Magazine article Sunset

Sunday in San Jose

Magazine article Sunset

Sunday in San Jose

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If you're taking the kids, we have a few suggestions

AH, THE PLEASURES of a Sunday downtown--a sumptuous brunch in an elegant hotel, a stroll through an art museum, perhaps a walk with the kids through the park to a children's museum. Sounds like San Francisco, you say? Try downtown San Jose.

If you haven't yet seen the changes that have remodeled the heart of San Jose, Sunday is the best day of the week to do so--parking is plentiful (meters are free), and traffic is light.

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

To get your day started right, try the outstanding brunch at the Club Regent in The Fairmont Hotel. Entrees range from rack of lamb to pasta with lobster sauce, and the desserts may include creme brulee, chocolate pecan tart, or pumpkin cheesecake. You can also get eggs, but at $22.50 per person ($15 ages 6 through 10), why would you want to?

The Fairmont is at 170 S. Market Street. For reservations, call (408) 998-1900.

ART FOR EYE AND MIND

Walk off your meal with a stroll across the courtyard to the San Jose Museum of Art. March 7 is Family Sunday at the museum; anyone bringing a child is admitted free. Programs run from noon to 4 and include performances by the Smith Dobson Family Band, which will pass out percussion instruments to anyone who wants to play along (bring earplugs). The museum also offers tours for younger viewers in English and Spanish, and activities related to The Legacy of W. Eugene Smith: Twelve Photographers in the Humanistic Tradition, a 235-print show that runs through April 18.

The museum is at 110 S. Market. …

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