Come watch “Meatballs” staring Bill Murray.
10. Wander in Monterey: You don’t even need a reason to visit Monterey; the drive alone, which winds past the coast we all know is there but hardly ever get to see, almost makes it worth it. Monterey and nearby Carmel make a favorite escape for San Joseans, even if all they do when they get there is sit in their car and stare at the ocean.
9. Hike in Marin: Did you know we have a national seashore? It’s in Marin, along with several other expanses of national park land that are rich in the kind of scenery we just don’t have in the South Bay. Hike Muir Woods, or bask in the convergence of natural and man-made beauty at Fort Baker, and take a moment to ponder what the Bay Area looked like before we started building upon it.
8. Hop on POPOS in San Francisco: Busy downtown San Francisco is actually home to tons of hidden public spaces on private property (privately-owned public open spaces, or POPOS)—little patches of green on high-rise rooftops or in central atriums of buildings.
7. Surf in Pacifica: Pacifica is what every other coastal town hopes to be: quaint, sweet, and quiet except for the constant crashing of the Pacific. The big waves make for ample surfing opportunities for sportier types. The weather could be better, but when San Jose is in the throes of the dog days, the fog couldn’t be more welcome.
6. Go Berry-Picking in the Santa Cruz Mountains: Spending your day off at the Boardwalk? So obvious. Santa Cruz County has always been one of the state’s agricultural powerhouses, and many of the smaller farms let you pick your own produce straight from the vine. We suggest the family-friendly Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville for beginners, where you can find apples, blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries.
5. Go Antiquing on Alameda: Alameda has a huge antique culture, much to the delight of local vintage-lifestyle enthusiasts. Hell, the city itself is a time-capsule, its downtown drag dripping in midcentury architecture and signage. Do the antique-shop hop up and down Park Avenue, or come on a designated Sunday and check out the Alameda Antiques Faire. The Antiques Faire is held the first Sunday of every month at the old naval base, a huge flea market where vendors of everything from furniture to vintage fashion gather and ply their wares.
4. Explore East Bay Open Space: On the other side of the Oakland hills lies a gorgeous, hilly area that’s more Marin than Martinez. Take a twilight drive down Highway 24 and take in the scenery, then stop in cozy downtown Walnut Creek for drinks or dinner.
3. Hobnob in Blackhawk: What’s Blackhawk, you ask? It’s a tiny, insulated, master-planned community in the 925 where “all the rich people hide”. The amount of wealth going around in Blackhawk is kind of appalling, but swinging by for a day can be fun. Take a ride across the county line to window-shop at the Blackhawk Plaza shopping center, where there’s a plastic surgeon right in the mall.
2. Be a Tourist in Napa: C’mon – when you live here, you have to take a wine tour at some time or another. If you haven’t taken that rite of passage yet, take a trip one of the day’s this Labor Day to Wine Country and get drunk in the classiest way possible. Book a wine tour, or plan it on your own. Just make sure to wait a little while before you drive back. Might want to eat something, too.
1. Hangout at DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose: Our pool is heated to perfect temperature, our 2050 Lobby Lounge & Bar has an amazing menu, and we are in a GREAT location! What’s better than a relaxing day at the fabulous DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose?!
This week’s movie playing at DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose‘s Summer Movie Night is “Meatballs” staring Bill Murray. Come by at 8pm and watch this hilarious movie by our pool on Wednesday! See you all there!
WHAT IT’S ABOUT Camp North Star may not have the best food, the smartest staff, or as many activities as rival Camp Mohawk, but the kids there do have plenty of spirit, thanks to counselor Tripper (Bill Murray, above right).
WHY WE LOVE IT It might not be as funny now as when you first saw it, but after all his recent sad-clown performances, it’s cool watching Murray go crazy in his first big movie role. (Highlight: Tripper pretends to be a Camp Mohawk counselor, and tells a news reporter the the kids in his charge will be spending a week with hookers.)
FUN FACT The score was composed by Oscar winner Elmer Bernstein (Thoroughly Modern Millie). So that explains all the oboe solos during the sentimental parts…
Tonight’s Band: Pete Escovedo Orchestra with the Mystique Band
I warrant that seeing Pete Escovedo free in the park is one of the essential San Jose experiences, like watching the Little Giants cream the Ports, like fighting a heatwave day with margaritas at Aqui, like watching the weird puppets gesticulating at you at Xmas time. This Pittsburg, CA-born legend, who rose to fame playing with Santana before going on to his own solo career, turned 75 last year, and recently got a small sampling of his musical clan – daughter Sheila E. and sons Juan and Peter Michael – together for an E Family album. There’s no better way to wrap up this Music in the Park season.
The fun starts at 5:30pm at Cesar Chavez Park in Downtown San Jose! Stop by DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose and grab a quick bit to eat before heading over!
We have a great movie night for Summer Movie Nights at DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose Airport Hotel! “Father of the Bride” will start playing at 8pm out by our pool. Come by and take a dip, grab a drink, and watch this fun-loving movie!
George Banks (Steve Martin) is an upper-middle-class owner of an athletic shoe company in San Marino, California, whose 22-year-old daughter, Annie, (Kimberly Williams) has decided to marry Bryan MacKenzie (George Newbern), a man from an upper-class family from Bel-Air, despite only knowing each other for three months. George can’t think of what life would be like without Annie and becomes determined to make the upcoming ceremony as inconvenient as possible (especially when he finds out the wedding will cost him $250 per head), although his wife, Nina (Diane Keaton), tries to make him happy for Annie. When the wedding takes place at their home, along with an eccentric wedding planner named Franck (Martin Short) taking over the ceremony, George tries to handle the fact that Annie has grown up and has a life of her own.
Since an earthquake just hit on the East Coast earlier today, all of us at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose want each of you to be safe when an earthquake hits California!
Before an Earthquake:
- Repair defective electrical wiring, leaky gas lines, and inflexible utility connections. Get appropriate professional help. Do not work with gas or electrical lines yourself.
- Bolt down and secure to the wall studs your water heater, refrigerator, furnace, and gas appliances. If recommended by your gas company, have an automatic gas shut-off valve installed that is triggered by strong vibrations.
- Store bottled foods, glass, china, and other breakables on low shelves or in cabinets that fasten shut.
- Locate safe spots in each room under a sturdy table or against an inside wall. Reinforce this information by moving to these places during each drill.
- Hold earthquake drills with your family members: Drop, cover, and hold on!
- Put together a earthquake kit with unparishable food, clothing, water gugs, blankets, flashlights & lanterns, batteries, radio, etc.
During the Earthquake:
- Take cover under a sturdy desk, table, or bench or against an inside wall, and hold on. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
- Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
- Stay in bed – if you are there when the earthquake strikes – hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
- Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, loadbearing doorway.
- Stay inside until shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Most injuries during earthquakes occur when people are hit by falling objects when entering into or exiting from buildings.
- Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.
- Stay there.
- Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.