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Gilroy Information

GilroyGilroy, California is located in Santa Clara County within a southern portion of the Santa Clara Valley. It is the southernmost city in the county. As of 2010, the population was 48,000. It is located 19 miles from the Pacific Coast and 16 miles south of San Jose. The Diablo Range is east of Gilroy with the Santa Cruz Mountains on the west.

The Pacific Ocean keeps Gilroy's climate moderate with Mediterranean temperatures year round. In the summers, the temperature rare gets above 90 degrees F. In the winters, it hardly ever drops below 33 degrees F. Usually the summer months are dry, and snowfall is very rare. The summers are known for their coastal fog that rolls in around 10 p.m. each night and breaks up by 10 a.m. the following morning.

Gilroy is most famous for its yearly Gilroy Garlic Festival and abundant garlic crops. The festival takes place during the final week of July and offers many garlicky foods, most notably garlic ice cream. Gilroy gets its nickname of "Garlic Capital of the World" from their Gilroy Food plant, which is the world's top garlic producing factory. More minced, powdered, and pickled garlic originates from Gilroy than any other location.

Gilroy is also known for their significant mushroom and boutique wine production. Wine production primarily takes part in the western section of Gilroy through well-established family estates in close proximity to the base of Mount Madonna State Park. You can visit many of the wineries in the area along the Gilroy Wine Trail.

One of the oldest landmarks in Gilroy is Gilroy Gardens. This specialty, garden-themed park is a wonderful place to go with the entire family. It hosts the internationally known Circus Trees that were made by Axel Erlandson. The park features several roller coasters, paddle boats, raft rides, a tea cup ride, swing rides, a monorail, and a train.

For all of your shopping needs, look no further than Gilroy Premium Outlets. It features over 145 stores including high end brands such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfger, Brooks Brothers, Coach Hugo Boss, and Lucky. They have a small food court with a cafe, marketplace, Starbucks, and Auntie Anne's Soft Pretzels.

Head eight miles northwest of the city to visit Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs. It is a California Historical Landmark and is included on the National Register of Historical Places. This area was first developed by Japanese immigrants and early settlers. The earliest man-made structures date back to the 1870s. Prominent features include a Japanese garden tea house and a Buddhist shrine. This landmark is well known for its mineral hot springs. The temperature of the springs runs from 100 to 110 degrees F.