Inside Scoop

The Inside Scoop for Participants from out of town…

Hopefully you will be able to extend your stay and have the time to visit these close by destinations, as each will take your breath away.

San Francisco Bay Area

Villa Montalvo, 15400 Montalvo Rd. Saratoga… is the crown jewel of the Saratoga and Los Gatos area. This stunning estate in the hills above Saratoga was the former home of Senator Phelan, and now host’s concerts, weddings and special events. Take a stroll through the lovely grounds or hike one of the trails of this amazing property. Many of the trails will lead you up to exhilarating vistas of the Bay Area. It sits on over 40 acres of majestic woodlands, all accessible free of charge to the public.
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Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga…  is the old Paul Masson property. The views of the South Bay Area from the terrace are hard to beat, and their tasting room is open from 9am-5pm       Monday – Sunday.
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Hakone Gardens, 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga… is located just outside the quaint village of Saratoga. You will find the gardens to be exquisite. A recipient of Save America’s Treasures Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it is certainly worth the trip. In February, this enchanting Japanese garden may surprise you with early flowering trees and maples just starting to bud and leaf out for their burst of spring color. It is a very popular wedding venue as well. - Small admission fee
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Saratoga, CA. has great restaurants as well, so you may wish to have lunch or dinner there.
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Los Gatos, CA. has wine tasting too. Testarossa Winery is very close to town and is quite picturesque, but there are wineries throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Chamber of Commerce would be happy to help organize your drive. Los Gatos is a charming town to stroll through, as well, has wonderful shops, restaurants, spas and vistas to enchant you.
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Santa Cruz, CA. sits on the Monterey Bay and is a 20-minute drive over “the hill” as locals call it. It has popular beaches and the Pacific Garden Mall (really a street), has great shopping. Take in the local color as you stroll through the mall, as Santa Cruz is known for it’s colorful characters! 
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***Please feel free to ask me any questions. We are well acquainted with these areas of California, and would be happy to help you. Please use the comment box on our Contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!