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Palo Alto is a beautiful little slice of California life. Home to one of the world’s foremost universities, Palo Alto has small town appeal coupled with cosmopolitan culture and cuisine, and a warm climate tempered by proximity to San Francisco Bay.
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815 Stewart Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, USA
It's been 30 years since I've gone rock climbing on a regular basis, and I wasn't sure how to get back into it, so I decided to take a one-hour belay lesson at Planet Granite in Sunnyvale. I went on a Monday night, and the place was packed --...
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1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
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The Belgian waffles at Cafe Borrone, a beloved, European-style cafe on the peninsula, are beyond heavenly. Young and old line up in hungry anticipation for the waffles on weekend mornings, deliberating over whether to order them with berries,...
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250 University Ave #110, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Jonesing for some pomegranate-, blueberry- or grapefruit-flavored licorice? Hankering for 54 types of soda, sarsaparilla, or energy drinks? Looking for any of 48 varieties of mouthwatering chocolate bars or 18 barrels full of saltwater taffy?...
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550 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
On a clear day, there is no better way to check out the sights of the entire Peninsula than on top of Hoover Tower. At 283 feet tall, it quite literally towers above every other building in Palo Alto! The observation platform at the very top...
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855 El Camino Real #108, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Create It may be just the place for families looking to encourage a creative spark in their children. At this craft store children (and adults!) can create and decorate their own ceramics in a fun setting. Walls are lined with previous projects as...
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22500 Cristo Rey Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA
A trip to Deer Hollow Farm sticks with you—even now my memory of elementary school field trips here are vivid. For over a century the farm has operated as a community-focused experiential education center. True to tradition, they continue to...
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Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Palo Alto’s year-round comfortable weather just begs for fun in the sun. What better way to spend time outdoors than enjoying a rousing game of lawn bowling at Palo Alto’s Lawn Bowling Green. First-time bowlers can learn this relaxing sport...
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448 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
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Founded by three friends who were born in southern Italy, Terrone is an authentically Italian, upscale pizzeria & restaurant—but don't take my word for it, they're certified with the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (yes that's a thing, and it...
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167 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
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For a dining experience that emphasizes healthy eating from local, sustainable and organic sources, look no further than Lyfe Kitchen. Customers can often see sous-chefs running out from the kitchen to pick fresh herbs from their garden stationed...
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855 El Camino Real #50, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Satisfy a cupcake craving without going crazy. Kara’s is an unexpected place for guilt-free indulgence, but miniature versions of all their cupcakes let you indulge your sweet-tooth in just one bite. What's more, all ingredients are sourced...
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271 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
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Stop by and treat your palate to University Café's sensational drinks. Homemade lemonades and specialty coffees are great on the go (especially when exploring University Ave.). For those with time to sit and enjoy a meal, they serve crave-able...
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440 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
Think that Whole Foods—a “progressive” corporate behemoth—is a contradiction? Would you prefer to “shop local” and also get the kind of all-natural fruits, vegetables, granola, and other environmentally friendly, socially responsible offerings...
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171 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
With such amazing weather and extensive expanses of trails to explore, it's no wonder that Palo Alto is one of the most picture perfect areas for cycling enthusiasts. If you want to immerse yourself here, chat with one of their knowledgeable staff...