My most recent trip was with my boyfriend and his father (visiting from England) last March, but I grew up nearby and have been many times over the years, including for a beautiful garden wedding.
Descanso Gardens is a local gem. It's a bit more wild and woodsy than The Huntington, but I like that aspect of it. It's small enough to see the whole thing, but big enough to feel like you have the place to yourself.
I really love the house at the top, which is part art gallery and museum. It was also recently a show house. They have artist in residents and many years ago, we bought a piece from artist Dory Grade, that still hangs in our living room.
I'm not sure if they still offer it, but about ten years ago, I took a night time tour of the gardens to see bats. We have a very informative guide and got a special view of the gardens, capped off with coffee and dessert. If they still offer this, I highly recommend it, as long as you're not fearful of spiders!
This is a beautiful spot for tourists and locals. It's a must-do!
If you are looking to plan a wedding, this a great spot. The garden wedding that I attended was romantic and beautiful.
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