OCTOBER 21-23, 2011• PASADENA, CA
Bridge and Court of
Photo Credit: City of Pasadena/Pasadena CVB
Nestled at the base of the
majestic San Gabriel Mountains, just 11 miles northeast
of downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena is quintessential
Southern California. From mountains caressed by the
sun, through gardens radiant with roses, to extraordinary
turn-of-the-century architecture, there is nowhere else
quite like Pasadena.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Page
Paseo Colorado is
Pasadena’s three-block open-air urban village located
directly across the street from the Pasadena Convention
Center. With its Mediterranean architecture,
lush pedestrian promenades, courtyards and terraces,
Paseo Colorado is anchored by Pacific Theatre’s 14-screen
cinema complex, Amadeus Spa & Salon, Macy’s department
store, and Equinox Fitness Club. Its 65 distinct specialty
retail shops and restaurants include Coach, BCBG Max
Azria, Tommy Bahama, the Yard House, and P.F. Chang’s.
truly is a pedestrian-friendly city. Visitors can stroll
along beautiful tree-lined South Lake Avenue, known
as Pasadena’s premier shopping district, while an eclectic
mix of antique stores, galleries and specialty shops
can be found in the Playhouse District.
Photo Credit: Pasadena CVB
Old Pasadena, a 22-block
historical area featuring 19th century structures and
quaint alleyways, is one of Southern California’s hottest
main-street entertainment districts. With 200 specialty
shops, antique havens, boutiques, bistros and entertainment
venues, Old Pasadena offers something for everyone.
Drawing from its rich cultural heritage, Pasadena features
numerous world-class museums and historical sites. The
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
offers an extensive collection of literary classics,
17th and 18th century British and French art, and 150
acres of lush gardens. Highlights include an original
Gutenberg Bible, Ellesmere’s manuscript of “Canterbury
Tales,” the famous “Pinkie” and “Blue Boy” paintings
and an authentic Chinese garden that is new to the institution.
The Garden of Flowing Fragrance or Liu Fang Yuan reflects
traditional Suzhou-style scholar gardens and features
a 1.5-acre lake, a complex of pavilions, a tea house
and tea shop, and five stone bridges, set against a
wooded backdrop of mature oaks and pines.
Van Gogh Mulberry
Photo Credit: Norton Simon/ Pasadena CVB
of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century
are on display at The Norton Simon Museum, including
masterpieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Rembrandt and Picasso.
The Pacific Asia Museum is dedicated to the promotion
and understanding of the arts and culture of Asia and
the Pacific, while the Pasadena Museum of California
Art features California art, architecture and design
from 1850 to the present. In contrast, the Gamble House,
built in 1908, is an architectural masterpiece of the
American Arts and Crafts era.
Dancing at One Colorado
Photo Credit: Pasadena CVB
After dark, Pasadena takes
on a whole new flavor. As the birthplace of Julia Child,
Pasadena is home to some of Southern California’s finest
restaurants. There are over 500 to choose from, including
movie producer Gale Ann Hurd’s Vertical Wine Bistro.
Exciting nightlife ranges from “hot” jazz clubs and
“cool” comedy at the Ice House Comedy Club to symphony
performances at the renowned Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
With its enviable
location and a population of only 140,000, Pasadena
offers visitors a friendly and safe enclave. The city’s
mild Mediterranean climate also makes for ideal sightseeing
conditions. Year-round temperatures average 76 degrees
In addition to all of this, Pasadena is easily accessible
to all Los Angeles area airports, freeways, and other
Southern California attractions, including Universal
Studios, Disneyland and local beaches. To make sightseeing
even easier, visitors can hop aboard the Gold Line light
rail system. The 13.7-mile Gold Line transports passengers
from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles and points in
between. With six stations throughout Pasadena, including
two in the popular Old Pasadena shopping/entertainment
district, catching the train is a snap.