Sometimes a mini getaway on the weekend is all you need to recharge. Enter Filoli….an amazing hideway in the San Francisco Bay Area. Filoli is similar to the Huntington Library that I featured a few weeks ago. It’s located in Woodside, about 25 minutes south of San Francisco. There is an adorable little cafe if you want to buy lunch or you can bring the yummy Picnic Tuna Pasta Salad that I featured last week. Take some time to explore the extensive gardens and peruse the art gallery. It makes for an amazing day!
Filoli was built between 1915 and 1917 for William Bowers Bourn II, owner of one of California’s richest gold mines and president of Spring Valley Water Company, supplying San Francisco’s water. The area offers quick access to San Francisco, but with better weather. It sits just outside of the fog of San Francisco so that you get to enjoy sunny rolling hills on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The home was sold to the Roth Family who developed the gardens. The flowers are incredible. The most amazing part of Fioli is that you can go several times throughout the year and see different flowers every time. The gardens are seeded so that at any given time they are full of bloom. The dahlias are my favorite, but springtime tulips are also incredible!
Do you have a favorite local getaway spot?