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San Jose was one of the original Spanish settlements in California and was founded in 1777 by Felipe de Neve. It is now the state's third largest city and is best known as the center of Silicon Valley and the computer hardware and software industries. In addition to San Jose, the Silicon Valley area consists of Palo Alto and Stanford University, Santa Clara, Mountain View and Sunnyvale and the peninsula cities of San Mateo, Redwood City and San Carlos. The area has a number of very dog-friendly pockets where shops, restaurants and parks welcome your four legged friend.
Dog-friendly hotels are not hard to find in San Jose and Silicon Valley. The Cypress Hotel at 10050 South De Anza Blvd in Cupertino is perhaps the most dog-friendly with special doggie packages and pet sitting available. The upscale Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose is also pet-friendly. The Best Western Plus Brookside Inn in Milpitas offers good value as does the La Quinta San Jose. In Palo Alto small to medium sized dogs are allowed at the Sheraton Palo Alto and the Westin Palo Alto. There are also a number of dog-friendly hotels in the area around the San Francisco Airport in the northern part of San Mateo County. In Half Moon Bay along the coast the Half Moon Bay Inn at 401 Main Street offers pet-friendly lodging.
For dog-friendly shopping and dining there are a number of excellent options in the San Jose area. The upscale Santana Row Shopping Center, at Highway 880 and Interstate 280, has a large number of dog-friendly shops as well as patio dining. Los Gatos, a community that sits against the Santa Cruz Mountains, is a great area to walk around with your dog. You can shop and dine here as well as hike the Los Gatos Creek Reservoir Trail to the Lexington Reservoir or walk the paved Los Gatos Creek Trail towards Campbell. Campbell and Saratoga, both nearby to Los Gatos, are also dog-friendly. Palo Alto's downtown has a quaint shopping area to walk around and is very pet-friendly as well. Stanford Shopping Center, just north of the Stanford Campus, offers an excellent open-air dog-friendly shopping location.
Dog-Friendly restaurants in the area are not hard to find. La Fondue, in Saratoga, not only welcomes dogs but offers complimentary filet mignon for their canine guests. They have two patios with doggie tie down areas. In Redwood City, the Redwood Creek Grill offers a doggie menu as well. Steak Out, in Mountain View at 383 Castro Street, is a burger and beer garden with a large dog-friendly outdoor area and a visiting dog named Stout. There are other pet-friendly patio restaurants in Palo Alto, Santana Row, and most other areas of town.
For dog-friendly parks where you can jog, hike or hang out with your dog there are a number of options. The Stanford University campus offers a large amount of grassy areas as do the hills above the campus in what is known as the "Dish Loop" to the large antennas on the hill. The Palo Alto Baylands Preserve is against the bay and offers trails as well. Closer to San Jose there are the Los Gatos Creek Trail between Campbell and Los Gatos, the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens downtown, Ed Levin County Park on the east hills in Milpitas and Fremont Older Preserve in Cupertino. There are also many fenced off-leash dog parks in San Jose, Palo Alto and many of the cities that make up the area. There are a number of dog-friendly beaches in the Half Moon Bay and Pescadero area, about a 1/2 hour drive from Palo Alto and in the Santa Cruz area about a 40 minute drive from San Jose. William Street Park in San Jose hosts a huge "Bark in the Park" event each September with over 10,000 dogs and people attending.
Nearby pet-friendly trips from San Jose include dog-friendly Carmel and Monterey, San Francisco, Napa Valley and very close by, Santa Cruz.