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A weekend getaway to Palo Alto finds old-fashioned fun amid the high-tech frenzy

"Uncle Andy, what kind of car is that?" asked my 12-year-old niece Dayna, pointing at a Maserati. It was one of a multitude of fancy cars we saw during our weekend in downtown Palo Alto, the Silicon Valley's hub of business and conspicuous consumption. I was here on uncle duty with Dayna and her 14-year-old brother, Matthew, while my sister and brother-in-law, visiting from New England, attended a wedding. Amid the high-tech frenzy, we found old-fashioned fun and only-in-Silicon Valley escapes. The tab: $319 for two nights at the Stanford Park Hotel, $50 for dinner for two at Rangoon Ruby, and $62 for dinner for three at the Palo Alto Creamery.

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