Silicon Valley is California’s hub for business and technology. Just south of San Jose and Silicon Valley is Saratoga, known for being one of the most expensive suburbs in the country. If you can’t afford to buy a house but want to visit, you can stay at the Saratoga Oaks Lodge, a 25-room hotel on the main street of Saratoga village.
The property features 25 different rooms, 11 of which are suites or individual cottages. Wandering the well-maintained property, guests will find ancient oak trees and waterfalls, offering the chance to forget about the nearby hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley. All the rooms offer complimentary Direct TV and HBO, Internet access, and continental breakfast.
One of the suites, the Toyon suite, is a private cottage that features granite counter tops, a microwave, log fireplace, its own brick patio, and king bed. Guests can draw a bath and relax in the suite’s jet tub or take a steam in the sauna. And for a little something extra, the Toto toilet isn’t just your everyday toilet- it has a heated seat.
Although it’s no Napa, Saratoga has a wine country of its own in the surrounding Santa Cruz mountains. The Mountain Winery offers activities ranging from wine tasting to attending concerts. For guests interested in experiencing Saratoga’s wine country, the Saratoga Oaks Lodge offers a “Wine Lover’s Retreat,” which includes passes to Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards, Cinnabar Wine Tasting Room, a king room, a 10% discount at a local restaurant, and late check out.
Dining in Saratoga
The Lodge’s proximity to Saratoga Village means countless food options for guests. If you have a little money to spoil yourself, splurge and try the Plumed Horse, which is within walking distance of the Saratoga Oaks Lodge. The charming Michelin-starred restaurant is situated in an old stable.
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Hotel review and two bottom photos by San Francisco-based travel, food, and wine writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Saratoga Oaks Lodge.