Road Trip, DTLA, Zane Gray, Air BB, The row, Huntington Library

Located at the base of the San Gabriel mountains. The Zane Grey Estate is  in Alta Dena in outer Los Angeles, The estate is layered  in the history of California: Spanish Revival, Indian Folk Art, Arts and Crafts, and Rancho Monterey style.  The history of this home predates Hollywood glamor and harkens back to the era of black and white films and Spaghetti Westerns.  It is the manifestation of the pioneer, cowboy and screen writer’s California dreams and destiny.
Zane Grey  was an American author  best known for his popular adventure novels and stories associated with the Western genre in literature and the arts; he idealized the American frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) was his best-selling book. 

The Zane Grey Estate

Zane Grey Library and Office and Air B and B

The Zane Grey Estate is a National Register of Historic Places structure in Altadena, California. The Grey’s moved to Southern California in 1918. In 1920, spurred by the memory of a visit to Altadena during their honeymoon, they bought the Woodward home. After the Grey’s bought the property, they built an addition on the roof for a studio, library and museum. In 1928, an east wing was added to the house. This is the private office and library of Zane Grey with original redwood ceiling and plaster motifs. chandeliers and book shelves


California Decorative Arts 

Rancho Monterey  is a blend of  early California Spanish Presidio style and English Arts & Crafts design.  The Zane Grey house really is an amazing example of both the Mexican and American frontier influence. Monterey Furniture refers to several furniture lines made from 1930 to the mid-1940s in California. Uniquely western, the line derived its character from Spanish and Dutch Colonial styles, California Mission architecture and furnishings, ranch furnishings, and cowboy accoutrements such as might be found in a barn

A combination of East Coast Arts & Crafts meets West Coast Presidio Rancho Monterey and creates the unique California Decorative Art style. At , we have two great examples these style in an Arts & Crafts desk and a pair Rancho  Monterey bar stools, perfect to place cowboy boots.

Huntington Library

The Huntington Library

The Huntington Library is collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927) and located in San Marino, California, United States. The Huntington Library is really a misnomer for the estate that host 120 acres of gardens, decades of art, Americana furniture , restaurants and of course the library.  To be honest, I did not even go into the library as I was so blown away by the gardens and art exhibits,  I have never seen a better succulent garden and the super bloom of 2019 just added to the display and collection of amazing plants.

The Desert Garden

The desert garden features more than 2,000 species of succulents and desert plants in sixty landscaped beds. Many plants are labeled with their name and country of origin. Look closely to discover the different ways succulents have adapted to cope with drought and defend themselves against enemies. Most retain water in their leaves, stems, or roots. Many protect themselves with sharp spines or thorns, and some have waxy or woolly protective coverings to reflect sunlight and decrease water loss.

The Gail-Oxfored Collection of Decorative Arts is an entire wing at the Huntington Library. Thomas H. Oxford (1927–2008) and Victor Gail (1929–2014) began their decades-long commitment to American art in 1968 when they purchased a handsome high chest of drawers made in Salem, Massachusetts, in the mid-1700s. In 40 years, they amassed one of Southern California’s finest collections of early American decorative arts. They gave much of that collection—more than 130 examples of painting, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, and textiles—to The Huntington as a bequest. The American highboy chest on chest and collection of windsor chairs were just a few of my favorite pieces but there is an entire room of Green and Green furniture as well as Frank LLoyd Wright!.  This is a must visit location!

American Collection- Decorative Arts

Downtown Los Angeles, DTLA, is the prodigal son of La that has returned to its former glory with art, food, architecture and the pulse of the young LA scene and lifestyle.  


The Broad Museum

The Broad Museum is a love affair to modern art and architecture all wrapped up in one package.  Not only do you get to see one of the most modern art collections, the  experience of a modern architectural masterpiece in the center  of DTLA is breath taking .
Its free but there can be lines so  do not forget to reserve tickets in advance! 

Grand Central Market is a short walk from The Broad but down some steep stairs and a great excuse to pop of the vintage Angels Fight Trolly Car.  Both the Market and the trolly are heritage treasures of DTLA and offer  great memories at affordable prices! Both are popular destinations for locals and tourists who can choose a meal from dozens of food stalls or shop for produce, spices and other treats

The Row

The Row is the latest offering to enter the DTLA menu of amazing places to experience . The row is 30 acres of historic warehouse building converted for modern living, eating and working. Still in the initial development stage but this place really has the DTLA vibe.
It is the home of our beloved SF Tartine Manufactury in DTLA and the   Rappahannock Oyster Bar’s first West Coast location. The Rappahannock oyster bar  offers a West Coast spin on our East Coast heritage.  My family lives on the Rappahannock so I knew the name and the place for oysters on the east coast!