Things To Do In Saratoga


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  • Montalvo Arts Center
    San Francisco mayor and US senator James Duval Phelan built the Villa Montalvo in 1912 as a bastion of art, hosting such writers as Jack London and Edwin Markham in conversation-filled luncheons and creativity-fueling vacations. After his death, Phelan bequeathed the house and grounds to the public, asking that they continue its role as an incubator of inspiration. Today, the center hosts artist residencies, gallery exhibitions, and educational opportunities for visitors. Surrounding the wealth of culture, the 175-acre grounds include miles of hiking trails through woodlands densely populated with muses, a meticulously manicured Italianate garden, and a picnic-ready Great Lawn.
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    15400 Montalvo Rd
    Saratoga, CA US
  • Blue Rock Shoot
    Don't settle for an inferior brew! The java at Blue Rock Shoot will perk you right up. Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Blue Rock Shoot. Order a bottle for the table if you like — Blue Rock Shoot has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more. Bring your whole brood to Blue Rock Shoot, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together. Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Blue Rock Shoot. Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Blue Rock Shoot's seasonally available outdoor seating. Musical visitors frequently perform here, so patrons can enjoy live tunes with their food. The coffee shop's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table. Blue Rock Shoot's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner. You won't need to save up for a trip to Blue Rock Shoot — most meals cost less than $15. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Blue Rock Shoot.
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    14523 Big Basin Way
    Saratoga, CA US
  • California Survival School
    The instructors at California Survival School impart decades of wilderness-survival know-how during outdoor, hands-on courses. Participants prepare themselves to live self sufficiently off the land using both modern and primitive techniques, which can come in handy when lost in the woods or the year 1412. During the Core Survival Skills Adventure Clinic, up to 30 students spend five hours learning to create fire using only sticks, build shelters with natural materials, purify water, and feed themselves off the land. The Ancient Artisans Workshop teaches novices how to fashion crude implements from scratch with materials found in nature, and how to use them while out in the wilderness. California Survival School also offers team-building workshops and private events.
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    23600 Big Basin Way
    Saratoga, CA US
  • The Basin
    The Basin offers a wide variety of classic American dishes. Keep your diet in check at The Basin, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items. The bar is stocked with TVs, so you can watch the next big game. Gather up your group of friends and head to The Basin, a local restaurant that has room for large groups. Open air seating is ready for diners at The Basin when the weather is warm. If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time. Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code. Bring the The Basin's great food to your place. Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot. Meals at The Basin are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
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    14572 Big Basin Way
    Saratoga, CA US
  • WilderSkills
    Ancient skills. Wild adventures. Deep connection. These three phrases describe WilderSkills's mission, but the center's hands-on programs for children put the words into action. Summer camps take youngsters away from screens and into the three-dimensional reality of the meadows and redwood groves of Savannah-Chanelle Vineyard, where instructors teach survival skills such as how to build a fire, how to construct a shelter, and how to distinguish ordinary animal tracks from celebrity animal autographs. Outdoor academics bring the natural experience to classroom learning by providing after-school sessions and lectures that take an interactive approach to science and ecology.
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    23600 Big Basin Way
    Saratoga, CA US
  • MusicalMe
    In one child's hand, a tiny tambourine jangles along to a song while another child claps to the rhythm. It's not an uncommon sight at any of MusicalMe's educational classes, where kids up to age 6 express themselves through music. And parents are encouraged to stay and have fun, whether by helping littler participants along or by ripping a mean solo during a kazoo jam session. With classes holding up to 14 students, each child gets a significant amount of attention and guidance as they learn to appreciate melody and rhythm and learn to love making music.
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    19655 Allendale Avenue
    Saratoga, CA US

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