Purchased in 1840 and incorporated in 1887, Los Gatos is one of the oldest communities in Santa Clara County. Translated as “The Cats,” Los Gatos got its name from the roars of mountain lions that early settlers heard every night. While the city grew quickly from the beginning, it managed to retain its small-town feel and continues to be a tight-knit community to this day. A pedestrian friendly downtown, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, draws countless visitors to all of its restaurants, hotels, shops, and parks.
Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company has been roasting award-winning specialty coffee since 1982. This is a local hangout where regulars gather outside to sit and spend time together. Grab a latte and an almond croissant for a perfect weekend breakfast.
Vasona Lake County Park is made up of 150 acres, including 45 acres of lawn, making it the perfect picnic spot. Los Gatos Creek Trail runs through the park and is utilized by hikers, bicyclists, runners, and skaters. From early spring to early fall, paddle boats and rowboats are available to rent. There are also opportunities to fish for black bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill.
For fresh, local food for lunch, stop by Purple Onion Cafe. A local favorite is the chicken cabbage salad with pea shoots, cilantro, edamame, carrot, dai-kon, scallions, toasted seeds, basil, and crunchy noodles tossed with thai basil dressing. Try the blood orange lemonade for a refreshing beverage that will take you straight to summer, even in the coldest months.
New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) is focused on art, innovation, and history in the Bay Area. In addition to exhibits in their gallery space, NUMU offers classes, lectures, workshops, and hands-on family art-making. They give scholarships to encourage students to pursue careers in visual arts. This is the place to see art in Los Gatos.
In 2013, Stephen Shelton and Jimmy Marino opened The Lexington House in the heart of downtown Los Gatos. All of the food and drinks are directed by the seasons and created using organic, natural, and local ingredients. The delicious meals, curated cocktails, and welcoming atmosphere make this a great place to enjoy a meal with friends.
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Written by Elle Mitchell
Photos by Elle Mitchell and Arabela Espinoza