A British Shout-out for Pasadena

May 18, 2010

City Hall photo courtesy Daily Telegraph

We locals know that Pasadena is a destination town even when there isn’t a parade or football game going on, but sometimes it seems that no one else is in on the secret, except for the unimaginative throngs waiting outside Buca di Beppo and the Cheesecake Factory. But the secret’s out in London, thanks to a travel feature by Bruce Schoenfeld in the Daily Telegraph. (Kudos to LA Observed for spotting the article.)

Schoenfeld says, “Pasadena has quietly become a destination for those seeking substance with their style,” and he has raves for, of course, the Norton Simon, Huntington Gardens, and our residential architecture. He also gives high praise to Tre Venezie and to the Langham Huntington, and says that there’s more to Old Pasadena than the typical American mall. (Yes, Colorado Boulevard is mostly chain stores, but the side streets are rich with worthwhile indie shops and restaurants.)

Yeah, we wish he would have dug a bit deeper and discovered the Pasadena Museum of California Art, browsed a while at Vroman’s, and explored the cafés and shops on Union, Green and Holly. But we’re glad for an intelligent look at our hometown.

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