21000 Big Basin Way 741-4994
Created in 1918 by a former gardener to the Emperor of Japan, this 18-acre garden is designed in the strolling-pond style typical of a 17th century Zen garden. Gazebos, stone lanterns, a moon bridge, waterfalls, and a stream with ponds containing Koi fish are found along pleasant pathways. A main house, as well as a teahouse with observation room, is featured. Parking is $7.00. The gardens are open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. www.hakone.com.
Designated a California Historical Site in 1950, it features many buildings throughout the community’s business area and adjoining residential neighborhoods which were original to early Saratoga. The Historical Foundation conducts walking tours to 22 historical buildings. Call 867-4311 for more information. Historic Walking Tour.
Saratoga Historical Museum
20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd. 867-4311
Housed in a turn-of-the-century former drug store building, the museum contains displays of artifacts and photographs from early Saratoga. The city’s first library, now a Friends of the Saratoga Libraries bookstore, and the McWilliams House, circa 1865, are adjacent historic buildings. Docents offer historic sites guided tours by appointment only. The Museum is open Friday through Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment, and admission is free. www.saratogahistory.com.
The Gallery at Montalvo
15400 Montalvo Rd. 961-5800
This stately, Mediterranean-style mansion houses exhibits of contemporary Bay Area artists or artist residents. Exhibits change every six weeks. Call ahead for updated information. Hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. www.villamontalvo.org/visualarts.html.
Golden Oak Gallery
14414 Oak St 867-8646
Golden Oak Gallery showcases a variety of fine art, garden antiques, and eclectic jewelry. The gallery continues to create experiences within the community through local events, classes and personal contacts. Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10:00 – 5:30, Sat. by Appointment. www.goldenoakgallery.com.
Oak St. & 6th St. 867-3717
The cemetery, located on the hillside just above Saratoga Village, was established in 1854. This is the final resting place of Mary Ann Day Brown, the wife of the abolitionist John Brown of Harper’s Ferry infamy. Plots are available for Saratoga and Monte Sereno residents only. Memorial Day services, sponsored by the Saratoga Foothill Club, are held here each year.