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North to South from Silicon Valley
Start at Ridge above Cupertino. Next is Cooper-Garrod, only 25 minutes from San Jose or Palo Alto; 50 minutes from San Francisco. Then drive through the lovely towns of Saratoga and Los Gatos to Silver Mountain, in the hills above Los Gatos, 20 miles (about 40 minutes away). You can preorder a picnic at Cooper-Garrod, stop for lunch in Saratoga or Los Gatos or at the Summit Store deli. From Silver Mountain, continue your drive down the ocean side of the mountains to Alfaro Family Vineyards in Corralitos, 20 miles (about 35 minutes). Finally, enjoy dinner at any one of a number of excellent restaurants in Aptos, Soquel or Santa Cruz.
Start at Alfaro in Corralitos. If you’re already hungry, stop at the Corralitos Market for a sandwich of house-smoked meats or sausages. Next is up the mountain to Silver Mountain. If you’re just now hungry, check out at the Summit Store. From Silver Mountain, next is Cooper-Garrod in hills above Saratoga. Our final stop is Ridge, above Cupertino. For dinner, excellent restaurants abound in Saratoga and Los Gatos.