Set in the heart of the Peninsula, charming Menlo Park exudes small town character everywhere, from its historic train station constructed in 1867, the oldest continually operating train station in California, to the town’s tree-lined avenues and bustling main street. It’s a city of beautiful neighborhoods with an eclectic range of architectural styles including the bungalows of Allied Arts, sprawling ranch homes in hilly Sharon Heights, and custom Craftsman-style homes on the winding lanes of Felton Gables. Close to everything the Peninsula has to offer, Menlo Park is also adjacent to Stanford University, giving it an academic and innovative vibe. The town is home to the Stanford Linear Accelerator research facility, and tech giant Google was founded in Menlo Park in 1998. Facebook moved its headquarters to the city in 2011 and is now the town’s biggest employer, and the town is also home to the corporate offices and show gardens of Sunset Magazine.
Downtown Santa Cruz Avenue boasts charming restaurants and unique boutiques, as well as playing host to local community events, such as the Connoisseurs Marketplace summer festival, while a weekly farmer’s market takes place on Sunday mornings right behind the main drag. Be sure to stop by historic Kepler’s Books and Magazines, an independent bookstore founded in 1955. With deep ties to the community, Kepler’s hosts literary events and offers a broad selection of books of local interest, along with best sellers and classics. This local cultural hub has attracted loyal customers, including Stanford students and faculty, since opening its doors, and the shop was even a meeting point for Bay Area counter culture figures of the 1960’s. The local hangout, Café Borrone is right next door, has also been around for years. Their outdoor patio is a nice place to have coffee and check email, and a great spot for grabbing a fairly quick, healthy breakfast or lunch.
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