A Guide to Unique Shopping in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley

October 11, 2017

The holidays are right around the corner, and you’ll want to snatch up a special gift for that special someone. Whether perusing San Mateo County for inspiration or actual gift giving, you’ll find just what you’re looking for…plus a few surprises! Here is our ultimate guide to unique shops in our area, plus tips on what to buy at each.

5 Interesting Cemeteries That You Haven’t Heard About

September 27, 2017

Don’t let cemeteries spook you out. Halloween or not, our area has several historic cemeteries worth a visit. From views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to landscaped gardens featuring flowers of every shape and color, these five cemeteries provide a glimpse into history during your stay or road trip.

5 Reasons To Visit San Mateo County/Silicon Valley This Fall

September 13, 2017

Fall is arguably the best season to visit San Mateo County/Silicon Valley. From a sea of orange pumpkin patches and farms to farm-to-table fare, there are countless ways to experience autumn in the Best of the San Francisco Bay Area. Festivals are a great way to indulge in all your favorite pumpkin-flavored sweet treats, while a spa treatment is the ultimate stress blaster. Whatever your interest, here are five reasons to start planning your fall getaway.

5 Great Restaurants to Watch 49ers and Other NFL Games

August 30, 2017

It’s almost NFL season, so it’s time to dig up your San Francisco 49ers jersey and get into football mode. While it’s always a nice idea to watch the game at home, heading to a local bar or restaurant is a fun way to mix and mingle with fellow fans while chowing down on some savory grub.

8 Must-Try Restaurants for Outdoor Dining

August 16, 2017

We hope you’re hungry, because San Mateo County is packed to the brim with restaurants specializing in just about every type of cuisine, local and exotic. From craft brewhouses to northern Italian eateries, meals always seem better when enjoyed outdoors.

10 Selfies to Take in San Mateo County

August 01, 2017

Calling all Instagrammers! We have a fun new contest that will put your selfie skills to the test. Starting Aug. 2 and running until Sept. 4, you can visit 10 of our area’s best locations and show us the photo proof by including the hashtag #playbythebay in the caption. Everyone who completes the list will be entered into a drawing for $100, and we’ll be picking the winner on Sept. 11. Bonus entries for creative photos.

Selfie Scavenger Hunt

Let Us Teach You Something New On Summer Break

July 19, 2017

The California coast has long been known as a legendary spot for expanding your horizons, and the Northern California region of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley offers nearly 60 miles of gorgeous Pacific coastline, the celebrated California redwoods, and an endless range of new, enriching experiences and activities.

Beat the Heat This Summer

July 05, 2017

With the summer season upon us, it’s time to start planning your next vacation. Instead of sticking to East Coast cities like Miami or hassling with travel abroad, visit our area for mild summer weather and just as much outdoor adventure. From kayak tours and surf classes to outdoor dining and luxurious hotel stays, here are five of the best ways to beat the heat this summer.

Become an Expert on the Fresh Food Scene

June 21, 2017

We are so spoiled here in Silicon Valley. Fresh food is in our DNA; we really don’t know any other way to live. An abundance of fresh and local food is at our disposal year-round, so we can indulge in picked-this-morning produce from our local farmers’ markets, select our seafood fresh off the boat, and order our meats directly from the cattle farm whenever we want (and we always want to!). There is nothing more true than our love for culinary innovation and truly fresh and sustainable foods.

Fireworks and Family

June 07, 2017

Nothing says summer like fireworks on the 4th of July. Long sun drenched evenings, lasting family memories and nostalgia fuel this summer holiday. Here is a list of events to help create those memories.


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Understanding Italian Wine at the SF Wine School

Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Time: 6:00pm
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