Pasadena’s Huntington Museum and Local Food Tours

Pasadena’s Huntington Museum and Local Food Tours

Famous for the Beach Boys song Little Old Lady from Pasadena and The Pasadena Rose Parade, this LA location is well worth a full day visit. Your first stop should be the Huntington Library & Museum. It’s located on 160 manicured acres and includes one of the finest private libraries in America (at last count there reckon there are about eight million books) that includes a Guttenberg Bible that Henry Huntington bought in 1911 at auction for US$50,000. The rare art collection is also outstanding, as are the Japanese, Chinese and elegant rose gardens.

I also tagged along on a Melting Pot Food Tour of Old Pasadena – This tour explores the charming history, folklore and architecture of Old Pasadena, a National Register Historic District, which was once just a land of orange groves. Colourful alleys, hidden courtyards, and secret thru-ways spice up the tour as you visit ethnic eateries and sweet havens for tastings.

Food Tour dates and times: Year round Saturday and Sunday (except major holidays) from 10:30am-2:00pm; Thursday evenings from 5:30pm-9:00pm (April through October). 3.5 hours – 10 stops (9 with tastings) – 1.25 mile walk. US$57 adults; US$30 children ages 5-12 www.MeltingPotTours.com

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