now reading:

Exploring to Feed Your Soul: San Jose, California Travel Guide

share post:

back to top 

San Jose California City Guide | San Jose may be an unlikely travel destination but it is the largest city in Silicon Valley and the tenth largest city in the United States. Click the pin to read a full city guide review. | The Dimple Life #thedimplelife #healthytravel #cityguide #wellnesstravel

Self Growth

Exploring to Feed Your Soul: San Jose, California Travel Guide

June 10, 2019

by: The Dimple Life

San Jose may seem like an unlikely place to travel to but it’s actually the largest city within Silicon Valley. I used to travel to San Jose, each week, for a couple of years because of client work I had as a management consultant. It can be a fun city – if you know where to go (and what to skip!). I recently went back up to visit a few friends so I thought I would do a round up of where to stay, where to eat, and where to hang in this guide to San Jose.

Where to stay

Hotel Valencia – This is the most gorgeous boutique hotel. If you want to be in close proximity to one of the major areas to hang out in, in San Jose, this hotel is it. It’s directly in the middle of Santana Row, which is a strip of the trendiest shops – such as Anthropologie, Madewell, Lou & Grey, and many more. During the day this row of shops can be quiet but it’s a bit deceiving because come night time, the restaurants are bustling and an eclectic mix of people come out to dine and play. So staying at the hotel is a great mix of both quiet and also right at the center where all the action is.

Hotel Valencia offers a pool, rooftop bar, and many of the rooms even have a balcony for you to overlook the shops below. This was perfect to let some fresh air into the room! It felt less hotel for me and more European getaway with its Mediterranean-inspired decor. Sometimes it’s nice not staying in a big chain hotel that can feel stark and cold because then you get a chance to feel more comfortable like it’s a home away from home, while you travel.

[Modula id=’22’]

What to eat

Oveja Negra – The main restaurant at Hotel Valencia was DELICIOUS. Sometimes you might be tempted to go outside of the hotel for food but honestly the dinner we had at the hotel restaurant called Oveja Negra was so good, plus it helps that it was convenient to the hotel we were staying at! It’s a tapas style menu and between my friend and I, we ordered 3 dishes plus dessert and it was definitely enough! We loved the deconstructed paella and braised short ribs.

[Modula id=’23’]

Pizza Antica – This is another cute restaurant that happens to be on Santana Row. They have gluten-free crust options which is great. I ordered the margherita pizza with gluten free crust and it was delish!

Aquis – If you enjoy alcoholic drinks, you must try the Swirls at Aquis for a next level time. They taste a bit like juice – so pace yourself, they’re dangerous 🙂 I used to go here a few years ago for happy hour drinks after work and it’s always a fun time.

Back a Yard Caribbean Grill – I’ve only been to the downtown San Jose location but they have several in nearby cities. I’ve tried the jerk fish of the day special combo plate as well as the salads for lunch and all have been very filling and great if you’re looking for something to eat that’s a little different.

Where to hang

Santana Row – As mentioned above, Santana Row is a great strip of shops that have literally everything you need. There’s even a farmer’s market and events in the park that are open to the public that could be a great family activity.

San Pedro Square Market – This is a cross between a place where to hang and experience some activities but also there’s so much food here! There’s two food halls that have representation from many different types of cuisine. On days where there’s a sporting event they will show the big game on big screen tv’s all throughout the hall so you can gather a group of friends and enjoy an afternoon out.

[Modula id=’24’]

Where to sweat

SoulCycle – The tried and true – it’s great to experiment with different fitness studios but it’s also nice to go to a familiar spot where you know what type of workout you will get. SoulCycle is conveniently located in – you guessed it – Santana Row.

SMUV Studios – I’ve been more and more into low impact (yet effective) workouts and SMUV is definitely it. Despite only working on the megaformers, don’t let that fool you. It’s definitely a workout that will get you sweating and shaking from minute #1!

San Jose California City Guide | San Jose may be an unlikely travel destination but it is the largest city in Silicon Valley and the tenth largest city in the United States. Click the pin to read a full city guide review. | The Dimple Life #thedimplelife #healthytravel #cityguide #wellnesstravel
San Jose California City Guide | San Jose may be an unlikely travel destination but it is the largest city in Silicon Valley and the tenth largest city in the United States. Click the pin to read a full city guide review. | The Dimple Life #thedimplelife #healthytravel #cityguide #wellnesstravel

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I'm looking for support with:

explore the blog

More on the Blog

I'm looking for support with:

self growth

career + finance






do good

How to give back and do good for society. Image of canned goods and donated goods.

Life can be complicated but some things just aren’t. If someone is in need, you help. With so many organizations, causes, and those that need assistance – how do you navigate which causes to be a part of or give back to? Here are some tips on how to identify where and how you can start […]

5 simple sustainable living habits for beginners that you can implement today.
It is hard to know where to begin with volunteer work. Here are a few resources that can help you find the cause that is right for you. #Volunteerism #Volunteer #SocialImpact #NonProfitOrganization
Some life lessons to know about relationships as you become an adult.

If you are an adult dealing with relationships then you already know how hard they can be. However, you will also know how rewarding they are. You potentially get to spend the rest of your life with the one person you love. Getting married, having children, and buying your own place are some of the […]

It can be daunting to make friends as an adult with limited outlets the older you get. But that doesn't mean it's not possible. It takes getting out of your comfort zone and knowing where to look but know that it is possible with the following tips. #Friendships #Relationship #MentalWellness #MentalWellbeing #TheDimpleLife

It can be really daunting to make friends as an adult. As you grow into adulthood, it seems like there’s more opportunity to create relationships with your classmates in school, with your coworkers at work, and through various social settings. As you fully step into adulthood and enter different phases of your life though those […]

Why teaching 'family first' doesn't work all the time. #FamilyRelationships #HealthyRelationships #Boundaries #TheDimpleLife

Ever since I was in elementary school, I can remember a school project where I presented that the most important motto to me is “Family First”. This thinking was engrained into my upbringing from a very early age. On surface level, it’s quite beautiful. Family truly will always mean so much to me. However, at […]

How to moisturize and revitalize dry, winter skin. Here is an image of a young Asian woman applying moisturizer cream to her face.

In the cold winter months coming, your skin takes a major hit in how youthful and moisturized it looks and feels. Your skin, which is the largest organ of your body, needs consistent care throughout all the seasons of the year. Of course if you have access to steam treatments, that is one way to […]

This post is about our top 7 day spas in Vancouver.

From traditional Thai wellness to luxurious treatments inspired by the Far East, Vancouver offers a diverse array of spa experiences that cater to every relaxation seeker. In our face-paced lives, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of a day which can lead you to neglecting the one person who truly deserves a […]

Luxurious and voluminous hair is possible in colder months!

Winter is just around the corner and the cold months ahead mean chunky sweaters, snowfall, and quality time spent wrapped up in a blanket by the fireplace with your loved ones. However, as you revel in the winter activities and embrace the cozy change in weather, your hair might not share the same enthusiasm. The […]

Home moving tips that will relieve you from stress during a transitionary time.

When you move you are leaving behind memories as well as allowing yourself to move forward and make new memories. There is a lot to organize and plan to make sure it’s done without a hitch, therefore, it pays off to be organized and have a plan. If you are moving soon, you will want […]

This post is about a Holiday Gift Guide for the Tech Nerds.

The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the tech enthusiast in your life, look no further! In this comprehensive holiday gift guide, we’ve curated a selection of cutting-edge gadgets and accessories that will delight even the most discerning tech nerds. From innovative smart devices to gaming […]

Learn simple tips on how to host a successful holiday dinner party.

The holiday season is synonymous with warmth, laughter, and, of course, delicious meals shared with loved ones. Hosting a holiday dinner party can be a joyous experience, offering you the opportunity to create lasting memories and share your love for food and company. However, orchestrating such an event can be overwhelming without proper planning and […]

Every day tips on how to strengthen your core muscles for better health.

We all know, working out is a must to staying healthy but when people think about “working out” they think about more intensive, hour-long exercise classes. It’s time to dismantle some of our beliefs around exercise though. You don’t have to go to a workout class, you don’t have to dedicate a certain amount of […]

This post is about releasing your stress at these yoga studios in Vancouver.

Yoga, with its profound emphasis on mental and physical well-being, serves as a sanctuary for many. Fortunately, Vancouver boasts a myriad of yoga studios that not only provide a tranquil escape from the chaos but also offer unique amenities and specialized practices tailored to cater to various needs. Let’s explore some of the best yoga […]

This post is about 7 products you need for a stress free travel.

Traveling can be an exhilarating and transformative experience for fun, adventure, and opportunities to grow. It allows us to explore new places, cultures, and cuisines. However, amidst the excitement, the journey itself can sometimes become overwhelming, especially if you’re not adequately prepared. The best thing we have realized through travel is if you have a […]

Kitchen tips for cooking beginners

Not everyone is a natural in the kitchen. Some people have their skills in other areas, but just because you don’t naturally have an affinity for cooking doesn’t mean you can’t learn – and ultimately be great in the kitchen! Like with most other things you try, the beginning can be tough but the most […]

This post is about healthy food spots in Vancouver.

Vancouver boasts a plethora of dining options that cater to those with a passion for nutritious meals. Let’s explore five standout healthy spots in Vancouver where you can savor fresh, locally sourced ingredients and nourish your body. Read on to discover a few of Vancouver’s healthy food spots to hit up! The Chopped Leaf Our […]

This post is about our favorite cafes in Vancouver to get work done at.

Vancouver boasts a vibrant cafe culture, offering a plethora of options for those seeking a productive environment to work or conduct business meetings. While the city is filled with cafes, finding the perfect balance between a peaceful atmosphere and good tasting espresso can be a challenge. With mid-term exams fast approaching and business meetings always […]

Tips on how to manage your time with the pomodoro technique

In a time when “hustle culture” is glamorized and work ethic is praised above all else, taking breaks to increase productivity can seem counter-intuitive. Pacing out your day to create dedicated moments of work and rest can greatly enhance your work experience. It also enhances motivation, creativity, and strategic thinking. The Pomodoro Technique allows you […]

Overhead shot of female entrepreneur working on her computer.

If you have the desire in becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business journey, there are so many steps or reminders you need to keep things running smoothly, especially in the beginning stages. There will always be so much to do and if you are used to being a specialist in one area of […]

This is for a guide on tech accessories that free up your time. The picture is of a person holding a coffee mug at a computer.

With a world as fast-paced as ours, one of the best ways to maximize your time is by using technology so you can focus on the things that matter most. Virtual outsourcing through tech accessories and apps can help you get your work done faster so you can prioritize your relationships with loved ones and […]

This is for a guide on how to disconnect and recharge in December. The image is a person holding a coffee mug with a cozy blanket.

A woman holding up flowers to the sky. Learn how to get into touch with yourself

Sometimes when our energy is so outwardly expended, it can be very easy to quickly lose touch with ourselves. Especially when it comes to the holiday seasons, it’s important to find time to take a “time out” and look inward into where we can find slow moments to grow. When we take a moment to […]

This post is about Vancouver's top 5 activities and destinations to de-stress.

Amidst the face-paced culture we live in, finding effective ways to unwind and destress isn’t just a luxury but a necessity. Let’s dive into Vancouver’s top 5 activities and destinations that not only provide a break from the daily grind but also play a pivotal role in promoting mental and physical well-being. Sabai Thai Spa […]

© 2023 3R Media. All Rights Reserved  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms & Conditions

Site by Sunday Stories

© 2023 3R Media. All rights reserved.
Read our Privacy Policy & Terms & ConDitions