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Places to Eat

As the birthplace of Julia Child, Pasadena was destined to be a foodie’s paradise. With 500 restaurants, Pasadena is more than equipped to delight the food-savvy crowd, serving up diverse offerings that cover the gamut of food categories and international cuisines. From The Royce Woodfire Steakhouse at The Langham Huntington, the only Michelin-rated hotel restaurant in Southern California, to the 46-year-old Pasadena landmark Pie ‘n Burger, it’s all here. Dine on the culinary talents of tomorrow at Technique, teaching restaurant of the California School of Culinary Arts, one of only 15 Le Cordon Blue cooking schools in the country. Satisfy your sweet tooth with some See’s Candy – it all started right here in Mary See’s kitchen. Stroll from one trendy watering hole, like mega producer Gale Anne Hurd’s Vertical Wine Bistro, to another. From a quick bite to a dining experience, from the traditional to the exotic, Pasadena’s vast culinary scene has you covered.

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Places to Play

Pasadena is just 10 miles from Los Angeles! With access to 4 major airports and 2,500 hotel rooms, the state-of-the-art Pasadena Convention Center offers: 55,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall, 25,000-square-foot Ballroom and 29 well-appointed Meeting Rooms. Convention delegates can walk from nearby hotels to the Pasadena Convention Center and Old Pasadena, a bustling 22-block entertainment district offering 200 one-of-a-kind boutiques, galleries, top-rated restaurants and clubs.

The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) destination experts offer a variety of services to meeting planners. In addition to no-cost site selection assistance and a complimentary housing service, the CVB can help with transportation, promotional materials and much more. To book your next meeting, call 800-307-7977.

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Places to Stay

Choosing Pasadena as your home base for any trip to the Los Angeles area is a smart strategy. From here, you’ll have fast, easy access to downtown and other landmark locations such as Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and local beaches. Stay in one of our relaxing luxury hotels just a short walk from shopping, dining, museums, and theaters, or book your room at one of our intimate, affordable inns or bed & breakfasts, many of which are situated on the route of the famous Rose Parade®. Immersed in Pasadena’s urbane atmosphere, you’ll relish scenic views of the surrounding mountains and stroll among artfully maintained architectural treasures that once played host to affluent turn-of-the-century travelers.

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Transportation Services

header_del-mar-stationPasadena is an invitingly walkable community, but it also features a smart, streamlined transit system. Shuttles, buses, and light rail can take you anywhere in the city and to landmarks in the greater Los Angeles area. Go visit the Norton Simon Museum by day and catch an evening Lakers game at the Staples Center. And don’t forget that four regional airports service visitors to Pasadena daily. Get to and around Pasadena and neighboring Los Angeles areas trouble-free, thanks to close proximity and convenient transit options

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