Don’t miss the area’s most exciting September offerings, from fine dining to fashion.
The updated lobby and bar area of the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose.
The Fairmont Hotel, a 20-story, two-tower hotel and landmark, has recently completed a wide-ranging remodeling that includes the entryway, lobby, porte-cochere, reception area, lounge and bar. Renovations have altered the entire structure of the spacious ground floor with a goal of giving the Fairmont a newer, fresher aesthetic while maintaining its classic appeal. Pricing from $199 per night, San Jose, fairmont.com/san-jose
Helmed by Ayesha Thapar and star chef Srijith Gopinathan, Ettan restaurant offers a taste of upscale California-Indian cuisine with dishes such as sesame leaf chaat, hot stone lamb and pink guava panna cotta. Gopinathan, who received two Michelin stars for his previous venture, Taj Campton Place, has devised an ambitious, vibrant-flavored menu that draws inspiration from the coastal cuisine of his native state, Kerala. The restaurant embraces a more relaxed dining experience than its Campton Place predecessor, providing high-quality meals in a down-to-earth environment. Palo Alto, ettanrestaurant.com
Cole Haan’s brand-new store at Westfield Valley Fair
Cole Haan has finally opened its doors at the Westfield Valley Fair shopping mall. The new, 940-square-foot concept store retails technologically innovative lifestyle products including footwear, outerwear, bags and accessories. Near-Field Communication technology allows the customer to tap to find out whether the store has his or her size in stock, see more product details and reviews on Cole Haan’s website or purchase and ship styles directly to a preferred destination. Santa Clara, colehaan.com
The Cafe bike is a feat of Bay Area engineering.
From Santa Clara-based company Vintage Electric Bikes, which handcrafts the fastest electric bikes in the country, the Vintage Cafe ($3,995) is the newest must-ride. Featuring new 2020 VintorqueTM drivetrain technology, the Cafe offers a smooth and powerful (not to mention stylish) ride, reacting instantly and seamlessly to the motion of your feet with the help of its pedal-assist input and state-of-the-art torque sensor. Santa Clara, vintageelectricbikes.com
Photography by: Bike photo by Elliot Layda; all photos courtesy of brands