Sometimes it takes a blank canvas for inspiration, but more often than not, that which surrounds us inspires us. I remember when a shopping mall was the newest, greatest place to go. It was a one-stop shop that brought all our special stores together. It was grand! Now, of course, malls seem to be filled with nothing but chains and big box stores, being not so grand after all, except for the size, and too many people… for me, very uninspiring.
Once the private garden in Paris for Catherine de Medici, who inspired its creation in 1562, the Jardin des Tuileries is rich with history. Through the centuries that followed the garden transformed, as subsequent caretakers were inspired to expand and add their own personal touch to what was, at the time, the largest and most beautiful garden in Paris.
Each of our rooms is designed to host our guests in the comfort of a French Chateau. Every door opens to a different theme of decorator selected treasures, with the room name offering a hint of what you will discover. Relax and enjoy your nuit à l’hôtel. Bienvenue – Welcome, to the Enchanté Boutique Hotel.
Selecting amazing people and places as themes for our rooms made Madame Curie an easy choice. She was a woman of firsts:
1st woman to get a PhD at the Sorbonne in Paris;
1st woman to win a Nobel Prize along with her husband in Physics in 1903;
1st person of any gender to win a second Noble Prize, this time for chemistry in 1911;
and remains the only person to win two Nobel Prize awards for two different sciences!
So what better person to be part of our boutique hotel in Silicon Valley where so many 1st‘s have occurred.
I first became aware of the Tour de France in the late 80’s; John Tesh was doing the commentary and composed jazzy rock fusion music that matched the excitement of the race. I woke early every morning to watch the latest leg and imagined what it might be like to be on the course there in France. The bikes whirring by, cyclists wheel to wheel, dangerously close, channeling their power and determination in an attempt to move to the head of the pack, the crowd of spectators cheering their favorites on.
Los Altos and Los Altos Hills leaders gathered Friday for the annual State of the Cities event to listen to reports from both mayors on the current triumphs and struggles of each town, and also to honor the 2018 recipient of the Walter and Marie Singer Award: Enchanté Boutique Hotel owner Abigail Ahrens.
When 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).
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!
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.
I 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.