The blend of business, residential and vibrant leisure activities defines Palo Alto’s unique character. A charming mixture of old and new, tree-lined streets and historic buildings reflect the city’s California heritage. Influenced by the university and upscale tech demographics, downtown Palo Alto provides great shopping, coffee spots, eateries and outdoor dining.
Cycling Routes near Stanford University
Palo Alto is surrounded by some of the finest bike-riding destinations. Trails and paths span across Palo Alto, extending west, beyond the city and toward the Pacific coast, or east, along the San Francisco Bay. The Hotel offers cruisers and electric bikes to rent, complete with helmets, locks, water and maps. Explore downtown Palo Alto with a ride along University Avenue or explore the historic Stanford University on the numerous bike paths that weave throughout the campus. To learn more, contact our concierge team.
On Saturdays and Sundays, our shuttle runs continuously to and from downtown Palo Alto and Stanford Shopping Center from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The shuttle drops off and picks up at Lytton Plaza and Stanford Shopping Center, allowing guests to take a leisurely stroll down, exploring the area's numerous shopping opportunities. The last departure from the Hotel is at 4:00 pm, with the last pick up at Lytton Plaza at 4:30 pm and Stanford Shopping Center at 5:00 pm. Reservations are not required for this first-come, first-serve complimentary service.
Two-thirds of Stanford's acreage is open space. A popular respite for students, this foothills habitat conservation area is open to jogging and hiking on trails that pass oak, chaparral, grazing land for cattle and beautiful panoramas of the Bay region—on a clear day the skyscrapers of San Francisco are visible. Look for birds such as meadowlarks, bluebirds and red-winged blackbirds. Picnics, games and dogs are not allowed. Please see the Concierge for additional details and directions.
Wunderlich Park, a county park in Woodside, nestles on the hillside below Skyline Boulevard. Hike 5 miles (8 kilometres) uphill in a heavily shaded redwood forest, from the park entrance on Woodside Road to the edge of Skyline Boulevard.
The serpentine grasslands of Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve are famous for their magnificent displays of wildflowers in the spring. Wonderful hiking and sightseeing opportunities are afforded by the park's 467 acres of woodlands and grasslands. Docent-led wildflower walks, explore Edgewood's floral beauty, which includes many rare species. The walks take place on Saturdays and Sundays, generally from mid-March through mid-June. Please see our Concierge for details and directions.
The forested slopes and steep, cool canyons of Huddart Park are located only a short drive from the Hotel. The park affords over 900 acres (360 hectares) of coastal mountain environment for a variety of activities. Miles of trails offer even the experienced hiker hours of pleasure, and many of the trails are also open to equestrian use, making the park one of the favourite destinations of the local equestrian community. Please see our Concierge for maps and directions.
Hiking Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve
Visit the redwood groves and over 20 miles (32 kilometres) of various hiking trails in this 2,500-acre (1,010-hectare) park. Some trails are exclusively for mountain bikers and equestrians.
Palo Alto Golf Course
Golfers will enjoy the nearby Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones and Gary Roger Baird. The golf facility consists of an 18-hole championship length course, lighted driving range, full-service restaurant and bar, fully stocked golf shop, practice putting green area and golf carts with canopy tops. Reservations can be made seven days in advance. Please see our Concierge for assistance with tee times.
Those with time to travel further afield may take advantage of some of California’s most challenging resort golf courses, including the fabled Pebble Beach near Monterey.
Shoreline Golf Course
Located in the city of Mountain View, Shoreline Golf Course is an 18-hole, championship-level golf course. It has excellent practice facilities, including a short game practice area, small chipping green and a night-lighted driving range with 26 tee stations, and target greens with laser-measured flagsticks. The course is part of Mountain View's Shoreline Park, which also features a sailing lake, bicycle and jogging trails. Tee times may be booked seven days in advance. Please see our Concierge for assistance.
Half Moon Bay Golf Links
Half Moon Bay Golf Links features two award-winning 18-hole championship golf courses overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Old Course, formerly known as the Links Course, was originally designed by Francis Duane and Arnold Palmer in 1973. The Ocean Course is an oceanfront course, in the tradition of Scotland's finest links courses. It offers an ideal setting for picturesque ocean views and challenging golf. Reservations may be made up to three weeks in advance. Please see our Concierge for assistance.
Pebble Beach Golf Courses
The game of golf is at its worldwide best at Pebble Beach. Each of the four courses offers a unique heritage, breathtaking beauty and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. At each course, a staff of professionals offers individual and group instruction, clinics and group tournaments. Caddies are available. Tee times may be made 24 hours in advance.
Pebble Beach Golf Links – Since 1919, the exquisite beauty and unique challenge of Pebble Beach Golf Links have thrilled golfers and spectators alike. Pebble Beach has been the site of golf's most prestigious tournaments, including the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the 1972, 1982, 1992 and 2000 U.S. Open Championships. Designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, the course hugs the rugged coastline, providing wide-open vistas, cliffside fairways and sloping greens. It is a delightful challenge for all players.
The Links at Spanish Bay – Spanish Bay recalls the original Scottish concept of the game of golf. This was the intention of the design team, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum, in their creation of a true links golf course. The Monterey coastline mirrors the rugged natural beauty of Scotland, and provides you with the choice of using your regular shot or a low, running shot to play the firm turf while keeping the ball under the steady ocean breezes.
Spyglass Hill Golf Course – Spyglass Hill takes its name from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel Treasure Island, published in 1863. Local legend maintains that Stevenson once wandered the Spyglass area gathering ideas for his novels. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and features two distinctly different kinds of terrain. Spyglass Hill is rated one of the toughest courses in the world from the championship tees, boasting a course rating of 75.3 and a slope rating of 148.
Del Monte Golf Course – Del Monte is the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi. Designed by golf and polo enthusiast Charles Maud, this inland course boasts a meandering layout that has challenged golfers for more than a century. It was the original host of the California State Amateur, and continues to serve as one of three courses on which the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational is played.
Shoreline Lake offers 750 acres of wildlife and recreational area, plus a beautiful saltwater lake. Partake in a wide variety of activities including sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing.