The Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford.
Pop over to the nearby Stanford campus for great art—and it’s all free. Cantor Arts Center (328 Lomita Drive, 650.723.4177), with its renowned Rodin Sculpture Garden, neighbors the Anderson Collection (314 Lomita Drive, 650.721.6055). Across the street from the latter, don’t miss Andy Goldsworthy’s outdoor sculpture “Stone River.” Closer to The Epiphany Hotel is Pace Palo Alto (229 Hamilton Ave., 650.561.4076), which launches a two-month exhibition of sculptor Louise Nevelson’s work Sept. 28. Also downtown, check out The Stanford Theatre (221 University Ave., 650.324.3700), housed in a building that dates back to the 1920s; HP Garage (367 Addison Ave.), the “birthplace of Silicon Valley,” where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded their namesake company; and, through mid- December, the Saturday morning farmers market (Gilman Street and Hamilton Avenue, 650.427.9253).
At the base of the Santa Lucia Preserve is Refuge (27300 Rancho San Carlos Road, 831.620.7360), a 2-acre outdoor spa whose specialty is hydrothermal therapy (hot and cold environments). For more fresh-air pursuits—from the strenuous (hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking) to the less so (photography, bird-watching, painting)—head to Garland Ranch Regional Park (700 W. Carmel Valley Road). Already well-known for its wine, Carmel Valley also boasts a bevy of artisanal olive oil producers; among them is The Quail & Olive (3 Pilot Road, 831.659.4288), which has a tasting room. In charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, architecture buffs may want to do a stroll-by of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Della Walker House (Scenic Drive and Ocean View Avenue) or book a tour of Tor House and Hawk Tower (26304 Ocean View Ave., 844.285.0244), built by poet Robinson Jeffers in the early 1900s.
Originally published in the September issue of Silicon Valley