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Weekend Escape: San Jose

Guns and Roses

A bit of supernatural mystery, intrigue and lots of night magic in a town everyone knows the way to

October 06, 1996|BOBBI OLSON | TIMES STAFF WRITER; Olson is an editor on The Times' National Desk

We bought a couple of sandwiches at Le Boulanger bakery on the square in downtown Los Gatos, then drove a mile to the park. We found a shady picnic table by the lake and watched boaters go by as one, two, then 20 ducks homed in on us. So OK, we threw them some bread. We're suckers. Soon there were gangs of geese honking at us, along with menacing squirrels.

Phil and I were so walked out at this point that we took a nap under an oak tree. A half-hour later, though, we rallied to explore more park. We walked to the adjacent Oak Meadow Park and came upon a carousel. It was here, as the calliope music played, that I saw my "prince" spin by, astride a bejeweled white pony that was high in spirit and stuck on a brass pole. Romantic? Actually, it was just something to give our feet a break.

Back downtown, at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, a free jazz concert was about to begin. The place was packed. We had a couple of drinks at the Fairmont Hotel, one in the luxury chain, across the street, while the band set up. Then we watched the sunset, listened to music and puzzled over the park's "Quetzalcoatl" sculpture.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday October 13, 1996 Home Edition Travel Part L Page 6 Travel Desk 1 inches; 31 words Type of Material: Correction
San Jose getaway--Due to a reporting error, the Winchester Mystery House, Egyptian Museum and Municipal Rose Garden were mislocated in a Weekend Escape ("Guns and Roses," Oct. 6). They all lie west of downtown San Jose.

Afterward, we walked a block to Casa Castillo, a popular Mexican restaurant on a wide walkway behind the Fairmont. It was a final delight in a surprising weekend. We limped along to the beat and counted our sore muscles as souvenirs.

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Budget for Two

Air fare, Southwest: $162.00

Hotel de Anza, plus tax: 115.50

Rental car (2 days): 79.74

Gasoline: 5.43

Lunch, Old Spaghetti Factory: 22.68

Room service dinner: 42.73

Drinks, snacks: 21.26

Dinner, Casa Castillo: 24.35

Picnic lunch, Le Boulanger: 13.25

Entrance fees, parking: 61.45

FINAL TAB: $548.39

Hotel De Anza, 233 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113; tel. (800) 843-3700 or (408) 286-1000.

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