Gilroy, California is a popular destination for foodies and wine lovers from around the world—and a great place to choose your own culinary adventure! Start your Gilroy getaway at the California Welcome Center Gilroy (conveniently located at Gilroy PremiumOutlets) to pick up 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. If you’ve only got time for a quick stop, have lunch at Garlic City Café in historic downtown Gilroy and be sure to try the garlic soup (and garlic ice cream!). You can snap a selfie in front of the garlic mural on Monterey Street and take a stroll down the Gilroy Historic Paseo to learn more about the city’s long love affair with the “stinking rose.” If you’ve more time to explore, visit Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park to take a spin in the Garlic Twirl ride, have some genuine Gilroy garlic fries, and say hello to Gil and Roy, the park’s garlic bulb mascots. 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. Be sure to visit Garlic World and the Garlic Shoppe to stock up on gourmet goodies and garlic gifts to bring 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. If you’re hungry for tacos, burritos, enchiladas and other authentic Mexican fare, look for Gilroy Taco Trail decals in shop windows or 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. Some truly hardcore fans have even taken on the challenge of eating a taco at every stop in just one day for the ultimate Taco Trail triumph!
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. Head out to Hecker Pass Highway to sample wines at Solis Winery, Fortino Winery, Sarah’s Vineyard, and Hecker Pass Winery, all conveniently located within a mile of each other. Continue your wine tour at Kirigin Cellars, which has been producing wines for over one hundred years. Stop by Clos La Chance to enjoy the grand, gorgeous views—and groove to live music in the grove. And head to the east side of town for a visit to Satori Cellars, which has bocce courts and a casual, friendly neighborhood vibe.
From garlic and tacos to wine and vineyard views, there’s far too much to experience in Gilroy in just one day! Book a budget-friendly hotel room and stay long enough so you can explore all three trails—and more. Plan your great Gilroy getaway at VisitGilroy.com