Pasadena is a wonderful small city just outside Los Angeles. With great dining, luxury hotels and some incredible art and architecture, it’s a great destination for a luxury weekend getaway. I headed up to check out why Pasadena, maybe best known for its Roses, Bowl and Parade, has been a popular resort destination for over 100 years. Here are my top five tips on how to have a great luxury weekend getaway in Pasadena:
Arrive in style
Why take your own car on a luxury weekend getaway? Silvercar is a new concept in car rental that’s all-app and all-Audi. There are no counters to wait behind, everything is done through the Silvercar app. Car choice is quite easy as the company only rents snazzy, brand new, silver Audi A4s, each loaded with all the Audi goodies. The car’s great technology like Google Earth-based navigation and in-car 4G WiFi makes driving fun. The leather interior, sunroof and amazing stereo make it quite luxurious. They have a location in Los Angeles, as well as ten other US cities.
Take a private museum tour
For $250, a staff member of Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum will conduct a private tour of the incredible museum, even after-hours. The price covers up to 10 people and the museum’s collections are some of the best in the world.
Watch a movie in style
Pasadena is home to one of the iPic Theaters locations, they present a VIP, First Class film-going experience. With plush private stadium-style seating with small tables and food and drink service, it’s more like watching a film in a private screening room.
Stay in style
Any luxury visit to Pasadena must include a stay in the city’s best hotel, the classic Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles. The hotel was opened in the early 1900s, when Southern California was a winter resort for wealthy East Coasters, before Hollywood existed. Recreated from the ground up in the 1990s, the resort sits on beautiful landscaped grounds with views of downtown Los Angeles on a clear day.
Eat in Art Deco style
Bistro 45 is Pasadena’s newest fine dining foodie hot spot, offering artisanal, locally sourced food and some excellent craft beer to go with it. Housed in a historic, Art Deco / Streamline Moderne building, the elegant California-French food matches the elegant architecture.
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