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San Jose is one of the 10 largest cities in the United States. That comes as a surprise to a lot of people, and it certainly did to me. I had no idea how big and diverse San Jose was until I visited it for the first time. I was there for work and have been back there several times since, but because I was always there for a professional purpose I never really had the opportunity to explore the area as I would have liked to. I decided to change all that the last time I had meetings there. I purposely booked my return flight for 24 hours after my final meeting was set to end, and I wanted to explore the Willow Glen neighborhood. I wasn't worried about lodging, as my HotelTonight app would help me find a Willow Glen San Jose hotel room as soon as I needed one and in real-time. I couldn't wait to get started on my little adventure.

The Small Town Feel

As soon as I pulled into Willow Glen, I immediately felt like I was pulling into a true community. There are approximately 120,000 people living there, but you'd think everyone knows each other based on the way that they talk with such a familiar and relaxed tone. The streets are lined with trees perfectly, and there are cute little shops, restaurants and small businesses everywhere. I easily forgot that I was in a neighborhood inside of an enormous city. I enjoyed just walking around for a bit, looking through some shop windows and even making small talk with some locals. This is a happy place.

The Arts Scene

I had always associated any type of art scene with large cities. While I was in a large city, Willow Glen has its own identity and, apparently, its own art scene. There were quite a few art galleries in this little community, and I walked through a few of them and was quite impressed. There is an appreciation to art that is apparent with seemingly all of the small businesses in town, as it was a regular sight to see some painting or paintings from local artists on the walls of different types of operations.

The Family-Owned Restaurants

What you won't find in Willow Glen is a lot of different chain restaurants. There are a few, but for the most part you'll be dining at a family-owned establishment when you decide to have a meal. I've always preferred this, and for dinner I decided to enjoy some Chinese food. I stopped into the restaurant and was immediately greeted by a big smile. I was seated, ordered the house special and within a few minutes I was digging into a delectable treat. The tastiness of the food was surpassed only by the level of service I received.

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After a full day of enjoying this wonderful place, I was ready to punch out. I opened my HotelTonight app on my phone and searched for a Willow Glen San Jose hotel room. I found one instantly and booked it with a couple of clicks. I was ready for a big night of sleep after a memorable day.