Montalvo Art Center. For more than 75 years, Montalvo has served the community as a center for creativity, offering art courses, performing arts events, gallery exhibitions, educational opportunities and artist residencies. Montalvo and its arts programs serve nearly 200,000 visitors each year. Montalvo brings diverse entertainment to the stage in the beautiful outdoor Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre.
Mountain Winery. Concerts, events, weddings and corporate meetings. Rhythm Shuttle carries concertgoers from The Inn and the Saratoga Oaks Lodge to and from Mountain Winery concerts for most, but not all, concerts. Their rate is a very modest $15/per person, based on roundtrip.
Savannah Chanelle Award-winning Savannah Chanelle Vineyards, in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains, hosts local bands every Saturday evening, and on weekends, features live piano music from 2pm-5pm in the historic Redwood Tasting Room.
Garrod Farms. This family-owned vineyard sits on 28 acres of land that also houses the Garrod Farms riding stables. Enjoy horseback riding in the beautiful Saratoga Hills with views of the Bay Area. Plan to stay a little longer for some wine tasting. The winery is open daily; if your ride ends before 5:00 pm, visit the tasting room and sample award-winning wines. On the last Sunday of the month, join a special group for an hour-long trail ride, wine tasting and mini-buffet.
Silicon Valley’s the home of Stanford, the 49ers and UC Santa Clara's Broncos!
- Stanford Football. A beautiful new stadium and David Shaw’s team are hoping for another chance at the Rose Bowl.
- 49ers Football. A new coach and a quarterback controversy in Silicon Valley’s high-tech Levi’s Stadium. There’s a lot to look forward to this season.
- Santa Clara Broncos. Many loyal fans return to watch the Broncos’ sports programs throughout the year.
Hiking. The Saratoga area boasts a wide range of trails at varying levels of difficulty and length. Spend a morning or a full day. Several of our favorites:
Sanborn Skyline Park to Castle Rock State Park. All-day trek takes the best trails at two great parks along Skyline Boulevard southwest of Silicon Valley.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Bay Area's best place to see California's giant redwoods. More information on Saratoga area hiking.
Hakone Gardens. One of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s premier sites. The 100 year-old Hakone is among the oldest Japanese estates, retreats and gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Classes include ikebana and tea ceremony as well as yoga, tai chi and meditation. Hakane features seasonal festivals, with dancing, art, food and activities.
There is a public tea ceremony the third Sunday of each month from April through November. Seatings at 12 noon, 1 pm and 2 pm, $7 per person, in addition to garden admission fee.
With several prestigious universities in the area, commencement season is a busy time in Silicon Valley. Plan to reserve a room well in advance. Something to think about: Spring is a beautiful time of year in the Valley, with warm sunny days and evenings. Plan to extend your stay and visit other area attractions.