Quality Inn Near City of Hope
1125 E. Huntington Dr.
Monrovia, CA 91016
Phone: (626) 358-0430
Fax: (626) 359-9458
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a 127-acre botanical garden and makes for a great place to visit along with your family. You'll find a variety of ornamental plants and flowers. Peacocks and more than 200 species of birds can also be observed. Every third Sunday of the month, the grounds are open to families for a picnic. The garden also offers Plants in Our World and Early California History tours to groups of school children.
One of the historic structures situated on the premises of the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, the Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn is considered to be a honeymoon present from Elias Jackson Baldwin to Lillie Bennett, built around 1885. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the Queen Anne abode includes beautiful stained-glass windows and doors of black walnut. The house is famous for having been featured in a scene of Fantasy Island.
This is an arboretum for rare, peculiar and beautiful cacti and succulents. California Cactus Center will wow you with their unusual flora even if you aren't a desert plant lover. The affable staff will take you through their collections and give gardening tips to maintain them if you intend to buy. Visit California Cactus Center to get an insight on these arid beauties.
Before or after a trip to the Huntington estate, drive a quick block north of the grounds and see these interesting architectural residences. Straying from the arts and crafts movement that characterizes many of Pasadena's homes, this neighborhood includes Spanish colonial, Monterey and Mediterranean styles, to name a few. The road runs east from the Cal Tech campus to Rosemead Boulevard, with the highest concentration of interesting homes within the boundaries of San Marino.
The Rubel Castle also known as Rubelia is a structure made from recycled materials. It was built by Michael Rubel and its friends in 1986. They used all the junk mixed with concrete and have brought up the structure. One can literally see the castle walls built out of liquor bottles and concrete. It is one of the best examples of the art of recycling. It has become one of the major highlight of Glendora. A trip to the castle will surely be a memorable experience. Tours are available only on reservations. Check website for more information.
The Mt. Wilson Observatory was established in 1904 by astronomer George Hale (1868-1938) in the suburb of Pasadena. It was the first observatory in the western United States and the largest in the world. The grounds are open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays during daylight savings only (April to November). Guided walking tours are offered at 1p each weekend day. The tours are free of charge and do not require advance reservations. Outdoor picnic facilities are available, but visitors are urged to bring their own drinking water, as it is not always available on the premises. To visit Mount Wilson Observatory, you will need a National Forest Adventure Pass, available at various locations throughout Los Angeles County.
The Huntington, the former home of a railroad tycoon, is many things—an extensive library filled with rare books, a large art collection containing numerous European prints and paintings, botanical gardens of almost unmatched splendor and a forum for regular lectures and other activities. You will also find a fine bookstore, cafe and tea room on the grounds. Come and wander through the 150 acres of colorful gardens, lily ponds and beautiful sculptures. The rare books and manuscripts in the library include some of the earliest editions of Shakespeare's works, a copy of the Gutenberg Bible on vellum and the Ellesmere manuscript of one or more of Chaucer's greatest works.
Mission San Gabriel Arcángel is steeped in history that dates back to when it was founded in 1771. Visitors can tour this well-preserved Roman Catholic mission grounds and visit its museum. View the tall buttresses and walls then check out the campanile that holds six bells that were crafted between 1795 and the 1830s. The beautiful alter was made in Mexico City in the 1790s and some of the wooden statues were carved in Spain in the 1700s. The mission museum exhibits relics, books and religious artifacts.
San Marino's most impressive collection of greenery outside of the Huntington gardens is found in this beautiful 30-acre park. In addition to greenery, the park is home to six championship tennis courts and the Rose Arbor. The Rose Arbor is the oldest staple of the park, having been here for more than 60 years.
California Institute of Technology, also called Caltech, is a private university which focuses on research in engineering and the natural sciences. Founded in 1891, this university has got progressively better with time and has become known around the world for its high education standards. Stroll through the campus and see if you can spot the Nobel Laureate winning professors.
Though not as opulent as Orange Grove Boulevard or Hillcrest Avenue, the Bungalow Heaven is equally as intriguing from an architectural point of view. Built around the same time as the Greene brothers' mansions, many of these craftsman constructions were built for around 2,000 USD, a small sum even in adjusted figures. Some of the most impressive craftsmanship of these homes is found in their interiors. Additionally, a walking tour map of this area can be obtained for free at the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Built in 1911, the Keyes Bungalow was the abode of Frank Keyes, an automobile parts manufacturer. This house is architecturally important because it is a vivid representation of an airplane style bungalow, complete with an elaborate floor plan and a cockpit-like room on the top. This bungalow also has a winding driveway, which lends it a more surreal effect. It is now maintained by the Altadena Historical Society and is home to the president of the same society.