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The County Inn Silicon Valley

The County Inn Silicon Valley

Area Guide

The County Inn is a contemporary hotel situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, near Shoreline Amphitheater, Great America Theme Park and Stanford University.  Google, Microsoft and NASA Ames are nearby.  While our intimate ambiance and personal service sets us a relaxing alternative to the larger, chain-style hotels, our convenient location makes us the perfect choice for experiencing the full range of Mountain View attractions - from popular shopping, dining and entertainment to enthralling family adventures and San Francisco Bay Area recreation.

The County Inn truly puts you in the middle of it all.  To help you explore everything Mountain View and Silicon Valley have to offer, our staff has compiled the following list of attractions.  For assistance with arranging tours and restaurant reservations, or for more recommendations on what to see and do during your visit, please contact the front desk.

Attractions

Shoreline Amphitheatre

Shoreline's featured artists are showcased in an award-winning, state-of-the-art concert facility, which delivers an amazing sonic experience. Shoreline also features unique craft booths, tasty & eclectic food, cold beverages and friendly staff.

Whether it's cool R & B, sultry jazz, timeless classical, hot country or high-energy rock, Shoreline concerts and festivals are your ticket to the very best in Bay Area entertainment.

Check out their website at http://www.theshorelineamphitheatre.com/ for a list of exciting Shoreline events.

Great America Theme Park

<p>Encounter a day of excitement and family fun at Northern California's largest family attraction, Paramount's Great America.<br /><br />A wide variety of fantastic attractions await you from an awe inspiring 7 story IMAX film to amazing theme attractions such as KidZville, Splat City, a wide variety of amazing rides and live stage shows.  Thrill in the excitement of numerous hair-raising roller coasters or take in the sights high above the park on Eagles Flight.  For more information visit out their website at <a href="http://www.pgathrills.com/" target="_blank">http://www.pgathrills.com/</a>.<br /><br /></p>

Encounter a day of excitement and family fun at Northern California's largest family attraction, Paramount's Great America.

A wide variety of fantastic attractions await you from an awe inspiring 7 story IMAX film to amazing theme attractions such as KidZville, Splat City, a wide variety of amazing rides and live stage shows. Thrill in the excitement of numerous hair-raising roller coasters or take in the sights high above the park on Eagles Flight. For more information visit out their website at http://www.pgathrills.com/.

San Francisco

Discover America's most picturesque and culturally diverse city. Pass by the Civic Center, the new Main Library, Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall and Old Mission Dolores, the birthplace of the city. Stop atop Twin Peaks for a panoramic view of the city. Drive through the lush Golden Gate Park and stop to visit the elegant Japanese Tea Garden or the Botanical Gardens. Drive along the Pacific Ocean and stop at Cliff House to enjoy Seal Rock and the ocean air.

San Francisco has many beautiful sights to offer but that is only the beginning. There are many shows, events, tours and dining experiences to enjoy as well. You can find additional information on local events at http://www.sanfrancisco.com/.

The Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House is an amazing tour for adults and children alike. Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune, lived in this un-finished house for 38 years during perpetual construction. It is said that a mystic predicted safety and eternal life for her as long as she continued to build onto the house.

The result is a maze of architectural design. The house combines Victorian beauty and unexplained features such as doorways opening onto walls and stairways to nowhere. A variety of tours and times are available. For additional information, visit their website at http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/.

Downtown San Jose

San Jose has it all. No matter what your interest is, chances are you will find it happening here. With such a wide variety of events and special attractions, you will never be at a loss for something new and exciting.

The city of San Jose has a great website to keep you abreast of everything that is happening. Check it out at http://www.sanjose.org/.

The Intel Museum

At the Intel Museum, visitors enter the micro miniature world of computer chips and learn how they are designed, manufactured and then placed into thousands of products in our everyday world.

The Museum has 3,500 square feet of hands-on exhibits that appeal to both children and adults. It is designed as a self guided experience. Guided tours may also be arranged in advance for groups and tours. Please visit their website at www.intel.com/intel/intelis/museum/ for more information.

The Tech Museum

The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose is a hands-on technology museum devoted to inspiring the innovator in everyone.

They have recently added 4 new permanent exhibit halls, with over 240 interactive, hands-on exhibits for you to enjoy. You can see their current exhibits on their website at http://www.thetech.org/.

Recreation

Golf

Just a chip shot from the County Inn, you can find several fine golf courses that are open to the public.  

Sunnyvale Municipal Golf Courses
(408-738-3666)
605 Macara Lane
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Pruneridge Golf Club
(408-248-4424)
400 N. Saratoga Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club
(408-980-9515)
5155 Stars & Stripes Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Tennis

If you are interested in playing Tennis there are several great places to play nearby.  Each is located within minutes of our property and open daily for you to enjoy.  Here are just a few.

Sunnyvale Municipal Tennis Center
(408) 732-2130
755 South Mathilda
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Cuesta Tennis
(650) 967-5955
685 Cuesta Dr.
Mtn. View, CA 94040

Hiking

For a great day of exercise and sightseeing nothing beats a day spent hiking on Mount Hamilton and the surrounding range.

Enjoy a visit to the Lick observatory and see Silicon Valley spread below you as you enjoy the many trails in the Joseph D. Grant County Park.

Shopping

Stanford Shopping Center

One of the few open-air centers in the nation. Stanford Shopping Center is home to more than 140 stores, a dozen restaurants and five major department stores. A wide variety of fine restaurants and shops await you in a pleasant and relaxing setting. Visit their website at http://stanfordshop.com/.

Valley Fair

Valley Fair Shopping Center is the most diverse shopping center in the Silicon Valley.  Valley Fair showcases an exciting collection of 170 shops and restaurants including elegant boutiques and specialty shops unique to the area.  You can also enjoy lunch or a snack in their gourmet food pavilion.  Valley Fair features extensive services and free parking.

The Great Mall

The Great Mall of the Bay Area is Northern California's largest outlet mall featuring the largest collection of outlet, off-price and specialty stores with savings of 30% to 70% on name brands and designer labels.  The Great Mall also hosts a variety of full-service restaurants, a magnificent 700-seat international food court and two state of the art family entertainment attractions.

Town & Country Village

Clay tile roofs, indigenous to old Palo Alto California, and ivy-covered beams made of old rail lumber form the sheltered walkways that are the hallmarks of the Town & Country Village.  At Town & Country Village you will find a variety of shops offering everything from apparel and jewelry to specialty items.  Parking is free and easily accessible.

Vallco Fashion Park

In this enclosed two level regional mall, beautiful hardwood floors and lush landscaping add to your relaxing shopping experience.  Featuring major department stores and over 110 specialty stores, Vallco Fashion Park is sure to have something for everyone.

Believe it or not, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to attractions and activities in Mountain View and Silicon Valley.  Contact the County Inn’s front desk to learn more or for assistance with planning your next sightseeing visit.