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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley Gateway to San Francisco



Sustainable Seafood and Produce 90 miles of Pacific Coastline and San Francisco Bay Front
San Mateo is located halfway between San Francisco and San Jose and is home to charming old-style neighborhoods, a vibrant downtown, bay front parks and recreational lagoons and Silicon Valley businesses Facebook, Oracle, Apple, Google and LinkedIn.
CuriOdyssey Museum is a Center for Environmental Education
Coastside explore the stunning coastline and catch some waves with an introductory or advanced surfing lesson. Discover the hidden treasures of the coastside with an eco-cycling or hiking adventure or try your luck at whale watching or deep sea fishing. 
Half Moon Bay is a quaint, small town in the middle of San Mateo County’s Pacific Coastside.  One of the oldest communities in the county, it grew out of a farm town whose residents cultivated flowers, artichokes, cabbages, sprouts and pumpkins.  Agriculture is still an important part of Half Moon Bay’s economy and the area is now known as the pumpkin capital of the world.  The Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, taking place at the Half Moon Bay Airport, displays over 2,000 antique, vintage, classic, custom and exotic motorized mechanical wonders. Downtown Half Moon Bay has evolved into a charming blend of quaint bed and breakfast inns, antique stores, upscale shops, and restaurants specializing in locally-grown vegetables and freshly-caught seafood.
Historic Coastal Highway 1 stop at several small towns, each with its own distinct characteristics: Pacifica, Montara, Moss Beach, site of the Moss Beach Distillery and the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, El Granada, San Gregorio, Pescadero for a tour of a restored 1910 dairy farm with 200 alpine goats on nine acres of pasture, and taste a local cheese, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Ano Nuevo Elephant Seal Preserve, and La Honda.
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Bayside is home to many museums and cultural attractions. NASA Ames Visitor Center at Moffett Field has a real moon rock, the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City’s restored 1910 County Courthouse has a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor, and Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos displays full-size aircraft, prototypes, photographs and models. 
Stanford University has an 8180-acre campus; explore the free Cantor Arts Center, home of one of the largest collections of Rodin bronze sculptures in the world. 


The Computer History Museum in Mountain View displays over 1,100 historic artifacts, including some of the very first computers from the 1940s and 1950s. 
Historic Filoli in Woodside is a 654–acre property that includes a 36,000 square foot Georgian country house and 16–acre English Renaissance garden.
Wine Tasting sample some authentic California wines at one of the area’s distinctive tasting rooms such as Woodside Vineyards, AutoVino in Menlo Park, Domenico Winery in San Carlos, La Honda Winery in Redwood City, or Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside.




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