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.
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!
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.
As 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.
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.
The 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.
French Flair: Abigail Ahrens Showcases Enchanté Boutique Hotel’s Decor.
Under a Mansard roof in downtown Los Altos, hotel guests relax in their French-infused rooms, read by the fireplace in the cozy library or, in the bistro, nibble pastries flown in from Paris. And proprietor Abigail Ahrens resides – literally – under the rooftop.
Nothing beats canine companionship. And even Fido needs a vacation now and then. Take your furry friend along to one of these pet friendly hotels, and watch his tail wag with delight. From organic dog treats to fluffy pet beds, these three Bay Area spots roll out the red carpet for four-legged guests.