Enchanted: Forest of Light

Stay on the path and follow the light. If you happen to be in Southern California from now until January 7, you can experience Enchanted: Forest of Light at the Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge.

During my visit last month (sorry for the late post), the gardens were completely transformed into an ethereal Avatar-like world. It was beautiful. As you walk through you can buy drinks and food (although for the $30 ticket, I wish there was at least one drink token included).

Me and a friend walked through lanterns, lasers, and orbs oh my! There were also paths that lit up as you walk on them, which children seemed to enjoy. I would know, because I was one of them as I gleefully ran through a particular spiralled light path. #NoRegrets.

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Overall, it was really beautiful, and if you happen to be in the area, it’s worth a visit.

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Also worth the visit? An ice cream sandwich shop located nearby. Yum.

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From the Baked Bear: Funfetti Cookie with Chocolate Chip ice cream. Mmmm

In Bloom at The Huntington

I just returned to Brighton from a whirlwind visit home in Southern California. While I barely survived the summer heat, I made time to explore new places (yes even in my own home), which included a first-time trip to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. It was a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon.

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Located in San Marino, a tiny suburb south of Pasadena, The Huntington displays diverse gardens with a wide range of international and domestic flora.

A friend and myself walked through desert gardens, greenhouses, a Japanese garden, Chinese garden and a rose garden — all the while melting in 90℉/32℃ heat. I was dripping with sweat but it was lovely to see koi ponds, sit beneath trees for a quick shady respite from the sun, and smell the sweet scent of roses.

Through the gardens there are also cafes and restaurants, and the elegant Rose Garden Tea Room, where reservations are recommended.

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At the end of the day I went into the library galleries and spent the remaining time reading my way through the permanent exhibitions: “Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times,” and “Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World.”

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Overall it was a lovely afternoon well spent and I will definitely have to go back to enjoy the tea room.

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