Sorry for the shameless, self-promotion, but an amazing 5-star review came in a while back, and I just can’t keep it in anymore. I truly enjoy making people’s stay enjoyable and easy. Pasadena is an amazing city, and I want to share it!
We spent 5 weeks at the Bungalow so it truly was a home away from home. It was an absolutely perfect place for our extended stay – charming, comfortable, pristine, well-appointed and homey. The outdoor patio area was quiet and lovely — with a canopy of gorgeous Bougainvillea in full bloom, and shaded seating, it was our go-to place for the start and the end of the day. The location was ideal, with easy walk to stores, restaurants, and movie theaters, and easy access to local sights and major roads. Bonnie is a gem: she was readily available and extremely helpful. She did everything possible to make our stay a wonderful one. I would love to return if the opportunity should arise, and without question can give the Bungalow the highest recommendation.
The Gamble House in Pasadena, as in Proctor and Gamble, is a stunning example of the Arts and Crafts style of architecture, perfected by the brothers Charles and Henry Greene. Greene and Greene houses dot the Pasadena landscape, among other homes built by celebrated architects. There is even a Frank Lloyd Wright just a few blocks away.
This national landmark is open to the public from Thursdays – Sundays, 12 noon – 3 pm, with one-hour docent-led tours. The Gamble House is three miles from The Bungalow.
For a limited time only, this summer, the Gamble House will open its upstairs living quarters for exclusive Upstairs Downstairs tours.
The Upstairs Downstairs Tours start July 30, and end August 16, 2015.
Back on July 12, 1922, the Hollywood Bowl officially opened with a program called “Symphonies Under the Starts.” The Hollywood Bowl is a major LA Landmark and hosts world class entertainment events. For visitors, a great a way to get to the Bowl from Pasadena is by the Bowl Bus. You can avoid a lot of crowded and expensive parking, and relax. The Park & Ride Bowl Bus, leaves from Pasadena (Station #5) near the City Hall and is easy and convenient. Here a link to their website with more information about Park & Ride, as well as their upcoming events. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/…/getting-to-the…/park-and-ride
Right now, all of the art work hanging at The Bungalow is from the Norton Simon museum. If you visit the museum, you can see all three originals.
Pictured in the front room is a painting by Eugene Boudin, called Low Tide. The big dramatic sky and sea blues have a calming and relaxing effect on the mind and spirit.
In the kitchen hangs a Paul Cezanne called Tulips in a Vase. The bright colors, bold strokes and flat shapes makes this 19th century piece look modern.
The bedroom is home to a large and ever popular, Diego Rivera, The Flower Vendor.
The Norton Simon has a varied and amazing collection – another gem in our city. http://www.nortonsimon.org
Here is a series I am calling The Top-10 Day Trips from The Bungalow. I’ll post one from the Top-10 each time.
For today, the fact that we are now receiving amazing photos back from Pluto, and it was the Griffith observatory where my husband and I went on our first date, I have chosen The Griffith Park Observatory as the first in the Top-Ten Day-Trips from The Bungalow. Not only do you have stunning views from the iconic Hollywood Sign to Catalina Island, the museum has wonderful and accessible exhibits about astronomy and several great planetarium shows throughout the day. Tickets for the museum and shows can be bought at the door. The Griffith Observatory is 15 miles from Pasadena and takes about 30 minutes driving.