This is where I used to live!
Campbell, CA, USA is a small little town near the base of the Santa Cruz mountains. It is about 25 minutes from Santa Cruz, 60 minutes from San Francisco, 20 minutes from San Jose and about 3+ hours from Tahoe and Yosemite. I think it is a great location. About a mile from my house is a path that goes from my town to Los Gatos, which is directly at the base of the mountains. This path is about 8 miles long and winds through parks, around lakes, through woods and along a creek. There are always people walking their dogs, biking, running, roller blading or just strolling pretty much all the time. It is a really nice, safe and relaxing place to live or just visit.
Belive it or not, there are really good places to eat and drink in Campbell.
The Orchard Valley Coffee roasting co has wonderful coffee. My favorite is the Americano coffee which they make with espresso and coffee. it is sooo good and strong.. They roast their coffee in shop, so you know everything is fresh. There are couches to lounge on, comfy seats to sit in, wi-fi through out and a fire place that they use in the winter.
(Of course there is a starbucks too)
The wine bar in town is new. You can have tastings of both wine and chesse and the staff seems to know what they are doing.
During the summer they have a farmers market every Sunday morning and afternoon. There is great fruits/veggies/bread/flowers and anything else you could want.
There are two amazing italian places in Campbell, they are both owned by the same guy who is from Italy. His main resturant is Bellagio and then there is a pizzeria called La Pizzeria. They are both authentic and have amazing wine selections. I am not a pizza person, NY, Chicago, California - none of them do anything for me. BUT, there is just something perfect about really italian pizza. Everytime I eat there, it reminds me of being in Italy (Either in the Cinque Terre or Lake Como).
There is also great Mexican right outside of downtown. The guy who runs it is great, the food is tasty and the drinks are strong. It is called Casa Lupe.