Category Archives: Victorian Homes

What to do this weekend? Try Lummis Day @ Heritage Square in LA


Check out the schedule to see what they have to offer!

Music, dance, poetry and art representing a rainbow of cultural traditions will be presented at the eighth annual Lummis Day Festival, Sunday, June 2. The multi-site Festival, one of L.A.’s signature cultural events, runs from 10:30am-7:00pm.

The main stages for Lummis Day’s performances will again be located at Heritage Square Museum (3800 Homer Street), where the best of home-grown Northeast L.A. music, dance, food and community resources will be presented amid the historic buildings preserved on the unique museum’s grounds. Some of the historic buildings at Heritage Square Museum will be available to festival-goers via docent-led tours.

As always, the two-part Festival’s opening morning event will take place at Lummis Home (200 East Avenue 43), where the day begins at 10:30 AM with readings by critically acclaimed poets. The Lummis Home site will also feature music, art exhibits and refreshments. The Festival’s art exhibit will continue at Lummis Home until 5pm while performances—music, dance—and community activities shift to nearby Heritage Square Museum, beginning at 12:30pm. Visitors to Lummis Home can enjoy the interior of the century-old home, influenced by mission architecture and the dwellings of the Pueblo Indians, and can stroll through the beautiful native plant gardens that surround the building.


Another local favorite, the Ames-Westbrook home circa 1888 in Riverside, CA

20th Annual Vintage Home Tour

Landmark Plaque Text

Samuel A. Ames was the first owner of this Queen Anne style residence.  Born in Boston in 1832, Mr. Ames worked as a Pony Express rider in the southwest before coming to Riverside in 1878 and prospering in citriculture.  The house is best known for long-time owners Mr. And Mrs. John R. Westbrook, who lived there from 1919 to 1943.  Mr. Westbrook helped establish Riverside’s Franzen Brothers Hardware Store at 3730 Main Street, which later became the J.R. Westbrook Company, one of Riverside’s finest stores specializing in hardware and china.

This Queen Anne style residence was built by grove owner Samuel A. Ames in 1888.  It is best known for long-time owners Mr. and Mrs. John R. Westbrook.  John helped establish Riverside’s Franzen Brothers Hardware Store, which later became J.R. Westbrook Company.

Unfortunately this gorgeous home is not available for tours is owned privately, it is still a stunner you must drive by to appreciate.  One of the most beautiful Victorian properties, located at 4811 Brockton Ave, Riverside, CA, I have seen as it has a lovely grapevine  covered walkway and a cement stage in the front for entertainment.  I can only imagine the wonderful parties that have happened in the past. 


Riverside is rich with history and I suggest for you to go on the annual vintage home tour.  The Ames-Westbrook has been one of the homes allowed to tour but I am not sure if it will be covered this year as it was recently purchased by new owners.

The information for this can be found here:

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., grounds close at 5:00 p.m.


Adults $8.00
Students and Seniors $6.00
Children Ages 5-12 $3.00
Children under 5 free

This is a lovely place to visit for the gardens obviously but there is an on site Queen Anne Victorian you can tour as well as the original Santa Anita Train Depot which gives you a chance to step back into time. 

One thing I definitely suggest is bring some bread or crackers because there is peacocks everywhere and they are friendly.  This is a great place to spend the day and just enjoy Southern California’s beautiful weather and experience nature at its best.

There is an upcoming event if you need additional reasons to go:

Another stunning Victorian home…the Morey Mansion

This house is one of my favorites that is only about ten minutes away from where I live now.  Located in Redlands, California, the Morey Mansion was once was used as a bed and breakfast but was recently sold to new owners who keep this gem all to themselves.  It is not available for tours or anything other than loving it from the street corner. 

Another local Victorian must see, I give you….Kimberly Crest house in Redlands, CA

Another local Victorian must see, I give you….Kimberly Crest house in Redlands, CA

This house is truly stunning and available for tours and events.  I have only taken the tour here but they recently had a “Princess at the Castle” event that is every little girls dream.

The beautiful home and lovely gardens are worth going for on their own.  Redlands is a beautiful town and is rich with Sothern California history as many early Victorian settlers put Redlands on the map and there are quite a few Victorian homes in the area.

Kimberly Crest was built in 1897 and is a French chateau style home.  There are 3 levels to this home, first for entertainment, second for family living, and third for servants and additional living space for guests.

The house at Kimberly Crest is open for public tours Thursday, Friday and Sundays from 1:00-3:30p.m. with tours starting approximately every 30 minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors or students and free for children under 5. No reservations are required for groups of less than 10 individuals.


Contact info: 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands, CA 92373   Phone: 909-792-2111

If you ever get a chance to check this out, I’d love to hear about your visit!!!

The ultimate Victorian experience! Stay at the Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA

The ultimate Victorian experience! Stay at the Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA

I had the most wonderful experience last year to stay at this divine Victorian hotel The Upham Hotel, opened for business in 1871, blocks from State Street, the main street in down town Santa Barbara.  We did not use our car the entire weekend and was able to walk to anything we needed, including a .50 trolley that will take you straight to the beach during the day.

This site is just jaw dropping and I couldn’t sleep here either, I found myself exploring the grounds at 3am and the on site gardens is a great place to sit and enjoy the complementary wine and crackers every evening.  There is also complementary cookies and milk before bed in the main house. The rooms are simple but beautiful and my husband and I were spoiled with our own private side patio which gave us our own space outside of just our room.  I recommend staying here if you ever go to Santa Barbara and just want to explore the local downtown scene.


The Upham Hotel, at 1404 De la Vina Street


Here is a link to a wonderful BIO of the Upham:

1404 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101

Vintage loving things to do this weekend in Los Angeles!

Vintage loving things to do this weekend in Los Angeles!

Calling all nerd and living history buffs!!

Warning!! Reservations required!!

Admission for attendees is $30.00 for the General Audience and $15 for children 6 to 10 years of age $22.50 for Museum Members and $7.50 for member children 6 to 10 years of age. Children under 6 are always free. Reservations are required. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1. Call the museum offices at 323-225-2700 ext 223 for reservations.

Visit your local Victorian – today’s house is the Heritage House in Riverside, CA

Visit your local Victorian – today’s house is the Heritage House in Riverside, CA

I have been to this house several times as they always have a full calendar of events.  Please check the site and pick any of the wonderful events they hold on site.  My personal favorite is the Chinese Moon festival.  As always a grand family event with free crafts, music, tours, and food to buy.

8193 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 826-5273 (RMM)

Heritage House & Gift Shop Hours
Open September from the 1st weekend after labor day to June. (Closed July and August.)
Friday:  Noon – 3 pm
Saturday: Noon – 3:30 pm
Sunday: Noon – 3:30 pm
Closed Monday – Thursday & Major Holidays. Open for special events.

Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles

Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles

The Heritage Square Museum is a 19th century reconstructed neighborhood with real drop dead gorgeous Victorian homes.  The last time that I went was last year for the Antique Car show which was just as amazing as the houses!  If you are visiting the city of LA you MUST stop by to check this out or I definitely suggest checking the site calendar and going during an event and enjoy living history!