The spirit of adventure thrives in San Jose – this is a city that encourages you to explore it with an insatiable curiosity, which is what you’ll have to do if you’re ever to truly know it. Start with El Teatro Nacional located in Avenida Segunda entre Calles 3 y 5 in Centro. Offering the best theatre, symphony performances and concerts in San Jose, El Teatro Nacional is the best place to get your haute culture fix. With its dramatic neoclassical architecture and opulent interior, it will come as no surprise to visitors that this is one of San Jose’s most celebrated buildings. With the mission of promoting and improving the nation’s performance offering for future generations, you can expect spectacular shows from this theatre all-year round. Or if you’re after a sight that borders upon a religious experience, head down to Calle Central to the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Jose. Built in 1802, the cathedral has retained some of its original features despite being rebuilt in 1871 after an earthquake devastated it. Built in a neoclassical, Greek orthodox and Baroque style, this building dazzles with its vast stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings and colonial-style tiled floors. With people flocking to deposit their written prayers at Jesus’ feet, this church is as much a place of hope now as it was when it first opened its doors in the 19th century.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to 21747 Bertram Road to sample the best that La Foret has to offer. Offering an array of sophisticated French cuisine, this eatery has a full and varied menu including dishes such as tortellini with aged garlic, cream and porcini mushrooms and classic escargot with garlic butter and pernod. A comprehensive wine list also means that you’ll always have the perfect glass to accompany your meal. Alternatively walk down to 90 Skyport Drive to Vito’s Trattoria. This owner-operated restaurant supplies authentic Italian cuisine made from the freshest ingredients, offering traditional dishes such as calamari fritti alla Siciliana tossed in fresh garlic and parsley, bruschetta tipica Siciliana seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and cracked black pepper and fried mozzarella sticks. Their wine list also features a wide range of hand-picked wines to match the gourmet food.
When the wining and dining has wound down, head to One Cordevalle Club Drive to Rosewood CordeValle Resort to recoup at one of the best luxury hotels in town. Hidden away at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this hotel combines a sense of tranquil privacy in a hotel flanked by 85 acres of sunny vineyards and 1,700 acres of countryside with the use of an award-winning championship golf course and private spa facility. All rooms feature the comfort of a king-size bed and goose-down comforters while original artwork and fireplaces give them a sense of familiarity. Choose from an elegant retreat in a room, a luxuriously spacious suite or the supreme comfort and privacy of a home overlooking the fairway.