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The hubs and I decided we were going to go see the New York Giants vs the San Francisco 49ers play in Santa Clara so we just decided to make a weekend trip out of it.
I love exploring what cities have to offer aside from food and shopping. It’s always my goal to find something fun that does not revolve around shopping as I want to explore the culture.
Things to see and do
The Silicon Valley houses the largest tech companies and is home to 39 businesses in the Fortune 1000, and thousands of startup companies. Naturally, we had to see the “birthplace” of the Silicon Valley which is a garage that is part of a residential home. This garage was home to Hewlett Packard and is now part of the National Register of Historic Places, but is a private residence.
I love exploring residential neighborhoods in other cities and I love the houses in this Palo Alto neighborhood as they are old. I am an avid fan of old architecture. I love the early 1900s architecture and I especially love houses with turrets. Do check out the neighborhood around Stanford University if you are ever in the area.
Since we were in the heart of the Silicon Valley, we had to check out Google and Facebook headquarters. Google headquarter was nice. It was a nice open campus with bikes all over the place to get you to different locations. It’s a really fun campus to explore and I bet they downloaded everything off my phone and knew exactly who I was. haha! The Facebook headquarter was not an open campus. It was very closed off. Although I liked the building colors, it did not give me a good vibe. Maybe it’s better when people are working, who knows?
Downtown Palo Alto is cute. There are trees that line the street that’s lit with string lights. There are lots of restaurants and shopping all along the street. It was a bit traffic since there was an event at Stanford University.
Of course you can’t go to the bay without going to Levi’s Stadium and watching a football game! If you are not from the US, watching football is the most American thing to do.
Things to eat and drink
We stopped by the Tap Room to try out the local craft brewery, Palo Alto Brewery, in downtown Palo Alto. All the beer tasted great, except for the tart flavored one – it was awful. Skip out on that one if you are trying their beer.
After scouring Yelp for days, I made it my mission to have some seafood. When in the bay, I always have to have seafood. I found through Yelp that Old Port Lobster Shack was the place to go for some lobster. The service was awful, but the food was great. The lobster rolls were marked at market price which was $22 when we had it. It was delicious and so was the clam chowder.
Falafel Drive-In was another place that Yelp recommended. I am always down for Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food and apparently so is everyone because the line was long, but the food didn’t take too long to get after ordering. I got the Gyro and it made me feel healthy because of the vegetables since I was eating a lot of fried food all weekend long. The beef inside it was very tasty mixed with some herbs.
Where to stay
We stayed at the Wild Palms Hotel, A Joie De Vivre Boutique Hotel. It’s a great hotel for the price. It’s cute, clean, and comfortable. They have a good selection for their continental breakfast. There is a fitness center, pool, and jacuzzi on the property. Parking is also free.
If you get a chance, go venture up north to San Francisco! The culture actually feels very different up there too even though it is close by.