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Exciting Things to do near our Downtown Palo Alto Hotel

Located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, next to University Ave., The Clement Hotel is conveniently near the city’s bustling shopping, entertainment, and business districts. Emerge from luxurious privacy to browse the nearby shops and restaurants or explore the world-renowned Stanford University campus just steps away.

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    (2,3 miles)

    Called Stanford University’s “architectural crown jewel,” this lovely church was built during the American Renaissance as a memorial to Stanford founder Leland Stanford. The colorful stained glass windows and intricate mosaics are based on paintings the Stanford family enjoyed in Europe, and the five pipe organs ensure a constant underlying musical note. Known as one of the most prominent nondenominational churches on the West Coast, “Mem Chu” (as it is called) is worth a visit inside to see the splendor for yourself.


    Sometimes you just need a mall, in all its mall glory. We’re talking the big stores and the big chain restaurants with smaller, upscale spots sprinkled in, and Stanford Shopping Center has it all. But it’s California, so this is a sprawling, open-air mall that invites you to wear comfortable shoes and prepare to stroll in the temperate weather. Of interest? The center is on Stanford University’s campus. The school owns the land, but not the buildings on the land.


    Stanford University has some pretty highly esteemed alumni: the founders of Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Sun Microsystems and Yahoo!, to name a few, are all graduates. If you don’t rank among them, you can still visit the expansive grounds (alternately designated the most beautiful college campus in the United States and in the world), cheer on the NCAA-champion basketball team or climb the Hoover Tower to enjoy a 360-degree view of the campus.


    Picture a quaint downtown: it’s dotted by coffee shops and charming cafes, and there’s always a boutique or bookstore you'll want to visit. Then imagine this nirvana located in the middle of an urban environment, and you’ve got downtown Palo Alto. Don’t let the surrounding big-city vibe fool you…you can certainly see a movie here or visit a chain store, but the feel is much more “mom and pop” all around.


    Great America is a giant among amusement parks. There are roller coasters that approach 60 mph, live attractions, and all the comfort food you could possibly eat and – unique to Great America – a water park on the premises. Sunscreen and comfortable shoes are a must. And if there’s a 49ers home game, switch your plans: the park will be closed so football fans can use the parking lot.


    The allure of Silicon Valley has everything to do with computers, and the Computer History Museum is dedicated to memorializing the sweeping technology that began the Information Age. Computer buffs will become nostalgic over artifacts that date back to the 1960s, and anyone who’s ever seen an iAnything will enjoy seeing an “Apple 1.” The museum also explores how technology has changed us and where it’s going. This is certainly a Silicon Valley must-see spot.


    When concerts come to Palo Alto, they come to the Shoreline Amphitheater. Big names in music pack this 22,500-capacity open-air venue, and the music reverberates throughout the San Francisco Bay area. You can spring for reserved seats or grab a lawn seat and bring a picnic. It’s been said the stars shine a little bit brighter when there’s music in the air!


    The Monterey Peninsula is an area off the coast of California that encompasses the iconic towns of Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove, as well as the resort community of Pebble Beach. The scenery is breathtaking, and a great spot to view it is Point Lobos State Reserve. Other top attractions include the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the beautiful Carmel City Beach and the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. When touring Monterey, please be sure to visit our sister property, InterContinental The Clement Monterey


    Overlooking the 20-mile expanse of the Crystal Springs Reservoir, this classic 6,515-yard, 18-hole, par 72 course is one of the most unique golfing experiences in the San Francisco area. Winding along the natural contours of a 32,000-acre wildlife refuge, the W. Herbert Fowler-designed layout offers a challenge to players of all skill levels along with breathtaking views accompanying every shot.


    With four large public tennis courts, this is the place to go if you’re in the mood for a quick volley with some friends or to work on your backhand. While the courts aren’t lighted, there are plenty of daylight hours in Palo Alto! If you want to play but are solo, contact the facility and they will find you a match.


    The fairways are wide, the rough isn’t too intimidating and the greens are absolute perfection – what more could you ask for in a golf course? Well, the pro shop, of course…which also gets rave reviews. The course is open for play year-round and offers an area for your short-game practice as well.


    Considered one of the finest wine regions in the world, Napa has consistently produced award-winning wines for decades. The Mediterranean climate, geography and geology enable more than 450 vintners to deliver cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot and zinfandel that are on par with some of the best French wines. Most wineries have tastings available for a small fee, and they usually offer a menu of snacks that complement the wines you’ll be tasting.


    Located 2,000 feet above sea level with panoramic views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Francisco Bay area, the first thing you’ll notice is the spectacular scenery. Quickly, though, you’ll realize that the wine is the star of the show. The winemakers take full advantage of the unique climate and soil to produce red, white and dessert wines that have captured the attention of such notable reviewers as Robert Parker and Wine Enthusiast.


    With a capacity of nearly 70,000 football fans, the noise gets pretty loud during 49ers home games. Also on the roster are NHL games, wrestling matches and college football championships, so your chances of catching a sporting event here are pretty good. The open-air stadium surrounds a natural-grass field and has one of the largest lower bowls – where the fans sit – in the NFL.


    Overlooking the San Francisco Bay, this Robert Trent Jones-designed championship course is considered to be one of the nicest in the area. Its location offers spectacular views from the majority of holes. Golfers tend to think of the course as somewhat challenging, particularly if there’s a stiff afternoon wind coming off the Bay. The pro shop and “19th hole” are favorites among regulars.


    When you’re looking for that perfect little boutique or a fabulous gem of a restaurant, head over to Town & Country Village. With manicured gardens and well-kept pedestrian pathways, this isn’t your average trip to the mall. Think Sur La Table and Athleta, not Macy’s. When you’re hungry, there are plenty of spots to grab a quick burrito or pizza or have a more leisurely meal.


    Evvia has been serving beautiful and elegant Greek cuisine since 1995. Fabulous fish, savory roasted meats, and sun-soaked vegetables are jazzed up with a spritz of lemon, a little olive oil, and herbs. There is perfection in simplicity. Sister restaurant of Kokkari.

    420 Emerson Street, Palo Alto
    (650) 326-0983


    Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar pairs a passion for service and seasonal ingredients with the finest USDA Prime beef. Every dish is meticulously made from scratch and served by our attentive staff. You’ll also discover the perfect wine for every mood with the Fleming’s 100®, our award-winning list of 100 wines by the glass. Our wine list features top-rated vineyards from around the world. We also offer Private Dining Rooms and a personal Private Dining Director who will craft the perfect occasion for any group size or budget. At Fleming’s, every visit is filled with indulgent possibilities.

    180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
    (650) 329-8457


    Carpaccio also offers a number of areas bathed in the glow of candlelight and warmed by the Tuscan atmosphere - perfect for intimate conversations and evenings with friends. Carpaccio's full service bar is a noted Peninsula meeting place for after work or anytime. Its lively atmosphere and extensive selection of liquors & wines makes it a pleasant place to gather before and after dinner.


    Since its opening in 1974, prime steaks and martinis have never gone out of style at this Palo Alto institution. The atmosphere is very clubby with fireplaces, dark wood, sports memorabilia and plush leather booths tucked into the many nooks throughout the dining room. Famous for their slow-roasted prime rib & hand-cut U.S.D.A Prime Steaks, they also offer fresh seafood, cold water lobster tail & succulent shellfish.  Sundance is respected for serving the best food money can buy coupled with value & simplicity – a welcome relief for serious food & steak aficionados. The menu is supported by an award-winning wine list that features over 400 selections focusing on highly allocated Napa Valley Cabernets & Sonoma Pinot Noirs. Exceptional ratings & numerous restaurant awards rank Sundance the Steakhouse as a true dining destination. 

    1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
    (650) 321-6798


    The Sea By Alexander's Steakhouse is the bay area's premier seafood dining destination. The restaurant distinguishes itself by focusing on rich sumptuous morsels from the sea, prepared with modern technique and flair. Chef Yu Min Lin blends contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients to transform The Sea's menu into the extraordinary. Experience The Sea at its best.

    4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
    (650) 213-1111


    Influenced by China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and France, the cuisine of Vietnam is a treasure trove of contrasting textures and exotic flavors that continually beg for gastronomic exploration on the part of chefs as well as savvy diners. Tamarine Restaurant represents the cutting edge of this sophisticated and ever evolving cuisine, and the innovative menu is equaled only by the stunning design and stylish décor.

    546 University Ave. Palo Alto
    (650) 325-8500

  • Bird Dog

    The most ambitious new restaurant in Palo Alto may also be its best. After toiling away at The French Laundry, Craft, and Aspen's Matsuhisa, chef Robbie Wilson brought his precision with fresh fish and subtle flavors back to California, opening up Mattei's Tavern in July 2013 in Santa Ynez, and Bird Dog in Palo Alto in December 2015. The menu is comprised of mostly small, sharable plates, including the excellent wood-grilled avocado drizzled with ponzu sauce and fresh wasabi (Wilson suggests pairing it with a glass of Muscadet) and light, citrusy tai snapper, with lime, Peruvian chilies, pecan, and sesame oil. The decor is modern by way of Brooklyn-artisanal woodwork and graffiti-clad walls in their private room-with a sense of wit. Case in point: Instead of music in the bathroom, guests are treated to a recording of Julia Child. 420 Ramona St.; 650-656-8180;


    3303 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
    (650) 846-1000

  • SAP

    3410 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto
    (650) 849-4000


    3401 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
    (650) 427-1000

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    1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park
    (650) 543-4800

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    1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View
    (650) 253-000


    3000 Hanover Drive, Palo Alto
    (650) 8571501


    3180 Porter Drive, Palo Alto, CA
    (650) 496-3777


    325 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto
    (503) 295-3700


    3075 Hansen Way, Palo Alto
    (650) 494-6262


    100 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto
    (650) 494-6300