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Hiker crossing a log looking up at the massive redwood trees in Big Basin State Park

Big Basin Hike and Wine Adventure

Hike among towering redwood groves that are the oldest living creatures on earth and twice the size of the Statue of Liberty. Big Basin Redwoods State Park is only a short drive from San Jose and should be top on your list of places to visit during your stay.

Morning

Wake up early and prepare for a full day of adventures in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Your first stop is breakfast at Bill’s Café in Willow Glen, a local institution – they open at 7am. Be sure to have a hearty breakfast in preparation for a long hike. After breakfast make your way to Big Basin Redwoods State Park (California’s first state park) and hike among towering redwood groves that are the oldest living creatures on earth and twice the size of the Statue of Liberty. Big Basin offers 80 miles of trails and roads, and is open to hikers, horses, campers and backpackers. If you’re looking for a moderate hike, then Berry Creek Falls is a great trail choice and popular for its waterfall. The magnificent redwoods and waterfalls make this 11-miles hike the best in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A girl looking up at the massive towering redwood trees at Big Basin State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Afternoon

You’re sure to have worked up an appetite after that hike, so stop in Boulder Creek on your way back to San Jose for a delicious and fresh lunch at Old Mountain Inn. Be sure to taste their home-made jams because they’re so fresh and delicious you’ll want to buy a jar to take back with you. After you’ve refueled, your next destination will be at David Bruce Winery to enjoy a guilt free glass of wine. David Bruce Winery has earned an international reputation throughout its nearly four decades for its dedication to producing the greatest pinot noir in the world. Keep in mind that their tasting room hours are from Friday 12–3PM and weekends from 11 – 4PM.

People Wine and Cheese Tasting in a tasting room
Wine Tasting in Santa Cruz Mountains

 

Evening

San Pedro Square Market Sign in the evening
San Pedro Square Market

Head back to the hotel for some down time and refresh. When you are ready to head back out, go for dinner at District restaurant. This tapas style restaurant serves up savory farm to fork bites complemented by a diverse wine list and craft cocktails. Get ready for a night out since you’ll be on San Pedro Street, a downtown favorite district lined with watering holes from one end to the next.