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Great Gilroy Getaway:
Historical Dining Tour

Come to Gilroy and take a culinary trip through history with our self-guided progressive dining experience. Visit five unique restaurants in some of Gilroy’s oldest buildings, each with an interesting and colorful past, and check out some other historical points of interest along the way.

Be sure to take along a digital or printed copy of our COMPANION BLOG, which is your “guidebook” so you can read all about the history at each of the five featured restaurants.

Day One

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Arrive in Gilroy and have lunch at historical Station 55, the former fire station. Order delicious cocteles, a seafood cocktail served with veggies in clam and tomato juice, and wash it down with a tasty margarita or draft beer.

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After lunch, head just across Monterey Road on Fifth Street to take your picture in front of Gilroy’s giant garlic mural to remember your trip to the Garlic Capital of the World.

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Explore treasures from the past at the antique stores on Monterey Road. You may find a piece of the past to take home with you.

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Ready for more adventure? Drive out to Mt. Madonna County Park and take a hike past the ruins of “Cattle King” Henry Miller’s former summer home surrounded by ancient, majestic redwoods.

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For dinner, head back downtown to The Milias Restaurant. Sidle up to the horseshoe bar for a delicious cocktail and imagine being surrounded by Hollywood’s golden glitterati, such as John Wayne, Carole Lombard, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby.

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After dinner, catch some local entertainment provided by Limelight Theater or Pintello Comedy Theater.

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Wrap up your day at Bella Viva Ristorante. Enjoy a glass of wine or a tasting flight and imagine trying not to get caught by your parents for hanging out at the former cigar store and billiard hall.

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End the night with a restful sleep in your comfy hotel room.