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Festivals & Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Food, Beer & Wine Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Spectator Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Art Exhibits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

summer Fun: Family Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . 12 local Wines: Wine Tasting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 outdoors

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& shoWs july 1-3 tahiti Fete

considered the largest Tahitian dance competition in the United states, this event spotlights the tradition of Tahitian art form. see website for schedule. [San Jose: San Jose State University Event Center, 1 Washington Square;]

july 3-4 chalk Full oF Fun on the square

This event features chalk art by professional and amateur artists. sun, 8am-6pm; Mon, 8am-4pm. (Redwood City: Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St.; 650/780-7000)

july 6-8 Windrider Film Forum

award-winning independent films are presented, followed by conversations with the filmmakers. see for schedule. [Atherton: Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Rd.]

july 8-9 los altos art & Wine Fest

Peruse original artworks, enjoy live music and savor local wines. 10am-6pm. [Downtown Los Altos: Main & State Sts.; 650/949-5282]

july 8-9 Palo alto clay & Glass Festival

150 juried artists display their fine and functional art works. 10am5pm. [Palo Alto: Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd.;]

july 8-9 obon Festival

Japantown’s largest festival features cultural exhibits and demonstrations, live music and more. sat, 11:30am-10pm; sun, 11:30am8pm. [San Jose: San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N. 5th St.; 408/293-9292]

july 15-16 menlo summerFest

celebrate summer at this street fair with food, drinks, arts and crafts, and live music. 10am-7pm. [Downtown Menlo Park: Santa Cruz Ave.; 650/325-2818]

july 21-22 blues, arts & bbq Festival

local and national blues musicians are featured, along with a BBQ and art booths. Fri, 5-8:30pm; sat, 12-8pm. [Downtown Redwood City: Courthouse Square; 650/556-1650]

july 28-30 Gilroy Garlic Festival

as the world’s premier homage to the “stinking rose,” this annual festival features gourmet dishes and gift items of all kinds with a distinctly garlicky theme. a must-see is Gourmet alley, where “pyro chefs” cook up garlic-laced calablues, arts & bbq Fest, redWood city

july 7, 21 & 22 art on the square

Browse artwork by local artists while enjoying live entertainment and food. Fri, 5-8:30pm; sat, 128pm. [Redwood City: Courthouse Square; 650/780-7000] Discover silicon valley • 3


mari and shrimp scampi in mammoth iron skillets over blazing fire pits. and sample the garlic ice cream, too! There’s also live entertainment on three stages, arts and crafts, cooking contests and demos, wine tasting and more. Bring your breath mints! 10am7pm. [Gilroy: Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave.; 408/842-1625]

Food, Wine & beer

july 4 Palo alto summer Festival and chili cook-oFF

an array of chili delicacies prepared by teams of chefs battling for the championship, plus live music, dancing and more. 12-5pm. [Palo Alto: Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Dr.;]

july 7-16 dine doWntoWn san jose

experience a new hot spot every night over 10 days, when restaurants offer specially priced, threecourse meals. check out the best eats from up-and-coming restaurants like olla cocina and The Farmers Union to downtown icons such as The Grill on the alley and

silicon valley beer Week

il Fornaio. From cuban and asianinspired to italian and steak, there are plenty of ways to satisfy every craving. []

july 7, 14, 21 & 28 Wine & cheese PairinGs

enjoy a flight of four wines paired with gourmet cheeses. 5:30pm. [San Jose: J. Lohr Wine Center, 1000 Lenzen Ave.; 408/918-2176]

july 15 santa cruZ mountains PassPort day

Passport guests are welcome for tours and tastings at over 50 wineries, many not otherwise open to the public. 12-5pm. [831/685-8463;]


july 21-30 silicon valley beer Week

Beer lovers can join in for tap takeovers, food pairings, seminars, demonstrations, brewmaster’s dinners, new release nights and more at a variety of restaurants and breweries that are passionate about craft beer. see for mroe info. [Downtown San Jose]

july 22-23 & 29-30 taste oF orleans Festival


SAVE THE DATE 4 • Discover silicon valley

Get a taste of new orleans with cajun food, jazz bands and related activities. 10am-10pm. [Santa Clara: California’s Great America, 4701 Great America Pkwy.; 408/988-1776]


PerForminG arts

Get in the Groove

outdoor music

thru auG 23 jaZZ on the PlaZZ

Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, the city of los Gatos hosts this free, open-air jazz series. in July: vocalist Tony Lindsay and The Soul Soldiers (7/5); Hammond organist Matthew Kaminski (7/12); vocalist Nicolas Bearde (7/19); and singer Natalie Douglas (7/26). 6:30-8:30pm. [Los Gatos: Town Plaza;]

thru auG 24 summer jaZZ at stanFord shoPPinG center

This free outdoor concert series showcases a variety of jazz musicians and local favorites on Thursday evenings. 6-7:30pm. [Palo Alto: El Camino Real at Sand Hill Rd.;]

thru auG 27 los Gatos music in the Park

This free outdoor concert series is held sunday evenings throughout the summer. in July: acoustic blues cover band Blue House (7/2); high-energy dance band Notorious (7/9); rock and roll party band Wonder Bread 5 (7/16); LGMIP All Stars (7/23); and Journey tribute band Faithfully (7/30). 5-7pm. [Los Gatos: Civic Center Lawn, E. Main St. & Fiesta Way;]

thru sePt 1 redWood city music on the square

Friday evenings in the summer find courthouse square packed with concertgoers for this free music series. in July: Beatles tribute band Paperback Writer (7/7); Doobie Brothers tribute band Long Train Runnin’ (7/14); Blues singer Lara Price (7/21); and reggae band Rafa (7/28). 6-8pm. [Downtown Redwood City; 650/780-7000]

FedersPiel (july 8)

music: jaZZ & other

july 2 martina mcbride

This multiple Grammy nominee performs for her love Unleashed tour. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd.; 408/741-2822]

july 5 blondie/GarbaGe

The iconic band from the 80s performs alongside the 90s indie band. 6:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery; 408/741-2822]

july 8 train

The rockers perform alongside songstress natasha Bedingfield and fellow rock act o.a.r. 7pm. [Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Pkwy.; 650/962-1000]

Catch some of the best live music around at the stanFord jaZZ Festival (thru Aug 5). July performances include an all-star lineup of great singers and instrumentalists performing standards from the Great american songbook (7/1); a duo by pianists dick hyman and ken Peplowski (7/5); the tommy igoe Groove conspiracy reimagining the music of Steely Dan (7/8); rising star pianist shai maestro performing with his trio (7/9); trumpeter and vocalist andrea motis with scott hamilton (7/15); pianist taylor eigsti and his superstar quartet (7/30); and legendary pianist George cables with his trio, plus special guests ravi coltrane and anat cohen (7/31). 8pm. See complete schedule online. [Palo Alto: Stanford University campus;]

july 8 FedersPiel

This seven-piece ensemble redefines brass band music. 7:30pm. [Palo Alto/Stanford campus: Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St.; 650/725-ARTS]

andrea motis

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july 8 keystone korner 45th anniversary celebration

This celebration of san Francisco’s iconic jazz club features performances by ray Drummond, charles McPherson, Gary Bartz and others. 2pm. [Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House, 307 Mirada Rd.; 650/726-4143]

july 12 so haPPy toGether tour

This concert features performances by The Turtles, The association, The cowsills and others. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery; 408/741-2822]

july 14 the temPtations & the Four toPs

These two legendary Motown acts reunite on stage. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery; 408/741-2822]

july 9 chris isaak

This Grammy nominated singersongwriter performs songs from his critically acclaimed new album. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery; 408/741-2822]

july 13 the roots

This band is one of the best known and most respected hiphop acts in the business. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery; 408/741-2822] shai maestro (july 9)

july 9 shai maestro

a prodigy in his native israel, this rising star of jazz piano performs with his trio. 7:30pm. [Palo Alto/Stanford campus: Bing Concert Hall Studio; 650/725-ARTS]

july 9 Pat martino trio

This prolific jazz guitarist performs. 4:30pm. [Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House, 307 Mirada Rd.; 650/726-4143]

july 9 dmitry matheny GrouP

This accomplished flugelhornist puts a fresh spin on the timeless classics and music from Film noir. 1:30pm. [Woodside: 86 Cañada Rd.; 650/364-8300] 6 • Discover silicon valley

july 14 the Goo Goo dolls

This contemporary music band performs from their latest album, with special guest Phillip Phillips. 8pm. [Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre; 650/962-1000]

july 14 G-draGon

This top Korean pop solo artist performs. 8pm. [San Jose: SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/287-9200]

the roots (july 13)

july 15 Freestyle exPlosion

This concert features performances by stevie B, lisa lisa, Taylor Dayne, expose and others. 7:30pm. [San Jose: SAP Center; 408/287-9200]

july 15 betsayda machado and Parranda el clavo

This venezuelan singer carries a long tradition of nearly extinguished black music genres. 7:30pm. [Palo Alto/Stanford campus: Bing Concert Hall Studio; 650/725-ARTS]

july 14 classic albums live

in honor of the 50th anniversary of the summer of love, this band recreates the music of Woodstock. 6pm. [Palo Alto/Stanford campus: Bing Concert Hall Studio; 650/725-ARTS]

betsayda machado (july 15)

july 16 manuel valera trio

This trio provides a new take on cuban music, as well as interpreta-


tions of jazz standards. 4:30pm. [Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House; 650/726-4143]

july 18 lyle lovett & his larGe band

coupled with his gift for storytelling, lovett fuses americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery; 408/741-2822]

july 19 natalie merchant

This vocalist and lyricist performs from her long list of hits. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery; 408/741-2822]

july 20 2cellos

croatian cellists luka sulic and stjepan Hauser have achieved international success by taking the cello to a new level. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery; 408/741-2822]

july 21 retro Futura

This concert features Howard Jones, The English Beat, Men Without Hats, Modern English and other 80s bands. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery; 408/741-2822]

july 22 r&b remix tour

This concert features performances by classic r&B acts including Bobby Brown and Tony Toni Tone. 6:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery; 408/741-2822]

july 23 kool & the GanG and the villaGe PeoPle

These iconic funk and dance bands perform greatest hits. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery; 408/741-2822] 2cellos (july 20)

july 20 blues traveler

The band’s music covers a variety of genres, including blues, folk, soul and southern rock. 5:30pm. [San Jose: Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Market St.;]

july 20-21 bruno mars

This Grammy award-winning superstar performs for his “The 24K Magic” world tour. 8pm. [San Jose: SAP Center; 408/287-9200]

july 23 roberta donnay and the Prohibition mob band

reviving the Jazz age of america, this band performs charts reminiscent of satchmo and Bessie smith. 4:30pm. [Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House; 650/726-4143]

july 25 daryl hall & john oates and tears For Fears

The rock and roll Hall of Famers partner with international multiplatinum selling band, Tears For Fears, for a 29-city tour. 7pm. [San Jose: SAP Center; 408/287-9200]

lyle lovett and his larGe band (july 18)

july 26 the earls oF leicester

This band performs bluegrass tunes, joined by the David Bromberg Quintet. 7pm. [Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center; 408/961-5800]

july 28 avenGed sevenFold

The heavy metal legends are joined on stage by Disturbed and in Flames. 6:30pm. [Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre; 650/962-1000]

july 28 buddy Guy & johnny lanG

The legendary electric blues guitarist performs alongside lang, a new-generation blues musician. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery; 408/741-2822]

july 29 john mayer

This Grammy award-winning blues/pop guitarist performs. 7pm. [Mountain View: Shoreline Amphitheatre; 650/962-1000]

july 29 tim mcGraW & Faith hill

The nashville country superstars perform for their soul2soul world tour. 7:30pm. [San Jose: SAP Center; 408/287-9200]

july 29 Frankie valli and the Four seasons

This band popular of the 60s and 70s leads the group on the oldies Discover silicon valley • 7


circuit. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery; 408/741-2822]

july 30 neil diamond

This musical icon celebrates his career spanning 50 years with a world tour. 8pm. [San Jose: SAP Center; 408/287-9200]

july 30 violent Femmes and echo & the bunnymen

The acoustic punk band and indie rock band take the stage. 6pm. [Saratoga: Mountain Winery.; 408/741-2822]


july 9 merola oPera ProGram

young artists perform staged vignettes from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Weber’s Der Freischütz, Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia and more, accompanied by a full orchestra. 2:30pm. [Palo Alto/Stanford campus: Bing Concert Hall; 650/725-ARTS]

july 16 oPera san jose

This evening performance features excerpts from the 2017-18 season performed by opera san Jose artists. 6:30-8pm. [San Jose: Bramhall Park, 1320 Willow St.; 408/437-4450]

theater & musicals

thru july 2 hershey Felder, beethoven

Presented by theatreWorks

The acclaimed performer/playwright Hershey Felder brings ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the Maestro’s side. sat, 2 & 8pm; sun, 2 & 7pm. [Mountain View: Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.; 650/463-1960] 8 • Discover silicon valley

the Glorious violin

Now in its 15th year, music@menlo is back (July 14-Aug 5) with a new series of chamber music to celebrate an instrument that remains one of the most beautiful, storied and seductive ever created: the violin. Performed by a collection of the world’s great chamber musicians, a series of programs traces the history of Western music through the violin’s pioneering players and their synergy with the great composers. This masterfully curated experience also features multimedia lectures, interactive discussions, master classes and free institute performances. This month, concert Program i: the Path to bach (July 15) features the works of early violin innovators Carlo Farina, Marco Uccellini and Pietro Antonio Locatelli, as well as bringing together the Baroque period’s most influential composers— Tartini, Corelli, Vivaldi and Bach. Program ii: the classical style (July 16 & 18) spotlights Viotti, who played a seminal role in defining the instrument’s tradition in England and France, alongside Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven; Program iii: German virtuosity (July 20 & 22) journeys into the nineteenth century, offering Beethoven’s final violin sonata as its point of departure into a new era, landing Louis Spohr, Ferdinand David and Mendelssohn on the program. Program iv: in joachim’s orbit (July 23 & 24) focuses on the most consequential figures of German Romanticism: Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and the one who came to personify the German school of violin playing, Joachim. Program v: French luminaries (July 28 & 29) includes works by French viruosi, among them Jean-Marie Leclair, Ysaye, Debussy and Fauré. For more info and additional programming, visit [atherton: the center for Performing arts at menlo-atherton (Programs 1, 2 & 4) and stent hall (Program 3 & 5) ; 650/330-2030]


thru july 16 What you Will

Presented by Pear theatre

This humorous shakespearean travesty rearranges thousands of snippets from the Bard’s actual plays to tell a new story. Thurs-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Mountain View: 1110 La Avenida; 650/254-1148]

thru july 16 the north Pool

Presented by dragon theatre

This psychological thriller is a timely look at racial, cultural and gender profiling in america. Thurssat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Redwood City: 2120 Broadway St.; 650/493-2006]

july 11-23 the book oF mormon

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july 12-auG 6 the Four immiGrants: an american musical manGa

Presented by theatreWorks

Drawn from one of the first ever graphic novels and set to an infectious ragtime and vaudeville score, this comic musical follows four Japanese immigrants in a world of possibility and prejudice: turn-ofthe-twentieth-century san Francisco. Tues-Wed, 7:30pm; Thurssat, 8pm; sun, 7pm. Matinees: Wed, sat & sun. [Palo Alto: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd.; 650/463-1960]

an international musical sensation

From the Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park comes the outrageous comedy musical, THE BOOK OF MORMON (July 11-23), about a pair of mismatched Mormon newbies who are sent on a mission to a place that’s just about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get—Uganda. The adventure unfolds as Elder Price and Elder Cunningham try to preach The Book to a local farming community that has been decimated by disease and ruled under an iron fist by an evil war lord. Meanwhile the disaster-prone duo learn about themselves, the true meaning of friendship and what their religion ultimately means. With a roof-lifting 19 original songs that range from filthy and obscene to sweet and full of heart, The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” Presented by Broadway San Jose. Tues-Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2 & 8pm; Sun, 1 & 6:30pm. [san jose: center for the Performing arts, 255 almaden blvd.; 669/242-8555;] july 13-auG 20 liZZie

Presented by city lights theatre

This Goth-rock musical with a riotgirl attitude tells the tale of lizzie Borden as you’ve never heard it before: a story of revenge, sexual repression, anger, despair and ultimate release. Thurs-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [San Jose: 529 S. Second St.; 408/295-4200]

july 22-auG 6 hamlet

the Four immiGrants (theatreWorks)

Presented by san Francisco shakespeare Festival

shakespeare’s timeless tragedy is brought to stage in an outdoor

setting by this professional theater at no charge. Fri-sun, 7:30pm. [Cupertino: Memorial Park Amphitheater, Stevens Creek Blvd. & Mary Ave.; 415/558-0888]

july 28-auG 6 the hunchback oF notre dame

Presented by cmt san jose

Based on the victor Hugo novel and the Disney animated film, this epic and unforgettable love story redefines what it means to be a hero. Thurs-Fri, 7pm; sat, 2 & 7pm; sun, 1 & 6pm. [San Jose: Montgomery Theatre, 271 Market St.; 408/288-5437]

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thru july 1 comedysPortZ World chamPionshiPs

Teams take turns making up scenes, playing games and singing songs, and the audience votes on which they like the best. 4, 7 & 9:30pm. [San Jose: Hammer Theater, 101 Paseo de San Antonio; 408/985-5233]

july 16 jim jeFFries

a niGht With janis joPlin

A must-see... catch it while you can. The spirit of the “queen of rock ‘n’ roll” is captured convincingly and will enrapture you in this electrifying musical performance commemorating not just Janis but also the icons who influenced her—among them, Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Nina Simone. From “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Mercedes Benz,” to “Cry Baby” to “Summertime,” songs that made Janis such a headliner are performed by a remarkable cast. Wildly entertaining, this show is as close to the real thing as one could hope to get— even if you didn’t know you wanted to get there. runs thru july 9. Wed & Sat, 2 & 8pm; Thurs-Fri, 8pm; Sun, 2pm (& 7pm closing night). Presented by the American Conservatory Theatre. [san Francisco: Geary theater, 415 Geary st.; 415/749-2228] 10 • Discover silicon valley

Jefferies has firmly established himself as one of the most popular and respected comedians of his generation. 7:30pm. [saratoga: Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce rd.; 408/741-2822]

sPectator sPorts


san Francisco Giants

[San Francisco: AT&T Park; 415/972-2000] July 7-9: Marlins. Fri, 7:15pm; sat, 7:05pm; sun, 1:05pm. July 17-19: Indians. Mon-Tues, 7:15pm; Wed, 12:45pm. July 20-23: Padres. Thurs-Fri, 7:15pm; sat-sun, 1:05pm. July 24-26: Pirates. Mon-Tues, 7:15pm; Wed, 12:45pm.

san jose Giants

[San Jose: Municipal Stadium; 408/297-1435] July 4-6: Rancho Cucamonga. Tues, 6:30pm; Wed-Thurs, 7pm. July 7-10: Modesto. Mon, 6:05pm; Tues, 1:05pm; Wed, 12:35pm. July 20-23: Rancho Cucamonga. Thurs-Fri, 7pm; sat, 6pm; sun, 5pm. July 24-26: Modesto. Mon-Tues, 7pm; Wed, 12:30pm. July 31: Visalia. 7pm.

oakland a’s

[Oakland Coliseum; 877/493BALL] July 1-2: Braves. sat-sun, 1:05pm. July 3-5: White Sox. Mon-Tues, 7:05pm; Wed, 12:35pm. July 14-16: Indians. Fri, 7:05pm; sat, 6:05pm; sun, 1:05pm. July 17-19: Rays. Mon-Tues, 7:05pm; Wed, 12:35pm. July 28-30: Twins. Fri, 7:05pm; sat, 6:05pm; sun, 1:05pm. July 31: Giants. 7:05pm.


san jose earthquakes

[San Jose: Avaya Stadium; 408/556-7700] July 1: Los Angeles. 7:15pm. July 14: Frankfurt. 7:15pm. July 29: Colorado. 4:45pm.

july 23 real madrid vs. manchester united

Part of the 2017 international champions cup, this is one of 12 matches played across 11 cities throughout the United states. 2pm. [Santa Clara: Levi’s Stadium;]

july 26 concacaF World cuP Final

Played every two years in stadiums from coast to coast, this Gold cup event brings the region’s top national teams to fans throughout the country. 6pm. [Santa Clara: Levi’s Stadium;]


july 31-auG 6 bank oF the West classic

The world’s longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament is the first stop of the Us open series. see for schedule. [Palo Alto: Stanford University campus, Taube Family Tennis Stadium; 866/982-8497] v

ernest h. brooks ii: year oF the coral reeF, 1996 From FRAGILE WATERS at the san jose museum oF art

exhibits anderson collection at stanFord university

This striking museum houses a collection of modern and contemporary american art gifted by the anderson family. Featured artists include David Park, richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning, and Wayne Thiebaud. Wed-Mon, 11-5pm; Thurs, 11-8pm. [Stanford campus: 314 Lomita Dr.; 650/721-6055]

cantor arts center at stanFord university

20th-century european and american art is presented in a variety of galleries, along with a permanent collection spanning the history of art and a broad spectrum of cultures. among the exhibits this month: •Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World, 1950-1975 (thru aug 21) explores the groundbreaking work of major american designers such as eliot noyes and Paul rand (iBM) and Dieter rams (Braun). Wed-Mon, 11-5pm; Thurs, 11-8pm. [Stanford campus: 328 Lomita Dr.; 650/ 723-4177;]

san jose museum oF art

located downtown, sJMa is a leading showcase in the Bay area for modern and contemporary art. on exhibit this month: •Fragile Waters: Photographs (thru aug 6) features 117 black-and-white photographs by ansel adams, ernest H. Brooks ii, and Dorothy Kerper

Monnelly whose works collectively create a statement regarding water conservation •Diana Al-Hadid: Liquid City (thru sept 24) features sculptural pieces by this contemporary syrian artist. Tues-sun, 115. [San Jose: 110 S. Market St.; 408/294-2787]

hibit, Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade (thru sept 24), features 60 impressionist paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas, renoir, Manet, cassatt and Toulouse-lautrec. Tues-sun, 9:30-5:15. [100 34th Ave.; 415/750-3600]

This unique museum features contemporary and traditional quilts from around the world. in July: •Modern Quilt Guild (thru July 16) is an exhibit of contemporary quilts. •Quilts of Caohagan (thru July 16) features works of textile art inspired by this small island in the Philippines. Wed-Fri, 11-4pm; sat-sun, 11-3. [San Jose: 520 S. First St.; 408/971-0323]

Focused on american fine art from the colonial era through the 20th century, this month’s highlights include The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll (thru aug 20), an exhibition of iconic rock posters, photographs, costumes and textiles, ephemera and avant-garde films that celebrate the counterculture that blossomed in san Francisco during the summer of 1967. Tues-sun, 9:305:15. [Golden Gate Park; 415/750-3600]

san jose museum oF quilts & textiles

san Franciso hiGhliGhts

asian art museum

This museum at the civic center holds a comprehensive collection of asian art. in July: Flower Power (thru oct 1) uncovers the hidden meanings of flowers in asian art. Tues-sun, 10-5; Thurs, 10-9. [200 Larkin St.; 415/581-3500]

caliFornia Palace oF the leGion oF honor

Housed in a stunning neoclassical palace, this month’s highlighted ex-

de younG museum

san Francisco museum oF modern art

at the West coast’s version of new york’s MoMa, highlights this month include Paul Klee and Rex Ray (thru sept 10) featuring artworks by the swiss-born modernist alongside paintings by the san Francisco artist and designer. Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed (thru oct 9) features 45 landmark compositions about art, love, mortality and the ravages of time. Daily, 10-5; Thurs til 9. [151 Third St.; 415/357-4000] v Discover silicon valley • 11




Summer is finally here, which means that along with sunblock and ice cream cones comes the cries of “I’m bored!” by countless children and teenagers. If you’re in Silicon Valley, you can breathe easy. There are plenty of fun places to go to keep the whole family entertained.


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If thrills are what you’re craving, then California’s Great America is the place to go. Take a ride on the new Patriot—imagine a ski lift traveling at super high speed with your feet dangling inches from a track below. Or brave the Gold Striker, Flight Deck, Demon and Drop Tower. Cool off at the water park afterwards. Open daily through mid August. [Santa Clara: Great America Pkwy.; 408/988-1776] • To beat the dog days of summer, head to the area’s largest water park, Raging Waters, where you’ll dip into millions of gallons of wet fun. Barrel down Shotgun Falls, free-fall in Bombs Away, and bolt through the insideoutside, head-first Sidewinder. And if lazy is what you want to be, then just float down the Endless River. Plenty of options for the little ones, too. Open through Labor Day. [San Jose: 2333 S. White Rd.; 408/238-9900] • Over on the coast, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has loads of attractions, the biggest draw being the Giant Dipper, a wooden coaster. The Double Shot tower is perfect for adrenaline junkies, as well as the Typhoon, which launches you six stories high for some serious upside-down thrills. For a gentler ride, take a spin on the 1911 Looff carousel. Open daily in the summer. [Santa Cruz: 400 Beach St.; 831/423-5590]



Happy Hollow doubles as both a zoo and an amusement park, making for a great family destination. See animals such as fossas from Madagascar, lemurs, meerkats, and jaguars, while equally popular are the carousel, roller coaster, petting zoo, and giant play structure. A visit to the puppet theatre will wrap up your day nicely. Weekends & Mon-Sun (June-Aug), 10-5; weekdays, 10-4. [San Jose: Kelley Park; 408/794-7596] • Roller coasters, a carousel and water attractions all provide fun at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, where a gigantic greenhouse and an assortment of unusual Circus Trees can be experienced by monorail, train or foot. Open thru November. [Gilroy: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/840-7100] • At Roaring Camp Railroads, century-old steam locomotives take passengers on rides through redwood forests or down a scenic river canyon to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk as conductors share interesting stories and information about the region and its logging history. [Felton: 5401 Graham Hill Rd.; 831/335-4484] Discover silicon valley • 13


Younger kids love the Children’s Discovery Museum— where 150 hands-on exhibits captivate any child with playful discovery. Summer hours: Mon-Sat, 10-5; Sun, 125. [San Jose: 180 Woz Way; 408/298-5437] • At San Francisco’s Exploratorium, more than 600 fascinating exhibits—many of them hands-on—explore science, art and human perception. Sat-Thurs, 10-5; Fri, 10-10. [San Francisco: Pier 15 on The Embarcadero; 415/528-4444]



Experience some high-tech amusements. At the top of the list is the Tech Museum of Innovation, one of the nation’s most esteemed science and technology museums. With a large number of interactive exhibits on subjects ranging from medicine and robotics to 3D digital fabrication, perhaps the best thing about the museum is that there’s always something new to learn about. There’s also an eightCHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM story-high IMAX® dome theater—the largest in the West— which shows a rotating schedule of educational and commercial releases. Daily, 10am-5pm. [San Jose: 201 S. Market St.; 408/294-8324] Explore the mysteries of an ancient civilization at the • Unleash your inner techie within Intel Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, hosting the largest collecMuseum’s hands-on exhibits that explain tion of ancient Egyptian artifacts on the West Coast. everything you ever wanted to know Wed-Fri, 9-5; Sat-Sun, 10-6. (San Jose: 1660 Park Ave.; about the silicon chip, and then some. 408/947-3635) • Tour the Winchester Mystery House— Stop in the Museum Store for “only in Sila mix of Victorian-era architecture and bizarre features icon Valley” clothing, toys and souvenirs. such as doors opening to walls and stairs leading Mon-Fri, 9-6; Sat, 10-5. [Santa Clara: nowhere. Influenced by a psychic, Sarah Winchester— 2200 Mission College Blvd.; 408/765heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune—lived in 5050] • Geek out at the Comher unfinished, 160-room mansion for 38 puter History Museum, years. Tours daily from 9am. [San Jose: which takes you into the 525 S. Winchester Blvd.; 408/247region’s deep cyber 2000] • Visit the History Park— roots. More than complete with paved streets, 1,000 artifacts inrunning trolleys, and an old-fashclude rare computioned candy store—to get a sense ers, video games of Santa Clara Valley’s past. Monand hands-on disFri, 12-5; Sat-Sun 11-5. [San Jose: plays. Wed-Thurs & Kelley Park, 1650 Senter Rd.; Sat-Sun, 10-5; Fri, 408/287-2290] • And catch a 10-8. [Mountain scenic ferry ride to San Francisco View: 1401 N. ShoreBay’s Alcatraz Island to learn about WINCHESTER line Blvd.; 650/810-1010] this historic, infamous, maximum-secuMYSTERY HOUSE rity prison. []


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Join in interactive science exhibits and stroll through naturalistic wildlife habitats, gardens and an outdoor zoo at CuriOdyssey. Tues-Sun, 10-5. [San Mateo: 1651 Coyote Point Dr.; 650/342-7755] • Featuring more than 250 species of animals—many endangered—the SF Zoo is the largest in Northern California. Open daily, 10-5. [San Francisco: Sloat Blvd. at the Great Hwy.; 415/7537080] • Exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences include a natural history museum, planetarium, aquarium and a living rain forest. MonSat, 9:30-5; Sun, 11-5. [San Francisco: Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Dr.; 415/379-8000] • Located at Pier 39, the Aquarium of the Bay is focused on aquatic animals from the San Francisco Bay and neighboring waters. Hours vary. [San Francisco: Embarcadero & Beach St.; 415/623-5300] • Nearly 200 fascinating galleries and exhibits offer a “diver’s-eye” view of over 550 native and exotic underwater species at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Summer hours: 9:30-6 (weekends until 8pm). [Monterey: 886 Cannery Row; 831/648-4800] • Space exploration buffs, and even the mildly curious, appreciate the wonders tucked inside the NASA Ames Exploration Visitor Center. See one of the original Mercury capsules, touch a real sample of moon rock and more. Tues-Fri, 10-4; Sat-Sun, 12-4. [Mountain View: NASA Pkwy. exit off Hwy. 101; 650/604-6497] Discover silicon valley • 15


This beautifully renovated historic california property is home to a diverse array of artists’ studios and stores. Browse the quaint shops to find one-of-a-kind apparel, jewelry and ceramics and stroll the 3.5 acres of exquisite gardens and spanish colonial buildings. Monsat, 10-5. [Menlo Park: 75 Arbor Rd., at the end of Cambridge Ave.; 650/322-2405]

Filoli center

one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century, this 654-acre property includes a 36,000-square-foot Georgian country mansion, decorated with 17th- and 18th-century furnishings, and a spectacular 16acre english renaissance garden. House and garden tours and docent-led hikes on trails around the


area are offered. open Feb-october: Tues-sat, 10-3:30; sun, 113:30. (last admission at 2:30pm.) [Woodside: 86 Cañada Rd.; 650/364-8300]

hakone Gardens

These peaceful Japanese-style gardens nestled in the saratoga hills are replete with waterfalls, ponds, and imported plants and patterned after the Zen gardens of the mid17th century. Three formal buildings embody the elements of traditional Japanese architecture. Mon-Fri, 10-5; sat-sun, 11-5. [Saratoga: 21000 Big Basin Way; 408/741-4994]

hiller aviation museum

Experience a Japanese Jewel in Silicon Valley... Hidden in the foothills of Saratoga, this historic 18­acre estate offers the opportunity to stroll through authen!c Japanese gardens, complete with beau!ful flowers, stone lanterns, and a koi pond.

2100 Big Basin Way Saratoga | 408.741.4994

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Journey into the past and future of aviation in this museum, which boasts more than 75 replicas and restored aircraft, hands-on displays, models and photographs. also test your pilot skills in a computerized flight simulator, check out the restoration Workshop where damaged planes are brought back to life. Daily, 10-5. [San Carlos: 601 Skyway Rd., off Hwy. 101; 650/654-0200]

jaPanese american museum oF san jose

located in san Jose’s Japantown— one of only three such historic neighborhoods remaining in the U.s.—this museum showcases exhibits chronicling more than a century of Japanese american history. visitors will learn about early immigration of Japanese to america,

their leadership in the agricultural community, their incarceration during World War ii, and the challenges they faced while adapting and contributing to West coast communities. Thurs-sun, 12-4. [San Jose: 535 N. First St.; 408/294-3138]

mission san jose

Founded in 1797 as the 14th of 21 spanish missions in alta california, Mission san Jose features a magniďŹ cent reconstruction of the original adobe church where the museum is housed. self-guided tours and slide shows are oered, in addition to a gift shop full of books, photos, paintings, prints, maps and religious articles. Daily, 10-5. [Fremont: 43300 Mission Blvd., at Washington Blvd.; 510/657-1797]

stanFord university

Built in 1891, the distinctive style of california missions inuenced the design of this top university. at the Main Quad is the beautiful spanish-style Memorial church. Head to lomita Drive to view a wide range of art at the cantor center for visual arts, the adjacent anderson collection and the outdoor rodin sculpture Garden. The campus also holds a notable collection of outdoor art, as well as the Papua new Guinea sculpture Garden containing wood and stone carvings. Tours are oered throughout the week; visit rs for info. [Palo Alto: o El Camino Real; 650/723-2560]

Unleash Your Inner Scientist Check out the high-tech world of silicon chip manufacturing. The museum offers guided tours and self-guided experiences that let you explore fun, interactive exhibits at your own pace. Free admission and parking For more information please, call 408.765.5050, or visit $PQZSJHIUÂŞ*OUFM$PSQPSBUJPO"MMSJHIUTSFTFSWFE

villa montalvo

This gracefully luxurious Mediterranean-style villa built in 1912 is now a public park that sits amidst 175 acres of stunning gardens, offering some of the best manicured hiking trails in the Bay area. Montalvo draws visitors for its yearround visual and performing arts program, as well as to explore the beautiful grounds. april-sept: MonThurs, 8-7; Fri-sun, 9-5 (until 1pm 5/8]. oct-March: Mon-Thurs, 8-5; Fri-sun, 9-5. [Saratoga: 15400 Montalvo Rd.; 408/961-5800] v Discover silicon valley • 17

local Wines exploring the wineries of santa clara valley & the santa cruz mountains

From the San Francisco Peninsula to Monterey, winemakers have found grape-growing perfection in the coastal climate of the Santa Cruz region and the warm, rolling hills of southern Santa Clara County. Defined by the rugged Santa Cruz Mountains, these two distinctive landscapes and climates host more than 75 small, familyrun wineries. Since the first Spanish settlements 200 years ago, vineyards have flourished in these sunlit canyons and foothills crowned by stands of oak and redwood. In the late 1800s, European entrepreneurs arrived with cuttings of Zinfandel and Riesling and began planting vineyards along the east-facing slopes. More recently, growing acclaim for the region’s wines has led to a boom in new plantings. Whether touring the rolling back roads of the southern Santa Clara County vineyards or the more precipitous slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, you’ll encounter unforgettable scenery along with some of the world’s most distinctive wines. For further information on Santa Clara Valley wineries, visit; for Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, visit

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tastinG rooms

sarah’s vineyard

biG basin vineyards

Thurs, sun, Mon: 12-5; Fri-sat: 12-7. [Saratoga: 14598 Big Basin Way; 408/564-7346]

bonny doon vineyard

Daily, 11-4:30. [Davenport: 450 Hwy 1; 831/819-6789]

burrell school vineyards

sat-sun, 11-5. [Los Gatos: 24060 Summit Rd.; 408/353-6290]

byinGton Winery

Daily, 11-5. [Los Gatos: 21850 Bear Creek Rd.; 408/354-1111]

cinnabar Winery

sun-Thurs, 12-6; Fri-sat, 12-5. [Saratoga: 14612 Big Basin Way; 408/867-1012]

clos lachance

Daily, 11-4:30. [San Martin: 1 Hummingbird Ln.; 408/6861050]

cooPer-Garrod vineyards

Weekdays, 12-5; weekends, 11-5. [Saratoga: 22645 Garrod Rd.; 408/867-7116]

david bruce Winery

Fri, 12-3; sat-sun, 11-4. (Los Gatos 21439 Bear Creek Rd.; 408/399-5907]

GuGlielmo Winery

This third generation, familyowned winery produces a wide variety of award-winning varietals from 80 acres of santa clara valley estate vineyards, as well as from other premium winegrowing regions within california. Tasting daily, 10-5. (Morgan Hill: 1480 E. Main Ave.; 408/779-2145]

hecker Pass Winery

Daily, 10-5. (Gilroy: 4605 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/842-8755]

j. lohr vineyards & Wines

Family owned and founded by Jerry lohr in 1974, J. lohr crafts an array of acclaimed wines from 3,700-acre estate vineyards in Paso robles, Monterey and napa valley. Tasting daily, 10-5. (San Jose: 1000 Lenzen Ave.; 408/918-2160]

jason-stePhens Winery

Daily 12-4:45pm. [Gilroy: 11775 Watsonville Rd.; 408/846-8463]

la nebbia Winery

Full-bodied reds made of grapes sourced from premium california wine-growing regions include sangiovese, Zinfandel, and a caber-

net/ Merlot blend. The pleasant grounds include a picnic area and a bocce ball court. open daily, 10-5. [Half Moon Bay: 12341 San Mateo Rd.; 650/726-9463]

morGan hill cellars

Tues-sun, 10-5. [Morgan Hill: 1645 San Pedro Ave.; 408/779-7389]

mountain Winery

Thurs-sun, 12-5. [Saratoga: 14831 Pierce Rd.; 408/741-2822]

Picchetti Winery

Tasting daily, 11-5. [Cupertino. 13100 Montebello Rd.; 408/7411310]

reGale Winery

Fri-sun, 12-5. [Los Gatos: 24040 Summit Rd.; 408/353-2500]

ridGe vineyards

sat-sun, 11-5; weekdays by reservation. [Cupertino: 17100 Monte Bello Rd.; 408/867-3233]

sarah’s vineyard

Daily, 12-5. [Gilroy: 4005 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/847-1947]


Daily, 9-5. [Saratoga: 23600 Congress Springs Rd.; 408/741-2930]

solis Winery

Daily, 11-5. [Gilroy: 3920 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/847-6306]

storrs Winery

Daily, 12-5. [Santa Cruz: Old Sash Mill; 831/458-5030]

surF city vintners

Focused on eclectic wines and casual settings, a cluster of microboutique wineries—including santa cruz Mountain, MJa, silver Mountain, and equinox—makes this former warehouse space a popular tasting destination. [West Santa Cruz: At Swift & Ingalls Sts.;]

sycamore creek vineyards

Thurs, Fri, Mon, 12-5; sat-sun, 115. [Morgan Hill: 12775 Uvas Rd.; 408/779-4738]

testarossa Winery

sample acclaimed chardonnays and Pinot noirs in the tasting room or on the outdoor Wine Bar deck. Daily, 11-5. [Los Gatos: 300A College Ave.; 408/354-6150]

thomas FoGarty Winery

Thurs-sun, 11-5. [Woodside: 19501 Skyline Blvd.; 650/8516777]

thomas kruse Winery

Tues-sun, 12-5pm. [Gilroy: 3200 Dryden Ave.; 408/842-7016] v

Picchetti Winery

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caPitola beach


the area’s beaches are ruggedly beautiful, many wind-swept or protected by high cliffs. Find a private cove, soak up the sun with other beachgoers, examine tide pools, or walk down long stretches of sand. a few may even venture into the frigid water.

most scenic

located on the northwest side of santa cruz, the beautiful, moonshaped Natural Bridges State Beach features a natural rock arch that gives the beach its name. The bridge provides an excellent vantage point from which to view seals, otters, and migrating whales. With a backdrop of sandy cliffs, secluded, clothing-optional Panther Beach (about 7 miles north of santa cruz) is a picturesque spot with caves to explore. a mile or so further north, just past Bonny Doon road, Shark Fin Cove is a small pocket beach with spectacular sea stacks, and slightly north yet, Davenport Beach is a dramatic, secluded beach in a protected cove—a choice spot for surfers and windsurfers. continue north to reach the beautiful cliff-backed Greyhound Rock Beach, popular for whale watching and tide pooling, or carry on past año nuevo state refuge and come to the open, peaceful, duned Gazos Creek State Beach. Further north, the beautiful, secluded Bean Hollow State Beach invites strolling, tide pooling, fishing, and beachcombing; at the northern end, Pebble Beach is known for its unusual honeycomb-like sandstone rock formations and its water-worn pebbles. The state beaches of Pescadero and San Gregorio offer long stroll-worthy stretches of sand along dramatic bluffs while north of Half Moon Bay, the long, curved Montara Beach is cradled by imposing bluffs and popular with surfers. steep trails at the northern end of the beach lead to Gray Whale Cove State Beach, a scenic and sheltered clothing-optional cove. 20 • Discover silicon valley

most  PoPular

Prefer to be with the crowds? in santa cruz itself, Cowell (Main) Beach is popular for sports such as volleyball and windsurfing. The long sandy Seabright Beach sits between the Beach Boardwalk and the santa cruz Harbor. Just off West cliff Drive, surfing conditions are ideal at Lighthouse Field State Beach, the location of the famed surfing mecca, Steamer Lane. With a mile of sandy shoreline, Twin Lakes State Beach is one of the area’s warmest beaches, popular for swimming and picnicking; an adjacent lake is a good location for bird watching. sand and surf front the village of capitola at Capitola Beach; its esplanade is lined with restaurants and shops that paint a scene of summer perfection. Just south of capitola, backed by bluffs with cypress and Monterey pine, New Brighton State Beach offers a long stretch of sand with bay views, popular with families, while fishing and swimming are popular along Seacliff State Beach in aptos, home to the historic Palo alto cement ship. in Half Moon Bay area, the four-mile stretch of Half Moon State Beach is the popular destination for familes, whether for picknicking, sunbathing or fishing.

on the ocean kayakinG

adrenaline-seekers can brave the surf off santa cruz beaches, while beginners can enjoy paddling the gentle kelp beds of Monterey Bay, exploring the elkhorn slough reserve south of Watsonville, or paddling the harbor waters north Half Moon Bay. Kayak rentals and lessons are offered at Kayak Connection (831/4791121) at santa cruz Harbor; Venture Quest Kayaking (831/4258445) at the santa cruz Wharf; and through California Canoe & Kayak (650/728-1803) and Half Moon Bay Kayak Company (650/773-6101), both at Princeton-by-the-sea.

sailinG & yachtinG

sPorts FishinG

& Whale WatchinG

charter boats ply the Pacific from santa cruz seasonally in search of rock and ling cod, halibut, salmon, and albacore. These charter boats also offer whale watching trips, popular during the gray whale migration season, December through March. Try Stagnaro Charter Boats (831/427-0230); or Chartle Charters (831/336-2244). From Half Moon Bay, charter services include Riptide Charters (650/728-8433); Half Moon Bay Sportfishing & Tackle (650/728-3377); Queen of Hearts Sportfishing (650/581-2628); and Huli Cat Sportfishing (650/726-2926).

Protected from rough water but exposed to steady and consistent winds, santa cruz Harbor is an ideal sailing port. For instruction, bareboat charters, or skippered charters, Pacific Yachting and Sailing (831/374-2626) at santa cruz Harbor has a fleet of 14 sailing yachts year-round, while Chardonnay Sailing Charters (831/423-1213) offers exciting excursions for everyone from seasoned sailors to landlubbers aboard its 70-foot luxury sailing yacht.

o’neill sUrF sHoP


... Perfectly positioned to catch all directions of Pacific swell, Santa Cruz beaches offer great surfing and bodyboarding. Eager to try out the famed break at Steamer Lane? Rent a board and wetsuit at cowell’s beach surf shop (831/427-2355) in Santa Cruz or o’neill surf shop (831/4754151) in Capitola. For lessons, try club ed surf school at the Santa Cruz Wharf (831/4640177). In Half Moon Bay, surf lessons are offered by open ocean surfing (650/867-0315). Discover silicon valley • 21

castle rock state Park

Park &  Preserves

the silicon valley region is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with gorgeous parks and preserves, a rugged coast with stunning beaches, and ideal weather most of the year. here are some of our top picks; for more, visit

hikers’ deliGhts

california’s oldest state park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park (Boulder creek; 831/338-8860) is home to the largest continuous stand of ancient old-growth redwoods south of san Francisco—some of which are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the statue of liberty! More than 80 miles of trails travel from sea level to 2,000 feet past streams, waterfalls, and superb vistas of the ocean and coastal mountains. •Castle Rock State Park (los Gatos; 408/867-2952) is a popular place to hike thanks to its unusual rock formations tailor-made for climbing. The forest here is lush and mossy, crisscrossed by 32 miles of trails. The big destination is Goat rock—a sandstone outcropping with stunning vistas of the santa cruz Mountains. •With over 80,000 acres of open space, Henry W. Coe State Park (Morgan Hill; 408/779-2728) is northern california’s largest state park. rugged, varied, and beautiful, the terrain includes lofty ridges and steep canyons, plus over 250 miles of hiking trails that vary in levels of difficulty and 100 miles of rugged roads and trails for experienced mountain bikers. •overlooking Half Moon Bay, complete with a creek, towering redwoods and coastal shrubs, Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve (650/691-1200; parking at skyline Blvd. or Higgins-Purissima rd.) offers over 20 miles of developed trails and historic logging roads. a 1,600-foot climb opens up to coastal views. 22 • Discover silicon valley

valley vistas

located on the southern end of san Jose, Almaden Quicksilver County Park (san Jose; 408/2683883] is full of roads once used to transport cinnabar to the reduction works. Trails through chaparral, oak woodlands, and grasslands open up to valley views. •Fremont Older Space Preserve (saratoga; 650/691-1200) in the west valley foothills offers hiking purists a treat with forested hillsides, open hayfields, a verdant canyon, and a 900-foot peak offering stunning valley views. •Further north, Rancho San Antonio Preserve (los altos; 650/691-1200) just off Hwy. 280 is a local favorite with 23 miles of trails through shaded creeks, open meadows, and oak woodlands, many with valley views.


& ocean vieWs

Known for its towering old-growth redwoods, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (Felton; 831/335-4598) offers 30 miles of trails, some leading to small, isolated sandy beaches on the san lorenzo river and others to overlooks with views of the santa cruz Mountains and peeks at Monterey Bay. •a network of trails in three separate parks of Pescadero Creek County Park (la Honda; 879-0238) lead through the hills and redwood forests of along Pescadero creek: Memorial Park features old-growth redwoods, picnic facilities, a visitor center, a swimming area, and hiking trails; shady sam McDonald Park provides views of rolling grasslands, the Pacific ocean, and old-growth redwoods; and Heritage Grove is a magnificent old-growth redwood forest on alpine creek. [La Honda: At Alpine and Pescadero Rds.; 650/879-0238]

GolF courses

over 70 area options range from municipal courses to private clubs, some of which are even world-renowned. be sure to book a tee time as early as possible. here are some highlights; For more, visit

boulder creek GolF club

surrounded by redwoods and lakes, this 18-hole, par-65 course is both scenic and challenging. [Boulder Creek: 16901 Big Basin Hwy.; 831/338-2111]

cinnabar hills GolF club

Blended with great views are 27 holes of championship-caliber golf offered in three distinct scenic courses: canyon, lake, and mountain. [San Jose: 23600 McKean Rd.; 408/323-7814]

coyote creek GolF club

Two spectacular 18-hole courses feature state-of-the-art GPs systems. [Morgan Hill: 1 Coyote Creek Golf Dr.; 408/463-1400]

crystal sPrinGs GolF club

This par-72 golf course overlooks open space. [Burlingame: 6650 Golf Course Dr.; 650/342-0603]

delaveaGa GolF course

Perched atop the hills surrounding santa cruz, this course offers championship-caliber golf amid natural beauty. [Santa Cruz: 401 Upper Park Rd.; 831/423-7214]

halF moon bay GolF links

ocean views are part of the pleasure at these two challenging, award-winning 18-hole courses. Private lessons and group clinics are available. [Half Moon Bay: 2000 Fairway Dr.; 650/7264438]

Palo alto municiPal GolF course

Facilities at this par-72 course include a practice range and putting greens. [Palo Alto: 1875 Embarcadero Rd.; 650/856-0881]

PasatiemPo GolF club

This 18-hole, par-70 course is considered one of the top three in california. [Santa Cruz: 20 Clubhouse Rd.; 831/459-9155]

san juan oaks GolF club

This 18-hole, par-72 course is set against a pastoral background of rolling hills and oak trees. [Hollister: 3825 Union Rd.; 831/636-6113]

santa clara GolF & tennis club

This 18-hole course offers a lighted practice range and putting greens. [Santa Clara: 5155 Stars and Stripes Dr.; 408/980-9515]

shoreline GolF links

This challenging bayside 18-hole course is set within shoreline Park. [Mountain View: 2940 N. Shoreline Blvd.; 650/969-2041]

The Best Golf in Silicon Valley

eaGle ridGe GolF club

This upscale club offers an 18hole course scenically nestled in the foothills. [Gilroy: 2951 Club Dr.; 408/846-4531]

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al Fresco dininG

It’s summertime, and prime weather for enjoying a meal outdoors. Here are some of our favorite spots to put the balmy weather to good use, with options ranging from sleek and chic to comfortably casual,


2 san jose: scott’s seaFood [185 Park Ave.;


408/971-1700] offers a great view of the downtown and the foothills from its sixth-floor rooftop patio, where you can enjoy a sophisticated menu of ocean fare. a long fire pit keeps diners toasty should any chill kick in. • san Pedro square market [87 N San Pedro St.] is a happening place with its fun mix of over 20 vendors offering everything from sushi to tapas. order your meal and drink of choice and take them outside where you can sit at one of many tables as well as catch sports action on a large screen Tv. • san Jose’s only true gastropub, Firehouse no. 1 [69 N. San Pedro St.; 408/2876969] is a casual eatery with outdoor patio seats to take in the lively scene. • savor american bistro cuisine on the cozy patio at sP2 [72 N. Almaden Ave.; 408/299-2000] or enjoy a cocktail at the communal bar at this popular hot spot. • Taste your way through santana roW’s wide variety of local and international cuisine, many offering outdoor seating options. Here, thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas draw a bustling scene at PiZZa antica [408/557-8373], a casual italian restaurant with patio seating; villaGe bistro & Wine bar [408/248-9091] is an airy indoor/outdoor eatery serving seasonal californian dishes plus boutique wines; el jardin [408/246-1744] features a wide selection of blue agave tequilas and a menu of Mexican favorites in an outdoor patio garden; the Parisian-style brasserie, leFt bank [408/557-8373], features a seasonally-changing menu and an outdoor dining area; and lb steak [408/244-0464] is a modern american steakhouse with a French twist and comfortable patio to tuck into a hearty meal. 24 • Discover silicon valley

los Gatos: Whether you dine in nick’s next door’s [11 College Ave.; 408/402-5053] cozy yet elegant dining room or on the picturesque patio at the foot of a towering redwood, you’ll receive a warm welcome, often from owner nick Difu himself. • The front patio at italian wine bar enoteca la storia [416 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/625-7272] allows for al fresco sipping of fine vintages, plus small plates, savory or sweet. • and at Wine cellar’s [50 University Ave.; 408/354-4808] patio you can enjoy mountain views with upscale american cuisine and outstanding wines. santa clara/sunnyvale: experience Bradley ogden’s award-winning, upscale, creative californian cuisine in a sophisticated outdoor patio dining area at Parcel 104. [Santa Clara: Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd.; 408/970-6104] • linger on at the front sidewalk patio while savoring hearty Middle eastern dishes redolent of spices at dishdash. [Sunnyvale: 190 S. Murphy Ave.; 408/774-1889]. mountain vieW: savor exotic cocktails and enticing Pan-latin cuisine and tapas on the spacious patio at the vibrant cascal. [400 Castro St.; 650/940-9500] • The covered patio at PaciFic catch [545 San Antonio Rd.; 650/941-1810] is a great setting to enjoy an island cocktail and fresh seafood dishes inspired by Pacific rim flavors.

Palo alto: stroll over to vino locale [431 Kipling St.; 650/328-0450] for seasonal, organic fare and regional wines in a quaint victorian home, and enjoy the ambiance in the heated patio featuring live music most evenings. • a descendant of a bohemian beatnik café, st. michael’s alley [140 Homer Ave.; 650/326-2530] is a refined spot for modern californian fare with a stylish outside dining

area. • a new orleans-themed spot offering creole fare, nola [535 Ramona St.; 650/328-2722] features spacious patio dining and a romantic railed balcony reminiscent of the French Quarter. • Brunch is taken to a new level at mayField bakery & caFé [855 El Camino Real; 650/853-9200], a rustic eatery featuring brioche French toast, frittata and buttermilk hotcakes. sip a Bloody Mary and dine under a majestic oak tree for a relaxing start to your day.

menlo Park/redWood city/ san carlos: Part of the luxurious rosewood sand Hill resort, madera [Menlo Park: 2825 Sand Hill Rd.; 650/561-1540] is a Michelin-starred restaurant and one of the Peninsula’s ultimate destination dining spots, with tables on the outdoor terrace providing stunning views of the santa cruz Mountains. • The spacious tree- and umbrella-shaded courtyard at menlo Grill [Menlo Park: Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real; 650/330-2790] offers an ideal spot for lounging and noshing innovative american comfort food. • a buzzy nook with artisan comfort food and craft cocktails, timber & salt [Redwood City: 881 Middlefield Rd.; 650/362-3777] features sidewalk dining in downtown redwood city. • latininspired tapas, ceviches and craft cocktails are served in a modern, comfortably upscale dining room at lv mar [2042 Broadway St.; 650/2413111], with a patio to enjoy an ever-expanding Mezcal and Tequila selection. • West coast wines complement american takes on steaks, chops and seafood at toWn [San Carlos: 716 Laurel St.; 650/595-3003] in san carlos, with plenty of people-watching to be had at their sidewalk seating area. • and at Piacere [San Carlos: 727 Laurel St.; 650/597-3108], locavore-leaning californian-italian fare is served in a sleek space with an open bar/lounge and outdoor dining areas.





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arcadia contemPorary american south bay

culinary surprises abound at this stylish eatery in downtown san Jose—precisely what you’d expect from acclaimed chef Michael Mina, known for his innovative twists on american classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: 100 W. San Carlos St.; 408/278-4555]

birk’s american, classic south bay

This first-rate establishment with a vibrant city ambience offers the finest of steaks, chops and seafood cooked over almond wood and mesquite charcoal. Highlights include prime, grassfed and certified angus beef along with an award-winning wine list, craft beers and cocktails. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner: nightly from 5. Bar menu: 2:309:30. Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 4-6; sat, 5-7. [Santa Clara: 3955 Freedom Circle; 408/980-6400]

restaurant listinGs alexander’s steakhouse steakhouse south bay

Melding innovation and tradition, this refined steakhouse features its own dry-aging room and an award-winning wine list. Preparations of american and Japanese imported Wagyu beef reflect creative influences. lunch: Tuessat. Dinner nightly. [Cupertino: 19379 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/446-2222] 26 • Discover silicon valley

caFé cruZ seasonal/caliFornia santa cruZ coast

This gem south of santa cruz offers a lively and warm atmosphere with Tuscan fireplaces and a heated patio. The menu highlights fresh california cuisine and great wines, with a focus on local. Full bar. lunch & dinner: Mon-sat. [Soquel: 2621 41st Ave.; 831/476-3801]

caFFe Frascati south bay

Find a little slice of italy right in the heart of downtown san Jose. sip one of their famous cappuccinos, try a tasty panini, experience some live music, or just enjoy happy hour after a day at work. Beer and wine also offered. Mon-Thurs, 7:30am10pm; Fri, 7:30am-midnight; sat, 8am-midnight; sun, 8am-9pm. [San Jose: 315 S. 1st St.; 408/287-0400]

calaFia caFe seasonal/caliFornia the Peninsula






run by charlie ayers, “the chef who fed Google,” this bustling spot serves organic, seasonal california cuisine. outdoor seating available. lunch: Mon-Fri. Brunch: sat-sun. Dinner nightly. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village; 650/322-9200]

cascal latin american/sPanish the Peninsula

old World taste meets new World appeal at this vibrant restaurant that brings together the traditions, flavors and hospitality of spain and latin america. Tapas-style plates, a variety of ceviches and paellas, and sexy cocktails are offered in colorful, stylish setting. open daily from 11:30am for lunch, tapas and dinner. live music Fri-sat night. [Mountain View: 400 Castro St.; 650/9409500]

cheF chu’s chinese the Peninsula

a Peninsula favorite since 1970, this family-owned restaurant has a menu with something for everyone. Favorites include Hunan chicken; baked miso-glazed sea bass; crispy sichuan beef; and lovers’ Prawns. Take-out available. lunch and dinner daily. [Los Altos: 1067 N. San Antonio Rd.; 650/948-2696]


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Award-Winning Wine List Lunch Mon-Fri | Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3:30-6pm Dinner Nightly from 5pm

3955 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara (at 101 & Great America Pkwy) 408.980.6400

Fresh seafood and Prime dry aged steaks with a View of

downtown San Jose

chevys mexican south bay

Home of fresh Mex, all menu items here—from fajitas and ribs to roasted salsa and tortillas—are prepared fresh to order and served in a lively border cantinastyle atmosphere. lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: 5305 Almaden Expwy.; 408/266-1815. Also Gilroy: 8440 Murray Ave.; 408/847-2726]

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cin-cin contemPorary american south bay

This stylish, Michelin-recommended neighborhood restaurant and wine bar features contemporary american cuisine, a Wine spectator award-winning wine list and innovative cocktails. Dinner: Mon-sat. [Los Gatos: 368 Village Ln.; 408/354-8006]

centonove italian south bay

at this neighborhood trattoria, a menu of wood-fired antipasti and pizzas, house-made pastas, and other italian specialties is matched by a noteworthy list of italian wines and beers. lunch: Fri-sun (open all day). Dinner nightly. [Los Gatos: 109 W. Main St.; 408/384-4007]

croW’s nest seaFood santa cruZ coast

Wall-to-wall windows offer ocean and harbor views. The friendly,

casual atmosphere and exceptional food have made this restaurant a favorite since 1969. The menu features a delicious variety of fresh seafood, Midwestern aged beef, shellfish, pasta, and an abundant salad bar. Breads, desserts and pastries are housebaked daily. The upstairs grill serves appetizers and casual meals throughout the day; live music and dancing are offered in the lounge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. [Santa Cruz: On the beach at the Yacht Harbor; 831/476-4560]

dio deka Greek south bay

This luxurious spot at Hotel los Gatos mends classic Hellenic cuisine with contemporary Greek and Mediterranean emphasizing healthy, seasonal fare. an international wine list features 1,500 selections with 30 available by the glass. Dinner nightly. [Los Gatos: 210 E Main St.; 408/354-7700]

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esPetus braZilian the Peninsula

This churrascaria offers authentic Brazilian fare served rodizio style. Different cuts of premium-quality meats are spit-roasted and brought to your table by waiters. a diverse cocktail and wine menu, and a bar with side dishes, round off your meal. lunch and dinner daily. [San Mateo: 710 S. B St.; 650/342-8700]

FoGo de chão braZilian south bay

all-you-can-eat meat is carved tableside the gaucho way and enjoyed alongside an extensive salad bar. Full bar. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch: sat-sun. [San Jose: 377 Santana Row; 408/244-7001]

Forbes mill steakhouse south bay

This sophisticated restaurant offers Prime certified angus beef and all-natural Kobe beef, along with seafood choices such as raw oysters, Furikake ahi tuna and West australian lobster tail. Dinner daily. [Los Gatos: 206 North Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/395-6434]

evvia estiatorio Greek the Peninsula

signature Greek dishes are found alongside local interpretations of traditional Hellenic favorites at this charming downtown restaurant. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. [Palo Alto: 420 Emerson St.; 650/326-0983]

Farmers union GastroPub south bay

A PE NINSU LA TRAD ITION S INCE 1970 1067 N. San Antonio Road at El Camino, Los Altos • 650.948.2696 LUNCH & DINNER • BANQUETS • COCKTAILS • GOURMET FOOD TO GO 28 • Discover silicon valley

This gastropub dishes up tasty items from a wood-burning oven, charcoal grill and rotisserie along with craft beers on tap, quality wines, and cocktails. lunch and dinner daily. sunday Brunch. [San Jose: 151 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/277-0545]

the Grill on the alley steakhouse south bay

Modeled after the great grills of new york in the 1930s and ’40s, this renowned steakhouse with a classic american menu suits all tastes. The lunch menu features salads, seafood and specialty dishes while dinner offers a wide selection of steaks, chops, seafood and pasta. extensive wine list. lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: Fairmont Hotel, 172 S. Market St.; 408/294-2244]

henry’s hi-liFe american, classic south bay

Barbecued ribs have reigned supreme for over 50 years at this well-loved old road house, along with steaks and chicken. This is san Jose’s spot to catch the sports action on Tv or to be on a sharks game night. lunch: TuesFri. Dinner nightly. [San Jose: 301 W. St. John St.; 408/295-5414]

house oF Genji jaPanese south bay

enjoy a meal that’s as delicious as it is entertaining. House specials are prepared by expert chefs who cook at your table on a Teppan grill. Try the Genji combination of steak and jumbo prawns—it’s been a favorite for more than 40 years! sushi is also available. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-2. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5-9:30; Fri, 5-10; sat, 4-10; sun, 4-9. [San Jose: 1335 N. First St.; 408/453-8120]

il Fornaio italian south bay

Two south Bay locations serve consistently fine classic italian food in stylishly informal settings. a focus on italian and california wines along with bustling exhibition kitchens are all part of il Fornaio’s signature style. lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: 302 S. Market St.; 408/271-3366. Santa Clara: 2752 Augustine Dr.; 408/217-8844] Discover silicon valley • 29

il Postale italian south bay

This italian-american bistro is a popular spot in sunnyvale’s lively downtown area. The menu’s offerings range from carpaccio and bruschetta to a wide range of tasty entrées and pastas—plus a great dessert list! lunch: Mon-Fri; Dinner, daily. [Sunnyvale: 100 S. Murphy Ave.; 408/733-9600]

kyoto Palace jaPanese south bay

enjoy a fun-filled evening of dining at this spot popular for its special combination of cuisine and showmanship. Try an entrée of lobster, scallops, prawns or steak and be amazed by the professional chefs as they slice, chop, dice, and flip your meal right before your eyes on a teppan grill. or sit at the sushi bar and watch the sushi chefs at work. lunch: Mon-Fi. Dinner nightly. [Campbell: Pruneyard Shopping Center, 1875 S. Bascom Ave.; 408/377-6456]

la costanera Peruvian halF moon bay coast

This oceanside restaurant with dramatic views offers modern fusion Peruvian cuisine, from ceviches to slow-braised pork shoulder, paellas, and a wide variety of seafood. Full bar. Dinner: Tues-sun. [Montara: 8150 Cabrillo Hwy.; 888/370-6801]

le PaPillon French, contemPorary south bay

since 1977, le Papillon has carried out a tradition of serving the finest cuisine, beautifully presented in an elegant, quiet setting. executive chef scott cooper prepares sumptuous epicurean delights from the freshest seasonal ingredients; his prix fixe and tasting menus reflect his amazing culinary talents, passion, and dedication to world-class cuisine. Private rooms available. Dinner daily. [San Jose: 410 Saratoga Ave.; 408/296-3730] 30 • Discover silicon valley

madera contemPorary american the Peninsula

a menu of market-driven cuisine is centered on a wood-burning grill. The setting includes outdoor seating with mountain views. lunch: Mon-sat. Brunch: sun. Dinner nightly. [Menlo Park: Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, 2825 Sand Hill Rd.; 650/561-1540]

manresa seasonal/caliFornia south bay

chef-proprietor David Kinch’s Michelin 3-star eatery offers exceptional farm-to-table tasting menus showcases the finest of each season’s products. Dinner: Wed-sun. [Los Gatos: 320 Village Ln; 408/354-4330]

mariani’s restaurant american, classic south bay

This storied restaurant at Mariani’s inn serves american and italian cuisine, with menu items such as eggs Benedic, prime rib, and pastas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; sunday champagne brunch. [Santa Clara: 2500 El Camino Real; 408/243-1431]

mayFloWer chinese; seaFood south bay

serving fine cantonese cuisine, this restaurant is renowned for its sumptuous dim sum and fresh seafood. over 100 varieties of dim sum are served at lunchtime, while the regular menu highlights a tremendous variety of seafood. Dim sum, lunch and dinner daily. [Milpitas: Milpitas Square, 428 Barber Lane; 408/922-2700]

mccormick & schmick’s seaFood south bay

Featuring seasonally-inspired dishes, the focus is on freshness here, from signature items highlighting a variety of seafood to handcrafted cocktails. aged steaks, poultry, entrée salads and pasta are also on the menu. lunch

and dinner daily. [San Jose: 170 S. Market St.; 408/283-7200]

menara moroccan moroccan south bay

This casablanca-style restaurant with exotic architectural details, jewel-toned pillows and plush couches offers authentic Moroccan cuisine, served finger-food style. a choice of six-course meals, a full bar, enchanting cocktails and belly dancing Thurs-sat are all part of the offerings. Menara also offers a full bar and banquet facilities for up to 300. located close to the airport and to light rail. Dinner: nightly 6-10. [San Jose: 41 E. Gish Rd. at N. First St.; 408/453-1983]

menlo Grill bistro & bar american, classic the Peninsula

casual yet sophisticated, this classic american grill serves fresh, locally sourced seasonal cuisine. Both bistro style indoor seating or summer outdoor fireside dining in the courtyard are offered. open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. [Menlo Park: Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real; 650/330-2790]

meZcal mexican south bay

oaxacan art, brick walls and a beautiful bar create a distinctive atmosphere for dining on authentic oaxacan and traditional Mexican cuisine. The full bar includes a wide range of tequilas. Patio seating available. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner daily. [Downtown San Jose: 25 W. San Fernando St.; 408/283-9595]

the mountain house american, classic the Peninsula

enjoy generous servings of seafood, steak, veal, venison, pasta and homemade desserts in a rustic, candle-lit dining room. lunch served sun starting at 2pm. Dinner served Wed-sun. [Wood-

side: 13808 Skyline Blvd.; 650/851-8541]

morton’s steakhouse south bay

Morton’s prides itself on quality and consistency, featuring UsDa prime-aged steak, fresh seafood, delicious appetizers and decadent desserts. Dine in the luxurious dining room, in the bar or outside on the patio. Dinner daily. [Downtown San Jose: 177 Park Ave.; 408/947-7000]

A Taste of Burma

This cozy eatery in a refurbished early 1900s home at the edge of downtown san Jose offers a mixture of delicious classics along with original dishes with a sicilian flair. seating also at the bar and on the outdoor patio. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11-2. Dinner: sunThurs, 5-9; Fri-sat, 5-10. [San Jose: 350 W. Julian St.; 408/217-9327]

BELMONT 1000 6th Ave. 650.591.4156

Paesano italian south bay

PALO ALTO 445 Emerson St 650.323.6543 PALO ALTO (BURMA RUBY) 326 University Ave. 650.285.2770 SAN CARLOS 680 Laurel Ave. 650.592.1852

BURLINGAME 1219 Burlingame Ave. 650.381.9756 SAN FRANCISCO 1608 Polk St. 415.610.4333

PamPas braZilian the Peninsula

This swank and luxurious Brazilian churrascaria offers unlimited portions of meats, spit-roasted churrasco-style and brought to your table by circulating waiters. included in the prix fixe menu is a bountiful side bar. Full bar. lunch Mon-Fri; dinner nightly. [Palo Alto: 529 Alma St.; 650/327-1323]

Parcel 104 seasonal/caliFornia south bay

Using local ingredients, celebrity chef Bradley ogden’s everchanging menu reflects what’s in season, engaging patrons’ palates with innovative creations. a custom wine cellar stocks an award-winning selection of 550 wines. Breakfast daily. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-2. Dinner: Mon-Fri, 5:30-9. [Santa Clara Marriott: 2700 Mission College Blvd.; 408/970-6104] Discover silicon valley • 31

Piacere contemPorary american the Peninsula

The freshest produce and seafood, as well as the finest grade meats and poultry, are used in dazzling creations of contemporary american cuisine. lunch: Mon-Fri. Brunch: sat-sun. Dinner: nightly. [San Carlos: 727 Laurel St.; 650/592-3536]

Plumed horse caliFornia cuisine south bay

awarded a Michelin star seven years in a row, this revered restaurant is a special occasion destination serving creative californian fare in an ultra-swank setting. Dinner nightly. [Saratoga: 14555 Big Basin Way; 408/867-4711]

quattro italian the Peninsula

This acclaimed Palo alto dining venue features contemporary italian cuisine with a california twist. House-made pastas and seasonal dishes are accompanied by thoughtfully chosen wines from california and beyond. outdoor terrace seating is available, weather permitting. Breakfast: 6:30-11. lunch: Mon-sat, 11:302:30. Dinner: Daily, 5:30-10. Brunch: sun, 10:30-2:30. [East Palo Alto: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave.; 650/470-2889]

ranGoon ruby burmese the Peninsula

Burmese cuisine—a fusion of Thai, chinese, and indian—is taken to an elevated height at this group of Peninsula restaurants. The menu pleases the most diverse of palates with options such as Burmese tea leaf salad, handcrafted wok dishes and familystyle plates, complemented by exquisite cocktails. lunch and dinner daily. [Palo Alto: 445 Emerson St.; 650/323-6543 & 326 University Ave.; 650/285-2770. San Carlos: 680 Laurel Ave.; 650/592-1852; Belmont: 1000 32 • Discover silicon valley

6th Ave.; 650/ 591-4156. Burlingame: 1219 Burlingame Ave.; 650/381-9756]

ristorante rocca italian the Peninsula

Whimsical murals, a lofty Florentine copper and bronze ceiling and a venetian-style balcony provide a pleasing ambience to complement fine northern italian cuisine inspired by california influences. Full bar. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. [Burlingame: 1205 Broadway Ave.; 650/344-3900]

rosie mccann’s irish south bay santa cruZ coast

Blend traditional irish food and hospitality with a contemporary california flair and you get this casual restaurant and pub with menu favorites such as fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. a lounge with full bar and live/DJ music add to the fun. lunch & dinner daily. Brunch sat-sun, 9:30-2. open ‘til late. [San Jose: 355 Santana Row; 408/2471706. Santa Cruz: 1220 Pacific Ave.; 831/426-9930]

scott’s seaFood seaFood south bay

enjoy the ocean’s bounty along with views of downtown san Jose from the dining room or rooftop patio at this beautifully appointed restaurant. The menu features the freshest of seafood as well as prime dry-aged steaks, salads, chicken, and pasta. a full bar and extensive wine list complement the menu. a private dining room with fireplace is available for events. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-5. Dinner: Mon-sat, from 5; sun, from 4:30. [Downtown San Jose: 185 Park Ave.; 408/971-1700]

the sea by alexander’s seaFood the Peninsula

This premier seafood dining destination distinguishes itself by fo-

cusing on rich sumptuous morsels from the sea, prepared with modern technique and flair. The talented culinary team blends contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients to transform its menu into the extraordinary. Dinner: Tues-sat, 5:30-9:30pm; sun-Mon, 5:309pm. [Palo Alto: 4269 El Camino Real; 650/213-1111]

shadoWbrook american, classic santa cruZ coast

a hillside “cable car” and path lead you down lush gardens to this world-famous restaurant on the banks of soquel creek where you can enjoy creative specials and traditional offerings in an atmosphere of old-World charm. Though noted as one of the country’s most romantic restaurants, its bar and lounge offers wood-oven fired pizzas and more casual fare. Dinner nightly. [Capitola: Wharf & Capitola Rd.; 831/475-1511]

shiki sushi jaPanese the Peninsula

vibrant Japanese cuisine ranges from fresh sushi and appetizers such as grilled scallops to entrees such as butter salmon and miso sea bass. lunch and dinner daily. [San Mateo: 1332 W Hillsdale Blvd.; 650/341-8988. Also in San Mateo: 1040 Park Place; 650/212-3688. Half Moon Bay: 20 Stone Pine Rd.; 650/7128886. San Carlos: 825 Laurel St.; 650/593-2275]

sixto’s cantina mexican mid-Peninsula

This lively restaurant with a warm, hacienda-style décor features Mexican cuisine rooted in Jaliscan tradition and made with the freshest of ingredients. artisanal cocktails also offered. open daily at 11:30am for lunch and dinner. [Burlingame: 1448 Burlingame Ave.; 650/342-7600]

sundance the steakhouse steakhouse the Peninsula

This upscale steakhouse, familyowned and operated for more than 40 years, features hand-cut certified angus beef. enjoy the slow-roasted prime rib, specially aged new york strip loin and tender filet mignon in the candlelit, mahogany dining room. Fresh seafood and shellfish also available. Pair your meal with wine from the nationally recognized list. The cozy fireplace lounge is ideal for sipping martinis and aged single-malt scotch. lunch: MonFri, 11:30-2. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5-10; Fri-sat, 5-10:30; sun, 5-9. [Palo Alto: 1921 El Camino Real; 650/321-6798]

thaiPhoon thai the Peninsula

This cozy restaurant serves up delectable Thai cuisine but also has room for many dishes drawn from indian and southeast asian cooking. lunch: Mon-sat, 11-3. Dinner: Fri-sat, 5-10; sun-Thurs, 5-9:30. [Palo Alto: 543 Emerson St.; 650/323-7700]

vault 164 contemPorary american the Peninsula

Featuring contemporary american cuisine in an upscale and hip atmosphere, the menu offers a variety of salads, aged steaks, roasted chicken, fresh pasta, and seafood. Full bar. lunch Mon-Fri; dinner daily. [San Mateo: 164 South B St.; 650/348-8164]




Delicious Moroccan food... Belly dancing Thurs-Sat... Dinner 7 Days 6–10pm • Banquet Facilities for up to 300 • Cocktail Lounge

41 E. Gish at N. 1st St., San Jose • 408.453.1983 •

Japanese Teppan-Yaki: The FUN Way to Dine

1335 N. First St., San Jose | (408) 453-8120

WhisPers caFé & crePerie crePerie south bay

This is the place to go when crêpes are on your mind, whether savory or sweet, though the wideranging menu includes egg breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and a variety of entrées. coffee drinks, smoothies, beer, wine and margaritas are also available. 8am10pm daily. [San Jose: 150 S. Second St.; 408/297-2850]





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WestField valley Fair

This diverse retail center showcases a collection of 230 shops and restaurants, such as J. crew, Kenneth cole, restoration Hardware and Tiffany & co., as well as Macy’s and nordstrom. Mon-Fri, 10-9:30; sat, 10-9; sun, 11-7. [Santa Clara: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/248-4451]



shoPPinG centers & destinations Gilroy Premium outlets

shop 145 name-brand and designer outlets and enjoy savings of 25 to 65 percent every day at ann Taylor, Banana republic, coach, Gap outlet, J.crew, nike, Polo ralph lauren, saks Fifth avenue off 5th and more. Mon-sat, 10-9; sun, 10-7. [Gilroy: Hwy. 101, exit Leavesley Rd.; 408/842-3729]

hillsdale shoPPinG center

The Peninsula’s largest enclosed shopping center offers a diverse selection of shopping, from fashion and jewelry to household and luxury items. you’ll find Macy’s, nordstrom and sears, plus more than 100 specialty stores including H&M, ecco, Michael Kors, Forever 21, Banana republic, coach, Barnes & noble, and The apple store. Mon-sat, 10-9; sun, 11-7. [San Mateo: Hillsdale Blvd. and El Camino Real; 650/345-8222]

santana roW

This unique european-inspired urban neighborhood houses a bevy of over 70 shops and boutiques with well-known chains such as anthropologie, Gucci, 34 • Discover silicon valley

Tommy Bahama, kate spade new york, sephora, and lululemon athletica, as well as locally owned boutiques such as smith alder. santana row also offers more than 20 cafes and popular restaurants, as well as nine spas and salons. [San Jose: Stevens Creek & Winchester Blvds.; 408/551-4611]

stanFord shoPPinG center

one of the few open-air centers in the nation, this prestigious shopping center is home to more than 140 world class stores, a dozen restaurants, and four department stores: Bloomingdale’s, neiman Marcus, nordstrom and Macy’s. Mon-Fri, 10-9; sat, 10-7; sun, 116. [Palo Alto: El Camino Real, adjacent to Stanford University; 650/617-8200]

toWn & country villaGe

clay tile roofs and ivy-covered sheltered walkways made with beams of old rail lumber are hallmarks of this Palo alto shopping center. a variety of retail establishments, from apparel and jewelry stores to specialty shops, can be found here, as well as delis and restaurants. open daily. [Palo Alto: Embarcadero Rd. & El Camino Real; 650/325-3266]

eli thomas mensWear south bay

For over 50 years, this menswear store has brought top quality merchandise from around the world to silicon valley. Presenting fashionforward styles suiting all aspects of lifestyle, designers include eton, agave, robert Graham, corneliani, and many more. Mon-Fri. 9-9; sat, 9-6; sun, 12-5. [San Jose: 350 S. Winchester Blvd., Suite 200; 408/247-1024]

Patrick james the Peninsula

established in 1962, this refined store carries a complete line of upscale, high quality men’s clothing, footwear and accessories, including lifestyle brands and luxurious sportswear. open daily. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village; 650/328-3071]

sam malouF the Peninsula

recently designated one of esquire Magazine’s “Top 50 Men’s clothiers in america,” this unique store features the world’s finest global brands in men’s and women’s luxury apparel and accessories. Mon-sat, 10:30-6:30. [Burlingame: 1460 Burlingame Ave.; 650/344-1460]


bella rosa boutique south bay

a destination for the modern woman, this boutique offers contemporary designer clothing, shoes and accessories. Mon-sat, 10-6; sun, 12-5. [Los Gatos: 145 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/354-4206]

boutique la lune south bay

Find the latest trending styles for all shapes and sizes. Featured designers include rD style, lush, Tarte, Bella luxx, Jessica elliot, and many more. Tues-sat, 10-6; sun 10-5. [Los Gatos: 78 W. Main St.; 408/560-9951]

brick monkey squared the Peninsula

a fun collection includes boutique clothing, jewelry, and gifts. MonThurs, 11-7; Fri-sat, 11-10; sun, 12-8. [Redwood City: 816 Middlefield Rd.; 650/367-7043]

designed and curated by owner ruti, whose styles reflect her israeli roots. open daily. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real. 650/391-9719]

smith alder south bay

This intimate boutique represents over 30 designers, featuring unique, beautiful and artistic american-made and european

womenswear, art jewelry and accessories. open daily. [San Jose: 377 Santana Row, Suite 1055; 408/260-7555]

a touch oF Flair the Peninsula

shop for art-inspired clothing and accessories by local and national designers and artists. Mon-sat, 10-5. [Burlingame: 308 Lorton Ave.; 650/347-4626]

marGaret o’leary the Peninsula

Based in san Francisco, this clothing company is renowned for its rich collections of cutting-edge knitwear. open daily. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village; 650/681-8000]

morninG Glory the Peninsula

This owner-managed boutique offers an incredible selection of clothing with a vintage influence from los angeles, new york, Paris and italy. Mon-sat, 10-6; sun, 125. [Burlingame: 1436 Burlingame Ave.; 650/340-0301]

Phyllis boutique the Peninsula

Known for its edgy fashions, this longtime women’s boutique specializes in european and american clothing by avant garde independent designers. Mon-sat, 10-6; sun, 1-5. [Palo Alto: 540 Ramona St.; 650/323-4912]

romi boutique the Peninsula

This fashion forward boutique specializes in premium jeans, edgy t-shirts and designer casual wear. Mon-Fri, 10-6:30; sat, 10-7; sun, 11-6. [Palo Alto: 624 Emerson St.; 650/322-7664]

ruti the Peninsula

This store with a striking, minimalist interior offers chic and modern apparel, footwear and accessories Discover silicon valley • 35

art Glass

annieGlass south bay

Handcrafted glass tableware and gifts for the home by award-winning annie Morhauser are offered here, along with a thoughtfully curated selection of beautiful jewelry. Mon-sat, 10-9; sun, 11-7. [San Jose: 377 Santana Row; 408/753-9115]

Mon-Thurs, 11-9; Fri-sat, 11-7; sun, 12-7. [San Jose: 1066 The Alameda, 408/286-6275]

Flea market

san jose Flea market south bay

located ten miles north of santa cruz, this studio offers an exquisite array of blown-glass art for the home. Mon-sat, 11-4. [Davenport: 131 Old Coast Rd.; 831/423-2532]

visit the original flea market, the one that started the trend that has spread across the U.s. serving the Bay area since 1960, this market is a destination for family fun. looking for an offbeat item? you’ll probably find it here. you’ll even find a ¼ mile-long farmers’ market, dozens of restaurants and snack bars, and live entertainment. Free admission. open Wed & Fri-sun. [San Jose: 1590 Berryessa Rd.; 408/453-1110]

scandia home the Peninsula

aZuca south bay

lundberG studios santa cruZ coast


From down comforters and pillows to bed linens and blankets, scandia Home offers the highest quality of bedding, combining american sensibility with european craftsmanship to bring effortless luxury to everyday life. Mon-sat, 10-7; sun, 11-5. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real; 650/326-8583]


kePler’s the Peninsula

Founded in 1955, this independent bookstore is the intellectual and cultural hub for the Peninsula, known and loved for its literary events, knowledgeable staff, and broad selection of books and magazines. Mon-sat, 9-10; sun, 9-8. [Menlo Park: 1010 El Camino Real; 650/324-4321]

recycle bookstore south bay

combine a huge selection with a comfortable, spacious environment and you get this unique bookstore designed for those who love to browse for literature, mystery, science fiction, history, cooking, children’s, art, and more. 36 • Discover silicon valley


a wide array of unique items includes jewelry, art glass, handbags, wall art, pottery, sculpture, children’s items, whimsical clocks and much more. sun-Thurs, 11-6; Frisat, 11-9. [Los Gatos: 11-1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/395-1680]

home FurnishinGs & accessories brick monkey the Peninsula

Home interiors at this furnishing store highlight the handmade steel and iron Kolkka collection, as well as accent furniture, upholstery, lighting, gifts, and accessories. Mon-Fri. 10-6; sat, 10-5; sun, 124. [Redwood City: 2400 Broadway St. #120; 650/260-1155]


blacy’s Fine jeWelers south bay

step into the luxury world of exclusive crisscut diamonds and elegant jewelry from internationally acclaimed designers at this comfortably intimate boutique. TuesWed, 10-5; Thurs-sat, 10-6. [Los Gatos: 51 University Ave.; 408/354-9500]

de Gallerie south bay

This boutique offers a complete selection of swarovski crystal jewelry, watches, and fashion accessories as well as decorative art for the home. Mon-Fri, 12-8; sat, 118; sun, 11-7. [Milpitas: 480 Barber Lane; 408/432-1082]

Gehrkens Fine jeWelry south bay

Proprietor Kenneth Gehrkens crafts elegant jewelry using the finest gems, pearls, diamonds and gold, making this jewelry store a los Gatos favorite for well over 25 years. [Los Gatos: 3 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/354-2557]

shreve & co the Peninsula

This established retailer headquartered in san Francisco offers luxury watches, timepieces, earrings, necklaces, bridal jewelry or estate pieces. Mon-Fri, 10-7:30; sat, 106:30; sun, 11-5:30. [Palo Alto: 329 Stanford Shopping Center; 650/327-2211]


charmelle 28 the Peninsula

a selection from leading european designers includes lise charmel, simone Perele, aubade, Prima Donna, cosabella, Wolford, christine vancouver, i.D. sarrieri, Hanky Panky, Marie Jo and more. sizes range from 28a-48i. Mon-sat, 106; sun, 12-5. [Palo Alto: 547 Bryant St.; 650/323-7979]

ela linGerie the Peninsula

This boutique features high-quality lingerie from leading european designers in sizes 32a–46H. along with well-known brands such as lise charmel, le Mystere, aubade, Wolford, Prima Donna and simone Perele, ela also features exciting new designers such as Marlies Dekkers, Fleur T and i.D. sarrieri, in styles from everyday to special occasion. Beautiful sleepwear and loungewear includes styles by italy’s rossella and other leading designers. expert fittings are of-

fered by owner, Marcia. Both women and men feel welcome to shop here. Mon-sat, 11-6. [Menlo Park: 1139 Chestnut St.; 650/325-2965]

French theFt linGerie south bay

a tightly edited selection of fine bras, sleepwear, and hosiery ranges from fine european brands such as lise charmel, samantha chang, and Marlies Dekkers to independent Bay area and new york designers of limited edition luxury lingerie. Tues-Thurs, 11-6, Fri-sat; 11-7, sun 12-5. [Los Gatos: 59 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite A; 408/395-6529]

The Art of Being a Woman Exquisite Lingerie, Sleepwear, and Hosiery from the Finest European Designers ~Beautifully Fitted~

1139 Chestnut Street, Menlo Park • 650.325.2965

romantiques linGerie south bay

an extensive selection of underpinnings and difficult-to-find bra sizes for women of all ages and sizes includes intimates from aubade, cosabella, Hanky Panky, and simone Perele, and more plus dresses, skirts, pants, and tops. sun-Mon, 11-5; Tues-sat, 10-6. [Los Gatos: 51 University Ave.; 408/395-7749]

toys & Games

automobuild south bay

This friendly family-run store offers a fun assortment of models, remote control cars, puzzles and building-type toys. Mon-sat, 10– 6; sun, 10-5. [Los Gatos: 21 W. Main St.; 408/402-3818]

oddyssea on the coast

From mind-engaging board games to fossils, rocks and terraniums, one-of-a-kind curios and products encourage an interactive arts and sciences experience. open ThursTues, 11-5. [Half Moon Bay: 617 Main St.; 650/440-4555]

sierra toy soldier comPany south bay

High quality collectibles range from historical figures to model aircraft. Mon-sat, 10–6; sun, 12– 5. [Los Gatos: 29 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/395-3000] v Discover silicon valley • 37

aFter hours bars & lounGes

55 south

This bar and lounge is known for its craft cocktails as well as its wine and whisky selections. sun-Thurs, 7pm-12am; Fri-sat, 7pm-1:30am. [San Jose: 55 S. 1st St.; 408/2886000)


From flamenco to latin jazz, live music Fri-sat at this restaurant provides a lively night scene. [Mountain View: 400 Castro St.; 650/940-9500]

the continental

This airy bar with an outdoor patio is decked out with comfortable sofas. sip on craft beers and cocktails while enjoying sports on Tv as well as both DJ and live music. open til 2am nightly. [San Jose: 349 S. 1st St.; 408/982-3461]


a casual café during the day, [esc] turns into a sophisticated wine bar, Mon-Fri nights, featuring rare california wine, local cheeses and charcuterie. Fri, 6-11pm, sHUcK. is a weekly oysters and caviar event with live DJ music showcasing feel good indie pop. [East Palo Alto: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave.; 650/470-3848] 38 • Discover silicon valley

hedley club lounGe

This lounge at the Hotel De anza serves up cocktails and bar bites in a 1930s atmosphere, with live jazz by local artists, Wed-sat. Mon, til 10pm; Tues-Thurs, til 11pm; Frisat, til 12:30am; sun, til 9. [San Jose: 233 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/286-1000]

the lobby lounGe

The Fairmont san Jose’s luxurious lounge offers creative cocktails and bar snacks, along with live music nightly. Mon-sat, til 12am; sun til 11pm. [San Jose: 170 S. Market St.; 408/998-1900]

loFt bar and bistro

Fri-sat after 10:30pm, the dining room turns into an ultra lounge, with DJs spinning house music or top 40 hits. Bar open til 1:30am, Thurs-sat. [San Jose: 90 S. 2nd St.; 408/291-0677]

PaPer Plane

With its long bar and “alcohol wall” as a backdrop, this relaxed spot is the place to go for both classic and creative cocktails and bar plates. sun-Tues, til midnight; Wed-sat, til 2am. [San Jose: 72 S. 1st St.; 408/713-2625]

rosie mccann’s

Head to this irish pub and restaurant for evening fun. along with

their de rigueur Guinness, the full bar also offers a other beers and inventive cocktails. live bands and DJs nightly, along with dancing. sun-Thurs, til 1am; Fri-sat, til 2am. [San Jose: 355 Santana Row; 408/247-1706]

san Pedro square market

With an open-air plaza and over 20 food vendors in three interior spaces, this public market offers a lively atmosphere to hang out for libations and bites, Thurs-sun. sun-Wed, 4-10pm; Thurs-sat, 4pm-12am. [San Jose: 87 N. San Pedro St.]


This chic, underwater-themed lounge, located inside the san Jose Marriott, offers a full bar menu, an ever-changing cocktail list and an assortment of small and large plates. open daily at 4pm. [San Jose: 301 South Market St., 408/280-1300]

live music

caFé stritch

This san Jose hot spot for live music is a destination for jazz and indie performances. Wed-sat, 4pm-2am; sun, 4pm til midnight. [San Jose: 374 S. First St.; 408/280-6161]

club Fox

July shows at this cabaret-style nightclub include: The Daniel Castro Band (July 5); The Chris Bigford Band (July 6); Johnny Rawls (July 12); Lara Price Blues Revue (July 19); Julio Bravo y Su Orchestra Salsabor (July 22); Mighty Mike Schermer (July 26); and Pride & Joy (July 29). 8pm. [Redwood City: 2209 Broadway St.; 877/435-9849]

jj’s blues club

live music nightly ranges from established to up-and-coming acts. [San Jose: 3439 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/243-6441]

Poor house bistro

live music at this new orleans joint highlights blues and jazz, Wed-sat evenings & sun pm. in July: Beaufunk (July 1); Stacy Jones Band (July 2); Chrome Deluxe (July 7); ChickenBone Slim Band (July 8); Rockin’ Johnny Burgin Band (July 14); JJ Thames Band (July 15); Amy Lou & The Wild Ones (July 16); Pam Hawkins Band (July 21); John Blues Boyd Band (July 22); Gina Sicilia Band (July 28); and Walter Jebe & The Lost Roots Band (July 29). [San Jose: 91 S. Autumn St.; 408/292-5837]

the saddle rack

This nightclub with multiple dance floors offers live music, with everything from local bands to national touring acts performing both country and rock music. WedThurs, 7pm-midnight; Fri-sat, 7pm-1:30am. [Fremont: 42011 Boscell Rd.; 510/979-0535]

rooster t. Feathers

Featuring some of the best comedians around, July performances include: Vladimir Caamano (July 1-2); Drew Michael (July 6-9); Arden Myrin (July 13-16); Chris Porter (July 20-23); and Fahim Anwar (July 27-30). Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 9pm; sat, 7 & 9:30pm; sun, 8pm. [Sunnyvale: 157 W. El Camino; 408/736-0921]

the imProv

July highlights at this comedy club include: Gina Brillon (July 6-9); Jim Breuer (July 14-16); Michael Yo (July 21-22); and Norm McDonald (July 27-29). Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 7:30 & 9:45pm; sat, 7 & 9:15pm; sun, 7pm. [San Jose: 62 S. 2nd St.; 408/280-7475]

card rooms

bay 101

This popular casino offers an exciting cardroom environment, 24/7. catch all the action with games such as Texas Hold ’em, 21st century Blackjack, eZ Baccarat, 3-card Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Pai Gow Poker and more. [San Jose: 1801 Bering Rd.; 408/451-8888]

casino m8trix

Head for table games, cocktails and dining at this entertainment destination, 24/7, 365 days a year. enjoy card games including Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow, Texas Hold’em, and more. [San Jose: 50 Airport Pkwy.; 408/244-3333]

on the coast

the catalyst

one of the oldest and most venerated music venues on the local coast, this club highlights underground bands. [Santa Cruz: 1011 Pacific Ave.; 831/423-1338]

croW’s nest

located right on the scenic harbor’s entrance, crow’s nest’s spectacular upstairs lounge offers live music and dancing to a variety of styles including rock, soul, blues, reggae, and latin rhythms. sunday is comedy night, with nationally known headliners. [Santa Cruz: Yacht Harbor; 831/476-4560]

kuumbWa jaZZ

This highly regarded jazz center attracts artists of national and international renown at its intimate 200-seat venue. [Santa Cruz: 3202 Cedar St.; 831/427-2227]

moe’s alley

This club sizzles as a showcase for live music, with blues and soul among the specialties. 4pm-2am on show days. [Santa Cruz: 1535 Commercial Way; 831/479-1854]

rio theater

a former movie palace, this location has been revived as a venue for famous touring groups, with a focus on indie bands with americana leanings. [Santa Cruz: 1205 Soquel Ave.; 831/423-8209] v

savanna jaZZ

This laid-back club offers cocktails and casual bar fare along with nightly live jazz. see calendar at [San Carlos: 1189 Laurel St.; 650/453-3683]

comedy clubs


Two teams of comedians compete for audience laughs while improvising scenes. Fri-sat. [San Jose: Camera 3, 288 S. Second St.; 408/985-LAFF]

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GettinG around amtrak

sjc airPort Flyer

Train service san Jose goes to oakland, sacramento, and Monterey. [800/USA-RAIL;]

Bus runs from san Jose airport to santa clara caltrain station, from where trains head to san Jose. [408/321-2300;]

services connect san Francisco and the east Bay, with connections from Daly city to Fremont via san Francisco, and over to richmond and concord. a shuttle train runs every 15min from sFo to the Millbrae station, which connects to the caltrain system. [510/465-2278;]

shuttle service from santa cruz to san Jose airport. [831/423-5937]



provides rail service between san Francisco and san Jose with weekday service to Gilroy. shuttle bus connection to san Jose airport, and a connection at Millbrae station via BarT to sFo are also offered. [800/660-4287 or 650/508-6200;]


Free shuttle service connects san Jose Diridon Transit center with light rail, san Jose convention center, san Jose state University and more. runs every 8-10 mins. [San Jose’s Downtown Area Shuttle; 408/321-2300;]

Greyhound bus

Bus service offers connection between cities across the nation. [800/231-2222;]

hiGhWay 17 exPress bus

Buses run daily from san Jose caltrain station to santa cruz; schedules vary. [831/425-8600;]

monterey airbus

offers shuttle service between Monterey and san Jose airport. [831/373-7777]


Bus service runs from Palo alto to san Francisco, connecting with 12 caltrain stations [800/660-4287;] 40 • Discover silicon valley

santa cruZ airPort Flyer vta

Bus, light rail and paratransit services run throughout the santa

clara county, including campbell, cupertino, Gilroy, los altos, los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain view, Palo alto, san Jose, santa clara, saratoga and sunnyvale. vTa also offers 20 free Park & ride lots at light rail stations and transit centers, which also connect to caltrain. [408/321-2300;] v

visit 511.orG For more inFo.

santa clara/san jose area

Santa Clara Convention Center Levi’s Stadium Great America

Santana Row Winchester Mystery House

Palo alto area

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silicon valley area

Santana Row

Great Levi’s America Stadium

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doWntoWn san jose Lightrail to Alum Rock/ Santa Teresa

Lightrail to Mountain View

San Pedro Square

SAP Center

San Jose City Hall

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San Jose Museum of Art

Hammer Theater Center

Parkside Hall City Hyatt National rk Place Civic


Four Points by Sheraton


Westin San California San Jose Jose Theatre Marriott

San Jose Stage Museum of Quilts City Lights Theatre


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Martin Luther King Jr. Library

FAMILY FUN Great America

CULTURE Japanese Friendship Garden

MUSEUMS Tech Museum of Innovation

SHOPPING Santana Row


Mineta San Jose International Airport Download Transit App for: • Real-time bus & light rail information • Easy trip planner • Bay Area Bike Share integration • GO feature that tells you when to leave or when you are approaching your stop


Discover Silicon Valley July 2017  

What to do and where to shop and dine in and around Silicon Valley

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