Little known to most people there are a bunch of wineries near town. I think about 10 in Gilroy and another 5-6 in the surrounding areas.
While not the standard of Napa, definately not the price, distance or snobbiness. Worth a partial day trip to check them out, especially since they start just 10 minutes up Hecker Pass Road.
Gilroy claims to be the Garlic Capital of the World. They hold an annual garlic festival on the edge of town that offers great food, all kinds of vendors, music, and other fun and games to the estimated 150,000 people whop attend the three-day event.
10 years too long
"Garlic Capitol of the World"
I lived in glroy for about 8 years over the course of my life. From 16 to 24 and then a short stint at 29 before I moved to Portland.
What I can tell you is Gilroy is 34 miles from San Jose because all my jobs, school and friends were in San Jose.
Not a whole lot to do in Gilroy.
When I moved their in 1988, the hot teen thing to do was to hang at the safeway in you slammed minitruck. Needless to say, I stayed home.
Besides my dramatic outh, Gilroy is a great place to raise a family.
Gets hot during the summer and you can smell the garlic, onions, & shallots they grow every (EVERY) morning.
If there the last weekend in july, you must go to the Garlic Festival. Hot, packed and some amazing food.