Los Gatos is a small, affluent town that sits at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in the San Francisco Bay Area. The tree-lined streets of downtown Los Gatos are very pedestrian friendly. The area is brimming with fancy boutiques, fine French restaurants, quaint shops, art galleries and much more. You could spend a whole day just walking around shopping eating and people-watching. Up in the hills surrounding the downtown area are multi-million dollar homes. Many of the wealthy homeowners are young executives who work in the high-tech companies of the Silicon Valley.
Tourists and travelers to San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area often find their way to this very welcoming town. It has the same appeal as places like Ponte Vedra Beach, an affluent town just south of Jacksonville, Florida. It can be compared to Wellesley, Massachusetts which is just about 15 miles west of Boston. This summer, if you are planning a visit for business or pleasure, be sure to spend some time in Los Gatos. Take advantage of the many unique eateries, head out toward the Bay and just have fun, in this great part of California.
Bakeries – The Best Pastries & Fresh Baked Bread
On a nice sunny Saturday morning there is nothing like stopping in to Fleur de Cocoa and ordering a chocolate frosted, cream-filled éclair. This authentic French bakery is one of the favorites of the locals. Your choices include delicate French pastries, perfectly baked cakes, fruit-filled tarts and even home-made chocolate candy made by a very creative and highly skilled chocolatiers. There is much more to tempt your taste buds, but you will have to come down to the Store to taste everything. Not far away is Icing on the Cake, a bakery that offers everything from classic cookies to unbelievable cheesecakes. The specialty of the house is the gourmet cupcakes. Choose from about 25 different kinds of cupcakes. Everyone in your party can pick their favorite flavors. They also have wheat-free and Vegan choices.
Best Restaurants for Breakfast
If you are looking for an authentic Mexican breakfast with scrambled eggs, chorizo, refried beans and a tall glass of orange juice, head on over to Andale.
The restaurant was founded by three young men who grew up as friends in a small central Mexican town. They brought their mothers great cooking to the San Francisco Bay Area and serve hearty portions that make you feel like you are eating with family. Gilley’s Coffee Shoppe has the friendliest servers you will ever find. The food is good and kids are given the royal treatment. At Los Gatos Cafe, considered by many to be the best place in town for breakfast, everything is mouth-watering delicious. They make great omelettes with fresh-cut vegetables and their French toast is thick, light and fluffy. If you think you can handle it, order their famous half-pound cinnamon roll.
Best Restaurants for Lunch or Dinner
Nick’s Next Door has fast become one of the most popular places for dinner in Los Gatos. The original Nick’s just across the street is still going as strong as ever, but the new place is attracting big crowds as well. The restaurant serves incredible meat, fish and poultry entrees all prepared with the chef’s special touch. When you are in the mood for a nice cold beer and maybe an overstuffed sandwich for lunch, C.B. Hannegan’s is an ideal choice. Hannegan’s offers a wide selection of craft beers, California wines and really good-tasting food. Don’t leave town without stopping by Cin-Cin. Everything here is made with fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruit. Sustainable living is in focus as the owners extend their values to the way the restaurant is run. Even if you are not an active environmentalist, you will love the quality, flavor and healthy choices offered on the Cin-Cin menu.
Best Places for Relaxing in the Shade on a Hot Summer Day
With 45 acres of lawn and a 57 acre lake, Vasona Lake County Park is the most popular of all the green spaces in Los Gatos. Kids can toss around a frisbee, play soccer or join in an informal softball game. Maybe you would like to rent a paddle boat or row boat and take a trip around the lake. Next to Vasona Park is Oak Meadow Park. In addition to some shady trees and green spaces, your kids can board the miniature train on the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and take a nice little journey through the Oak Meadow and Vasona parks. Los Gatos Creek trails run throughout between the town’s parks and are the perfect place for hiking, biking, running and skating.
Fishing in Vasona Lake
Fishermen can cast their lines at the Lexington Reservoir, Vasona Lake or up at the northernmost pond in Los Gatos Creek County Park. Vasona Lake is about 15 feet deep and is stocked with trout and catfish. You also might hook a largemouth bass or bluegill. To protect the delicate environment, only small boats with electric motors are allowed. According to one regular fisherman the best spot is near the inlet area.
Nearby Beaches for Swimming and Surfing
Los Gatos is very close to Santa Cruz beaches. Surfers looking to catch the big waves should head over to Steamer Lane. If you want to take a romantic walk, the best spot is the beach by the Seascape Resort. You do not have to be a guest of the Resort to have full access to the beach. Finally, for the whole family, try Main Beach. Kids can build sand castle and play in the gentle surf. There is a boardwalk and a place to get a bite to eat, plus, an amusement park with lots of rides.
Having fun in Los Gatos is easy as pie. You can actually get a pie in a French bakery, have a gourmet meal for dinner and, in between, spend the day surfing and swimming at the beach. Click here for more things to do in Los Gatos.
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