The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to visit. Located in San Marino, California, it has wonderful art, beautiful gardens and an impressive library collection.
The Huntington also has the Rose Garden Tea Room, which happens to be one of my favorite places to have tea! When Ashley and I saw how gorgeous the weather would be, we knew we had to stop by for a visit.
Fresh scones and a pot of tea are served as soon as you take your seat. Be careful or you’ll get full from the scones alone!
The food is served buffet-style, and you can go back for seconds (or twentieths, who are we kidding!). Finger sandwiches, cheeses, salads, and even caviar are available. It’s the classiest buffet ever!
Dessert isn’t too shabby either. Fresh fruit with cream, tarts, cookies, brownies… you name it, they have it!
After we stuffed ourselves silly, it was time to roam around the gardens.
The Huntington gardens consist of 207 acres, 120 of which are landscaped. There are more than a dozen themed gardens. Our first stop was the Rose Garden, since it is right next to the tea room.
My favorite garden is hands down the Japanese Garden.
It looks like a fairytale. You can’t help but stare in awe.
Completed in 1912, the garden has picture-perfect views of koi-filled ponds, a gorgeous bridge, and a historic Japanese house.
The Chinese Garden is also spectacular. Fun fact: it’s the largest Chinese garden outside of China!
Another one of my favorite areas is a grassy lawn lined with sculptures.
Ashley suggested that I mimic it.
You could easily spend all day exploring The Huntington and not even cover the entire grounds. On a pretty summer’s day, there is no better place to visit!