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Pasadena is one of the loveliest cities in Southern California, with characteristically great weather, and mountains providing a beautiful backdrop for historical buildings and craftsman homes. Discover art, music, and film festivals, fine dining, and artisan brews.
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490 Union St, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
Companion shows at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Pasadena Museum of California Art celebrate the styles that developed in California in the first half of the 20th century. The SBMA show (through June 16, 2013) focuses on plein air...
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146 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
See the cafeteria tray? Lemonade Restaurant is basically a farmer's market, without the difficult parking, haggling, preparing, and cooking. Here, you can just go straight to the sampling, enjoy the friendly chefs, and, of course, delicious...
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2649 Mission St, San Marino, CA 91108, USA
One of my favorite desserts EVER is the "whole peach dumpling with honey-caramel sauce" made at Julienne's. After finishing art school, I worked for a few months at the gourmet market of this French-California neighborhood bistro and this is where...
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1101 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA
For all you crafty folks, stop by Skein while you're in Pasadena! They have a great selection of classic yarns including cashmere and mohair, and they specialize in fashion yarns with new trends every season. They have knitting kits for beginners...
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300 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
Need a cold drink or scrumptious comfort food? Congregation is the place for you! I recommend the flatbreads-Dijon & Proscuitto is my favorite, and the sweet potato fries are everyone's favorite, especially with the creative assortment of dipping...
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411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
This museum has an impressive collection of world-famous pieces. Degas is heavily represented by numerous sculptures and paintings, and Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, and many other brilliant artists add to the splendor of the 19th century collection....
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Echo Mountain, California 91001, USA
Echo Mountain has a great deal to offer, from the switchback trail, which will give you a great workout on your way up the mountain (start early to avoid the blistering afternoon sun), to the views—on a clear day you can look out over Pasadena, ...
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4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
Gamble House is an architectural gem. The glass-work of the front door, chandeliers, and dining room windows is mesmerizing, and the carved frieze in the Burmese teak living room is a decorative treasure. Each room showcases a different kind of...
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64 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
Cafe Santorini isn't off the beaten path, or a hole-in-the-wall restaurant like my title makes it seem—it's a well-known Mediterranean restaurant in Old Pasadena. However, the fact that it is off the main drag (through a tiny door and up a narrow...
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345 E Colorado Blvd #101, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
Start your morning at this local bakery (and then come back for lunch). They have a great wake-me-up environment, with lots of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the aroma of coffee and fresh breads is heavenly. For lunch, try...
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2495 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104, USA
Carmela is Pasadena's favorite ice cream shop. Drive by in the evening, and you'll see a crowded store front with happy ice-cream-eaters overflowing onto the sidewalk. I love their unique flavor combinations; they even offer classes if you're...
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260 Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA
If high-quality, small-batch, locally roasted coffee is your thing, then make yourself at home at Jameson Brown. They're perfectionists when it comes to anything coffee related, and their black coffees and specialty drinks are to die for. If...
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20 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
This sweet little shop is every travel-lover's dream. They have everything travel-related: city maps, hiking guides, travel narratives, language helps, luggage, easy-pack clothing and accessories, and more. The decor is fun, with vintage hotel...
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695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
The historic Vroman’s Bookstore opened in 1894 and is still a favorite with the locals. Beyond their large selection of books, they still have an old-school newsstand, an excellent café, and a gift shoppe with home décor, locally made cards, and...
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10 S De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
Bird Pick is my favorite place for tea. They have a lovely tea bar with specialty teas and creative drink options, and they have beautiful hardwood tables in their cafe. The shelves are lined with loose-leaf teas, and the windows display colorful...