It’s time to start planning your summer vacation, and San Jose, California, is the perfect destination for travelers. With a summer line-up featuring different activities, hotels, restaurants and attractions, San Jose offers something for every traveler.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Winchester Mystery House, a cool, beautiful and bizarre mansion built by Sarah Pardee Winchester, heiress of the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune. Winchester felt guilty about the victims of the rifle and kept building the house for 38 years to outrun the ghosts. It features secret staircases, hidden rooms, ghosts and fun. The house opened in 1923, making the 100th anniversary this June.
Take part in the 50th anniversary of San Jose Taiko. Drumming, a cultural Japanese art form, is featured at Taiko. Founded in 1973 by Rou Hirabayashi, as only the third outside of Japan, Taiko, a pioneer in the contemporary art form, has been a big part of the growth.
Where to Stay
For travelers looking for a relaxed stay with a focus on spa and wellness, Hotel Valencia is the place to stay. Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley’s charming Santana Row entertainment district, Hotel Valencia offers chic and sophisticated hotel experiences.
Hayes Mansion offers more of a luxurious experience, perfect for golf lovers. As one of Northern California’s most iconic and historic spots, Hayes Mansion offers extraordinary accommodations, delicious dining and seclusion.
One of only three Japanese towns in the United States, Japantown grew from the site where Japanese immigrants first settled in Santa Clara Valley. This town is a can’t-miss for travelers looking to dive deeper into the area’s culture.
Food and Drink
Adega Restaurant is the first and only Michelin-starred restaurant in San José, California, as well as the only Portuguese restaurant in the United States to be recognized with a Michelin star.
Every part of J. Lohr winery focuses on sustainability. J. Lohr was an early adopter of sustainable practices and helped pave the way for industry-wide sustainability methods.
Nested within the hills of historic New Almaden, visitors are invited to explore, taste and discover the unique beauty of the San Jose countryside at Alamitos Vineyards. The vineyard features sustainable practices like fiber inserts in distribution and no Styrofoam in any part of the wine making or distribution process. Additionally, all wine not bottled is distilled and turned into Aguardente, a Portuguese brandy.
A Guinness Book of World Records attraction and the only one in San Jose, the World’s Largest Monopoly Board allows travelers to play a larger-than-life-sized version of this popular board game. The 930-square-foot permanent Monopoly board was installed in Discovery Meadow near the Children’s Discovery Museum and is the perfect photo-op for board game lovers.
New tours take whiskey fans where they’ve never gone before. This summer, Maker’s Mark launched its Star Hill Farm Experiences. These experiences allow travelers to go beyond the general distillery tours to further explore the more than 1,000 acres the distillery calls home. In the process, participants learn about sustainability, agriculture and research initiatives.
Whether it's the people, the craic (fun) or the coasts, travelers always find something to love about the island of Ireland. What fills your heart?
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From the windy tip of Malin Head in County Donegal to the colorful harbor town of Kinsale in County Cork, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way amazes at every turn. Feel the blast of fresh sea air with a lighthouse walk. Get up close to history, grab a fireside seat at a traditional music session, experience the world-famous Irish hospitality and explore some of Ireland's most exhilarating coastal scenery. It is a place that inspired dreamers and travelers, poets and painters with a landscape filled with stone walls, thatched cottages, deserted beaches and breathtaking views. Charming towns and villages, 1,500 miles of soaring cliffs, incredible landscapes and unique experiences await.
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