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RENAISSANCE FAIRE: Reliving an Elizabethan-Era Harvest Fair [3] COSI FAN TUTTE: Opera San Jose Stages a Mozart Favorite [12] THE PRINCE OF EGYPT: A New Musical by Stephen Schwartz [13]




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on the cover

Bay 101 Grand Opening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2


Festivals & Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Wine Events/Family/On the Coast . . . . . . . . . . 7 Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Comedy/Spectator Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Art Exhibits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 local Wines: Wine Tasting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 outdoors

Beaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 On the Ocean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Parks & Preserves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Golf Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

shoPPinG: Store Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 dininG: Restaurant Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 after hours: Nightlife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 MaPs

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

Discover silicon valley • 1


a new home, and a fresh Modern look

toP: a renderinG of the neW card rooM. aBove: the Province’s interior


1788 N. First St., San Jose


408-451-8888 2 • Discover silicon valley

Bay 101 has been silicon valley’s premier locale for 24/7 gaming, food and fun since 1994. on september 29, the popular Bay area casino will ramp its action up a notch further by opening the doors to its spectacular new location in san Jose.

With a contemporary design theme both inside and out, the new building will sport a classy, modern, and distinctly silicon valley vibe. Bright colors with glass and wood accents, and unique lighting accenting special areas of the casino will all be part of the fresh new look.

The new Bay 101 will open adjacent to—and in conjunction with—The Province, the latest restaurant from the wellestablished chris yeo Group of straits, sino and roots and rye. Using Feng shui principles, The Province’s chic, modern design includes large glass panels surrounding a central bar with a connecting exterior patio, giving the space a true indoor-outdoor feel. Guests will enjoy an asian-inspired menu, or can opt instead for the corner Bar & lounge, the Grab and Go Deli or tableside dining in the casino, all also offered by The Province team.

With 49 high-action tables, Bay 101 guests enjoy Pai Gow Poker, no Bust 21st century Blackjack, Three card Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, eZ Baccarat, Texas Hold'em, Ultimate Texas Hold’em and omaha. This san Jose hot spot also offers customer deposit boxes, a full-service cashier cage, free Wi-Fi, cell phone charging stations, state-of-the-art security, ample parking and nearly 40 HD big screen televisions.

come experience the edge-of-your-seat excitement in luxury and modern convenience at the brand new Bay 101— northern california’s premier card room.

sePt 16 fiestas Patrias

This celebration of Mexican independence includes Mariachi bands, folkloric dancing, and authentic food. 4-8pm. [Redwood City: Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St.; 650/780-7000]

sePt 16-17 santa clara art & Wine festival


Mountain vieW art & Wine fest (sePt 9-10)

sePteMBer-octoBer festivals

& More

sePt 2-4 KinGs Mountain art fair

The redwood forest in Woodside becomes an outdoor gallery display of fine arts and crafts at this annual event. 10am-5pm. [Woodside: 13889 Skyline Blvd.; 650/851-2710]

sePt 2-4 BelMont GreeK festival

This ode to Greece features homemade delicacies, folk music, dance, and more. sat-sun, 1210pm; Mon, 12-8pm. [Belmont: Church of the Holy Cross, 900 Alameda; 650/591-4447]

sePt 8-10 GeM & JeWelry shoW

original jewelry creations, exotic gems, estate collections and more are offered at wholesale prices. Fri, 12-6pm; sat, 10am-6pm; sun, 11am-5pm. [San Mateo: County Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware St.; 301/294-1640]

sePt 9 antique autos

History Park teems with stock antique autos, fire equipment, bicycles and motorcycles of all makes. dating from 1900-1945. 11am4pm. [San Jose: 635 Phelan Ave. at Kelley Park; 408/287-2290]

This end of summer celebration features live entertainment along with food, wines and microbrews. sat, 10am-6pm; sun, 10am-5pm. [Santa Clara: Central Park, 969 Kiely Blvd.; 408/615-3140]

sePt 16-oct 15 northern california renaissance faire

This recreation of a renaissanceera harvest fair features hundreds of costumed performers and strolling musicians, full-contact jousting, sword fighting and games of skill tournaments. Wander through an authentic marketplace; try your hand at archery; enjoy the celtic rock concert series saturdays at 6pm; feast on fair fare; quench your thirst with an english ale; and enjoy tea with Queen elizabeth. Weekends, 10am-6pm. [Hollister: Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy.;]

sePt 9-10 Mountain vieW art & Wine festival

sip local wines and browse among booths showcasing the works of fine artists and craftmakers. sat, 11am-7pm; sun, 10am-6pm. [Mountain View: Downtown on Castro St.; 650/968-8378]

sePt 15-17 santa clara coin, staMP & sPorts collectiBles shoW

This event—one of the largest in the Bay area—showcases Us and foreign coins, paper money, stamps, gold jewelry, pocket watches. and more. Fri-sat, 10am-6pm; sun, 10am-4pm. [Santa Clara: Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy.; 415/601-8661;]

northern california renaissance faire (sePt 16-oct 15)

Discover silicon valley • 3

sePt 21-24 redWood city oKtoBerfest

This traditional German celebration includes music, dancing, food and plenty of beer. Hours vary. [Redwood City: Courthouse Square;]

sePt 23 Bacon & BreW festival

an ode to bacon and beer, this event features food vendors, beer tastings and live music. 11am-7pm. [San Mateo: Central

Park, at 5th Ave. & El Camino;]

sePt 29-30 & oct 6-31 halloWe’en candleliGht tours

Guests have just themselves, candlelight and their imagination to guide them through the storied 160-room Winchester Mystery House. visit website for schedule. [San Jose: Winchester Mystery House, 525 S. Winchester Blvd.;]

sePt 30 redWood city salsa fest

This event features a salsa tasting and competition, live music and tequila tastings. 12-8pm (salsa tasting until 5pm). [Downtown Redwood City: Broadway & Theatre Way; 650/780-7000]

sePt 30-oct 1 suPer toy & coMic BooK shoW

This event features vintage to modern toys, comics and collectibles. sat, 11am-4:30pm; sun, 10am-3:30pm. [San Jose: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd.; 408/494-3100]

sePt 30-oct 1 Menlo ParK fall fest

Browse and shop the many oneof-a-kind creations at this artfilled event. Fri-sat, 10am-6pm; sun, 10am-5pm. [Menlo Park: Downtown;]

oct 1 little italy street festival

enjoy La Dolce Vita at this festival ofering italian fare, live music and more. 11am-7pm. [San Jose: 323 W. St. John St.;]

oct 7 aKi Matsuri festival

This annual cultural event blends Japanese-american food with local entertainment. 11am-4pm. [San Jose: Wesley United Methodist Church, 566 N. 5th St.; 408/295-0367]

oct 7 redWood city Portfest

experience the recreational and working waterfront at the Port of redwood city, including boat rides and tours. 10am-3pm. [Redwood City: 459 Seaport Ct.;]

oct 7-8 san carlos art & Wine faire

This fall festival features fine art booths, live entertainment, local wines and more. sat, 10am-6pm; sun, 10am-5pm. [San Carlos: San Carlos Ave. and Laurel St.; 650/593-1068]

4 • Discover silicon valley

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SEPT 23rd & 24th

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FREE Celtic Rock Concert Series PIPR, SEPT 23rd

SEPT 30th & Oct 1st

Heroes & Warriors

FREE Celtic Rock Concert Series Culann’s Hounds, SEPT 30th

Children 12 & under FREE every weekend

at Casa De Fruta, Pacheco Pass, HWY 152, Hollister




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oct 12-15 Pacific international quilt festival

Featuring an incredible display of over 800 quilt, wearable and textile works of art, this annual event offers special exhibits and competitions, a fashion show, and a wide array of workshops and lectures. aisles and aisles of beautiful works include a special exhibition of quilts and textiles from around the world. in addition, a Merchants Mall offers the best in fabrics, notions, machines, wearable art and everything for the quilter, textile artist and needlecraft enthusiast. Thurs-sat, 10am-6pm; sun, 10am-4pm. [Santa Clara: Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy.; 215/862-5828]

oct 13-14 & 20-21 Grand national rodeo

This ultimate Western experience includes rodeo, horse shows, livestock expositions, marketplace shopping and a BBQ. [Daly City: Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave.;]

oct 14-15 half Moon Bay art & PuMPKin festival

The Pumpkin capital of the World celebrates its fall harvest with a display of heavyweight champion pumpkins and more. 9am-5pm. [Half Moon Bay: Downtown on Main St.; 650/726-9652]

oct 20-22 the Peninsula hoMe shoW

Hundreds of exhibits offers ideas and resources for home and landscaping improvement. Fri, 126pm; sat, 10am-6pm; sun, 10am-5pm. [San Mateo: County Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware St.; 650/593-2465]

oct 21 dia de los Muertos festival

This Mexican festival includes live music accompanied by displays of costumes and art related to the holiday’s cultural roots. 11am6pm. [San Jose: St. James Park;]

6 • Discover silicon valley

oct 21-22 caMPBell oKtoBerfest

a fun weekend of live music, arts and crafts, tasty food, and a variety of beers and ales celebrate the German tradition in downtown campbell. Bratwust and sauerkraut, anyone? sat, 10am6pm; sun, 10am-5pm. []

oct 27-28 virtual reality exPo

This weekend of experiences and exhibitions is dedicated to the cutting-edge entertainment technology of the future. visit website for schedule. [San Jose: McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St.;]

oct 27-29 faMous Monsters halloWeen Bash

This horror and science fiction event features exhibitors, artists, panels and famous monsters. visit website for schedule. [San Jose: McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St.;]

Wine events

sePt 10 food & Wine classic

sample fare from celebrated area restaurants and enjoy tastings from local wineries. 4pm. [Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd.; 408/961-5800]

sePt 23 los Gatos fall Wine WalK

Partake in wine tasting at local shops and restaurants in downtown los Gatos. 1:30-5:30pm. [Los Gatos: Santa Cruz Ave. & Main St.; 408/354-9300]

sePt 23 & oct 13-15 Pinot Paradise

learn, explore and taste Pinot noir and chardonnay produced by legendary winemakers of the santa cruz Mountains. visit website for schedule. [Various wineries; 831/685-8463;]


sePt 3 Mini MaKer faire

see whimsical inventions by innovators, crafters and artists. 10am5pm. [San Jose: History Park, 635 Phelan Ave.; 408/287-2290]

sePt 22-24 PaW Patrol live!

The pups share many lessons in their first-ever live tour. Fri, 6pm; sat, 10am, 2 & 6pm; sun, 10am & 2pm. [San Jose: Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Ave.; 408/792-4111]

sePt 25-oct 1 disney’s the little MerMaid

Presented by Broadway san Jose

Based on Hans christian andersen’s beloved story, this musical is a love story for the ages. TuesThurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; sat, 2 & 8pm; sun, 1 & 6:30pm. [San Jose: Center for the Performing Arts; 669/242-8555]

oct 1 Kidz BoP Kids

This live concert features brandnew Kidz Bop songs. 4pm. [City National Civic]

oct 13-29 zoPPÉ

This italian-style family circus welcomes guests into the 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the old-World tradition. [Redwood City: Red Morton Park, 1455 Madison Ave.;]

oct 14 PuMPKins in the ParK

This family event is intended to raise awareness of the environment, as well as celebrate the fall season. 10am-4pm. [San Jose: Guadalupe River Park, Woz Way & San Carlos;]

oct 25-29 disney on ice

High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends highlight this performance. Wed-Fri, 7pm; sat, 11am, 3 & 7pm; sun, 11am, 3 & 6:30pm. [SAP Center]

on the coast

sePt 1-4 BeGonia festival

This festival is famous for its nautical parade of begoniacovered barges. visit website for schedule. [Capitola: Capitola Village;]

sePt 9-10 caPitola art & Wine festival

This seaside event combines art, wine, music and food in charming capitola. sat, 10am6pm; sun, 10am-5pm. [Capitola Village;]

sePt 13-17 santa cruz county fair

This coastal summer staple includes carnival rides, livestock, food, music and more. visit website for schedule. [Watsonville: County Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Ave.;]

sePt 15-17 Monterey Jazz festival

over 500 iconic and emerging jazz artist performances are presented on eight stages. [Monterey: County Fairgrounds;]

sePt 23-24 Pacific coast foG fest

This annual festival celebrates the Pacific coastline. 1-4pm. [Pacifica: 1427 Palmetto Ave.; 650/355-8200.]

oct 7-22 santa cruz oPen studios

Three weekends of self-guided tours offer the opportunity to meet and view the works of more than 300 artists in their studios. sat-sun, 11am-5pm. [Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway; 831/426-5787] Discover silicon valley • 7


steve WinWood (sePt 5)

sePt 29-oct 1 silicon valley african filM festival

The only film festival in california exclusively focused on films made by african filmmakers features film screenings, performances, panel discussions and more. [San Jose: Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave.;]

indiGo Girls

(sePt 8)

sePt 3 nicKelBacK

anthems such as How You Remind Me and Photograph are some of their chart topping songs. 6pm. [Shoreline Amphitheatre]

sePt 3 i love the 90’s tour

the GiPsy KinGs (sePt 10)

Kenny Barron trio (sePt 14)

sePt 7 GeorGe Benson & Kenny G

r&B instrumentalist Benson performs with saxophonist, Kenny G. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

sePt 7 Gladys KniGht

The “empress of soul” performs hits from her long career. 8pm. [Montalvo Arts Center]

sePt 8 indiGo Girls

This contemporary folk duo takes the stage. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

rock-n-roller Winwood continues to perform and record new music. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

This Puerto rican singer is popular for his reggaeton and latin pop. 9pm. [City National Civic]

8 • Discover silicon valley

Mexico’s leading alternative rock band blend elements of rock, indigenous folk, electronic and punk. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

sePt 14 Kenny Barron trio

catch the sounds of this leading american jazz pianist. 8pm. [Palo Alto: Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way; 650/223-8649]

This concert includes performances by salt-n-Pepa, color Me Badd, o-Town and young Mc. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

sePt 5 steve WinWood

acclaimed contemporary jazz trumpeter, cohen is known for his pure-toned sound. 4:30pm. [Douglas Beach House]

sePt 14 cafÉ tacvBa

PerforMinG arts

a 40th anniversary is celebrated with special guest, Cheap Trick. 7pm. [Shoreline Amphitheatre]

sePt 10 avishai cohen quartet

Flamenco, rumba, salsa and pop all come together with this perenially popular group. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

Jewish culture, traditions and communities are spotlighted through guest lecturers and screenings of comedies, dramas, shorts and documentaries. visit website for schedule and additional locations. [Palo Alto: Oshmann Family JCC.]

sePt 2 foreiGner

The leader in mariachi and latin pop fusion music takes the stage. 8pm. [SAP Center]

sePt 10 the GiPsy KinGs

oct 21-nov 12 silicon valley JeWish filM festival

Music: Jazz & other

sePt 9 PePe aGuilar

sePt 9 farruKo

sePt 15 Muse

This Grammy-winning rock band is joined by 30 Seconds To Mars. 7pm. [Shoreline Amphitheatre]

sePt 15 donald faGen and the niGhtflyers

This band blends jazz, soul and other musical influences. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

sePt 16 florida GeorGia line

The cruise singers are joined by nelly and chris lane. 7pm. [Shoreline Amphitheatre]

sePt 16 triBal seeds & PePPer

The reggae group performs alongside the Hawaiian band known for its island rhythms. 6:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

sePt 16 Marco antonio solis

This Mexican musician, composer and producer performs with Jesse and Joy. 8pm. [SAP Center]

sePt 17 il divo

The classical crossover group performs tangos, boleros and mambas. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

sePt 18 avishai cohen quartet

The israeli-born trumpeter leads his quartet. 8pm. [Palo Alto: Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way; 650/223-8649]

sePt 19 Michael franti & sPearhead

sePt 23 the anderson tWins trio

The Palo alto Jazz alliance celebrates their 25th anniversary with a performance by this renowned trio. 7:30pm. [Atherton: MenloAtherton Center for the Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Rd.;]

sePt 24 Marcus shelBy orchestra

Featuring vocalist Tiffany austin, this concert celebrates the Great american songbook. 4:30pm. [Douglas Beach House] Michael fran

ti (sePt 19)

rapper, musician, poet and spoken word vocalist Franti is known for his globally-conscious lyrics and dynamic shows. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

sePt 22 Buffy saint-Marie

since her debut in 1964, this singer-songwriter has been an avatar of the international protest movement. 7:30pm. [Bing Concert Hall]

sePt 27 a 24-decade history of PoPular Music

With Taylor Mac—theater’s beloved maximalist—as a guide, this abridged version of his epic 24-hour art concert decodes the social history of the U.s. through popular songs ranging from yankee Doodle Dandy to disco. 7:30pm. [Bing Concert Hall]

sePt 27 suBliMe With roMe

one of the most popular acts in the ska third wave, this band performs with The offspring. 7pm. [Shoreline Amphitheatre] This rocker performs a collection of his best singles. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

the Beach Bo ys (sePt 22)

sePt 29 sPanish harleM orchestra ProJect

This Grammy winning latin Jazz band sets the standard for authentic, new york-style salsa. 9pm. [Fox Theatre]

sePt 30 Jason aldean

sePt 22 the Beach Boys

This group continues the legacy of the iconic american band debuted over five decades ago. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

This living legend performs old and new hits. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

sePt 28 adaM ant

sePt 20 GeorGe thoroGood & the destroyers

This rock icon is known for Bad to the Bone and other hits. 7pm. [Montalvo Arts Center]

sePt 25 toM Jones

Marcus shelBy (sePt 24)

Performing classics and chart-topping singles, this country singer joins forces with chris young and Kane Brown. 7:30pm. [Shoreline Amphitheatre]

Key to venues With MultiPle listinGs

BinG concert hall: Palo Alto/Stanford University Campus; 327 Lasuen St.; 650/725-ARTS 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 fox theater Redwood City: 2215 Broadway St.; 650/369-7770 le Petit trianon San Jose: 72 N. 5th St.; 408/995-5400 Montalvo arts center: Saratoga: 15400 Montalvo Rd.; 408/961-5800 Mountain Winery: Saratoga: 14831 Pierce Rd.; 408/741-2822. saP center: San Jose: 525 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/287-9200 shoreline aMPhitheatre: Mountain View: 1 Amphitheatre Way; 650/962-1000 Discover silicon valley • 9

oct 13 Brian Wilson

one of popular music’s most revered figures performs the album “Pet sounds” in its entirety. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

oct 14 luKe Bryan

The country singer is joined on stage by Brett eldredge. 7pm. [Shoreline Amphitheatre]

oct 14 a triBute to the toMMy dorsey orchestra

This tribute to the big band leader features Dorsey favorites. 2 & 7pm. [Fox Theatre]

oct 1 claudia villela GrouP

cold Play (oct 4)

oct 7 nas & lauryn hill

This classical guitarist from Brazil is one of the finest of his generation. 7:30pm. [Le Petit Trianon]

oct 7 the MavericKs

Mexican singer-songwriter Morrison has won two latin Grammys for her album, Déjenme Llorar. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

rooted in the sounds of Brazil, villela incorporates international elements in her music. 4:30pm. [Douglas Beach House]

The hip hop star performs his classic material alongside the singer-songwriter. 7pm. [Shoreline Amphitheatre]

This alt-rock band performs alongside Grouplove and K. Flay. 7:30pm. [Shoreline Amphitheatre]

This band performs a mix of classic country, cow-punk and standards. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

oct 3 iMaGine draGons

oct 4 coldPlay

This Grammy award-winning rock group performs for their “a Head Full of Dreams” tour. 7pm. [Santa Clara: Levi’s Stadium; 415/GO49ERS]

oct 5 J Balvin

The leader of a second-generation reggaeton revolution performs. 8pm. [City National Civic]

oct 6 Marc anthony

This concert features hits from throughout his musical career along with some of his favorite songs. 8pm. [SAP Center]

oct 6 shaWn colvin and her Band

This singer-songwriter performs hits such as Sunny Came Home. 8pm. [Montalvo Arts Center]

10 • Discover silicon valley

oct 14 eduardo costa

oct 7 Johnny Mathis

This legendary singer performs his greatest hits and personal favorites. 8pm. [City National Civic]

oct 8 dePeche Mode

The english electronic band performs for their Global spirit Tour. 7:30pm. [SAP Center]

oct 11 roGer McGuinn

Front man for the Byrds, this guitar maestro is known for his hits including Mr. Tambourine Man. 7:30pm. [Montalvo Arts Center]

oct 12 caifanes

This influential Mexican rock band takes the stage. 8pm. [City National Civic]

oct 15 carla Morrison

oct 21 sfJazz collective

This award-winning octet celebrates legendary jazz artists. 7:30pm. [Bing Concert Hall]

oct 21 the neW World Players

Pianist Benyamin nuss joins the ensemble in a performance of the Final Fantasy video game series. 7pm. [San Jose: Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St.; 408/792-4111]

oct 24 andrÉ rieu

Waltzes, film scores, spirituals, folk songs and marches are performed on andré’s 1732 stradivarius violin. 8pm. [SAP Center]

oct 26 daniel Pearl World Music days concert

stanford musicians curate this free annual concert honoring the life and memory of alumnus Daniel Pearl, the violin-playing

Wall street Journal reporter who was murdered in 2002 in Pakistan. 7:30pm. [Bing Concert Hall]

oct 26 louis PriMa, Jr.

louis Prima sr. classics are performed by this trumpeter and his band. The Witnesses. 7:30pm. [Montalvo Arts Center]

oct 27 zac BroWn Band

This country music band performs their hits. 7pm. [Shoreline Amphitheatre]

oct 29 the steve turre quartet

This jazz innovator, trombonist and seashellist performs. 4:30pm. [Douglas Beach House]

Music: classical

oct 4 PhilharMonia Baroque orchestra

accompanied by the Philharmonia orchestra chorale, the orchestra performs The Passion According to Judas—a new work by scottish composer sally Beamish. 7:30pm. [Bing Concert Hall]

oct 8 san Jose chaMBer orchestra

The program includes ahmed alabaca’s Across the Calm Waters of Heaven: A Piece for Peace, Henry Mollicone’s Fantasia Nostalgica and several world premieres. 7pm. [Le Petit Trianon]

oct 11 st. laWrence strinG quartet

stanford’s resident quartet explores Dvořák’s American Quartet. 7:30pm. [Bing Concert Hall]

sePt 9 sean chen

The Bay area steinway society presents this up-and-coming pianist. 7:30pm. [Le Petit Trianon]

oct 15 aMerican Brass quintet

sePt 30 Mission chaMBer orchestra of san Jose

The orchestra’s “British connections” program features a new violin concerto by local composer Henry Mollicone. 7:30pm. [Le Petit Trianon]

sePt 30-oct 1 syMPhony silicon valley

No. 7 in A major as well as Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman Overture. sat, 8pm; sun, 2:30pm. [San Jose: California Theatre, 345 S. 1st St.; 408/286-2600]

Paul Polivnick conducts a program featuring Beethoven’s Symphony

The venerable quintet hailed as the “high priests of brass” performs a program devoted to the early days of the american republic. 2:30pm. [Bing Concert Hall]

oct 15 san Jose Wind syMPhony

The symphony kicks off its season with the music of leonard Bernstein. 3pm. [Saratoga: McAfee Performing Arts Center, 20300 Herriman Ave.; 408/927-7597]

sePt 17 aMit Peled

This acclaimed israeli cellist performs work by Bach, Bloch, Bruch, and others. 5:30pm. [Palo Alto: Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way; 650/223-8649]

oct 21-22 syMPhony silicon valley

Mei-ann chen conducts Dvorak’s Slavonik Dances, Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in D minor. sat, 8pm; sun, 2:30pm. [San Jose: California Theatre, 345 S. 1st St.; 408/286-2600]

oct 22 calidore strinG quartet

The quartet performs Haydn’s String Quartet No. 5 and Hindemith’s String Quartet No. 4. 7pm. [Burlingame: Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Dr.; 650/762-1130]

oct 22 san Jose chaMBer Music society

The quartet performs works by Mozart, Grieg and Debussy. 7pm. [Le Petit Trianon]

oct 27-29 syMPhony silicon valley

as part of the Movies in Concert series, the symphony performs the music of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban accompanied by the movie on a giant screen. Fri, 7pm; sat, 2:30 & 7:30pm; sun, 1:30pm. [San Jose: Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.; 408/286-2600]

oct 29 the stradivarius enseMBle of the MariinsKy orchestra

This elite group of string musicians plays on priceless period instruments in a program that includes shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1; Grieg’s Holberg Suite; strauss’ Metamorphosen and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. 2:30pm. [Bing Concert Hall]

oct 29 san Jose chaMBer orchestra

PhilharMonia Baroque orchestra (oct 4)

The orchestra performs works byvivaldi, Mozart, and andre caplet. 7pm. [Le Petit Trianon]

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oct 27-28 aKraM Khan coMPany

acclaimed choreographer akram Khan’s newest work uses both indian kathak and modern dance in a tale of transformation and justice. 7:30pm. [Bing Concert Hall]

theater & Musicals

thru sePt 17 constellations

Presented by theatreWorks

cosi fan tutte

a crazy little thing called love

Subtitled “The School for Lovers,” Mozart’s beloved opera buffa, Cosi Fan Tutte (Sept 9-24) takes a probing look into romantic relationships. It starts out with a cynical philosopher’s bet that two beautiful young women can’t remain faithful to their fiancés for 24 hours. As the intrigue deepens, the young women’s affections—and those of the young men—move into a new place that’s risky and scary. Presented by opera san Jose, this romantic comedy that is a tragedy underneath is the perfect stuff for the uncanny genius of Mozart, so clearly revealed in this dazzling score. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. [san Jose: california theatre, 345 s. 1st st.; 408/437-4450]


sePt 9-24 cosi fan tutte

Presented by opera san Jose

Mozart’s opera buffa—a romantic comedy in which fidelity is put to the test—remains one of the most performed operas worldwide. Thurs-sat, 8pm; sun, 3pm. [San Jose: California Theatre, 345 S. 1st St.; 408/437-4450]

oct 13, 15, 21 & 22 norMa

Presented by West Bay opera

The tragic story of forbidden love, betrayal and sacrifice is Bellini’s 12 • Discover silicon valley

best-known score. sung in italian with english titles. 2pm. [Palo Alto: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd.; 650/424-9999]


oct 12 & 14 sJdanceco

Performances highlight the company’s signature brand of contemporary dance and classic works of the american Modern Dance repertory. Thurs, 8pm; sat, 2:30 & 8pm. [San Jose: The Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio; 408/520-9854]

a time-bending romantic drama, this Broadway sensation is spun out of string theory. Tues-Wed, 7:30pm; Thurs-sat, 8pm; sun, 2 &/or 7pm. [Mountain View: Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.; 650/903-6000]

sePt 8-oct 1 in the next rooM

Presented by Pear theatre

sarah ruhl’s provocative play examines a slice of american history in which physicians treated various female ailments by use of an electric vibrator. Thurs-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Mountain View: Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St.; 650/254-1148]

sePt 14-oct 15 stuPid f@cKinG Bird

Presented by city lights theater

This contemporary riff on chekhov’s The Seagull moves the work to a country house where actresses, playwrights, novelists and doctors bare their souls as they struggle to find the truths of life. Wed-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [San Jose: 529 S. 2nd St.; 408/295-4200]

sePt 15-oct 1 Million dollar quartet

Presented by Palo alto Players

This Tony award-winning Broadway musical is inspired by the true story of the famed recording session where sam Phillips brought together elvis Presley, Johnny cash, Jerry lee lewis and carl Perkins. Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Palo Alto: Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Rd.; 650/329-0891]

sePt 15-oct 8 Peter and the starcatcher

By tabard theatre company

Based on the best-selling novels, this play upends the century-old story of how an orphan boy becomes Peter Pan. Thurs-Fri, 8pm; sat, 3 & 8pm; sun, 2pm. [San Jose: Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.; 408/979-0231]

oct 6-nov 5 the Prince of eGyPt

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oct 7-22 oKlahoMa!

By lyric theatre of san Jose

Written by richard rodgers and oscar Hammerstein ii, this musical integrates songs and american-style folk dances into a heartfelt story. Fri, 8pm; sat, 2 & 8pm; sun, 2pm. [San Jose: San Jose City College Theater, 2100 Moorpark Ave.; 408/986-1455]

oct 18-22 a BriMful of asha

Presented by Why not theatre

culture clash, canadian-style, comes to life in this two-person play about a first-generation twentysomething who wants to connect with his indian heritage— but not necessarily all of it. Wedsat, 8pm; sun, 2:30pm. [Bing Concert Hall]

oct 20-nov 12 an eneMy of the PeoPle

Presented by Pear theatre

Henrik ibsen’s 1882 story of an altruistic man undermined by people concerned with profit still rings disturbingly true today. Thurs-sat, 8pm; sun, 2pm. [Mountain View: Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St.; 650/254-1148]

oct 26-nov 4 rocKy horror shoW

Presented by san Jose stage

Presenting a new genre of “Musical entertainment” this production is built around the technology of “virtual scenery.” a portion of the proceeds benefits st. Baldrick’s Foundation. Thurs-Fri, 8pm; sat, 8 & 11:30pm. [San Jose: 490 S. First St.; 408/283-7142]

the Prince of eGyPt

theatreWorks silicon valley delivers the World Premiere of a new Musical by stephen schwartz, oct 14-nov 5 Bay Area audiences are in for a treat for this fall, as TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, in collaboration with the Fredericia Teater, presents the World Premiere of The Prince of Egypt which begins its international journey towards a 2018 debut in Denmark.

A soaring celebration of the human spirit inspired by the acclaimed DreamWorks Animation film, the musical boasts a score and lyrics by Grammy and stePhen schWartz Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), with a book by Hollywood screenwriter Philip LaZebnik (Pocahontas, Mulan), who will both be in residence at TheatreWorks creating this stage adaptation of the first-ever animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Animation.

A must-see event for this season, The Prince of Egypt features a dazzling, multi-ethnic cast of more than 25 actors including Broadway veterans, European stars, and new faces, in one of the greatest stories ever told: the saga of Moses, his Pharaoh brother Ramses, and the indomitable people who changed them both forever. This breathtaking new stage musical of family and faith will be directed by multi-award-winning Broadway director Scott Schwartz.

Featuring the Oscar-winning Best Song “When You Believe,” which became a top single in a pop version released by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, The Prince of Egypt was the most successful non-Disney animated film released at the time. The Prince of Egypt will play at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (500 Castro St.), October 14 through November 5, with previews Oct. 6-13. For tickets ($40-$100) and more information, visit or call (650) 463-1960. Discover silicon valley • 13

san francisco hiGhliGhts

seBastian Maniscalco (sePt 30)

san francisco oPera presents Puccini’s Turandot (sept 9-Dec 9); strauss’ Elektra (sept 9-27); and verdi’s La Traviata (sept 23-oct 17). [San Francisco: Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave.; 415/864-3330] aMerican conservatory theater

stages shakespeare’s Hamlet (sept 20-oct 15), starring John


thru sePt 17 the calaMari sisters

Two italian sisters from Brooklyn sing italian, pop and show tunes as they dance and joke through a special cooking lesson. [San Jose: Montgomery Theatre, 271 Market St.; 408/792-4111]

John douGlas thoMPson, starrinG in HAMLET (sePt 2-oct 15)

Douglas Thompson. [San Francisco: Geary Theater, 415 Geary St.; 415/749-2228]

the shn orPheuM theatre

presents An American in Paris (sept 12-oct 8), the touring Broadway musical inspired by the music of George Gershwin. [San Francisco: 1192 Market St.; 888/746-1799]

san francisco syMPhony

sept-oct highlights include an opening night gala with Yo-Yo Ma (sept 14); a celebration of the music of Bernstein (sept 22-24); Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique (sept 28 & 30, oct 1); Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, featuring sol Gabetta (oct 1921); and osmo vänskä conducting works by sibelius (oct 26-28). [San Francisco: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave.; 415/864-6000] 14 • Discover silicon valley

sePt 9 ron White

This comedian is best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the “Blue collar comedy” phenomenon. 8pm. [Mountain Winery]

sePt 17 JiM GaffiGan

Family-friendly comedian Gaffigan’s new “noble ape” tour delivers just that. 7:30pm. [Shoreline Amphitheatre]

sePt 29 Jeff dunhaM

This award-winning ventriloquist is a familiar and well-loved comedian on numerous tv shows. 5pm. [Mountain Winery]

sePt 30 seBastian Maniscalco

saying what we’re all thinking has always been this comedian’s specialty. 7:30pm. [Mountain Winery]

sePt 30 Michael carBonaro

From his hit television series “The carbonaro effect”, this magician

brings his signature blend of bizarre antics, audience interaction and mind-blowing magic to the live stage. 8pm. [San Jose: City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St.; 800/745-3000]

sPectator sPorts


san francisco Giants

[San Francisco: AT&T Park; 415/972-2000] Sept 1-3: Cardinals. Fri, 7:15pm; sat-sun, 1:05pm. Sept 11-13: Dodgers. Mon-Wed, 7:15pm. Sept 15-17: Diamondbacks. Fri, 7:15pm; sat, 6:05pm; sun, 1:05pm. Sept 19-20: Rockies. Tues, 7:15pm; Wed, 12:45pm. Sept 29-Oct 1: Padres. Fri, 7:15pm; sat, 1:05pm; sun, 12:05pm.

oaKland athletics

[Oakland: Coliseum; 877/493BALL] Sept 4-6: Angels. Mon, 1:05pm; Tues, 7:05pm; Wed, 12:35pm. Sept 8-10: Astros. Fri, 7:05pm; sat-sun, 1:05pm. Sept 22-24: Rangers. Fri, 7:05pm; sat, 6:05pm; sun, 1:05pm. Sept 25-27: Mariners. Mon-Tue, 7:05pm; Wed, 12:35pm.


oaKland raiders

[Oakland: Oakland Coliseum; 800/724-3377] Sept 17: Jets. 1:05pm. Oct 8: Ravens. 1:05pm. Oct 15: Chargers. 1:25pm. Oct 19: Chiefs. 5:25pm.

san francisco 49ers

[Santa Clara: Levi’s Stadium; 415/GO-49ERS] Sept 10: Panthers. 1:25pm. Sept 21: Rams. 5:25pm. Oct 22: Cowboys. 1:05pm.


san Jose sharKs

[San Jose: SAP Center; 800/7453000] Games at 7:30pm. Oct 4: Flyers. Oct 7: Kings. Oct 12: Sabres. Oct 14: Islanders. Oct 17: Canadiens. Oct 30: Maple Leafs.

ice sKatinG

sePt 3 Kristi yaMaGuchi’s fiGure sKatinG shoW

Top figure skaters take center ice, including Karen chen, Polina edmunds, and Maia and alex shibutani. 3:30pm. [San Jose: SAP Center; 408/287-9200]


san Jose earthquaKes

[San Jose: Avaya Stadium; 408/556-7700] Sept 26: Houston. 7:15pm. Sept 27: Chicago. 7:15pm. Sept 30: Portland. 7:15pm. Oct 22: Minnesota. 12:45pm.


sePt 18 WWe Monday niGht raW

see all of WWe’s superstars under one roof. 4:30pm. [San Jose: SAP Center; 408/287-9200]

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. Wed-Mon, 11-5pm; Thurs, 118pm. [Stanford campus: 314 Lomita Dr.; 650/721-6055]

cantor arts center at stanford university

20th-century european and american art is presented in a variety of galleries, along with a diverse permanent collection spanning the history of art and a broad spectrum of cultures. among the exhibits this month: •Environmental Exposure: Photography and Ecology after 1970 (thru sept 18) draws on the cantor’s collection of photography from the 70s and early ’80s to explore a transformative moment in the representation of the american landscape. •Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser (sept 15-Jan 7) includes video, photography, sculpture and sound art in a mid-career survey of this artist. Wed-Mon, 11-5pm; Thurs, 118pm. [Stanford campus: 328 Lomita Dr.; 650/723-4177]

san Jose institute of conteMPorary art

This non-profit organization features contemporary, cutting-edge art, with an emphasis on emerging artists. on exhibit this month: •Heather Wilcoxon: At Sea (thru sept 10) features the artist’s current series of boat paintings. •Connect & Collect (sept 23-oct 21), an annual art exhibition, features a silent and live auction. Tues-Fri, 10-5; sat, 12-5. [San Jose: 560 S. First St.; 408/2838155]

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: •Diana Al-Hadid: Liquid City (thru sept 24) features sculptural pieces of polymer gypsum and drawings on mylar from this contemporary syrian artist’s collection. •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. [San Jose: 110 S. Market St.; 408/294-2787]

san Jose MuseuM of quilts & textiles

This unique museum features contemporary and traditional quilts from around the world. on exhibit this month: •Linear Intervention, Sabine Reckewell (thru oct 15) features large-scale installation art using materials which resemble a line drawing in space. •Quilt Nihon (thru oct 15) displays quilts made by some of the most respected artists from Japan and the Pacific rim. •Modern and Historic Quilts from the Collection (thru oct 15) showcases a selection of quilts from the museum’s permanent collection. Wed-Fri, 11-4pm; satsun, 11-3. [San Jose: 520 S. First St.; 408/971-0323]

triton MuseuM of art

This community museum features contemporary art from northern california and the Bay area. on exhibit this month: •Dorothea Lange (thru oct 29) showcases works by this documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era photographs. Tues-sun, 11-5; Thurs, ’til 9pm. [Santa Clara: 1505 Warburton Ave.; 408/247-3754] Discover silicon valley • 15

49ers MuseuM

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]

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 16 • Discover silicon valley

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 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 exPloration visitor center

view models of previous and recent 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]

redWood canoPy tours

For highflying adventure, head for the santa cruz Mountains and enjoy the adrenaline rush of ziplining 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

This silicon valley landmark is one of the nation’s premier science and technology museums. Fun hands-on experiences and oneof-a-kind 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-story-high 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]

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 fortuneteller 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 160room 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. and for those looking for halloween spookiness, head for the Candlelight Tours through the maze of rooms during 20 dark nights, sept 29-october 31. [San Jose: 525 S. Winchester Blvd.; 408/247-2000]

thrills & suMMer fun

california’s Great aMerica

This 100-acre theme park includes a complete water park inside, plus tons of heart-pumping rides with intense drops, drastic turns, and pure speed such as Flight Deck, Demon, Drop Zone,

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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 actual skull, femur and pelvis fossils found locally, as well as a full-size replica of a mammoth. Tues-sat, 10-5; sun, 12-5. closing early (3pm), sept 1 & 5-8. closed for refurbishment sept 11-22 & sept 25. [San Jose: 180 Woz Way; 408/298-5437]

and The Grizzly. Thrill-seekers love the Gold striker—the tallest and fastest wooden coaster in northern california—while new this year is Patriot, a floorless roller coaster which dangles riders’ feet inches from the track. Families can enjoy a plunge down logger’s run, riding on the world’s largest double-decker carousel, or taking in views from the observation deck. For the younger crowd, Planet snoopy and KidZville are a blast. open weekends & labor Day thru oct 29; closed oct 22. [Santa Clara: Great America Pkwy.; 408/988-1776]

K1 sPeed

With its professionally designed race tracks, european-style racing, and emission-free electric karts capable of reaching 40mph, this indoor electric kart center offers racing fun. open daily. [Santa Clara: 2925 Mead Ave.; 855/5177333. South San Francisco: 160 S. Beacon St.; 855/517-7333]

raGinG Waters

northern california’s largest water park offers 23 acres and millions of gallons of family fun. Barrel down shotgun Falls, free fall in Bombs away, and bolt headfirst through the dual- twisting sidewinder. and if lazy is what you want to be, then just put up 18 • Discover silicon valley

your feet and float down the endless river. There are plenty of options for the little ones, too. open labor Day and weekends thru oct 10. closed for the fall/winter. [San Jose: 2333 S. White Rd.; 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. open labor Day and weekends thru oct 29. [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,

Gilroy Gardens

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 be missed are the bizarre “circus Trees”—grab a park map and go on a scavenger hunt to spot these famed, whimsically grafted trees. open weekends and labor Day thru oct 29. [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.

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santa cruz Beach BoardWalK


Hands-on displays, daily river otter and bobcat feedings, wildlife shows and demonstrations, and more than 40 live species of animals provide family fun. Tues-sat, 10-5; sun, 12-5. [San Mateo: Coyote Point Park, 1651 Coyote Point Dr.; 650/342-7755]

[San Jose: Kelley Park, Keyes & Senter Rds.; 408/794-6400]

roarinG caMP railroads

ride authentic 1800s narrowand standard-gauge steam trains through the redwood forests with conductors narrating the history of the railroad and scenery along the way, or take the santa cruz Beach Train to the Beach Boardwalk and back. sept-oct: redwood Forest train runs weekdays, 11am; sat-sun, 11am, 12:30 & 2pm. Beach train runs sat-sun thru sept 30. [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]

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

filoli center

one of the ďŹ nest 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 oered. open Tuessat, 10-3:30; sun, 11-3:30. (last admission at 2:30pm.) [Woodside: 86 CaĂąada 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]

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

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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. learn about early immigration of Japanese to america, their leadership in the agricultural community, their incarceration during World War ii, and the challenges faced while adapting and con-

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

Mission san Jose

Founded in 1797 as the 14th of 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

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 influenced 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 urs for info. [Palo Alto: off El Camino Real; 650/723-2560]

additional attractions

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 flight simulator, check out the restoration Workshop where plane guts are brought back to life. Daily, 10-5. [San Carlos: 601 Skyway Rd., off Hwy. 101; 650/654-0200]

ira f. Brilliant center for Beethoven studies

established in 1983, this is the only institution in north america devoted solely to the life, works, and accomplishments of ludwig van Beethoven. The center includes a large collection of first and early 19th-century editions of Beethoven’s music, several original transcripts, a library of recordings, more than 3,000 books on Beethoven in several languages, and even a lock of the composer’s hair. Mon, 11-5; Tues-Thurs, 11-6; sat, 1-5. [San Jose State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Library (5th floor); 408/808-2058]

Moffett field historical society & MuseuM

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

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

tastinG rooMs

sarah’s vineyard

BiG Basin vineyards

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

Bonny doon vineyard

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

Burrell school vineyards

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

ByinGton Winery

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

cinnaBar Winery

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

clos lachance

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

cooPer-Garrod vineyards

Weekdays, 12-5; weekends, 11-5. [Saratoga: 22645 Garrod Rd.; 408/867-7116] Discover silicon valley • 21

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

MorGan hill cellars

Picchetti Winery

reGale Winery

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

Mountain Winery

Thurs-sun, 12-5. [Saratoga: 14831 Pierce Rd.; 408/741-2822] Tasting daily, 11-5. [Cupertino. 13100 Montebello Rd.; 408/7411310]

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

GuGlielMo Winery

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

hecKer Pass Winery

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

surf city vintners

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

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

david Bruce Winery

storrs Winery

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

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

ridGe vineyards

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

sarah’s vineyard

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


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

solis Winery

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

sycaMore creeK vineyards

testarossa Winery

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

thoMas foGarty Winery

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

thoMas Kruse Winery

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

J. lohr vineyards & Wines

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

Jason-stePhens Winery

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

la neBBia Winery

Full-bodied reds made of grapes sourced from premium california wine-growing regions include sangiovese, Zinfandel, and a cabernet/ Merlot blend. The pleasant 22 • Discover silicon valley

ridGe Winery



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.

Most  PoPular

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

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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).


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). steaMer lane

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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.

valley vistas

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


& ocean vieWs

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

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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] 26 • Discover silicon valley


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

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] Discover silicon valley • 27

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


eli thoMas MensWear south Bay

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

PatricK JaMes the Peninsula

eli thoMas

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

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]

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]

recently designated one of esquire Magazine’s “Top 50 Men’s clothiers in america,” this unique store features the world’s finest

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]

saM Malouf the Peninsula

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BricK MonKey squared the Peninsula

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

roMi Boutique the Peninsula

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

ruti the Peninsula

This store with a striking, minimalist interior offers chic and modern apparel, footwear and accessories designed and curated by owner ruti, whose styles reflect her israeli roots. open daily. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real. 650/391-9719]

sMith alder south Bay

This intimate boutique represents over 30 designers, featuring unique, beautiful and artistic american-made and european womenswear, art jewelry and accessories. open daily. [San Jose: 377 Santana Row, Suite 1055; 408/260-7555]

a touch of flair the Peninsula

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

art Glass

annieGlass south Bay

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

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

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

Founded in 1955, this independent bookstore is known and loved for its literary events, knowledgeable staff, and broad selection of books and magazines. Mon-sat, 910; 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 deDiscover silicon valley • 29

signed 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]

flea MarKet

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; Frisat, 11-9. [Los Gatos: 11-1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/395-1680]

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, 124. [Redwood City: 2400 Broadway St. #120; 650/260-1155]


Blacy’s fine JeWelers south Bay

step into the luxury world of exclusive crisscut diamonds and elegant jewelry from internationally acclaimed designers at this intimate boutique. Tues-Wed, 10-5; Thurs-sat, 10-6. [Los Gatos: 51 University Ave.; 408/354-9500] 30 • Discover silicon valley

de Gallerie south Bay

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

GehrKens fine JeWelry south Bay

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

shreve & co the Peninsula

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


charMelle 28 the Peninsula

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

ela linGerie the Peninsula

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

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

french theft linGerie south Bay

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

roMantiques linGerie south Bay

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

toys & GaMes

autoMoBuild south Bay

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

oddyssea on the coast

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

sierra toy soldier coMPany south Bay

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

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

ian 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

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]

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]

This storied restaurant at Mariani’s inn serves american and ital-

a hillside “cable car” and path lead you down lush gardens to this

Mariani’s restaurant south Bay

shadoWBrooK santa cruz coast

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] Discover silicon valley • 31






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


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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

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]

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]


esPetus the Peninsula

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

foGo de chão south Bay

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

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]


caffe frascati south Bay

Find a little slice of italy right in the heart of downtown san Jose. sip one of their famous cappuccinos, try a tasty panini, experience some live music, or just enjoy happy hour after a day at work. Beer and wine also offered. MonThurs, 7:30am-10pm; Fri, 7:30am-midnight; sat, 8am-midnight; sun, 8am-9pm. [San Jose: 315 S. 1st St.; 408/287-0400] Discover silicon valley • 33

california cuisine

cafÉ cruz santa cruz coast

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]

Manresa south Bay

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

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

darda south Bay

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] 34 • Discover silicon valley

MayfloWer south Bay

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]


WhisPers cafÉ & crePerie south Bay

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

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. sunday Brunch. [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 with 30 available by the glass. 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 favorites such as fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. a lounge with full bar and live/DJ music add to the fun. lunch & dinner daily. Brunch sat-sun, 9:30-2. open ‘til late. [San Jose: 355 Santana Row; 408/2471706. Santa Cruz: 1220 Pacific Ave.; 831/426-9930]


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]

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

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 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.

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Dinner nightly. [Burlingame: 1205 Broadway Ave.; 650/344-3900]

vito’s trattoria south Bay

Genuine italian food and hospitality come together at this warm and charming restaurant near san Jose airport. The freshest of ingredients are used in the preparation of traditional dishes at reasonable prices, including pasta, veal, seafood, chicken and steaks. 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.; 408/3776456]

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 36 • Discover silicon valley

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]

sixto’s cantina Mid-Peninsula

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


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]

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]

the sea By alexander’s the Peninsula

This premier seafood dining destination distinguishes itself by focusing on rich sumptuous morsels

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


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]


alexander’s steaKhouse south Bay

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 READERS CHOICE FOR BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT -Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, Palo Alto Daily

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,

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 • 37




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

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

Japanese Teppan-Yaki: The FUN Way to Dine

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

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




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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

after hours

Bars & lounGes

55 south

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


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

the continental

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


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

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] Discover silicon valley • 39

cluB fox

sep-oct shows at this cabaretstyle nightclub include: The Sun Kings (sept 9); Journey Revisited (sept 22); Tainted Love (sept 23); Hot Roux (oct 4); The Daniel Castro Band (oct 18); and Powerage & Joyride (oct 28). 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 sept: Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s (sept 8); Benton Street Blues Band (sept 9); Junior Watson Band (sept 15); Dirty Revival Band (sept 16); Ron Hacker & The Hacksaws (sept 22); Jinx Jones (sept 23); Mark Hummel & The Blues Survivors (sept 29); and Hot Roux (sept 30). [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


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 sept-oct line-up includes: Andrew Norelli (sept 710); Jackie Kashian (sept 14-17);

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Jamie Lee (sept 21-24); Don Friesen (oct 5-8); Tony Hinchcliffe (oct 12-15); Joe List (oct 19-22); and Josh Johnson (oct 26-29). Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 9pm; sat, 7 & 9:30pm; sun, 8pm. [Sunnyvale: 157 W. El Camino; 408/736-0921]

the iMProv

sept-oct highlights at this comedy club include: Pablo Francisco (sept 1-3); Felipe Esparza (sept 15-17); Guy Torry (sept 22-24); Bill Phillips (sept 23); Iliza Shlesinger (sept 28-30); Anthony Jeselnik (oct 5-7); Kevin Pollak (oct 1214); Kelsey Cook (oct 15); and Steve Trevino (oct 26-29). Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 7:30 & 9:45pm; sat, 7 & 9:15pm; sun, 7pm. [San Jose: 62 S. 2nd St.; 408/280-7475]

card rooMs

Bay 101

This popular casino offers an exciting cardroom environment, 24/7. catch all the action with games such as Texas Hold ’em, 21st century Blackjack, eZ Baccarat, 3-card Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Pai Gow Poker and more. [San Jose: 1801 Bering Rd. Opening in new location September 29: 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]

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

Santa Clara Convention Center Levi’s Stadium Great America

Santana Row Winchester Mystery House

Palo alto area

santa clara/san Jose area


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Santana Row

Great Levi’s America Stadium

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doWntoWn san Jose Lightrail to Alum Rock/ Santa Teresa

Lightrail to Mountain View

San Pedro Square

SAP Center

San Jose City Hall

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San Jose Museum of Art

Hammer Theater Center

Parkside Hall City Hyatt National rk Place Civic


Four Points by Sheraton


Westin San California San Jose Jose Theatre Marriott

San Jose Stage Museum of Quilts City Lights Theatre


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Martin Luther King Jr. Library

FAMILY FUN Great America


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 September 2017  

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

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