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VINTAGE VANTAGE
If you can't find what you're hunting for at the Rose Bowl Flea Market (see below), don't despair: Pasadena is filled with antiques shops. Novotny's Antique Gallery (60 N. Lake Ave.; 626/577-9660; www.novotnysantiques.com), an indoor bazaar, sells Victorian silver, Steuben glass, and early-20th-century furniture. • The Pasadena Antique Center & Annex (444 and 480 S. Fair Oaks Ave.; 626/449-7706; www.pasadenaantiquecenter.com) has nearly 150 booths carrying pottery and glass, fifties home furnishings, and Americana. • Antiques & Objects (446 S. Fair Oaks Ave.; 626/796-8224) focuses onAmerican pottery, as well as Craftsman, Deco, and Native American collectibles.

ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Built by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908, the Gamble House (4 Westmoreland Place; 626/793-3334; www.gamblehouse.org) integrates handcrafted design with Japanese aesthetics and indoor-outdoor Western living. California's best-preserved Arts and Crafts structure sits in the Arroyo Seco gorge, which can be crossed via the Colorado Street Bridge, known for its 100-year-old streetlamps. • To see Greene & Greene's legacy, Beaux-Arts mansions, and the more modest houses in the Bungalow Heaven district, take one of 10 self-guided tours mapped out by the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/307-7977; www.pasadenacal.com). • Another Pasadena landmark is the Pacific Asia Museum (46 N. Los Robles Ave.; 626/449-2742; www.pacificasiamuseum.org), the only institution in southern California devoted to Asian art. The collection includes more than 14,000 pieces, such as ceramic and jade items housed in a replica of a Chinese palace with a carp pond. • The walls of the remarkably serene Frank Gehry-designed Norton Simon Museum (411 W. Colorado Blvd.; 626/449-6840; www.nortonsimon.org) are lined with Impressionist and Cubist works, and the garden is filled with Henry Moore bronzes. • The Pasadena Museum of California Art (490 E. Union St.; 626/568-3665; www.pmcaonline.org), unveiled in 2002, is a curvaceous space that features rotating shows of painting, sculpture, and photography. • Literary buffs can find a Canterbury Tales manuscript and first edition Gutenberg Bible at the Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens (1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino; 626/405-2100; www.huntington.org). The vast art collection spans four galleries; in one, Thomas Gainsborough's Blue Boy and Thomas Lawrence's Pinkie eyeball each other across the room. The 150-acre grounds are devoted to 15 gardens with exotic specimens from around the world.

David A. Keeps is L. A. correspondent for Travel + Leisure.

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