Saturday Day Trip: Pasadena
One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday is pick a local city and plan out a whole day trip, navigating new spots, shopping, restaurants and hidden gems. I am a huge Yelper, so I always like finding new places to get a quality meal or a good cup of coffee or sweet treat.
Recently, I chose Pasadena as our next day-cation adventure.
Stop 1: The Pie Hole. We stopped here for a coffee to start our morning right. I opted for the Salted Caramel Latte, which was excellent. PRO TIP: As tempting as it may be to stir your beautiful creation, DON'T! I stirred my drink toward the end and it became undrinkable it was so salty!
Stop 2: We walked the full shopping circuit in Old Town Pasadena, checking out some stores along the way. This is a great way to see a lot of the town. Find a parking meter and get out and walk! We worked our way from Pottery Barn to Anthropologie and stumbled upon this amazing blue door. It was the entrance to Sugarfina and they happened to be closed as we walked by, and I just had to stop. Typically these doors are always open so you would never notice how pretty they are.
Stop 3: We made our way to Pasadena City Hall, which is a gorgeous stop if you're in town! Perfect place to sit for a few minutes and take some photos. There is street parking available just outside and it's easily accessible from the street. The architecture is stunning and the fountain was incredible. It's definitely worth a visit.
Stop 4: A historic landmark was the next destination on our adventure day. El Molino Viejo, or The Old Mill is a great historic site in the heart of Pasadena. It was completed in about 1816 as a gristmill for Mission San Gabriel. Today, the historic adobe building stands as a testament to the legacy of the California missions and the Spanish presence in early California. The original adobe building sits amongst almost two acres of gardens. There is a small visitors center, and we enjoyed our time walking through the gardens. Parking is tight, but available against the main wall at the entrance to the site.
Stop 5: Time for lunch! We found a great local place located in the heart of the Metro station called The Luggage Room. We parked in the underground parking lot (first 90 minutes is free!) and walked up to the Luggage Room. We opted to sit on the patio under the heaters, which was perfect. The four of us split 3 pizzas which was more than enough food and we were so pleased with the quality of the ingredients and the way the pizza was cooked. The crust was a mix between a thin/medium crispy crust, but not too crispy. The cheese blend is excellent. We got the farmers market (a rotating special featuring local farm to table ingredients), the avocado festival (my FAVORITE, it had a slight lemon zest which was so good) and the gladiator which was sausage and pepperoni and was incredible. We will definitely be back next time we are in town! They also offered us complimentary sea salt chocolate chip cookies as we left. Great touch!
We had such a fun time exploring Pasadena. Stay tuned for my next Saturday adventure!
Dress: Forever21 - out of stock currently, but they will likely restock something similar.
Necklace: House of Harlow - such a fun pendant to pair with a simple dress.