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Head to the South Bay foothills for bocce, biking, and a splurge dinner

Molly Watson,  – March 1, 2006

The culinarily curious don’t think twice about braving the traffic along State 17 to get to Los Gatos, thanks in large part to Manresa, a restaurant that foodies are flocking to.

But there are plenty of reasons besides David Kinch’s celebrated tasting menu to visit the 19th-century town. Begin your day with brunch at a local breakfast spot, play in the park and in town, then head to Manresa to find out what the hype is all about.

Los Gatos Café
Scrumptious eggs Benedict, French toast, and scrambles to fuel you for the day. WHEN: Breakfast and lunch daily. HOW MUCH: $. WHERE: 340 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/354-4647.

The tasting menu is the way to go (but prepare for a two-hour stay). WHEN: Dinner Wed-Sun; reservations required. HOW MUCH: $$$$. WHERE: 320 Village Lane; 408/354-4330.


Vasona Lake County Park
Rent a boat, or walk along the easy, almost 15-mile paved Los Gatos Creek Trail. WHEN: 8 a.m.-sunset daily. How much: $5 parking. WHERE: 333 Blossom Hill Rd.; 408/356-2729.

Campo di Bocce
Play a game of bocce ball (instruction available) indoors or out at the bocce club-Italian restaurant combo. WHEN: Lunch and dinner daily; call for club hours. HOW MUCH: $$; bocce $10 per session. WHERE: 565 University Ave.; or 408/395-7650.

Testarossa Vineyards
Rev up your palate at the picturesque winery in the hills above downtown. WHEN: 11-5 daily. HOW MUCH: Tastings $10 (applied to any wine purchase). WHERE: 300-A College Ave.; or 408/354-6150.


Trent Pottery and Tile
Unique ceramic pieces by local potter Trent Thompson. WHEN: 11-3 Tue, 11-5 Wed-Fri, 11-4 Sat. WHERE: 300 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/354-1430.

Find whatever home or kitchen item you’ve ever imagined at the exhaustive specialty emporium. WHEN: 10-9 daily. WHERE: 40 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/354-6630.

Info: From State 85 or I-880, take State 17 toward Santa Cruz. Take the Los Gatos exit (State 9); turn left on N. Santa Cruz Ave. for downtown.

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