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Portola Valley, California

Welcome to the Town of Portola Valley

Named after the famed Spanish explorer, Gaspar de Portola (who in 1769 led the first European party to explore the San Francisco Peninsula) today Portola Valley's tree lined roads and flowering meadows offer the perfect setting for cyclists to explore the very same area that was originally searched over 200 years ago. Just west of Stanford University, Portola Valley boasts an extensive trail system, scenic roads, open space and natural views that add to the feeling of being in the country; Portola Valley also has architectural guidelines that stress a "blending in" with the natural surroundings. Commercial activity is allowed to the extent that it directly serves the Portola Valley community, allowing the affluent Portola Valley community to retain its secluded appeal.

Portola Valley Hotels

Famous for its natural beauty and wealth of outdoor activities, the small town of Portola Valley lacks a variety of hotels and visitors most often stay in the neighboring communities of Palo Alto, Woodside and Los Altos—all under five miles from Portola Valley.

Portola Valley Restaurants

From Chinese food to local delicatessens to small bistros and cafes, the Portola Valley restaurant scene caters mostly to affluent Portola Valley residents. Destination restaurants in the Portola Valley area can be found in nearby Palo Alto and Woodside.

Portola Valley Travel and Attractions

Near Portola Valley in Woodside, the Thomas Fogarty Winery is an acclaimed Santa Cruz Mountain winery with views of the San Francisco bay and boasting award-winning reds, whites and sparkling wines.

Portola Valley Shopping

Horses and equestrians love Portola's abundance of open space and secluded trails, making saddleries, feed stores and equestrian outlets popular Portola Valley shops. Nearby Palo Alto and Stanford Shopping Center features a wealth of upscale department stores and boutiques.

Portola Valley Real Estate

An affluent community of just of about nine square miles famed for wooded acres and open meadows, Portola Valley real estate, bordered by the wealthy communities of Woodside and Los Altos, features expensive homes set on large parcels of land zoned for equestrian use.

Portola Valley Community

Town Center is the community epicenter of the tight knit Portola Valley community and features events and classes. Community hikes, public art exhibits and book readings are also common among the Portola Valley community.