An historic home/museum & grounds
In the suburban sprawl that dominates Silicon Valley, you have too look around a little to find historic homes. This one, the Ainsley House, was moved to its current location in downtown Campbell to make room for a strip mall (no surprise) on the other side of highway 880, near the Pruneyard. It makes more sense to be here anyway.
The Ainsley House is a tudor style building that now is used mainly for wedding receptions and other rental events. The grounds are beautiful, and the house provides a backdrop that is hard to find elsewhere. If you are in downtown Campbell, you might as well stop by and have a look. It's only a block off Campbell Ave.
- Historical Travel
The Campbell Farmers' market takes place every Sunday right in the heart of downtown. This is a great event to visit for either buying good, fresh regional produce, handicrafts or some prepared foods. The market covers about three or four blocks in downtown, when the street is closed to auto traffic.
What I like about this market, besides the good produce, is that there are some good food items that reflect the varied ethnic makeup of the South Bay region. Here you will find vendors selling Indian spices to cook with, Afghan specialties and other types of foods along with the more conventional bakery items, seafood etc. that are as fresh or better than anything you will find in the supermarkets.
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
Good local coffee shop
I love to see a local coffee shop compete directly with a massive chain place like Starbucks and do well. Orchard Valley Coffee is the center of the Campbell scene, and I see no reason to get your java at the competition one block away. The coffee is good here, as well as the service and atmosphere. It isn't as trendy or as planned out as a chain place, more old woodwork and less popular color schemes define the interior. It is spacious and has outside seating, as well as live music on weekend nights.
- Road Trip
- Business Travel
The Ainsley House
If old homes are your thing, then keep this one in mind. The Ainsley House is a pure example of the English Tudor style home. Tours are available and there is also a small gift shop and museum. Hours are 12 to 4 and the last tour leaves at 3:30.
Los Gatos Creek Trail
This is a nature preserve area with several different varities of birds, and some odd looking dragonflys that are electric blue! The trail is actually fairly long with several ponds, some of which you can fish in, and a few areas to entertain your dog in as well. If you want to just take a stroll and check out birds and relax, go for it.
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