Explore: The Huntington Library & Gardens

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to fun cities and places lately, and I want to share them with you all, so moving forward I’m going to categorize these posts under explore instead of a “Travel Guide.” While I understand the point of titling something with “Travel Guide to..” I don’t feel that a quick trip to someplace gives me enough experience to warrant a complete travel guide. I may eventually do one for Grand Rapids, Michigan because I lived there for 6 years, but its a small pet peeve of mine when bloggers share their “travel guide” to a specific area that they spent 4-10 days in. (end rant)

With my explore posts I’ll be sharing restaurants, shops, and any activities I did in the area as well as recommendations I received before traveling there.

A few weeks ago my friend Danielle and I headed out to the Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens. We lucked out with the most beautiful weather (75 & sunny), and the gardens were absolutely wonderful. We arrived around noon and had lunch in the 1919 Cafe. They had many different choices (sushi, salads, sandwiches, pizza, etc),  and I was amazed at how busy it was! We saw kids in school uniforms, moms with babies in strollers, and many different groups of adults. The gardens are technically located in San Marino, just southeast of Pasadena and are surrounded by gorgeous homes and a quiet neighborhood. Definitely a nice escape from the craziness of LA. (or just the craziness of driving to LA).

There are 3 separate parts of the Huntington, the Botanical Gardens, the Art Collections and the Library. We stuck to the gardens, but you could easily spend an entire day there and check out all three aspects.  If you’re somebody who loves statistics (like me) then you’ll appreciate the:

  • 12 different gardens
  • 15,000 plant varieties
  • 650 paintings
  • 440 sculptures
  • 420,000 rare books
  • 7 million manuscripts

…that the Huntington houses. If you’re ever in the Pasadena area, I would recommend bringing a friend, your mom or a date and enjoying the gardens! Below are a few photos I snapped while we were there!

Happy Hump Day!
xo, Maddy

PS. I found this dress at TJ Maxx about 2 weeks ago and it was under $30 – I looked EVERYWHERE online but can’t seem to find it. If you like it scope out your local TJ Maxx!

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  • Reply Kristina

    Girl this dress is SO adorable!! I love the print. Great score!

    Kristina does the Internets

    February 22, 2017 at 8:08 pm
    • Reply madelinewp

      Thank you! I can’t wait to rock it all summer!

      February 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Amy

    It is so lovely! What a fun place to explore. Digging the fun print on your dress, especially with your red flats.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    February 22, 2017 at 9:22 pm
    • Reply madelinewp

      Thanks Amy, I loved the red paired with it as well!

      February 23, 2017 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    That dress is so cute and what a cool place to explore! The weather for exploring looks perfect too. 🙂

    February 23, 2017 at 3:35 am
    • Reply madelinewp

      seriously, we couldn’t have asked for a better day!

      February 23, 2017 at 5:38 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    How adorable is this dress?! Love the print and the blue and red combo!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

    February 23, 2017 at 4:01 am
  • Reply Isabel Robertson

    Beautiful photos! I love your dress!

    Bella x

    February 23, 2017 at 4:55 am
  • Reply Alyssa

    I love your look from head to toe! Very lovely 🙂


    February 23, 2017 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Nikki

    What a gorgeous place to visit!! And I love that dress. Looks like a great day!


    February 23, 2017 at 9:52 pm
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