From Los Angeles, head north on the Interstate 5 through the Central Valley, then take California 152. It's about a five-hour drive.
Best Western Forest Park Inn, 375 Leavesley Road, Gilroy; (408) 848-5144, http://www.bestwesterngilroy.com. Clean, quiet and completely serviceable, with a Black Bear Diner perched in the parking lot. Doubles from $80.
Gilroy Fitzgerald House Bed & Breakfast, 7446 Rosanna St., Gilroy; (408) 847-6421 http://www.gilroyfitzgeraldhouse.com. Traditional Victorian B&B in old farmhouse dating to 1885. Rooms from $115.
WHERE TO EAT
OD's Kitchen, 28 Martin St., Gilroy; (408) 847-3818. Basic American comfort food, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinners from under $10.
Lizarran Tapas, 7400 Monterey St., Gilroy; (408) 842-2095, http://www.lizarran-ca.com. Tapas, grilled meats and fish. Dinners start at $11.
TO LEARN MORE
Gilroy Visitors Bureau, 7780 Monterey St., Gilroy; (408) 842-6436, http://www.gilroyvisitor.org.