A few years ago, a dear friend and colleague of mine introduced me to Filoli. She had told me about the old mansion located on an inlet off of the Bay with beautiful gardens. I was hooked; after all what more could a design girl want?
When I went to Filoli for the first time, it was Christmas time. Every room inside the old mansion had a different themed tree. At Christmas, they decorate the home with items for sale to help raise money for the upkeep of the estate. They have a darling gift shop with lots of goodies, a lovely cafe where you can grab a bit of lunch, and of course the gorgeous gardens. It is a beautiful way to spend the day. Here are some of the photos I took back then. I hope you'll have the opportunity to go for a visit soon. If you do, be sure to try their honey, the chocolates by Charles and kitchen dip mixes, they are all delicious!
A visit to Filoli never disappoints! No matter what time of year you visit, there is always something beautiful to see.