Unlike most suburbs of major cities like Los Angeles and most communities of 56,000 people that are no bigger than 11 square miles, Arcadia is a major draw for visitors.
Here are just a few reasons why:
• Santa Anita Park race track – world famous on its own, and Breeders’ Cup weekend draws another 90,000 in early November
• Westfield Santa Anita – one of the most popular and progressive malls in the San Gabriel Valley
• Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden – the jewel of the county
• Santa Anita Golf Course – one of the best and most picturesque in the region
• Angeles National Forest – The Chantry Flat picnic area is one of the most popular entry points of any forest, and it leads to beautiful hiking trails and waterfalls
• Large parks like the county’s Arcadia Park and the city’s Wilderness Park
• Arcadia Festival of Bands is the largest high school band competition in Southern California every November
• Arcadia Invitational Track Meet is the largest high school track meet in the country
• Santa Anita Bowling Green draws national and international lawn bowling competitors
Besides Westfield Santa Anita mall, there are several shopping districts with restaurants in Arcadia, including further south from the mall on Baldwin Avenue between Camino Real Street and Huntington Drive.
Not far from a cluster of hotels, the historic downtown area surrounding the intersection of First Avenue and Huntington Drive in all directions, has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years with the additions of the popular Hyper Coffee and Boiling Point to complement the longtime favorite Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant and regional live music venue draw Arcadia Blues Club.
A group of business and property owners in the area are working to ensure the activity continues to expand in order to capitalize on the anticipated surge of travelers stopping at the new Gold Line train station set to open in 2016 on First Avenue just north of Huntington Drive.
So, where do visitors stay in Arcadia? There are a handful of national brand name hotels all within a couple blocks of each other:
211 E. Huntington Drive
311 E. Huntington Drive
Hilton Garden Inn
199 N. Second Avenue
321 E. Huntington Drive
Springhill Suites by Marriott
99 N. Second Avenue
And there are a couple smaller hotels as well.
Most of them are not far away from great local restaurants that offer all manner of cuisine.
From the traditional American restaurant and sports bar of Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant to the historic steak house The Derby and the world-renowned Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, and from familiar comfort food chains such as Denny’s, IHOP, Marie Callender’s, The Cheesecake Factory, and Souplantation to quaint diners like Rod’s Grill and Moffett’s Family Restaurant, Arcadia offers something for every taste.