Preston Wynne Spa is located in the heart of Saratoga Village, a small town in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, established in the mid 1800s. Thanks to its rich past, the entire village has been designated a historic landmark by the State of California. In the late 19th century, Saratoga (named after Saratoga, New York) was a spa town, featuring grand hot springs hotels where residents of San Francisco would come in the summertime to “take the waters.” Today, the spa tradition continues at Preston Wynne. With our wonderful and extensive menu, it’s possible to pass an entire day at the spa.
The Inn at Saratoga
If you’re planning an overnight getaway, The Inn at Saratoga is a small, discreet hotel with oversized rooms that overlook leafy Saratoga Creek and hidden Wildwood Park. An evening wine and cheese Manager’s Reception and Continental Breakfast is included in the room rate. The shady creek side terrace is the perfect place to unwind to the sound of the creek and birdsong, under towering sycamores and rustling alders. Inn is located just one block from the spa. It also offers meeting rooms and event venues for small to medium gatherings.
On a space available basis, the Inn often provides Preston Wynne guests with a preferred rate. Please be sure to mention our name. Reservations: 408 867-5020.
Another option is the Saratoga Oaks Lodge, only a block from the spa. This charming property, shaded by beautiful large oaks, has a variety of rooms, including bungalows to accommodate families or longer stays. It is adjacent to winery tasting rooms and steps from fine dining as well. Reservations: 408 867-3307.
Dining in Saratoga
Saratoga Village is an epicure’s dream, filled with great restaurants and outdoor dining. The four-block main street is simply packed with restaurants. Preston Wynne client favorites including the sophisticated, Michelin-starred Plumed Horse, re-imagined in 2007 with great elegance and elan. It boasts a sultry-elegant cocktail lounge that’s the perfect place to begin or end the evening and a soaring, vaulted dining room that one might expect to find in San Francisco. Its wine program is one of the best in the country. The Basin is a friendly American restaurant with Italian and Spanish influences that’s also a favorite gathering place for locals; it specializes in sustainable seafood and features a terrific array of wines by the glass. Relish Gastro Lounge is an intimate choice for a romantic dinner, with exquisitely fresh regional cuisine. Bella Saratoga, located in one of the village’s historic Victorian buildings, offers Italian cuisine and one of the village’s most popular patios, the perfect place to while away a warm afternoon. Saratoga also has popular Japanese, Thai and Persian restaurants and a profusion of coffee shops. Breakfast at the Bell Tower Bistro and bakery is a great way to wake up after a big night of eating and drinking.
Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Touring and Tasting
Wine Spectator has called the Santa Cruz Mountain region “the most underappreciated appellation in the world.” Saratoga Village is the ideal home base for touring the Santa Cruz Mountains winegrowing appellation. Its vineyards are often small treasures, with finds that include fabulous Pinot Noirs, Syrahs, and elegant and expressive Chardonnays.
Within a short stroll of the spa are tasting rooms for Cinnabar Winery and Big Basin Vineyards. Cinnabar’s terrace is a popular place to enjoy live music as well as wine. Another spot for wine tasting in the village is Saratoga’s small-town casual Uncorked wine bar.
Saratoga’s famous Hillside Wineries are worth the short drive up scenic Highway 9. The Mountain Winery boasts panoramic views of Santa Clara Valley. This beautiful winery, founded by the legendary Paul Masson in 1901, is famed for its summer concert series and a favorite stop for wine touring and tasting. The tasting room patio is dog friendly.
Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards offers wine tasting in a beautiful California ranch setting. It is adjacent to Garrod Farms, a ranch dating back to 1897 which offers rentals, lessons, boarding and equestrian events, including spectacular vaulting competitions.
To view a listing of Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, go to www.scmwa.com/wineries.htm
Their popular Passport Weekends enable you to taste wines from wineries that do not normally offer public tasting rooms.
Historic Hakone Gardens
Beautiful Hakone Gardens, one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in the US, is open to the public. Its four distinct gardens feature a wisteria pergola, azaleas, koi ponds, bridges, waterfalls, arbors, stone work and the Moon Viewing House provide a lovely setting for a stroll or quiet meditation. It is also one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the Bay Area and is available for corporate retreats, events and meetings.
The Mountain Winery
The Mountain Winery is the former Paul Masson winery, now a stunning music and event venue perched high on a ridge overlooking the Silicon Valley. The outdoor performance space features the magnificent stone façade of the former winery as its backdrop and attracts an impressive array of artists. If the weather obliges, it’s possible to see San Francisco from the restaurant terrace while you enjoy a pre-concert dinner. You can also picnic on the ridge top. This is summertime “must do” for nearly everyone in the area. To view the season’s concert schedule, visit www.mountainwinery.com.
Montalvo Arts Center
One of Saratoga’s treasures, Montalvo is “set on 175 stunning acres of open space with 2.5 miles of hiking trails in the midst of Silicon Valley. Montalvo Arts Center occupies a historic Mediterranean-style villa and hosts three performing arts venues, a 10-studio artist residency complex and a formal Italianate garden. Built in 1912 by Senator James Phelan, California’s first elected senator, Montalvo was bequeathed by Phelan to the state of California to serve as a site for the advancement of art, music, literature and architecture. “- Montalvo Arts Center website
The summer outdoor concert series at Montalvo is one of the Bay Area’s most popular, featuring world famous artists. Year-round, there are concerts and performances in Montalvo’s Carriage House theatre.
Fabulous Saratoga Wedding Venues
The Mountain Winery is one of the Bay Area’s most dramatic and sought-after wedding venues. The Montalvo Arts Center, with its neoclassical architecture and sweeping green lawns, offers spectacular backdrops and is a favorite for grand, romantic weddings. Hakone Gardens is very popular for intimate weddings, with its serene and dreamy atmosphere. The Saratoga Foothill Club, a rare Julia Morgan building at the entrance to Saratoga Village, is one of Saratoga’s most beloved wedding and event venues. Morgan was the architect of Hearst Castle and one of the icons of the Craftsman era.
Horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, camping and rock climbing–few small towns have as many recreational opportunities at their doorstep. Situated in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains, but just 20 minutes from San Jose airport and 50 minutes from San Francisco airport, Saratoga is the perfect weekend getaway for active epicures. If you like to play hard and then reward yourself lavishly, this is one of the top destinations in the California. Few other towns offer so much within a mere 10 minutes’ drive.
Saratoga is surrounded by parks and even has its own little jewel, Wildwood Park, along the banks of Saratoga Creek, across from the Inn at Saratoga. This serene park is the perfect place to have a barbeque or picnic or walk your dog. With a volleyball court, horseshoe pit and playground for kids, it’s busy during the weekend but serene throughout the week. Its lawns are shaded by huge Sycamores and oaks.
Within a short drive up scenic Highway 9, Saratoga Springs, the oldest continuously operating picnic grounds in the state, situated among the redwoods in a verdant canyon. Team building, weddings and family reunions are popular activities here. The Arboretum at Montalvo Arts Center features 2.5 miles of beautiful hiking trails, about a half mile walk from Saratoga village through the town’s gracious and lovely neighborhoods.
Castle Rock State Park , Sanborn-Skyline Park, Big Basin State Park, are all premier hiking destinations in the Saratoga area. From the Skyline area you’ll have views to the Pacific as well as over redwood covered mountains. The Big Basin Redwoods are world renowned and contain some of the state’s largest and oldest redwood trees. Rock climbing is one of the main attractions of Castle Rock State Park.