Menlo Park Travel Guide

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    Main Street - Santa Cruz Avenue
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Menlo Park Things to Do

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    $950,000 Lot

    by AlbuqRay Updated Dec 29, 2005

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    This was one of the last vacant lots in my cousin's area. It had been used as a neighborhood kids' park and garden. However, the owner decided to sell it recently and got $950,000. It really is a small lot (maybe 50 x 100 feet).

    Really Worth Almost $1M? Pricey Land
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    Menlo Park Houses

    by AlbuqRay Written Dec 29, 2005

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    Many of the small houses where the servants used to live are still there. The ones in these pictures are within walking distance of the Stanford golf course. Don't believe that they are not expensive though. Currently the average cost per square foot for a house in Menlo Park is $714! It is very common for someone to buy one of these old small houses (just to get the land), tear down all but one wall (so that it is considered a "remodel"), and build a big house worth several million dollars on a tiny lot. Some of the houses look like they were built from railroad cabooses. When my cousin added on to her house, it turned out to be made of two wooden Army barracks. One of the bigger original houses was from the Sears catalog. It is actually really nice.

    Made from a Caboose? Originally Two Army Barracks Sears Catalog House Menlo Park
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  • Menlo Park Hotels

    7 Hotels in Menlo Park

Menlo Park Hotels

  • Stanford Park Hotel

    100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Rosewood Sand Hill

    2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California, 94025, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Red Cottage Inn And Suites

    1704 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94027

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Best Western Riviera

    15 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Menlo Park Inn

    1315 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, California, 94025, United States

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Mermaid Inn

    727 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, California, 94025, United States

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Stanford Inn

    115 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, California, 94025, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

Menlo Park Restaurants

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    Left Bank: Great French style food!

    by rwlittle Written Jan 29, 2006

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    Left Bank calls itself an authentic French brasserie. It does have that feel to it, though the feeling isn't captured perfectly...must be something about all the wait staff and the chefs speaking Spanish, not French! ;)

    We went a few weeks ago, for lunch. Service was great, and the portions were pretty large. I had the plat du jour, which included dessert...very filling.

    The place has a bit of a romantic feel to it...could be a great Valentine's Day date place!

    Favorite Dish: I've only eaten there once...give me a little time here!

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    JZ Cool Eatery: Good for Breakfast or Lunch

    by AlbuqRay Updated Dec 29, 2005

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    The JZ Cool Eatery is on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park. It is owned by the same people who own the Cool Cafe at the Cantor Center for Visual Arts on Stanford's campus. Within walking distance of the farmers' market, it makes a good stop after you have done your shopping. Use the back door if you are coming from the farmers' market. Most of the seating is at long tables.

    JZ Cool Eatery Front Menu Deli Selections
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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Menlo Park Transportation

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    Menlo Park Train Station

    by AlbuqRay Updated Dec 30, 2005

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    The first trains from San Francisco started in 1863. A round-trip ticket from San Francisco to Menlo Park cost $2.50 and a one-way ride took 80 minutes to cover the 29 miles (the stagecoach took four hours and only went to Redwood City). The current Menlo Park train station opened in August 1867. It was one of the earliest rail stations in California. It is located about 11 blocks northwest of the historic redwood, El Palo Alto. Today, a Caltrain roundtrip to fare zone 3 (Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Stanford, California Avenue, San Antonio, Mountain View or Sunnyvale) costs $10.50. Depending on the type of service, the one-way trip now takes 36-53 minutes.

    Menlo Park Clock Tower and Train Station Original Menlo Park Train Station Menlo Park Clock Tower Caltrain at Menlo Park
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    Transport from Airport

    by Mark_12 Updated Apr 26, 2005

    If you are travelling light, the best way to get to Menlo Park (and many other cities) from SFO is to take BART light rail to the Millbrae Caltrain station and transfer to Caltrain. BART leaves right from the SFO terminals. Be sure to have small bills and change available for the BART and Caltrain ticket vending machines. You must buy BART tickets to get through the gates. Caltrain tickets must be bought at the stations but are checked by conductors on the train. Northbound Caltrains run on the bay-side (east) set of tracks while southbound trains run on the mountain-side (west) set of tracks. Note that not all trains stop at every station (some are express).

    Here's the website: http://www.caltrain.org/

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Menlo Park Off The Beaten Path

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    Scout's House - A Rehab Center for...

    by AlbuqRay Updated Dec 30, 2005

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    The Menlo Park area not only has top notch medical care for people, it also has first class health care for their pets. Scout's House recently had its grand opening. It is located across the street from the train station (just northeast of El Camino Real on Santa Cruz Avenue).

    Therapy Pool for Animals Grand Opening
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