Meet us under the Redwood trees at The Family Farm on July 25, 2015. x n + h
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♢♢ Windy Hill
Grab a backpack, sunscreen, water and a deli sandwich at Roberts Market, and hike Windy Hill, for sweeping views of the Bay Area from its steep trails. This 7.5 mile hike starts from Nicole's backyard and can take a good three hours up and back. Your reward at the summit is sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. It also can get pretty hot in July so it's best to start before the fog burns off in the morning. The easiest route is to park at the Portola Road entrance-- for Google Map directions click here-- and follow the Spring Ridge trail map to the summit and back. Afterwards head to the Alpine Inn (below) for a beer.
♢ "The Dish"
"The Dish" is a perfect loop around a the satellite dish in the Stanford Foothills. It's a perfect 4 mile paved loop to run or walk and offers beautiful views of Stanford, Palo Alto and the Bay. It's steeper than it looks--so give yourself a good hour and a half-- and wear sunscreen! There are two gated entrances. Most visitors use the Stanford Ave. gate, located at the corner of Junipero Serra Blvd. and Stanford Avenue here. Parking is available on Stanford Ave. The Alpine gate is near Interstate 280 on Alpine Road and Piers Lane and has parking. The Alpine trail intersects with the main loop trail near the dish and adds about a mile and a half to the full loop. The Dish is paved for strollers.
O The Dutch Goose
You haven't lived until you've tried the deviled eggs at the Dutch Goose. Heath and Nicole each enjoyed many post-AYSO celebrations at the Goose and if you look carefully, you may find their initials etched into the wooden tables. The burgers on sourdough baguettes and the beer are favorites too. Directions here.
O The Alpine Inn
The Alpine Inn is an old roadhouse that locals call "Zott's," short for Rossotti's, the original owners. Heath and Nicole know it as the place they used to go after AYSO soccer games, but most people know it as the best beer garden in the country, or the place where the Internet started. Zotts was an old roadhouse back in the 1800s for those traveling the Old Spanish Trail. Now, it's just awesome. It's more about the beer and nostalgia factor than the food, but it's worth a stop. And if you look closely at the carved up picnic tables out back, you may just find Heath and Nicole's initials etched in here too. Directions here.
O The Village Pub
The "Pub" is a Michelin-starred gem in Woodside. It's also where Heath trained to be a chef. Everything here is delicious.
O The Woodside Bakery
Worth a stop for the focaccia bread alone. The bakery also is a great place to stop for a coffee and pastries.
O Stanford Shopping Center
If shopping is your cardio, head to Stanford Shopping Center. It's probably the most beautiful mall in the country, or stroll down University Avenue in Palo Alto and grab a milkshake at the Peninsula Creamery.
O Downtown Palo Alto
University Avenue is filled with little shops and cafes. If you are looking for food recommendations, DelfinaPizzeria has great casual Italian fare and if you really want a treat, Evvia is a phenomenal Mediterranean restaurant right downtown.