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Countryside Wanderings in Silicon Valley (Gilroy)

Located thirty miles south of San Jose and the southern end of Silicon Valley, anchoring the beginning of the Santa Clara Wine Trail lies Gilroy, garlic capital of the world!  A true Californian enclave, Gilroy, has a yearly Garlic Festival, family entertainment in the form of Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, great shopping at Premium Outlets and over 25 wineries to choose from for tastings.

Coming from San Francisco and about 30 miles south, make a stop at the Historic Filoli Estate, a 654-acre estate recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. The historic house is surrounded by sixteen acres of formal gardens. Guided House & Garden Toursare available, by reservation, during the open season. This is a two-hour docent led tour through both the house and gardens. Closed every Monday.

Born in Yorkshire, England, Dee Harley realized her dream of blending family, local farming and gourmet food, Dee started Harley Farms fourteen years ago with just six goats.Guests receive a "behind the scenes" look at the workings of an award winning goat dairy farm. Follow the flow of the milk - from the goats to the cheese making. Meet their friendly goats, milk a goat, and learn how to make goat cheese. Enjoy a cheese tasting upstairs in their refurbished hay loft. The tour lasts about 2 hours (although it quite often goes longer due to high interest and many questions! ) And don’t forget to visit the cheese shop and take home delicious goat cheese! Tours are offered several days of the week. The shop is open from 11am-5pm.

Shopping is a unique experience in Gilroy. Where else can you shop for garlic-related gifts and treats? Shopping for others things besides garlic? Stop in at the Gilroy Premium Outlet. With over 145 stores, you’ll find great savings at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Hugo Boss, J Crew, Jones New York, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Timberland, and Tommy Hilfiger just to name a few! Receive complimentary VIP Coupon Book featuring additional discounts on your favorite designer and name brands on top of every day savings of 25% to 65%. Open daily. (408) 842-3729. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm

Bonus Tip: Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park offers discounts on one-day admission if purchased online.