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Discover a special place where technological innovation and cultural diversity thrive in an environment abounding in natural beauty. Certainly you know that this is the world’s epicenter of technological innovation, with high-powered companies including Apple, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Google, and Facebook all based here. But don’t think that’s all there is. Far from it, in fact. An unending spectrum of things to explore awaits you here in this bustling valley that cradles the southern end of San Francisco Bay and whose intellectual and economic influences extend worldwide. It is such a multi-faceted area you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to explore some of its other dimensions. From the arts to the outdoors, we truly do almost have it all. Here’s a rundown of the best things to experience. Take time to sample them while you’re in town, and find out why so many of us who come even for the short term end up planting our roots here, high real estate prices and all.







It will come as no surprise to know that several one-of-a-kind museums here embody different aspects of the technological world. San Jose’s vast Tech Museum of Innovation is home to 132,000 square feet of creatively different hands-on exhibits that help you learn about robots, computers, your body, and outer space. In Santa Clara, the Intel Museum lets you get behind the scenes of a silicon chip factory. And in Mountain View, the Computer History Museum’s vast trove of artifacts documents the computer “family tree” from 2,000 years ago to today’s driverless cars. See page 29 for more



Whether your thrill is opera, theater, classical music, or a noise-thumping outdoor rock concert, the area vibrates with great shows and iconic venues from one end to the other. Catch an outdoor show at the historic Mountain Winery, perched atop a hill above Saratoga with sweeping valley views. Indulge in an engaging play at one of many unique theatrical venues. See rising opera stars at the majestically restored California Theatre. Let loose at Mountain View’s open-air Shoreline Amphitheatre. And on it goes. See page 102 for more.



There’s plenty to keep young ones entertained. At San Jose’s favorite family destination, Children’s Discovery Museum, 150 hands-on, mindengaging activities can keep kids entertained for hours. Other youngster-friendly attractions include Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, Roaring Camp’s steam train rides, Gilroy Gardens, and Raging Waters. Extra thrills at California’s Great America and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk mean you can bring the not-so-veryyoung kids as well. See the Attractions section beginning on page 28. dInEShOppLAy.COM |





you’re never more than a short drive away from the serenity of open space—and there are tens of thousands of acres of it that have been set aside as permanent wilderness preserves. public trails wind through these preserves, letting hikers enjoy terrain ranging from bayside marshlands and rolling hills dotted with oaks to shadowy redwood forests carpeted in ferns. Take a challenging hike through the redwoods of Big Basin State Park to end up at the sea; explore the pristine wilderness within vast Henry W. Coe State Park; go rock climbing at Castle Rock State Park; catch ocean views from Mount Madonna State Park; or enjoy valley views from Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. Rare is the day when weather keeps you away. See page 89. | ExpLORE SILICOn VALLEy



It may be just 30 miles from San Jose, but the Santa Cruz coastline feels like a world apart—where dramatic scenery and uncrowded beaches await exploration, the pace of life slows down dramatically, and California casual is taken to another level. Liberal and intellectual activism are interwoven with a surfing culture in the college town of Santa Cruz itself, making for a colorful montage. here, shopping is anything but dull, restaurants are seasonally inspired, cafés reign, and the nightlife scene includes legendary live music venues. A few miles south lies charming Capitola-by-the-Sea with a beachside esplanade lined with restaurants and a compact shopping district packed with fun and interesting shops. See pages 64-80.



To be in Silicon Valley is to be in a golfer’s paradise; the sheer number and variety of world-class, scenic courses within easy driving range causes a dilemma of choice. Whether on the coast, on the bay, in the valley, or in the hills, courses beckon from virtually every direction. Local gems include Cinnabar Hills and Pasatiempo, while Monterey’s Pebble Beach Resorts also lure golfers from just over an hour away. For top choices, see page 96.





Skip napa. Why spend hours in your car when you can taste world-class wines right here? More than 70 wineries are ready to welcome you within an hour’s drive of San Jose, either south in the sun-soaked, oak-studded hills around Morgan hill and Gilroy, or in the cooler redwood-forested Santa Cruz Mountains and foothills. prime choices include J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines in San Jose itself; David Bruce and Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains; the Surf City Vintners cluster of wineries on the west end of Santa Cruz; Bonny Doon on the Santa Cruz coast; and Guglielmo in Gilroy. For suggested itineraries, see page 81.



Enjoy an engaging contemporary exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Art. See traditional and contemporary quilts at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Check out world-class exhibits at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center. Stroll through the adjacent Rodin Sculpture Garden. Or see a permanent collection of outstanding modern and contemporary American art at the Anderson Collection next door. Art lovers will find their fill. See page 32.



Travel to Egypt without hopping on a plane. The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose is the largest Egyptian museum in the Western U.S. and the only one of Egyptian design in the country. Authentic mummies are among the thousands of fascinating items to marvel at. When you descend into the full-scale replica of an underground rock tomb, complete with hieroglyphics, you may well start to think you’re in ancient Egypt itself. See page 29.

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With its broad, treelined avenue bordered by flowers, wrought-iron balconies adorning the town houses overlooking the scene, wide sidewalks with outdoor restaurant seating, and high-end mix of stores, Santana Row has a decidedly European flair. Some come for the shopping. Some come for the great choices of food. Some come for the wine or an evening nightcap. And many—oh so many—come for them all. See page 19.





For those who love to shop but prefer to avoid the malls, Los Gatos is the destination for you. perched in the foothills, this charming tony town offers a pleasant mix of upscale shops and boutiques sprinkled with a few national brand stores, making this a favorite shopping destination for locals. Top this off with popular cafes, a blend of dining spots from casual to top-rated, and quirky taverns, and you may find you have easily and pleasantly whiled the day away. See page 22.

Great dining beckons everywhere, but in a few places it combines with entertainment for a lively nighttime scene. One such spot is downtown San Jose’s San Pedro Square Market, where a medley of restaurants, bars, live music, and even a small theater draws throngs in the evening hour. Also in San Jose, the culturally vibrant South First Area, known as SoFA, comes to life in the evening with its constellation of restaurants, lounges, and nightclubs, especially on performance nights at one of its venues—be it theater, opera, symphony or comedy. More action yet is to be found at Sunnyvale’s South Murphy Avenue, host of a lively mix of eateries, bars, a brew pub, and a nightclub.







The Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz beer scene is booming with a wave of new microbreweries. passionate brewmasters have opened no-frills taprooms to have you come experience their innovative crafts—from IpAs, Irish reds, saisons and sours to meads. It’s serious business, wrapped in fun. Ready to sip? In San Jose, try Hermitage, Santa Clara Valley, and Strike Brewing Companies—all three in close proximity—or the Missions Creek Brewing Company at Whole Foods. For something truly unusual, taste what Irish-born Mike Faul is brewing in the way of meads, aka honey beer, at Rabbit’s Foot Meadery in Sunnyvale. Or hit the taprooms on the coast. Discretion Brewery in Soquel, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Capitola, and New Bohemia and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing in Santa Cruz offer plenty of sipping pleasure. Whichever you choose, you know you’ll be in good company.



Tour when there’s no football game on, you ask? you betcha. you see, the shiny new $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, opened in 2014, is not just any other; it is the most high-tech stadium in the world—and the greenest, too. It’s also known for having the coolest app (you can order drinks from your seat and check on bathroom wait times, for example), but that you will have to experience on game days. Throughout the year on non-game days, tours on FriSun not only let you experience the stadium from its grassy playing field and team locker rooms to its swank luxury suites, but also let you roam the 20,000 square foot 49ers Museum, with 11 different galleries and exhibits exploring the team’s storied past, including five glorious Super Bowl wins under hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve young.




Contrary to what one might expect from Silicon Valley’s warm, Mediterranean climate and the row of stately palm trees growing right outside its home ice, year in and year out the San Jose Sharks are a national hockey League powerhouse. There’s no more exciting place to be than inside San Jose’s SAp Center on game night, when the Sharks have the puck and the arena reverberates to the cheers of rabid fans. But hockey is hardly all there is for area sports fans. The San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49ers, and San Jose Earthquakes all generate their own brands of enthusiasm. See page 34.

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IN A NUTSHELL: Scan down a list of america’s biggest cities and you’ll quickly spot San Jose ranked as #10. But you’d never guess it from looking out the window of your arriving flight, or by stretching your legs around the downtown after checking into your hotel. Where are all the big skyscrapers? Where are the throngs of suit and necktie clad executives hurrying to and from appointments? The answer to the first question is that for safety reasons, San Jose’s conveniently close location right next door to mineta San Jose international airport rules out the towering skyscrapers found even in much smaller cities. and the lack of formal business attire? Well, the hundreds of high-tech companies spread throughout the city and the rest of Silicon Valley long ago adopted a flexible, laid-back style and dress code that turned casual Friday into every day of the week. The result is an informal, pleasantly unstratified social atmosphere in which it’s hard to tell the city’s financial movers and shakers from the regular office workers. IN THE PAST: The Spanish built their first california mission in 1769, and San Jose, the yet-to-be state’s first civilian settlement, sprang up soon after in 1777. in 1850, when california finally became a state, San Jose served briefly as its capital before that honor was shipped north to Sacramento. The city and its surroundings lingered for nearly 100 years as a sparsely populated agricultural haven called “The Valley of heart’s delight.” its ascent to its current million-plus residents didn’t begin heating up until the late 1940s, when two things happened in quick

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Over half of the adults in San Jose have a college degree, making it one of the most educated cities in the country. San Jose has some of the best weather around, with the sun popping out roughly 300 days every year. Originally built in 1803, St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown San Jose was El Pueblo de San José’s first church. Rebuilt in 1875 and still in use today, the multi-domed edifice features striking murals and stained-glass windows. The name “Silicon Valley” was coined in 1971 by Don Hoefler, a Santa Clara engineer and editor of Microelectronics News, who began using the phrase in his publications. San Jose State’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library is the largest public library west of the Mississippi. More patents come out of San Jose than any other city in the country. |


succession. many Gis stopped briefly in the Bay area during WWii en route to fighting in the pacific. When the war ended, lured by the mild climate and scenic landscapes, a good number of them decided to settle here instead of heading home. a few years afterward, two brilliant Stanford University students named William hewlett and david packard launched an innovative engineering company called hewlett-packard. Their now iconic business, along with mountain View’s Shockley Semiconductor laboratory, planted the first seeds of the entrepreneurial explosion that ultimately resulted in today’s Silicon Valley.







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WHAT TO SEE AND DO: it’s no surprise that a vibrant cultural life grew up around San Jose’s workforce of creative, highly educated people from all over the world. museums run a varied gamut from the San Jose Museum of Art and the Quilt Museum to the Children’s Discovery Museum, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum—the largest of its kind West of the mississippi river—and the one-of-akind Tech Museum of Innovation. if you’re interested in historical mysteries, then don’t miss the Winchester Mystery House, a 160-room Victorian mansion that underwent 38 years of non-stop construction to stave off a fear of ghosts. For classical music buffs, San Jose’s downtown is home base for Symphony Silicon Valley and Opera San Jose, revered for showcasing some of america’s finest up-and-coming singers. and don’t leave town without checking out the theatrical offerings, because Broadway San Jose plus a medley of smaller but innovative, highly acclaimed theatrical groups offer a heady mixture of original and classic plays. and if you’re a pro sports fan you can squeeze in among the Sap center’s throngs to root for the national hockey league’s San Jose Sharks; enjoy the small-town atmosphere while catching future San Francisco Giants stars playing for the San Jose Giants class a minor league team at cozy municipal Stadium; or belly up to america’s biggest outdoor bar while you cheer for professional soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes at avaya Stadium.

DINING & SHOPPING: have a hankering for fresh seafood? a fabulous steak? Vietnamese pho? mexican tacos? a crunchy falafel sandwich? Whatever you’re craving, you are certain to find it here. one of San Jose’s liveliest dining and entertainment hot spots is San Pedro Square Market, but you’ll also find a tempting array of restaurants in the South First Area, along virtually every downtown street, in the Willow Glen neighborhood, and at Santana Row, just minutes from downtown and your best bet for shopping as well.

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SOUTH FIRST FRIDAYS Every first Friday of the month, the action doubles down along South First Street in downtown San Jose when galleries, museums, and creative businesses stay open late for an evening of arts and culture. Take a stroll to view eclectic art exhibitions and watch special performances, and make an evening out of it by adding in dinner and a club.

SANTANA 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 a lively time 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 the unique environment of Santana row, located a mere three miles west of downtown San Jose. often described as an urban village, Santana row offers a lively mix of boutiques and well-known stores, as well as a medley of eateries, bustling nightspots, day spas and salons, a fitness club, a cinema, and even an elegant four-star hotel.

notable for its wealth of big-name brands, the list of cosmopolitan shops includes Gucci, Tommy Bahama, Sephora, Warby parker, and anthropologie, along with other such chains as h&m, Kit and ace, and lululemon athletica. a number of local owneroperated boutiques and galleries like Smith alder and annieglass introduce a homegrown touch to the mix.

at mealtime, it’s a formidable task just to narrow down the options. The “quick snack” end of the spectrum entices with cafés, pastry shops, and ice cream parlors, many with sidewalk seating. For a more elaborate meal, Santana row attracts diners with a variety of palates from all over with its offerings of italian, Brazilian, Japanese, indian, Singaporean, american, and mexican cuisine, with a French bistro, steakhouse, and tea parlor thrown in for good measure. nor does the pace 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 unique and lively neighborhood. |


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With great attractions, Levi’s Stadium, ample hotels, and a modern convention center, Santa Clara is a destination of its own.

The world-class levi’s stadium in Santa clara hosts San Francisco 49ers home games as well as other special events, concerts, and more. public and private stadium tours are available year-round. also on site is the 49ers museum presented by sony, with 11 gallery and exhibit spaces dedicated to the story of the 49ers.

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include double-decker Carousel Columbia, the Mass Effect 4-D experience, and Rip Roaring Rapids. one of its newest rides is Patriot, a floorless roller coaster that dangles riders’ feet inches from the track. in the summer, the water park’s wave pool, waterslides, and lazy river provide fun ways of cooling off.

down the road is the high-tech giant intel and the intel museum. With free admission, this 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.

in a different dimension, step back to the time of the “Valley of heart’s delight,” as Silicon Valley was once known, and visit the historic 18th-century mission santa clara de asis on the campus of Santa clara University. The university’s pedestrian mall leads to the church and gardens, as well as the de saisset museum housing rotating art and historical exhibits. art exhibits are also on view at the nearby triton museum of art. For shopping, head to mercado santa clara, rivermark plaza, or the area’s largest enclosed shopping mall, westfield Valley fair. you’ll also find a diverse range of restaurants throughout the city.

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IN A NUTSHELL: perched at the foot of the Santa cruz mountains west of San Jose, los Gatos has a low-keyed small town atmosphere that blends picturesque charm with the genteel elegance often found where old money is mixed in with a sense of history. The happy array of boutiques, galleries, cafés, wine bars, and well-loved eating establishments make this a destination of choice. Silicon Valley’s work pace yields to a gentler way of life here, where cars move at a slower pace along the main streets and shopkeepers take time to chat with their customers. on hot summer days, many stores set bowls of water by their front doors to slake the thirst of passing pets. The town’s side streets lead past beautifully maintained pastel-colored Victorian homes surrounded by luxuriant gardens; higher in the hills the residences morph into impressive mansions belonging to celebrities and high-tech elites, often with spectacular bird’s-eye views of Silicon Valley.

IN THE PAST: los Gatos sprang up in the 1800s as a prototype Wild West logging settlement, replete with rough-neck bars and banditos. local lore attributes the town’s name (Spanish for “the cats”) to the throngs of boisterous wildcats whose nighttime 22

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howls once echoed from the redwoodforested 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 some-

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thing for everyone. if you have children in tow, they’ll enjoy playing in the cooling spray from a large fountain. outdoor music fills the air in the summer with “Jazz on the plazz” on Wednesday evenings and “music in the park” on Sunday afternoons. Sunday mornings year-round feature a farmers market with freshly harvested local fruits and vegetables along with specialty foods and fresh-cut flowers. a few blocks east of downtown, Vasona Lake Park holds a cornucopia of fun for all ages. have a picnic, hop aboard a miniature train, run or walk a scenic trail, or rent a kayak, paddleboat, or sailboat for a spin on the lake. last but not least, the hills just

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west of los Gatos are home to several wineries with picturesque settings as the backdrop to their tasting rooms.

DINING & SHOPPING: Talk about retail euphoria—the town is a shoppers’ nirvana with national-brand emporia blending seamlessly with locally owned and operated specialty stores. park your car and leave it when you get here, because the downtown is made for leisurely strolling. more stores and restaurants than you can shake a stick at await you along North Santa Cruz Avenue’s five tree-shaded blocks from los Gatos/Saratoga road to main Street, as well as on main Street itself and area around University avenue’s Old Town Shopping Center. you can easily enjoy an entire day sampling the wares of boutiques with the latest fashions and other shops offering everything from art, jewelry, housewares, and antiques to lingerie, gemstones, central american folk art, and contemporary as well as collectible toys. When it’s time for some refreshment you can sip a latté at a popular café or enjoy a bite to eat from a lengthy menu of dining options. choices of ambiance and cuisines vary from casual eateries to michelin-rated dining, with menus running a wide gamut from mediterranean, italian, Thai, chinese and Japanese to pizzas, burgers, new american, and prime steaks. When evening falls, taverns and wine bars offer a lively nightlife.

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Saratoga IN A NUTSHELL: Stretched out along Big Basin Way, in a narrow valley between 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: originally dubbed as Tollgate, Saratoga was born in the 1800s as a lumbering center. But in 1865, with the last of its old-growth redwoods vanishing into 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, n.y., leading to construction of a grand hotel and the town adopting the name of its eastern cousin. The mediterranean climate and fertile soil also inspired grape plantings in the hills above 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 VISIT: head for the hills! don’t miss the three unusual attractions found just a few miles west of town via Big Basin Way.

Villa Montalvo, a graceful mediterraneanstyle villa built in 1912, is now a public park with 175 acres of stunning gardens. Visitors come not only for the gardens, but also for the Villa’s visual and performing arts programs. a bit farther from town, the Mountain Winery perches high atop a ridge with spectacular views of Silicon Valley far below. Founded in the 1890s as a working vineyard, it now hosts a restaurant and an amphitheater with outdoor summer concerts featuring top musicians. continuing along Big Basin Way, Hakone Gardens is an authentic recreation of a traditional Japanese hill and pond garden. Features include a master stone, a worshipping stone, ponds with a guest isle, meandering pathways lit by centuries-old lanterns, and a traditional teahouse. DINING & WINE TASTING: despite its tiny size the town packs a mighty culinary wallop with its trove of acclaimed restaurants, which draw gastronomes from all over Silicon Valley. Before deciding on the wines to pair with your meal, stop in at the side-by-side tasting rooms of cinnabar Winery and Big Basin Vineyards. |


Mountain View IN A NUTSHELL: mountain View is a Silicon Valley hot spot known as the home of Google, linkedin, and Symantec, as well as for its lively dining scene catering to the daily caloric needs of the ever-growing number of engineers and scientists who work here.


IN A NUTSHELL: as home turf for high-tech titans including yahoo, network appliance, amd, and Juniper networks, Sunnyvale is a true “made-in-Silicon Valley” city. its population reflects this, with a high median household income and well over half of its residents holding bachelor degrees or better.

IN THE PAST: Sunnyvale shares the agricultural history of most other local cities, with the livelihood of its first European residents coming from farms and huge fruit orchards. The arrival of railroad service to San Francisco in 1864 led to the building of canneries to process the fruit for shipping. in the 1930s the government bought land from the city for a military base called air Base Sunnyvale, now known as moffett Field, with an airport and three huge hangars for naval blimps that later were used to patrol the coast for submarines in World War ii. during the cold War with russia, lockheed’s famed Sr-71 “Blackbird” took off from moffett on its secret spy missions. WHAT TO VISIT: Sitting just outside the entrance gate to moffett Field, the NASA Ames Exploration Visitor Center is worth a visit. a totally different kind of experience awaits you here: inspect one of the original mercury capsules, see a real sample of moon rock collected by the crew of apollo 15, view the latest planetary images and videos in the 60-seat immersive theater, and more.

DINING: For the best of local action, head for historic downtown South Murphy Avenue. restaurants, many with sidewalk seating, line both sides of this tree-shaded stretch. an array of international cuisines tempts your palate, while irish bars, a brewpub, and other nightspots carry the fun into the late evening. 24

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WHAT TO VISIT: Summertime packs music fans into Shoreline Amphitheatre—one of the nation’s leading outdoor music centers—for concerts by big-name bands, while mountain View’s Center for the Performing Arts hosts a year-round schedule of performances by local as well as nationally known entertainers. Technology buffs shouldn’t miss the exhibits at the Computer History Museum. rounding out the possibilities, outdoors enthusiasts can hike, sail, windsurf, or kayak at nearby Shoreline Park.

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IN THE PAST: mountain View began life in the late 1800s as an unpretentious stop on the stagecoach route between San Francisco and San Jose. incorporated in 1902, like most other local towns its early years were spent as an agricultural center with acres upon acres of apricot and plum orchards. The orchards flourished until shortly after World War ii, when Stanford University professor William Shockley opened Shockley Semiconductor laboratory here, triggering the electronics boom now known as Silicon Valley.


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DINING: mountain View’s vibrant energy is on display every day on Castro Street, the city’s main downtown thoroughfare, which is lined on both sides with a seemingly endless array of lively, informal restaurants offering enough eating options to make a hungry traveler dizzy. hordes of young techies descend upon the street’s restaurants and cafés by day, returning in the evening for another round of dining followed by stops at a nightclub or local pub. The variety of eateries trends toward asian, but you’ll also find italian, German, and Spanish among the choices.


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IN A NUTSHELL: For palo alto, everything is academic. it’s all about Stanford University, which begat hewlett-packard as well as other pioneering high-tech companies, which in turn begat the world-renowned digital breeding ground known today as Silicon Valley. This elite private institution may be the nation’s greatest incubator of technology and social media, the place where the founders of Google and yahoo hatched ideas that changed the world. The campus bursts with innovation, art, music, and sports, all of which spill out into the city itself. The city’s heady mixture of students, professors, and professionals from all over the globe make it a dynamo of activity, with a variety of cosmopolitan dining and shopping options. IN THE PAST: palo alto means “tall tree” in Spanish, the name given to a tree used as a landmark by explorer Gaspar portola’s 1769 expedition. The town was incorporated in 1894, three years after the founding of Stanford University, making it the San Francisco peninsula’s oldest city. many of Stanford’s


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buildings are now national historic sites, while other notable palo alto structures include the Stanford Theatre, a beautifully restored art deco style movie house, as well as the tiny garage where hewlett and packard began their renowned company.

WHAT TO VISIT: historic buildings and world-class art make the Stanford Campus a must-see. Guided tours take you to the memorial church and the main Quad, and for a bird’s-eye view of the city, bay, and campus you can ride the elevator to the observation deck of Stanford’s landmark hoover Tower. Take in fascinating exhibits at the Cantor Arts Center; wander through its outdoor Rodin Sculpture Garden; and see 20th-century american art at the adjacent Anderson Collection.

SHOPPING & DINING: The thriving scene along University Avenue, a pleasantly treeshaded thoroughfare, is the city’s main vortex of activity. computer and book stores coexist side by side as contrasts of old and

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new media, mixed in with trendy boutiques and upscale household stores. For worldclass shopping, head to Stanford Shopping Center—an open-air mall where neiman marcus, Bloomingdale’s, nordstrom, and macy’s hold forth amid a variety of stores and boutiques. Just south, on El camino real, Town & Country Village’s graceful Spanish hacienda architecture houses unique stores and restaurants in a casual, countryside atmosphere.

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Gilroy GARLIC – AND MORE! 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 for three days of great garlicky food, cooking competitions, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. But there’s a lot more going on in Gilroy all year long ... so follow your taste for adventure!

GILROY GARDENS: 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. The park’s popular Water oasis is the coolest place to play all summer long! This year the park hosts Guinness World Records Live, where visitors will have the chance to set official world records. WINE TASTING: Gilroy is one of california’s oldest winegrowing regions and is home to more than 25 familyowned 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.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS: you’ll find trails for hiking and biking at Mount Madonna, Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch, and ChitactacAdams Heritage County Park. and players of all levels can enjoy the area’s outstanding golf courses year-round.

SHOPPING & DINING: discover extraordinary savings of 25 to 65 percent on more than 145 exceptional brands 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!

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BEST OF THRILLS If you crave the rush of adrenaline, these local attractions will get your heart thumping, big time.

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to experience When the rides die down at what’s basically a ski California’s Great America, it’s time lift traveling at super for new seasonal fun at the park. high speed with your feet Be spooked with haunted mazes dangling inches from a track below, and attractions at Halloween summon up your nerve and hop on the Haunt in October, or find joy patriot, the latest white-knuckle ride at and holiday cheer at WinterCalifornia’s Great ameriCa. or brave Fest in December. the gold Striker, Flight deck, demon, and drop tower… but don’t say we didn’t warn ya! and don’t miss cga’s Mass Effect™, featuring immersive videogame experiences. after the excitement, cool off at the water park. open Marchaugust (water park open May-august). (Santa Clara: Great America Pkwy. between Hwys. 101 & 237; 408/988-1776) • want to beat the heat? Head to the area’s largest water park, raGinG Waters, offering millions of gallons of family fun. barrel down Shotgun Falls, free fall in bombs away, and bolt through the inside-outside, dual-twisting, headfirst Sidewinder. and if lazy is what you want to be, then just put up your feet and float down the Endless river. there are plenty of options for the little ones, too. open May through labor day. (San Jose: 2333 S. White Rd.; 408/238-9900) • over on the coast, the santa Cruz BeaCh BoardWalk is a summertime ritual for countless california families and a great way to have fun with the locals. loads of attractions line the boardwalk, but the big star is the giant dipper, an impressive 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 upside-down thrills. For a tamer ride, take a spin on the 1911 looff carousel. Schedule varies. (Santa Cruz: 400 Beach St.; 831/423-5590)

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Every place has its own history and lore, and Silicon Valley is no exception. From a haunted mansion to shrouded mummies to tech innovations and more, here are some places that show why this area is so special.

care to be baffled? the WinChester mystery house blends Victorian-era beauty with a myriad of inexplicable features like doors opening to walls and stairs leading nowhere—you’ll be scratching your head long before and after you’ve left. Former owner Sarah winchester, the heiress to the winchester rifle fortune, is said to have been influenced by a psychic who predicted she’d live as long as she continued to build her home. She took the advice to heart, living in her unfinished, 160-room abode for 38 years, filled with the noise of hammering and sawing. tour choices include the Mansion, notable for its 1800s furnishings and collection of tiffany glass, the ornate gardens, and a “behind-the-scenes” excursion. also on site are a firearms museum, an antique products museum, a café, and a gift shop. open daily from 9am. (San Jose: 525 S. Winchester Blvd.; 408/247-2000) • an off-the-beaten-path attraction, the rosiCruCian eGyptian museum hosts the largest collection of ancient Egyptian art and artifacts on the west coast, housed in an Egyptian-style building. along with a full-scale replica of an underground rock tomb, the museum’s sarcophagi and mummies are highlights of its many varied displays. wed-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-6pm. (San Jose: 1660 Park Ave.; 408/947-3635) • naSa buffs, and even those mildly curious about rocketry and moon landings, will appreciate the space-age wonders tucked inside the nasa ames exploration Visitor Center, where you can see one of the original Mercury capsules, touch a real sample of moon rock, view the latest planetary photos and videos in its theater, and lots more. tues-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat-Sun, 12-4pm. (Mountain View: NASA Pkwy. exit off Hwy. 101; 650/604-6497)

technology being what put Silicon Valley on the map, it’s no surprise that there are several attractions centered around the high-tech industry. located in WATCH San Jose, the teCh museum of innoVation is one of the nation’s most 3D FILMS ON esteemed science and technology museums. with a large number of inA GIANT SCREEN teractive exhibits on subjects ranging from medicine and robotics to The Tech Museum is home to cyber security and 3d digital fabrication, perhaps the best thing the largest IMAX® dome theabout the museum is that there’s always something new to learn about. ater in the West—eight stories daily, 10am-5pm. (San Jose: 201 S. Market St.; 408/294-8324) • go high!—showing a rotating behind the scenes in the high-tech world at the intel museum, offerschedule of educational ing 10,000 square feet of fun, interactive learning for children and adults. and commercial films. See what it’s like inside an ultra-clean, highly automated silicon chip factory, and connect with technologies that give new ways to work, learn, play, and communicate. on your way out, stop in the museum store for “only in Silicon Valley” clothing, toys, gifts, and souvenirs. Free admission. Mon-Fri, 9am6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm. (Santa Clara: 2200 Mission College Blvd.; 408/765-5050) • or celebrate your geeky side at the Computer history museum, which explores the reaboVe, lefT To righT: exhibiTs aT The rosigion’s deep cyber roots. More than 1,000 artifacts inhabit the museum, among them: rare comcrucian egypTian museum; in The gardens puters, photographs, video games, and hands-on displays. wed-thurs & Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm; aT winchesTer mysTery house; inside The Tech musum of innoVaTion Fri, 10am-8pm. (Mountain View: 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.; 650/810-1010) dinESHopplay.coM |



ARE WE THERE YET? From interactive museums and zoos to amusement parks and more, families with little ones will find there’s no room for boredom here.

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the Children’s disCoVery museum is one of the country’s largest museums of its kind and overflows with tactile activities for kids—so much so that parents may have a hard time pulling their offspring out of the big purple building when it’s time to go. the exhibits here are varied, so there’s sure to be something to interest any child—from art activities and bubble-making to creating electricity using your hands and feet, tossing plastic balls into waterways with whirlpools and spouts, and loads more. tues-Sat, 10am5pm; Sun, 12-5pm; also, Mon, 10am-5pm, during the summer. (San Jose: 180 Woz Way; 408/298-5437) • a zoo that doubles as an amusement park, happy holloW park & zoo makes for a great family destination. Start out in the animal barn and petting Zoo, which let kids get up close to a variety of animals; then move on to watch adorable lemurs at play in the lemur woods exhibit. after lunch, enjoy kid-approved rides that include a carousel, roller coaster, and giant play structure. a visit to the puppet theater, followed by a splurge at the gift shop, will wrap up your day nicely. weekends & Mon-Sun (June-aug), 10am-5pm; weekdays, 10am-4pm. (San Jose: Kelley Park; 408/794-7596) • parents searching for a way to get their tots interested in fruits and veggies should head south to visit Gilroy Gardens, a charming amusement park featuring a smorgasbord of garden-themed rides and attractions: the spinning artichoke dip, swinging banana Split, whirling garlic twirl, and swaying Mushroom Swing, just for starters. Motor through landscaped grounds aboard a replica Model-t car or enjoy a monorail ride for a bird’s-eye view of the park. not to be missed are the bizarre “circus trees”—grab a park map and go on a scavenger hunt to spot these famed, whimsically grafted trees. open april-november. weekdays, 11am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-6pm. (Gilroy: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/840-7100) • at roarinG Camp railroads, century-old steam locomotives take passengers on nostalgic rides through beautiful forests of towering redwoods or along the rim of a scenic river canyon and then through the streets of Santa cruz to the beach boardwalk amusement park and back. along the way, conductors share interesting stories and information about the region and its logging history. roaring camp itself is an authentically recreated 1880s logging camp, with sites including a covered bridge, a period opera house, and a classic general store. Kids will happily put down their electronic devices to watch blacksmithing demonstrations, make candles by hand, and enjoy a picnic. year-round redwood Forest train rides; daily beach trains in summer; weekends only in the spring and fall. camp open daily, 9am-5pm. (Felton: 5401 Graham Hill Rd.; 831/335-4484)

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Catch a glimpse into the history of this ancient animal at the Children’s Discovery Museum. View a full-size replica as well as actual skull, femur, and pelvis fossils found locally. Hands-on exhibits include dig pits where young ones can uncover replicas of mammoth bones and a geology corner.

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As much as it is a place that propels us into the future, Silicon Valley has a long history it holds on to as well.

Top: displays aT hisTory park in san Jose; aboVe: mission san Jose

it’s almost impossible to remember what life was like before computer chips, gigabytes, and tech startups became symbols of the region, but with its combination of both original and replica homes, stores, and landmarks, history park recreates the Santa clara Valley’s past. complete with paved streets, exhibit galleries, running trolleys, a café, and an old-fashioned candy store, this 14-acre site captures the charm of times gone by. Mon-Fri, 12-5pm; Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. (San Jose: Kelley Park, 1650 Senter Rd.; 408/287-2290) • if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work in a mine, a trip to the neW almaden QuiCksilVer mininG museum and its mine diorama will satisfy your curiosity. located within Quicksilver county park, the museum explores the history of mercury (or “quicksilver”) mining in the 1800s. Filled with a diversity of artifacts, the museum resonates with the area’s interesting history. Mon-tues & Fri, 12-4pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm. (San Jose: 21350 Almaden Rd.; 408/3552201) • california missions are among the oldest buildings in the u.S., built back in the 1700s when the vast area that would eventually become california was under the control of Spain. one of the two local missions to visit is the mission santa Clara de asis, now the campus of Santa clara university. Founded in 1777, its grounds shelter some of the earliest cultivated plants in california: olive trees planted in 1822, an original castilian rose bush, and northern california’s oldest grapevine. daily, sunrise to sunset. (Santa Clara: 500 El Camino Real; 408/554-4023) • Founded two decades later in 1797, Fremont’s mission san Jose features a reconstruction of the original adobe church, which now houses a museum. Self-guided tours and slide shows are offered, in addition to a gift shop. daily, 10am-5pm. (Fremont: 43300 Mission Blvd.; 510/657-1797)

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 Copyright ©2017 Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.

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HALF HISTORIC, MOSTLY MODERN The San Jose Museum of Art was established in 1969 by a small group of San Jose citizens who gathered together to transform the beautiful 19th-century library (threatened with demolition) into an art gallery. The spirit of this movement has forever shaped the character of the museum, which remains dedicated to visionary ideals. In 1991, a modern new wing was added, makinto cutting-edge art? the san Jose museum of art is a ing way for a growing permanent art colleading showcase in the bay area for modern and contemlection, international exhibitions, and porary art. tues-Sun, 11am-5pm. (San Jose: 110 S. Market St.; an ambitious mission that bridges 408/271-6840) • For a little bit of everything, Stanford univertradition and innovation.


Silicon Valley may be known for science and technology, but the region has its fair share of places to view world-class art. Top: Viewing The diana al-hadid exhibiT aT The san Jose museum of arT; below: The rodin sculpTure garden aT The canTor arTs cenTer


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sity’s Cantor arts Center 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. its adjacent rodin sCulpture Garden has one of the largest collections of works by auguste rodin outside paris. wed-Mon, 11am-5pm; thurs, 11am-8pm. (Palo Alto: Stanford campus; 650/723-4177) while you’re there, visit next door’s anderson ColleCtion museum, built to showcase an assembly of modern and contemporary american art gifted by the anderson family. Featured artists include david park, richard diebenkorn, willem de Kooning, wayne thibeaux, and Jackson pollock. wed-Mon, 11am-5pm; thurs, 11am-8pm. (Palo Alto: Stanford campus; 650/721-6055) • the 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, 11am-4pm; Sat-Sun, 11am3pm. (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, be sure to 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, 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 12-5pm. (San Jose: 560 S. First St.; 408/283-8155) • Exploring the experimental, zero1 GaraGe exhibits push the boundaries of digital art and culture in a oneof-a-kind open format space. (San Jose: 439 S. First St.; • anno domini promotes and celebrates the eclectic works of a diverse group of local avantgarde artists by legitimizing forward-thinking “street art.” tues-Fri, 12-7pm; Sat, 12-5pm. (San Jose: 366 S. First St.; 408/271-5155)

tucked away in the Saratoga hills, the gracefully tranquil grounds of hakone Gardens are recognized as one of the oldest traditional Japanese-style Zen gardens in the western u.S. waterfalls, ponds, and imported Japanese The serenity of nature offers a plants are the backdrop for a relaxing outing. Mar-oct: Mon-Fri, refreshing pause from the area’s 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-5pm. fast pace. nov-Feb: daily, 10am-4pm. (Saratoga: 21000 Big Basin Way; 408/741-4994) • Modeled after the Kraken gardens in okayama, Japan (San Jose’s sister city), the Japanese friendship Garden is a local treasure. 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, 10am-4pm. (San Jose: 1300 Senter Rd. at E. Alma Ave.; 408/794-7275) • instead of buying a bouquet, why not enjoy the beauty of roses in their natural environment? the heritaGe rose Garden contains more than 3,000 antique, modern, and miniature roses for your viewing and scenting pleasure. daily, dawn ‘til dusk. (San Jose: Guadalupe River Park & Gardens, Spring and Taylor Sts.; 408/298-7657) • and perched atop 135 ocean-view acres, the uCsC arBoretum is one of Santa cruz’s loveliest destinations, and one of its best-kept secrets. a big draw for gardening enthusiasts thanks to the assemblage of unusual plant species from around the globe, collections include the primitive Flowering plants exhibit—a showcase of “living fossils”—and the rare Fruit garden. daily, 9am-5pm. (Santa Cruz: 1156 A DREAM ESTATE High St.; 831/502-2998) The first “seed” for Hakone Gardens was planted in 1915 hakone gardens in springTime glory when philanthropists Oliver and Elizabeth Stine attended the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and fell in love with the Japan Pavilion. Months later, Elizabeth Stine purchased 15 acres of land in Saratoga to build her own private estate. Construction began in 1917, using several pieces acquired from the Japan Pavilion, and was completed the following year.


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Photographs by Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly

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Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection

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Images: Ansel Adams, Point Sur, Storm, Big Sur, CA, 1946; Gelatin silver print; 22 × 28 inches; © Images printed courtesy of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. Louise Nevelson, Sky Cathedral, 1957 – 58; Painted wood; 57 × 149 × 16 inches; Gift of Beverly and Peter Lipman. Cindy Sherman, Untitled, Film Still #5, 1977; Gelatin silver print; 6 ¾ × 9 ½ inches; The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection.

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San Jose’s SAP Center is home ice to the frenzied, highdecibel San Jose Sharks fans that crowd the downtown in their teal-colored shirts before and after home games. A perennial contender for the National Hockey League’s ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup, the Sharks made it all the way to last year’s Cup Finals before bowing out. Future Hall of Famers Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, along with other stars like Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, and Brent Burns, return this year and hope to win it all.


The San Francisco 49ers play at Santa Clara’s new Levi’s® Stadium (pictured below). With a 5-0 Super Bowl record under Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young, the team’s 2016 season was an uncharacteristically down year. Head coach, Kyle Shanahan, and general manager, John Lynch, both new additions to the club, are expected to field a vastly improved team this season. Across the bay sits another storied NFL franchise, the Oakland Raiders. Known in recent years as much for the sometimes-bizarre costumes worn by the Raiders’ avid fans as for the team’s performances on the field, that began to change three years ago with the hiring of head coach Jack Del Rio. Quarterback Carson Palmer led the Raiders to a 12-4 record last year, but his late-season injury led to a quick exit from the playoffs. Big things are expected in 2017.

TIME Visiting sports fans won’t have trouble finding things to be excited about here, with winning teams on display in just about every major sport. It’s easy to wax enthusiastic about yesterday’s game or the one coming up tomorrow, because there are loads of exciting players to cheer for and new state-of-theart stadiums to enjoy while you root for them. Nearly every day is game day no matter the time of year, so join the fun!





Winners of three baseball World Series in just six years, the National Baseball League’s San Francisco Giants will be shooting for their fourth in 2017. Hopes are high and the roster is promising, with a talented pitching staff led by Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Matt Moore, and Jeff Samardzija, supported by new ace closer Mark Melancon. The rest of Giants’ lineup looks great too, with sluggers like catcher Buster Posey, outfielder Hunter Pence, and 2016 Gold Glove-winning infielders Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik. Adding to the bliss are the spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and the vibrant atmosphere at AT&T Park. Right here in San Jose, an under-the-radar local treasure awaits just a few minutes south of downtown. in-the-know baseball fans flock to cozy Municipal Stadium to cheer for the home team San Jose Giants, the San Francisco Giants’ top Class A farm team. it’s baseball close up, the way it used to be in the old days, and a great way to preview future San Francisco stars as they make their way to the big leagues. Crowds are friendly, box seat tickets sell for about the price of Major League stadium hot dogs, and when you go, don’t dare leave without sampling the savory morsels from Turkey Mike’s Barbecue.

During baseball season Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics take over the turf from the Raiders at oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The A’s hope to bounce back from missing the play-offs last year following three consecutive post-season trips.


if you’re here in basketball season, don’t miss taking a short hop from San Jose to oakland’s oracle Arena to watch the sharpshooting, lightning quick ball passing of the NBA’s most exciting team, the Golden State Warriors. After winning the NBA Championship in 2015 they went on to win an NBA record 73 regular season games in 2016, but sadly lost to Cleveland in the Championship Finals. Led by All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, arguably the NBA’s all-time bestshooting guard duo, along with co-All-Stars Draymond Green and newly acquired Kevin Durant, the Warriors are taking dead aim at the 2017 Championship.


Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes play in beautiful new Avaya Stadium. There’s not a bad seat in the house, or you can skip the grandstand, sit on the lawn next to the largest outdoor bar in the U.S., and watch the action on a Jumbotron screen while you picnic on food truck goodies. DiNESHoPPLAY.CoM |


The Face of the Sharks

By Mark Purdy

The Sharks are San Jose’s most prominent major league team, so Burns is San Jose’s sports face. And what a face it is....

To waTch BrenT Burns Play hockey for The san Jose sharks is To waTch Mark ZuckerBerg designing his own awesoMe faceBook Page. well, that is if Zuckerberg had no front teeth along with a scraggly beard that appears to be regularly dipped in recycled engine oil. But the point is, both men are fascinating personalities and stateof-the-art brilliant at what they do. one just happens to do it on the ice in front of 17,000 people. every big city needs a sports face. The sharks are san Jose’s most prominent major league team, so Burns is san Jose’s sports face. and what a face it is. with a smile more full of holes than enamel hovering above a whiskery bird’s nest, Burns’ countenance has the unfortunate side effect of distracting people from the hockey skills that make him a man apart at his position. Burns’ position is defenseman. and in his sport, defensemen don’t usually score goals in great numbers. in the attack zone, they patrol their territory out near the blue line, closer to the center of the rink than the net they’re meant to guard. defensemen are not supposed to challenge for the nhl scoring lead. when Burns and other defensemen take shots from 50 feet or farther, they usually find themselves shooting into an impenetrable forest of men and sticks. and yet ... in spite of all that, Burns somehow manages to get the puck through the forest and into the goal. Burns puts more shots on net than all others in the nhl, even more than the forwards whose job it is to score. Through much of the 2016-17 season, he was among the league’s top five point producers, seeking to become the first defenseman to finish first in scoring since hall of famer Bobby orr in 1974-75. Burns is a lock to win the norris Trophy, awarded annually to the best man at his position.

“It’s amazing to watch,” said Sharks coach Pete DeBoer of Burns at mid-season. “He’s a generational talent.”

even better: Burns showcases his talent without fear of displaying actual charisma. This makes Burns unique in hockey, where the preferred behavior among players is that of modest clichéd affability. By contrast, Burns refers to himself as “a goofy donkey.” The man knows how to enjoy the journey. “if you’re having fun, it’s easier to work,” Burns said last autumn when he signed his latest contract extension. “i don’t even think of it as coming to work.” fans of the sharks can confirm this. They have seen Burns wear a hairy chewbacca mask from Star Wars while competing in an allstar skills competition. They have seen Burns wear wild plaid threepiece suits and carry a backpack with a blender in it. They have seen Burns explain that the favorite feature of his beard is that he never knows what tasty leftover he might find in there after a particularly saucy meal. They have seen Burns bring his wife and kids (who have more teeth than he does) to light the big christmas tree in cesar chavez Plaza. They have not seen the 300 snakes that Burns once owned, because he chose to give them away to a friend after being traded to the sharks from Minnesota in 2011. 36


However, they have seen Burns devour burgers at their local Five Guys franchise and then tout their deliciousness randomly during interviews—without being paid to do so! Imagine!

and then there are Burns’ tattoos. The dragon. The canadian flag. harry Potter. Burns has been getting them since age 11 (not a misprint) when he was growing up in ontario. he grew up tall (6-foot-5) and full of natural ability. But in the earlier years of his career, his wild streak was a little too wild. he’d make one fantastic play, then mess up one or two. But he’s improved a little each season to eliminate most of the mess-ups and has figured out that his skating and lethal wrist snap could make him a force at both ends of the ice. That powerful wrist snap means that Burns goes through “tons” of hockey sticks, according to sharks’ equipment manager Mike aldrich. “he doesn’t shatter them,” aldrich says. “he just wears them out with all the shooting he does in practice and games. and then when they lose their firmness, he wants a new one. he just loves to shoot. he doesn’t understand why more defensemen don’t shoot more.” Maybe it’s because the others keep getting their shots blocked. Burns keeps finding a way to avoid being blocked—either when he shoots or when anyone tries to paint him into a corner. despite his goofy donkey self-branding, Burns might be the most voracious reader on the sharks’ roster. he’s a smart, curious guy who loves to learn about everything, which makes him a perfect match for silicon Valley, home to curious and smart people from around the planet.

As the Sharks continue to chase their first Stanley Cup championship after losing to Pittsburgh in the 2016 Cup Final, Burns has more work to do. And if there’s ever a cupwinning parade in downtown San Jose, he’ll be the guy wearing the Chewbacca mask. —MARK PURDY is a columnist for the san Jose Mercury news. DINESHOPPLAY.COM |


AlexAnder’s PAtisserie

Patisserie Mountain View, CuPertino

This traditional European patisserie and bakery offers an exquisite selection of savory and sweet treats along with gourmet sandwiches. presiding over the kitchen is Executive pastry chef Dries Delanghe, a Belgian native whose career ranges from the 5-star Hotel les Sangliers de ardennes to the 3-Michelinstarred Joël robuchon in las Vegas. Each indulgence is made in-house with top quality ingredients as well as seasonal highlights. Stumptown coffee and espresso drinks are also available. MonFri, 8am-10pm; Sat, 8am-11pm; Sun, 8am-8pm. [Mountain View: 209 Castro St.; 650-864-9999. Cupertino: 19379 Stevens Creek Blvd. #100; 408-8863333.]

AlexAnder’s steAkhouse

steakhouse CuPertino

DINING GUIDE With restaurant choices covering the full gamut of cuisines and styles, Silicon Valley is a foodie’s paradise. Nearby land and sea produce abundant year-round harvests, each season offering its own temptations and inspiring chefs to use their creativity, as reflected on their menus. Savor the freshness and diversity; the dining scene is anything but dull.

Melding innovation and tradition, this refined steakhouse continues to be the premier dining destination in the heart of the Silicon Valley, offering its own dryaging room and an award-winning wine selection. in addition to american beef, the menu also offers true Japanese imported Wagyu beef of the a5 grade, infusing these mainstays with creative Japanese techniques and influences. This is the place to close deals, celebrate milestones or simply enjoy a memorable dining experience. lunch: Tues-Sat, 11:30-2. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5:30-9:30; Fri, 5:30-10:30; Sat, 5-10:30; Sun, 5-9. [19379 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408-4462222.]


new aMeriCan santa Cruz

This restaurant at the Dream inn offers ocean views and seafood specialties. See page 79.


new aMeriCan san Jose

culinary surprises abound at this stylish eatery in the heart of 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]


California Cuisine santa Cruz

This sleek bistro serves rustic fare with and eclectic wines. See page 79.


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Mediterranean santa Cruz

This westside restaurant features woodfired pizza and organic Mediterranean food. See page 79.

Celebrating 15 years in Silicon Valley Seasonal Farm-Fresh American Fare created by award-winning chef Bradley Ogden & Sergio Morales

bijAn bAkery & cAfé Bakery; deli san Jose

one of San Jose’s most premier European bakeries, Bijan is known for its buttery pastries, cookies, European-style croissants, and sandwiches. open daily all day; til 11pm on Fri-Sat. [170 S. Market St. #110; 408-971-8000]

birk’s restAurAnt

aMeriCan santa Clara

Birk’s is a premiere dining icon that caters to Silicon Valley’s movers and shakers, as well as locals seeking an outstanding dining experience. located just off Highway 101 and Great america parkway, near Santa clara’s finest hotels and levi’s Stadium, this first-rate establishment has a vibrant city ambience. offering the finest steaks, chops, and the freshest seafood available— cooked over almond wood and imported mesquite charcoal—the menu includes prime, grass-fed and certified angus beef, organic poultry, and an impressive starter menu. With its Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, craft beers and cocktails, Birk’s atmosphere is one of casual elegance and gracious service—the perfect place for any occasion. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:15–2:30. Dinner nightly from 5pm. Bar menu: 2:309:30pm. Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 4-6pm and Sat, 5-7pm. [3955 Freedom Circle; 408980-6400;]

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

cAfé cruz

Parcel 104 at the Marriott, Santa Clara

This dining gem offers a great menu in a warm atmosphere. See page 79.

2700 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara, CA 95054 Reservations: (408) 970-6104 Private Dining: (408) 970-6108

California Cuisine soquel (santa Cruz area)


sPanish/latin Mountain View

old World taste meets new World appeal at this vibrant restaurant which brings together the culinary traditions of Spain with the flavors and ingredients of South america and Mexico. Enjoy tapas-style dining as well as a variety of ceviches and traditional paellas in a casual and stylish setting. The bold flavors, epicurean delights, and warm hospitality are matched with sexy cocktails and lively music. The heated outdoor patio offers alfresco dining. lunch and dinner daily. [400 Castro St.; 650-940-9500.] DinESHopplay.coM |


AlexAnder’s steAkhouse

crow’s nest

birk’s restAurAnt


italian los Gatos

it’s all about a love for italy … This neighborhood trattoria transports guests to italy through its warm hospitality, delicious cuisine, and italian wines. 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 italian wines and beers, also featuring local breweries on tap. lunch: Fri-Sun, 11-4. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5-10; Fri-Sat, 5-11; Sun, 119. open all day Fri-Sun. Happy Hour: Mon-Thurs, 5-6. all italian wines half price by the bottle on Tues. [109 W. Main St.; 408384-4007;]


ConteMPorary aMeriCan los Gatos

This stylish, Michelin-recommended neighbor-


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hood restaurant and wine bar is a hidden gem in downtown los Gatos. cin-cin features contemporary american cuisine, a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, and innovative cocktails. Executive Sous chef roberto Mendoza is known for incorporating fresh seasonal ingredients into artfully created dishes. Fan favorites include wild mushroom empanadas with manchego cheese and truffle oil, yellowtail ceviche, and dry-aged duck. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 510; Fri-Sat, 5-11. 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.; 408-3548006;]

crow’s nest

seafood, aMeriCan santa Cruz

Wall-to-wall windows with stunning views of the Monterey Bay, a friendly, casual


atmosphere, and award-winning food have made this restaurant a favorite for locals and visitors alike since 1969. See page 79.

dio dekA Greek los Gatos

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

el PAlomAr

MexiCan santa Cruz

South-of-the-border cuisine features both traditional and exotic dishes along with its famed margaritas. See page 80.

fArmers union

aMeriCan san Jose

o Paesan Ristorante Italiano

located in a historic brick building, this gastropub dishes up tasty items from a wood-burning oven, charcoal grill, and rotisserie along with over 50 craft beers on tap, reasonably priced quality wines, and cocktails both old-fashioned and original. lunch and dinner daily. Sunday Brunch. [151 W. Santa Clara St.; 408277-0545]

lunch | dinner | wine sports bar

forbes mill steAkhouse

steakhouse los Gatos; danVille

Voted “Best Steakhouse” in Silicon Valley, Forbes Mill offers the finest steaks available in the U.S., prime certified angus beef, aged a minimum of 28 days. also on the menu is grass-fed filet, australian lamb chops, australian lobster tails, and fresh seafood including sea bass, salmon, ahi tuna, scallops, and more. Housemade desserts and a Wine Spectator Best of Excellence award-winning wine list complement the dinner. craft beer on tap, specialty drinks and an extensive spirit collection round out your experience. Two banquet rooms and patio dining are also available. los Gatos: Dinner: SunThurs, 5-9; Fri-Sat, 5-10. Danville: lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30; Dinner: Sun-Wed, 5-9; Thurs-Sat, 5-10. [Los Gatos: 206 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-395-6434. Also Danville: 200 Sycamore Valley Rd.; 925552-0505.]


Best of Silicon Valley 2014

a true Sicilian experience 350 W. Julian St., San Jose 408 217 9327

GAbriellA cAfe

italian santa Cruz

This downtown gem serves up seasonally driven, top-rated northern italian cuisine. See page 80.

GiovAnni’s PizzeriA

italian/Pizza sunnyVale

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 justifiably earns rave reviews for its tasty, thin crust new york-style pizza. But there’s much more than pizza on the menu, which also features a wide variety of 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. lunch and dinner Mon-Sat, 11-9:30. [1127 N. Lawrence Expwy.; 408-734-4221;]


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aMeriCan, seasonal san Jose

Sweeping ridgetop vistas of Santa clara Valley surround you at this romantic restaurant specializing in steaks, pastas, and cocktails. Dinner: Tues-Sun. [15005 Mt. Hamilton Rd.; 408-251-8909]

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Modeled after the great grills of new york in the 1930s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;40s, this renowned steakhouse with a classic american menu suits all tastes. located inside the Fairmont San Jose, it offers a lunch menu featuring salads, seafood and specialty dishes while dinner has a wide selection of steaks and chops, prepared in eight different styles, along with seafood and pasta. Traditional side dishes are given a modern twist and signature desserts are too delicious not to share. Extensive wine list. Mon-Thurs, 11:3010; Fri, 11:30-11; Sat, 5-11; Sun, 5-9. Bar hours extended one hour. [172 S. Market St.; 408-294-2244]

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aMeriCan; BarBeCue san Jose

Barbecued ribs have reigned supreme for over 50 years at this well-loved, landmark establishment, along with equally tasty barbecued steaks and chickenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; all prepared to perfection in portions certain to satisfy the healthiest of appetites! located in an old road house, nostalgically decorated with historic antiques, this is San Joseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular spot to catch the sports action on TV or to go before or after a Sharks game or any other event at the Sap center, just a short stroll away. The full bar offers 16 ice cold beers on tap (including regionally brewed craft brews), local wines, and an extensive selection of bourbon and scotch. lunch Tues-Fri, Dinner nightly. Extended hours for arena events. [301 W. St. John St.; 408-295-5414.]

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This destination for teppan-grill dining celebrates its 44th anniversary. Visit to experience what has kept it popular all these years: delicious dining and entertaining pampering! Using top ingredients, house specials steak and lobster are prepared at each table by expert chefs who slice, cook, and serve your meal right before your eyes on the teppan grill. Try the Genji combination featuring steak and jumbo prawnsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a favorite for

over four decades! Sushi is also available, as is a full bar with a variety of cocktails. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-2. Dinner: MonFri, 5-9:30; Sat, 4-10; Sun, 4-9. [1335 N. First St., San Jose; 408-453-8120.]


PanCake house; aMeriCan diner CaPitola

Known for its pancakes and american diner menu, this capitola location serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner 365 days a year. See page 80.

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110 Paseo de San Antonio | San Jose | 408.375.2618

il fornAio

italian san Jose; santa Clara

Two South Bay locations serve consistently fine classic italian food in stylishly informal settings. a focus on italian and california wines along with bustling exhibition kitchens are all part of il Fornaioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature style. lunch and dinner daily. [San Jose: 302 S. Market St.; 408-2713366. Santa Clara: 2752 Augustine Dr.; 408-217-8844]

il PostAle

italian; aMeriCan sunnyVale

This warm and friendly italian-american bistro and bar is a local favorite in lively, historic downtown Sunnyvale. recently relocated from a block away, il postale features an open, spacious feel that blends old World ambience with a casual, updated look, while a new bar/lounge area and sidewalk tables provide additional seating options. With generous portions and reasonable prices, the menu is full of tempting offerings, from appetizers such as carpaccio, antipasto, and bruschetta to a wide range of delicious seafood, chicken, veal, pork and beef entrĂŠes, tasty pastas and pizzas, soups, salads, and a great dessert list. Vegetarian and vegan options also offered. Full bar. Mon-Thurs, 11-9; Fri, 11-10; Sat, 9am-10pm; Sun, 5-9. [100 S. Murphy Ave.; 408-733-9600.]

kyoto PAlAce

JaPanese CaMPBell

Enjoy a fun-filled evening of dining at Kyoto palace, voted the best Japanese steak, seafood, and sushi in Silicon Valley for its special combination of cuisine and showmanship. professional chefs amaze you with their one-man shows of culinary artistry, as they slice, chop, dice, and toss your meal right before your eyes. or sit at the Sushi Bar and watch the sushi chefs at work. choose from a DinESHopplay.coM |



afGhan; Mediterranean santa Cruz

This chic restaurant offers a richly spiced menu with an afghani flair. See page 80.

le PAPillon

frenCh, ConteMPorary san Jose

kyoto PAlAce

wide variety of freshly prepared sushi, sashimi, tempura, and teriyaki, or try a special dish like the lobster, scallops, and filet mignon entrée. it’s always a special dining occasion here. Banquet facilities available. Mon-Fri, 11:30-2 & 5-10; Sat, 4-10; Sun, 4-9. Happy Hour, Mon-Fri, 4-7pm. Karaoke on Wed, 7-11pm. [Pruneyard Shopping Center, 2nd Floor, 1875 S. Bascom Ave.; 408-377-6456.]

lA fondue

fondue saratoGa

For a unique experience, choose from 50 different fondues served tableside in a glamorously eclectic atmosphere; then top off your evening with a decadent chocolate fondue dessert. Dinner: Fri-Mon. [14550 Big Basin Way; 408-867-3332]

centrally located in Silicon Valley, this exceptional restaurant has epitomized fine dining since its founding in 1977. california-inspired 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, including the highest of ratings in Zagat Survey and flawless reviews by the San Jose Mercury News. reflecting cooper’s 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.; 408-2963730.]


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le PAPillon


California Cuisine los Gatos

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

mAriAni’s restAurAnt

aMeriCan, italian santa Clara

a Santa clara tradition since 1953, this storied restaurant located at Mariani’s inn serves fine italian and american cuisine with a bistro flair; menu items such as eggs Benedict getting as much praise as its prime rib and pastas. open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Sunday champagne

brunch is a particularly big draw for its bounty of tasty choices. casually elegant, Mariani’s is also wonderful for events, from corporate meetings to wedding receptions. For accommodations, 142 guestrooms and suites come with plenty of comfort and amenities such as wi-fi, a heated outdoor pool, a jacuzzi, and an inviting lounge with live entertainment on weekends. [2500 El Camino Real; 408243-1431 or 800-553-8666;]

Fresh Seafood and Prime dry aged steaks with a View of downtown San Jose

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mAyflower seAfood restAurAnt

Chinese MilPitas, union City, MillBrae

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 a balance between traditional and contemporary dishes. over 100 varieties of dim sum are served daily at lunchtime, while the regular menu highlights a tremendous variety of seafood specialties— including local and imported live crab, lobster, fish, and shellfish. The menu also includes appetizers, soups, poultry, beef, and vegetarian dishes, barbecue items and a variety of specialties served in wintermelon. private rooms, take-out and corporate delivery available. open daily for dim sum, lunch, and dinner. [Milpitas: Milpitas Square, 428 Barber Lane (Milpitas Square); 408-922-2700. Union City: 34348 Alvarado Niles Rd.; 510489-8386. Also Hong Kong Flower Lounge in Millbrae: 51 Millbrae Ave.; 650-692-6666]

mccormick & schmick’s

seafood san Jose

Featuring seasonally inspired dishes, the focus is on freshness here, with signature seafood dishes in addition to aged steaks, poultry, salads, and pasta. lunch and dinner daily. [170 S. Market St.; 408-283-7200]

morton’s the steAkhouse

menArA moroccAn

MoroCCan san Jose

you’ll think you’re dining in casablanca in this exotic arched and tiled restaurant, serving up sumptuous Moroccan cuisine and mesmerizing belly dancing for over 35 years. The award-winning menu offers a choice of five six-course dinners, each accompanied by Moroccan salad, b’stilla, couscous, mint tea, and baklava. Entrées in-

clude chicken with lemon, lamb, and honey; rabbit with paprika; fish with green chermoula; prawns with red chermoula; braised lamb shank; and a vegetarian dinner. À la carte menu options are also available. Full bar and banquet facilities for up to 300. Hookah lounge available to dinner guests. near light rail station, close to downtown hotels. Belly dancing Thurs-Sat. Dinner daily from 6pm. [41 E. Gish Rd. at N. 1st St.; 408-453-1983;]

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


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mezcAl restAurAnt And bAr

MexiCan san Jose

Even from the outside, you can tell the place is different. The brick exterior, metal work, and indigenous Mexican motifs set the place apart from its neighbors. inside, heavy wooden furniture, oaxacan art, original brick walls, and a beautiful bar make Mezcal one of the most distinctive dining rooms in San Jose. in spite of the upscale, urbane design, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing fancy about the menu. This is oaxacan food as you would find it in oaxaca. But if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a more traditional Mexican cuisine, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s here too. The full bar includes a wide range of mezcales. patio seating; catering; banquets/private parties for up to 120 available. Mon, 11:30-9; Tues-Thurs, 11:30-10; Fri, 11:30-11; Sat, 4-11; Sun, 49. [25 W. San Fernando St.; 408-283-9595]

A Charming Italian American Bistro & Bar in Downtown Sunnyvale

Great food and wines, a full bar, and desserts from heaven!

mortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the steAkhouse

steakhouse san Jose

located in the heart of Silicon Valley, this is San Joseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prime downtown location to witness the hustle and bustle of the hightech industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite. Steps away from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top museums, luxury hotels, convention center, and cultural event centers, Mortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prides itself on quality and consistency, featuring USDa prime-aged steak, fresh seafood, hand-picked produce, delicious appetizers, and decadent desserts. 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. Mon-Thurs, 5:30-10; Fri, 5:3011; Sat, 5-11; Sun, 5-10. [177 Park Ave.; 408-947-7000.]

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nAschmArkt restAurAnt

new austrian CaMPBell

This family-owned restaurant serves up fine renditions of traditional Viennese dishes with a california aesthetic. Wiener schnitzel or goulash, anyone? Dinner: Tues-Sun. [384 E. Campbell Ave.; 408378-0335]

nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next door

ConteMPorary aMeriCan 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]

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Gio van n i’s Pizzeria

California Cuisine santa Cruz

New York-Style Thin Crust Pizza

Dumplings are the specialty at this wellrated eatery. See page 80.

creative food and drinks are served in a modern space. See page 80.

oyunAA's monGoliAn cuisine MonGolian santa Cruz

plus pastas, entrees, sandwiches & more 1127 N. Lawrence Expwy., Sunnyvale 408.734.4221 |

PAesAno ristorAnte itAliAno


italian san Jose

This recent addition to San Jose’s little italy is the place to go for molto bene cuisine in an informal, charmingly quaint atmosphere. located in a newly refurbished early 1900s home, this cozy eatery on the edge of downtown San Jose has an intimately sized dining area and bar as well as a grapevine-shaded patio for alfresco dining in fair weather. The menu features a mixture of favorite classics such as veal parmigiana, lasagna and fritto di calamari, along with original dishes with a Sicilian flair. The Sap center is a few minutes’ walk away, making paesano an ideal stop before or after San Jose Sharks’ games or other events. courtyard 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.; 408-217-932.]

PArAdise beAch Grille


MILPITAS SQUARE 428 Barber Lane, Milpitas 408-922-2700

UNION CITY 34348 Alvarado Niles Rd 510-489-8386

HONG KONG FLOWER LOUNGE 51 Millbrae Ave., Millbrae 650-692-6666

Japanese Teppan-Yaki: The FUN Way to Dine

1335 N. First St., San Jose | (408) 453-8120 | 48

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This local favorite overlooking the beach offers california cuisine with an island twist. See page 80.

PArcel 104

new aMeriCan santa Clara

celebrating over 15 years in Silicon Valley, parcel 104 features traditional american favorites with a contemporary twist. renowned chefs Bradley ogden and Sergio Morales offer the freshest seasonal delights in their ever changing menu, showcasing the efforts of local growers, ranches, and dairies. Understated yet elegant in design, parcel 104 boasts an exhibition kitchen, a custom wine cellar recognized by Wine Spectator with its award of Excellence, and available outdoor patio seating. acclaimed pastry chef carlos Sanchez also puts a whimsical spin on classic desserts. after dinner, slip into the lounge or patio to enjoy a libation. private dining rooms up to 50 guests and a chef’s Table are available. Breakfast:

Mon-Fri, 6:30-10; Sat-Sun, 7-11. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-2. Dinner: Mon-Fri, 5:309; Sat-Sun, available for private events. Weekday Happy Hours. [Marriott Santa Clara, 2700 Mission College Blvd.; 408970-6104.]

Plumed horse

California Cuisine saratoGa


This revered restaurant is a special occasion destination, awarded a Michelin star seven years in a row. chef peter armellino’s creative californian fare is served in a swank setting. Dinner nightly. [14555 Big Basin Way; 408-867-4711]

rosie mccAnn’s

irish, California Cuisine san Jose, santa Cruz

Blend traditional irish food and hospitality with a contemporary california flair and you get this casually elegant restaurant and pub. Voted best pub food by Good Times and Metro, menu favorites such as fish and chips (with true alaskan cod!), shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash share space on the menu with angus filet, grilled wild salmon, and more. But food is not the only draw: the warm pub ambience, a full bar and lounge, and live/DJ music all make fun certain. also watch your favorite sports team on one of five TVs, complete with the nFl package. Happy Hour daily, 3-6:30, with halfoff appetizers and $2 off pints, well drinks, and select wines. lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat-Sun, 9:30-2. open ‘til late. [San Jose: 355 Santana Row; 408-247-1706. Santa Cruz: 1220 Pacific Ave.; 831-426-9930.]

TEPPANYAKI, SUSHI BAR & BANQUET FACILITIES Your Destination for Food, Drinks & Entertaining Teppan Grill... Perfect for birthdays and for unwinding after all-day meetings! Full Lounge | Flat Screen TV for Sports | Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-7

At the Pruneyard, Campbell | 408.377.6456 |

Serving the Bay Area for over 35 years!

scott’s seAfood

seafood san Jose

Known for its high-quality seafood, this downtown restaurant is a Bay area tradition. Enjoy views of the city skyline and the mountains beyond from the contemporary sixth floor dining room or rooftop patio. Featuring fish and shellfish delivered fresh daily, menu offerings include Dungeness crab cakes, oysters, petrale sole, lobster, and cioppino, along with USDa prime dry-aged steaks, pastas, and house-made desserts. Event spaces accommodate weddings, parties and corporate functions from 10 to 300 guests. Sunday morning brunch buffet offers a fresh seafood bar, a prime rib carving station, breakfast courses, a dessert bar and live music. lunch: MonFri, 11:30-1:30. Dinner: 4:30-9:30 daily. Sunday Brunch: 10:30-2. Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 3:30-6:30. reservations by phone or online. [185 Park Ave.; 408971-1700.]

SAVOR THE TASTES OF MOROCCO... Dine on delicious Moroccan food... Watch the belly dancers swirl... Have your own little “Casablanca” adventure... Dinner 7 Days 6–10pm • Belly Dancing Thurs-Sat Full Bar • Banquet Facilities for up to 300

41 E. Gish at N. 1st St., San Jose (Next to Light Rail) • 408.453.1983 • DinESHopplay.coM |


the seA by AlexAnder’s

the seA by AlexAnder’s steAkhouse

seafood Palo alto


The Bay area’s premier seafood dining destination, The Sea, distinguishes itself by focusing on rich, sumptuous morsels from the sea, prepared with modern technique and flair. The talented culinary team blends contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients to transform its menu into the extraordinary. Dinner: Sun-Mon, 5:30-9; Tues-Sat, 5:30-9:30. [4269 El Camino Real; 650-213-1111.]


aMeriCan CaPitola




301 West St. John St., San Jose 408.295.5414 50

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a hillside “cable car” and meandering garden path lead you to this world-famous restaurant that exudes an atmosphere of old-World charm and grace. See page 80.


California Cuisine santa Cruz

Enjoy the slow-roasted prime rib, specially aged new york striploin, and tender filet mignon in the candlelit mahogany dining room. in addition to the award-winning beef, Sundance prides itself on serving the freshest seafood and shellfish available. Favorites include ahi tuna sashimi, grilled pacific swordfish, and jumbo cold water lobster tail. To complete your dining experience the menu is supported by a nationally recognized wine list with over 450 global selections. The cozy fireplace lounge is ideal for sipping martinis and aged single malt scotch before or after dinner. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30am-2pm; Dinner: Sun-Mon, 5-9pm; Tues-Sun, 5-10pm. [1921 El Camino Real; 650- 321-6798.]

vito’s trAttoriA

italian san Jose

San Jose’s premier italian restaurant, this hidden gem has been owned and operated since 2003 by George nobile and his son,

Great wines and delicious food come together at this combination wine bar, restaurant, and wine shop. See page 80.

sundAnce the steAkhouse

steakhouse Palo alto

This upscale steakhouse, family owned and operated for over 40 years, features hand-cut prime certified angus beef.

sundAnce the steAkhouse

anthony. Vito’s uses the freshest of ingredients in its preparations of traditional dishes at reasonable prices, including pasta, veal, seafood, chicken and steaks. The wine list includes selections from both italy and california. This is a terrific destination for special events—whether a business dinner, family gathering, a private party or an evening for two. Genuine italian food and hospitality come together at this warm and charming restaurant located outside San Jose airport, just three minutes from downtown San Jose. reservations strongly recommended. private room for 20-36 available with advanced booking. catering also available. Full Bar. lunch: Mon-Fri, 112:30. Dinner: Mon-Fri, 4:30-9; Sat, 5-9. [90 Skyport Dr.; 408-453-1000.]

Sabor a Oaxaca!



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

a place for memories

vyne bistro

wine Bar san Jose

This modern wine bistro in downtown San Jose is the place to go for dinner or just to relax with a glass of wine. cozy up to the fireplace in the contemporary lounge, or sit by the floor-to-ceiling windows and watch the world go by. The food menu has been developed by experts to be varied and well balanced, with an emphasis on freshness and quality. From salads and paninis to seafood and house specials, the dishes are perfect for pairing with the diverse list of wine that is anything but standard. MonSat, 5-11:30pm. Happy Hour: Mon-Sat, 57pm. Mon, 7pm til closing: 40% off wine bottle list. [110 Paseo de San Antonio; 408-375-2618.]

Events for up to 400 Fine Italian and American Dining Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily Thursday Night Prime Rib Special Sunday Champagne Brunch Cocktail Lounge Happy Hour Live Entertainment on Weekends

west end tAP & kitchen

GastroPuB santa Cruz

Traditional pub fare is paired with craft beers. See page 80.

whisPers cAfé & crePerie

Café/CrePerie san Jose

Whispers is the place to go when crêpes are on your mind. The many delicious choices range from savory to sweet, such as the alcatraz, filled with shrimp, mozzarella, cilantro, mushrooms, onions and garlic and topped with avocado, and the Whispers crepe, filled with strawberries, bananas, nutella chocolate, cinnamon and brown sugar. But crepes aren’t all. Whispers also offers everything from full egg breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, and salads to entrees such as a new york steak or a panseared salmon filet. in addition to coffee drinks, smoothies and milkshakes, beer, wine and margaritas are also available. Happy Hour Mon-Thurs, 5-7pm. open 8am to 10pm daily. [150 S. 2nd St.; 408-2972850.]

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Mariani ’s Inn & Restaurant A Santa Clara Tradition Since 1953 2500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara | 408.243.1431

A Wonderful Taste of Little Italy... A Local Favorite for Traditional Italian Food

90 Skyport Dr., San Jose

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sAn Pedro squAre mArket

With an open-air plaza and over 20 food vendors in three interior spaces, this public market offers a lively atmosphere to hang out for libations and bites, Thurs-Sun. SunWed, 4-10pm; Thurs-Sat, 4pm-12am. [San Jose: 87 N. San Pedro St.; 408-444-7227]

SPORTS BARS the brit

This British pub offers a festive atmosphere with food, libations, and sporting events on a multiplicity of TVs. nightly entertainment includes local DJs and karaoke. Mon-Sat, 11am-2am; Sun, 9:30am-2am. [San Jose: 173 W. Santa Clara St.; 408-278-1400]

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This bar and lounge is known for its craft cocktails as well as its extensive wine and whisky selections. it’s said that regulars come here for just the Moscow Mules alone. SunThurs, 7pm-midnight; Fri-Sat, 7pm-1:30am. [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 comfortable sofas and reclaimed wood accented decor. 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]

PAPer PlAne

With its long bar and “alcohol wall” backdropping the exposed brick interior, this relaxed spot is the place to go for both classic and creative cocktails and bar plates. Sun-Tues, til midnight; Wed-Sat, til 2am. [San Jose: 72 S. 1st St.; 408-713-2625]

rosie mccAnn’s

Head to this irish pub and restaurant for evening fun. along with the de rigueur Guinness, the full bar also offers a variety of other beers and inventive cocktails. Enjoy live bands and DJs nightly, along with dancing. Sun-Thurs, til 1am; Fri-Sat, til 2am. [San Jose: 355 Santana Row; 408-247-1706]

With 14 beers on tap, a full menu, and a variety of big-screen TVs, this sports bar in the Marriott Hotel is a good place to relax and watch exciting sports action. open nightly til 12am. [Santa Clara: 2700 Mission College Blvd.; 408-988-1500]


This popular and spacious casino offers an exciting card room environment, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. catch all the action with great games such as Texas Hold ’em, 21st century Blackjack, EZ Baccarat, 3-card poker, pai Gow Tiles, pai Gow poker, and more. The wide variety of betting limits allows everyone, from novice to seasoned player, to find just the right gaming action with some of the best player odds in northern california! play in morning tournaments; watch your favorite teams play on flat screen TVs; and enjoy an entire menu of delicious american and asian cuisine either in Sutter’s Sports Bar or tableside

hedley club lounGe

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

the lobby lounGe

The Fairmont San Jose’s luxurious lounge offers creative cocktails and bar snacks, along with live music nightly. Mon-Sat, til 12am; Sun til 11pm. [San Jose: 170 S. Market St.; 408998-1900]


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bAy 101

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.; 408-280-7475]

rooster t. feAthers

This comedy club hosts national comedians as seen on “The Tonight Show,” The late Show,” HBo, Showtime, and comedy central. Wed-Sun. [Sunnyvale: 157 W. El Camino; 408-736-0921]

ON THE COAST cAsino m8trix

while you play. Drop in and see why Bay 101 is San Jose’s place to play! it’s fun, close to downtown San Jose, easy to get to, and has lots of free parking! [San Jose: 1801 Bering Rd.; 408-451-8888;]

cAsino m8trix

Take a break from your hotel room and hit the Bay area’s hottest place to play. located in the heart of Silicon Valley, just minutes from San Jose airport, casino M8trix is your 24/7 entertainment destination. Enjoy the hottest card games including Blackjack, Baccarat, Three card poker, Texas Hold’em, and more. Hungry? Try Zone 8 Sports Bar and Grill where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks from our full-service bar while watching sports on our 200” HD TVs. Eat at Michi Sushi, the award-winning sushi bar, or maybe relax with freshly brewed coffees, teas, and tasty pastries at lotus café—open all day, every day. Then there’s the Epic Bar in the heart of the casino, providing the perfect atmosphere for gathering and socializing. [San Jose: 1887 Matrix Blvd.; 408-244-3333.]

LIVE MUSIC cAfé stritch

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

Poor house bistro

Fri-Sat performances at this casual new orleans joint highlight blues and jazz. Mon-Thurs, til 9pm; Fri-Sat til 10pm; Sun, til 8pm. [San Jose: 91 S. Autumn St.; 408292-5837]

the sAddle rAck

if you feel like a touch of country, then head to this nightclub with four bars and multiple dance floors. live music features everything from local bands to national touring acts performing both country and rock music. For added fun, hop aboard the mechanical bull to test your rodeo skills or try your luck in the game room. Wed-Thurs, 7pm-midnight; Fri-Sat, 7pm-1:30am. [Fremont: 42011 Boscell Rd.; 510-979-0535]


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, 7pm-2am; Sat, 9:30pm-2am; Sun, 8pm-midnight. [Mountain View: 251 Castro St.; 650-318-6732]

Pure lounGe

located in a converted theater with a main stage and huge dance floor, this modern Vegas-style club offers Vip booths, bottle service, DJs, and live music. Fri-Sat, 10pm2am. [Sunnyvale: 146 S. Murphy Ave.; 408-732-2121]

the cAtAlyst

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

crow’s nest santa Cruz

located on the beach at the scenic 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. [Yacht Harbor: 2218 East Cliff Dr.; 831-476-4560]

kuumbwA jAzz

This highly regarded jazz center attracts artists of national and international renown for over 120 concerts a year at its intimate 200-seat venue. [Santa Cruz: 320-2 Cedar St.; 831427-2227]

moe’s Alley

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

rio theAter


a former movie palace, this 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]

comedy sPorts

rockroom lounGe

Two teams of comedians try to outscore each other by getting more audience laughs while improvising imaginative scenes that may even include operas and musicals. [San Jose: Camera 3, 288 S. 2nd St.; 408985-LAFF]

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] DinESHopplay.coM |





Shop 145 name-brand and designer outlets and enjoy savings of 25 to 65 percent every day at ann Taylor, Banana republic, coach, Gap outlet, J.crew, nike, polo ralph lauren, Saks Fifth avenue off 5th, and more. [Hwy. 101, exit Leavesley Rd.; 408-842-3729]


This huge mall features more than 200 retailers offering discounts off designer labels and brand names. Mon-Sat, 10-9; Sun, 11-8. [Great Mall Pkwy.; 408-956-2033]


Flowers, palm trees, alfresco dining patios, Tuscan-inspired architecture, and oakshaded parking areas provide the ambience for a medley of 35 shops and services including Marshallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department store, a sporting goods store, beauty shops, and more, along with a variety of restaurants, a sports bar, and a brew pub. [1875 S. Bascom Blvd.; 408-796-3277]



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This one-of-a-kind European-inspired destination blends an exciting mix of shopping, dining, entertainment and living, amidst a colorful landscape of lush gardens, parks,

JiM WaTKinS (Top lEFT)

Find your fill of shopping fun at one of the local state-of-the-art shopping centers or by heading to one of several inviting downtowns ideal for strolling. Such destinations as Santana Row, Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Capitola beckon with their pleasant atmosphere and wonderful boutiques and shops.

and plazas. a unique variety of over 50 shops and boutiques include well-known chains Gucci, Tommy Bahama, kate spade new york, Sephora, Warby parker, and anthropologie, along with other name brands including h&M, Kit and ace, and lululemon athletica, as well as distinctive locally owned shops Smith alder and annieglass providing surprises around every corner. indulge in over 30 cafés and popular eateries including roots and rye, Fogo de chão, and pizza antica; nine spas and salons; and the 212-room European-style boutique hotel Valencia. Visit for more details or find them on Facebook. [At Stevens Creek & Winchester Blvds.; 408-551-4611.]


one of the few open-air centers in the nation, this prestigious shopping center is home to more than 140 world-class stores, a dozen restaurants, and four department stores: Bloomingdale’s, neiman Marcus, nordstrom and Macy’s. Mon-Fri, 10-9; Sat, 10-7; Sun, 11-6. [El Camino Real at Sand Hill Rd.; 650-617-8200]


This large retail center showcases a collection of 230 shops and restaurants, including J. crew, restoration hardware and Tiffany & co., as well as Macy’s and nordstrom. Mon-Fri, 10-9:30; Sat, 10-9; Sun, 11-7. [2855 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408-248-4451]



Toys and more are themed around cars and building things. See page 58.



Work by artists and craftspeople includes jewelry, accessories, art glass, and more. See page 58.



Step into the luxury world of exclusive diamonds and fine jewelry at this intimate boutique. See page 59.



Find the latest trending styles for all shapes and sizes, with quality clothing at pleasing price points. See page 59.



These two galleries feature an imaginative assortment of arts and crafts. See page 79.


For over 50 years, this menswear store has brought top quality merchandise from around the world to Silicon Valley. Eli Thomas stays ahead of the competition by presenting their customers with fashion forward styles. Suiting every aspect of your lifestyle, the range of fashions features top designers such as Eton, agave, robert Graham, corneliani, and many more. The professional staff can assist you with custom suits, leathers, shoes, jeans or any of your formalwear needs. head in today and spruce up your wardrobe. Mon-Fri. 9-9; Sat, 9-6; Sun, 12-5. [350 S. Winchester Blvd, Suite 200; 408-247-1024.]



Whether you’re looking for something for daily wear or a fun item for a special occasion, you’ll find it here. See page 59.



This terrific store is renowned for its broad, high-quality product mix of clothes and gifts for children 10 and under. See page 59.



located 10 miles north of Santa cruz, this studio offers an exquisite array of blown-glass art for the home. See page 79.

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From the gear to the look, this historic shop meets the needs of surfers. See page 79.




This downtown boutique offers unique and contemporary styles. See page 79.


San Jose’s Largest Used Bookstore for Over 30 Years 1066 The Alameda, San Jose • 408-286-6275 • (Free, Easy Parking | Five minutes from the Airport & Downtown San Jose)

combine a huge selection with a comfortable, spacious environment and you get a unique bookstore designed for those who love to browse. The 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.; 408-370-3514.]

Also: 275 E.Campbell Ave., Downtown Campbell • 408-370-3514 ROMANTIQUES


a selection of beautiful lingerie includes difficult-to-find bra sizes. See page 60.



This store is a destination for hobbyists and collectors from around the world. See page 60.

Silicon Valley’s Destination for High Quality Menswear



owned by local mother/daughter team paula and Jessica alder, this intimate boutique represents the unique clothing and jewelry of over 30 designers. Most of these artist-designers create their work in their own small studios, enabling them to oversee the quality of each piece and ensuring the fine tailoring, exquisite detailing, and luxurious fabrics and materials for which they are noted. The store features beautiful americanmade and European womenswear, art jewelry, and accessories for work, play, travel, weddings, and other special events, personally selected by the owners on seasonal buying trips to new york, los angeles, and Europe. Visit Smith alder for excellence in choice, quality, artistic design, and customer service. Mon, 10-6; Tues-Sat, 10-9; Sun 12-6. [377 Santana Row, Suite 1055; 408-260-7555.]



From earrings to chains, this store is all about sterling silver. See page 79.



This gallery offers the enchanting and nostalgic works of Thomas Kinkade. See page 79.

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LOS GATOS SHOPPING Los Gatos, just a short drive from San Jose and other Silicon Valley cities, is a prime shopping destination for its appealing mix of independent owner-run boutiques and stores as well as national brands including Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware, and Apple. Stroll downtown and you'll find a shoppers’ paradise with everything from women's apparel, jewelry and lingerie to toys, home furnishings and fine art, along with an array of tempting restaurants and coffee shops. ABOVE: SCENES ON AND OFF SANTA CRUZ AVENUE

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parties for up to 20. Sun-Wed, 10-6; ThursSat, 10-8. Visit for the online store. [100B N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-402-3818.]





This friendly family-run store holds equal appeal for kids and young-minded adults with its wide range of toys and other products themed around cars and building things. here you’ll find a unique assortment of models, remote control cars, puzzles and, most partic-

ularly, building-type toys whose cleverly designed, interactive features often include multiple configurations. assembly of many of these toys teaches kids about scientific concepts such as electricity and engineering mechanics as they play, while simultaneously developing imagination, creativity, and dexterity. Books and T-shirts round out the offerings. inquire for customized birthday

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.; 408-395-1680.]



a carefully curated collection of soughtafter contemporary designer clothing, shoes and accessories includes brands such as 3x1, 360, alexis, camilla, l’agence,

Specialty Toy Store Cars and Build Toys


51 University Ave., Los Gatos 408.395.7749 • 58

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100B North Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos 408.402.3818

Mother, rebecca Taylor, Smythe, and Zadig & Voltaire. Mon-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5. [145 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-354-4206]



Step into the luxury world of exclusive crisscut diamonds and fine jewelry at this comfortably intimate boutique, and let proprietress Jeanette Blacy, a graduate gemologist, along with her staff introduce you to her inspirational collection of elegant jewelry from internationally acclaimed designers. celebrate a special occasion, or treat yourself to a gift. ask the knowledgeable staff about transforming one of your previously loved pieces into a magnificent new design. Visitors are invited to enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne while their jewelry receives a complimentary cleaning. Tues-Wed, 10-5; Thurs-Sat, 10-6. [51 University Ave.; 408-354-9500.]





Whether you’re looking for something for daily wear or a fun item for a special occasion, you’ll find it here in a relaxing, comfortable and calm environment. The proprietor and her staff provide great personal service and enjoy getting to know their customers, sharing stories, and offering advice and bra-fitting services. The boutique carries a wide selection of bras, including hard-to-find band and cup sizes, along with sleepwear and hosiery. Tightly edited collections range from fine European brands such as lise charmel, Samantha chang, and Marlies dekkers to independent Bay area and new york designers of limited edition luxury lingerie. Tues-Thurs, 11-6, Fri-Sat; 11-7, Sun 12-5; Mon by appointment. [59 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite A; 408-395-6529]



a varied collection of handcrafted folk art items from Guatemala and Mexico includes colorful fair trade textiles, one-of-a kind wearable art, and exquisitely crafted sterling silver necklaces, bracelets, filigree earrings, and other stunning jewelry from Taxco and oaxaca. open Tues-Sun. [25 W. Main St.; 408-395-0403]



This terrific store is renowned for its broad, high quality product mix from around the world. you’ll find everything from books and toys to casual and dressy clothes for babies through 10-year-olds. Walk in and buy a fun $25 shower present, or spend $250 for a great luxury gift. Brands include Tea collection, Jellycat, aden & anais, Kickee pants, little Giraffe, and many more. let the kind and attentive staff show you the full selection of products—state-of-the-art, yet with a constant emphasis on old-fashioned values. artistic gift wrapping included. Mon-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 10-5. [12 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-354-5454.]

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This downtown boutique is the quintessential spot to wind down with some retail therapy. Find the latest trending styles for all shapes and sizes, with quality clothing at

pleasing price points. offering flawless service, personal stylists will help you find staples for any occasion, matching current fashion trends with your personal style. Featured designers include rd Style, lush, Tarte, Bella luxx, Jessica Elliot, and many more. Tues-Sat, 10-6; Sun 10-5. [78 W. Main St.; 408-560-9951.]

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59 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos


This award-winning lifestyle boutique is known for its extensive selection of beautifully crafted underpinnings, difficult-to-find bra sizes, and expert service. For over 23 years, owner Susan Testa and her staff have expertly fit bras for women of all ages and sizes. you’ll find intimates from aubade, cosabella, Eberjey, hanky panky, Marlies dekkers, Mimi holliday, Simone perele and more, plus dresses, skirts, pants, and tops from For love & lemons, Tysa, cleobella, indah, and many others. Visit the store to experience the friendly service and hand-picked merchandise their loyal customers have come to love, or shop the same great selections on their website. Sun-Mon, 11-5; Tues-Sat, 10-6. call for extended holiday hours. [51 University Ave.; 408-395-7749.]



Sierra Toy Soldier Company “We bring history to life.” A Unique Toy and Collectables Store for Big and Little Kids. Model Figures, Historical Miniatures, Model Aircraft and Lots of Toy Soldiers... Mon-Sat 10am-6pm • Sun, 12-5pm

29 N. Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos 95030 • (408) 395 3000

Specialty Clothing & Gifts for Newborns to 10-Year-Olds

12 N. Santa Cruz Avenue Los Gatos 408.354.5454


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opened in 2002, this unique familyowned and -operated store is a “must” destination for hobbyists and collectors from around the world. With its vast collection of high-quality historical figures, military miniatures, model aircraft and toy soldiers, Sierra Toy Soldier company 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; free in U.S. for orders over $50. Mon-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5. [29 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-395-3000.]



dress in comfort and style with selections by leading designers such as Michael Stars, hard Tail, Sundry, Stateside, Free people, and aG denim. year-round resort and swimwear, handbags, belts, cover-ups, beach bags, sandals, hats, and sunglasses also offered. Mon-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 11-5. [108 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-354-8653]


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: One-of-a-kind jewelry at Smith Alder (Santana Row); Designer hats at Boutique La Lune (Los Gatos); Exquisite designs by Lika Behar at Blacy’s (Los Gatos); Highend menswear at Eli Thomas (Santana Row)

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Else lingerie at Romantiques (Los Gatos); Owner Eric at Recycle Bookstore (San Jose; Campbell); Amber collections at Super Silver (Santa Cruz; Capitola); Gifts and apparel for young ones at Los Gatos Baby & Kids (Los Gatos); Lingerie at French Theft (Los Gatos); Octopus sculpture with secret drawer at Craft Gallery (Capitola)


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Collectibles and more at Sierra Toy Soldier Company (Los Gatos); Hand-blown glass at Lundberg Studios (Davenport); Handcrafted jewelry at Azuca (Los Gatos); High-end apparel at Pacific Trading (Santa Cruz); “It’s Our Time,” San Francisco GIants’ AT&T Park at Thomas Kinkade Gallery (Capitola); Beach-perfect apparel at O’Neill Surf Shop (Santa Cruz); Wooden toy cars at Automobuild (Los Gatos)

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The Santa Cruz


The Santa Cruz coastline offers spectacular backcountry roads, beaches, and forests packed with temptation for lovers of intriguing breweries, bistros, boutiques, and hiking trails. Tastings of regional specialties offered by the many local winegrowersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;along with fun shops, farm-to-table dining, lively music venues, and a rich, panoramic landscape set against backdrops of cove beaches and stately redwood forestsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;combine to create a dramatically different world from Silicon Valley, yet only a short drive away. |


Everyone who visits falls immediately under the spell of this stretch of the Pacific coast. Just mentioning the Santa Cruz area invokes images of stunning beaches, an enviable Mediterranean climate, and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s lively seaside amusement park attractions. Santa Cruz’s colorful downtown scene, the charm of tiny Capitola-by-the-Sea, historic redwood groves, the vibrant culture of premium vineyards and tasting rooms, and long stretches of rural scenery dotted with u-pick farms all compete for visitors’ attention. 66

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ViSitorS and wandErErS haVE long fantaSizEd about thiS SEaSidE haVEn. the coast has cast its spell for generations, impressing explorers and natives alike with indelible memories. more than 200 years ago, it enticed the first Europeans to found the strategic Spanish settlement of Santa cruz. Ever since, the coast has lured legions of bohemians, entrepreneurs, and sun worshippers, all drawn by the weather, the sparkling beaches, the ancient forests, and the welcoming attitudes of the locals. along with a colorful population of back-to-the-land hippies from tiny nearby mountain communities, Santa cruz’s special cultural blend has long reflected its effervescent mix of artists, retirees, organic produce growers, and others seeking alternative lifestyles. when the university of california campus opened in 1965, Santa cruz’s ambience expanded to encompass students as well as their well-traveled professors. during the past three decades, Santa cruz also has become an increasingly popular bedroom community for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, whose presence has helped enrich the cultural flavor. 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 whalewatching trips. Santa cruz wharf, a spacious pier that’s home to shops, new and vintage 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. crowned by the early 20th-century silhouettes of the giant dipper roller coaster and the turrets of the nearby beach boardwalk’s casino arcade and cocoanut grove ballroom, the adjacent main beach has maintained its endless summer appeal through many decades—to the delight of fun-seekers and beachcombers. Santa cruz also lays claim to being america’s earliest surfing mecca. in 1885, three hawaiian princes on heavy wooden longboards introduced 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 daylight hours and in any weather to test their sanity against some of the biggest and best waves in the west.

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Davenport—a tiny coastal village 10 miles from Santa Cruz—offers unmatched views of the region’s fabled natural beauty. Hidden canyons and crashing surf interweave with idyllic cove beaches, dramatic sea-carved cliffs, and public parklands. But don’t rush on your way out of town; there is much to enjoy en route. 68

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on thE northwESt EdgE of Santa cruz, just before highway 1 becomes decidedly rural, Swift Street courtyard off ingalls Street offers one-stop sipping, dining, and shopping. with the cluster of small wineries, casual restaurants, cafés, a hopping brewpub, small boutiques, artisanal charcuterie, and the region’s only tasting room and distillery for handcrafted liquors—Venus Spirits—visitors could well find a weekend’s worth of experiencing the region’s finest flavors. on Saturday morning, across the street from this vivacious scene, a popular farmers market spreads its wares—including live music and freshly created breakfast.

leaving Santa cruz behind by continuing north along highway 1, the landscape opens up to idyllic panoramas dotted with agricultural fields embraced on the west by the pacific ocean. the handsomely restored 19th-century manor house and barns of wilder ranch State park pop into view just north of Santa cruz, offering a picturesque window into the region’s history. this sprawling ranch, with the ruins of an 18thcentury adobe surrounded by overgrown gardens, is a popular starting point for biking and trekking trails that crisscross 5,000 acres of coastal range wildlife habitat. davenport is home to the world-famed lundberg Studios whose hand-blown art glass, including art nouveau and tiffany-style creations, reside in leading museums. nearby on highway 1, the handiwork of winemaker randall grahm rewards adventurous wine tasters with premium varietals at bonny doon Vineyard tasting room. clustered next door are a handful of colorful cafés and restaurants prized by locals and visitors alike.

The bluffs of Davenport invite easy access to splendid, uncrowded beaches. This jagged and refreshingly pristine coastline is a destination unto itself, where tide pools are inhabited by a fascinating assortment of easily viewed sea creatures.

once upon a time, whalers scanned the waves from these windy bluffs; a few lone pilings from the ruined wharf whisper of the 19th-century sea trade. davenport’s sandstone cliffs still offer prime whale watching from december through may, when the annual migrations of giant gray whales bring them close to shore.

facing page: shark fin cove near davenport; swanton berrY farM on highwaY 1, just north of davenport (above)

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Packed with historic architecture, eclectic boutiques and surf shops, and a wide range of dining spots, downtown Santa Cruz knows how to romance adventurous visitors.


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pacific aVEnuE, thE city’S trEEShadEd main rEtail Strip, is lined with a bevy of cafés, taquerias, and outdoor pizza patios, with spacious bookstores anchoring each end. coffeehouses, from hip urban to laid-back, literally dot the downtown. pacific avenue is also a shopper’s paradise, with a vivacious population of small artisan emporia, designer clothing boutiques, shoe stores, galleries, and import bazaars clustered around the art deco-style del mar movie palace. Visitors will find shops specializing in specialty chocolate drinks, designer jewelry, adventure sports equipment, gourmet

kitchen accessories, local crafts, and gift cards and papers; eco-import stores filled with sustainably produced clothing and exotic home furnishings; as well as “only in Santa cruz” skateboard, bicycle, and surf shops. the town’s diversity has made the dining scene just as varied, with options for all budgets, moods, and tastes. choices include sushi bars, trattorias, taquerias, gastropubs, trendy lounges, ethnic eateries ranging from greek to indonesian to Sri lankan, old-fashioned ice-cream parlors, burger joints, and a variety of cafés and wine bars. Santa cruz cuisine is devoted to regional flavors and

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Santa Cruz retains a strong sense of its past in the beautiful Victorian mansions and Craftsman bungalows along its side streets, but a lively new-wave culture has also made itself welcome.

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above & preceding page: street scenes along pacific avenue in downtown santa cruz, plus tastY fare at laili (above left)

progressive venues like the Kuumbwa Jazz club, the rio theater, and the poet & patriot irish pub help give friday nights a pulse of youthful energy, while the catalyst, renowned for decades as one of the prime entertainment spots on the coast, regularly rocks the town with a mix of well-known music performers.

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ultra-fresh seasonal specialties, thanks to the area’s thriving number of small, organic farms and orchards, many started by graduates of uc Santa cruz’s center for agroecology & Sustainable food Systems. popular farmers markets supply the top local restaurants.

hEading South from Santa cruz on highway 1, which threads its way along virtually the entire length of the golden State’s coast, takes you to the historic town of Soquel, originally settled by way of 18thcentury Spanish land grants and then later in the early 19th century by wildcat loggers. the Victorian mansion of gold rush pioneer John daubenbiss still overlooks the very heart of the village. rich with artifacts and mementos of california history, a half dozen antique shops and collectibles barns near the central intersection of porter Street

and Soquel drive reward antique lovers with finds—from fine old sterling and European china to hand-carved signs and vintage textiles steeped in early Soquel lore. South of Soquel, the town of aptos remains delightfully 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 biking trails opening up to ocean views. on

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the ocean side 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 permanently docked SS Palo Alto. Known locally as “the cement ship,” it was one of only three oceangoing concrete vessels built during world war i. though badly beaten in recent storms, it remains a part of the panorama. aptos is also home to the luxurious vacation sanctuary, Seascape resort.

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Tucked away in a sheltered cove just a quick hop south of Santa Cruz, the quaint waterfront village of Capitola-by-the-Sea has sung a siren call to vacationers from way back in the 1880s, when it sprang into being as a rustic retreat for wealthy San Franciscans. No longer rustic or a playground reserved for the rich, Capitola has grown into California’s most quintessential beach town. When you get here, park your car as soon as you can. Then ignore it for the rest of your stay, because you’ll find plenty to do within a few easily walked blocks. The streets are a shopper’s bonanza, blessedly lacking in cookie-cutter national chain stores but bursting with quirky, individually owned shops selling everything from arts and crafts and designer jewelry to fashionable apparel, beachwear, surfing gear and, of course, souvenirs. |



when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to sit down for something to eat or drink, whether a morning cappuccino, a quick snack, a leisurely meal, or a glass of your favorite adult beverage, just head a few steps toward the ocean. capitolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curving beachfront Esplanade is packed from one end to the other with an eclectic variety of eateries oďŹ&#x20AC;ering food from fast to ďŹ ne, along with convivial watering holes. have a quick slice of pizza, a more leisurely alfresco meal on a patio, or simply a creative cocktail or a cold brew in the sunâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all with the sounds of surf and the azure panorama of monterey bay as your backdrop.

During the warmer summer months, beach and water activities crank up. Surfers hit the waves; kayakers paddle the calmer waters; the sandy beach turns into a patchwork quilt of sunbathers; and fishermen toss their lines from the rocks or wharf.

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(Sundays, august-September). in 2017, annual events including the rod & custom car Show (June 10-11), the begonia festival (Sept 1-4), and the art & wine festival (Sept 9-10) bring another dimension to the fun. picturesque Soquel creek empties into the pacific at the north end of capitola beach, and overlooking it, a few minutes’ walk from the Esplanade, the landmark Shadowbrook restaurant perches within a colorfully lush hillside garden. featuring fine dining in a rustically romantic old world-style setting, as well as more casual fare in the rockroom lounge, this historic restaurant is reached either by its unique hillside “cable car” or via a winding pathway through the garden’s flowers, luxuriant ferns, and waterfalls. nearby, the pleasure point beach neighborhood offers a vigorous boom of cafés and chic ethnic eateries wrapped up in laid-back surfing culture vibes.

capitola village is all about color, froM the terraced bungalows (facing page) and business storefronts (above, left) to the venetian hotel on the beach

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Extend Your Stay on e Bay O R B R I N G T H E W H O L E C O M PA N Y

ViSitorS might driVE inland to thE rEdwoodS inStEad to reach miles of scenic hiking trails and stupendous trees. north up highway 9—a curvy masterpiece of 1930’s engineering—the picturesque 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. 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 powerful 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 “short cut” linking the laid-back mountain and coastal lifestyles to Silicon Valley—so close and yet, in some ways, worlds apart. —Christina Waters is a freelance writer living in Santa Cruz.

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big basin redwoods state park (above); roaring caMp railroads

craft gallerY & annex


these two galleries feature an imaginative assortment of arts and crafts by over 300 american craftspeople. an eclectic and imaginative assortment of pottery, jewelry, wood jewelry boxes, chimes, wall decor and art glass assures something for everyone. included among the featured lines are 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.; 831475-4466 or 831-475-3788]

lundberg studios


located in the charming village of davenport, just 10 miles north of Santa cruz, lundberg Studios is an attraction you won’t want to miss. for over 46 years, master craftsmen have been creating an exquisite array of vases, scent bottles, ornaments, lighting fixtures, paperweights, and other custom items. melting all its own exotic colors, originally developed by founder James lundberg, lundberg Studios has redefined the art of making quality glass through a fusion of traditional and innovative techniques, resulting in the work being placed in nearly every major museum and private glass collection. Styles are exclusive to lundberg Studios, ranging from antique to contemporary, from tiffany to art deco. open mon-Sat, 11-4. [131 Old Coast Rd.; 831-423-2532]

o’neill surf shop


Voted “best Surf Shop” in Santa cruz for over 20 years in a row, this historic shop meets the needs of surfers—from the novice to the professional. Since the beginning, o’neill has been the leader in wetsuit technology; the Santa cruz area locations carry the world’s largest selection of o’neill wetsuits and uV protective rash guards. buy your gear or get out in the surf by renting a wetsuit, surfboard or body board at the 41st avenue location. for those who simply enjoy the beach style, o’neill Surf Shop also carries its own line of clothing and accessories as well as other major surf brands. whether for cold pacific waters or warm sunny days, o’neill Surf Shop has the entire family covered. [Santa Cruz: Downtown, 110 Cooper St.; 831-469-4377.

Also 400 Beach St. (at the Boardwalk); 831-459-9230. Capitola: 1115 41st Ave.; 831-475-4151. Also 1149 41st Ave. (Outlet); 831-479-5613]

pacific trading co.


family owned and operated, this local women’s boutique has dressed Santa cruz for over 30 years. an amazing selection includes such favorites 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 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, 106:30. [Downtown Santa Cruz: 1224 Pacific Ave.; 831-423-3349. Capitola: 504-C Bay Ave.; 831-476-6109]

super silver


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. the friendly staff can help you find anything for any budget! open daily at 10am. [Santa Cruz: 1301 Pacific Ave.; 831-460-9696. Capitola: Capitola Mall; 831-477-1932. Also: 214 Capitola Ave.; 831-462-9696]

thoMas kinkade gallerY


Visit this intimate gallery to see the works of thomas Kinkade. Known for his enchanting cottages, breathtaking landscapes, and nostalgic city-scapes, this renowned “painter of light” has perfected the technique introduced by 19th-century american painters known as luminists. this gallery offers a wide range of products from small gift items to original works. thomas Kinkade’s amazing disney Series in partnership with disney includes paintings such as cinderella, beauty and the beast, peter pan, tangled, and pirates of the caribbean, plus many more. reserve your own great disney classic at this gallery. Visit the website to view the entire collection as well as other masterworks. open daily. 10-6. [121 San Jose Ave., Capitola village; 831-4760970.]



located at the dream inn, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the monterey bay, this restaurant showcases local seafood and produce as well as wine and craft beers. monSat: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sun: brunch and dinner. [175 W. Cliff Dr.; 831-460-5012]



this sleek bistro in downtown Santa cruz 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]



located on the west end of town, this bright and airy restaurant features woodfired pizza and organic mediterranean food. the ever-changing menu is made up from scratch daily, based on seasonal availability of ingredients. dinner: mon-Sat. [1010 Fair Ave.; 831-420-0101]

café cruz


operating since 1995, this gem just south of Santa cruz offers the best of it all: a lively and friendly scene; an open and warm atmosphere with tuscan fireplaces and a beautiful, heated patio; and, simply, a great menu. highlighting california cuisine, café cruz uses the freshest local produce, sustainable seafood, free-range chicken, and source-verified beef, complemented by other top-of-the-line ingredients including such locally made favorites as gayle’s bakery breads and organic coffee from Santa cruz roasting company. many of their excellent wines hail from the Santa cruz mountains. the interior features an open, copper-backed kitchen, french rotisserie and full bar. lunch: mon-Sat, 11:30-2:30. afternoon menu: mon-Sat, 3-5:30. [2621 41st Ave.; 831-476-3801.]

crow’s nest


wall-to-wall windows with stunning views of the monterey bay national marine Sanctuary. colorful sailboats making their way to and from the adjoining harbor. a friendly, casual atmosphere and award-winning food. all this |


and more have made this restaurant a favorite for locals and visitors alike since 1969. the menu features the freshest local seafood, in addition to midwestern aged beef, shellfish, pasta, and an abundant salad bar. upstairs is a spectacular lounge offering live music and dancing, and Sunday is comedy night, featuring nationally known headliners. the upstairs grill serves appetizers and casual meals throughout the day and evening. the kids’ menu features a prize from the captain’s treasure chest at the end of the meal. new on the dock next door is the crow’s nest beach market, featuring wood-fired pizza, gourmet grab ‘n go sandwiches, salads and desserts, beer and wine to go, soft-serve ice cream, as well as unique home décor and fine gifts. a great place to shop! open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. [Yacht Harbor: 2218 East Cliff Dr.; 831-476-4560.]

el paloMar


Voted “best mexican restaurant in Santa cruz” over and over again by Good Times Magazine, this downtown landmark offers great southof-the-border cuisine in the relaxing atmosphere of a beautiful 1930’s hotel. El palomar’s extensive menu features both traditional and exotic dishes, all prepared using only the freshest local seafood and produce. popular items include fresh oysters, seafood tacos, ceviche tostadas, chicken mole, and pozole. for thirst quenchers, El palomar offers its justifiably famed margaritas, plus beer, wine and more. open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner (11am-10pm); late night taco bar & full bar until midnight. [1336 Pacific Ave.; 831-4257575.]

gabriella cafe


intimate and romantic, this local gem serves up seasonally driven northern italian cuisine. the wine list includes a wide selection from the Santa cruz mountains. lunch and dinner daily. [910 Cedar St.; 831-457-1677]



the team at ihop capitola wants you to think of its table as your family table and has been dedicated to doing so since 2009. centrally located on the Santa cruz coast, ihop welcomes you to visit and let it do the cooking while you create new memories and enjoy the


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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]



for a festive night with friends or a romantic evening for two, visit this chic mediterranean restaurant in downtown Santa cruz. dine in the beautiful open dining room with an exhibition kitchen, or alfresco on the heated garden patio. Saffron, cardamom and mint alight in laili’s richly spiced menu with an afghani flair. for vegetarians and vegans there are mouth-watering vegetable dishes, including pumpkin boranee and pomegranate eggplant. for more traditional mediterranean fare, try the chicken and lamb kabobs paired with a selection from the well-crafted wine list. Save room for an inspired dessert and house favorite– cardamom crème brûlée. open tues-Sun for lunch and dinner. [101 B. Cooper St.; 831-423-4545.]



this modern downtown spot is known for its creative california comfort food and drinks. lunch: wed-Sat, dinner: tues-Sun. [121 Soquel Ave.; 831-423-7427]

oYunaa's Mongolian cuisine MONGOLIAN SANTA cRuz

dumplings are the specialty here—steamed, fried, and in soup—all handmade from scratch daily. dinner: wed-mon, 5-10. [1209 Soquel Ave.; 831-469-9900]

paradise beach grille cALIfORNIA cuISINE cAPITOLA-bY-THE-SEA

Six-time winner of “best restaurant of the year” in Santa cruz county by the good times, 2007-2014, 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]

rosie Mccann’s


located in the vibrant downtown area of Santa cruz, this restaurant and pub blends traditional irish food and hospitality with a contemporary california flair. Enjoy such favorites as fish and chips (with true alaskan cod), shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash, along with angus filet, grilled salmon, and more. but food is not the only draw: the warm pub ambiance, a full bar and lounge, live music thurs-Sat, and monday night trivia with great prizes all make fun certain, with the bustling activity attesting to this. lunch & dinner daily. brunch: Sat-Sun, 9:30-2. open late. [1220 Pacific Ave.; 831-426-9930]

shadowbrook restaurant


though very popular as a local favorite, this restaurant has also been on every visitor’s “must-do” list for over 70 years. today, Shadowbrook continues its tradition of fine food and drink in an atmosphere of old-world charm and grace. the quaint hillside “cable car” and meandering garden path at this world-famous restaurant lead down lushly landscaped gardens with waterfalls and highly crafted rock walls above the banks of Soquel creek in capitola-bythe-Sea. the beautiful grounds, along with a warm, comfortable lounge and several intimate dining areas, make this a popular place for locals and visitors wanting to spend quality time with family and friends as well as celebrating life’s special occasions. award-winning fare includes creative nightly specials as well as traditional offerings of prime rib, fresh seafood, pastas and oak-fired, brick oven pizzas. children are welcome and a creative children’s menu is also offered. light entrées and wood-fired pizza nightly in the rock room lounge from 4pm and throughout the evening to 10pm or later. dinner every night, including holidays. [Wharf & Capitola Rd.; Reservations online or 831-475-1511]



great wines and a seasonal mediterraneaninspired menu come together at this wine bar, restaurant, and wine shop. dinner nightly. [105 Walnut Ave.; 831-423-2020]

west end tap & kitchen


located on the west end of town, this eatery serves pub fare with a california twist, paired with craft beers. lunch and dinner daily. [334D Ingalls St.; 831-471-8115]

LOCAL VINES & WINES By Camron Mashayekh


Winetasting in Santa Clara Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains INNOVATIVE, INTERNATIONAL, AND PIONEERING— words typically associated with the area’s technology industries—also apply when describing the local wine scene. A broad spectrum of weather and terrain as well as producer philosophies ensures there are wines to please everyone, along with many opportunities to discover new things in the world of wine. Which is not to say that winemaking is a new industry here. Ever since the first Spanish settlements more than 200 years ago, vineyards have flourished in our sunlit canyons and foothills crowned by stands of oak and redwood. |


vineyards at ridge look over the fog toward the ocean; Preceding Page, inset: barrel samPling at gUglielmo winery

“It is here that the delicate hands of the winemaker are rewarded with wines that express every subtlety of the fruit....” The coasTal sanTa cRuz mounTains, sTReTchinG fRom half moon Bay in The noRTh To WaTsonVille aT TheiR souTheRn end, offer winegrowers myriad microclimates, each influenced by unique exposures to sun, sea, altitude, and soil. The ocean-cooled nights of the western-exposed vineyards—a natural home for the purest expressions of chardonnay and pinot noir—produce subtle wines with crisp acidity and effusive aromatics. Viognier, syrah, and other cool-climate renditions of varietals common to warmer climates also flourish under these maritime conditions. it is here where the delicate hands of the winemaker are rewarded with wines that express every subtlety of the fruit.

URBAN SETTING. ÜBER WINES. discover the tasting room of one of america’s best-known wineries right on the outskirts of downtown san Jose: J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines. This family-run winery was founded by Jerry lohr, who helped pioneer both the monterey and paso Robles winegrowing regions decades ago and has been crafting fine wines ever since. at its san Jose Wine center, you can taste the award-winning results of that experience: the flagship J. lohr estates Riverstone chardonnay and seven oaks cabernet bottlings and the very limited cuvée series’ Bordeaux-style blends and Gesture Rhone varietal releases. There is something here for every palate and every wine lover—all paired with friendly, genuine hospitality. 82

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The warmer, eastern flanks of the mountains and adjacent valley floor yield wines of power and intensity, expressing ripe fruit flavors and bold structure. lovers of the rich and opulent style of california wines will be pleased, while also being introduced to additional flavors uncommon to other regions of the state. The mix of soil compositions— including clay, granite, limestone, and sandstone—influences each vine, imparting the signature minerality of the region and resulting in rich chardonnays, gripping cabernets, and hedonistic zinfandels that are like sunshine in a glass.

To complement the exceptional variety of terroirs, many local winemakers in these two regions focus on small production, high-quality wines using sustainably farmed fruit and artisanal winemaking techniques. The area’s long and rich history has contributed to giving modern growers and winemakers the knowledge and tools needed to best utilize their unique fruit. The confluence of these factors results not only in world-class wines but also some of the most intimate and pleasurable wine tasting to be found anywhere—all this set against the area’s picturesque backdrop of mountains, valleys, and coastline. here we offer five suggested itineraries for different areas, plus a san Jose treasure. Whichever your pick, you won’t be disappointed.

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a drive south from san Jose to morgan hill and on to Gilroy takes you to more than a dozen wineries offering a variety of unique tasting experiences. stop in at the cozy, rustic tasting room of Guglielmo Winery in morgan hill, with a picnic area overlooking the vineyards. established in 1925, this is the oldest, continuously operating winery in santa clara Valley. more than three generations later, this family-owned winery continues to thrive, producing wines from estate grapes as well as from other santa clara Valley and monterey county vineyards. focused on italian-accented reds such as sangiovese and Barbera, the bottlings also include rarities like charbono, and carignan, as well as cabernets and chardonnays. and pinot Grigio, you ask? yes, indeed.

driving on to san martin brings you to Clos LaChance Winery, a Tuscan-style edifice set against a backdrop of grapevines and rolling foothills. With vineyards in its own warm pocket of hayes Valley as well as in the

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from here, enjoy charming pastoral vistas of orchards and ranches as you continue along Watsonville Road to reach other worthy stops such as Sycamore Creek Vineyards, Sarah’s Vineyard, Solis Winery, and Martin Ranch Winery. and though these would be difficult enough to fit in a day, ambitious (and chauffeured) tasters can venture on, heading west over to the santa cruz side to reach the corralitos wine trail (see itinerary 5), even if for the scenery alone. above: sarah’s vineyard (left) and the entrance to gUglielmo winery

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cooler parts of the santa cruz mountains, this winery matches grapes to the growing conditions of each different site, yielding a wide variety of well-crafted wines, from sparkling whites to bold reds and a late-harvest sweet wine.


hit the foothills west of san Jose for noteworthy wines and beautiful settings. your wine tasting trip might well start with legendary Ridge Vineyards, overlooking the valley from its perch atop cupertino’s montebello Road. Winemaking pioneer paul draper is known for distinct wines of world-class quality, with Bordeaux varietals dominating the estate and yielding fantastically structured reds. produced in smaller quantities, the chardonnay is also a treat for the palate. nearby historic Picchetti Winery, established in 1896, is a charming spot for a picnic under oak trees. find the right wine to pair with the contents of your picnic basket—from the mineral-driven sparkling Rosé and leslie’s estate chardonnay to pleasing reds from the Bellicitti Vineyard. and why not add in a hike in the adjacent open-space preserve?

across the canyon, Cooper-Garrod Estate Winery includes 28 acres of organically farmed vineyards and an equestrian center. its array of wines produced from estate-grown fruit include Viognier, chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and blends thereof, each named for an aircraft flown by founding winemaker George cooper, a former test pilot for nasa. The wines are muscular yet refined, a testament to mature vines and a winemaking prowess acquired over two generations.

a cluster of wineries have opened tasting rooms on Big Basin Way in downtown saratoga, including Big Basin Vineyards. founder/winemaker Bradley Brown has garnered acclaim from critics and consumers alike for his Rhone varietals from his estate winery and vineyard on the other side of the mountains above Boulder creek. organic, sustainable farming and natural winemaking techniques produce wines of purity and place, including Riesling, chardonnay, and pinot noir sourced from sites in corralitos and the Gabilan mountains.

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a short drive west up Big Basin Way leads you to the historic Mountain Winery, with a setting offering panoramic views of the valley. originally founded as a winery in the early 20th century by paul masson, who was known for his champagnes, it was eventually converted to a concert venue in 1958. its winery roots came back to life when its estate vineyards were re-established in 2004. Today, estate pinot noirs and chardonnays, as well as other wines under the mountain Winery label, can be sampled in an old World ambience.

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steps away, other tasting rooms include those of Cinnabar Winery and the shared space for Michaud Vineyard Wines and Michael Martella, also known as m4. live music on the outdoor patio at cinnabar adds to the enjoyment on weekends.

continue on up highway 9 to reach Savannah-Chanelle Winery, with spectacular valley views as well. This historic property includes head-pruned zinfandel vines more than 100 years old and cabernet franc vines planted in 1923—the oldest of their kind in california. pinot noir is the focus here, with several variations from the estate and other select vineyards throughout california. delicious chardonnay, Rosé, cabernet franc, and syrah round out the dry wines and a port satisfies the sweet tooth. |



start your tour at Testarossa Winery, just above los Gatos on the former site of novitiate Winery. specializing in chardonnay and pinot noir, Testarossa sources fruit from some of california’s top vineyards ranging from sonoma county to santa Barbara county—comprising a veritable “who’s who” of growers. Visitors can enjoy the acclaimed wines either in the tasting room or on the deck at outdoor Wine Bar 107—where artisan cheese and charcuterie are available too. Venturing farther up the hill on serpentine Bear creek Road leads you to David Bruce Winery. david Bruce is famed for its pinot noirs but also produces chardonnay, syrah, petite sirah, zinfandel, and cabernet from the 16-acre estate and sonoma and central coast vineyards. The winery’s 1973 chardonnay was among the selections at the landmark 1976 paris Wine Tasting that launched california onto the global wine scene, when its previously unheralded wines matched or bettered french counterparts in a blind tasting.

a few more turns up Bear creek Road brings you to chateau-style Byington Winery with sweeping views over the santa cruz mountains and monterey Bay. Byington’s estate pinot noir vineyard, the source of elegant signature wines, surrounds the winery. sauvignon Blanc’s minerality and Viognier’s floral aromatics are blended to create the delicious “liage” cuvée, while chardonnay grapes from neighboring vineyards offer a counterpart to the estate pinot. Bordeaux varietals round out the production, from crisp sauvignon Blanc to powerful cabernet.

still in the mood to taste more? head south on skyline Boulevard and cross highway 17 to find yourself on summit Road. here a cluster of wineries, including Regale, Burrell School, Silver Mountain Vineyards, and MJA Vineyards, reward with both tastings and views.

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over on the coastal side of the santa cruz mountains appellation, in the city of santa cruz itself, a trip to the tasting room of Storrs Winery makes a good starting place for visitors seeking the distinct flavors of santa cruz-area grapes. Try the handcrafted chardonnays, pinots, and zinfandels. on the northwest end of santa cruz, at the corner of swift and ingalls before hitting the coastal route north, a cluster of micro-boutique wineries known as Surf City Vintners is a popular hangout for the university crowd, surfers, local artists, visitors from “over the hill,” and wine aficionados. focused on eclectic wines and casual settings, the tasting facilities of wineries, including Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, MJA Vineyards, Silver Mountain Vineyards, and Equinox, give visitors a chance to chat with winemakers and sample vintages rarely available outside the area.

The tasting room of innovative Bonny Doon Vineyard sits about 10 scenic miles north of santa cruz in the coastal hamlet of davenport. owner/winemaker Randall Grahm has long been known for pushing the boundaries of california farming and winemaking. his “out-of-the-box” approach has created some of the most interesting beverages around, including ciders, sparkling wines, and even distilled spirits; the flagship “le cigare Volant” wines are fine exemplars of california Rhône-style blends. a few miles inland from the coast, heading up Bonny doon Road, you’ll reach Beauregard Vineyards. The tasting room is in a historic cabin, nestled among the vineyards and shaded by giant redwoods. cooled by proximity to the coast and planted in mineral-laced soils, Beauregard’s estate vineyards are ideal for producing the terroir-driven style of the varietals. chardonnay and pinot noir are the specialties here.


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high above the town of soquel, Soquel Vineyards and Poetic Cellars offer weekend tastings. a visit to soquel Vineyards provides a sweeping view of the monterey Bay coastline and a chance to taste some outstanding wines—cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, and zinfandel sourced from the hillside location. poetic cellars winery boasts a state-of-the-art production facility on 36 densely forested acres, where innovative blends of red grapes as well as santa cruz mountains chardonnays and pinot noirs are produced.

farther south, surrounded by rolling coastal hills, lies the town of corralitos. here four wineries—Pleasant Valley, Nicholson, Alfaro, Windy Oaks—have established the corralitos Wine Trail. area apple orchards have made way for vineyards, as the ocean-influenced microclimate is ideal for grapes—particularly for the crisp chardonnays and delicate pinot noirs that the region has become known for. alfaro’s Gruner Veltliner offers a rare opportunity to taste a california example of this austrian varietal. pleasant Valley and nicholson are both small wineries with outdoor tastings, while the larger alfaro and Windy oaks have tasting rooms and scenic picnic areas.

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Tasting room schedules vary by winery and season, so be sure to inquire directly for operating hours; several wineries are only open on weekends or certain weekend days. Most tasting flights range between $8 and $20 per flight and may be waived with the purchase of a bottle or more. For more information on Santa Cruz Mountains wineries, visit For the wineries of Santa Clara Valley, visit

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Don’t waste time trying to decide where to get the best views in this vast outdoor wonderland. If you want to feel like you’re on top of the world, check out the fantastic scenery at these parks.

If ocean views are what your hiking heart desires, check out these trails that pack plenty of Pacific Ocean punch.

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 outcropping with stunning vistas of the Santa cruz Mountains. (Los Gatos: Hwy. 35, 2.5 miles south of Hwy. 9; 408/867-2952) • 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 a mountain biker’s dream come true. Enjoy the scenic views along the way. (Morgan Hill: 9000 E. Dunne Ave.; 408/7792728) • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is known for its towering old-growth redwoods. Some of its 30 miles of trails lead to small, isolated sandy beaches on the San lorenzo river and others to overlooks, with views of the Santa cruz Mountains and peeks at Monterey Bay. (Felton: off Hwy. 9; 831/335-4598)

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 to be rewarded with 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 Highway 1 near Santa cruz. Most 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 at Sand point overlook. (Aptos: Aptos Creek Rd.; 831/763-7063) • Wilder Ranch State Park includes beaches, redwood and eucalyptus groves, inland canyons, and plenty of trails. The ohlone Bluff Trail is wide, flat and runs along the bluff overlooking the pacific ocean. Fresh ocean air, waves crashing against

PARKS & PRESERVES The area’s generally sunny, mild climate nearly guarantees superb weather for outdoor activities—from hiking and biking to day-tripping—giving you plenty of reasons to get out and about. We’ve rounded up the best locations by category, so you can amp up your exhilaration factor and get more “oomph” out of your experience here. IN THE FOOTHILLS: BEST VALLEY VISTAS The next time you’re looking for a beautiful view of San Jose and the valley, one way is to head to a rooftop bar, but a more adventurous option is to lace up your hiking boots and head out onto a trail.

located in a valley in the Diablo range foothills east of San Jose, Alum Rock Park combines pleasant hiking opportunities with a mini history lesson of the area. Mineral springs and stonework grottos are interesting features to check out. once you reach the top, you’ll get a clear view of the city. (San Jose: Penitencia Creek Rd.; 408/259-5477) • a gorgeous preserve just outside Saratoga, Fremont Older Open Space Preserve has forested hillsides, open hayfields, and Hunters point—a 900-foot hilltop with panoramic views of the South Bay. it adjoins Garrod Stables, which offers horseback tours through the preserve as well as cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards. (Cupertino/Saratoga: Prospect Rd.; 650/6911200) • lushly wooded Sanborn County Park offers scenic trails and picnicking facilities year-round. Start your hike near peterson Grove, a circular stand of redwoods surrounding a small pond; then follow signs for the nature Trail. The John nicholas Trail, ideal for mountain biking, provides a sweeping view of the South Bay looking north toward the San Francisco peninsula and east across the bay to oakland and Mount Diablo. (Saratoga: Sanborn Rd., 2 miles west of Hwy. 9; 408/867-9959)

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sea cliffs, and marine wildlife sightings make this non-strenuous hike memorable. (Santa Cruz: just north of town off Hwy. 1; 831/423-9703) • Still haven’t decided? another good option is Mount Madonna County Park, with great views of the Santa clara Valley and the eastern slopes of the coast range mountains along with ocean vistas. Extensive trails, many of which follow old ranch roads, skirt a creek, cross grasslands, swing through chaparral and scrub-oak forest, and finish in a cool redwood canyon. (Gilroy: Hecker Pass Hwy. at Pole Line Rd.; 408/842-2341) DinESHopplay.coM |



PACIFIC PLEASURES: ON THE SAND Miles of sandy, uncrowded beaches offer something for everyone. From primo surf locations and picture-perfect windswept cliffs to wide expanses where land meets sea, you're sure to find your sweet spot on the sand.


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BEST BEACHES FOR TAKING A SELFIE Grab a camera along with your sun block and shades. These photogenic beaches are Instagram-licious!

as one of the most photographed beaches in the state of california, Natural Bridges State Beach may well look familiar when you see the famous rock arch that gives this moon-shaped beach its name. (Santa Cruz: West Cliff Dr.; 831-423-4609) • Head north along Highway 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 is picturesque and peaceful. (about 7 miles north of Santa cruz) • a mile or so north, just past Bonny Doon road, you’ll find yourself in Shark Fin Cove—a cozy beach with room to run, rocks to climb on, and a cave to explore. While best known for its iconic “Shark Fin” (a large rock formation that juts out of the cove à la Jaws), it offers amazing views in every direction. • nestled in a protected cove is Davenport Beach. The paths down to it offer some truly incredible viewing areas, as the sea cliffs overlook the pacific ocean at a 100-ft. drop (make sure you don’t venture too close to the edge!).

in the mood for more? check out beautiful Greyhound Rock Beach, another cove little known to the public. The beach is named for the colossal formation made of ancient mudstone, which protrudes into the cove, and offers an amazing shoreline view when tides are low. or venture to the photogenic dunes of Gazos Creek State Beach—an ideal spot for long, solitary walks down the sandy strand.

BEST BEACHES TO ENJOY A ROMANTIC SUNSET There are countless scenic spots along the coast to capture the sun’s last rays, but here are some of the standout ones. Pack a bottle of wine and a blanket, then settle in to watch the glorious show unfold.

The favorite view at Seacliff State Beach is the 630-foot pier. Built in 1930 it stretches out to the wreck of the SS Palo Alto, a WWi-era concrete ship that remained complete until finally broken into pieces in a recent storm. at sunset, you can almost envision it in its former glory with flocks of stylish men and women strolling down the pier overlooking the sparkling waters of Monterey Bay. (Aptos: State Park Dr.; 831-685-6442) • Just past the town of Davenport along scenic Highway 1, Davenport Landing Beach is easily accessible yet still offers more solitude than the beaches within the Santa cruz city limits. Here you can watch the sun dip below the horizon as the day comes to a placid close. • you can also contemplate the setting sun with a striking view of two lighthouses at Seabright State Beach. (Santa Cruz: E. Cliff Dr.; 831-427-4868) • and besides sunsets, as its name implies, 1.5-mile long Sunset State Beach also rewards visitors with sweeping views of bluffbacked sand and sea, including the Santa cruz Mountains to the northwest and the forested hills of the Monterey peninsula to the southwest. (Watsonville: Sunset Beach Rd.; 831-763-7063) Left: naturaL BridGes state BeacH; BeLow: seacLiff state BeacH at sunset; capitoLa BeacHfront

BEST BEACHES FOR A DIP Swimming may not be the highest partici-pation activity on the coast, but for polar bear types, these beaches will satisfy your yen. Even if you don’t brave the waters, here’s where you’ll find the most crowds.

The busiest swimming spot in Santa cruz is Cowell Beach, located on the west side of the Santa cruz Municipal Wharf. There’s no guarantee the water won’t be chilly, but at least this small cove and its rather idyllic setting are generally protected from the wind by tall cliffs. • Twin Lakes Beach stretches for a mile along the Santa cruz coast on both sides of Santa cruz Harbor, from the San lorenzo river to Black point. The relatively “warm” waters along the beach make it popular for swimming and playing in the surf. • on the east side, the generally calm water surrounding Capitola Wharf is a favorite playground for locals and tourists alike. DinESHopplay.coM |


PACIFIC PLEASURES: ON THE WATER Visitors are often surprised to discover that the Pacific Ocean is, to put it mildly, chilly. Maybe so, but coast dwellers like it that way. Surfers don wetsuits and plunge right in, while swimmers usually wait ‘til May through September (when ocean temps are at their warmest). But swimming is just one of many ways to enjoy yourself on the water. BEST BEACHES FOR CATCHING WAVES There’s a good reason why Santa Cruz is called “Surf City”—its waves accommodate all levels of surfers. There are numerous beaches suitable for beginning wave riders, along with gnarlier spots for more intrepid surfers.

need gear or some surfing 101? Cowell’s Beach Surf Shop at the Main Beach (831427-2355) provides surfboard and wetsuit rentals, surf gear, an assortment of bikinis and beachwear, and even offers lessons. O’Neill Surf Shop on 41st avenue in capitola (831-475-4151) has everything from equipment to apparel and accessories.

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a good starting point is Cowell Beach (Beach St.), whose gentler, steadier waves are suitable for beginners on longboards. • another great spot for less experienced surfers is Private Beach (opal cliff Dr.), which offers fairly easygoing waves. • located four miles north of town, Four Mile (yes, that’s how it got its name) frequently breaks with swells ranging from so-so to totally awesome. • By far the most famous surf spot of all in Santa cruz is Steamer Lane (West cliff Dr.). With four separate reef breaks rolled into one spot, the “lane” has it all, including throngs of ogling tourists. • Pleasure Point Beach (East cliff Dr.) is second only to Steamer lane as a nor-cal staple, with consistently lively waves breaking across several distinct patches of reef—from the swellhappy Sewer peak down to 38th avenue, which features mellower waves ideal for longboards.



ON THE WATER, CONT’D BEST SAILING EXCURSIONS Exposed to steady and consistent winds, Monterey Bay is ideal for sailing.

Take a charter from the Santa cruz Harbor for some breezy fun, and enjoy the sights and wildlife of the bay while you’re at it. Pacific Yachting and Sailing (800/374-2626) has a fleet of 14 wind-powered yachts available year-round for either bareboat or skippered charters. • Chardonnay Sailing Charters (831/423-1213) offers a variety of exciting excursions on its 70-foot luxury sailing yacht. • Sailing tours with O’Neill Yacht Charters (831/818-3645) run regularly during the May–october season, and private charters are available year-round.

BEST KAYAKING EXPERIENCES Santa Cruz Harbor has more than a mile of calm, protected waters ideal for beginning kayakers or stand-up paddling enthusiasts. The more adventurous can head out into Monterey Bay for some open-ocean exploration.

For rentals and lessons, Kayak Connection at the Santa cruz Harbor (831/479-1121) provides tours around Santa cruz Harbor and Moss landing’s Elkhorn Slough. also try Venture Quest Kayaking at Santa cruz Wharf (831/425-8445). 94

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FOR MORE For further information on local outfitters, contact the Santa Cruz Harbor at 831/4756161 or the Santa Cruz Wharf at 831/4205725.




one of northern california’s beaches is famed as a home to elephant seals, so named because of their size and the long, pendulous noses on the males. 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 popular 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 Dec 1–14 when the park is closed), visitors can obtain permits to wander on their own and can enjoy the beautiful white sand of cove Beach. For reservations, call 800/444-4445.


RIDING WITH THE WIND Six miles north of Davenport, where Big Basin State Park meets the ocean, one of the area’s windiest spots, waddell Beach is a prime spot for hang gliding, windsurfing, and kite boarding—spectacular “extreme sports” that attract crowds of spectators.

BEST FISHING & WHALE WATCHING Fishing for some fun? Book a trip on a charter boat and ply the Pacific Ocean blue!

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Trips for king salmon generally run from april through July (if the season is open), for rock and ling cod from april through December, and for albacore tuna from July through november. looking for a whale of a good time? Most charter boats also offer whale-watching trips year-round. From april through november humpback and blue whales can be spotted off the coast, and from December through May gray whales are visible during their migration from alaska to Mexico and then back again.

Stagnaro Charter Boats (831/427-2334) 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 (831/818-8808) takes up to six people out for fishing, on-the-water picnics, marine and wildlife eco-tours, and private parties. • Venture Quest Kayaking (831/425-8445) takes you on tours where you can encounter whales up as close as regulations permit. • The only whale watching vessel that departs from picturesque Moss landing harbor, Sanctuary Cruises (831/350-4090) takes passengers in search of gray and humpback whales, as well as orcas, dolphins, and the rarer blue whales. • Santa Cruz Whale Watching (831/427-0230) offers cruises in both Santa cruz and Monterey bays. Scenic sunset cruises and private charters are also available.

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The original home of golf may be Scotland, but Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz—along with the ever-beckoning Monterey Peninsula—offer championship-caliber courses with their own imprint on golfing history. For those partial to America’s golfing icons, courses designed by major champions such as Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller are less than an hour’s drive from the heart of Silicon Valley. And nestled in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains’ foothills resides a course played in 1929 by none other than Bobby Jones and designed by famed Augusta National architect Alister MacKenzie. Venture a bit farther south and you can walk in the footsteps of U.S. Open champions Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Graeme MacDowell, and Nicklaus. If your handicap isn’t quite up to the challenge of these notoriously demanding courses, fear not: Choices abound for those simply seeking a scenic round and the always elusive low score. Best of all, these courses are all public, open to avid and casual golfers alike.

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IN & AROUND SAN JOSE Cinnabar Hills golf Club all three of cinnabar hills’ nine-hole courses tee off into a valley and meander through woods and water or lateral hazards, yet the vistas from the canyon course’s seventh green and eighth and ninth tee boxes are among the most spectacular in Silicon Valley. pause at the seventh green to gaze east toward the diablo range and 4,213-foot mount hamilton. along with the lake and mountain courses, cinnabar’s 27 holes allow you to play a combination of two ninehole courses for a par 72 round. San Jose: 23600 McKean Rd.; 408-323-7814. CoYote CreeK golf Club When the temptation to play a Jack nicklaus course calls, coyote creek’s two 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, slanted and encased to the left by water and to the right by a bunker. The Tournament course, split by highway 101, once hosted the senior pGa event and presents a more rigorous 18-hole par 72 test. The course’s front nine include a

number of natural hazards marked ESa (Enviromental Sensitive area) and off limits to golfers, thereby challenging longer hitters to put away the driver and layup with a wood or iron. Morgan Hill: One Coyote Creek Golf Dr.; 408-463-1400.

eagle ridge golf Club With greens rated in the top five among public courses in the San Francisco Bay area, Eagle ridge offers a well-manicured layout that is but one of many incentives to play the 18-hole par 72 course. designed by U.S. open champion Johnny miller and opened in 2000 with miller teeing off, this course is a favorite of top players due to its 92 bunkers, many of them deep and steep, combined with undulating greens, favored grazing grounds for local wild turkeys. Golfers may play from any of five tee boxes. Sightings of mountain lions and bobcats occasionally enhance the scene, even if not the scorecard, and may make for a memorable round. Gilroy: 2951 Club Dr.; 408-846-4531. Cinnabar Hills (above) and eagle ridge (left) golf Clubs |


ON THE COAST: SANTA CRUZ TO HALF MOON BAY boulder CreeK golf and 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. overnight accommodations and golf vacation packages are also available, letting you linger for tennis or trail hikes through the magnificent old-growth redwood forest of nearby Big Basin park. Boulder Creek: 16901 Big Basin Hwy.; Pro Shop: 831-338-2121. delaveaga golf Course 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 golf course winds through canyons and is interspersed with panoramic vistas of the pacific ocean. The narrow fairways, especially those that parallel the park road, challenge even the most accurate golfers. delaveaga park is also home to hiking and biking trails and the burgeoning sport of disc—or “Frisbee”— golf. The course also offers 12-hole, 9-hole, 6-hole, and 3hole rates. Santa Cruz: 401 Upper Park Rd.; 831-423-7214. PasatiemPo golf Club This semi-private club was christened in 1929 by none other than golf’s eventual Grand Slam champion, Bobby Jones, who also commissioned the course’s designer, alister macKenzie, to design world-famed augusta national. macKenzie, also the architect of monterey’s cypress point course, resided in a cottage adjacent to pasatiempo’s sixth fairway, now marked by a plaque. But don’t go looking for it until your round is over because the demands of this 18hole par 70 course mandate full golfing focus. designed to follow the undulating contours of the Santa cruz mountains, the course presents significant elevation changes and layout challenges. Some tee times, particularly on weekend mornings, are reserved for members. Santa Cruz: 18 Clubhouse Rd.; 831-459-9151.

Half moon baY golf linKs considered a true links test, the dramatic ocean course is one of two at half moon Bay and offers inspired views of the pacific ocean from 14 of its 18 holes. Knockdown shots on this par 72 course are often required. 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. if one is lucky and approaching the 18th on either course at sunset, the sound of live bagpipes may enhance the Scottish ambience. Half Moon Bay: 2 Miramontes Point Rd.; 650-726-1800.

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VENTURING SOUTH: MONTEREY Pebble beaCH resorts Golfing aficionados are lured south to the monterey peninsula to play at the consortium of four courses at pebble Beach resorts. Set along ocean cliffs with famous views of wind-swept cypress trees and the 17th green, the 18-hole par 72 Pebble beach golf links has hosted the U.S. open on five occasions. playing here ranks high on the bucket list of many players. reached via picturesque 17-mile drive, booking the course requires a two-night minimum stay at pebble Beach resorts and hefty green fees. (pebble Beach may accept “same-day” tee-time bookings, if available.) Given that a stay at the resort is not an option for many, there are three additional courses at the resort, none of which requires overnight lodging. spyglass Hill’s 18-hole par 72 course opens with gentle rolling terrain and ocean views, then continues through dunes before transforming into a forest of pine trees on the back nine. Just under 7,000 yards from the longest tees, Spyglass is often considered as challenging and perhaps more favored by golfing professionals than the other three courses. overlooking the monterey peninsula coast and drawing inspiration from a Scottish links course, spanish bay combines ocean breezes with vistas of 17mile drive to both challenge and enchant golfers. Every evening at sunset, rain or shine, a bagpiper strolls up the first fairway. opened in 1897, and the fourth of pebble Beach resorts’ courses, the 18hole par 72 del monte golf Course is the oldest course west of the mississippi in continuous operation. With a classic golf layout, this relatively flat course traverses through oak, pine, and cypress trees presenting an ideal round to walk. Tee times and reservations for the four courses are available through Pebble Beach Resorts: 800-877-0597 or sPYglass Hill at Pebble beaCH resorts

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CALENDAR From fairs and festivals to cultural celebrations, there are plenty of fun events to catch yearround. Here are some highlights in 2017. Visit for updates and further events.


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nikkei MatsUri Festival (Apr 23) Held in San Jose’s Japantown, this springtime festival celebrates Japanese-american culture and heritage. [At N. 4th & Jackson Sts., San Jose.] stanForD poWWoW (May 12-14) The largest celebration of native american cultures in california includes traditional dances, food, and arts and crafts. [Stanford University. 650/723-4078]

obon Festival (July 8-9) Japanese-american culture is celebrated with music, dance, and food. [At N. 4th & Jackson Sts., San Jose. 408/293-9292]

italian FaMilY Festa (Aug 26-27) Savor authentic food, play bocce ball, stomp grapes in a contest, and enjoy a taste of la dolce vita. [History Park, San Jose. 408/293-7122] northern CaliFornia renaissanCe Faire (Sept 16-Oct 15) Set back in time at this recreation of an Elizabethanera harvest fair, complete with 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 Saturday evenings. [Casa de Fruta, Hollister.]


MoUntain vieW a la Carte & art (May 6-7) castro Street morphs into a moveable feast of people and colorful tents at this springtime festival of the arts. [Castro St., Mountain View. 650964-3395]

GilroY GarliC Festival (July 28-30) 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] ChUrCh street Fair (July 30-Aug 12) This summertime festival offers an immersion into the vibrant cultural scene of Santa cruz through music, art, food, and libations. [Downtown Santa Cruz. 831/426-6966]

palo alto Festival oF the arts (Aug 26-27) Downtown becomes a hotbed of fun with arts and crafts, food, wine, beer, live music and kid’s activities. [Palo Alto. 650/324-3121] MoUntain vieW art & Wine Festival (Sept 9-10) arts lovers gather annually

downtown for this lively multicultural celebration. [Castro St., Mountain View. 650/968-8378]

Capitola art & Wine Festival (Sept 9-10) This seaside festival overlooking the Monterey Bay offers fun for all ages. [Capitola Village. 831/475-6522]


santa CrUZ MoUntains passport DaYs (Apr 21, July 21, Nov 17) The third Saturday of January, april, July, and november, winetasting aficionados are welcomed into more than 50 wineries, each offering a unique winery experience. []

santa Clara valleY Fall passport DaY (Oct 14-15) purchase a “passport” to tour the wineries of Santa clara Valley. Meet the winemakers, sample select or library wines, and even enjoy food and entertainment at certain participating wineries. []


siliCon valleY open stUDios (Weekends, May 6-21) local artists open their studios to the public over three weekends. [Locations from San Francisco Peninsula to Gilroy.]


santa CrUZ open stUDios (Weekends, Oct 7-22) View the works of more than 300 artists in their studios. [Santa Cruz County.]

harvest Festival (Nov 2426) Shoppers looking for unique gifts have the chance to support local artists at this holidaythemed arts and crafts fair. [San Jose Convention Center. 925/392-7300]


JiM WaTKinS (BoTToM lEFT & cEnTEr)

san jose jaZZ Winter Fest (Feb 14-Mar 3) This series of performances presents jazz’s leading voices and emerging talents in intimate settings. [Downtown San Jose & Palo Alto.] stanForD jaZZ Festival (June 23-Aug 5) Jazz fans flock to this annual series to catch some of the genre’s top names. [Stanford University, Palo Alto.]

FoUntain blUes Festival (June 24) in addition to featuring local blues acts, this event pulls in major performers. [Downtown San Jose.]

MUsiC@Menlo (July 14-Aug 5) This internationally acclaimed chamber music festival features a roster of the world’s greatest

chamber musicians. [Menlo Park & Palo Alto.]

san jose jaZZ sUMMer Fest (Aug 11-13) Downtown streets teem with spectators at this showcase for jazz and related genres. [Downtown San Jose. 408/288-7557.]


siliCon valleY international aUto shoW (Jan 5-8) See, touch, and test drive the leading-edge of automotive technology at this major auto show. [San Jose Convention Center.] CineqUest FilM Festival (Feb 28-Mar 12) Two weeks of screenings, workshops, and events combine award-winning independent films with the latest in technical innovation. [San Jose & Redwood City.]

siliCon valleY CoMiC Con (Apr 21-23) This comic book festival celebrates everything comic, anime, sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming. [Downtown San Jose.]

paCiFiC Coast DreaM MaChines (Apr 30) This spectacular showcase of motorized mechanical marvels from throughout the 20th and 21st centuries is fun for the whole

family. [Half Moon Bay Airport. 650/726-2328]

taCo Festival oF innovation (May 27) Here you’ll find some of San Jose’s finest taco trucks and vendors, along with live entertainment. [Downtown San Jose.]

baConlanD (May 28) Two days of bacon-themed fun includes unusual bacon merchandise and lots of savory treats. [History Park, San Jose.]

sUbZero Festival (June 2-3) This festival features artists, performers, and musicians celebrating their indie creative spirit. [Downtown San Jose.]

CoMeDYsportZ WorlD ChaMpionships (June 28July 1) Teams from 25 improvisational comedy groups from across the U.S. battle each other in a competition based on audience suggestions. [Downtown San Jose. 408/985-5233.]

bank oF the West tennis ClassiC (July 31-Aug 6) The longest-running women’s professional tennis tournament in the world, this is the first stop of the olympus U.S. open Series. [Stanford. 866/WTA-TIXS]

santa Clara CoUntY Fair (Aug 3-6) With over 70 years of fun in its history, it has the traditional rides, food, and livestock exhibitions of county fairs, plus some not-so-traditional elements Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose.] beGonia Festival (Sept 1-4) capitola’s labor Day weekend festival draws crowds for its famous sand sculpture contest and float parade down Soquel creek. [Capitola. 831/475-6522]

antiqUe aUtos shoW (Sept 9) 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.]

siliCon valleY jeWish FilM Festival (Oct 19-Nov 12) This annual event spotlights Jewish culture, traditions, and communities through curated films. [Downtown San Jose.]

ChristMas in the park (Nov 24-Jan 1) This winter wonderland in downtown San Jose includes amusement rides, attractions, an outdoor skating rink, and food treats. [San Jose.]

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ON STAGE Choose from a calendar full of productions by the area’s performing arts companies, or catch an outdoor show in the foothills. Whatever the time of year, there’s plenty happening. Here’s a partial rundown of what’s in store for 2017. Visit for up-to-date info on what’s going on.


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broaDWaY san jose offers a direct pipeline to bringing in the best of touring shows from the Big apple. performances are held at the San Jose center for the performing arts, a mid-century architectural showcase designed by the Frank lloyd Wright Foundation. offerings into 2018 include the divinely decadent Cabaret (June 6-11); outrageous musical comedy, The Book of Mormon (July 11-23); under the sea spectacular Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Sept 25-oct 1); Beautiful, the carole King musical (nov 14-17); Rent, puccini’s La Boheme retold in the well-loved modern rock musical (Jan 23-28, 2018); rodgers & Hammerstein;s The King and I, set in 1860’s Bangkok (Feb 20-25, 2018), and Love Never Dies, the story of

boundless love following andrew lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera (Mar 13-18, 2018). 866/395-2929;

Since 1982, San Jose’s CitY liGhts theater CoMpanY has been inspiring audiences with out-of-the-box plays and musicals, many of them fresh new works. See page 107 for more. 408/295-4200;

san jose staGe CoMpanY is recognized as the Bay area’s premiere off-Broadway theater. presenting award-winning and innovative programming, the company showcases the region’s best new and established artists in a converted tire store with seating that surrounds the cozy stage on three sides. See page 106 for more. 408/283-7142;

north on the San Francisco peninsula, theatreWorks performs a year-round season of top-of-the-line musicals, comedies, and dramas, regularly staging new works and regional premieres of important contemporary works. offerings in 2017 include Rags, a turn-of-the-century immigration story set in nyc (apr 5-30); Hershey Felder, Beethoven—ludwig van Beethoven brought to life by the brilliant Hershey Felder (June 7July 2); The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga, the story, with an infectious vaudeville and ragtime score, of a quartet pursuing the american dream (July 12-aug 6); Constellations, a time-bending romantic drama spun out of string theory (aug 23-Sept 17); The Prince of Egypt, a dazzling, multi-ethnic cast production of the story of Moses and ramses (oct 6-nov 5); and

Around the World in 80 Days, a family-friendly global expedition (nov 29-Dec 23). performances at the Mountain View center for performing arts and lucie Stern Theatre in palo alto. 650/4631960;

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 at The audrey Stanley Grove in Delaveaga park, it offers an intimate outdoor setting to comfortably take in the show. The company kicks off the summer performances with the comedy The 39 Steps, adapted by patrick Barlow and featuring the entirety of the 1935 Hitchcock film played by only four actors (July 5-Sept 3). Following is Measure for Measure, Shakespeare’s dynamic, dark comedy that explores the body politics and the politics of the body (July 18-Sept 12). The final mainstage production, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, is the Bard’s sexy and surreal comedy of young love, infidelity, and friendship (aug 1-Sept 3).


Dedicated to the development of major new talents, opera san jose stages four full productions a year at the california Theatre, a 1,100-seat auditorium that ranks as one of the world’s most intimate opera houses. remanining 2017 offerings include La Boheme, puccini’s beloved opera about the lives of bohemians (apr 15-30); Cosi Fan Tutte, Mozart’s tragic comedy (Sept 9-

24); and puccini’s romantic La Rondine (nov 11-26). California Theatre, San Jose. 408/4374450;


sYMphonY siliCon valleY follows a unique approach that includes a European-style roster of guest conductors and an allencompassing method to programming. 2017 concerts include Bach & Mahler, featuring Bach’s Partita No.2 in D minor and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 (May 67); Fourth of July Symphony Summer Pops (July 4); Grand Old Russia with Scriabin’s Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20 and rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 (oct 22-23); and a presentation of The Nutcracker (Dec 16-17). California Theatre, San Jose. 408/2862600;



The historic MoUntain WinerY provides its visitors with an unmatched experience. nestled high in the Santa cruz Mountains, the ivy-covered, sandstone-walled winery offers old World ambience and an outstanding open-air setting for concerts with views of the valley below. Since 1958, its concert Summer Series has attracted world-class musicians including ray charles, ringo Starr, aimee Mann, and Ella Fitzgerald and continues to bring in world-class acts.

a lower-altitude retreat tucked away in the picturesque foothills of Saratoga is villa Montalvo. This beautiful 1912 italian Mediterranean-style mansion on a 175-acre estate was donated to the state in 1930 as a public park and subsequently became a cultural venue—the Montalvo arts center. The carriage House Theatre and the outdoor lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre feature a diverse mix of musical performances, comedy shows, and other performing arts year-round.

For those who like their music loud and their crowds large, nothing beats the shoreline aMphitheater, Mountain View’s outdoor venue with concerts throughout the summer. over the decades, hundreds of the world’s most popular artists and entertainers have come to perform under the twin peaks of the Shoreline’s iconic white tent. custom-built for fist-pumping, Zippo-waving crowds, the massive stadium sports a high-tech sound system, engaging light displays, and plenty of room to get up and dance.



With its cutting-edge design, Stanford University’s binG ConCert hall combines stylish architecture with stateof-the-art technology in a perfect balance of form and function. its 842 seats encircle the stage in an intimate format; even the farthest seat is only 75 feet from the conductor. The Bing is home to Stanford live, which presents an astonishing variety of artists throughout the year. 2017 performances include an all-Bach program by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile (april 29); the St. Lawrence String Quartet performing works by Fauré, John adams, and Beethoven (May 7); a world music performance by Betsayda Machado and Parranda El Clavo (July 15); legendary Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour (aug 9); the award-winning SFJAZZ Collective celebrating the music of Miles Davis (oct 21); the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble playing on priceless period instruments (oct 29); and The Hot Sardines performing a yuletide blend of hot jazz (Dec 9). 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University. 650/724-2464 DinESHopplay.coM | 103



WHaT Do yoU call a THEaTEr coMpany THaT BEGinS in a conVErTED loFT above a family-owned restaurant, then leads a gypsy life migrating through a string of makeshift storefront locations before eventually becoming San Jose’s first arts group to secure and manage its own theater facility? (not to mention accomplishing this by converting an abandoned tire store into a threequarter thrust stage with 200 seats laid out a mere five rows deep.) Well, “gritty” pretty much fills the bill. officially, it’s the San Jose Stage company, but those who frequent the venue lovingly call it “The Stage.”

located at the gateway of SoFa, San Jose’s South First area arts district, The Stage is home to high-quality, high-impact theater presented up close and personal. Founder and artistic Director randall King, along with a fine ensemble of company artists, has established the San Jose Stage company as the Bay area’s premiere off-Broadway theater. it was the first company in the South Bay to contract with actors’ Equity association to ensure that all of its main-stage productions use union talent, and it remains the region’s only resident professional theater. The company prides itself on producing contemporary american literature and presenting world premieres of works by local and international playwrights, as well as modern classics that deliver powerful, provocative, and profound theater. That bold statement can lead to some pretty outrageous programming choices including Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Buried Child, The Wild Party, On the Waterfront, Venus In Fur, and The Threepenny Opera, which swept recent Theatre Bay area awards, including Best Musical, Best Director, Best actor, and Best actress.


Since 1983, The Stage has mounted over 165 productions, presenting 50 regional premieres and 15 world premieres, including Cumberland Blues, based on the music of The Grateful Dead; luis Valdez’s World War ii drama, Valley of the Heart (winner of the 2016 Bay area Theatre critics circle award for Best production); Jeannie Barroga’s Buffalo’ed, the untold story of african-american soldiers stationed in the philippines at the turn of the 20th century; and Trevor allen’s irish ghost tale, Tenders in the Fog, which won six prestigious Dean Goodman choice awards including outstanding achievement in Theatre.

the Details 490 S. First St., San Jose 408-283-7142; Twitter: @sanjosestage


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The Stage tradition continues through 2017-18 with a world premiere of The Memory Stick by Donal o'Kelly, a tale of cultural collision co-produced with the Dublin city arts office (april 5-20), and another world premiere by Valdez—Adios Mama Carlota Empress of Mexico coming in 2018. other productions in the works include The Postman Always Rings Twice, newly adapted by Jon Jory, and the irreverent puppet comedy Hand of God by robert askins. check SJSc’s website and social media for dates and the latest schedule of productions, guest appearances, and special events.

To add to the fun, there is also a decent little bar in the lobby, and you can take your drink to your seat. now that’s the way to relish an evening of great theater.

“...INNOVATIVE, EXHILARATING, AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING PRODUCTIONS SINCE 1982” BiG rESUlTS SoMETiMES coME FroM THE SMallEST oF placES, and when it comes to theater, city lights Theater company (clTc) knows very well how to pull it off. Though its intimate theater seats only 100 and its budget, by default, is not expansive, this small nonprofit company has been making major waves with its innovative, exhilarating, and thought-provoking productions since 1982, when it was started by a group of artists who were passionate about presenting offbeat plays. That passion extends beyond the stage and throughout every aspect of the company—from the dedicated Board of Directors to a talented staff led by Executive artistic Director lisa Mallette. in Mallette’s 15 years with clTc, the company has garnered critical acclaim, last season receiving 15 Theatre Bay area award nominations—the most of any local theater—of which it won six. attendance has exploded to the point where performances regularly sell out even before shows open.


aptly often referred to as “San Jose’s little gem,” clTc produces a season of six main-stage productions each year—from dramas and comedies to musicals and from classics to world premieres—generally including a not-your-standard holiday play. (Don’t expect The Christmas Carol here, unless in spoof form.) always surprising and bold in its selection of material, the company is never satisfied to just play it safe; it is committed to delivering strong messages and engaging, inspiring, and challenging its audiences through creative concepts, intimate staging, and uncompromising storytelling. Whether satirical or heavy, heart-warming or absurd, fantasy or psychological thriller, this is a company that will not be pinned down. Demonstrating its range of offerings, past productions include such notable works as Equus, The Elephant Man, Cyrano, Amadeus, Tigers Be Still, West Side Story, Hair, Monty python’s Spamalot, Green Day’s American Idiot, Santaland Diaries, and its world premiere high-tech adaptation of Frankenstein.


The company also hosts a lights & Music concert Series, each season showcasing jazz, rock, acoustic songwriting, and other sounds of the South Bay. Each spring, its lights Up! festival features three days of new plays by Bay area playwrights, with scripts sometimes being selected for performances in future seasons.

With seating never more than 10 rows away from the action, it’s about as close as you can get to chewing on good theatrical substance. and located near SoFa, the South First area arts district, there are plenty of places nearby to chew on some delicious food, get great coffee, check out an art gallery or two, and then catch some live music after the show. if you’re fortunate enough to be in town during one of clTc’s productions, don't miss out on this wide-open theatrical experience.

2017-2018 offerings include the hilarious new comedy of feminism, Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo (May 18-June 18,); Lizzie, a crime thriller set to a blistering rock musical score that explores the rage, sex, and bloody murders surrounding lizzie Borden (July 13aug 20); Stupid F^&*ing Bird, aaron posner’s adaptation of anton chekhov’s The Seagull (Sept 14-oct 15); lauren Gunderson’s clever and biting holiday romance Miss Bennet: A Christmas at Pemberley, based on characters from Jane austen’s Pride and Prejudice (nov 16 – Dec 17); and the West coast premiere of Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones, inspired by the true story of a censorship clash over a children’s book in 1959 Montgomery, alabama, (Jan 18-Feb 18, 2018). Several other offerings were not yet confirmed at press time. Dates are subject to change. check the clTc website and social media links for updates and further information on productions, concerts, parties, and other events.

the Details 529 S. Second St., San Jose 408-295-4200; Twitter: @citylights

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THE CITY BY THE BAY Only 50 miles north of San Jose is San Francisco, one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular visitor destinations. From the sweeping panorama of the Golden Gate Bridge to the vertiginously steep hills, cable cars, and rows of candy-colored Victorian houses, this vibrant city overflows with natural beauty, scenic vistas, landmarks, museums, shops, restaurants, and colorful neighborhoods.


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no first-time visit to San Francisco is complete without experiencing Fisherman’s Wharf, a tourism mecca replete with seafood eateries, the Aquarium of the Bay, and rafts of california sea lions hanging out on the docks. Pier 39, the wharf’s hub, teems with shops, restaurants, and entertainment. it is also the place to buy tickets for a variety of scenic boating tours as well as the ferry to Alcatraz Island, once the location of San Francisco’s infamous, maximum-security prison.


next, follow the Embarcadero along the waterfront toward the Bay Bridge to reach the historic Ferry Building, restored as a lively complex of restaurants and cafés, plus shops, and a farmers market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. on the way, you’ll pass the waterfront Exploratorium at pier 15, with more than 600 fascinating exhibits exploring science, art, and human perception. Walk a few blocks in from the waterfront and you’re in North Beach, along with Little Italy, known for its restaurants, cafés, and bookstores, and where the nightlife still echoes the flavor of the city’s bawdy Barbary coast days.

From the waterfront, hop onto one of the city’s historic cable cars and clang your way to Union Square, where you can shop to your heart’s content at elegant department stores and specialty boutiques. Then head to Nob Hill for some of the city’s best views as well as numerous architectural delights including Grace Cathedral, which is reminiscent of notre Dame in paris. Just a few blocks away, get a taste of asia at the markets, shops, and restaurants in Chinatown, where colorful pagoda roofs and lantern-adorned balconies are separated by alleyways filled with the redolence of spices. or head southwest to reach the Civic Center, the city’s government as well as cultural hub. There at Davies Symphony Hall you can catch top-notch symphonic performances, and ballet and opera are offered in the neighboring War Memorial Opera House. also at the civic center, the Asian Art Museum offers one of the most comprehensive asian art collections in the world.


The district just south of Market Street, known as SoMa, encompasses two square miles of shops, galleries, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters, plus the newly expanded and transformed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. on the waterfront and overlooking the bay is AT&T Park, home turf for the San Francisco Giants and arguably the nation’s most beautiful baseball stadium.

West of SoMa, the predominantly Hispanic Mission District offers an eclectic collection of markets, dining spots, nightlife, and shops and the city’s oldest building, Mission Dolores. With eye-catching murals and bright rainbow flags proudly waving, the colorful Castro District is worth a visit, too. one of the first gay neighborhoods in the U.S., it remains the core of the city’s lGBT community. For vintage shops with a funky flair, head to Haight-Ashbury, the laid-back heart of the 1960s counter-culture movement where the spirit is still alive. at Golden Gate Park, you can explore the marvels of the ocean, earth, and space all under a living roof planted with natural grasses at the California Academy of Sciences; stroll through the peaceful Japanese Tea Garden; or catch a world-class art exhibit at the de Young Museum. More art can be viewed at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, a destination not only for its exhibits but for its striking architecture and setting overlooking the city’s most famous landmark—the Golden Gate Bridge. For a breathtaking view of San Francisco from afar, cross this bridge to the vista point on the Marin county side.

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THE MONTEREY PENINSULA World-renowned for its beauty, the Monterey Peninsula meets the Pacific Ocean in a jagged coastline, sprayed with sea mist, bursting with colored flowers, and backed by rugged mountains. The stunning scenery—along with a cornucopia of family attractions, dining, and shopping pleasures—lures visitors year-round. Monterey Bay, protected as part of the national Marine Sanctuary, is home to whales, orcas, sea otters, seals, sea lions, and a variety of aquatic birds. a hike along the scenic shoreline trail will often reward you with sightings of these fascinating sea animals. For close-up views of marine life, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. recognized as one of the world’s premier aquariums, this watery wonderland offers a diver’s-eye view of underwater life. its more than 100 galleries and exhibits explore the colorful marine world in a variety of environments, encompassing close to 700 species—from toothy barracudas and gangly octopi to colossal sea turtles, leafy seahorses, and even jellyfish.

next door to the aquarium, historic Cannery Row—made famous by author John Steinbeck—was the center of a thriving sardine fishing industry in the 1920s and 30s and is now an attraction teeming with galleries, shops, and restaurants. at Fisherman’s Wharf, sample fresh seafood at any of several restaurants, shop for souvenirs, or even take a whale-watching tour with a charter boat company.

Pacific Grove, Monterey’s next-door neighbor, is a quaint town peppered with Victorian cottages, sitting on a beautiful stretch of the Monterey Bay coastline. check out Point Pinos Lighthouse, the oldest continually operating lighthouse on the West coast.

South of Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea is equally famed for its picturesque cottages, flower-bedecked gardens, and silky white-sand beach as for its boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. The town’s earliest historic site, Carmel Mission, is one of the loveliest of all the california missions. 108

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Take an inland detour to explore Carmel Valley’s rural landscape, and stop en route at one of several wineries to taste some of the finest fruits of the vine. With close to 85 wineries, Monterey county is one of the largest wine regions in the country. Hikers will revel in the beauty of Garland Ranch Regional Park, set among more than 4,500 acres that include a redwood canyon and the carmel river.

if time permits, a trip through more memorable scenery can be taken by heading south on Highway 1 to Big Sur, a 26-mile stretch of coastline where the road winds through steep canyons and along the tops of dramatic cliffs. The northern gateway to Big Sur is just south of carmel at Point Lobos State Reserve, popular for its scenic walking trails. in Big Sur itself, places to stop include Andrew Molera State Park, where the Big Sur river enters the ocean, Pfeiffer Beach, and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, where an 80-foot waterfall cascades into the ocean.

pHoTocriTical/SHUTTErSTock (BoTToM)

if you’d like to experience the county’s coast without having to leave your car, 17-Mile Drive is the route of choice. This beautiful road offers sweeping panoramas of the coast as it winds through pebble Beach from pacific Grove to carmel; along the way, you’ll drive past stately mansions and the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links. Highlights include the Cypress Point Lookout—with its magnificent views of the Big Sur coastline—and the Lone Cypress, a 200-yearold tree whose tenacious hold on the rocks has inspired countless artists.

VISITOR INFORMATION GETTING AROUND, MAPS & AREA INFORMATION PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Amtrak provides train service from San Jose to oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Monterey. [800-872-7245;] BART (Bay area rapid Transit)

services 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. []

Caltrain provides rail service be-

tween San Francisco and San Jose with weekday commute-hour serv-

ice to Gilroy. caltrain also offers a shuttle bus connection to Mineta 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. [800-660-4287;]

DASH San Jose’s downtown area

free shuttle connects the San Jose Diridon Transit center with VTa light rail, the San Jose McEnery convention center, San Jose State University, and more. Shuttles run every 8-10 minutes. [408-3212300;]

Greyhound Bus Service from downtown San Jose offers connections between cities across the U.S. [800-231-2222;]

Highway 17 Express Bus Buses run daily from San Jose caltrain station to Santa cruz. [831-4258600;]

Monterey Airbus This shuttle provides service to Monterey from San Jose and San Francisco international airports. [831-373-7777;] SamTrans offers bus service from palo alto through San Francisco, also connecting with 11 caltrain stations. [800-660-4287;]

Santa Cruz Airport Flyer provides shuttle service from Santa cruz to San Jose and San Francisco international airports. [831423-5937;]

SJC Airport Flyer This free bus runs from San Jose airport to the Santa clara caltrain Station, from where you can connect to trains heading to San Jose. [408-3212300;]

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 20 free park & ride lots at various light rail stations and transit centers, which also connect to caltrain. [408321-2300;] Information also available by calling 511 or visiting

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Lightrail to Alum Rock/ Santa Teresa

Lightrail to Mountain View

VISITOR INFORMATION For more information on specific areas, contact the bureaus below. GILROY WELCOME CENTER 408/842-6436


San Pedro Square

SAP Center

San Jose City Hall

Lightrail to Diridon Station/ Campbell

San Fernando Station

San Jose Museum of Art

Hammer Theater Center

Parkside Hall City Hyatt National rk Place Civic


Four Points by Sheraton


Westin San California San Jose Jose Theatre Marriott

San Jose Stage Museum of Quilts City Lights Theatre



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Martin Luther King Jr. Library




VISIT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY 831/425-1234; 800/833-3494

Information is also available at

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IL POSTALE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 . . . . . . . . . . 43 INTEL MUSEUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 . . . . . . . . . . 29 J. LOHR VINEYARDS & WINES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 . . . . . . . . . . 82 KYOTO PALACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 . . . . . . . . . . 43 LAILI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 . . . . . . . . . . 80 LE PAPILLON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BACK COVER . . . . . . . . . . 44 LOS GATOS BABY & KIDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 . . . . . . . . . . 59 LUNDBERG STUDIOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 . . . . . . . . . . 79 MARIANI'S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 . . . . . . . . . . 45 MAYFLOWER SEAFOOD RESTAURANT . . . . . . . . . . . 48 . . . . . . . . . . 46 MENARA MOROCCAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 . . . . . . . . . . 46


MEZCAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 . . . . . . . . . . 47 MORTON'S STEAKHOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 . . . . . . . . . . 47 NEIL SIMMONS PHOTOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77





O'NEILL'S SURF SHOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 . . . . . . . . . . 79

ALEXANDER’S PATISSERIE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 . . . . . . . . . . 38

PACIFIC TRADING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 . . . . . . . . . . 79

ALEXANDER'S STEAKHOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 . . . . . . . . . . 38

PAESANO RISTORANTE ITALIANO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 . . . . . . . . . . 48

AUTOMOBUILD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 . . . . . . . . . . 58

PARADISE BEACH GRILLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 . . . . . . . . . . 80

AZUCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 . . . . . . . . . . 58

PARCEL 104 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 . . . . . . . . . . 48

BAY 101 CASINO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 . . . . . . . . . . 52

RECYCLE BOOKSTORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 . . . . . . . . . . 56

BIRK'S RESTAURANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . . . . . . 39

ROMANTIQUES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 . . . . . . . . . . 60

BLACY'S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 . . . . . . . . . . 59

ROSIE MCCANN'S, SAN JOSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 . . . . . . . . . . 49

BOUTIQUE LA LUNE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 . . . . . . . . . . 59

ROSIE MCCANN'S, SANTA CRUZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 . . . . . . . . . . 80

CAFÉ CRUZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 . . . . . . . . . . 79

SAN JOSE DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

CALIFORNIA’S GREAT AMERICA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 . . . . . . .20, 28

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 . . . . . . . . . . 32

CASCAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 . . . . . . . . . . 39

SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

CASINO M8TRIX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . 53


CENTONOVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 . . . . . . . . . . 40

SANTANA ROW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . INSIDE FRONT COVER . . . . . . . . . . 54

CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY MUSEUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 . . . . . . . . . . 30

SCOTT'S SEAFOOD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 . . . . . . . . . . 49

CIN-CIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 . . . . . . . . . . 40

SEA BY ALEXANDER’S, THE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 . . . . . . . . . . 50

CINNABAR HILLS GOLF CLUB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 . . . . . . . . . . 97

SEASCAPE RESORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

CRAFT GALLERY & ANNEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 . . . . . . . . . . 79

SHADOWBROOK RESTAURANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67, 77 . . . . . . 53, 80

CROW'S NEST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 . . . . . . . 53, 79

SIERRA TOY SOLDIERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 . . . . . . . . . . 60

EL PALOMAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 . . . . . . . . . . 80

SMITH ALDER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . 56

ELI THOMAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 . . . . . . . . . . 55

SUNDANCE THE STEAKHOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 . . . . . . . . . . 50

FORBES MILL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 . . . . . . . . . . 41


FRENCH THEFT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 . . . . . . . . . . 59

SUPER SILVER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 . . . . . . . . . . 79

GILROY WELCOME CENTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

TEAM SAN JOSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

GIOVANNI'S PIZZA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 . . . . . . . . . . 41

THOMAS KINKADE GALLERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 . . . . . . . . . . 79

GRILL ON THE ALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 . . . . . . . . . . 42

VITO'S TRATTORIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 . . . . . . . . . . 50

GUGLIELMO WINERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 . . . . . . . . . . 84

VTA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . INSIDE BACK COVER . . . . . . . . . 109

HENRY'S HI-LIFE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 . . . . . . . . . . 42

VYNE BISTRO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 . . . . . . . . . . 51

HOUSE OF GENJI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 . . . . . . . . . . 42

WHISPERS CAFÉ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 . . . . . . . . . . 51

IHOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 . . . . . . . . . . 80

WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 . . . . . . . . . . 29

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