talented riders that serve as the premiere equestrian units for the 2019 Rose Parade. Watch as they perform drills, dances, trick riding and roping. Attendees can also stroll through the stables, talk to riders and learn about the various breeds while enjoying music, food and drinks and themed displays.
ROSE BOWL BASH
Celebrate college football (December 30-31) at a one-ofa-kind event in downtown Los Angeles. The Rose Bowl Bash will include family-friendly interactive games, Rose Bowl Game merchandise, photo activations, beer garden, food trucks and entertainment.
ROSE BOWL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to honor members of the Rose Bowl Game family who have contributed to the history and excitement of “The Granddaddy of Them All®.” Witness history on December 31, as the newest members of inductees join a group of legendary football greats.
The 130th Rose Parade® presented by Honda promptly beings at 8 am on January 1, 2019. Almost a million spectators line up along the five and a half mile route down Colorado Boulevard, experiencing the sensational signature event while also celebrating New Year’s Day. Needless to say, there is a lot to cheer about.
POST PARADE FLOAT VIEWING
From Tuesday, January 1 at 1 pm to January 2 until 4 pm, visitors can get an up close and personal viewing of the elaborate floral floats that are on display along Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevard. A Showcase of Floats: Post Parade proves just how much workmanship, effort and design are put into their creations, and it’s an intimate way to view the floats if visitors didn’t get a good seat at the actual parade. A shuttle is available from Park & Ride locations in Pasadena.
THINGS TO DO IN PASADENA
The journey doesn’t end with the Tournament of Roses.® Most visitors spend a few extra days exploring Pasadena once the crowds are gone. Whether it’s sightseeing in Old Pasadena, shopping in South Lake District, hiking through Mount Lowe, visiting the number of excellent museums or checking out the emerging dining scene in burgeoning new neighborhoods, Pasadena offers plenty to discover.
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The 105th Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual will be held on January 1, 2019. The game will feature a traditional matchup of teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten. Come early and enjoy pre-game activities including tailgates, Rose Queen and Royal Court appearances, and more. PASADENA VISITORS GUIDE
THE HUNTINGTON Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
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Stroll through 120 acres of breathtaking gardens View world-class artworks and rare literary treasures Shop our new Huntington Store Enjoy English Tea and “Premier Tours”
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nspired by local flavors, the coastal California region and authentic global fare, Pasadena’s dining scene is as exceptional as it is diverse. Emerging chefs and seasoned veterans alike dish out cuisine that makes Pasadena a true dining destination. With more than 600 restaurants, 22
there is something to please any palate and budget – Enjoy fine dining, festive brunches, creative sandwich shops, food trucks, vegan joints, hipster hot spots, juice bars, bustling cafes, historic mainstays and undiscovered gems. The Crown City’s strength lies in its diversity, which is on abundant display in the restaurant kitchens
of Pasadena. From Mexico to Northern Italy and all across the Pacific Rim, Pasadena chefs filter global influences through a Southern California prism to create revelatory food and a memorable dining experience. Come to Pasadena and celebrate all the innovation and local flavors on display every day.
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NEW AND NOTEWORTHY CAVA With 75 locations nationwide, CAVA is a “chain,” but a chain with heart, on a mission to bring an authentic Greek and Mediterranean dining experience to a wide audience. Located in the South Lake Ave. District, CAVA offers a flexible and fun, build it yourself menu. Created with seasonally inspired, customizable offerings, Cava offers 58 million possible combinations of ingredients and flavors. 345 S. Lake Ave. (626) 389-8775 cava.com
ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE Upscale dining fusing steakhouse classics with Japanese Cuisine, including a signature cotton candy desert. Serving both 28 day dry aged American steaks and imported Wagyu beef, along with a number of sustainable seafood options, Alexanders provides the quintessential steakhouse experience. Its full bar offers a number of unique specialty cocktails along with an extensive wine list. Dine nightly from 5:30 pm, brunch served Sat and Sun 10 am-2 pm, and lunch Wed through Fri 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. 111 N. Los Robles Ave. (626) 486-1111 alexanderssteakhouse.com THE ARBOUR Master chef, Ian Gresik and his apprentice chefs at The Arbour are passionate practitioners of the ‘farm to table’ philosophy, insisting on using the freshest ingredients from local farms, ranches and fisheries. Inside, you’ll find high ceilings and exposed beams, an extensive bar and a bright open kitchen where you can see the magic happening. The menu includes iconic dishes as bison steak tartare, seared yellow-fin tuna with bok-choy and soy hollandaise, and THE ARBOUR a duck breast for two with roasted turnips and swiss chard. Though a relative newcomer to the city, The Arbour has already become one of Pasadena’s hottest restaurants. 527 S. Lake Ave Ste 120 (626) 396-4925 thearbourpasadena.com
ICHI GYO ICHI ET Pasadena’s Ichi Gyo Ichi Et is an avant-garde Japanese restaurant that has masterfully infused the richness and tradition of Japan with the unique food culture of Pasadena. Under the reign of award-winning master chef, Mamoru Tatemori, this sushi venue brings the refinement and distinctive quality of Tokyo cuisine to Pasadena. The menu includes both the exotic, from sea urchin and quail egg shooters beautifully rendered on the plate, to the more familiar (but equally beautiful) sushi rolls and sashimi, as well as non-seafood offerings like wagyu beef. It’s a taste of Tokyo in a refined minimalist atmosphere in the heart of Old Pasadena. 61 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Ste. 110 (626) 219-6238 ichi-gyo-ichi-et.business.site
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NEW AND NOTEWORTHY MERCADO A Mexican restaurant with a point of view, Mercado’s inventive cuisine reflects the heart and soul of Mexican food. From the hand-made tortillas to Chef Acevedos generations old carnitas recipe, to the hand squeezed juices, a meal at Mercado displays a keen attention to craft, coupled with imagination and respect for tradition. Enjoy a cocktail on one of Mercado’s three charming outdoor patio’s. 140 S. Lake Ave. (626) 345-5778 cocinasycalaveras.com KITCHEN UNITED
KITCHEN UNITED You may know the term “concept restaurant” but chances are you’re not yet familiar with this particular concept. Kitchen United is a co-operative kitchen where six (eventually to be 15) different restaurants prepare their unique offerings. With very limited seating at the Green St. location, service is focused on take-out and facilitating the increasing audience for on demand delivery of quality restaurant fare. If you want a varied, flexible, and convenient dining experience, that caters to a multiple palates in a single location, Kitchen United has what you’re looking for. 55 S. Madison kitchenunited.com MAESTRO From the lamb barbacoa to the shrimp and octopus ceviche to the citrus marinated skirt steak, this is Mexican food as a fine dining experience. Committed to representing “the food, culture, and spirit of Mexico at the highest level” Maestro will open your palate to new flavors and ingredients you may have never tried before. And don’t forget a taste of one Maestro’s 100+ artisanal mezcals and tequilas. 110 E. Union St. (626) 787-1512 maestropasadena.com
PRAWN James Beard nominated chef and cookbook author Mark Peel has returned to his hometown with Prawn, a fast-casual restaurant at One Colorado. At Prawn, Chef Peel creates a variety of broths in tilted steam kettles to add a vibrant flavor to his renown paella, chowders and fish stew. The menu also includes a variety of fish and chicken sandwiches and steamed mussels. Enjoy eating inside, outside in the courtyard or order online and pick it up to take to one of Pasadena’s outdoor movies or music events. 16 Miller Alley PRAWN (626) 219-6115 prawncoastal.com/ pasadena-ca
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BONE KETTLE Stylish restaurant for shareable Indonesian dishes revolving around slow-cooked bone broth. 67 N. Raymond Ave. (626) 795-5702 bonekettle.com
FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE High-end steakhouse chain with aged prime beef and classics such as lobster tails and pork chops. 179 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 639-0490 flemingssteakhouse.com GREAT MAPLE A Modern American eatery, this bright, well lit space in The Paseo has a trend conscious menu, including maple inspired dishes like salted caramel pork ribs and maple glazed salmon. 300 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 714-7625 thegreatmaple.com
CELESTINO RISTORANTE & BAR Pumpkin tortellini and penne with prosciutto in a vodka sauce top the list at this Sicilian eatery. 141 S. Lake Ave. (626) 795-4006 celestinopasadena.com DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE This upscale bar and restaurant will cater to your taste, whatever that may be. Don’t forget to try one of their signature cocktails. 55 S. Lake Ave. Ste. 150 (626) 765-9913 delfriscosgrille.com DELICATESSEN BY OSAWA Japanese style deli serving contemporary and traditional Japanese cuisine, creating fresh dishes daily from locally sourced ingredients. 851 Cordova St. (626) 844-8788 delicabyosawa.com
GREEN STREET RESTAURANT This family operated Pasadena institution has been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1979. Quality comfort food in a warm, relaxing atmosphere. 146 Shoppers Ln. (626) 577-7170 greenstreetrestaurant.com
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LUGGAGE ROOM Wood-fired pizza and cocktails in what was originally the 1930s baggage room for the Del Mar Train Station. 260 S. Raymond Ave. (626) 356-4440 theluggageroom.com LUNASIA DIM SUM HOUSE Dim sum, traditional Chinese dishes and chef specialties in a spacious setting. 239 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 793-8822 lunasiadimsumhouse.com
HOUSTON’S Ribs, steaks, sandwiches and salads. If you want to go another direction, Houston’s also offers a quality selection of sushi, and the elegant bar top is long and romantically lit. 320 S. Arroyo Parkway (626) 577-6001 houstons.com LUNASIA DIM SUM HOUSE
LA GRANDE ORANGE CAFÉ
LA GRANDE ORANGE CAFÉ An upscale dining spot with an emphasis on creative takes on the classics with fresh vegetarian options. 260 S. Raymond Ave. (626) 356-4444 lgostationcafe.com
MALBEC ARGENTINEAN CUISINE This popular Pasadena restaurant is a great introduction to Argentinean food. Try the empanadas to start and one of the grilled steaks for your main. 1001 E. Green St. (626) 683-0550 malbeccuisine.com MI PIACE An Old Pasadena favorite. The desserts and pastries are worth the splurge if you have room. 25 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 795-3131 mipiace.com
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SALADANG SONG Superior traditional thai cuisine in an architecturally unique structure. 383 S. Fair Oaks Ave. (626) 793-5200 saladang-thai.com
OSAWA Otsumami, shabu shabu and sushi. Authenentic, fresh, locally sourced cusine. 77 N. Raymond Ave. (626) 683-1150 theosawa.com NICK’S Nick’s is a local favorite, thanks to its upscale atmosphere, enthusiastic staff, and sophisticated take on traditional American comfort food. Nick’s perfects the balance between comfort and class. The finely presented food and refined atmosphere whisks you away in accordance with Nick’s motto: “Dine, Drink, Escape.” 336 S. Lake Ave, Pasadena (626) 787-1444 www.nicksrestaurant.com POP CHAMPAGNE BAR & RESTAURANT Small plates, sparkling wine and desserts in the heart of charming Old Pasadena. 33 Union St. (626) 795-1295 popchampagnebar.com RAMEN TATSUNOYA Traditional Japanese ramen. 16 N. Fair Oaks Ave. (626) 432-1768 tatsunoyausa.com SAGE VEGAN BISTRO Organic, sustainable, plantbased food offering soy free, nut free, and gluten free options. 41 Hugus Alley (626) 564-8111 sageveganbisgtro.com TREJOS TACOS
SOH GRILL HOUSE Gorgeous Old Pasadena location serving traditional Korean barbeque. Beef belly, rib eye and marinated short rib grilled tableside. 27 N. Raymond Ave. (626) 714-7760 sohgrillhouse.com SUSHI KIMAGURE IKE Chef Ike San made a controversial decision when he relocated from his popular Hollywood destination. He hasn’t had a hard time getting his loyal customers to follow him east. He serves the freshest sashimi in its purest form. 220 S. Raymond Ave. (626) 535-0880 SUSHI ROKU Incorporating diverse, nontraditional ingredients and superlative traditional sushi, Sushi Roku is a unique culinary experience. The diverse menu also offers an array of hot and cold specialty appetizers and an extensive selection of exotic entrees. 33 Miller Ally (626) 683-2000 innovativedining.com/ restaurants/sushiroku THE RAYMOND This high-end restaurant is an institution in Pasadena. Chef Tim Guiltinan cooks up fresh and contemporary takes on gourmet American classics. The mixologists at the 1886 bar in the back are famous for pouring some of the best cocktails in town. 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave. (626) 441-3136 theraymond.com TREJOS TACOS Located next to the historic Pasadena Playhouse, Trejos Tacos serves up plenty of traditional fare, but they don’t call it Trejos TACOS for nothing. 37 S. El Molino Ave. (626) 792-4441 trejostacos.com
TRUE FOOD KITCHEN
TRUE FOOD KITCHEN Relaxed, eco-chic chain serving health-conscious fare, including vegan options, plus cocktails. 168 W. Colorado Blvd. (626) 639-6818 truefoodkitchen.com UNION One of Pasadena’s most coveted tables. In true farm to table fashion Union features charcuterie prepared on site, homemade pasta and nose to tail butchering. Starters include Hope Ranch mussels, veal and porcinni sausage and housemade charcuterie. Mains include such rustic yet original fare as Straccato – beef short ribs with barley risotto and the absolutely must have porchetta. Union Pasadena 37 E. Union St. (626) 795-5841
CLASSIC PASADENA EATS PIE ’N BURGER Pasadena is known as the “birthplace of the cheeseburger.” This must-visit old-fashioned joint is famous for their burgers, milkshakes and fruit pies. A Pasadena local favorite since 1963, Pie ‘N Burger also serves classic diner fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 913 E. California (626) 795-1223 pienburger.com
MARSTON’S Since 1987 Marston’s restaurant has been serving solid American cuisine in a casual, comfortable, family friendly environment. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (closed Mondays), breakfast is Marston’s bread and butter. Named the Best Breakfast in California by the Food Network, and Zagat, this is a true Pasadena favorite. Try their famous crunchy French toast - dipped in cinnamon-sugar egg batter, and coated in corn flakes, you’ll find the renown is well deserved. 151 E. Walnut 626-796-2459 marstonsrestaurant.com PARKWAY GRILL There is a reason Parkway Grill has been a Pasadena institution since 1984. It never disappoints. For 34 years, the restaurant has been serving up exceptional regional American cuisine, prepared using seasonal ingredients and impeccable classic French technique. Melding a number of influences, the menu includes diverse choices such as whole ginger catfish, beef cheek tacos and braised short ribs. Whether you’re planning an elegant evening out for a PARKWAY GRILL special occasion, or just stopping in for a cocktail and music, Parkway Grill will provide a true five-star experience ... every time. 510 S. Arroyo Pkwy. (626) 795-1001 theparkwaygrill.com 28
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RUSSELL’S On weekend mornings, hungry patrons line up outside Russell’s, a 20-year-old diner-bistro hybrid that serves up a medley of American comfort classics along with Italian and French fare all day, every day. Whether you stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll leave supremely satisfied (and stuffed). 30 N. Fair Oaks 626-578-1404 russells.juicyfood.com
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Critically acclaimed Modern Mexican cuisine specializing in Mezcal and Tequila. From the traditionally cooked Lamb Shank to the complexity of our mole, the refreshing notes of our ceviche bringing it together with our unrivaled cocktail program. MaestroPasadena.com 110 East Union. St. Pasadena, CA 91103
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Amara Cafe offers the unique flavor of Venezuelan cuisine with a Spanish influence. Here the spicy cacao latte and the fresh vegan churros are a treat worth trying. At Amara Cafe you can also enjoy fluffy, yet crispy arepas - the kitchen stuffs these traditional Venezuelan pockets with shredded beef, gouda, or fresh cheese, black beans, and the irresistible ripe sweet plantains. Amara also has something unique to LA: cachapas, a Venezuelan crĂŞpe made with fresh and roasted yellow corn, making the perfect breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon and melted cheese!
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FEDERICO’S ITALIAN BAKERY
LARK CAKE SHOP FEDERICO’S ITALIAN BAKERY Step back in time to retro decor and Old World Italian recipes at Fredrico’s Italian Bakery. Fill an infamous white and red box with a vast selection of cookies ranging in crafted design and flavor, from sprinkled shortbread to striped raspberry squares. The marzipan Princess Cake defines Fredrico’s as a Pasadena dessert staple—preserved in classic charm amidst an ever modernizing city. 1810 E. Colorado (626) 795-448 federicos-bakery.com CAFÉ 86 Filipino dessert favorites are given a colorful upgrade at Cafe 86—from purple teas to truffles, the eclectic realm of pastry and tea at Cafe 86 bursts with palpable fun and cultural charm. The notably sweet staff are eager to help you find your preferred ube treat, the rich and smooth purple yam ingredient found in these unconventional goods. The flan cupcakes and cheesecake readily prevail as crowd favorites. 36 W. Colorado (626) 219-6915 cafe-86.com
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LARK CAKE SHOP White walls and ethereal chandeliers give Lark Cake Shop an enchanted atmosphere. The baked goods here are sleek and modest in design, known as light yet decadent icebox cakes. Made of whipped cream and chocolate wafers, Lark’s popular icebox cakes prompt a minimalist yet flavorful dessert experience. Be sure to try the fluffy Oreo cake or Nutella crunch. As their instagram-ready wall boasts in elegant gold cursive, to eat a cake from Lark is to truly be happy. 1355 N Hill (626) 798-1031 larkcakeshop.com
LITTLE FLOWER CANDY CO. Cake for breakfast tends to be an always rational concept at Little Flower. Although small in size, this quaint space boasts a notably eclectic realm of fresh baked pastries and sweets, from olive oil cakes with butter cream to iced lavender scones. Come before noon to grab a coveted table for two against tall, sunlit windows—the rich drip coffee will compliment your warm morning bun with its sweet swirl shape and sugar dusted coating. 1424 Colorado Blvd (626) 304-4800 littleflowercandyco.com
LINCOLN High ceilings and open skylights bring delicate light and space to this communal haven of delicious food and vibrant company. While a desired brunch destination for Pasadena locals, Lincoln boasts a subtle but luscious flare for redefining signature cake recipes. Enjoy a generous slice of chocolate lavender or pistachio rose cake on their charming outdoor patio, shaded beneath sun and towering palm trees. Be sure to purchase a ribbon-wrapped bag of homemade chocolate and marshmallow candies before you leave. 1992 Lincoln Ave (626) 765-6746 lincolnpasadena.com
FRENCHIFORNIA FrenchiFornia boasts an authentic taste of traditional French pastry found in the heart of Colorado Boulevard. Pen-written menus truly emphasize the hand-made affinity customers have acquired—all goods, from eclairs to macarons, are baked daily on site with fresh ingredients. Often referred to as the best croissant in town, be sure to savor the perfected flaky yet doughy interior of the irresistible almond croissant! 247 W. Colorado Blvd (626) 319-3031 frenchifornia.business.site
PASADENA TAKES IT’S COFFEE SERIOUSLY. HERE ARE FIVE SPOTS WITH SERIOUSLY GOOD BREW. COPA VIDA Artisinal brew in the heart of Old Pasadena, Copa Vida utilizes exceptional coffee beans from around the world and expertly brews them a cup at a time to bring you an amazing coffee experience. With a knowledgeable and approachable staff, you’ll come for the coffee, but stay to enjoy breakfast or lunch. On the weekend, a seasonal and artisanal brunch menu is available. Try the faro porridge—it’s delicious! The turkey bacon wrap is also a crowd pleaser complete with, wait for it, coffee glazed bacon! Copa Vida also offers a generous selection of globally sourced tea. 70 S. Raymond Ave. (626) 213-3952 copa-vida.com
DOTS CAFÉ Once known only for their truly amazing cupcakes, Dots is now a coffee bar and café. Stop by for a latte and breakfast with scrumptious pastries baked daily. Along with soup, sandwiches and salads you’ll find interesting and delicious specialties like goat cheese croquettes, a fried tamale, and risotto balls. But when you go to Dots, don’t leave without choosing from the large selection of their signature cupcakes. 3819 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 314-3456 dotscafebakery.com
INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE Intelligentsia serves coffee with a conscience. Intelligentsia coffee buyers purchase directly from growers around the world, ensuring a commitment to sustainable farming and environmental practices…and exceptional quality. Intelligentsia Coffee Bar, on Colorado Blvd. in the heart of Old Pasadena, boasts tall ceilings, exposed brick, and an impressive long Douglas fir bar. A restful, naturally lit space in which to enjoy Intelligentsia’s single origin coffees, elegant teas, and refreshing drinks. Intelligentcia also serves specially curated craft beer and wine. 55 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-578-1270 intelligentsiacoffee.com
JONES COFFEE Ensuring the quality of their coffee by importing the beans from the family farm in Guatemala is just part of Jones’ commitment. In addition to superior quality control, Jones Coffee ensures their beans are grown in the most environmentally sustainable manner possible. The beans are roasted right here in Pasadena, and sold at two Pasadena locations, including inside Vromans Bookstore. The Raymond location has live jazz Wednesday and Friday mornings to get you in your daily rhythm early. 693 S. Raymond Ave. (626) 564-9291 jonescoffeeroasters.com
LAVENDER & HONEY With their expertly curated selection of tea, coffee, espresso, hot chocolate and lemonade this is a coffee shop that continuously redefines what a coffee shop should be. Believed to have introduced the now ubiquitous avocado toast to Pasadena, Lavender & Honey also serves sandwiches and salads. If you only try one thing (you won’t be able to) make it the signature Lavender and Honey toast which includes goat cheese and a lavender and honey drizzle. 1383 E. Washington Blvd. (626) 529-5571 lavenderandhoney espresso.com
HOT CHOCOLATE AMARA CHOCOLATE & COFFEE Amara Chocolate & Coffee offers a rich chocolate and coffee experience in the center of Old Pasadena. Churros and chocolate dipping sauce seem to be an inseparable pair at this Venezuelan inspired spot. Enjoy the dark cacao latte or dark Venezuelan hot chocolate—lavish consistency and smooth taste are sure to satisfy your adventurous chocolate palate!
ZONA ROSA CAFFE Zona Rosa Caffe rightfully finds itself in Pasadena’s Playhouse district—the creative cafe hosts authentic Mexican artwork and live music events. Enjoy a delicious cup of Mexican hot chocolate on rustic velvet furniture or while pursuing shelves of old books. If your tolerance for chocolate is minimal, be sure to order a cappuccino— sprinkled bits of Mexican chocolate delight the cup’s interior.
CONTESSA COLLECTION The classic English inspiration of Burlington Arcade stands still in time, as does the ancient Italian charm of Contessa. Nestled within these South Lake shops, The Contessa Collection offers a traditional Italian food experience. A small white mug holds a complex chocolate drink—a mixture of espresso and rich chocolate warrant small, enjoyable sips. Feel transported to a rustic street in Italy with Contessa’s mindful yet flavorful chocolate experience. PASADENA VISITORS GUIDE
beautiful and historic cultural center by day, Pasadena’s wealth of great food, music and fun provides countless opportunities for an entertaining night out. Below are just a few of your options when you want to step out with friends, family or a loved one for a night of adventure.
Craft Beer Crawl For the beer connoisseur, Pasadena has no shortage of hop stops. To begin your craft beer crawl, make your way over to Der Wolfskopf, Pasadena’s exclusive Bavarian bierhaus reminiscent of an old German beer hall. With over 20 beers on tap, don’t leave without sampling their Bavarian bites menu, complete with spätzle, schnitzel, and bratwurst. Known as “Old Pasadena’s First Gastropub,” Kings Row Gastropub serves creative pub 34
grub in a historic landmark building, with a full patio bar, and beer garden. Kings Row offers 24 draft lines of Californian craft beer with an emphasis on small breweries. Congregation Ale House’s church-themed bar has an extensive menu offering American grill classics and a generous beer and cider menu. Stop by for happy hour, dubbed “daily mass” or, if you’re in a competitive spirit, try your luck at Wednesday’s Trivia Night. A Night on the Town When you’re in the mood to pop some bottles and a basic sports bar simply won’t do, Pasadena’s ultra-chic and hip bar White Horse Lounge is located in the heart of Old Pasadena. Belly up to the bar, where you’ll be delighted by the master mixologists who put their own spin on unique ingredients such as Rosemary Smoke, Ancho Reyes liqueur and Prickly Pear Syrup. A must-stop for whiskey aficionados is The Blind Donkey, Pasadena’s very own
whiskey bar. With 100+ whiskeys, there is something for everyone’s taste and budget. Its incredible list of quality crafted whiskey cocktails will whet everyone’s whistle. For an added adventure, sneak into Pasadena’s “hidden” 1920s style cocktail lounge, The Speakeasy, off Raymond Avenue. All you need is the password. Date Night Set the mood at the The Langham Huntington, Pasadena’s Tap Room, a mahogany-accented cocktail bar with a sprawling patio. Savor the Tap Room’s wide selection of artisan wines, handmade cocktails and craft beers while enjoying live jazz Thursday through Saturday nights. Whether celebrating a relationship milestone or simply the start of the weekend, POP Champagne Bar is the perfect place to pop a cork. For a sweet finish, try one of POP’s homemade sinfully sweet desserts such as the crème brûlée or Meyer lemon tart. PASADENA VISITORS GUIDE
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When stepping out at night in Pasadena it can be hard to choose. So many varied possibilities await: Bar Celona, as its name implies, takes its cues directly from Spain. Specializing in tapas, this bar, restaurant and lounge serves tantalizing small bites like patatas bravas, chicken and beef empanadas, and a happy hour size paella. At night, Bar Celona heats up with live bands, flamenco dancers, and regular DJ sets. The Blu Room housed in Pasadena’s historic Hotel Constance, is a chic, ultra-modern space with a trendy ambiance. Beneath appropriately azure-hued space-age lighting, The Blu Room serves meticulously crafted cocktails, and a selection of Asian-fusion small bites. If moving your feet is in your plans you might check out the dance floor at Old Pasadena’s Ix Tapa Cantina and Lounge. The restaurant serves traditional Mexican food daily, but every night of the week there is something different. Along with a weekday happy hour, there are theme nights like salsa dancing on Tuesdays, College Cantina Thursdays, and live mariachi shows every Friday and Saturday.
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It’s easy to get happy in Pasadena at one of the city’s many happy hours. For an elegant experience at a classic American steak-house, with hints of Japanese influence, visit Alexander’s Steakhouse. “Social Hour” is Monday through Friday 5:00 – 6:30pm with reduced prices on menu items such as roasted Shishito peppers, Wagyu goyza, and hamachi shots. For an equally sophisticated experience in a classic historic space, try The Raymond Bar 1886. Located in a 19th century historic house, bartenders bring an old school attention to the craft of cocktail preparation, including over 100 varieties of Manhattans. Enjoy Happy Hour Tuesday – Friday from 4– 7 pm. On South Lake Ave., you’ll find Magnolia House, another historic turn of the 20th century house with a can’t miss happy hour. This charming location provides a regular selection of small plates, and special “happenings” such as Tuesday’s “Manhattan and burger for $15” or “Wine Wednesday’s” half price bottles. If mezcal is what makes you happy, Maestro, a recent addition to Pasadena with over 100 mezcals and tequilas is a true “Mezcaleria”. Happy hour is 4:00 – 6:00pm, Tuesday – Friday, and 11am – 2pm on weekends.
Arts & CULTURE
nchoring one end of Colorado Blvd. in Old Pasadena is the Norton Simon Museum, perhaps Pasadena’s most famous art collection. Housed in a stunning Frank Gehry designed building, surrounded by lush gardens, with a series of giant Rodin figurative sculptures arrayed at the entrance, the Norton Simon collection travels across time from the stone Egyptian gods to old masters like Rembrandt and the ground breaking modernism of Picasso and Lichtenstein. The only museum in Southern California dedicated to the culture and history of the Asian Pacific Rim and the Pacific Islands, the USC Pacific Asia Museum is focused on fostering intercultural understanding. The permanent collection 36
encompasses some 15,000 pieces and spans over 5,000 years. Current exhibits include Ceremonies and Celebrations: Textile Treasures from the USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection (September 2018-January 2019), drawn from the museum’s extraordinary collection of over 2,700 costumes and textiles. Pasadena culture is as pleasing to your ears as to your eyes. The Pasadena Symphony plays revelatory interpretations of the classical canon in its home at the Ambassador Auditorium, known as “The Carnegie Hall of the West.” In the summer, under the direction of Michael Feinstein, the Pasadena POPS performs under the stars at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. This year, the Pasadena Playhouse celebrates its centennial. Designated as
the “Official State Theatre of California,” the Playhouse is committed to producing works of cultural and theatrical diversity, which is reflected in seasons featuring Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. For those of us who like to take in a little culture while strolling stunning grounds, amidst a fascinating variety of plants, trees and foliage, both The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and Descanso Gardens promise a beautiful, educational, and relaxing sojourn. Housed on the expansive former estate of mogul Henry Huntington, The Huntington boasts 12 gardens and 15,000 plant varieties. The 150 acre Descanso Gardens has 9 distinct botanical and horticultural habitats including the newly opened Ancient Forest complete with prehistoric flora. PASADENA VISITORS GUIDE
Gamble House Built in 1908 during the American Arts and Crafts movement, this masterpiece is the best preserved example of work from internationally recognized architects Charles and Henry Greene. The home was built for David and Mary Gamble of Procter & Gamble and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 4 Westmoreland Pl. (626) 793-3334 gamblehouse.org
ARCHITECTURE California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Tour the historic halls of one of the world’s most widely recognized institutions for the study of science and engineering. Architectural tours of the 124-acre campus are conducted most months. Please call for tour schedule and reservations. FREE 1200 E. California Blvd. (626) 395-4654 cats.caltech.edu City Hall This exquisite 1927 landmark exhibits Italian Renaissance and Spanish influences with its red tile roof, ornate fountain, and lush garden courtyard. FREE 100 N. Garfield Ave. (626) 744-7311 cityofpasadena.net El Molino Viejo (The Old Mill) Completed in 1816 as a grist mill for Mission San Gabriel, the two-storyoven-baked brick and adobe structure is a testament to Southern California history. FREE 1120 Old Mill Rd., San Marino (626) 449-5458 old-mill.org
Historic San Gabriel Mission District Step into history in the San Gabriel Mission District, the fourth of California’s 21 missions. Come tour the Old Mission, take the historic walk, and enjoy entertainment, retail, and dining opportunities. The mission is open daily. 428 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel (626) 457-3035 sangabrielcity.com Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals The Court is now housed in the original Vista del Arroyo Hotel, built in 1903. The building was restored and reopened by the federal government in 1985. Tours by appointment only. FREE 125 S. Grand Ave. (626) 229-7251 Tournament House and Wrigley Gardens This ornate mansion, once owned by chewing gum mogul William Wrigley, Jr., was built between 1908 and 1914. Today it serves as the headquarters for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Association. Tours are offered on Thursdays from February-August. FREE 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd. (626) 449-4100 tournamentofroses.com
ART MUSEUMS Armory Center for the Arts Exhibitions, performances, and art workshops are available for children and adults. 145 N. Raymond Ave. (626) 792-5101 armoryarts.org
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens The library holds works from British and American history and literature, including an original Gutenberg Bible and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Three art galleries showcase 18th and 19th century British and French masterpieces, including “The Blue Boy” and “Pinkie.” The Huntington is free on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets. 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino (626) 405-2100 huntington.org Kidspace Children’s Museum Kidspace is a unique children’s museum on almost 3.5 acres of both indoor and outdoor, interactive environments that feature more than 40 hands-on exhibits with daily programs and monthly events. Free Family Night is the first Tuesday of every month from 4-8 pm (except Sept.). 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. (626) 449-9144 kidspacemuseum.org Norton Simon Museum View seven centuries of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, including works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt, and Fragonard. The museum also features an extensive collection of South Asian sculptures and a sculpture garden with works by Rodin. Admission is free on the first Friday of every month from 5-8 pm. 411 W. Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-6840 nortonsimon.org Pasadena Museum of History The Pasadena Museum of History includes the Finnish Folk Art Museum, History Center Galleries, and 18-room Fenyes Mansion, circa 1906, which contains its original furnishings and paintings. 470 W. Walnut St. (626) 577-1660 pasadenahistory.org USC Pacific Asia Museum USC Pacific Asia Museum features artwork from Asia and the Pacific Islands spanning 5,000 years with innovative exhibitions and dynamic programming. 46 N. Los Robles Ave. (626) 449-2742 pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu
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Arts & CULTURE PASADENA’S PUBLIC ART While Pasadena’s fine art and cultural institutions offer a look at some of history’s most famous works, the city boasts both modern and contemporary public works, from vibrant murals and kinetic sculptures to artist-designed benches and painted utility boxes. With one of the oldest public art programs in the state, and over 60 arts and culture-based organizations in the city, Pasadena’s support for and commitment to the arts runs deep.
GARDENS Arlington Garden A three-acre public garden celebrating Southern California’s Mediterranean climate. Open to the public seven days a week. FREE 275 Arlington Dr. (626) 578-5434 arlingtongardenpasadena.com Descanso Gardens Located on 160 acres, Descanso Gardens features forests, streams, a lake, and a bird sanctuary highlighted by 80 acres of colorful flowers, including camellias, lilacs, and roses. Admission is free on the third Tuesday of every month. 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada (818) 949-4200 descansogardens.org The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino (626) 405-2100 huntington.org The Huntington is an oasis of art and culture set amid 120 acres of breathtaking gardens. More than a dozen gardens feature 14,000 species of plants. The Huntington is free on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets.
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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden This 127-acre horticultural and botanical center features plants from around the world, native and migrating birds, wildlife, colorful peacocks, and historic buildings, including the Queen Anne Cottage made famous in Fantasy Island. Admission is free on the third Tuesday of every month. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 821-3222 arboretum.org
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden japanesegardenpasadena.com This two-acre “hill and pond stroll garden” was designed and built in the late 1930s and has been completely restored to its original glory. 270 Arlington Dr. (626) 399-1721 Wrigley Gardens The Centennial Rose Garden at the Tournament House features more than 1,500 varieties of roses, camellias, and annuals. FREE 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd. (626) 449-4100 tournamentofroses.com
MOVIE THEATERS ArcLight Pasadena 300 E. Colorado Blvd. The Paseo (626) 568-9690 arclightcinemas.com iPic Theaters 42 Miller Alley One Colorado (626) 639-2260 ipictheaters.com Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 673 E. Colorado Blvd. Playhouse District (626) 844-6500 laemmle.com
PERFORMING ARTS A Noise Within One of a few theaters in Southern California producing works of world drama in a rotating repertory with a company of professional, classically trained artists. 3352 E. Foothill Blvd. (626) 356-3100 anoisewithin.org
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MORE TO SEE ArtCenter College of Design Known worldwide as a leader in art and design curriculum, the ArtCenter presents works by established and emerging artists in three exhibits annually. While on campus, also explore the student gallery and indoor and outdoor sculptures. FREE 1700 Lida St. 626-396-2446 artcenter.edu Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) JPL is a world-renowned research, development, and flight center for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Tours of the facility are by appointment only and arrangements must be made a month in advance. “Explore JPL” is a popular ticketed event that celebrates JPL’s accomplishments with exhibits and demonstrations about the laboratory’s ongoing research and space exploration. FREE 4800 Oak Grove Dr. 818-354-9314 jpl.nasa.gov
Beckman & Ramo Auditoriums Performances, lectures, storytelling, films, and concerts in the historic venues of the California Institute of Technology. 332 S. Michigan Ave. (626) 395-4652 tickets.caltech.edu Boston Court Performing Arts Center Two state-of-the-art theater stages showcasing diverse, innovative, and adventurous programming 70 N. Mentor Ave. (626) 683-6801 bostoncourt.com Lineage Performing Arts Center This contemporary dance company presents performances, classes, and workshops throughout the year as well as an annual dance festival. 500 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 844-7008 lineagepac.org MUSE/IQUE Live music events with uninhibited connections between the orchestra, artists, and adventurous audiences in conventional and unconventional spaces. 300 E. Green St., Floor 3 (626) 539-7085 muse-ique.com VISITPASADENA.COM
Pasadena Civic Auditorium This renowned 3,000-seat theater was dedicated in 1932 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Home to America’s Got Talent, Daytime Emmy Awards, concerts and various entertainment year-round. 300 E. Green St. (626) 793-2122 thepasadenacivic.com Pasadena Playhouse Anchoring the Playhouse District and built in 1917, the Playhouse is the Official State Theatre of California and a National Historic Landmark, and features Tony and Pulitzer awardwinning plays. 39 S. El Molino Ave. 626-356-7529 pasadenaplayhouse.org Pasadena Symphony and POPS Pop, symphonic, and youth orchestra performances by the Pasadena Symphony are offered October–May at the Ambassador Auditorium and an outdoor summer series by the Pasadena POPS at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. 2 N. Lake Ave., #1080 626-793-7172 pasadenasymphony-pops.org
Mount Wilson Observatory Located high atop the Angeles National Forest, this world-class astronomical research facility was founded in 1904. It is home to the 100-inch Hooker telescope and the world’s most powerful optical telescope array. Weekend public tours start March 31-December 2. Private guided tours are available year-round for a fee. 626-440-9016 mtwilson.edu Pasadena Convention Center The convention center hosts a variety of entertainment ranging from public art, sports competitions, and comic-con like events to hobby and collectible shows. 300 E. Green St. (626) 793-2122 pasadenacenter.com Public Art Walking Tours Eight self-guided tours feature jewels from Pasadena’s public art collection. Each takes 30 minutes to 1 hour and gives a good sampling. Visit the City of Pasadena’s website to download tour outlines and maps. FREE cityofpasadena.net/arts/public_art_ walking_tour Robinson Memorial This memorial, located across from City Hall, honors the historic accomplishments of brothers Mack and Jackie Robinson with two 9-foot bronze portraiture sculptures. FREE 100 N. Garfield Ave. *Information subject to change 39
from neighborhoods like Bungalow Heaven and Oak Knoll, originally the sight of Henry Huntington’s sheep ranch, and the present location of the famous Langham Huntington, Pasadena to the world class botanical experiences available at the Descanso Gardens, and the Huntington. Or wander through any of Pasadena’s several vibrant business, shopping, and entertainment districts and you’re sure to stumble upon countless delights and surprises. Tour Pasadena today.
GUIDED TOURS Melting Pot Food Tours Experience the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena while feasting on delights from neighborhood eateries. (424) 247-9666 meltingpottours.com
here is A LOT to do and see in Pasadena. No matter your particular point of interest, or whether you prefer a guide, or the adventure of discovering on your own, there is a tour in Pasadena designed to perfectly match your curiosity. Pasadena architecture might be best known for the numerous Craftsman masterpieces that grace the city. But with 16 historic districts, in just 23 square miles, there are examples of a large number of iconic architectural styles. Numerous tours are available, either with a guide, or self-guided, covering all of Pasadena’s amazing architectural diversity. Guided tours include the Gamble House, one of the nation’s finest examples of Craftsman architecture and interior detail. The house is open every day 40
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with a variety of tours available throughout the week. A number of tours are also available around the campus of Caltech. Built in 1891, it is one of the most famous scientific institutions in the world, home to 39 Nobel laureates, with a campus graced by beautiful examples of a variety of architectural styles from Mediterranean Revival to Brutalist. Reserve a tour online. A historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, Old Pasadena is recognized as one of the best examples of downtown revitalization in the United States. Still maintaining its 19th century charm, tours can be arranged through Pasadena Heritage. For the more adventurous, who prefer to explore on their own, Pasadena offers plenty of self-guided tour possibilities. A Google search of “self-guided tours in Pasadena” will yield a plethora of examples
Old Pasadena Walking Tours Explore a National Register Historic District and one of the best examples of downtown revitalization in the country. (626) 441-6333 pasadenaheritage.org Pasadena Tour Company Learn about local movie locations, architecture, grand estates, cultural landmarks, and famous residents. Private, group and custom tours available by appointment only. (626) 318-9492 pasadenatourcompany.com Pasadena Walking Tours Each of the Pasadena Walking Tours offers locals and visitors alike the opportunity to explore a unique city full of history, architecture, and fascinating stories. pasadenawalkingtours.com Rose Bowl Tours Rose Bowl Stadium offers public and group tours. This exclusive opportunity grants access to behind-the-scenes locations never before seen by the public, including the press box, locker room and field. 1001 Rose Bowl Dr. (626) 577-3100 rosebowlstadium.com PASADENA VISITORS GUIDE
f a family vacation is your reason to get away, Pasadena offers a wealth of places to see and things to do that appeal to all ages. From a family-friendly dining experience, a museum that caters specifically to kids, a skate at the Pasadena ice rink, or a visit to mother nature, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find it easy to pack your days with activities to excite the whole family.
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rom Colorado Boulevard’s national retailers to the unique boutiques on Holly Street and South Lake Avenue, it’s well worth a trip to pick out a special souvenir for friends and family (but we won’t tell if you pick up a little something for yourself). Browse fabulous fashions at J. Crew, Madewell, Vince, Anthropologie, Joie and Kate Spade. For one of a kind options, Mohawk General Store and Gold Bug have an array of treasures. And don’t leave without a sweet treat from luxury candy boutique Sugarfina, known for its artisanal candy.
GOLD BUG If you want to find something interesting and beautiful that you will not find anywhere else, visit Pasadena’s Gold Bug on historic Union St. Art work inspired by science and the natural world include a seashell chandelier, porcupine quill jewelry, and ancient bugs in amber. 34 E. Union St. (626) 744-9963 www.goldbugpasadena.com
VROMAN’S For over a century, Vroman’s Bookstore is a venerable symbol of Pasadena heritage, and one of the few great old bookstores in the country. As the very idea of bookstores has become an anachronism, Vroman’s continues as a cultural center. With two floors and thousands of volumes representing all genres and areas of interest, and a nationally renowned slate of book signings that includes authors such as Ray Bradbury, Salmon Rushdie, and Hillary Clinton, Vroman’s is a bibliophile’s bookstore. 695 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-5320 www.vromansbookstore.com
HOMAGE Located on historic Holly St., Homage specializes in vintage apparel with a nod to eclectic moments and personalities in sports, music, politics and political culture. 2 E. Holly St. (626) 440-7244 homagepasadena.com VISITPASADENA.COM
OLD FOCALS At Old Focals on Green St., Russ Campbell takes old vintage eye glasses and turns them into sunglasses. He’s been doing it for over 20 years and brings unmatched expertise in period eye-wear to the game. His eye for detail and authenticity is born out in many movies and TV shows that turn to him to shade their stars. From TV shows like “American Horror Story” and “Shameless” to movies like Tucker: A Man and His Dream, Campbell’s eyewear is everywhere. Get a pair for yourself and become an Old Focals customer along with others like Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. 45 W. Green St. (626) 799-7073 oldfocals.com
THE PASEO Located across from the Pasadena Convention Center along historic Colorado Blvd., The Paseo is an open air marketplace featuring shops, restaurants, a movie theater, and trendy lofts. Shop specialty retailers like Tommy Bahama, indulge at Yard House or the Tokyo Wako Sushi Bar. 300 E. Colorado Blvd. thepaseopasadena.com
ONE COLORADO Located in charming Old Pasadena, One Colorado provides an elegant shopping experience. Comprising a full city block, this expertly renovated and historic location is modeled on the European town square, with a central courtyard surrounded by singular boutiques, specialty stores, and national brand retailers. Enjoy an afternoon browsing the fashion and accessories at Anthropologie and Kate Spade, or look for the quirky and unique at Gold Bug, or vintage jewelry and watches at Place Vendome. 41 Hugus Alley onecolorado.com
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TODDLER IN TOW Kidspace Children’s Museum Offering more than 40 hands-on, interactive exhibits, activities and programs, Kidspace Children’s Museum provides a nurturing learning environment for little ones ten and under. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. (626) 449-9144 kidspacemuseum.org
Pasadena Ice Skating Center If you’re looking for a cool place to hang out with your family or friends, lace up a pair of skates to join in the fun at the center’s public skate sessions, open to all ages and skill levels. Open year-round. 300 E. Green St. (626) 578-0800 skatepasadena.com
Posh Paris A sophisticated indoor playground modeled on the city of the same name, Posh Paris is a place for kids to play and be happy and for parents to mingle and relax. 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 215 (626) 437-9575 poshparis.us
The Royal Spa When little ones need a break from sightseeing, The Royal Spa has everything to pamper tired tots. From “royal” manicures and pedicures to facials, the spa uses only the highest quality organic and chemical free cosmetics and products. 1854 Corson St. (626) 765-9455 theroyalspapasadena.com
Whistle Stop Classic model train and hobby shop, originally founded in 1951. If your child, or the child in you is in love with trains, you will love this place. 2490 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 796-7791 thewhistlestop.com
TEEN IN TOW Eaton Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center Escape Pasadena’s bustle for a visit to the 190-acre zoological, botanical, and geological nature preserve, located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Explore the hiking trails on your own, or on Saturday mornings, from 9 - 11 am, the centers hosts a guided walk geared to families, including little ones. 1750 N. Altadena Dr. (626) 398-5420 ecnca.org
Neon Retro Arcade With over 40 classic arcade games and pinball machines, this retro arcade gives kids (both age wise and the ones at heart) a blast from the past of the ‘80s and ‘90s. All the classics are here, restored to their original glory. From icons like Asteroids, Donkey Kong, and Pac-Man to The Simpsons, Street Fighter 2 and more, you’ll find them all at Neon Retro Arcade. 28 S. Raymond Ave. (626) 568-2924 neonretroarcade.com
Game Empire Pasadena Not only a place to buy everything you need to become a full-fledged board gamer, from classic to contemporary hits like The Settlers of Catan, Game Empire also hosts themed game nights—from Magic the Gathering to Pokemon to Dungeon & Dragons and everything in between. If you’re new to (board) gaming, Game Empire hosts a “Newbie Night” on Tuesdays. 1795 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 304-9333 gameempirepasadena.com
Mt. Wilson Observatory The observatory atop the nearby 5,715 foot high Mt. Wilson, was completed in 1917 and was the largest in the world until 1949. The observatory is open to visitors every weekday from 10 am to 5 pm, and from 8:30 am to 5 pm on weekends. Guided weekend tours allow access to the telescope floor. There is a small astrological museum on the grounds and some excellent hiking nearby. The Cosmic Café serves fresh made sandwiches and treats weekends April through November from 9-5. (626) 440-9016 www.mtwilson.edu 43
ith over 300 days of clear skies and Southern California sunshine, visitors love to take advantage of Pasadena’s weather by hitting the hiking trails in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, or spending the day wandering through the nearby botanical gardens. The Eaton Canyon Natural Area offers 190-acres of nature to explore and wildlife to discover. Visitors can enjoy its hiking trails, equestrian trails, picnic areas, seasonal stream, rocks and minerals, and various natural habitats. For a more contained interaction with wildlife, stop by the Eaton Canyon Nature Center which houses live animals in terrariums as well as educational displays and nature exhibits. In neighboring San Marino, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is home to more than
a dozen spectacular gardens spread across 120 acres, including the California Garden, Desert Garden, Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden, Rose Garden and family-friendly Conservatory and Children’s Garden, which provides hands-on opportunities for children and families to explore botanical science. On the other side of Pasadena, in La Cañada Flintridge, Descanso Gardens offers 150 acres of yearround natural beauty, botanical
collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. For an added dose of Vitamin D, hit the links at Brookside Golf Course, regularly rated one of the top 15 golf courses in California. Designed by famed golf architect William P. Bell, this 36-hole complex is the oldest golf course in Los Angeles County and is situated next to the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium. To cool off, take a recreational swim session at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.
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HIKING GUIDE Eaton Canyon Falls - Beginner The most well-known Pasadena trail, Eaton Canyon is famous for a reason. With its proximity and approachable trails for hikers of all ages and expertise, it is a popular choice for those who want to enjoy Southern California’s sublime terrain at a leisurely pace. Be sure to stop by the Eaton Canyon Nature Center to take advantage of their docentguided tours or family nature walks. Hikers can expect an hour and a half hike totaling an enjoyable 3.8-mile trek round trip. 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena ROSE BOWL AQUATIC CENTER
GOLF Brookside Golf Course Two 18-hole championship courses, clubhouse, golf shop, restaurant, putting greens, and driving range. 1133 Rosemont Ave. (626) 585-3594 brooksidegc.com
HIKING Eaton Canyon Nature Center An 84-acre natural park with 5 miles of trails. Other activities include campfire talks, picnicking, moonlight walks, bird watching, and guided hikes to the falls. 1750 N. Altadena Dr. (626) 398-5420 ecnca.org Angeles National Forest There are several great hiking trails with skill levels ranging from moderate to very difficult. fs.usda.gov/angeles
ICE SKATING Pasadena Ice Skating Center Year-round indoor skating, figure skating classes, pickup hockey, stick time, and in-house hockey leagues. 300 E. Green St. (626) 578-0800 skatepasadena.com VISITPASADENA.COM
COLLEGIATE SPORTS UCLA Bruins Football season runs September through November. Rose Bowl Stadium (310) 825-2946 rosebowlstadium.com/ premiumseating
SWIMMING Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Year-round facility with competitive teams in swimming, diving, and water polo. Housing two 50-meter pools, it’s open to the public and offers water aerobics, swimming, diving lessons, and therapy pools. 360 N. Arroyo Blvd. (626) 564-0330 rosebowlaquatics.com
Hermit Falls Trail- Beginner/ Intermediate One of Southern California’s most popular trails, Hermit Falls boasts cabins, streams, wildlife, and a dam with cascading water. Its most attractive feature might be the natural pool of cool, deep water, excellent for swimming or tube lounging, and surrounded by large boulders. The trail begins at Chantry Falls then winds two miles down to 1430 feet of elevation. Be sure to grab an Adventure parking pass for $5 and bring a change of clothes if you plan on taking a refreshing dip. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia Mount Wilson – Intermediate/ Advanced Avid hiking enthusiasts will want to experience this alpine trail. Mount Wilson is north of Pasadena in the Angeles National Forest and boasts an impressive 5,710-foot summit, complete with an observatory and plenty of park benches to enjoy the panoramic summit views. Be sure to bring snacks and water, sunblock, bug spray, proper hiking shoes and even trekking poles for this more advanced and trail. Santa Anita Canyon Rd, Sierra Madre
THOROUGHBRED RACING Santa Anita Park Santa Anita Park is the premier destination for live horse racing and betting. Free guided tram tours through the stable areas are available. 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia (626) 574-7223 santaanita.com
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rom luxurious retreats to budgetfriendly hideaways, hotels in Pasadena tip the scale in excellence, helping guests feel right at home with high-quality accommodations. Pasadena’s hotels offer picturesque mountain views and are just a short stroll from the city’s renowned shopping districts, world-class museums, top-rated theaters, and restaurants. Many of the city’s intimate inns are located along the signature Rose Parade route. To continue enhancing Pasadena’s hospitality, 2017 saw an increase in multimillion dollar renovations from several distinctive properties. Transformations included a $20 million renovation of guest rooms, lobby, and meeting spaces at Sheraton Pasadena; a $25 million renovation of guest rooms, lobby, bar, and meeting
spaces at Hilton Pasadena; a recently completed $11 million guest room beautification at Westin Pasadena; construction of a rooftop pool, meeting space, fitness center, and 25 new rooms at Hotel Constance Pasadena;
lastly, a new 186-room upscale Hyatt Place hotel in Pasadena’s most popular retail and entertainment center, The Paseo. The downtown six-story hotel, is scheduled for completion later this year. PASADENA VISITORS GUIDE
Hotel Constance A boutique hotel experience paired with traditional warm hospitality and ultrafast Wi-Fi. Guest rooms feature custom designed beds, pillows and linens. Dining options include Constance Perry’s and the bluRoom Lounge, featuring live music seven days a week. Shopping, restaurants, and museums are a Tuk Tuk ride away in an open-air, electric-powered vehicle. In late 2018, guests will experience poolside relaxation, all-new workout facility, modern club suites and state-of-the-art meeting spaces. 928 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 898-7900 hotelconstance.com
Hyatt Place Pasadena This stylish, six-story, downtown newcomer will open its doors before the end of 2018. Located in The Paseo, the upscale retail and dining promenade across from Pasadena Convention Center will offer 186 spacious, modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast for World of Hyatt members . A pool and StayFit fitness center and 3,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art meeting space. 399 E. Green St.
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena A Pasadena landmark for more than 100 years, the hotel captures the grace and elegance of classic Southern California. Located on 23 acres with grand historic ballrooms and vibrant gardens, the hotel features world-class dining and an award-winning Chuan Spa. Features 379 guestrooms, including private cottages. 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave. (626) 568-3900 pasadena.langhamhotels.com
Hilton Pasadena Perfectly situated in the heart of Pasadena means you are minutes from L.A. and two blocks from the Pasadena Convention Center and Old Pasadena. The full service hotel, with a $25 million renovation completed in November 2017, boasts luxurious rooms, modern amenities, the new Corner Craft Kitchen + Bar, Wi-Fi, 24-hour fitness and complimentary shuttle service within 2 miles. 168 S. Los Robles Ave. (626) 577-1000 pasadena.hilton.com
Old Pasadena Courtyard by Marriott A prime Pasadena location, this upscale full-service hotel in the heart of Old Pasadena features 314 expertly appointed guestrooms and an updated modern lobby, bar, and restaurant. On-site fitness center, pool, and Jacuzzi. Complimentary Wi-Fi. 180 N. Fair Oaks Ave. (626) 403-7600 marriott.com/laxot
Sheraton Pasadena The newly renovated Sheraton Pasadena is the only hotel adjacent to the Pasadena Convention Center and Civic Auditorium. Experience the hotel’s multi-million dollar revitalization, featuring 311 modern luxury guestrooms, over 12,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, Soleil Restaurant, Charlie’s Bar, Sheraton Club, pool and fitness center. Complimentary Wi-Fi and shuttle service within 3 miles. 303 Cordova St. (626) 449-4000 sheraton.com/Pasadena
Residence Inn Pasadena Located near Rose Bowl Stadium and walking distance to Pasadena’s vibrant nightlife, the Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Pasadena is the premier apartment-style hotel designed for longer stays. The hotel features meeting space, 144 suites with kitchens, and complimentary amenities such as breakfast, grocery delivery service, evening social and Wi-Fi. 21 W. Walnut St. (626) 204-9220 residenceinnpasadena.com
The Westin Pasadena With 350 guestrooms, 18 suites and 26,000 square feet of meeting space, The Westin Pasadena completed an $11 million dollar guest room renovation in May 2017. The Westin offers exceptional service, upscale amenities, and elements of comfort. Rejuvenate in a state-of-the-art workout facility, relax by the outdoor pool, or decompress in a Heavenly Bed®. Located in the heart of downtown. 191 N. Los Robles Ave. (626) 792-2727 westin.com/pasadena 47
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MOTELS & INNS Comfort Inn 2462 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 405-0811 choicehotels.com
Saga Motor Hotel 1663 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 795-0431 thesagamotorhotel.com
Ace Motel 2870 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 792-2051 acemotelca.com
GreenTree Inn Pasadena 400 S. Arroyo Pkwy. (626) 795-8401 greentreeinn.com
Super 8 Motel 2863 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-3020 super8pasadena.com
Astro 2818 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-3370 astropasadena.com
Hotel Le RĂŞve Pasadena 3321 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 796-9291 hotellerevepasadena.com
Travelodge by Wyndham Pasadena Central 2131 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 796-3121 wyndhamhotels.com/travelodge
La Casa Inn 2800 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-1122 lacasainnpasadenacalifornia.com
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Pasadena 1599 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 808-4500 wyndhamhotels.com/hojo Ramada by Wyndham Pasadena 2156 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 788-0325 wyndhamhotels.com/ramada Rodeway Inn & Suites 2860 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 792-3700 choicehotels.com 48
Vagabond Inn Executive Pasadena 1203 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-3170 vagabondinn.com Features 54 guestrooms, including business-friendly rooms and pet rooms. Free Wi-Fi, complimentary deluxe breakfast, swimming pool heated yearround and free parking. AAA threediamond rating.
Lincoln Motel 1559 Lincoln Ave. (626) 794-1355 lincolnmotelpasadena.com Pasadena Rose Inn 2097 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 796-3122 Wonder Inn 2855 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 229-9640
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If leaving home without Fido isn’t an option, we hear you. And so do the hotels of Pasadena. With man’s (and woman’s) best friend tagging along, Pasadena has a variety of lodging options for you and your furry family member, each offering special pet-friendly amenities. The Hotel Constance welcomes dogs 35 pounds and under and provides a comfortable bed, a chew toy and additional gifts for Fido to take home, as well as bowls for food and water. For the ultimate pampered pooch experience, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena offers everything from in-room treats and doggie dining to canine massages and other spa treatments. The Westin and Sheraton also offer comfortable lodgings for you and your dogs. Pasadena’s 20+ parks have more than 1,000 acres of parkland for people and pets to explore. Let your pet unleash their playful side (safely) at Alice’s Dog Park on East Orange Grove, a 3+acre off-leash, gated dog area, with separate grassy areas for small to large dogs, including those with special needs. After working up an appetite, even the pickiest pooch will enjoy an all-natural, handmade treat from Colorado Boulevard’s The Dog Bakery.
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estled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena is more accessible than you would believe. The city sits ten miles (16 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles, connected to Southern California by the 210, 134 and 110 freeways. When in town, the pedestrian-friendly city allows you to explore on foot, though shopping bag-toting visitors can experience a streamlined public transit system, shuttles, clean buses and convenient ride-share services like Lyft and Uber. Pasadena is serviced by many airports, Hollywood Burbank Airport and LAX being the most convenient.
Arrive in style via the Metro Gold Line, a 31-mile (50 km) light rail system that connects Pasadena to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, where you will find connections to other LA rail lines, Amtrak and Metrolink. In a recent development, Metro completed new light rail extensions to the Gold and Expo lines that have linked Santa Monica Beach and Pasadena, people no longer have to step foot in a car and brave traffic to go the beach. Trains operate daily and include six stops in Pasadena. Purchase tickets from self-service ticket vending machines at Metro Rail stations. Cost is $1.75 one way. (323) 466-3876, metro.net
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Hollywood Burbank Airport is a major life hack for travelers flying in from cities along the West Coast, the Southwest, New York City, Chicago, and Houston. The airport is much smaller and deals with a fraction of the traffic that goes through LAX daily, making it an easier alternative. The airport is 15 miles (24 km) from Pasadena and takes about half an hour to get 50
there. Taxi fare to the airport will cost about $45 and a ride share app without surge pricing will run about $15. This is a major hub for Southwest Airlines, Alaska, Delta, United, American and JetBlue all offering service to Hollywood Burbank Airport. 15 miles, 24 kilometers (818) 840-8840 hollywoodburbankairport.com
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(LAX) Taking a cab from LAX to Pasadena can cost upwards of $80 USD, this might be a perfectly suitable solution for those traveling with friends and splitting the fare or for business travelers expensing their trip. A more economical alternative is to take the LAX Flyaway to Union Station which costs $9.75 each way. Luxury charter buses pickup at each terminal (arrivals) along the famous LAX loop before going directly to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. At Union Station, continue on to Pasadena by connecting to the Metro Gold Line or by using a ride share app. 29 miles, 47 kilometers (855) 463-5252 lawa.org
AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION LAX Flyaway (714) 507-1170 lawa.org/flyaway
Prime Time Shuttle (800) 733-8267 primetimeshuttle.com SuperShuttle (800) 258-3826 supershuttle.com
CITY TRANSPORTATION Los Angeles Metro
The Metro Gold Line services Pasadena to Union Station in downtown L.A. with connections to other lines. Base fare is $1.75. Metro bus service runs throughout Los Angeles County. Base fare is $1.75. (323) 466-3876 metro.net City Cab (626) 584-1000 (888) 248-9222 United Taxi (626) 768-4999 (800) 822-8294 Pasadena Transit Pasadenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local bus system with six routes that travel throughout Pasadena. Regular fare is $0.75. (626) 744-4055, option #2 pasadenatransit.net Foothill Transit Authority These buses serve the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys. Base fare is $1.25. (800) 743-3463 foothilltransit.org
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Since 1934, Santa Anita Park has hosted some of the most prominent Thoroughbred races in history. Located right next to Pasadena, Santa Anita provides a spectacular, unique setting that combines classic elegance with great sports champions. Join us for an afternoon of thrilling horse racing, world-class cuisine, and venue choices
from free grandstand seating to private suites and opulently appointed rooms that accommodate any size group. Popular events are frequently offered such as concerts, wine tastings, car shows and our Fun Zone for the kids. Check our website for the events list. There is something for everyone at The Great Race Place!
Racing December 26 through June and Late September through Early November 626.574.6387 | santaanita.com