Visit Gilroy – A Tale of Three Trails
Gilroy is a popular place for wine and food lovers from all over the world. It’s also a great place to start your own culinary adventure. You can start your Gilroy getaway at California Welcome Center Gilroy, conveniently located at Gilroy PremiumOutlets. Here you will find helpful maps and brochures, as well as fun souvenirs.
Follow Your Nose on the Road to Garlic – Of course, Gilroy is best known as the “Garlic Capital of the World,” and you can follow the Road to Garlic to find all the very best garlic shops, restaurants and experiences in town. Garlic City Cafe is a great place to grab lunch if you have a short time. Take a photo in front of the Garlic City Cafe on Monterey Street. Then, take a walk down Gilroy Historic Paseo and learn more about Gilroy’s long-standing love affair with the “stinking Rose.” For dinner, you can visit this historic Milias Restaurant, whose chef Adam Sanchez launched his culinary career after winning the 2001 Great Garlic Cook-Off; or Mama Mia’s Ristorante Italiano, which features Gilroy Garlic Festival favorites on their menu all year long. Garlic World and Garlic Shoppe are great places to pick up gourmet garlic gifts and other goodies to take home.
Enjoy Authentic Mexican Food on the Gilroy Taco Trail – These days, foodies are flocking to town in quest of new culinary adventures along the Gilroy Taco Trail. Look for Gilroy Taco Trail decals at shops windows to find authentic Mexican food. You can also pick up a Gilroy Taco Trail Map to plan your taco tasting tour. The Gilroy Taco Trail includes over 25 different casual taquerias and sit-down restaurants located in downtown Gilroy, First Street, and other areas in the city. For the ultimate Taco Trail victory, some hardcore fans have taken on the challenge to eat a taco at each stop in one day.
Taste Your Way Along the Wine Trail – Take a tasting tour along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail to discover award-winning wines, scenic vineyard views, and a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. The Santa Clara Valley is one of California’s oldest wine-growing regions and is now home to over 30 family-owned boutique wineries in and around Gilroy. You can sample wines at Solis Winery and Fortino Winery as well as Sarah’s Vineyard and Hecker Pass Winery all within a mile of one another. Continue your wine tour at Kirigin Cellars. This winery has been producing wines for more than one hundred years. Clos La Chance is a great place to stop by to take in the stunning views and listen to live music. You can also visit Satori Cellars on the east side of town, which boasts bocce courts as well as a friendly, casual neighborhood vibe.
From garlic and tacos to wine tastings and vineyard views, Gilroy has so much to offer. Stay in a budget-friendly hotel and you’ll be able to explore all three trails. Plan your great Gilroy getaway at VisitGilroy.com
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