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Beautiful San Mateo County

A wide stretch of gentle hills and woodlands rolling from the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay, San Mateo County is bordered by San Francisco to the north and Silicon Valley to the south.

So much to see, so much to do, and so close to both San Francisco and the wonders of Silicon Valley, San Mateo County is ideal for any Bay Area visit, business or pleasure. It's also convenient from anywhere as San Mateo County is home to San Francisco International Airport.

A number of gorgeous small town beach communities like Half Moon Bay, Pescadero and El Granada line San Mateo County's peaceful Pacific Coast. Immersed in high tech with a tight knit neighborhood feel, cities like Menlo Park, Burlingame and San Mateo rest along the eastern shores of the San Francisco Bay and are home to tech giants like Oracle and Genentech.

Affluent communities like Woodside, Atherton and Hillsborough are lined with gorgeous estates and mansions, so it's not uncommon to see the locals driving exotic luxury cars to the local market.

San Mateo County offers something for everyone and every taste. A large variety of accommodations include hotels designed for the business traveler equipped with all the business necessities and meeting space, resort style hotels with coastal views, and quaint inns and B&Bs perfect for a romantic getaway or a family stay—all just a click away.

San Mateo

Centrally located in the heart of San Mateo County, the City of San Mateo provides direct access to San Francisco, San Jose and the East Bay via Highway 101 and the San Mateo Bridge.

San Mateo has a number of great hotels, restaurants and shopping spots—something for every taste with a uniquely San Mateo appeal.

Less than ten miles south of the San Francisco International Airport, San Mateo is home to several large corporations like Robert Half International and a number of financial institutions, making San Mateo ready to accommodate both small and large business meetings and conventions. The San Mateo County Event Center is equipped to host any special event.

Hillsdale Shopping Center is home to a number of nationally recognized stores and smaller boutique shops. With warmer weather than San Francisco, San Mateo is an excellent Bay Area location for outdoor activities, including golf at Poplar Creek Golf Course. On the water, Coyote Point Yacht Club is an ideal setting for launching into the San Francisco Bay.

Half Moon Bay

Internationally known as one of California's premier beach towns, Half Moon Bay is an awesome destination. Romantic getaways, wonderful inns with ocean views and family adventures along the rugged Pacific coast are just a few of the possibilities. With fine dining restaurants like Pasta Moon famous for Italian cuisine and Sam's Chowder House known for serving up some of the finest micro brews and chowder style soups derived from their own recipes.

The breathtaking Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay features the phenomenal Navio restaurant and the guestrooms have fabulous views of the ocean and Half Moon Bay Golf Links. With a number of wonderful businesses and shops including handcrafted jewelry shops, boutique clothing stores and relaxing beauty salons, life in Half Moon Bay is easy.

Home to the Annual Pumpkin Festival and the mighty Mavericks' waves, visitors have a ton of sightseeing to do.

On California's gorgeous and historic Route 1, Half Moon Bay is just north of Santa Cruz and south of San Francisco. Twenty miles from San Francisco International Airport, Half Moon Bay is San Mateo County's most popular vacation destination for worldly travelers and an ideal location to buy vacation real estate.

Redwood City

Bordering smaller neighborhood towns, Redwood City has everything to offer San Mateo County residents and visitors. With comfortable lodging at hotels like Sofitel San Francisco Bay and Hampton Inn, delicious restaurants such as Bay 223 and Mistral, and fun times at Malibu Grand Prix and the San Mateo County History Museum for the entire family, Redwood City has it all.

Located less than fifteen miles south of SFO and less than twenty miles north of SJC, business travelers find Redwood City conveniently accessible.

With a strong community feel, residents support local dentists, florists and other services in Redwood City and, thanks to the convenient Bay Area location for real estate, families help strengthen the economy everyday.

Opened in 1929, Redwood City's Fox theatre has recently undergone a complete restoration that, while preserving the historic architecture of the building, installed state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment to make it a perfect venue for any special event. The Fox Theatre is ideally suited for concerts, theatrical performances, company meetings, sessions, seminars, product unveilings, press conferences, movie releases, shows, weddings and special events.

Enjoy dance concerts or listening performances by premier electric and acoustic artists from all over the world at the Little Fox next door. Roots, jazz, blues, folk, funk, jam band, bluegrass and world music are presented in this comfortable and elegant world-class venue.

Menlo Park

Menlo Park is one of San Mateo County's most affluent areas. Situated less than twenty miles from SFO and SJC International Airport, Menlo Park borders equally affluent cities of Palo Alto (home to Stanford University) and Atherton.

Menlo Park is a gorgeous place to live and travel. The Stanford Park Hotel offers a comfortable lodging option and restaurants like Kaygetsu and Flea Street Cafe provide wonderful dining choices that keep the locals and visitors coming back.

The Allied Arts Guild is a beautiful place where Bay Area residents can host events or simply relax in lush, landscaped gardens for an afternoon.

Local Menlo Park businesses such as florists, attorneys and dentists are sprinkled throughout Menlo Park. People move to Menlo Park for the incomparable real estate, great schools, and tree-lined streets.

Burlingame

As one of San Mateo County's larger cities, Burlingame is home to a number of restaurants such as Nectar Wine Lounge, Straits Restaurant and Kuleto's Trattoria.

But being one of San Mateo's largest communities does not stop Burlingame from having a quaint, old-time feel with historic streets lined with bakeries, jewelry stores and outdoor cafes.

Located just four miles from San Francisco International Airport, Burlingame hotels are business friendly and meeting ready.

Residents and visiting families enjoy the assortment of fun and relaxing things to do in Burlingame including golf, shopping, musical performances and museums.

Atherton

Atherton is truly one of the Bay Area's richest communities. The streets are lined with exquisite estates and mansions where Silicon Valley business leaders dwell.

Local businesses cater to a well-heeled community with artisan boutiques, cafes and high end shopping.

Businesses can host meetings, social events, or even recreational team-building activities and conventions at the Menlo College campus.

Since Atherton and the surrounding area is so saturated with wealthy families and individuals, non-profit organizations continuously host top-notch events to support local charities including the Lucile Packard Foundation and other first-class charitable groups.

Belmont

Roughly ten miles from SFO and neighboring San Mateo and San Carlos, Belmont is a convenient and comfortable place where business travelers can book hotel accommodations to avoid the big city rush.

Those who live in Belmont enjoy easy access to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, and between the restaurants art groups to the real estate and schools Belmont is a well-rounded community.

Colma

This small, diverse town borders Daly City and is best known for its shopping and its abundance of cemeteries where famous people like William Randolph Hearst, Wyatt Earp and Joe DiMaggio are in their final resting place.

Beyond having the most tombstones than any other city west of the Mississippi, Colma's business community includes auto dealerships, limousine services, florists and just about every practical business one would expect when jetting around town.

Daly City

Appropriately nicknamed "The Gateway to the Peninsula," Daly City occupies a large portion of San Mateo County's border with San Francisco.

Only ten miles northeast of SFO, located where Interstate 280 and California Route 1 connect, Daly City also has public transportation including BART to support its nickname.

Beyond the major transportation outlets, Daly City is a quiet community that has a wonderful school district and lovely real estate.

San Mateo County and San Francisco residents alike enjoy shopping at Serramonte Center for everyday necessities as well as being so close to Half Moon Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Daly City is home to the Cow Palace, a major multi-purpose event/convention facility with over 300,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. Home of the Grand National Rodeo and host to the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show, Exotic Erotic Ball, and Disney On Ice. The facility's versatility is showcased by the concerts, trade shows, religious and political conventions, sporting events and countless other events that have taken place within its grounds.

East Palo Alto

Home to the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, East Palo Alto is San Mateo County's southernmost city and borders Santa Clara County. Roughly twenty minutes to both SFO and SJC International Airports, getting to and from East Palo Alto is convenient for any traveler in a hurry to get home or start exploring the San Francisco Bay Area.

The City of East Palo Alto has fine dining at Quattro Restaurant as well as shopping for the whole family at IKEA. Easy access from Highway 101 and the Dumbarton Bridge, and bordering Menlo Park and Palo Alto, East Palo Alto's community has been growing for years and will continue to grow with affordable real estate in a convenient Bay Area location.

El Granada

San Mateo County's little secret is located four miles north of Half Moon Bay and is fast becoming a major player as a top vacation destination in Northern California.

El Granada is a quiet beach community that neighbors Princeton-by-the-Sea and Half Moon Bay and gives tourists more lodging options along the coast. Pacific Victorian Bed and Breakfast, Pillar Point Inn and Rose Cottage by the Beach are just a few places to consider for romantic getaway accommodations.

Corporations take advantage of El Granada's peaceful surroundings for team building and business retreats.

Foster City

There are only a few San Mateo County cities that have great access to the San Francisco Bay, and Foster City is one of them.

Foster City is also one of the County's main ground transportation hubs with access to Highway 101, which leads to San Francisco and San Jose, and the San Mateo Bridge, connecting the Peninsula with the East Bay.

Just a 10-minute taxi ride to San Francisco International Airport, Foster City's lodging options, restaurants and Elegant Lagoon Cruises are convenient for all types of travelers. For those who work in San Francisco or the East Bay, real estate in Foster City is ideal and families are safe in their school district and community.

Hillsborough

Within the lush mountains of San Mateo County's western region lies the Town of Hillsborough.

San Francisco is just sixteen miles north and SFO is minutes away from Hillsborough. Known to have the highest median household income in the country, Hillsborough also has the highest average of large real estate in San Mateo County.

From private education institutions to public schools for grades K-8, Hillsborough schools are safe and have access to libraries and open areas for outdoor recreation.

La Honda

Located between Portola Valley and San Gregorio on California's Route 84, La Honda is a small mountain community where outdoor lovers can escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life.

With several county parks and campgrounds, and its proximity to the ocean, La Honda's climate is by far one of the most comfortable for hikers and campers.

Couples looking for lodging in La Honda will find the romantic Ziranjie Bed and Breakfast to be an exceptional place for a weekend retreat. Real estate in La Honda consists mostly of vacation properties, and the residents enjoy the peace and quiet of the Pacific Coast foothills.

Millbrae

Just two miles from San Francisco International Airport, hotels like Millwood Inn and Suites and The Westin Hotel offer ideal lodging for business travelers to the Bay Area, while Highway 101 provides quick access to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

The dining scene in Millbrae provides a nice array of cuisine types for residents and visitors to choose from including Chinese cuisine at Hong Kong Flower Lounge and Restaurant and at Fiddler's Green, known for its festive Irish atmosphere.

The real estate in Millbrae is similar to its neighbor the City of Burlingame with safe communities and schools. Local businesses like beauty salons, florists, furniture stores and doctors are dotted around Millbrae making it simple to support local commerce.

Montara

Home to the ever popular Point Montara Light House, Montara is located eight miles north of Half Moon Bay along the breathtaking Pacific Coast Highway. Travelers enjoy its proximity to San Francisco as well as the variety of coastline from beaches to powerful waves crashing the rugged, rocky cliffs lining the Pacific's Northern California Coast. Farallone Inn and Goose and Turrets are two elegant bed and breakfasts available for vacationers, and both provide awesome accommodations for romantic getaways.

Moss Beach

From beautiful coastal views to the Moss Beach Distillery, visitors are sure to enjoy this quaint beach community. Located between Montara and Half Moon Bay, Moss Beach is home to San Mateo County's luxury inn, Seal Cove Inn. This particular region of San Mateo County is known for gentle weather conditions making walks along the beach or adventures at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve both comfortable sightseeing options. Moss Beach is an all around great destination in San Mateo County where people can vacation, get married, be closer to nature and, of course, buy ideal vacation real estate.

Pacifica

For romantic vacations filled with long walks on the beach and beautiful sunsets, Pacifica comes highly recommended. Roughly fifteen minutes from both Half Moon Bay and San Francisco, this beach community has a number of outdoor activities making this small town, nestled in an idyllic cove, a perfect choice for families and couples.

Enjoy upscale Italian cuisine at Barolo and Ristorante Portofino.

Pescadero

Approximately 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay, Pescadero is San Mateo County's number-one destination for those who love the mountains, the foothills and the ocean.

With several choices for lodging like Costanoa Resort, Pescadero Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast and Estancia Del Mar, travelers are sure to find a relaxing place to stay.

Butano State Park is one of many great areas in Pescadero where campers and hikers can explore nature. From locally made Harley Farms goat cheese to fresh baked breads and a selection of boutique wines at Norm's Market, tourists can picnic on the beach or surrounded by trees that flourish in the gentle coastal weather.

Pescadero is also home to one of the tallest lighthouses in the U.S. Built in 1872 following a string of shipwrecks.

Portola Valley

This small mountain town is a perfect place to visit and experience all of the natural beauty that Northern California has to offer. Located eight miles west of the City of Palo Alto, hikers, campers and outdoor lovers of all types find Portola Valley to be heaven-sent. One of Santa Cruz Mountain's most popular wineries, Thomas Fogarty Winery, is situated among the heavily wooded mountains and has a phenomenal view of the Peninsula making a gorgeous backdrop for weddings and corporate events. Homes for sale in Portola Valley are becoming more admired for their positioning to Silicon Valley and the Pacific Ocean for vacation properties and weekend retreats.

Princeton-by-the-Sea

This small coastal region of San Mateo County is situated between El Granada and Moss Beach along the Pacific Coast. With quaint restaurants, shops and the popular Pillar Point Harbor, travelers can find Princeton-by-the-Sea by land and sea. Restaurants like Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and Barbara's Fish Trap serve some of the finest comfort food around. From microbrews to seafood, Princeton-by-the Sea is sure to please.

For those seeking adventure, Huli Cat Sport Fishing and Half Moon Bay Kayak are two companies that get their guests up close and personal with the Pacific Ocean.

San Bruno

Between South San Francisco and Millbrae, San Bruno is an ideal Bay Area city where travelers can stay at hotels close to SFO.

San Bruno has a number of restaurants including Pasta Pomodoro, Don Pico's, and the famous Rib Shack where Skyline College students and busy business people gather for lunch and dinner daily.

Visitors enjoy browsing The Shops at Tanforan, including JCPenney and other popular outlets, for an afternoon of shopping, and residents have a selection of local businesses ranging from beauty salons and florists to doctors and carpet cleaning to choose from for everyday needs. Real estate agents are always happy to show properties for sale and homebuyers will be pleased with the school district.

San Carlos

The City of San Carlos is exactly twenty-five miles south of San Francisco and north of San Jose by way of Highway 101, and next to Belmont and Redwood City in the eastern region of San Mateo County. San Carlos hotels provide travelers affordable lodging options just ten minutes from San Francisco International Airport. Dining in San Carlos includes Thai Time, Town Restaurant, Izzy's Steaks and Chops and several other tasty restaurants. Near the airport, San Carlos's Hiller Aviation Museum is one of San Mateo County's most visited museums and is fun for airplane lovers and families.

South San Francisco

With easy access to the City of San Francisco and SFO, South San Francisco is a major transportation hub in San Mateo County. Highway 101 and Interstate 380 connect South San Francisco with the rest of the Bay Area allowing residents and travelers the right of passage throughout the Peninsula.

South San Francisco has a number of hotels including Larkspur Landing and Embassy Suites as well as restaurants such as Houllihan's and Brass Elephant making for convenient travel arrangements.

The South San Francisco Conference Center is a fabulous venue for all meeting and convention needs. Biotech giant Genentech calls South San Francisco home along with several other big corporations like See's Candies. Since SFO is so close, a number of transportation and tour companies are available to assist travelers with their business commute and sightseeing adventures.

The weather in South San Francisco is undeniably similar to San Francisco with foggy mornings and breezy afternoons. The real estate and community of South San Francisco is rich with culture and history, and those who live in South San Francisco benefit from being so close to San Francisco while enjoying the easy access of the Peninsula.

Woodside

Located west of Interstate 280 on California's Route 84 (also known as Woodside Road), Woodside is the perfect San Mateo County destination for a romantic day trip. Couples can wander around the historic Filoli Mansion and Gardens and wine taste at Woodside Vineyards. The Mountain House and John Bentley's Woodside are local dining favorites, and the town's general store has the essentials for a last minute picnic lunch. Real estate in Woodside is one of the most sought after commodities since CEOs from several major Silicon Valley businesses call this town home. Whether looking to live among tech industry leaders or simply explore the history of an affluent town, Woodside is one of San Mateo County's best communities.