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A SPIRITED SIDE TRIP TO SAN JOSE

historic mansion exterior with manicured lawn and landscaping

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. Legend has it, Sarah Winchester, heir to the Winchester rifle fortune, built the 160-room house to accommodate the spirits of those killed by the family's namesake firearm. Constant expansion ensued. In this quirky (some say haunted) house on six acres, there are stairs that lead nowhere, doors that open onto to multi-story drops, and strange decorations reflecting the beliefs of its builder, who was obsessed with the number 13. Tours of the house are guided, of course, otherwise, you could be lost for days.

Address: 525 S Winchester Blvd San Jose, CA 95128