There’s so much to do in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley – whether you’re looking for a good place to eat, take a hike for beautiful views, or spend the day near the ocean – the possibilities are endless! I’ve lived in the area my whole life and still find new things to do here every day. When I woke up one Thursday morning, I decided to spend my day in Palo Alto.

My morning began at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden at their Joyful Living Panel. Gamble Garden is a free garden in Old Palo Alto with two-and-a-half acres of property full of beautiful flowers, herbs, and more. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. They host a few events throughout the year in their garden. At this event, I listened to three panelists talk about things in your home which really make you happy – from cooking to gardening, to interior design. The biggest topic was about things that are trending and whether or not they actually make you happy. The consensus of the panel was that the things that truly seem to make people happy are ones that give you nostalgia, whether it’s of your childhood or someone to whom you were close. Overall, the event was very nice, and sitting in the beautiful garden was the best way to start my day.

Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden - Photo by San Mateo County/Silicon Valley CVB


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There’s so much to do in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley – whether you’re looking for a good place to eat, take a hike for beautiful views, or spend the day near the ocean – the possibilities are endless!

After the panel was over, it was already lunchtime. There are so many restaurants in Palo Alto it was hard to decide on just one. I took my growling stomach to Vina Enoteca for some Italian food. They have a great lunch menu, and I can’t get enough of their gnocchi! At Vina Enoteca, I sat outside in the sun, ordered a salad to start and a glass of wine. My entrée was the Gnocchi Di Patate, a vegan gnocchi topped with tomato sauce, fried eggplant, and basil oil. Delicious! What a nice day to treat myself. Since I was already close to Stanford University’s campus, I headed over to the Cantor Arts Center.


Cantor Arts Center - Photo by Cantor Arts Center

My grandmother is an artist and would take me to Cantor often when growing up. After the panel I attended early this morning, I was in the mood for a little nostalgia. Cantor Arts Center contains a wide range of exhibitions, making it a place that can please any visitors’ taste. They also have temporary exhibitions that change every six months. When I visited, the exhibition was by Jordan Casteel, a Harlem-based artist that featured large portrait paintings of various members of society. It was a beautiful, colorful showcase, definitely one worth viewing. It will be there until February 2020, so there’s plenty of time to head over and check it out!

Since I was already on the Stanford campus, I took a walk to enjoy the fall weather, the Hoover Tower, and the other campus buildings. Busy Stanford students were biking and walking to class around me. After my walk, I was in the mood to shop! Stanford Shopping Center, my personal favorite place to go shopping, is an outdoor mall with a wide range of stores and restaurants. Grabbing a coffee, I shopped around and did some damage to my wallet.

Stanford Shopping Center - Photo by San Mateo County/Silicon Valley CVB

Palo Alto has a variety of things to do and see, and the weather there is unmatched. If you need any suggestions for things to do in Palo Alto, click around our site or shoot me an email. I’d love to send some recommendations!

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