Destination guide

Pretty Los Gatos makes a great base

Once Los Gatos was roamed by mountain lions prowling and screaming in the night, but now it is a picturesque town that celebrates its history with a charming Old Town and quaint wine bars and shops. Free summer concerts, jazz in the plaza, and a vibrant arts festival lure visitors to wander the beautiful streets. Los Gatos vacation rentals provide a home base to hike in the Santa Cruz Mountains or take a tour of coastal wineries. When summer temperatures soar, a short drive will find you at the seaside where Pacific waves will cool you off in no time.

Things to do

Holiday light displays in Los Gatos

When winter falls on Los Gatos, Vasona Park is transformed into a dazzling display of lights and music for the annual Festival of Lights, and in December you can tour elegant historic homes decked out in their finest holiday regalia. Los Gatos vacation rentals are lovely places to return to after a day of luxurious pampering at a local spa, or a day of hiking through the towering redwood forests. Children will enjoy Oak Meadow Park where they can take exciting rides on the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and the W.E. "Bill" Mason Carousel. You can have a jolly afternoon on the water by renting paddle boats or row boats at nearby Vasona Lake.

Activities

Old-world charm and coastal wineries in Los Gatos

Wandering the streets of Los Gatos is sheer pleasure with its exquisitely preserved Old Town, 19th-century Victorian architecture, and charming shops. A short drive will take you touring coastal wineries sprinkled throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, and just might inspire you to take a cooking class and learn to pair Tuscan and Mediterranean dishes with the wines you tasted. Los Gatos vacation rentals are close to the town plaza where the weekly farmers' market celebrates the best fruits and vegetables of the region.

Weather

Mediterranean climate in Los Gatos

Los Gatos basks in a Mediterranean-style climate of ample sunshine, clear blue skies, and warm days. Summer temperatures can soar into the high 80s, so that's a great time to head for the hills for morning hikes, then to nearby lakes or the beach for cooling swims in the afternoon. Winter temperatures are balmy, averaging in the low to mid 60s with an occasional frost but no snow. This a lovely time to explore numerous wineries in the area, take in a day of shopping in Old Town Los Gatos, or learn local history at the Forbes Mill Annex museum.

Natural features

Los Gatos sits close to mountains and beaches

Nestled at the foot of the Sierra Azules, Los Gatos sits where the lower slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains meet the Santa Clara Valley. With densely wooded hillsides and a beautiful Old Town on the valley floor, it is only an hour south of San Francisco. Although it is a bustling and vibrant town, Los Gatos is also home to curious squirrels, ambling deer, and the occasional coyote wandering along the boulevard. The white-sand beaches of Santa Cruz are only 30 minutes away, and hiking trails in numerous state and county parks are within a few minutes' drive.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Los Gatos

Fly into San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), the closest airport, located 14.3 mi (22.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview), which is 14.3 mi (23 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Los Gatos?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,117 vacation rentals near Los Gatos. From 595 Houses to 73 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Los Gatos for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Los Gatos?

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 Los Gatos:

  • Eastside Santa Cruz: 232 vacation rentals
  • Seabright: 174 vacation rentals
  • Westside: 193 vacation rentals
  • Allied Arts: 21 vacation rentals
  • Edenvale: 25 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 Los Gatos?

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

  • Testarossa Winery: 1,378 vacation rentals
  • Loma Prieta Winery: 1,202 vacation rentals
  • Regale Winery and Vineyards: 1,242 vacation rentals
  • Byington Vineyard and Winery: 1,298 vacation rentals
  • Castle Rock State Park: 1,006 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Los Gatos 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 Los Gatos?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 595 Houses in Los Gatos. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Los Gatos include:

  • Cottages: 73 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 319 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 73 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Los Gatos?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 204 vacation rentals with pool available in Los Gatos. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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