As the San Francisco Bay Area continues to move forward in the reopening process, the safety and security of our residents and visitors remain our top priority. As a destination, we understand the importance of following sanitation and safety protocols, and we all have been working extremely hard in order to reach these goals. Learn more about the latest reopening updates in San Mateo County and Palo Alto.

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The <span>Best</span> of  the Bay Area

The Best of the Bay Area

Learn the ins & outs of San Mateo County & Silicon Valley from the cosmopolitan culture to the local beaches and places to eat.

Kristen Friis

Kristen is the Film & Communication Liaison for the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and Spanish. As a Silicon Valley native, Kristen considers herself an “expert” on all things Peninsula. When she’s not promoting tourism through SMC/SV CVB, she likes to write/record podcasts with her friends, play guitar and go to concerts in the Bay Area.

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We hope you’re hungry because restaurants in San Mateo County and Silicon Valley have recently reopened for outdoor dining! Our destination is packed to the brim with restaurants specializing in just about every type of cuisine, local and exotic. From craft breweries to northern Italian eateries…

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As the “Shelter in Place” order continues, it is important to remember that along with taking care of our physical health, we should also be equally mindful of our emotional and mental wellbeing. In order to do so, we wanted to share with you five great ways to practice wellness-at-home , to help…

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As you may already know, finding fresh produce at the supermarket has been challenging during this crisis. However, luckily for you, some of our local farms are continuing to offer farm box subscriptions for both pickup and delivery, so that customers can enjoy fresh produce without having to…

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Bee Well - A story of Local Beekeepers

Our “As Fresh as it Gets” program features many partners around the San Mateo County and Silicon Valley region, all with the promise and passion of serving locally grown and fresh, farm-to-table products. Teri Butler, co-owner of Half Moon Honey, has her own reasons for joining the program and…

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Going Above and Beyond to make a Positive Impact

Present times have become worrisome and unfortunate for many. The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in many layoffs that have put people in uncomfortable financial situations leading to food insecurity and the inability to pay bills. However, through adversity, the San Mateo County and Silicon Valley…

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