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About San Jose, California
Located in the heart of Santa Clara County is the third largest city, based on population, in the State of California. San Jose, Spanish for Saint Joseph, was founded in 1777 and served the local militaries of the Spanish regime by providing foods grown locally.
Fun Facts about San Jose
A city of secrets, even many natives to the area don’t know all there is to know about this original Spanish colony. “Screech,” of Saved by the Bell fame, is a native San Josean. It is against the law for grocery stores within city limits to provide plastic bags, as it is in many California cities. San Jose’s median household income is the highest in the nation, coming in at $77,000 annually.
Annual Events in San Jose
San Jose has several events and festivals that take place throughout the year. Adults will love the Annual Berryessa Art and Wine Festival, allowing the appreciation of fine wines, art, and foods. Those with children will find the May Fete Parade, which has ran for more than 90 years, to be an energizing way to bring the family together with several children’s activities and performances.
Things to Do in San Jose
For an engaging afternoon of oddities, check out the self-proclaimed “quirky mansion,” Winchester Mystery House. Egyptian rarities, mummies, and other artifacts can be seen at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. Animals and activities with a focus on conservation awaits at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.
Places to Eat in San Jose
Citrus Restaurant inside the Hotel Valencia offers a true dining experience, with steaks cooked to order and inventive cocktails. La Foret along the creek on Bertram Road provides exquisite French cuisines with amazing creekside views. Perhaps a bit more spendy, but certainly worth it, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks on South Market Street delivers.