I've seen the signs for Filoli Gardens many, many times while on Cañada Road in San Carlos CA but never stopped. A recent visit from my mother prompted me to plan a day at Filoli because it met the pre-requisites: interesting (the history), outdoorsy and within proximity to good food (there is a nice cafe on the premises!)
Welcoming you to the gardens
Filoli is, quite simply, stunning. The grounds are impeccable, the flowers are varied and the roses definitely worth stopping to smell. It's really pretty amazing to look at the estate and then imagine the family and era that gave rise to this legacy.
So many flowers!
Although the photos don't really do justice to the beautiful blooms and landscape, hopefully these will inspire you to plan a visit to Filoli and take in all it has to offer.
After a fun day of art exploration a few weeks back (Open Studios event in SF) we opted for another round of gallery visits and dinner to discuss the day. Here are just a few of the many artists who caught my eye.
Johnny Botts - colorful sci-fi "like" images which should appeal to all ages
Katie has a wicked sense of humor and it comes through in her etched art.
All that art always makes me hungry so thank
goodness for reservations! Ours were at Zero Zero, a hoppin' and trendy new pizza place complete with a wood burning oven and lots of enticing choices. The name itself is a take on the flour - imported from Italy - that is used for the thin crust pizzas I adore. While I liked this place and the pizza, my companion would have preferred an atmosphere with a little more character. Frankly I was so obsessed with the idea of "soft serve" for dessert I could have been in the desert!
826 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
• Starter: braised pork, chanterelle mushroom, fried polenta, slow cooked egg, and pickled peppers (loved the texture on the fried polenta - crispy but still soft in the middle)
• Pizza: margherita extra - basic sauce and buffalo mozzarella and parmesan on a killer crust
• Dessert: Straus soft serve with your choice of toppings - yum!
If you want to taste really good pizza, I think you must visit at least once. Ok, maybe more than just once!