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Five Reasons to Stay or Play in San Mateo/Silicon Valley

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They say San Francisco has something for everyone—and that’s true for many travelers seeking a cosmopolitan experience. The streets are busy, the days are fast and the nights are long. But if you’re headed to the Bay Area on vacation, don’t expect something for everyone—discover something new! Here are five reasons to head south of San Fran to San Mateo County/Silicon Valley and discover something just right for you.





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Five Reasons to Stay or Play in San Mateo/Silicon Valley

Easy come, Easy go

Whether travelers plan to drive to San Mateo County/Silicon Valley or fly into either San Francisco (SFO) or San Jose Airport (SJC), getting from here to there is easy with or without a car.

Caltrain offers service south and north of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley, putting you right into the downtown action of San Francisco, or inside the stadium for a Stanford football game. Cruise the scenic route or take the express: San Mateo County/Silicon Valley is bike- and pedestrian-friendly and has local transportation to get you where you want to go when you want to get there, without all the fuss.

Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley

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Build History

San Mateo County/Silicon Valley has unique offerings to fill up the culture cup with fascinating architecture and history.

Tour one of the tallest lighthouses in the country at Pigeon Point Light Station located in Pescadero. Discover the birthplace of “California Modern” architecture in The Highlands, a neighborhood in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley that features the mid-century modern architecture of Joseph Eichler. The late real estate developer is widely recognized for his contemporary aesthetics and social advocacy. Less than 30 minutes away, San Mateo County/Silicon Valley explorers can behold the Golden Gate Bridge, recognized the world over for its beauty and engineered sophistication.

Pigeon Point Light Station

Pigeon Point Light Station

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Walk Naturally

There’s no better time to enjoy physical activity than while on vacation, and San Mateo County/Silicon Valley is home to some of the best hiking trails in California.

For a unique view of Stanford University, check out the Stanford Dish trail—a four-mile loop favored by students and Silicon Valley professionals. Huddart County Park in Redwood Park is less than 10-miles away from San Mateo County/Silicon Valley and is full of evergreen and redwood trees. For views of the Pacific, Devil’s Slide Trail can’t be beat. This municipal project converted a section of Highway 1 into a scenic escape for hikers, runners and equestrian riders.

Devil’s Slide Trail

Devil’s Slide Trail

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Luxury Matters

Just because you decided to stay south of San Francisco doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice any of the gold and glitter.

Half Moon Bay is a luxury traveler’s ultimate getaway. For spa and luxury accommodations don’t skip the Ritz-Carlton or the Oceano Hotel & Spa. Both offer access to championship golf courses including the historic Old Course designed by Arthur Hills, and the challenging Ocean Course originally designed by Francis Duane and Arnold Palmer. Palo Alto’s reputation for luxury and fine taste are represented at the Four Seasons Hotel at East Palo Alto, a sexy retreat in the heart of the high tech capital; and The Garden Court Hotel in downtown Palo Alto—where no expense is spared.

The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton

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Affordable Alternatives

Whether it’s a couple’s getaway or a family affair, San Mateo/Silicon Valley has travel and lodging options to meet your budget throughout each county.

Bed and breakfasts offer a unique look into the surrounding areas without all the busboys and bellhops. For popular bed and breakfasts along the coastal region of San Mateo/Silicon Valley check out Mill Rose Inn (also a fabulous wedding venue) or Pacific Victorian. For accommodations closer to San Francisco and without the downtown price, check in at the Larkspur Landing in South San Francisco or The Inn at Oyster Point for an authentic Bay experience. Other boutique hotels like The Dylan and Millwood Inn & Suites in Millbrae offer exceptional services for leisure or business travelers.

Mill Rose Inn

Mill Rose Inn

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Get Moving!

With so many transportation options like Caltrain and hotel shuttles to get you up and off to your next adventure, there’s never been a better time to get the most for your buck.

If your travels take you to the City by the Bay this year, don’t forget to stay or play in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley, the perfect place to discover something just for you.