The formerly sleepy town of Saratoga is having a moment. Just less than an hour?s drive south of SF, its main street (Big Basin Way) is humming with tasting rooms and live music--yet the area still retains a delightfully quaint vibe.
Our itinerary for a charming day trip:
Hit the trails and tasting room at Cooper-Garrod This family-owned vineyard sits on 28 acres of land that also houses the Garrod Farms riding stables. We suggest going for a ride before you sip on the estate?s Viognier. 22645 Garrod Rd.; 408-867-7116 or cgv.com
Get a pedi at Preston Wynne We usually don?t spring for fancy nail care, but the Rock n Rose pedicure at this lush spa is worth the price ($79)--relax on the garden veranda while your pastel paint dries. 14567 Big Basin Way; 408-741-5525 or prestonwynne.com
Order the Queso Fundido at Casa de Cobre Nurse a marg the size of your head while dipping tortilla chips into this decadent mix of fresh Mexican cow?s milk cheese, ajo and chorizo. 14560 Big Basin Way; 408-867-1639 or casadecobre.com
See a concert at Mountain Winery During the summer series, watch musicians such as Jewel and the Gipsy Kings perform in this stunning amphitheater, with views of the property?s vines. 14831 Pierce Rd.; 408-741-2822 or mountainwinery.com