Get Away To Gilroy!
You might already know that Gilroy, California is the self-proclaimed “Garlic Capital of the World” and home of the Gilroy Garlic Festival. This annual event (held on the last full weekend in July) welcomes thousands of visitors from around the globe to enjoy great garlicky food, cooking competitions, and live entertainment at summer’s ultimate food fair.
But there’s a lot more than garlic going on all year long in Gilroy!
The magical Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park is a wonderland for families with young children, with over 40 fun rides and attractions, majestic gardens, and the world-famous Circus Trees in a beautiful and unique setting. For a limited time (through November 2016), the park also features Lumination, a spectacular night-time festival that celebrates over 2,000 years of Chinese culture and history with colossal light displays, an artisan market, and live performers from China. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should not be missed!
Gilroy is also a mecca for serious shoppers. Discover extraordinary everyday savings of 25–65% at 145 designer outlet stores at Gilroy Premium Outlets, including top brands like Kate Spade, Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Coach, and more. Or take a stroll through Historic Downtown Gilroy’s eclectic antique shops and charming boutiques.
A trip to Gilroy should be on every foodie’s bucket list. Even if you can’t make it for the Gilroy Garlic Festival in July, you’ll find garlic in Gilroy all year long…from gourmet gift shops like Garlic World, Garlic Shoppe, and Garlic City Mercantile to outstanding restaurants like The Milias, Old City Hall, Garlic City Café and Mama Mia’s…where you can be sure garlic is always on the menu!
Wine lovers will enjoy exploring the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail, which features over 25 award-winning wineries nestled in the foothills overlooking the valley. Located in one of California’s oldest wine-growing regions, Gilroy’s scenic vineyards provide a casual, relaxed atmosphere for wine tasting and picnics.
The area also abounds with outdoor activities, with several parks, trails, championship golf courses, and nearby lakes for fishing and water sports. Explore the majestic redwood forests at Mt. Madonna County Park, go for a hike or mountain bike ride in the rolling foothills of Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch, or take a walk back in time at Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park, which was home for hundreds of years to the native Ohlone Indians.
Gilroy’s central location, mild year-round weather, and budget-friendly hotels make it a great destination any time of year, and the perfect “home base” for exploring the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, or the Central Coast. Whether you’re just visiting for the day or plan to stay awhile, make the Gilroy Welcome Center your first stop in town. Our staff can provide helpful maps and guides to help you make the most of your time in Gilroy.
It’s also a great place to shop for unique Gilroy souvenirs!
To start planning your Gilroy getaway, go to visitgilroy.com.