When American President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the APEC Summit today, they’ll be doing so in an amazing San Francisco Bay Area place.
Biden and his team didn’t choose a boring hotel ballroom or civic building for the meeting. Instead, they chose one of the most amazing and storied landmarks in the Bay Area. Their meeting place is beautiful, secluded, and perfectly reflective of America’s history and culture.
Here’s where they chose to meet.
A Stunning Historical Home
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping will have their historic summit in an equally historic place. They will be meeting at Filoli, a historic home and garden in Woodside, California, about 20 minutes south of San Francisco.
Filoli is an absolutely stunning place. The home of a wealthy San Francisco businessman during the 19th century, it features a California Eclectic architectural style. That means, in true California form, the architects borrowed pieces of other things they liked and mushed them all together into a structure!
The gardens of Filoli are one of the most amazing gardens in the world. They include formal English gardens, an antique swimming pool, flower gardens, spice gardens, and much else.
It’s an exciting and beautiful reflection of America’s past and present. If you’re going to showcase American history and physical beauty in one spot, Filoli is a wonderful place to do it. That’s likely why Biden and his team chose it as the meeting spot for the summit.
Secluded and Secure
There’s some other reasons as well. Filoli is secluded and the house itself is surrounded by private grounds. That likely makes it easier to secure.
It’s also in close proximity to Moffett Field, a military air station that’s often used to get dignitaries in and out of the Bay Area without traveling through San Francisco International Airport.
When we see photos of this historic meeting, expect to see Filoli and its grounds. We might see Joe Biden and Xi Jinping sitting in a Victorian-era room that’s been decorated to the nines, or perhaps strolling around the beautiful grounds.
You should also be aware that a meeting of this nature is likely to cause a lot of traffic delays and disruptions in the Filoli area. If you need to travel anywhere near Woodside today, you should probably put off your plans!
Of course, you can’t go and visit Filoli during the meeting. But any other time, it’s an amazing place to go for a weekend trip. It’s so close to Silicon Valley or you can easily drive over there and stay for a few hours, but you’ll feel transported to a totally different place and time.
As an aside, Filoli also has an excellent snack bar staffed by volunteers. You can grab a coffee and a snack on your future visit. Kudos to Joe Biden and his team for choosing a place that’s not only beautiful but also reflects American culture.
We expect to see some amazing photos come out of this historic meeting!