We just squeezed in a visit to the Filoli Estate before it closed for the season in October. I decided to still recap it for you because it opened again briefly for the Christmas season! I love Christmas decorations and would love to go see it all spruced up - so if you visit, tell me about so I can live vicariously.
We started our visit with lunch at the cafe and were as pleased as you can be with cafeteria style food. The butternut squash soup was really quite tasty! It was the perfect day to sit outside under the pergola and the surrounding grounds taunting us to finish our lunch already.
The grounds are self-guided so we started at the house then moved on to the gardens. The gardens were somewhat sparse, but due to the recently wetter weather they experienced a bit of a revival.
I waited for about 3 minutes for the folks in the background to pass through my frame, but eventually Mr. P got bored and started playing on his phone while they still intently stared upwards. I still have no idea what they were looking at!
You could really get lost in the gardens and I definitely had the thought that it would be best to go in the spring when everything was alive and blooming.
One of my favorite things was the 70% sale in the garden shop! Ha, I know. We got tickets through Google offers at a 2 for 1 price, lollygagged through the gardens then piled up on cute stuff at the sale. I was thoroughly pleased with the greeting cards and mini chalkboard place cards I found. Afterwards, since we were down on the peninsula, Mr. P took me to a consignment store and Homegoods. He really knows how to show a girl a good time, huh? :)
While it's no Hearst Castle (recap of that trip coming soon!), Filoli is lovely in its own right and definitely worth the drive if you have a discount ticket.