Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Cupertino, San Jose and Scotts Valley

Through in visits to Santa Cruz, Sunnyvale and Campbell and you have our weekend destinations. The trip down to see Jack at Year Round Tax (in Scotts Valley) and Dr Ballentine (in San Jose) was just an excuse so we could

..have coffee with Maria (an hour just isn't enough time)

..deliver the 20-something annual birthday pineapple upside down cake for Bill (never mind that his birthday was last month)

..spend the better part of an afternoon with Chris for the first time in a very long time

..have brunch with Amy and Ron, who at different times took care of Cody and Mandy

..see former neighbors Joe and Connie and check out what's going on with our previous house.

It also gave us the chance to visit a new-to-us yarn shop, Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale and add to my SABLE.

Yarn Place Graceful Lace - very soft fine wool

Dream in Color Baby Lace Weight Merino wool, in a black that had shades of green, brown and blue

Crystal Palace Maizy - corn fiber and elastic nylon

And stay at the Cypress Hotel in Cupertino for the second year in a row, where we hung out with Spotty the fish. If you can afford the rack rates or get a good promo price (which is the category we fell into), I highly recommend Kimpton Hotels. Their In Touch membership program is all about hospitality. In addition to the fresh chocolate chip cookies they set out for guests every afternoon, as an In Touch member, I always get a note, bottle of water and a snack. If our dogs were good travelers and we weren't flying, we'd brought them to stay with us, since the Kimpton hotels welcome doggy guests. We have also stayed at the Alexis in Seattle (where the notes were hand written) and the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco.