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Visit Santa Clara
Check out the “Gridiron Glory’ Exhibit at Triton Museum
In celebration of Santa Clara hosting its first Super Bowl, the Triton Museum now features the Pro-Football Hall of Fame. The Gridiron Glory exhibit shows off lots of artifacts in the form of jerseys and footballs, but also explores football’s impact on the culture and the science of it all. The science portion is the perfect time to ask your tour guide about the concussion controversy, if it is not included.
Enjoy the View at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA
Take a 20 minute drive out to Saratoga to unwind at the Mountain Winery. It sits on, well, a mountain that overlooks Santa Clara Valley. Founder Paul Masson, was from a prestigious winemaking family and enjoyed lots of success after a wine partnership with fellow vintner, Charles Lefranc. He ventured off in 1901 to build his own winery.
A full-out amphitheater has been added to make the facility as much a concert venue as a winery. The place has amazing views and the building is the perfect mix of old and modern architecture. Visit to catch a concert, tour the grounds, throw a few wine glasses back or all of the above.
Visit the Intel Museum
You do not have to be a techie to enjoy yourself at the Intel Museum. Intel is the company responsible for computer chips and also a manufacturer of laptops, tablets and such. The most popular part of the museum is the Binary Rain exhibit, which has virtual rain that falls into your hands to represent code (like the ‘Rain Room’ at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
Discover the Wonders of the Winchester Mystery House
It's the former estate of Sarah Winchester, the widow of the heir of the Winchester rifle fortune. After her husband's passing, Winchester inherited at $20m fortune and her earning were $100 a day (in 2013 numbers, around $28k). Winchester used her endless income to build her dream house, which includes 160 rooms, including 40 bedrooms, 2 ballrooms (one completed and one unfinished) as well as 47 fireplaces, two basements and three elevators. Construction on the home lasted 38 years, and remained unfinished at the time of Winchester's death. Why is it called a mystery? Because Winchester allowed her belief in ghosts to guide the bizarre construction, which includes doors and stairs that go nowhere, windows overlooking other rooms and more.
Visit Koreatown for a Roasted Sweet Potato
Koreatown is the unofficial name of the area because they city felt official recognition would be “exclusionary”. (It’s located on the El Camino Real if you look for it on a map.) But everyone calls it Koreatown, anyway. Visit for a taste of authentic Korean foods, tea and cool shopping finds. There’s a stall there that sells roasted sweet potatoes. Locals rave about this hot and healthy treat. Visit here for more details.