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5 Places to Have a Picnic

IT'S GETTING TO FEEL a lot like picnic weather. If you don't mind a little wind, these early days of spring are a great time to grab some take-out food and take it outside. Or better yet, make lunch yourself, pick up a bottle of wine and enjoy some quality time with a special friend. Here are five spots to spread out your blanket and eat.

Emma Prusch Park: Contemplate Silicon Valley's agricultural past at this park, museum and working farm. The entrance is on South King Road in San Jose near Highway 101. 408.926.5555.

Holbrook Palmer Park: A popular site for weddings, this 22-acre park is perfect for a spring day getaway. 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton. 650.752.0534.

Mount Madonna County Park: Yes, it's a drive but that helps build up an appetite. Plus, it's a beautiful park in the mountains between Gilroy and Watsonville. 7850 Pole Line Road. 408.842.2341.

Villa Montalvo: The big lawn out in front of the villa is hard to beat for an idyllic place to loll away a warm day. 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga. 408.961.5800.

Wildwood Park: Buy something to go at the Vienna Woods deli and walk down to this pretty little creekside park. The entrance is on Fourth Street just down from Big Basin Way in Saratoga. 408.867.3438.

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From the April 20-26, 2005 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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