The warm days of summer have arrived, and that means Laura gets to spend fun-filled days outdoors! – Little House in the Big Woods

Staying close to home this Summer?  If you find your way up to the Pasadena area, here’s a list of “Places Around Pasadena.”

Ok, we can’t start this list off without a mention our Front Porch Farm Stand (read all about it).  If you never been, then you are missing out !  Our farm stand is a unique place.  You can pick up homegrown produce, homestead and gardening supplies,  get expert advice for starting your city homestead or just sit and relax in our front garden sitting area (especially on Sunday).

Consider making a day trip to Pasadena ? Less than 5 minutes from our homestead, you can visit the Pasadena Museum of History, Colorado Street BridgeNorton Simon Museum, Gamble House, Frank Lloyd Wright Millard HouseKidspace, Brookside Park, Lower & Upper Arroyo Seco.

Pasadena is full of  beautiful parks, historic architecture, lovely gardens ( Huntington Gardens),  wonderful libraries and so much more. Last, but not least, if you are a trail buff like we are, you can roam the majestic San Gabriel Mountains and meander  for miles on easy to access trails (which were a favorite of the naturalist John Muir)

Hey, local yokels, did I miss something?  Feel free to add to the list.

Back in the days, folks (especially farming folks) didn’t have the time or luxury to take “time off” and head off to a “far away” destination.  Instead, they found or made up fun things to do around their farm or town.  Visits to the ‘ol swimming hole, picnics in the park, music on the front porch … ahhh, sounds like an ideal summer to me!

What about you?  How do you like to spend summer?

:: Summer Resources ::

Levitt Pavilion (50 Free Concerts this Summer)

Ongoing Pasadena Events

City Of Pasadena Calendar



  1. Natalie, the Chickenblogger says:

    Let’s not overlook your Front Porch!
    We hope to stop by sometime, soon!

  2. JBB says:

    Here are a few more:

    Pacific Asia Museum

    Old Town


    Bridge Party (July 14)

    Craftsman weekend (Oct 19-21)

  3. Gigi says:

    Nice post. Sounds like a “real” vacation to me! Traveling isn’t as restful as everyone anticipates. To each his own. Our “vacation” starts in March/April. We have a lot of good things to say about doing things “off season!” At least once a year we spend a day at the beach, sometimes with the entire family, sometimes not. Although on a clear day you can see the NYC skyline, few people are there. We have a tailgate lunch, beach comb for great finds, and sit watching the waves roll onto the beach. A quick nap might be in order as well. Free concerts in the park are very nice. Museums are great fun. Just spending time together sitting and talking on the porch isn’t bad either. 🙂

    We are spending most of summer working on our farm. We have had some plans in the works for a while, and this is the time to get it done!

  4. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, this summer is close to home. Not much special going on. Mostly because of rising prices and lack of funds. It’s time to explore home town vacation spots. We have one of the highest rated zoos in the country. Our botanical garden is 100 acres plus with jazz concerts on the lawn. State run river front beaches (well we call them beaches) and fishing ponds. Public pools, city parks, and of course 4th of July fireworks. My favorite is sitting at Terra Nova Gardens (my new garden) at the picnic table and watch the sun come up at 5:30am. The wild turkeys are quite entertaining during the wee hours of the morning. Of course one must have a folgers in a cup while enjoying the sunrise. To me it brings great joy and contentment to see another day come to life. It makes things right with the world.

    Have a great Pasadena staycation.

  5. Ruth G says:

    Because we have such a short growing season here in the northeast, we usually spend the summer at home tending our garden. Though we did take a quick trip to Pensylvania to visit my wonderful 95-y-o father-in-law who knows more about gardening than anyone I know. While there we visited some local Amish farmers who have become friends and then spent a morning at an amazing produce auction where we pciked up a few things in bulk that we do not grow (corn and sweet onions). We were also given a lot of baby beets, some peaches and blueberries so we have spent much of the time since returning canning. We tend to take vacation during the winter or fall months, after the harvest is in and it is too cold to do anymore planting.

    Back to my big pot of onion soup and start filling jars!
    Ruth in NH

  6. Natalie, the Chickenblogger says:

    It was a pleasure meeting you.
    Maria loved her ice cream,
    and William and I really appreciated
    your front porch hospitality.
    Happy Summering!

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      Nice meeting you too! Glad you stopped by and sat a spell. 🙂

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