ACCOMMODATIONS

The Crowne Plaza Cabana | Palo Alto

The Crowne Plaza Cabana in Palo Alto has been gracious enough to hold a discounted block for guests for the nights of May 12, 13, and 14.  Before 4/12/17, book online with the code CK1 or call (877) 227­-6963 and mention the code.

AIRBNB

There are tons of cute places to stay if you want to make this a trip. The Bay Area is not an empty place.

Other Hotels

If the Crowne Plaza block has been filled, let us know if you need help finding other accommodations!

 
 

Directions

The Los Altos History Museum is pretty accessible (thankfully). The closest airports are San Jose (SJC) and San Francisco (SFO). Oakland (OAK) is quite a bit farther but also doable.

The museum is close to Target, Walmart, Sushi 88, and the Teaspoon that has giant lines all the time. Armadillo Willy's is close too, but we've got you covered on barbecue the night of our wedding.

Los altos history museum
51 S San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022

 
 
 

No Car?

Take the Caltrain to San Antonio station and Lyft, bus, or mooch a ride (maybe not from Austin this time).

Have a car?

There's tons of free parking all around the museum. If you want to pull an Austin and drive people, let us know!

If you want to explore North or South Bay during the weekend, we recommend a car. However, there's Lyft and public transportation for closer things, so you should be fine! Get $5 off your first Lyft ride.

 
 

Turn your weekend into a little vacation by exploring the Bay Area! We've made a big list of places that we love or have heard great things about. We want your time spent in the area to be as great as possible!

 

 

NORTH BAY: MARIN HEADLANDS & WINE COUNTRY

(If you're staying a couple extra days)

EAT

Woody's Yogurt Place in Marin and Ristorante Allegria in Napa are the only places we really know of, but Yelp and Tripadvisor are your friends. We're not super familiar with North Bay, but there's tons to do!

PLAY

Sterling Vineyards and Castello di Amorosa are two very popular wine tasting spots around Napa/Sonoma, which is around an hour and a half north of the Golden Gate. Bike through vineyards! Go surfing in Bolinas!

EXPLORE

Explore the Marin headlands, Point Bonita Lighthouse, and Point Reyes! There are tons of hikes up here, including the very beautiful and easy hike where we got engaged. Hike Mt. Tam, go to Sausalito, or walk through Muir Woods. 

SAN FRANCISCO: FAMOUS THINGS AND URBAN LIFE

(if you're here an extra day. Also don't try to park in the city because you will fail)

Eat

Ramen, boba, Ike's Sandwiches, Sushirritto, Tartine Bakery, Mr. Holmes Bakery (doughnuts and cruffins), Philz coffee, and Humphry Slocombe (ice cream) are really popular. There are probably more, but San Francisco scares Vivian so we try not to go there too often.

Play

There's the Exploratorium, Cal Academy of Art and Sciences, the deYoung fine art museum, SF Museum of Modern Art, Dolores Park (if you want to have a picnic or people watch), and AT&T Park (the Cincinnati Reds will be playing the SF Giants while you're in town). Among many other things.

Explore

Land's End, Sutro Baths, Lovers' Lane, the Presidio, Twin Peaks, Grandview Park, the Golden Gate, Fort Point, Ocean Beach, and the Palace of Fine Arts are some sweet places. Alcatraz, Pier 39, and Fisherman's Wharf are awesome as well (and slightly busier). Here's a fun touristy list of things to do in SF.

PENINSULA: OUR STOMPING GROUNDS

(IF YOU want to stay close to the venue)

EAT

We like Sushi Plus in Redwood City, Pieology and Sushirrito in Palo Alto, Stacks in Menlo Park, Blue Line Pizza and the Refuge in San Carlos, any ramen place and Pokeatery in San Mateo, and In n Out. Vivian loves In n Out. It is not overrated.

PLAY

Dip your toes into some unnecessarily cold beach water in Pacifica or Half Moon Bay! Go to the whispering circle by Memorial Church at Stanford! Go to the Tech Museum in San Jose or kayak at Shoreline Lake.

EXPLORE

Visit Memorial Church and the Oval at Stanford (where we fell in love)! Walk the Stanford dish for some quick views of the Bay, go hiking, visit the Facebook thumbs up sign, or walk down University Ave in Palo Alto.

SOUTH BAY: BEACHY SANTA CRUZ & MONTEREY/CARMEL

(if you're staying a couple extra days)

EAT

Go to Marianne's ice cream! Woodstock's pizza is also a favorite of ours because they have dairy-free cheese.

PLAY

Go to the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, check out Natural Bridges, defy gravity at Mystery Spot, or ride a steam train—Austin's dream—at Roaring Camp Railroads. Farther south, go to Monterey Bay Aquarium and ride a bike around Cannery Row.

EXPLORE

Look at horses at Wilder Ranch, hike Point Lobos, go really south and drive the 17-mile drive in Carmel (one of our favorite places). The beaches here are beautiful, so it's worth the drive!

ALL OVER THE WEST: HIKES, NATIONAL PARKS, & OTHER BEAUTIFUL PLACES

We love hiking and exploring national parks. Much farther away there's also Big Sur, Yosemite, Pinnacles, Sequoia/Kings Canyon, Lassen, and Redwood National Park. We can make tons of recommendations for hikes—easy and difficult—closer to Los Altos as well. Let us know if you need help finding things to do! This is just a list of some beautiful places we've been in California and nearby states.