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Los Gatos Things to Do

Overflowing with chic boutiques, world-class restaurants, historic architecture and natural beauty, Los Gatos is an adorable town nestled at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We are within a short drive of San Jose International Airport as well as state parks, great wineries, and some of the world’s most picturesque golf courses. We would love to help you experience all that the area has to offer.

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    Roaring Camp (21.0 mi)

    Roaring Camp Railroads offers a unique blend of history and nature through its steam and beach train rides. Nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this attraction provides visitors with an immersive experience in the majestic redwoods. The Redwood Forest Steam Train journeys through towering redwoods up to Bear Mountain, while the Santa Cruz Beach Train connects the mountains to the scenic beach boardwalk, passing through historical tunnels and over a steel truss bridge.

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    NUMU New Museum Los Gatos (0.4 mi)

    Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Los Gatos with a visit to NUMU New Museum, located just moments away from the serene comfort of Toll House Hotel, where art and history come alive. Free to enjoy every Saturday and Sunday. Perfect for families!

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    Green Mountain Retreat (4.6 mi)

    Green Mountain Retreat in Los Gatos, California, offers a serene and picturesque venue for events and weddings. Nestled among 66 acres of majestic redwoods and oak woodlands, it provides a tranquil escape in Silicon Valley. The venue features a unique redwood amphitheater ideal for wedding ceremonies, along with various indoor and outdoor spaces for receptions. Each setting offers its own distinct character, ensuring a memorable backdrop for special occasions.

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    • DINING

    Ritual at Manresa (0.5 miles)

    Ritual at Manresa presents a groundbreaking culinary series where globally acclaimed restaurants take the helm of the legendary Manresa Restaurant in a unique, revolving format. Each month, diners are treated to a new and exclusive culinary journey, with innovative dishes and flavors flown directly to California from different corners of the world. Curated by the esteemed Chef David Kinch, now serving as the Culinary Ambassador for Ritual at Manresa, this program promises an unparalleled dining experience. Chef Kinch’s expertise and vision ensure that each month's showcase is not just a meal, but a celebration of global culinary excellence and innovation. Join Ritual at Manresa for a once-in-a-lifetime gastronomic voyage, curated by one of the culinary world’s most respected figures.

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    • PARKS & BEACHES

    Hakone Gardens (5.1 mi)

    Discover the enchanting 18-acre Hakone Gardens, perched in Saratoga's lush hills with sweeping views of Silicon Valley. As one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's crown jewels, this century-old Japanese estate stands as one of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere and proudly graces the National Register of Historic Places since 2013.

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    Villa Montalvo (4.7 mi)

    Experience Villa Montalvo, Senator James Phelan's former estate, now managed by the Montalvo Art Center. This 166-acre park features formal gardens, a historic 1912 villa, and was a hub for art, politics, and social life in Northern California. Enjoy outdoor weddings on the expansive lawns, attend summer concerts, and explore miles of hiking trails in county-managed areas. Note: Dogs on a 6-foot leash are allowed in upper trails but not in the botanical gardens and Villa grounds.

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    Saratoga Springs (6.6 mi)

    Saratoga Springs stands as the Bay Area's most enduring picnic venue, with a rich history dating back to the late 1800s. This picturesque site, cradled within the Santa Cruz Mountains, boasts majestic Redwoods and serene creeks. Their expertise extends to hosting a variety of gatherings, including company picnics, weddings, special occasions, and any event deserving of celebration!

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    Living Well Event Center (7.3 mi)

    A nature-filled event center in the Santa Cruz mountains perfect for your most memorable events.

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    Radonich Ranch (11.8 mi)

    Beautiful outdoor venue nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains.

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    Vasona County Park (1.3 mi)

    With 151 acres lush with trees, open space, and waterways, Vasona is a year-round spot for recreational activities and picnics. Rent paddleboats and rowboats at the dock.

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    Oak Meadow Park (1.4 mi)

    Oak Meadow features the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad - a real 1905 steam engine - and the Bill Mason Carousel. The train takes passengers around lakes, wooden bridges, and streams.

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    Lexington Reservoir (5 mi)

    Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Santa Clara County, this park includes a 475-acre reservoir, which can be traversed with rowboats, sailboards or electric powered boats. Fishing is permitted but not swimming.

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    Los Gatos Creek Trail (5.9 mi)

    This wandering trail can be accessed right in downtown Los Gatos from Miles Avenue, Main Street, and Forbes Mill, as well as from Vasona Park and Lexington Reservoir.

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    Capitola (23.3 mi)

    Capitola City Beach is a sandy beach at the north end of Monterey Bay in Capitola, CA. It’s a popular urban beach that can be jam-packed on sunny days and during the town’s organized beach events. This south-facing beach has a large fishing pier, Capitola Wharf, that sticks out into Soquel Cove where the water is usually calm due to protection from land west of here. The point beyond the east end of the beach gets waves and is a popular surfing area

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    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (22.1 mi)

    The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an oceanfront amusement park in Santa Cruz, California. Founded in 1907, it is California's oldest surviving amusement park and one of the few seaside parks on the West Coast of the United States. Enjoy a day here exploring the beach and fun for the whole family.

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    Seven Spring Trail Loop (8.4 mi)

    Seven Springs Trail Loop is a 2.6-mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cupertino, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

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    Lexington Reservoir Trail (3.6 mi)

    Lexington Reservoir Trail is a 5-mile loop trail located near Los Gatos, California that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

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    Sanborn Trail (9.7 mi)

    Sanborn Trail is a 6.1-mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Saratoga, California that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

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    Loch Trail Loop (24.9 mi)

    Loch Trail Loop is a 4.3-mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ben Lomond, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

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    Baldwin Loop (25.9 mi)

    Baldwin Trail is a 2-mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

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    History Club of Los Gatos (0.8 mi)

    Closes 12:30 AM

    Phone: (408) 354-9825

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    Boulder Ridge by Wedgewood Boulder Ridge Golf Club (10.2 mi)

    Closes 12 AM

    Phone - (408) 539-4767

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    San Jose Clubhouse

    Closes 11 PM

    Phone: (408) 831-1910

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    Nestldown (8.5 mi)

    Phone - (408) 353-5311

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    Mountain Winery (7.5 mi)

    Located nearby in Saratoga, Mountain Winery produces well-known pinot noirs and chardonnays. Visit the tasting room and be sure to check their entertainment calendar.

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    Testarossa Winery (1.2 mi)

    Testarossa produces a wide variety of highly regarded pinot noirs and chardonnays and an elegant tasting room and wine bar on College Ave. in Los Gatos.

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    Cooper-Garad Estate Vineyard (7.7 mi)

    This family-owned operation in Saratoga tends 28 acres of organic vineyards, producing cabernets and chardonnays. Open for tastings, tours, picnics, and even vineyard visits by horseback.

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    Cinnabar Winery

    Revering winemaking as “modern-day alchemy,” Cinnabar runs a fun tasting room in Saratoga, pouring wines carefully made from grapes sourced throughout Northern California.

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    The Saratoga Winery (7.5 mi)

    Phone: (518) 584-9463

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    Byington Vineyard & Winery (8.1 mi)

    Phone: (408) 354-1111

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    • SHOPPING

    Los Gatos Boulevard (0.8 mi)

    Los Gatos Boulevard is home to several shopping centers, including King’s Court, Cornerstone, El Gato, New Town and Los Gatos Village Square shopping centers.

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    Valley Fair Mall (9.2 mi)

    Located on Stevens Creek Blvd., Valley Fair is the biggest mall in San Jose and features a wide selection of shops and department stores, including Macy’s, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel.

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    Santana Row (9.3 mi)

    Santana Row is the South Bay’s premier shopping destination. Shops include: BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Diesel, Gucci, Ferragamo, Oilily, and more.

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    San Jose Flea Market (13 mi)

    For a little something different... The San Jose flea market has been a California tradition since the 1960s and has grown into the biggest open-air market in the United States, with over 8 miles of alleys filled with treasures sold by over 2,000 vendors.

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    Pruneridge (9.3 mi)

    Pruneridge’s nine-hole facility in nearby Saratoga is popular with beginners and offers professional club fitting, golf instruction, and more.

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    Boulder Ridge (10.4 mi)

    Located in San Jose, Boulder Ridge offers dramatic vistas of Silicon Valley and the Santa Cruz mountains. Golf Week Magazine has said it’s the best course in the area with its lush fairways, dramatic bunkering, and bent grass greens.

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    Cinnabar Hills (18 mi)

    One of the South Bay’s most popular courses. Designed by architect John Harbottle III, the 18-hole, par-72 course is divided into three nines: the Canyon, the Lake and the Mountain.

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    EY/Earnst & Young (11.2 mi)

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    Google (18.2 mi)

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    Microsoft (18.8 mi)

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    Lockheed Martin (21.3 mi)

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    Samsung (18 mi)

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    Siemens (3.7 mi)

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    Cardinal Health (12.3 mi)

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