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About Saratoga

Settling in Saratoga

Saratoga, California, is a charming city with a rich history spanning over 160 years. It started as a milling community in the 1840s and quickly evolved into a bustling industrial town, thanks to the establishment of a sawmill by William Campbell. Over the years, Saratoga transitioned from an industrial hub to a resort destination known for its mineral springs, which drew comparisons to Saratoga Springs in New York. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the town develop into an agricultural center with many fruit orchards and vineyards – most notably, the Mountain Winery founded by Paul Masson.

As the 20th century progressed, Saratoga became more residential, with orchards making way for homes and estates, including the notable Villa Montalvo, enriching the town’s cultural and artistic scene. Saratoga officially became a city in 1956 to preserve its unique character against urban sprawl. Today, Saratoga is known for its high quality of life, excellent schools, affluent community, and vibrant cultural institutions like the Montalvo Arts Center, making it a desirable place to live. Its history of transformation from a milling town to a prosperous suburban community, alongside its beautiful landscapes and commitment to preserving a semi-rural appearance, contribute to its charm and appeal.

Pro-Tip: Begin your exploration in the heart of Saratoga Village. For an exceptional coffee experience, visit Big Basin Café. Ask for their seasonal specialities, often crafted with local ingredients. It’s a beloved spot among residents for its cozy ambiance and quality brews.

Pro-Tip: Saratoga’s wineries are a well-kept secret. Skip the crowded Napa tours and visit Montalvo Arts Center, which hosts summer wine tasting events featuring local vineyards. For a more intimate experience, Cinnabar Winery’s tasting room in the village offers a cozy atmosphere.

Pro-Tip: Keep an eye out for Saratoga’s seasonal events. The Blossom Festival in the spring celebrates the city’s agricultural heritage with live music, crafts, and food, reminiscent of the 1900s when the valley was full of blooming orchards.

You can learn more about Saratoga on their official website.

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