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Tucked in the lush, green Santa Cruz Mountains, this small upscale community is centered at Santa Cruz Avenue and Main Street, with many boutiques and restaurants lining each.  It also claims to have 330 days of sunshine each year.  Originally a logging town, its name is Spanish for “the cats,” in reference to the mountain lions that once roamed the hills in large numbers.

History Museum at Forbes Gallery
     Los Gatos Museums Gallery
     Sierra Toy Soldier Co.
Andale Mexican Restaurant
     Dio Deka
     Fleur de Cocoa
     We Olive & Wine Bar
Hotel Los Gatos

Saratoga is a smaller, quieter, and even more picturesque town than Los Gatos.  It was originally founded as a logging town.

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Hakone Gardens

     Cooper-Garrod Estates Vineyards winery
     Hakone Gardens
    The Mountain Winery

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