7 hidden gems at Stanford that are totally open to the public

Papua New Guinea Garden (Photo by urbanorganism) Just because you didn’t go to Stanford doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the campus. Plenty of the private school’s beauty is open to the public — you just need to know where to look. Bypass the crowds at Hoover Tower and obligatory photo in front of the Main Quad. Instead, explore the-not-so-obvious, hidden gems that we compiled for you: Arizona Cactus Garden Photo by megsnaps_ The Arizona Cactus Garden, home to over 500 ...

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Two-minute guide to owning wildflower season on the Peninsula

Lupins on the trail (Photo by @_btcphoto_) Russ Beebe, a.k.a. @winehiker on Twitter, has been chasing wildflowers and leading hikes through the Peninsula for half his life. Beebe says that while the rains have already made for a spectacular wildflower season down in SoCal, blooms are beginning to appear up north. On the Peninsula, wildflower season typically lands between March and May, so the time to catch a glimpse is now! What are ...

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Peninsula Running Clubs: The Six Fifty Guide To Finding Your Group

Photo by West Valley Track Club Just moved to the area? Or just need a fresh way to get your butt out of bed in the mornings? Run clubs will help you meet new people and exercise regularly. Good news is there are a bunch on the Peninsula. The issue — knowing where to start. No sweat. We spoke with the top six clubs on the Peninsula to help you decide. Because a running club is ...

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5 easy, kid-friendly hikes in Silicon Valley

Palo Alto Baylands (Photo by @diaryofatravelgeek) Now that Spring Break is just around the corner, every family needs a plan to keep occupied. What better way than to go hiking with your kids to burn off all that energy and take in California’s natural beauty? With shorter distances, more ubiquitous shade, and the all-important accessible bathrooms, these paths will pry the little ones off the couch and introduce them to the great outdoors. Bluff ...

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Craft caffeine: The inspiration behind Voyager Coffee’s unusual brews

Mixing it up at Voyager Craft Coffee: @amadeu_cruz We’ve all had “third wave coffee” (trust us, you have) but how do you build on a cappuccino with grass-fed cream-top milk and heart-shaped foam art? The owners of Voyager Craft Coffee in Santa Clara, Sam Shah and Lauren Burns, think they have an answer: unusual flavor pairings and homemade ingredients on a base of top-notch beans. These are not your average cups ...

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Love the Barron Park donkeys? Now you can help care for them.

Jenny and Perry grazing in their pasture behind Barron Park. The Barron Park donkeys have returned and fans of these favorite Palo Alto animals can now join up to care for them. You may remember that after Niner’s passing earlier this year, his companion Perry left town for a while. Perry has returned after a six-week stay with a Salinas veterinarian and has a new partner: Jenny, a gray-brown Jerusalem donkey (which ...

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Need a new hobby in 2017? Disc Golf might be your jam.

Feeling good about that throw via IG: discgolfgivesmedopamine Looking for a new hobby in 2017? Dust off that old frisbee and join the Silicon Valley Disc Golf Club. The club’s founder and disc golf Hall of Famer, Jim Challas, says that the club has around 200 members who are mostly between 20–30 years old. Every Tuesday night from April through September there’s league play that anyone can attend and monthly tournaments every 2nd ...

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10 Holiday Events to take your children to in Silicon Valley

Night before Christmas via IG: jared_franco_art Winter break is just around the corner, which means the kids are home for a whole two weeks! That can feel like a lifetime when you’re the ones watching them. But have no fear, we have holiday events to keep them happy and entertained (for a few hours at least!). Due to a recent influx of younger families, Silicon Valley has expanded its list of ...

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Rosewood Sand Hill’s Concierge Picks For The Perfect Silicon Valley Weekend

Sunday at the Rosewood via IG: dlee311 Concierge Donna Jones of Rosewood Sand Hill hotel is used to putting together tech-heavy itineraries. As the unofficial home base for visiting entrepreneurs pitching to the venture capitalists on Sand Hill Road, the hotel gets no shortage of requests to see Silicon Valley, even if it is an idea as much as a physical place. After all, if you don’t get funded at least you ...

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5 Silicon Valley Running Trails So You Can Earn That Thanksgiving Meal

Dan’s Loop via IG: ovyvo Seeing that golden-brown turkey finally come out of the oven after hours of baking is a wondrous sight to behold. But while it induces tears of joy, it also provides many unwanted calories. This Thanksgiving, treat yourself to the Peninsula’s otherworldly displays of natural beauty while burning calories. Yes, we mean running, but running in the most scenic routes. The beautiful, breathtaking views of the Bay Area, ...

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