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COSTANOA LODGE AND CAMP 2001 Rossi Road, Pescadero,
650/879-1100. costanoa.com. The tranquil surroundings of
Costanoa Lodge and Camp make for a calming getaway, a
welcome pre- or post-holiday treat. Situated on a bluff overlooking
the Pacific Ocean, just off scenic Highway 1, Costanoa
is surrounded by endless acres of undisturbed wilderness,
rolling coastal hills and secluded beaches. Guests have a
variety of green-certified accommodations, starting with
the luxury of the camp’s expansive lodge and including more
rustic but comfortable options such as the Douglas Fir cabins
and cozy tent bungalows. After a day of hiking, mountain
biking or kayaking, enjoy a relaxing massage at the on-site
spa followed by a meal of farm-inspired California coastal
cuisine at Cascade Bar & Grill. Special weekend packages
for both couples and families are offered.
HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS Pier 3 on The
Embarcadero. San Francisco. 415/788-8866. hornblower.
com. Set sail for a season of good cheer, festive fine dining
and superlative sight-seeing aboard a Hornblower cruise.
Soak in stunning views of the San Francisco Bay, iconic city
skyline, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, along the San
Francisco shoreline and under the Bay Bridge, on a Holiday
Sunset Dinner Cruise, Supper Cruise, Champagne Brunch or
New Year’s Eve bash. From food to entertainment, the holidays
are smooth sailing with a celebration aboard a Hornblower
Cruise. Hornblower’s seasoned crew can also customize
the perfect package for your private party, team building
activity, client entertaining event, or company holiday party.
Arts & Recreation
MONTALVO ARTS CENTER 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga.
408/961-5858. montalvoarts.org. Creative gift giving comes
naturally at Montalvo. Start a new holiday tradition by visiting
the historic villa—nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz
Mountains—where innovative events offer colorful ways to
light up the holidays. Taking center stage, the Bruce Munro at
Montalvo: Stories in Light exhibit (through March 17) features
10 large-scale light installations throughout the grounds,
and is open for nighttime exploration. Indulge in a “Munro
Supper” (Dec. 2 and Dec. 21) or join the Plein Air Painting
Noir workshop, inspired by Munro’s illuminated sculptures
(Dec. 5). Spark youthful creativity at Munro Family Nights,
featuring kid-friendly art-making activities, snacks, an exhibition
exploration station, and other surprises (Dec. 22 and
Dec. 29). Treat friends and family to an artful experience at
Montalvo this holiday season.
OPERA SAN JOSE The California Theatre, 345 South First
Street, San Jose. 408/437-4450. operasj.com. Treat family
and friends to music, drama and spellbinding storytelling
this holiday season, with a gift certificate to see Opera San
Jose’s world-class performances including Leoncavallo’s
Pagliacci (Through Dec. 2, 2018), Heggie’s Moby-Dick (Feb.
9–24, 2019), Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (April 13–28, 2019).
For an even more musically infused yuletide, spend Christmas
your list. From fashion labels—Madewell, Gucci, Aritzia, Kate
Spade, Anthropologie—to the unique boutiques—Boutique
Harajuku and Kendra Scott—and specialty shops—Amazon
Books, Sugarfina, Makers Market, Hello Kitty Café & Vintage
Wine Merchants—Santana Row has it all. And if you’re still
stumped for the perfect present, reach for a Santana Row
Gift Card—and give someone else a chance to experience
the joy of this exciting shopping and dining destination.
KERNS FINE JEWELRY 214 Lorton Ave., Burlingame,
650/348-7557. kernjewelers.com. Family owned since 1944,
Kerns has been serving the Peninsula and Silicon Valley for
three generations. Carrying many of the finest watch and
jewelry lines in the industry, the store’s experts travel the
globe to bring customers all the latest handcrafted designs.
Kerns offers an extensive selection of diamonds and other
precious and semiprecious gemstones, the finest men’s
and women’s wrist watches from around the world and
customizable gift items for that special one on your list.
The store also provides jewelry and watch repair services as
well as expert appraisals and estate buying. For keepsakes
to be treasured for a lifetime, exquisite jewelry and elegant,
distinctive timepieces, visit Kerns, where service and quality
go hand in hand.