About 60 miles south of San Francisco in the southwestern corner of Santa Clara County lays the town of Los Gatos. It is a small, but picturesque town with a population of around 30,000. Sitting in the Santa Clara Valley, Los Gatos is set below rolling hills covered with trees and filled with flowing streams and brooks. Like a Norman Rockwell painting, Los Gatos epitomizes small town America.
It never gets unbearably hot or intolerably cold in Los Gatos. The town enjoys a moderate Mediterranean climate with not much rain. The weather is actually ideal for growing grapes and many wineries have located in this fertile area of California.
With beautiful weather and beautiful scenery, you can have a great time in and around Los Gatos. Here are a few ideas.
Art Museum of Los Gatos
Expand your universe and get a glimpse into the art scene in the Bay area. The Museum holds 6-8 exhibitions each year, displaying the works of local, national and international artists. The focus is on talented artists from all around Los Gatos, but, other artists are also invited to present their creations.
History Museum of Los Gatos
A building that is itself a piece of history makes the perfect setting for the town’s history museum. The Forbes Mill Annex was originally a storage facility for wheat and flower processed by the mill. Built in 1880, the Annex is the oldest building in Los Gatos. Old photographs, newspaper clipping and historical objects tell the story of the town. Take an hour or two and enjoy an interesting and educational tour of the museum.
Los Gatos Museum Art Gallery
Come on down to this premiere gallery and take a look at some of the exciting creations by local area artists. Sculpture, oil painting, water colors and much more are on display for you to view or purchase. When you make a purchase you will get one-of-a kind-art.
You will also be helping to support all three of the Los Gatos museums and maybe even a “starving artist.”
Come and say hello to the 200 alpine goats that live on the Pescadero, California dairy farm. The owners of Harley farms bought the original 1910 dairy farm and have done an amazing job of restoring it to its present day condition. You can take a tour of the working dairy farm and watch as the goats are milked. The farm produces a variety of award winning cheeses. You can take a class in cheese making and attend regular events in the restored hayloft. If you want an extra special dining experience, come back in the evening for a gourmet, farm fresh dinner.
Lexington reservoir is known by the locals as the place to go fishing if you want to catch bass. Santa Clara County has an abundance of lakes and parks where you can spend a quiet and relaxing day trying to reel in the big fish. The parks system holds Community Fishing Days where children ages 5-15 are introduced to the sport and get a chance to learn from the experts. The free program also teaches the kids about protecting the environment and being good stewards of the parks.
Celebrating the 4th of July
Los Gatos always puts on a big party to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The day long event is held in and outside the Los Gatos Civic Center and offers fun festivities for the entire family. There is plenty of great food, patriotic music and games for the kids. Everyone will have a great time and there might even be some fireworks.
Jazz on the Plazz
Jazz lovers can look forward to a summer full of great jazz. The 2012 Jazz summer concert series is held every Wednesday night beginning June 20 and running through August 29. Enjoy an impressive lineup of musicians and performers in beautiful downtown Los Gatos.
Icing on the Cake (www.icingonthecakebakery.com)
Indulge yourself in the absolutely incredible desserts at the little bakery on Main Street in downtown Los Gatos. One of the top bakeries in the entire San Francisco Bay area, owner Lynn Magnoli and her staff create original cakes, pastries and all types of delectable treats that will make your mouth water.
You can’t help but have a smile on your face when you visit Los Gatos. If you are lucky enough to live in the area, you know what a fun place it is. If you are new to the area, welcome. Now go out and have some fun!