16525 Condit Road
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Phone: (408) 779-0447
Fax: (408) 778-7170
You will feel as though you are in 19th-century Italy at this award-winning winery. It is located in Morgan Hill, just a scenic 30-minute drive from San Jose. The winery's outstanding selection of vintages includes Chardonnay, White Zinfandel, Merlot and White Riesling. Tours are available and the Wine Shop is open seven days a week. Tours are conducted by knowledgeable and witty guides and are highly recommended. Wine connoisseurs can also join their Wine Club for special offers and tasting sessions. This winery is blessed with warm sunshine, a pleasant weather and natural beauty, typical of Californian countryside; it can be hired for private functions and weddings.
Anderson Reservoir, often called Anderson Lake, is an artificial lake just about 3.6 miles (5 kilometers) from Morgan Hill, CA, and is located next to the Coyote Creek. Made in 1950, Anderson Lake covers about 1,250 acres (505.86 hectares), making it the largest man-made reservoir in Santa Clara County. Named for the Leroy Anderson Dam that is associated with it, the lake forms the centerpiece of the Anderson Lake County Park which offers a variety of activities for local picnickers and visitors. There are several water-related recreational activities available, such as jet skiing and fishing.
The man-made Coyote Lake, often called Coyote Reservoir, is located 12 miles (19.32 kilometers) from downtown Gilroy, CA. One of the most popular tourist draws in town, the lake offers a wide range of water-related activities such as fishing, boating, water-skiing, and kayaking. Coyote Lake also forms the centerpiece of the Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch Park. The area features many picnic and BBQ areas where your group can relax and soak the California sun. There are also campsites located nearby.
One of the largest state parks in California, Henry W. Coe State Park is located 35 miles (56.32 kilometers) from San Jose, and about 15 miles (24.14 kilometers) from downtown Morgan Hill. Established in 1959, the park covers a huge, lush area 89,160 acres (36,082 hectares). The place also incorporates a huge wilderness area and is, thus, home to a plethora of unique flora and fauna. Apart from animal and bird spotting and plenty of photo opportunities, Henry W. Coe State Park also offers outdoor fun activities like hiking, biking, and camping.
Frank Norris Cabin, also called the Redwood Retreat belonged to the famous writer, Frank Norris. The progressive, American novelist purchased this property in 1902, which was unfortunately, the year he passed away. His fans and friends have raised a small monument near the retreat which was registered in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
Spina Farms, is one place where you can get corns, tomatoes and any other vegetable as fresh as it can be. See the vegetables being cultivated so you know where exactly they come from and how they are handled. Vegetables that are green, corn that looks healthy and tomatoes that are red and fresh, these are hard to find after they undergo packaging and transportations. But at Spina Farm, freshness is the key word.
About a 30-minute drive from Downtown San Jose sits this emerald jewel, horticultural aware theme park in Gilroy. Among other things, here you will find a monorail, a miniature golf course, incredible landscaping, several gardens, antique car rides and the famous circus trees from Scott's Valley that are groomed to grow in fantastical shapes. A multitude of activities for the whole family await you here. The owner sold off a very successful chain of grocery stores in order to create this one-of-a-kind park. Head to Gilroy for a perfect weekend with family and friends, click loads of pictures and make fun memories for a lifetime.
Located across West 6th Street, the Gilroy Public Library is a resourceful library. It stocks books, journals, magazines, e-books and other reference materials. Apart from that, it also hosts fun and community events that cater to diverse age groups. For more details, check website.
If you crave for a break from the city life, without really leaving the urban area, Christmas Hill Park offers a retreat and the opportunity to indulge in some pollution-free relaxation even as you have a gala time out with family and friends. Explore natural trails and picnic with your loved ones. Luxuriate in the caress of the warm sun or simply take in the beauty of the park. Visit this park during the Gilroy Garlic Festival and be tempted to sample the mouthwatering cuisine that's on offer. Two tons of free garlic goes into the food preparations at this annual event that celebrates the benefits of the seasoning. Happily participate in the arts and crafts workshops and the great garlic cook-off: the highlight of the fest. There's more fun in form of celebrity cooking demonstrations, children's corners, music, interactive sponsor displays and the Garlic Festival Queen Pageant.
This large ranch, located in the hills south of San Jose, is available for all sorts of functions: company picnics, barbecues, graduation parties and several other types of events. There are several softball fields, horse shoe pits and volleyball courts. Events for all ages can be planned here and the courteous staff will be glad to handle all your needs when it comes to food and beverages. Or just show up on the weekend, when there are several things always going on from live music and pony rides to line dance instruction. Coyote Ranch, with its rich history, will transport you back to another time, and is a great place for real western hospitality.
This place is not easy to find, but once you're here, there's no regrets. Windy Oaks is a dreamy French landscape on the Santa Cruz Mountain appellation in Corralitos, where Jim and Judy Schultze grow grapes for their wines - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Acres of vines, redwood trees, picnics, oak trees, and barrels of the elixir are what visitors will experience before heading to the tasting room. The wine is unracked to preserve its flavor, which is probably why it's the best Pinot this side of Santa Cruz.
Since its inception in 1995, the Live Earth Farm has been practicing and promoting sustainable farming at this farm. This lovely farm cultivates organic produce, thereby contributing to the healthy living concept for the community. It goes beyond the scope of stocking and growing fresh food, but also conducts events, workshops, fun sessions with kids and so forth on a regular basis. Check website for details.