City life will teach you to appreciate nature. Suddenly, grass under your bare feet becomes the greatest sensation in the world. Sometimes you need to stop and literally, smell the roses. Sure, cities have parks, but when you need to breathe in wide open spaces, there is only one place to go…
Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens.
If you are from Southern California, this is no doubt a familiar attraction, but what you might not know is they just completed a 20 million dollar renovation to the Huntington Art Gallery, once the home of Henry E. Huntington, one of the most prominent millionaires of the 20th century. The collection has been expanded and now offers one of the finest collection of European art in the US. The public can now tour an additional 5,300 square feet of the mansion that includes interactive features, as well as approximately 1,200 objects of European art from the 15th to the early 20th century.
But, while the Art Gallery and charming bookstore prove a great bonus to your visit, it’s the grounds that span 120 acres and include over 12 different gardens that take center stage. Each path leads to a new journey of the senses that includes the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, the Desert Garden and the newest addition, the Chinese Garden of Flowering Fragrance. They have programs, classes and many events, so check their website frequently to get the most out of your experience.
Located in the opulent neighborhood of San Marino in Pasadena, CA, this is one place you will want to visit over and over. Take a book and blanket…your haven is calling.
TIP: Purchase a tax-deductible membership to receive free entry, discounts, invitations to special events and more. Best of all, you will be supporting education, conservation and exhibits.