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8TOURNAMENT OF ROSES
6 WHAT’S HAPPENING
New & notable openings, Tournament of Roses®
guide, plus signature events
14 THE LUXE LIST
5 ways to elevate your stay
14 SHOP SMALL, BUY LOCAL
Made-in-Pasadena souvenirs & gift ideas
16 NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDES
Where to eat, shop, play & discover hidden gems
26 CULINARY DELIGHTS
Michelin star power, women at the plate, Asian
cuisine & local libations
38 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Museums, public art, guided tours, spectator sports,
theater & more
44 FAMILY FUN
100% kid-approved attractions & activities
46 WELLNESS & THE GREAT
Hiking, pampering, & group fitness classes
Where to stay
54 TRAVEL TIPS
Transportation to and around Pasadena, suggested
itineraries & a fold-out map
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estled at the base of the San
Gabriel Mountains, our vibrant
city is an oasis from the hustle
and bustle of downtown Los
Angeles, located a mere 10 miles
away. Known as the “Crown
of the Valley,” Pasadena is the
northeastern gateway to all things L.A. Yet, it’s
very much a destination in its own right.
Equal parts classic and contemporary,
Pasadena has enjoyed a long history as a
thriving, forward-thinking hub of art, culture,
design and technological innovation. The jewels
of the past have been beautifully preserved as
the region has evolved into the sophisticated,
modern city it is today.
On the following pages, we shine the spotlight
on what’s new and share top must-do’s—
including the iconic Tournament of Roses®
festivities. Neighborhood guides highlight where
to eat, shop and play in each distinctive district.
Special sections delve deeper into our cuisine
scene, arts and entertainment, wellness, the
great outdoors and kid-approved attractions.
Whether you’re traveling solo or with your
family, a group of friends or a partner, Pasadena
promises to surprise and delight you at every
turn—from the stunning mansions, incredible
museums and lush gardens to the buzz-worthy
events, delicious flavors and locally-made
products. And that’s just the beginning of what
Whatever drew you here, we thank you
for making Pasadena part of your personal
journey. Please share your experiences with
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Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau
and spring are actionpacked
seasons filled with
holiday festivities, abundant
cultural happenings and the
world-renowned Rose Bowl
parade and game. Mark your
calendar for these events
and activities. And be sure
to check out the newest additions to Pasadena’s
must-see, must-do list on your next visit.
100 Years of The Huntington
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical
Gardens celebrates its centennial with a year-long
series of exhibitions and events running through
September 2020. From the commemorative
“Huntington’s Hundredth” rose and a special series
of programs examining the collections in fresh
ways, to a special website where visitors can share
their memories and impressions, the research and
educational institution will be looking back while
setting the trajectory for the future. huntington.org
Expanded Chinese Garden Debuts
This spring, The Huntington’s Chinese Garden will
reopen after a massive expansion, growing from its
original 3.5-acres to 12 acres. New features include
a Stargazing Tower and an exhibition complex with
a traditional scholar’s studio and an art gallery for
changing displays. The inaugural exhibition, “A
Garden of Words: The Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan,”
is scheduled to open May 30. huntington.org
Rose Bowl Stadium Party of the Century
The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation hosts the
star-studded Party of the Century on April 18.
The Roaring 20’s themed evening—held right on
the turf of Rose Bowl Stadium—kicks off the Rose
Bowl’s centennial celebrations culminating in 2022.
Proceeds will go towards protecting, preserving
and enhancing the iconic community treasure.
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Tribute to U.S. Women’s Soccer
Rose Bowl Stadium recently unveiled a new statue
commemorating the U.S. Women’s National Team’s
World Cup victory in 1999, a history-making event
that took place on the hallowed field. The statue
depicts Brandi Chastain’s celebratory pose after
making her game-winning penalty kick. Chastain
and her teammates inspired countless girls to
pursue their athletic dreams through their collective
A Snow White Christmas
Lythgoe Family Panto presents “A Snow White
Christmas” at Pasadena Civic Auditorium December
13-22. Known for television shows like American
Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, the Lythgoe
Family is equally renowned for their kid-friendly
musical theatre productions. In this updated version
of the classic fairytale, Princess Snow White joins
forces with the Seven Dwarfs to defeat her wicked
Aunt the Queen. pasadenacivic.visitpasadena.com
Enchanted Forest of Light
Descanso Gardens transforms into a glittering
Enchanted Forest of Light with their special seasonal
display open November 17 through January 5.
Patrons are invited to walk through the illuminating
one-mile installation during evening hours. Tickets
have timed entries and must be purchased in
Rose Bowl Stadium is home turf for the University
of California Los Angeles Bruins football team.
Home games take place between September 7 and
November 30, offering an exciting opportunity to
experience one of the finest football stadiums in the
Doo Dah Parade
Considered the “twisted sister” of the Rose Bowl
Parade, Pasadena’s Occasional Doo Dah Parade
takes place November 24. The irreverent assembly
of nearly 100 eccentric characters and colorful
floats will be joined by revelers as they parade
by the independent shops of East Pasadena.
Several local businesses host after parties.
Winter fun awaits at the Kidspace Children’s
Museum during the annual December Snow
Days, December 26-30. For five days, kids can get
bundled up to play in real snow and make snowmen,
snowballs and snow angels. Live performances,
winter-themed art and cookie decorating round out
the festivities. kidspacemuseum.org
of Roses ®
Roses® is an iconic,
of thousands of
revelers every New Year. Millions
more viewers across the country
tune in to watch the nationallytelevised
New Year’s Day parade
and college football game. But
nothing beats experiencing it
live in person. Several festive
happenings bookend the two
main headlining events over
the course of a week, offering
celebrations, tours, exhibitions
and so much more. Here’s
everything you need to know to
get in on the historic action and
kick-off your 2020 on a high note.
of Roses ®
Rose Parade ® presented
January 1, 2020
The 131st Rose Parade presented
by Honda begins promptly at 8:00
a.m. on January 1, 2020. Almost
a million spectators line up along
the 5.5-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
Rose Bowl Game ® presented by
January 1, 2020
The 106th Rose Bowl Game
presented by Northwestern
Mutual will be held on January
1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. 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, university band
performances and more.
highlighted in red on
the pull-out map in
the back of this
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OF ROSES® EVENTS
Tournament of Roses SIP & SAVOR
An Artistic Entertainment Services
December 28-30, 2019
Eat, drink and be merry at
Tournament of Roses SIP & SAVOR,
where the spirit of SoCal food, wine,
craft beers and entertainment come
alive over three days in the shadow
of the legendary Rose Bowl Stadium.
The event takes place at Jackie
Robinson Memorial Field on Seco
Street, across from the Rose Bowl in
Float Viewing: Decorating Places
presented by Giti Tire
December 28–31, 2019
At Decorating Places presented
by Giti Tire, spectators have the
chance to view the final stages
of the magnificent parade floats.
creation. 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, 700 Seco St., Pasadena. Be
sure to get a ticket in advance.
Equestfest presented by
December 29, 2019
Saddle up at the Los Angeles
Equestrian Center on Sunday,
December 29 as Wells Fargo
presents Equestfest. This event
features the gorgeous horses and
talented riders that serve as the
premier equestrian units for the
2020 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 and the vendor court,
activities and themed displays.
Bandfest presented by REMO
December 29-30, 2019
Bandfest presented by Remo is a live
music event featuring the exceptional
bands selected to participate in the
2020 Rose Parade. A total of 22
bands from across the United States
and around the world will perform in
three events over the course of two
days, presenting the field show that
will take place during the parade.
Rose Bowl Bash
December 31, 2019
The Rose Bowl Bash is a familyfriendly
event that takes place
in downtown Los Angeles and
celebrates college football
and the New Year. The event
showcases games, school pep band
performances, Rose Bowl Game
merchandise, a beer garden and
Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction
December 31, 2019
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 as the newest inductees join a
group of legendary football greats.
Post-Parade: A Showcase of Floats
January 1-2, 2020
From 1:00 p.m. January 1 through
5:00 p.m. January 2, get an up-close
and personal viewing of the elaborate
floral floats that are parked and
on display along Sierra Madre and
Washington Boulevard. “Post Parade:
A Showcase of Floats” proves just
how much workmanship, effort and
design was put into their creation,
and it’s an intimate way to view the
floats. A shuttle is available from Park
& Ride locations in Pasadena.
parade and game
2. Secure the best
3. Claim your free 4. Avoid traffic and
Curbside Parade parking hassles
Viewing Spot on by taking public
a first-come, firstserved
basis starting Extended Metro
at 12:00 p.m.
Service runs around
December 31—no the clock December
earlier! And pack 31 through January 1
for an overnight between Downtown
Los Angeles and
5. Buy exclusive
Merchandise at the
Visitors Center or
Visit Pasadena booth
at SIP & SAVOR.
391 S. Orange Grove
1737 E. Colorado
Blvd. (enter in back)
Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
470 W. Walnut St.
Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 26-31, 2020
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 the
Cheeseburger Week celebration.
Camellia Show at The Huntington
Library, Art Museum, and
February 8-9, 2020
Hundreds of gorgeous blooms
compete for top honors at
The Huntington’s 48th annual
Camellia Show, co-sponsored by
the Southern California Camellia
Black History Parade & Festival
February 15, 2020
One of the biggest and longestrunning
Black History parades
in California, the celebration
also features food, merchandise
booths, a children’s play area
and more at the Jackie Robinson
MORE ANNUAL EVENTS
Castle Green Holiday Tour
December 8, 2019
Take a step back in time at the
historic Castle Green while
roaming the 120-year old halls
Live on Green
December 29-31, 2019
The free family festival leading up
to the Rose Parade takes place at
the Pasadena Convention Center.
Pasadena Heritage Architectural
Legacy Walking Tour
December 29-30, 2019
Expert guides highlight
extraordinary architecture and
PASADENA CHEESEBURGER WEEK
Noon Year’s Eve at Kidspace
December 31, 2019
Celebrate the New Year early
with Kidspace and ring in the
(almost) New Year with a balloon
drop, music and noise makers.
Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K
January 19, 2020
The annual half marathon and 5K
starts at the Rose Bowl Stadium
and passes through various local
Golden State Tattoo Expo
January 24-26, 2020
The Golden State Tattoo Expo
2020 brings together some of the
world’s top tattoo artists.
March 13, 2020 & October 9,
Enjoy a free evening of art,
music and entertainment when
Pasadena’s most prominent art
and culture institutions open their
Spring Home Tour
March 29, 2020
Tour architectural gems of the
early 20 th century that exemplify
quintessential California style.
Pasadena Showcase House of
April 26 – May 17, 2020
Explore the Pasadena Showcase
House of Design when a local
estate is exquisitely transformed
by top designers.
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CLASSIC & CONTEMPORARY MEXICAN CUISINE
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PASADENA, CA 91101
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Bungalow Heaven Home Tour
April 26, 2020
Tour select homes built from
1900 to the 1930s in Bungalow
Heaven, Pasadena’s first
Pasadena Chalk Festival
June 20-21, 2020
View hundreds of colorful chalk
murals at The Paseo along with
live music, food, shopping and
BoldPas: A Day of Art and Play
Local artists takeover Pasadena
with temporary art installations
throughout Old Pasadena’s
unique urban and historic spaces.
July 4, 2020
Pasadena’s 4 th of July celebration
at Rose Bowl Stadium
features all-day fun, food and
entertainment for the whole
family, concluding with a
spectacular fireworks show.
October 17, 2020
urban art fair showcases
mixed media, ceramics,
jewelry, drawings and
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.
Pasadena City College Flea
Market (Free Admission)
Peruse the wares of 500 vendors
specializing in antiques and
vintage collectibles. Occurs the
first Sunday of each month.
Rose Bowl Flea Market
Vintage treasure hunters and
bargain seekers flock to the
legendary Rose Bowl Flea Market
on the second Sunday of each
UCLA Bruins Football Season
Cheer on the UCLA Bruins at the
Rose Bowl Stadium, home field to
the team since 1982.
Santa Anita Park
Witness live horse races
Thursday through Sundays at
Santa Anita Park.
The internationally renowned
Rose Bowl Flea Market is a
mecca for vintage lovers and
interior decorators. The market
takes place the second Sunday
of every month, when more
than 2,500 vendors are spread
out around the grounds selling
vintage clothing, midcentury
modern furniture, African
textiles, Moroccan rugs, Chinese
antiques, jewelry and so much
Whether you’re celebrating
a special occasion or simply
looking for an exclusive
experience while visiting
Pasadena, here are 5 ways to
elevate your stay.
Check into the two-bedroom,
two-story “Tournament of
Roses” Penthouse Suite
perched on the eighth floor
of The Langham Huntington,
Pasadena. Perks of the
expansive, luxurious residence
include hand-carved wooden
furniture, a baby grand piano and
sweeping 360-degree views.
Hire Pasadena Tour Company
to create a bespoke Guided
VIP Tour of Pasadena’s
leading architectural, historic
and cinematic landmarks and
attractions. Their connections
can get you private access to
places like The Huntington
Library, Art Museum, and
Botanical Gardens, and
Gamble House and the tour
will be curated to match
your precise interests.
Feast on Michelin-starred
Chinese Imperial Cuisine fit
for royalty at Bistro Na’s in
nearby Temple City.
Splurge on the $210 Gold
Carre cocktail at Alexander’s
Steakhouse. The twist on a Vieux
Carre features Whistle Pig Boss
Hog, Tesseron Lot29, Carpano
Antica and Benedictine—served
up, finished with gold leaf.
Visit Whitmore Rare Books
to peruse the impressive
collection of first edition
manuscripts and hand-written
letters by some of history’s
most legendary minds. Their
treasures range in price from
$100 upwards of $95,000.
GRIST & TOLL
SOUVENIR & GIFT TIPS
Looking for souvenir inspiration or creative gift ideas for your loved ones? Try
these homegrown Pasadena brands and delightful local products that reflect
the community’s innovative spirit.
Cocktail connoisseurs will enjoy mixing drinks with Stark Spirits’ line of
premium hand-crafted spirits. Pasadena’s first micro-distillery welcomes
visitors to taste and tour by appointment. You can also find the bottles for
sale at local liquor shops. starkspirits.com
Grist & Toll makes the freshest small-batch, whole grain, milled local
flour you can get your hands on in the Greater Los Angeles region. Pick-up
individual bags of flours, rye and cornmeal, or one of their thematic gift kits.
They open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Buy fresh, hand-crafted soaps and self-care products from The Soap
Kitchen, a small family run business. Their all-natural line includes olive oil
and shea butter-based soap bars for body and hair, along with lip balms, soy
candles and bath enhancements. thesoapkitchen.com
Jones Coffee Roasters’ beans are sourced globally and roasted locally. Bring
a bag or two home to perk up your morning routine. If you get hooked, signup
for their coffee club subscription to receive two one-pound bags monthly.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is part of the California Institute of
Technology, a Pasadena institution. The JPL online store is full of spacecentric
swag like t-shirts, hoodies and flight jackets. Aspiring astronauts
and rocket scientists will appreciate the collectibles like stuffed animals,
commemorative posters, mugs and hats. thejplstore.com
Exit through the gift shops at Pasadena Museum of History, The
Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, Norton Simon
Museum and USC Pacific Asia Museum to discover books and art prints
based on their respective collections and exhibitions—along with eclectic
assortments of items appealing to artistic and creative types of every age.
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Old Pasadena boasts more than 150
independent businesses that offer
distinctive merchandise, dining,
and service found “Only in Old Pas.”
Explore the streets off Colorado and
discover the independent spirit
of Old Pasadena.
First 90 minutes FREE in Park & Walk Garages
Immerse yourself in
these tips on where
to eat, drink and play.
Four pedestrian friendly
districts serve as the
community’s main hubs
for retail, culinary and cultural
adventures. Conveniently, they’re
all adjacent to each other and very
easy to navigate, so neighborhood
hopping is a seamless experience.
We also introduce a few off-thebeaten
path areas that are well
worth a visit.
Maestro (110 Union St.) excels at modern Mexican
in a plush setting, with a killer mezcal list to boot.
True Food Kitchen (168 W. Colorado Blvd.) and
Sage Plant Based Bistro (41 Hugus Al.) specialize
in ultra-healthy, super delicious fare. Osawa (77
N. Raymond Ave.) delights sushi and shabu shabu
lovers with their meticulously prepared Japanese
cuisine and artful presentation. The fruits of the sea
are the star of the show at New England-inspired
Fishwives (88 N. Fair Oaks Ave.). Umami Burger
(49 E. Colorado Blvd.) is the go-to spot for innovative
gourmet burgers with a cult following. The intimate,
Italian-inflected Union Restaurant (37 Union St.) is
deservedly one of Pasadena’s most popular dinner
destinations. Another Italian hot spot, Mi Piace (25
E. Colorado Blvd.) has been pleasing palates for 30
years. Luggage Room Pizzeria (260 S. Raymond
Ave.) prepares delectable pizzas in their woodburning
oven and neighboring Otis Bar (260 S.
Raymond Ave.) shakes up gourmet level cocktails for
Colorado Boulevard and Green Street are lined with
a large mix of national chains and independent
retailers as diverse as Design Within Reach (60
W. Green St.), Goorin Bros. (49 W. Colorado Blvd.)
and Warby Parker (106 W. Colorado Blvd.), to
name just a few. The beauty product wonderland
Space NK Apothecary London (85 W. Colorado
Blvd.) is a dazzling addition to the neighborhood.
Meander through the upscale One Colorado (47
W. Colorado Blvd.) outdoor shopping center to find
elegant clothing stores like Finn + Willow, Joie and
Cop Copine. If you’re in the market for one-of-akind
housewares and gifts, beeline to Gold Bug (34
E. Union St.), Maude Woods (55 E. Holly St.) and
Homage (100 N. Fair Oaks Ave.). Jenette Bras (18
E. Holly St.) carries Southern California’s largest
selection of size D-K bras and swimwear.
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With 22 blocks designated as a National Register
Historic District, Old Pasadena abounds with
impeccably restored late 19 th and early 20 th century
architecture. “Old Pas,” as locals affectionately call it,
offers open air shopping plazas, hidden laneways and
a lively strip of retailers and restaurants along the
main drag, Colorado Boulevard.
Play arcade and
straight out of the
1980s at The Neon
Retro Arcade (28
S. Raymond Ave.),
where more than
50 “vintage” games
entertain all ages.
Stroll through the 9.2-acre Central Park (275 S.
Raymond Ave.). Take exterior photos of the 1898
Nationally Registered Historic Monument Castle
Green (99 S. Raymond Ave.), a popular film
production and event space—the inside is open
to the public for tours only twice a year. Check
out the latest exhibits at the Armory Center for
the Arts (145 N. Raymond Ave.), an independent
contemporary art and community arts educational
institution. Sip while you paint your very own
masterpiece at Pinot’s Palette (168 W. Green St.).
Watch a movie paired with gourmet eats and drinks
at IPIC Pasadena (42 Miller Alley), a high-end
cinema in One Colorado.
WE OLIVE’S WINE BAR
True to its name, The Speakeasy (25 N. Raymond
Ave.) is a proper 1920s bar where you need
a password to gain entrance—email info@
speakeasypasadena.com to request the magic word.
You won’t have to jump through any hoops to get
into White Horse Lounge (41 S. De Lacey Ave.),
a southern-inspired cocktail den. Oenophiles can
swirl, sniff and sip California vintages at We Olive’s
Wine Bar (32 E. Colorado Blvd.), and The Cellar
(26 E. Colorado Blvd.). A good time can always be
found at Pasadena’s largest night club, Club 54
Lounge & Nightclub (54 E. Colorado Blvd.), offering
three levels of music, dancing and drinks. A full-on
nightclub experience is also on the menu at iX Tapa
Cantina (119 E. Colorado Blvd.). Lively, laid-back
Edwin Mills by Equator (22 Mills Pl.) is the spot for
late night drinks with tasty eats.
PASADENA CONVENTION CENTER
LUNASIA DIM SUM HOUSE
Start your day at the FrenchiFornia Bakery (247
E. Colorado Blvd.) where the decadent pastries are
lovingly made by the hands of the French expat
owners. Great Maple (300 E. Colorado Blvd.) is all
about elevated Californian comfort food. Lunasia
Dim Sum House (239 E. Colorado Blvd.) is revered
for its dumplings made fresh to order. El Cholo
(260 E. Colorado Blvd.) features flavorful authentic
Mexican fare. If you’re craving a quality steak, you’ll
be spoilt for choice between Ruth Chris Steakhouse
(369 E. Colorado Blvd.), Fleming’s Prime
Steakhouse & Wine Bar (179 E. Colorado Blvd.) and
Alexander’s Steakhouse (111 N. Los Robles Ave.).
The Paseo (300 E. Colorado Blvd.), a contemporary
mixed-use retail center, is the Civic Center District’s
shopping destination. Here you’ll find brands like
Buttercup, West Elm, H&M, J. Jill, Tommy Bahama,
Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret. The familyrun
Pasadena Antique Mall (#125 in The Paseo)
has earned the locals’ vote for the city’s best antique
shop several years running. Their whimsical selection
runs the gamut from vintage collectibles and retro
clothing to period furniture and time-tested books.
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The Civic Center District is a vibrant zone that sits
between Old Pasadena and The Playhouse District.
The beautiful Beaux-Arts and Mediterranean Revival
landmark buildings have set the stage for many a film
and television show, so it can feel like one big movie
set. And the Pasadena Convention Center (300 E.
Green St.) attracts a steady-stream of events, expos
and activities, such as the wildly popular “America’s
Got Talent” auditions.
The Robinson Memorial
(95 Garfield Ave.) pays
tribute to groundbreaking
athletes Jackie and Mack
Robinson through large
bronze sculptures of the
brothers’ faces. The public
art works can be found
across from City Hall.
PASADENA ICE SKATING CENTER
A visit to Pasadena’s iconic City Hall (100 N. Garfield
Ave.) is a must—the stately John Baker and Arthur
Brown designed building was completed in 1927.
Across the street, stop by the Robinson Memorial
(95 N. Garfield Ave.), two large bronze sculptures
that pay tribute to brothers Jackie and Mack Robison.
The boundary-breaking American athletes are
considered native sons after spending their formative
teenage years in Pasadena. See what’s on stage at
the 1932 Pasadena Civic Auditorium (300 E. Green
St.) and hit the ice at the Pasadena Ice Skating
Center (300 E. Green St.). Kids and adults alike can
play on the stylish indoor playgrounds of PoshParis
(#215 in The Paseo). If you’re in the mood for a film,
the ArcLight (#217 in The Paseo) delivers a signature
Los Angeles cinema-going experience.
BODEGA WINE BAR
The Rose (245 E. Green St.) is an intimate live music
venue featuring an eclectic line-up of nationally
acclaimed artists—book dinner and a show for the
full experience. Bodega Wine Bar (#208 in The
Paseo) is a favorite go-to for fabulous wine, bites
and cocktails into the wee hours of the evening. Beer
lovers gravitate to The Yard House (#202 in The
Paseo), where refreshing local beers are always on
tap. Corner Craft Kitchen + Bar (168 S. Los Robles
Ave.) in The Hilton Pasadena and Charlie’s Bar (303
Cordova St.) in the Sheraton Pasadena are also great
bets for late night libations and bites.
EL PORTAL RESTAURANT
WORLD HATS MART
Urth Caffé (594 E. Colorado Blvd.) and Tender
Greens (621 E. Colorado Blvd.) serve budget-friendly
wholesome fare. Trejos Cantina (37 S. El Molino
Ave.) is the Pasadena outpost of one of Hollywood’s
favorite villains, Danny Trejo, who has an equally
loyal following for his drool-worthy tacos. El Portal
Restaurant (695 E. Green St.) is another solid
choice for sit-down Mexican cuisine. Try Tarantino’s
Pizzeria (784 E. Green Street) for old school Italian
or Settebello (625 E. Green St.) for Naples-style
wood fired pizza. The flavors of Hawaii inspire both
the poke bowls at Pokenoya (766 E. Colorado Blvd.)
and the upscale fare at Roy’s (641 E. Colorado Blvd.),
while Ginger & Spice (451 E. Colorado Blvd.) is a
family-run, fast-casual Vietnamese café.
Canterbury Records (805 E. Colorado Blvd.) was
founded in 1956 and continues to carry a vast
selection of new and used vinyl spanning all genres.
Collectors also frequent The Battery Books & Music
(26 S. Los Robles Ave.) to scour their inventory of
used books, music and movies. For more than 40
years, Aarnun Gallery-Fine Picture Framing (603 E.
Green St.) has been a resource for fine art paintings,
prints, photography and pottery. Mimi et Cie (696
E. Colorado Blvd. #7) carries a refined selection of
covetable timepieces and jewelry. Wollhaus Artisan
Yarn & Tools (696 E. Colorado Blvd. #2) is a cozy
crafter’s paradise. And you can find nearly every
style of hat imaginable at World Hats Mart (444 E.
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The artsy Playhouse District is home to the
renowned Pasadena Playhouse along with museums,
galleries, eateries and a smattering of independent
shops. The Playhouse District also serves as a canvas
for an eclectic and robust public art collection.
The best comedic
talent in the
take the stage
at the Ice House
Comedy Club (24
E. Mentor Ave.), on
the eastern border
of the Playhouse
Catch a performance at the official State Theatre
of California, the Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El
Molino Ave.). Laemmle Theatres’ Playhouse 7 (637
E. Colorado Blvd.) art house cinema embodies the
ethos of this creative neighborhood. The impressive
USC Pacific Asia Museum (46 N. Los Robles Ave.) is
one of the few institutions in the country dedicated
to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Founded in the late 1800s, Vromans Bookstore (695
E. Colorado Blvd.) is Southern California’s oldest
and largest independent bookseller; they regularly
bring in renowned and rising star authors and guest
speakers for talks and signing events.
ZONA ROSA CAFFE
The Mixx (433 E. Colorado Blvd.) is a classy
restaurant and bar with an ongoing line-up of live
music. Zona Rosa Caffe (15 S. El Molino Ave.) is
an indoor-outdoor community gathering spot for
late night coffeehouse vibes and live music weekly.
Monopole Wine (21 S. El Molino Ave.)—equal
parts wine shop and wine bar—boasts a dynamic
events calendar of tastings, pairings and musical
entertainment. T. Boyle’s Tavern (37 N. Catalina
Ave.) is a local sports bar in a hideaway alley.
SOUTH LAKE AVENUE
DAN MODERN CHINESE
Republik Coffee Lounge (854 Green St.) serves
fresh, flavorful breakfast and lunch fare. Celestino
(141 S. Lake Ave.) continues to receive accolades for
its elegant Italian preparations. Seasonal farm-to-fork
greatness shines at The Arbour (527 S. Lake Ave.).
The cocktails at Magnolia House (427 S. Lake Ave.)
perfectly complement the sharable plates. Mercado
(140 S. Lake Ave. #101) takes a distinctive approach
to modern Mexican, while Dan Modern Chinese
(146 S. Lake Ave. #105) puts a contemporary spin
on traditional Chinese. The Delicatessen by Osawa
(851 Cordova St.) draws loyalists for its casual
Japanese cuisine. And Green Street Restaurant (146
Shoppers Ln.) has been a local all-day dining favorite
for 40 years.
CONTESSA ITALIAN MARKET
The Shops on Lake Avenue (345-455 S. Lake
Ave.) are anchored by a newly renovated Macy’s.
The Bloke (380 S. Lake Ave.), a groovy men’s
concept store located in the Burlington Arcade,
features bespoke suits, bench made UK shoes and
accessories. Moda Optique (415 S. Lake Ave. #104)
is consistently ranked Pasadena’s best eyewear
boutique for its impressive selection of designer
styles. Contessa Italian Market (380 S. Lake
Ave. #111) caters to Italian cuisine lovers, with her
selection of premium imported pastas, olive oils,
sauces and more. Ten Thousand Villages (567 S.
Lake Ave.) is a wonderland of fair-trade treasures
sourced from around the world. Visit the experience
center at Woody’s Home (519 S. Lake Ave.) to learn
about the most advanced technology on the market,
from home automation to state-of-the-art home
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SOUTH LAKE AVENUE
South Lake is a 12-block stretch of boutiques,
restaurants and purveyors of beauty, health and
wellness. Major national chain stores like Macy’s
and Williams-Sonoma neighbor mom-and-pop
shops. Cutting-edge nail salons, barbershops, fitness
studios and massage boutiques can meet all of your
S. Lake Ave.)
to peruse the
The Commons (140-146 S. Lake Ave.) is the ultimate
lifestyle destination—work out at SoulCycle, make
your skin glow at Facile, get a blow out at DryBar
and treat your hands and feet to a mani-pedi at
Olive & June. Floyd’s Barber Shop (888 Cordova
St.) is a dapper throwback barbershop complete
with straight-razor shaves. Pamper yourself with
a massage at HM Warm Spa (1009 E. Green St.).
Explore the metaphysical universe at Alexandria II
(170 S. Lake Ave.), a spiritually-inclined bookshop
that offers appointments with intuitive readers, Reiki
masters and psychics. Instagram your customized
sweet treats at Float Pasadena (380 S. Lake Ave.)
and Tpumps Pasadena (524 S. Lake Ave.).
DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE
Enjoy nightly live entertainment at the Blu Bar (928
E. Colorado Blvd.) in Hotel Constance. Drop into
Vinotera (102 S. Lake Ave.) for their wine tasting
flights offered Thursday through Saturday evenings.
Belly up to the bar at Del Frisco’s Grille (55 S. Lake
Ave. #150) for masterfully-prepared cocktails and
the option for late night eats—the kitchen is open
until 11:00 p.m. Nosh on complimentary homemade
potato chips as you sip on a classic cocktail at the
bar at Smitty’s Grill (110 S. Lake Ave.). Delve into
the robust spirits, wine and beer menus at buzzy
Granville (270 S. Lake Ave.), which remains open
until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
PASADENA ANTIQUES & DESIGN
THE GAMBLE HOUSE
A stretch of South Fair Oaks Avenue from Bellevue
Drive to East California Boulevard is known as the
Antique District given its concentration of wellcurated
antique stores. The selections at these shops
are so good that top Hollywood set designers and
globally recognized interior designers are among
the loyal clientele. Revival Antiques (1 W. California
Blvd. # 611) is filled with restored lighting fixtures,
antique furniture and vintage Arts & Crafts and
Spanish Revival tiles. Pasadena Antiques & Design
(330 S. Fair Oaks Ave.) is a 21,600-square-foot,
multi-dealer shop meticulously arranged with
fine American, English and Continental art and
furnishings, as well as pottery, ceramics and other
artifacts. Established in 1976, the massive Pasadena
Antique Center & Annex (480 S. Fair Oaks Ave.)
spans two-buildings housing furniture, jewelry,
art and rare books sourced from 130 professional
antique dealers. T.L. Gurley Antiques (512 S. Fair
Oaks Ave.) may be the smallest of this bunch, but
they pack a lot of quality and character into their
tightly edited selection of rugs, furniture, art and
If you’re a fan of design, architecture and history,
head to Millionaire’s Row on Orange Grove
Boulevard. Back in the early 1900’s, it was said
that there were 15 millionaires per mile on the
lovely mansion-lined street. Today, you can tour
the wonderfully preserved Craftsman masterpiece
that is The Gamble House (4 Westmoreland Pl.).
Its historic landmark neighbor, the Beaux-Arts style
Fenyes Mansion (164-198 N. Orange Grove Blvd.), is
part of the Pasadena Museum of History and weekly
home tours are also offered. The 1906 Wrigley
Mansion (391 S. Orange Grove Blvd.) was donated
to the City in 1958 to become the permanent home
of the Tournament of Roses. Free tours are offered
on Thursday afternoons February through August.
Other homes you can scout from the street include
The Denham House (297 S. Orange Grove Blvd.)
built in 1895 and designed by architect Frederick L.
Roehrig. Continue heading south on Orange Grove
to see The Bissell House (201 Orange Grove Blvd.,
South Pasadena), an eight-room Victorian bed and
breakfast. Built in 1887, the designated cultural
landmark was the former residence of a member of
the family behind the Bissell carpet cleaning empire.
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Many local gems can be discovered in some of the
less-trafficked pocket neighborhoods around town,
like these three distinctive zones.
EAST WASHINGTON VILLAGE
CARMELA’S ICE CREAM
Home to artisanal coffee houses, ice cream shops
and hole-in-the-wall eateries beloved by locals, East
Washington Boulevard is an eclectic, multi-cultural
zone between Holliston Avenue and Altadena
Drive. Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar (1383 E.
Washington Blvd.) serves specialty coffees and
teas, deli sandwiches and fancy toasts. Bacchus
Kitchen (1384 E. Washington Blvd.) is a dinner only
restaurant whose occasional “dinner and a show”
combo features a three-course meal paired to live
music. Family-run Connal’s (1505 E. Washington
Blvd.) has been in the hamburger and sandwich
business since 1958. With even more history under
its belt, Mijares Mexican (1806 E. Washington
Blvd.) has been serving Californian-style Mexican
since 1920. Try Middle Eastern sweets at Sarkis
Bakery (1776 E. Washington Blvd.) or go for an
ice cream cone at Carmela’s Ice Cream (2495 E.
LAVENDER & HONEY
continues to evolve in
exciting and delicious
ways. With more
than 650 restaurants
cuisine category, the options are
indeed endless—there are more
restaurants per capita here than in
New York City. You can taste your
way around the world at ethnic
restaurants that reflect the diversity
of the community itself. Try classic
institutions, from burger and burrito
joints to fine dining stand-outs and
It’s not just food that’s on the musttry
menu here—the libations scene
is experiencing a renaissance of its
own, between the artisanal coffee,
cocktails, craft beers and boba
beverages. The new Food District
at One Colorado (41 Hugus Al.;
onecolorado.com) introduces nine
local food concepts to the outdoor
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Amara Barroeta brings the flavors of Venezuela to her
namesake Amara Chocolate & Coffee (55 S. Raymond
Ave.; amarachocolate.com). The all-day café is
renowned for its churros and desserts, but the savory
dishes—including grilled arepas (corn flatbreads) and
cachapas (crepes)—are just as divine.
scene is fueled by
some very talented
female chefs and
who deserve some
History Month in March. Pay your
respects all year long at these
taste buds will thank you!
Pace Webb is founding chef and co-owner
of Daddy’s Chicken Shack (11 W. Dayton
St.; daddyschickenshack.com), a small takeaway
space serving southern-style fried chicken with
Asian ingredients as the backbone of the flavor
profile. Best known for their fried chicken sandwiches,
Daddy’s also offers salads, bowls and vegan options.
Union (37 E. Union St.; unionpasadena.com)
owner Marie Petulla partnered with Executive
Chef Chris Keyser on the always-packed 50-seat
restaurant specializing in Northern Italian made
with Californian ingredients. Reservations are highly
recommended to ensure you can sample the everchanging
Cookbook author and baker Christine Moore owns
two charming local cafes: Little Flower (1422
W. Colorado Blvd.; littleflowercandyco.com) and
Lincoln (1992 Lincoln Ave.; lincolnpasadena.com).
Lincoln features her signature cakes, plus breakfast
concoctions, sandwiches, salads and bowls. Little
Flower also hits the breakfast and lunch sweet spot
and carries her famous sea salt caramels.
Leah Ferrazzini started Semolina Artisanal
Pasta Kitchen & Pasta Shop (1976 Lincoln Ave.;
semolinapasta.com) in her home kitchen five years
ago. Today, her small-batch, handcrafted pastas—
made with certified organic Durum Semolina
grown in the U.S.—are sold across the country
and served in leading restaurants in Greater Los
Angeles and beyond.
standout Asian cuisine,
thanks to the diversity
of Asian immigrant
residents and their
and raised locally.
The flavors of Japan come to life at
Osawa and Sushi Ichi. Bone Kettle
transports palates to Indonesia
with bold Southeast Asian-inspired
dishes and drinks. Lunasia Dim
Sum House shines as one of the
LA region’s most popular places
for traditional dumplings, buns, pot
stickers and more. Dan Modern
Chinese takes a more contemporary
approach to Chinese classics like
dumplings and noodles. President
Thai Restaurant serves head-ofstate-worthy
Thai cuisine in an
elegant atmosphere. These are
just the cream of the crop among
the 100+ Asian cuisine choices
awaiting you here—find more on
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BEST of PASADENA WINNER for the 7th YEAR
DESSERT - INDEPENDENT COFFEE HOUSE - LATIN AMERICAN FOOD
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 crêpe made with fresh and roasted yellow corn, making the perfect breakfast with scrambled
eggs, bacon and melted cheese!
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TMICHELIN STAR POWER
he first dedicated
guide was released in
June 2019 and several
were recognized with
awards. The accolade—a
complement to the star rating
system—is bestowed upon
restaurants considered secret gems
for their high standard of quality
cuisine. See what the hype is about
at these 11 restaurants where you
can savor a 5-star meal without the
5-star price tag.
• Alexander’s Steakhouse
• Arroyo Chop House
• Parkway Grill
• The Raymond 1886
• Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse
• Sushi Ichi
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MONDAY – FRIDAY
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
4:00 PM – 9:30 PM
SATURDAY – SUNDAY
4:00 PM – 9:30 PM
SIP ON THIS
CRAFT BEER CRAWL
California’s craft beer scene continues to get better
and better, and Pasadena is right in step with this
• Stone Brewing Tap Room (220 S. Raymond
Ave.; stonebrewing.com) is a tasting room for
the leading San Diego-based brewery.
• Der Wolf (72 N. Fair Oaks Ave.; derwolfskops.
wixsite.com) Bavarian bierhaus features more
than 20 beers on tap.
• Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste (1770 E. Colorado
Blvd.; luckybaldwins.pub) pours more than 65
brews on rotation.
• Kings Row Gastropub (20 E. Colorado Blvd.;
kingsrowpub.com) spotlights 24 Californian
craft beers on draught.
• Congregation Ale House (300 S. Raymond
Ave.; congregationalehouse.com) features
their brews alongside 20+ beers by California
and international brewers.
Oenophiles have plenty of options to sip and savor
wines from California and beyond. Whether you’re
creating a DIY wine tour, or seek a compelling wine
list, we’ve got you covered.
• Everson Royce (155 N. Raymond Ave.;
eversonroyce.com) hosts weekly tasting
events and always has interesting bottles
open for tasting.
• Monopole (21 S. El Molino Ave.;
monopolewine.com) hosts regular evening
tasting events and educational classes.
• Vinotera (102 S. Lake Ave.; vinoterawine.
com) pours wine flights Wednesday through
• The Cellar (26 E. Colorado Blvd.; lecellar.
com) is a global wine “library” bar tucked
into a basement space that’s open Thursday
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SIP ON THIS
COFFEE, TEA, & BOBA
Whether you’re a coffee drinker, a tea sipper or a boba
devotee, these indie-spirited outposts will help put a pep
in your step.
• Jones Coffee Roasters (695 E. Colorado
Blvd., 693 S. Raymond Ave., 1006 Mission St.;
jonescoffeeroasters.com) roasts their own coffee
beans, carefully sourced from sustainable farmers.
• Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters (260 N. Allen
Ave.; jamesonbrown.com) roasts coffee beans onsite
in small batches to create the perfect cup.
• Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar (1383 E.
Washington Blvd.; lavenderandhoneyespresso.
com) concocts hot and cold coffee drinks, gourmet
teas and matcha lattes.
• Republik Coffee Lounge (854 E. Green St.;
republikcoffee.com) is a hub for coffee
connoisseurs and decadent pastries.
• Rosebud Coffee (2302 E. Colorado Blvd.;
rosebudcoffee.com) empowers homeless and
transitional-aged youth with barista jobs.
• Homebrewed Bar (39 N. Arroyo Pkwy.;
homebrewedbar.com) specializes in cold brewed
coffees and teas.
• Dots Café & Bakery (3819 E. Colorado Blvd.;
dotscafebakery.com) grew from a humble cupcake
shop into a full-fledged coffee snob-approved café.
• Matcha & Kone (10 S. De Lacey Ave.) is a
destination for boba, coffee, tea and matcha soft
• JIN Tea (18 W. Green St.; jinteashop.com) elevates
the art of tea into a sacred ritual.
• Miss Cheese Tea Café (238 S. Arroyo Pkwy.;
misscheesecafe.com) serves cold brewed
Taiwanese teas and cold teas topped with a foamy
layer of milk and cream cheese sprinkled with salt.
• Prolece Tea (21 S. Fair Oaks Blvd.) pours a variety
of colorful teas like their house milk tea and rose
on lychee tea.
• Motto Tea Café (100 W. Green St. #101; mottotea.
cafe) is committed to using all natural ingredients
in their Japanese-influenced hot and iced tea
• Chado Tea Room (79 N. Raymond Ave.;
chadotearoom.com) offers an afternoon tea
service featuring their hand-blended teas.
• Rose Tree Cottage (801 S. Pasadena Ave.;
rosetreecottage.com), The Langham’s Afternoon
Tea with Wedgewood (1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.;
langhamhotels.com) and The Huntington’s Rose
Garden Tea Room (1151 Oxford Rd.; thehuntington.
org) all offer a traditional high tea service.
LA GRANDE ORANGE CAFÉ
1810 Argentinean Restaurant
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.
121 W. Colorado Blvd.
Stylish restaurant for shareable
Indonesian dishes revolving
around slow-cooked bone broth.
67 N. Raymond Ave.
Celestino Ristorante & Bar
Pumpkin tortellini and penne with
prosciutto in a vodka sauce top
the list at this Sicilian eatery.
141 S. Lake Ave.
Delicatessen by Osawa
Japanese style deli serving
contemporary and traditional
Japanese cuisine, creating fresh
dishes daily from locally sourced
851 Cordova St.
Ribs, steaks, sandwiches and
salads. If you want to go another
direction, Houston’s also offers
selection of sushi, and the
elegant bar top is long and
320 S. Arroyo Parkway
La Grande Orange Café
An upscale dining spot on
creative takes on the classics with
fresh vegetarian options.
260 S. Raymond Ave.
Wood-fired pizza and cocktails
in what was originally the 1930s
baggage room for the Del Mar
260 S. Raymond Ave.
An Old Pasadena favorite. The
desserts and pastries are worth
the splurge if you have room.
25 E. Colorado Blvd.
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.
336 S. Lake Ave.
Porto Via Italian Foods
A modern café inspired by
the vibrant flavors of Italy, the
Mediterranean and California.
1 W. California Blvd.
Traditional Japanese ramen.
16 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Superior traditional Thai cuisine
in an architecturally unique
383 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
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THE ROYCE WOOD-FIRED STEAKHOUSE
Soh Grill House
Gorgeous Old Pasadena location
serving traditional Korean
barbeque. Beef belly, rib eye
and marinated short rib grilled
27 N. Raymond Ave.
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.
Incorporating diverse, nontraditional
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
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The Royce Wood-Fired
The Langham Huntington,
Pasadena’s signature steakhouse
serves the finest selection of
wood-grilled USDA Prime Cuts,
Australian Wagyu, and authentic
Japanese Kobe Beef, as well as
seafood and sides alongside an
impressive selection of wines. The
Royce’s Red and White Wine
Rooms make perfect places for
intimate celebrations, tastings and
private dinner events.
1401 S Oak Knoll Ave.
Union Street Sandwich Co.
A charming sandwich shop and
bakery on Union Street in Old
109 Union St.
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COOLEST PL ACE
Pasadena Ice Skating Center is open every day, offering public
skating, group classes, private lessons, hockey sessions and
For more information visit skatepasadena.com
From small meetings to large
banquets, the Pasadena Convention
Center’s seasoned staff is ready to
help you plan your next event. For
more info, visit pasadenacenter.com
or call (626) 795-9311.
reative and artistic spirits have long been
attracted to Pasadena. Leading architects
and designers synonymous with the
American Arts & Crafts movement called
Pasadena home in the late 1800s and
early 1900s, and their lasting influence is
showcased through Pasadena Heritage’s
Business magnates and industrialists like Norton
Simon and Henry Huntington were among the
prominent art collectors and benefactors whose
legacies remain evident today in the community’s rich
arts and cultural landscape. In 1922, the Pasadena Art
Institute was founded by a group of local residents
with a mission to create a museum and encourage
fine art education. Today, their efforts live on in what
is now the Norton Simon Museum, a gem of an art
museum housed in a Frank Gehry designed building.
This winter, the museum features a special exhibition,
Beyond the World We Know: Abstraction in Photography,
on display November 22-April 6. The Huntington
Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
continues its centennial celebrations with the twopart
What Now: Collecting for the Library in the 21 st
Century exhibition that illuminates The Huntington’s
role in documenting the human experience.
Since 1976, the ArtCenter College of Design has
attracted contemporary artists and designers to
Pasadena. Many have gone on to become globally
recognized innovators, filmmakers, car designers,
product designers and illustrators. Another leading
educational institution—California Institute of
Technology—has also made a distinctive mark on the
Pasadena landscape through the lens of science and
engineering. Part of Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion
Laboratory leads the nation’s robotic exploration
of the solar system—tours of their facilities are
The performing arts have an equally deep-rooted
and prominent presence in Pasadena. Between the
Pasadena Playhouse established in 1917 and the
Pasadena Symphony founded in 1928, hundreds
of feature films have been produced on location
in Pasadena. Today, countless actors and major
Hollywood talents still call Pasadena home—and can
even be spotted gracing local stages.
Pasadena’s contemporary entertainment landscape is
rounded out with year-round concerts featuring some
of the biggest names in music as well as an actionpacked
spectator sports roster.
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CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
California Institute of Technology
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 conducted
most months. Call for tour schedule
and reservations. FREE
1200 E. California Blvd.
This 1927 landmark exhibits Italian
Renaissance and Spanish influences
with its red tile roof, ornate fountain,
and lush garden courtyard. FREE
100 N. Garfield Ave.
El Molino Viejo (The Old Mill)
Completed in 1816 as a grist mill for
Mission San Gabriel, the two-story,
oven-baked brick and adobe structure
is a testament to Southern California
1120 Old Mill Rd., San Marino
Take an hour-long docent-led tour
of the Pasadena Cultural Heritage
Landmark Fenyes Mansion for a
glimpse of life on “Millionaire’s Row.”
See the original furnishings and
family heirlooms that belonged to Dr.
Adalbert and Eva Fenyes—including
their impressive collection of
California plein air paintings.
470 W. Walnut St.
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.
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
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
The Court is now housed in the original
Vista del Arroyo Hotel, built in 1903.
The building was restored in 1985.
Tours by appointment only. FREE
125 S. Grand Ave.
Tournament House and
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
391 S. Orange Grove Blvd.
A three-acre public garden
celebrating Southern California’s
Mediterranean climate. Open to the
public seven days a week. FREE
275 Arlington Dr.
THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART MUSEUM, AND BOTANICAL 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
The Huntington Library, Art
Museum, and Botanical Gardens
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.
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino
Los Angeles County Arboretum &
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
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
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.
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.
Melting Pot Food Tours
Experience the history, architecture,
and folklore of Old Pasadena
while feasting on delights from
My Valley Pass
My Valley Pass provides guided tours
of Pasadena’s popular TV and film
locations, highlighting some of the
most iconic filming locations, from
Doc Brown’s house in “Back to the
Future” to the Peach Pit from the
original “Beverly Hills 90210.” Public
and private group tours are available.
Old Pasadena Walking Tours
Explore a National Register Historic
District and one of the best examples
of downtown revitalization in the
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.
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
Rose Bowl Tours
Rose Bowl Stadium offers public
and group tours. This exclusive
opportunity grants access to behindthe-scenes
locations never before
seen by the public, including the press
box, locker room and field.
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
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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
3352 E. Foothill Blvd.
Beckman & Ramo Auditoriums
Performances, lectures, storytelling,
films, and concerts in the historic
venues of the California Institute of
332 S. Michigan Ave.
Boston Court Performing
Two state-of-the-art theater stages
showcasing diverse, innovative, and
70 N. Mentor Ave.
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.
Live music events with uninhibited
connections between the orchestra,
artists, and adventurous audiences
in conventional and unconventional
300 E. Green St., Floor 3
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.
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
39 S. El Molino Ave.
KNEELING MAN WITH A HAMMER
DISCOVER PASADENA’S PUBLIC ART
In addition to the incredible artwork hanging inside the walls of
Pasadena’s noteworthy museums and galleries, art can be found
in many unexpected places here. The result of one of California’s
longest running public art programs, nearly 100 public works
are on display all over town. These contemporary and modern
masterpieces range from sculptures and murals to artist-designed
benches and painted utility boxes. And all of Pasadena’s stations on
the Metro’s Gold Line have public art.
Must-sees include a Keith Haring Mural on the ArtCenter’s
Hillside Campus. Even if you’re not going inside the Norton Simon
Museum, you can certainly stop by to admire Rodin’s famous
The Thinker overlooking Colorado Boulevard. Kneeling Man with
a Hammer, a large eight-foot tall ceramic statue, resides in One
Colorado’s historic Smith Alley. The Pasadena Robinson Memorial
bronze sculptures are located across from City Hall. Film buffs will
appreciate Countdown Leader, a 20 x 6-foot ceramic tile mural on
the exterior of a residential building at 217 South Marengo Avenue.
And the fork in the road at the intersection of Pasadena and St.
John Avenues on Bellefontaine Street is marked with an 18-foot tall
wooden Fork Sculpture.
Find these works and many more on one of eight self-guided Public
Art Walking Tours. Maps can be downloaded from cityofpasadena.
net/arts/public_art_walking_tour, or pick up a physical brochure at
the Pasadena Visitors Center (300 E. Green St.).
NORTON SIMON MUSEUM
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
Armory Center for the Arts
Exhibitions, performances, and art
workshops are available for children
145 N. Raymond Ave.
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.
The Huntington Library, Art
Museum, 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
18 th and 19 th century British and
French masterpieces, including
“The Blue Boy” and “Pinkie.” The
Huntington is free on the first
Thursday of every month with
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino
Norton Simon Museum
View seven centuries of European
art from the Renaissance to the
20 th 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 p.m.
411 W. Colorado Blvd.
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.
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
46 N. Los Robles Ave.
*Information subject to change
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ROSE BOWL STADIUM
SPECTATOR SPORTS FANS
Sport is just as synonymous with Pasadena as art and architecture. Rose Bowl Stadium (1001 Rose Bowl Dr.;
rosebowlstadium.com) was built in 1922 specifically for national collegiate football and the Rose Bowl Game.
The stadium’s impressive pedigree includes hosting the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games; five NFL Super Bowls;
the 1994 World Cup; and the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Every fall, it’s home field for the UCLA Bruins football
program. Stadium tours allow you to go on the field and behind-the-scenes.
Another iconic local sports venue is Santa Anita Park (285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia; santaanita.com), where
you can wager and watch thoroughbred races at the track built in 1934. Winter and spring are the primary
seasons for live racing, and plenty of food and beverage amenities are available onsite to make a full day of it.
GO OUT OF THIS WORLD
Explore the cosmos at the Mount Wilson Observatory (mtwilson.edu), perched more than 5,700 feet above
Pasadena and open daily. Go deeper into outer space at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (4800 Oak Grove
Dr.; jpl.nasa.gov), where free tours are offered by appointment with reservations made at least one month in
advance. Individual and family tours are available on Mondays and Wednesdays and start off with “Journey to
the Planets and Beyond,” a multimedia presentation that provides an overview of the Laboratory’s activities and
accomplishments in planetary exploration and Earth science.
NASA’S JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
f you’re traveling with
kids in tow, you’ll find
Pasadena to be very
it comes to entertaining
(and feeding!) the
whole family. From
hiking along easy-going
nature trails and stargazing at
the observatory to ice skating
and cake making, there’s fun to
be had for kids of all ages. The
following activities are all kidapproved
and sure to keep the
smiles and laughs flowing.
KIDSPACE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
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Pasadena is centrally located to all of
the region’s major theme parks such as
Universal Studios Hollywood (14 miles
west), Six Flags Magic Mountain (36
miles northeast), Disneyland (35
miles south) and Knott’s Berry
Farm (30 miles south).
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Geared towards kids
age 10 and younger,
the Kidspace Children’s
Museum features more
than 40 hands-on,
interactive exhibits and
activities on their 3.5-
features include the
Climbing Towers and
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
The Huntington Library,
Art Museum, and
The Huntington caters to
kids with their Children’s
Garden and robust array
of workshops, camps,
drop-in activities, tours
1151 Oxford Rd. San
Neon Retro Arcade
The Neon Retro Arcade
is a blast from the
1980s and 1990s past—
essentially, it’s an old
school spin on “screen
time.” Even the grownups
will want to get in on
the action, be it playing
classic arcade games
like Donkey Kong and
Pac-Man or teaching the
next generation how to
28 S. Raymond Ave.
Bring the aspiring “Ace
of Cakes” baker in your
life to Food Network
star Duff Goldman’s DIY
dessert design studio,
Duff’s Cake Mix. You
choose your flavor and
cake—and all the tools
of the trade are provided,
165 S. De Lacey Ave.
For the under eight set,
the Southern California
Children’s Museum is
a great place for playbased
the online calendar of
events to plan a visit
around a music class,
sing-along or art party.
And be sure to check
out the onsite children’s
boutique, That’s Darling.
459 E. Colorado Blvd.
Founded in 1951, Whistle
Stop is a classic model
train and hobby shop
that will wow young and
old alike with its vast
selection and displays.
2490 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena Ice Skating
Center is the perfect
place to cool down
during the public skate
sessions offered daily.
300 E. Green St.
Eaton Canyon Natural
Area and Nature Center
“Family Fun Saturdays”
at the 190-acre Eaton
Canyon Natural Area
and Nature Center
entail a family nature
walk, story time, an
animal presentation and
1750 N. Altadena Dr.
f you’re looking to be
active and make health and
wellness a priority when
you visit Pasadena, we’ve
got you covered—mind,
body and soul. Wellness
is a natural way of life
here, between the abundance
of beauty and body treatments
offered, premium fitness studios,
wholesome restaurants, juice
bars and great outdoors. The
mild, mostly sunny weather
makes it possible to get out
and enjoy Mother Nature in the
mountains, on the bike trails
and in the swimming pool all
year long. And when it’s time to
exhale and relax, there’s a spa
BROOKSIDE GOLF COURSE
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THE HYDRATION ROOM
Naturally, Rose Bowl Stadium
is the true heart of the city’s
active pursuits. Anyone who
enjoys swimming laps must plan
a swim at the impressive Rose
Bowl Aquatics Center (360 N.
Arroyo Blvd.; rosebowlaquatics.
com). The center’s two outdoor
Olympic-sized pools are a thing
of beauty, and lap swim sessions
are open to the public daily. The
scenic 3.3-mile Arroyo Seco Rose
Bowl Loop is a popular route for
walkers, runners and bikers—
cycling outfitters like Pasadena
Cyclery (1670 E. Walnut St.;
pasadenacyclery.com) and VELO
Pasadena (2562 E. Colorado
Blvd.; velopasadena.com) can
cover your bike rental needs.
Brookside Golf Course (1133
Rosemont Ave.; brooksidegc.
com) features two 18-hole
championship courses where you
can tee-off while enjoying San
Gabriel Mountain views. iTennis
manages the open-to-the-public
tennis courts at the Rose Bowl
Tennis Center (360 N. Arroyo
Blvd.; rosebowltennis.com) and
Arroyo Seco Racquet Club (920
Lohman Ln., South Pasadena;
Several immensely popular
group fitness chains have
a presence in Pasadena:
Bar Method (32 Mills Pl.;
barmethod.com), Pure Barre
(107 S. Fair Oaks Ave.; purebarre.
com), Orangetheory (2091
E. Colorado Blvd.; pasadena.
Basecamp Fitness (38 S. El
Molino Ave.; basecampfitness.
co), SoulCycle (140 S. Lake Ave.;
soulcycle.com) and WundaBar
Pilates (860 E. Green St.;
wundabar.com). Founded by two
female Pasadena runners, Stride
(906 Granite Dr.; runwithstride.
com) is Southern California’s
first treadmill-based studio
offering HIIT and strength
training classes for all levels.
For something a little more Zen,
yoga studios welcome drop-in
visitors, complete with first-class
discounts and complimentary
mat and towel rentals. Some
of the most popular studios
among local yogis include
YogaWorks (277 W. Green St.;
CorePower Yoga (168 W. Green
St.; corepoweryoga.com) and
Yoga House (1 W. State St.;
Float away your worries at Just
Float (76 N. Hudson Ave. #120;
justfloat.com), the leading
float therapy destination in Los
Angeles. Each float tank is in a
private “cabin,” the salted water
is heated to 95 degrees and you
can customize your soundtrack
For a decadent full-service spa,
look no further than the awardwinning
Chuan Spa (1401 S. Oak
Knoll Ave.; chuanspa.com) at The
Langham Huntington, Pasadena,
best known for its traditional
signature body treatments and
facials. Burke Williams (39
Mills Pl.; burkewilliamsspa.com/
pasadena-massage) day spa
also offers massages, facials and
nailcare services, plus whirlpool
tubs, saunas, steam rooms and
cool misting rooms—a luxurious
experience at relatively affordable
prices. The Salt Studio (1380 E.
Walnut St.; saltstudiopasadena.
com) wellness spa is another
great option for a spa day or a
peaceful session in their salt
cave room. Halotherapy is an
ancient remedy for respiratory
conditions—breathing the pure
salt air is good for your lungs,
skin, immunity and state of
mind, and is said to reduce
Drip IV therapy is a trending
wellness modality used to treat a
variety of conditions by infusing
nutrients and antioxidants
directly into the bloodstream.
Stop by The Hydration
Room (977 E. Colorado Blvd.;
thehydrationroom.com) for a
customized infusion suited to
your specific needs, be it an
immunity boost, jet lag recovery
or a hangover cure.
TAKE A HIKE
With the San Gabriel
Mountains and Angeles
National Forest at your
doorstep, hiking options
abound. Here’s a guide to
the top local hikes suited to
a range of difficulty levels.
Eaton Canyon Falls:
easy proximity and
makes it popular choice
for hikers of all ages
and abilities. Stop by
the Eaton Canyon
Nature Center to take
advantage of their
docent guided tours
and family nature walks.
The 3.8-mile round trip
trek to the falls takes
approximately an hour
and half to complete
with a modest elevation
gain of 592 feet. Be
prepared to cross
streams on strategically
placed rocks and logs.
Cool off and splash
around in the pool at
the base of the 40-foot
falls before turning
back. 1750 N. Altadena
Hermit Falls Trail:
Hermit Falls boasts
wildlife, lush canyons
and a dam with
cascading water. The
trailhead begins at
Chantry Flats then
winds two miles
down to 1,430 feet of
elevation at the 30-foot
waterfall. The natural
pool of cool, deep
water is excellent for
swimming and floating.
Be sure to grab an
Adventure Pass ($5) to
park and bring a change
of clothes if you plan on
taking a refreshing dip.
The hike through the
lower reaches of Santa
Anita Canyon takes
about 1.5 hours. Santa
Anita Ave., Arcadia
Mount Lowe Railway
Mount Lowe Railway
opened in 1893 to bring
visitors to the Echo
project that never
came to fruition. Yet,
the scenic railway
itself was a popular
tourist attraction for 45
years, before closing in
1938. You can follow
its course on a 7.25-
mile out and back
hike that begins at the
Markham Trailhead on
Mount Wilson Red Box
Road. Venture down
to Inspiration Point
and Mount Lowe Trail
Camp where you can
find ruins of the Alpine
Tavern. Once you get to
Inspiration Point, enjoy
the sweeping views
through the sighting
tubes. Mount Wilson Red
Box Rd. & Mount Lowe
Rd., Angeles National
Mount Wilson is
north of Pasadena in
the Angeles National
Forest and boasts an
summit, complete with
an observatory and
plenty of park benches
to enjoy the panoramic
fit hikers can traverse
this long, alpine trail
covering 14 miles. Be
sure to bring snacks
and water, sunblock,
bugspray, proper hiking
shoes and even trekking
poles for this advanced
trail. The strenuous
daylong hike will take
hours with 3,545 feet
of elevation gain. Santa
Anita Canyon Rd., Sierra
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Up, Up And A Way Easier
Whether you’re traveling to or from Southern
California, Hollywood Burbank Airport makes
your travel experience an easy one.
Hollywood Burbank Airport - Pasadena’s Airport.
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PASADENA
Conveniently located on Colorado Boulevard with easy
access to the 210 Freeway, this recently renovated
property is ideal for work or play. Minutes away from
the Huntington Library and the Los Angeles County
Arboretum. Experience the utmost in comfort during your
trip with this hotel’s outstanding amenities. Offering 93
rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, Parking, Buffet Breakfast,
On-Site Fitness Facility, 24 Hour Business Center, and
an Outdoor Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi. Please contact
Sales Department for promotion on newly renovated
banquet and meeting space!
3500 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91107
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300 E. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Hotel Constance Pasadena
A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, this
contemporary boutique hotel set in a historic
1926 building offers enticing amenities including
a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and
complimentary Mercedes Benz shuttle (within a
3-mile radius). Stylish guest rooms are outfitted with
the latest in-room technology and free Wi-Fi. Perry’s
Restaurant serves seasonal cuisine and the BluRoom
Lounge features live music nightly.
928 E. Colorado Blvd.
Hyatt Place Pasadena
Located in The Paseo, a retail and dining complex
across from the Pasadena Convention Center, this
brand new six-story hotel opened in 2018. Spacious,
modern guest rooms feature a separate seating area.
Breakfast is free for World of Hyatt members, and all
guests have 24-hour access to dining and the StayFit
fitness center. Complimentary Wi-Fi, the Coffee to
Cocktails Bar and an outdoor swimming pool round
out the many pluses.
399 E. Green St.
Located in the heart of Pasadena where the Civic
Center meets the Playhouse District, this full-service
hotel boasts spacious rooms with views of the San
Gabriel Mountains and Old Pasadena. Dine and drink
at the Corner Craft Kitchen + Bar, or pick-up takeaway
fare at the Corner Market. Guest perks include a
heated outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center and
complimentary shuttle service within 2 miles.
168 S. Los Robles Ave.
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
A Pasadena landmark for more than 100 years, this
elegant full-service resort nestled in an upscale
residential neighborhood embodies the city’s history
and grace. Located on 23 acres with grand historic
ballrooms and lush gardens, the property offers
world-class dining, the award-winning Chuan Spa
and a Kids Program. Other attractive amenities
include a large outdoor saline pool, tennis courts and
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.
is your main
destination or a
home base for
staying in a hotel
is the ideal way
to get into that vacation mindset and
plug right into the local scene. Here,
you’ll find everything from glamorous
hideaways, historic bed-and-breakfast
inns and modern boutique hotels to
major global chains and basic, budgetfriendly
Most properties are centrally
located in walking distance to
major attractions, like the 311-room
Sheraton Pasadena which recently
completed a two-year, $20-million
renovation. The three-star Hilton
Pasadena also invested more than
$20 million to upgrade their guest
rooms and public spaces. For a
full resort experience in a quiet,
residential neighborhood, opt for The
Langham Huntington, Pasadena, a
historic landmark property that has
been welcoming guests for more than
Between seasonal holiday amenities,
winter hotel packages and
significant property upgrades, this
is an incredibly enticing time in the
accommodations space. Peruse our
hotel listings on the following pages
to learn more and find your perfect
match. And if you’re traveling with
your dog, look for the paw print icon
indicating pet-friendly properties.
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Old Pasadena Courtyard by Marriott
This full-service hotel in the heart of Old Pasadena
features expansive guestrooms appointed with
pillow-top mattresses and ergonomic workspaces.
Guest benefits include access to the fitness
center, heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi and
complimentary Wi-Fi. The Bistro restaurant offers
breakfast and dinner daily, with cocktails served in
180 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
The recently renovated Sheraton Pasadena is
adjacent to the Pasadena Convention Center and
Civic Auditorium in downtown Pasadena. Amenities
include an outdoor heated pool and fitness center,
plus complimentary Wi-Fi and shuttle service (within
3 miles). Guests have two onsite dining options to
choose from: the elegant Restaurant Soleil serving
breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as Charlie’s Bar,
offering lunch, happy hour and dinner.
303 Cordova St.
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 complimentary
amenities such as daily breakfast, grocery delivery
service, an evening social hour and Wi-Fi.
21 W. Walnut St.
The Westin Pasadena
The Westin Pasadena offers exceptional service,
Heavenly Beds® and upscale amenities in
the heart of the Civic Center district. Guests
can take advantage of the state-of-the-art
WestinWORKOUT Fitness® facility and heated
outdoor pool with stunning city views. The stylish
Ventanas Restaurant & Bar offers indoor and
outdoor seating featuring a firepit for an evening
191 N. Los Robles Ave.
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SAGA MOTOR HOTEL
2870 E. Colorado Blvd.
2818 E. Colorado Blvd.
2462 E. Colorado Blvd.
GreenTree Inn Pasadena
400 S. Arroyo Pkwy.
Hotel Le Rêve Pasadena
3321 E. Colorado Blvd.
by Wyndham Pasadena
1599 E. Colorado Blvd.
La Casa Inn
2800 E. Colorado Blvd.
1559 Lincoln Ave.
Pasadena Rose Inn
2097 E. Colorado Blvd.
by Wyndham Pasadena
2156 E. Colorado Blvd.
Rodeway Inn & Suites
2860 E. Colorado Blvd.
Saga Motor Hotel
1663 E. Colorado Blvd.
Super 8 Motel
2863 E. Colorado Blvd.
by Wyndham Pasadena
2131 E. Colorado Blvd.
Vagabond Inn Executive
Located a few blocks from
the South Lake District, this
AAA three-diamond rated
property offers comfortable,
modern rooms. A daily deluxe
breakfast is complimentary
and Wi-Fi and parking are free,
too. The outdoor swimming
pool is heated year-round
and rooms are appointed
with desks to accommodate
1203 E. Colorado Blvd.
2855 E. Colorado Blvd.
HOTEL LE RÊVE PASADENA
in Pasadena that
translates to ease
for our visitors. The
city is accessible
via many major
highways without being in the
thick of LA’s infamous traffic.
Even better yet, it’s centrally
located to LAX and Hollywood
Burbank Airports and wellserved
by Amtrak and the Los
Angeles Metro. Once you arrive,
it’s a breeze to be car-free and
carefree. Pasadena’s pedestrianfriendly
neighborhoods and strong
connectivity on the Metro network
make it effortless—and fun—to
explore the city car-free.
METRO GOLD LINE
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Pasadena is nearly equidistant
to both Glendale Station and
Union Station downtown, where
Amtrak’s Pacific Coast Surfliner
and Coast Starlight trains make
regular stops. From Union
Station, you can hop on the Gold
Line and be in Pasadena in under
30 minutes. If you’re flying into
LAX, catch the FlyAway Bus to
Union station to transfer onto the
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 there. The Metro 501 NoHo
to Pasadena express bus is the
most economical way to get to
Pasadena. 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
15 miles, 24 kilometers
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. An organized
ride share location is available
through dedicated shuttles. 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
Prime Time Shuttle
Los Angeles Metro
The 31-mile Metro Gold Line serves
Pasadena from Union Station in
downtown LA, with six local stops
on the way to the furthest, the
Sierra Madre Villa station. The light
rail system connects Pasadena to
bus services and other Metro lines,
like the Expo Line that travels from
downtown LA through Culver City
to Santa Monica Beach. The base
fare is $1.75 and trains operate daily.
Tickets can be purchased from selfservice
machines at the stations.
Pasadena’s local bus system with
six routes that travel throughout
Pasadena. Regular fare is $0.75.
(626) 744-4055, option #2
Foothill Transit Authority
These buses serve the San Gabriel and
Pomona valleys. Base fare is $1.25.
Need an electric vehicle charging
station? Pasadena’s EV charging
network currently includes more
than 900 level 2 charging stations
and 68 fast charging stations, all
located within a 10-mile radius.
The more time you have in
Pasadena, the more you can
explore. These suggested daily
itineraries will ensure you don’t
miss out on any key gems,
whether you’re coming for one
day or several.
PASADENA ICE SKATING CENTER
WHITE HORSE LOUNGE
Spend the morning
Gardens. Head to
Old Pasadena for
and stroll. Play
games at The
Arcade and have a
nightcap at White
Visit majestic City
Hall and go to the
for dinner and a
show at Pasadena
the night with a
cocktail at The
Start your morning
with a hike to
Falls. Fuel up
at Millie’s and
then head to the
Museum for an
afternoon of fine
art and culture.
After dinner on
South Lake Avenue
at Pie’n Burger,
hit the Ice House
storied history on
with guided tours
of the Gamble
House & Wrigley
browse the wares
in the shops
of the Antique
the day with
and dinner at
Take a VIP or
public tour of Rose
Check out the
at the USC Pacific
Get lost in the
Arcade. Do a wine
tasting at We
Olive’s Wine Bar
and walk to dinner
at a Michelin
restaurant in Old
Have breakfast on
Plan ahead to book
a tour of NASA’s
up some skates
to glide around
California brews at
House and then
treat yourself to a
dim sum feast at
Lunasia Dim Sum
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LOS ROBLES AVE
O A K L A N D A V E
EL MOLINO AVE
O R A N G E G R O V E B L V D
MAR VISTA AVE
M O N T E V I S T A S T
A L T A D E N A D R
SIERRA MADRE BLVD
S I E R R A M A D R E V I L L A A V E
A R R O Y D B L V D
G R A N D A V E
O R A N G E G R O V E B L V D
& WRIGLEY GARDENS
G R E E N S T
DEL MAR BLVD
B E L L E V U E D R
ST JOHN AVE
C O R S O N S T
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
FOR THE ARTS
DE LACEY AVE
FAIR OAKS AVE
CIVIC CENTER DISTRICT
D E L M A R B L V D
G R E E N S T
LOS ROBLES AVE
O A K L A N D A V E
EL MOLINO AVE
OAK KNOLL AVE
SOUTH LAKE AVENUE DISTRICT
SAN PASQUAL ST
D E L M A R B L V D
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H U N T I N G T O N D R
SAN PASQUAL ST
F O O T H I L L
SAN MARINO AVE
SIERRA MADRE BLVD
B L V D
MAP NOT TO SCALE
SAN GABRIEL BLVD
S I E R R A M A D R E V I L L A A V E
ROSE PARADE ROUTE
ROSE PARADE FLOAT VIEWING
PASADENA TRANSIT BUS ROUTE
HISTORIC ROUTE 66
METRO GOLD LINE ROUTE
METRO GOLD LINE STATIONS
THE LANGHAM HUNTINGTON HOTEL
History. Culture. Tradition. Elegance.
For over 85 years,
Santa Anita’s magnificent Art Deco
inspired architecture has enhanced the
majestic San Gabriel Mountains with
Thoroughbred racing’s nobility.
Visit The Great Race Place
December 26th through the end of June
and mid-September through October.