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  Link   COPIA, Napa Valley
COPIA is a food and wine museum that explores the history of food and our relationship to it. It's a wonderful space and close to vineyards and other fun Napa excursions. They offer garden tours, wine tastings and special food programs with live cooking. Some of the special programs include a meal.
  Link   Thai Brunch, Berkeley
If you find yourself at Thai Brunch, it's usually through word-of-mouth. They are open Sundays from 9am-2:00pm. If you get there before 11:15, you might not have to stand in line too long. The food is good, but the EXPERIENCE is what makes it special. You'll find the most unique people pull up to community tables and sprawl out on the grass with their food. When you arrive at the Buddhist temple, purchase coins (which you can re-exchange if you don't use). There are 2 hot lines served with rice - veggie and meat - and many other stations. I love the coconut desserts, their fried chicken is a treat, and my mouth waters at the thought of the sticky rice with mangoes.
  Link   49-Mile Scenic Drive, San Francisco
Many sights in San Francisco are accessible by car on the 49-Mile Drive. If you have access to a car (preferably one with an automatic transmission), you can wind your way around the City by the Bay. See all the sights or pick and choose a few, such as the crookedest street, Lombard Street, Coit Tower, the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, the Great Highway and more.
  Link   Rancho San Antonio Park, Los Altos
Great place to hike, with views and wildlife. Easily accessible from Highway 280, in Los Altos (slightly south of the Stanford area).
  Link   San Francisco Giants and AT&T Park, San Francisco
If you enjoy baseball and want to visit one best baseball venues around, catch a Giants game at AT&T park. The Yankees are in town June 22-24, followed by San Diego June 25-27. You can watch a game and possibly see a "splash hit" into McCovey Cove, or just take a tour of AT&T Park -- home of this year's All-Star Game.
  Link   Villa Montalvo, Saratoga
Montalvo is a non-profit organization dedicated to forging meaningful connections between art, artists and the community. Located in the Saratoga hills Montalvo occupies a Mediterranean-style villa on 175 stunning acres, which Senator James Duval Phelan left to the people of California for the encouragement of art, music, literature, and architecture. The public park welcomes over 50,000 visitors every year to its formal gardens and woodland hiking trails.
  Link   Hakone Gardens, Saratoga
Hakone Garden is the oldest Asian and Japanese estate in the Western Hemisphere, with eighteen acres nestled in the hills of Saratoga overlooking Silicon Valley. Hakone hosts over 40,000 visitors a year, a third of whom travel from Asia, Europe, Australia, and Africa.
  Link   Shoreline Park, Mountain View
A beautiful 700-acre park with a saltwater lake, golf course, rolling grassy hills, and bay trails - it's hard to believe it was built on mountains of trash. Windsurfing, boating, kite flying. And there's a little cafe from which to watch the water and the others who are enjoying it.
  Link   Stanford Theatre, Stanford
The Stanford Theatre in downtown Palo Alto is a beautiful old movie theatre, showing classic Hollywood films. The highlight is the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ which is played during intermissions. http://www.stanfordtheatre.org
  Link   Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
A popular destination for anyone coming to the Bay Area, Pier 39 and nearby Fisherman's Wharf offer shops, dining, street performers, and spectacular views of the bay, Alcatraz and the sea lions that have taken over some of the adjoining docks. Dress warmly or you can buy a new sweatshirt there.
  Link   South Bay Wineries, Cupertino
Heard about all the great wineries in California? There are some right on our doorstep. Take the short drive down to Cupertino, or venture a little further afield without having to go too far.
  Link   Exploratorium, San Francisco
The museum is fun, experimental, hands-on and good for everyone in the family. Anyone with scientific curiosity can get lost in the exhibits and the space itself is just wonderful.
  Link   Alcatraz Island, San Francisco
Alcatraz Island is a must-see for any of our friends when they come to visit. The historic fort, prison and now tourist destination is a quintessential San Francisco destination. The audio tour takes you through the cellblock and around the facilities. Tickets are limited so plan in advance.
  Link   Filoli Gardens, Woodside
For those of you into botany and beautiful views, you can't beat the renowed Filoli Center, a preserved early 20th century country estate with a sixteen acre beautifully sculpted formal garden. And for those of you who are 80's tv fans, the Georgian mansion on the grounds was used as the exterior set for the long-running series, "Dynasty."
  Link   Los Gatos
Los Gatos is a lovely town to stroll, morning, afternoon or evening. Shops, restaurants and beautiful parks and trails make this one of the most pleasant places to visit in the area. And it's close to the freeway, so it's easy to find. About a 30-minute drive (south) from Stanford.
  Link   Bike the Bridge, San Francisco
Rent a bike and ride across the Golden Gate bridge---the BEST way to experience it. Then it's all downhill to the picturesque town of Sausalito. Grab some lunch or do a little shopping and ride the ferry back across the Bay.