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Bug, as the family-owned shop is called, stocks an imagination-sparking collection of books, music, and toys. Stop by for reg-ular in-store events like parent-and-child coloring nights, readings, and craft ses-sions. The private party space in back is popular for birthdays. Runner-up: Linden Tree Books, Los Altos Furniture PARKGATE HOME 1010 EL CAMINO REAL (NEAR SANTA CRUZ AVE.), MENLO PARK, 650-322-4500 Design industry veterans Cathy Ettel and Laura Pohlen fi ll their homey, three-year-old showroom with artfully styled mise-en-scènes, deftly melding graphic accent seating, decorative pillows, and abstract art. All the merchandise therein can be purchased off the fl oor or custom ordered. Want the pair to weigh in on your own home? They also off er interior design ser-vices. Runner-up: Cisco Home, Palo Alto Women’s Wear THE PODOLLS 251 PRIMROSE RD. (NEAR CITY HALL LN.), BURLINGAME, 650-389-2346 This popular boutique is the best spot south of San Francisco for casually chic fashion: Think breezy silk slip dresses, boxy, printed tops, and lightweight cotton shirtdresses designed by owners Lauren and Josh Podoll. Beyond their own collec-tion, the couple stock a range of apparel, accessories, and footwear from similarly stylish brands like Ryan Roche, Lauren Manoogian, Chimala, and Freda Salva-dor. Runner-up: Angela, Menlo Park Play Art Museum ANDERSON COLLECTION STANFORD UNIVERSITY, 314 LOMITA DR. (NEAR ROTH WAY), STANFORD, 650-721-6055 Ellsworth Kelly? Check. Josef Albers and Mark Rothko? Yep. Wayne Thiebaud and Willem de Kooning? Indeed. No, we’re not talking about the new SFMOMA; these art greats are all on display at the Anderson Collection. The two-year-old museum features more than 100 postwar Ameri-can pieces acquired by the Anderson fam-ily and gifted to Stanford, all showcased in a stunning building designed by Ennead Architects. Best of all, admission is free. Don’t miss Andy Goldsworthy’s Stone River sculpture across the street. Runner-up: San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art a boozy, dancey pairing. The schedule includes popular crowd-pleasers like the Roots, Diana Ross, and Ben Harper, but the setting feels surprisingly intimate, backed by the ivy-covered Winery Build-ing. Fare like crepes and burgers is avail-able onsite. Runner-up: Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga Saturday of each month). Runner-up: Emma Prusch Farm Park, San Jose Shop Gifts EMILY JOUBERT 3036 WOODSIDE RD. (NEAR CAÑADA RD.), WOODSIDE, 650-851-3520 The patio, packed with furniture and gar-den accessories, would be reason enough to visit this well-stocked boutique. But there’s more: Inside, explore a giftable assortment of jewelry, ceramics, glass-ware, stationery, and decor from brands like Santa Maria Novella, Alex Marshall, Alice Goldsmith, and Fermob. Owner Judy Sieber also off ers fl oral design services for pickup (from $50) or delivery on the Pen-insula. Runner-up: Atelier Gray, Los Altos Playground MAGICAL BRIDGE 600 E. MEADOW RD. (NEAR MIDDLEFIELD RD.), PALO ALTO Swing, slide, spin, and so much more. Located in Mitchell Park, the year-old Magical Bridge is billed as “the nation’s most innovative and inclusive playground.” It was devised by the Silicon Valley–based Magical Bridge Foundation to serve chil-dren with a range of physical and cognitive abilities, taking into account those with autism, hearing and visual impairments, and physical limitations. The seamless surface—there are no curbs, sand, or tan-bark—allows kids (and adults) with mobil-ity challenges to access all areas. Ramps, bridges, and even the two-story playhouse have been designed with inclusivity in mind. Tables at the playground are avail-able on a fi rst-come, fi rst-serve basis. Run-ner-up: Seven Seas Park, Sunnyvale Jewelry Store EARTHWORKS 290 MAIN ST. (NEAR 2ND ST.), LOS ALTOS, 650-948-5141 At nearly 40 years old, this contemporary-jewelry shop is a local standby for a reason. Tech Museum COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM 1401 N. SHORELINE BLVD. (NEAR PEAR AVE.), MOUNTAIN VIEW, 650-810-1010 From the saga of GeoCities to the evolu-tion of autonomous vehicles, this museum is devoted to the history of geekery ($12 to $15; free for kids). You’ll find more than 1,000 artifacts on view in the 40,000-square-foot space—but you don’t have to be a techie to appreciate it. Revisit childhood with a simulation of classic games like Pong and SpaceWar. Runner-up: San Mateo County History Museum, Red-wood City Sneakers PREMIER BOUTIQUE 132 E. 3RD AVE. (NEAR S. SAN MATEO DR.), SAN MATEO, 650-347-6544 You know you’re a true sneakerhead when you’re a member of the Yeezy Preferred Customer Program. (The store’s contin-gent gets fi rst dibs on Premier’s most hard-to-score kicks.) Beyond the sought-after Yeezys, the shelves showcase a sprawling selection of Nike, Adidas, Creative Recre-ation, New Balance, Asics, and more for men, women, and kids, including some limited-edition styles. Runner-up: Sole on Ice, San Jose Kid Activity DEER HOLLOW FARM 22500 CRISTO REY DR. (NEAR OAK VALLEY RD.), CUPERTINO, 650-903-6430 Deer Hollow reveals a side of Cupertino that’s the polar opposite of the startup world. The 160-year-old working home-stead farm in the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve is free and open to the public. Expect a barnyard of gentle ani-mals—cows, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, pigs, rabbits, and more—lush gardens, and a hands-on nature center (open the third Dinner and a Show THE MOUNTAIN WINERY 14831 PIERCE RD. (NEAR BIG BASIN BAY), SARATOGA, 408-741-2822 At the Mountain Winery’s annual con-cert series, wine and live music make Kids’ Bookstore THE READING BUG 785 LAUREL ST. (NEAR OLIVE ST.), SAN CARLOS, 650-591-0100 This indie bookstore is decked out like an enchanted forest, complete with plush toadstool and tree-stump seating. The PREMIER BOUTIQUE 110 San Francisco | July 2016

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Art Museum

ANDERSON COLLECTION

STANFORD UNIVERSITY, 314 LOMITA DR. (NEAR ROTH WAY), STANFORD, 650-721-6055

Ellsworth Kelly? Check. Josef Albers and Mark Rothko? Yep. Wayne Thiebaud and Willem de Kooning? Indeed. No, we're not talking about the new SFMOMA; these art greats are all on display at the Anderson Collection. The two-year-old museum features more than 100 postwar American pieces acquired by the Anderson family and gifted to Stanford, all showcased in a stunning building designed by Ennead Architects. Best of all, admission is free. Don't miss Andy Goldsworthy's Stone River sculpture across the street. Runnerup: San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Tech Museum

COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM

1401 N. SHORELINE BLVD. (NEAR PEAR AVE.), MOUNTAIN VIEW, 650-810-1010

From the saga of GeoCities to the evolution of autonomous vehicles, this museum is devoted to the history of geekery ($12 to $15; free for kids). You'll find more than 1,000 artifacts on view in the 40,000-square-foot space-but you don't have to be a techie to appreciate it. Revisit childhood with a simulation of classic games like Pong and SpaceWar. Runnerup: San Mateo County History Museum, Redwood City

Dinner and a Show

THE MOUNTAIN WINERY

14831 PIERCE RD. (NEAR BIG BASIN BAY), SARATOGA, 408-741-2822

At the Mountain Winery's annual concert series, wine and live music make a boozy, dancey pairing. The schedule includes popular crowd-pleasers like the Roots, Diana Ross, and Ben Harper, but the setting feels surprisingly intimate, backed by the ivy-covered Winery Building. Fare like crepes and burgers is available onsite. Runner-up: Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga

Playground

MAGICAL BRIDGE

600 E. MEADOW RD. (NEAR MIDDLEFIELD RD.), PALO ALTO

Swing, slide, spin, and so much more. Located in Mitchell Park, the year-old Magical Bridge is billed as "the nation's most innovative and inclusive playground." It was devised by the Silicon Valley-based Magical Bridge Foundation to serve children with a range of physical and cognitive abilities, taking into account those with autism, hearing and visual impairments, and physical limitations. The seamless surface-there are no curbs, sand, or tanbark- allows kids (and adults) with mobility challenges to access all areas. Ramps, bridges, and even the two-story playhouse have been designed with inclusivity in mind. Tables at the playground are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Runner- up: Seven Seas Park, Sunnyvale

Kid Activity

DEER HOLLOW FARM

22500 CRISTO REY DR. (NEAR OAK VALLEY RD.), CUPERTINO, 650-903-6430

Deer Hollow reveals a side of Cupertino that's the polar opposite of the startup world. The 160-year-old working homestead farm in the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve is free and open to the public. Expect a barnyard of gentle animals- cows, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, pigs, rabbits, and more-lush gardens, and a hands-on nature center (open the third Saturday of each month). Runner-up: Emma Prusch Farm Park, San Jose

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Gifts

EMILY JOUBERT

3036 WOODSIDE RD. (NEAR CAÑADA RD.), WOODSIDE, 650-851-3520

The patio, packed with furniture and garden accessories, would be reason enough to visit this well-stocked boutique. But there's more: Inside, explore a giftable assortment of jewelry, ceramics, glassware, stationery, and decor from brands like Santa Maria Novella, Alex Marshall, Alice Goldsmith, and Fermob. Owner Judy Sieber also offers floral design services for pickup (from $50) or delivery on the Peninsula. Runner-up: Atelier Gray, Los Altos

Sneakers

PREMIER BOUTIQUE

132 E. 3RD AVE. (NEAR S. SAN MATEO DR.), SAN MATEO, 650-347-6544

You know you're a true sneakerhead when you're a member of the Yeezy Preferred Customer Program. (The store's contingent gets first dibs on Premier's most hardto- score kicks.) Beyond the sought-after Yeezys, the shelves showcase a sprawling selection of Nike, Adidas, Creative Recreation, New Balance, Asics, and more for men, women, and kids, including some limited-edition styles. Runner-up: Sole on Ice, San Jose

Kids' Bookstore

THE READING BUG

785 LAUREL ST. (NEAR OLIVE ST.), SAN CARLOS, 650-591-0100

This indie bookstore is decked out like an enchanted forest, complete with plush toadstool and tree-stump seating. The Bug, as the family-owned shop is called, stocks an imagination-sparking collection of books, music, and toys. Stop by for regular in-store events like parent-and-child coloring nights, readings, and craft sessions. The private party space in back is popular for birthdays. Runner-up: Linden Tree Books, Los Altos

Furniture

PARKGATE HOME

1010 EL CAMINO REAL (NEAR SANTA CRUZ AVE.), MENLO PARK, 650-322-4500

Design industry veterans Cathy Ettel and Laura Pohlen fill their homey, three-year-old showroom with artfully styled miseen-scènes, deftly melding graphic accent seating, decorative pillows, and abstract art. All the merchandise therein can be purchased off the floor or custom ordered. Want the pair to weigh in on your own home? They also offer interior design services. Runner-up: Cisco Home, Palo Alto

Women's Wear

THE PODOLLS

251 PRIMROSE RD. (NEAR CITY HALL LN.), BURLINGAME, 650-389-2346

This popular boutique is the best spot south of San Francisco for casually chic fashion: Think breezy silk slip dresses, boxy, printed tops, and lightweight cotton shirtdresses designed by owners Lauren and Josh Podoll. Beyond their own collection, the couple stock a range of apparel, accessories, and footwear from similarly stylish brands like Ryan Roche, Lauren Manoogian, Chimala, and Freda Salvador. Runner-up: Angela, Menlo Park

Jewelry Store

EARTHWORKS

290 MAIN ST. (NEAR 2ND ST.), LOS ALTOS, 650-948-5141

At nearly 40 years old, this contemporaryjewelry shop is a local standby for a reason. The gleaming cases include Jill Platner's hammered sterling silver Moonwalk collection, Todd Reed's stackable diamondencrusted rings, and Rebecca Overmann's mixed-metal necklaces and earrings. The stash ranges from everyday to upscale- with price points to match. The baubles are complemented by handcrafted glassware by local artists. Runner-up: De Novo, Palo Alto

Eat & Drink

Buzz-Worthy Restaurant

BIRD DOG

420 RAMONA ST. (NEAR LYTTON AVE.), PALO ALTO, 650-656-8180

Palo Alto's dining scene finally appears to be innovating with the rest of the town. Chef Robbie Wilson's creative menu reflects his time working in the kitchens at the French Laundry, Matsuhisa, and Santa Barbara's Mattei Tavern. Signature dishes-like the wood-grilled avocado served with ponzu and fresh wasabi-meld elements of California and Japanese cuisine. Diners can take in views of the open kitchen from sumptuous mohair banquettes. Runner-up: The Bywater, Los Gatos

Tasting Room

THOMAS FOGARTY WINERY

19501 SKYLINE BLVD. (NEAR RAPLEY RANCH RD.), WOODSIDE, 650-851-6777

Situated on more than 300 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this scenic tasting room is beloved for its pinots and chardonnays. Splurge for the Signature Tasting ($19) to sample five limitedproduction estate wines before they're released. Post-tasting, the picturesque grounds-a popular wedding destination- are open for rambling. Runner-up: Ridge Vineyards, Cupertino

Croissant

MADEMOISELLE COLETTE

816 SANTA CRUZ AVE. (NEAR CRANE ST.), MENLO PARK, 650-644-8469

The golden crumbs scattered across tables are a good sign here, proof of the delicate croissants' perfectly buttery, flaky consistency. Though Debora Ferrand just opened her pastry shop last fall, word got around fast: She frequently sold out of croissants and pain au chocolate within a couple of hours. (Thankfully, while demand for the freshly baked goods remains high, production has increased since.) Try the latest menu addition, a ham-and-cheese kouign amann with a lightly crispy exterior and a pillowy, savory interior ($4.50). A second Mademoiselle location is in the works in downtown Palo Alto. Runner-up: Manresa Bread, Los Altos (newly opened) and Los Gatos

Ice Cream

TIN POT CREAMERY

PALO ALTO AND LOS ALTOS, TINPOTCREAMERY.COM

Tin Pot's wide menu is triple-scoop worthy. Sure, it's got an excellent vanilla bean, but the roasted-banana fudge ripple, Earl Grey tea, and peanut butter fudge brownie (from $3.50) are equally legendary. The flavors are churned from local and organic ingredients, and the menu changes seasonally. Craving a pint, but can't make it into the shop? DoorDash and Postmates will deliver. Runner-up: Scoop, Palo Alto

Brunch

JOHNSTON'S SALTBOX

1696 LAUREL ST. (NEAR ST. FRANCIS WAY), SAN CARLOS, 650-592-7258

This spot's Scandinavian design is endlessly Instagram worthy, from the slatted wood ceiling to the spoon-adorned wall. Luckily, the food is as memorable as the decor, particularly the avocado tartine ($15)-filone bread piled high with scrambled eggs and smashed avocado-and the crispy fried chicken sandwich ($14). Pair it with a red-eye, the Saltbox's beer-andbacon- laden spin on the Bloody Mary. Though there's often a wait for tables, bar seating is first come, first served. Runnerup: The Table, San Jose

Craft Cocktails

PAPER PLANE

72 S. 1ST ST. (NEAR POST ST.), SAN JOSE, 408-713-2625

When confronted with a list of over two dozen cocktails-from the Thyme Is on My Side (tequila, farigoule liqueur, fresh thyme, lime, and egg white, $12) to the alluringly titled Costanza (bourbon, Campari, Cocchi Americano, and lemon, $11)- ordering decisions can be difficult. Helpfully, Paper Plane plots all its drinks on a handy flavor matrix, from easy sipping to spirit-forward, familiar to adventurous. In the mood for something a little fruity, a little sour? Try the gin-based Charlie Chaplin. Want something refreshingly tart? Go with the lime- and cucumber-soda-spiked Spice of Life. There's also a selection of punches on tap, including a Pimm's and the bourbon-spiked Don't Tell Mom ($8 per glass; $42 per pitcher). Runner-up: Timber & Salt, Redwood City

Beer Garden

GOURMET HAUS STAUDT

2615 BROADWAY (NEAR EL CAMINO REAL), REDWOOD CITY, 650-364-9232

You'll have to pass through the Germanbeer- and spice-stocked gourmet shop first to find the sunny backyard beer garden, where upward of 11 German brews are on tap. The selection (from $5.50) includes breweries like Bitburger and Gaffel Kölsch, as well as nine rotating California craft beers. The accompanying food menu includes a giant pretzel, a cheese and salami platter, bratwursts, and openfaced rye sandwiches. Take note: Though the shop goes dark at 5 or 6 p.m., from Tuesday through Saturday the revelry out back continues until 10 p.m. Runnerup: Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, Mountain View

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Personal Chef

JONI SARE

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS, JONISARE.COM

Trained as a therapeutic chef and nutrition educator, Joni Sare can meet practically any dietary restriction-raw vegan, Paleo, macrobiotic-while still making a delicious meal. That means greens braised in homemade chicken broth; gluten- and dairy-free crepes whipped up with coconut flour and coconut milk; and hearty, meal-worthy salads like riced cauliflower tabbouleh. Sare prepares dishes tailored to your preferences, based on a questionnaire. In addition to her personal chef services ($60 per hour), she also offers individual and group cooking lessons. Runner-up: Chef O on the Go, Redwood City

Coworking Space

HANAHAUS

456 UNIVERSITY AVE. (NEAR KIPLING ST.), PALO ALTO, 650-326-1263

The brainchild of Dr. Hasso Plattner of Stanford d.school fame, this hybrid café and community workspace is an explosion of stellar design, from the Tom Dixon pendant lamps and Garza Marfa leather chairs to the Gensler-created lounges. Though the decor is modern, the building's original 1920s columns and moldings remain. Workspaces can be reserved in advance, including small tables for two, lounge seating for groups, and conference rooms (from $15 per hour). And, as an added bonus, there's Blue Bottle Coffee on the premises. Runner-up: NextSpace, San Jose

Spa

SENSE SPA

2825 SAND HILL RD. (NEAR MONTE ROSA DR.), MENLO PARK, 650-561-1500

Though the Rosewood Hotel is known for putting up Silicon Valley business travelers, the spa clientele is overwhelmingly local-and loyal. With its well-manicured gardens, Sense Spa feels like a serene escape in the midst of the Valley. There are 13 treatment rooms, wet lounges, and two whirlpool- equipped courtyards; services include facials (from $165), massages (from $155), and body therapies (from $235). Runner-up: Watercourse Way, Palo Alto

Pet-Sitting

BAY AREA PET PALS

1100 VAILWOOD WAY (NEAR WOODBRIDGE CIR.), SAN MATEO, 650-996-6652

Rest assured, your dog or cat is in safe hands: Every staffer here receives pet CPR and first aid training, and the company maintains relationships with emergency vets. The 25-year-old service offers everything from simple walks to personalized pet-sitting, which includes playtime, feedings, and regular litter box cleanings (from $33 for 30 minutes). This being Silicon Valley, expect regular updates via photo, text, or voice message. Runnerup: Silicon Valley Pet Nanny, San Jose

Flowers

STANFORD FLORAL DESIGN

141 HOLLAND ST. (NEAR LAUREL AVE.), PALO ALTO, 650-462-8230

From a single dramatic bromelia (from $15) to coolly monochromatic bouquets (from $5), sixth-generation master florist Werner Rogmans creates arrangements that stand apart. The floral designer has forged relationships directly with growers across the country, cuts out middleman costs, and ensures the freshest blooms. In addition to individual arrangements, the company is sought-after for weddings and other special events. Runner- up: La Lavande, Belmont

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