There’s a place where the bustle of Los Angeles quiets, while the cultural side of Southern California shines. It’s a city where neighborhood charm meets metropolitan sophistication, where the temperate Southern California climate is the ideal backdrop to savor some of the region’s most tantalizing cuisine.
That place is Pasadena, where a tantalizingly unique blend of history, architecture, art, science, shopping, entertainment and dining come together to form a thriving cultural hub of activity. The city’s storied past fuses with its dynamic present, and its streets are alive with eclectic galleries, shops, restaurants, museums, botanical gardens, landmark theaters and nightlife nirvana.
Surrounded by a safe haven of friendly neighborhoods and family-driven attractions, Pasadena is nestled at the base of the spectacular San Gabriel Mountains, just 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles – but seemingly a world away. It’s a walkable, welcoming community bursting with opportunities for every preference, whether that’s strolling the boutiques and antiques of Old Pasadena; explore world renowned museums; dining among the stars; sipping your way through relaxed happy hours, wine bars and dance clubs; or simply taking in the great outdoors in and around town.
It’s easy to sample your way through the next foodie frontier, where a new wave of artisanal eats and handcrafted pours is remaking the SoCal culinary scene. With more than 500 eateries, Pasadena boasts more restaurants per capita than New York City. No wonder it’s become the new foodie frontier for the hip, savvy and hungry. The birthplace of Julia Child and home to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Los Angeles, Pasadena offers an epicurean extravaganza, with eating possibilities ranging from charming outdoor cafes to elegant dining rooms and everything in between.
Pasadena is the heartbeat of SoCal’s cultural side. Art Connoisseurs have a myriad of landmark museums and galleries, housing everything from European masters to early California Impressionists to modern art. Literary lovers can peruse rare books and manuscripts. Explore mile upon mile of stunning botanical gardens, top-notch arts performances and live concert venues. A tour of the town will lead to a beautiful tree-lined shopping district along South Lake Avenue, galleries and specialty shops in the Playhouse District, 19th century structures and quaint alleyways in Old Pasadena, and an open-air urban village in Paseo Colorado.
The city’s collection of conveniently located comfortable hotels runs the gamut from great little inns and charming bungalow-style properties to a mix of brand hotels and luxury five-star resort experiences like the landmark Langham Huntington Pasadena and the brand new dustD2 hotel constance pasadena.
For more information, contact the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 307-7977 or VisitPasadena.com.