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HOLIDAY EVENTS: From the Dickens Fair to Downtown Ice [3] BEAUTIFUL: An Inspirational Look at the Life of Carole King [9] SANTALAND DIARIES: Comic Relief From the Holiday Hype [10]





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Seasonal Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Spectator Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

art exhibits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 attractions & MuseuMs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 local Wines: Wine Tasting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 outdoors

Beaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 On the Ocean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Parks & Preserves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Golf Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

shoPPinG: Store Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 dininG: Restaurant Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 after hours: Nightlife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 GettinG around

Public Transportation/Bay Area Map . . . . . . . .40 Santa Clara/Palo Alto Area Maps . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Silicon Valley Area Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Downtown San Jose Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

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The Tech Museum of innovation in downtown san Jose just opened its most ambitious exhibition ever, and it’s something you’ll find only in silicon valley. Body Worlds Decoded, presented by ann and John Doerr, is a one-of-a-kind augmented reality system alongside the plastinated human bodies that have been awing audiences around the world. “This is going to be the best way to experience the magic and mysteries of the human body in the world, period,” said John Doerr, the visionary venture capitalist who has helped guide some of tech’s most iconic companies, including amazon and Google. John and ann Doerr made a $5 million contribution to support the exhibition. The Tech developed a custom ar system called Iris for Body Worlds Decoded, enabling a view of human anatomy like no other. see a heart beat in front of you. Feel microscopic as you float through a field of blood cells. Understand the intricate features of a human eye as you step inside a giant eyeball. “There still is so little known about the human body,” said Tim ritchie, president and ceo of The Tech. “The ability of augmented reality to inspire the next generation about medicine and physiology—and just to understand the body—is very powerful.” Body Worlds Decoded is included with general admission and will remain at the museum permanently. The Tech is located at 201 S. Market St., San Jose. Call 408-294-8324 or visit for more information. 2 • Discover silicon valley

What You’ll See

Body Worlds Decoded features eight full-body plastinates and more than 60 anatomical specimens from the world-famous Gunther von Hagens’ institute for Plastination, the creator of the initial Body Worlds series of exhibitions. in addition, you’ll explore 3D organs and systems using the iris ar platform. The exhibition also includes the following interactive exhibits:

Inside Anatomy: explore various body systems through interactive touch-screens. Visualize You: see a lively depiction of your skeleton, muscles and nervous system in a Kinectbased full-body visualization. Digital Anatomy Table: view a live presentation at a 3D virtual dissection table. The Drawing Board: Pick up a pencil and sketch your own anatomy-inspired design.

Art and Anatomy: an installation features art inspired by the wonder and mystery of the human body.

seasonal events

nov 18-dec 17 Great dickens christMas fair

an intricate recreation of victorian london, this local tradition showcases over three acres of authentically-dressed actors, caroling and period music, parades, shopping and more. 10am-7pm. [Daly City: Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave.;]

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Tandy Beal & Co is back for the holidays with its show, joY! Running december 1-3, this magical madcap holiday circus features world-class acrobats, dancers, and circus artists performing to live original tunes and seasonal favorites by the a cappella group, sovosó. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 2 & 7pm; Sun, 2pm. [san jose: hammer theatre center, 101 Paseo de san antonio Walk; 408/924-8501]

nov 17-jan 15 doWntoWn ice

show off your best moves at this seasonal outdoor skating rink set inside the circle of Palms between the Fairmont Hotel and the san Jose Museum of art. Hours vary; see website. [Downtown San Jose;]

nov 22-jan 4 Winter Wonderland

This festive holiday carnival brings rides, food and more. 8am11:30pm. [Downtown San Jose;]

nov 24-jan 1 christMas in the Park

This annual tradition features musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights, decorated christmas trees, food vendors, and more. [San Jose: Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park;]

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PerforMinG arts

vocalist borrows various elements of folk, r&B, classical and country. 4:30pm. [NOV 12: Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House. NOV 14: San Jose: Café Stritch, 374 S. 1st St.;]

Music: jazz & other

nov 14 katY PerrY

The pop sensation performs from her latest album, “Witness”. 7pm. [San Jose: SAP Center]

nov 5 aMina fiGarova

catch the sounds of azerbaijanborn jazz composer and pianist amina Figarova performing with her sextet. 4:30pm. [Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House]

jason moran (nov 11)

nov 10 david benoit trio

This jazz ensemble from Pakistan merges eastern and Western music. 7:30pm. [Stanford: Bing Concert Hall]

nov 10 MaYdaY

nov 11 jason Moran

along with his band, this jazz pianist explores Thelonious Monk’s roots and impact. 7:30pm. [Stanford: Bing Concert Hall]

nov 17 blood, sWeat & tears

regina ca rter

(nov 19)

The reunited boy band performs for their holiday tour. 7:30pm. [Cupertino: Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/8648816]

The resident jazz pianist and vocalist from chicago’s Green Mill performs. 8 & 10pm. [Stanford: Bing Concert Hall Studio] rooted in jazz traditions, this american songwriter and jazz

This jazz-rock band features vocalist and american idol runnerup Bo Bice. 8pm. [Campbell: Heritage Theatre, 70 N. First St.; 408/866-2700]

nov 19 98 deGrees

nov 11 Patricia barber trio

nov 12 & 14 rene Marie

This rock band performs their hits and newest releases. 9pm. [San Jose: City National Civic]

nov 15 sachal enseMble

one the founding fathers of contemporary jazz performs pieces from his album, “earthglow”. 8pm. [Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center] asia’s top rock band performs. 7:30pm. [San Jose: SAP Center]

nov 14 third eYe blind

nov 19 reGina carter

ov 15) semBle (n sachal en

keY to venues With MultiPle listinGs

This renowned violinist honors musical legend ella Fitzgerald’s 100th year. 4:30pm. [Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House]

binG concert hall: Palo Alto/Stanford University Campus; 327 Lasuen St.; 650/725-ARTS california theatre: San Jose: 345 South 1st St.; 408/286-2600 citY national civic: San Jose: 135 W. San Carlos St.,; 800/745-3000 douGlas beach house Half Moon Bay: 307 Mirada Rd.; 650/726-4143 le Petit trianon San Jose: 72 N. 5th St.; 408/995-5400 Montalvo arts center: Saratoga: 15400 Montalvo Rd.; 408/961-5800 Mountain vieW center for PerforMinG arts: Mountain View: 500 Castro St.; 650/903-6000. saP center: San Jose: 525 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/287-9200

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the hot sarDines (Dec 9)

nov 29 jeWel

keiko matsui (Dec 7)

the klezmatics (Dec 14)

dec 9 the hot sardines

The Grammy-nominated songwriter performs holiday classics and original songs. 8pm. [San Jose: City National Civic]

a yuletide blend of hot jazz includes renditions of classics and less traditional tunes. 7:30pm. [Stanford: Bing Concert Hall]

Dubbed the “voice of Broadway,” this Tony-winning musical theater actress performs highlights from Broadway and beyond. 8pm. [Stanford: Bing Concert Hall]

This alternative rock band performs songs from their latest

dec 1-2 bettY buckleY

dec 3 jereMY Pelt quintet

This jazz trumpeter is one of today’s preeminent young artists. 4:30pm. [Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House]

dec 3 california PoPs orchestra

This annual christmas show features holiday hits from Broadway, Big Band and Hollywood, as well as seasonal favorites and a carol-sing-along. 3pm. [Cupertino: Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 650/856-8432]

dec 7 keiko Matsui & euGe Groove

The jazz fusion keyboardist performs alongside the chart-topping saxophonist in a holiday program. 7:30pm. [Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center]

dec 10 Pixies

release, “Head carrier”. 8pm. [San Jose: City National Civic]

dec 14 the klezMatics

in a fusion of Klezmer music and american sounds, this Grammywinning band riffs off Guthrie’s original melodies and creates new tunes. 7:30pm. [Stanford: Bing Concert Hall]

Guglielmo’s 29th Annual


at the Winery December 2-3 & 9-10 | 10am-5pm Join us and browse our huge selection of holiday décor and unique Christmas items. • Award-winning wines, gourmet food, hot mulled wine, holiday carolers, and musicians! • $10 Admission includes wine tasting. Under 21 free. • The expanded Gift Shop will be open daily through Christmas Eve.

1480 East Main Aven nue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 408-779-2145 • GuglielmoW iner y.c . om Discover silicon valley • 5

calendar dec 17 WindhaM hill

Masterful instrumentalists Will ackerman, Barbara Higbie, alex DeGrassi, and Todd Boston toast the winter solstice with a mix of original music and seasonal classics. 3 & 7pm. [Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center]

dec 17 barbra streisand tribute

rebecca clark becomes Barbra streisand in this live concert,

delivering the greatest hits of the legendary singer. 3pm. [San Jose: Montgomery Theater, 271 South Market St.; 408/792-4111]

dec 21 dave koz

Performing with special guests, the renowned saxophonist performs fresh renditions of christmas classics as well as a chanukah medley. 8pm. [San Jose: City National Civic]

Music: classical

nov 5 the saint Michael trio

The trio explores romanticism in music with a performance of works by chopin, rachmaninoff and others. 3pm. [Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center]

nov 5 st. laWrence strinG quartet

The quartet performs Haydn’s opus 20 string quartets. 2:30pm. [Stanford: Bing Concert Hall]

nov 12 MorGenstern trio

This trio performs ravel’s Piano Trio and schubert’s Trio in B-flat Major Op. 99. 7pm. [Burlingame: Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Dr.; 650/762-1130]

nov 12 Montrose trio

This trio performs shostakovich’s Piano Trio no. 1 in C minor; Beethoven’s Opus 1 Number 1 Trio; and Brahms’s First Piano Trio in B Major. 6pm. [Atherton: 555 Middlefield Rd.; 650/331-0202]

nov 12 horszoWski trio

The program features schumman’s Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op.47 and Fauré’s Piano Quartet #2 in G-Minor, Op.45. 7pm. [San Jose: Le Petit Trianon]

nov 12 stanford PhilharMonia

The Philharmonia presents the West coast premiere of new music by anthony Burgess, the British composer-novelist of A Clockwork Orange, as well as Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in Eflat Major and schubert’s Symphony No. 6 in C Major. 2:30pm. [Stanford: Bing Concert Hall]

nov 18 eden-stell Guitar duo

renowned for their dynamism, this duo breathes new life into the classic guitar repertoire. 7:30pm. [Le Petit Trianon] 6 • Discover silicon valley


wonder of Handel’s messiah singalong accompanied by a 25-piece chamber orchestra. 7:30pm. [Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts]

horszoWski trio (nov 12)

dec 22 oakland interfaith GosPel choir

dec 2-3 sYMPhonY silicon valleY

The program includes Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn; alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes Op. 23; and elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme “Enigma.” sat, 8pm; sun, 2:30pm. [San Jose: California Theatre]

dec 3 rolston strinG quartet

The canadian rising stars perform works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. 2:30pm. [Bing Concert Hall]

dec 4 san jose sYMPhonic choir

accompanied by the san Jose Baroque orchestra, leroy Kromm directs Handel’s messiah, inviting audience participation in the solos and choruses. 7:30pm. [San Jose: California Theatre]

dec 8 & 10 santa clara chorale

traditional sing-along of holiday carols. 7pm. [San Jose: California Theatre]

dec 9 daniel hsu

Join in song with this award-winning choir as Director Terrance Kelly offers his gospel arrangements of traditional holiday favorites. 7:30pm. [Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts]


nov 11-26 la rondine

Presented by opera san jose

steinway society-The Bay area presents the 2017 cliburn competition winner performing works by chopin, Hamelin, schubert and others. 7:30pm. [San Jose: Le Petit Trianon]

Puccini, at the height of his romantic style, revels in the gaiety of Paris in this comic opera. Thurs-sat, 8pm; sun, 3pm. [San Jose: California Theatre]

This renowned male a cappella choir performs for its annual holiday concert. 7:30pm. [Stanford campus: Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall; 650/725-ARTS]

nov 5 sWan lake

dec 13 chanticleer

dec 17 schola cantoruM

From treasured arias to the Hallelujah chorus, experience the


Presented by russian Grand ballet

This full-length classical production of the world’s most famous ballet features russia’s brightest ballet stars. 4pm. [Cupertino: Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/864-8816]

The chorale performs vivaldi’s Gloria along with two modern works—ola Gjeilo’s Luminous Night of the Soul and eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs. Fri, 8pm; sun, 4pm. [Santa Clara: Mission Santa Clara de Asis, 500 El Camino Real; 408/883-4722]

dec 9 sYMPhonY silicon valleY orchestra & chorale

Director elena sharkova conducts the chorale and orchestra in a

chanticleer performs at stanforD’s memorial church (Dec 13)

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calendar smuin in THE CHRISTMAS BALLET (Dec 6-10)


nov 11-12 aPoorva katha

Presented by abhinaya dance company

The Bay area’s south indian classical dance company performs the story of cesar chavez in the Bharatanatyam idiom, as well as dramatic pieces based on indian mythology and literature. sat, 7pm; sun, 4pm. [San Jose: Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave.;]

nov 21 so You think You can dance

celebrating its 14th season, So You Think You Can Dance’s Top 10 finalists perform their signature dance moves. 8pm. [San Jose: City National Civic]

dec 6-10 the christMas ballet

2:30pm. [San Jose: Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.; 408/792-4111]

dec 28-30 shen Yun

Featuring world-class performers, handmade costumes, an orchestra blending east and West, and animated backdrops, this dance performance takes you on journey through 5,000 years of chinese culture. Thurs-Fri, 7:30pm; sat, 2 & 7:30pm. [San Jose: Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.; 408/792-4111]

theater & Musicals

thru nov 5 the Prince of eGYPt

Presented by theatreWorks

dec 15-24 the nutcracker

This new musical inspired by the DreamWorks Pictures animated film boasts a score and lyrics by stephen schwartz. a cast of more than 25 actors includes Broadway veterans, european stars, and new faces in the saga of Moses. Tues-Wed, 7:30pm; Thurs-Fri, 8pm; sat, 2 & 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts]

This holiday classic features a full orchestra and Ballet stars of moscow direct from russia. Wed & Fri, 7pm; sat, 2:30 & 7pm; sun,

Henrik ibsen’s 1882 story of an altruistic man undermined by

Presented by smuin

This original array of ballet, tap and jazz is set to holiday tunes. Wed-Fri, 8pm; sat, 2 & 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts]

Presented by symphony silicon valley

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thru nov 12 an eneMY of the PeoPle

Presented by Pear theatre

people concerned with profit continues to ring true. Thurs-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Mountain View: Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St.; 650/254-1148]

thru nov 19 MoM’s Gift

Presented by tabard theatre co.

in this warm comedy, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Thurs-Fri, 8pm; sat, 3 & 8pm; sun, 2pm. [San Jose: Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.; 408/979-0231]

nov 3-11 Picasso at the laPin aGile

Presented by san jose state university

in steve Martin’s award-winning comedy set in 1904 at a bohemian Parisian bistro, albert einstein locks wits with Pablo Picasso in a battle of ideas about painting, probability, lust, and the future of the world. Wed-sat, 7pm (11/9, 11am & 7pm). [San Jose: Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio; 408/924-8501]

nov 3-19 Peter Pan

Presented by Palo alto Players

one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, this story of the boy who never grew up has more than a sprinkling of Tinker Bell’s fairy dust to muster its magic. Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, Fri-sat, 8pm;

sun, 2pm. [Palo Alto: Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Rd.; 650/329-0891]

calendar city lights theater in MISS BENNET (nov 16-Dec 17)

nov 3-19 sinGin’ in the rain

Presented by broadway by the bay

Faithfully adapted from the award-winning screenplay, this musical includes all the classic song and dance numbers, including the title song complete with an onstage rainstorm. Fri, 8pm; sat, 2 and/or 8pm; sun, 2:30pm. [Redwood City: Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway; 650/369-7770]

nov 16-dec 17 Miss bennet: christMas at PeMberleY

Presented by city lights theater

characters from Pride and Prejudice come together for christmas at the home of Mr. and Mrs.

Darcy in this new holiday work. it’s a continuation of Jane austen’s beloved tale with the focus on Mary Bennet, still feeling like the odd sister out as she spends the holidays with her

a look at the life of carole kinG

Coming to San Jose Nov 14-19, the touring musical, Beautiful, tells the story of legendary musician and singer Carol King’s rise to stardom. Long before she was Carole King, she was Carol Klein, a Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice—and wrote the soundtrack to a generation. 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]

witty, pretty and newly married sisters. Then Mary unexpectedly finds she has a chance to write her own story. Thurs-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [San Jose: 529 S. Second St.; 408/295-4200]

nov 22-dec 17 fool for love

Presented by san jose stage

This quintessential work by american Theatre icon sam shepard examines, with searing truth and dark humor, the destructive causes and effects of love lost through the retrospective eyes of two past lovers. eddie, an old flame and childhood friend, finds May holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert and threatens to drag her back into the life from which she had fled. Forced to unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, they passionately tear each other apart. WedThurs, 7:30pm; Fri-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [San Jose: 490 S. 1st St.; 408/283-7142]

nov 29-dec 31 around the World in 80 daYs

Presented by theatreWorks

BroaDWay san jose presents BEAUTIFUL (nov 14-19)

Five actors portray dozens of characters in a thrilling race against time and treachery in this ingenious expedition around the world set in the 1870s. Wed-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Palo Alto: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd.; 650/463-1960]

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nov 12 david sedaris

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, sedaris is one of america’s preeminent humor writers. 7pm. [San Jose: Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.; 408/792-4111]

nov 15-19 the daisY theatre

not Your averaGe holidaY elf

Overdosed on holiday hype? Find comic relief with TheatreWorks’ production of Santaland Diaries, Dec 5-23. Written by David Sedaris, this rollicking show recounts his short tenure at Macy’s as an ill-equipped Crumpet the Elf forced to confront child meltdowns, overbearing parents and complacent Santas. Tues-Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 7:30 & 10pm; Sat, 4 & 8pm; Sun, 4pm. [los altos hills: lohman theatre, 12345 s. el Monte rd.;] theater & Musicals, CONTINUED dec 1-10 neWsies

Presented by children’s Musical theatre san jose

Based on the 1992 film and inspired by a true story, this highenergy musical with catchy tunes tells the David-and-Goliath story of the new york city newsboy strike of 1899. Thurs-Fri, 7:30pm; sat, 2 & 7:30pm; sun, 1 and/or 6pm. [San Jose: Montgomery Theatre, 271 S. Market St.; 408/288-5437]

coMedY & other

nov 10 saMantha bee

in the throes of the 2016 presidential election, this comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actress, media critic, and television host emerged as the clarion voice of american political satire. 7:30pm.. [Stanford University: Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall; 650/725-ARTS]

With a rotating cast of 40 characters, puppeteer ronnie Burkett’s rather ribald, thoroughly entertaining Daisy Theatre is a completely improvised one-man show. Wed-sat, 8pm; sun, 7pm. Stanford: Bing Concert Hall]

dec 2 bill MurraY, jan voGler & friends: neW Worlds

The noted actor teams up with distinguished German cellist Jan vogler for an evening of classical music and literature. in a show that exhibits the core of american values, Murray recites and sings selections from Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, cooper, Bernstein, Gershwin and Foster. 8pm. [Palo Alto: Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way; 650/223-8649]

dec 2 tiM lee

This scientist-turned-comedian blends science talk with comedy—imagine a cross between your high-school chemistry

dec 1-17 holidaY at the savoY

Presented by the tabard theatre company

it’s December 1945, new york city — the first post-war holiday season at the famous savoy ballroom in Harlem where singers, dancers and musicians put on an exciting floor show filled with the swinging sounds and steps of the day. Fri, 8pm; sat, 3 and/or 8pm; sun, 2pm. [San Jose: Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 North San Pedro St.; 408/979-0231] 10 • Discover silicon valley

samantha Bee (nov 10)

Bill murray & jan vogler (Dec 2)

teacher and George carlin. 7:30pm. [Mountain View: Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.; 650/903-6000]

dec 10 selected shorts

on tour from its home at symphony space in new york city, this holiday-themed show features short stories from both established and emerging writers, performed by an engaging cast of actors from stage and screen. 2:30pm. [Palo Alto/Stanford campus: Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St.; 650/725-ARTS]

sPectator sPorts

(hoMe GaMes)


san francisco 49ers

[Santa Clara: Levi’s Stadium; 415/GO-49ERS] nov 5: cardinals. 1:05pm. nov 12: giants. 1:25pm. nov 26: seahawks. 1:05pm. Dec 17: Titans. 1:25pm. Dec 24: Jaguars. 1:05pm.

stanford [Palo Alto: Stanford Stadium; 800/STANFORD] nov 10: Washington. 7:30pm nov 18: california. TBD nov 25: notre Dame. TBD dec 27 foster farMs boWl

This ncaa-licensed, post-season college Football Bowl game features a matchup between top teams from the Pac-12 and the Big Ten. 5:30pm. [Santa Clara: Levi’s Stadium;]



san jose sharks [San Jose: SAP Center; 800/745-3000] nov 1: predators. 7:30pm. nov 4: Ducks. 7:30pm. nov 8: lightning. 7:30pm. nov 11: canucks. 7:30pm. nov 16: panthers. 7:30pm. nov 18: Bruins.7:30pm. nov 20: Ducks. 7:30pm. nov 25: jets. 7pm. Dec 7: hurricanes. 7:30pm. Dec 9: senators. 7pm. Dec 10: Wild. 6pm. Dec 21: canucks. 7:30pm. Dec 23: kings. 7pm. Dec 28: flames. 7:30pm. v for a complete, up-to-date list of events, visit

Golden state Warriors

[Oakland: Oracle Arena; 888/GSW-HOOP] nov 6: heat. 7:30pm. nov 8: timberwolves. 7:30pm. nov 11: 76ers. 5:30pm. nov 13: magic. 7:30pm. nov 24: Bulls. 7:30pm. nov 25: pelicans. 5:30pm. nov 27: kings. 7:30pm. Dec 11: trail Blazers. 7:30pm. Dec 14: mavericks. 7:30pm. Dec 20: grizzlies. 7:30pm. Dec 22: lakers. 7:30pm. Dec 23: nuggets. 5:30pm. Dec 25: cavaliers. 12pm. Dec 27: jazz. 7:30pm. Dec 29: hornets. 7:30pm. Dec 30: grizzlies. 5:30pm.


oakland raiders

[Oakland: Oakland Coliseum; 800/724-3377] nov 19: patriots. 1:25pm. nov 26: Broncos. 1:25pm. Dec 3: giants. 1:25pm. Dec 17: cowboys. 5:30pm.

Bay area figure skater, karen chen

chaMPionshiP fiGure skatinG coMes to san jose, dec 29-jan 7.

San Jose hosts the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships—the final qualifying event prior to selecting and announcing the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team USA for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Held annually since 1914, this is the nation’s most prestigious figure skating event, with past champions including Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano and Scott Hamilton. Champions will be crowned in 20 events, with championship-level competition running Jan 4-7; juvenile-junior athletes will compete Dec 30-Jan 4. See schedule at [san jose: saP center, 525 W. santa clara st.; 408/287-9200] Discover silicon valley • 11

arT exhIbITS

anderson collection at stanford universitY

Built to showcase the private assembly of modern and contemporary american art gifted by the anderson family, this striking museum houses a collection of 121 paintings and sculpture. Featured artists include David Park, richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning and Wayne Thiebaud. WedMon, 11-5pm; Thurs, 11-8pm. [Stanford campus: 314 Lomita Dr.; 650/721-6055]

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: •this is not a selfie: photographic self-portraits from the audrey and sydney irmas collection (thru Jan 14) features artists whose works blur the distinction between reality and fantasy, artifice and authenticity, and public and private imagery. •crossroads: american scene prints from thomas hart Benton to grant Wood (nov 18-July 8) focuses on early twentieth-century american culture and society through lithographs, etchings and wood engravings. Tuessun, 11am-5pm. [San Jose: 110 S. Market St.; 408/294-2787]

nina katchadourian: curiouser


san jose MuseuM of quilts & textiles

A mid-career survey of this Brooklyn- and Berlin-based artist at the cantor arts center (thru jan 7) includes video, photography, sculpture and sound art. Using ingenuity and humor, her practice encourages us to reinvigorate our own sense of curiosity. Also on exhibit, about face (thru Mar 4) considers the voyeuristic intimacy of the close-up portrait in photographs by Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, John Gutmann and others. Wed-Mon, 11-5pm; Thurs, 11-8pm. [stanford university: 328 lomita dr.; 650/723-4177] 12 • Discover silicon valley

This unique museum features contemporary and traditional quilts from around the world. Thru Jan 14, expressions of identity: 40th anniversary exhibition reflects on the museum’s identity highlighting pieces from the permanent collection. Wed-Fri, 11-4pm; satsun, 11-3. [San Jose: 520 S. First St.; 408/971-0323] v aBove: nina KaTcHaDoUrian: MOuNTAIN CLIMBErS (aPPle), 2011.

aTTracTIOnS & MUSeUMS local hiGhliGhts

49ers MuseuM

With 11 gallery and exhibit spaces, this museum at levi’s stadium is dedicated to the history of the 49ers, showcasing artifacts, anecdotes, and memories—including those from their five super Bowl victories. Mon-sat, 10-6; sun, 10-5. [Santa Clara: 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way (at Tasman Dr.); 408/464-9377]

apparel are available at the museum store. Free admission and parking. Mon-Fri, 9-6; sat, 10-5. [Santa Clara: 2200 Mission College Blvd.; 408/765-5050]

nasa aMes visitor center

view models of previous spacecraft missions from nasa ames, see one of the original Mercury capsules, learn about the innovative Kepler Mission surveying the Milky Way galaxy, see a real sample of moon rock collected by the crew of apollo 15, or view the latest planetary images and videos in the 60-seat immersive theater. Tues-Fri, 10-4; sat-sun, 12-4. [Mountain View: NASA Pkwy. off Hwy. 101; 650/604-6497]

coMPuter historY MuseuM

immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and stories of the computer revolution in the extensive exhibit, revolution: The First 2,000 years of computing. More than 1,000 artifacts include rare computers, audio and video, photographs, games, and hands-on displays; 100 media stations and three mini-theaters are also featured. in addition, visitors can see Going Places: a History of Google Maps with street view; the PDP1, where they can experience one of the earliest video games, space Wars; and the Babbage Difference engine #2, a victorian-era computer with 8,000 parts, weighing five tons and measuring 11 feet in length. Wed-sun, 10-5. [Mountain View: 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.; 650/810-1010]

intel MuseuM

10,000 square feet of fun, interactive learning take you behind the scenes of the high-tech world. see what it’s like inside an ultraclean, highly automated silicon chip factory; connect with technologies that give us new ways to work, learn, play, and communicate, and plenty more. Free, guided tours can be arranged in advance. souvenirs, toys, gifts and Discover silicon valley • 13


local hiGhliGhts, CONTINUED redWood canoPY tours

For highflying adventure, enjoy the adrenaline rush of zip-lining through redwood forests. Guided tours last two hours and feature breathtaking views as you brave six zip-lines and two “sky bridges,” as high as 150 feet, learning about the forest ecology along the way. Tours by reservation. [Felton: 17 Conference Dr.; 831/430-4357]

rosicrucian eGYPtian MuseuM


see the largest collection of ancient egyptian artifacts on display in western north america. The only museum in the U.s. of authentic egyptian design houses a fascinating collection of over 3,000 artifacts, objects, and ritual items. Marvel at the preservation of mummies thousands of years old, and descend into a full-scale underground rock tomb, complete with intricate hieroglyphics painted on the walls. Wed-Fri, 95; sat-sun, 10-6. [San Jose: 1342 Naglee Ave.; 408/947-3636]

the tech MuseuM of innovation

New Exhibit @ The Tech In Body Worlds Decoded, augmented reality puts a Silicon Valley spin on the collection of plastinated human bodies that have sparked curiosity and awe around the world.


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The Tech 201 South Market Street San Jose, CA 95113 1-408-294-8324

This silicon valley landmark is one of the nation’s premier science and technology museums. Fun hands-on experiences and floor programs—many supported by stanford and nasa—inspire the innovator in everyone, covering subjects ranging from biological design to 3D digital fabrication. Build your own “social robot;” gather information on metrics in your body; explore the field of synthetic bioengineering; learn how to crack codes like a cyber security pro, and more. There’s also an impressive, eight-storyhigh iMaX® dome theater—the largest in the West— which shows a rotating schedule of educational and commercial films. Daily, 10am-5pm. open daily at 10am; closing times vary. [Downtown San Jose: 201 S. Market St.; 408/294-8324]

for the

The most wonderful time of the year! Get your parking validated at more than 100 downtown restaurants and retail businesses. Or pay $5 a er 6 p.m. and all day on weekends in most ParkSJ garages.

aTTracTIOnS & MUSeUMS local hiGhliGhts, CONTINUED

Winchester MYsterY house

Beautiful but bizarre, this mansion was once owned by sarah Winchester, the eccentric heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune. influenced by a fortune-teller who predicted she would live as long as she continued to build her home, she lived in her unfinished mansion for 38 years amidst the daily pounding of hammers. The result is a 160-room architectural marvel combining victorian beauty with unexplained features—such as doors opening to walls, skylights in floors and stairs leading nowhere—that make it a mystery. also on site, the firearms and antique products museums provide historic background on Western heritage, traditions and culture. Mansion tours, garden tours, and “behind the scenes” tours are offered. café and gift shop on site. open 9am daily; last mansion tour at 5pm. [San Jose: 525 S. Winchester Blvd.; 408/247-2000]

aMuseMent Parks

california’s Great aMerica

This 100-acre theme park includes tons of heart-pumping rides with intense drops, drastic turns, and pure speed. The park is closed for the season, but open for Winterfest select days nov 24-Dec 30. skate in front of carousel columbia, admire magnificent displays of lights and décor, view spectacular holiday shows, experience 25 rides and attractions, see santa’s workshop and Mrs. claus’ kitchen, and enjoy holiday fare. [Santa Clara: Great America Pkwy.; 408/988-1776]

raGinG Waters

northern california’s largest water park offers 23 acres and millions of gallons of family fun. closed for the winter. [San Jose; 408/238-9900]

santa cruz beach boardWalk

visitors of all ages enjoy this vintage seaside amusement park, where 34 full-size and children’s rides include the historic Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, a 1911 looff carousel, the spinning coaster Undertow, and the Double shot—a 125-foot tower that launches riders skyward at over 3 Gs, then drops them for a frightening sense of weightlessness. in november, open for limited rides, sat-sun, 12-5pm. in December, open for holiday ice, weekdays, 4-9pm; weekends & school holidays, 12-9pm. [Santa Cruz: 400 Beach St.; 831/426-7433]

for YounG ones

children’s discoverY MuseuM

Fun and learning go hand in hand at this museum where you’ll find 150 hands-on exhibits, innovative programs and lively performances incorporating science, art, humanities and more. children and adults alike are invited to prod, test and tinker in a special blend of participatory learning and playful discovery—from exploring the properties of water to learning about the math, science and beauty of wheels, clocks, doorknobs and many other circles around us. also on exhibit, Mammoth Discovery! offers a glimpse into the history of this ancient animal. view skull, femur and pelvis fossils found locally, as well as a full-size replica. Tues-sat, 10-5; sun, 12-5. [San Jose: 180 Woz Way; 408/298-5437]

GilroY Gardens

MAMMOTH DISCOVERY! at the chilDren’s Discovery museum

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This charming amusement park features a smorgasbord of garden-themed rides and attractions: the spinning artichoke Dip, swinging Banana split, whirling Garlic Twirl, and swaying Mushroom swing, just for starters. Motor through landscaped grounds aboard a replica Model-T car or enjoy a monorail ride for a bird’s-eye view of the park. not to

Experience a Winter Wonderland Skate in front of Carousel Columbia, admire magnificent displays of lights and décor, view spectacular live holiday shows, experience 25 rides and attractions, see Santa’s workshop and Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, and enjoy scrumptious holiday fare.

Select Nights Thru December 30 Nov 24-Dec 16: Fri-Sun, 5-10pm (Nov 26 & Dec 17, 6:30-10pm) | Dec 19-23 & 26-30: Daily, 5-10pm



aTTracTIOnS & MUSeUMS be missed are the bizarre “circus Trees”—grab a park map and go on a scavenger hunt to spot these famed, whimsically grafted trees. november schedule: sat-sun, 105; also harvest@night, Fri-sun, 6-10pm, when grownups can enjoy craft beers, fine wines, gourmet food and live entertainment. December schedule: satsun, 11-5; also holiday@night, Fri-sun and Dec 18-21 & Dec 26-28, 4-9pm, when twinkling lights, santa, ice skating and live shows usher in the holiday season. [Gilroy: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/840-7100]

haPPY holloW Park & zoo

This zoo that doubles as an amusement park makes for a great family destination. Popular features include a carousel, roller coaster, petting zoo, and giant play structure. stroll the zoo to see animals such as fossas from Madagascar, lemurs, meerkats, and jaguars. a visit to the puppet theatre, followed by a stop at the gift shop, wraps up the day nicely. Weekends, 10-5; weekdays, 10-4. [San Jose: Kelley Park, Keyes & Senter Rds.; 408/794-6400]

roarinG caMP railroads

ride authentic 1800s narrowand standard-gauge steam trains through the redwoods with conductors narrating the history of the railroad and scenery along the way. Train departures daily, 12:30pm (also 11am weekends in

nov). santa cruz holiday lights train: nov 24, 25 & Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 16-23. [Felton: 5401 Graham Hill Rd.; 831/335-4484]

estates & Gardens

allied arts Guild

This beautifully renovated historic california property is home to an array of quaint artists’ studios and shops. Find one-of-a-kind apparel, jewelry and ceramics and stroll the 3.5 acres of exquisite gardens and spanish colonial buildings. Mon-sat, 10-5. [Menlo Park: 75 Arbor Rd.; 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 16-acre english renaissance garden. House and garden tours and docent-led hikes on trails around the area are offered. open Tuessat, 10-3:30; sun, 11-3:30. (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 mid-17th 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]


historY Park

Travel back in time at this charming park with a small-town atmosphere. visit 27 original and replica historic buildings; hop on a trolley; browse in the Museum store; sample ice cream and candy at o’Brien’s café; and view rotating art exhibits at the Pacific Hotel. Tues-Fri, 12-5; sat-sun, 11-5. [San Jose: Kelley Park, 1650 Senter Rd.; 408/287-2290]

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. Thurs-sun, 12-4. [San Jose: 535 N. First St.; 408/294-3138]

Mission san jose

Founded in 1797 as the 14th of the 21 spanish missions in alta california, Mission san Jose features a magnificent reconstruction of the original adobe church where the museum is housed. self-guided tours and slide shows are offered. Daily, 10-5. [Fremont: 43300 Mission Blvd., at Washington Blvd.; 510/657-1797]

san Mateo countY historY MuseuM

filoli center

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Housed in the 1910 old courthouse, this museum presents permanent and rotating exhibits on the history of the Peninsula— from transportation to the ohlone indians to post-Gold rush americans. rotating exhibits highlight such subjects as sports and art. Tues-sun, 10-4. [Redwood City: 750 Middlefield Rd.; 650/299-0104]

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 arts center, the adjacent anderson collection and the outdoor rodin sculpture garden. visit for info. [Palo Alto: o El Camino Real; 650/723-2560]

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hiller aviation MuseuM

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 ight simulator, and check out the workshop where plane guts are brought back to life. Daily, 10-5. [San Carlos: 601 Skyway Rd., o Hwy. 101; 650/654-0200]

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

Moffett field historical societY & MuseuM

This museum displays memorabilia, artifacts, photos, blimps and dirigibles. Unscheduled tours are available. Photo iD required. Wedsat, 10-2. [Mountain View: Moffett Federal AirďŹ eld, Building 126, o Hwy. 101; 650/964-4024]

MontereY baY aquariuM

nearly 200 fascinating galleries and exhibits explore the ecosystems of Monterey Bay. Permanent exhibits include a million-gallon display with tuna, sharks, barracuda, sea turtles and pelagic rays; an exquisite jellyďŹ sh gallery; a three-story kelp forest; an octopus gallery; a walk-through wavecrash tunnel; and an otter exhibit showcasing these adorable creatures and their habitat. Daily, 105. [Monterey: 886 Cannery Row; 831/648-4888] v

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

2100 Big Basin Way Saratoga | 408.741.4994

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cooper-garroD vineyarDs

tastinG rooMs

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]

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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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]

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]

la nebbia WinerY

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

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

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

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.;]

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

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

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

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]

MorGan hill cellars

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

Mountain WinerY Picchetti WinerY

reGale WinerY

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]

sYcaMore creek vineYards

testarossa WinerY

thoMas foGartY WinerY

Thurs-sun, 11-5. [Woodside: 19501 Skyline Blvd.; 650/851-6777]

thoMas kruse WinerY

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

WinerY events

nov 4 PreMier cruz

an exclusive tasting of the cabernet sauvignon produced from the santa cruz Mountains american viticulture area includes new releases as well as rare and older vintages. 3-6pm. [Los Gatos: Toll House Hotel, 140 S. Santa Cruz Ave.;]

nov 18 PassPort daY

Purchase a passport to explore the santa cruz Mountains’ viticultural region at this quarterly event which gives participants an inside glimpse at over 50 area wineries, many not usually open to the public. 12-5pm. [Various locations;]

dec 2 Wine Walk

Byington Winery

enjoy wines from small boutique wineries of the santa cruz Mountains poured in various designated tasting locations in downtown Menlo Park. 1-4:30pm. Ticket purchase required. [Menlo Park: Santa Cruz Ave.;] Discover silicon valley • 21


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. 22 • Discover silicon valley

Most  PoPular

shark fin cove

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 (831/479-1121) at santa cruz Harbor; Venture Quest Kayaking (831/425-8445) 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.

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 (831/3362244). 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).

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sailinG & YachtinG

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 (831/3742626) 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 70foot luxury sailing yacht.

... 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 (831/4272355) in Santa Cruz or o’neill surf shop (831/475-4151) in Capitola. For lessons, try club ed surf school at the Santa Cruz Wharf (831/464-0177). In Half Moon Bay, surf lessons are offered by open ocean surfing (650/867-0315).

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biG basin 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. 24 • Discover silicon valley

valleY vistas

located on the southern end of san Jose, almaden Quicksilver County Park (san Jose; 408/ 268-3883] 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 along the way.


& ocean vieWs

Known for its towering oldgrowth 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; 8790238) lead through the hills and redwood forests of along Pescadero creek: Memorial Park features old-growth redwoods, a visitor center, a swimming area, and hiking trails; shady sam McDonald Park provides views of rolling grasslands, the Pacific ocean, and oldgrowth redwoods; and heritage Grove is a magnificent oldgrowth 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] v

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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ShOPPInG shoPPinG centers

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 and nordstrom, plus more than 100 specialty stores including coach, l’occitane, ecco, Forever 21, H&M, Michael Kors, Banana republic, and The apple store. a variety of dining options available as 26 • Discover silicon valley

well. 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, 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

santana roW

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]

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]


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]

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

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] Discover silicon valley • 27


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]

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]

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]

ruti the Peninsula

This store with a striking, minimalist interior offers chic and modern apparel, footwear and accessories 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

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art Glass

scandia hoMe

lundberG studios santa cruz coast

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


scandia hoMe the Peninsula

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

lundberG studios

Founded in 1955, this independent bookstore is known and loved for its literary events, knowledgeable staff, and broad selection of books and magazines. open 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 environment and you get this unique bookstore designed for those who love to browse for literature, mystery, science fiction, history, art, and more. Mon-Thurs, 11-9; Fri-sat, 11-7; sun, 12-7. [San Jose: 1066 The Alameda, 408/286-6275]



blacY’s fine jeWelers south baY

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

flea Market

french theft linGerie south baY

a tightly edited selection of fine bras, sleepwear, and hosiery ranges from fine european brands such as lise charmel 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]

san jose flea Market south baY

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]


azuca south baY

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; Fri-sat, 11-9. [Los Gatos: 11-1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/3951680]

hoMe furnishinGs

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, 12-4. [Redwood City: 2400 Broadway St. #120; 650/2601155]

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

blacY’s jeWelers

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]


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

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]

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 • 29

dInInG aMerican

birk’s 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: 2:30-9:30. Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 4-6; sat, 57. [Santa Clara: 3955 Freedom Circle; 408/980-6400]

henrY’s hi-life 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] 30 • Discover silicon valley

Mariani’s restaurant 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]

Menlo Grill bistro & bar 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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. [Menlo Park: Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real; 650/3302790]

the Mountain house 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. [Woodside: 13808 Skyline Blvd.; 650/851-8541]

shadoWbrook 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]

aMerican, conteMPorarY

arcadia south baY

culinary surprises abound at this stylish eatery—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]






cin-cin south baY

This stylish 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]

Madera the Peninsula

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

Parcel 104 south baY

Using local ingredients, celebrity chef Bradley ogden’s menu reflects what’s in season, engaging patrons with innovative creations. a custom wine cellar stocks a 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]


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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

Piacere the Peninsula

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

vault 164 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]

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esPetus the Peninsula

This churrascaria offers Brazilian fare served rodizio style. Different cuts of top-quality meats are spitroasted 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 south baY

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

PaMPas 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]


ranGoon rubY 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 6th Ave.; 650/ 591-4156. Burlingame: 1219 Burlingame Ave.; 650/381-9756] 32 • Discover silicon valley


caffe frascati south baY

bass; crispy sichuan beef; and lovers’ Prawns. lunch and dinner daily. [Los Altos: 1067 N. San Antonio Rd.; 650/948-2696]

california cuisine

specializing in halal chinese cuisine, Darda uses nine unique cooking techniques to prepare delicious specialties such as mu shu dishes; fish and meat stews; chow mein; fried rice; bean curd dishes; and dim sum. seafood, poultry, beef, lamb and vegetarian entrees also on the menu. lunch and dinner daily. [Milpitas: Milpitas Square, 296 Barber Ct.; 408/433-5199]

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

serving fine cantonese cuisine, this restaurant is renowned for its sumptuous dim sum 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]

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]

WhisPers café & crePerie 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. MonThurs, 7:30am-10pm; Fri, 7:30am-midnight; sat, 8am-midnight; sun, 8am-9pm. [San Jose: 315 S. 1st St.; 408/287-0400]

café cruz santa cruz coast

Manresa south baY

PluMed horse 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]


chef chu’s 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

darda south baY

MaYfloWer south baY


When craving a savory or sweet crêpe, this is the place to go. also on the menu: egg breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and a variety of entrées. coffee drinks, smoothies, beer, wine and margaritas are also available. 8am-10pm daily. [San Jose: 150 S. Second St.; 408/297-2850]

french, conteMPorarY

le PaPillon 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]


farMers union south baY

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. [San Jose: 151 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/277-0545]


dio deka 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. Dinner nightly. [Los Gatos: 210 E Main St.; 408/354-7700]

evvia estiatorio 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]


rosie Mccann’s south baY; santa cruz

Blend traditional irish food and hospitality with a contemporary california flair and you get this casual restaurant and pub with menu items 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; 408/247-1706. Santa Cruz: 1220 Pacific Ave.; 831/426-9930] Discover silicon valley • 33



centonove south baY

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

il fornaio south baY

classic italian food is served in a stylishly informal setting. a focus on italian and california wines along with exhibition kitchens are all part of il Fornaio’s signature style. lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: 302 S. Market St.; 408/2713366. Santa Clara: 2752 Augustine Dr.; 408/217-8844]

il Postale 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]

Paesano south baY

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]

quattro 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

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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]

ristorante rocca 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]

vito’s trattoria south baY

Genuine italian food and hospitality come together at this charming restaurant near san Jose airport. The freshest of ingredients are used in the preparation of traditional dishes. The wine list includes selections from both italy and california. Full Bar. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner: Mon-sat. [90 Skyport Dr.; 408-453-1000]


house of Genji 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]

kYoto Palace 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]

shiki sushi 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]


Mezcal 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]


Menara 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]


la costanera 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]


croW’s nest 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 delicious fresh seafood, Midwestern aged beef, shellfish, pasta, and an abundant salad bar. Breads, desserts and pastries are house-baked 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]

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scott’s 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]

A PENINS ULA TRAD ITION SINCE 1970 1067 N. San Antonio Road at El Camino, Los Altos • 650.948.2696 LUNCH & DINNER • BANQUETS • COCKTAILS • GOURMET FOOD TO GO Discover silicon valley • 35




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 •

This premier seafood dining destination prepares rich sumptuous morsels from the sea 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]

sPanish/ latin aMerican

cascal 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. Tapasstyle plates, ceviches, 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.; 650/940-9500]

Japanese Teppan-Yaki: The FUN Way to Dine

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



the sea bY alexander’s the Peninsula


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alexander’s 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: Tues-sat. Dinner nightly. [Cupertino: 19379 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/446-2222]

forbes Mill 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]

the Grill on the alleY south baY

Modeled after the great grills of new york in the 1930s and ’40s, this renowned steakhouse offers a classic american menu with 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]


Morton’s 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]

sundance the 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 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] v

The Best Chinese Islamic Seafood Restaurant in the Bay Area Fresh Seafood/Daily Special •Nine Different Ways of Preparation Lobster •Fish •Shrimp •Geoduck •Clam •Oyster •Scallop •Octopus

Also Specializing in Northern Chinese Food: Sesame Bread •Lamb w/Pickled Cabbage •Sweet & Sour Shrimp •Beef & Broccoli •Kung Pao Chicken •Crab w/Cream Corn Soup

VIP Rooms Available for Meetings & Gatherings

Located in Milpitas Square 296 Barber Ct, Milpitas • (408) 433-5199

A Taste of Burma 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 BELMONT 1000 6th Ave. 650.591.4156 BURLINGAME 1219 Burlingame Ave. 650.381.9756 SAN FRANCISCO 1608 Polk St. 415.610.4333 Discover silicon valley • 37

afTer hOUrS

bars & lounGes

55 south

This bar and lounge is known for its craft cocktails along with its wine and whisky selections. sunThurs, 7pm-12am; Fri-sat, 7pm1:30am. [San Jose: 55 S. 1st St.; 408/288-6000)


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

nov-Dec shows at this cabaretstyle nightclub include: caravanserai (nov 4); kalimba (nov 10-11); and the garcia project (nov 16); foreverland (nov 18); zeppelin live (Dec 23); top shelf Band (Dec 30); and the sun kings (12/31). 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. in november: steve Willis Band (nov 4); gary smith Blues Band (nov 10); alastair greene Band (nov 11); jc smith Band (nov 17); mighty mike schermer Band (nov 24); and chrome Deluxe Band (nov 25). [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]

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


martin (nov 24-26); ahmed ahmed (nov 30-Dec 3); and jamie lissow (Dec 7-10). Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 9pm; sat, 7 & 9:30pm; sun, 8pm. [Sunnyvale: 157 W. El Camino; 408/736-0921]

the iMProv

nov-Dec highlights at this comedy club include: colin kane (nov 35); Deon cole (nov 10-11); harland Williams (nov 16-19); steve Byrne (nov 24-26); orny adams (nov 30-Dec 3); chris D’elia (Dec 7-10); and craig shoemaker (Dec 15-17). 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

With a spectacular new location, 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: 1788 N. First St.; 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] v

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 intimate jazz center attracts artists of national and international renown. [Santa Cruz: 320-2 Cedar St.; 831/427-2227]

Moe’s alleY

This club sizzles as a showcase for live music, focused on blues and soul. 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 casino M8trix

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

rooster t. feathers

Featuring some of the best comedians around, the nov-Dec line-up includes: shane torres (nov 2-5); sean Donnelly (nov 9-12); jerry rocha (nov 16-19); laurie kil-

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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 Sa Fernando F Fe Fer Fern Ferna Fernan Fernand Station Statio Stati Stat Sta St S

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


Japanese Friendship Garden

SHOPPING Santana Row


MUSEUMS Tech Museum of Innovation

Mineta San Jose International Airport Download Transit App for:

• Real-time bus & light rail information • Easy trip planner • Ford GoBike integration • GO feature that tells you when to

leave or when you are approaching your stop


Discover Silicon Valley November 2017  

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