Saratoga is a city in Santa Clara County, California, United States. The population was 29,926 at the 2010 census. Located on the west side of the Santa Clara Valley, Saratoga is one of the major suburbs of San Jose. Along with other cities such as Cupertino, Los Gatos and Campbell, Saratoga is noted for its affluence and high median household income. Major attractions of Saratoga include Villa Montalvo, Hakone Gardens, and the Mountain Winery. There are many families who have lived in Saratoga for generations. Important places in this area are:
Montalvo Arts Center
The Montalvo Arts Center is a non-profit arts center in Saratoga, California, United States. The cultural and arts center offers visitors a variety of activities including concerts, art exhibits, dance performances, theatrical events, and more. In 1912 to 1914, Californian statesman and businessperson James Duval Phelan erected the Italian Mediterranean Revival mansion nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The entire estate was given to California as a park and subsequently converted into an arts and cultural center today.
Hakone Estate and Gardens
Hakone Gardens is an 18-acre traditional Japanese garden in Saratoga, California, the United States. It is one of the oldest Japanese-style residential gardens in North America and has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s Most Endangered Places because of its historical significance. A bamboo garden, a Zen garden, a walking garden, tea lodges, and the Cultural Exchange Center are among the attractions.
The Mountain Winery, formally known as the Paul Masson Mountain Winery, is a winery located in Saratoga, California. The winery was created by Paul Masson, who was a pioneer of Californian wine industry. Orson Welles famously said the company’s slogan in television commercials: “We will sell no wine before its time.” Nowadays, the winery is considered a Californian Historical Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sanborn County Park
Sanborn County Park is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains in San Mateo County, California. The park is approximately 3,453 acres in size and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities in the park, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, and picnicking. The park also has several playgrounds, a basketball court, and a volleyball court. Sanborn County Park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.
The Lexington Reservoir was created by the construction of the Lexington Dam on Los Gatos Creek in 1954. The dam is an earth-fill structure that stands 122 feet (37 m) tall and 1,100 feet (340 m) long. The reservoir has a capacity of 2,400 acre feet (2.98 million cubic meters), and a Surface area of 81 acres (33 ha). The reservoir is fed by Los Gatos Creek, which flows down from the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The Lexington Reservoir is a reservoir in the Santa Cruz Mountains of central California, United States. The reservoir is within the confines of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve near the city of Watsonville. It is impounded by the Lexington Dam, and its primary purpose is to serve as a municipal water supply for the city of Santa Cruz. The reservoir is also a popular recreation spot, and offers boating, fishing, and hiking opportunities.
El Sereno Open Space Preserve
The El Sereno Open Space Preserve is located in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, California. The preserve includes nearly 2,000 acres of chaparral-covered hillsides, oak woodlands, and grassy meadows. There are several hiking trails that wind through the preserve, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Wildlife includes deer, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, and many species of birds.
Lexington Reservoir County Park
This 1,500-acre park provides opportunities for picnicking, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and bicycling. The reservoir is open for boating from Memorial Day to Labor Day; a launch ramp and boat rentals are available. A nature trail winds through the wooded hillsides above the reservoir.
The park also features group picnic areas that can be reserved in advance, as well as an amphitheater that can accommodate up to 500 people.
Cooper-Garrod Vineyards at Garrod Farms
Cooper-Garrod Vineyards are set in the picturesque Santa Cruz Mountains, just a short drive from Silicon Valley. The vineyards cover over 85 acres of land, and produce some of the finest wines in California. The Cooper family has been making wine for four generations, and their passion for quality shows in every bottle.
The vineyards at Cooper-Garrod are planted with a variety of grape varietals, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Cooper-Garrod also produces a number of award-winning blends, such as their Estate Cuvee and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve
This preserve is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is home to a stunning redwood forest. The Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is a great place to go for a hike, picnic, or simply to enjoy the beauty of nature. There are many trails to explore, and the scenery is simply breathtaking. If you’re looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this is definitely the place for you.