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March 20 2016

SoCal’s Pasadena Emerges as Best Arts Town of the West

Jeanna Hofmeister

Pasadena is full of surprises. The city, well-known for the Rose Bowl and its famous Tournament of Roses Parade was recently named the Best Arts Town of the West by Sunset magazine. The accolade comes with good reason. Home to some of the nation’s foremost art collections, Pasadena has more museums per capita than most U.S. cities where visitors can enjoy works from Van Gogh, Picasso and Rembrandt.  

But the arts don’t stop there. Literary lovers can peruse rare books and manuscripts or explore hundreds of acres of stunning botanical gardens. Public art is prevalent in this thriving destination. It comes alive on the streets, with 177 public artworks from sculptures to murals and at festivals like Make Music Pasadena and Chalk Festival. It vibrates in funky and fun areas like the Playhouse District.

 “The arts are everywhere in Pasadena and are truly part of the city’s DNA and culture,” said Michael Ross, chief executive officer of the Pasadena Center Operating Company, which includes the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau. “With Pasadena’s historic architecture, world-class art museums, acres of botanical gardens, landmark theaters, entertainment venues and special events dedicated to visual and performing arts, this city possesses an unsurpassed passion for preserving and promoting all of the arts.”

Conventions Take Center Stage

This profusion of arts experiences makes Pasadena a great convention destination with opportunities to enjoy museums, galleries and live performances within just a few blocks of Pasadena’s Convention Center. The city’s Metro Gold Line makes it easy for art aficionados and cultural enthusiasts to explore the unique experiences that celebrate the city’s legacy.

The center itself features the newly-restored, historic exhibit hall which reopened in 2015 following a $900,000 facelift, with 17,000 sq. ft. of possibilities. The state-of-the-art Pasadena Convention Center features 80,000 square feet of space for meetings of all sizes, with spacious exhibit halls, an expansive ballroom and 29 meeting rooms.

Pasadena On Parade

Pasadena provides the rare opportunity to host more personalized meetings, including unique social breakout experiences from hiking Eaton Canyon, to group tours of the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium. Popular bars, terrific shopping, outstanding culinary options and many cultural events are all nearby. And Pasadena’s convenient layout includes more than 2,500 hotel rooms, 1,200 of which are within easy walking distance of the Convention Center.

The charm of the city’s walkable neighborhoods showcases some of the most sought-out locales for emerging and established chefs. Many eateries offer alfresco dining—or even romantic rooftop retreats—where diners can savor the temperate Southern California climate along with some of the region’s most tantalizing cuisine. With more than 500 restaurants, Pasadena boasts more eateries per capita than New York City!

Science And Tech Propelled By Pasadena

With the combined legacy of worldly achievements in everything from the arts to technology and science, Pasadena was also voted “one of the world’s most innovative cities of the West” by Sunset Magazine.  It was here that astronomer, Edwin Powell Hubble, used his telescopic observations to produce “Hubble’s Law”, the basis for cosmology’s Big Bang theory. No coincidence that Pasadena is the setting for the fictional TV show of the same name.  Albert Einstein visited the city in the 1930s, and Stephen Hawking lectures annually at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. And NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory here is the nation’s leading center for robotic exploration of the solar system.

To add to Pasadena’s allure, you can’t forget its idyllic weather, spectacular mountain views and abundant blue skies. This historic city flaunts a new modern energy and ultra-hip vibe. Why not plan your next meeting in Pasadena to discover it all for yourself? The destination experts at the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau offer a variety of personalized services to meeting planners. For more information, visit www.PasadenaMeetings.com or call (800) 307-7977.

Brought to you by the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau.



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