Guidebook for Pasadena

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Guidebook for Pasadena

Essentials

New, huge, sparkling and merely 0.3 miles from the cottage! This supermarket really is super, with a huge selection of foods and an enormous hot food area, soup station, salad bar and even a fresh juice bar for fast, affordable and healthy meals without the hassle of cooking! Because you're supposed to be on vacation.
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Vallarta Supermarkets
655 N Fair Oaks Ave
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New, huge, sparkling and merely 0.3 miles from the cottage! This supermarket really is super, with a huge selection of foods and an enormous hot food area, soup station, salad bar and even a fresh juice bar for fast, affordable and healthy meals without the hassle of cooking! Because you're supposed to be on vacation.
0.4 miles from the cottage, open 7am-10pm, with a drive-thru pharmacy and photo shop. You forgot your toothbrush. You ran out of hand cream. You want a cold Coke, lip balm, and a fresh US Weekly. CVS is your guy.
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CVS
20 East Orange Grove Boulevard
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0.4 miles from the cottage, open 7am-10pm, with a drive-thru pharmacy and photo shop. You forgot your toothbrush. You ran out of hand cream. You want a cold Coke, lip balm, and a fresh US Weekly. CVS is your guy.
Because money. Open M-F 9am-6pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm. 24-hour ATMS. 0.4 miles from the cottage.
Chase Bank
675 N Fair Oaks Ave
Because money. Open M-F 9am-6pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm. 24-hour ATMS. 0.4 miles from the cottage.

Getting Around

While we've never used these folks, it's incredibly convenient to know you can rent-a-car just a short walk away from the cottage!
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
665 Lincoln Ave
While we've never used these folks, it's incredibly convenient to know you can rent-a-car just a short walk away from the cottage!
The LA Metro (aka "Subway") covers all of LA (but with fewer stops than NYC's subway system, for example). The Gold Line gets you into Pasadena and is only 3 miles and about a $5 Uber ride away from the cottage! The Gold Line will take you directly into downtown, where you can connect with all the metro lines and buses and airport transportation services like FlyAway. The light rail will also whisk you to all the hot tourist spots like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood and Santa Monica without worrying about traffic or parking.
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Metro Gold Line
950 Meridian Ave
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The LA Metro (aka "Subway") covers all of LA (but with fewer stops than NYC's subway system, for example). The Gold Line gets you into Pasadena and is only 3 miles and about a $5 Uber ride away from the cottage! The Gold Line will take you directly into downtown, where you can connect with all the metro lines and buses and airport transportation services like FlyAway. The light rail will also whisk you to all the hot tourist spots like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood and Santa Monica without worrying about traffic or parking.

Parks & Nature

It's Pasadena's most beloved trail for a reason! 1.5 miles each way, the hike is suitable for all ages and rewards you with a waterfall at the mid-point! It's sunny, so wear your hat/SPF/sunglasses & bring water! And enjoy the desert foliage & scenic walk. Free parking and a small gift shop/nature center. www.ecnca.org for more info
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Eaton Canyon Nature Center
1750 North Altadena Drive
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It's Pasadena's most beloved trail for a reason! 1.5 miles each way, the hike is suitable for all ages and rewards you with a waterfall at the mid-point! It's sunny, so wear your hat/SPF/sunglasses & bring water! And enjoy the desert foliage & scenic walk. Free parking and a small gift shop/nature center. www.ecnca.org for more info
This gem of a park is Pasadena's dedicated public garden, open 7 days a week from 8am-6pm and is completely free. Benches invite you to sit and take in the native California vegetation, and it's also perfectly picturesque for photos! You might be tempted to buy a jar of the locally famous Arlington Garden Orange Marmalade to take home!
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Arlington Garden in Pasadena
275 Arlington Drive
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This gem of a park is Pasadena's dedicated public garden, open 7 days a week from 8am-6pm and is completely free. Benches invite you to sit and take in the native California vegetation, and it's also perfectly picturesque for photos! You might be tempted to buy a jar of the locally famous Arlington Garden Orange Marmalade to take home!

Shopping

This world famous flea market takes place every 2nd Sunday of the month! Featured on countless TV shows, this granddaddy of flea markets boasts over 2,500 vendors plus live music and food booths. A shopping experience unlike any other, you'll find movie memorabilia, vintage clothing, toys of yore, California artisanship and more than you can imagine. NOT your average flea market, this is a must-see experience. For more info: http://www.rgcshows.com/rosebowl.aspx
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Rose Bowl Flea Market
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
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This world famous flea market takes place every 2nd Sunday of the month! Featured on countless TV shows, this granddaddy of flea markets boasts over 2,500 vendors plus live music and food booths. A shopping experience unlike any other, you'll find movie memorabilia, vintage clothing, toys of yore, California artisanship and more than you can imagine. NOT your average flea market, this is a must-see experience. For more info: http://www.rgcshows.com/rosebowl.aspx
This is a mall done in classic Pasadena style... open-air to suit the climate. This beautiful area at the edge of Old Town features major retailers, a movie theatre, lots of big-name restaurants, happy hours galore, an Equinox gym and even a nail salon. For list of shops + events: www.thepaseopasadena.com
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The Paseo
300 East Colorado Boulevard
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This is a mall done in classic Pasadena style... open-air to suit the climate. This beautiful area at the edge of Old Town features major retailers, a movie theatre, lots of big-name restaurants, happy hours galore, an Equinox gym and even a nail salon. For list of shops + events: www.thepaseopasadena.com
From Apple & Athleta to Z Gallerie & Zara plus lots of specialty boutiques, cigar bars, the one-of-a-kind Retro Store, tea rooms and souvenir shops... This shopping district is always lively, fun to walk and has plenty of street and garage parking.
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Old Pasadena
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From Apple & Athleta to Z Gallerie & Zara plus lots of specialty boutiques, cigar bars, the one-of-a-kind Retro Store, tea rooms and souvenir shops... This shopping district is always lively, fun to walk and has plenty of street and garage parking.
Just a few minutes drive from the cottage, Lake Avenue is where you'll find the closest Macy's (originally a Bullock's and very vintage) as well as a slew of eateries and bars unique to Pasadena. At least worth a drive by to see if anything catches your attention!
Lake Avenue
Just a few minutes drive from the cottage, Lake Avenue is where you'll find the closest Macy's (originally a Bullock's and very vintage) as well as a slew of eateries and bars unique to Pasadena. At least worth a drive by to see if anything catches your attention!
The Pasadena City College Flea Market is the FIRST SUNDAY of every month from 8am-4pm, and it's exhausting! We mean that in a good way. You'll uncover antiques and collectibles, from high-end to low. Over 400 vendors attend, and they sell stuff you didn't even know you wanted. It's a local institution and just walking through is a blast to the past. You'll likely find something you didn't know you desperately needed... Free Admission. $2 Parking. Take cash. For more info: pasadena.edu/community/flea-market/visiting-the-flea-market.php
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Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Boulevard
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The Pasadena City College Flea Market is the FIRST SUNDAY of every month from 8am-4pm, and it's exhausting! We mean that in a good way. You'll uncover antiques and collectibles, from high-end to low. Over 400 vendors attend, and they sell stuff you didn't even know you wanted. It's a local institution and just walking through is a blast to the past. You'll likely find something you didn't know you desperately needed... Free Admission. $2 Parking. Take cash. For more info: pasadena.edu/community/flea-market/visiting-the-flea-market.php

Food Scene

Fuel & Food for the day ahead, just a 2-minute drive from the cottage. Because California is laid-back, but still caffeinated...
Starbucks
556 South Fair Oaks Avenue
Fuel & Food for the day ahead, just a 2-minute drive from the cottage. Because California is laid-back, but still caffeinated...
Gourmet hot dogs, sausages and burgers with a side of fries, or tater tots! The Biergarten in Old Town has a full cocktail bar, lots of picnic tables in the covered patio, and really great happy-hour specials. Started in Pasadena and spreading fast!
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Dog Haus Biergarten Old Pasadena
93 East Green Street
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Gourmet hot dogs, sausages and burgers with a side of fries, or tater tots! The Biergarten in Old Town has a full cocktail bar, lots of picnic tables in the covered patio, and really great happy-hour specials. Started in Pasadena and spreading fast!
LATE NIGHT EATERS REJOICE! This restaurant/bar keeps the kitchen open late! The specialty cocktails are spectacular, everything we've ever eaten is fabulous, and the happy hour specials are for real special. Sidewalk seating, courtyard seating, + a lounge vibe with benches and pulsating music inside when the lights go down.
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Magnolia House
492 South Lake Avenue
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LATE NIGHT EATERS REJOICE! This restaurant/bar keeps the kitchen open late! The specialty cocktails are spectacular, everything we've ever eaten is fabulous, and the happy hour specials are for real special. Sidewalk seating, courtyard seating, + a lounge vibe with benches and pulsating music inside when the lights go down.
A great stop for pastries, pies and cakes, healthful sandwiches and fresh salads, so perfect for breakfast/brunch/lunch or even lighter evening fare. It's a la carte, so you line up, order what you want, and they bring it to you. The line moves quickly, and it's a good spot to stop for a nice coffee or tea and a break from the usual coffeeshop back at home. Nice atmosphere. Cheap metered parking in the back.
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Urth Caffe Pasadena
594 East Colorado Boulevard
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A great stop for pastries, pies and cakes, healthful sandwiches and fresh salads, so perfect for breakfast/brunch/lunch or even lighter evening fare. It's a la carte, so you line up, order what you want, and they bring it to you. The line moves quickly, and it's a good spot to stop for a nice coffee or tea and a break from the usual coffeeshop back at home. Nice atmosphere. Cheap metered parking in the back.

Drinks & Nightlife

We call it "Old Town Pasadena" around here, and the vintage architecture shows you why. Chock-full of DAYlife & Nightlife, Old Town boasts local restaurants as well as national chains, beautiful taverns, shopping of every kind, movie theaters, yogurt shops, and even drop-in Barre classes. Charming, safe, walkable, and with something for everyone, if you're in Pasadena, Old Town is a must! For more info & events schedule: www.oldpasadena.org
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Old Pasadena
23 East Colorado Boulevard
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We call it "Old Town Pasadena" around here, and the vintage architecture shows you why. Chock-full of DAYlife & Nightlife, Old Town boasts local restaurants as well as national chains, beautiful taverns, shopping of every kind, movie theaters, yogurt shops, and even drop-in Barre classes. Charming, safe, walkable, and with something for everyone, if you're in Pasadena, Old Town is a must! For more info & events schedule: www.oldpasadena.org

Arts & Culture

Van Gogh, Degas, El Greco, Picasso, Rembrandt... just name-dropping. Plus a celebrated sculpture garden outside. A cafe to refresh. A small gift shop for souvenir-ing. Open 6 days (closed Tuesdays). For times/admission fees/artsy info: www.nortonsimon.org
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Norton Simon Museum
411 West Colorado Boulevard
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Van Gogh, Degas, El Greco, Picasso, Rembrandt... just name-dropping. Plus a celebrated sculpture garden outside. A cafe to refresh. A small gift shop for souvenir-ing. Open 6 days (closed Tuesdays). For times/admission fees/artsy info: www.nortonsimon.org
It's GAMBLE House as in the Procter & Gamble family! This National Historic Landmark is a celebrated example of American Arts and Crafts architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble. The one-hour docent-led tours are popular and often sell out, so book early if you want to tour this architectural icon. They also have a 20-minute tour on Tuesdays as well as longer, more in-depth tours available. Visit GambleHouse.org for fees/time/details.
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The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place
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It's GAMBLE House as in the Procter & Gamble family! This National Historic Landmark is a celebrated example of American Arts and Crafts architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble. The one-hour docent-led tours are popular and often sell out, so book early if you want to tour this architectural icon. They also have a 20-minute tour on Tuesdays as well as longer, more in-depth tours available. Visit GambleHouse.org for fees/time/details.