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  • The exterior of the beautiful and historic Casa Grande building.
  • A look at the Calero Reservoir and foothills of Almaden Valley
  • An exterior shot of the popular La Foret restaurant nestled against the hills of Almaden Valley.
  • Hiking in the hills of the Almaden Valley.

Almaden Valley

Almaden Valley and New Almaden are located in San Jose’s southwestern edge with rolling hills and beautiful open spaces – the perfect tranquil escape. The area’s highlight, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, is named after the New Almaden Quicksilver Mines with over 4,000 acres of picturesque views overlooking San Jose.

hikers hiking up a trail through the rolling green hills of Almaden quicksilver


Mount Umunhum, another city landmark, is topped with a five-story concrete radar tower (fondly known as the Cube) and has reopened to the public with interpretive displays, mountain biking and hiking trails. Nearby Calero Reservoir is a great place for boating and waterskiing activities. One of San Jose’s finer dining options is found in the Almaden Valley, La Foret, serving French cuisine. Originally a Creekside boarding house for miners working in the quick silver mines, La Foret now stands as a breathtaking getaway to experience delectable farm to fork cuisine.

exterior view of La Foret

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Chicken and vegetables

La Foret

A local favorite getaway from the city rush to tranquility.

Mount Umunhum

Mount Umunhum

Hike it or drive it for 360-degree views from the Pacific to the Sierra Nevada!