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Welcome Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, or to attend a conference or other event at Stanford University, you will quickly discover the unusual blend of intellect, innovation, culture and natural beauty that makes the Palo Alto area so special.
Palo Alto is home to Nobel Prize winners, Silicon Valley CEOs, venture capital firms, Hewlett-Packard and one of the most renowned universities and medical centers in the world. While Palo Alto developed as a sleepy college town, the emergence of Stanford University in the 1970s as the nation’s leading high-technology research center paved the way for hundreds of start-up businesses with connections to Stanford professors and their inventions. Thus Palo Alto became known as the birthplace of Silicon Valley and attracted engineers and others from all over the world to pursue their dreams. The Stanford campus itself is the biggest visitor attraction, and visitors could easily spend a day or longer exploring the beautiful campus. But at a minimum any visit should also include a walk or drive through the tree-lined residential neighborhoods (among the costliest in the nation), a walk in the foothills or Baylands and some great shopping and eating in the several business districts. For our list of 10 sites not to miss while you are visiting, look in the “Attractions” section.
Inside: Attractions........................................................ 6 Arts & Entertainment.................................. 12 Shopping......................................................... 16 Stanford........................................................... 18 Recreation.......................................................20 Getting Around.............................................22 Safety................................................................22 Map..............................................................28-29 Dining............................................................... 31 The Palo Alto Visitors Center is co-located with the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce at 400 Mitchell Lane in downtown Palo Alto. The Visitors Center is staffed Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may be reached at 650-324-3121. The center has useful brochures and other materials and can assist with answering questions and addressing special or unusual needs of visitors. Destination Palo Alto (www.destinationpaloalto.com) offers much more information about where to go and what to do while visiting Palo Alto.
Visitors Guide is a special project of the Palo Alto Weekly. Copyright ©2014 by Embarcadero Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.
On the cover: Visitors gather around a sculpture on Stanford University campus. Photograph by Veronica Weber.
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Allied Arts Guild (2) 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park; 650-322-2405; www.alliedartsguild.org Located in nearby Menlo Park, the Allied Arts Guild is an oasis of shops, gardens, artists’ studios and a cafe. A favorite spot for visitors, the historic site has carried out the founders’ original vision of a European-style crafts guild and created a lovely environment to shop, eat and relax. The Guild houses numerous studios and shops of various artists, ranging from furniture repair to pottery making. The Artisan Shop sells handmade art and is operated solely for the benefit of critically ill children at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Visitors can also enjoy lunch at the charming cafe with a view of the gardens.
The Palo Alto and Stanford area offers things to do for all ages and interests. Our favorite recommendations for out-of-town visitors are listed below. The numbers shown in parentheses are the location markers on the map on pages 28 and 29. A trip to the Stanford University campus is the highlight for most visitors, where attractions include Hoover Tower, Memorial Church, Cantor Arts Center, Rodin Sculpture Garden and a central campus bustling with activity (see page 18). Filoli Estate & Gardens (1) 86 Cañada Road, Woodside; 650-364-8300; www.filoli.org Standing for “Fight, Love, Live,” Filoli Gardens is a magnificent country estate and garden from the early 20th century. The 43-room estate, built for the Bourn family in 1917, allows visitors to enjoy a collection of 17th- and 18th-century antiques. The spectacular gardens, made up of terraces, pathways, pools, lawns, foliage, trees and flower beds, are perfectly groomed and ever-changing with the seasons. The gardens are most known for their collection of more than 500 varieties of roses. Whether your goal is to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere or learn about the plant collections, a stroll through the exquisite gardens will not leave you disappointed. The gardens and estate are open to visitors from mid-February through October.
Sunset Magazine Garden (3) 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park; 650-321-3600; www.sunset.com If you are the home-gardening type, you won’t want to miss a visit to the famous Sunset Magazine Garden. Located at Sunset Magazine’s headquarters in nearby Menlo Park, the display garden offers a glimpse of architecture and foliage from the major climate zones of the West. The garden contains a 1.2-acre lawn; four designated areas representing the Northwest, Northern California, Central California, and the Southwest Desert and Southern California regions; and a 3,000square-foot test area. The entire display garden is open for free, self-guided tours, weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (except holidays and the week before Celebration Weekend in early June).
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Cantor Arts Center (4) 328 Lomita Drive (at Museum Way); 650-723-4177; www.museum.stanford.edu Stanford family members created the museum to display their personal collection of objects of art and cultural interest; now, the museum’s collections are devoted to a wide range of art, from 19th-century American drawings to contemporary sculptures. While at the center, visitors should be sure to visit Stanford’s outdoor sculptures: the Rodin Sculpture Garden, which houses the largest collection of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside of Paris, the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden and numerous other pieces throughout the campus. Admission to the museum is free, and visitors can take advantage of docent tours, lectures, gallery talks, special events, the bookstore and the café overlooking the sculpture gardens. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hoover Tower (5) Stanford University; 650-723-2053; www.stanford. edu/dept/visitorinfo/plan/guides/hoover.html Visible to all the surrounding areas, Hoover Tower is a landmark to Stanford students, faculty, alumni and the local communities. The 285-foot tower offers spectacular views of Stanford campus, the Foothills and the Bay Area from its observation deck. A tour guide is available to point out important landmarks and sights. Finished in 1941 to celebrate the university’s 50th anniversary, the landmark is part of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. The breathtaking
views and historical background make a visit to Hoover Tower a truly one-of-a-kind Palo Alto experience. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors and children under 12. Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Stanford Dish Walk (6) Along Junipero Serra Boulevard, between Page Mill Road and Alpine Road, Stanford Rain or shine, you’ll find hundreds of locals and Stanford students walking or jogging the trail at The Dish, named after the large old radio-telescope used for research in the Stanford foothills and visible from throughout the area. The paved trail climbs the hills and offers spectacular views of the Peninsula, the campus and the coastal mountains. The main loop trail is 3.5 miles and takes about an hour and 15 minutes to walk. Most visitors park on Stanford Avenue, then enter through the gate at Junipero Serra Boulevard. The Alpine gate entrance is near Interstate 280 on Alpine Road at Piers Lane; the trail from there intersects with the main loop trail near the big dish and adds about a mile and a half to the full loop. Be sure not to park on the side streets where Stanford residential parking permits are required or you’ll be ticketed. No dogs or bicycles are allowed. Hours: sunrise to sunset (from 6 or 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 to 8 p.m. depending on the season). HP Garage (7) 367 Addison Ave., Palo Alto Known as the birthplace of Silicon Valley, the HP garage is a symbol of innovation and entrepreneurism.
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College friends Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard purchased the garage in 1938 as a workspace to develop their own company, which has become one of the most successful in the country. The modest building served as a research lab and a development and manufacturing workshop. However, as the company grew, the garage was quickly outgrown, and the company moved to a larger headquarters. The property is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although the garage is not open for public tours, feel free to observe and photograph the property from the street and imagine the pioneers of the electronics revolution chasing their dreams of innovation. Gamble Garden (8) 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto; 650-329-1356; www.gamblegarden.org Willed to the City of Palo Alto by Elizabeth F. Gamble in 1981, the 2.5-acre Gamble Garden Center features a 1902 Colonial/Georgian Revival house and formal, working and demonstration gardens. The historic property is now a nonprofit community horticultural foundation and places an emphasis on education as well as aesthetic beauty. The demonstration gardens include an herb garden and cutting beds. The estate also includes a carriage house, teahouse, tool house, greenhouse and a gazebo. Open to the public daily during daylight hours at no charge. Palo Alto Baylands (9) East end of Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto; Baylands Nature Interpretive Center: 650-329-2506; Baylands Preserve: 650-617-3156; www.cityofpaloalto.
org/gov/depts/csd/parks/preserves/baylands.asp The Baylands protects some of the last remaining salt-marsh and mud-flat habitats on the West Coast. It offers excellent birding year-round. Wintertime high tides bring bird watchers from around the world. In the spring and fall, the Baylands is a prime stopover and destination for birds traveling on the Pacific route of their migration flyway. Computer History Museum (10) 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View; 650-810-1010; www.computerhistory.org Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computing history, the Computer History Museum houses one of the largest international collections of computing artifacts in the world, including computer hardware, ephemera, photographs, moving images, documents, software and some of the very first computers from the 1940s and 1950s. Through online and physical exhibits, visitors can discover the worldwide impact of the computing revolution on the human experience. Admission to the museum is $12-$15. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other attractions Kids will enjoy the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo (www.cityofpaloalto.org/jmz), the small Museum of American Heritage (www.moah.org) in downtown Palo Alto, the Hiller Aviation Museum (www.hiller.org) in San Carlos, and Great America (www.cagreatamerica.com), an amusement park located about 10 minutes south of Palo Alto on U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Clara.
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a r t s & e n t e r t ain m e n t Theater, music and opera are alive and well in Palo Alto, with performances nearly every night of the week: Dragon Productions offers professional live theater now at 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City, including â€œSmash,â€? an adaptation of George Bernard Shawâ€™s Novel â€œAn Unsocial Socialistâ€? by Jeffrey Hatcher (April 11-May 4) and â€œMoonlight and Magnoliasâ€? by Ron Hutchinson (Aug. 15-Sept. 7). Call 650-493-2006 or visit www.dragonproductions.net. Palo Alto Childrenâ€™s Theatre, the oldest theater by and for children in the United States, performs at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-4930 or visit www.cityofpaloalto. org/childrenstheatre.
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (Wednesday, April 2), Deborah Voigt, soprano (Friday, April 11), Haydnâ€™s â€œSeven Last Words of Christ on the Crossâ€? by the St. Lawrence String Quartet (Friday, April 18) and Stanford Symphony Orchestra (Saturday, May 17). Call 650-725ARTS (2787) or visit live.stanford.edu Stanford University Department of Drama presents many student productions throughout the year, usually at Pigott Theater and The Nitery in the Old Union at Stanford and Prosser Studio Theater in Memorial Auditorium, including â€œThin Fire: A Performance Process on Love, Sex and Capitalismâ€? (April 24-26), â€œAn Inspector Callsâ€? by J.B. Priestley (May 15-17, 22-24) and Summer Theater presenting â€œMoby Dick Rehearsedâ€? (July 17-20, 24-27, 31 and Aug. 3, 7-10). Call 650-723-2576 or visit taps.stanford.edu.
Palo Alto Players, which brings works from Broadway, Off-Broadway and beyond, performs at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, including â€œYoung Frankensteinâ€? by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (April 26-May 11) and â€œThe Farnsworth Inventionâ€? by Aaron Sorkin (June 14-29). Call 650-329-0891 or visit www.paplayers.org.
TheatreWorks, the nationally acclaimed theater of Silicon Valley under the direction of Robert Kelley, presents dramas, comedies and musicals year-round at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., and at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, including â€œHound of the Baskervillesâ€? by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (April 2-27) and â€œMarry Me a Littleâ€? conceived and developed by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene (June 4-29). Call 650-463-1950 or visit www.theatreworks.org.
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Foothill Theatre Arts will present “The Assemblywomen” by Aristophanes (May 23-June 8) at Foothill College Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road (Interstate 280 at El Monte), Los Altos Hills. Call 650-9497360 or visit www.foothill.edu/theatre. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, at 500 Castro St., Mountain View, is a performing-arts complex hosting more than 400 events a year, including talks, theater, dance, music and visits from professional Bay Area companies. Upcoming events include Smuin Ballet’s “Xxcentric” (May 21-25), Peninsula Open Space Trust’s Wallace Stegner lectures with Nicolette Hahn Niman (Monday, April 28) and Brian Fagan (Monday, May 12), and “Guitar Extravaganza” (Saturday, May 3). Call 650-903-6000 (24 hours) or visit www.mvcpa.com. Shoreline Amphitheatre is an outdoor concert venue that hosts performances by major, world-touring acts from late April until late October, at One Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. Call Shoreline box office at 650-967-4040 or visit www.livenation.com/ShorelineAmphitheatre-tickets-Mountain-View/venue/229414. Stanford Music Department offers concerts and recitals with student, faculty and guest artists in Campbell Recital Hall, the CCRMA Stage or Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Call 650-723-3811 or visit music.stanford.edu.
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