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Take A Relaxing Daytrip To Saratoga

May 17, 2012 12:14 PM

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Unwind with a daytrip to Saratoga and experience a pleasant mix of fun activities, wine tasting, dining, and world-class entertainment. Located at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this quaint town is a perfect spot to visit with the whole family, or to escape for a romantic get away.Saratoga is an easy town to visit. After weaving your way down the 280 from San Francisco, hop on 85 South, Exit Right at Saratoga Ave. Saratoga Ave turns into Big Basin Way/ CA – 9. And you’re there!

Garrod Farms
22645 Garrod Rd, Saratoga, California
(408) 867-9527
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Visit Garrod Farms for a scenic horseback trail ride then saddle on up to the farms wine barn, and try a delightful flight of Saratoga grown wines. The trail rides are offered 7 days a week, reservations are recommended, kids need to be more than 8 years old to participate. An hour ride costs about $45. Wine tastings are open to the public and range from FREE, to $5-$10 for a tasting with souvenir glass.

The Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Rd
Saratoga, California 95070
(408) 741-2817
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If you are looking for a truly one-of-a-kind dining and concert experience, visit the Mountain Winery. Located on Pierce Road off Big Basin Hwy 9, this concert venue offers wine tastings every weekend through out the year. Add an optional 5 star dining experience coupled with million dollar views of the Silicon Valley, on concert nights. And we’re talking big names. The Mountain Winery is one of the Bay Area’s music venue treasure.

Novakovich Orchards
14251 Fruitvale Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070-5641
(408) 741-5144
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Want to show the kids how an “old time/ traditional” produce stand is run? Turn down Fruitvale Ave. off Saratoga Ave, and keep an “eye out” for the small sign that reads, “Novakovich Orchards.” This family run orchard is the last of its kind in the south bay. They are best known for their Bing cherries that come out every summer, but they also harvest plums, peaches, pomegranates and apricots. But promise us if you visit their orchard – try their “Apricot Turtles!” A home grown apricot covered in caramel, topped with a walnut and dunked in chocolate. It’s a true “slice of heaven.”

Saratoga Chocolates
14572-B Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 872-1431
info@saratogachocolates.com
www.saratogachocolates.com

Treat your taste buds to their decadent treats and truffles. Or create your own custom blended chocolate bar. The store offers hands on lessons in chocolate making. It’s worth a stop. Make sure to say “Hi” to shop owner Mary – she’s a real treat!

The Plumed Horse
14555 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070-6013
(408) 867-4711
www.plumedhorse.com

The Plumed Horse is a true dining delight, a great place for a romantic night out, or special occasion. This upscale restaurant serves up fresh, locally sourced gourmet food. It’s the perfect fine-dining spot for a couples’ night out in Saratoga.

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City of Saratoga

Blue Rock Shoot
14523 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-6011
(408) 872-0309Wild Wood Park
20764 4th St.
Saratoga, CA 95070

The Blue Rock Shoot Café located in the heart of “The Village.” Is a casual family friendly ‘order at the counter’ kind of joint. Soups, salads, and home-made sandwiches are on the menu. The cafe offers live music, and an open mic night during the week – check their website for details. If you bring the kids, order your sandwich, escape out the backdoor, and hop across the street to “Wildwood Park.” A beautifully kept family friendly park – kids love running over the parks bridge, and playing in the water park, the newly renovated play structure is worth some time too.
Thuy’s Favorite: the house made BLT.

Agnes Clothing Boutique
14519 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 741-5822
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Agnes Clothing Boutique is one of Thuy’s favorite spots for unique and colorful clothing. Located along Big Basin Way in “The Village” – it’s an easy spot if you’re strolling along the drive.

The Inn at Saratoga
20645 4th Street Saratoga, CA 95070-5867
(408) 867-5020
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The Inn at Saratoga is located off Big Basin Way in the heart of downtown. If you spend a little too much time wine tasting, stay out too late listening to live music, or want to turn your day trip into a romantic escape, this is the perfect spot to spend the night.

Ready for your next adventure? Head over to Eye on the Bay’s Travel & Outdoors section and discover the best of the Bay.

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