Do you know the way to San Jose?

Jun 13th, 2008, 07:15 PM
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Do you know the way to San Jose?

Family is visiting San Francisco, staying in Union Square and wanting to travel to San Jose to see the Winchester Mystery House. Is there a way to take the BART or other public transportation to get there? Trying not to rent car if we don't need to. Thanks for your help!
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Jun 13th, 2008, 07:21 PM
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Bart doesn't go to San Jose. You can take CalTrain, but then you'd pretty much have to take a cab or try to deal with the bus system from the train station, which is not near the Winchester house. I'd rent a car.

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Jun 13th, 2008, 07:24 PM
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You do knoa that SF to SJ is more than 100 miles round-trip?
 
Jun 13th, 2008, 07:28 PM
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Renting a car for the day would be cheaper and far more convenient. There are numerous pick-up locations downtown SF (not far from Union Sq), and Dollar rental car typically has the best rates.

Of all the thing to do though, I question why making a special trip just to see the WMH?



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Jun 13th, 2008, 07:50 PM
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You may want to rethink going to SJ to see the WMH. It's considered a tourist trap in these parts. I've lived within a 15-minute drive of the place for over 30 years. I've been there once and don't plan to go again. We've never taken visiting friends and family there either. IMHO, it's simply not worth giving up a precious day of your SF trip to visit the WMH.
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Jun 13th, 2008, 08:16 PM
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You can search WMH on this forum and find various opinions. Mine is clear. It is of no interest whatsoever and you feel like a jerk paying to see the stupid place.

And, no - I am not the negative creep that I sound like.

There is tons and tons of stuff to see in and around San Francisco. It is glorious.

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Jun 13th, 2008, 08:29 PM
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I have to agree with others. Winchester Mystery house is expensive and really not worth it.I lived in San Jose for 8 years and never went to see it. I've been told that it is over-rated and the tour is rushed. My daughter wanted to go for years and she finally did and was disappointed. If you really do want to go see it you should rent a car and see some of the other places that San Jose has to offer. San francisco has so much to do and see without needing to rent a car, though.
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Jun 14th, 2008, 08:46 AM
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Unlike the previous poster, we have actually visited the Winchester Mystery House. Our children absolutely loved it and my spouse and I found it fascinating as well. Our tour was very thorough and we did not at all feel rushed. The admission price is high, but if this is something that your visiting family wants to do, I think they will enjoy it.
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Jun 14th, 2008, 08:51 AM
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I thought it was cool.
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Jun 14th, 2008, 09:33 AM
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VTA bus 60 (southbound) goes from Santa Clara Cal Train to the Mystery House. The ride takes about 15 minutes and runs 15 minutes to a 1/2 hour on weekdays and every half hour on the weekend. Reference: www.vta.org.
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Jun 15th, 2008, 06:33 PM
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I think we will reconsider the WMH side trip. We will have a couple days with a car....one we will go to Muir Woods, and the other maybe the Jelly Belly Factory. Any opinions on the Jelly Belly Factory? Thanks!
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Jun 15th, 2008, 08:16 PM
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The Jelly Belly factory tour is fun, but it's in Fairfield, about half way to Sacramento from San Francisco. There's not a lot more to do out there once you've finished the 40 minute tour (other than eat Jelly Bellies or continue on to Sacramento).
http://www.jellybelly.com/Cultures/e...tor+Center.htm

Muir Woods would be my choice of the three attractions you've listed. I vote for natural beauty over factories and houses any time.
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Jun 16th, 2008, 09:39 AM
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If your family is visiting SF for the first time, side trips to WMH and Jelly Belly would take too much time away from experiencing SF itself as these would essentially be all day trips. If on the other hand they have visited many times before and are looking for something different to do, well that is a different story. Are there particular reasons why they have chosen these locations?
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Jun 16th, 2008, 02:47 PM
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My office for the last 15 years has been 5 minutes from the Winchester Mystery House. I have never been there.

I would stay in SF and enjoy that city. Too much to see and do there to waste on WMH or Jelly Bellies.
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Jun 17th, 2008, 03:14 PM
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I don't know of public transportation to Jelly Belly. Anybody?

As for Muir Woods, you can take a Golden Gate transit bus from Mission st or Van Ness to Marin city, then the shuttle to the woods.

More info here: http://www.goldengate.org/
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Sep 2nd, 2008, 09:50 AM
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Locally, the true mystery is why anyone would pay $28.95 to walk through the vacant home of a deceased koo-koo.

If a person has an architectual bent, then WMH is a must-see. It is also a great way to end all of the remodeling arguments that a married couple would otherwise endure.

They really should consider a package deal with Target Masters indoor shooting range (not too far away) and some kind of discount on a Winchester rifle... marketeers, are you listening?

There's a disneyfied tourist trap across the street: Santana Row. In any of the retail shops located in this mix of retail/restaurants/housing, one can purchase an ordinary cotton T shirt for $53. Or not.

Remember that SJ is ~25 miles square and Silicon Valley has many municipalities, so the gems of the valley are often separated on a map, instead of concentrated in one tight grouping.

For people who visit the WMH, consider also visiting the Tech Museum, the SJ Museum of Art, and the other sites listed in previous threads. As densely populated as SJ is, we still don't have a silver-painted robotic street artist guy anywhere downtown. Somebody needs to franchise that here post haste!

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Sep 2nd, 2008, 10:13 AM
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Are your comments about the shooting range in reference to marital discord or to the Winchester co.

It is often the way the former are settled.

I suppose either could apply.

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Sep 2nd, 2008, 10:23 AM
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Sorry for the ESL posting above.

While there exists a long history of Winchester's products being used to settle various types of discord, the original thought was more related to the concept that stating "At least I'm no Sarah Winchester" is a phrase nearly as powerful as Monopoly's "get out of jail free" card. Most effective after both parties have personally toured the WMH compound.

Forgot to mention that while riding BART, if you are heard exclaiming "D'oh!" you will receive a free ride pass good for your next BART ride form the ticket checker person.

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LOL Armani =D>

Where have you been? I hope you came back to stay AND POST!!
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We loved the Winchester House. It was not that expensive when we went. Would have to think twice about paying that much.

We love old things and antiques so for us it was a wonderful tour. Our boys liked it too. We always wanted to go back but never got there.

There is a tour in San Francisco that I saw on the travel channel. You take a tour in SF in a red fire engine - it takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge. I am still thrilled everytime we get to SF and go across the bridge.
http://www.fireenginetours.com/
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