The Easter Bunny will make an appearance at Shoreline Lake on Sunday, April 9th, from 11am-2pm, to wish all visitors (big or little) a very Happy Easter!
Besides handing out treats for the little ones, and being available for hugs and pictures, it will be a unique opportunity to meet a very friendly rabbit lakeside, and partake of a lovely waterfront view with Brunch. (Even if not saying hello to Mr. E. Rabbit, visitors can still enjoy a beautiful view of the Lake from the outdoor patio at the American Bistro, for a much deserved break by the water.)
The American Bistro, in celebration of his visit, will also be showing off its Easter best for Brunch, with special Spring-themed items added for the occasion, including:
- • Croque Madame
- • Croque Monsieur
- • Waffles with Seasonal Berries and Fresh Whipped Cream
- • Special Easter Desserts
Please note that, given the popularity of celebrating Easter at Shoreline Lake, for groups coming by either Saturday or Sunday, we strongly recommend making a reservation (firstname.lastname@example.org and 650-965-1745).
Kayak Polo Cup of the West
Also happening on Easter weekend, please join us for a chance to view a unique sporting competition on the water!
Shoreline Lake is the site for the 2nd Annual Kayak Polo Cup of the West ("COW") tournament, taking place on Saturday (April 8th, 10am start) and Sunday (April 9th, with an 8am start). As this event is open for public viewing, it's an opportunity to watch a thrilling, fast-paced and internationally competitive sport described as a cross between water polo, basketball, and hockey.
Three teams for each of the four divisions (A, B, Women & Youth) are expected to compete, and each day's competition will go until approximately 2-3pm in the afternoon.
The competitive heats will be visible to spectators – who will have a great view of the competition and action from anywhere along the shore, including the outdoor patio at Shoreline Lake's American Bistro.
The Bay Area Kayak Polo Club (organizing group) practices at the Shoreline Lake, including their US National Team members. More details can be found via their registration page.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo Lakeside
Special offerings for Cinco de Mayo include: mole chicken enchiladas, fish tacos, agua fresca, flan, Mexican sweet bread (conchas), sake margaritas and a selection of Mexican beers, as well as horchata-inspired Mexican iced coffee.
With the patio open, it's a great way to enjoy your repast, and a cold one, by the water...
A Special Experience for a Special Lady
Shoreline is making sure visitors can take care of their favorite person the way she deserves. Give her a day to experience, in the way she wants..., relaxed and enjoying the people who love her most.
Spending Mom's Day by the Lake tends to pretty popular, and we recommend making reservations, especially for larger parties. For more info, reservations, etc., you can reach us via the Boathouse (650-965-7474), Bistro (650-965-1745) and Events (650-965-3779) lines.
An Al Fresco Repast for Mom!
Enjoying a Mother's Day brunch where you can sit out and take in nature and a lovely view of a lake and trees wouldn’t be too shabby a way to start to the day, or afternoon.
Pastries and other treats available for the day include: Butter Croissants, Chocolate Croissants, Almond Croissants, Variety of Muffins (Blueberry Lime Curd or Carrot, Walnut, & Raisin), Pain aux Raisins.
...and additions to the Brunch Menu: Croque Madame, Croque Monsieur, Waffles with Seasonal Berries, and Specialty Quiches (roasted red bell pepper, mushroom, tomato and Valbreso French Feta Cheese; broccoli cheddar quiche).
And, let's not forget adult beverages, including the ever popular Mimosa, Bloody Mary and Margarita. With Kids’ menus available too, expect a great time. Check out the full menu for additional items, and for reservations, please give the Bistro a call (650-965-1745).
Memorial Day Weekend
For the Military, a little something: To ensure everyone gets a chance to try different ways to enjoy their free time, we’re offering current members of the military and their families a special rate (starting Memorial Day Weekend, 50% off through June 30th) towards the weekend-based teen/adult watersports classes. This offer might be something to consider if you and your family want to try a variety of watersports.
Also, given the three-day weekend, Brunch is extended into Monday. FYI...Larger groups should plan on calling ahead to the American Bistro (650-965-1745) for reservations.
Special Father’s Day Menu
Although the Park doesn’t allow for individual barbecues, on Sunday (June 18th), the Bistro will add a variety of grilled items to the menu, so Dad can get his barbecue fix, and everyone can enjoy being out on the patio taking in the waterfront view.
No smoke to deal with. All items will be available via the Bistro's counter service that day. Besides a variety of grilled meats and sides, veggie burgers, hot dogs and hamburgers will also be available. For dessert, we dare you to try our house-made pastries...
And, to whet the appetite: For $25 per person (kids 2-4 years old free), get an all day access pass for kayak, canoe, pedalboat, and rowboat rentals. They’ll be available by the barbecue station. For more info on the access pass, just call at the Boathouse (650-965-7474).
Shoreline Lake Summer Sailstice Celebration
Starting at 10am, on Saturday, June 24th, Silicon Valley's destination for lake sailing takes part in a global celebration of summer and sailing!
Along with other family-friendly activities, skippered sailboat rides will be available between 10am-2pm. (Please note that space is limited for the sailboat rides, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)
In addition to Sailstice activities, this protected salt-water environment, set within the tranquil confines of a beautiful nature preserve, will also have its usual active sailing scene (classes, and more) going on at full blast.
Additional details about our Sailstice celebration will continue to be added as the date approaches, so please check back.
Burrowing Owl Cookies & Shoreline Conservation Event
On Sunday, June 25th, the American Bistro will be making available Shoreline Lake's signature Burrowing Owl Cookie, as part of helping commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Shoreline at Mountain View area's transformation into a beautiful nature preserve.
The sale of the cookies aims to highlight the City of Mountain View's June 25th presentation ("Forty Years of History: Birds, Wildlife & Habitat Conservation at Shoreline"), which forms part of a speaker event series scheduled to celebrate the innovative environmental stewardship that led to the development of this gorgeous haven of tranquility, as well as ongoing sustainability efforts.
Besides the cuteness factor, since their initial debut (November 2011), the cookies have acted as a fundraiser to help raise awareness, assist with habitat and conservation programs, and save Mountain View's favorite bird from disappearing. Made in-house, $2 of every cookie sold will be donated to organizations and programs that support burrowing owl conservation and educational activities, such as the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society.
Cookies will be sold individually ($6.95) at the Bistro on the day of the presentation. If you would like to pre-order a batch for your own fundraiser, please contact the Bistro (email@example.com and 650-965-1745) for availability and pricing.
July Fourth Hours
To ensure Park visitors can enjoy the full fireworks display (on- and off-the-water), hours are extended at both the Bistro (8am-10:30pm, limited evening menu after 7pm) and Boathouse (10am-10:30pm). Fireworks vessel rental start and end times, plus reservation info, are noted below.
July Fourth Barbecue!
By the Boathouse. While the Park doesn't allow for individual barbecues, on July 4th, from 11am-3pm, we're making it easy for everyone to have a barbecue picnic here, and enjoy being out on the patio taking in the waterfront view.
You’ll get a whopping great plate – a choice of 1-, 2- or 3-types of meat with 2 sides. In addition, veggie burgers, hot dogs and hamburgers will also be available. For dessert, we dare you to try our house-made pastries...
July Fourth Face Painting!
Younger kids need entertaining? Or, want to take the red, white and blue color scheme to the max? Shoreline Lake will have Lynn Bali – our campers' favorite lady, plus Shoreline's Creative Arts Director and face-painter extraordinaire – available to give the kids (and adults too) a magical experience and just the right patriotic flair.
All of Lynn's artwork is not only custom-designed, but also crafted by hand: As part of relying on her artistic experiences, she may also incorporate state-of-the-art, special non-toxic paints, glitter, rhinestones, and more, to produce amazing, sparkling, facial, arm and body showpieces. (Lynn, in addition to an extensive background in entertainment and the fine arts, for many years was Shoreline Lake's go-to artist for all corporate and special events, creating an incredible range of imaginative celebratory face paintings for our visitors.)
Lynn's Designer Patriotic Painting Station will be located at the far side of the Bistro patio, from 4pm to around the end of the Fireworks Show – for simple half-face ($12), and full-face/arms, etc. with rhinestones ($15). She requests cash only please.
On-the-Water Viewing of July Fourth Fireworks
Enjoy the best view of the Fireworks Show, from the waters of Shoreline Lake!
The Boathouse provides to Park visitors the most unique way in the Park (and the rest of Mountain View) to enjoy the fireworks – from a pedalboat, rowboat, canoe or single/double kayak in the middle of the Lake, with friends and family.
Although watercraft are not allowed on the Lake after sunset, Shoreline makes an exception for Independence Day. The Boathouse is now taking online reservations for these special watercraft rentals, so you can escape the crowds and watch the fireworks from the water. To make a reservation by phone, and if you need additional info, please call the Boathouse at (650) 965-7474.
Also, the American Bistro is making available a special deluxe snack pack for the fireworks viewing ($25 per box, for 2 ppl), that comes with:
- • Gourmet Popcorn Cone
- • Wholesome Medley Trail Mix
- • Provolone Cheese & Genoa Salami Rolls
- • Housemade Chocolate Chip Cookie, with Festive Fruit Cup (Blueberries & Strawberries)
- • Choice of Drink (Soft Drink, Mineral Water or Still Water)
This option will be prompted as part of the vessel reservation checkout. However, if you decide to purchase the snack pack after making your reservation, or would like to order it separately, the Bistro is taking advance orders only – must be in by 5pm, Monday, July 3rd. To place an order, please contact the Bistro at (650) 965-1745.
Please Note: Boat rentals for the Fireworks viewing are available by reservation only. Given previous years' high demand, and to ensure that everyone can take part in this experience, the last rental time is specially extended, so you can reserve your preferred watercraft for the viewing.
On July Fourth, regular rentals must be returned by 8:30 pm, to ensure patrons with reserved vessels can board first – starting at 9:00 pm. This makes sure you can get out on the water before the show begins and can enjoy the entire show from your vessel. Also, after the show, watercraft will need to be returned by 10:15 pm.
Celebrate Bastille Day Outdoors
Need another excuse to drop by in July? Starting Friday (July 14th) through Sunday (the 16th), Shoreline Lake will be helping Francophiles commemorate the French National Day.
The American Bistro will be featuring new additions to the "usual" lineup of house-made, real French pastries, confections and savory treats: These classics include hand-made croissants, brioche, tarts, galettes, and other real French pastries, in a display of gastronomic artistry, and savories like Croque Monsieur (the world's best toasted cheese sandwich) and Croque Madame (the world's best toasted cheese sandwich, with a fried egg on top) will be added to the menu.
With boats on the water, a view of nature, a glass of wine with friends and family on the Bistro patio, this laid back fete is a tranquil way to mark the middle of summer.
Labor Day at Shoreline Lake
If you're looking for a mini vacation (close to home), Shoreline Lake will be the South Bay's antidote for the hectic pace of life in Silicon Valley, with three laid-back days of fun, and tasty, outdoor activities during Labor Day weekend.
No laborious Labor Day in sight. Relax and enjoy a waterfront respite, where everyone can take advantage of the American Bistro patio's lovely view, and where weekend brunch is extended into Labor Day itself.
Shoreline's Yearly Sale of Cool Stuff
To ensure a fresh, new, and up-to-date fleet, Shoreline hosts a Gear Sale about once a year (for 2023, Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17 and 23-24, 11am-4pm).
This year's main featured items are kayaks, windsurfing gear, single bikes, tandem bikes, sailboats, and canoes, as well as miscellaneous kitchen equipment/supplies. It's a great way to purchase well-maintained used equipment for just a fraction of the retail price.
If you already have your eye on something though, and want to reserve it, or, if you can't make it to the Gear Sale, just give the Boathouse Manager a call (650-965-7474).
To get an idea of the current gear, check out the watersports pictures in the Boathouse section.
Shoreline-Exclusive Fruit Harvest
Whether you need an excuse, or not, to get out and enjoy a beautiful lakeside setting, being one of the few to partake of these "limited edition" fruits makes a great one. In other words, you need to get yours before they run out...
The American Bistro will be showcasing, for a limited time, the harvest of some unique organic fruit: Since the Boathouse & Bistro owner advocates using locally grown, seasonal products, she and her family are making available – exclusively to Shoreline Lake – this quality fruit, grown at their ranch in Pescadero.
If in the mood for fruit of premium flavor and sweetness, visitors can purchase from the first batch – starting in late September – freshly picked, pesticide-free, sweet and juicy Jonastar, Gala and Golden Delicious apples (with additional varieties making their appearance in October). Small and large bags, as well as boxes (approximately 25-27lbs) will be available.
As the sixth harvest from a private, non-commercial ranch, only fruit from a select few trees will be harvested this year (hand-picked over just a few weeks, maybe into early December, to ensure peak ripeness). And, in keeping with Shoreline's emphasis on seasonality, when this quality fruit runs out, that's it until next Fall.
Shoreline 40th Anniversary Celebration
To mark the 40th Anniversary of the Shoreline at Mountain View area's transformation into a beautiful nature preserve, the City of Mountain View will be holding a family-friendly Community Celebration on Sunday, October 15th, from 11am-3pm.
This community event will feature live music, food, carnival games and many other activities, and will have booths from the different providers within the Park, representing the past, present and future.
Shoreline Lake's parking lot will be the location for the main stage. As such, please note that cars will not be allowed into the Park that day. However, parking will be provided at the main entrance, with shuttles available for event-goers to access the facilities.
Representing the future, Shoreline Lake's booths will focus on promoting watersports and showcasing wing foiling (likely launching as a new class offering in the Spring), as well as sweet and savory treats from the American Bistro.
Our Signature Burrowing Owl Cookies will be also be making an appearance. A fundraiser for Mountain View's favorite bird, they're just one example of the ongoing community-based sustainability efforts and of the environmental stewardship that remain the legacy of this amazing locale (On the other end of the scale is the City's Shoreline Lake Improvements Project – completed this year – which involved erosion control and upgrades to the structural elements in, and around, the lake.).
Additional updates and details are also available on the City's Celebration page. And, if you want to see why the outdoor and recreational activities available in this area are such a draw, check out the City's official "Celebrating 40 Years of Shoreline" video.