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Christmas Tree Lane x two!

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.

  1. December 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a lovely walk with us!

  2. December 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Thank YOU for reading!

  3. Heidi
    January 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

    That was very interesting! Thanks for the link to some Christmas Tree Lane photos the end. Looks VERY lovely! Would love to see that with my own eyes. I agree about the beavers and the sloth and hope they weren’t real. And those beavers with crowns … :-//.
    That restaurant looked very nice and I think I would’ve preferred the Santorini pizza as well. And how CUTE is that mailbox in the 2nd pic 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your report and the pics!!

    • August 17, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks for visitin’ & commentin’! Christmas is right around the corner!

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