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38 ATTRACTIONS Fun for all Ages


HIDDEN GEMS Bagpipers, Baseball and Biker Hangouts


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60 RESTAURANT LISTINGS Our Top Picks in the South Bay (60), on the Peninsula (78) and on the Coast (91)

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142 THE OUTDOORS The Many Ways to Spend Sunny Days


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156 VISITOR INFORMATION Getting Around & Maps



102 SILICON VALLEY SIPPING Local Wineries Rival Napa to the North



CRAFTY COCKTAILS Quirky New Sipping Trends

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SILICON VALLEY & THE PENINSULA You’d think a place with a name as widely resonant in the farthest reaches of the earth as “Silicon Valley” would also sport a well-known landmark of some kind, like so many other world-famous destinations. After all, New York City has its Empire State Building, Paris the Eiffel Tower, Russia the Kremlin, and San Francisco, our next door neighbor to the north, has the Golden Gate Bridge. But no, the planet’s acknowledged vortex of high tech enjoys no such instantly recognizable symbol. Don’t mistake that for meaning the Valley doesn’t brim with iconic features, however; it’s simply that none of them happen to be impressive singular man-made edifices.



or example, credit for our balmy year-round climate, as well as the scenic wonders of our nearby mountains and beaches, can only be attributed to the benevolent hand of nature. But maybe we do deserve a few quick pats on the back for the foresight to safeguard so much of our landscape in the form of parks and open space preserves. Then, too, there’s the vibrant diversity of our population, much of it drawn here by the lure of working for high tech companies like Apple, Intel, Google, Facebook, or




Hewlett-Packard. The happy result is a blending of myriad nationalities and races into a colorful human mosaic of celebrations, customs and ideas. What else? Well, the melting pot of cultures inevitably gave birth to a tantalizing culinary smorgasbord serving up virtually every known variety of the world’s cuisines. There’s also a thriving performing arts scene, a glittering array of world class museums, two distinctive wine-growing regions rivaling Napa in quality, top-notch pro-sports teams from baseball and football to hockey and soccer, and, oh, yes, more musical venues than you can count, featuring everything from blues and jazz to country and rock. To be sure there are a few downbeat aspects to living here, like the high cost of housing and the snail-like commute traffic, but that’s to be expected in a place where so many people want to live. And it’s a small price to pay in exchange for the many perks we enjoy.







San Jose ranks as America’s 10th largest city, but you’d never guess it from wandering around its pleasantly lowkey center. Where are all the towering skyscrapers? Where are the throngs of suit-clad executives hurrying between appointments? The answer to the first question is that San Jose’s convenient proximity to Mineta San Jose International Airport puts its downtown squarely in the flight path of arriving fights, which rules out towering skyscrapers on safety grounds. And the lack of frenetic crowds or formal business attire? Well, the myriad high-tech companies spread throughout the city and the rest of Silicon Valley long ago adopted a laid-back style that turned casual Fridays into every day of the week. The result is an informal, pleasantly fluid social atmosphere in which it’s hard to tell the city’s financial movers and shakers from the regular office workers. WHAT TO SEE AND DO: Vibrant cultural and entertainment scenes soon sprang up to serve the needs of the creative, highly educated people drawn here from all over the world by the technological boom. Today, museums run the gamut from the San Jose Museum of Art and the Children’s Discovery Museum to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum—the largest Egyptian

museum west of the Mississippi River—and the oneof-a-kind Tech Museum of Innovation. To explore a historical mystery, take a tour of the beautiful, decidedly strange Winchester Mystery House, a 160-room Victorian mansion that underwent 38 years of non-stop construction to stave off the owner’s fear of ghosts. For opera buffs, the finely restored California EXPLORE




Theatre stages full productions by Opera San Jose, known nationally for discovering and showcasing some of the country’s finest up-and-coming singers. The city’s prime theatrical offerings include not only national hits brought by Broadway San Jose, but also original works by a medley of innovative and acclaimed local theatrical groups. Last but not least, if you’re a pro-sports fan, you

can squeeze in with the enthusiastic throngs at the SAP Center to root for the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks; catch future San Francisco Giants stars playing for the Class A minor-league San Jose Giants at cozy Municipal Stadium; or belly up to the biggest outdoor bar in the USA while you cheer for pro soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium.





DINING & SHOPPING: Downtown San Jose’s liveliest dining and entertainment hot spot is San Pedro Square Market. But you’ll find a tempting range of restaurants along virtually every downtown street, and also in the South First Area and Willow Glen neighborhood. Plus, check out Santana Row, a unique, European-inspired shopping and dining “village” just minutes from downtown.

Spanish soldiers and missionaries built their first California mission in 1769, and San Jose, the yet-tobe-state’s first civilian settlement, sprang up just eight years later. In 1850, when California finally became a state, San Jose served briefly as its capital. The city then lingered for nearly 100 years as the sleepy hub of a sparsely populated agricultural haven called “the Valley of Heart’s Delight.” Things suddenly heated up in the late 1940s, when two key events took place in quick succession. During WWII many army units had stopped briefly in the Bay Area for training on their way to the fighting in the Pacific. After the war, many former soldiers— lured by the mild climate and scenic landscapes— chose to settle here instead of heading home. At about the same time, two Stanford University students launched an innovative engineering company called HewlettPackard. Their now iconic business, along with Mountain View’s Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, lit the fuse on the high-tech explosion that ultimately resulted in Silicon Valley.



SANTANA ROW Indulge in a world-class mix of brands, cutting-edge boutiques, and an endless variety of culinary delights at this one-of-a-kind, European-inspired destination in San Jose. With over 50 shops, 30 restaurants, nine spas and salons, and CineArts Theatre, there’s something for everyone at “The Row.” Imagine yourself strolling along a wide boulevard shaded by an unusual mixture of tall palms and stately oaks. Shoppers pass by or pause to rest on sheltered benches in the flower-filled plaza where a game of chess is being played with two-foot-tall pieces on an oversize board. The sidewalks are lined with restaurant tables where diners are having lively conversations over a meal or a glass of wine. Street-level storefronts carry posh names like Gucci and kate spade new york. Above them, overlooking the scene, town homes painted in Mediterranean pastels feature turrets, columns, arches, and wrought-iron balconies. You may be wondering if you are in southern Italy or France, but in fact, you’re just experiencing Silicon Valley’s unique destination for shopping, dining, and living. Located just three miles west of downtown San Jose, Santana Row is often described as an urban neighborhood for its lively mix of boutiques and well-known shops, as well as a medley of eateries, nightspots, spas, a fitness club, a cinema, and even a luxurious four-star hotel.

Notable for its wealth of unique and big-name brands, Santana Row’s list of shops include Gucci, Amazon Books, Tommy Bahama, Sephora, Warby Parker, Madewell, lululemon athletica, H&M and more. At mealtime, the “quick snack” end of the spectrum entices with cafés, pastry shops, and ice cream parlors, with a tea parlor thrown in for good measure. For a more elaborate meal, the offerings range from Italian, Brazilian, and French to Japanese, Indian, and Singaporean, with plenty in-between. And the pace doesn’t slow down after dinner, when the Hotel Valencia takes over the scene with its popular club, Vbar. Whether you visit for the shopping and discover the restaurants and nightlife, or vice versa, you’ll enjoy this very vibrant outdoor destination.




In Silicon Valley, fortune favors the bold, and the bold find inspiration in the beauty around them. Stage your next meeting in our historic theaters where electric-punch was drunk, iconic tech devices were launched and Broadway’s best is belted.


















City National Civic 2,850 seats

Center for the Performing Arts 2,608 seats

Montgomery Theater 468 seats

California Theatre 1,122 seats

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SANTA CLARA With exciting attractions—including Levi’s Stadium, a modern convention center, first-class hotels, and ample dining choices—Santa Clara is the center of what’s possible.



DINING & SHOPPING Top-notch dining choices include Birk’s Steakhouse, Parcel 104 at the Marriott Santa Clara, Fleming’s Steakhouse and Il Fornaio at Santa Clara Square Marketplace, as well as Bourbon Steak & Pub at Levi’s Stadium. You can also find a wide range of eating spots at the Mercado Santa Clara, Rivermark Plaza, and throughout the city. For beer tasting, enjoy the lively community atmosphere at Golden State Brewery, or pair with pub fare at Taplands and The Halford. For shopping, find upscale fashions, beauty and lifestyle at the area’s largest indoor mall, Westfield Valley Fair.


n Scores of thousands of football fans fill the seats at the Levi’s Stadium during San Francisco 49ers home games during the NFL (National Football League) season from August through February, while year-round special events and concerts also draw huge audiences. Public and private tours of the state-of-the-art stadium are available yearround, and the 49ers Museum Presented by Sony offers 11 gallery and exhibit spaces dedicated to the story of the 49ers.

n California’s Great America is the Bay Area’s only combination theme and water park, offering more than 100 acres of family fun and entertainment. Exhilarating thrills include Gold Striker, Flight Deck, Demon, Drop Tower, and the floorless roller coaster, Patriot, while family rides include the double-decker Carousel Columbia, the Mass Effect 4-D experience, and Rip Roaring Rapids. The biggest thrills yet arrive in 2018 with the new ride, Rail Blazer—a first-of-itskind single rail steel roller coaster that features extreme drops and turns at a super low center of gravity that enables more dynamic turns and rotations than ever before. In the summer, the water park’s wave pool, waterslides, and lazy river provide fun ways of cooling off.

n Located at the headquarters of the high-tech corporation, the Intel Museum offers fun, interactive learning, giving visitors of all ages a chance to see what it’s like inside a silicon chip factory and to connect with everyday technologies.



n Step back in time and visit the historic 18th-century Mission Santa Clara de Asis on the campus of Santa Clara University. The BIRK’S pedestrian mall leads RESTAURANT to the church and gardens, as well as the de Saisset Museum housing rotating art and historical exhibits. n Art exhibits are also on view at the Triton Museum of Art.

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Downtown Los gatos

Perched at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains west of San Jose, Los Gatos has a low-key atmosphere that blends picturesque small-town charm with the genteel elegance often found where old money mixes with a sense of history. The array of boutiques, galleries, cafés, wine bars, and well-loved eating establishments makes this an appealing destination. Here, the frenetic pace of Silicon Valley yields to a gentler way of life, cars slowly cruise the main streets, and shopkeepers take time to chat with their customers. On summer days, many stores set bowls of water out to slake the thirst of passing pets. The town’s side streets lead past beautifully maintained Victorian homes in pastel shades, surrounded by luxuriant gardens. Higher in the hills, the residences morph into impressive mansions belonging to celebrities and high-tech players, often with spectacular valley views. 20


Wild West logging settlement, replete with roughneck bars and banditos. Local lore attributes the town’s name (Spanish for “the cats”) to the throngs of boisterous wildcats whose nighttime howls once echoed from the redwood-forested hills. Within a few decades, the best timber was cut, and the humming lumber mills moved on to greener pastures, giving way to the classic Victorian homes that still grace the town today. WHAT TO SEE AND DO: Redwood-shaded Town Plaza Park, at the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and Main Street, has something for everyone. If the weather is warm and you have children in tow, they’ll enjoy playing in the cooling spray of the large fountain. Music fills the air in summer with Jazz on the Plazz on Wednesday evenings and Music in the Park on Sunday afternoons. A few blocks from downtown, Vasona Lake Park holds a cornucopia of fun for all ages. Have a picnic, hop aboard a miniature train, run on a scenic trail, or rent a kayak, paddleboat, or sailboat for a spin on the lake. Last but not least, the hills just west of Los Gatos are home to several fine wineries with tasting rooms in picturesque settings.



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SARATOGA Reposing in a narrow valley beneath steep oak- and redwood-forested mountains, Saratoga has the feel of a quaint Alpine village. Wine tasting and a trove of exceptional dining spots add to its allure. IN THE PAST: Saratoga was born in the

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tail euphoria—the town is a shopper’s nirvana where national emporia rub shoulders with local specialty stores. Park your car when you get here, because downtown is made for leisurely strolling. A plethora of stores and restaurants await you along North Santa Cruz Avenue’s five tree-shaded blocks, as well as in University Avenue’s Old Town Shopping Center and on Main Street. You can easily enjoy an entire day sampling the boutiques’ latest fashions. Other shops offer everything from art, jewelry, housewares, and antiques to lingerie, gemstones, and toys both contemporary and collectible. When it’s time for refreshment, sip a latté at a popular café, quaff beer at a brewpub or wine at a wine bar, or enjoy a bite to eat. Dining options run from casual eateries to Michelinrated restaurants, with menus spanning the gamut of cuisines. When evening falls, taverns offer lively nightlife.

1800s as a lumber center, originally named Tollgate. But in 1865, as the last of its old-growth redwoods vanished into the sawmills, the startling discovery of mineral springs put the town on a new path. Local enthusiasts promoted the springs’ medicinal properties as equal to those of famed Saratoga Springs, NY, leading to the construction of a grand hotel and the town’s adoption of its eastern cousin’s name. The Mediterranean climate and fertile soil also inspired grape plantings in the hills above the town, creating a thriving wine industry. The fruits of those first plantings survive today in the vineyards of local wineries such as Cooper-Garrod, Mount Eden, and Savannah-Chanelle. WHAT TO SEE AND DO: Head for the hills! Villa Montalvo, a graceful Italianstyle villa built in 1912, is now a public park with 175 acres of stunning gardens. Visitors come not only to stroll the property, but also for the visual and

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performing arts programs. Head up Big Basin Way to reach Hakone Gardens, an authentically recreated traditional Japanese garden complete with a hill and koi pond, moon bridge, bamboo garden, meandering pathways lit by centuries-old lanterns, and a traditional teahouse. Farther along Big Basin Way, a right turn leads upward to the Mountain Winery, perched high in the hills with spectacular views of Silicon Valley. The vineyard founded in the 1890s now holds a restaurant, a wine-tasting room, and an amphitheater for a popular summer concert series. DINING AND WINE TASTING: Despite the town’s tiny size, its abundance of celebrated restaurants packs a mighty culinary wallop, drawing gastronomes from all over the valley. Before deciding on the wines to pair with your meal, stop in at the downtown tasting rooms of Cinnabar Winery, Big Basin Vineyards, Mindego Ridge and Lexington.

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SUNNYVALE As home turf for high-tech titans including Yahoo, Network Appliance, AMD, and Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale is a true “made in Silicon Valley” city. Over half of its affluent and well-educated residents hold bachelor’s degrees or better. IN THE PAST: Like virtually all South Bay cities, Sunnyvale’s first European settlers were farmers drawn by the area’s fertile soil and idyllic weather. Early wheat ranches were replaced by vast orchards planted with plums, apricots, and other fruit, creating a colorful landscape of blossoms each spring. The arrival of a railroad service to San Francisco in 1864 led to canneries being built to process the fruit for shipping across the US. In the 1930s, the government created Air Base Sunnyvale, now known as Moffett Field, which included three huge hangars for naval blimps that patrolled the coast looking for enemy submarines during WWII. During the Cold War years, Lockheed’s famed SR-71 “Blackbird” took off from Moffett on its secret spy missions.

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DINING: The city’s historic downtown, stretched along tree-

shaded South Murphy Avenue, is jammed on both sides with restaurants offering a broad array of international cuisine, many with sidewalk seating. Irish bars, a brewpub, and other nightspots carry on the fun into the late evening.



Moffett Field’s entrance houses the NASA Ames Exploration Visitor Center, a fascinating museum documenting America’s space program. You can check out the Mercury capsule used on the last unmanned test flight before Alan Shepard—who later commanded Apollo 14 on its moon-landing mission— climbed into another capsule to become the country’s first astronaut. You can also see an actual moon rock brought back by Apollo 15, view images from the latest NASA planetary missions, and watch space-related videos in the 60-seat theater.

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PALO ALTO For Palo Alto, it’s mainly academic—Stanford University gives the town its distinctively erudite tone. Not only that, but the university’s legendary engineering department is renowned for producing the students who went on to found Hewlett Packard, Varian Associates, and Litton Industries, seeds that grew and flowered into the high-tech boom known today as Silicon Valley. Stanford continues to be one of the nation’s greatest incubators of technology and social media, the place where Google and Yahoo! hatched ideas that changed the world. The campus is also alive with innovation in art, music, and sports. But there are many off-campus distinctions as well. The contrast between traditional and new media in the city’s downtown—bookstores juxtaposed with computer stores—draws crowds of students mingled with professors, venture capitalists, and technology wonks. At night, the city livens up even further with the added lure of wine bars, taprooms, and lounges. IN THE PAST: Incorporated in 1894, just three years after the founding of Stanford University by industrialist and politician Leland Stanford, Palo Alto is the Peninsula’s oldest city. The name means “tall stick” in Spanish, referring to an especially lofty redwood tree used as a landmark by early Spanish explorers. Many Stanford University buildings are

designated national historic sites, while other notable Palo Alto structures include the neoclassical Stanford Theatre, a restored movie revival house, along with the tiny garage widely considered to be “ground zero for Silicon Valley,” the humble site where William Hewlett and David Packard began their transformational company.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO: The university’s

historic buildings and outdoor sculpture make its beautiful campus a visitor draw. Campus tours include art walks, the Rodin Sculpture Garden, the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden, and the Memorial Church. For a bird’s-eye view of the city and San Francisco Bay, ride the elevator to the observation deck of EXPLORE




PALO ALTO, CONTINUED Stanford’s landmark Hoover Tower. And set aside enough time to take in an exhibit or two at the Cantor Arts Center or the contemporary Anderson Collection. The Baylands Nature Preserve, a 1,940-acre tract of marshland, includes 15 miles of trails and overlooks for viewing San Francisco Bay’s migrating and resident birds, including egrets, herons, and the rare California clapper rail. DINING AND SHOPPING: University Avenue and its side streets contain a trove of interesting specialty stores as well as restaurants of nearly every description and cuisine. Stanford Shopping Center is a mecca for shoppers and diners, with a vast array of national and international brand-name stores, and myriad restaurants. At the southern end of town, Town & Country Village and California Avenue offer further retail and culinary options.

MOUNTAIN VIEW Mountain View’s many resident high-tech companies include Google, LinkedIn, and Symantec. The city is also known for its vibrant dining scene, which caters to the needs of the ever-growing number of highmetabolism engineers and scientists who live and work here. IN THE PAST: Mountain View was

born in the late 1800s as an unpretentious stop on the stagecoach route between San Francisco and San Jose. Fruit orchards flourished until shortly after WWII, when Stanford University professor William Shockley opened Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, triggering the electronics boom in the area now known as Silicon Valley. WHAT TO SEE AND DO: Warm sum-

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mer weather and the lure of concerts by top national and international bands pack legions of music fans into Shoreline Amphitheatre, one of the country’s leading outdoor music centers. Adding a different dimension to the musical and theatrical scene, downtown Mountain View’s Center for the Performing Arts hosts year-

round performances by a mix of local and national entertainers. Technology buffs will enjoy the Computer History Museum’s fascinating exhibits, while outdoors enthusiasts can hike, sail, windsurf, or kayak at Shoreline Park. DINING: Mountain View’s high energy

is on display every day on Castro Street. The city’s main downtown thoroughfare is a culinary cornucopia, with lively, informal restaurants offering enough eating options to make a hungry traveler dizzy. Hordes of young techies descend on the street’s restaurants and cafés by day, returning in the evening for dinner followed by stops at a nightclub or local pub. The predominant trend is towards Asian food, but you’ll also find Italian, German, Spanish and more among the choices.

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MENLO PARK Long before Facebook relocated here—providing a photo op for legions of devotees who pose in front of its iconic thumbs-up logo sign—Menlo Park was an incubator for technology companies financed by influential venture capitalists. In opulent offices near the summit of Sand Hill Road, hopeful entrepreneurs pitch the merits of their startups to the VC mavens. But there’s more to this town than money. Sandwiched between Palo Alto’s urban bustle and the mansions of Atherton, Menlo Park’s tree-shaded streets still exude a pleasant Mayberry-esque quality. set amid exquisite gardens. On El Camino Real, Kepler’s Books and Cafe Borrone next door, with plenty of outdoor seating, are revered local landmarks. Movie aficionados flock to the Guild Theatre, one of the Peninsula’s oldest cinemas, to catch foreign and independent films.


IN THE PAST: The city was little more than a scatter-

ing of homes linked by dirt roads until 1917, when the army built an outpost named Camp Fremont to train troops for WWI. At its peak the camp swarmed with 27,000 infantry and cavalry soldiers but was dismantled in 1919, soon after the war ended. Nonetheless, its brief existence left behind paved roads, water and electric utilities, and a hub of stores and restaurants that evolved over time into what is now downtown Menlo Park. WHAT TO SEE AND DO: To be transported back to California’s early Spanish days, spend an afternoon at the Allied Arts Guild. This beautifully renovated hacienda-style complex houses a number of working artists’ studios and a lovely café


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Cruz Avenue between El Camino Real and University Drive is prime shopping and strolling terrain, with galleries featuring contemporary art, antiques, and handwoven rugs, along with posh stores offering everything from jewelry to apparel. Postshopping appetites can be sated in fine style by the variety of cuisines at a choice of many restaurants along El Camino Real and Santa Cruz Avenue. EXPLORE



REDWOOD CITY Once just a sleepy “pass-through” town between Palo Alto and San Francisco, referred to good-naturedly even by residents as “Deadwood City,” this is now one of California’s fastest-growing cities as well as one of the Peninsula’s liveliest spots. The makeover began in the early 2000s when Cinemark opened a huge 20-screen theater downtown, followed soon after by a major renovation of Broadway’s historic County Courthouse that restored it to its former glory. Courthouse Square was redesigned as an outdoor performance center, while across the street, the beautifully renovated art deco Fox Theatre and adjacent Club Fox reopened as venues for nationally and internationally known entertainers. Alert entrepreneurs soon took note of downtown’s growing crowds, and opened a variety of eateries that now rival those of other Peninsula cities. IN THE PAST: Redwood City has the only deepwater shipping port in the southern part of San Francisco Bay, dating back to the mid-1800s. The city was named for the huge quantities of lumber cut from neighboring redwood forests and then shipped north to help build the city of San Francisco. WHAT TO SEE AND DO: The old County Courthouse is home to the San Mateo County History Museum, well worth visiting for its collection of handmade, scale-model replicas of 26


1800s sailing ships, as well as elaborate displays of artifacts and exhibits—including a full-size stage coach—documenting the county’s history from its first inhabitants, the Ohlone Indians. On Tuesday nights from February through April, Courthouse Square features free Magic Lantern 3D shows. Crowds assemble for digital light shows that flash psychedelic patterns and images synchronized to heart-pounding techno music onto the face of the museum, transforming it into a virtual work of art. In summer, free outdoor events such as evening music

SAN CARLOS With its near-perfect climate of warm days and cool nights, along with an ever-growing number of popular dining spots, fun stores, and small-town charm, San Carlos lives up to its slogan, “The City of Good Living.” The downtown is a non-stop hive of activity with people eating outdoors, shopping in boutiques, walking their dogs, or out for evening fun. IN THE PAST: San Carlos started life as a few humble buildings

clustered around an 1880s railroad station built on property owned by Nathaniel Brittan, a friend of Leland Stanford, the founder of Stanford University. Beginning almost a century later, the city enjoyed lengthy national prominence as the

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home of the now-defunct Circle Star Theater. Once the entire Bay Area’s foremost entertainment venue, it regularly hosted major stars like Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and Bob Hope. WHAT TO SEE AND DO: The Hiller Aviation Museum, next to

San Carlos Airport, traces manned flight from its beginnings to the present day with exhibits that include a display of antique airplanes. Also at the airport, Fly Bay Area offers aerial tours of San Francisco and the Pacific coastline, while Bay Aerial Helicopter Tours will whisk you beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. A cluster of small warehouse wineries on the industrial side of town invites tasters to sample their wares on weekends (see page 110). On Sundays year-round, 10-2, several blocks of Laurel Street are closed to traffic and transformed into a farmers’ market. concerts on Fridays, and Movies on the Square on Thursdays draw throngs to the plaza, to relish the city’s slogan of “Climate Best by Government Test.” DINING: Redwood City now boasts some 60 restaurants, bars, and nightlife options, all clustered within a few lively blocks of the Cinemark complex at Jefferson Avenue and Broadway.

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pendently owned boutiques and shops make for a pleasant shopping excursion downtown. Foodies are drawn from all over the peninsula to downtown Laurel Street’s lively array of cafes, bakeries, wine bars, lounges and restaurants dishing up everything from American, Italian, and French to Burmese and Japanese. No one goes hungry or thirsty in San Carlos. EXPLORE



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SAN MATEO Rand McNally recently named San Mateo “Best Small Town for Food” in its Best of the Road competition, and with ample reason. The busy downtown holds an appealing mix of shops, art galleries, and salons, but the city is most widely recognized for its energetic and diverse dining scene. on land originally owned by a vast Spanish ranch with the intriguing name of Rancho de las Pulgas, which translates as “Ranch of the Fleas.” For seven decades, the city’s icon was the nationally prominent Bay Meadows Race Track. From 1934 until it closed in 2008, the track was credited with introducing significant innovations such as pari-mutuel wagering, the Daily Double, and the photofinish camera. One of America’s most legendary racehorses, Seabiscuit, won the prestigious Bay Meadows Handicap in 1937 and 1938.

fragrant rose gardens and arboretum; harried nine-to-fivers find tranquility at the Japanese Tea Garden; and children enjoy the Bianchi miniature train. The park’s bandstand is a focal point for summer picnics and dancing during an eight-week concert season, Thursdays at 6. East of Hwy. 101, Coyote Point on the bay is home to CuriOdyssey, a science museum with interactive exhibits and a zoo housing more than 50 native animal species. Also at Coyote Point is Poplar Creek Golf Course, a public course with bay views. DINING AND SHOPPING: Family-owned

WHAT TO SEE AND DO: Central Park’s

manicured lawns attract sunbathers and Frisbee players, while couples stroll the 28


and operated Draeger’s Market is the Peninsula’s premier food supermarket, while the second floor is devoted to a

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comprehensive selection of kitchen and culinary-related goods as well as fine dining at its classy restaurant, Viognier. Diners head downtown to 4th Avenue and South B Street where the offerings run the gamut from fast-food simplicity to sophisticated world-class cuisine with a spectrum of ethnic options.


IN THE PAST: San Mateo was founded







BURLINGAME exercise can enjoy views of San Francisco Bay while stretching their legs on a twomile shoreline trail. There are also downtown farmers’ markets, Sunday morning and Thursday afternoon, May through November, as well as a permanent, indoor farmers’ market store on Broadway, offering year-round fresh seasonal produce from local fields. August 18-19, catch Burlingame on the Avenue —an annual art and wine festival with artists, handcrafted items, food, drink, and live music.

IN THE PAST: Founded in 1893, this posh

city grew up around the Burlingame Country Club, a popular weekend playground for San Francisco’s nabobs. Ironically, when Burlingame’s boundaries were later redrawn, the club mysteriously found itself relocated to Hillsborough, the mega-affluent city next door. The historic Burlingame train depot, a graceful mission-style structure built in 1894 to greet San Francisco elites on their weekend jaunts to the club, is still in use at the foot of Burlingame Avenue. Check out the station’s roof, made of 300-year-old tiles from an original 1700s Spanish mission.

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WHAT TO SEE AND DO: California Avenue’s unusual Museum

of Pez Memorabilia is a bonanza of Pez history and lore well worth a stop. Behind its modest storefront sits what may be the world’s biggest collection of Pez dispensers and memorabilia, as well as a museum of banned toys. Those in search of




Burlingame Avenue and its cross streets beckon, with an alluring blend of national brand stores and privately owned one-of-a-kind boutiques, combined with a multitude of restaurants and bakeries. A mile north, Broadway Avenue offers its own potpourri of popular dining spots and specialty stores in a friendly hometown atmosphere.


Burlingame’s varied shopping and dining opportunities have long made it a favorite destination for Peninsula locals and travelers alike. Visitors staying at the many Burlingame hotels clustered around San Francisco International Airport can find schedules at their front desk for the free Burlingame shuttle that transports guests back and forth to the city throughout the day and evening.


Big city choices. Small town charm.

Just minutes from San Francisco Airport and its surrounding hotels, Broadway invites visitors to experience big city amenities in the comfort of a charmingly laid-back, small town atmosphere. Satisfy your hunger with a wide range of styles and cuisines, from fine dining to casual eateries and coffee shops. Shoppers can enjoy a variety of independently owned boutiques, gift shops, antique stores and a medley of unique stores offering everything from wine to jewelry, toys, health foods, candy and more.

CATCH A FREE RIDE! NO HASSLES. NO PARKING. Hop on the free Burlingame Trolley for an easy and convenient way to shop and dine on Broadway Avenue. Check your Burlingame hotel front desk for details. 10 runs daily, Mon-Sat, 11:30am-9pm.


Ask an out-of-stater to form an image of California, and often it’ll be that of a sun-bronzed surfer gracefully skimming down the face of a breaking wave. BY NEAL KEARNEY here is, of course, a lot more to California than surfing; however, the pop culture of music and movies (e.g., The Beach Boys or Point Break) has helped to cement surfing as one of the Golden State’s defining features. Surfing, however, didn’t originate in California. So who were the first people grabbing a piece of flat wood to ride the waves? It seems likely that ancient seaside dwellers discovered body surfing almost as soon as they learned to swim. The earliest archeological evidence of surfing on man-made contrivances is around 2000 years ago. The Mochica, a Pre-Incan Peruvian civilization, took practical advantage of the waves by riding them back to shore in their one-man reed fishing boats. These boats are referred to as Caballitos de Totora, or straw seahorses. This practice continued with the Chimu culture and still exists today. The crude surfing of millennia ago is not, of course, the same as crafting a specially made board and swimming out to play in the surf. The first known culture to ride the waves for fun were Polynesians. The earliest officially recorded surfing event was described by Joseph Banks in 1777. Banks was an English aristocrat who was present on Captain James Cook’s third Tahiti voyage. His journal describes a group of Tahitians paddling out through strong surf on wooden boards, and then taking turns to gleefully ride the breaking waves to shore. Banks noted the curious water sport by writing, “We stood admiring this very wonderful scene for full half an hour, in which time no one of the actors attempted to come ashore but all seemed most highly entertained with their strange diversion.” Some accounts credit the first United States surfing to the east coast in the early 1900s; however, an 1885 documentation noted that this leisure was experienced by three young Hawaiian princes attending San Mateo’s St. Matthews military academy. David Kawananakoa, Edward Keliiahonui, and Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole (all nephews of King Kalakaua)





were visiting Santa Cruz, and noticed the epic waves of the San Lorenzo River. Their desire to experience the beach lifestyle they enjoyed at home resulted in a visit to the Grove Lumber Company. They procured redwood from the shop to immediately craft their own boards. The surf boards were made in Hawaii’s traditional “o’lo” style; extremely heavy, long, and thick in the middle. They were good for riding large waves, but were also hard to control. The boards were a far cry from the nearly wafer-thin, highly maneuverable short boards favored by today’s surfers. The Santa Cruz Daily Surf local newspaper published an account of the princes’ antics in the waves. They noted a packed summer day, as a crowd of merry beachgoers watched the princes’ exploits in the surf. The locals were transfixed by this exciting spectacle; however, there wasn’t a huge rush to mimic it. It wasn’t until 1907 when railroad magnate Henry Huntington brought George Freeth, a Hawaiian-born lifeguard and surfer to Palos Verdes as a tourist attraction. Huntington billed Freeth as “the man who walks on water.” Freeth’s exploits led to a modest surfing culture springing up in Southern California. A group of rag-tag kids formed the Santa Cruz Surfing Club in 1936. They enlisted support from older San Francisco Peninsula surfers who visited Santa Cruz to enjoy its prime surfing conditions. Surfing then took a hit when World War II broke out. “All of us went into the service,” recalls Harry Mayo, the early group’s last surviving member. “Luckily we all came back — one guy had a knee problem, but we all came back.” The club started breaking up shortly after the war. Mayo continues, “We were older, going to college, married with kids, workin’… by the ’50s, I was done. I was workin’ three jobs, and even joined the fire department in ’49. Then I got married and we had a baby. Didn’t have the time to go surfin’ no more.”




The surfboards were made in Hawaii’s traditional “o’lo” style; extremely heavy, long, and thick in the middle.


The first surfers phased out, and were replaced with a new generation of Santa Cruzans. This was the heady time of dreamy, surf-influenced songs. Musicians like Dick Dale sang The King of the Surf Guitar. Wood-paneled station wagons (called “woodies”) were perfect for cramming in a bunch of sandy surfers and their boards. Hollywood movies like Gidget and Beach Blanket Bingo brought surfing to the masses. Bruce Brown’s classic 1966 surfing documentary Endless Summer chronicled the adventures of two young men scouring the globe to find the perfect wave. Also about that time, the popular surf-inspired rock group known as the Beach Boys made a splash with their hit song Surfin’ USA. The lyrics include Santa Cruz, an apt reference because surfing culture had so suffused the town. Santa Cruz was commonly referred to as “Surf City, USA,” a title to which it still lays claim. EXPLORE



Surfing in those early, pre-wetsuit years wasn’t for the faint of heart. It was limited to brief dashes into the icy water wearing only regular swim trunks, followed by even quicker sprints back to the beach to warm up by the fires. This was about the time that a San Franciscan named Jack O’Neill was tinkering with body-covering suits made from neoprene. This insulating property resulted in the first wetsuits, water wear that allowed avid surfers to brave water temperatures and conditions that previously would have been sheer lunacy.

A few miles north of Half Moon Bay, at the northern end of the Pillar Point Harbor, a shallow underwater reef extends half a mile out into the Pacific.



began exploring farther along the coast. They discovered new world-class waves at places like Año Nuevo, located at Santa Cruz County’s northern edge. Riveting photographs of surfers curling down the fronts of towering, house-sized waves aroused the public’s interest in the sport. These photos were one of the factors leading to


O’Neill moved to Santa Cruz and opened his now iconic surf shop. Jack (who sadly passed away in 2017) and his store became synonymous with Santa Cruz surfing. O’Neill’s son Pat inherited his father’s creative flair and made the family’s second major contribution to the sport of surfing. It was initially considered sissified to attach yourself to your board, but eventually suffers tired of having to swim all the way to shore to retrieve runaway boards after “wipeouts.” They often found their boards broken into pieces from being battered against shoreline rocks. So they haphazardly began drilling holes through their boards to hold ropes. The rope’s other end was attached to their bodies. Jack O’Neill lost an eye to a primitive leash mishap, so son Pat created safer, more effective leashes. These leashes were the first ones to be commercially sold. Santa Cruz had always been known to be a “heavy water” surf location, with waves at famed Steamer’s Lane on the west side of town sometimes reaching over 20 feet. There were even taller ones at nearby breaks like Scott’s Creek. The long, heavy boards at that time didn’t work well in big surf, as their momentum dropping down nearly vertical waves often drove the front ends straight down beneath the water. This resulted in catapulting their riders head over heels through the air. This was particularly dangerous over shallow reefs, where riders could be severely injured from landing on rocks or razor-sharp coral. Suroards gradually became shorter, lighter, and more versatile. This opened up the exciting new world of riding big waves at previously unmanageable breaks. Local surfers


professional surfing competitions. These competitions were initially small scale with little prize money, but the sport soon became more organized as top surfers coalesced to form the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP). The ASP is now known as the World Surf League (WSL). It’s remarkable that the WSL has more Facebook followers than other, much older professional sports leagues, such as the National Hockey League. The first professional contest held in Santa Cruz (the now annual Coldwater Classic) took place in 1987 and was won by local surfer Anthony Ruffo. That same period saw a pack of talented Santa Cruz surfers make a splash nationally and internationally, many with quirky nicknames like Peter “The Condor” Mel, Jason “Ratboy” Collins, and Daryl “Flea” Virotsko. Local skateboard photographer Tony Roberts helped further popularize the sport by taking his art to the water. His dramatic action shots, along with those of other photographers, spilled from the pages of magazines around the world. “This amazing group of talent was still underground, and we were having a tough time getting our foot in the door,” recalls Roberts. “Santa Cruz was known for big waves, cold water and kelp, not for progressive aerial surfers with outlandish nicknames. We accomplished a lot, and that incredible generation of surfers became household names.” It was about this time that another development firmly cemented the local coast’s place in what had grown into a

worldwide surfing culture. A few miles north of Half Moon Bay, at the northern end of Pillar Point Harbor, a shallow underwater reef extends a half mile out into the Pacific. Distant Alaskan winter storms create huge deepwater swells that roll inexorably south to Northern California. When they reach the edge of the reef, friction with the suddenly shallow bottom slows and compresses them until they rise, hollow up, and curl into massive waves. These waves can reach 40–50 feet high, big and heavy enough to make the shore shake when they come crashing down! A Half Moon Bay surfer named Jeff Clark discovered these giant rollers in the early 1980s, and was courageous enough to surf them. He kept the spot to himself for nearly a decade, but finally introduced a few friends to it in 1989. The word spread, and soon Mel, Virotsko, and other members of the coast’s new guard were also testing their skills. One member, Shawn Rhodes, recalls “We were always talking about [finding] that elusive, perfect, giant wave, and all of a sudden we had it.” Clark’s discovery was dubbed “Mavericks,” and is now regarded as one of the most dangerous breaks on earth. Surf historian and ex-Surfer Magazine editor Matt Warshaw remembers, “The first time I became aware of Mavericks was like most everybody else, in a Surfer Magazine cover article called ‘Cold Sweat.’ The name of the article was perfect. It was a shocking introduction. The opening spread was just horrifying — it sent chills down my spine.” Mavericks quickly gained international notoriety, and is now home to an annual invitation-only event as part of the World Surf League Big Wave Tour. It’s when winter conditions are forecast to be right for Mavericks’ giant waves to form that top surfers from around the world gather for the thrill of riding them and perhaps taking home the coveted winner’s trophy. The flavor of Santa Cruz has changed dramatically from the late 1990s, when inexpensive rents, low costing of living, and the area’s coveted surf breaks nurtured a laid-back, surffilled lifestyle. Silicon Valley’s economic boom has now rippled out to the coast, with modest cottages and dirt lanes giving way to city streets and upscale homes. The tightly knit packs of elite local surfers at Steamer’s Lane and other breaks now share the water with tourists, stand-up-board paddlers, and surf-school students. Despite these changes however, the surf scene is still vibrant. Local board builders like Travis Reynolds and Buck Noe continue the tradition of creating custom, hand-shaped boards. Other entrepreneurs, like Ryan Buell of Buell Wetsuits, follow in Jack O’Neill’s footsteps. Pro surfers like Nat Young and Nic Lamb proudly represent the Santa Cruz area in international competition. Santa Cruz’s storied history and multitude of great shore breaks still rank the city among the world’s best surfing meccas. v EXPLORE





FUN Things To see & Do

Amusement Parks CALIFORNIA’S GREAT AMERICA This 100-acre theme park with a complete water park inside packs in plenty of fun and frights. highlights for thrill seekers include Gold Striker—the tallest, fastest wooden coaster in northern California; Patriot, basically a ski lift traveling at super speed with crazy twists and turns; and Drop Tower, an intense free-fall ride. new in 2018, RailBlazer is the first coaster of its kind on the West Coast featuring a single rail track with an extremely low center of gravity that amplifies every dynamic turn and rotation. Families can enjoy a plunge down Logger’s Run, riding on the doubledecker carousel, or taking in views 38


from the observation deck, while areas such as Planet Snoopy and KidZville are a blast for youngsters. open spring and summer; also in season for Halloween Haunt and Winterfest. [Santa Clara: Great America Pkwy.; 408-988-1776] RAGING WATERS Beat the heat and find millions of gallons of family fun at the area’s largest water park. Barrel down shotgun Falls, free fall in Bombs Away, and bolt headfirst through the sidewinder. And if lazy is what you want to be, then just put up your feet and float down the endless River. There are good options for the little ones, too. open May

through Labor Day. [San Jose: 2333 S. White Rd.; 408-238-9900] SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK A summertime destination for countless Californian families, this oceanside amusement park offers plenty of thrill and family rides including the giant Dipper, an all-wood coaster built back in the 1920s. The Double shot tower is perfect for heart-in-throat adrenaline junkies, as is the Typhoon, which launches you six stories high for some serious thrills. Annual schedule varies. [Santa Cruz: 400 Beach St.; 831-423-5590]

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Local Treats

Family Time CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM With over 150 interactive exhibits and programs encompassing science, humanities, performing arts, and health and physical fitness, there’s always something happening at this award-winning museum. hands-on exhibits invite self-directed, playful discovery. Kids can share their traditions and learn about others at one of the annual community celebrations; explore the way water gushes and rushes in WaterWays; discover their creativity in the Art Loft; and conduct scientific investigations in Mammoth Discovery. Tues-sat (also Mon during school holidays), 10-5; sun, 12-5. [San Jose: 180 Woz Way; 408298-5437;] CURIODYSSEY immerse yourself in an environmentally educational experience through interactive science exhibits and wildlife habitats, gardens, and an outdoor zoo showcasing more than 100 live animals, most of which 40


are native to California. Tues-sun, 10-5. [San Mateo: 1651 Coyote Point Dr.; 650-342-7755] HAPPY HOLLOW PARK & ZOO This great family destination doubles as a zoo and an amusement park. see species such as lemurs, anteaters, and jaguars, and get up close to a variety of animals at the Animal Barn and petting Zoo. Kidapproved rides include a carousel, roller coaster, and giant play structure. A visit to the puppet theater, followed by a splurge at the gift shop, wraps up the day nicely. Wed-Fri, 10-4; sat-sun, 10-5. [San Jose: Kelley Park; 408-794-7596] GILROY GARDENS A smorgasbord of garden-themed rides and attractions for tots at this charming park include the spinning Artichoke Dip, swinging Banana split, whirling garlic Twirl, and swaying Mushroom swing, just for starters. For additional fun, motor through landscaped grounds

aboard a replica Model T car or enjoy a monorail ride for a bird’seye 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 whimsically grafted trees. open April-november. [Gilroy: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408-840-7100] ROARING CAMP RAILROADS Century-old steam locomotives at this recreated 1880s logging camp take passengers on nostalgic rides through redwood forests or along the rim of a scenic river canyon and through the streets of santa Cruz to the Beach Boardwalk and back. Along the way, conductors share interesting stories about the region and its logging history. Activities at the camp range from blacksmithing to gold panning. The Redwood Forest train runs year-round; the beach train runs daily in the summer; weekends only in the spring and fall. [Felton: 5401 Graham Hill Rd.; 831-335-4484]

ALLIED ARTS GUILD This charming complex of historic spanish-Colonial-style buildings offers an array of unique shops and artists’ studios. Browse wares as you stroll through the beautiful gardens. Mon-sat, 10-5. [Menlo Park: 75 Arbor Rd.; 650-322-2405] FILOLI Featuring a georgian mansion and 16 acres of formal gardens, this is the sole remaining example of grand early 20th-century California country estates. guided tours of the mansion and garden are offered; hiking on the 654-acre property is included in admission. Tues-sun, 10-5. [Woodside: 86 Cañada Rd.; 650-364-8300] ROSICRUCIAN EGYPTIAN MUSEUM An off-the-beaten-path attraction, this museum housed in an egyptian-style building hosts the largest collection of ancient egyptian art and artifacts on the West Coast.



Along with a full-scale replica of an underground rock tomb, the museum’s sarcophagi and mummies are highlights of its many and varied displays. Wed-Fri, 9-5; sat-sun, 10-6. [San Jose: 1660 Park Ave.; 408-947-3635] WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE A visit to san Jose is incomplete without a stop at this beautiful and fascinating mansion, once owned by sarah Winchester, the eccentric heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune. influenced by a fortune teller who predicted she would live as long as she continued to build her home, she resided in her unfinished mansion for 38 years amidst the daily pounding of hammers. The resulting 160-room Victorian architectural marvel features bizarre elements such as doors opening to walls, skylights in floors and stairs leading nowhere—all a mystery. Also on site, the Firearms Museum and the Antique products Museum provide historic background on Western heritage, traditions and culture. Mansion tours, garden tours, and “behind the scenes” tours are offered, with a café and gift shop also on site. Daily from 9. [San Jose: 525 S. Winchester Blvd.; 408-247-2000;]

Unleash Your Inner Scientist Check out the high-tech world of silicon chip manufacturing. The museum offers guided tours for children and adults 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

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JAPANESE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF SAN JOSE Located in san Jose’s Japantown — one of only three such historic neighborhoods remaining in the Us— this museum showcases exhibits that chronicle more than a century of Japanese American history. Learn about the early immigration of Japanese people to America, their leadership in the agricultural community, their incarceration during WW ii, and the challenges they faced while adapting and contributing to West Coast communities. Thurs-sun, 12-4. [San Jose: 535 N. First St.; 408-294-3138] MISSION SANTA CLARA Founded in 1777, this is the oldest of two local missions. its grounds

shelter some of the earliest cultivated plants in California including olive trees planted in 1822 and northern California’s oldest grapevine. open daily, sunrise to sunset. [Santa Clara: University of Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real; 408-554-4023] MISSION SAN JOSE Located in Fremont, and founded in 1797, this mission features a reconstruction of the original adobe church, which now houses a museum. self-guided tours and slide shows are offered. Daily, 10-5. [Fremont: 43300 Mission Blvd.; 510-657-1797] SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM housed in the 1910 old Courthouse of Redwood City, this museum presents permanent displays on the history of the peninsula. Learn how transportation helped shape the area, and explore how residents from the ohlone indians to postgold-Rush Americans used natural resources to build their towns. Rotating exhibits highlight subjects such as historical forms of transportation, sports and art. open Tues-sun, 10-4. [Redwood City: 750 Middlefield Rd.; 650-299-0104]





HISTORY PARK Travel back in time at this charming park with a nostalgic, 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]





Technology COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, this museum brings computer history to life through large-scale exhibits and hands-on displays encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, oral histories, and moving images. Wed-Thurs & sat-sun, 10-5; Fri, 10-8. [Mountain View: 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.; 650-810-1010] INTEL MUSEUM go behind the scenes of the hightech world of silicon Valley and unleash your inner techie at the intel Museum. see what it’s like inside an ultra-clean, highly automated silicon chip factory, and connect with technologies that give us new ways to work, learn, play, and communicate. The intel Museum is 10,000 square feet of fun, interactive learning for children and adults. Free guided tours can be arranged in advance. souvenirs, toys, gifts and apparel are available at the museum store. Free admission and parking. MonFri, 9-6; sat, 10-5. [Santa Clara: 2200 Mission College Blvd.; 408765-5050;] THE TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION This silicon Valley landmark is one of the nation’s premier science 44


and technology museums. There’s always something new to learn here with hands-on experiences and one-of-a-kind floor programs, including some supported by stanford and nAsA. Build your own “social robot;” gather information on your body metrics; explore the field of synthetic bioengineering; learn how to crack codes like a cyber-security pro, and more. The museum’s latest and most ambitious exhibit to date, Body Worlds Decoded, puts a silicon Valley twist on the incredible plastinated human bodies that have sparked curiosity and awe around the world through the initial series of exhibits, Body Worlds, created by the gunther von hagens’ institute for plastination. With the use of augmented reality and other emerging technologies, visitors can examine full-body plastinates and more than 60 anatomical specimens. Also at the museum, the eight-story-high iMAx® dome theater shows educational and commercial films. open daily at 10. [San Jose: 201 S. Market St.; 408294-8324;]





ANDERSON COLLECTION Located next to the Cantor Arts Center, this striking museum was built to showcase the private collection of modern and contemporary American art gifted by the Anderson family. Featured artists include David park, Richard Debunker, Willem de Kooning, Wayne Thibeaux, and Jackson pollock. Wed-Mon, 11-5; Thurs, 118. [Palo Alto: Stanford campus; 650-721-6055] CANTOR ARTS CENTER For a little bit of everything, stanford University’s art museum houses a large and diverse collection of art, building on the historic collections of Leland stanford, Jr., the university’s founder. spanning thousands of years and a wide spectrum of cultures and artistic disciplines, exhibitions range from ancient egyptian, greek, Roman, African, and pacific works to 20th-century european and American art. The adjacent Rodin Sculpture Garden has one of the largest collections of works by the artist outside paris. Wed-Mon, 11-5; Thurs, 11-8. [Palo Alto: Stanford campus; 650-723-4177]


SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART Located in downtown san Jose, this is a leading showcase in the Bay Area for modern and contemporary art. Tues-sun, 11-5. [San Jose: 110 S. Market St.; 408-271-6840] SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF QUILTS & TEXTILES The nation’s first museum devoted to the preservation of historic quilting traditions and the evolution of fiber arts has a unique art collection with rotating exhibits that often feature contemporary social and technological themes. Wed-Fri, 11-4; sat-sun, 11-3. [San Jose: 520 S. First St.; 408-971-0323]

Craving additional visual stimuli? Several other galleries in San Jose showcase cutting-edge and thought-provoking installations. For an authentic taste of the area’s art scene, visit the SAN JOSE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, which focuses on “outside the box” works examining the social and technological implications of modern life. Tues-Fri, 10-5; Sat-Sun, 12-5. [San Jose: 560 S. First St.; 408-283-8155] • ANNO DOMINI promotes and celebrates the eclectic works of a diverse group of local avant-garde artists by legitimizing forward-thinking “street art.” Tues-Fri, 12-7; Sat, 12-5. [San Jose: 366 S. First St.; 408-271-5155]



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Gardens HAKONE GARDENS nestled in the saratoga hills, these peaceful Japanese-style gardens are patterned after the Zen gardens of the mid-17th century. one of the national Trust for historic preservation’s premier sites, hakone is one of the oldest Japanese estates in the western hemisphere, created a century ago. Replete with waterfalls, ponds, and imported plants, these 18 acres of beauty include formal buildings embodying the elements of traditional Japanese architecture. stroll the hill and koi pond garden, ascend the moon bridge, or enjoy quiet reflection in the bamboo gardens. Docent-led tours and traditional tea ceremonies in the tatami mat rooms are a wonderful way to enhance your visit. Mon-Fri, 10-5; sat-sun, 11-5. [Saratoga: 21000 Big Basin Way; 408-741-4994]



Feb 2–May 20, 2018

Sep 13, 2018–Apr 7, 2019

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART 110 South Market Street

Images: Raimonds Staprans, Sunshine Pears (detail) 2006; Oil on canvas; 43 ¼ × 49 ¾ inches; The Buck Collection through the University of California, Irvine. Dinh Q. Lê, Untitled (red purple), from the series “Tapestry,” (detail) 2006; Chromogenic print and linen tape; 53 × 85 inches.

JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDENS This local treasure is modeled after the Kraken gardens in okayama, Japan (san Jose’s sister city). Take a stroll within its six acres of waterfalls, lush landscaping, traditional bridges, bonsai trees, and rare koi fish swimming in four heart-shaped lakes. Daily, 10-4. [San Jose: 1300 Senter Rd. at E. Alma Ave.; 408-794-7275]

Etc... 49ERS MUSEUM (LEVI’S STADIUM) Football fans enjoy touring this state-of-the-art facility for an insight into the history of the 49ers. The route starts at the Trending gallery and ends in front of an exhibit holding all five of the 49ers’ Lombardi trophies, commemorating the franchise’s super Bowl Championships. Fri-sun, 10-5. [Santa Clara: 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way; 415-GO-49ERS] HILLER AVIATION MUSEUM For anyone interested in the history of flight, this museum showcases more than 50 replicas and restored aircraft from the Wright Brothers to the jet era. hands-on displays, models, photographs, and documentaries recount the past, present, and future of aviation. Daily, 10-5. [San Carlos: 601 Skyway Rd.; 650-654-0200] REDWOOD CANOPY TOURS For high-flying adventure, head for the santa Cruz Mountains and enjoy the adrenaline rush of zip-lining through redwood forests. guided tours last two hours and feature breathtaking views as you brave six zip-lines and two “sky bridges,” as high as 150 feet, learning about forest ecology along the way. [Felton: 17 Conference Dr.; 831-430-4357]

Experience a Japanese Jewel in Silicon Valley. Hidden in the foothills of Saratoga, this historic 18-acre estate offers the opportunity to stroll through authentic Japanese gardens, complete with beautiful flowers, stone lanterns, and a koi pond. Open daily.

2100 BIG BASIN WAY, SARATOGA HAKONE.COM | 408.741.4994 46


SAN JOSE FLEA MARKET Visit the original flea market, the one that started the trend that has spread across the country. 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. open Wed and Fri-sun. [San Jose: 1590 Berryessa Rd.; 408-453-1110] 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, while the campus holds a notable collection of outdoor art, including the papua new guinea sculpture garden. For tour info, visit [Palo Alto: off El Camino Real; 650-723-2560]




Silicon Valley and its surroundings hold a glittering array of things to do, but while most of the options are easily visible, either online (at, for one) or off, others may require a little digging to find. Here’s a short list of our favorite under-the-radar fun activities. Pick a few that take your fancy, and give them a whirl! By HEATHER MACBEATH

SUNSETS, IN STYLE Looking for some swanky oceanside drinking? Surrounded by rolling golf courses, the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay is perched like a picturesque Scottish castle on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. The Scottish feel is completed by a kilt-wearing bagpiper playing Amazing Grace as the sun sets. Pick up a beverage and find a spot around one of the outdoor fire pits. Weather permitting, you might just catch a brilliant, memorable sunset. (Bagpiper on Tues and Thurs-Sun.)

You’re in Silicon Valley. You’re in a state of sensory overload. One way out is to travel back in time to Hollywood’s golden age. Palo Alto’s Stanford Theatre first opened as a film palace in the 1920s. More than half a century later, the aging theater was bought by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and refurbished to restore the neoclassical Persian and Moorish architecture to its full glory. Today it specializes in film classics made between 1910 and 1970, so sit back, take in the exquisite décor, and be sure to catch the intermission show as an old-time “Mighty Wurlitzer Organ” rises majestically from the floor, pipes gleaming, to entertain you with live music.

SING AND DANCE Downtown Redwood City heats up on Friday nights from June through August for Music on the Square, when lively crowds of locals throng to Courthouse Square from six in the evening for high-energy outdoor concerts that last two hours. Top local groups show off their talent for everything from blues to folk. This year’s schedule includes tributes to legends like Steely Dan, Santana, The Eagles and Michael Jackson. Best of all, the music is free. Dance, sing along, and before or after the show try out one of the many nearby restaurants.



If the thought of food trucks conjures up images of greasy, basic food, think again. Fresh, tasty, and even gourmet-quality fare can be found virtually every night of the week at mobile food markets. As many as 20 trucks at a time draw large crowds of enthusiastic locals to drink and dine. The scene is casual and convivial, and the food is always interesting—from creative interpretations of staples to unusual fusions. (For locations and dates, check for cities from Menlo Park north, and for Palo Alto to San Jose.)

SAN PEDRO SQUARE MARKET Entering SPSM is like stumbling across a popular festival with street food, craft beer, specialty ice cream, and artisan coffee. All the action—and there’s plenty of it—swirls around Peralta Adobe, the oldest building in San Jose. With a mind-blowing array of options from 20 vendors, you’re guaranteed a memorable breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Grab a seat at an indoor or outdoor communal table, or hang out at the bar catching sports on TV.

BASEBALL, AS IT ONCE WAS Local baseball fans are hip to the World Series winners San Francisco Giants, but few realize a top minorleague team plays at San Jose’s cozy Municipal Stadium, just minutes from downtown. Taking in a San Jose Giants game is watching baseball the way it was in the old days, informal and close-up, but with elite players only a few stops away from the big leagues. Crowds are friendly, and box seats cost about what you’d pay for a hot dog at a major league stadium. Be sure to sample the savory morsels from Turkey Mike’s Barbecue.

RIDGETOP RETREAT Hikers, bikers, cyclists, sports car enthusiasts, locals, and tourists all gather at Alice’s in the Santa Cruz mountains for craft beer, burgers, breakfasts, homemade pies, and spicy Bloody Marys. This all-American restaurant in Woodside is an institution that draws big crowds on the weekends; expect to find yourself in line with leather-clad bikers. The setting among the redwoods is transporting.

FARMERS’ MARKETS Locals relish their shopping expeditions to weekly farmers’ markets for bountiful and beautiful produce. California supplies the vast majority of the nation’s fruits, nuts, and vegetables, and these freshly harvested items are whisked straight to these markets from nearby fields and orchards. If you’ve never tasted a ripe, freshly picked tomato, peach or nectarine, you owe it to yourself to try one. Each market is different, with food trucks, crafts booths, and live music also on offer. (For locations and times, check or EXPLORE





At first glance, Silicon Valley may not seem so different from the rest of America. It’s only after delving further into it that things can start getting a little weird. Thom Yorke once dubbed Palo Alto a “city of the future” in the Radiohead song of the same name as the city. He wasn’t wrong, and here are 12 things that might make you say: “Oh, man, that’s so Silicon Valley!”

FlOATIng bY THe bAY In an area defined by its high-stress, high-tech, 24/7 work atmosphere, opportunities to relax and unwind are pivotal survival tools. But move over, traditional massages and yoga, because “floating” in sensory isolation tanks (“pods”) filled with Epsom salts and water is the latest therapeutic trend for relaxing the body and mind, subduing the senses, and escaping gravity. Amid the plethora of new spa openings, Balance Float in Redwood City has been voted Best in the Bay Area.


VIRTuAl Fun The fledgling virtualreality (VR) industry has made astounding strides forward in the last few years. Home setups remain a luxury enjoyed by a few wealthy tech-savvy enthusiasts, but new VR venues such as Virtual World Arcade (Milpitas) are springing up to give the curious public a taste. Offering a choice of either single or multiplayer “arena-scale” experiences, these arcades place adventurous souls inside the game.

Amazon, the online retailing behemoth, recently opened its first bricksand-mortar bookstore in the Bay Area at San Jose’s Santana Row. In an ironic twist, Amazon began its meteoric rise exclusively as an online alternative to physical bookstores. However, the new store promises an experience beyond just reading material, also showcasing Amazon’s latest devices alongside bestselling books displayed cover out.

WHO’S HungRY? Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, once said, “If there was a way that I could not eat so I could work more, I would not eat.” Many in the tech world value speed, efficiency, and productivity above all else — even food! Enter a parade of protein-packed powders and liquid meal replacements with cheekily dystopian names like Soylent, Schmilk, and People Chow. These “meals” save people time and money by sating their hunger and providing 100% of their daily nutrition — just don’t ask how they taste.

AuTOmATed PIzzA Silicon Valley is nothing if not techcentric, and now more than ever, breakthrough technology is disrupting the customary routine of daily life. Mountain View startup Zume has even automated pizza making by using robots to spread dough with sauce, and lift pies in and out of its ovens. The machines are fully capable of attaining perfect precision, but are programmed to include small flaws to preserve the comfortable illusion of the “human” touch. 48


AndROId CAndY lAnd A unique sight greets visitors to the Googleplex campus: a garden of larger-than-life lawn statues depicting confectionery treats rendered in foam. Accompanied by a towering version of the iconic green automaton that symbolizes the smartphone operating system, the Google Android Lawn Statues represent each Android version’s codename; including Cupcake, Honeycomb, Lollipop, KitKat, Marshmallow, Nougat, and Oreo.

RObOT InVASIOn! Knightscope (Mountain View) has fashioned a suite of security droids to autonomously fight crime. Its K-series of “Autonomous Data Machines” come in either stationary or mobile mode, in order to handle different types of security scenarios. Working in tandem with security guards and other law-enforcement personnel, their omnidirectional cameras, microphones, light detection and ranging, infrared, thermal imaging, and other high-tech features extend human awareness by acting as bionic eyes and ears. While emblematic of Silicon Valley’s techie culture, these robot guards are controversially Orwellian.

mAkIng THe FuTuRe Maker Faire was first launched in San Mateo in 2006, sponsored by Make magazine, as an event intended to dispel the popular notion that DIY crafting had to be a solitary experience. Its successful debut inspired a roll-out of Mini Maker Faires globally, ultimately spawning an international “maker movement” of hobbyists and tinkerers. Today, San Mateo’s annual Maker Faire (May 18– 20 in 2018) is a gonzo celebration of creativity, innovation, and invention hailed as “the greatest show (and tell) on earth.” The only rule for participants: make something yourself and be willing to show it off. The rule for attendees: prepare to be awed!

WATCHIng THe gAme A new kind of digital-age “sports bar” burst onto the scene with the opening of San Jose’s AFK Gamer Lounge, a new outlet where adult gamers and fans of increasingly popular eSports — professional video-game tournaments — can congregate, play and socialize in the real world. The new venue features a LAN center gaming area as well as a more traditional bar and lounge for eating, drinking, and viewing streamed eSports.

eleCTRIC TRAFFIC As an epicenter of tech innovation, concentrated wealth, and environmental activism, it’s no surprise that Tesla (Palo Alto) rules the road in Silicon Valley. Tesla’s line of automobiles now dominates the area’s electric-car market to such an extent that its Model S recently accounted for over 15% of all new car registrations in Atherton — the most expensive zip code in the US — and was even being considered for use by local police. And at Tesla’s sticker prices, the cars rule the road as a status symbol, too.

dRIVIng CHAnge Waymo, an Alphabet subsidiary that began life as part of Google’s “moonshot” research division, is on

Old meeTS neW HanaHaus is the brainchild of software company SAP, which repurposed downtown Palo Alto’s historic Varsity Theater as a combination café/community workspace. The idea was to spark communal collaboration and creativity by bringing diverse people together for workshops, special events, business meetings, and even hackathons, along with others who come for the Blue Bottle coffee alone.

the verge of launching a fully autonomous ride-hailing service. After testing the service over a halfmillion miles on public roads in Arizona, the company is finally ready to allow the public to use its self-driving taxis. A Waymo employee will share the back seat — at least for now. expLoRe


EVENT CALENDAR From cultural celebrations to fairs and festivals, there are plenty of fun events to catch year-round. Here are some highlights for 2018. For a complete, updated list of events, visit Cirque du Soleil brings Crystal, its first-ever experience on ice, March 28-April 1. World-class ice skaters and acrobats take a frozen playground by storm with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with unexpected acrobatics. [San Jose: SAP Center;] SUNNYVALE ART & WINE FESTIVAL (JUNE 2-3) Sip local beers and wines while perusing arts and crafts. 10-6. [Sunnyvale: Downtown at the Town Center;] CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL (FEB 27-MAR 11) Featuring film premieres, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology, this annual fest offers two weeks of screenings and events. [San Jose & Redwood City. 408-295-3378.] NIKKEI MATSURI FESTIVAL (APR 29) Held in one of only three remaining Japantowns in the nation, this springtime festival celebrates Japanese American culture and heritage. [Japantown, San Jose.] PACIFIC COAST DREAM MACHINES (APR 29) This showcase of motorized marvels from the 20th and 21st centuries — from cars, motorcycles and aircraft to antique engines and tractors — is fun for the whole family. [Half Moon Bay Airport. 650-726-2328]

Held May 11-13, the annual Stanford Powwow is the largest celebration of Native American cultures in California. Traditional dances, food, and arts and crafts are all part of the event. [Stanford University. 650-723-4078] 50


MOUNTAIN VIEW A LA CARTE & ART (MAY 5-6) Castro Street morphs into a moveable feast of people and colorful tents at this springtime festival of the arts. [Castro St., Mountain View. 650-964-3395] SILICON VALLEY OPEN STUDIOS (MAY 5-6, 12-13 & 19-20) Local artists open their studios to the public over three weekends. [Locations from San Francisco Peninsula to Gilroy.] SUBZERO FESTIVAL (JUNE 2-3) This festival features artists, performers, and musicians celebrating their indie creative spirit. [San Jose.]

PALO ALTO WORLD MUSIC DAY (JUNE 17) Boasting 50 performing groups, this festival turns public areas into sound stages. 3-7:30. [Palo Alto: University Ave.;] CAPITOLA ROD & CUSTOM CLASSIC CAR SHOW (JUNE 9-10) Classic beauties cruise the coastline from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to the Esplanade in Capitola Village. [] SAN MATEO COUNTY FAIR (JUNE 9-17) This old-fashioned fair held over nine days includes rides, classic fair food, live music and more. [San Mateo County Event Center. 650-574-3247] OBON FESTIVAL (JULY 14-15) JapaneseAmerican culture is celebrated with music, dance, and food. [Japantown, San Jose. 408-293-9292] MENLO SUMMERFEST (JUL 21-22) Celebrate the best of summer with local food and drinks, arts and crafts booths and live music at this street fair. [Menlo Park: Downtown on Santa Cruz Ave.; 650-325-2818]

Part science fair, part country fair, and part something fully different altogether, the Maker Fair (May 18-20) is a smorgasbord of originality and creativity. This all-ages gathering of the minds blends arts, crafts, engineering, music, food, science and technology. [San Mateo County Event Center.] GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL (JULY 27-29) This annual ode to the flagrant bulb features gourmet dishes and items of all kinds with a distinctly garlicky theme, as well as family activities. [Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy. 408-842-1625]


Grab a picnic and chair or blanket to catch a free outdoor concert. Redwood City Music on the Square (June 1-Aug 31) Fridays, 6-8, in the Courthouse Square Los Gatos Music in the Park (June thru August) Sundays, 5-7, on the Civic Center Lawn Jazz on the Plazz (June 13-Aug 22) Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30, at the Town Plaza

SANTA CLARA COUNTY FAIR (AUG 2-5) Delivering fun for over 70 years, this event has the traditional rides, food, and livestock exhibitions of county fairs, along with some not-so-traditional elements such as a demolition derby. [San Jose, County Fairgrounds.]

Head to Hollister to experience the Northern California Renaissance Faire, weekends from Sept 15-Oct 14. This recreation of an Elizabethan-era harvest fair features costumed singers, dancers, jugglers and actors; jousting; activities such as darts and archery; as well as arts and crafts, foods and a Celtic Rock Series on Saturdays. [Casa de Fruta, Hollister.]

CHURCH STREET FAIR (AUG 4-5) Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural scene of Santa Cruz through music, dance, art, food and wine. [Downtown Santa Cruz, 307 Church St. 831-420-5260]

Downtown San Jose teems with music lovers at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (Aug 11-13). This world-class music fest features more than 120 performances on 10 stages by established and upand-coming artists on the jazz scene, both contemporary and classical, with salsa, funk and R&B mixed in. [San Jose.]

KINGS MOUNTAIN ART FAIR (SEPT 1-3) Arts and crafts are displayed under towering redwoods at this juried fair. [Kings Mountain Community Center, Woodside. 650-851-2710] MOUNTAIN VIEW ART & WINE FESTIVAL (SEPT 8-9) Sip local wines and browse among booths showcasing the works of some of America’s finest artists and craftspeople. [Castro St., Mountain View. 650-968-8378]

shows, livestock expositions, marketplace shopping and a BBQ. [Cow Palace, Daly City.]

GREAT DICKENS CHRISTMAS FAIR (NOV 23-DEC 23) A lively recreation of Victorian London, this Bay Area tradition held over five weekends showcases authentically dressed actors, caroling and period music, shopping and more. [Cow Palace, Daly City.]

HALF MOON BAY PUMPKIN FESTIVAL (OCT 13-14) This annual event in the world’s pumpkin capital offers arts and crafts, pumpkin patches, a haunted house, live entertainment, contests, tasty pumpkin dishes and more. [Main St., Half Moon Bay. 650-726-9652]

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK (NOV 23-JAN 1) Musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights, Christmas trees, food vendors, amusement rides, an outdoor skating rink, and food treats all come together for a winter wonderland. [Downtown San Jose. 408-995-NOEL]

CAPITOLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL (SEPT 8-9) A fun event for the whole family, this seaside festival in charming Capitola Village overlooks Monterey Bay. [Capitola Village. 831-475-6522]

BURLINGAME ON THE AVENUE (AUG 18-19) Arts and crafts, food, great live music and children’s activities are part of this annual festival. [Burlingame Ave., Burlingame. 650-344-1735]


PALO ALTO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS (AUG 25-26) Downtown becomes a hotbed of fun with arts and crafts, food, wine, beer, live music and kids’ activities. [Downtown Palo Alto. 650-324-3121] MILLBRAE ART & WINE FESTIVAL (SEPT 1-2) Head to downtown Millbrae for its annual Mardi Gras-style bash. [Broadway Ave., Millbrae. 650-697-7324]

SANT--A CLARA ART & WINE FESTIVAL (SEPT 15-16) This end of summer celebration features live entertainment along with international food, premium wines and microbrews. [Central Park, Santa Clara. 408-615-3140] ANTIQUE AUTOS SHOW (SEPT 23) Stock antique autos, fire equipment, bicycles, and motorcycles of all makes from 1900 to 1945 are featured at this annual event. [History Park, San Jose.] SAN CARLOS ART & WINE FAIRE (OCT 6-7) Browse for fine arts while also enjoying food, wine, microbrews, live music and family activities. [San Carlos Ave. & Laurel St., San Carlos. 650-593-1068] GRAND NATIONAL RODEO (OCT 12-13, 19-20) Experience this western rodeo, complete with horse

Downtown’s Live Music Hub From jazz to rock, from hip hop to blues It’s all here. expLoRe




Combining the historic and the modern and the intimate with the larger-than-life, the performing arts venues of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula have transformative power to nurture new talents and enrich old souls. FOX THEATRE

MOUNTAIN WINERY High in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this famed historic winery was once owned by winemaker Paul Masson who was famous for hosting lavish soirees at his mountain “chateau.” Today, the winery carries on this tradition, enticing thousands of guests for world-class musical entertainment in the outdoor amphitheater, as well as for wine tasting and special events. The Old World ambiance, breathtaking valley views, and surrounding vineyards make this a prized venue for a Summer Concert Series that has attracted such renowned musicians as Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, and Aimee Mann, and still draws big names every year. Concertgoers can splash out on a dining package, or bring supplies to enjoy picnicking in the designated area with equally fine views before the show.

Opened in Redwood City in 1929 as the New Sequoia cinema, the Fox Theatre closed for remodeling in 1950 in order to reinvent itself as a premier live performance venue that was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. Refurbished again in 2010, it now books more than 100 public and private events each year, including concerts by top performers as well as musical theater productions by Broadway By The Bay. Its iconic marquee framed by twin palms has welcomed such famous performers as Etta James, Neil Young, and B.B. King.


BING CONCERT HALL Stanford University’s primary concert hall marries stylish architecture with state-ofthe-art technology in a perfect balance of form and function. Its 842 seats encircle the stage in a “vineyard” format; even the farthest seat is only 75 feet away. Every aspect of its architectural structure, from its beech and cedar construction to the shape and angle of the convex “sail” walls, was strategically chosen for its acoustical properties. Sound is reflected, absorbed, and dispersed in such a way that even unamplified performances come alive and feel deeply personal. The Bing is home to Stanford Live, which presents an exciting performing arts series year-round. 52


Over the decades, hundreds of the world’s most popular artists and entertainers have performed under the twin peaks of the Shoreline’s iconic white tent. Countless musical performances and festivals are performed here, including Lollapalooza, Lilith Fair, Download, and Warped Tour. Launched in 1986 by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and concert promoter Bill Graham, the massive stadium holds up to 22,000 attendees. Sporting a high-tech sound system, engaging light displays, and plenty of room to get up and dance, this has been custom-built for fist-pumping, Zippo-waving crowds.

CALIFORNIA THEATER Once a glamorous movie palace in the Roaring Twenties, the California shut its doors in 1973. It lay dormant through decades of neglect before undergoing a $75million restoration, completed in 2004. Meticulously refurbished to mirror its jazz-age décor, the theatre now functions as a concert hall and opera house. A cultural beacon in downtown San Jose, it is home to Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose, and the annual Cinequest Film Festival. Additionally, the theatre regularly hosts theatrical performances, dance recitals, film showings, private events, and lecture series.




Choose from a calendar chock-full of dazzling productions by the area’s awardwinning opera, dance, theater and musical companies—from San Jose through San Francisco. Here’s a rundown of what’s in store for 2018 as known at press time. For a complete, up-to-date list of performances, visit BALLET



Delivering some of the best live music around, the STANFORD JAZZ FESTIVAL (June-August) offers top-notch performances by world-class musicians, representing the rich history of jazz, as well as the diversity and creativity of the contemporary jazz scene. [Stanford University campus. 650-725-ARTS.]

SYMPHONY SILICON VALLEY follows a unique approach that includes a European-style roster of guest conductors and an all-encompassing method to programming. 2018 concerts include a program directed by Argentine maestro Carlos Vie featuring Jon Nakamatsu in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (Mar 16-18); Handel’s great oratorio, The Creation (May 5-6); and an allTchaikovsky program (Jun 2-3). [California Theatre, San Jose. 408-286-2600.]

The internationally acclaimed chamber music festival MUSIC@MENLO (July 13-Aug 1) features a roster of world-class artists. Founded by David Finckel and Wu Han, each summer the festival is constructed around a different theme in chamber music history. [Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Atherton. 650-330-2030.]


Under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’s 2018 highlights include Joshua Bell with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Mar 11); András Schiff in recital (Apr 15 & 17); Itzhak Perlman with the symphony (May 17-20); conductor Semyon Bychkov in a program of Bruch and Tchaikovsky, featuring the piano duet, the Labèque sisters (May 31-Jun 2); and violinst Nikolaj Znaider performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, conducted by Susanna Mälkki (Jun 7-9). See full calendar online. [Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 415-864-6000.]

DANCE Nationally recognized for its outstanding performances, the SAN FRANCISCO BALLET’s 2018 season includes the return of Liam Scarlett’s sold-out hit of 2017 Frankenstein (Mar 6-11); Robbins: Ballet & Broadway, four iconic works celebrating the centennial of Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein (Mar 20-25); the National Ballet of Canada performing Nijinsky (Apr 3-8); and a varied series of Unbound programs (Apr 20May 6). [War Memorial House, San Francisco. 415-865-2000.] Based in San Francisco, SMUIN BALLET pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet within a distinctly American style. Smuin also brings a series of performances—including its Christmas Ballet—to Mountain View’s Center for Performing Arts. In 2018, see evocative and original works in Dance Series 01 (Feb 22-25 in Mtn View) and Dance Series 02 (Apr 20-29 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco and May 24-27 in Mtn View). [415-912-1899.] expLoRe



BROADWAY SAN JOSE offers a direct pipeline to bringing in the best of touring shows from the Big Apple. Offerings in 2018 include the ultimate love story Love Never Dies (March 13-18); Rain—A Tribute to The Beatles (Apr 13-14); Finding Neverland, the smash musical based on the classic tale of Peter Pan (Apr 17-22); Jersey Boys, recreating the story and music of The Four Seasons (June 5-10); and the explosive and unique Stomp (May 4-6). [Center for Performing Arts, San Jose. 866-395-2929.] Since 1982, San Jose’s CITY LIGHTS THEATER COMPANY has been inspiring audiences with outof-the-box plays and musicals, many of them fresh new works. Productions are performed in a converted warehouse that’s a wide-open venue for wide-open theater. With a dynamic mix of emerging and seasoned performers, the company’s 2018 offerings include Shakespeare’s timelessly compelling play, The Merchant of Venice (Mar 22Apr 22); the new romantic comedy by Michael Mitnick, The Siegel (May 17-June 17); and In the Heights— Lin-Manuel Miranda’s story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights.[San Jose. 408-295-4200.] Recognized as the Bay Area’s premiere off-Broadway theater, SAN JOSE STAGE COMPANY presents award-winning and innovative programming, showcasing the region’s best new and established artists in

an intimate, converted tire store. 2018 productions include Sweeney Todd, the musical masterpiece by Stephen Sondheim (Feb 7-Mar 18); the world premiere of The Postman Always Rings Twice—a new adaptation of James M. Cain’s notorious 1934 novel, jam-packed with thrills, sex and violence (Apr 11-May 6); and the cult rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch (May 30-July 8). [408-283-7142.] The Peninsula’s major musical theatre company, BROADWAY BY THE BAY, stages full-scale productions using local talents. The 2018 season includes the Tony Award-winning classic The Music Man (Mar 16-Apr 1); Million Dollar Quartet—a recreation of the 1956 Memphis recording that changed rock-n-roll forever (Jun 8-24); Saturday Night Fever, the disco musical based on the hit movie (Aug 10-26); and Aida (Nov 2-18), the hugely popular musical by Elton John and Time Rice. [Fox Theatre, Redwood City. 650-579-5565.] The Peninsula’s award-winning THEATREWORKS performs a yearround season of top-notch musicals, comedies and dramas. The line-up in 2018 includes Skeleton Crew, a bold American drama by Dominique Morisseau (Mar 7-Apr 1); The Bridges of Madison Country, a musical romance based on the novel by Robert James Waller (Apr 4-29); and Finks, a comic drama based on the true story of comedian/actor Jack Gilford, written by his son (June 6-July 1). [Mountain View Center for Performing Arts & Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto. 650-463-1960.]





OPERA San Francisco’s well-loved AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER presents both classics and new works. 2018 highlights include Vietgone, an irreverent new comedy by the lauded new playwright Qui Nguyen (Feb 21-Apr 22); Heisenberg, the hit Broadway play about a perfect collision of strangers by Simon Stephens (Mar 14-Apr 8); Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars—a powerful and lyrical new play set against the backdrop of the American Civil War (Apr 25-May 20); and the world premiere of A Walk on the Moon, a stunning musical set in the final summer of the 1960s (June 5-July 1). [American Conservatory Theater and The Strand, San Francisco. 415-749-2228.] The timeless words of the Bard are brought to life by a talented ensemble of repertory actors at the annual SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, put together by a professional, thought-provoking and passionate theater company. Held outdoors at the Audrey Stanley Grove in Delaveaga Park, it offers an intimate outdoor setting to comfortably take in the show. The company kicks off their summer season July 10 with Shakespeare’s hilarious feast of language Love’s Labour Lost, followed by his classic tragedy of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet (opening July 24). The final production of the season is David Ives’s psycho-sexual comedic thriller Venus in Fur (opening Aug 7). Festival runs through Sept 2. []

Maintaining a resident company of principal artists, OPERA SAN JOSE showcases the finest young professional singers in the nation, staging four productions annually in the beautiful California Theatre. The 2018 season includes Verdi’s La Traviata (Apr 14-29); Mozart’s The Abduction of Seraglio (Sept 15-30); and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (Nov 17-Dec 2). [California Theatre, San Jose. 408-437-4450.] One of the country’s leading regional opera companies, the Peninsula’s WEST BAY OPERA offers three full productions each season. The 2018 season closes with Bizet’s enduring Carmen (May 25-June 3). [Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto. 650-843-3900.] SAN FRANCISCO OPERA has treated audiences to top-notch performances for more than 80 years. This summer, the company stages three full cycles of Wagner’s epic music drama, Ring (Jun 12-17, Jun 1924 & Jun 26-Jul 1). 2018 also offers Leoncavallo’s Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (Sept 7-30); Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux (Sept 8-27); Puccini’s Tosca (Oct 3-30); Strauss’ Arabella (Oct 16-Nov 3); and a West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life (Nov 17-Dec 9). [War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. 415-864-3330.]






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Seasonal Harvests A L O C A L S P E C I A LT Y

The national passion for handcrafted, heirloom, seasonal and organic culinary ingredients began decades ago, right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The mouth-watering proof is available on menus across the region, where local chefs continue to inspire diners with their pace-setting variations on California cuisine.

Adventuresome chefs and food lovers have long found this stretch of the West Coast to be a culinary mother lode. Ever-changing cuisines are a specialty of this fertile, year-round growing region, with each season bringing its specific temptations, from king salmon in the summer and wild mushrooms in autumn to Dungeness crabs in winter. What vineyards bring to their finished wines— the unique terroir of place and time—seasonal harvests provide to Bay Area menus.

FRESH ON THE HALF MOON BAY COAST Farm cheeses, heirloom legumes, signature strawberries and black chanterelles each provide unique flavor "snapshots" of a climatically favored place and time. Famed for its pumpkin season, the Half Moon Bay area is a top destination for seafood aficionados, berry foragers and others devoted to the freshest possible organic produce. 56


Many coastal restaurants showcase wares fresh-caught from the sea just outside their front doors. At Pasta Moon in Half Moon Bay, fresh Monterey Bay calamari, rock shrimp and local sand dabs are given proper Italian treatment. Brussels sprouts from the nearby fields grace the antipasti menu, as do wildcrafted mushrooms, and arugula from Daylight Farms. Some artisanal producers offer tours of their grounds. Harley Farms Goat Dairy in the tiny town of Pescadero, 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay, invites weekend visitors to wander through its gorgeous coastal property to enjoy the sight of baby goats and sample homemade cheeses. Also in Pescadero, Phipps Country Store and Farm is a pleasant destination whose fields and barnyard ambiance offer a peek into a rural lifestyle rarely encountered here in the 21st century. Most of the nation’s salad greens, broccoli, and strawberries are grown within a 50-mile radius of



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the Bay Area. From spring through the end of July the fields ripen with berries, nowhere more abundantly than along the coastal highway where “U-pick” Swanton Berry Farm and Coastways Ranch offer hands-on experience in harvesting strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and rare olallieberries. Fresh berry pies are top temptations at aptly named Pie Ranch’s roadside stand and historic Duarte’s Tavern. Alliances forged between Bay Area growers and local chefs inspire some of the most creatively nuanced dishes you’ll find anywhere, offering flavorful discoveries made from organically grown and seasonally harvested ingredients.

ON THE PENINSULA Flea Street Cafe, in Menlo Park, choreographs the day’s harvests into a sophisticated menu of organic, pastured, and free-range ingredients, paired with locally made premium wines. In the heart of Palo Alto’s bustling downtown, Zola’s menu showcases seasonal French cooking. Eggs from local Glaum Ranch might be paired with winter squash, artichokes, or mushrooms, while mousses and terrines shine with gorgeously presented salads—all from the season’s produce of the moment. Bistro Elan is another Palo Alto magnet for diners who come to enjoy local petrale sole, baby lettuces from nearby farms, and citrus and herbs from its own kitchen garden. Grass-fed Pescadero Ranch beef, exotic citrus and 58


lettuces from Happy Boy Farms, and Monterey Bay king salmon are among the seasonal ingredients used to create the lively menu at Palo Alto’s Local Union 271. At Timber & Salt in downtown Redwood City, seasonal contemporary cuisine shares the menu with innovative craft cocktails, Californian wines and artisan beers. Along with its award-winning wine cellar, legendary Village Pub in Woodside focuses on local heirloom and seasonal specialties, poultry from Petaluma and Pacific fresh fish.

IN THE SOUTH BAY Chef Bradley Ogden’s Parcel 104 in Santa Clara has earned landmark status for creative California specialties derived from nearby organic farms, dairies, and heritage ranches. Le Papillon in San Jose is a local legend whose elegant interior is well-matched by its sophisticated approach to updated, French-inspired cuisine. Executive Chef Scott Cooper’s multi-course tasting menu specializes in unexpected pairings of herbs and spices with luxury meats and seafoods. In the San Jose suburb of Willow Glen, The Table’s menu offers an array of flavor-forward dishes made from local harvests including roasted brassicas, fresh-caught seafood, and artisan cheeses. Also in Willow Glen, a menu of small plates at Black Sheep Brasserie shows off the kitchen’s attention to detail with tiny vegetables, unusual pastas, and homegrown salads to accompany robust plates of short ribs, grilled rib eye and duck breast. Manresa in Los Gatos maintains its lofty three Michelin stars while featuring small local organic growers throughout its menu. Also in Los Gatos, at Lexington House, heirloom produce teams up with exciting preparations of

wild chanterelles, locally caught seafood, and freerange chicken.

AROUND SANTA CRUZ Home, in Soquel, uses herbs, salad greens and fruit from its own garden to amplify dishes by chef Brad Briske. Gabriella Cafe, whose menu emphasizes ultra-fresh seasonal items, has launched the careers of many celebrated eco-sensitive chefs, including Jim Denevan of Outstanding in the Field’s al fresco field dinners. At Soif in downtown Santa Cruz, local ingredients star in a brasserie menu that changes with the harvests, and Oswald has long relied upon top local ranches and farms for its New American cooking. Santa Cruz dining rooms such as Ristorante Avanti pamper patrons with the first fresh porcinis and black chanterelles of the autumn season. At Hollins House, overlooking Santa Cruz from its perch near the Pasatiempo golf club, wunderkind chef John Paul Lechtenburg uses colorful summer vegetables, tiny sprouts, and the most brilliant edible flowers to adorn his innovative pastas, seafoods, and desserts served with locally made ice cream and freshly harvested fruits. Ahead of the curve in the national trend of menus pairing local wines, harvests, and seasons, Bay Area restaurants continue to express their devotion to the harvests of superstar organic growers. The proof is in the eating!

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LAZY DOG CUPERTINO Global comfort fare in a lodge-like environment includes stir-fries, pot roast, and pastas served alongside cold beer and hot chocolate. lunch and dinner daily til midnight. Brunch: Sat-Sun. [19359 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408-359-4690]

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





AMERICAN/ COMFORT FARE EUREKA! CUPERTINO Elevated American fare, craft beer and small-batch spirits are served in a stylishly rustic environment. open Mon-Fri from 11a Sat-Sun from 10. [19369 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 669-266-6752] FLIGHTS CAMPBELL, LOS GATOS Small plates, cocktails, wine and beer are all served as trio flights, with food meant to be enjoyed family style in a communal atmosphere. lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch. [Campell: 368 E. Campbell Ave.; 408-364-1564. Los Gatos: 165 Los GatosSaratoga Rd.; 408-354-3434]

THE BASIN SARATOGA This relaxed, upscale eatery serves American fare with Spanish and Italian influences, focused on organic and sustainable ingredients. patio seating available. open daily at 5. [14572 Big Basin Way; 408-867-1906] CIN-CIN LOS GATOS SEE AD ON PAGE 64.

A hidden gem in downtown los Gatos, this stylish neighborhood restaurant and wine bar features contemporary American cuisine, a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, and innovative cocktails. Fresh seasonal ingredients are incorporated into artfully created dishes, with fan favorites such as wild mushroom empanadas with


Celebrating 16 years in Silicon Valley manchego cheese and truffle oil, yellowtail ceviche, and 38 North Duck. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 4-10; FriSat, 4-11. Happy Hour: Mon-Sat, 46. late Night Happy Hour: Thurs, 9-10; Fri, 9-11. All wines by the bottle at half price on Tues nights. [368 Village Ln.; 408-354-8006.]

Seasonal Farm-Fresh American Fare created by award-winning chef Bradley Ogden & Sergio Morales

NICK’S NEXT DOOR LOS GATOS This stylish and lively neighborhood haunt run by Chef Nick Difu offers an elevated American bistro experience with an outstanding wine selection to match. lunch and dinner: Tues-Sat. [11 College Ave.; 408-402-5053]

ORCHARD CITY KITCHEN CAMPBELL Michelin-recognized owner/chef Jeffrey Stout provides ingredientdriven small plates in a casual environment. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner daily. Brunch: Sat-Sun. [1875 S. Bascom Ave.; 408-340-5285] PARCEL 104 SANTA CLARA SEE AD THIS PAGE

A venture of renowned chef Bradley ogden, this farm-to-table restaurant features an inspired menu showcasing local growers, ranchers, and dairies. Traditional American favorites are given a contemporary twist for a unique culinary experience; classic desserts, too, get a whimsical spin. Understated yet elegant in design, parcel 104 boasts an exhibition kitchen, a comfortable lounge, outdoor patio seating, and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. private dining rooms and a Chef’s Table are available. Breakfast daily. lunch and dinner: Mon-Fri. Available for private events, SatSun. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 2-6. [Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd.; 408-970-6104.]

THE VESPER CAMPBELL This bistro and cocktail bar offers small plates and craft cocktails in an artsy, lounge-like setting. Dinner nightly. [394 E. Campbell Ave.; 408-680-0401]

Organic & Seasonal Cuisine with Zagat award-winning wine selection Outdoor Patio Dining Weekday Happy Hour in Lounge Three Private Dining Rooms Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:30 am-2 pm Dinner Mon-Fri: 5:30-9 pm Sat-Sun: Available for Private Events

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MINT LEAF SARATOGA Creative Asian fusion entrees and noodle dishes are served in a bohemian atmosphere. lunch and dinner daily. [14420 Big Basin Way; 408-872-3763] PROVINCE SAN JOSE Asian fusion meets New American at this stunning new restaurant at Bay 101—the latest venture for Chris Yeo of Straits. open daily from 11. [1788 N. 1st St.; 408-796-1699] STRAITS SAN JOSE Chef Chris Yeo’s Asian fusion cuisine captures the fragrant and diverse flavors of Malaysian, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and Nonya cuisine. Edgy and modern, the restaurant offers bar and table seating, along with patio dining. open daily from 11am. [333 Santana Row; 408-246-6320]

AUSTRIAN, CONTEMPORARY NASCHMARKT RESTAURANT CAMPBELL Fine renditions of traditional Viennese dishes are given a California aesthetic at this family-owned restaurant. Wiener schnitzel or goulash, anyone? Dinner: TuesSun. [384 E. Campbell Ave.; 408-378-0335]


providing continuous service, carving meats at your table. Salad bar included in the prix fixe. lunch and dinner daily. [167 W. San Fernando St.; 855-586-9288]


PLUMED HORSE SARATOGA Awarded a Michelin star seven years in a row, this destination for special occasions serves creative fare in an ultra-swank setting.

open for dinner nightly. [14555 Big Basin Way; 408-867-4711] THE TABLE SAN JOSE (WILLOW GLEN) rustically chic, this urban neighborhood is focused on seasonal ingredients, hand-crafted cocktails, and progressive wines. Brunch: Wed-Sun. Dinner nightly. [1110 Willow St.; 408-638-7911]


This traditional European patisserie and bakery offers an exquisite selection of savory and sweet treats using only top quality ingredients, with Stumptown coffee to accompany. The croissants are almost legendary, and the wide range of macarons and chocolates are a constant rave. pastries and gourmet sandwiches are also on the menu. Mon-Fri, 8am-10pm; Sat, 8am-11pm; Sun, 8am-8pm. [19379 Stevens Creek Blvd #100; 408-886-3333]

BIJAN BAKERY & CAFÉ SAN JOSE one of San Jose’s premier European bakeries, Bijan is known for its buttery pastries, cookies, European-style croissants, and sandwiches. open daily all day. [170 S. Market St.; 408-971-8000] CAFFE FRASCATI SAN JOSE Sip a cappuccino and try a tasty panini at this Italian-flavored café. Beer and wine are also offered, and live music is often on the schedule. open daily all day. [315 S. First St.; 408-287-0400]



FOGO DE CHÃO SAN JOSE 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. [377 Santana Row; 408-244-7001]

LEXINGTON HOUSE LOS GATOS This modern spot for seasonal cuisine is also known for its classic cocktails and fine spirits collection. Mon-Sat from 5. [40 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-354-1600]

TAURINUS SAN JOSE This steakhouse and wine bar serves succulent slow-roasted meats rodizio-style, with waiters

MANRESA LOS GATOS Chef David Kinch’s Michelin threestar farm-to-table eatery offers a


nightly tasting menu showcasing the finest of the season’s products. Dinner: Wed-Sun. [320 Village Ln; 408-354-4330]



Whether for the happening scene, the deals, or both, here are some great spots to end your workday. BLUSH RAW BAR LOUNGE Happy hour highlights include hamachi spoons and sushi tacos. M-F, 3-6. San Jose FIREHOUSE NO 1 GASTROPUB Craft beers, cocktails and appetizers are all on the happy hour menu at this pub. M-F, 3-6. San Jose MORTON’S Great deals are offered on drinks and bar bites daily, 4:306:30. San Jose NOMIKAI Happy hour features exotic cocktails and diverse sakes with Japanese bites. M-Sat, 5:30-8:30. San Jose PAPER PLANE Discounts on drinks and a variety of menu items are offered daily, 4:30-7. San Jose

SCOTT’S SEAFOOD Catch the last rays of sun on the rooftop bar and enjoy happy prices, M-F, 3:30-6:30 & Fri-Sat, 9-12. San Jose SP2 COMMUNAL Creative cocktails and appetizers are served during happy hour, MSat, 3-6. San Jose BIRK’S Drinks and appetizers at nice prices are offered at this buzzing steakhouse, M-F, 3:30-6, & Sat, 5-7. Santa Clara PARCEL 104 Savor tasty appetizers and drinks MF, 2-6. Santa Clara CENTONOVE Enjoy reduced-priced wine, beer, Italian bites and pizzas, at the counter, M-F, 5-6. Los Gatos

CIN-CIN WINE BAR Happy hour specials, MSat, 4-6, include nice nibbles like fish tacos and pork buns. Los Gatos ROOTSTOCK WINE BAR Wine, beer, and bites are offered at friendly prices, M-F, 3-6. Los Gatos THE HALFORD Enjoy beer happy hour at this taphouse, M-F, 3-7. Santa Clara THE OXFORD Specials on drinks and Indianinspired bar bites in a British pub atmosphere. Daily, 4-6. Sunnyvale EUREKA This popular gastropub offers happy hour daily, 2-6. Cupertino and Mountain View



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FOOD: SOUTH BAY DINING TARRAGON SUNNYVALE With a cosmopolitan menu and aesthetic, this uptown spot serves globally inspired dishes and mesquite-grilled specialties. Dinner: Mon-Sat. [140 S. Murphy Ave.; 408-737-8003]


curd dishes, dim sum, and familystyle entrees. There are ample choices for vegetarians. Don’t skip the green onion sesame bread; it gets unanimous raves. lunch: Mon-Thurs, 11-2:30; Fri-Sun, 11-3. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5-9:30; Fri-Sun, 4:30-9:30. [Milpitas Square, 296 Barber Ct.; 408-433-5199] MAYFLOWER SEAFOOD MILPITAS, UNION CITY SEE AD ON PAGE 70

SINO SAN JOSE Traditional Cantonese cooking techniques are infused with modern Chinese fusion at this dining space with a happening night scene. open daily from 11. [377 Santana Row; 408-247-8880] DARDA MILPITAS SEE AD ON PAGE 66

Specializing in halal Chinese cuisine, this casual family restaurant uses nine unique cooking techniques to prepare its delicious and wide-ranging menu. Specialties include a variety of soups, mu shu, warm pots of fish, beef or lamb stews, chow mein, fried rice, bean

Since 1991, Mayflower has earned a reputation for serving the finest Cantonese cuisine. It is renowned for its sumptuous dim sum and fresh seafood, with over 100 varieties of dim sum served daily at lunchtime. The regular menu highlights a wide variety of seafood specialties—including live crab, lobster, and shellfish—along with appetizers, soups, barbecue items and specialties served in winter melon. private rooms, corporate delivery and take-out are available. Dim sum, lunch and dinner daily. [Milpitas Square, 428 Barber Lane (Milpitas Square); 408-922-2700. Union City: 34348 Alvarado Niles Rd.; 510-489-8386]



Shared tables, firepit seating, local hangouts... Here are places where you’re likely to mingle with the locals. SP2 Lots of fun seating options, both indoors and on the patio, invite interaction at this bar and restaurant. Downtown San Jose SAN PEDRO SQUARE MARKET Choose your meal from an array of options and grab a seat at one of the indoor or outdoor communal tables at this large gathering space. The lively bar scene with sports action on TV is also a place to hang out with the locals. Downtown San Jose

PAPER PLANE Commune or be a barfly in front of the great wall of booze. Great drinks— and tasty food, too. Downtown San Jose SCOTT’S SEAFOOD Share the warmth (and city view) while seated in front of an 18-footlong rooftop fireplace. Downtown San Jose LUDWIG’S GERMAN TABLE It’s all about beer drinking in good company here. Grab a stein, find a spot on one of the oversized tables

and feel the fun vibe. Downtown San Jose DISTRICT SAN JOSE Settle in at the central bar, the communal tables or lounge sofas for tapas and drinks. Downtown San Jose FLIGHTS Food and drinks are served in flights of three, and the communal feel here is contagious. Campbell THE BYWATER This New Orleans-inspired bar and eatery has a true neighborhood feel. Los Gatos


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It’s California, where the sun is out more than 250 days a year. Here are some places to enjoy dining al fresco. SCOTT’S SEAFOOD You can’t beat the city views from the wide rooftop terrace, complete with a huge fireplace. San Jose SAN PEDRO SQUARE MARKET So many options at this gathering spot—from the cuisine choices to the seating areas, many of them outdoors. San Jose SANTANA ROW Stroll the row and take your

pick from the huge array of dining spots with outdoor seating, Europeanstyle. San Jose PARCEL 104 The shaded patio is perfect for savoring farm-totable cuisine on summer days. Santa Clara NICK’S NEXT DOOR The patio oozes charm— with food to match—at this neighborhood bistro. Los Gatos

LEXINGTON HOUSE You’re lucky if you can snag one of the few outdoor tables, but it’s a great spot to sample creative California fare and cocktails. Los Gatos Also head to historic South Murphy Avenue in downtown Sunnyvale, where sidewalk tables on both sides of the avenue offer plenty to choose from.




THE BYWATER LOS GATOS Manresa chef/owner David Kinch co-founded this New orleansinspired neighborhood bar and eatery which serves up southern staples like fried green tomatoes and po’boys, a raw bar, cocktails, and more. lunch: Tues-Fri. Dinner: Tues-Sun. Happy hour: 2:30-5pm. Brunch: Sat-Sun. [532 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-560-9639]

and Nutella. But the choices extend to full egg breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, salads and entrees such as a New York steak or pan-seared salmon. In other words, there’s something tasty for everyone. Coffee drinks, smoothies, milkshakes, beer, wine, and margaritas complement your meal. Happy hour: Daily, 5-7. open 8am9pm daily. [150 S. 2nd St.; 408297-2850.]



Crepes are the specialties here, from the savory Alcatraz—with shrimp, avocado, mozzarella, cilantro, mushrooms, onions and garlic—to the sweet Whispers, filled with strawberries, bananas,

BLACK SHEEP BRASSERIE SAN JOSE (WILLOW GLEN) Classic French-inspired cuisine is given a modern California twist at this swanky spot, with French wines, craft beers, cocktails, and a good spirits selection. Dinner Tues-Sun. Sunday brunch. [1202 Lincoln Ave.; 408-816-7251]

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FOOD: SOUTH BAY DINING ÉLYSE SAN JOSE located downtown, this modern French-Vietnamese restaurant offers everything from frites and spring rolls to braised short ribs Bourgogne and pho. The drinks menu features signature cocktails more than wines. lunch and dinner: Mon-Sat. [151 S. 2nd St.; 408899-2762]

oven, charcoal grill and rotisserie, along with over 50 craft beers on tap, quality wines, and cocktails. lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch. [151 W. Santa Clara St.; 408-277-0545]


GERMAN LUDWIG’S GERMAN TABLE SAN JOSE Expect a fun experience at this spirited locale offering traditional German fare and beer. All tables are communal—both inside and in the beer garden—encouraging conversation. Wed-Sun from 4. [261 N. 2nd St.; 408-771-9871]


Centrally located in Silicon Valley, this exceptional restaurant has epitomized fine dining since its founding in 1977. Californiainspired modern French cuisine is beautifully presented in an elegant, quiet setting. Chef Scott Cooper’s innovative menu and culinary talents have garnered numerous accolades over the years. reflecting his passion and dedication to world-class cuisine, the prix fixe and tasting menus change seasonally in order to incorporate organic and sustainably grown local ingredients. Whether for dinner or catered events, le papillon

provides the same high level of excellence. private rooms available. Dinner nightly. [410 Saratoga Ave.; 408-296-3730.] LEFT BANK SAN JOSE With a simple, seasonally changing menu, this bustling parisian-style brasserie features authentic French cuisine in a casual, elegant

setting with sidewalk seating. lunch and dinner daily. [377 Santana Row; 408-984-3500]




ROSIE MCCANN’S SAN JOSE Blend traditional Irish food and hospitality with a contemporary California flair and you get this casually elegant restaurant and pub. Using farm-fresh, organic ingredients, favorites such as fish and

FARMERS UNION SAN JOSE This gastropub dishes up American fare from a wood-burning

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chips (with true Alaskan cod!) and the signature burger share space on the menu with grilled coriander salmon, seared scallops, savory steaks and more. But food is not the only draw: the warm pub ambiance, a full bar and lounge, TV sports screens, and live/DJ music all make fun certain. Happy hour daily, 3-6:30 (Sun ‘til midnight). Mon-Fri: lunch, 11-4; Dinner, 4-10. Sat-Sun: Brunch, 9:30-3; Dinner, 3-10. open ‘til late. [355 Santana Row; 408-247-1706.]


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With its warm hospitality, delicious cuisine and focus on Italian wines, this neighborhood trattoria transports guests to Italy. A menu of wood-fired antipasti and pizzas, house-made pastas, and other Italian specialties such as ossobucco and branzino is matched by a noteworthy list of wines and beers, also featuring local breweries on tap. lunch: Fri-Sun, 11:304. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5-10; Fri-Sat, 5-11; Sun, 11:30-9. open all day FriSun. Happy hour: Mon-Thurs, 5-6. All Italian wines are at half price by the bottle on Tuesdays. [109 W. Main St.; 408-384-4007;] DOPPIO ZERO CUPERTINO SEE AD ON PAGE 69

It’s all about genuine Italian food and hospitality at this stylish pizzeria, restaurant and bar. And more specifically, it’s about the city of Napoli… The chef, the owners, the



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FOOD: SOUTH BAY DINING wood-fired pizzas, the southern Italian cuisine—even the brick oven comes direct from Naples! With everything made in-house using the finest and freshest ingredients—the cocktails, too, are handcrafted—this is the spot to enjoy a delicious meal in an atmosphere full of Italian flair. lunch and dinner daily. open all day, Sat-Sun. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 4-6:30. [10088 N. Wolfe Rd.; 408-863-0308.] ENOTECA LA STORIA SAN JOSE, LOS GATOS This classic Italian wine bar offers a wide selection of wines and beers, along with small plates with which to enjoy them. open daily from noon (San Jose from 11:30). [Los Gatos: 416 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-625-7272. San Jose: 320 W. St. John St.; 408-618-5455] GIOVANNI’S PIZZERIA SUNNYVALE SEE AD ON PAGE 66

Modestly tucked away in a row of storefronts, this friendly, relaxed restaurant is a community favorite. owned and operated by Sicilian-

born rosario Spatola, it earns rave reviews for its tasty, thin crust New York-style pizza. But there’s more than pizza on the menu here, including tempting pasta dishes along with veal, chicken, seafood and meat entrees. Appetizers, salads, soups, and sandwiches round out the offerings, with beer and wine to slake your thirst. Banquet facilities for up to 80. Mon-Sat, 11-9:30. [1127 N. Lawrence Expwy.; 408-734-4221.] IL FORNAIO SAN JOSE, SANTA CLARA A stylishly informal setting with an exhibition kitchen, classic Italian fare, and a focus on Italian and Californian wines are all part of the signature style. lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: 302 S. Market St.; 408-271-3366. Santa Clara: 2752 Augustine Dr.; 408-217-8844] IL POSTALE SUNNYVALE This popular Italian-American bistro in Sunnyvale’s lively downtown area offers appetizers such as carpaccio and bruschetta, a

wide range of tasty entrees and pastas, plus a great dessert list. Vegetarian and vegan options also offered. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner, daily. [100 S. Murphy Ave.; 408-733-9600] MAGGIANO’S SAN JOSE With its laid-back atmosphere, Maggiano’s is noted for its robust and lavishly sized servings of southern Italian cuisine. lunch and dinner daily. [Santana Row, 3055 Olin Ave.; 408-423-8973] PAESANO RISTORANTE ITALIANO SAN JOSE SEE AD ON PAGE 66

located in a refurbished, early 1900s home in San Jose’s little Italy, this informal, charming eatery is the place to go for classics such as veal parmigiana, lasagna, and fried calamari, along with original dishes with a Sicilian flair. Sit in the cozy dining area and bar or out on the shaded patio in fair weather. An easy walk from the SAp Center on the edge of downtown, paesano is an ideal stop on Sharks


game or other event nights. private event seating for up to 150; ample parking. lunch: Mon-Fri, 112. Dinner: Sun-Thurs, 5-9; Fri-Sat, 5-10. [350 W. Julian St.; 408-2179327.] VITO’S TRATTORIA SAN JOSE SEE AD ON PAGE 68

Genuine Italian food and hospitality come together at this charming restaurant owned and operated by George Nobile and his son, Anthony. Founded in 2002, and commonly referred to as “San Jose’s best kept secret,” Vito’s is located near San Jose airport, just minutes from downtown. The

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and teriyaki. Banquet facilities available. Mon-Fri, 11:30-2 & 5-10; Sat, 410; Sun, 4-9. Happy Hour, Mon-Fri, 4-7. [Pruneyard Shopping Center, 1875 S. Bascom Ave.; 408-3776456.]

freshest ingredients are used in dishes from pasta to veal, seafood, and steaks. The wine list includes selections from Italy and California. Whether for a business dinner, family gathering, celebration, or intimate evening, this is a terrific destination. Full bar, private room and catering available. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11-2:30. Dinner: Mon-Fri, 4:30-9; Sat, 5-9. [90 Skyport Dr.; 408-453-1000;]



GOCHI FUSION TAPAS CUPERTINO Traditional Japanese dishes are blended with contemporary flavors and served as small plates perfect for pairing with sake. lunch: TuesFri. Dinner: Mon-Sat. [19980 Homestead Rd.; 408-725-0542] HOUSE OF GENJI SAN JOSE SEE AD ON PAGE 70

Visit this destination for teppangrill dining to experience what has kept it popular for over four

decades: delicious food and entertaining pampering! Using top ingredients, house specials such as steak and lobster are prepared at each table by expert chefs who slice, cook and serve your meal right before your eyes. Try the Genji Combination of steak and jumbo prawns—it’s a long-time favorite! Sushi is also available, as is a full bar. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-2. Dinner: Mon-Fri, 5-9:30; Sat, 4-10; Sun, 4-9. [1335 N. 1st St.; 408-4538120.]

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Whether you come for the entertainment, the teppan-grilled food, the sushi, or the cocktails, it’s always a fun occasion at this Silicon Valley icon. professional chefs amaze you with their shows of culinary artistry as they slice, chop, dice, and toss your meal right before your eyes, from lobster and scallops to filet mignon. or sit at the sushi bar and choose from a wide variety of sushi, sashimi, tempura,

MIZU SAN JOSE The menu at this sushi bar and grill reflects a fusion of Japanese and Korean flavors. lunch and dinner daily. [1035 S. Winchester Blvd.; 408-260-7200]


This classic Michelin-rated restaurant is noted for its innovative Hellenic cuisine utilizing seasonal, imported and local ingredients. one side of the menu features elevated spins on Greek classics such as a deconstructed short-rib moussaka, grilled octopus and



408.283.9595 | 25 W. San Fernando St., Downtown San Jose

CUPERTINO: 10088 N. Wolfe Rd. 408.863.0308 MOUNTAIN VIEW: 160 Castro St. 650.938.4147 ExplorE


FOOD: SOUTH BAY DINING feta-brined chicken. The other side tempts with double cut lamb chops and USDA prime steaks from Allen Bros. of Chicago—the only Bay Area menu featuring them—grilled to perfection over a mesquite grill. Dio Deka’s impressive wine cellar carries over 1,200 labels from all over the world, including rare Burgundy and Bordeaux, and replete with show-stopping Napa Cabernets. The bar’s offerings of premium spirits include legendary louis xIII Black pearl Cognac. Dinner nightly. [Hotel Los Gatos, 210 E. Main St.; 408-354-7700.]


The brick exterior, metalwork, heavy wooden furniture, oaxacan art, and beautiful bar make this one of the most distinctive dining rooms in San Jose. As urbane as the design is, however, the menu offers true and tasty oaxacan food

as you would find it in oaxaca. or if you’re looking for more traditional Mexican cuisine, they have it too. The full bar highlights a wide range of mezcales. patio seating; catering; banquets/private parties for up to 120 available. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner: Mon-Fri from 5; Sat-Sun from 4. [25 W. San Fernando St.; 408-283-9595.]

MIDDLE EASTERN DISH DASH SUNNYVALE High quality Middle Eastern fare is served in a bustling room, with outdoor sidewalk seating as well. lunch and dinner: Mon-Sat. [190 S. Murphy Ave.; 408-774-1889]


You’ll think you’re dining in Casablanca in this exotic arched and

tiled restaurant, serving sumptuous Moroccan cuisine and mesmerizing belly dancing for over 38 years. The menu offers five sixcourse dinners, with entree choices of chicken with lemon; lamb and honey; rabbit with paprika; fish with green chermoula; prawns with red chermoula; lamb shank; and a vegetarian dinner. À la carte menu options also available. Full bar and banquet facilities for up to 300. Hookah lounge available to dinner guests. Near light rail station, close to downtown. Belly dancing Thurs-Sat. Dinner daily from 6. [41 E. Gish Rd. at N. 1st St.; 408-453-1983;]

PERSIAN YAS SAN JOSE Family-owned and run, this cozy spot serves traditional persian fare with vegetarian options and a full bar. open daily from 11. [1138 Saratoga Ave.; 408-241-5115]

PORTUGUESE ADEGA SAN JOSE This Michelin-starred bistro offers contemporary portuguese fare and wines in a warm environment. Dinner: Wed-Sun. [1614 Alum Rock Ave.; 408-926-9075]

SEAFOOD FORTHRIGHT OYSTER BAR CAMPBELL This stylish eatery focuses on seafood-inspired dishes and craft cocktails, with fresh oysters daily. lunch: Wed-Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch: Sat-Sun. [1700 W. Campbell Ave.; 408-628-0683] SCOTT’S SEAFOOD SAN JOSE SEE AD ON PAGE 63

Known for its high-quality seafood, this downtown restaurant is a Bay Area tradition. Enjoy views of the city skyline from the sixth floor dining room or rooftop patio. Featuring fish and shellfish delivered


Japanese Teppan-Yaki: The FUN Way to Dine 1335 N. First St., San Jose 408.453.8120 |


UNION CITY HONG KONG FLOWER LOUNGE 34348 Alvarado Niles Rd 51 Millbrae Ave., Millbrae 510-489-8386 650-692-6666 70



fresh daily, menu offerings include crab cakes, oysters, petrale sole, lobster, and cioppino, along with USDA prime dry-aged steaks, pastas, and house-made desserts. Events for 10 to 300 guests can be accommodated. Sunday brunch buffet offers a seafood bar, a prime rib carving station, breakfast courses, a dessert bar and live music. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. Sunday brunch: 10:30-2. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 3:30-6:30. [185 Park Ave.; 408- 971-1700;]


Melding innovation and tradition, this swank restaurant is a refined interpretation of the classic American steakhouse interlaced with creative Japanese techniques and influences. With its own dryaging room, Alexander’s features Greater omaha and imported Wagyu beef. Utilizing the finest


products, the menu includes prime seafood options and is matched by an award-winning wine selection. lunch: Tues-Sat. Dinner nightly. [19379 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408-446-2222.]


Known for its outstanding hardwood grilled steaks, chops and seafood, this first-rate establishment with a vibrant city feel has

Terrific crêpes, both sweet and savory... Plus breakfast items, sandwiches and dinner entrées, too!


SAN JOSE: 150 S. 2ND ST.; 408.297.2850 | BELMONT: 390 EL CAMINO REAL; 650.594.0000 | WWW.WHISPERSCAFE.COM ExplorE




evolved into a South Bay dining icon since its inception in 1989. Whether for a power lunch, a special occasion or a casual meal, the atmosphere of casual elegance sets the stage for a stellar dining experience, paired with a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, craft beers and cocktails. located at Hwy. 101 and Great America pkwy., near levi’s Stadium. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. Bar menu: 2:30-9:30. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 4-6; Sat, 5-7. [3955 Freedom Circle; 408-9806400;] DIO DEKA LOS GATOS SEE AD ON PAGE 57

Noted for its innovative Hellenic cuisine, this Michelin-rated dining destination also tempts diners with double cut lamb chops and USDA prime steaks from Allen Bros. of Chicago — the only Bay Area menu to feature them — grilled to perfection over a mesquite grill. For more details, see under Mediterranean (p. 55). [Hotel Los Gatos, 210 E. Main St.; 408-3547700.]



This downtown favorite offers the finest steaks available in the country—prime-certified Angus Beef, aged a minimum of 28 days—as well as grass-fed filet, and Australian lamb chops. Australian lobster tails and fresh seafood including sea bass, salmon, ahi tuna, and scallops are also on the menu. House made desserts and a Wine Spectator Best of Excellence Award-winning wine list complement the dinner, while craft beers on tap, specialty drinks and an extensive spirit collection round out your experience. Banquet rooms and patio dining are available. Dinner nightly. [Los Gatos: 206 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-3956434. Danville: 200 Sycamore Valley Rd.; 925-552-0505.]

THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY SAN JOSE Modeled after the great grills of New York in the 1930s and ’40s, this classic steakhouse offers a menu to suit all tastes. Extensive wine list. lunch and dinner daily. [Fairmont Hotel, 172 S. Market St.; 408-294-2244] MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE SAN JOSE SEE AD ON PAGE 67

located in downtown San Jose, Morton’s prides itself on quality and consistency, featuring USDA prime-aged steak, fresh seafood, hand-picked produce, delicious appetizers and decadent desserts. Witness the hustle and bustle of the technology industry’s elite



ROK BISTRO SUNNYVALE Wild game and other meats are cooked on a hot volcanic rock on your table at this eatery also serving fondue. Dinner nightly. [124 S. Murphy Ave.; 408-733-7651] WILLARD HICKS CAMPBELL Handcrafted cocktails and woodgrilled black Angus steaks are all the draw at this clubby downtown dining spot. Dinner nightly. [280 E. Campbell Ave.; 408-374-5000]


FLEMING’S SANTA CLARA This high-end steakhouse is known for its prime-graded steaks and a wine list that includes 100 choices by the glass. lunch: MonFri. Dinner daily. [2762 Augustine Dr.; 408-346-4557]


as you dine in the luxurious and sophisticated dining room or, for a more casual experience, in the bar or outside on the patio. private dining spaces accommodate groups both small and large. Dinner nightly. [177 Park Ave.; 408947-7000.]

DISTRICT SAN JOSE SAN JOSE This communal spot brings together a menu of small plates and house-made charcuterie with an extensive wine and whiskey program. open Mon-Sat evening ‘til late. Brunch: Sat-Sun. [65 N. San Pedro St.; 669-292-5252]

CRAZY FOR POKE Poke is the pizza of the 21st century. At least it seems like it, with so many new poke (poh-kay) places opening in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. “Poke” means to slice or cut in Hawaiian, and this traditional raw fish creation has evolved far beyond its long-ago origins, when Hawaiian fishermen turned trimmings from reef fish into simple snacks, tossing the pieces with sea salt, crisp limu (seaweed) and crushed kukui nuts. BY S U S A N H AT H AWAY hese humble beginnings belie the current poke craze, with dozens of new restaurants emerging here in the last few years alone. But ancient Hawaiians wouldn’t recognize today’s dish. Seafood of every description — raw and cooked — is now turned into poke as well as a slew of other proteins, like sous-vide chicken, flavored tofu and seared Spam, the enduringly popular (in Hawaii, anyway) canned meat product. Today’s standard poke formula involves a diner’s choice of protein — typically ordered at the


counter and piled together by staffers — that’s scooped onto a base (all kinds of starches as well as greens are offered) that is then slathered with your choice of sauces that include newer options like light citrus ponzu, spicy togarishi (Japanese chile), aioli and pineapple sesame miso. But it doesn’t stop there. Next comes a topping, selected from an even longer list that’s likely to feature scallions, thinsliced jalapeños, seaweed salad, avocado, furikake (a blend of dried fish, sesame seeds, dried seaweed, sugar and salt) and various herbs and vegetables. But these are the common offerings. Given the abundance of poke joints that have arrived on the ExplorE


FOOD: POKE scene, all seeking to differentiate themselves, toppings have gone a bit pupule (“crazy” in Hawaiian). Some of the more mundane items include mandarin oranges, pickled leeks, fried garlic and diced mangoes, but you can also load up your plate with lotus chips, roasted macadamia nuts, masago (smelt) roe, and a soft poached egg. Or crunch-ify the dish via crushed Cheetos as well as chicarrones (fried pork rinds). Side dishes such as crab salad and other goodies are thrown in for good measure at some poke spots.

able. Dining spots without a wine-and-beer license often whip up fancy lemonade iterations (cucumber-mint, anyone?), fresh-squeezed juices, or offer the ever-popular, madein-the-islands tropical fruit drinks from Hawaiian Sun. The boozy alternatives include everything from Japanese beers to sake and sochu, a fiery distilled beverage. While the standard poke found all over Hawaii in grocery stores and even some gas stations is likely to star the glistening, divine ahi tuna that swim in tropical waters, our local poke spots are unbound by tradition. Some even offer the POKE FOR EVERyOnE dish in burrito form (called, naturally, a One factor in poke’s exploding popularity poke-rito). In this case, the various ingrehas been how it has evolved to include dients are wrapped up in rice and some“ was so tasty that vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free versions, times dipped in hot, neon-colored visitors from the mainland and another is the dish’s healthful propCheeto crumbs before being covered started noticing and by erties, given all those good-for-you with paper to hold things together. omega-3s in the fish. Not to be outdone, some other around 2012, the craze Poke connoisseurs — of which there poke locations also feature non-poke had begun across the are now many — tend to judge establishitems on their menus that might include country as a new entrant in ments on the freshness of ingredients, fresh oysters as well as entree choices the appeal of the specific sauces and like miso short ribs, salmon cake sliders, the fast-casual category.” other add-ins as well as unusual menu kalua pork lettuce wraps and miso crab offerings that might set a poke counter fries. Meanwhile, poke aficionados don’t apart. While many fans like to customize their bowls by senecessarily skip dessert after their meal, with addictive macalecting their faves from among the many possible ingredients, roon ice cream sandwiches showing up in some spots, along those more inclined toward a tried-and-true concoction can with mochi ice cream bars and sometimes oddities like order one of the recommended bowls that are always availmatcha Rice Krispies treats.





POKE IS aLMOST EVERyWhERE Poke has come a long way since the ’60s and ’70s, when this then made-at-home dish exclusively found in the Aloha State hadn’t yet acquired its Hawaiian moniker. Early on, the dish was a simple combo of raw ahi tuna with a splash of soy, a little hit of sesame oil and not much more. As time went by, poke acquired more ingredients, evolving to reflect the cultural melting pot that characterizes the 50th state. By then it was so tasty that visitors from the mainland started paying attention to it, and a few years ago the craze began spreading across the country as a new entrant in the fast-casual category. Fueled by the increasing interest in healthful eating and a mania for fresh ingredients, the poke bowl quickly infatuated millions of diners seeking quick, nutritious, delicious, single-course meals that didn’t wipe out their wallets. Office workers, in particular, found ordering poke bowls for lunch to be a tasty, practical option, because poke spots are typically Chipotle-style, shufflealong-the-counter quickservice operations. Take-out is so preferred that while most poke eateries offer table service, many have only a small seating space.

top picks There’s a multitude of poke spots in the region so an exhaustive list would kill too many trees. But here are some noteworthy poke counters from north to south that are guaranteed to imbue some aloha spirit. POKE LAB FISH BAR Freshness, generous portions and great “signature” poke bowls lure throngs to this newcomer. Try the Wicked Tuna or Kraken (octopus with roasted garlic) and experiment with close to two dozen toppings. Millbrae: 1069 El Camino Real; THE POKE SHOP This miniscule spot is a little hard to find but has lots of options for your poke bowl. Ordering is done via a check-the-boxes form, and service is relatively swift. Try the yuzu jam ice cream or tofu cheesecake. Burlingame: 1200 Howard Ave., Ste. 106; POKEATERY A poke fan favorite, this limitedseating spot puts its concoctions in a box rather than a bowl, with unlimited toppings and two sides included. Try the zesty citrus kale salad or the dole whip, a soft-serve pineapple dessert. San Mateo: 407 S. B St.;

its signature house truffle aioli, served with white truffle taro chips as a snack. There are fresh oysters, too! San Mateo: 1234 S. El Camino Real; GO FISH POKE BAR This flourishing South Bay minichain launched by Google’s former head sushi chef is seriously popular thanks to sustainable seafood, local ingredients, and vegan or gluten-free options—not to mention the hand rolls and chef’s specials. Redwood City: 823 Hamilton St.; Palo Alto: 660 Stanford Shopping Center, 244B; San Jose: 1183 S. De Anza Blvd.; POKÉLOVE Copious, fresh choices that include non-fish options, divine sauces like masala curry, and non-poke picks such as miso soup and mac ’n cheese bring in the crowds. The squeamish can even ask for their fish to be cooked. Palo Alto: 855 El Camino Real (Town & Country Shopping Center); POKI BOWL Known for slightly lower prices, this little chain doesn’t skimp on seafood freshness, enhanced by carefully chosen sauces. Don’t miss the pristine yellowtail or a macaron ice cream sandwich in dark chocolate sea salt. San Jose: 4750 Almaden Expwy.; 81 Curtner Ave.; Palo Alto: 2305 El Camino Real; POKE WORKS A Top Chef alum founded this nation-wide chain, which features responsibly sourced seafood and sustainable ingredients. Patrons can select a mode — bowl, burrito or salad — then pile on the toppings, including seven items under “Choose a Crunch.” Mountain View: 211 Castro St.; Cupertino: 10815 N. Wolfe Rd.; San Jose: 55 River Oaks Place;

SLICE POKE BAR Generous portions and lots of additional items have made this large spot near Sunnyvale’s restaurant row popular. Try the divine kama (grilled hamachi collar), house-made fruit bars, and chips with mango salsa. Art, music, and alcohol add to the fun. Sunnyvale: 1150 Murphy Ave.; POKE HOUSE Scrupulous freshness and nice big chunks of fish compared to the smaller diced morsels of some spots are differentiators at this little local chain. Want low carb? Pick zucchini noodles as a base. Fresh fruit is among the toppers, too. San Jose: 1698 Hostetter Rd.; 1308 S. Winchester Blvd.; 5160 Cherry Ave.; HAWAIIAN POKE BOWL Expanding from just a tent at San Pedro Square, this spot features the less-complicated choices that are more like what one finds in Hawaiian poke, but the sauces are expertly assembled. Don’t pass up the creamy, thick Brazilian acai bowl, fruity and filling. San Jose: 387 S. 1st. St.; POKE POKE FISH BAR With more seating than the norm, this popular spot offers a bit more for the money, like crab salad as a side in the basic price and an appealing condiment table. Check out the seasonal toppings and specials. Santa Clara: 2362 El Camino Real; SANTA CRUZ POKE With a great location near the seaside, this bitty spot is friendly and serious about freshness. The options might be few but everything is delicious. Along with poke, there's ceviche, salads and macaron ice cream sandwiches. Capitola: 115 San Jose Ave.; SanTa CRuz POKE

TRUFFLE BUTTER POKE BAR An immediate hit since its relatively new opening, this spot has some irresistible choices like shrimp tempura and seared Spam as well as ExplorE


SEVEN TIME-TESTED RESTAURANTS Some restaurants not only survive but thrive with each passing year. Given our fickle nature as diners, it’s only natural to wonder: how do some restaurants succeed for over 30 years? It clearly goes beyond just serving good food. It’s about exceeding expectations, constantly improving, and providing a level of hospitality that builds relationships, sometimes from one generation to the next. We spoke to restaurateurs at these seven strongholds to better understand their staying power. by Amy Sherman

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SHADOWBROOK There really is no other restaurant like Shadowbrook. Ted Burke, co-owner since 1978, lovingly restored and updated the property allowing it not just to endure but to flourish. “The romance of Shadowbrook began 70years ago, says Burke. “While romance defines our presentation and atmosphere, it is also how we feel about our guests. We love them.” It is rare for any restaurant to be so successful, and even more unusual that its fans stay loyal decade after decade. As Burke says, “It is love in its many forms that brings people to Shadowbrook, and love that keeps our staff serving with pride, then, now, and in the years to come.”






Mike Mashayekh, owner of Le Papillon, credits the 40-year success of his restaurant to maintaining consistency: “My passion and commitment in providing a memorable dining experience has been my motivation and challenge.” Beyond exquisite contemporary French cuisine by chef Scott Cooper, a romantic and elegant setting, and impeccable service, Le Papillon delivers a warm and timeless experience. That brings guests back time and again for memorable special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, and business dinners.

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Energy, a drive towards greatness, and a willingness to lead the way characterize not just the entrepreneurial environment of Palo Alto, but also the approach of Galen Fletcher, a second-generation restaurateur and managing partner of Sundance The Steakhouse: “Our philosophy in being the best in town in all aspects of our operation, coupled with a sincere passion for customer service has, been our recipe for success since 1974. This culture of excellence runs deep in our restaurant and continues to inspire us on a daily basis.” Fletcher helped to transform an already successful family

4 restaurant into an even greater one, where everyone from CEOs to families feels at home.



What sets one family-run Chinese restaurant apart from all others? Chef Chu’s son, Larry, puts it best: “Our motto is to treat every day like it’s our grand opening, it’s a brandnew start, and each customer is treated like it’s their first time, and we want to make a good impression.” At this Los Altos landmark, classical Chinese cuisine is made with the freshest of ingredients. Always respectful of his father, Larry says: “My dad, Chef Chu, has an incredible attention to detail, and after 48 years his passion for the restaurant has permeated through to everyone who works and dines there.”



Like a ride on a magic carpet, dining at Menara Moroccan is a transporting experience. On top of the exotic ambiance, fine cuisine, and live entertainment, there’s an incredible level of commitment that starts with restaurateur Anand

Shah, who worked his way up from being a dishwasher. Many of the staff have been with the restaurant for over 20 years, and he says they are key to the restaurant’s longevity. Still, Shah is never complacent, making changes that allow the restaurant to grow while always keeping its soul intact.



Owned and operated by the same family since 1988, the Mountain House is a fine-dining establishment to suit different moods and occasions, with several environments on offer—a cozy candlelit dining room, a lively lounge with roaring fire, and a unique allglass room surrounded by giant redwoods. Every visit begins with a scenic approach offering stunning views. This true getaway combines a rustic atmosphere and casual fine dining to deliver an inviting experience in harmony with nature.



Owner and pillar of the Campbell community Dale Yoshihara has run Kyoto Palace for the last 30 years, seeing to it that the restaurant has been pleasing generations of guests with steak, seafood, sushi, and an entertaining style of dining. If noteworthy restaurants evoke a feeling, at Kyoto Palace, that feeling is pure fun. Teppanyaki-style cuisine, cooked to order for each guest, turns every meal into a performance, with a personal chef delighting guests by juggling, spinning, slicing, and dicing ingredients. The party atmosphere makes this a top choice for celebrations.





These two neighborhood haunts prepare comfort food with gourmet quality ingredients and fresh seasonal produce for the utmost in flavor. From egg scrambles and Swedish oatmeal pancakes to sandwiches, salads, soups and daily specialties for lunch, the choices are crave-worthy. Whether in Burlingame’s cozy spot or at redwood City’s quaint historic Victorian house with intimate dining rooms and garden seating, the setting is equally pleasant. Catering and private parties in the evenings are offered in redwood City. open for breakfast and lunch daily: weekdays at 7; weekends at 8. lunch served 11-2 (‘til 3 Mon-Sat in Burlingame). Breakfast served til close. [Redwood City: 1020 Main St.; 650-366-1498. Burlingame: 1408 Burlingame Ave.; 650-3480417.]

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Exquisitely flavorful Afghan cuisine awaits you in an atmosphere reminiscent of a traditional Afghan home, surrounded by beautiful rugs, draperies, colorful costumes and dramatic photos. Favorites include the combination kebab, featuring two generous skewers of grilled lamb, beef, chicken, shrimp or fish on a bed of basmati rice, as well as the Korma Challaw Badenjah—tender chunks of beef and eggplant cooked with onions, tomatoes, ginger and herbs. Wine and beer available. private room for up to 35. lunch daily, 11:30-2. Dinner nightly, 5:45-9:45. [135 El Camino Real; 650-594-2840.]

EuREKa! MOUNTAIN VIEW Elevated American fare, craft beer and small-batch spirits are served in a bustling, stylishly rustic environment. open Mon-Fri from 11; Sat-Sun from 10. [191 Castro St.; 650-426-0582]

AMERICAN, CONTEMPORARY aLL SPICE SAN MATEO Husband-and-wife team Sachin Chopra and Shoshana Wolff have turned a 1906 Victorian house into a dining destination showcasing evocative New American cuisine with Indian and other influences. Dinner nightly. [1602 S. El Camino Real; 650-627-4303] bIRd dOg PALO ALTO Elevated cuisine in this stylish, minimalist bistro reflects a contemporary approach to a spectrum of global flavors, with an emphasis on Northern California and Japanese. Dinner nightly. [420 Ramona St.; 650-656-8180]

MadERa MENLO PARK A menu of market-driven cuisine is centered on a wood-burning grill. The handsome setting includes outdoor seating with mountain views. lunch: Mon-Sat. Brunch: Sun. Dinner nightly. [Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, 2825 Sand Hill Rd.; 650-561-1540] PIaCERE RESTauRanT SAN CARLOS SEE AD ON PAGE 84 PIaCERE

A New American menu reflects fresh, locally grown produce, premium meats, and the finest of seafood. Enjoy a delicious dining experience in the open-air lounge, al fresco on the patio or sidewalk, indoors in the elegant dining room, or intimately in the wine room. Menu favorites from roasted mussels to braised short ribs are enjoyed with selections from the Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, along with handcrafted cocktails and a full bar. private events for up to 200. live music on weekends. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-3. Brunch: Sat-Sun, 10:30-4; Happy hour: 3-6 daily. Dinner: Mon-Sat, 5-10; Sun, 5-9. [727 Laurel St.; 650-592-3536.] SCRaTCh MOUNTAIN VIEW Based on the premise of simple food done well, a menu of New American fare at this elegant dining spot reflects a variety of influences and a bounty of seasonal ingredients. A wide variety of wines and spirits are also on offer. lunch and dinner daily. [401 Castro St.; 650-237-3132]

Contemporary California Cuisine & Wine Spectator Award-Winning Wine List

DINNER: Mon-Sat from 5:30pm | LOUNGE: Mon-Sat from 5pm | HAPPY HOUR: Mon-Fri, 5-7pm

THE RESTAURANT AT DRAEGER’S 222 East 4th Ave., San Mateo | 650.685.3727



FOOD: PEninSulA dininG ThREE RESTauRanT & baR SAN MATEO A communal atmosphere provides an enjoyable setting in which to enjoy a diverse global menu, with everything made from scratch. Craft beers, whiskeys, wines and handcrafted cocktails round out your dining experience. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. [50 E. 3rd Ave.; 650-344-9444]

take center stage in preparations of rustic seasonal cuisine, with choices from thin-crust pizzas to fresh fish and pastas. outdoor seating. Breakfast and lunch: MonFri. Dinner nightly. Brunch: SatSun. [Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real; 650-853-9200]


TOWn SAN CARLOS premium steaks and chops, local seafood, handcrafted cocktails, and West Coast wines are all the draw here—as is the convivial atmosphere. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch: Sat-Sun. [716 Laurel St.; 650-595-3003]


It may be located in downtown San Mateo’s old Crocker Bank building, but there is nothing outdated abut this place. The vibrant hip atmosphere invites you to relax and enjoy contemporary American cuisine—from innovative appetizers, salads, small plates and seafood dishes to aged steaks and ribs. or catch the action at the bar for handmade cocktails, a large selection of beer on tap and over 20 wines by the glass. private room for up to 64. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner daily. [164 South B St.; 650-348-8164.]


Set inside a warmly lit dining room reminiscent of a wooden barn where a gaucho might hang his hat, this churrascaria offers authentic Brazilian fare served rodizio style. 14 different signature cuts of perfectly seasoned meats are spit-roasted over a mesquite grill on large skewers then brought to your table by waiters clad in gaucho outfits who offer continuous tableside service, carving portions directly onto your plate. With a diverse cocktail and wine menu, and a bar overflowing with exotic side dishes, you’re in80


vited to drink and eat to your heart’s content. open daily for lunch and dinner. [San Mateo: 710 S. B St.; 650-342-8700. San Francisco: 1686 Market St.; 415-552-8792.] PaMPaS PALO ALTO This swank churrascaria offers unlimited portions of spit-roasted meats. A salad side bar is included in the prix fixe menu. Full bar. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. [529 Alma St.; 650-327-1323]


door seating available. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch: Sat-Sun. [Town & Country Village, El Camino Real; 650-322-9200] FLEa STREET CaFé MENLO PARK At the forefront of the movement for seasonal, sustainable and organic dining, owner Jesse Cool continues to garner recognition for this iconic location. Dinner: Tues-Sun. [Menlo Park: 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas; 650-854-1226] MayFIELd baKERy & CaFE PALO ALTO The wood-fired rotisserie and grill


With a warm and inviting neighborhood feel, this classic American grill serves fresh, locally sourced California cuisine that embraces the seasons. Casually sophisticated, the restaurant offers a choice of bistro style seating or outdoor dining in the fireside courtyard during the summer. An extensive wine list, craft brews and handcrafted cocktails are also on the menu. No corkage fee for the first two bottles. plenty of free parking. open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late nightsnacks. Enjoy weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday. [Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real; 650330-2790.]

MIngaLaba BURLINGAME Authentic Burmese cuisine is served along with select Chinese dishes at this unassuming spot. lunch and dinner daily. [1213 Burlingame Ave.; 650-343-3228] RangOOn Ruby PALO ALTO, SAN CARLOS, BELMONT, BURLINGAME A menu of elevated Burmese cuisine includes tea leaf salad, handcrafted wok dishes and family- style plates, accompanied by cocktails. lunch and dinner daily. [Palo Alto: 445 Emerson St.; 650-323-6543. San Carlos: 680 Laurel Ave.; 650-592-1852. Belmont: 1000 6th Ave.; 650-591-4156. Burlingame: 1219 Burlingame Ave.; 650-381-9756]

CALIFORNIA/ SEASONAL CaLaFIa CaFE PALO ALTO This bustling spot serves organic, seasonal California cuisine. out-

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Sometimes you just want to sit down for a full breakfast, maybe with a mimosa or two. We’ve picked out some of the best places to go. crepevine Crepes and egg dishes, along with lunch standards, are offered all day from 7:30. Mountain View, Palo Alto, Burlingame pastis Egg dishes are decidely French, as are the salads and sandwiches, Sat-Sun, 9:302:30. Palo Alto Menlo Grill Egg breakfasts, lunches, and a variety of pastries can be enjoyed along with cocktails. Sat-Sun, 11:30-2. Menlo Park MadeMoiselle colette French-style egg breakfasts and croissants share the menu with wines and

champagne. Sun, 8-2. Menlo Park cafe Borrone Full breakfasts, plus wine and beer, are served daily and Sun ‘til 3 at this European-style cafe. Menlo Park lv Mar Mexican renditions of huevos and creative tapas go down well with the bottomless mimosas. Sat-Sun, 11:30-3. Redwood City Main & elM Full breakfasts are served at this hip spot daily, 7-12; Sun, 10-2. Redwood City alana’s cafe Tasty breakfasts and comfort fare are savored in cozy

digs daily, 11-2. Sat-Sun, 8-2. Redwood City & Burlingame Johnston’s saltBox A seasonal menu features everything from green eggs and ham to salads and sandwiches. Sat-Sun, 10-2. San Carlos piacere Egg breakfasts, salads, pizzas. pastas and mimosas are among the choices. SatSun, 10:30-4. San Carlos 31st Union Braised brisket hash and walnut bread pudding French toast are among the brunch choices at this farm-to-table spot. SatSun, 10-2. San Mateo


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TIMbER & SaLT REDWOOD CITY This bustling nook is almost as much about the craft cocktails as the artisan foodl. Dinner: TuesSun. Sunday brunch. [881 Middlefield Rd.; 650-362-3777]


Take a scenic drive to this ridgetop haven in the redwoods and enjoy a memorable meal in a rustic atmosphere. A menu of California and American cuisine highlights fresh seafood and game specials, along with steaks and pasta; the desserts are all homemade. Dine in the elegant, candlelit dining room or the forest room. Those in a more casual mood can order a meal or appetizers beside the stone fireplace in the friendly “come-as-you-are” bar. private dining available. Half an hour drive from I-280 on the mid-peninsula or from Half Moon Bay. Dinner: WedSun. Sun: Bar open from 2. [13808 Skyline Blvd.); 650-851-8541.] ST. MIChaEL’S aLLEy PALO ALTO once a bohemian beatnik café, this is now a refined spot for modern, creative Californian fare. outdoor seating available. lunch: Tues-Fri. Dinner: Tues-Sat. [140 Homer Ave.; 650-326-2530]


dining experience. private rooms and catering available. Dinner: Mon-Sat from 5:30. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 5-7. [222 East 4th Ave.; 650-685-3727.]


ThE STRIPEd PIg REDWOOD CITY Elevated seasonal California cuisine may be central to this Michelin-recommended spot in downtown redwood City, but the creative cocktails, craft beers and lively vibe are equal draws. Bringing years of culinary excellence to this joint venture, chefs Mitchell and pacheco use perfect blends of ingredients to develop the ultimate in pairings. All their small plates are lip-smacking good; the house-made charcuterie board is a sure winner. Cozy while minimalist, the dining room offers both bar and table seating. open Tues-Sat from 5. [917 Main St.; 650-2573710.]

It’s all about quality and refinement at this trusty dining establishment dedicated to fresh, seasonally inspired cuisine located above iconic Draeger’s Market in downtown San Mateo. The elegant dining room features plush booths, a cozy fireplace, and a blazing wood-fired brick oven. A more casual lounge adjacent to it invites patrons for a relaxed drink. The wine selection of over 1,100 domestic and international labels, honored by Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence each year since 2002, lends the final touch to an outstanding



BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT -Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Daily, Metro Newspaper, 2016



LUNCH & DINNER • BANQUETS • COCKTAILS • GOURMET FOOD TO GO 1067 N. San Antonio Road at El Camino, Los Altos 650.948.2696 • 82


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This peninsula favorite hasn’t skipped a beat since its opening in 1970, still drawing crowds and receiving accolades for its food. Charismatic owner and chef lawrence Chu still supervises the restaurant, now joined by his son, larry. Delivering authentic renditions of the four famous Chinese gastronomic cuisines— Sichuan, Beijing, Shanghai, and Canton—the menu includes such delicious choices as baked misoglazed sea bass and wok-seared tangerine beef. Full bar, extensive wine list, catering, banquets, and food to go available. lunch and dinner daily. [1067 N. San Antonio Rd.; 650-948-2696.] hOng KOng FLOWER LOungE MILLBRAE SEE AD ON PAGE 89

Just minutes from San Francisco airport, this well-established dining destination is renowned for its dim sum lunches and Cantonese seafood specialties, offering a balance between contemporary and traditional. The Chinese-style banquet hall setting bustles with lunchtime crowds, business dinners, family reunions, and special celebrations, with private rooms and facilities for up to 200. patrons can also enjoy a full bar and cocktail lounge. reservations recommended. open daily for dim sum, lunch and dinner. [Millbrae: 51 Millbrae Ave.; 650-6926666.]

CARIBBEAN/ ISLAND CUISINE COCOnuTS RESTauRanT & baR PALO ALTO This festive eatery brings the islands close to home with Chef robert’s hearty Caribbean and West Indian cuisine. listen to reggae, calypso and rhumba as you dine on classics such as braised oxtail, curried goat, and jerk chicken. patio dining available. lunch and dinner: Tues-Sun. [642 Ramona St.; 650-329-9533] La bOdEguITa dEL MEdIO PALO ALTO Taking inspiration from the Havana original, this friendly, neighborhood joint offers Cuban-inspired dishes and cocktails in colorful surroundings. Cuban cigars are included in the offerings. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner: Mon-Sat. [463 California Ave.; 650-326-7762]




nOLa PALO ALTO With seven unique dining areas over three levels, plus a streetlevel bar, this lively New orleansthemed spot offers a menu of Creole, Cajun, and Southwestern cuisine. Classics include gumbo, jambalaya, and étouffée. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. [535 Ramona St.; 650-328-2722]

Fourteen signature cuts of meat roasted over a mesquite grill. We use fresh produce to prepare our salads daily. Nothing comes from cans.





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Crepes are the specialties here, from the savory Alcatraz—with shrimp, avocado, mozzarella, cilantro, mushrooms, onions and garlic—to the sweet Whispers, filled with strawberries, bananas, and Nutella. But choices extend to full egg breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and entrees such as a New York steak or panseared salmon. In other words, there’s something for everyone. Coffee drinks, smoothies, milkshakes, beer, wine, and margaritas complement your meal. Happy hour: Daily, 5-7. open 8-9 daily (closed 3-5 Mon-Thurs). [390 El Camino Real; 650-594-0000]

FRENCH bauMé PALO ALTO Combining classic traditions with experimental techniques, chef Bruno Chemel’s seasonal prix fixe offerings are savored in an intimate, chic dining room. By reservation only. lunch: Thurs-Sat. Dinner: Wed-Sat. [201 S. California Ave.; 650-328-8899] bISTRO VIda MENLO PARK This neighborhood parisian-inspired bistro serves up classics such as frites and oysters along with a carefully curated wine selection. open daily for lunch and dinner. Brunch on weekends. [641 Santa Cruz Ave.; 650-462-1686]

Eclectic, Contemporary American Cuisine In the Heart of Downtown San Mateo

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ChEz Tj MOUNTAIN VIEW Do not plan on a quick meal at this Michelin-starred restaurant located in an intimate Victorian home. A prix fixe meal of contemporary French cuisine by chef Jarad Gallagher provides an evening of culinary pleasure to be savored slowly. Dinner: Tues-Sat. [938 Villa St.; 650-964-7466]

CuISInETT SAN CARLOS This counter-service restaurant offers French comfort food. The menu may not be extensive, but tasty choices from quiches and salads to mussels and coq au vin has made this a local favorite. outdoor seating available. lunch daily; Dinner: Mon-Sat. (1105 San Carlos Ave.; 650-453-3390) LEFT banK MENLO PARK With a simple, season-driven menu, this parisian-style brasserie features authentic French cuisine in a casual, elegant setting. lunch and dinner daily. [635 Santa Cruz Ave.; 650-473-6543] zOLa PALO ALTO In a small location with a casual, bistro environment, this neighborhood restaurant offers seasonal French cooking influenced by the sensibilities of California, along with a vast list of French and Californian wines. Dinner: Tues-Sat. [565 Bryant St.; 650-521-0651]

Best Steaks & Martinis in Town SINCE 1974

1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto | 650.321.6798 |

GASTROPUB MaRTInS WEST REDWOOD CITY Both pub and restaurant, this relaxed spot highlights seasonal cuisine and Scottish pub fare along with handcrafted cocktails and an extensive whiskey collection. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner: MonSat. [831 Main St.; 650-366-4366]

GREEK EVVIa ESTIaTORIO PALO ALTO Signature Greek dishes are found alongside local interpretations of traditional Hellenic favorites at this charming downtown restaurant, so popular you may have trouble making a reservation. lunch: MonFri. Dinner nightly. [420 Emerson St.; 650-326-0983]

Diverse & Delicious Southeast Asian Cuisine

INDIAN bROadWay MaSaLa REDWOOD CITY A diverse range of Indian fare at this attractive downtown spot includes a number of vegan options. lunch and dinner daily. [2397 Broadway St.; 650-369-9000]

Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Menu Available

Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sat | Full Bar 1029 EL CAMINO REAL, MENLO PARK | 650.485.2345 | WWW.BLACKPEPPER-USA.COM ExplorE


FOOD: PEninSulA dininG RaSa BURLINGAME From dosas to curries, modern south Indian coastal cuisine honors India’s culinary heritage while celebrating California’s agricultural bounty. lunch and dinner daily. [209 Park Rd.; 650-340-7272] zaREEn’S MOUNTAIN VIEW, PALO ALTO This small, casual joint offers familiar and innovative halal spins on Indian and pakistani cuisine. [Mountain View: 1477 Plymouth St.; 650-641-0335. Palo Alto: 365 California Ave.; 650-600-8438]



It’s all about genuine Italian food and hospitality at this stylish pizzeria, restaurant and bar. And more specifically, it’s about the alluring city of Napoli… The chef, the owners, the wood-fired pizzas, the southern Italian cuisine—even the brick oven comes direct from Naples! With everything made inhouse using the finest and freshest ingredients—the cocktails, too, are handcrafted—this is the spot to enjoy a delicious meal in an atmosphere full of Italian flair. lunch and dinner daily. open all day, Sat-Sun. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 4-6:30pm. [160 Castro St.; 650938-4147.]


PauSa SAN MATEO Wood-fired pizzas and authentic Italian fare made from scratch are paired with an all-Italian wine list at this stylish trattoria. [223 E. 4th Ave.; 650-375-0818] RISTORanTE ROCCa BURLINGAME SEE AD ON PAGE 9

dOnaTO EnOTECa REDWOOD CITY This urban restaurant offers contemporary cuisine, using fresh, seasonal produce, and a wine list focused on Italian boutique wineries. outdoor seating available. lunch and dinner daily. [1041 Middlefield Rd.; 650-791-1000]

IL FORnaIO PALO ALTO, BURLINGAME Classic Italian food is served in a stylishly informal setting with an exhibition kitchen. The wine list focuses on Italian and Californian. lunch and dinner daily. [Palo Alto: 520 Cowper St.; 650-853-3888. Burlingame: 327 Lorton Ave.; 650-375-8000]

Whimsical murals, a lofty Florentine ceiling and a Venetian-style balcony provide a pleasing setting to enjoy fine northern Italian cuisine, inspired by California influences. located just minutes from airport hotels, rocca offers delicious, trattoria-style dishes including veal, chicken, seafood and beef, as well as signature

The Mountain House


house-made pasta dishes. pair your meal with a selection from the extensive yet affordable list of Italian and domestic wines. Afterwards, linger over a rich tiramisu and enjoy la dolce vita. Full bar; private events for up to 130 guests. lunch: Mon-Sat, 11-2; Dinner: Mon-Sat, 5-10; Sun, 4-9:30. [1205 Broadway Ave.; 650-3443900;] STELLa aLPIna OSTERIa BURLINGAME rustic northern Italian dishes are paired with a wine list focused on Italian and Californian choices. Dinner nightly. [401 Primrose Rd.; 650-347-5733]

Family owned and operated since 1965! Full bar & banquet facilities. Open daily.


MENLO PARK: 1850 El Camino Real | 650-321-8227 PALO ALTO: 3740 El Camino Real | 650-843-0643 SAN MATEO: 504 Peninsula Ave. | 650-343-5886 SAN MATEO: 3190 Campus Dr. | 650-349-0165 SAN BRUNO: 201 El Camino Real | 650-877-8245 DALY CITY: 379 Gellert Blvd. | 650-755-6213

KABUL Afghan Cuisine A Destination Restaurant in the Redwoods Casual Bar & Lounge | Elegantly Rustic Dining Room | Open Forest Room Open Wed-Sat from 5pm; Sun from 2pm.

“Fabulous food” “Deliciously different”


“Fantastic lamb dishes” “Wonderful kebabs” -ZAGAT

13808 Skyline Blvd, Woodside • 650.851.8541

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135 El Camino Real, San Carlos 650.594.2840


TERún PALO ALTO Italian-owned, this eatery specializes in homemade pasta, southern Italian entrees and wood-fired pizzas. outdoor patio dining. lunch and dinner daily. [448 California Ave; 650-600-8310]

I PRIVé BURLINGAME Specializing in modern Japanese cuisine, chef Stanley Chan builds a personalized food and drink pairing menu based on the preferences of the diners. lunch: Fri-Sun. Dinner: Tues-Sun. [1125 Burlingame Ave.; 650-348-8866] ShIKI SuShI

VIVaCE BELMONT Northern Italian cuisine and fine wines are served in a warm setting at this local favorite. lunch: MonFri. Dinner nightly. [Belmont: 1910 Ralston Ave.; 650-637-0611]

JAPANESE gOChI FuSIOn TaPaS MOUNTAIN VIEW Traditional Japanese dishes are blended with contemporary flavors and served as small plates perfect for sharing with sake. lunch: TuesFri. Dinner: Tues-Sun. [1943 W. El Camino Real; 650-965-8301]

nObu PALO ALTO Nobu Matsuhisa’s celebrated peruvian-accented Japanese fare provides an upscale option for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the downtown Epiphany Hotel. Full bar. open daily from 7am through dinner. [180 Hamilton Ave.; 650666-3322] SEIya SAN CARLOS Fresh, contemporary Japanese cuisine is served up in a small, stylish dining area with a sushi bar. Seared and grilled options are also offered. lunch: Tues-Fri. Dinner: Tues-Sun. [741 Laurel St.; 650-508-8888]


Traditional Japanese cuisine is given a vibrant touch at this group of restaurants. Expert chefs prepare a wide range of fresh sushi, along with appetizers such as grilled scallops, agedashi tofu, and tempura. Menu favorites include sesame-seed-crusted seared tuna and Snow Dragon roll (crab meat with tempura shrimp, topped with fresh tuna, salmon and crab meat), but you won’t go wrong with anything you order here. lunch and dinner daily (San Mateo Hillsdale Blvd closed Sun). Full bar, private

room, and extensive wine list at San Carlos. [San Mateo: 1332 W. Hillsdale Blvd.; 650-341-8988. Also: 1040 Park Place; 650-2123688. Half Moon Bay: 20 Stone Pine Rd.; 650-712-8886. San Carlos: 825 Laurel St.; 650-593-2275. Foster City (opening Spring 2018): 1100 Foster Square Lane #145.] SuShI SaM EdOMaTa SAN MATEO It is the sushi alone that draws throngs to this no-frills joint. Sit at the bar for the omakase experience, prepared by Sam. Many say it’s the best sushi around. lunch and dinner: Tues-Sat. [218 E. 3rd Ave.; 650-344-0888]

Authentic Regional Mexican Cuisine Gourmet comfort food in a historic Victorian home with a tranquil garden setting Breakfast, Lunch, Catering & Private Events 1020 MAIN ST., REDWOOD CITY 650.366.1498 WWW.ALANASCAFE.COM

Handcrafted Cocktails Patio & Sidewalk Seating Private & Semi-Private Dining


Gourmet comfort food in a cozy & charming neighborhood setting. Breakfast, Lunch & Catering

Open daily at 11:30am 1408 BURLINGAME AVE. BURLINGAME 650.348.0417 WWW.ALANASCAFE.COM

1448 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame 650.342.7600 ExplorE


FOOD: PEninSulA dininG SuShI yOShIzuMI SAN MATEO Master chef Akira Yoshizumi crafts wonderful omakase tasting menus of Tokyo-style Edomae sushi, to be savored in a relaxed, chic environment. Dinner: Wed-Sun. [325 E. 4th Ave.; 650-437-2282]




of tapas highlighting all-natural taste characteristics —from sweet to savory, and from tart to tangy. locally sourced ingredients are worked into flavor combinations meant to surprise and delight your palate—imagine seared duck with tamarind molé or crispy calamari with squid ink, serrano chile aioli, pickled lemons and mint. open daily at 11:30. lunch ‘til 4; Dinner ‘til 9:30 (Sun-Thurs) and ‘til 10:30 Fri-Sat. Bar open one hour longer. [2042 Broadway St.; 650-241-3111.]


old-World taste meets New-World appeal at this vibrant and stylish restaurant in downtown Mountain View. Cascal brings together the culinary traditions of Spain, South America and Mexico. Bold flavors and warm hospitality are matched with sexy cocktails, lively music, and epicurean delights—from tapas and ceviches to traditional paellas and hearty entrees. The festive dining room sets the backdrop for a fun and casual dining experience, while the heated outdoor patio offers pleasant al fresco dining. lunch and dinner daily. [400 Castro St.; 650-940-9500.] jOya RESTauRanT & LOungE PALO ALTO A menu of contemporary panlatin American tapas and creative cocktails are a big draw at this sleek space with a covered patio. open daily from 11:30. [339 University Ave.; 650-853-9800] LV MaR REDWOOD CITY SEE AD ON PAGE 59

Artisanal cocktails and creative tapas share space on the innovative menu at this Michelin-rated downtown community restaurant. Taste and share a variety of exciting flavors from a diverse offering 88



Celia’s is all about tasty food in a relaxed atmosphere without pretenses, prepared with passion and attention to healthy cooking. Salsa, guacamole, and hand-made tamales are made fresh daily, and artisan margaritas are prepared to order. Home-style Mexican specialties range from albondigas soup and fajitas to seafood platters and steak à la Mexicana. lunch and dinner daily; Happy hour, Mon-Fri, 3-7, at the bar and patio. [Palo Alto: 3740 El Camino Real; 650843-0643. Menlo Park: 1850 El Camino Real; 650-321-8227. San Mateo: 504 Peninsula Ave; 650343-5886. Also in San Mateo: 3190 Campus Dr.; 650-349-0165. San Bruno: 201 El Camino Real; 650-877-8245. Daly City: 379 Gellert Blvd.; 650-755-6213.]

quInTO SOL REDWOOD CITY Stylish and inviting, this popular restaurant and tequila bar at the very center of downtown serves upscale pueblan cuisine. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. [2201 Broadway; 650-365-5765] REPOSadO PALO ALTO This eating house and bar offers high-end Mexican fare with great margaritas to boot. lunch and dinner daily. [236 Hamilton Ave.; 650-833-3151] SIxTO’S CanTIna BURLINGAME SEE AD ON PAGE 87

This lively restaurant with a colorful, hacienda-style décor invites you to enjoy inspired Mexican cuisine rooted in Jaliscan tradition and made with fresh, seasonal California ingredients. proprietors Teresa lindhartsen and Francesca Tashjian (also of Alana’s Café) opened this restaurant to feature


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This handsome new restaurant highlights traditional and modern Southeast Asian flavors, featuring Malaysian cuisine while also venturing into Thai, Indian and Chinese. Treat your taste buds to delicious dishes such as wokseared rempah calamari, coconut jumbo prawns, Singaporean black pepper beef tenderloin, sambal scallops, curry laksa, and mee goreng—and be sure to save room for the wonderful homemade desserts. Fun craft cocktails and a full bar add to the pleasure. Catering available. lunch and dinner: Mon-Sat. [1029 El Camino Real; 650-485-2345.]

The temperature is just right and you really want to eat al fresco. Here are some of our top picks. cascal Come summer, and outdoor tables on the terrace are in high demand at this fun tapas spot. Mountain View doppio zero Sidewalk seating on lively Castro Street makes you feel a little closer to Italy. Mountain View Joya A covered patio opening up to the street offers prime people watching while noshing on Latin tapas. Palo Alto vino locale Pair wines with seasonal fare in a garden setting, with live music many evenings. Palo Alto

Mayfield Eat under an oak tree at this bakery’s patio at Town & Country Village. Palo Alto Menlo Grill Enjoy a tranquil courtyard setting for comfort food summers at the Stanford Park Hotel. Menlo Park cafe Borrone There are plenty of outdoor tables at this Europeanstyle cafe, plus the joy of a great bookstore next door. Menlo Park Madera MountaIn views and seasonal cuisine are served on the terrace at this upscale spot. Menlo Park

alana’s The charming garden setting is perfect for tasty brunches and lunches. Redwood City lv Mar Enjoy cocktails and tapas on the sidewalk, with heat lamps to kill the chill when needed. Redwood City piacere An open lounge and heated patio make this downtown spot comfortable for outdoor dining yearround. San Carlos sixto’s Sidewalk seating in the summer is festive along the avenue at this bustling Mexican dining spot. Burlingame

wide selection of Belgian ales— the greatest number on tap in the Bay Area. lunch and dinner daily. [San Carlos: 963 Laurel St.; 650598-9813. Menlo Park: 1143 Crane St.; 650-319-8197]


the creative talents of their chef Benjamin prieto. pair your meal with artisanal cocktails made with top quality spirits, tequilas, and infused with fresh juices and herbs. outdoor seating is available, as well as private event space. lunch and dinner daily from 11:30. [1448 Burlingame Ave.; 650-342-7600.]



This European-style patisserie and bakery offers exquisite savory and sweet treats, served with Stumptown coffee. The croissants are almost legendary, and the macarons and chocolates are a constant rave. pastries and gourmet sandwiches are also on the menu. Mon-Fri, 8-10; Sat, 8-11; Sun, 8-8. [209 Castro St.; 650-864-9999]

PERUVIAN LIMOn ROTISSERIE BURLINGAME Vibrant peruvian cuisine at this casual spot highlights ceviches and rotisserie chicken. The yucca fries with aji amarillo sauce should not be missed, and what better way to enjoy them than with a pisco sour? lunch and dinner daily. [1101 Burlingame Ave.; 650-727-0050]

PUB FARE ThE REFugE SAN CARLOS, MENLO PARK people come from far and wide for the pastrami sandwiches at this casual pub, also known for its

La VIga

This sister restaurant to lV Mar, also in redwood City, is the first venture of chef Manuel Martinez showcasing his uniquely bold flavors. Fresh ceviches share the menu with tapas like Dungeness crab cakes and coconut-crusted prawns, as well as entrees from grilled Mediterranean bass with saffron rice to grilled mahi-mahi with plantain rice. Settle in, relax, and enjoy the exciting selection of vibrant dishes and cocktails with your family, friends, and local community. Tues-Thurs, 11:30-9; Fri, 11:30-10; Sat, 11-10; Sun, 11-9. Closed Mon. [1772 Broadway St.; 650679-8141.]

Located at the Stanford Park Hotel 866 241 2431 | 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA



The Bay Area’s 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. Be sure to try the hamachi shots. Dinner: Sun-Mon, 5:30-9; Tues-Sat, 5:309:30. [4269 El Camino Real; 650-213-1111.]

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Sidewalk patio seating is available year-round. open Mon-Thurs, 1110; Fri-Sat, 11-11; Sun, 10-10. [782 Laurel St.; 650-610-0438.]

Lb STEaK MENLO PARK This contemporary American steakhouse showcases naturally raised meats, sustainable seafood, and locally grown produce. lunch and dinner daily. [898 Santa Cruz Ave.; 650-321-8980] FLEMIng’S PALO ALTO The menu at this high-end steakhouse features aged prime beef and classics such as lobster tails and pork chops. The wine list includes 100 wines by the glass. Dinner daily. Sunday brunch from 11. [Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino; 650-329-8457] SundanCE ThE STEaKhOuSE PALO ALTO SEE AD ON PAGE 85

Family owned and operated for 44 years, this is your classic upscale steakhouse—a destination of its own, with a plush candlelit mahogany dining room and a cozy fireplace lounge, ideal for sipping martinis and aged single malt Scotch. Hand-cut, certified Angus beef is the specialty here — with menu offerings from slow-roasted prime rib to tender filet mignon — but you will also find delicious preparations of fresh seafood and shellfish. The nationally recognized wine list boasts over 450 selections. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-2; Dinner nightly from 5. [1921 El Camino Real; 650-321-6798.]


THAI ThaIPhOOn PALO ALTO This cozy restaurant serves up delectable Thai classics, along with original dishes drawn from Indian and Southeast Asian cuisines. lunch: Mon-Sat. Dinner nightly. [543 Emerson St.; 650-323-7700]


VInO LOCaLE PALO ALTO Specializing in boutique Californian wines and seasonal cuisine this cozy European-style wine bar and bistro also offers live music nightly. lunch: Tues-Sun. Dinner nightly. [431 Kipling St.; 650-328-0450]

VIETNAMESE TaMaRInE PALO ALTO Modern Vietnamese cuisine at this sleek dining spot is enjoyed with a selection of fine wines and great cocktails. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. [546 University Ave.; 650-325-8500]


locals love to mingle at this lively and welcoming wine bar, where



the extensive and diverse selection of wines is to be enjoyed with a tasty menu of cheeses, charcuterie, burgers, fish, pastas, and more. Wine flights offer a fun way to explore the menu; the pours are generous and the prices reasonable. With the backdrop of a wine wall and wood paneling, the intimate interior emanates warmth.

CRu REDWOOD CITY This modern rustic wine bar and bistro dishes up tasty contemporary American fare and pizza for pairing with artisanal wines. [900 Middlefield Rd.; 650-362-3535]


es t O f BbEST haPPy hOuRS On ThE PEnInSuLa Whether for the happening scene, the deals, or both, here are some great spots to jump-start your evening. cascal Happy Hour Mojito madness, M-F, 3:30-6:30, includes sangria and tapas. Mountain View savvy Wine cellar. Pop in for themed happy hours Tu-Th, 4-6; F, 2-6. Mountain View chop and pUB Craft cocktails and bar food for Happy Hour, M-F, 46:30. Mountain View nola Drink and eat at special prices as you party, New Orleansstyle, M-F, 4-6; F, 11:306. Palo Alto vino locale This intimate venue offer special wine flights and

tasty bar food. M-F, 56:30. Palo Alto calave Large selection, modern, bar food, beer and wine flights. Daily, 4-6pm. Palo Alto lv Mar Drinks and an wide variety of great Pan-Latin tapas can be had at nice prices at the bar/patio. Mon-Fri, 3-6. Redwood City piacere Happy hour with a limited bar menu is enjoyed in the open lounge and patio. Daily, 3-6. San Carlos Mortar & pestle “Social Hour” at this hip spot features Indianspiced craft drinks and

street food. Daily, 4-6. San Mateo WaterdoG tavern Catch happy hour in the bar and beer garden at this local magnet, M-F, 3-6. Belmont B street & vine All wines are half off at this wine cafe, M-F, 12-5. San Mateo sUndance the steakhoUse Happy hour in the clubby sports lounge serves up cocktails and appetizers, M-F, 4-6. Palo Alto striped piG Step in for early cocktails and bites, Tu-Th, 5-6. Redwood City

chickens and source-verified beef, complemented by other top-notch ingredients. The interior features an open kitchen, a rotisserie and full bar. lunch: Mon-Sat. Dinner nightly. Afternoon menu: Mon-Sat. [2621 41st Ave.; 831-476-3801.] CROW’S nEST SANTA CRUZ SEAFOOD, AMERICAN SEE AD ON PAGE 131



SANTA CRUZ AREA aSSEMbLy SANTA CRUZ CALIFORNIA CUISINE This sleek downtown bistro serves rustic fare with a local, seasonal focus complemented by eclectic wines, unique beers and craft cocktails. lunch and dinner daily. [1108 Pacific Ave.; 831-824-6100] banTaM SANTA CRUZ MEDITERRANEAN located on the west end of town, this airy restaurant features woodfired pizza and organic food made from scratch daily. Dinner: MonSat. [1010 Fair Ave.; 831-420-0101] CaFé CRuz CALIFORNIA CUISINE SOQUEL SEE AD ON PAGE 135


This welcoming gem just south of Santa Cruz offers the perfect package: a lively scene; a warm atmosphere with Tuscan fireplaces and a heated patio; flavorful California cuisine; and an excellent wine list highlighting Santa Cruz Mountain wineries. Café Cruz uses the freshest local produce, sustainable seafood, free-range

Wall-to-wall windows offer stunning ocean and harbor views. The friendly, casual atmosphere and exceptional food have made this restaurant a favorite since 1969. The menu features a delicious variety of the freshest seafood, Midwestern aged beef, shellfish, pasta, and an abundant salad bar, along with fresh house-baked breads, desserts and pastries daily. A kids’ menu comes with a prize. The upstairs grill serves appetizers and casual meals throughout the day; live music and dancing are offered evenings in the lounge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Next door, the Crow’s Nest Beach Market features food to go—wood-fired pizza, sandwiches, beer and wine, desserts and more—as well as unique home décor and gifts. [Santa Cruz: On the Beach at the Santa Cruz Harbor; 831-476-4560] EL PaLOMaR SANTA CRUZ MEXICAN South-of-the-border cuisine in a beautiful landmark 1930s hotel features both traditional and exotic dishes along with its famed margaritas. lunch and dinner daily. [1336 Pacific Ave.; 831-425-7575] gabRIELLa CaFE SANTA CRUZ ITALIAN This intimate spot serves up seasonally driven, northern Italian cuisine with a wide selection of Santa Cruz Mountain wines. lunch and dinner daily. Brunch on weekends. [910 Cedar St.; 831-457-1677] IhOP CAPITOLA PANCAKES; AMERICAN DINER SEE AD ON PAGE 131

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FOOD: COAStAl dininG since 2009, and centrally located on the Santa Cruz coast, IHop welcomes you to visit and let them do the cooking while you create new memories and enjoy the foods you love with the people you love. There is also a convenient meeting room for birthday parties and team celebrations as well as a welcoming space for business or social group meetings. Happily serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 365 days a year. [1549 41st Ave. (at Capitola Rd.); 831-475-0540] LaILI SANTA CRUZ MEDITERRANEAN


located in downtown Santa Cruz, this restaurant and pub blends traditional Irish food and hospitality with a contemporary California flair. Enjoy favorites such as fish and chips (with true Alaskan cod), shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash, along with Angus filet, grilled salmon, and more. The warm pub ambiance, a full bar and lounge, live music Thurs-Sat, trivia on Mon, and comedy on Wed all make fun certain. lunch and dinner daily. Brunch: Sat-Sun, 9:30-2. open ‘til late. [1220 Pacific Ave.; 831-4269930.]

SOIF SANTA CRUZ WINE BAR An ever-changing Mediterraneaninspired menu highlighting local, seasonal, and organic food is perfect for pairing with the varied wine list. [105 Walnut Ave.; 831423-2020] WEST End SANTA CRUZ GASTROPUB With a rustic-industrial setting, this fun neighborhood eatery and taproom showcases the flavors of a traditional pub with a California flair. open daily from 11:30. [334 Ingalls St.; 831-471-8115]

IT’S ITaLIa HALF MOON BAY ITALIAN This downtown eatery offers rustic California-Italian cuisine, and a well-selected list of Italian and Californian wines. lunch and dinner daily. Brunch: Sat-Sun from 11. [401 Main St.; 650-726-4444] La COSTanERa MONTARA PERUVIAN This oceanside restaurant with spectacular views of the pacific offers modern fusion peruvian cuisine, from ceviches to paellas. Full bar. Dinner: Tues-Sun. [8150 Cabrillo Hwy.; 888-370-6801]


Savor richly spiced Mediterranean cuisine with an Afghani flair at this chic downtown restaurant. Dine in the open dining room with an exhibition kitchen, or out on the heated garden patio. Kabobs, Afghani dumplings, and chicken and lamb dishes share the menu with vegetarian and vegan options including pumpkin boranee and pomegranate eggplant. The fresh local ingredients and herbs and spices from around the world result in supreme flavors. The wine and beer list is crafted to complement the menu. For dessert, the cardamom crème brûlée is a favorite. lunch and dinner: TuesSun. [101 B. Cooper St.; 831-4234545.] PaRadISE bEaCh gRILLE CAPITOLA-BY-THE-SEA CALIFORNIA CUISINE SEE AD ON PAGE 132

Six-time winner of “Best restaurant of the Year” in Santa Cruz County by the Good Times, 20072014, and voted 18th most romantic restaurant in the world by, this dining destination along the Esplanade in Capitola offers panoramic ocean views overlooking Soquel Creek and Capitola Beach. Featuring California cuisine with an island twist, the menu includes attractive salads and appetizers, fresh local and Hawaiian seafood and Braveheart steaks. The extensive list of California wines includes over 15 local wineries and over 45 wines by the glass. open daily for lunch and dinner. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 4-6. [215 Esplanade; 831-476-4900]



HALF MOON BAY ThE baRn HALF MOON BAY AMERICAN This rustic, tastefully renovated barn is a burger restaurant, beer garden and coffee shop at the same time. lunch thru dinner Wed-Sun. [3068 N. Cabrillo Hwy.; 650-560-8363] ShadOWbROOK


A local favorite, this world-famous restaurant has been on every visitor’s “must-do” list for over 70 years. The tradition of fine food and drink in an atmosphere of old-World charm continues. A quaint hillside “cable car” and meandering garden path lead you down lushly landscaped gardens with waterfalls and rock walls above the banks of Soquel Creek. The beautiful grounds, along with a comfortable lounge and intimate dining areas, make this a popular place for gatherings and celebrations. Award-winning fare includes creative nightly specials as well as traditional offerings of prime rib, fresh seafood, pastas and oakfired, brick oven pizzas. A children’s menu is also offered. light entrees and wood-fired pizza are served in the lounge, 4-10 or later. Dinner nightly, including holidays. [Wharf & Capitola Rd.; 831-4751511.]


With its English pub atmosphere and warm hospitality, Cameron’s serves up an old-fashioned, British-styled good time. order a pint and play a game of darts; catch your favorite sports on one of the many TVs; or relax by the fire. With so much going on, this is a great place for the whole family. The menu offers up tasty food for healthy appetites, from traditional British fare such as fish and chips to burgers and clam chowder. Mon, 4-11; Tues-Thurs, 11-11; Fri-Sat, 11-12; Sun, 10-10. [1410 South Cabrillo Hwy; 650-726-5705.] haLF MOOn bay bREWIng CO. HALF MOON BAY BREWERY RESTAURANT overlooking the harbor, this brewery and restaurant offers California coastal cuisine, craft beers, live music on weekends, and an expansive patio area with fire pits. open lunch thru dinner daily. [390 Capistrano Rd.; 650-728-2739]

PaSTa MOOn HALF MOON BAY ITALIAN Contemporary Italian-inspired farm-to-table dining focuses on fresh seafood, fine meats, thincrust pizzas and house-made pastas, matched by Italian wines. lunch and dinner daily. [315 Main St.; 650-726-5125] SaCRILEgE HALF MOON BAY BREWERY RESTAURANT At this vibrant downtown spot with a communal vibe, an ever-rotating list of craft beers on tap are enjoyed with creative pub fare. open Wed, 4pm; Thurs-Sun from 11am. [730 Main St.; 650-276-7029] SaM’S ChOWdERhOuSE HALF MOON BAY SEAFOOD reminiscent of a New England seafood house, this restaurant overlooking the harbor is known for its lobster rolls and outdoor patio seating. open lunch thru dinner daily. [4210 N. Cabrillo Hwy.; 650-712-0245] ShIKI jaPanESE CuISInE HALF MOON BAY JAPANESE SEE AD ON INSIDE BACK COVER.

Traditional Japanese cuisine is given a vibrant touch at this downtown restaurant where expert chefs prepare a wide range of fresh sushi, along with a range of appetizers and entrees. lunch and dinner daily. [20 Stone Pine Rd.; 650-712-8886]



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Creative young startups reinventing traditional businesses with cheeky exuberance, unconventional ideas, and fresh perspectives have become, well, the standard in the Bay Area. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the exploding craft-brew scene. Every angle of the microbrew experience is being reconsidered and revamped in Silicon Valley style: conventional methods are being tweaked with new flavors and tastes (from chocolate and espresso to almonds and rhubarb) and christened with droll names — try ordering an All Sticky No Icky or Hammer Pants with a straight face! With each brewery testing the waters in different ways — from environmentally advanced packaging and bottling, to innovative labels created by local artists and designers, to surprising event pairings with charitable and social causes — there are as many different ways to serve, sip, and savor your suds as there are brewers and barrels. Indeed, one of the most compelling reasons to visit Bay Area brewpubs and taprooms is the incredible diversity not only of brewing philosophies, but also of the brewers themselves. Local surfers, historians, designers, public servants, Peace Corps volunteers, and biz-school professors have all turned their talents to craft-beer brewing, each making their own unique contribution in every way from matching beers to food, recreating classic tastes from ancient times, and melding art, music, and community into serving beer with a social conscience. These new brewers also make themselves intimately available to their public, with many maintaining informative, amusing blog posts, and/or scheduling regular meet-and-greet events and release parties. There are even new, socially engaging ways to “visit” the breweries of your choice without even driving — you can hitch a ride on the funkily decked out Brew Cruz bus (, or use your own (and your friends’) pedal power to pub-hop on the San Jose Brewery Bike ( We promise you’ll never see (or taste) beer in the same way again! 94


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO CRAFT BREWERY VS MICROBREWERY According to the American Brewers Association, a craft brewery is limited to a maximum yearly output of six million gallons, while a microbrewery is limited to 15,000 barrels — equal to only about 465,000 gallons.

BREWPUB VS TAPROOM Brewpubs and taprooms are both associated with a brewery, which generates beers for sale and distribution (via kegs, cans, bottles, growlers, crowlers, and more). Taprooms are drinks-only venues, where the various brews can be tasted, ordered, and purchased. Brewpubs also have restaurants, offering food along with their house-made beers and often other brands of brews.



SOUTH BAY GOLDEN STATE BREWERY Santa Clara; Concocting classic beers in a classic Silicon Valley architectural gem (the old Memorex building) is fitting for this neighborhood brewery — Santa Clara’s first since Prohibition. A yearround lineup ranges from blondes and reds to double IPAs and stouts, and you can try seasonal brews like Strawberry Smash or Pumpkin Pie Milk Stout. Tues, Fri, 3-9; Sat, 12-8; Sun, 12-5. What to Try: Magnitude IPA, brewed with four different hops. HAPA’S BREWING COMPANY San Jose; Hapa is the Hawaiian word for “mixed,” a word that aptly describes the atmosphere at this brewery in Willow Glen, where dogs and children are welcome, board games are provided, outside food (or deliveries) are accommodated, and food trucks (Fri-Sun) make for delicious and ever-changing pairing opportunities. Owner/brewer Brian Edwards is a frequent bartender, and loves to share his passion with all who are interested. Wed-Thurs, 4-9; Fri, 3-9; Sat, 11-9; Sun, 12-7. What to Try: Amish Rifle Red Ale, brewed with lots of German and North American caramel barley.

HERMITAGE BREWING CO. San Jose; An extraordinary series of American sour ales with elements of blood orange, cherry and almond, or strawberry and rhubarb — to name a few — offer a “retreat from the ordinary.” Hermitage also brews a Scotch-style ale, a year-round selection of IPAs, and an imperial stout, along with a single-hop series, and limited-edition releases. The industrial-style tasting room immerses you in the daily workings of a brewery, surrounded by barrels, forklifts, and the bottling line. If you want to get even more up close, reserve a tour (Thurs or Sat). Food trucks available Thurs-Sun. Tues-Fri, 4-9; Sat-Sun, 1-7. What to Try: Flower Sour, a funky blonde ale aged 18–24 months in an oak wine barrel. SANTA CLARA VALLEY BREWING San Jose; The rich agricultural history of Silicon Valley informs Santa Clara Valley’s brewing philosophy, with each beer and its ingredients richly described according to their earthy connections and flavors. Along with a hearty selection of IPAs and pales, there is a particularly strong showing of traditional European-style brews like hefeweizen and Belgian tripel, along with a great variety of stouts and porters. Food served


only on Food Truck Fridays and special events. Mon-Fri, 3-9; Sat, 12-8; Sun, 12-6. What to Try: Bourbon Barrel Aged Loma Prieta, an oatmeal rye imperial stout. STRIKE BREWING CO. San Jose; The roster at this well-loved brewery includes a half-dozen year-round ales, some limited-edition collaborations, and the Bullpen series — a 20-gallon experimental batch of new brews tried out and served on tap nearly every week. If you are wondering about the names, they are what one might expect from owner Drew Ehrlich, master brewer with a storied past in baseball. TuesThurs, 4-9; Fri, 3-9; Sat, 1-8; Sun, 10-7. What to Try: Four Bagger, a hoppy IPL (India pale lager). UPROAR BREWING San Jose; Unlike many taprooms with limited or no food options, this spacious downtown spot is all about the perfect pairing of beer with food. In fact, they only brew beer styles they feel do not overwhelm or compete with their menu. A full brunch, lunch,

and dinner menu is offered, with a suggested drink category for every item. Their selection of barrel-aged beers on tap changes almost daily, but there’s always an appropriate pairing for each dish. Mon-Tues, 410; Wed-Thurs, 11:30-10; Fri, 11:30-11; Sat, 11-11. What to Try: French Farmhouse, a dry, slightly tart saison.

PENINSULA ALPHA ACID BREWING COMPANY Belmont; The focus here is on producing small batches of unique beers: dry, aromatic IPAs, adjunct stouts, fruited sour ales, and barrel-aged wild ales that rotate weekly. The casual environment is welcoming to children and dogs. No food is served on premises, but tasters are encouraged to bring their own. Wed-Fri, 3-9; Sat, 12-9; Sun, 1-8. What to Try: Alpha Acid Betty Light, a crisp blonde ale. DEVIL’S CANYON BREWING CO. San Carlos; 15 years in business makes this brewery an elder statesman in the ExplorE





FIELDWORK BREWING San Mateo; This Berkeley-based brewing company recently opened its fifth taproom here in San Mateo, serving the fruits of its “exceptional, honest beer-making” on tap or to-go in growlers, crowlers, and limitedrelease cans. A visit is worthwhile for the names alone: Dairy Busey, Flower Rangers, Young Murks, Ill-Gotten Grains and other witty concoctions. At any given time there are several dozen brews on tap. The food menu is limited, but guests are allowed to bring their own food. Sun-Thurs, 12-9; Fri-Sat, 12-10; Sun, 12-9. What to Try: Fog Ripper, an “over the top fruity Catamaran of a sour beer.”

SANTA CRUZ AREA DISCRETION BREWING Soquel; This Soquel brewery sets itself apart with an informal family- and dog-friendly beer garden where farm-to-table food is served along with ales, pales, IPAs, and a great selection of European-style beers. Select from saisons, Belgian and other-style pilsners, weisses, and 96



lagers. Core beers are always available on tap and bottled, along with a rotating selection of seasonal offerings and barrel-aged brews. Discretion is big on events, too, such as Live Music Wednesdays. Open daily from 11:30. What to Try: Award-winning Winter Circle, an American barley wine. HUMBLE SEA BREWING CO. Santa Cruz; Mankini and New Zengland may read like typos, but these are just tantalizingly cheeky names from the selection of barrel-fermented, seasonal, and core IPAs, pales, and lagers on tap at this happening West End spot where the enclosed outdoor patio is often packed to the brim. A well-reviewed menu of food ensures you won’t be sipping on an empty stomach. Deeply rooted in the surf community, Humble Sea devotes time and resources to ocean conservation efforts, even carrying the theme into its beer names and descriptions. Open weekdays from noon; weekends from 11. What to Try: Amarillo Boy, a flowery, spicy, single-hop pale ale. NEW BOHEMIA BREWING Santa Cruz; Devoted to European-style craft lagers and ales, this revered brewery balances Old-World tradition with

thoroughly modern California touches like their locally sourced, SANTE ADAIRIUS RUSTIC ALES mostly organic food menu; a Tacos and Trivia night; and popular local live music naturally). A limited menu of snacks acts. They aim to produce more than is available, as well as order-in 20 unique offerings every year, from diner-style food from Kelly’s Bakery stouts to blondes, with an emphasis next door. The kid- and dog-friendly on a less aggressive IPA style with a beer garden and taproom are open crisp, European quality. Mon-Thurs, daily from 11:30. What to Try: The 4-9; Fri-Sat, 11:30-10; Sun, 11:30-9. Giant DIPA, a classic double IPA. What to Try: Captain F.G.S., a Baltic porter brewed with Patagonia SANTE ADAIRIUS RUSTIC ALES chocolate malts. Capitola & Santa Cruz; Two locations — a taproom in the SANTA CRUZ Capitola brewery and a portal in MOUNTAIN BREWING downtown Santa Cruz — serve up Santa Cruz; a well-constructed modern take on One of the few craft breweries Old-World, barrel-aged beers in in the state with a woman at the the Belgian tradition; think saisons, helm, this lively West End brewery witbiers, Berliner weisses, and produces seven certified organic grissettes. Scoring membership in flagship ales, as well as seasonal Sara’s Cellar, their invitation-only brews, hard cider, root beer, and club, is one of the hottest tickets in kombucha. A well-rounded selection town, gifting members with special of ales, reds, and porters is packedition, limited production brews. aged with memorable labels, often It’s sipping only here; no food is designed by local artists and featurserved. Taproom: Tues-Thurs, 3–8; ing fun Santa Cruz history and Fri-Sat, 1-8. Portal: Mon-Thurs, 2-9; celebrities, like the Beach BoardFri-Sat, 12-10; Sun, 12-9. What to walk amusement park’s first pin-up Try: Maiden Fields, a tart, wheatbillboard model, Marilyn Matthews based Berliner weisse. (on their Boardwalk Blonde,


craft-brew world. It has also given it time to perfect a wide range of core and seasonal beers. They are only open on Friday afternoon/ evenings, but every Friday is a party, with food trucks in the lot, and every second-to-last Friday of the month celebrating the release of that month’s specialty barrelaged beers. For your designated driver there is even a secret-recipe all-natural root beer made with local honey and agave nectar! What to Try: Belle Biere Brut, a sparkling California ale, brewed with champagne yeast.


Where once there was just the Whiskey Sour, the Frozen Daiquiri and the Margarita, soon after came the Cosmopolitan, the Moscow Mule, and the revival of the Negroni. More recently, there’s been a creative explosion of mixed drinks, with new must-have designer cocktails offering adventurous drinkers ingredients ranging from “botanicals” like mint, cucumber, basil, oregano, nori, and watercress, to fresh fruit, citrus zests, and distillations of flowers and spices. The novels of Charles Dickens are filled with various concoctions of alcohol and fruit punches being imbibed, but the origin of the true cocktail is as murky as a Sazarac, the cognac, absinthe, rye and bitters mixture credited by many as America’s first known cocktail. Many of the most enduring liqueurs, such as chartreuse, absinthe, and crème de menthe, seemed to emerge from the cellars of crafty monks intent upon fortifying their monastery’s fortunes. These liqueurs, as well as early medicinal brews like bitters and anisette, eventually found their way into early mixed drinks. Spirits, plus sugar, soda, and a twist of lemon formed the basic infrastructure of many pioneering cocktails. Vodka hit American markets in the 1980s, helping to revive mixed drinks after they had temporarily taken a back seat to the country’s boom in premium wines. The cocktail renaissance is now in high gear again, thanks to a trend in mixology in which novel ingredients infuse even traditional cocktails such as Old Fashioneds and Martinis. Bitters in astonishing variety stand firmly at the center of the new cocktail craze. Trusty Angostura and Regan’s, as well as bracing Fernet Branca, crimson Campari and an infinity of amaros, are inspiring mixologists all over the country, as bitters has become one of the sexiest go-to additions to cocktail concepts.


Adding mysterious depth and brightness to almost any alcohol, bitters are showcased in cocktails like the Sawyer, which uses three different varieties to amplify its gin and lime juice base. The Black Manhattan replaces vermouth with Averna in its spin on the old classic. Gins from Japan now join such tiny artisanal groups as Santa Cruz-based Venus Spirits in fortifying favorite cocktails. Agave-based mezcal is now as hot as its cousin tequila, while vegetable-based liquors, such as Wenneker (carrots), Cynar (artichokes), and Camaldoli (rhubarb) add a dose of mystery.


The more exotic the better, say today’s mixologists, who love to play alchemist with items such as falernum (a syrup of almond, ginger and vanilla), cardamom bitters, ginger foam, chile liqueur, yellow chartreuse, St. Germain elderflower, beet juice, and complex vermouths such as Cocchi di Torino. Cocktails have come a long way, with drinks like the Face with No Name at Jack Rose Libation House, mixing Venus aquavit, Mandarine Napoleon liqueur, lemon, black pepper, orange and coriander, being a refreshing case in point. Cheers! ExplorE



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CASINO M8TRIx Take a break from your hotel room and hit the Bay Area’s hottest place to play. located in the center of Silicon Valley, just minutes from San Jose airport, Casino M8trix is your 24/7 “never closed” entertainment destination. Enjoy the hottest card games, including Blackjack, Baccarat, Three-Card poker, Texas Hold’em, and more. Hungry? Try Zone 8 Sports Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks from the full-service bar while watching sports on 200” HD TVs. Try award-winning Michi Sushi, or relax with freshly brewed coffees, teas, and tasty pastries at lotus Café, open all day, every day. And don’t miss Epic Bar at the heart of the casino — perfect for gathering and socializing. [San Jose: 1887 Matrix Blvd.; 408-2443333.]





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AFTER HOURS sports TV—a go-to for the afterwork crowd thirsty for cocktails. Sun-Thurs, 3-12; Fri-Sat, 3pm-1am. [Redwood City: 2048 Broadway; 650-365-3320] CALAVE This classy bar and lounge serving global wines and craft beer invites a relaxing, fun time. open ‘til midnight Thurs-Sat. [Palo Alto: 299 California Ave.; 650-521-0443]


BARS  & LOUNGES SOUTH BAY 55 SOUTH This bar and lounge is known for its craft cocktails as well as its extensive wine and whiskey selections. It’s said that regulars come here for just the Moscow Mules. Mon-Sat, 4pm-2am; Sun, 7pm-2am. [San Jose: 55 S. 1st St.; 408-288-6000] THE CONTINENTAL located in a historic 1917 brick building, this airy bar with an outdoor patio is decked out with comfy sofas. Sip on craft beers and cocktails while enjoying sports on TV as well as DJ or live music. open ‘til 2am nightly. [San Jose: 349 S. 1st St.; 408-982-3461] HABERDASHER This below-ground, speakeasystyle bar is focused on high quality cocktails and whiskeys. Tues-Sun, 5pm-12am; Fri-Sat ‘til 1am. [San Jose: 43 W. San Salvador St.; 408-792-7356] HEDLEY CLUB LOUNGE This classic lounge at the Hotel De Anza serves up cocktails and bar bites in a 1930s atmosphere, with live jazz by local artists, Fri-Sat, ‘til 12:30am. [San Jose: 233 W. Santa Clara St.; 408-286-1000] JACK ROSE LIBATION HOUSE This rustic-industrial bar is all about artisan cocktails—including the namesake Jack rose, said to be Steinbeck’s favorite. open Mon-Wed, 4-11; Thurs, 4-12; Fri-Sat, 4-1; Sun, 4-10. [Los Gatos: 18840 Saratoga Rd.; 408-395-3500] 100 ExplorE


THE LOBBY LOUNGE The Fairmont San Jose’s luxurious lounge offers creative cocktails and a menu of tapas and sushi, along with live music Wed-Sat, beginning at 9pm. [San Jose: 170 S. Market St.; 408-998-1900] PAPER PLANE With its long bar and “alcohol wall” as a backdrop to the exposed brick interior, this relaxed spot is the place to go for both classic and creative cocktails and bar plates. Sun-Tues ‘til 12am; Wed-Sat ‘til 2am. [San Jose: 72 S. 1st St.; 408-713-2625] ROSIE MCCANN’S For fun in a welcoming atmosphere, this Irish pub and restaurant offers a full bar—with Guinness and signature cocktails—as well as live bands and DJs nightly and karaoke on Mondays. Dance to your heart’s content ‘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 in for libations and bites, Thurs-Sun. Sun-Wed, 4-10; Thurs-Sat, 4-12am. [San Jose: 87 N. San Pedro St.; 408-444-7227]

SP2 COMMUNAL BAR & RESTAURANT With a rustic-chic interior and expansive patio, this restaurant is known for its handcrafted cocktails and is a lively sipping spot for evening and late night crowds. Mon-Thurs ‘til 12am; Fri-Sat ‘til 2am; Sun ‘til 8pm. [San Jose: 72 Almaden Ave.; 408-299-2000] TANq 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 from 4. [San Jose: 301 South Market St., 408/280-1300]

MID PENINSULA 840 WINE BAR & COCKTAIL LOUNGE In an unlikely location off the main drag, this casual, lively spot for wine flights, cocktails and cordials is anything but pretentious. open Sun-Mon, 4-12; Tues-Sat, 4-2am. [Redwood City: 840 Brewster Ave.; 650-364-0840] THE BLACKSMITH old-fashioned meets modern at this bar and lounge with leather banquettes, a brick fireplace, and

GRAPE & GRAIN Focused on craft beers and small production wines, this casual warehouse-style bar stirs up good times. Mon-Thurs, 3-12; Fri-Sat, 3-1; Sun, 3-10. [San Mateo: 227 S. San Mateo Dr.; 650-342-9463] THE WINE ROOM Housed in an adobe building, this cozy bar pours global vintages by the glass. Two lounge areas provide comfortable seating. 4pm12am daily. [Palo Alto: Ramona St.; 650-462-1968]

SANTA CRUZ AREA CROW’S NEST located on the beach at the harbor, Crow’s Nest has long been the most picturesque venue for live entertainment in Santa Cruz. The 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, featuring nationally known headliners. [Santa Cruz: Yacht Harbor, 2218 East Cliff Dr.; 831-476-4560] FRONT & COOPER Housed in the downtown Abbott Square Market, this vintage-style bar highlights local craft beers, small batch wines, and handcrafted cocktails. Mon-Thurs, ‘til 10pm; Fri-Sun, ‘til 12am. [Santa Cruz: 725 Front St.] ROCKROOM LOUNGE located at Shadowbrook restaurant, this is a popular destination for those seeking light fare, later hours, and mellow live music. Joe Ferrara, voted Best Santa Cruz area entertainer, performs Fridays, 6:30pm, following happy hour. [Capitola: Wharf & Capitola Rd.; 831-475-1511]





CAFé STRITCH This San Jose hot spot for live music is a destination for jazz and indie performances. Wed-Sat, 4-2; Sun, 4 til midnight. [San Jose: 374 S. 1st St.; 408-280-6161]

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]

POOR HOUSE BISTRO live music daily at this casual New orleans joint highlights blues and jazz, with routine acts Mon-Wed and a rotating line-up of bands Fri-Sun. Mon, Wed, 6-9; Tues, 7-10; Thurs-Sat, 6-10; Sun, 3-8. [San Jose: 91 S. Autumn St.; 408-292-5837]

KUUMBWA JAZZ This highly regarded jazz center attracts artists of national and international renown for a steady series of concerts at its intimate 200-seat venue. [Santa Cruz: 320-2 Cedar St.; 831-427-2227]

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. Wed-Thurs, 7midnight; Fri-Sat, 7-1:30. [Fremont: 42011 Boscell Rd.; 510-979-0535]

MID PENINSULA CLUB FOx This cabaret-style nightclub with a dance floor and two full bars hosts a steady stream of live shows. [Redwood City: 2209 Broadway St.;]

MOE’S ALLEY This club sizzles as a showcase for live music, with blues and soul among the specialties. 4pm-2am on show days. [Santa Cruz: 1535 Commercial Way; 831-479-1854] RIO THEATER A former movie palace, this Santa Cruz 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]

LVL 44 This luxe lounge with bottle service features DJs spinning hip-hop and r&B, with live music after midnight. Thurs-Sat, 10pm-2am. [San Jose: 44 S. Almaden Ave.; 408-331-8419] OPAL Glamorous furnishings, lounge seating, and artistic video displays give a Hollywood flair to this popular upscale nightclub with multiple bars, an elevated DJ booth, and great dancing. Thurs-Fri, 7pm2am; Sat, 9:30pm-2am; Sun, 8pmmidnight. [Mountain View: 251 Castro St.; 650-318-6732]

SPLASH BAR This gay nightclub offers two levels for dancing along with video screens and a rooftop smoking bar. [San Jose: 65 Post St.; 408-292-2222] VINYL ROOM This hip lounge and nightclub offers dance karaoke on Wed, salsa on Thurs, and dance and DJs spinning dance hits, Fri-Sat. Wed-Sat, 6pm-2am. [Burlingame: 221 Park Rd.; 650-347-7656]

FOR LAUGhS COMEDY SPORTS Teams of comedians compete for audience laughs while improvising imaginative scenes that may even include operas and musicals. [San Jose: Camera 3, 288 S. 2nd St.; 408985-LAFF]

THE IMPROV This comedy club and restaurant has long been a popular venue for both rising and established comic stars. Thurs-Sun. [San Jose: 62 S. 2nd St.; 408280-7475]

ROOSTER T. FEATHERS Catch acts by comedians such as seen on “The Tonight Show,” “The late Show,” and Comedy Central. WedSun. [Sunnyvale: 157 W. El Camino; 408736-0921]

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]



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Housing, office buildings, and malls have pushed wineries out of the urbanized heart of Silicon Valley, but viticulture still thrives in southern Santa Clara County as well as the redwood-forested Santa Cruz Mountains that separate the valley from the Pacific Ocean.



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You might think semiconductors and software don’t have much in common with wine unless you’re here in Silicon Valley. While Napa and Sonoma might get the most tourist attention, the rural regions just south and west of high tech’s epicenter are prime wine country, home to green mountaintops and rolling, oak-studded foothills whose wine estates deliver spectacular views along with premium quality bottlings. ong before Intel co-founder Robert Noyce invented the integrated circuit, wine and agriculture already defined the region. Starting with European vines planted by Franciscan monks at Mission Santa Clara in 1802, the fertile Santa Clara Valley has had a long history of winemaking. Fortunately for wine lovers, grape growing and winemaking persisted through challenges that included parasite infestations wiping out the vines, the San Francisco earthquake destroying 20 million gallons of local wine stored there, the devastating economic effects of Prohibition, and finally, farmers selling their increasingly valuable land to developers. Housing, office buildings, and malls have pushed wineries out of the urbanized heart of Silicon Valley, but viticulture still thrives in southern Santa Clara County as well as the redwoodforested Santa Cruz Mountains that separate the valley from the Pacific Ocean. Some notable wineries even exist in pockets along the coast itself. One recent trend has been the rise of urban winery clusters where passionate winemakers follow their bliss in warehouses or other repurposed buildings located in some of the region’s bedroom communities. All this enological activity presents abundant wine-tasting opportunities without having to endure the long drive north to the more famous wine country. Also, the local wine regions aren’t likely to be choked with tour buses, and the more downhome atmosphere often lets visitors chat with the friendly winemakers themselves.







By the 1850s, Santa Clara County had more acres of vineyards than any other county in California, but the so-called “Valley of Heart’s Delight” was on borrowed time as urban progress soon began to supplant agriculture. Luckily, growers in the southern part of the valley faced less pressure from developers. Today, visiting the low, rolling hills surrounding Morgan Hill, San Martin and Gilroy is like time traveling back to the valley’s early farming days, augmented by delicious wines to taste and pastoral scenery to admire. This warm region is best known for its big red wines, although many wineries are diversifying their vinous portfolios using grapes purchased from other areas. featuring viognier, marsanne, roussanne and grenache blanc.

Sipping StopS One of Morgan Hill’s oldest and most popular operations, Guglielmo Winery, is run by the founding family’s third generation. The three brothers have spruced up their ancestral homestead by adding an elegant courtyard, fountains and attractive landscaping ideal for weddings, picnics and other festive occasions. This is the place to experience delightfully different, less-encountered Italian varietals such as charbono, dolcetto and barbera. Also in Morgan Hill, Sycamore Creek Vineyards is surrounded by vines, multiple bocce courts, picturesque olive


trees and a picnic area. Be sure to sample the honeyed viognier and the cabernet sauvignon, which bursts with blackberries. A little farther south in San Martin, newcomer Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery charms with its country setting, making delicious Rhone-style wines including a smooth syrah and a lively white blend called Lion’s Share

URBAN SIPPING Discover the tasting room of one of America’s best-known wineries in San Jose itself: J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines. This family-run winery was founded by Jerry Lohr, who helped pioneer the Monterey and Paso Robles winegrowing regions decades ago and has been crafting fine wines ever since. Taste their flagship Estates Riverstone Chardonnay and Seven Oaks Cabernet, and the limited Cuvée Series’ Bordeaux-style blends and Gesture Rhone varietal releases. 104 EXPLORE

San Martin neighbor Clos la Chance also takes advantage of the splendid scenery, with the requisite bocce courts and picnic areas where visitors can enjoy it all. This opulent, Tuscan-style winery offers pleasant wines, with visitors favoring the sauvignon blanc and grenache. Further south in Gilroy, Sarah’s Vineyard also covers the bocce/picnic needs while boasting beauteous views, and occasional musical performances. The winery’s main focus is on pinot noir and chardonnay. Gilroy area’s Ayer Family Vineyards is a friendly operation where the staff often pairs their flagship petite sirah and other Rhone varietals with complementary edibles. Martin Ranch’s rustic, down-home vibe, complete with roving chickens and a petite pond, is the backdrop for its wines, including a luscious sangiovese and fruit-forward cabernet.

MAKE IT A DAY... Gilroy is hailed as the garlic capitol of the known universe, so a must-visit is to the aptly named Garlic World, where this pungent member of the allium family is presented in just about every form imaginable, along with other enticing comestibles. Or if shopping is your thing, the Gilroy Premium Outlets features Northern California’s largest collection of designer and brandname outlet stores plus plenty of dining and antiquing options in the nearby downtown. A good place to work off your picnic or wine-tasting calories is Morgan Hill’s Henry Coe State Park, where miles of trails wind beneath trees and through lush grasslands sprinkled with wildflowers.

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SARATOGA & CUPERTINO These two pricey Silicon Valley bedroom communities sit on the edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains, another area ideal for growing high-quality grapes. Local winemaking goes back to the 1800s in Cupertino, while French immigrants like Paul Masson introduced grape cultivation to Saratoga in 1905. Today, other renowned wineries like Ridge and Mount Eden add to the fine wines grown in these steep hills.

Four local wineries recently opened tasting rooms along Big Basin Way, downtown Saratoga’s main street. Start at Cinnabar Winery’s cute tasting facility featuring a comfortable front patio. Visitors particularly praise their pinot noir and chardonnay from the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. Big Basin Vineyards, right next door, purveys well-made Rhone-style wines including a tasty blend of cabernet and syrah, as well as their intriguing syrah with a touch of viognier. next, stroll to the tasting room shared by Mindego Ridge and Lexington Wine. Both take great care in crafting high-end varietals. Mindego Ridge focuses on estate-grown pinot noir and chardonnay, while Lexington—launched recently by thomas Fogarty Winery—is all about Bordeaux-style wines. A short scenic drive into the mountains on winding Big Basin Way takes you to Savannah-Chanelle, whose vineyards have a long local history. try the deepflavored cabernet sauvignon and the lush port in their rustic tasting room; then

“Our family-owned winery has been serving great wine and good times since 1925.” After 90 years of winemaking in the rich and fertile Santa Clara Valley, our dedication and expertise shines!


Our knowledgeable and dedicated staff offers tours and classes, complete with tastings, of course!

Our versatile event venue provides unique and relaxing settings for intimate private dining or large corporate functions and wine club events. Our rustic and cozy tasting room warmly welcomes guests from around the world, seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm.

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WINERIES enjoy a picnic amidst spectacular mountaintop scenery. paul Masson’s original estate, now called The Mountain Winery, is esteemed for its vintages of chardonnay and pinot noir, its panoramic valley views, and as an outdoor concert venue for performances by world-famous musicians. Even better views — if that’s even possible — are found at nearby House Family Vineyards, along with well-crafted food to accompany delights like their expansive estate cabernet sauvignon and fine chardonnay.



A nearby Cupertino mountaintop is home to another of the region’s most respected wineries, Ridge Vineyards, with bewitching views, as well as remarkable cabernet sauvignons and zinfandels. this is picnic heaven, but be sure to call ahead to reserve a table. Lower down, rustic Picchetti Winery’s picnic facilities come with the unusual sight of strolling peacocks. try the old-vine zinfandel and estate cabernet.

MAKE IT A DAY... Saratoga Village, as the town’s quaint downtown is called, is known far and wide for its haute cuisine. Just outside town, a must-visit is Hakone Gardens, where you can wander through an authentically recreated Japanese garden — a gorgeous landscape of koi ponds, arched bridges, bamboo groves and lush vegetation. If more strenuous strolling is on your list, visit Sanborn Park up in the hills, with its shaded glens, well-maintained trails and enticing picnic areas. Another fun excursion is to rent a horse from Garrod Farms for a guided trail ride. Sunday outings include wine tastings at their winery. 106 EXPLORE

Sipping StopS in town itself, Left Bend Winery’s tasting room is a hot spot on Santa Cruz Avenue, the downtown’s main street, featuring agreeable wines like a delightful syrah/ cabernet blend and a wellrounded cabernet franc. Just a few blocks uphill from downtown, Testarossa Winery sits on the lovely grounds of a historic seminary whose Jesuit priests began producing wine in 1888 under The Novitiate label. With its views, old stone cellars, delicious pinot noirs, and other wines from grapes grown at other top vineyards, testarossa shouldn’t be missed. Up in the hills, Burrell School Vineyards & Winery is beloved by locals and offers an unpretentious, friendly tasting operation at a site named for the cute old red-and-white school building on the premises. By all means sit on the deck overlooking rolling hills of vines and many miles of mountain scenery. the focus

MAKE IT A DAY... The town of Los Gatos is a shopping and dining mecca with Michelin-rated restaurants and everything from local boutiques to national brand-name stores along the main drag, Santa Cruz Avenue, and nearby Old Town Center. For exercise you can walk the Los Gatos Creek Trail past lovely Vasona Park and Lake. Hill trekkers should stop at local favorite Summit Store to stock up on terrific picnic supplies or chow down on irresistible lunch fare, like a heaped skirt steak sandwich.


here is on Santa Cruz Mountain grapes producing several wines of lower alcohol, more European style versus the napa fruit bombs hyped by some critics. Both the cabernet and merlot are reminiscent of Bordeaux. A few twisty miles away is another mountain tasting stop

with some of the region’s most breathtaking views: Loma Prieta Winery. A lovely tasting room and expansive deck with tables and umbrellas provide remarkable views all the way to the ocean. Most definitely try their specialty, pinotage, an elegant red that’s the pride of South Africa, also made as a sparkling wine worth trying here. nibbles are often provided to go with the nice wines. Also boasting lovely scenery and a handsome facility taking advantage of the mountain views is Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery, featuring a wonderful patio, bocce court and a chardonnay vineyard that’s one of the region's oldest. Don't miss their superb, locally grown pinot noirs.



The adorable little town of Los Gatos is nestled in a corner of the mountains and anchors a larger region where quite a few wineries both old and new tend grapes and produce marvelous wines with the complex, pleasing character the area is known for. There are only two places to taste wine in town itself but scattered in the nearby hills is a variety of serious wineries taking advantage of the great growing conditions, which credibly produce everything from cool-climate pinot noir to hefty cabs. But pay attention as you drive, because the roads traversing the densely forested hills can be steep and winding, with great views as the payoff.


SANTA CRUZ TO BONNY DOON On the Santa Cruz side of the mountains are scattered scores of little wineries, many the love children of iconoclastic winemakers realizing their dreams in the splendid isolation of the wooded hills. The topography, soils, and myriad microclimates accommodate the needs of many different varieties of grapes. As wine critic Antonio Galloni has written, “These rugged hillsides south of San Francisco are home to some of the world’s greatest vineyards and wines.” A concentrated taste of these wines can be experienced on the west end of town, with a dozen warehouse-style tasting rooms all in with a couple of blocks of Ingalls and Swift streets, and the added bonus of fun dining and shopping options. away, tiny Stockwell Cellars pours mouth-filling reds like syrah and zinfandel.

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Blocks from downtown Santa Cruz, Storrs Winery has a long history of elegant European varietals from mountain fruit, with pinot noirs and intriguing red blends well worth sampling. on the west end of town, six wineries open their doors for tastings at ingalls Street Courtyard—a former Brussels sprouts production plant. of note, Silver Mountain Vineyards is a small, sustainable operation whose mountain-grown pinot noirs await you. MJA Vineyards, launched by a former Hawaiian coffee grower, delivers aloha spirit along with assertive cabernets and humorously named varietals. A pinot noir fanatic started Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard in 1975. Along with its elegant mountain-grown pinots, its second label, Quinta Cruz,

produces wines from Spanish and portuguese grapes such as albariño, verdelho, tempranillo and souzão. Also at the courtyard, Equinox, a longtime producer of nice sparkling wines — try the brut reserve — also offers hearty reds under the Bartolo label, while taste and affordability are the marching orders of familyowned Sones Cellars, known for delicious white blends and big zinfandels. Rexford Winery, across the street, makes wines from various California regions but its mountain-grown merlot and pinot noir offer a sense of the area’s capabilities. A block

to many wine buffs, Randall grahm is synonymous with the restless, pioneering spirit endemic to Santa Cruz Mountain winemaking. His Bonny Doon Vineyard tasting operation, now located in the coastal hamlet of Davenport 10 miles north of Santa Cruz, is well worth visiting for grahm’s unusual wines. As cheeky as its owner, the tasting room is laid-back, with aficionados gravitating toward the Bien nacido syrah and Cuvée R grenache. A little inland along Bonny Doon Road, another family winery combining serious winemaking with a casual attitude is Beauregard Vineyards, whose decks, picnic tables and rustic forest tasting room invite visitors to samplings of their delightful pink sparkler and juicy sangiovese.

MAKE IT A DAY... The beach-town essence of Santa Cruz is encapsulated in its downtown, a lively place to dine, shop, catch some music or simply peoplewatch. Art of all kinds is big here, so check out the handmade crafts along with the designer boutiques. Santa Cruz’s longtime cred as a surfer town demands visiting the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, suitably overlooking famous Steamer Lane. For more of an adrenaline rush, drive into the mountains to fly down a Mount Hermon Adventures zipline at treetop height, meander across swaying suspension bridges or try a paintball battle. The Santa Cruz Boardwalk attracts families with its rollercoasters and other rides, while the mile-long Santa Cruz Wharf, crammed full of souvenir shops and seafood eateries, is also a fun place to watch seals or paddle among them in a rental kayak. The area’s abundance of beautiful beaches is headlined by Natural Bridges State Beach. Renowned for its annual monarch butterfly migration, the beach is also terrific for strolling, picnicking, exploring tidal pools or even wading into the chilly surf. In Davenport, take a stroll over to Lundberg Studios to view exquisite art glass.



SOUTH OF SANTA CRUZ The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation spreads across 350,000 acres, and lately some interesting winemaking activities have been going on at its southern tip, centered around the towns of Soquel and Corralitos. Soquel has been the home of Bargetto Winery since 1933. Perhaps influenced by the twin Bargetto brothers with lofty goals who left the homestead in 1987 to launch respected Soquel Vineyards, the family is now producing increasingly upscale bottlings. Meanwhile, 17 miles south of Santa Cruz, Corralitos area’s apple orchards and strawberry fields are being replaced by cool-climate vineyards along with McMansions built by well-heeled Silicon Valley escapees.


Decades ago, customers would come to the funky sales room at Bargetto Winery to have their jugs filled with low-priced wine, but the winery now features a large, well-equipped tasting room, attractive grounds and pleasingly respectable wines, still at agreeably affordable prices. try the intriguing La Vita, a blend of dolcetto, nebbiolo and refosco, or one of the delicious fruit 108 EXPLORE

wines and honey mead that have been popular since biblical times. the trove of gold medals won by Soquel Vineyards tells the story of the excellent wines available for sipping while enjoying the delightful views from their hilltop patio. Ask to taste the partners Reserve pinot noir and the inky, lush Consonante cabernet. Also in Soquel, Wargin Wines is a newer producer in a bucolic location specializing in nicely crafted italian varietals. Sip some sangiovese as well as some artful blends.


Further down Hwy. 1 from Soquel, the hills behind the coastal town of Aptos are home to ambitious wineries like small, family-run Nicholson Vineyards, where you can sit at a shaded picnic table sampling their fruit-forward pinot noir or old-vine zinfandel. Although nicholson shows an Aptos address, it’s actually located in the rolling hills of the scenic Corralitos wine-growing area. other stops on the Corralitos Wine trail include Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery,

whose owners previously ran a popular local restaurant and bakery. Make sure to try their lip-smacking rose de pinot noir and full-bodied merlot. patios with superb views of the vineyards and surrounding hills make this an altogether delightful stop. Even more spectacular hilltop views greet you at Windy Oaks Estate Winery, along with plenty of picnic tables and smiles. try their sparkling viognier if it’s on hand to taste, or sip a fruity chardonnay.


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Stop in at the charming coastal town of Capitola, where shopping in the tiny waterfront “village” or strolling on the beach make enjoyable postwinery outings. Adventurous types can rent a stand-up paddleboard or get a gentle surfing lesson at the Capitola Beach Company, or grab a bite at one of many ocean-view eateries. More fun beach-going can be found at lovely, wide Rio Del Mar State Beach, with barbecue areas, toilets and whale watching in season. Nearby Watsonville is home to Mount Madonna County Park, featuring scenic, shaded trails along with horse rentals for trail rides. Less exerting but offering up-close-and-personal wildlife viewing are the Whisper Charters boat tours, which carry passengers to Moss Landing’s Elkhorn Slough to check out otters, sea lions, brown penguins and more. You can also sip coffee, wine or beer with snacks to match.


WOODSIDE & HALF MOON BAY Grape growing in the northern stretch of the Santa Cruz Mountains above the town of Woodside goes back to 1884, when a local lawyer enchanted by Bordeaux planted a hillside vineyard with cuttings imported from Chateau Margaux. Snipped budwood from this magnificent vineyard was later used to propagate wineries at Ridge, Mount Eden and other local vineyards, helping them become the great wine-producing entities they remain today. Woodside is now better known for the imposing estates of billionaire residents like Oracle’s Larry Ellison, but a little winemaking still survives—most notably at Thomas Fogarty Winery, whose vascular surgeon/ inventor founder and namesake began planting in the late ‘70s. Over on the Pacific side of the mountains, the nearby coastal town of Half Moon Bay and its oceanside neighbors have been home to a few small wineries over the years, although grape growing on the frequently foggy coast is impractical so the fruit is purchased elsewhere.

Sipping StopS its breathtaking mountaintop location overlooking the peninsula’s cities and San Francisco Bay has made Woodside’s Thomas Fogarty Winery a popular event site, but winemaking has never taken a back seat to the glowing brides and corporate parties that also enjoy its premises. Some of the best views are in locations reserved for events, but one can get a good peek at the scenery from the deck outside the smallish tasting room. try the gewurztraminer and mountain-grown pinot noir. neighboring portola Valley is another billionaire’s lair next to Santa

Cruz Mountain slopes good for grape growing, and is the home of a tiny, labor-of-love winery by a father-daughter team named Portola Vineyards. the winery only accommodates tasting groups of five to 15 by appointment, but the growers’ passion is evident in handmade wines like their satiny pinot noir. over on the Half Moon Bay coast—for a rural drive, take Route 84—the intimate, rustic tasting room at La Nebbia Winery offers notable bottlings include a big zesty zinfandel and rich black muscat. After the tasting, stay for a picnic or a round or two of bocce ball. A little up the coast in El granada, Trojak’knier Winery’s tasting area is surrounded by barrels filled with the expansive red wines this

little operation is renowned for. Run by two former home winemakers and using fruit grown in napa, trojak’knier offers a mouth-filling cabernet and a nuanced sangiovese.

MAKE IT A DAY... With miles of Half Moon Bay coastline before you, ocean-facing activities should get precedence. Stroll on the beach or make friends with seals and sea otters at the harbor from a kayak or paddleboad rented at the Half Moon Bay Kayak Company. Shoppers and diners will find much to attract them along Half Moon Bay’s short but quaint main drag, conveniently called Main Street. Large open-space preserves like Huddart Park and Purisima Creek Preserve hold a multitude of trails through stately redwood forests, with small brooks, carpets of ferns, and wildlife sightings. And for awe-inspiring sunsets, sip on a cocktail on the terrace at the Ritz Carlton, and watch the sun disappear into the sea.





THE MID-PENINSULA As the ranks of wine lovers continue to swell, accompanied by the region’s country real estate prices, enterprising winemakers have begun opening wineries in warehouses and other local buildings—doing without estate vineyards and instead buying their grapes from quality vineyards in other, less pricey parts of the state. Enough of these urban wineries have opened—some within just two blocks of each other on the industrial end of San Carlos—for a weekend Mid-Peninsula Wine Trail to emerge.

one of the pioneers of the peninsula’s urban winery scene, Domenico Winery is located in a spacious warehouse which can also be rented for parties. the owner/ winemaker honors his italian heritage with varietals like sangiovese (the grape of Chianti), nebbiolo (piedmont), nero d’Avola (Sicily) and more. try the mouth-filling primitivo, an ancestor of zinfandel, or an opulent “super tuscan” blend.

Denmark, was so inspired by California’s wine industry that he decided to join in on a tiny scale. Russian Ridge Winery has a small, pleasant tasting room offering some delicious Bordeaux blends and cabernet sauvignon along with crackers. At Cuvée Wine Cellars, the motivation is to craft lovely Bordeaux-style wines with rich California fruit. try a couple of cabs made from vineyards in different regions to experience the terroir differences, along with appetizers that help the wine slide down.

A block away, three tasting rooms are within steps of each other. Flying Suitcase Wines has a spacious tasting room and well-made wines, particularly their syrah. the owner, a biotech executive born in

Head a couple of miles north to Belmont to visit Waxwing Wine Cellars, whose elegant, foodfriendly vintages have received critical praise. their complex syrah and pinot noirs should definitely be tasted.

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MAKE IT A DAY... Laurel Street in San Carlos is a trendy, bustling shopping and dining destination full of eateries and appealing stores, such as Olive Crush, where visitors can taste and buy dozens of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The town’s tiny municipal airport is home to the Hiller Aviation Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate with fascinating exhibits including airplanes from the early days of flight, flight simulators, an aeronautically themed store, and more. You can even leave the ground by booking a flight from Fly Bay Area, which offers bird’s-eye views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate and other bridges, and the Pacific coastline — you can even take the yoke briefly yourself. More expensive, but with sensational views and photo-taking opportunities, Bay Aerial Helicopter Tours will whisk you beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and over other local landmarks.






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ROMANTIQUES LINGERIE LOS GATOS This lifestyle boutique is known for its extensive selection of beautifully crafted underpinnings, difficult-to-find bra sizes, and expert service. For over 24 years, owner Susan Testa and her staff have expertly fit bras for women of all ages and sizes. Find intimates from Aubade, Cosabella, Eberjey, Hanky panky, Marlies Dekkers, Mimi Holliday, and Simone perele, plus dresses, skirts, pants, and tops from For love & lemons, Tysa, Cleobella, Indah and more. Experience the friendly service and hand-picked merchandise their loyal customers have come to love, or browse their store online. Sun-Mon, 11-5; Tues-Sat, 10-6. [51 University Ave.; 408-3957749;] TIME OUT CLOTHING LOS GATOS Dress in stylish comfort with such designers as Michael Stars, Hard Tail, Free people, and AG Denim. Swimwear and accessories also offered. open daily. [108 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-354-8653] VIVA O SOL LOS GATOS Classy meets sporty in the collection of dresses, streetwear, and activewear. open daily. [155 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-354-5800]

ART GALLERY WHITNEY MODERN GALLERY LOS GATOS This art gallery showcases thoughtprovoking works by internationally recognized, mid-career and emerging contemporary fine artists. Wed-Sat, 11-5:30. [24 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-402-5922]

BOOKS RECYCLE BOOKSTORE CAMPBELL; SAN JOSE Combine a huge selection with a comfortable, spacious environment and you get a unique bookstore designed for those who love to browse. This store buys, sells, and trades used books and DVDs. The literature, mystery, science fiction, history, cooking, children’s, art, and metaphysical sections are

amazing, but there’s something for everyone to explore. parking is free and easy, and the store is just a few minutes from downtown San Jose and the San Jose airport. Mon-Thurs, 11-9; Fri-Sat, 11-7; Sun, 12-7. [San Jose: 1066 The Alameda, 408-286-6275. Campbell: 275 E. Campbell Ave.; 408370-3514.]

FOOTWEAR SOLE DESIRE LOS GATOS This women’s footwear store offers hard-to-find quality brands as well as handbags, wallets, and socks. open daily. [140 W. Main St.; 408-335-4074]

GIFTS AZUCA LOS GATOS This store in the heart of downtown los Gatos offers the carefully selected work of hundreds of local and national artists and craftspeople. A wide array of jewelry, art glass, handbags, accessories, wall art, pottery, sculpture, T-shirts, children’s items, whimsical clocks and much more make Azuca the go-to place for that unique gift or empty niche in your own home. The eclectic mix guarantees that you’ll find something to fit every age group and price range. Sun-Thurs, 11-6; Fri-Sat, 11-9. Check the website for extended summer and holiday hours. [11-1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 395-1680;] MOONSTONE LOS GATOS A collection of spiritual gifts and supplies include crystals, geodes, gemstones, incense, essential oils and more. Daily, 11-7. [14 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-313-4744]

JEWELRY SPENCE DIAMONDS SAN JOSE Canada-based, this diamond jewelry retailer offers exceptional quality while committed to ethically responsible, sustainable sourcing and a stress-free shopping environment. open daily. [333 Santana Row; 408-676-1030]

TOYS & SPECIALTY AUTOMOBUILD LOS GATOS This friendly family-run store appeals to kids as well as youngminded adults with its wide range of toys, games, and products themed around cars and interactive participation. Find a unique assortment of models, remote control cars, puzzles, and buildingtype toys cleverly designed to teach about scientific concepts as they assemble, while also developing their imagination, creativity and dexterity as they play. Books and T-shirts round out the offerings. Customized birthday parties available for up to 20. Sun-Wed, 10-6; Thurs-Sat, 10-8. [100B N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408402-3818.] LOS GATOS BABY & KIDS LOS GATOS Known for its broad, high-quality product mix from around the world, this terrific store offers everything from books and toys to casual and dressy clothes for babies through ten-year-olds. Find a fun $25 shower present or spend $250 for a great luxury gift. Brands include Tea Collection, Jellycat, Kissy Kissy, Aden & Anais, Kickee pants, little Giraffe, and many more. let the attentive staff show you the full selection of products—state-of-the-art, yet with an emphasis on old-fashioned values. Artistic gift-wrapping included. Mon-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 10-5. [12 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-354-5454.] SIERRA TOY SOLDIER CO. LOS GATOS opened in 2002, this unique family-owned and operated store is a “must” destination for hobbyists and collectors. With its vast collection of high quality historical figures, military miniatures, model aircraft and toy soldiers, Sierra Toy enthralls “big” kids as much as little kids interested in bringing history to life. Military and other collectibles represent all historic periods including Ancient Egypt, Medieval Crusaders and Knights, the Napoleonic era, the American revolution and Civil War, WWII and many more. Worldwide shipping offered. Mon-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5. [29 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-3953000.]

Silicon Valley’s Destination for High Quality Menswear

Located next to Santana Row 350 S. Winchester Blvd, Suite 200, San Jose 408.247.1024 |



SAN JOSE’S LARGEST USED BOOKSTORE FOR OVER 30 YEARS CAMPBELL: 275 E.Campbell Ave. (Downtown) • 408-370-3514 SAN JOSE: 1066 The Alameda • 408-286-6275 • (Free, Easy Parking | 5 minutes from the Airport & Downtown San Jose)

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SHOPPING CENTERS HILLSDALE SHOPPING CENTER SAN MATEO This distinguished retail and dining destination offers a balanced blend of luxury and lifestyle items, with a diversity of stores such as Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Macy’s, l’occitane, ECCo, Forever 21, H&M, Banana republic, UNIQlo, The Apple Store, White House/Black Market and more. Hillsdale’s luxurious interior presents an appealing mix of casual and fine dining, with both indoor and al fresco options like The Cheesecake Factory, paul Martin’s American Grill, and California pizza Kitchen—plus a new dining terrace opening Summer, 2018. located just off Hwy. 101, Hillsdale is only minutes south of SFo Airport, steps away from CalTrain and Sam Trans stations, and has plenty of convenient parking. Hillsdale’s concierge assists shoppers with everything from transportation needs, reservations, and bag 116


storage to purchasing Hillsdale Gift Cards available. Mon-Sat, 10-9; Sun, 11-7. [At Hillsdale Blvd. and El Camino Real; 650-345-8222.] STANFORD SHOPPING CENTER PALO ALTO World-renowned brands that define luxury, style and technology come together to create the ultimate shopping experience at this premier shopping center. Set in a distinctive open-air environment surrounded by exquisite awardwinning gardens, the center is a mix of iconic retailers, singular shops and exceptional dining. Anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus, the center’s specialty stores include Allsaints, American Girl®, Apple, Burberry, Cartier, Coach, Hugo Boss, louis Vuitton, lululemon, MaxMara, pottery Barn, Stella McCartney, Tiffany & Co., vineyard vines and Wilkes Bash-

ford. Dining options include p.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Tender Greens, True Food Kitchen, Fleming’s prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and more. Free parking and concierge guest services. Mon-Fri, 10-9; Sat, 10-7; Sun, 11-6. [At El Camino & Sand Hill Rd.; 650-6178200.] TOWN & COUNTRY VILLAGE PALO ALTO This charming, tile-roofed, Spanish hacienda-style center — with ceilings supported by huge wooden beams; stately oak trees; and covered walkways trimmed with flowers — has been overlaid with 21st-century panache. The appealing mix of more than 60 diverse shops and restaurants exudes local flavor and ambience. retail offerings run the gamut from from apparel and jewelry to books and home accessories. [855 El Camino Real at Embarcadero Rd.; 650-325-3266]

APPAREL, MEN’S APPAREL, WOMEN’S PATRICK JAMES PALO ALTO This refined store carries highquality men’s clothing, footwear and accessories. open daily. [Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real; 650-328-3071]

A TOUCH OF FLAIR BURLINGAME For original styles, natural fabrics, and unusual textures, visit this exceptional store located just off downtown’s Burlingame Avenue.

SAM MALOUF BURLINGAME Featuring the finest in men’s luxury apparel and accessories, the collection here includes designers such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Brunello Cucinelli, and Moncler. Mon-Sat. [1460 Burlingame Ave.; 650-344-1460] SARRTORI SAN CARLOS From Armani to Zegna, this highend store offers the finest Italian and American designer brands in both classic and cutting edge styles. The selection includes formal and sports apparel, footwear and accessories. Mon-Sat. [740 Laurel St.; 650-592-9190]

A collection of high-quality “artinspired clothing and accessories” features respected designers, artists and craftsmen, both local and national. You’ll experience friendly personal service while shopping for a wide selection of casually elegant dresses, jackets, tops and pants. Exceptional, often one-of-a-kind jewelry and clothing have long made this a destination for peninsula shoppers. open Mon-Sat, 10-5. [308 Lorton Ave.; 650-347-4626] BRYN WALKER PALO ALTO With a preference for luxurious fabrics in rich palettes, Bryn Walker designs focus on comfort, quality and easy sophistication. open daily. [212 Homer Ave.; 650-322-9983]


CHARMELLE 28 PALO ALTO; BURLINGAME A collection of lingerie and swimwear features designers such as prima Donna, Cosabella, Aubade, and Marie Jo. open daily. [Palo Alto: 547 Bryant St.; 650323-7979. Burlingame: 1445 Burlingame Ave.; 650-347-5022]

ELA MENLO PARK This full-service boutique offers high quality lingerie from leading European designers, along with beautiful sleepwear, loungewear, hosiery and accessories. Mon-Sat. [1139 Chestnut St.; 650-325-2965] GITANE MENLO PARK Vibrancy is the keyword at this colorful boutique, where the selection of stylish and affordable clothing is marked by parisian influence. open daily. [845 Santa Cruz Ave.; 650-853-1919] HOLLY HILL SAN CARLOS Fun urban styles at this friendly boutique are both original and timeless. Mon-Sat. [701 Laurel St.; 650-622-9263] J. FOSS PALO ALTO This well-loved store carries highend clothing, jewelry and accessories by independent designers. open daily. [250 University Ave.; 650-325-9722]

Discover the Scandia Down Dif ference Heirloom Down Comforters & Pillows European Bed & Bath Linens

Scandia Home • Town & Country Village • Palo Alto • 650.326.6583 • ExplorE 117

SHOPPING: PENINSULA MARGARET O’LEARY PALO ALTO; BURLINGAME Based in San Francisco, this clothing company is renowned for its rich collections of cutting-edge knitwear. open daily. [Palo Alto: Town & Country Village; 650-6818000. Burlingame: 263 Primrose Rd.; 650-344-9051] MILLIE MANGO BURLINGAME This modern pre-owned clothing boutique offers the broadest range of brands under one roof. You’ll find dresses, tops, shoes, jewelry, and of course beautiful handbags. From J Crew to Tory Burch to louis Vuitton, there’s something for everyone’s unique personal style. Shop “green,” save “green,” and make your friends green with envy. Mon-Sat, 10:30-6. [1419 Burlingame Ave.; 650-3483106.] MORNING GLORY BURLINGAME This owner-managed boutique offers a great selection of clothing

with a vintage influence from los Angeles, New York, paris and Italy. open daily. [1436 Burlingame Ave.; 650-340-0301] PHYLLIS BOUTIQUE PALO ALTO Known for its edgy fashions, this boutique specializes in European and American clothing by independent designers. open daily. [540 Ramona St.; 650-323-4912] ROMI BOUTIQUE PALO ALTO This fashion forward boutique specializes in premium jeans, edgy Tshirts and designer casual wear. open daily.. [624 Emerson St.; 650-322-7664] RUTI PALO ALTO This minimalist store offers chic and modern apparel, footwear and accessories designed and curated by owner ruti, whose styles reflect her Israeli roots. open daily. [Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real. 650-391-9719]


ART GALLERIES A.SPACE GALLERY MENLO PARK Based in downtown Menlo park, A.Space showcases original artwork representing a broad spectrum of talented artists with unique perspectives. Visit this inspiring gallery and let the staff

help you discover an unexpected piece that reflects your personal aesthetic—perhaps adding a bit of drama, color, or whimsy to the space you call home. A.Space is also available for rent, providing a visually stimulating backdrop for corporate or private events. open Tues-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 11-4. [773 Santa Cruz Avenue. 650-731-7730.]

Innovative jewelry by the world’s most esteemed designers

611 Santa Cruz Ave., Suite B, Menlo Park 650.322.2811





ART VENTURES GALLERY MENLO PARK At the crucible of technology, finance, and invention, this gallery dedicated to emerging international and national artists is in the very heart of Silicon Valley. Art Ventures Gallery stokes the fires of creativity by providing visiting artists with a residency in a Napa Valley studio and this exhibition gallery space. Gallery director Katharina powers showcases contemporary art with a meaning. [888 Santa Cruz Ave., 650-4005325.] GOLDEN MOON GALLERY SAN MATEO prepare to lose yourself while browsing the amazing variety of art displayed at this unconventional wonderland founded by artist Nick Chaboya. Imagination and creativity run free in this curated collection of one-of-a-kind works—from paintings, prints, and ceramics to jewelry, framed exotic insects, and more. Much of the art displayed expresses the passionate life experiences of people whose work Chaboya has discovered while traveling throughout the world. In keeping with his vision, this gallery is truly a community resource for all who appreciate and celebrate the handmade. open Wed-Sun, 11-7, or by appointment. [28 E 3rd Ave. #100; 650-435-5202.]

BEDDING & HOME ACCESSORIES SCANDIA HOME PALO ALTO The peninsula’s finest linen store, Scandia Home has been the Bay Area’s destination for Scandia Down comforters and pillows for over 30 years. Scandia Down combines top quality European materials with superior American craftsmanship to produce the world’s finest goose down bedding. Distinctive options are presented in European bed and bath linen collections, while the tastefully curated room accents, home décor items, and giftables complete the offerings. With customization of many products and its renowned white glove service, Scandia bring effortless luxury to everyday living. Mon-Sat, 10-7; Sun, 11-5. [Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real; 650-326-8583;]

BOOKSTORE KEPLER’S MENLO PARK Founded in 1955, this independent bookstore is the intellectual hub for the peninsula, known and loved for its literary events, knowledgeable staff, and broad selection of books and magazines. Mon-Sat, 9-10; Sun, 9-8. [1010 El Camino Real; 650-324-4321]

AN INSPIRATIONAL GALLERY & GIFT SHOP 28 E. 3rd Ave. #100, San Mateo | 650.435.5202 ExplorE 119


FOOTWEAR SOLE DESIRE MENLO PARK, BURLINGAME This women’s footwear store offers in-demand and hard-to-find quality brands as well as handbags, wallets, socks, and insoles. open daily. [Menlo Park: 8725 Santa Cruz Ave.; 650-646-9061. Burlingame: 1426 Burlingame Ave.; 650-642-9404] STEPHEN MILLER GALLERY

GALLERY, RUGS STEPHEN MILLER GALLERY MENLO PARK Everything about this elegant rug gallery in downtown Menlo park exudes taste, quality, and integrity. For those who appreciate fine hand-knotted carpets, Stephen Miller Gallery is a window on the world of the latest developments in this ageless art form. The expert

staff is happy to help with the critical choices of design, color, texture and size. From runners to palace sizes, custom rug production is their specialty. Discover for yourself why people who are seeking out the finest in rugs rely on the expertise of Stephen Miller Gallery. open Mon-Sat, 10-6. [800 Santa Cruz Ave.; 650-327-5040.]

GIFTS/CRAFTS POT-POURRI CRAFT GALLERY BURLINGAME Dedicated to handmade American crafts and gifts, this store carries exquisite blown glass, colorful ceramics, distinctive woodworking, and unique jewelry. Tues-Sun. [1235 Broadway; 650-347-3400]

SHADY LANE MENLO PARK Specializing in local designers, this artisan-owned store also offers one of the best selections of Holly Yashi, Firefly, oberon leather, and Trollbeads in California. Find everything from art glass and fine woodworking to textile art wear and jewelry. Tues-Sun. [325 Sharon Park Dr.; 650-321-1099]

Art-Inspired Clothing & Accessories

a pre-loved clothing & accessories store featuring boutique brands

308 Lorton Ave., Burlingame 650.347.4626



1419 burlingame ave., burlingame | 650.348.3106 |

JEWELRY ARNOLDI’S PALO ALTO This family-owned store specializes in high-end selection of watches as well as jewelry by Italian designers. Mon-Sat. [255 University Ave.; 650-462-1300] CECI WONG MENLO PARK Owned and operated by internationally renowned jeweler Ceci Wong, this is one of the Bay Area’s most well-regarded and innovative jewelry stores. With an emphasis on white glove service, Ceci Wong offers jewelry from the world’s most esteemed designers, as well as exquisite diamonds and top-ofthe-line timepieces. The collection includes Burmese jadeite pieces by David Lin, engagement and wedding jewelry from Tacori, and watches by Swiss manufacturers, including Oris and Armin Strom. Tues-Fri, 11-6; Sat, 11-5. [611 Santa Cruz Ave Suite B; 650-322-3811.]

DE NOVO PALO ALTO Emphasizing originality and craftsmanship, this modern gallery represents contemporary jewelry artists from around the world. Mon-Sat, 10-6. [250 University Ave.; 650-327-1256] KERNS BURLINGAME An authorized retailer for top lines from rolex, Patek Philippe, and others, this premier store also carries innovative, lesser-known European designers. Mon-Sat. [214 Lorton Ave.; 650-348-7557] LACELET BURLINGAME An extensive selection of handmade designer jewelry for both men and women highlights artists from Argentina, Greece, Spain, Israel and Turkey. Tues-Sun. [1114 Burlingame Ave.; 650-576-9576] PATRONIK BURLINGAME This high-end jewelry gallery specializes in custom-designed jewelry in platinum, gold and sterling silver. Tues-Sun. [314 Lorton Ave.; 650-344-0402] SHREVE & CO PALO ALTO This retailer offers luxury watches, timepieces, necklaces, earrings, bridal jewelry and estate pieces. Open daily. [329 Stanford Shopping Center; 650-327-2211]




ANIMAL CONNECTION II BURLINGAME Find everything a pet (and its owner) could ever want at this spacious one-stop “marketplace for dogs, cats and their people.” The store’s vast selection covers everything from pet food and nutritional supplements to treats, toys, grooming supplies, and unusual items like Cal and Stanford jerseys for dogs and cats. You’ll also find pet-themed home furnishings and accessories for their human companions. How about a miniature “pet carriage” for lazy Sunday strolls? Whatever you’re seeking, the staff is happy to help. Mon-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5. [1429 Burlingame Ave.; 650-579-3647.]


Located side by side in the heart of Capitola Village, these two galleries feature arts and crafts by over 300 American craftspeople. The eclectic and imaginative assortment of jewelry, bags, pottery, wood jewelry boxes, chimes, wall decor and art glass assures something for everyone. Featured lines include Firefly Jewelry, Tabra Designs and Holly Yashi. Owner Carin and her daughter Daun are dedicated to creating an enjoyable shopping experience, and are happy to assist you in selecting the perfect item. Open daily at 10am. [209 & 207 Capitola Ave.; 831-475-4466 or 831-475-3788.] LUNDBERG STUDIOS DAVENPORT SEE AD ON PAGE 135

For over 47 years, master craftsmen have been creating an exquisite array of art glass at this studio ten miles north of Santa Cruz. Melting all its own exotic colors, Lundberg has redefined the art of making quality glass through a fusion of traditional and innovative techniques, resulting in their work being placed in nearly every major museum and private glass collection. Vases, scent bottles, ornaments, lighting fixtures, paperweights and other custom items come in styles ranging from antique to contemporary, from Tiffany to Art Deco. MonSat, 11-4. [131 Old Coast Rd.; 831-423-2532.] O’NEILL SURF SHOP SANTA CRUZ & CAPITOLA SEE AD ON PAGE 129

Consistently voted “Best Surf Shop” in Santa Cruz, this historic shop offers everything for surfers—from novice to professional—as well as for those who enjoy the beach style. O’Neill has been the leader in wetsuit technology, and O’Neill Surf Shop carries the largest selection of O’Neill wetsuits and protective rash guards, along with its own line of clothing and accessories and other major surf brands. Wetsuit, surfboard and body board rentals available at the 41st Avenue location. [Santa Cruz: Downtown, 110 Cooper St.; 831-469-4377. Also at the Boardwalk: 400 Beach St.; 831-459-9230. Capitola: 1115 41st Ave.; 831-475-4151. Also 1149 41st Ave. (Outlet); 831-479-5613] OCEANIA IMPORTS CAPITOLA SEE AD ON PAGE 133

This fun beach boutique has been dressing women of all ages and sizes in quality clothing since 1981. Customers return year after year for the unique clothing of timeless beauty and lasting quality—from soft fabrics, unique jewelry, colorful scarves, and fun dresses to the store’s private label of clothing designed and produced in Bali and sold exclusively in Capitola. Popular brands include Jag Jeans, Citron, XCVI, Elan, Lulu B, Dunia, and Ayala Bar Jewelry. Open daily, 10-6. [204 Capitola Ave.; 831-476-6644.]




This beautifully curated home and lifestyle boutique mixes organic with modern and old with new, with a focus on neutrals and texture. From standout furniture to tasteful home accessories, the selection here is always evolving and restyling. Special finds include one-of-a-kind vintage items and original jewelry, while friendly customer service and beautiful gift wrap add to the shopping experience. Open daily, 10-5:30. [417 Main St.; 650726-6060.] PACIFIC TRADING CO. SANTA CRUZ, CAPITOLA SEE AD ON PAGE 129

Family owned and operated, this local women’s boutique has dressed Santa Cruz for over 30 years. A curated selection includes favorites such as Michael Stars, Eileen Fisher, Johnny Was, Free People, Sanctuary, Groceries, Velvet, James Perse and more. The extensive premium denim collection highlights Citizens of Humanity, AG, Paige, Mother and AGOLDE. Also find unique jewelry and accessories from designers such as Love Heals, UnoDe50, Sergio Liquid Metal, Orla Kiely, TOMS, Liebeskind and Hobo. Santa Cruz hours: Sun-Thurs, 10-7:30; Fri-Sat, 10-8. Capitola: Daily, 10-6:30. [Downtown Santa Cruz: 1224 Pacific Ave.; 831-423-3349. Capitola: 504-C Bay Ave.; 831-476-6109] SUPER SILVER SANTA CRUZ, CAPITOLA SEE AD ON PAGE 129

With multiple locations throughout California, Super Silver has over 100,000 sterling silver chains, rings, charms, earrings, bracelets, pendants, exotic stone jewelry and so much more. Their friendly staff can help you find anything for any budget! Open daily from 10. [Santa Cruz: 1301 Pacific Ave.; 831-460-9696. Capitola: Capitola Mall: 831-477-1932. Capitola Village: 214 Capitola Ave.; 831-462-9696.] THOMAS KINKADE CAPITOLA GALLERY CAPITOLA VILLAGE

CROW’S NEST Half Moon Bay This fun women’s clothing boutique features a collection of on-trend and up-and-coming brands such as Joie, Mother, Pam & Gela, and rails. Open daily. [406 Main St.; 650-726-2000] GOLDWORKS HALF MOON BAY This family-owned store offers custom jewelry designs as well as contemporary designer lines such as Eshai, YAEL, and Galatea. A full range of jewelry services is also offered. Open Wed-Sun. [542 Main St.; 650-726-2546] HALF MOON BAY WINE & CHEESE HALF MOON BAY Choose from a nice collection of boutique, family-owned and rare wines, as well as fine artisanal and farmstead cheese. The tasting bar pours 60 different wines by the glass. Accessories, and picnic necessities are also offered. Open daily. [421 Main St.; 650-726-1520] LUZ LUNA IMPORTS HALF MOON BAY Dedicated to fair trade and women’s cooperatives from around the world, this colorful store features handcrafted jewelry, accessories, home collectibles, and textiles. Items from Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Nepal and India. Open daily. [527 Main St., 650-240-6550]


Visit this gallery to see the works of Thomas Kinkade, renowned “Painter of Light.” Known for his enchanting cottages, breathtaking landscapes, and nostalgic cityscapes, Kinkade’s works also include a Disney series in partnership with Disney, with paintings such as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Peter Pan. From small gift items to original works, the gallery offers a wide range of products. Visit the website to view the entire collection. Open daily, 10-6. [Capitola Village: 121 San Jose Ave.; 831-476-0970 or 800-296-3057;] TOQUE BLANCHE SANTA CRUZ Emphasizing premium kitchenware for the home chef, this store stocks a wide variety of cookware, bakeware, cutlery, tools, and accessories, along with gourmet food items. Open daily. [1527 Pacific Ave.; 831-426-1351] SOCKSHOP & SHOE COMPANY SANTA CRUZ Shop for shoes made with comfort and character in mind at this local favorite. Quirky socks, hosiery, hats, accessories, and more are also part of the offerings. [1515 Pacific Ave.; 831-429-6101] 122 EXPLOrE

ODDYSSEA HALF MOON BAY From mind-engaging board games to fossils, rocks, terraniums, and even skeletons, the offerings at this unusal spot are perfect for the curious and science-minded. Garden activities such as sand art and metal stamping add to the fun. Open daily except Wed. [617 Main St.; 650-440-4555] PERSONAL FX SHOWROOM HALF MOON BAY SEE AD ON PAGE 139

Many a treasure awaits you at this intimate gallery; expect to lose track of time as you browse. Tastefully curated by owner/ designer Kathleen Bristol, the collection features a wonderful assortment of jewelry in addition to textiles by local designers, fine leather goods and artful home accessories. Award-winning lines include Michael Vincent Michaud art glass jewelry, rings by David Tishbi, Anna Beck Designs, Patricia Locke Collection, semi-precious jewels by POM, Israeli designer Ayala Bar and handbags from Maruca and High-Way. Wed-Mon, 12:30-5:30. [643 Main St.; 650-560-9131.]

While the cities of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula grab headlines for their never-ending tech expansion, fastpaced lifestyle, and changing communities, head west over the Santa Cruz Mountains and it’s an entirely different story.


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Santa Cruz Lures Santa Cruz County offers spectacular beaches, forests, and backcountry roads, while packing plenty of temptation for lovers of intriguing breweries, wineries, bistros, and boutiques. One thing is certain: You will not be bored. BY C H R I S T I N A WAT E R S he coast has cast its spell for generations, impressing explorers and natives alike with its memorable setting. More than 200 years ago, it enticed the first Europeans to found the Spanish settlement of Santa Cruz. Ever since, the coast has lured legions of bohemians, entrepreneurs, and sun worshippers, all drawn to the sea, scenery, and incomparable climate. Back-to-the-land hippies populated the small towns in the nearby mountains until the University of California opened its Santa Cruz campus in the mid ’60s. Then students and their well-traveled professors began redefining the region’s tastes, which more recently have been broadened by an influx of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs making Santa Cruz their second home. Santa Cruz is located at the northern tip of Monterey Bay, protected from rough water despite being exposed to consistent winds. Its geographic features make it a natural maritime center. The yacht harbor on the southern end of town is an ideal port, from which a number of charter boat companies offer cruises as well as fishing and whale-watching trips. Santa Cruz Wharf — a spacious pier that’s home to shops, seafood restaurants, and tour boat companies — offers the colorful sights and sounds of open-air fish markets along with a boisterous population of seals and sea lions. The scene is crowned by the early-20th-century silhouettes of the Giant Dipper roller coaster and the turrets of the nearby Beach Boardwalk’s Casino.


Santa Cruz makes a strong claim to have been the site of America’s earliest surfing. In 1885, three visiting Hawaiian princes used heavy, homemade wooden longboards to introduce the sport to eager Santa Cruzans off Lighthouse Point, just north of the town’s main beach. Today, international surfing competitions attract the young and acrobatic, who gather at all hours of the day and in any weather to test their sanity against some of the biggest and best waves in the West. From almost any spot along the popular West Cliff Drive, visitors can watch the young and the restless chopping through prime waves on their modern shortboards.



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Surf’s Up!

As much an attitude as a Pacific Coast legend, Santa Cruz has lured visitors for generations.

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sANTA CRuz LiFEsTYLE As much an attitude as a Pacific Coast legend, Santa Cruz has lured visitors for generations. The lifestyle in this region is defined by the welcoming Mediterranean climate, whose warm summers and temperate winters absolutely require outdoor play and exploration. The dress code matches the temperature, with shorts, hoodies, and adventure sports gear on display from dawn to the wee hours. Outgoing, environmentally conscious and dedicated to the outdoor 126 EXPLORE

life, Santa Cruzans are passionate about yoga, designer coffee, farm-to-table cuisine, authentic tacos, and pizza — all of which are available on nearly every block. The ubiquitous coffeehouses specialize in innovative fresh pastries, while brewpubs outdo each other in offering globally inspired bar bites. No visit is complete without a walk around West Cliff Drive, where seemingly the entire town turns out to watch the evening’s sunset.

Fun Things to Do in Santa Cruz

Take a sailing cruise. Head out onto the ocean on a yacht from the harbor to catch a sunset, spot migrating whales; or just for the breezy fun of it. (p 146) Shop to your heart’s content. Browse the many arts and crafts galleries, fun boutiques, and unique stores in downtown Santa Cruz (p 128) and in the village of Capitola. (p 132) Learn about history and local lore. Visit the small and wonderful Surfing Museum, then enjoy its clifftop setting to watch some wave riding below.

Zip-line and “skywalk” in the redwoods. Get your adrenaline fix at Mount Hermon. (p 46) Learn how to ride the waves. Take a surfing lesson and you might well start to feel like a local. (p 146) Find thrills and family fun. Head for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk — one of the oldest seaside amusement parks in the country. (p 38) Go paddle. Rent a kayak at the Wharf, the harbor, or, for prime wildlife viewing, south at Elkhorn Slough. (p 146)

Tap into the craft beer craze. Sample local brews at the many microbreweries and taprooms. Beer drinkers do have more fun. (p 94) Stroll the Santa Cruz Wharf. Browse the tourist shops or step into an eating joint to enjoy a bowl of clam chowder with an ocean view. Go wine tasting. Spend an afternoon touring local wineries — many in great settings — and sample the fruits of their winemakers. Wine drinkers sure have fun, too. (p 102)

Go for a hike. Whether along the oceanfront at Wilder Ranch Park (pictured above), or in the redwoods at Big Basin Park, there are scenic trails for all fitness levels. Looking for just a stroll? Walk along West Cliff Drive and enjoy seaside views. Eat! Santa Cruz is a favorite with foodies; pick your place and savor your meal. Even just a coffee stop will more than please your palate. (p 91) Do nothing at all. Find yourself a bench or spot on the beach, relax, and just enjoy the view.




Coffeehouses of all descriptions line downtown’s user-friendly strip of Pacific Avenue, a shopper’s paradise of import and antique stores, clothing and game emporia, sushi bars, trattorias, gastropubs, sophisticated saloons, and a full-bodied Wednesday farmers’ market. The popular Bookshop Santa Cruz anchors one end of downtown, while side streets lined with Victorian mansions and Craftsman bungalows offer views into the past. At the Avenue’s other end, music and dance venues such as the Kuumbwa Jazz Club and the landmark Catalyst pull in international rock acts as well as legends from the folk and country music world. Food experiences wander the globe. Tiny India Joze specializes in the eclectic cuisines of Persia and Asia. Malabar offers gourmet vegetarian dishes made with authentic southeast Asian expertise. Families can tuck in to classic Americana at Betty Burger or the vintage Cafe Delmarette. Artisanal ice creams in an imaginative spectrum of flavors can be enjoyed at at Penny Ice Creamery, 128 EXPLORE

across from romantic Gabriella Cafe, and at Mission Hill Creamery, a few blocks away. Import shops offer exotica in incenseperfumed surroundings, and a variety of intimately small boutiques specialize in designer jewelry and wearable crafts made by local artisans. Colorful stores offering artisanal skateboards and organic clothing also share downtown with three top surfing apparel shops, for that “only in Santa Cruz” souvenir. Abbott Square Market, downtown’s new public square next to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, is a buzzing spot. Interactive is the word here, given all the possibilities: exceptional coffee and pastries, a wine and beer bar, a glamorous cocktail lounge, and a variety of designer food depots ranging from oysters and poke to pizza and vegetarian. Eat in, or take your drinks out onto the spacious deck. The action picks up on weekends when the piazza hosts live music and dance contests. Prime people watching all day long!

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sANTA CRuz NORTHWEsT The west end of Santa Cruz offers a grouping of wineries, breweries, dining spots, stores, and the well-loved Kelly’s Bakery. The action — and there is plenty of it — is centered around two repurposed and renovated warehouses known as Swift Street and Ingalls Street Courtyards. On Saturday mornings, feel the Old-World exuberance of a thriving farmers’ market. Live music, the morning’s harvests, and freshly made breakfasts provide hours of entertainment. As you drive up the coast northwest from here — past vast fields of organically grown Brussels sprouts, artichokes, and exotic lettuces — the inland terrain yields to stands of cypress and eucalyptus. Farther along, at the edge of the Pacific on Hwy. 1, the manor houses and barns of Wilder Ranch State Park pop into view, offering splendid hiking and biking trails as well as a glimpse of the region’s 130 EXPLORE

history. This sprawling ranch, surrounded by overgrown gardens and containing the ruins of an 18th-century adobe, is a popular starting point for biking and trekking trails that crisscross 5,000 acres of coast range wildlife habitat. Continuing north, tiny Davenport is home to world-famous Lundberg Studios, whose hand-blown art glass, including art nouveau and Tiffany-style creations, reside in leading museums. Nearby on Hwy. 1, the handiwork of winemaker Randall Grahm rewards adventurous wine tasters with premium varietals at Bonny Doon Vineyard’s tasting room. A handful of restaurants and cafés prized by locals and visitors alike are clustered next door. The bluffs of Davenport, once the site of an active whaling station, invite easy access to dramatic, uncrowded beaches. This jagged coastline is a destination in itself, with tide pools inhabited by an assortment of sea creatures. From December through May, the annual migrations of giant gray whales south and then north bring prime whale watching close to shore.

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sOquEL ANd APTOs The historic town of Soquel was originally settled by way of 18th-century Spanish land grants, and saw an influx of wildcat loggers in the early 19th century. Watched over by the graceful mansion of Gold Rush pioneer John Daubenbiss, the heart of today’s village is not only rich with antique shops and collectibles barns, but boasts wineries such as Bargetto and Wargin Wines; a new VinoCruz winetasting shop, specializing in all Santa Cruz Mountains wines; and an exciting new dinner house, Home, dishing up artisanal California cuisine. Cafe Cruz, also in Soquel, has long been a local favorite dining spot; sit

on the patio or fireside in the dining room of this lively and welcoming spot for some downright tasty food. South of Soquel, the town of Aptos remains happily off the beaten track. The historic Claus Spreckels mansion sits at the gateway to one of the area’s wildest redwood sanctuaries — the scenic Forest of Nisene Marks. There you’ll find thousands of acres of wilderness filled with waterfalls, hidden fern canyons, and prime hiking and mountain biking trails opening up to ocean views. On the oceanside itself, Seacliff State Beach tempts beachgoers with its long stretch of sand and bluffs, while a fishing pier stretching out into the ocean leads to the remains of the WWII vintage SS Palo Alto, known to locals as the Cement Ship. Christina Waters is a Santa-Cruz-based food and wine writer and author of “Inside the Flame” and “The Central Coast of California Book” who shares her discoveries at CAFE CRuz


leaving the seaside and driving north into the mountains up hwy. 9 — a curvy masterpiece of 1930s engineering — the hamlet of Felton offers farmers’ markets, “backwoods” coffeehouses, a village landmark turned brewpub, the splendor of henry Cowell redwoods state park, and roaring Camp railroad’s old-fashioned steam locomotive excursions, including an exceptionally scenic round trip along the lorenzo river Canyon, all the way to santa Cruz. Farther on, past the quaint mountain village of Boulder Creek, Big Basin redwoods — California’s oldest state park — shelters some of the largest trees on the planet. the primal beauty of the park’s mountainous 18,000 acres, which include groves of ancient first-growth trees, is a lure to adventurous hikers, campers, rock climbers, and trail runners. Boulder Creek itself continues to bask in its relaxed, 1960s hippie ambience. drive through fern-lined canyons along the sinuous curves of nearby Bear Creek road for a panoramic “shortcut” linking the laid-back mountain and coastal lifestyles to silicon Valley — so close and yet, in many ways, worlds apart.

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The Half Moon Bay Coast offers the perfect antidote to its bustling bigcity neighbors to the east.


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Set midway between the headline-grabbing dazzle of San Francisco and the tech-superstar playground of Silicon Valley, Half Moon Bay relishes its position under the radar. Recurring catch phrases like “idyllic hamlet” aptly describe this coastal community that deftly balances its raw beauty with refined tastes. Its many attributes are accessible, whether you are on a kayaking trip around the harbor to spot sea lions, or wine tasting before indulging in Michelin-starred cuisine.

he rugged mountains stretching down the western edge of the San Francisco Peninsula mark the boundary of a lifestyle defined by roadside fruit stands, redwood-forested hiking trails, rural villages, and the sea. The scattered villages all have distinct personalities, from the farming enclave of Pescadero to the rustic beach town of Montara. All things considered, the Half Moon Bay Coast offers the perfect antidote to its bustling big-city neighbors to the east.



With a charming downtown, as well as its surrounding flower nurseries, Christmas tree, pumpkin and berry farms, and fishing harbor, Half Moon Bay is the heart of the San Mateo County Coast. Drivers heading here from over the mountains on Hwy. 92 or along the coast via Hwy. 1 are following the ancient trails of the Ohlone Indians, who thrived here until the 1700s, when Spanish soldiers and missionaries arrived, building a

string of settlements reaching from Mexico to San Francisco. Originally named San Benito and then Spanishtown, the hamlet had already become a thriving fishing and ranching community by the late 1800s. Then an influx of Italian, Portuguese, Irish, and Chinese immigrants broadened the ethnic mix, with the town being renamed Half Moon Bay in 1874. During Prohibition in the early 1900s, the area became a haven for smugglers as Canadian rum runners took advantage of the hidden coves and thick cloaks of fog to land their boatloads of illegal booze destined for San Francisco. Today, Half Moon Bay’s economy centers on fishing, agriculture, and tourism fueled by the coast’s many amenities. Melding Norman-Rockwell-like Americana, a pioneer spirit, and Left Coast ethos, Half Moon Bay hangs on to its past with a smattering of historic downtown buildings, such as the 1920sera City Hall, which earlier served as a bank. The town’s original two-cell jail now houses the Mary Vallejo History Center and the Spanishtown Historical EXPLORE 137




ON THE NORTH sidE Oceanfront restaurants, a picturesque harbor sheltering a commercial fishing fleet, coastal hikes, surfers’ beaches, tide pools, equestrian riding trails, and whale-watching boats all await you on the coastal stretch north of Half Moon Bay. Miramar Beach, the site of the old Amesport wharf built in 1868, was another famed drop point during Prohibition, when the smuggled liquor was offloaded at Miramar’s Ocean Beach Hotel. Today, Miramar is home to the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, which has drawn legions of fans for Sunday afternoon jazz concerts since 1964. Just north, El Granada lures beginner surfers to the aptly nicknamed Surfer’s Beach, its waves forgivingly gentler than those of more exposed beaches along the Half Moon Bay Coast. More intrepid board riders head just north to Mavericks, a world-famous surfing site where cresting swells from winter storms are thrust upward by a shallow reef, creating gigantic breakers 50 feet or more in height.

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Society Museum and . The restored James Johnston House, from 1855, overlooks the Pacific just south of town, standing apart with its New England saltbox construction. It is open to visitors, as is the 1905-built Mosconi Hotel with its original old-time saloon, now an inn named the San Benito House. Half Moon Bay boasts plenty to discover in its compact downtown. Galleries, boutiques, jewelry shops, and arts and crafts stores are interspersed with wine-tasting rooms, a gastropub, bakeries, cafes, and a number of appealing dining options, from Italian to sushi. An expansive feed store on Main Street still reflects the region’s agricultural roots, drawing ranch hands from the surrounding countryside, while the restaurant menus draw upon locally grown and organic harvestings from the region’s agricultural and seafood bounty. A handful of refurbished Victorian B&Bs add to the charm. Miles of beautiful beaches stretch north and south, with the Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail running north to Pillar Point Harbor along their eastern edge.

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Day-to-day activities at Pillar Point revolve around the harbor’s commercial fleet, whose annual catch totals up to 10 million pounds of fish. Visitors in search of fresh seafood in season, such as Dungeness crabs and salmon, can buy it straight off the boats, with the added bonus of chatting with the grizzled skippers, or step in for a meal at one of the eating spots. Fishing charters and kayaking companies also operate from the harbor, as do whale-watching tours in winter and spring—an ironic twist, in that Portuguese sailors from the Azores ran a whaling station here during the 1800s. Moss Beach, founded in the 1880s, at one time attracted celebrities like Jack London to fish and dive for abalone. The town’s Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, a protected and easily accessible tide-pool area, is a place where kids and adults alike can wet their feet searching for starfish, sea anemones, and other small sea critters. A historic landmark in neighboring Montara is the Point Montara lighthouse, established in 1875 as a fog signal station after several ships ran ashore in the late 1860s, and now home to a hostel. Montara State Beach, a beautiful two-mile stretch of sand bookended by coastal bluffs, is popular with surfers because of its strong swells. Rising up behind the beach, McNee Ranch State Park’s 1,898-foot Montara Mountain draws hikers and trail bikers who ascend this northern spur of the Santa Cruz Mountains for its endless coastal views on clear days, and possible whale sightings in winter. The trails can also be accessed from sheltered and clothing-optional Gray Whale Cove State Beach, where the beach’s leviathan namesakes can sometimes be spotted close to shore. North of Montara, the Devil’s Slide Trail debuted in 2013 after a precipitous 1.3-mile segment of Hwy. 1 notorious for sliding off into the sea during storms was finally closed down, replaced by a tunnel under Montara Mountain. Hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders can now traverse the rocky heights of Devil’s Slide for panoramic bird’s-eye views of the crashing waves below.

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ON THE sOuTH sidE Isolated beaches, secluded nature preserves, timeless towns, and views of wildlife mark the stretch of coast heading down toward Santa Cruz, with open vistas of the Pacific giving way first to farms, rolling hills and then redwood-forested mountains in the interior. Just south of Half Moon Bay, a turn onto Miramontes Point Road leads to a luxuriously modern anomaly on the largely rural, laid-back coast. The imposing Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, with its Georgian-revival-style architecture, perches atop a low bluff overlooking Manhattan Beach. Golfers flock to its 36 holes of oceanfront links with sightlines to the Pacific. Non-stop scenery beckons as you drive farther down the coast, sharing the road with touring cyclists. San Gregorio State Beach is notable for its steep grassy bluffs, deposits of driftwood after winter storms, and a sheltered estuary that’s a refuge for a wide variety of birdlife. Not far inland, the picturesque village of San Gregorio, named after Pope Gregory I, charms visitors with its nostalgic small-town flavor. In the 1850s, elites ventured south from San Francisco to the old San Gregorio Hotel for fishing, swimming, and sailboat racing. Past the sandstone bluffs of Pomponio State Beach, Pescadero State Beach’s mile-long shoreline offers fishing, tide pooling, and prime sunset viewing. Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve is a birdwatcher’s paradise for the myriad species that frequent it as a feeding and nesting spot. 140 EXPLORE

Don’t miss Pescadero itself, just a few minutes’ drive inland. The town’s old frame houses and steepled churches, such as the 1867 Pescadero Community Church, are reminiscent of an old New England village. The tiny downtown’s main street holds galleries, wine tasting, crafts shops, artisan food markets, and old-time Duarte’s Tavern, owned by the same family since the early 1900s. Towering above the coastal artichoke farms south of Pescadero, picturesque 115-foot-high Pigeon Point Lighthouse stands as one of the tallest and most photographed lighthouses in America. In use since 1872, it is currently closed to the public, though visitors can wander around the grounds. Beaches cradled by impressively rugged cliffs hug the coast south past Bean Hollow State Beach, whose tide pools are home to anemones, crabs, and sea urchins, and onward to Año Nuevo State Park, where much larger sea specimens await. The wildlife stars of the South Coast are the 10,000 elephant seals that return annually to breed, molt, and give birth among the dunes of Año Nuevo’s Natural Preserve. From mid-December to the end of March, visitors who sign up for guided tours can witness gigantic bulls battling for dominance, and females nursing their pups, or simply watch these creatures bask quietly in the sun.

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Challenge your friends to a game of bocce ball. Spend an afternoon at La Nebbia Winery and double the fun with some wine tasting, too. Hint: try their Mendocino County merlot or Santa Barbara sauvignon blanc.

Bring the kids. For families with youngsters in tow, stop by Lemos Farm, a field of dreams with its hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, and seasonal attractions such as the Halloween Haunted Zone.

Take a glassblowing class. At Half Moon Bay Art Glass, steps from La Nebbia Winery, skilled glass artists guide you in making anything from a glass flower to a lovely bowl.

Watch a performance. The community Coastal Repertory Theater stages everything from Broadway hits to old classics, featuring mostly local talent.

Shop downtown. Browse Main Street for jewelry, arts and crafts, home furnishings and accessories, and women’s apparel. Nothing is cookie cutter here. Sample craft beers. Sip at Sacrilege Brewery & Kitchen, and pair it with some pub grub, too. Experience the flavors of a British tavern. A fun familyfriendly spot, Cameron’s Pub & Inn offers burgers and other pub grub, as well as 19 beers on tap and what may be a world-record collection of more than 2,000 beer cans. Get creative at Oddyssea. Outdoor activities at the garden of this whimsical shop invite all ages to dabble in sand art, create a terrarium from scratch, and engage in other endeavors. Paddle the gentle waters of Pillar Point Harbor. Hop aboard a kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Rentals are available at Half Moon Bay Kayak or Maverick Paddlesports (SUP only). Make your way around the boats moored in the harbor or watch seabirds and harbor seals at play on a sunset excursion.

Take time to smell the roses. Make a stop along Hwy. 92 to enjoy the flowery temptations at a variety of nurseries along the way. Cat lovers can wander through the blooms with resident felines at Half Moon Bay Nursery, and visitors interested in California’s native plants should visit Yerba Buena Nursery to see and learn about them. Stock up on fresh produce. Stop at one of the local farm stands scattered along Hwy. 1 and other byways. Andreotti Family Farm in Half Moon Bay and the Blue House Farm in San Gregorio are just a couple of options. Walk, jog, bike, or saddle up a rented horse. Explore the California Coastal Trail, with highlights such as Pillar Point Bluff, overlooking the harbor as well as the site of the world-famous Mavericks surf break. Buy fresh-caught crab. Head down to the dock at Pillar Point Harbor to buy fresh-caught Dungeness crab or salmon straight off the boat when in season. Or hit a Johnson Pier restaurant for a seafood meal while you watch the fishing boats come and go.

sOuTH OF HALF MOON BAY Cozy up to an old-time bar. Warm up by a pot-bellied stove for a weekend live bluegrass set at 1889-era San Gregorio General Store. “General” in the store’s name is more than justified by the almost unending array of goods for sale, from fishing gear and racoon traps to books, tools, hardware, and cookware. Visit a goat farm. Buy goat cheese, goat milk lotions or take a tour of the Harley Farms Goat Dairy. This restored 1910 dairy farm houses 200 or so alpine goats, as well as llamas. Savor a loaf of tasty, warm bread. People travel from far and wide for the oven-fresh garlic or artichoke bread at Pescadero’s Arcangeli’s Grocery Market. Founded by Sante Arcangeli in 1929, this grocery store has been run by his family ever since. Pick up a seasonally flavored pie. Visit Pie Ranch and take a tour to learn about the farm’s

sustainable practices. Once monthly, you can even spend a day working on the farm and its native garden, and then stay for an evening barn dance. Go bird watching. Hike the 235-acre Pescadero Marsh Bird Refuge and keep an eye out for the more than 200 species of birds — including blue herons and snowy egrets — that either inhabit the marsh or stop over during migrations.

NORTH OF HALF MOON BAY Delve into the mysteries of distilling spirits. Visit the small craft Half Moon Bay Distillery for a tour to sample and learn about vodka and gin. Mixology classes are on order too! Explore tide pools. Drop by the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach at low tide to get up close to small sea creatures; you might spot harbor seals, too, including pups in the spring. A short walking trail leads through a beautiful forest of cypress trees.

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parks & preserVes Hundreds of square miles of parks and open space preserves, spectacular scenery, countless mile of trails, and moderate year-round weather all blend together to create a feast for hikers, runners and mountain bikers. Options vary from ridgetop trails with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean on one side and Silicon Valley on the other, to winding paths through oak-studded meadows and meditative wanderings beneath the sheltering towers of majestic redwood trees. Glimpses of wildlife are common, with deer and hawks the most commonly seen species, but sometimes a coyote or bobcat if you’re lucky. Here are a few of our top picks. For more options, visit

Best MoUntaIn VIstas CASTLE ROCK STATE PARK 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 hiking trails. The big destination is Goat Rock—a sandstone outcrop with stunning vistas of the Santa Cruz Mountains. [Los Gatos: Hwy. 35, 2.5 miles south of Hwy. 9; 408-867-2952]

RUSSIAN RIDGE OPEN SPACE PRESERVE offers trails through open grassland hills with views of the Peninsula and San Francisco Bay to the east, and forested mountains and the ocean to the west. [Los Altos: Alpine and Page Mill Rds.; 650-691-1200]

HENRY W. COE STATE PARK is one big wild and open space— 89,000 acres of natural beauty, to be exact! The largest state park in Northern California, its terrain is rugged and beautiful, with lofty ridges and sheer canyons that make it an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. [Morgan Hill: 9000 E. Dunne Ave.; 408-779-2728] On the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains, HUDDART COUNTY PARK offers trails through


oak- and redwood-shaded canyons and ridges. [Woodside: 1100 Kings Mountain Rd.; 650-851-1210]

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Best Valley & Bay VIstas south and across to Mount Diablo. [Saratoga: Sanborn Rd., 2 miles west of Hwy. 9; 408-867-9959]

Just outside Saratoga, FREMONT OLDER OPEN SPACE PRESERVE is a gorgeous preserve with forested hillsides, open hayfields, and Hunters Point—a 900-foot hilltop with panoramic South Bay views. It adjoins Garrod Stables, which offers horseback tours through the preserve, as well as Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards. [Cupertino: Prospect Rd.; 650-691-1200]

RANCHO SAN ANTONIO PRESERVE may be the Peninsula’s most frequented spot, with 23 miles of trails through open meadows and oak woodlands leading to vantage points for views. [Los Altos: 22500 Cristo Rey Dr.; 650-691-1200]

Lushly wooded SANBORN COUNTY PARK offers scenic trails as well as picnicking facilities. Start your hike near Peterson Grove, a stand of redwoods surrounding a small pond; then follow signs for the John Nicholas Trail which leads to sweeping views of the bay from north to

WINDY HILL OPEN SPACE PRESERVE presents a challenging hike through open grasslands and forests of redwood, fir, and oak, with widespanning bay views as a reward. [Enter from Portola Rd. in Portola Valley or Skyline Blvd. (Hwy. 35); 650-691-1200]

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redwoods & ocean VIews California’s oldest state park, BIG BASIN REDWOODS, is home to the largest continuous stand of ancient old-growth redwoods south of San Francisco—some more than 50 feet around and as tall as the Statue of Liberty! Enjoy a hike in the cool shade of the redwoods or venture on past beautiful waterfalls and up to the open ridgetop for ocean views. [Boulder Creek: Big Basin Way; 831-338-8861] Off the beaten path, the FOREST OF NISENE MARKS STATE PARK provides a retreat from the busy towns and beaches along Hwy. 1 near Santa Cruz. Visitors come to picnic near Aptos Creek or to hike, jog, or bike on 30 miles of trails through the park’s semi-rugged wilderness. An 11-mile creek-side loop leads through a canyon to the epicenter of the 1989 earthquake, while panoramic views of Monterey Bay await the most ambitious hikers

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at Sand Point Overlook. [Aptos: Aptos Creek Rd.; 831-763-7063] WILDER RANCH STATE PARK includes beaches, redwood and eucalyptus groves, and inland canyons. The easy Ohlone Bluff Trail follows the bluff overlooking the ocean. Fresh ocean air, crashing waves, and marine wildlife sightings make this a memorable hike. [Hwy. 1, north of Santa Cruz; 831-423-9703]

PESCADERO CREEK COUNTY PARK, adjoined by Sam McDonald, Memorial, and Heritage Grove Parks, features an extensive network of hiking trails leading through oldgrowth redwoods; Pescadero Creek flows year-round. [La Honda: Pescadero Rd.; 650-879-0238] From Half Moon Bay, PURISIMA CREEK REDWOODS PRESERVE’s loop trail climbs 1,600 feet to the

ridgetop. Shaded by towering redwoods as it follows a fern-bordered creek, it opens up at the upper end to offer panoramic coastal views. [Half Moon Bay: Enter from Higgins Purisima Rd.; 650-691-1200] For more information, visit California State Parks at, or Peninsula Open Space Preserves at EXPLORE 143



Most scenIc Grab a camera along with your sunblock and shades. These photogenic beaches are Instagram-licious!

on the sand The long stretch of beaches lining the coast from Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz, most of them uncrowded and pristine, offers something for everyone. From primo surf locations and picture-perfect cliffs to hidden coves and wide expanses of wave-washed sand ideal for beachcombing, all you need to do is choose your sweet spot. top: Bean hollow state Beach; Below, l to r: Montara Beach, capItola Beach, and shark fIn coVe

As one of the most photographed beaches in the state of California, Natural Bridges State Beach on the northwest side of Santa Cruz may well look familiar when you see the famous rock arch that gives this moon-shaped beach its name. Head north along Hwy. 1 (preferably in a convertible if it’s a warm day) for a scenic drive that takes you to a gorgeous stretch of beaches, though don’t expect to be swimming; the surf can be dangerous and the water is famously ice-cold. With a backdrop of sandy cliffs, the secluded (and clothing-optional) Panther Beach (about seven miles north of Santa Cruz) is picturesque and peaceful, with caves to explore. A mile or so north, just past Bonny Doon Road, you’ll find Shark Fin Cove— a small pocket beach with spectacular sea stacks. While best known for its iconic “Shark Fin” (a large rock formation jutting out of the cove à la “Jaws”), it offers amazing views in every direction. Nestled in a protected cove is Davenport Beach, a choice spot for surfers. The paths down to it offer incredible viewing areas, as the sea cliffs overlook the Pacific Ocean at a 100-ft. drop (don’t venture too close to the

edge!). Continue north to reach the cliff-backed Greyhound Rock Beach, popular for whale watching and tide pooling. The beach is named for the colossal formation made of ancient mudstone, which protrudes into the cove, and offers a shoreline view when tides are low. Or venture on to the open, peaceful, duned Gazos Creek State Beach, an ideal spot for long, solitary walks. Continuing north, Bean Hollow State Beach is a beautiful, secluded cove beach that invites tidepooling and beachcombing; at its northern end, Pebble Beach is known for its tafoni rocks — honeycomb-like sandstone rock formations created through weathering — as well as its water-worn pebbles. Closer to Half Moon Bay, the state beaches of Pescadero and San Gregorio offer long stroll-worthy stretches of sand following dramatic bluffs, while north of Half Moon Bay, the wide, 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 sheltered clothing-optional cove.

Most popUlar Prefer to be with the crowds? In Santa Cruz itself, bordered by the Beach Boardwalk and Municipal Wharf, Main Beach is popular for sports such as volleyball and windsurfing. Northwest of Main Beach, surfing conditions are ideal at Lighthouse Field State Beach, the location of the famed surfing mecca Steamer Lane, while on the south side, Seabright Beach and Twin Lakes State Beach may be the area’s warmest beaches, popular for swimming and picnicking. 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, popular with families, while fishing and swimming are popular along Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, home to the historic Palo Alto cement ship. In the Half Moon Bay area, the fourmile stretch of Half Moon State Beach is a popular destination for families, whether for picnicking, sunbathing or fishing.



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Rent yourself a wetsuit and a kayak or stand-up paddle board and get ready to work your arm muscles. Whether you’re a beginner or a hardcore enthusiast, you’ll find great paddling options at spots like Santa Cruz and Pillar Point harbors, as well as Moss Landing’s Elkhorn Slough Reserve, just south of Watsonville. All offer calm, protected waters, with sightings of seals, sea otters and many varieties of coastal birds most common at Elkhorn Slough. Experienced and adventurous paddlers can venture out to brave the ocean waves.

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) or Capitola Surf and Paddle (831-435-6503). In Half Moon Bay, surf lessons can be booked at Open Ocean Surfing (650-867-0315) and Sea, Surf & Fun (415-410-1102).

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 Half Moon Bay Kayak Company (650-773-6101) at Princeton-bythe-Sea. Kayak Connection and Half Moon Bay Kayak Company also offer SUP (standup paddleboarding) rentals and lessons, as does Mavericks Surf Company (650560-8088), run by surf legend Jeff Clark. 146 EXPLORE

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 (831-374-2626) at Santa Cruz Harbor has a fleet of 14 sailing yachts year-round, while Chardonnay Sailing Charters (831-423-1213) offers exciting excursions for everyone — from seasoned sailors to landlubbers aboard its 70foot luxury sailing yacht. Sailing tours with O’Neill Yacht Charters (831818-3645) run regularly from May through October, and private charters are available year-round.

sportfIshIng & whale watchIng Fishing for some fun? Then book a trip on a charter boat and ply the Pacific Ocean in search of king salmon (April through July), tasty rock and ling cod (April through December), and albacore tuna (July through November). If you’re after a whale of a good time, most charter boats also offer year-round whalewatching trips. Humpback and blue whales are best seen from April through November, while gray whales are common from December through May during their annual migration from Alaska to their breeding grounds in Baja California and then back. Stagnaro Charter Boats (831-4272334) offers a variety of fun fishing trips, scenic bay cruises, whale and dolphin watching, and private charters for all occasions. Enjoy custom fishing charters and whale watching in a 34-foot Hatteras Sportfisher at Chartle Charters (831-336-2244). For a more luxurious approach, a sailing yacht might be just the ticket. Santa Cruz Charters (831-8188808) takes up to six people out for fishing, on-the-water picnics, marine and wildlife eco-tours, and private parties. Santa Cruz Whale Watching (831-427-0230) offers cruises in both Santa Cruz and Monterey bays. From Half Moon Bay, charter services departing from Pillar Point Harbor for sportfishing or whale watching can be booked at The New Captain Pete (650-726-6224) or on a choice of three boat operations at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing & Tackle (650-728-3377). During the gray whale migration season, Oceanic Society (800-326-7491) offers naturalistled whale-watching trips from Pillar Point Harbor.

for More For further information on local outfitters, contact the Santa Cruz Harbor (831-475-6161), the Santa Cruz Wharf (831-420-5725), or the Pillar Point Harbor (650-726-4382).


The winter and early spring months bring migrating ocean mammals to the local coast, providing prime viewing opportunities on both land and sea. While you’re watching, keep your eye out for other marine animals, including orcas, sea otters, California sea lions, harbor seals, and dolphins.

close encoUnters of an UnUsUal kInd One of Northern California’s beaches is famed as a home to elephant seals, so named because of their size and males’ long, pendulous noses. These animals spend most of their lives at sea, coming ashore only to molt, give birth, and mate each winter. Located about 20 miles north of Santa Cruz, Año Nuevo State Reserve is one of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for these huge seals. Take a naturalist-led tour during the breeding season (December through March) for extraordinarily close views of these fascinating mammals. The three- to four-mile walks over rolling sand dunes last 2.5 hours and are considered moderately strenuous; you may see males battling for mates on the beaches, or females giving birth to their pups on the dunes. Most of the adult seals are gone by early March, leaving behind the weaned pups, who remain through April. The adult elephant seals return to Año Nuevo’s beaches later in the year to molt. The park is open for guided walks only from December 15 through March 31 (reservations required). At other times of the year (except December 1–14 when the park is closed), visitors can obtain permits to wander on their own and enjoy the beautiful white sand of Cove Beach. For reservations, call 800-444-4445.

whale watchIng The annual gray whale migration is one of the most magnificent and accessible wildlife spectacles. Beginning in December, these majestic marine mammals start their annual southern migration from their frigid Artic feeding grounds to the lagoons of sunny Baja California, where they breed and nurse their young until heading north again in the spring with their calves. Their migration pathway follows the California coast closely, providing opportunities for whale spotting from the cliffs between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. Bundle up in warm clothes, find yourself a relaxing spot, and enjoy a picnic while scanning the sea for the telltale sign of their spouts. To see them at closer range, board a charter boat (see left for options). EXPLORE 147


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Silicon Valley and its surroundings offer over 70 golf courses—some even world-renowned— that can be enjoyed almost any day of the year. Here are some top picks.

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CINNABAR HILLS GOLF CLUB Three nine-hole courses tee off into a valley and meander through woods and water or lateral hazards, with spectacular vistas from the Canyon Course. Along with the Lake and Mountain Courses, Cinnabar’s 27 holes allow you to play a combination of two nine-hole courses for a par 72 round. San Jose: 23600 McKean Rd.; 408-323-7814

CRYSTAL SPRINGS GOLF COURSE With sweeping views of the coastal hills and Crystal Springs Reservoir, a round here is akin to playing golf in a nature preserve. Yet the 18-hole, par 72 course offers not only an engaging wildlife refuge but also a challenging test for golfers, with the back nine including steep ascents and descents. Burlingame: 6650 Golf Course Dr.; 650-342-4188

COYOTE CREEK GOLF CLUB Two Jack Nicklaus signature courses present attractive features for both novice and skilled players. The 18-hole, par 72 public Valley Course offers wide fairways and large greens with a daunting seventh hole. The Tournament Course, split by Highway 101, presents a more rigorous 18-hole par 72 test. Morgan Hill: One Coyote Creek Golf Dr.; 408-463-1400 EAGLE RIDGE GOLF CLUB Rated among the top five public courses in the Bay Area, the club’s well-manicured layout is but one of many incentives to play the 18-hole par 72 course. Designed by Johnny Miller, this course is a favorite of top players due to its 92 bunkers, many of them deep and steep, combined with undulating greens. Gilroy: 2951 Club Dr.; 408-846-4531 148 EXPLORE

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on the coastal sIde BOULDER CREEK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Follow a scenically serpentine country road up into the hills east of Santa Cruz to enjoy 18 holes on this par 65 executive course along rolling terrain and lakes with fairways and greens tucked away amid majestic redwood trees. Boulder Creek: 16901 Big Basin Hwy.; 831-338-2121.

PASATIEMPO GOLF CLUB At this semi-private club, the 18-hole par 70 course was designed by Alister MacKenzie to follow the undulating contours of the Santa Cruz Mountains, presenting significant elevation changes and layout challenges. Certain tee times are reserved for members. Santa Cruz: 18 Clubhouse Rd.; 831-459-9151

DELAVEAGA GOLF COUSE This municipal course nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains grew from merchant Jose DeLaveaga’s vision of creating a park in Santa Cruz styled after San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Park. The 6,110-yard, 18-hole par 70 course winds through canyons and is interspersed with panoramic ocean vistas. Santa Cruz: 401 Upper Park Rd.; 831-423-7214

HALF MOON BAY GOLF LINKS Considered a true links test, the dramatic Ocean Course is one of two at this club and offers inspiring ocean views from 14 of its 18 holes. The Old Course, established in 1973, winds through trees and homes, with the par 4 18th offering a vista of the Ritz Carlton and the ocean. Half Moon Bay: 2 Miramontes Point Rd.; 650-726-1800

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POPLAR CREEK GOLF COURSE Located on the bay less than five miles from San Francisco International Airport, this most accessible of the Peninsula’s public clubs affords bay and marina views. Stretching just over 6,000 yards from the back tees, the course (par 70 for men, 71 for ladies) includes five artificial lakes and two waterfalls, enhancing the setting. San Mateo: 1700 Coyote Point Dr.; 650-522-4653 EXPLORE 148


San Francisco BY MA R L E N E GO LD MA N

One glance at the number of new skyscrapers jutting up into San Francisco’s skyline tells you how dramatically the face of the city has recently been changing. Once PAINTED LADIES dominated by the futuristic, rocket-ship-shaped Transamerica Pyramid, the downtown view is now punctuated by the soaring Salesforce Tower, which dwarfs the Transamerica by more than 200 feet. The backstory of all the new builds points to the influx of top tech companies that have recently set up shop in the city, either with headquarters or branch offices. But despite the changes, San Francisco’s postcard highlights and iconic attractions still define the city, whether it’s a row of pastel Victorians, views of the bay from steep hilltops, or the clang of a cable car descending toward Fisherman’s Wharf. ExplorE 149


MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS Even when shrouded in the city’s notorious fog, the Golden Gate Bridge stands as the most majestic of San Francisco’s landmarks, welcoming pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to its 1.7mile expanse. painted in a hue dubbed International orange, the bridge straddles the narrow mouth of San Francisco Bay, connecting the city to Marin County and points north. The best vantage point for the city’s scenery is the Marin side viewing area. From here, you can take in the city’s skyline, Alcatraz and Angel Islands, the Bay Bridge and architectural standouts like the Palace of Fine Arts, a graceful Greco-roman-style remnant of the 1915 panama pacific International Exposition.

with stores and restaurants, while at Hyde Street Pier, the world’s largest collection of historic ships from the 1800s to WWII is docked. Pier 39’s dual-level of dining, shopping and entertainment includes the Aquarium of the Bay, but perhaps the biggest attraction is the sight (and din) of dozens CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A CABLE CAR RIDE WITH ALCATRAZ ISLAND of sea lions basking on the IN THE DISTANCE; THE ENTRANCE TO DE YOUNG MUSEUM; THE STRIKING PALACE OF FINE ARTS; THE EVER-BUSY FISHERMAN’S WHARF dock. Nearby, pier 45’s Musee Mecanique is filled with antique arcade games and coin-operated machines from the early 20th century.

No visit to San Francisco is complete without a stop at the Fisherman’s Wharf, built over the rubble of buildings destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. lined with seafood hawkers selling clam chowder, Dungeness crab, and other fruits de mer, the Wharf area is also home to a trove of other visitor attractions. Ghirardelli Square, for one, packs in tourists for its original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, along

Fisherman’s Wharf is also a transportation hub where you can catch a variety of scenic bay cruises; two of San Francisco’s three cable car lines; and its F and E line historic streetcars, which run along the Embarcadero and Market Street. The powell-Hyde Street cable car passes the crooked stretch of Lombard Street known for its multiple hairpin turns around manicured gardens and hydrangea flowers. At pier 33, Alcatraz Cruises runs tours to Alcatraz, the federal penitentiary from 1934–1963 that held such renowned convicts as Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly.


Fitness fiends can hike the Filbert Steps or Green Steps, both of which make the steep ascent up to Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill. Named for lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy patron of the city’s firefighters, Coit Tower provides 360-degree views of the city and bay from its observation deck while its inner walls exhibit 27 colorful murals. Another architectural draw, the Painted Ladies, aka postcard row, is the colorful lineup of Victorian houses built in the 1890s, across from Alamo Square. 150 ExplorE

San Francisco is no slouch when it comes to cultural highlights. The Civic Center, home to the regal beaux-arts City Hall, showcases the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall, as well as the San Francisco Opera and Ballet at the War Memorial Opera House. Also at the Civic Center, the Asian Art Museum spans 6,000 years of art from various cultures. The recently expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art displays a vast collection of modern and contemporary artworks over seven floors. Nearby, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, set in a former power station, is an architectural draw emblazoned with the word chai (life) spelled out in giant Hebrew letters. San Francisco has two outstanding fine arts museums, the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park. The de Young showcases mainly American art, while the Legion of Honor displays a collection covering more than 4,000 years of ancient and European art.

FOOD AND DRINK From overstuffed Mission-style burritos to three-star Michelin fine dining, from vibrant craft beers and wine bars to cocktail couture, there is enough variety in San Francisco to satisfy anyone’s fondest comestible cravings.



Not much is mainstream about eclectic, quirky San Francisco, but Union Square is shopping central for classic department-store brands such as Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, together with marquee brands like Chanel and Armani. High-end boutiques, fine jewelry shops and home decor outlets fill Union Street in the Marina district, sprinkled among numerous restaurants and sidewalk cafes. A similar scene plays out along nearly a dozen blocks of Fillmore Street, north of Geary Boulevard, replete with highfashion boutiques, spas, jewelry shops, and antique stores. The Haight-Ashbury district, the famed focal point of the city’s hippie culture in the 1960s, now sports an array of trendy vintage clothing shops, second-hand outlets, and the blocklong Amoeba Records store. The Mission’s Valencia Street is another shopping corridor filled with clothing boutiques, bookstores, and offbeat spots like Paxton Gate with its displays of taxidermied animals.


TAKE A STROLL San Francisco ranks second only to New York as the best walking city in the US, despite the hilly terrain. Star-studded Embarcadero runs along the eastern waterfront passes AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants; the San Francisco-oakland Bay Bridge, adorned with sparkling lights at night; Claes oldenburg’s whimsical 60-foot Cupid’s Span statue; and the Ferry Building, showcasing a local farmers’ market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, as well as popular restaurants, artisanal food purveyors, and other shops. Got kids with you? The Embarcadero’s pier 15 is now the home of the Exploratorium, featuring 600-plus hands-on exhibits, and city views from its Bay observatory. A great way to get to know San Francisco is by strolling its diverse neighborhoods. peek into the city’s bawdy Gold rush past with self-guided tours of the Barbary Coast Trail, starting in the Financial District. For those with the fortitude to make the steep climb, the top of Nob Hill boasts Gothic-style Grace Cathedral, while the Top of the Mark cocktail bar at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco overlooks Nob Hill and the entire bay. Downhill, Chinatown is a vibrant mix of dim sum restaurants, Chinese bakeries, Buddhist temples, teahouses, Chinese herb outlets and kitschy souvenir shops, with Grant Street serving as its tourist center. The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory is worth a stop for free samples. Adjacent to Chinatown, North Beach preserves the city’s Italian heritage with boisterous trattorias, outdoor cafes, and bars. In the 1950s, the area also served as unofficial headquarters for the Beat Generation, and still features holdover Beat hangouts like City lights Bookstore and Vesuvio Café, as well as a revamped Tosca Café, still carrying its proverbial torch. You can check out the Beat Generation’s history at the Beat Museum.

Timeless San Francisco dining experiences include Zuni Café’s roast chicken; lunch at Swan Oyster Depot; cocktails at the Cliff House with its oceanfront views; cioppino and a dry martini at Tadich Grill, the city’s oldest restaurant; Irish coffee at the Buena Vista Café, where the drink was purportedly invented; and happy hour at the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, a tiki bar in the Fairmont San Francisco. Ethnic food districts like Japantown, North Beach and, of course, Chinatown are almost overwhelming with their restaurant choices. other funky fusion hotspots to tempt your palate include the Hawaiian-inspired Liholiho Yacht Club, and old standards like the House of Prime Rib. Hayes Valley, one of the trendiest neighborhoods for young gourmands, is home to topdraw Barcino, known for its tapas, and gin and tonics; Rich Table for porcini doughnuts; and Souvla for casual Greek cuisine, as well as funky bars like pirate-themed Smuggler’s Cove. locals also flock to the Mission to line up for croissants at Tartine Bakery, sample ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery, grab a burrito at La Taqueria, or enjoy Mexican fine dining at Californios. To experience the most epic level of indulgence in fine dining, Saison is said to be the city’s priciest place to feast, with Atelier Crenn and Quince not far behind. Finally, put a memorable cap on your evening with a rooftop cocktail at the Mission’s El Techo, or sip your favorite libation at Charmaine’s in the San Francisco proper hotel (Mid-Market area). You can also absorb some late-night live music either at the Fillmore district’s SF JAZZ or at the legendary Fillmore itself.

Follow the rainbow flags to The Castro, the hub for San Francisco’s lGBTQ community. The neighboring Mission District, home to the Mission-Dolores Basilica, the city’s oldest building, has a predominantly latino population and bustles with everything from haute cuisine to taquerias, and from rickety thrift stores to bars teeming with millennials. Golden Gate Park stretches over 1,017 acres encompassing the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, and the iconic, not-to-be-missed California Academy of Sciences, which houses a spectacular aquarium and four-story living rainforest. Themed nightlife programs replete with cocktails take over on Thursday nights. Another of the city’s parks, Land’s End, features a section of the Coastal Trail, while The Presidio, a former military base now a national park, contains the presidio officers’ Club cultural museum, and numerous hiking trails. ExplorE 151



SHOPPING & DINING Discover extraordinary savings of 25 to 65 percent on over 145 exceptional brand names at Gilroy Premium Outlets, one of Northern California’s largest outlet centers. And take a stroll through Gilroy’s Historic Downtown on Monterey Street, where you’ll find numerous antique shops, boutiques, and outstanding restaurants—where garlic is, of course, always on the menu!

Located just 30 miles south of San Jose, Gilroy is proud to call itself the “Garlic Capital of the World.” Every summer, on the last weekend of July, thousands of visitors from around the globe come to the Gilroy Garlic Festival. But you’ll find lots more going on in Gilroy all year long. GILROY OUTLETS



WINE TASTING Gilroy is one of California’s oldest wine-growing regions and is home to more than 25 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail. In addition to award-winning wines, you’ll also enjoy stunning views and a casual, relaxed atmosphere. 152 ExplorE

Bring the whole family out to Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park and discover over 40 fun rides and attractions, majestic gardens, and the world-famous Circus Trees. This summer, the park’s popular Water oasis play area will be double in size for bigger splashes and bigger fun!

GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 40 YEARS Now in its 40th year, this ode to the fragrant bulb will take place July 27-29.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS You’ll find numerous hiking and biking trails at Mount Madonna, Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch, and Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park. And players of all levels can enjoy outstanding golf courses year-round.

Plenty of delicious garlicky food, cooking competitions, recipe demos, arts and crafts, and live entertainment add up to a great time for all to enjoy. Pack your sunscreen! EAGLE RIDGE GOLF CLUB

PLAN YOUR TRIP For more info to plan a Gilroy getaway, go to or stop by the Gilroy Welcome Center (at Gilroy premium outlets, near Forever 21) for maps and coupon books.



The Monterey Peninsula Long an inspiration for poets, painters, and even politicians, the Monterey Peninsula is a charmed land and seascape of windswept beaches, rugged headlands, and storybook coastal enclaves. It also boasts an abundance of sea life, 2,300 species of wildflowers, and a varied history as both a thriving commercial fishery and California’s first seat of government. Dotted with remote nature preserves, vineyards, and golf courses, and framed on three sides by the turbulent Pacific, the region spans the coastal towns of Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pacific Grove, and at its southern terminus serves as the gateway to the legendary Big Sur Coast.



Jutting out into the pacific, the peninsula’s northern face forms the southern boundary of Monterey Bay, a National Marine Sanctuary visited by humpback whales, great white sharks, dolphins, and killer whales. It is also home to sea otters, sea lions, tide pools, kelp forests, and a

varied spectrum of birdlife. A spectacular place to get a closer look at many of Monterey’s underwater critters is the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, which teems with aquatic life including penguins (plan your visit to catch one of their scheduled feedings) and also offers a variety of aquatic-themed educational programs. Monterey is known today as a sanctuary for sea life, but its history as a fishing center was immortalized by Salinas-born author John Steinbeck, whose classic book “Cannery row” captured the essence of Monterey’s past as a sardine-industry hub in the 1920s and ’30s. (A Steinbeck statue overlooks the heart of Monterey’s waterfront at Steinbeck plaza.) In more recent years, Cannery Row has been transformed into a lively scene of art galleries, shops, and

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restaurants, many with menus keyed to the area’s abundant seafood. repurposed buildings now host businesses such as A Taste of Monterey, a winery housed in a renovated 1918 sardine cannery. Fishing fleets still dock at Old Fisherman’s Wharf, which also serves as the spot for visitors to head out for whale-watching, snorkeling and diving expeditions, and shorter trips to view Monterey Bay’s renowned sea otters. Ashore, the Wharf is a hub for mom-and-pop seafood eateries and quirky gift shops. Monterey also served as the capital of pre-statehood California from 1777 to 1848, with a legacy of more than 50 historic sites which can be viewed on a two-mile walking tour called Path of History. These include Colton Hall, where California’s


first constitution was drafted, and Custom House plaza, where the flag was raised, annexing California to America. The Custom House is now home to the Dali17 Museum, featuring the works of Salvador Dali, who lived in Monterey for a time. other spots along the trail include the 1847-built pacific House Museum, exhibiting items from California’s history such as Indian artifacts. Also in the historical center, the Monterey Museum of Art showcases works by noted photographers like Ansel Adams, as well as early Californian paintings and contemporary artwork.

PACIFIC GROVE Monterey’s neighboring pacific Grove is a stopover on the path of migrating monarch butterflies that arrive each winter, leading to its nickname “Butterfly Town, USA”. Monarchs are on exhibit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, which also maintains a native plant garden. Another natural setting, Asilomar State Beach, features a three-


quarter-mile coastal walking trail, as well as a shorter boardwalk through restored sand dunes. Along the beach, Point Pinos Lighthouse stands as the oldest continually operating lighthouse on the West Coast. pacific Grove also marks the start of the well-known attraction, 17-Mile Drive, which meanders through spectacularly scenic coastal terrain past world-famous golf courses like pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and the links at Spanish Bay, culminating at the quaint coastal village of Carmel. photo ops include Cypress point lookout, to view the 200-plusyear-old Lone Cyprus tree, clinging to its windswept rock perch overlooking the sea.

CARMEL locals flock to Carmel Beach to wander with their dogs or sip wine at sunset, while artists showcase their creations at around 100 galleries and studios in the tiny town’s picturesque downtown. The Carmel Art Walk, from 5 to 8 on the second Saturday of each month, allows


the public to visit and view the work of several artists in their private studios. Scattered among the art galleries are boutiques, jewelry stores, and tasting rooms pouring fine Monterey County wines. The town’s earliest historic site, Carmel Mission, features the Basilica Church as its centerpiece. For day hikes, the Scenic Bluff Path overlooks Carmel Beach, while further inland the trails in Garland Ranch Regional Park pass through willow trees along the Carmel river before leading up into the heights of the Santa lucia Mountains. Carmel Valley is a haven for wine lovers, with tasting rooms, and vineyards, as well as a number of inns and lodges for overnighters.

The source of inspiration for many artists can be traced to Point Lobos State Natural Preserve, with a network of trails winding through Monterey pines and cypress trees, and along a dramatically surf-pounded rocky shore. South of point lobos, serpentine Highway 1 passes through the spectacular scenery of Big Sur all the way to San Simeon, the home of Hearst Castle. Along the way, it skirts an abundance of parks including Limekiln State Park, with some of Monterey County’s oldest redwood groves; Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, known for the cascading waters of McWay Falls; coastline trails at Garrapata State Park; and Andrew Molera State Park, where the Big Sur river flows into the sea. Take note; due to a massive mudslide in May 2017, Highway 1 has been closed for southbound travel at Gorda; reopening is scheduled for late 2018. Check for updates.

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Getting Around

TAXI SERVICE A Orange Cab (408) 733-0900 All Star Cab (408) 977-1111 Alpha Cab (408) 295-9500 American Cab (408) 988-3300 Checker Cab (408) 293-1234 City Cab (408) 998-3333 Discount Cab (408) 609-9999 Green Cab (408) 573-7777 Milpitas Cab (408) 945-8500 Rainbow Cab (408) 271-9900


Silver Cab (408) 583-8080

VTA Airport Flyer provides frequent stops between the

Yellow Cab (408) 777-7777

Airport and the Santa Clara Caltrain Station (for connection to ACE, Amtrak, and Caltrain) as well as the Metro/Airport light rail Station (for connections to cities throughout Santa Clara County. []

TO/FROM SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BART (Bay Area rapid Transit) services SFo, San Francisco, and the East Bay, with connections from Daly City to Fremont via San Francisco, and over to richmond and Concord. A shuttle train runs every 15 minutes from SFo to the Millbrae Intermodal Station, which connects to Caltrain. []

SamTrans offers 24-hour bus service from palo Alto through San Francisco, connecting with SFo and 11 Caltrain stations. []

AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE ABC Airport Shuttle (SJC) Airport Express (SFo) Bay Area Airport Service (SJC) Monterey Airbus (SJC & SFo to/from Monterey) Santa Cruz Airport Flyer (SJC & SFo to/from Santa Cruz) SuperShuttle (SJC & SFo)

(408) 314-8680 (415) 775-5121 (408) 986-6000 (831) 373-7777 (831) 423-5937 (800) 258-3826

PEDALING AROUND SAN JOSE Have fun, go green, and maybe even work off your breakfast while getting around town. With hundreds of public bikes for rent at over 40 stations in San Jose, Ford GoBike offers a convenient and affordable bike share system. Simply pick up a bike at one station, dock it at another, all 24/7. 156 ExplorE

APP-BASED RIDESHARES Uber and Lyft provide prearranged transportation, including to and from SJC and SFO Airports.

GETTING AROUND SAN JOSE DASH San Jose’s downtown area free shuttle connects the San Jose Diridon Transit Center with VTA light rail, the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose State University, and more. Shuttles run every 8-10 minutes. VTA Light Rail & Bus offers frequent stops between downtown San Jose and surrounding communities. []

GETTING IN AND OUT OF SAN JOSE ACE Rail Line provides train service from San Jose Diridon Station northeast to Stockton. [] Amtrak provides train service from San Jose to oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Monterey. The VTA Airport Flyer runs to the Metro/Airport light rail Train; from here the Mtn View-Winchester lrT runs to Diridon Station. [] Caltrain provides rail service between San Francisco and San Jose with weekday commute-hour service to Gilroy. Caltrain also offers a shuttle bus connection to San Jose International Airport and a connection at the Millbrae station (with a change at the San Bruno Station), and via BArT to San Francisco International Airport. []

Greyhound Bus Service from downtown San Jose offers connections between cities across the U.S. []

Highway 17 Express Bus runs daily from San Jose Caltrain station to Santa Cruz. []

Monterey Airbus provides service to Monterey from San Jose and San Francisco International Airports. []

SamTrans offers 24-hour bus service from palo Alto through San Francisco, also connecting with Caltrain stations. []

VTA provides bus, light rail, and paratransit services throughout the Santa Clara County, including the cities of Gilroy, los Gatos, Milpitas, Mountain View, palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale. VTA also offers free park & ride lots at various light rail stations and transit centers, which also connect to Caltrain. [408-321-2300;]

Information also available by calling 511 or visiting



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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 158 ExplorE

Martin Luther King Jr. Library


Menlo Park & Palo Alto

Burlingame & San Mateo

Visitor Information

Mt. View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara

For more information on specific areas, contact the bureaus below. Gilroy Welcome Center 408-842-6436 Monterey Convention & Visitors Bureau 888-221-1010

San Mateo County Convention & Visitors Bureau 650-348-7600; 800-288-4748

Santa Clara Convention Center Leviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stadium Great America

Santa Clara Convention & Visitors Bureau 408-244-8244; 800-272-6822

San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau 408-792-4511; 800-SAN-JoSE

Visit Santa Cruz County 831-425-1234; 800-833-3494

San Francisco Travel 415-391-2000

Information is also available at

Santana Row Winchester Mystery House

Santa Cruz

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A ToUCH oF FlAIr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120 . . . . . . . . . . . .117 A.SpACE GAllErY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 . . . . . . . . . . . .118 ABoDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139 . . . . . . . . . . .122 AlANA’S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 . . . . . . . . . . . .78 AlExANDEr’S BY THE SEA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 . . . . . . . . . . . .89 AlExANDEr’S pATISSErIE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 . . . . . . . .62, 89 AlExANDEr’S STEAKHoUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 . . . . . . . . . . . .71 ANIMAl CoNNECTIoN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 . . . . . . . . . . . .121 ArT VENTUrES GAllErY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120 . . . . . . . . . . . .115 AUToMoBUIlD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 . . . . . . . . . . . .115 AzUCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 . . . . . . . . . . . .115 BAY 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 . . . . . . . . . . . .98 BIrKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 . . . . . . . . . . . .71 BlACK pEppEr rESTAUrANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 . . . . . . . . . . . .88 BroADWAY BUrlINGAME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 CAFé CrUz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135 . . . . . . . . . . . .91 CAlIForNIA’S GrEAT AMErICA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 . . . . . . . . . . . .38 CAMEroN’S pUB & rESTAUrANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139 . . . . . . . . . . . .92 CASCAl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 . . . . . . . . . . . .88 CASINo M8TrIx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 . . . . . . . . . . . .98 CASK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 . . . . . . . . . . . .90 CECI WoNG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 . . . . . . . . . . . .121 CElIA’S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 . . . . . . . . . . . .88 CENToNoVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 . . . . . . . . . . . .67 CHEF CHU’S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 . . . . . . . . . . . .83 CHIlDrEN’S DISCoVErY MUSEUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 . . . . . . . . . . . .40 CIN-CIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 . . . . . . . . . . . .60 CrAFT GAllErY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133 . . . . . . . . . . . .121 CroW’S NEST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131 . . . . . . . . . . .100 DArDA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 . . . . . . . . . . . .64 DIo DEKA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 . . . . . . . .69, 72 DoppIo zEro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 . . . . . . . . .67, 86 ElI THoMAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 . . . . . . . . . . . .114 ESpETUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 . . . . . . . . . . . .80 FlEA MArKET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 . . . . . . . . . . . .46 ForBES MIll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 . . . . . . . . . . . .72 GIlroY WElCoME CENTEr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153 . . . . . . . . . . .152 GIoVANNI’S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 . . . . . . . . . . . .68 GolDEN MooN GAllErY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 . . . . . . . . . . . .119 GUGlIElMo WINErY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 . . . . . . . . . . .104 HAKoNE GArDENS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 . . . . . . . . . . . .46 HIllSDAlE SHoppING CENTEr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 . . . . . . . . . . . .116 160 ExplorE



HoNG KoNG FloWEr loUNGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 . . . . . . . . . . . .83 HoUSE oF GENJI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 . . . . . . . . . . . .69 IHop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131 . . . . . . . . . . . .91 INTEl MUSEUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 . . . . . . . . . . . .44 KABUl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 . . . . . . . . . . . .78 KYoTo pAlACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 . . . . . . . . . . . .69 lA NEBBIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141 . . . . . . . . . . .109 lA VIGA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 . . . . . . . . . . . .89 lAIlI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129 . . . . . . . . . . . .92 lE pApIlloN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BC . . . . . . . . . . . .66 loS GAToS BABY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 . . . . . . . . . . . .115 lUNDBErG STUDIoS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135 . . . . . . . . . . . .121 lV MAr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 . . . . . . . . . . . .88 MAYFloWEr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 . . . . . . . . . . . .64 MENArA MoroCCAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 . . . . . . . . . . . .70 MENlo GrIll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 . . . . . . . . . . . .80 MEzCAl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 . . . . . . . . . . . .70 MIllIE MANGo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120 . . . . . . . . . . . .118 MorToN’S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 . . . . . . . . . . . .72 MoUNTAIN HoUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 . . . . . . . . . . . .82 NEIl SIMMoNS pHoToGrApHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132 o’NEIll SUrF SHop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129 . . . . . . . . . . . .121 oCEANIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133 . . . . . . . . . . . .121 pACIFIC TrADING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129 . . . . . . . . . . .122 pAESANo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 . . . . . . . . . . . .68 pArADISE BEACH GrIll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132 . . . . . . . . . . . .92 pArCEl 104 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 . . . . . . . . . . . .61 pErSoNAl Fx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139 . . . . . . . . . . .122 pIACErE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 . . . . . . . . . . . .79 rECYClE BooKSTorE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 . . . . . . . . . . . .114 rISTorANTE roCCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 . . . . . . . . . . . .86 roMANTIQUES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 . . . . . . . . . . . .114 roSIE’S SAN JoSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 . . . . . . .66, 100 roSIE’S SANTA CrUz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129 . . . . . . . . . . . .92 SAN JoSE DoWNToWN ASSoCIATIoN . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SAN JoSE MUSEUM oF ArT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 . . . . . . . . . . . .45 SAN MATEo, CITY oF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 SANTA ClArA CHAMBEr & CoNVIS BUrEAU . . . . . . . .18 SANTA ClArA CoNVENTIoN CENTEr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 SANTANA roW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC . . . . . . . . .15, 113 SCANDIA HoME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 . . . . . . . . . . . .119 SCoTT’S SEAFooD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 . . . . . . . . . . . .70 SEASCApE rESorT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135 SHADoWBrooK rESTAUrANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127, 132 . . . . . . . . . . . .92 SHIKI JApANESE BISTro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC . . . . . . . . .87, 92 SIErrA ToY SolDIErS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 . . . . . . . . . . . .115 SIxTo’S CANTINA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 . . . . . . . . . . . .92 STANForD SHoppING CENTEr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 . . . . . . . . . . . .116 STEpHEN MIllEr GAllErY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 . . . . . . . . . . .120 STrIpED pIG, THE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 SUNDANCE THE STEAKHoUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 . . . . . . . . . . . .90 SUNNYVAlE DoWNToWN ASSoCIATIoN . . . . . . . . . . . .22 SUpEr SIlVEr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129 . . . . . . . . . . .122 TEAM SAN JoSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 TECH MUSEUM oF INNoVATIoN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 . . . . . . . . . . . .44 THoMAS KINKADE GAllErY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133 . . . . . . . . . . .122 VAUlT 164 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 . . . . . . . . . . . .80 VIoGNIEr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 . . . . . . . . . . . .82 VITo’S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 . . . . . . . . . . . .68 WHISpErS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 . . . . . . . .65, 84 WINCHESTEr MYSTErY HoUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 . . . . . . . . . . . .41




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