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April 20, 2012 at 15:50 PM EDT
Hotel Los Gatos and Spa: Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Country Events

LOS GATOS, Calif., April 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In a Valley that feeds on technology, hyperlinks, ingenuity and an incredibly intense pace, "Sometimes ya just gotta get away." How about fifteen minutes away? Just fifteen minutes from the San Jose airport and the Bay Area's hub of technical horsepower, Hotel Los Gatos and Spa www.hotellosgatos.com is truly a world away. Located in the town center of tony, stroll-friendly Los Gatos, the streets are filled with over a hundred chic unique shops and a bevy of seventy+ bistros to fulfill months of gastronomic fantasies.

Reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa smack dab in the center of the shopping district, Hotel Los Gatos and Spa is the secret decompression password for harried business travelers, girls' getaway weekend groups, wine country weekends and bridal festivities. From engagement parties to rehearsal dinners to intimate group, or onsite weddings in elegant poolside and sumptuous interior settings everything needed is here. The range of options to celebrate life or simply unwind soothes the mind, body and soul.

Refurbished in 2011 after just ten years in town, the inn's seventy one guestrooms and suites, like the Aston Martin suite complete with namesake loaner car, make it easy to forget the pressures of the day, negotiation of that big software deal and the traffic woes of the Valley.

The secluded, plush atmosphere, renowned hospitality staff, onsite Spa Los Gatos appointments and complimentary parking speak only the first of many volumes of the delights found within. Spa Los Gatos can also be privately booked for bridal party preparations.

Los Gatos is ideally situated at the gateway to "The Hill", as locals refer to the Highway 17 entrance to the Santa Cruz Mountains. These mountains are the Bay Area's nature playground for passive and active enjoyment, as well as home to the nearly one hundred wineries of its mountain appellation.

Tempered by mountain elevations and the cooling effects of the Pacific on one side and San Francisco Bay on the other, it has been called "the finest winegrowing area in the western hemisphere" by Charles Sullivan.

An extended growing season allows slower grape maturation and time to develop their critically renowned, award-winning complexity. Pinot and Chardonnay on the west side, and Zin, Cab and Merlot on the east face, so oenophiles can taste a wide gamut of favorites within a limited distance.

Hotel Los Gatos and Spa guests don't even have to get into a car to taste the wine at Testarossa Winery. Only a half mile from downtown, the historic winery, founded in 1888 as Novitiate Winery, offers 94 point rated 2009 Chardonnay among other noteworthy Chardonnay, Pinot, and Syrah wines. If time permits a more extensive tour, the  Los Gatos-Saratoga Wine Trail connects four other wineries, open most afternoons, in just twelve miles.

Los Gatos, a community of outdoor lovers and a bicycle mecca, will host the world class, 39th annual Cats Hills Classic bicycle race on May 5 on one of the most difficult, closed-circuit courses in the US, traversing local streets amid Victorian homes. The race promises a thrilling afternoon of 50+ mph racing traversing a 23% grade path circular course.

Back at the hotel after a day of business, romance or fun, fine dining, banquet or room service meals enjoy the same level of exacting culinary attention by Chef Marty Cattaneo, seen on Iron Chef America. The only Michelin rated Greek restaurant in the US, Dio Deka offers extraordinary Hellenic cuisine, a melding of the Greek and Mediterranean influences.

Hotel Los Gatos and Spa actively engages local business relationships, including nearby wineries and produce suppliers for the freshest, truly local experience possible, emphasizing both its commitment to the community by marketing one another without wholesale middlemen, and the green factor of utilizing local suppliers.

Hotel Los Gatos and Spa is located at 210 E. Main Street, Los Gatos, CA 95030. To book a business retreat, weekend package, room or suite, call 408-335-1700 or book online at www.HotelLosGatos.com.

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