On Monday, I introduced my Wild Rice and Turkey Road Trip Salad that I make every time we take a trip down to Southern California. On one of our recent trips down, Ben and I visited the Huntington Library and Gardens with my parents. This was an amazing trip. Having always heard of the incredible property, it was so much fun to finally see it. Located in the heart of Pasadena, the historic home of railroad tycoon family and influencer of early Los Angeles, Henry Edwards Huntington is absolutely stunning. Before heading into the library and art museum, I recommend starting your visit off by wandering through the 120 acres of gardens. Each area is so unique and beautiful. There is a “Japanese Garden”, “Desert Garden”, and the “Chinese Garden” in addition to several ponds, and flowers. I could spend all day wandering around!
How beautiful are those gardens??? I can’t imagine getting to live in a place like this. Driving in, you get to see the lucky houses that border the Huntington Library. If I lived that close, I would get a membership and come over with a book every day to just enjoy the gardens. If you stay all day, there are even food options on site. You can get your Chinese food fix at the Chinese Garden Tea House, grab a sandwich at the Rose Garden Cafe or opt for a formal tea service at the Rose Garden Tea Room, and if those aren’t enough…there is a cafe overlooking the dessert garden or a coffee shop for a quick pick me up. It was a great day with my family. My mom and I resolved to come back to have tea at the Rose Garden Tea Room sometime, without the boys!
When it starts to get warm, head inside to the library and art galleries. One of the 11 copies of the Gutenberg Bible is on display, along with writings from Chaucer, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Shakespeare, Thoreau, William Blake, and many more. You can also see an extensive collection of 18th & 19th century European art and 17th to 20th century American art. My two favorite pieces were Pinkie and Blue Boy. Prints of these two painting have hung over my parent’s bed at every house we’ve lived in as a nod to my brother and I.
Our visit to the Huntington Library took all day. In the evening we wandered around downtown Pasadena, enjoying all of the shops and a yummy dinner. If you head to Southern California, I suggest getting off the beaten path of Disneyland and LA to make a stop in Pasadena. Its well worth a visit!
Where is your next road trip taking you?