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Flintridge Bookstore’s Grand Opening

Flintridge Bookstore’s Grand Opening

How lucky am I? Yesterday afternoon I walked a fraction of a block to the grand opening of the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse. Just when I had given up hope that anything would be built on the site of the long-abandoned service station at the top of the street, Peter and Lenora Wannier purchased the property and fought hard to fulfill their dream of creating a first-class independent bookstore.

And Now, a Word About Pasadena

And Now, a Word About Pasadena

Writers both famous and undeservedly little-known have lived in, or passed through, Pasadena and her sister towns, and we’ve collected some of their bot mots about these towns. Here’s Part 1 of our favorites; stay tuned for Part 2 soon. Now I was truly in “God’s country”—the real Southern California which is peerless…. Next day, […]

Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge

Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge

Seemingly all of Pasadena turns out to enjoy this lovely summer-evening happening sponsored by Pasadena Heritage. The bridge is closed to automobiles and filled with food booths, children’s activities, antique-car displays and stages for live bands. Everyone eats, drinks, dances and mingles with their neighbors. It’s one of the must-attend events of the summer. Colorado Blvd. […]

California Philharmonic Festival on the Green

California Philharmonic Festival on the Green

The brainchild of L.A. County Parks and Rec and the Cal Phil conductor, Victor Vener, this summertime series has been selling out to al fresco music lovers since its inception. Indy and series tickets are available on the Great Lawn for table seating or BYO lawn chair; picnicking is encouraged, beginning at 5:30 p.m., with […]

Pasadena Humane Society

Pasadena Humane Society

Created in 1903 to care for animals, this wonderful organization serves several cities in the west San Gabriel Valley, offering animal control, pet adoption and training classes, all through a beautiful facility just south of Old Town. Its September, the Wiggle Waggle Walk around the Rose Bowl is a great deal of fun and a […]

Home Tours & Festivals

Home Tours & Festivals

Altadena Homes Tour Altadena Guild of Huntington Memorial Hospital 626.304.4678, altadenaguild.org Tour in spring Since 1952 this annual tour has benefited the important work of what is now called the Huntington Medical Research Institutes. With no shortage of worthwhile architecture in Altadena, we know it will be around for another 50 years. Architectural Tours L.A. […]

Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa

Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa

Pasadena was blessed with a number of posh hotels (none of which survive today) during its first boom period, in the 19th century, but it really arrived with the construction of this place. First built in 1906 as the Hotel Wentworth, it struggled and was finally bought by railroad magnate and local boy Henry Huntington […]

Arroyo Vista Inn

Arroyo Vista Inn

On the western end of South Pasadena sits this serene 1910 home, which Pat Wright spent a year renovating. It’s now a fine B&B, with nine rooms (all with private bath) done in soft tones of sage green, sky blue and butter yellow. Although it is furnished with such things as antique armoires and deep, […]

The Westin Pasadena

The Westin Pasadena

Still called the “Doubletree” by locals, this upscale hotel has been through a few owners but now seems well settled into life as a Westin. It is centrally located in downtown Pasadena, a block from City Hall and a short walk to Paseo Colorado; Old Town is several blocks to the west. It has all […]

Occidental College

Occidental College

Okay, so it’s not actually in Pasadena, but since Oxy is just a few miles west in Eagle Rock, it might as well be. Many of its faculty live in Pasadena, its alums are all over town, and when students want fun on a Saturday night, they head for Old Town. One of Southern California’s […]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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