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What are your favorite places to take visitors and newcomers in Los Gatos?

Los Gatos has one of the largest collections of Victorian homes (and neighborhoods from that vintage) in Santa Clara County.  This makes for scenic views that newcomers and visitors enjoy.  The town also enjoys gorgeous tree-lined streets, a bustling downtown, views of and from the foothills, and of course large parks.  When you have visitors, or friends moving to Los Gatos, what are your favorite spots to show off?

One of mine is Quito Road with its interesting speed signs.

Quito Road, along the Los Gatos and Saratoga borders, sports interesting speed limit suggestions

Your input for "best places to show visitors and newcomers" is welcome!

 

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Montezuma Mountain Ranch School for Boys

From 1910 to 1955, the hills over Los Gatos just off Bear Creek Road were home to a boys' school, the Montezuma Mountain Ranch School for Boys.  Although there was never an enormous population of students, at one point the campus did include a whopping 300 acres.

Known for discipline, hard work and ethics, the school appears to have been exceedingly well respected and influential for its work with students all the way from k - 12. 

Notably, Julia Morgan, the renowned architect best remembered for her design at the Hearst Mansion, seems to have played a hand in the school's buildings too, making the site doubly interesting from an historical perspective. 

A Catholic religious order, The Sisters of the Presentation, bought the site in 1956.  Initially it was Presentation College (from 1958 to 1971), connected with the University of San Francisco (a Jesuit college) and served as that order's novitiate. Today it is the interfaith Presentation Conference and Retreat Center.  (Check out their photo tour and map, which calls out Montezuma Hall too.)
 

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Youth Science Institute at Vasona Park in Los Gatos Needs Your Support!

Youth Science Institute (YSI) needs a little more funding to stay open!
The Youth Science Institute, or YSI, is based in Los Gatos at Vasona Lake County Park, but serves all of Santa Clara County.  It serves about 30,000 children each year across Silicon Valley and is highly regarded, but has been in danger of being shuttered due to a significant financial shortfall of $300,000. It's down to the wire now and just $20,000 is still needed by the end of January.If you can help, please visit the campaign's website and donate or make a pledge!

How did the YSI come to be in such a dire situation? Apparently it was due to a combination of things, from fewer signups in the summer programs, not enough donors or donors unable to be as generous as in the past, fewer field trips (due to state budget issuesj etc. 

The YSI had fewer than 200 donors prior to the fundraising campaign. Today that number is over 1000. The public support has been fantastic but a little more help is needed: $20,000 by the end of January.

Please help if you can!
http://ysi.tiktala.com/campaigns/save-ysi-meeting

 

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Gelato in Los Gatos: Visit Dolce Spazio for the Best!

Date: Mar. 7, 2008
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Doorway to Dolce Spazio gelateria (gelato shop) in Los Gatos, CAVoted Best Ice Cream over and over and in multiple competitions, Dolce Spazio (which means Sweet Space) has also been voted Best Dessert Place in Santa Clara County as Metro Readers' Choice and The Wave Magazine. 
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Dio Deka: Great Greek Food in Los Gatos

Back of the menu of Dio Deka restaurant in Los Gatos. For those of you who haven't studied Greek, the triangle is a "delta" or the letter D.Today I celebrated a friend's birthday by taking her to lunch at Dio Deka, a fairly new Greek restaurant, in the Hotel Los Gatos. It was the first time I returned there since the restaurant had changed hands and gone Hellenic.Please continue reading on the new home of Live in Los Gatos


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Feeling Hot?
Cool Off in an Off-The-Beaten-Path Place

Date: Jun. 23, 2007
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The Dam at Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos, CA The secret location is along the Los Gatos Creek Trail under the Vasona Dam spillway. The rush of water through the gates creates a cool, light mist that floats down like some of the "misters" that you may have encountered at Disneyland.
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Dining Review of Trevese Restaurant in Los Gatos

Date: Jun. 4, 2007
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Trevese Restaurant, Los Gatos, CAIn April, this blog featured an entry about a newcomer to the Los Gatos restaurant scene, Trevese. The building has the dubious honor of being one of the most notoriously haunted places in town, so that angle was the focus of the post.

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What About Los Gatos' Forbes Mill?

Date: Jun. 1, 2007
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Forbes Mill Historical Marker, Los Gatos, CA

Forbes Mill. Truthfully, it just sounds boring. Doesn't it?

But actually the place has got an interesting bit of history to it.  A little intrigue. A little scandal. And our town was once (briefly) named after it, first Forbes Mill, then Forbestown, then finally, Los Gatos. 

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Photo Tour of Vasona and Oak Meadow:
Beautiful Parks at the Heart of Los Gatos

Date: Apr. 29, 2007
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Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad Station, Los Gatos, CA (photo by Mary Pope-Handy)Yesterday I visited Vasona Lake County Park to see the nesting Great Blue Herons. While there, I took 54 photos of adjoining Oak Meadow and Vasona Parks. It's impossible to capture all of these two  parks in one quick slideshow, Please continue reading on the new home of Live in Los Gatos

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Where to find a good salad in Los Gatos?

Date: Apr. 26, 2007
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Lately I've had a lot of appointments, long work days, and not much rest. I haven't had a day off in almost three weeks. These are the times when I tend to sleep too little, exercize not enough and eat more than I'd care to admit. 

It's time for salad!  (Oh, and yes, a day off!!)  Yesterday I took three gals who work at my office, Intero, to lunch - it was Administrative Assistant Day (aka Secretary's Day). Most of us had lettuce in one form or another as the main course. And I got some input from them on other on great places for the same, so I want to share those with you.

Steamer's Grillhouse is a place where I like to take people for a drink, but I'm told their mixed green salad and house dressing is incredibly good too. Greens come with entertainment at Campo di Bocce as you can play or watch folks doing Bocce Ball (Italian Lawn Bowling - only no lawn here, it's nicely paved courts, indoors and outdoors). Good, classy salads can also be had at Viva, Crimson, The Wine Cellar, California Cafe, and Tapestry. Today I enjoyed a delicious BBQ Chicken Salad at the Los Gatos Brewing Company. Yum.

If you'd like something a little different, my absolute favorite place for Chinese Chicken Salad is Jasmine Chinese Cuisine. Or if you're hunkering for Mexican, you'll find great food at Andale's and also Pedro's.

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