Welcome to The Peninsula


You won't find Silicon Valley on any map: it's a nickname. As silicon chips form the basis of modern microcomputers, and the Santa Clara Valley – stretching from Palo Alto through Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Cupertino to San Jose – is thought of as the birthplace of the microcomputer, the region is dubbed ‘Silicon Valley.’ It’s hard to imagine that even after WWII this was still a wide expanse of orchards and farms.

Further west, the 70-mile stretch of coastal Hwy 1 from San Francisco to Santa Cruz is one of California's most bewitching oceanside drives. For the most part, it's winding, two-lane blacktop, passing beach after beach.


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$207 Day Trips & Excursions

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip from San Jose

Your journey begins with a convenient hotel pickup in central San Jose. You'll then head east en route to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, driving through gold rush towns as your guide carries you back to the era of the old West. This is the only 1-day tour that let's you experience the famous Sierra Nevada redwoods. On arrival at Yosemite National Park, your first experience will be hiking to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias (weather permitting) and having your breath taken away by their size and majesty. This is an unguided and strenuous hike for some, so consult with your guide about taking it.  Continue your journey through Yosemite with a stop at Inspiration Point for a bird’s-eye view of the whole valley. Gaze up at the massive granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan, watch for rock climbers as they daringly make their way to the summit. In the springtime, marvel at the tallest waterfall in the park, Yosemite Falls. Later, you will have 1-2 hours of free time to explore Yosemite Valley. For lunch, enjoy a picnic next to the Merced River or visit one of the restaurants at Yosemite Lodge (not included). Pick from a variety of activities available within the park, like: hiking to one of Yosemite's waterfalls, spotting a black bear; renting bikes for a leisurely trip through the valley, cooling off in lovely river pools (summer), or simply relaxing at the Valley Visitor Center or Ansel Adams Gallery.  When it's time to head back to San Jose, sit back and enjoy the scenic ride through the Sierra Nevada and into the sunset.  Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year.  The Giant Sequoias are best visited between May and October. During the rest of the year, snow and ice conditions may prevent access to roads and trails. In this event, other activities may be substituted in its place.

$99 Outdoor Activities

Beginner Outdoor Rock Climbing

Never tried climbing before? Curious? Perhaps you’ve climbed a few times in a gym and want to try the real thing? Discover what outdoor rock climbing is all about in this 4-hour clinic designed for the beginning rock climber. No climbing experience is necessary. In our level 1 class, getting you up your first few rock climbs is the goal. Additionally, we’ll share the sense of adventure that drives our guides’ passion for the sport, and provide you with the most enjoyable first day of climbing possible. We’ll begin with a short introduction to climbing gear and safety that includes teaching basic commands and climber tie-in knots. Then we’ll spend the remainder of our time climbing!This is a great opportunity to get exposure to outdoor climbing in a safe, supportive, fun and nurturing environment. We’ll take care of setting up the ropes and providing a safe, supportive environment for the beginning rock climber. You get to explore what it’s all about!The combination of Introduction to Climbing 1 & Climbing 2 is the ultimate introduction to outdoor rock climbing. Depending on your previous experience and your level of interest in pursuing climbing as a new hobby, you may consider taking both classes on the same day. Alternatively, take Climbing 1 to try it out, and return soon if you’ve gotten hooked on climbing.

$149 Tours & Sightseeing

Santa Clara Wine Trail 'Taste of Italy' 5-Hour Tasting Tour

Delight in Italian-inspired wines of the Santa Clara Valley on this 5-hour wine tasting tour, including transport. Journey to four wineries along the Santa Clara Valley wine trail, and stop to taste some of the area’s best Italian style wine. Plus, numbers are limited to 15 people on this small-group tour, ensuring you'll spend an intimate day with a small group of like-minded wine lovers. We will depart from Downtown Morgan Hill at 11:00am. At about 11:30am, stop at the first winery— Guglielmo Winery. Learn about the family history of this winery run by four generations, and taste the winery’s Gold Medal Winning Grignolino in addition to Sangiovese, and a delicious Chardonnay dessert wine called “Bacio”, which means kiss in Italian. You have about an hour here, and during that time, enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds.  Afterward from about 1:15pm to 2:15pm, spend time at Solis Winery. Try the winery’s popular Fiano, Sangiovese, and Zinfandel. Your third winery on this tour is Fortino Winery, which is best known for its Charbono and Almond Champagne. Your final stop is Hecker Pass Winery home of a stylish Chianti and several dessert Italian wines such as Marsala.

$15 Tours & Sightseeing

San Jose Scavenger Hunt Adventure

The adventure begins outside the Children's Discovery Museum and take you through some of the best sights of the downtown area. Explore the history, see great outdoor art, experience the culture and other great sights as you find areas and things you never knew existed.  Your Quest will challenge your team's brains as you find clues and solve puzzles based on the great city monuments, art and other interesting elements that you will find on your way.  The tour requires approximately 2 miles of walking. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard for those with a competitive edge. Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play, leaving time to stop for a bite to eat or simply to enjoy the best of this great historic city. Great for families, friends and those ready to have fun on a scavenger hunt adventure! Points of Interest on your Adventure: Children's Discovery MuseumGuadalupe River Park Tech Museum of InnovationBasilica of Saint Joseph San Jose Museum of Art  Paseo de San Antonio Please note that pricing is per individual but your team must book together. One voucher is valid for your team of 2-5 people.

$55 Walking & Biking Tours

17-Mile Drive Electric Bike Tour

Your guide meets you at the Lovers Point Adventures by the Sea shop at 10 am or 1 p.m. After a fitting and orientation on your Genzi electric bike, you are off! Head along the shores of Pacific Grove with your guide pointing out various local sites – including rafts of sea otters just off the shore! Travel along the coast to view the Pt. Pinos Lighthouse and Great Tidepool all the while looking for whale spouts and local deer. The tour enters the 17 Mile Drive and rides along the famed route to spots of interests within the Del Monte Forest including Bird Rock, Ghost Tree and, of course, the Lone Cypress. Depending on your group speed, the tour continues to the Lodge at Pebble Beach and you can admire the 18th green and vistas of Stillwater Cove. Returning along the coast, if time permits, visit the Monarch butterfly Sanctuary in Pacific Grove before returning to Lovers Point. Your guide will share with you information about the wildlife, history of the area and local spots of interest. Water bottle will be provided along with helmets.

$44 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Be A Beekeeper

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productAre you an outdoor enthusiast, gardener, or foodie that wants a better understanding of how little pollinators work their magic? Looking for a GREAT gift? Come learn what all the buzz is about :)This is a fun opportunity to get inside and inspect a busy beehive. You'll get the chance to explore the complex and beautiful makeup of our sweet little friends. First, we’ll suit up in protective gear. Then we’ll head to the PurrFect Honey Apiary where you'll learn about the art of beekeeping and the various tools that are used. Now it's time to open and inspect a hive. Hold a frame covered with 100's of bees ... a great photo opp! Find Drones, Workers, Brood and hopefully the Queen Bee. Press your finger into the comb and taste the freshest honey you've ever had... yum! :)Finally, we’ll gather in our pollinator-friendly garden for a delicious honey tasting. This tour is contagious and often sparks the flame to adopt a hive or plant a lovely pollinator-friendly garden of your own. At the end you'll get a jar of our very own locally harvested PurrFect Honey! Bring a friend, your spouse, or a first date! Guaranteed to be fun, educational, and with lots of great photo opps to boot.Duration: 2 hoursLocation: Little Free Library