Say "Pasadena," and some of the first things that may come to mind are the Rose Parade and the subsequent New Year's Day Rose Bowl game. During the rest of the year, the city still holds plenty of appeal with its perfectly preserved Craftsman homes and historic Victorian buildings, many of which house shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. Put culture at the top of your itinerary by checking out the museums and arts scene, too. You may even want to take Fido and Kitty. Not only will they enjoy the year-round sunshine, but can stay at one of the pet-friendly hotels in Pasadena.
Start with art by visiting the Norton Simon Museum, Huntington Library, or Pacific Asia Museum. Stay at one of the hotels near the Pasadena Museum Of California Art and you can walk to admire the local art at that institution. Afterwards, go on a walking tour of the Gamble House to get the low down on the historic homes in Old Town, where you can admire ornate architectural details. If you're a serious shopper, choosing one of the hotels in Pasadena near Old Town makes buying sprees even more convenient. If you happen to be visiting on the second Sunday of the month, you'll find over 2,500 vendors at the flea market in the Rose Bowl Stadium. On other days, you can watch sporting events there, such as soccer or UCLA football.
Many Pasadena hotels host the city's best restaurants. Find anything from grilled USDA prime cuts and Japanese Kobe beef prepared over a wood-fired grill, to restaurants specializing in lighter California fare. Alternatively, step away from your room to enjoy exotic dishes like slow-cooked Langley Ranch goat and squid ink garganelli.
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