What to do and see in Saratoga, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 27, 2017 Vergie Nakamoto

Saratoga /ˌsærəˈtoʊɡə/ is a city in Santa Clara County, California, United States. It is located on the west side of the Santa Clara Valley, directly west of San Jose, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The population was 29,926 at the 2010 census. Located on the Western edge of the Silicon Valley, Saratoga is known locally for its suburban small-town feel, wineries, and high-end restaurants. Major attractions of Saratoga include Villa Montalvo, Hakone Gardens, and the Mountain Winery.
Restaurants in Saratoga

1. Hakone Gardens

21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-5755 +1 408-741-4994
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 174 reviews

Hakone Gardens

Reviewed By Phuong M

We spend a beautiful afternoon there among the green bamboos,several Japanese style wood structures, a Japanese garden with a Koi pond.
The admission is $8. per person and it well worth it.
I feel that this Japanese garden is a lot more beautiful than the ones in San Francisco and San Jose.

2. Rancho San Antonio County Park

Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino, CA 95014 +1 650-691-1200
Excellent
56%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Rancho San Antonio County Park

Park featuring 23 miles of running trails.

Reviewed By Aparna J - San Francisco, California

A moderate level hike through a few hills. Doesn't get too steep but you'll be going up quite a bit (and then down). There isn't a ton of tree coverage so bring your sunscreen and avoid during the summer.

3. Vasona Lake County Park

333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032 +1 408-356-2729
Excellent
63%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 reviews

Vasona Lake County Park

Reviewed By JudyH432 - San Jose

Have always wanted to go to the Fantasy of Lights at Vasona Park. Never got it done. This year we could get tickets for specific time to see the lights. Was very impressed with how organized the experience was. The lights were amazing. It took us about an hour and 15 minutes to see it all. I am so glad we finally saw it. Thinking of going back for a second time. The people in other cars were fun to watch too. Moon roofs had people above the roof. Some hung out of the windows. I know it is not politically correct but the only thing to make it better would have been a Hanukkah candles, Kwanzaa decorations and a Nativity.

4. Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market

Campbell Ave & 2nd St, Campbell, CA 95008
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market

Reviewed By Carlo d - Columbus, Ohio

Incredibly colorful and flavorful market, we spent one hour walking among stalls of fresh produce, flowers, soaps, pizza, naan, pastries, breads, cheeses, etc, the most amazing part was the sampling offered to the visitors, you can fill yourself and not be hungry for the rest of the day, but in case you want more foods you can stop at one of the charming cafes that are situated in the same street as the market. Parking was full therefore we parked at city hall and walked five minutes to the market. If I lived here I would go every Sunday and not miss one .

5. Municipal Rose Garden

Naglee Avenue & Dana Ave, San Jose, CA 95216 +1 408-794-7274
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 446 reviews

Municipal Rose Garden

Reviewed By Louise925 - Rogers, Arkansas

Most of the beds were full of weeds, plants have not been pruned and many have black spot on leaves. Surely there is a garden club or some volunteers that could help maintain the gardens. This is the most poorly maintained garden I have visited anywhere.

6. Apple Inc.

1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014-2084 +1 408-996-1010
Excellent
39%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
9%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 352 reviews

Apple Inc.

We’ll be closed for renovation starting June 15. The Company Store is the original Apple Employee store located at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino. We are open to the public, but we are a little different than your local Apple Retail Store. While we don't sell computers, iPhones or have a Genius Bar, we are the only place in the world that sells Apple logo t-shirts, caps and accessories. So, if you find yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area, please stop by and visit us.

Reviewed By waban2014 - Newton, Massachusetts

Problem with the 6+ iPhone

The touch screen on the iPhone became unresponsive and there were flashing white horizontal lines coming down from the top to the upper quarter of the screen.

I spoke to A total of five extremely helpful Apple support people to troubleshoot. In the course of this, I learned there were not surprised by this problem and two of them guessed that my phone must be a 6+.

If this is a KNOWN problem, just like the battery on other phones, Apple should replace the phone without charging for repair. My phone was a little more than two years old, and I believe that is too early for this kind of hardware failure. The phone had only normal, careful handling.

7. Montalvo Arts Center

15400 Montalvo Rd, Saratoga, CA 95070-6327 +1 408-961-5800
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Montalvo Arts Center

A Mediterranean-style villa with intricate gardens and grounds, which also includes an artists residency, a small gallery, hiking trails, and both indoor and outdoor theatres for concerts and performances.

Reviewed By Rosemary A - Saratoga, California

An interesting center for the arts with an 'artists in residence program'. There are concerts, exhibitions and activities happening throughout the year and there are numerous trails for walking. There are also wonderful innovative summer camps for kids of all ages. If you become a member you will be instantly aware of all the wonderful things that go on and you will be able to get your tickets early!

8. Testarossa

300 College Ave Apt A, Los Gatos, CA 95030-7066 +1 408-354-6150 ext. 21
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Testarossa

Reviewed By Dan B

It's hard to beat Testarossa pinot noir, and the historical cellar makes a great tasting room. Our one complaint is that there are so many events held here that it is hard for regulars (we are wine club members for over 10 years) to get to the tasting counters.

9. Los Gatos Creek Trail

San Jose, CA
Excellent
58%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Los Gatos Creek Trail

Paved trail great for running: cuts through parks, ponds, and downtown Los Gatos.

Reviewed By L0ve2travle - California

Hiking next to Lake Vasona is calming and peaceful. Nature, various birds, calm water, friendly people; what not to love. This beautiful atmosphere puts me in a meditative state of mind and centers me. Best time to hike during week days when it’s not crowded. Come with a dog or a friend and enjoy it.

10. Santana Row

377 Santana Row, Suite 1005, San Jose, CA 95128-2053 +1 408-551-4611
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 432 reviews

Santana Row

Santana Row is Silicon Valley's premier outdoor destination for shopping, dining, living and working. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, parks and plazas, Santana Row features over 50 shops, 30 restaurants, a 212-room boutique hotel and a six-screen movie theatre. Santana Row hosts a variety of events ranging from fashion shows to free outdoor concerts to the annual tree lighting ceremony. In addition to the dynamic shop & restaurant collection, Santana Row offers 615 luxury rental homes, 219 privately owned condos and 350,000+ square feet of Class A office space.

Reviewed By photograher - Stockton, California

We are first time visitors to Santana Row and found the environment quite classy. High end shops; from clothing, book stores, to eateries, seem to attract a wide clientele. Many of the shops are quite upscale and very pleasant to stroll through. Another nice thing...MoreHello, Thank you for taking the time to review Santana Row! We are so happy to hear about your pleasant experience at Santana Row, checking out our many stores and restaurants. Please visit us again soon!

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