Located a mere 20 minutes away from Maple Tree Inn is one of Silicon Valley’s most famous & historic attractions, The Winchester Mystery House. The incredible mansion was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, an heiress to a massive fortune from her husband’s family (The Winchesters) who manufactured and marketed the famous Winchester Repeating Rifle.
Nearly eight years in the making, Apple’s new 2.8-million-square-foot main building is nearing completion and is beginning to welcome employees. The new $5 billion dollar campus was born out of Steve Job’s vision to create a “park-like” work environment for collaboration, innovation, inspiration and creativity.
“Steve’s original intention was to sort of blur that line between the inside and outside,” says Lisa Jackson, Apple’s environment czar. “It sort of wakes up your senses.” (source)
Located a mere 8 miles east of Maple Tree Inn is the newly renovated and very high tech Mineta San Jose International Airport. This cutting edge architectural feat hosts 11 million visitors annually and is the largest U.S. design-build airport project. The 2, 600,000 square foot airport was completed in 2010 and was modeled after Silicon Valley’s “high tech” reputation.
Thanks to the healthcare hospitality of JW House, our Front Desk Manager from the Maple Tree Inn was able to attend the PAC 12 Championship game at Levis Stadium with her husband. The JW House is a welcoming home-like setting for families of patients at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara. Meals are prepared daily by the dedicated staff and hotel-like rooms are available as well. As a way to give back to our community and reduce the stress level, the Maple Tree Inn offers complimentary rooms each month to help the families reduce costs while visiting a family member under the care of the professionals at Kaiser Hospital.
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Taking public transit to Levi’s Stadium is the way to go. Travel by Caltrain down the peninsula to the Mountain View Transit Center if you are coming from the north. Once there you can hop on one of the buses waiting or just ride the VTA Light Rail for about 30 minutes and you will be dropped off right outside. (Upon leaving the Stadium, just return to where you were dropped off). Waiting lines and destinations are clearly marked and the VTA light rail trains run every 15 minutes during game day, so the wait is minimal. Buses get there a little faster with fewer stops but do not leave until they are full.
At the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, you can see one of the Trick Shot Rifles that were used by Annie Oakley in the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. She was an expert marksman (woman) who could shoot off the end of a cigarette being held in her husband’s lips. She could hit the thin edge of a playing card from 30 paces and shoot targets at a great distance while looking into a mirror. She could also shoot holes into cards that were thrown into the air before they landed. When entertaining such royals as Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm II—she shot a cigarette out of the kaiser’s mouth.
Annie Oakley met Native-American leader Sitting Bull in the late 1800’s, and he was so impressed with her abilities that he bestowed upon her the additional name “Little Sure Shot.” Oakley joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885. She toured with the show for more than a decade and a half, with Oakley receiving the spotlight and top billing.
Please don’t miss the chance to see the many firearms on display at the Winchester Mystery House Museum. All of the firearms on display in this case were donated from the estate of a long time Sunnyvale resident. Values and rarity abound. So the next time you visit the Winchester Mystery House, don’t pass up the chance to walk through this amazing collection and get a glimpse into the past.
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Maple Tree Inn is 2 miles from Apple Campus 2
The Maple Tree Inn in Sunnyvale, CA is also a popular business Hotel for Cupertino, Mountain View and Santa Clara. At the Maple Tree Inn, we’re always concerned with the community, our relationship to it, and the developments that are shaping it for the present and the future. Our success as a hotel is not only deeply rooted in our surroundings, but in our location in the greater South Bay, and Peninsula, as a whole. We don’t consider ourselves to be just a Sunnyvale Hotel; we are perfectly located for the surrounding areas, and we proudly serve our community. Truthfully, we’re really a Silicon Valley Hotel! We like to think we service the businesses and people that make our cities so successful. In fact, looking towards the future, we’d also love to be known as a Mountain View Inn, a Santa Clara Inn and a Cupertino Inn, especially considering the way Apple has helped shape the past, present, and future of our Valley. We’re not only extremely grateful for Apple being part of the Valley’s success, but for staying in Cupertino; when there were obviously less expensive places to do business! We’re thrilled that Apple has the same ethos that we do in regards to rooting themselves to the community, and acting as a steward whenever possible. We have been fascinated by the new Apple 2 Campus, and are excited to host many of the employees and guests that work at the current and eventually the new facility. We thought it might be fun to explore exactly what this new building is going to be about.
Looking for some fun and good food? Try the Sunnyvale Farmer’s Market just minutes away from the Maple Tree Inn!
Sunnyvale Farmer’s Market
Murphy and Washington Avenues
-Every Saturday 9am – 1pm (year round)
-Enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables and arts and crafts from local growers and artisans.
“Silicon Valley” – it’s easy to forget this area’s role as California’s first premium wine production region – the Santa Clara Valley. Native Americans named it “the Valley of the Heart’s Delight.” French and Italian immigrants who settled here during the Gold Rush era recognized the rich soils and Mediterranean climate as the perfect New World home for their European grape varietals.
Visit Santa Clara Valley Wines to learn more and view their calendar of upcoming events including: