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Top 10 Instagram-Worthy Places in Palo Alto

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Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto worked with local influencer Michael Tran to unlock Palo Alto’s most aesthetically pleasing locations and create a list of our favourite “Instagram worthy” spots. Each location features delightful hidden gems and beautiful backdrops for numerous photo opportunities. Each spot is easily accessible from the Hotel by car. For those looking for something a little more adventurous, we recommend renting one of our Hotel bicycles to spend the day cruising through the list.

Google maps directions are included below.

The Rooftop Pool at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley

The preferred location to bask in the sun, the rooftop pool at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley with its recent enhancements is the place to see and be seen in Silicon Valley. Private cabanas and reclining deck chairs are perfect for capturing a leisurely day by the pool. Colourful and refreshing cocktails served at the pool bar are as picture-prefect as they are delicious.

Insider Tip: The rooftop pool is only accessible to Hotel guests and Spa members, but you can access this exclusive area if you make a spa appointment of 60 minutes or longer.

HanaHaus

456 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

HanaHaus is located on Palo Alto’s University Avenue and is a great spot to try a great cup of coffee at Blue Bottle, do some work or people watch. The patio area at the entrance is perfect for an Instagram snap and with the stunning columns and archways leading to the main entrance of the building. The string lights also add a cosiness to the surroundings. Further inside, the tiles on the ground also make for a perfect backdrop for Instagram-ing your coffee.

Insider Tip: Order the New Orleans coffee from Blue Bottle for a morning pick me up before setting off on your adventures.

The Stanford Theatre

221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Further down the road on University Avenue is the Stanford Theatre. The theatre, which opened in 1925, is a wonderful date spot that now shows classic Old Hollywood movies such as The Wizard of Oz. The vintage theatre marquee lights up at night and is a local icon in Palo Alto. Snapping a photo during the evening transports you back to the era when the theatre first opened and it truly lights up the surrounding area.

Insider Tip: Check their website for a list of classic movies that are currently showing and get tickets to end the night in downtown Palo Alto.

Arizona Cactus Garden

450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

After exploring the shops and restaurants on University Avenue, make your way to Stanford University. The historic campus has many spots to explore that are perfect for photo-taking. Start out at the Arizona Cactus Garden, a beautiful garden with dozens and dozens of different cactus plants. Follow the various paths and take in the incredible variety of plants, each area of the garden is a photo opportunity that you can’t miss.

Insider Tip: The Stanford Mausoleum is a few yards away and is a gorgeous piece of architecture you can’t miss while in the area.

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

328 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305

Not only does Stanford University have a cactus garden, but it also houses a magnificent museum with free entrance. The museum is an amazing sight to see not only before walking in, but the front room features a breathtaking amount of marble from the staircase to the columns, aesthetically pleasing and perfect for your Instagram feed. Leave a good hour or two to explore this museum and take in all the incredible art pieces. Each room houses different pieces and the experience is sure to unleash your creativity.

Insider tip: Tours are also free and the museum café is a great place to take a break to grab lunch.

Hoover Tower

550 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Hoover Tower is an iconic piece of architecture on the Stanford University campus. For a small fee, you can take the elevator to visit the top of the tower for a beautiful view of the campus and surrounding Palo Alto area. A guide will escort you to the top and give you some history of the tower itself. No matter the weather, the view is perfect for a quick Instagram shot. Add some dimension and cast some cool shadows for your pictures.

Insider tip: There are signs that say no photography, but they only apply to the front room when entering the Hoover Tower. You are free to take as many pictures as you would like at the top.

Stanford Graduate School of Business Artwork

655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305

There are two standout pieces near the Stanford Graduate School of Business: Peter Wegner’s Monument to Change as it Changes and Ways to Change. The first piece is located in front of the Knight Management Center next to the cafeteria. The wall is covered in multi-coloured paint cards that flip around to create different patterns and shapes and is fascinating to watch. The second piece, Ways to Change, is located across from the TA Associates Café a few yards away. It features a massive black panel with adverbs that can be used to modify the word “change.” The words will blink and create visual patterns.

Insider Tip: You can park your car at the Graduate School of Business parking structure for a small fee.

Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

The Palo Alto Art Center is a small unique space that has exhibitions, art classes, and workshops. One piece that stands out is the art installation by Patrick Dougherty located behind the art centre that can be seen from the main road. The piece, called Stickworks, uses techniques similar to birds and basket makers. It’s an incredible art installation that is fun to explore.

Insider Tip: Sign up for one of their special art workshops such as ceramics classes or collage making.

Facebook HQ

1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025

While staying in the heart of the Silicon Valley, what better place to visit than the headquarters of the largest social media platform in the world? You can’t tour the inside of Facebook HQ unless you have a friend or family member who works there, but you can take a photo in front of their iconic “Like” sign before entering the parking lot.

Insider Tip: The sign is located before entering the parking lot. Park nearby and walk to the sign using the crosswalks.

Googleplex

1911 Landings Dr, Mountain View, CA 94043

Another Silicon Valley giant located right next to Palo Alto is the Googleplex. Like Facebook, there is no official tour to the public unless you know a Google employee. However, there is a public visitor centre that features a collection of android statues as well as a merchandise store. The Google bikes are limited to Google employee use, but it makes a great prop to pose with for a quick Instagram shot.

Insider Tip: The visitor centre closes at 5:00 pm, but you can pose with the statues outside anytime.

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Destination Langkawi: Beyond the Beaches

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With 550-million years of geological history and generations of mythical folklore, there is always something new for guests of Four Seasons Resort Langkawi to uncover on the island.

A paradise of panoramas, the Langkawi archipelago is an amalgam of mangroves and mountains, rainforests and rivers, wildlife and waterfalls, legends and local charm, tidal flats and coral reefs, cliffs and caves. Whether appreciated from the vantage point of a bike, kayak, boat, cable car, sky-bridge or simply on foot, the islands’ thrilling topography ensures a truly breathtaking backdrop for myriad magical and memorable encounters.

Water Worlds

Beyond the beaches, water sports and diving, Langkawi offers visitors rainforests, mangrove “sea forests,” cascading waterfalls, hidden lakes and glistening paddy fields to explore.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice.  The uninhabited islet of Pulau Langgun offers an exhilarating rainforest immersion and lush wilderness trek to the hidden sanctuary of Tasik Langgun, a large freshwater lake.  Build an appetite biking through paddy fields to Durian Perangin Waterfall – 14-tiers of clear cascading water – perfect for a refreshing dip and picnic.  Or visit the island’s tallest waterfall, Temurun (30 metres or 98 feet), for another scenic natural swimming pool.

A mangrove kayak get guests unobtrusively close to the magic and mystery of forests that straddle land and sea. Traverse small, dense tributaries and follow the natural ebb and flow of this fascinating ecosystem to uncover hidden delights behind each corner. Alternatively, take a coastal kayak along the emerald seascapes of Langkawi’s less explored eastern rim, and paddle through a 15 metre (49 foot) cave tunnel for an unforgettable swim in a salt-water lake.

Mineral and Mystical  

Steeped in geological heritage, Langkawi has some of the world’s oldest and most intriguing naturally formed gems.  Shaped by plate tectonics, volcanic activity, ocean submersion and erosion, Langkawi’s many rock formations have evolved over millennia into exciting natural habitats, many animated by fantastical folklores and legends.

Adrenalin seekers can heed the call of the ancient limestone cliffs for an afternoon of rock-climbing and abseiling within the Resort’s grounds. Just a short distance away, the Langkawi Sky Bridge – suspended 700 metres (2,300 feet) above sea level and accessed via the world’s steepest cable car – offers an up close experience of Malaysia’s oldest rocks (the Machinchang Formation), not to mention far-reaching views extending to southern Thailand.

Fuel for the imagination, Langkawi’s craggy coastline of hidden coves, sunken caves and majestic peaks is straight out of a fairytale and sets the scene for a magical adventure. The intriguing Gua Cerita (Cave of Legends) is the mythical home of a giant phoenix, a captive princess and a deadly giantess. Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Lady) was formed when a huge limestone cave collapsed, resulting in a figure resembling a pregnant woman lying on her back. Locals believe that the lake, famed for the legend of celestial princess Mambang Sari, possesses mystical powers.

Back at the Resort, Spa devotees will be entranced by the element-based offerings at the Geo Spa, where the ancient healing energies of the Geopark meet bespoke natural treatments by ila.

Wildlife and Local Life

A bird watcher’s paradise – the open rainforest corridor, mist-covered Gunung Raya peak, and local village ponds provide the opportunity for ornithologists to tick a fair few flying friends off their must see list. Langkawi is home to approximately 200 species including: flower peckers, hills mynas, dollar birds, sun birds, eagles, woodpeckers, lesser whistling-ducks, little egrets, Chinese pond herons, striated swallows and the largest of them all, the great hornbill, measuring in at 1.3 metres (more than 4 feet).

Animal lovers will not want to miss the mangrove boat safari into the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and its maze of meandering mangroves for exciting up-close encounters with majestic eagles and kites, mischievous macaques, fish that walk (mudskippers), colourful fiddler crabs, shy otters and sleeping bats.

Cultural connoisseurs will be enthralled by the Malaysian book village of Kampung Buku and the bucolic beauty of stilted wooden houses in local villages. A visit to the fishermen’s village of Kuala Teriang enables visitors to quietly observe fisherfolk return with their day’s catch, or sample delicious deep-fried banana fritters with local milk tea at wooden roadside stalls. Back at the Resort, relish local spices and ingredients during a Malay-cuisine cooking class – available as both adult and child-size experiences.

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Green Bay’s Titletown is a travel touchdown

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Some travel trends come and go, but others have staying power. Sports-themed travel is gaining momentum, and experts predict that it’s only going to get bigger. If you like the thrill of competition, the history of the game and the joy of being a fan, consider sports-themed destinations for your next vacation.

Location

A prime example of sports-themed travel is Green Bay, Wisconsin. Whether you are a Packers fan or a football fanatic, this distinctive area is ideal for couples or family getaways. The city’s new Titletown development offers travelers an array of sports-themed activities to explore, with something to tempt all of the senses.

A 45-acre development adjacent to Lambeau Field, Titletown boasts a variety of amenities, a brewery and an outdoor park experience with year-round programming. Check out a concert or start a pickup game of football on the artificial turf.

Accommodations

Located just yards from Lambeau Field, Lodge Kohler gives you a home field advantage in the heart of the action. The hotel design is rugged yet refined, and it commemorates the game with historic Biever family photos of the Green Bay Packers throughout the timeless brick building. You’ll find dining, a spa, pool and fitness center.

Attractions

The draw of Green Bay has been and always will be Lambeau Field — one of the most storied stadiums in the United States. At the Packers Hall of Fame in the Lambeau Field Atrium, visitors can discover interactive displays, guided tours and the seasonal Packers Training Camp.

Explore more of the sports team’s past on the Oneida Nation Walk of Legends or the Packers Heritage Trail, which pays homage to the buildings, businesses and people that have historical significance to the team. Team history abounds around every corner of Green Bay’s scenic urban trail and may be traveled by foot, Segway or trolley.

Celebrations

There’s even more worth celebrating over the next year in Green Bay: The Packers have spent a century on the gridiron. The 100 Seasons celebration will feature events in Titletown and throughout Green Bay, culminating with a 100th birthday party on Aug. 11, 2019.

Want more than football? Neighboring Lambeau Field, the Resch Center — home of the Green Bay Phoenix men’s college basketball team and USHL Green Bay Gamblers hockey team — offers year-round entertainment, as it hosts national touring artists and family entertainment on and off the ice.

Eats and sweets

Hunger will lead you to Lodge Kohler for memorable dining. Meet at Leaps & Bounds Cafe for a quaint breakfast, lunch or coffee perk-up. Revel in the sweeping views of the stadium from the outdoor terrace and panoramic windows at Taverne in the Sky, which features modern rotisserie cuisine for lunch and dinner. For dessert or a sweet treat, get a taste of Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates.

Learn more about crafting the perfect sports-themed travel experience at https://www.lodgekohler.com.

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Langkawi: Mile-Long Beach Blessings and Other Shoreline Secrets

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When it comes to defining a great beach resort, some people rate looks and location, others service and style. For those who want it all, there’s Four Seasons Resort Langkawi.

The Resort spans its own vast swathe of Tanjung Rhu (meaning cape or promontory, and casuarina tree) – undoubtedly one of the finest beaches in Malaysia: remote, expansive and tree-fringed, with beckoning waters and views that stretch towards mainland Thailand.

A mile (1.6 kilometres) in length, the beach lends the Resort an endless sense of space and privacy. Forty-eight acres (20 hectares) of botanical gardens lie parallel to the sands – punctuated with 91 beach villas and pavilions that echo the awe-inspiring drama of the surrounding UNESCO Geopark.

Testament to the beach itself, the island’s best water sports facilities can be found on-site – including Malaysia’s first and only high-tech X-Jetblades.

Complimentary use of kayaks, windsurfs and catamarans makes the water accessible to all, while complimentary hourly beach amenities keep sun-seekers happy and hydrated.

The Olympic-length Adult Quiet Pool also lies parallel to the water. Its 8 walled cabanas offer privacy from adjacent couples and frame a view that’s entirely one’s own.

Three restaurants flank the beach, while the Rhu Bar offers optimum beachside sunset viewing and swinging seats for two to make the most of the experience.

At every turn, stunning spaces and hideaway places beneath trees and towering cliffs make picture-postcard backdrops for beach weddings and events.

Private dining is no less impressive: under a cabana on the sands or a beach barbecue with your own private che.

Kids’ Club and the four-in-one family pool (complete with waterfalls, lounge areas, jets and shallow pools) are just a hop, step and a jump from the sand – where young ones (and young at heart) can also play beach football and volleyball, or fly handmade Malaysian kites.

And last but by no means least, the beach is the gateway to a host of adrenalin-fuelled adventures. Wander through the rainforest at the northern tip of the beach to the Resort’s rock-climbing wall and archery range. Or cruise directly into the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park for a naturalist-led, National Geographic-style encounter with eagles, monitor lizards, walking fish and even elusive otters.

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