Ranked among the nation’s wealthiest towns, Portola Valley is tucked away in a lush valley full of natural treasures including rolling hills and sprawling open space. Development in Portola Valley has been much slower than in many other Bay Area communities, due in large part to concerted efforts taken by residents to protect the charm and splendor of their home. Measures were taken to maintain a low housing density, sustain the valley’s natural beauty, and balance development while retaining a pastoral atmosphere. All of this has combined to allow the town to preserve the same rustic ambiance that made it appealing to large landowners from San Francisco decades ago. The town center hosts a cozy library, a community hall offering classes for both adults and children, and a variety of recreational areas including soccer and softball fields, as well as tennis courts.
The Windy Hill Open Space Preserve features miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, and the town boasts a magnificent trail system suitable for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. In fact, the area is known as horse country, and the town is home to both Spring Down and Glenoaks equestrian centers. When it comes to biking, I personally love the Portola Valley Loop with its roughly 17 miles of breathtaking views and serene surroundings. It is one of the most popular places on the Peninsula for a ride, and you can find it teeming with cyclists any time of day. The loop takes you right past the Alpine Inn, a historic watering hole dating back to the 1850’s. Previously named Rossotti’s, and still referred to as Zott’s by many locals, the old roadhouse might have changed names, but still feels like walking into an old saloon.
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