Point of Interest
Rose Parade Showcase of Floats: Washington & Sierra Madre Blvd
Great place to stay if you're coming to town for New Years activities such as parade.
“Built from an old craftsman style bungalow, the bar known as 1886 lives in the Raymond Restaurant. Both places are fantastic, but 1886 provides an incredible ambiance and custom drinks. Try to sit outside next to their outdoor fireplace should you be able to find a spot. ”
“It's small and French, so the coffee is terrific and the pastries divine. They also do dinner Thursday through Saturday nights, although I haven't tried it. They offer traditional French bistro fare without the snootiness.”
“Latin bistro & bar on Mission St. in downtown South Pasadena. Nice place to hang out and socialize with good food, tapas and drinks. Happy Hour Monday-Thursday. ”
“A Big Hike! If all of the trails above seem too tame, there's always the hike from Sierra Madre's Chantry Flat to Mt. Wilson, which is a punishing but beautiful trail about 7 miles up with a 4,200-foot gain in elevation. Lots of people do this hike as conditioning, to work up to bigger peaks. The 5,710 foot summit is home for an observatory responsible for the most detailed photos of Mars. While the summit is steeped in astronomical wonder and tremendous views of Los Angeles, the trails are the real beauty of this hike. Gear: Good hiking boots, Trekking poles, Daypack with 3L of water (you can refill at the summit), Sunscreen, Extra Layers, Insect repellant (the bugs can be bad at points),”