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    This quaint gold mining town at the edge of the Sierras has much more to offer the passerby than a node on the history ruler. Groveland is coming around as a cultural Mecca for quality art, music, theater and food all served in a setting that could be described as off-off-Broadway! We hope that this series of articles will entice some folks to stop for a bit, a bite or an overnight.

    In search of Art, we start with our new art gallery in town. Opened less than a year, the White Wolf Gallery is popular with artists and art aficionados for their ever rotating selection of pieces from photographs to sculptures and nature oils with homemade frames that are as much about the piece as the picture itself. They carry works from every price range from under-a-$1 postcards to sculptures in the 4 figures. In season White Wolf Gallery is open later on the weekends providing a great pre-dinner activity for those passing through. You can contact the gallery at 209.962.0342.

    Mountain Sage, on the west side of town, is not only the home gallery for owner-artist, Rob Hirsch and his brilliant photographs, but the business itself a work of art. Husband and wife team, Regina and Rob, have dedicated five years to creating a setting that is a destination; from the eclectic Hammock Garden to the natural outdoor amphitheater, the map room, crafts center, book nook, free WiFi access, organic coffee and so much more. One can quickly lose themselves nestled here with vision of Rob's photographs, a few daydreams and a more about Groveland »

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

    The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is located on 150 acres of land at 1150 Oxford Rd. in the city of San Marino, California. San Marino is best known for the financial wealth of it's residents and for it's proximity to the city of Pasadena Many people, however, believe that the city's biggest asset is the Huntington Library which is made of three art galleries and a library which "showcase magnificent collections of paintings, sculptures, rare books, manuscripts, and decorative arts", and the botanical garden with a collection which "features over 14,000 different species of plants". more>>

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

    Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, a beautiful and peaceful 127 acre botanical garden and historical site jointly operated by the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. The Arboretum is located across from the Santa Anita Race Track is at 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA, 91007. It is open daily from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; admission closes at 4:30. more>>

The Norton Simon Museum - Pasadena

    The Norton Simon Museum sits on 9.5 acres, is housed in an 85,000 squrare foot structure and is located in the beautiful city of Pasadena, California at 411 W. Colorado Blvd. right across the street from where the television cameras are set up every year for the Rose Parade. Therefore millions of people view the front of the museum each year as they watch the Rose Parade. What most of these viewers do not know is that "The Norton Simon Museum of Art holds one of the world's finest and most prestigious private collections of European, American and Asian art." more>>

San Mateo Museums

  • The Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos showcases the past, present and future of aviation with an array of aircraft, interactive hands-on displays, and multimedia presentations spanning the development of aviation since the early 1800's. The museum, which also hosts Vertical Challenge (the largest helicopter show in the country), provides a fascinating tour for both children and adults.

  • San Mateo's Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education offers environmental exhibits in addition to aquariums, computers, games, films, and a wildlife habitat that features native Bay Area live animals, birds and plants. The museum has recently re-opened its newly refurbished aviary and beehive exhibit. The San Mateo County History Museum, located in Redwood City (the county's seat) features exhibits spanning the various eras in the history of the San Francisco Peninsula.

  • The unusual Burlingame Museumof Pez Memorabilia- a collection of over 500 Pez candy dispensers plus Pez jigsaw puzzles, watches and books on the toy's history, is a fun visit for families with children. In addition, each city in San Mateo County has a museum, which contains exhibits depicting the history of its particular area. And, of course, there are countless art galleries and art museums along the San Francisco Peninsula.

  • The historic Fox Theatre is an establishment that dates back to 1929. The theatre was built as the Sequoia Theatre with a Gothic Revival exterior and a Moorish style interior. It was mainly used for motion pictures although it also featured a stage for Vaudeville acts and a pipe organ. more about things to see and do in San Mateo, California >>