With so many cities across the country to choose from, what is it that makes us happy to call Silicon Valley home? Let us count the ways. From its people and blend of cultures to its beauty, vibrancy and excitement, there are so many reasons to love living here. Allow us to break five of them down for you.
WELCOME TO WINE COUNTRY
Between the lush coast and towering mountains lies a hidden wine region brimming with award-winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Boasting more than 70 wineries, finding a venue to enjoy sipping and savoring should not be an issue. Stop over in the charming village of Saratoga to visit in-town tasting rooms or head over to Cinnabar for small plates and a shaded patio. In the evenings, choose to enjoy an intimate night under the stars at the historic Mountain Winery during their summer concert series.
TECH HUB OF THE WORLD
One of the largest technology bases in the world, Silicon Valley is home to Fortune 500 Companies including Facebook, Apple and Google. Hike or bike the campuses where you can snap selfies in front of Facebook’s iconic “like” sign, peruse Googleplex’s Android sculpture garden with pieces that showcase the advancements of its operating systems, or check out a local museum to have fun with what-if innovations. Or witness the birthplace of HP where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard forged their partnership at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto.
LIVING ON BEACH TIME
Offering close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, a quick trip to the beach might just be the answer to avoiding a boring day inside or counteracting a tough week at the office. Enjoy kayaking, surfing, sunbathing and even whale spotting twice a year when they migrate along the coast between Alaska and Baja California in Mexico. There is more than surfers and sand castles though. Santa Cruz, for example, is popular for its boardwalk and renowned amusement park, California’s Great America. This beach is also regarded as one of the safest for families since it offers gentle waves and lifeguards on duty. Natural Bridges State Beach, on the other hand, is a hidden gem with breathtaking rock formations, stunning sunsets, and tide pools brimming with starfish, sea anemones and hermit crabs. Guests can even savor a picnic on the sand by utilizing its grills.
ADVENTURES IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
With a mild, temperate climate, residents of Silicon Valley spend a lot of time amidst nature, and for good reason. With thousands of miles of hiking and biking trails, ranging from remarkably scenic routes along the coastline to challenging mountain rides and everything in between, this city is primed for avid cyclists and hikers. Other outdoor adventures available include birdwatching as flocks migrate from Alaska to South America and back again, or a quick stopover at one of our countless parks to enjoy fresh air and a laidback picnic. For dog owners or those with children, Hidden Beach Park is generally quiet and features grassy lawns, park benches and a playground.
LIFE AFTER THE SUN SETS
From lively night clubs to laidback bars and restaurants with incredible views, Silicon Valley affords a diverse and vibrant nightlife scene for everyone. Winers and diners will appreciate superb whiskey sipping at Five Points Bar, pints and bites along San Pedro Street and refreshing libations at swanky lounges like VBar on Santana Row. For those on the hunt for a unique outing, head over to West Wind Capitol Drive-In for popcorn and a midnight double feature of major releases. There are even playgrounds and game-filled arcades for the young ones.
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