This Father’s Day

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Father And Son In BookstoreWhen I think of Dads, I think of adventure, nature, challenge, strength, risk takers, builders, peacemakers, and laughter. In my search for what Dad may like for Father’s Day, the results returned were new and snazzy tech, craft beer, a connection with nature and a good book. There is no need to go too far afield when you come to Los Altos, where you can make the Father in your world a happy camper.

Start with a visit to our delightful independent bookstore, Linden Tree Books where fun and books can be had by all ages. Visit a local establishment for artisanal beverages such as Honcho or State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria where along with a rotating tap list from local breweries have board games and pinball (not snazzy tech but classic fun).

Spend Mother’s Day At Enchanté

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Mother Swan And Baby Cygnet Together

Are You My Mother?

Certainly this may not be the question you find yourself asking, unlike the hatch-ling in the familiar children’s book edited by Dr. Seuss.

Are You My Mother? is a book I read to my kids when they were young, over and over again. A young bird goes on a journey looking for his missing mother, and is ever hopeful, as he meets a cast of possible suspects. But as we know in our hearts and what this bird finds out, is that there is nothing like the bond between mother and child!

Sometimes It Takes A Revolution

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The element of surprise seems to be synonymous with spring. It seems like nature’s symphony, as every day brings a new sound into the foray, while the world wakes up from its’ winter hibernation. The gardens come alive with previously forgotten floras and new plantings show hope of a delicious future harvest. This time of year has me thinking of new beginnings, regeneration and discovery.

Los Altos’ Traditional Easter Egg Hunt

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Little easter bunny and easter eggs on green grassI can’t use the word tradition without hearing the fiddle from Fiddler on the Roof and Tevye sing, “Tradition…Tradition!”

Los Altos has some wonderful traditions that bring folks to town to enjoy the community and reunite with friends and neighbors. A long-standing tradition is the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, in it’s 55th year, sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association. With the help of the merchants, over 4,000 filled plastic eggs are conspicuously placed in and around downtown for the children to find on this day, games and crafts follow and then take their picture with the Easter Bunny.

Just A Little Romance…

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Enchanté Boutique Hotel 2018 Romance Package

It is that time of year when we start to peek our heads out from under the umbrella with hopes to be greeted with clear skies. Of course if the weather is not cooperating we can always count on a little romance to warm our hearts and souls. Dust off the books of poetry, chill the champagne and get the fire crackling…

We want to show the ones we love how much we truly care for them; and often that is when our heads start to spin as we try to plan the perfect day or evening. It can be a daunting task. Luckily, Los Altos is all heart this year, helping us start on time to make it the most extraordinary romantic getaway!

Tour de Los Altos

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Couple Bike Riding In Los Altos CA

When I was in elementary school one of the days we looked forward to was Sports Day. Of course there was the excitement of the foot races, but what we really strategized about was how we were going to decorate our bikes. The goal was to get the attention of all participants as the envied and the awed.

A Season Full of Traditions

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Los Altos Festival of Lights ParadeAs the weather gets colder and the nights grow longer, there are visual reminders everywhere that a season full of traditions is beginning. What is common to most is the addition of lights.

They begin to appear as early as Halloween, when we place Jack-o’-Lanterns on our doorsteps to welcome those ghosts and goblins that are trick or treating. From then the lights begin to appear throughout our neighborhoods as people start to add lights to their homes, which glow with faith and light. This can even create spectacular displays on entire blocks.

Autumn In Los Altos

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Autumn in Los Altos, California

The crunching of fiery red, and rich, golden leaves beneath my feet as I walked to school as a kid, made autumn one of my favorite times of the year. The intense and dramatic effect of the trees turning color, was a joy to see, but the most exciting thing was searching for that perfect leaf, and then trying to preserve its beauty by pressing it in a book.

A Little Los Altos History

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Rusacks Hotel ScotlandThe other day while watching the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews and I noticed, in the background, in the excitement and tension of the golfers finishing on the 18th hole, the Rusacks Hotel. In that moment I was taken there, in the center of things, standing in a well-appointed room overlooking the Old Course.

What I loved about this was the rootedness it gave me, knowing that I could be part of history, not only in the making, but also of everything that had come before me in that very spot.

Across from the Civic Center Orchard, at One Main Street, Enchanté Boutique Hotel has the same appeal. The hotel anchors what is commonly referred to as the Los Altos downtown triangle; set squarely in a location that is rich with history.