Magical San Benito County

Beautiful San Benito County, located in California’s central coast, is one of California’s travel gems. Here, amidst great natural beauty, you’ll find some of the state’s best wineries, spectacular outdoor adventures, world-class golf, and so much more. You’ll experience gracious, small-town hospitality, yet have all the modern comforts right at hand. Charming shops, a wide variety of well-reviewed restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfasts for every taste and budget, it’s all here. Set in an idyllic small valley surrounded by spectacular agriculture, San Benito County is only an hour or so from the Silicon Valley, just east of Monterey. It’s close to everything, yet feels like another world altogether. We hope to see you soon, and meanwhile, we invite you to sign-up below to receive special offers and discounts.

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Hollister Clock Tower

Stay a restful night at Joshua Inn Bed and Breakfast (named San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Hospitality Business of the Year 2015) enjoy a wonderful home cooked meal prepared by owners Tricia & Greg Harvey.

Then it’s off to downtown Hollister to enjoy a little shopping at San Benito Bene, a specialty shop where you can buy San Benito County home-grown favorites. From there you can grab a cup of coffee at Heavenly Bakery, then continue your walking and shopping in downtown Hollister with wonderful boutique shops like Bella Charm and Irma’s  You can even visit Bill’s Bullpen (named San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Retail Business of the Year 2015) where you can buy old and new baseball, football and basketball trading cards, along with anything other sports you can think of.

San Benito County Itinerary Mars Hill

Lunch can be enjoyed at several restaurants from Burgers at Johnny’s Bar and Grill, for that Biker Bar feeling, or sweet potato fries at Running Rooster. If wonderful soup is what you are looking for Paine’s Restaurant is the place to have tomato basil soup with warm bread baked at right in Hollister.

 You can spend the afternoon on the wine trail visiting some of the areas oldest vines planted in the late 1800’s by locals like George Adam Renz and other settlers who ventured here to work in the vineyards. You can sample DeRose Hollywood Red, Pietra Santa Sangiovese and Calera Wine Co’s Pinot Noir just to name a few.

San Benito County Itinerary The Grove

Top off your day with a wonderful dinner and music at The Grove where you can dance the night away on Friday or Saturday nights or just sit and listen to the music so you can save your energy for the next day and hike Pinnacles National Park. If you visit San Benito County during the months of May-September you can enjoy a live concert in a beautiful restful setting at Hollister Concerts at The Pepper Tree Ranch.

Pinnacles National Park