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Old 02-06-2014, 08:41 PM
 
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I would do day trips:

* San Francisco (maybe stay overnight)
* Half Moon Bay
* Santa Cruz County

Have fun.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:29 PM
 
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I think you'd enjoy your stay. Even a cold day here is a high in the upper 40s, normal is more like upper 50s to near 60. All of the above would feel warm to you guys I think!

The wild card is potential rain. We've been a terrible drought so far, but have had some rain lately and a major storm is expected this weekend (3 straight days). Whether you'd get rain or sun for your dates is not certain, but it's guaranteed to be warmer than Minnesota.

Wine Country is a good recommendation.

I myself love Big Sur - beautiful area about 2.5 hrs south on the central coast (just south of Carmel).

San Francisco proper shouldn't be ruled out. The city is a blast and is beautiful, and compared to summer, the crowds are light. This also has the advantage of plenty to do even if it's raining.

If it were me on a 4 day weekend - I'd split the difference. Drive down to Big Sur, spend a night or two, then back up to the city for 2 nights then fly out. You could also replace Big Sur with wine country - a few days in Napa/Sonoma and the balance in SF. Big Sur is more "wild" - beautiful coastal vistas, great hikes - while wine country is more "culture" - food, and obviously wine. As beautiful as wine country is, I personally think Big Sur is more unique - but that's just my personal opinion .
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:14 AM
 
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Sorry...not a wine drinker so I didn't realize there was a differentiation between Napa and Sonoma visiting, so I appreciate the info. To me it's all "North Bay," and very pretty. But, if OP is a wine drinker, there are also some right here in (paying attention bobb-o, I'm about to say it...) Santa Clara County. Cupertino has a few in the mountains, and even up on skyline.

Enjoy your long weekend!
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:28 AM
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Make sure you stay fairly close to the coast, there can be plenty of bad weather inland. Snow is in the forecast for this area.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:39 AM
 
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Make sure you stay fairly close to the coast, there can be plenty of bad weather inland. Snow is in the forecast for this area.
That's ridiculous.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:44 AM
 
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Sorry...not a wine drinker so I didn't realize there was a differentiation between Napa and Sonoma visiting, so I appreciate the info. To me it's all "North Bay," and very pretty. But, if OP is a wine drinker, there are also some right here in (paying attention bobb-o, I'm about to say it...) Santa Clara County. Cupertino has a few in the mountains, and even up on skyline.

Enjoy your long weekend!
There are a few in Morgan Hill and Gilroy as well. OP has no need to drive all the way up Highway 9. Yes, I'm paying attention.

Because as you know, Napa and Santa Cruz and SF are full of beautiful unicorns and everywhere else suck ass
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:00 PM
 
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Morgan Hill and Gilroy would not be of interest to tourists.

Stick with: Santa Cruz Mountains (many wineries) and then go to Santa Cruz.

Also stay in The City for one night and have some fun in Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach.

Skip San Jose completely, if at all possible.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:46 PM
 
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Perhaps you & beloved wife would love staying at the Los Laureles Lodge, or another inn around the Carmel Valley. It's usually warmer in the valley. Carmel beach & the Monterey coast, Big Sur, aren't very far away............. Los Laureles

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Old 02-07-2014, 02:11 PM
 
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Short answer:

* I'd like get to Stanford one afternoon just to see the campus -- I've heard great things about it.

Keep the suggestions coming -- I really appreciate them!
Ok, if you can find 'The Stanford Band Shack' (if they still have one) there is free booze in the locker room
and interesting people (sometimes rock band or jamming while a professor watches).

I wouldn't really try the booze though, but there was a 'Smashing Pumpkins' -type band.
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:47 PM
 
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We are planning on making the same trip! Here are a bunch of ideas we've collected online and from friends.

TheExploratorium
http://exploratorium.edu/
The Exploratorium isa twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing,playful place to explore and tinker. For more than forty years, we’ve builtcreative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences thatignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning. Dive inand discover what we’re all about.

TheTech Museum of innovation
http://www.thetech.org/

Engineers Week @ TheTech
Saturday, February15, 2014 - Sunday, February 23, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Lower Level
Free with museumadmission. First-come, first-served.

Join us at The Techfor a week-long celebration of engineering! Engineers Week is a national eventthat brings engineering to life for people of all ages, and celebratesengineers and the difference they make in our world. Come and engineer an Ewokescape vehicle, build a Rube Goldberg device, program a human robot to performin our RoboTheater, tinker with LED lightsabers and hovercrafts in our JediTech Hands-On Science Workshop, and meet some of our favorite engineering rolemodels and partners! As part of our E-Week activities, we’ll also becelebrating Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day @ The Tech with specialprograms and partners on Thursday, February 20, 2014.
http://www.thetech.org/partnership-programs-tech/e-week-2014

RosicrucianEgyptian Museum and Planetarium
http://www.egyptianmuseum.org
Architecturallyinspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak, it houses the largest collection ofEgyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America -- including objectsfrom pre dynastic times through Egypt's early Islamic era.

Planetarium Shows
Everyday at 2 pm -Journey to the Stars: Featuring extraordinary images from telescopes on theground and in space and stunning, never-before-seen visualizations ofphysics-based simulations, the dazzling Journey to the Stars launches gueststhrough time and space to experience the life and death of stars, including ourown nurturing Sun. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

Saturdays at 3:30 pm- Cosmic Collisions: This show launches guests on a thrilling trip throughspace and time to explore the astronomical impacts that drive the dynamic andcontinuing evolution of the universe. Narrated by Robert Redford.

Sundays at 3:30 pm -3D Sun: Leading space scientists share spectacular images from NASA's 3D Sunmission and take guests behind the scenes to tell the story of the Sun and whya greater understanding of this dynamic star is of crucial importance to us all.Narrated by Al Roker.

The Cat in Ancient and Modern Egypt
The RosicrucianEgyptian Museum has many examples of cat images from ancient Egypt, in everymaterial from bronze, through wood, and including mummies!

Cats were firstdomesticated in ancient Egypt. This means that all cats were wild until theEgyptians began sharing their homes with them. This happened over 6,000 yearsago! All of our cats today are descended from Egyptian wild cats.

Egyptians lovedtheir cats, and considered them to be protectors of the house. Most cats didnot have names; they were just called Ta-Mieuw, or "The Meower", outof respect for their privacy. The Egyptians thought a name was magical. Catswere so spoiled in Egypt, that some even wore jewelry, such as earrings.

ComputerHistory Museum
http://www.computerhistory.org/
Spend a day at theComputer History Museum. Find out why computer history is 2000 years old. Learnabout computer history’s game-changers in our multimedia exhibitions. Play agame of Pong or Spacewar! Listen to computer pioneers tell their story from theirown perspective. Discover the roots of today’s Internet and mobile devices. Seeover 1,100 historic artifacts, including some of the very first computers fromthe 1940s and 1950s.

Open Wed throughSunday 10AM to 5PM. Open for President's Day Mon Feb 17th.

ShorelinePark
3160 North ShorelineBoulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043-1341
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32761-d1934528-Reviews-Shoreline_Park-Mountain_View_California.html

MountainView Farmers Market
600 West EvelynAvenue, Mountain View, CA 94041
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32761-d2707530-Reviews-Mountain_View_Farmers_Market-Mountain_View_California.html

GoogleCampus
Mountain View Street99, Mountain View, CA
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32761-d2214572-Reviews-Google_Tours-Mountain_View_California.html

Check out theAndroid Sculptures outside Google’s Building 44

Outside of Building44 at the Googleplex stand a unique collection of bigger than life AndroidSculptures. Each sculpture is based on code names for the different versions ofGoogle’s Android mobile operating system. While you can’t eat them, they all havedesert names like Cupcake, Donut and Eclair.

Campodi Bocce of Los Gatos
http://www.campodibocce.com/LosGatos/index.html
Find the ultimateexperience in dining and recreation at Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. We haveeight World Class, State-of-the-Art Bocce courts and traditional ItalianCuisine. We carry a large variety of local California wines and an excellentselection of imported wines sure to delight any wine lover's palate.

Escape to Italy inyour own backyard – with dining indoors by our beautiful bar and along ourbocce courts or outdoors among our vine covered arbors, Campo di Bocce of LosGatos truly is an escape from the norm.

Lunch, Dinner andBocce Daily – Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos is your one stop for dining,recreation and FUN!!!

TheSan Jose Flea Market
http://www.sjfm.com/
The heart of the SanJose Flea Market has always been family. For 50 years we’ve been the placeloved ones have made memories while playing, shopping, and eating together.Today, we remain one of the best destinations in the region for families tospend an inexpensive and fun-packed day. A vintage carousel, mini-Ferris wheel,and play ground with inflatable slides are just the beginning.

Meander throughcolorful alleys and treasure-laden corridors. Conquer the cool depths of thearcade. Then, take a break and choose from freshly prepared international orCalifornia cuisine in one of our many restaurants. Or, keep it fair-style andcontinue to explore while you munch on a corn dog or savor the smoked goodnessfrom one of our outdoor barbecues.

Every member of thefamily will find something to love. Mom will enjoy shopping for jewelry,fashion clothing, and fine collectibles. Dad’s treasure hunt may be for antiquecomic books, tools, or belt buckles. And the kids will delight in books, toys,funny t-shirts, baseball cards, and pony rides.

The San Jose FleaMarket is a small city with a life of its own. Find everything you need usingour shopping directory, from organic vegetables in our quarter-mile longproduce row, to stereo equipment, religious supplies and even a barber shop.Tackling your shopping list was never so much fun.

If the afternoon sunsends you hunting for some shade, you’ll find it, along with a tasty selectionof ice creams and cool beverages. Relax on a bench and listen to the free livemusic. We feature authentic mariachis and acapella oldies—and everything inbetween.

The Flea Market isopen Wednesday - Sunday, from dawn to dusk. We are open year round, regardlessof weather conditions, with the exception of a few holidays.

AlcatrazIsland
http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/
Alcatraz and historygo hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, thefederal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a darkmystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al "Scarface"Capone, and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud helped to establish theisland's notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world'smost legendary prisons.

Many people, though,are unaware of the wealth of other stories to be learned on the island.Alcatraz is now home to rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife, and thousandsof roosting and nesting sea birds. Civil War-era buildings dotting the islandgive insight into the 19th century when the island served as both a harbordefense fort and a military prison. You can also see visible reminders of theAmerican Indian Occupation that started in 1969 after the prison closed,highlighting an important milestone in the American Indian rights movement.

Come experience thebeauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz on the San Francisco Bay. You'll beastounded by what you learn and see.

GhiardelliSquare
http://www.ghirardellisq.com/
Ghirardelli Squareis located at 900 North Point Street at the corner of Beach and Larkin Streets.It is on the West side of Fisherman’s Wharf, two blocks east of Van Ness Avenueand one block west of the Cable Car turnaround at Beach and Hyde Streets.

Pier39
http://www.pier39.com/

Magowan’sInfinite Mirror Maze
Experience amazingfun for the whole family at Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze! Challenge yourselfto find your way through the infinite hallways, endless circles and dead-endsof the most fascinating maze in San Francisco.
http://www.magowansinfinitemirrormaze.com/

PlayersSports Grill & Arcade
Players Sports Grill& Arcade, located at the Bay end of The PIER, boasts 12,000 square feet ofdining, games, drinks and bay views. Players has that familiar sports bar buzzwith 200+ live sports feeds from around the globe on 30 screens, 16 taps ofbeer, a great bar menu and deli sandwiches, plus the excitement of an arcadewith more than 85 games, full prize center and more. Players is home to uniquearcade games including Bay View Air Hockey, NFL 2-minute Drill, NBA Hoops,Elvis Pinball, Old West Shooting Gallery, Skeeball and Ms. Pacman. Be sure tograb a drink at the new Luau Lounge and Tiki Bar.
http://www.playerssf.com/

SeaLions
The sea lions campedout in PIER 39′s West Marina have been endearingly coined The PIER’s “SeaLebrities.” The boisterous pinnipeds started arriving in droves in January1990, shortly after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. At first they numberedfrom 10-50, but due to a plentiful herring supply, available dock space and themarina’s protected environment, the population grew to more than 300 within afew months.

Each winter, thepopulation can increase up to 900 sea lions, most of which are male. During thesummer months, the sea lions migrate south to the Channel Islands for breedingseason, but in recent years a small group stays year-round at PIER 39′s K-Dock.

7DExperience
Experience thethrill of a rollercoaster and the excitement of a state of the artlaser-blasting game all at once at 7D Experience! A massive movie screen andthe newest 3D technology keeps rider’s senses reeling as they ride, blast andcompete their way into another dimension. Compete with other thrill-seakers ina variety of scenarios: defeat menacing robots of the wild west, battleghoulies in a haunted goldmine, go on a swashbuckling pirate adventure orexperience a terrifying zombie apocalypse. Ride, blast, compete at the one andonly 7D Experience!
http://www.7dexperience.com/

Aquariumof the Bay
Explore the magic,beauty and wonder of San Francisco Bay at Aquarium of the Bay. Located at thewater’s edge, 20,000 local sea creatures await you. Your visit will take youthrough three main exhibit areas that display the amazing riches that liebeneath the surface of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding waters.

See eye-to-eye witha Sevengill shark, be mesmerized by moon jellies, and touch a bat ray’s wing.Walk through crystal clear tunnels and watch San Francisco Bay’s most amazinganimals swim overhead. Connect to San Francisco Bay through daily naturalist-ledanimal feedings and interactions, hands-on science experiments, sustainableseafood discussions and more. Enjoy viewing Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridgefrom our outdoor decks. Aquarium of the Bay is open 364 days a year.

Daily special eventsinclude animal feedings, naturalist presentations and behind-the-scenes tours.Admission is $22 for adults, $13 for seniors (65+) and children (3-11).Children under 3 are free. Families save with the Family Pack, priced at just$64 for two adults and two children. Upgrade your general admission ticket toan exciting Behind the Scenes Tour for an additional $10 for members and $12for non-members.
http://www.aquariumofthebay.org/

Bay Theater
The Bay Theater,located adjacent to the Aquarium of the Bay entrance, hosts a full line-up ofdaily film programs and an array of special events. Daily film programs featureaward-winning documentaries and animated shorts on popular ocean-lover topics includingsharks, whales, surfing, marine life conservation and San Francisco Bayecology.
http://www.aquariumofthebay.org/plan-a-visit/bay-theater-1

San Francisco Magic Show
The Bay Theater isalso home to the San Francisco Magic Show. This amazing magic show is theperfect blend of family-friendly, laugh-out-loud magic and comedy, making itthe perfect way to spend part of your afternoon on The PIER. Click here formore information.

Shows take placeevery Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm - 3:00pm unless otherwise noted.
http://aquariumofthebay.org/products/detail/710

Universityof California Berkeley
Universityof California Museum of Paleontology
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/index.php
The mission of the University of California Museum of Paleontology is to investigate and promote the understanding of the history of life and the diversity of the Earth's biota through research and education


Docent-LedTours of UCMP
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/docent.html

Universityof California Irvine
Universityof California Irvine School of Biological Sciences
University ofCalifornia Irvine School of Biological Sciences is one of the largest and mostproductive schools on campus. The School has attained national andinternational distinction through outstanding research as well as instructionat the graduate and undergraduate levels.
http://www.bio.uci.edu/

StanfordUniversity
GolfCart Tour
This tour includesareas covered on the Campus Walking Tour, such as the Main Quad, MemorialChurch, and the science and engineering buildings, as well as:
  • The Red Barn, where Leland Stanford bred and trained prize-winning horses
  • The Cantor Arts Center
  • Athletic facilities

From<http://www.stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo/tours/golf_cart.html>

CantorArts Center
http://museum.stanford.edu/index.html
Welcome! The CantorArts Center's diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 5,000 years ofart history and include one of the largest presentations of Rodin bronzesoutside Paris. Come see a wide range of changing exhibitions and take advantageof docent tours, lectures, gallery talks, symposia, classes, and specialevents. Explore, participate, and visit often.

Admission is free
Galleries, gardens,and Cool Café are all accessible by wheelchair. Both wheelchairs and strollersare available for visitors' use.

VISITOR HOURS
Wednesday – Sunday11 am – 5 pm
Thursday 11 am – 8 pm

OPEN: Wednesday through Sunday
CLOSED: Monday andTuesday

HooverInstitution
TheHoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, is apublic policy research center devoted to advanced study of politics, economics,and political economy—both domestic and foreign—as well as internationalaffairs. With its world-renowned group of scholars and ongoing programs ofpolicy-oriented research, the Hoover Institution puts its accumulated knowledgeto work as a prominent contributor to the world marketplace of ideas defining a free society.

From<http://www.hoover.org/about>

HooverTower
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo/plan/guides/hoover.html

AppleHQ and Apple Company Store
1 Infinite Loop,Cupertino, CA

IntelMuseum
Santa Clara

Facebook
Southwest ofStanford University

PsychoDonuts San Jose
288 S. 2nd Street,San Jose, CA 95113
Monday - Thursday7am - 10pm
Friday 7am -midnight
Saturday 8am -midnight | Sunday 8am - 10pm
http://www.psycho-donuts.com/

WinchesterMystery House
Why did SarahWinchester build the world’s strangest home, containing 160 rooms and costingmore than $5,500,000? The mystery remains unsolved to this very day.
http://winchestermysteryhouse.com

MuirWoods National Monument
Muir Woods Rd
Mill Valley, CA94941
(415) 388-2595
http://nps.gov/muwo
http://www.yelp.com/biz/muir-woods-national-monument-mill-valley

SonomaValley Visitor's Center
http://www.sonomavalley.com/

SanJose Municipal Rose Garden
Naglee Ave &Dana Ave
San Jose, CA 95126
http://friendssjrosegarden.org/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/san-jose-municipal-rose-garden-san-jose


Fisherman'sWharf
http://fishermanswharf.org/

LombardStreet
http://www.sftodo.com/lomabardcrookedstreet.html

PacificPinball Museum
http://pacificpinball.org/

UnionSquare
http://www.visitunionsquaresf.com/

SantaCruz Beach Boardwalk
http://beachboardwalk.com/
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