Let Pasadena’s incomparable clear skies lure you, stay among its thriving community and enjoy a city with every form of entertainment at your fingertips. Here at Around Town Pasadena you will always be in the know on our city’s latest and greatest events, restaurants, shopping and real estate news.
Pasadena’s Majestic History
The entrepreneurial spirit that transformed Pasadena from an agrarian town dependent on citrus groves into a resort destination for wealthy easterners is as alive as ever. Pasadena was the fourth city to be incorporated in Los Angeles County in 1886, and you can see in one visit that Pasadenans are still doing it right. Not only is this a hot spot for fun, but here is a city world renowned for leading cultural and scientific icons such as Caltech, Art Center, Norton Simon Museum and the Pasadena Playhouse, to name a few. It’s no wonder Pasadena became known as the Crown of the Valley. The landscape may change, but the rich cultural heritage and beauty of Pasadena is upheld with pride year after year.
Warm springs and hot Mediterranean summers keep the gorgeous trees blooming and the patio dining seats packed with people- watching diners. Because of its position both higher and further inland than Los Angeles, and nestled between the San Rafael Hills and the San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadenans notice a couple of prominent differences: the air is a bit drier, warmer in summer, cooler in winter. From golden leaves filling the tree lined streets in autumn, winter snow on nearby peaks, glorious blooms in spring, Pasadena’s cityscape is the perfect backdrop any time of year. With its City Hall dome poised 864 ft. above sea level, Pasadena is clearly a head above the rest.
Shopping and Eating In the City
In Old Pasadena, the Playhouse District and down South Lake Avenue, you can shop ’til you drop—- into a Zagat rated restaurant that is! Pasadena is a city with nooks and crannies stacked with bistros, cafes and epicurean delicacies from Japan to the California coast. and, searching for those hidden treasures off the boulevard in One Colorado’s boutiques and on South Lake can be tough.
Cultural Excellence In the City of Roses
All in all, Pasadena’s cultural secret is it’s perfect combination of architectural beauty and community members that take pride in its unique history. Strong cultural, historical, neighborhood and merchant associations make for activities and local advocacy. Events with humble beginnings, such as a parade of buggies adorned with flowers blossomed into The Tournament of Roses Parade. Held in the heart of Pasadena since 1890, it is now considered “America’s New Year’s Celebration.” Every year since, this lovely city kicks off new growth for the nation and its own loyal community of families and visitors.
Thanks to over a century of effective planning, Pasadena continues to be the reigning Crown City of the Valley, with so much to offer you’ll have to stay a while. AroundTownPasadena.com is your one-way ticket to the good life.