San Francisco Bay Area Culture
The Region's Artistic Flavor
While tech dominates the reputation of Silicon Valley, it's more than powerhouses and startups in this ever-changing landscape. Silicon Valley saw the opening of its first major contemporary gallery in 2016, with the introduction of Palo Alto's own Pace Gallery location. Farther afield, the Bay Area universities and colleges neighboring Hotel Nia offer an astonishing variety of places to enjoy analog and digital art alike. Stanford Art Gallery features shows by students and faculty as well as guest artists; a tour of the rest of the campus will take you to the Anderson Collection and the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Visual Arts Center, beloved for its sculpture garden adorned with Rodin bronzes. For those seeking live music or performances, there's Shoreline Amphitheatre, with its waterfront views right next to the Googleplex, and San Jose's famed California Theatre, a restored 1920s movie palace. Should you ever want to get away from the daily grind of work in Silicon Valley, while staying at our Menlo Park hotel, the San Francisco Bay Area culture all around us will ignite your senses.