The Most Romantic Places in Pasadena
We’re feeling those butterflies in our stomach and twinkle in our eyes. Maybe it’s Valentine’s Day. Or maybe it’s all the romantic spots we have here in the City of Roses. When it comes to romancing your sweetie or getting to know a new love, Pasadena has plenty of picturesque spots for a perfect day date.
Romance doesn’t always have to be about roses, candy and candlelight (but those are definitely a plus). There’s certainly romance to be found in history, art, literature and poetry.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has it all. Their library houses some of the world’s greatest love poems and antique texts, with over 9 million items from the 11th century to the present. The Huntington’s art collections contain European art from the 15th to the early 20th century, and their 120-acre grounds feature 16 themed gardens (including rose gardens!). Make a day of it, and don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch.
The Norton Simon Museum is another great day date. Their current exhibit, Titian’s ‘Portrait of a Lady in White,’ c. 1561, on loan from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, is a must-see as is their magical lily pond and sculpture gardens.
Other local botanical gardens worth a day date are the Arlington Garden, The Arboretum and the Descanso Gardens. You really can’t go wrong with with nature, an it’s sure to be in full bloom with all these rains. Also check their program and event pages as they offer tours and Descanso has visiting artists and artist talks.
For your architecture lovers, The Gamble House should be top on your list of places to visit in Pasadena. This beautiful home is an example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture, built in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble by architects Charles and Henry Greene. Take a tour to see what makes this landmark and architectural jewel so remarkable.
For a quick romantic getaway, we love staying at The Langham Hotel. The Langham is an historic hotel with luxurious rooms, beautiful gardens and a spa you’ll never want to leave. A perfect day date would be tea for two at their The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood, a Langham Hotel tradition dating back to 1865.
The Colorado Street Bridge is another beloved Pasadena landmark. Built in 1912, the bridge holds many memories and cinematic moment from those who have crossed it, like Seb and Mia in La La Land. Stroll or or dance across the bridge, and take in its incredible views of the Arroyo and Pasadena cityscape.
Pasadena City Hall might have to be the most romantic location in Pasadena given how many couples marry there each year. The grounds are stunning with classical architecture dotted with newlyweds taking wedding photos underneath the beautiful the Baroque-style dome or near the fountain.