THE GUIDE | ALTADENA + PASADENA
Start your morning at Lavender and Honey Espresso Bar and make sure to get their specialty honeybee latte and a slice of their signature L + H toast: goat cheese, dried lavender with a honey drizzle.
Next up is a hike through Pasadena via Bikes and Hikes LA. I won’t give away all the details but reserve your spot in advance so that you can partake in strolling by notable homes that have made the silver screen, check out the Huntington Library and much more!
You’ll be hungry so stopping by Float is a must. This sweet soda fountain is located in the British-inspired Burlington Arcade. Enjoy a specialty crafted float like The Creamsicle, The Red Cow, or The Cold Brew and a baguette sandwich piled high with all kinds of goodness.
Choose your next adventure. Into Architecture? Make sure to check out The Gamble House. This National Historic Landmark, designed in 1908 by Greene & Greene is a great example of 20th-century Craftsman architecture. Into majestic gardens? Descanso Gardens is a sprawling 160-acre garden that features forests, streams, a lake, and a bird sanctuary. Bibliophile? Check out Vroman’s Bookstore, a beloved independent bookstore in the Playhouse District.
Wind down at this hidden gem for a cocktail: Magnolia House is tucked away and known for its unique craft cocktails and a small plate menu.
This unincorporated city is situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains and is just north of Pasadena. Becoming more popular with young families, this sweet town celebrates tree lighting along Christmas Tree Lane every year, which has been notably placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Altadena is known for its close proximity to Eaton Canyon and great hiking trails and outdoor activities.
Located just west of Eagle Rock and Highland Park, Pasadena is a neighborhood that prides itself on being charming. Wide streets and city-wide parades coupled with easy access to shopping and dining make this neighborhood highly sought after for those who want to feel removed from the big city, but still only be 20 minutes from DTLA. It’s quaint, clean and friendly.