Overview San Jose

Visiting San Jose

The dot.com bubble may have burst, but this hi-tech city is still riding high. The third-largest in California, it’s billed itself as “the capital of Silicon Valley”—keep your eyes peeled and ears pricked back in case you’re lunching next to the founders of the next big Internet start-up.

Be sure to visit the legendary Winchester Mystery House, a sprawling Queen Anne mansion with hundreds of rooms chocked full of architectural oddities - and, according to legend, more than a few ghosts. Family-friendly spots like the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo and the highly-rated Children's Discovery Museum are always an option, as are museums like the Tech Museum of Innovation and the Rosicrucian Egyptian... Read More
The dot.com bubble may have burst, but this hi-tech city is still riding high. The third-largest in California, it’s billed itself as “the capital of Silicon Valley”—keep your eyes peeled and ears pricked back in case you’re lunching next to the founders of the next big Internet start-up.

Be sure to visit the legendary Winchester Mystery House, a sprawling Queen Anne mansion with hundreds of rooms chocked full of architectural oddities - and, according to legend, more than a few ghosts. Family-friendly spots like the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo and the highly-rated Children's Discovery Museum are always an option, as are museums like the Tech Museum of Innovation and the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in North America.

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Stories and Tips San Jose

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San Jose Museum of Art

Written by Cheryl Morgan on 14 Jul, 2002

OK, so this should have been a museum entry, but there was so much I wanted to say about this place that I could not get the entry under 500 words. Sorry. There is a tendency to think that art museums in small cities can't be…Read More


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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

Written by gsingh on 09 Dec, 2000

Gordon Biersch (GB) is a fabulous upscale German-style brew pub in Downtown San Jose. A definitive place to eavesdrop on corporate types getting hammered, young rich couples on dates, or longtime regulars who have their own personalized beer steins. There's an expansive outdoor dining patio where…Read More


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Community Value Center

Written by gsingh on 09 Dec, 2000

OK - this place bit the dust in November of 2001, but I'm leaving the entry up for nostalgic purposes... This is the best thrift store in all of San Jose: it's a complete dump. There's always a menagerie of interesting characters to gawk at. Just…Read More


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Twice Read Books

Written by gsingh on 09 Dec, 2000

Twice Read Books is a legend in Downtown San Jose. The shop has been in its location since 1928 and you can literally smell the books as you walk by. Out on the sidewalk, as soon as you get near the doorway of the place,…Read More


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Cactus Club's Happy Hour

Written by gsingh on 09 Dec, 2000

The longest running live music venue in San Jose also boasts a great bottom-of-the-barrel happy hour. Your feet will stick to the floor, but the drinks are cheap and strong. The names here have been changed to protect those who are now sober. If any. When…Read More


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House of Siam

Written by gsingh on 09 Dec, 2000

Now with an all new location at 151 S. 2nd Street in San Jose, House of Siam boasts gorgeous authentic decor with expensive imported Thai figurines, wood carvings and more. The new place also features a traditional Khantoke area where you can sit on the…Read More


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Witches' Eve

Written by Cheryl Morgan on 15 Nov, 2000

Given time, some festivals travel a long strange road. Roman Saturnalia, an excuse for big parties and lots of eating and drinking, has become Christmas, and excuse for, well, pretty much the same. Samhain, on the other hand, the Celtic festival celebrating the night at…Read More


The high cost of Bay Area living

Written by Cheryl Morgan on 15 Nov, 2000

When you go on holiday so somewhere really nice there is always the temptation to wonder what it would be like to live there. Then you remember the sad pensioners in Blackpool and Bournemouth staring vacantly out of their nursing home windows as the winter…Read More


The Bay Area Science Fiction Association

Written by Cheryl Morgan on 15 Nov, 2000

One of the drawbacks of travelling is that once you get there you don't know anyone. Some of the Guides here have perfected the art of befriending the locals wherever they go. But if you don't have that talent, what do you do? Well if…Read More


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Plaza de Cesar Chavez

Written by gsingh on 15 Apr, 2002

Plaza de Cesar Chavez is the oldest continuously used public open space in San Jose. To make a long story short: The original Pueblo de San Jose moved to this plaza in 1797 and the Mexican government ruled the area for about twenty years before the…Read More


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