Saratoga Oaks Lodge

14626 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
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Vista Point Along Summit Road, Hwy 9Vista Point Along Summit Road, Hwy 9

Bay Area Ridge Trail Sign Near SaratogaBay Area Ridge Trail Sign Near Saratoga

Travel Tips for Saratoga

visit hakone gardens

by chaistarr

bamboo gardens, azalea gardens, zen gardens, koi pod, bridge, tea ceremony....so much! I love koi fish. They are friendly and beautiful. When they swim it looks very sleek, like a dance. They shine in the light of the sun.

Good Place to Start the Climb

by atufft

Cycling, both road and mountain, is very popular among the sports fitness minded tech workers in the Silicon Valley, and one of the best endurance road climbs begins in Saratoga's Historic downtown. Heading west along Big Basin Way, there's a 9 mile climb along Big Basin Way that winds it's way to the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains. At the summit, there's the entrance to Castle Rock State Park and nearby a vista point where one can see both the Pacific Ocean, to the west, and the San Francisco Bay, to the east. Big Basin is several miles further along the Summit Road, which is part of Hwy 9, as it winds along the mountain ridgeline. The road is also popular for motorcyclists, and sports car enthusiasts, so cyclists be prepared for not only a hard climb, but one with some traffic risk, particularly on weekends. Fortunately, motorists in this region are quite considerate of the cyclists, in part because the laws against harrassing cyclists are seriously enforced here, but also because of the popular acceptance of road cycling as a fitness sport. If there's a "sag wagon" driver who might risk getting bored, a good strategy might be to drive to the summit parking lot to drop off the cyclists (see image). Allow the cyclists to ride along the ridge and then return by dropping down steep grade of Big Basin Way into Saratoga. Meanwhile, the sag wagon driver can relax by window shopping or sipping coffee at a sidewalk cafe in the four block strip of Saratoga's Historic District, as the cyclists can easily meet at the end of the ride there. Breakaway Bike Shop, which is located across from the Arch Memorial, appears to be a good full service shop, but I did find one serious complaint on-line worth noting...

Hiking the Bay Area Ridge Trail

by atufft

Up Big Basin Way, at the crossroads with Summit Road, is access to several trails, the most interesting of which is the Bay Area Ridge Trail. The map show in the image here should be taken with a grain of salt in my opinion because I don't really see how this ridge trail can actually be kept contiguous, without urban interruption, around the heavily populated San Francisco Bay Area. Nevertheless in the Santa Cruz Mountains, there is a lot of potential hiking with excellent views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. There are few places to camp though, so figure your logistics carefully if planning a multi-day hiking experience. Incidentally, there is NO SMOKING or campfire building along these trails. The tall grasses and dry forests of California are very suseptible to grass and forest fires. No dogs are allowed on the unpaved State Park trails, and horses are allowed only on specific trails. Better wear your best hiking boots as these mountains are both high and steep--no joke.

Upscale Silicon Valley Suburb Worth Visiting

by atufft

"Wealthy Silicon Valley town..."

Wikipedia notes among other things that "in 2007, the median home price in Saratoga was USD$1.42 million. Saratoga's zip code (95070) is listed on the Forbes list as the 32nd most expensive zip code in 2007, the 25th most pricey town in Money magazine for 2007, and the 17th highest median household income by Money in 2007." Yet, the town has roots as a get-away for San Franciscan's seeking the country benefits of fresh fruit and wine. Boutique wine pioneer Ridge is still located in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Saratoga, and the original Paul Mason winery factory, that produced the carafe shaped bottles, also has a vista point above Saratoga. Even today, within the remaining empty spaces between housing developments, one can see the aging reminants of fruit orchards. However, as the science and technology boom of the Silicon Valley progressed this all changed. Located on the west side of the Santa Clara Valley at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just north of San Jose, and less than an hour south of San Francisco, it was inevitable that this rural town, along with similar others in the region, including Cupertino, Los Gatos, Mountain View, and Palo Alto, would eventually bedcome an upscale bedroom community.

"Restaurants and Shops of Historic Saratoga"

Saratoga had several names before the current one, which honors the resort city of New York State, and the history is really pretty bland relative to other Bay Area towns, but it is still worth visiting because of the upscale shops and restaurants. Today, the small historic several block section along Big Basin Way, between 1st and Fourth Streets vaguely resembles other such upscale and walkable small California downtowns, such as Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, or Ocean Avenue in Carmel-By-The-Sea, Palm Desert, or perhaps Main Street in Saint Helena. Unlike these other overpriced shopping districts and resort towns, where the wealthy have little more to do than window shop, Saratoga is actually a working class town, of sorts, where the workers are among the highest paid, most productive tech workers in the world. It's the only one of these small towns, that I know of, which offers valet parking during the week just for shopping in the historic downtown. Unfortunately, despite the money, Saratoga's historic district is a bit disappointing as asphalt and concrete sidewalks, rather than cobblestones and brick walks reveal a less than serious effort to bring the town to a world-class small town strip.

"Access to Big Basin and Santa Cruz Mountains"

One thing Saratoga has over all these other fancy upscale towns is the wonderful backdrop of the redwood studded and stunning Santa Cruz Mountains. Saratoga is at one end of the winding summit highway 9, while beach action oriented Santa Cruz is at the other end, and in between are the curious mountain villages of Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond, Felton, and Mount Hermon

hakone japanese gardens

by chaistarr

"beautiful japanese gardens!"

I think Hakone gardens is the biggest Japanese garden in California. Maybe in the USA! It has a bamboo forest, tea ceremony, azalea garden, koi pond, bridge, wandering paths....very nice!

see my travelogue for more!

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