25 Nov 2011
One of the best things about living in Pasadena is that we are surrounded by lots of cute little towns, many of which have distinct histories and really cute downtown areas. Last weekend Eric and I headed over to Sierra Madre for an afternoon stroll, and we had a really lovely time. There were gorgeous fall leaves on the trees, and they had just put up their Christmas decorations. So sweet!
One of the most beautiful things about this town is that it’s a lot closer to the mountains than Pasadena, and there’s not much built up on the hills in between the two. It really makes you feel like you are in a mountain town, and mountain towns have a really special place in my heart. (Cue the Twin Peaks soundtrack…)
On our stroll through town we passed by a few little cafes and parks, all decked out for the holidays, and then we saw The Four Seasons Tea Room. Oh my goodness. There was nothing but smell of scones for blocks around it. We didn’t go in because it was a bit pricey for an impromptu visit, but I would love to go sometime soon!
Across the street there was a little art studio with all kinds of classes. They had this pretty sculpture out front, and I, of course, loved the bright colors!
A bit further, we came across this gorgeous old church, built in 1890. The sky was so dark and atmospheric that day that the white walls stood out all the more. It made me happy. So I proceeded to frolic in the beautiful fall leaves. Oh yes.
A bit further down the street we came to the hardware store, which was totally charming. We went inside to have some keys copied (finally getting around to that!), and we marveled at their impressive Christmas tree selection: so excited to get our first tree this year!
While we were waiting for the keys to be copied, I took pictures of the pretty paint chips. I am greatly indebted to whoever invented them. Really.
On our way back to the car we saw a salon that apparently means business. This cracked me up.
And I had to take a picture of their sweet playhouse, where To Kill a Mockingbird is currently being staged. Eric and I will have to come see a play here sometime soon!
We had such a lovely afternoon strolling through town. It felt festive and adventurous, and yet it only took us about 15 minutes to get there. If there are any neighboring towns around where you live, I would really encourage you to spend an afternoon there for a change of scenery. With Sierra Madre all decorated for the holidays, it almost felt like we were on vacation. This is exactly the kind of place that I’d like to be on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and I think we may head to another little town today to explore and do some shopping. I hope you all have a lovely and adventurous weekend!