Gilroy (California)Santa Clara County south of San Jose in California. It is in the South Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.
It is also known as the "Garlic Capital of the World."
Gilroy is located about south of San Jose International Airport (SJC).
phone: +1 408 840-7100address: 3050 Hecker Pass HwyOpen from mid-spring to mid-fall. A theme park whose theme is plants, agriculture, and local history. Best for people interested in gardens, and for families with younger children. Like Legoland, the rides here do not cater to teenagers or older.
Chitactac-Adams Heritage County ParkAn interesting little park where the Ohlone people lived for several thousand years. It's not a destination by itself, but if you're in the area.
Gilroy Garlic FestivalHeld each July, the country's largest festival devoted to everything garlic. Garlic plushies, garlic ice cream, garlic weavings, garlic wine, garlic-till-you're-sick. The last full weekend of July.
address: 681 Leavesly RdThe 145 outlet stores draw people from near and far. If you're in the mood for shopping, the outlets are easy to see just off 101.
Black Bear Dinerphone: +1 408-842-9901address: 393 Leavesley RdAmerican comfort food, bear-shaped paraphernalia
Mama Mia'sphone: +1 408-847-8808address: 1360 1st St # BTuscan style.
Claddaghphone: +1 408-848-5050address: 1300 S. 1st StIrish pub & restaurant. Soccer on the telly when available.
The Longhousephone: +1 408-842-7664address: 8195 Monterey HighwayAmerican food. Friendly waitstaff.
Pho Ho An IIaddress: 890 Renz Lane #152Vietnamese. Note, there's an ATM on site but they don't take debit or credit cards.
Scotty's Restaurant at Gilroy Bowlphone: +1 408-842-5100address: 7554 Monterey St.Yes they're attached to a bowling alley, but the service is great and they have good Hawaiian and Japanese food (loco moco, spam musubi, donburi, etc.) along with standard diner fare.
Victoria's Mexican Restaurantphone: +1 408-848-1052address: 757 1st StWhat it says on the tin.
O.D.'s Kitchenphone: +1 408 847-3818address: 28 Martin StPlentiful food, low prices, popular hole-in-the-wall breakfast joint. Their "Kitchen Sink" entree is huge, you may want to share it.
phone: +1 408 842-6061address: 6110 Monterey Highway
phone: +1 408 840-7000address: 6070 Monterey St
Best Western Forest Park Innphone: +1 408-848-5144address: 375 Leavesley Rd