The Best Things to Do in Gilroy

Jen Marley Bright  |  November 29, 2022

The Best Things to Do in Gilroy

Gilroy, Calif., is known as the garlic capital of the world. Of course, there’s more to Gilroy than garlic. This charming town in the southern part of California's Silicon Valley is home to some of the most luxurious properties in the state. From sprawling estates with stunning mountain views to quaint hundred year old homes, natural open spaces, delicious restaurants, several golf courses, and a strong community spirit, Gilroy has something for everyone.

Additionally, the climate is perfect for enjoying outdoor activities. If you’re looking for a place to invest in relaxation with small-town charm and big-city amenities, look no further than Gilroy real estate. You’ll find outdoor and indoor activities that delight visitors and residents.

Wine tasting

If you consider yourself a sommelier or just someone who appreciates a good glass of wine, Gilroy has over 30 incredible wineries offering delicious libations. The area is primarily known for its award-winning Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir wines. Treating yourself to a wine tasting is a fantastic way to get to know Gilroy and establish a relationship with the locals and other wine enthusiasts.

Sarah's Vineyard

Here at Sarah's Vineyard, welcoming hospitality combines with beautiful vineyards amid a tranquil setting. The tasting room is open daily. Proprietor/Winemaker Tim Slater is often in attendance and the helpful staff is eager to introduce guests to new discoveries, old favorites, and special S.V. releases that are available "only at the source." The scenic grounds boast fantastic views, bocce ball courts, picnic areas, and a summer music series.

Martin Ranch Winery

Thérèse and Dan Martin have run Martin Ranch Winery for over two decades. The couple released their first commercial crush in 2002 and began to build their winery around community, passion, and tradition. Thérèse is also a great source of information regarding sustainability and wellness, a bonus to becoming part of their circle.

Solis Winery

Solis Winery prides itself on local production, with all of its wines grown and produced at the Vanni Estate Vineyard in Gilroy. If you become a Wine Club member, you’ll also have access to exclusive events. Solis Winery hosts music and live entertainment you can enjoy while sipping on some of their delicious varietals.

Delectable eateries

We’ve seen why Gilroy is known for its garlic production and local wineries. It’s also home to some fantastic restaurants. Gilroy has wonderful culinary experiences to offer both in and around town. Here are three places you must try if you’re looking for fine dining.

Westside Grill

The Westside Grill is a family-owned, neighborhood restaurant with a menu of favorites, an ever-changing list of daily specials, a full bar and a friendly staff.  It's just right whether you're looking for a delicious dinner, a late night drink with friends or omelettes and pancakes for breakfast on the weekend.

Garlic City Cafe

Garlic City Cafe in Gilroy serves up the finest gluten-free and healthy eats in the area. Bring your family and friends to this restaurant where you can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.

The Milias Restaurant

Diners today will be delighted with the unique and friendly atmosphere at The Milias Restaurant. Surrounded by the aura and tradition of one of Gilroy’s oldest and most respected dining establishments, food lovers of today will be charmed by the presentation of fine cuisine and professional service at this old but new Gilroy landmark.

Outdoor activities

There are many fantastic outdoor activities to choose from near Gilroy, whether you’re into hiking, biking, camping, or just relaxing in nature. There are also ample places to enjoy fishing and birdwatching in the area. Here are three great spots to enjoy the great outdoors.

Coyote Ridge Trail


Coyote Ridge Trail is well-maintained and offers incredible views of the surrounding area, including beautiful lakes. It’s a moderately challenging route that runs a little over three miles in a loop that can take around an hour and a half to complete. It’s an ideal location for birdwatching, running, or just being in nature.

Mt. Madonna County Park

Mt. Madonna County Park
can attract those who seek a more challenging route. Hikers and equestrians can take advantage of this 14-mile trail system to gawk at beautiful redwoods. You can also reserve unique campsites in tents and yurts or host special events like weddings in the park’s amphitheater. This park is the camper’s dream, and if you’re into the RV lifestyle, Mt. Madonna County Park also has you covered.

Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park

If you’re looking for a fishing and boating location, you’ll be happy to discover Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park. It has accessible waters and a world-class population of black bass, bluegill, and Eurasian carp. The park also boasts 219 species of birds and is a popular birdwatching site. You can also get your hiking fix on 33 miles of trails winding through the forests.

Gilroy real estate

So, now you’ve seen why the town is so appealing. If you’re looking for homes for sale in Gilroy, California, you want to make sure you’re working with a realtor you trust who knows the market and what the area has to offer so that you can make the best investment. If you are selling you want a realtor that knows what makes the city so special.

Real estate agent/broker and Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Jen Marley is an expert in Gilroy real estate and has been an exceptional local agent since 2002. Her accolades speak for her and her clients sing her praises, evident in the five-star Yelp and Zillow ratings she earns. With sharp market savvy, Jen can easily navigate contract negotiations as she guides you through the buying and selling process.

Whether you want to be surrounded by beautiful outdoors or nestled close to town, why not work with Jen Marley and her team? She is prepared to help you find the best property that exceeds your expectations. Thinking of selling? Don't wait! Reach out to Jen today and rest easy knowing you’re working with the best.

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If you are a buyer or seller who lives in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Sacramento or Placer County or if you are looking to relocate, Jen would be honored to assist you. Jen has a global referral network through Coldwell Banker Realty and she can connect you with the best local agent anywhere nationwide.