Destination guide

Saratoga _ your picture perfect Bay Area getaway

Nestled in the foothills of California's Santa Cruz mountains, Saratoga can feel more like a vacation town than a bustling city. It has transformed many times, from a sawmill town, to a land of vineyards and orchards, to the residential community of today. Visitors book their Saratoga vacations rentals so they can shop, sip a local vintage, and relax, but they also benefit from the beautiful outdoors and gentle climate. It's the perfect place for a trip with your best friends or a romantic weekend with your life partner.

Things to do

Art, culture, history? We'll take all three

Saratoga likes to mix art, culture, and history in each of its most popular attractions, and if your Saratoga vacation rental is on the west side of town, you'll be close to both. The Montalvo Arts Center is on a 175-acre estate built by James Duval Phelan, California's first popularly elected U.S. Senator. These days, visitors peruse the fine art galleries while their kids take performing arts classes. Just 2 miles from Montalvo is the stunning Hakone Estate and Gardens, established in 1918 and featuring the oldest Asian garden in the Western Hemisphere.

Activities

Saddle up or cycle through the Saratoga scenery

Whether you prefer to ride something with four legs or two wheels, the great outdoors in Saratoga is a must. The city boasts several horse stables, from which visitors can schedule riding lessons or guided tours, some with amazing views from the rim of Silicon Valley. Some tours even add stops for wine tasting along the way. If you prefer to pedal your transportation, it's not a problem. Hit the mountain biking trails in nearby Castle Rock State Park, or beneath the stately redwood trees in Big Basin State Park.

Weather

Hugged by the hills and sheltered from storms

The Mediterranean climate and Saratoga's location in the foothills protects visitor from temperature extremes. Summers are warm, with highs in the 80s, and winters are mild, with lows in the 40s. Plus, the surrounding mountains give the city a semi-arid feel, and travelers don't have to worry about the all-day fogs and mists that hit some northern California destinations. You can safely count on sun, and since the area has a healthy mix of visitors and year-round residents, you're likely to find a fairly priced Saratoga vacation rental no matter the season.

Natural features

The pure, unprocessed perks of a semi-rural city

The orchards and vineyards that still dot the landscape help Saratoga maintain a semi-rural environment. Its trail systems, creeks, and open spaces are a haven for wild birds, like wrens, woodpeckers, and meadowlarks. Visitors often spot lizards, coyotes, and the occasional mountain lion. Nature lovers and birdwatchers will be surrounded by wildlife preserves to the west and south of the city, and can hike through the grapevines and chaparral-covered hills in all seasons. Spring might be the best time to traverse the slopes, since that's when vibrant wildflowers are in bloom.

How to get there

How to get to and around Saratoga

The nearest airport is in San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), located 10.2 mi (16.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview), which is 13.7 mi (22.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Saratoga?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 696 vacation rentals near Saratoga. From 296 Houses to 282 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Saratoga for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Saratoga?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saratoga:

  • Willow Glen: 155 vacation rentals
  • Seabright: 182 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 74 vacation rentals
  • Beach and Boardwalk District: 97 vacation rentals
  • South San Jose: 40 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Saratoga?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Saratoga. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Villa Montalvo: 951 vacation rentals
  • Mountain Winery: 927 vacation rentals
  • Hakone Gardens: 942 vacation rentals
  • Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards: 941 vacation rentals
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: 519 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Saratoga listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Saratoga?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 296 Houses in Saratoga. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Saratoga include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 282 rentals available
  • Cabins: 27 rentals available
  • Cottages: 27 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Saratoga?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 119 vacation rentals with pool available in Saratoga. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.