Vasona and Los Gatos Creek County Parks
Vasona Park includes 45 acres of lawn which can be used for informal play such as frisbee tossing, softball or soccer. There are several picnic areas available on a first-come, first-served basis. Eight reservable group areas are placed at scenic locations throughout the park.
Vasona Lake is open for non-power boating year round. Paddle boats and row boats are available for rental from early spring through early fall. The lake also offers fishing for Black Bass, Crappie, Catfish and Blue Gill. Public boat storage is available for a fee and a launch ramp is provided.
The Youth Science Institute, located at the park''s north end, offers programs and outings which interpret science and inspire an appreciation for the natural environment. Behind YSI, visitors can find solitude while hiking the Viola Anderson Native Plant Trail.
Adjacent to Vasona Park is the Town of Los Gatos'' Oak Meadow Park. Here, visitors can ride a carousel, picnic, play informal sports, or enjoy the playground. Miniature train rides on the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad originate in Oak Meadow and run through Vasona Park. Hikers, runners, bicyclists, and skaters enjoy the Los Gatos Creek multiple use trail which begins at Lexington Reservoir and follows the Los Gatos Creek for nearly 14 miles through the Town of Los Gatos, Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos Creek County Park, and the cities of Campbell and San Jose.
Call boxes are located along the trail. Dogs are welcome on a leash and owners are expected to pick up droppings. Free disposable scoopers are available.
At the midpoint of the trail is Los Gatos Creek County Park, an 80-acre urban park encompassing six percolation ponds. The northernmost pond is used for fishing and non-power boating. This pond is stocked with Rainbow Trout from November through April. Black Bass, Catfish, Blue Gill, Crappie and Carp are also caught in the pond. The middle pond is designated for model boaters. The remaining ponds offer visitors the opportunity to view many types of water fowl. Please note that feeding water fowl is restricted; see Waterfowl Management for more information. Casting ponds are also available, open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m. to sunset for fly and plug casting. Targets are available for accuracy practice. No hooks or dogs allowed within the casting area. Use caution when walking in the "back cast" area.
Stanford University- Rodin Scultures
Stanford University boasts the largest collection of Rodin works outside of Paris, and I am not sure if that is true, but they have a lot of Rodin pieces. Many of them are casts, but it is neat to see them. You can see several inside the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts. This small museum has a cast of Rodin's famous "The Thinker" and several other Rodin pieces. It also has stuff from Asia, Oceania, Africa, The Americas, the Ancient Mediterranean, and and Europe. They also have a couple rooms of Contemporary Art. They also have a changing exhibit. While I was there, they had a black and white portrait exhibit. I cannot remember the name of the photographer, but it was beautiful. Outside of the museum is the sculpture garden. They have twenty bronzes including The Gates of Hell. The Museum is usually open during normal business hours, except for Thursday when they are open until 8PM. It is free to go into the Museum. The Sculture Garden is always free and always open, they have lights for nightime viewing. Between the hours of 6AM-4PM, you have to pay for parking...but after 4PM parking is free.
Best SJ Mall
Valley Fair is the biggest mall in San Jose and has a pretty wide selection of stores. It has recently been expanded and now houses over 100 stores in this two floor indoor complex. Some of the major stores include Macy's, Nordstroms, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel among others. In addition to clothes and accessories you'll find plenty of places to eat. See the complete list of shops and restaurants here.
When you're done shopping inside walk across the street to Santana Row for an outdoor shopping experience in this upscale shopping area.
From I-880: Follow signs for Stevens Creek Blvd. exit. Westfield Shoppingtown Valley Fair is on your right.
From I-280: Going North, take I-880 North. Follow signs for Stevens Creek Blvd. exit. Westfield Shoppingtown Valley Fair is on your right. Going South, take Winchester/Campbell exit. Turn left at signal at end of ramp. Left again onto Winchester, Turn right onto Stevens Creek Blvd. Westfield Shoppingtown Valley Fair is on your left From I-101: Take I-880 South, follow signs for Stevens Creek Blvd. exit. Westfield Shoppingtown Valley Fair is on your right. From Highway 85: Take Hwy 17 North, follow signs for Stevns Creek Blvd. exit. Westfield Shoppingtown Valley Fair is on your right.
The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has 4 routes that can take you to Westfield Shoppingtown Valley Fair. They are lines 23, 36, 60 and 87. Their phone number is (408)321-2300. Valley Fair has just about everything that you could possible want from clothese to shoes to accessories. You can even buy sporting goods, art, a Macintosh computer and geet your hair cut before having lunch.
San Jose is located at the...
San Jose is located at the intersection of several highways: Hwys 101, 280, 680, 880, and 87.
By car. Light Rail serves the main corridor between Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and San Jose downtown areas, but many of the best spots to see are only available by car.
Hey if I could remember the...
Hey if I could remember the name you'd be sorted. But it was an authentic German gaff with a very unauthentic external facia.
The atmosphere was electric, with traditional German music, alpine aromas and the wiaters all wore lederhosen. I was looking out for the Heidi lookalikes! (I know she was Swiss) They do great bratwurst.