Ah, the good life! At your large umbrella-shaded table overlooking the pool, with an iced tea or chardonnay in hand, it’s easy to forget about the troubles beyond the walls of the grand old Huntington. The ladies who lunch and the business folk who meet chat quietly over flawless chicken Caesars, gorgeous Cobb salads and a yummy chicken pesto panini. It’s a California dream here—only it’s no dream.
Langham Huntington Hotel, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626.568.3900, pasadena.langhamhotels.com, American/Californian. B, L & D daily. Full bar. AE, MC, V. $$