Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Avante
Some of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Google, Mozilla Foundation, and Intuit, are headquartered in Mountain View, California, a Silicon Valley city named for its lovely views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hotel Avante sits just outside the city’s quaint downtown, within easy driving distance of picturesque Shoreline Park and a number of Silicon Valley HQs. The nearby tech giants may have influenced the hotel—an Etch A Sketch and Rubik’s Cube can be found in every room.
- Newly renovated guest rooms: new furniture, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, all new linens, honor bar, and refrigerator
- Unwind with a glass of wine during during one-hour evening receptions.
- Go for a swim in the outdoor pool or lounge on the patio.
- Start the day right: Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast every morning.
Greater San Jose, California: Silicon Valley’s Largest City near Wine Country
Mountain View is located in between Palo Alto and San Jose, and its neighboring cities collectively host the headquarters of Silicon Valley’s most-prominent businesses, including Apple, Google, and Intel. The influx of money from the tech sector has attracted fine-dining restaurants, shops, and a thriving arts scene. Mountain View is home to the spectacular Shoreline Amphitheatre, which hosts outdoor shows year-round. In San Jose, you’ll find a renowned contemporary art collection at the San Jose Museum of Art, as well as venues for the symphony, opera, and ballet.
Microchips haven’t completely taken over the farmland around San Jose, though. The jagged Santa Cruz Mountains and rolling valleys have rich soils for growing grapes. Silicon Valley’s wine country—also known as the Santa Clara Valley—has more than 20 wineries that produce pinot noir, syrah, and zinfandel. There’s also a wide selection of golf courses that you can enjoy year-round thanks to the area’s Mediterranean-like weather.