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    Road Trip Republic

    May 04

    Plentiful sunshine and epic outdoor experiences are just a few of the reasons why California is the ultimate state to enjoy by road trip. This summer, consider making your way to Stanford Park Hotel by car.

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  • flowering cactus with pink blooms

    The Spiky Specimens of the Arizona Cactus Garden

    March 02

    Most of us who grew up watching Looney Tunes retain at least one vivid memory of the comical run-ins between Wile E. Coyote and the many cacti intent on thwarting his pursuit of the Road Runner.

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  • woman in art gallery

    The Anderson Collection: The Art of Post-WWII America

    February 03

    Over the past half-century, Bay Area family Harry W. Anderson, Mary Margaret Anderson, and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence have meticulously assembled one of the most breathtaking modern and contemporary American art collections in existence.

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    Our American Gadgets: 200 Years of Innovation

    January 06

    Starting in the mid-18th century, the Industrial Revolution reshaped life as we know it, giving rise to new means of manufacturing and a shift toward ever-greater mechanization in the workplace and, later, at home. Though these changes mostly began in Great Britain, the U.S. was quick to follow.

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  • ballerinas in tutus on a stage

    The Menlowe Ballet’s It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker

    December 02

    Since 2011, the Menlowe Ballet has dazzled Bay Area audiences with performances that blend traditional and contemporary styles, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the art of dance, from the most ardent lovers of classical ballet to the as-yet uninitiated and even a bit skeptical. 

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  • women reaching for book in a library

    Kepler’s Books: A Community-Based Vision for the Future

    November 04

    Nestled in the heart of Menlo Park, Kepler’s Books is much more than a neighborhood bookstore. It’s a cultural institution and pioneering vision for the future.

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  • kids in halloween costumes running on a lawn

    Menlo Park’s Family-Friendly Halloween Festivities

    October 07

    Every year on the Saturday before Halloween, Menlo Park hosts Halloween Hoopla, a family-friendly celebration of everyone’s favorite day for ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and of course, candy.

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  • antique clock

    Theater for All at the Dragon Productions Theatre Company

    September 02

    A quick 15-minute drive from the Stanford Park Hotel, Dragon Productions Theatre Company of Redwood City has been delighting audiences with bold, innovative performances for years.

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  • vintage car interior showing dials by the steering wheel

    AutoVino: A Uniquely Californian Experience

    August 05

    What could be as quintessentially Californian as a glass of wine or a relaxing drive through the gorgeous countryside?

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    An Evening of Music in Central Park

    July 01

    If you’re looking for family-friendly outdoor entertainment this summer, we highly recommend the Central Park Summer Concert Series, which takes places in the nearby city of Fremont against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Elizabeth.

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    The Allied Arts Guild: An Oasis of Art in Menlo Park

    June 03

    Inspired by the art guilds they visited during their European travels, Delight and Garfield Merner were determined to establish a similar guild for the benefit of talented local artists back home in California.

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  • couple shopping and holding bags

    Northern California’s Best Open-Air Shopping

    May 06

    At the Stanford Park Hotel, guests are ideally located to enjoy the best that Northern California has to offer, and that includes world-class shopping.

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  • building pillars in an outdoor corridor

    Back to School at Stanford

    April 01

    One of the world’s most elite institutions of higher education, Stanford University is located less than a mile from our hotel, giving you easy access to the university’s many outstanding cultural and intellectual attractions.

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  • cactus garden with green plants and brown mulch

    The Charming Cacti of Stanford University

    March 04

    If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably spent much of your life thinking of the cactus as a more or less plain stump uncongenial to sitting.

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  • red lanterns in chinatown san francisco

    The Golden Dragon Soars in San Francisco

    February 04

    On Tuesday, February 5, the Year of the Dog officially tucked its tail and settled down for a well-deserved rest, now replaced by the plump and perky Year of the Pig!

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  • vintage electronics on a colorful background

    Reawaken Your Childlike Sense of Wonder at the Museum of American Heritage

    January 07

    From the hallowed halls of Stanford University to the thriving tech giants of Silicon Valley, the Stanford Park Hotel is surrounded by some of the most creative minds in the world.

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  • nutcracker ornament on a christmas tree

    It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker Returns

    December 03

    Mark your calendars. From December 14-16 and 21-23, the Menlowe Ballet will once again present its acclaimed holiday original It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, less than ten minutes from the Stanford Park Hotel.

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    Kepler’s Books: A Literary and Cultural Institution

    November 05

    One of the most beloved independent bookstores on the West Coast, Kepler’s Books has a rich and dynamic history stretching back more than six decades.

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  • Halloween Is for Families

    October 01

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  • A Time-Traveling Tale at the Dragon Productions Theatre Company

    September 03

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  • Libations and Luxury Cars at AutoVino

    August 06

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  • Old World Charm at Menlo Park’s Allied Arts Guild

    June 06

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  • The Stanford Shopping Center

    May 10

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  • The Ivy of the West Coast

    April 02

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  • An Evening with Grammy Award – Winning Ragazzi Boys Chorus

    March 05

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  • Ring in the Chinese New Year in Spectacular San Francisco Style

    February 08

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  • The Museum of American Heritage: A History of Gadgets

    January 09

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  • It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker: A Menlowe Ballet Original

    December 06

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  • Hamlet: Expanding the Bounds of Our Philosophy

    November 09

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  • A Terrifyingly Good Time

    October 08

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  • A Night at the Theater

    September 06

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  • Fast Cars and Fine Wines in Menlo Park

    August 11

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  • The Central Park Summer Concert Series: Music Therapy for the Soul

    July 04

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  • The Allied Arts Guild: Menlo Park's Hidden Spanish Gem

    June 05

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  • Northern California's Ultimate Shopping Destination

    May 01

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  • The Old World Meets the New

    April 03

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