Sunday, June 27, 2010


If you’re looking for a fun-packed, no-hassle place to take the family this summer, San Jose offers great deals and perfect access to San Francisco Bay area attractions. With the launch of great new exhibits like the exclusive Genghis Kahn at The Tech, and free outdoor concerts like Music in the Park, it’s a great time to getaway in San Jose!


Silicon Valley's hottest retail, dining and nightlife destination has a truly "haute" offer for visitors this summer. Now through August 31, when visitors come to Santana Row on a "Haute Summer Day” – a day the temperature rises to 90 degrees or higher – they'll receive 15 percent off at participating Santana Row shops & restaurants. Another deal visitors can take advantage of is if they spend $150 they receive a free Santana Row water bottle.  Spend an additional $300 and receive two free tickets to the sizzling dance sensation “Burn the Floor” at Broadway San Jose. To redeem, present your same-day receipts at the Santana Row Concierge Center. Items available while supplies last. For more information, visit or call Santana Row is giving away FREE tickets to Mountain Winery's 2010 Summer Concert Series as part of their “Mountain Winery Mondays” promotion.  Guests who spend $350 in a single Monday from now through August 30 receive 2 FREE tickets to a concert at Mountain Winery. Crosby, Stills & Nash, Martina McBride, Cyndi Lauper, Harry Connick Jr., Wanda Sykes and Diana Ross are just a few of headliners of this year's season. To redeem, present same-day receipts at the Santana Row Concierge Center. For more information, call 408-551-4611 or visit  (Offer good while supplies last. Tickets are chosen at random.)


Need a little mystery this summer? Check out the Winchester Mystery House Package at Doubletree Hotel San Jose, which includes a deluxe overnight stay and two admission tickets. The mysterious mansion, once home to Winchester rifle heiress Sarah Winchester, is now an architectural marvel. It is believed that, upon the advice of a psychic, she continuously built additions onto the home to confuse the spirits of rifle victims. Tour through 110 of the 160 rooms and look for the bizarre phenomena that gave the mansion its name; a window built into the floor, staircases leading to nowhere, a chimney that rises four floors, doors that open onto blank walls, and upside down posts.  Additional tickets can be purchased directly from the Winchester Mystery House.  To reserve this package Call 1-800-222-Tree or visit online at click on hotel specials.

Extended Stay Hotels in the San Jose area are offering $20 off a minimum 2-night stay at any of their five local hotels. Book the deal at and use promo code "GAME" to receive the discount. Visitors can "Go Green" with Extended Stay Hotels as most of these locations are near the VTA light rail, giving easy access to all San Jose Bay area adventures, including The Tech Museum, San Jose Art Museum, Winchester Mystery House, and parks galore.  Light rail passes may be purchased at the front desk at 25 percent savings off the regular VTA transportation cost. Good now through the fall.

The Fairmont San Jose is offering a Discover Summer in San Jose package. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Fairmont combines high-tech excitement with the elegance of Fairmont Summertime style. Discover San Jose by experiencing two of San Jose's premier destinations: The Winchester Mystery House and the Tech Museum. Package Includes: One night room accommodation in a luxurious Fairmont room; two tickets to the world-famous Winchester Mystery House; and Two tickets to the Tech Museum of Innovation. Starting at only $209 USD per night, based on double occupancy, this deal is offered through fall and is based on availability. All rates are based on availability and do not include tax or gratuity. To make hotel reservations, please call (408) 998 1900 or (800) 257 7544.

Hotel Valencia  on Santana Row is offering a Carrie On: The Sex & The City Movie Promotion Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, through June 26, 2010. Experience a fabulous night on the Row with the movie sequel Sex & the City 2, plus stylish accommodations for two, two Cosmopolitans in the ultra-hip Vbar, dark chocolate covered strawberries and Deluxe continental buffet breakfast at CITRUS.
Package rates start at $179* per night, double occupancy, exclusive of tax and subject to availability.  For reservations, visit and enter promo ID PROSATC or call toll free 866.842.0100 and mention the Carrie On: Sex and the City Movie Promotion. Sex & the City 2 will be playing at CineArts located on Santana Row. Please visit for available times. * Guests must present Sex & the City movie tickets to receive special rate. 

Hotel Valencia is also offering a “Stay 2 Nights, Get 3rd Free,” promotion July 1-July 5, 2010. Book two nights during the upcoming holidays and receive a third night FREE! Enjoy Memorial Day or Independence Day at Hotel Valencia and experience extraordinary shopping and dining on Santana Row. This special promotion includes: stylish accommodations for two, deluxe continental buffet breakfast at CITRUS restaurant and cocktails for two at the ultra-hip Vbar. Rates from $189 per room, per night, double occupancy, exclusive of tax and subject to availability.  Complimentary night can be applied to current stay or used for a future reservation (gift certificate to be provided by hotel at check-out). For reservations, visit and enter promo ID PROHOL or call toll free 866.842.0100 and mention the Stay 2 Nights, Get 3rd Free promotion.


History San Jose is celebrating the founding of the Pueblo of San Jose, the first civilian city in California on July 18 with a free Fandango event, featuring traditional Spanish music and folk dancing, activities for the children which range from candle dipping to making an adobe brick. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Looking for affordable entertainment in San Jose?  Head down to watch the California League Champion San Jose Giants play at historic Municipal Stadium.  Kids can play in the Family Fun Zone and satisfy their taste buds at Turkey Mike's BBQ.  See the future of the San Francisco Giants before they make their Major League debut, with tickets as low as $7 for kids or seniors and $10 for adults (children 4 and under are always free).  Visit or call 408-297-1435 for more information.

Symphony Silicon Valley presents Target Summer Pops, a free summer music festival with various concerts on the grassy mall at San Jose State University. Upcoming concerts include:  the American All Stars on July 24; To The Rescue - Target Family Concert on July 25; Spanish Harlem Orchestra on July 30; Here's To The Ladies on July 31; and Your Hit Parade on August 1. For more information visit

Raging Waters in San Jose offering a special promotion for Father’s Day on June 20, 2010, where you buy one ticket and bring dad in for free. You must print a coupon off their website to redeem. Visit and click on “events and promotions.” Live in the region? Raging Waters is currently offering 2 season passes for $89. When you buy 2 or more passes, each pass is only $44.50 each. Individual passes are usually $55.99 each. This includes one bring a friend free ticket on a select date in 2010.

Music in the Park, a free annual concert series in Cesar Chaves Plaza in downtown San Jose, takes place on Thursday nights, 5:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at Plaza de Cesar Chavez (Market Street between San Fernando and San Carlos streets) now through August 26, 2010.

Starlight Cinemas is a great way to spend the night with a loved one or the whole family. This free traveling cinema series takes  in various downtown San Jose neighborhoods every 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesday of the month. Next showings are on June 23, July 14, 21, and 28 and August 11, 18 and 25.  Movies begin at dusk, come early for the best seat. For more information visit

Movies at the California Theater are a great way to see movies the way they were meant to be seen – in a grand Old World theater! Just $5 on Friday nights from July 2- August 6.


San Jose Flea Market, the largest outdoor flea market in the U.S. is free to the public with paid parking. The flea market is open every Wednesday, Friday Saturday and Sunday from dawn to dusk. Parking is $5.00 on Saturday or Sunday and $2.00 Wednesday or Friday.

Now through January 8, 2011, San Jose’s free Downtown Farmer’s Market remains the ideal destination for fresh produce and works by local artists. Takes place every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit

The Tech Museum in downtown San Jose is always only $10 for admission, including IMAX theater ticket. Cool down this summer while inspiring the innovator inside! For an extra $15 gain access to the museum’s exclusive engagement of Genghis Khan.

The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, voted one of the top 10 children’s museums in the U.S., is always just $10 for admission and features fun interactive exhibits and programs.

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