Stay and Play in San Jose + #CountryInns Giveaway


“Stay and Play in San Jose” + Win a 2 night stay at any Country Inns and Suites in USA and Canada

Calling San Jose a travel destination probably wasn’t too common twenty-five years back, and back then you wouldn’t hear of people vacationing in San Jose nearly as often as you do today.  Well as they say “times are a changin”, and the transformation in San Jose and the surrounding areas has made the city an absolutely exciting place to stay.  San Jose has always been on the map for my family as we love its great architecture and charm, and  the fact that it’s one of the premier places to stay while visiting San Francisco.  Since it’s also close to Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and other Northern California tourist destinations it always made sense for us to stay in San Jose.  On our last trip up however we really embraced the growth that the city has gone through, and the many amazing things to do, eat and see that are sprouting up all around.

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Here’s a short Travel Guide on San Jose, including our favorites:   Where to Stay, , Where to Eat and What to See:


Country Inns and Suites San Jose

Where to Stay in San Jose: Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM

This hotel has it all: a pool, nice fitness centerfree Internet, a 24-hour business center and a tasty complimentary, hot breakfast!  It was conveniently located 4 minutes from the airport and a block from the Light Rail so we could easily hop up to San Francisco.  The service there is great and they have shuttles to make your stay easy, whether you’re in San Jose on business for a big tech meeting or pleasure to see the sights or root on (or in our case against) the San Jose Sharks.  The rooms have a nice color palette that are refreshing and make the room pop.  I liked how our room was broken out into different areas with a good sized workspace and even a couch to lounge on.  What’s unique?  They have a read it and return library!  


Where to Eat in San JoseGochi Japanese Fusion Tapas

This was no easy choice for us… the diversity of people in San Jose and highest standards of restaurants in the area brings about more great restaurants than we could cover in a month.  If we had to pick one restaurant though it would have to be Gochi.  The most popular item on the menu may be their pork clay pot, it’s even better than those I tried in Asia.  Traditional items like tempura are showcased and presented beautifully, and unique items like Hokkai Fusion Pizza or Gyutan Kakuni (Braised Beef Tongue) will give your taste buds a wonderful adventure.    What’s unique?  Find me an item on the menu that isn’t unique!  It’s Japanese gastronomy at its finest.

What to do in San Jose: San Jose Municipal Rose Garden

This place has been give the award of America’s best rose garden and will not disappoint!  There are the most beautiful roses I’ve ever seen packed into this beautiful space (make sure to have your camera charged)!  I love how this is one of those destinations that you can almost stumble upon and visit on the same day as another big attraction (like a trip out to one of the many national parks in the area, the coast or up to the Stanford University campus).  We went in without expectations but our entire family (of 3 generations) had an amazing time that day walking the grounds and taking in the sights and smells.  It’s a hidden gem that to me exemplifies the pride that San Jose residents take in their city.  What’s unique?  The collection of roses is unmatched, you’ll surely see colors and shapes that you’ve never seen anywhere else.  The surrounding area also has a lot of character, we enjoyed walking around and looking at the nearby homes.

You’d probably have to be off the grid to not know about Silicon Valley, and the thousands of tech companies that are based in the San Jose area.  From Apple to Google, Facebook to Yahoo, just about every big tech company you can imagine is based in or near the San Jose area.  This has obviously brought phenomenal growth to the area.  I’m happy to see that San Jose and the surrounding cities put so much thought into expanding those cities tastefully.  From restaurants to parks there is so much character in the area, and natural beauty of rolling hills all around and gorgeous ocean views a quick drive away make it very special.  Come discover for yourself why San Jose is now a destination city for all types of travelers.

Win a two-night stay good for any Country Inns and Suites hotel in the US and Canada.

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  • Reply Tammy Shelton Jul 23, 2016 at 9:16 am

    My favorite is the FREE hot breakfast and the Free internet. Can’t beat FREE!

  • Reply Daddy lovin Deals Jul 23, 2016 at 9:26 am

    My favorite would have to be the free internet! It seems like a lot of hotels are charging $15 for that these days and I can’t live without it, glad it’s free at this hotel!!

  • Reply Shelia Gamel Jul 23, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Yee hah Bring on the mini vacation. Vacation can be as simple as getting away from home.

  • Reply Shelia Gamel Jul 23, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I would absolutely love the pool and whirlpool. i sure like to get away from home though.

  • Reply Carolsue Anderson Jul 23, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    The fitness centers are my favorite amenity at these properties

  • Reply sportsnyfan Jul 23, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Complimentary Be Our Guest Breakfast is my favorite!

  • Reply Leigh Anne Jul 23, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I would love to take advantage of the outdoor pool they have!

  • Reply dailydealsjc1 Jul 23, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Love their free breakfast!! Tweeted here:

  • Reply latanya t Jul 24, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Free High-Speed Internet Access

  • Reply David Jul 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I like the free breakfast, especially the warm foods, not just donuts or bagels like other places.

  • Reply David Jul 24, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I tweeted at

  • Reply Stefanie Gladden Jul 24, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Free High-Speed Internet Access is my favorite!

  • Reply Stefanie Gladden Jul 24, 2016 at 5:12 pm


  • Reply Mitzi Fisher Jul 24, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    My favorite is the fitness center

  • Reply Elena Jul 24, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    I like the free breakfast

  • Reply Mary Cloud Jul 24, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    The Outdoor Pool and Whirlpool is a must

  • Reply Mary Cloud Jul 24, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Tweeted –

  • Reply Julie Jul 24, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    i love the complimentary breakfast!!


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  • Reply Sonya Morris Jul 24, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I love the complimentary breakfast!

  • Reply Sonya Morris Jul 24, 2016 at 8:14 pm

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  • Reply melissa goodspeed Jul 24, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Outdoor Pool and Whirlpool, would be my favorite amenity, complimentary breakfast is definitely a close second tho.

  • Reply Lee Morelli Jul 25, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Free High-Speed Internet Access

  • Reply Catherine Shaw Jul 25, 2016 at 4:39 am

    The amenity I prefer and find indispensable is the Free High-Speed Internet Access. Thanks!

  • Reply Rich G Jul 25, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Can’t go wrong with free internet!

  • Reply Eric Ross Jul 25, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Free breakfast is soooo good. When I’m picking a place to stay that’s literally all I care about.

  • Reply Amy S Jul 25, 2016 at 5:17 am

    I’m torn between the outdoor pool and the free breakfast!

  • Reply Steve Z Jul 25, 2016 at 5:39 am

    It’s all good, but the fitness center!

  • Reply Jonathan Love Jul 25, 2016 at 6:25 am

    The tasty complimentary, hot breakfast! That’s my favorite.

  • Reply Chris Lange Jul 25, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Like that its only four min from the airport

  • Reply jill oleary Jul 25, 2016 at 7:01 am

    hot breakfast

  • Reply james doyle Jul 25, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Free parking is hard to come by these days in nice cities <3

  • Reply Kathleen Southern Jul 25, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I love the unique rooms The Country Inn and Suites provide in all the hotel’s

  • Reply Bill B. Jul 25, 2016 at 9:17 am

    May sound silly, but I vote for the pool. My son always looks for a nice pool when we travel.

  • Reply Soo H. Jul 25, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I like the free wi-fi!

  • Reply Nana'sFineThingz Jul 25, 2016 at 9:52 am

    My favorite is the free breakfast -great way to start the day!

  • Reply Olivia Tapia Jul 25, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I love the free hi-speed wi-fi

  • Reply Jessica miller Jul 25, 2016 at 10:04 am

    My favorite amenity from that hotel is the Free Shuttle to the Airport! that is nice!

  • Reply Jessica miller Jul 25, 2016 at 10:06 am


  • Reply Crystal Warren Jul 25, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I love not having to get out of my (respectable) pj’s and look for a place to eat breakfast..just walk down and grab a bite in the hotel! Free Breakfast is my pick

  • Reply Crystal Warren Jul 25, 2016 at 10:50 am

    i tweeted:

  • Reply Nicole Jul 25, 2016 at 11:41 am

    So many great amenities for me and my family! We love the free breakfast and the airport shuttle!

  • Reply Lisa Bourlier Jul 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    The Pool!

  • Reply Teresa Jul 25, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    One of my favorite amenities is the free shuttle to SJC Airport!

  • Reply David Jul 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Free Shuttle to SJC Airport

  • Reply grouponroundup Jul 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Free breakfast!!!

  • Reply Shawn Stover Jul 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    pool and whirlpool

  • Reply Will G Jul 25, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I like the free shuttle to the airport.

  • Reply Ronda Patrick Jul 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    That beautiful swimming pool!!!

  • Reply Livivua Jul 25, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I would love the free wifi

  • Reply Landis Jul 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I like the pool and the whirlpool

  • Reply Chandler Jul 25, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I like the gym and wifi

  • Reply Carol P Jul 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm Favorite amenity is the hot free breakfast

  • Reply kellierose wilson Jul 25, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    The free and fast internet is an amazing perk for me!

  • Reply kellierose wilson Jul 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm

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  • Reply mixedreviewsblogger Jul 25, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    My favorite amenity is the Fitness Center!
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  • Reply Lorraine M in SFV Jul 25, 2016 at 5:48 pm

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  • Reply William Wilson Jul 25, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    My favorite amenity is the nearness to the light rail system. 😀

  • Reply Deb Butterflys (@debbutterflys) Jul 25, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    love that Children 18 and under stay free in the same room with an adult, so tired of hotels charging for kids

  • Reply Michelle Snow (@zengrrl) Jul 25, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Definitely the Free High-Speed Internet Access. I won’t even consider staying at a hotel that doesn’t offer it.

  • Reply Angela Heaven Jul 25, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    I love a few things but these are my favorite…..sorry couldn’t limit it to 1!

    King Suite or Two-queen Suite
    The living area features a pull-out sofa bed, a fully equipped kitchenette and a 42-inch television.

    Free high-speed Internet access

    Free weekday USA TODAY® newspaper

    Hot Be Our Guest Breakfast (complimentary)

  • Reply Michelle Balvin Jul 25, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    My favorite amenities are the Free high-speed Internet access and the complimentary Hot Be Our Guest Breakfast…YUM

  • Reply Loc V. Jul 25, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Outdoor Pool and Whirlpool is a nice perk.

  • Reply Michelle D. Jul 25, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Free High-Speed Internet Access is great!

  • Reply kathy Jul 26, 2016 at 1:00 am

    The fitness center!!

  • Reply carol clark Jul 26, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Complimentary Be Our Guest Breakfast

  • Reply Sandie Aliprantis Jul 26, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I like the “Be our Guest” complimentary breakfast. I love lingering over breakfast.

  • Reply Deana Kneen Jul 26, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Outdoor pool and whirlpool

  • Reply Elaine Kindell Jul 26, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Totally the outdoor pool!! Ugh…It’s been so hot.

  • Reply nidhi chauhan Jul 26, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    My favorites are free internet, free breakfast and outdoor pool. Love all these.

  • Reply nidhi chauhan Jul 26, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Tweeted and following

  • Reply Kimberly Flickinger (@kaflickinger74) Jul 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I love the outdoor and indoor pool as well as the fitness center.

  • Reply Karen Jaras Jul 26, 2016 at 5:24 pm

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  • Reply Karen Jaras Jul 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I love the outdoor pool and hot tub. You do not find that much here in the Midwest!

  • Reply GeraldLee (@IWantcoffeeasap) Jul 26, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Love th free parking , since I travel alot its really nice to have free parking, some hotels it really adds up quick, also liked on fb

  • Reply Kathy Hanley Jul 26, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    The best amenity is a free shuttle from the airport. The hotel is two blocks away from the city’s light rail system. You can fly in for the weekend, get picked up from the airport and be close to transportation so you don’t have to rent a car or worry about driving.

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  • Reply Amy Heffernan Jul 27, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I LOVEEEE that they have a Fitness Center!!! Thanks! Following on FB and twitter and tweeted.


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  • Reply Jennifer R Jul 27, 2016 at 10:00 am

    free breakfast!

  • Reply steven r. Jul 27, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Free parking is always a plus in my book of checkmarks.

  • Reply Evangeline B Jul 27, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Love the outdoor pool and whirlpool and yes to free wifi!

  • Reply swandad Jul 27, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Any hotel that offers high speed internet gets an “A+” in my book!

  • Reply Celia Miller Jul 27, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Free WiFi and breakfast

  • Reply Angela Garland Jul 27, 2016 at 4:26 pm


  • Reply beewbedard Jul 27, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    We totally love the location – so convenient to the light rail system (us Canadians LOVE our hockey) lol
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  • Reply Carl Mizell Jul 27, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Free Breakfast. A great way to start your day.

  • Reply ankur vyavaharkar Jul 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Free Breakfast is always the best thing to start the day with

  • Reply Natalie Krall Jul 27, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    I love the free breakfast and the pool.

  • Reply K. Finn Jul 27, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I like their outdoor pool and the palm tree by it. (The landscaping looks simple but pretty).

  • Reply Shanna Uptergrove Jul 27, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    When I travel with the kids- I always make sure we get a place with free breakfast. That has to be the best amenity ever because there’s 5 of us! Usually 6, with my mom too 🙂 And we also love a nice pool as well. Tweeted and following on both FB and Twitter!

  • Reply Alison Michaud Jul 27, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    The must have feature for my family (after the spacious suite room) would be the high speed internet.

  • Reply Daria Jul 27, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    The free breakfast, its my favorite part. I feel like I’m getting ripped off otherwise 😛

  • Reply Michael Lopez Jul 27, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Fitness Center (5:30 a.m.-11 p.m.) is my favorite amenity! Gotta stay in shape! Great hours!

  • Reply Carly Williams Jul 28, 2016 at 7:39 am

    My favorite amenity is the complimentary breakfast!

  • Reply Lyvona Perry Jul 28, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Mine and my kids favorite is the Outdoor Pool and Whirlpool

  • Reply giantsis Jul 28, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Free breakfast and free internet! I LOVE it when hotels offer that!

  • Reply giantsis Jul 28, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Tweeted –

  • Reply cyndi br Jul 28, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I like the fitness room and free internet

  • Reply Ally Jul 28, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    The hot breakfast would be awesome, but so would the airport shuttle–one less stressor on travel days!

  • Reply Tyneisha Fondren Jul 28, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I absolutely love that beautiful pool, as well as the fact that it is only 4 minutes from the airport!

  • Reply Kat McQuaid (@KouponKat) Jul 28, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    The Hot Be Our Guest Breakfast (complimentary) is great, espcially if there is a make your own waffle station.

  • Reply Ellen Casper Jul 28, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Free hor breakfast is my favorite feature.

  • Reply MaryAnn Jul 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    I like the free airport shuttle

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  • Reply Heather S Jul 29, 2016 at 8:49 am

    My favorite San Jose Country Inn & Suites amenity is the outdoor pool! So FUN!

  • Reply Heather S Jul 29, 2016 at 8:49 am

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  • Reply jeepingeos Jul 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I love their high speed internet. Coupled with an outdoor pool…is perfection!

  • Reply Jaclyn Reynolds Jul 29, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    The outdoor pool and high speed internet! Can’t live travel without either! 😀

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  • Reply Jul 30, 2016 at 8:55 am

    My favorite amenities are the complimentary delicious breakfasts and the complimentary USA Today newspaper.

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  • Reply Gina Rock Jul 30, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I like the Outdoor Pool and Whirlpool! We would love to do some swimming and stay cool!

  • Reply Gina Rock Jul 30, 2016 at 9:28 am

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  • Reply Kristen Jul 30, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    It looks like they have a nice pool! I’d love to go for a swim.

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  • Reply neiddy Jul 30, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    My favorite is the complimentary Airport Shuttle. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply neiddy Jul 30, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Shared on twitter

  • Reply Karen Shiau Jul 30, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Free Wifi. Free shuttle to the airport.

  • Reply Michelle Palin Jul 30, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    I love that they have Suites with 2 queens that have kitchenettes! Hotels with kitchenettes are my favorite since we have food restrictions and need to bring along our own food.

  • Reply jeremy mclaughlin Jul 31, 2016 at 11:12 am

    My favorite would be the free internet. Thanks for the chance.

  • Reply Jeffrey Jul 31, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    One of my favorite amenities is the free high speed internet. This day in age its a necessity for so many reasons.

  • Reply Jeffrey Jul 31, 2016 at 3:11 pm

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  • Reply Annette Jul 31, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I like the Free High-Speed Internet Access.

  • Reply KT Jul 31, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    My favorite Country Inns & Suites amenities have always been the free breakfast and internet, so specifically for the San Jose location, the free airport shuttle seems to be my fave one there.

  • Reply KT Jul 31, 2016 at 9:15 pm

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  • Reply Linda Aug 1, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I like the Free Shuttle to SJC Airport. This makes visiting very handy.

  • Reply heather scherer Aug 1, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I’d love the outdoor pools!!!

  • Reply my villa Aug 1, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    i think the Fitness Center is great! I also like the free Shuttle to SJC Airport

  • Reply dailydealsjc1 Aug 10, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Has a winner been chosen? 🙂

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