The Huntington, as it's called in CA, is truly an amazing destination. It WILL take more than a few hours to see most of it as you'll become lost in the beauty wherever you start. The main house holds a nearly unparalleled art collection, Pinkie and Blue Boy reside there, as well as many Reynolds and Romeny paintings. Pick up your FREE audio works to tour.
The restaurant on site is small and quite good; mainly sandwiches, but freshly done to order.
The gardens are arranged by themes such as Japanese and Chinese, rose garden, etc. Amazingly, in early November (2012) many flowering plants were in bloom although usually passed their time (Azaleas, roses, lilies, Paperwhites). There are courtesy trams for those needing a break from the lovely pathways. The drivers are quite knowledgeable as are the docents.
This location is San Marino, also known as south Pasadena of Rose Parade fame, and is dead center in the middle of residential properties....rather like stumbling on a diamond while strolling through the middle of town! Ample parking is available.
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