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Get Psyched!

What to give those ho-hum New Year's resolutions a leg up? Head to Mountain View's East West Bookstore on Saturday and Sunday, January 3 and 4, for the East West Psychic Fair. Read more

Holiday on the Rails!

A Bay area holiday tradition chugs into town on December 6, when the Caltrain Holiday Train festooned with 70,000 twinkling lights makes its Mountain View stop at 6:55 pm. Read more

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Castro's Culinary Edge

From Mexican to Mediterranean, Indian to Asian (and, let's face just about every global cuisine in between), Mountain View's Castro Street is a culinary wonderland. No matter what you're in the mood for, you can find it along this busy pedestrian-friendly downtown street. Read more

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Curtain Calls and Coffee

Theater buffs and Mountain View hotel guests can get their professional theater fix without ever leaving town, thanks to TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley's leading professional non-profit theater company. Read more

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Pedal Power

By now, the Googleplex is well known for its fleet of multi-colored bicycles reserved for on-the-go Googlers. But biking and the Bay Area have a long history together, leading the Los Altos History Museum Read more

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The Authentic Flavors of Mexico

For the best Mexican food in Mountain View, head to ViVe Sol. Specializing in the dishes of Puebla, Mexico's culinary cradle, this hotspot draws foodies and regular folks Read more

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Nearby at NASA...

It may not come as a complete surprise that among the cutting edge science and engineering firms in the Mountain View area, there is also the NASA Ames Research Center, one of ten such centers in the U.S. Read more

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I Scream for Shaved Snow

It's not ice cream, not frozen yogurt, not even remotely like gelato or Italian ice. It's shaved snow, a Taiwanese frozen dessert that's set to upstage every arctic-cold confection around. Read more

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FUN ON TAP

We missed National Beer Day but it's never too late to celebrate our favorite beverage. On the last Friday of every month, head north from Hotel Zico to nearby Devil's Canyon Brewing Company for Beer Friday. Read more

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TOUR THE TECH

The history of high-tech is on display at the Intel Museum operated by, you guessed it, Intel, a company that puts the silicon in Silicon Valley. Exactly how technology works can be difficult to grasp, but here, the geniuses at Intel break it down in a visual, highly intuitive way. Read more

IT'S A SHORE THING

There's more to Mountain View than powerhouse tech. Just for a minute, be mesmerized by the power of nature. Pack a picnic, put on your jogging shoes or grab your clubs and head to Shoreline Park. Read more

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A SPIRITED SIDE TRIP TO SAN JOSE

A short drive NOVEMBER 2013from Hotel Zico brings visitors to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, a weirdly wonderful mansion that was under construction day and night for nearly 40 years. Read more