The joys of a small town can be found right in the heart of Silicon Valley by visiting Saratoga. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Saratoga offers a variety of arts and cultural destinations, shops, and restaurants. The historic downtown strip, known as “the Village,” is centered on Big Basin Way.
Sue’s Gallery Cafe offers visitors a truly handcrafted experience. From the hand-poured coffee and small-batch espresso drinks to the handmade ceramic vessels made by Sue Kang, every detail is unique to this Saratoga business.
Built in 1912, Villa Montalvo’s 175 acres are now home to an arts center that includes performance venues, artist residences, and gardens. A wide variety of arts events are programmed year-round, including opportunities to meet and see the work of the Lucas Artists Fellows, who are drawn from an international pool of artists working in all disciplines. Collaborations amongst these artists can be particularly exciting.
Big Basin Burger Bar can satisfy any burger craving. In addition to a fully stacked menu of expertly crafted burgers, diners can also “build their own burger” with dozens of fresh and unexpected ingredients.
Not just an average library used book sale, Book-Go-Round is a bookshop in its own right operated by the volunteers of the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries. In addition to the “satellite bookstore” in the Saratoga Library, Book-Go-Round has a full store open on Oak Street that houses everything from bestsellers to children’s books to collectables.
The Mountain Winery is one of the most picturesque entertainment venues around. With an impressive lineup of over 50 renowned performing artists hosted each summer, the Mountain Winery is an excellent choice for any summer evening. During the rest of the year, look for more intimate wine, food, and entertainment pairings.
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Written by Julia Canavese and Arabela Espinoza
Photos by Elle Mitchell and Arabela Espinoza