Saturday, December 31, 2011

Famous Address: 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California

From searching for a lunch place to Apple Computer. A fascinating day trip today. 

The story I planned to write today was to introduce readers to a south bay location of a popular San Francisco restaurant - in Cupertino - inside our local Whole Foods Market.  The popular vegan restaurant, Cafe Gratitude. 

On My Way To Lunch

This restaurant has been on my list of things to do for awhile. It is unfortunate to receive the information that Cafe Gratitude in the south bay, along with other locations in the Bay Area, have been closed. 

After a quick search, I found several articles of the recent closure.  Please plan ahead and call to see if your location has closed yet. I will not comment as to what happened because I do not know details.  Perhaps the Undercover Waitress will dig a little deeper into the why of the closure and what happened as this is a favorite place for many to eat.

I recommend, as usual, when you are in Silicon Valley, please use your iPhone and call or email a local person, like me, to verify if establishments still exist, hours, and addresses.

Silicon Valley is ever-changing which seems to happen overnight because of construction.  It saves time as you plan your day itineraries.  Or, better yet, let me assist with the planning.

Tribute to this Famous Silicon Valley Address 

I decided December 31 is a great day to stop by the famous "1 Infinite Loop" and pay tribute the company everyone knows very well.  It is the home of iPhones, iPads, iMAC Computers, etc. and the story of two entrepreneurs named Steve.  

A frequent question I receive is, "where is Cupertino, CA?"  People see this location marked on their Apple equipment and don't recognize this Silicon Valley town.  I didn't measure my mileage, the whole loop around main Apple Campus is big to drive around. 

(Insert with 2016 comment - this does not include the new Apple Campus)

You will find several smaller Apple campuses throughout Cupertino. This area is quite active during the work week and is a rare sight not to see people wandering about.  

My favorite resource telling the Apple Story is Apple Confidential, by Owen W. Linzmayer.  People still ask me if they may have my copy, with a 1999 copyright. (Of course, it is not for sale... yet)
  • Remember, research and make plans ahead of time for what you want to do in this area. 
  • Be flexible, if the place or restaurant you want to see is closed, there may be something around the corner to see.  
  • And, call a local person to verify information first.   
Apple Company Store, 1 Infinite Loop

Insider Information:  Visit the Apple Company store which is open Monday - Friday, during business hours, and fun to browse. 

Yes, I have driven past Apple Garage where Apple Computer was started. Does anyone want me to go by and get a picture of it?  Hint: It is located nearby in Los Altos, CA and is still a private residence. 

Its never to late to start new things ~ do it now ~ from The Fun Tour Guru

Pictures are taken from my old Canon point and shoot - contact me if you want to purchase a new one taken with my iPhone 5s.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

One Week Remaining in 2011, What Will You Do?

I am in slow motion today, yet I want to publish this before Christmas Day.  

This week I have some extra time and I started my search of something to do over the holidays.  I missed the opportunity of taking a trip because of my focus with my full time work. I am grateful to have this modest income now, with work selling to groups which I really enjoy, and it is even with a great company.
Now, I sit in my chair staring at my blank monitor. I am trying to think of what to do on this last week of the year, 2011. Yes, I admit, the Fun Tour Guru who shares fun things to do off the beaten path is blank.  

I start scrolling through several of my favorite articles and websites. I search through many different local organizations for gatherings, to no avail. I don’t feel the charge I used to have as I read through traditional holiday happenings or with chances of getting free tickets this year.  I keep looking. 

I remember the things I found to share with my readers this year like one-time events to electric cars on our streets.

Yes, Another California Sunset and Kites Flying in the Distance
I was able to share our California sunset with my brother and his wife after spotting whales in Monterey Bay.

I have had fun stepping outside the box and sharing news of events which I don’t usually partake of.  I may not be an “avid” fan of everything I see and do, (yes, I used that infamous word writers hate) it was very fascinating to spend time around these unusual events for one day. I found the Annieglass Art Studio in Watsonville, new wineries, and mingled with the Santa Cruz Mayor and public during the Classic Woodies event. As a volunteer, I drove guests in miniature GoCars through San Francisco who were in town for the International Pow Wow (US Travel Association) after taking one of my own groups on a tour in March. (The crooks and curves of Lombard Street will never be the same!)

Favorite posts of mine last year ~ How to Travel to other Local Regions during the Off Season and sharing a Shortbread cookie recipe from Scotland . I had an impromptu introduction of a well known hospitality industry icon, CEO and Author, Chip Conley, whom (or is  it who) I follow.  And, I was inspired by and talked to Tory Johnson, at the Spark and Hustle LA event. It is never to late to start again.

How do I end this year? 

I finally find the website tugging at me.  And, it is a familiar one. Broadway San Jose. I read through the musical shows and there is one I have never seen and is in town next week.  Yes, when I used to volunteer as a regular on the SVCA (Concierge) Board, and we would receive tickets randomly, to different musicals.

This time it is different.  I clicked the button and purchased a ticket as a gift to myself to see CATS.  I remembered one of my friends telling me many years ago, "the benefit of buying a single ticket to shows is getting fantastic seats in the front rows of the theater." It is only 10 miles away in downtown San Jose.  Remember, you don’t talk to people during the show. You have friends to see during the intermission.  Pick an afternoon matinee to attend. And, go.

I purchased my ticket and will get to see Cats, as a ViP, in a front row seat.  This is a good tip for everyone,  as solo travelers, and you find old acquaintances to bump into or meet new people.  Practice going solo in your home town and when you make plans for your special long vacation trip next year, you will have some techniques worked out.

For me, it is not always about going on the most trips, or the cheapest, or even free items you might find.  Follow your instinct and choose something that intrigues you and purchase a gift to yourself. Save your money and treat yourself. This special item will be different for everyone. What will you DO on the last week of this year?

If you are in San Jose, will I see you at Cats next week?

Happy Holidays! And, Merry Christmas! ~ The Fun Tour Guru

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Something New for Silicon Valley Tours

I know I have been absent for a short time. Please forgive me. I do want to send a thank you to all the readers that have been visiting this blog in November. I appreciate the traffic, and it is a great feeling that I don't even need to announce my posts. 

Anyway, my next trip out and about I need to drive to Menlo Park and check out the new Facebook campus. Below is a link to the Mercury News article (12/08/2011) about a permanent feature on their campus now. 

Aha, something to add to sightseeing tours in Silicon Valley, Facebook's 'Like' sign in Menlo Park becomes permanent.  Link to picture in the Mercury News

Post here if you want to go see it!

Finding the unusual in Silicon Valley, The Fun Tour Guru