Tucked into the Santa Cruz Mountain foothills, Saratoga appears more of a quaint cowboy town than California's wealthiest, most educated suburb. But look closer: inside those Western storefronts are wine-tasting rooms featuring high-end local cabernets, pristine cuisine at Michelin-starred Plumed Horse, and a diverse concert lineup (Latin jazz, Philip Glass, Soul Asylum) uphill at neoclassical Montalvo Arts Center. Saratoga may look like a Western set, but you'll find antique shops, day spas, and chocolate-making classes here. Head to the hills for hikes at Montalvo or ropes courses at Saratoga Springs, and descend for happy hour at The Bank, Saratoga's sole saloon.
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Getting Around San Jose
The best way to get around San Jose and Silicon Valley is by car. If staying in downtown San Jose, public transportation is effective. CalTrain connects San Jose to Palo Alto and San Francisco. Parking in the area is generally plentiful and inexpensive.
Nearby Airports
  • San Francisco International Airport-SFO
  • Oakland International Airport-OAK
  • Mineta San Jose International Airport-SJC
Airport Taxis
  • From SFO-$120
  • From OAK-$120
  • From SJC-$17
Things to Do and See Near Saratoga