Bay seniors who grieve over the loss of any bona fide architectural charm the Peninsula might have once had, will get their spirits boosted at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. A few minutes from the glamorous but clamorous Stanford Shopping Center, this 3.5 acre haven was created in 1929 as artists’ studios. The Spanish Colonial shops are on the twee side but the buildings are authentically charming, the gardens formal and colorfully elegant.  Sit outside on the Blue Café’s patio and you could imagine yourself in Spain, or, at least, Carmel.


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