San Jose, California - Also
known as Silicon Valley, There's no better place to experience a weekend getaway
than San Jose and no better
time than now. Whether you're visiting for a convention or just want to
explore new environs, San Jose is one of those rare California
destinations with a downtown that's large enough to fill the minutes of
your trip and tantalizing enough to lure you back again and again.
A different vacation or business
experience at Santana Row,
reminiscent of Las Ramblas in
Barcelona, features street level shopping & dining and
Valencia Santana Row
overlooking the streets and plazas. Designed by Dodd Mitchell of Los
Angeles (who also designed The
Crescent Hotel in Beverly Hills) guestrooms include Brazilian cherry wood floors, plantation
shutters, white marble bathrooms and custom designed Valencia Beds.
The mixed commercial / residential
venue contains condos, Hotel Valencia Santana Row, restaurants and shops
set along plazas with decorative fountains, grass lawns and play areas.
Shops in Santana Row include Anne
Fontaine, Ann Taylor Loft, Anthropologie, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry,
Chico's, Diesel, Gucci, Indigo Palms, Japanese Weekend Maternity, Oilily,
Penelope, Salvatore Ferragamo, Smith Alder, Ted Baker, Theory, Tommy
Bahama, Urban Outfitters, Eli Thomas Menswear, Kuhlman, Ted Baker,
Jacadi, and Nanoo. Bella Boutique, Bella Dolci, Brooks Brothers, Camper
Shoes, Donald J. Pliner, Oakley, Pink Stripes, Sur La Table, and Tumi.
Restaurants at Santana Row are
Citrus at Hotel Valencia, Left Bank Bistro, Amber India, Blowfish Sushi
To Die For, Straits Café, Maggiano's Little Italy, Pasta Pomodoro, Pizza
Antica, Fantasia Tea Cafe, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Rosie McCann's Irish
Pub, Starbucks, Village California Bistro, Yankee Pier, Consuelo,
Chili's Grill & Bar, Wahoo's Tacos, Ben & Jerry's, Cocola Bakery, Joseph
Schmidt, Subway, Lisa's Tea Treasures, Smoothie King, Vintage Wine
It's hard to fathom that a city of
nearly one million population feels just right. But amazingly, San Jose
ranked as #1 Safest City in the US in several years ago! It's one more reason we love
From Chicago to New
York, Los Angeles to Orange County, those seeking a weekend getaway need
look no further than San Jose, California. Historic San Jose is a city filled with
architecture, art, history, culture, fabulous foods and mind games.
From a giant chess board at Santana Row to the world's largest Monopoly
game board at Riverwalk near the San Jose Convention Center, people of
all ages can engage in intellectual pursuits. Performing arts theaters,
public art displays and museums such as Tech Museum of Innovation offer
opportunities to challenge the mind in artful play.
Located 50 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and 50
miles south of San Francisco in Santa Clara County, California's third largest city
enjoys a beautiful Silicon Valley landscape of rolling hills and
friendly climate. Mild year-round temperatures and winter rains provide
the perfect conditions for growing wine grapes. Surrounded by
gently-rolling hills that include some of California's oldest wineries,
wine tasting and wine tours provide fun excursions to the nearby
But for those who want to stay in
the heart of the city to soak up the culture or perhaps attend a
conference or convention at San Jose McEnery Convention Center, you need
never rent a car to see many great cultural and sporting events outside
your hotel room. There are two high-rise hotels making up the the two
end-pieces of the convention center with our favorite
Marriott San Jose.
As of this writing, Marriott is newly-renovated with a fantastic
restaurant and direct access to the convention
floors and exhibits without ever leaving the building, a real plus for
exhibitors and attendees.
San Jose and Towers was renovated not long ago and is a really nice option for
convention meetings, as well. It, too, is located or connected right to
the convention center.
Marriott San Jose features a
wonderful restaurant and a smaller cafe featuring Pete's Coffee drinks.
For those familiar with the wonderful Italian
restaurant, Il Fornaio, it is located across the street. Starbucks
Coffee is located in the convention
center, providing the pick-me-up or custom morning brew you desire.
One hotel that seems elegant, yet
warm and inviting is The Fairmont San Jose.
Located across a plaza from the convention center, it features a movie
theater, restaurants and shops all within a block of its doors. It's
long been known as one of Downtown San Jose's finest hotels.
Whether attending a convention or
taking our recommendation to see San Jose on a whim, you'll be amazed at
the number of things you can do by walking just a few blocks any
direction. Not only do you have access to a variety of great hotels,
restaurants, light rail and a convention center, you can visit an art
museum, a tech museum, a kids museum, an historic church, see a play,
see sports, a concert or live jazz in night club. It's all within
One of San Jose's favorite museums is within easy
walking distance across the street from Santana Row. Winchester Mystery
House is a unique house of over 20,000 square feet that includes
stairways and closets to nowhere, many strange design features and items
built with 13 components. The Winchester rifle heiress, Sarah, designed
the house based on information provided by the spirits of those killed
by the famous guns her husband manufactured. Sarah never worked from a set of plans,
guests are told. For those seeking
contact or at least a brush with the unusual, Winchester Mystery House
promises to provide an entertaining experience.
Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California
is a hands-on technology museum devoted to inspiring the innovator in everyone.
Located in downtown San Jose directly across the street from the Convention
Center, it is open to the public daily. Features include special and permanent
exhibits (most are hands on and participatory), a wonderful gift shop and the
Imax Theatre where films come to life though a special screen, advanced
sound system and inclined cushioned seats. thetech.org
Facts from San Jose,
Oldest civil settlement in
California, founded in 1777
California's first capital
3rd Largest in California and the West Coast, 11th Largest in United
300 sunny days per year with an average annual temperature of 70 degrees
The Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport is three miles from
12 major airlines servicing nearly 200 daily non-stop flights from all
major U.S. cities
Third Most Fun City in America by Cranium Inc.
2004 Recipient of America's Most Livable City Award by Partners for
Fifth Best Place to Live in America by Money Magazine
Safest Big City in America (population 500,000+) for three consecutive
years by Morgan Quitno Press (based on FBI Crime Statistics)
Sunset Magazine described our downtown as an "eminently walkable area
with level streets, balmy weather and well-marked attractions."
"The Epicenter of Silicon Valley" by Zagat.com
Top Photo: Santana Row, Stevens Creek & Winchester Blvds., San Jose CA
santanarow.com, one of
San Jose Events include:
Ballet San Jose Song and
Dance San Jose California Ballet
San Jose Bowling for
Bucks Contest California Events
Hot San Jose Nights California Special Event
San Jose Nutcracker
San Jose Oktoberfest sponsored by San Jose Calif.
Chamber of Commerce
San Jose Santana Row
Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration in San Jose California
San Jose Ice Skating Holiday Rink