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San Jose: A Top Pick For Family Vacation

If you’re looking for a fun-packed, no-hassle place to take the family this summer, San Jose offers great deals and perfect access to San Francisco Bay area attractions. With the launch of great new exhibits like the exclusive Genghis Kahn at The Tech, and free outdoor concerts like Music in the Park, it’s a great time to getaway in San Jose!

Need a little mystery this summer? Check out the Winchester Mystery House Package at Doubletree Hotel San Jose, which includes a deluxe overnight stay and two admission tickets. The mysterious mansion, once home to Winchester rifle heiress Sarah Winchester, is now an architectural marvel. It is believed that, upon the advice of a psychic, she continuously built additions onto the home to confuse the spirits of rifle victims. Tour through 110 of the 160 rooms and look for the bizarre phenomena that gave the mansion its name; a window built into the floor, staircases leading to nowhere, a chimney that rises four floors, doors that open onto blank walls, and upside down posts. Additional tickets can be purchased directly from the Winchester Mystery House. To reserve this package Call (800) 222-Tree or visit online at

Want to heat up your romance this summer? Rendezvous with Doubletree Hotel San Jose and enjoy the Sweet Romance Getaway. Relax and indulge with deluxe accommodations for two, a bottle of sparkling wine awaiting arrival, and full in-room breakfast the next morning. Guests who add additional nights will receive a “buy one lunch or dinner entrée and get a second one of equal or lesser value free” offer. To reserve this package call (800) 222-Tree or visit online at

Extended Stay Hotels in the San Jose area are offering $20 off a minimum 2-night stay at any of their five local hotels. Book the deal at and use promo code "GAME" to receive the discount. Visitors can "Go Green" with Extended Stay Hotels as most of these locations are near the VTA light rail, giving easy access to all San Jose Bay area adventures, including The Tech Museum, San Jose Art Museum, Winchester Mystery House, and parks galore. Light rail passes may be purchased at the front desk at 25 percent savings off the regular VTA transportation cost. Good now through the fall.

The Fairmont San Jose is offering a Discover Summer in San Jose package. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Fairmont combines high-tech excitement with the elegance of Fairmont Summertime style. Discover San Jose by experiencing two of San Jose's premier destinations: The Winchester Mystery House and the Tech Museum. Package includes: One night room accommodation in a luxurious Fairmont room; two tickets to the world-famous Winchester Mystery House; and Two tickets to the Tech Museum of Innovation. Starting at only $209 USD per night, based on double occupancy, this deal is offered through fall and is based on availability. All rates are based on availability and do not include tax or gratuity. To make hotel reservations, please call (408) 998 1900 or (800) 257 7544.

Hotel De Anza, Downtown San Jose’s Four Diamond luxury, boutique hotel is offering a Summer Wine Tour Weekend Package, featuring a great weekend of relaxing and a luxurious limo ride on a tour of South County wineries. Guests can check into their Deluxe Room Friday evening, where they will be welcomed with a complimentary bottle of wine and locally made Schurra’s chocolates. After check-in they can visit their award-winning restaurant, La Pastaia for a Tour of Italy, an introduction to the wines and culture of Italy. You will receive a $50.00 gift certificate toward dinner for 2 in La Pastaia, valid either Friday or Saturday. Before you retiring they can relax in the classic art-deco elegance of the Hedley Club Lounge where they will be treated to live jazz music. Visitors with the late-night munchies can enjoy “Raid Our Pantry!” where they can build themselves a free snack. In the morning, enjoy a sumptuous continental or full hot lavish breakfast before leaving for a day of wine tasting! The limo will depart for the Wineries of the South County at 9:30 AM and return at 4:00 PM. A picnic lunch will be provided to enjoy at the guests’ leisure during the day. Please visit their website ( for more information, or to make a reservation call (800) 843-3700 ext. 7039. Prices start at $439.00* per person, based on double occupancy. Get a group together and save! Discounts available for groups of 6 or more. Call for pricing. Based upon availability. Limo Tax and Gratuities are included. Hotel & Restaurant Tax and Gratuities not included.  Hitting the highways this summer? No better place than beautiful northern California! And in San Jose the weather is so great you can keep the top down!

Looking for affordable entertainment in San Jose? Head down to watch the California League Champion San Jose Giants play at historic Municipal Stadium. Kids can play in the Family Fun Zone and satisfy their taste buds at Turkey Mike's BBQ. See the future of the San Francisco Giants before they make their Major League debut, with tickets as low as $7 for kids or seniors and $10 for adults (children 4 and under are always free). Visit or call (408) 297-1435 for more information.

San Jose Flea Market, the largest outdoor flea market in the U.S. is free to the public with paid parking. The flea market is open every Wednesday, Friday Saturday and Sunday from dawn to dusk. Parking is $5.00 on Saturday or Sunday and $2.00 Wednesday or Friday. Now through January 8, 2011, San Jose’s free Downtown Farmer’s Market remains the ideal destination for fresh produce and works by local artists. Takes place every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit

The Tech Museum in downtown San Jose is always only $10 for admission, including IMAX theater ticket. Cool down this summer while inspiring the innovator inside! For an extra $15 gain access to the museum’s exclusive engagement of Genghis Khan.

The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, voted one of the top 10 children’s museums in the U.S., is always just $10 for admission and features fun interactive exhibits and programs.
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