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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San Benito County has some wonderful tastes to offer our visitors when it comes to food and wine.  No matter what you are looking for in a dining experience you can find it in here.  Casual dining ranges from Japanese at Miyako in Hollister to Mexican at Dona Esther in San Juan Bautista.  Our fine dining includes Italian at Paine’s and amazing courses at The Inn at Tres Pinos in the quaint town of Tres Pinos.  If you want a burger there are so many choices from Johnny’s Bar in downtown Hollister to JJ’s Burgers in downtown San Juan Bautista.  Take a look at the list on our Restaurants page and plan your day of wonderful cuisines.

Our climate and rich soil make San Benito County an ideal place for growing wine grapes. Some vines even date back to the late 1800’s. You can take a day or a weekend to explore our local wines, many of which have won international awards and have been featured in magazines such as Wine Spectator. You can follow the Wine Trail for a day of tasting, or visit just one or two tasting rooms for a relaxing stop on your weekend trip.