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Commitment to sustainable farming, a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and an impressive amount of open space make Hidden…

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Commitment to sustainable farming, a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and an impressive amount of open space make Hidden Villa a star of the South Bay. Saved from development by the Duveneck family in 1924, this vast preserve is located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Los Altos Hills. The best way to experience Hidden Villa is on a guided tour. Sidle up to sheep and lambs (March and April are prime months for newborns), check out the chickens, pet a pig, and taste fresh edibles. The organic garden is a highlight: broccoli flowers, oregano, and persimmons make delicious snacks. After the tour, grab a map from the kiosk and hit any of the 8 miles of trails starting right from the farm. The Elephant Mountain Loop (2.3 miles round-trip) climbs to the top of the mountain and has views all the way to Mount Tam and across the Santa Clara Valley. Yee haw!

Hidden Villa is open from 9 a.m. to dusk, Tuesday through Sunday. Starting in mid-June it will close for summer camp. Farm tours are held in the morning and afternoon on most Saturdays and Sundays. Check the Web site for upcoming tours, events, and directions. No dogs.

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