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Pasadena Heritage

Pasadena Heritage

The second largest preservation group in California, Pasadena Heritage has played a big part in saving and showcasing the city’s best assets, from Old Town to the Colorado Street Bridge to the Huntington Hotel. It sponsors two outstanding events, the nationally renowned Craftsman Heritage Weekend in October and the Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge [...]

Pasadena Educational Foundation

Pasadena Educational Foundation

Supporting public education in Pasadena is the mission of this group, whose board comprises some of Pasadena’s best and brightest. It raises a good amount of money to support the schools, and it acts as a portal for volunteers and for businesses looking to “adopt” a neighborhood school. The summer enrichment program is particularly worthwhile, [...]

Best Western Eagle Rock Inn

Best Western Eagle Rock Inn

It’s a pretty standard two-story motel, a little closer to the 134/2 freeway interchange than we’d like, but the Eagle Rock Inn is clean and carefully maintained, and many rooms are under $120 if you book online.  Internet and a continental breakfast are free, the pool is decent, and there’s a hot tub. A mile [...]

Quality Inn Pasadena

Quality Inn Pasadena

The best choice along East Pasadena’s motel row, this well-maintained three-story chain is a good value. The furnishings are newer and comfortable, and the continental breakfast (served in a nice kitchen) is more substantial than most, offering things like oatmeal, toaster waffles and fresh fruit. You can hear the nearby 210 freeway from the rooms, [...]

Embassy Suites Arcadia

Embassy Suites Arcadia

This is your basic Embassy Suites: two-room suites with sofa beds, kitchenettes, two TVs and WiFi. Extras include an indoor pool and spa and a lively happy hour every evening, although some guests don’t appreciate the happy-hour noise that bounces throughout the seven-story atrium. Several good Arcadia restaurants are an easy walk away; Santa Anita [...]

A Creative Hiatus for Fatty’s

A Creative Hiatus for Fatty’s

Thanks to our friend Kim Ohanneson for passing on the news about our favorite vegetarian restaurant: Angelenos, get ready to speed dial. After a decade of delighting Angelenos with high-end vegan and vegetarian fare paired with fine wines, Fatty & Co.’s will close its doors for an unspecified amount of time, Eat/Drink/See Eagle Rock has learned. [...]

The Bookhouse

The Bookhouse

They call it Fair Oaks Avenue, but it’s really Main Street, U.S.A., and this main street has a swell bookstore housed in a 1905 Greek Revival home. The eclectic and well-ordered collection of used and rare books is a pleasure to peruse. We walked in to nose around and walked out with a second edition [...]

Book Alley

Book Alley

Whether you’re seeking a first edition of Catcher in the Rye for $2,100 or a new graphic novel, Book Alley is well worth a prowl. Now in larger quarters farther east from its original location in the Playhouse District, it displays new and used books side by side. Titles on California, photography, history, art, anthropology, [...]

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

The Old Pas branch of this nationwide chain has the usual B&N assortment of titles, a solid newsstand and a very nice staff. There’s another location in Glendale. 111 W. Colorado Blvd., Old Pasadena 626.585.0362, bn.com

Bookfellows

Bookfellows

This is a fun destination for lovers of used and/ or rare books. Known for one of the largest sci-fi and horror collections in the region, it also stocks plenty of mysteries, and the lurid, color- saturated covers of its pulp paperbacks make for entertaining grazing. Local author talks and signings add to the neighborhood [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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