Stroll along Palo Alto’s University Avenue for unique shopping, top-rated restaurants and nightlife, or explore Menlo Park’s quiet, yet vibrant town of pleasant, tree-lined streets. There are also dozens of wineries within driving distance. To see the golden age of American garden design, we suggest the Filoli Gardens, or visit the Barron-Latham-Hopkins Gate Lodge, a historic country estate. Stanford Park Hotel is also close to some of the top venues for events and festivals, including the Shoreline Amphitheater and the SAP Center at San Jose.
The birthplace of innovation and technology, Silicon Valley is the home base for many entrepreneurial businesses and venture capital firms. However, the area is more than just a mecca for the high-tech sector. There are a variety of leisure venues ranging from dramatic outdoor concert settings to state-of-the-art sports arenas, theme parks and museums on aviation and technology.
Stanford University is recognized as one of the world’s foremost research and teaching institutions. We are happy to arrange a guided tour of the campus to view historic architecture dating back to 1891 and to experience its storied history. The Stanford campus offers a wealth of sightseeing opportunities including Memorial Church and the Stanford Quad, Palm Drive and the Oval, the Hoover Tower Observation Platform, and the Stanford Cardinal Athletic Facilities and Hall of Fame.
Stanford Shopping Center
The Stanford Shopping Center is the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier shopping and dining experience. Discover Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s, plus 140 other world-class stores, restaurants, and services. One of the few open-air shopping centers in the U.S., Stanford Shopping Center features spectacular, award-winning gardens, picturesque sculptures by California artists, and a free summer jazz concert series.
Palo Alto University Avenue
Downtown Palo Alto, a walk or short drive from our hotel, offers unique shopping, top-rated restaurants and nightlife. A stroll down the avenue might include perusing through a book store, sipping coffee in a cafe or catching a film in a quaint movie theatre.
Menlo Park is a quiet, yet vibrant town of pleasant, tree-lined streets. Enjoy shops, galleries, coffee shops, and candy purveyors in the downtown area, which is a walk or short drive from the hotel. The town actually grew up around a train station built in 1867 that continues to operate and includes the original building.
El Palo Alto Tree
El Palo Alto means the tall tree in Spanish. The tree is California Historical Landmark number two, and is just behind the hotel. It is recognized by the National Arborist Association and International Society of Arboriculture for its historical significance as “a campsite for the Portola Expedition Party of 1769,” being frequented by the Ohlone Indians and for its use as a sighting tree by surveyors plotting out El Camino Real. The tree is depicted on the city of Palo Alto’s official seal and is more famously seen on the seal of Stanford University. It is presumably the origin of the city’s name.
Allied Arts Guild
Allied Arts Guild is a beautiful and historic garden oasis, home to publicly viewable artist’s studios. Since 1929, Allied Arts Guild has provided an inspiring environment for working artists, beautiful gardens and shops for visitors. It is a short walk or drive from the hotel.
For more information, please call (650) 322-2405, or we are happy to assist you.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Woodside, California, the Filoli Gardens are an excellent example of the Golden Age of American garden design and English country architecture. Filoli Gardens was built for Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn, prominent San Franciscans whose chief source of wealth was the Empire Mine, a hard-rock gold mine in Grass Valley, California.
For more information, please call (650) 364-8300, or we are happy to assist you.