Start With A Stroll:
Ernest E. Debs Regional Park
Vast groves of California black walnut survive in this 282-acre oasis. Kids can climb boulders, sit in a cave, and chase butterflies in the Children’s Woodland at the park’s Audubon Center. Or for wide lawns flush with trees and picnic tables, enter off Monterey. Follow the trail as it meanders west to the Native American Garden and, in spring, a matilija poppy display. A ten-minute ascent on the road east passes the pond, where mosquito fish dart along the edges and dragonflies skim the surface. » Park: 4235 Monterey Rd., Montecito Heights, 213-847-3989. Audubon Center: 4700 N. Griffin Ave., 323-221-2255.
Perfect Pit Stop:
Chronicle Wine Cellar
It’s Sideways meets Hoarders at the Chronicle, a wineshop that has been stuffed into a storage space behind (and belonging to the guy who owns) Pasadena’s Pie ’N Burger. Signage—along with streetside visibility—is nonexistent. Gus Martin, who manages the place, has an encyclopedic knowledge and focuses on deals ($17 is the average for a very nice bottle), and while the stock is heavy on pinot noirs, there are good French whites from the Languedoc region for as cheap as $8. » 919 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, 626-577-2549.
One More Thing:
Bauer Pottery Warehouse
From March through August, on the first weekend of the month, the ceramics company known for its color-saturated beehive dishes opens its storeroom doors to the public, offering 30 percent discounts on slightly irregular pieces and one-off collections. But if you’re jonesing for a glazed teapot right now, make an appointment. » 3051 Rosslyn St., Glassell Park, 909-425-5700.