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Bissell House

Bissell House

The grand old house is from the Victorian era, but the kind owners were wise enough to eschew oppressive Victoriana for the interior decor. Instead they opted for an appealing mix of dark woodwork and cheerful floral fabrics in the common areas and a not-too-frilly femininity in most of the five bedrooms (the Prince Albert [...]

The Saga Motor Hotel

The Saga Motor Hotel

Our favorite budget (i.e less than $100) hotel in town, the Saga’s got it goin’ on, midcentury-modern-wise. It’s a classic 1950s motel, but unlike most in the region, it’s been carefully maintained without losing its ’50s charm. Heck, there’s still real Astroturf around the pool! Located across the street from Pasadena City College, the Saga [...]

Sheraton Pasadena

Sheraton Pasadena

Tied to the spiffy new Convention Center, this low-lying Sheraton has two things going for it: really comfortable beds and a convenient location in the Civic Center hub, an easy walk to the shops, theatres and restaurants of the Paseo Colorado, and a bit longer walk (six to ten blocks) to the Playhouse District and [...]

Art Center College of Design

Art Center College of Design

This 80something-year-old institution is one of the world’s leading schools for product, graphic and transportation design, as well as fine art, advertising and illustration. It’s most famed for its automotive program, students of which have gone on to design such cars as the PT Cruiser and the Volkswagen Bug. But Art Center grads are responsible [...]

The Rose Parade

The Rose Parade

It’s pretty much impossible to envision life in Pasadena without the Rose Parade. Even parade-hating grinches have to deal with it, because the hullabaloo is so pervasive. Construction begins on the grandstands in the fall, and you can’t get into the Old Town Ralphs without negotiating the risers. Local high-school girls swarm the Rose Queen [...]

Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College

Originally called Pasadena Junior College, this exemplary school began in 1924 on the site of the original Pasadena High School, which later moved to East Pasadena. The alum roster is impressive indeed for a junior college, including teacher Jaime Escalante, author Octavia Butler, rock star Eddie Van Halen, filmmaker John Singleton (who took his first [...]

California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology

With a faculty and alumni population that includes 31 Nobel laureates, five Crafoord laureates and scientists who have discovered everything from anti-matter to the difference between the left brain and the right brain, Caltech is one of the smartest places in the world. But it’s not a particularly populous place: It’s home to just 967 [...]

Fuller Theological Seminary

Fuller Theological Seminary

A Christian graduate school with an evangelical bent, Fuller trains ministers, psychologists, therapists and philosophers. The central-Pasadena campus, which comprises lovely old homes and a few modern buildings, is the school’s headquarters, but there are many satellites, including in Colorado Springs, Seattle and Sacramento. The student body is remarkably diverse, coming from all over the [...]

Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock

That’s Right, You Heard Me: Eagle Rock is Hip! The Facts What It Is: An L.A community bordered by Pasadena to the west, Glendale to the east and north and Highland Park to the south Population: 17,763 Ethnic Diversity: 47% Caucasian, 39% Hispanic, 25% Asian, 2% African-American Median Household Income: $47,488 Key Players Occidental College [...]

Highland Park

Highland Park

Arroyo Arts Haven The Facts What It Is: A 3.76-square-mile section of L.A west of South Pasadena and south of Eagle Rock Population: 58,051 Ethnic Diversity: 73% Hispanic and/or white, 12% Caucasian, and 3% African American Key Players In the early 20th century, Highland Park was a mecca for intellectual practitioners of the Arts & [...]

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