It’s that time of year again when Casa De Fruta (just outside of Gilroy, California) steps back in time as the annual Northern California Renaissance Faire transforms this famous tourist stop into Willington, a fantasy village from the late Middle Ages.
Come experience an era when fun and frivolity ruled the day. Stroll through the village of Willington where hawkers sell their wares to passersby, music and theater entertain nonstop, and medieval fare tempt the hearty appetites of knights and wenches alike. To thoroughly enjoy your experience, all patrons are welcome to dress Renaissance style (although certainly not required). And if your Venetian mask is lost during your travels, or your cape and pouch stolen by bandits, you can always rent a costume at the Faire inside the gates from Belrose Costumes who offer a wide range of outfits for children and adults.
Where to stay for the Northern California Renaissance Faire
Whether you stay a day, or want to enjoy the entire length of the Faire, the Best Western PLUS Forest Park Inn is the best hotel in Gilroy for fairgoers.
Among our amenities, we offer a hot breakfast daily, served in the dining area from 6:30 to 9:30 A.M. and hosted by our own favorite lass, Sharon Holloway, who’ll greet you with a smile and assist you with making waffles.
If you plan on eating locally, we suggest the following restaurants offering casual dining and exceptional food:
Lunch- Westside Grill [http://www.thewestsidegrill.com/]
Dinner- Mama Mia’s [http://www.mamamias.com]
Tickets for the Renaissance Faire at Casa De Fruta
Buy your tickets online [http://www.norcalrenfaire.com/ticketsales.asp]
Check out the special discount offers for the Northern California Renaissance Faire [http://www.norcalrenfaire.com/ticketsales.asp]
Open weekends September 15 to October 14, 2012, 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Check here for more information on the Northern California Renaissance Faire [http://www.norcalrenfaire.com/]
Written by Laura Wrede, Gilroy freelance writer and photographer