5 Ways to Social Distance Yourself (Without Losing Your Mind)

  1. Get caught reading.

If you made the mistake of throwing out all of your paperbacks in your last Kondo cleaning session, look to Vroman’s Bookstore to help you pass the time. The physical stores may be closed but staff is standing by to take phone orders, fulfill internet orders, and will offer curbside pickup.

2. Take a hike. Literally.

When you feel yourself going stir crazy, step (safely!) outside for some fresh air. The Pasadena area offers ample hiking trails for all ages and experience levels. The Eaton Canyon Natural Area is a 190-acre zoological, botanical, and geological nature preserve situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. While scheduled walks, programs, and events have been cancelled through March 31, the park still remains open to visitors. Eaton Canyon Falls offers a beginner friendly, 3.8-mile trek round trip. For those seeking a challenge, lace up your hiking boots for the Mount Lowe Railway Loop, a 7.25-mile roundtrip hike that begins at the Markham Trailhead on Mount Wilson Red Box Road that leads to sweeping views.

  1. Order in.

Restaurants may be closed due to CDC recommendations, but the silver lining is that many upscale establishments (such as Alexander’s Steakhouse, Parkway Grill, The Arbour, The Raymond,) are offering takeout, delivery, curb-side pick-up options. This could be your best chance to experience gourmet dining in your pajamas.

4. Netflix and chill.

Settle in on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and take in a flick. Our recommendations? The films with Pasadena area locations as a backdrop. Think Father of the Bride, Back to the Future, La La Land, or binge watch all seven seasons of the comedic series Parks and Recreation. While the series is set in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana, Pasadena City Hall does double duty as Pawnee City Hall.

  1. Give your ears a break (from the news).

There are plenty of popular podcasts spanning a variety of genres. For an hometown homage, we give a nod to the Pretty in Pasadena Podcast—specifically episode 105, “Live from the Langham,” recorded Jun. 6, 2018, consisting of a 50 minute talk complete with Pasadena “fun facts,” a review of local activities, and an interview with Jessica Hardin, founder and executive director of the Pasadena International Film Festival. Or, tune in Emmy Award-winning journalist and television producer Peter Greenberg’s “Eye on Travel” broadcast, recorded Oct. 26, 2019 at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena for a discussion with Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, food writer Frier McCollister, and Pasadena magazine’s own managing editor Sara Smola.

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