Clarion Inn Silicon Valley
3200 Monterey Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111
Phone: (408) 972-2200
Fax: (408) 972-2632
The Strike Brewing Co. is a brewery founded by a group of former sportspeople. Its Session Series of beer is mild and suitable for drinking when one does not wish to get inebriated. This series consists of varieties like Brown, Wit, Blonde and Porter. This brewery has a store selling t-shirts and beer-related merchandise, and a taproom for tasting its craft brews. It conducts private events like tasting sessions and tours for visitors. It also hosts numerous events off-site and serves beer at major marathons and adventure sports events; check their website for the detailed schedule.
The Hermitage Brewing Company prepares approximately 15 craft beers that are sold all over California. Its brews are categorized into the Topia Series and Single Hop Series and include Maltopia, Citra, Apollo, Galaxy, Belma, Sorachi Ace and El Dorado. Its Tap Room offers a contemporary ambience with intriguing cartoons depicted on the walls, showing brewing apparatus and waitresses carrying beers. Here, guests can taste their beers and Scotch ales like the Tied House Ironwood Dark, Magnum Single Hop IPA and Maltopia Scotch Ale. This brewery regularly hosts events such as the American Craft Beer Week; check their website for the detailed schedule of events.
Here's where you come when you need to know all about San Jose's local history. The city is not just about bright lights and bustle; it's also California's oldest, and richest in terms of culture. The park consists of historical landmarks and old houses that forms a quaint village with a breathtaking view of the valley. Go for a long stroll, if you'd like to scour its nooks and crannies on your own, or better still, hitch a ride on the electronic trolley. This car has its own charm, with reversible seats and wooden framework. The park's early car models are also displayed.
Located in Kelley Park, this garden is modeled after Korakuen Park in Okayama, Japan, which is one of San Jose's sister cities. In a very peaceful, relaxing setting, enjoy the unique bridges, ponds and pathways that exquisitely demonstrate the fine art of classic Japanese landscape gardening. You will always be immersed in a wide variety of colors, varying from wisteria lavenders to azalea pinks, depending on the season.
Duldzin Dragpa, a Mahayana Buddhist Center provides a casual, amiable and tranquil environment in which to learn about Buddhism. Renowned Tibetan lama Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder and Spiritual Director of the Center, established the New Kadampa Tradition, which encourages followers to transform their daily actions through the guidance of Buddha's teachings. The Center offers a wide range of courses, workshops and retreats to explore and celebrate Buddhism. Retreats are held in conjunction with other Bay Area centers in San Francisco and Berkeley and include focused meditation and instruction in specific Buddhist teachings. Check the Web site for details.
Golfland Emerald Hills offers a day full of entertainment for the entire family. Children are bound to have fun at this venue replete with miniature golf, arcade games and water slides, however, adults too can revisit their childhood or experience the joy of participating in non-competitive sports. The miniature golf course has 18 holes, whereas the arcade games section boasts of games in every theme, from racing, archery and fighting to quieter ones. The on-site snack bar is famous for its thick shakes known as Iceberg, available in a variety of colors and garnished with sweets. This venue also offers packages for celebrating birthday parties and corporate events, with team building exercises.
This wonderful facility is a great place to take advantage of the generally sunny weather with which San Jose is blessed. It contains the Japanese Friendship Garden, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, the San Jose Historical Museum, a huge amount of picnic tables, an amphitheater and other venues. This is a fantastic spot for wedding receptions, barbecues, family camping or other group functions. It is a diverse place, one that is great for a family day out. Admission to the park is free.
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is located in East San Jose's Kelley Park, near the Japanese Friendship Garden. Happy Hollow is a perfect place to take the kids for a day out as it includes a zoo with all kinds of animals like jaguars, capybaras and monkeys. Happy Hollow is not just a zoo; it also features a park with rides like a carousel and a roller coaster, a petting zoo, shopping, and play structures. Happy Hollow also has a puppet theater, an animal hospital, and offers classes, programs and summer camps for kids.
Almaden Lake Park is where San Jose residents come to bike, hike, fish and relax their days away. Located over 65 acres, the lake is expansive enough for an endless amount of personal space, ensuring plenty of space to accommodate a wide range of activities. The park has bocce ball courts, volleyball nets and even horseshoe facilities. For those that want to be closer to the water, fishing and pedal boating are allowed. There is a concession stand open on a seasonal basis that features light snacks and refreshing beverages. For a scenic, tranquil setting and plenty of activity options, it doesn't get much better than a day at Almaden Lake Park.
This urban farm covers an impressive 47 acres (19.02 hectares). It has school tours, orchards, a barnyard, picnic areas and places to fly kites. It is a great place to bring kids, especially if they like animals as there are numerous breeds of rabbits, chickens, geese and ducks for them to befriend. The property was originally given to the city of San Jose with the intent that it be used as an agricultural learning center, and in this respect, it succeeds admirably. Admission is free.
William Street Park is a tiny little park presenting a host of leisure and entertainment options to the local. It is most famous for the dog show that it is home to: Bark in the Park. Here you get to witness dog acrobatics performed by specially trained canines, called the Agility Dogs. There are even demonstrations on how to train dogs, costume contests, awards, the list just goes on! William Street Park is an ideal place to lounge around with your family and friends.
In the heart of the Silicon Valley, San Jose is a great little town that became the epicenter of the Internet boom. It is home to Stanford University and numerous multinational corporations. The Visitor Bureau is the one-stop shop for tourists to the city and for all their information needs. It provides comprehensive information on accommodation, dining venues, entertainment options, convention centers, shopping areas and sports and recreation activities in San Jose.