United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Come explore the new Fodor’s Forum
    by ibobi Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 4, 17 at 08:03 PM
  • New Fodor’s forum -- coming soon!
    by ibobi Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 29, 17 at 08:01 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 ICLOUD 1888:260:2909 password reset contact Tec*h supp0rt sbaba!
  2. 2 HP printer 1800:6817208 contact installations hp Tec*h care 24*7
  3. 3 Kauai Help! Sheraton Kauai or Westin Princeville
  4. 4 Yosemite to San Francisco?
  5. 5 Moving from philly suburbs to St. Petersburg Florida area
  6. 6 Upscale, Child Friendly NYC Restaurant?
  7. 7 I need help
  8. 8 Yellowstone, Cheyenne (rodeo), Mt Rushmore- Can we do it??
  9. 9 Newport Beach restaurants
  10. 10 4 days in Miami
  11. 11 Trip Report A Few days in Museums
  12. 12 travelling from Miami to New York
  13. 13 East coast - Miami to New York including Canada
  14. 14 H street corridor restaurant - Christmas Eve
  15. 15 10 day California Trip in July
  16. 16 Trip Report Travel Shenanigans
  17. 17 Quiet Restaurant in Minneapolis for a celebratory dinner with a deaf guest
  18. 18 Alaska July 3 - July 16 Itinerary help
  19. 19 Miami: Coconut Grove or Little Havana?
  20. 20 Christmas Eve near Ashville
  21. 21 Vintage Subway Cars in operation for the 2017 Holoday Season
  22. 22 Hawaii: Maui and Big Island questions
  23. 23 Trip Report Las Vegas TR
  24. 24 Road trip from NYC to where ?
  25. 25 Family trip - West Coast - Summer 2017
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Huntington Library, Museum, and Gardens, San Marino; A Short Report

Jump to last reply

Huntington Library, Museum and Botanical Gardens are a short drive from LA, in San Marino, an affluent suburb. The neoclassical house was built in 1919 by the business man Huntington.

The botanical gardens are extensive and include desert gardens, Australian plants, a beautiful Japanese garden and tea house and a relatively new Chinese garden among many others as well.

Our intent was to stroll the gardens, have tea in the Tea room and perhaps visit an exhibition or two.

We are about 40 minutes away by car; unfortunately for us, we were too busy talking and missed the frwy turn off even though the GPS warned us. It cost us about 15 minutes, however we still arrived a bit early. I take full responsibility, I misread the website, and we arrived 55 minutes before opening time (winter hours) of noon.

We planned on strolling about, having lunch at 12:30 and then wandering around a bit more. Our plans were altered. We wandered into the exhibit "Taxing Vision" (until May 2011) of late 19th century art. Per HL's website: it is " Tax. rent, and economic depression and financial inequity are the subject matter. . ." It's a wonderful exhibit,: I was unfamiliar with the artists, and the Dickinsonian subject is a bit sobering, and though only one room, very well- put together.

We were right on time for our reservation at the tea room. I must admit, I expected a bit more for the $28. per person. The room was not very elegant; it was small and crowded and the hordes of people around the buffet table reminded me of Vegas with a coffee shop atmosphere. The main fare were small tea sandwiches (mediocre) and some salads and small desserts. Each table comes with scones and tea. It was pleasant, but not worth the $. I was hoping for a prettier room, less noise, and less crowds. (My favorite tea room experience has to be Bath at the Pump Room; and it was far less expensive and there was music, too.)

However, the gardens redeemed the day, especially the new Chinese Gardens with the lovely small white bridges overlooking ponds with schools of Koi. it was delightful. I imagine the Chinese gardens are not completely finished, since there were several areas with no planting. The Japanese gardens were lovely as usual, especially colorful after all our spring rains.

Did I say, this was an anniversary celebration? We had hoped for a bit more, but the gardens never disappoint, nor do the museum's exhibits, so though I don't recommend the Tea room for lunch, do visit the gardens and museum. It will be a wonderful day. Have an inexpensive lunch at their cafe instead.

15 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement