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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

Intel museum with large digital displays

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

historic mansion exterior with manicured lawn and landscaping

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

ART FOR ART'S SAKE

Want to see the largest collection of Rodin sculpture outside of Paris? It's just minutes away at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center. You can see that, and everything from ancient works from Africa to post-WW2 American art, as well as several ongoing contemporary exhibitions. Admission is free and on many days there's a scheduled tour or two. Read more

HIGH-TECH HISTORY LESSON

If you're old enough to remember typing your first college paper on a good old fashioned typewriter, this Silicon Valley excursion is for you. Grab your geekiest friend and head straight to the Computer History Museum, a step back in time some 2,000 years. Read more