If you’re enamored with the authentic California wine country lifestyle, it’s hard to imagine a town more perfect than Los Gatos. Once an agricultural town, Los Gatos retains its 19th century charm with Victorian architecture and streets lined with quaint, upscale shops, wine bars and eateries. If you’re an antiques addict, this is the perfect town to window shop and lunch before heading south on 17 to explore the humble but outstanding coastal wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
History buffs can check out the History Museum in the Forbes Mill Annex, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a State Historic Landmark. The museum is located at what remains of the town’s Forbes Mill, a flour mill built in 1954, which played a major economic role in the town’s eccentric history until 1887. On Sunday morning residents overflow into Town Plaza to check out the latest offerings of the farmer’s market, set next to a park with a water fountain and colorful flowers.
During the summer months, music lovers can check out Summer Sunday Concerts and Jazz in the Plazz. Each August visitors converge downtown to check out Fiesta de Artes, two days celebrating artisans of music, art, crafts and wine.