Saratoga, California Fall Weekend Trip

Fall foliage, fine food, special events, and winetasting make Saratoga a great autumn destination.

Saratoga's Hakone Gardens, photo
Hakone Gardens is a traditional Japanese garden which covers 18 acres and features a moon bridge and tea houses.
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Sights and Events

The cherry and maple trees in Hakone Estate & Gardens—an 18-acre showcase of Japanese horticultural arts—should be ablaze with color by late November. For a taste of Japanese culture, reserve a spot for one of the tea ceremonies held in traditional tatami-mat rooms.

The Montalvo Arts Center, formerly an elegant private estate, hosts the Food & Wine Classic and a renowned concert series. High above town, the Mountain Winery hosts its outdoor performance season from the end of May through mid-October.



Also in the hills above town, redwoods and oak trees carpet 3,453-acre Sanborn County Park. Picnic on the expansive lawn or head farther afield on more than 15 miles of trails.


In Saratoga Village, the city's historic downtown, tiny Indo Cafe serves budget-friendly Indonesian dishes such as jackfruit curry or beef rendang, a richly spiced coconut-milk stew.

Looking for cheerful red-checkered napkins or a sunflower-print tablecloth? You'll find them among the huge selection of table decor at The Fat Robin/La Mesa Linens.

The menu at The Basin runs toward satisfying California Mediterranean fare, which during the fall might include slow-braised lamb shoulder with cipollini onions.

This article was first published in Fall 2016 and updated in February 2019.