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San Gabriel Cemetery

San Gabriel Cemetery

This historic cemetery shares a common driveway with the Church of Our Saviour, home to a life-size bronze statue of Gen. George S. Patton in the church courtyard and a stained-glass window inside the church of a tank (yes, this was Patton’s family’s church). Take a left at the caretaker’s cottage, past the lollipop- sculpted [...]

Mountain View Cemetery

Mountain View Cemetery

Mountain View was created to serve Pasadena as well as the Pasadena Highlands, later known as Altadena. Although located in Altadena, it is Pasadena’s major cemetery, outside of some church sites. This stretch of North Fair Oaks is still fairly quiet and isolated, which makes a visit here all the more pleasant, and it’s a [...]

Mission San Gabriel Cemetery

Mission San Gabriel Cemetery

On the north side of the mission, you can’t miss the large wrought-iron cemetery gates framed by tiles painted with welcoming skulls. Aside from tombstones and a few elevated monuments, this large, flat, walled block of land isn’t very inviting; benches for reflecting are as few as shade trees. The prettier burial grounds are inside [...]

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

The first in this swank chain of memorial parks (these guys thought up the term “memorial park,” because “cemetery” sounded so gloomy), Forest Lawn gives the deceased an upbeat, sun- and light-filled final resting place. So until Angelenos find a Botox-injected cure for death, we can pay our respects in these wide-open spaces – no [...]

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 [...]

Live Jazz Venues

Live Jazz Venues

Buster’s Ice Cream & Coffee Shop 1006 Mission St., South Pasadena 626.441.0744 Music Sun. evenings It’s hard to go wrong with a walk or ride on the Gold Line to Buster’s for ice cream and the Nairobi Jazz Trio on a Sunday. They start at 4:30 and play until closing at 7. Yum. Café 322 [...]

4 Parade Routes for Architecture Buffs

4 Parade Routes for Architecture Buffs

Every December, more than a million people will find their way to Pasadena: for the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl, Christmas shopping and Paula Deen head-scratching. Whether you’re a visitor looking to get off the beaten float-viewing path or a local who wants to escape the hoopla, consider taking one or more of these strolls [...]

Mt. Wilson Trail, Sierra Madre

Mt. Wilson Trail, Sierra Madre

Mt. Wilson Trail to Orchard Camp, Sierra Madre Alternate: Continue on to Mt. Wilson 7-8 miles round-trip, moderately strenuous You get it all on this hike: a sunny climb up the face of the San Gabriels, views to the ocean on clear days and a back-side forest hike through ferns, shady glens and little waterfalls. [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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