The Lexington House
"Bringing together modern Northern California cuisine with classically inspired cocktails, fine spirits, craft beer & wines, The Lexington House offers a welcoming dining experience for sharing a meal with friends. Opened in September 2013 by Stephen Shelton and Jimmy Marino, the restaurant in Los Gatos, CA, serves a progressive menu dictated by the seasons. Chef Philippe Breneman focuses on ingredients from local farmers, and Shelton and Marino reflect that same philosophy in the bar program they co-curate."
Website | 40 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA
OAK & RYE
"A longtime pizzaiolo from Brooklyn's acclaimed Roberta's is behind the pies at this South Bay jewel, where a coppery wood-fired oven produces chewy, blistered crusts. The pies' toppings are as quirky and delightful as their monikers, like the Scottie 2 Hottie (soppressata, pepperoncini oil, tomatoes, mozzarella, honey) and the Truffle Shuffle (Gruyère, green onion, truffle oil, cornichon)."
Website | 303 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA
Fleur de Cocoa
"Pastry Chef Julia Anderson and our professional staff at Fleur de Cocoa use the finest ingredients available to create Traditional French mousse cakes, Croquembouche, tartes and pastries as well as our line of unique, handcrafted artisan chocolates."
Website | 39 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA
"Each day we [make] batches of rich, dense, Italian ice cream, [serve] fresh espresso from a local roaster, and [include] a selection of locally baked cookies, biscotti, and buttery cakes that [satisfy] even the most insatiable sweet tooth."
Website | 221 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA
MONTALVO ARTS CENTER
Hike up numerous trails for an amazing view of the valley, explore the Mediterranean-style villa's gardens and grounds, which are also settings for outdoor art (part of their artist residency program), or have a picnic on the front lawn.
Website | 15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga, CA
CASTLE ROCK STATE PARK
"Castle Rock State Park is a state park of California, USA, located along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It embraces coast redwood, Douglas fir, and madrone forest, most of which has been left in its wild, natural state.
Website | Hwy 35, just 2.5 miles SE of the junction with Hwy 9.
An outdoor shopping mall with over 70 brand name stores and boutiques.
Website | 377 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128