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This is one of the most unusual podcasts I’ve offered yet. Prompted by an invitation I spent 3 days exploring the village and area of Saratoga, California in San Francisco’s South Bay. This historic community is situated next to San Jose, Cupertino and Los Gatos in the Santa Cruz mountains south of Silicon Valley. From wineries and restaurants, to Japanese gardens, stables and a mysterious house, the area has a lot to offer. This is your invitation to ride along as my wife Meredith and I experience Saratoga.

 

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The Village of Saratoga on Sunday morning

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Our suite at the Saratoga Oaks Lodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter Berries at Hakone Estate and Gardens

 

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Plum Flower at Hakone Estate and Gardens

 

 

 

 

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With Shozo Kagoshima at Hakone Estate and Gardens

 

 

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The Lower House overlooking the Dry Garden at Hakone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the Cooper-Garrod Tasting Room

 

 

 

 

 

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Winemaker Bill Cooper of Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards

 

 

 

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Horseback riding at Garrod Farms

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The many rooftops of the peculiar Winchester Mystery House as seen from an outdoor balcony

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One of the staircases that go nowhere in the Winchester Mystery House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of the original cabernet vines planted at Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Estate overlooking the South Bay

 

 

 

 

 

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In the tasting room at Ridge Vineyards before our Estate Tasting

 

 

 

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Enjoying a wonderful dinner at Hero Ranch Kitchen. Look at those redwood tree plates!