Archive for December, 2012

Christmas Tree Lane x two!

December 20, 2012 4 comments

I visited Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena…twice. Both times with the Secret Stairs LA Meetup Group. No, there aren’t any stairs involved. Our leader, David, had always wanted to do the walk and invited us to join him.

The first walk was on December 12, which threatened to be a rainy night, so he added a second one on December 20. Since it wasn’t raining by the time we needed to leave, my friend Karen and I jumped in her car and went on the first walk.

Yesterday I went again with my friends Lori & Cristina on the 3 o’clock train. We wanted to do some exploring and eating before meeting up with our group.

We got off at the Memorial Park Gold Line station and walked up and down busy Colorado Blvd,  scouting out where we wanted to eat. Saw some interesting things along the way, like stuffed sloths and beavers.

Although there was no Zagat sticker on the door, we decided to try Cafe Santorini since it did have a Los Angeles Times readers award and one other recommendation posted. Yes, restaurants, we do look for these things so post ’em if you’ve got ’em!

In the summer this is an open terrace, packed with people. Last night it was nicely tented and made warm and cozy by wall heaters.

We each got a different woodfire pizza to share and each took half a pizza away with us. Since the temperatures were in the 40’s we didn’t have to worry about anything spoiling. I liked the Santorini pizza the best.

After dinner we jumped back on the Goldline and took it one stop up to Lake where you get on and off right in the middle of the 210 freeway!

From there it was a mile walk to the Meetup and then almost two miles to reach the end of Christmas Tree Lane. According to Lori’s pedometer, we walked about 8 miles total.

So what is Christmas Tree Lane? One mile of Deodar Cedar trees decorated with strings of lights.

In the 1880’s, John P. Woodbury, founder of Altadena, lined both sides of the driveway for his planned estate with these trees. He never built his mansion so the driveway became a residential street.

And yes, if you don’t feel like walking, you can drive your car up and down the lane, but it won’t be as much fun.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any decent photos of the trees, so I will direct you here.


Sunday Salon: Seriously? Three Books? Wow!

sundaysalonSomehow I’ve managed to read three books since my last Sunday Salon post!

First I read Rosalind Russell’s autobiography, Life Is A Banquet. She writes just like she talked. Very entertaining book. I laughed out loud several times and had a hard time putting it down.

Then I read books 2 and 3 in The Walk series by Richard Paul Evans: Miles to Go and The Road to Grace.  Don’t ask me which book in the series I liked the best or anything because I honestly can’t pick. All three books were good from beginning to end. Now we wait for him to hurry up and finish book 4!!! Are his other books that good?

Other things I’ve done since my last post are:

  • Saw the Bon Jovi concert film Inside Out.
  • Went to a private Bon Jovi concert on the Paramount backlot.
  • Went to dinner at Loteria Grill with an old friend from the Arizona days.
  • Holiday Tour & Tea at Castle Green in Pasadena.
  • Got new tires for my bug.

Now it’s time to really kick Christmas into gear by putting up the tree and baking cookies!