Venue Spotlight: Saratoga Springs
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Indisputable natural beauty and unparalleled organic elegance are the hallmarks of Saratoga Springs, the oldest picnic grounds in the Bay Area. Nestled in the lush foothills just two miles outside of Saratoga, it is hard to believe that these stunning woodlands were once home to a prominent logging company. Luckily, these gorgeous grounds were left largely untouched during the logging company’s ownership. Instead, the area was regularly used as a relaxing lunch spot for sawmill workers. Some years later, the area also became a popular rest stop for Santa Cruz mountain travelers and local families. Saratoga Springs is now a family-owned operation that has been maintained by the Giannini family since the late 19th century. It is still one of the most beloved picnic areas in the region, praised for its innate charm and unrivaled service level.
Saratoga Springs’ tranquil picnic groves seamlessly transform into unforgettable wedding sites that intertwine the rustic and the natural. On your way to your shining moment, walk along gently winding trails and revel in the lovely views of surrounding moss-covered trees and foliage. Cathedral Grove – a favorite spot to hold ceremonies and receptions – provides a distinct sense of intimacy courtesy of the leaning redwoods, whose towering visages channel the grandiosity of gothic cathedrals. Wed your beloved beneath dappled sunlight as it leaks through the forest canopy, all while enjoying the soothing sounds of Booker Creek as it runs by this picturesque grove. If you’re looking to dance the night away, check out another favorite area for enjoying a delectable dinner and great company, the rustic Longbridge area. The historic gray stone Longbridge, once a favorite shady spot for weary travelers to rest and lunch, serves as a unique backdrop for breathtaking ceremonies and receptions. Whether you select this or one of the many other picnic groves available at Saratoga Springs, your guests will always be dining and dancing amid rich greenery and the melodies of songbirds.