Located in Santa Clara County, Morgan Hill is one of the most beautiful cities in Silicon Valley. The area is renowned for their many vineyards and wineries, almost all of which have tasting rooms where you can relax and indulge in a glass of wine. Nature lovers can bask in the outdoors at Uvas Canyon County Park, Henry W. Coe State Park, Andy’s Orchard, or the Downtown Pop Up Park 2.0.
1.Uvas Canyon County Park
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Uvas Canyon County Park is a 1,147 acre natural space that can be found in Uvas Canyon in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Some of things you can do there including hiking, picnicking, and going on overnight camping trips as they have all the facilities you may need for an enjoyable visit. You’ll come across some amazing sights in the park from the trickling Swanson Creek to several small waterfalls. Keep your eyes peeled for the extensive array of flora and fauna that you’ll be able to see there; some of the trees and plants include the Bigleaf Maple, California Juniper, Western Sycamore, and White Alder. Some of the animals that are native to the area are mountain lions, wild turkeys, coyotes, black-tailed deer, and the California Carpenter Bee.
8515 Croy Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-779-9232
2.Henry W. Coe State Park
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Preserving a vast tract of the Diablo Range, Henry W. Coe State Park spans over 87,000 acres which makes it the second largest state park in California. The park was established in 1959, and though it is officially named Henry W. Coe State Park, many of the locals there refer to it as the Orestimba Wilderness. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the time they spend exploring the park and its flora and fauna. Some of the animals that call the park home are coyotes, mountain lions, western rattlesnakes, red-tailed hawks, coast horned lizards, and gray foxes. Additional facilities and sights within the park include a visitor center with exhibits on old ranch life, several historic ranch buildings, a bookstore, a campground, a horse camp, walking trails, and restroom facilities.
9100 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-779-2728
3.Coyote Valley Sporting Clay
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Coyote Valley Sporting Clay is an extensive facility for 5-stand and trapshooting along with two skeet fields and two sporting clay ranges. You can enjoy the picturesque beauty of their surroundings in the Santa Clara Valley while taking part in one of the shooting courses and activities. Shooters can head to main course at any time as long as they are experienced with the safe handling of a shotgun; there are twenty fully-automated stations of various difficulties, many of which are set up for beginners. If you’re not sure where to begin you may be interested in one of their private or group lessons, which are available for interested parties of all ages.
1000 San Bruno Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-778-3600
4.Morgan Hill Farmers' Market
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Open all year long, the Morgan Hill Farmers’ Market is a great place to purchase fresh produce and foods for yourself. The market attracts farmers, producers, and consumers from Morgan Hill, Hollister, Gilroy, and several other places. There are usually over 35 vendors each time around, some there week after week and some who are just passing through. Younger visitors could head over to the kid’s craft area to participate in fun activities such as painting or jewelry making. If you don’t have the time to browse, at least stop by for some delicious homemade foods and baked goods.
Caltrain Depot Station: 3rd Street & Depot Street, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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The Guglielmo Winery has been a Santa Clara Valley favorite since 1925; the family owned and operated business is now going on its fourth generation of Guglielmos who are dedicated to producing award-winning varietals. They produce nearly 40,000 cases annually, still following the family philosophy they first established of producing wines without compromising on quality. You’re welcome to tour their 80-acre vineyard which are then transformed to Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their guided tours of the winery include a walking tour of the facility, a look into the wine-making process, and a taste of five different Guglielmo wines.
1480 E Main Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-779-2145
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What better way to spend a day in Morgan Hill than at Andy’s Orchard; the family-owned and operated orchard dates back to the early 1930 when Joseph Mariana emigrated to the warm coastal valley from Europe. He and his family set out to grow some of the finest fruits in the region, starting with apricots, prunes, and cherries. Over the years, his son Andy continued the family passion for artisanal fruit growing and added peaches, nectarines, market plums, and several other fruits. Spend the day outdoors with your family and friends picking delicious fruits directly off the plants; different fruits are available for different seasons and u-pick times and days vary based on the weather so call and confirm before you head over.
1615 Half Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-782-7600
7.Sycamore Creek Vineyards
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Sycamore Creek Vineyards can be found in the Uvas Valley surrounded by the picturesque Santa Cruz Mountains and Uvas Creek. The boutique winery is renowned for their award-winning, handcrafted wines. Allocate a few hours from your vacation in Morgan Hill to visit their inviting tasting room; their knowledgeable guides will go into a little more detail about how their wines are produced and make suggestions based on your palate. The outdoor tasting area is surrounded by rolling vineyards and stunning olive trees, making it the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing glass of wine with family and friends.
12775 Uvas Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-779-4738
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8.Morgan Hill Cellars
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Founded in 1913, Morgan Hill Cellars is one of the oldest wineries in Santa Clara County. The experience is amazing before you even step inside; the winery is surrounded by gorgeous views of the foothills and the beautiful Morgan Hill Valley. You can tour their wine production facility and warehouse where you will be able to see their custom crush, custom bottling and labeling, and bulk and bottled wine storage while learning about their processes and history. Their La Fenice Tasting Room & Gift Gallery is a wonderful place to relax with family and friends; in addition to trying their array of wines, you can also go home with a number of interesting gifts such as hand-painted wine glasses and Italian pottery.
1645 San Pedro Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-779-7389
9.Downtown Pop Up Park 2.0
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The Downtown Pop Up Park 2.0 is one of Morgan Hill’s most coveted family friendly spaces. The large gathering space is full of unique elements full of graffiti, sculptures, and several other exhibitions. It’s a wonderful place to just spend the day outdoors - bring over a blanket or lawn chairs and just relax in the fun-filled environment. On popular days, it’s not uncommon to see a number of food trucks parked nearby for the convenience of the park’s visitors. Amenities and facilities include a bike hub, a park area with tables and chairs, and a kids’ corner with multiple chalkboards, an urban library, and a baby grand piano for little aspiring artists to play with.
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10.Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
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Located between San Jose and Morgan Hill, the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve gives an authentic rural wilderness experience while being just 20 miles away from downtown San Jose. Visitors are welcome to explore the stunning surrounding or get on the multi-use trail for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. The Arrowhead Loop Train is over four miles long and will take you to the ridgetop where you will be able to see picturesque views of Mount Umunhum, Mount Hamilton, and Coyote Valley in its entirety. Some of their amenities include space for horse trailers, picnic tables, restrooms, and a paved parking lot.
550 Palm Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-224-7476
11.Morgan Hill Museum
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Preserving and sharing the rich history of the area, the Morgan Hill Museum has been an integral part of the community since it was established in 1971. The non-profit organization collects, conserves, and exhibits several documents, photographs, and artifacts that tell the story of Morgan Hill’s past. They host several events at the museum throughout the year which locals and visitors can attend; these include the Annual Holiday Boutique, Annual Holiday Tea, and wine tastings. History Conversations, which are a monthly interactive series on various topics old and new such as local families and circumstances that shaped Morgan Hill, are extremely popular with guests.
17860 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-779-5755
12.Castillo's Hillside Shire Winery
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Castillo’s Hillside Shire Winery is known for their aromatic and crisp wines which they attribute to the peaceful surroundings of their vineyards, their nurturing harvest methods, and their tried and tested process which they’ve perfected over the years. The Oak-aged, handcrafted wines are smooth, savory, and guaranteed to be a treat for your palate. The European-styled estate features a classy tasting room where all the magic happens and a serene and soothing garden. You can take a stroll through the grounds as you enjoy your wine, meditate beside the pond, come along with friends, or make some new ones as you talk about wine, art, music, and everything else under the skies.
2215 Liberata Dr, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-776-8200
13.California Passport Tours
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Fully experience the beauty of the South Silicon Valley with the boutique travel and transportation company, California Passport Tours. The company is operated by long-time residents of Morgan Hill, all of whom have immense knowledge of the area and have built relationships with local historians, winemakers, and artisans. The tours are fun, unique, and give you a behind-the-scenes experience of the surrounding food and wine scene. Each trip is just for you and your group and runs at your own pace, ensuring that you get dedicated service and allowing you to stay at any given place for as long as you like.
Morgan Hill, CA, Phone: 408-659-0050
14.Mushroom Mardis Gras
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Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras is a non-profit organization that focuses on education consumers on the health benefits of mushrooms while also participating in several financial aid and scholarship programs. Their annual Mushroom Mardi Gras Festival is an event that residents and visitors look forward to. The fun-filled weekend has so much for the entire family to see and do, with the main focus of course being mushrooms. For example, there are cooking demonstrations featuring mushroom dishes, tote bags and other accessories featuring mushrooms, and food vendors who showcase delicious mushroom dishes. Other aspects also include two stages of live entertainment, street performers, wine tasting events, and a variety of games and rides at Munchkinland.
224 Tennant Station, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-778-1786
15.Morgan Hill Bowl
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Morgan Hill Bowl is a family-friendly entertainment center that is clean, safe, and fun. They have a wide array of family-centered activities that visitors of all ages will enjoy, fostering their values of bringing families and the community together. Their main feature is the bowling alley - if you happen to be in Morgan Hill for an extended period of time, you might want to consider joining one of their many bowling leagues. Other activities and games you can find there are two indoor bocce courts, two full-sized pool tables, and shuffleboards. The StriXe Lounge is a popular sports bar within the bowl and has several flat-screen televisions, a dartboard, a full-sized bar, and often invites local musicians and bands to perform on their stage.
Cinelux Tennant Station: 650 Tennant Station, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-778-0909
Serving authentic Italian cuisine in Morgan Hill quiet downtown area, Maurizio’s is a favorite with diners as you’re guaranteed a delicious, flavorful meal each time you visit. They use only the finest quality ingredients which they prepare fresh daily to offer delicious culinary concoctions for lunch and dinner. Many of the dishes on their menu are original recipes which have been put together by the chef after testing out several variations to ensure everything is perfect. Popular choices from their menu include the parmesan polenta with sautéed mushrooms, cheese-filled tortellini, eggplant parmigiana, and the cannelloni stuffed with mixed ground meat, spinach, and mozzarella. Experience a little bit of Italy without ever leaving California’s Morgan Hill.
25 E 1st St, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-782-7550
The term ‘odeum’ was traditionally used to describe a Greek/ Roman meeting place for the arts. Morgan Hill very own Odeum has somewhat of a similar concept; while enjoying delicious cuisine in their highly-recognized restaurant, you’ll also be able to appreciate a rotating art exhibit on their walls as well as live entertainment all featuring local artists and musicians. The interesting experience includes an open-view of the kitchen, allowing you to watch Michelin Star awarded Chef Salvatore Calisi and his team prepare meals in what almost looks like a choreographed scene. The outdoor seating area is fitted with mood lighting and heat lamps, making for an extremely cozy and romantic atmosphere.
17500 Depot St #180, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-782-5151
18.Trail Dust BBQ
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Sure to be unlike any other barbecue you’ve ever had, Trail Dust BBQ serves real smoked barbecue made with techniques that have been passed down generations and inspired by different regions all across the United States. The process begins with obtaining the finest quality meats cut just right, which is then rubbed down with their secret seasoning and smoked with oak wood until perfection is achieved. There’s always tons of events hosted at the restaurant; you can participate in craft beer and wine tastings, live music performances, and much more while enjoying their delicious food. Be sure to try their shredded smoked chicken sandwich, St. Louis style pork ribs, or rib eye steak along with delicious sides like cole slaw, potato salad, and baked potatoes.
17240 Monterey St, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-776-9072
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Consistently voted as one of the top restaurants in Silicon Valley, the Ladera Grill can be found in the historic Skeels Building in downtown Morgan Hill. Head in for a delicious lunch or dinner with friends; you can expect something a new special each time around since the culinary team loves trying out different recipes to serve their patrons. Choices that have proven to be popular at the premier dining destination include the pasta, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, chops, and salads. House specialties that you shouldn’t skip out on are the lamb osso buco, the red wine braised beef short ribs, and the beef wellington tossed with spinach and sautéed mushrooms.
17305 Monterey St, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-201-9200
20.Rosy's At The Beach
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Rosy’s at the Beach, or Rosy’s as it’s called by locals, is a restaurant and bar in downtown Morgan Hill that opened in 1998. The casual and comfortable restaurant has proven to be a favorite with friends and family getting together for a delicious meal and a good time. Rosy’s specializes in fresh fish and seafood which is sourced from the Moss Landing area; favorites include the prawn tacos, crab cake beach house platter, salmon burger, and seafood paella. If you’re not a fan of fish or seafood, you can try out their chicken penne pasta, steak of the day, boardwalk burger, or gluten-free veggie pasta.
17320 Monterey St, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Phone: 408-778-0551
20 Best Things to Do in Morgan Hill, California
- Uvas Canyon County Park, Photo: Courtesy of Michael - Fotolia.com
- Henry W. Coe State Park, Photo: Courtesy of kreulen - Fotolia.com
- Coyote Valley Sporting Clay, Photo: Courtesy of Mongkolchon - Fotolia.com
- Morgan Hill Farmers' Market, Photo: Courtesy of Jane - Fotolia.com
- Guglielmo Winery, Photo: Guglielmo Winery
- Andy's Orchard, Photo: Courtesy of yevgeniy11 - Fotolia.com
- Sycamore Creek Vineyards, Photo: Sycamore Creek Vineyards
- Morgan Hill Cellars, Photo: Morgan Hill Cellars
- Downtown Pop Up Park 2.0, Photo: Courtesy of Lauren - Fotolia.com
- Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, Photo: Courtesy of Andrew - Fotolia.com
- Morgan Hill Museum, Photo: Morgan Hill Museum
- Castillo's Hillside Shire Winery, Photo: Castillo's Hillside Shire Winery
- California Passport Tours, Photo: Courtesy of jovkovski1969 - Fotolia.com
- Mushroom Mardis Gras, Photo: Courtesy of Pavlo Vakhrushev - Fotolia.com
- Morgan Hill Bowl, Photo: Courtesy of AS Photo Project - Fotolia.com
- Maurizio's, Photo: Maurizio's
- Odeum, Photo: Odeum
- Trail Dust BBQ, Photo: Trail Dust BBQ
- Ladera Grill, Photo: Ladera Grill
- Rosy's At The Beach, Photo: Rosy's At The Beach
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