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    Shop San Mateo for Variety, Quality and Convenience

    From outdoor shopping to upscale retail, you can shop relax or dine in any of the unique shopping districts within the City of San Mateo.



    shop_san_mateo_hillsdaleHillsdale Shopping Center comprises 130 fine stores and restaurants, and ample parking for the ultimate in convenience. Featuring stores like Crate & Barrel, Nordstrom, Bebe, Godivia Chocolatier and The Sharper Image you will find a variety of name brand and designer merchandise.


    shop_san_mateo_25th_ave25th Avenue is a quaint shopping community consisting of fine restaurants, specialty retail and convenient services. People wanting an old fashioned shopping experience will find 25th Avenue a delight.

    shop_san_mateo_bridgepointeBridgepointe is located at Mariner’s Island off Highway 92 between Highway 101 and the San Mateo Bridge. The Bridgepointe area features an exciting development of retail, dining, and entertainment uses. Several major stores including Bed, Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Old Navy, Target, and Toys-R-Us are located at this center as well as ample parking for a convenient shopping experience.



    shop_san_mateo_downtownDowntown San Mateo offers variety, excitement and diversity. There is something for everyone in this fun-filled commercial area. With a new 12- screen movie theater, nearly 100 restaurants and a variety of shopping for running errands, looking for gifts, furniture or clothing and gourmet food you will find it downtown.




    shop_san_mateo_laurelwoodLaurelwood Shopping Center is just a quick stop off of Highway 92 at West Hillsdale Boulevard. Be sure to start your day off right with a stop at Piazza’s Fine Foods, Celia’s Mexican Restaurant, Anne’s Hallmark, McDonald’s or our other 45 stores, services and restaurants.




    shop_san_mateo_crystal_spriCrystal Springs residents enjoy the luxury of convenient shopping and dining at the nearby Crystal Springs Shopping Center, which features stores like Longs and Safeway, Crystal Springs Fish and Poultry, Crystal Cleaning and Papa Gayo. Crystal Springs is located off of 92 at the DeAnza Boulevard exit.




    Shoreview Shopping Center at Third and Norfolk has a brand new look. Recently celebrating a new streetscape and revitalization of the commercial area, stores like Dehoff’s Key Market and Aldo’s Pizza rose to the occasion to provide stellar service and remarkable products to residents of the Shoreview neighborhood.

    The new Bay Meadows development features organic and gourmet groceries at the Whole Foods Market, as well as Pete’s Coffee and Tea and new restaurants scheduled to open soon.


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    CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point

    1651 Coyote Drive, San Mateo 650-342-7755 www.curiodyssey.org
    CuriOdyssey brings children and families up close with the natural world. Our mission is to educate and inspire people to take care of the earth wisely. We offer the tools to question and explore our world: interactive science exhibits, hands-on and explorative school and public programs, and up close encounters with native California animals.

    Japanese Tea Garden

    5th East Street/El Camino, San Mateo 650-522-7409 www.jgarden.org
    Designed by an architect from the Imperial Palace, San Mateo’s tea garden is known throughout the state. Weekdays: 10am – 4pm. Weekends/Holidays: 11am – 5pm.

    San Mateo Arboretum

    109 9th Avenue San Mateo, CA 94401 650-579-0536 www.sanmateoarboretum.org
    Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

    San Mateo County Historical Museum

    777 Hamilton Street, Redwood City 650-299-0104 www.historysmc.org
    San Mateo County’s colorful past is recreated in special exhibits. Tours are available. Monday-Thursday: 9:30am -4:30pm. Sunday: 12:30pm ­ 4:30pm.

    Allied Arts Guild

    95 Arbor Road, Menlo Park 650-322-2405 www.alliedartsguild.org
    Fine arts and crafts studios and shops. For lunch or tea reservations, call 650-324-2588. Monday-Saturday: 10am – 5pm.


    86 Canada Road, Woodside 650-366-8300 www.filoli.org
    Setting for the old “Dynasty” TV show, this gorgeous estate features beautiful grounds and a mansion. Guided garden tours are available by reservation.

    Pigeon Point Lighthouse

    210 Pigeon Point, Hwy 1, Pescadero 650-879-0633 www.parks.ca.gov
    Historic lighthouse. Tours available on Sundays by reservation.

    Pulgas Water Temple

    650-872-5900 website
    Completion of construction and reopening of Pulgas Temple is expected in early 2004.

    Sanchez Adobe

    1000 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica 650-359-1462
    Restored mission adobe (circa 1848), complete with period furnishings and archaeological artifacts. Tuesday-Thursday: 10am-4pm. Saturday-Sunday: 1pm-5pm.

    San Francisco Bay Discovery Site

    Sweeney Ridge, San Bruno 650-556-8371 This monument is a tribute to the sighting of San Francisco Bay by Gaspar de Portola in 1769. Spectacular views.

    Sunset Gardens

    80 Willow Road, Menlo Park 650-321-3600
    The Sunset Magazine and Sunset Books headquarters. Open daily 9am-4:30pm.

    Woodside Store

    Tripp Road, Woodside 650-851-7615
    Once a general store, dental office and post office run by Dr. Tripp. Reflects the days of the old lumber industry in San Mateo County.

    San Francisco Academy of Sciences

    55 Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park 415-750-7145 www.calacademy.org
    Winter Hours: 10am – 5pm. Free first Wednesday of the month: 10am-8:45pm.

    Alcatraz Tours

    Tickets: 415-705-5555 website
    Ferries leave from Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 41, f or the island and former prison. Open 9:30am-4:30pm. (Summer closes at 6:30pm.)

    Angel Island

    Tiburon Peninsula Ferry Info: 415-435-2131 Island Info: 415-435-3522 website
    Picnicking/Hiking. Open 8am-sunset.

    De Young Memorial Museum

    34th Avenue/Clement, San Francisco 415-750-3600 website
    Completion of construction and reopening of the museum is expected in the year of 2005.


    3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts 415-EXP-LORE website
    Science and Technology museum. Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-5pm. (Wednesday till 9pm.)

    Fort Point

    Located in The Presidio, San Francisco 415-556-1693 website
    Civil War fortress open for tours guided by rangers. Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Friday-Sunday: 10am-5pm.

    Mission Dolores

    3321 16th Street, San Francisco 415-621-8203 website
    San Francisco’s oldest building (1776). Cemetery, garden and museum. Open daily: 8am-4pm.

    National Maritime Museum

    At the foot of Polk Street on Beach Street, San Francisco 415-561-7006 website
    Ship models, artifacts on display Wednesday through Sunday. At Hyde Street Pier and Piers 43 and 45, Fisherman’s Wharf.

    Palace of Legion of Honor

    100 34th Avenue, San Francisco 415-863-3330 website
    Rodin sculpture, tapestries on display. Tuesday-Sunday: 9.30am-5pm.

    Ralston Hall Mansion

    1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont 650-508-3501 www.ralstonhall.com
    Ralston Hall Mansion, a registered National Historic Landmark, was built in the 1860’s. Ralston Hall was the country estate of William Chapman Ralston. In 1922, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur purchased the estate as the new location for their college. Ralston Hall is available for special events including weddings, concerts and conferences. Docent led tours are available by appointment. Visit our website at.

    San Francisco Zoo

    1 Zoo Road, San Francisco 415-753-7080 www.sfzoo.org
    Primate Discovery Center, Gorilla World, and more. Tuesday through Sunday lion feedings at 2pm. Petting zoo, carousel and playground. Open Daily: 10am-5pm.

    Steinhart Aquarium

    California Academy of Sciences 55 Concourse Drive, San Francisco 415-750-7145
    Fantastic aquarium featuring over 14,000 living specimens from the deep.

    Strybing Arboretum

    9th Avenue, San Francisco 415-661-1316 www.sfbotanicalgarden.org
    Seventy acres of plants. Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm. Saturday-Sunday: 10am-5pm.

    Wax Museum

    145 Jefferson Street, San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf 1-800-439-4305 website
    Weekdays: 10am-9pm. Weekends: 9am-11pm.

    San Mateo County Parks & Recreation

    San Mateo County Parks & Recreation Division 455 County Center, 4th Floor Redwood City Administration 650-363-4020 Reservations 650-363-4021 Telecommunication Device for Deaf (TDD) 650-368-7807

    Coyote Park Recreation Area

    This San Francisco Bay area features water sports, picnic facilities, magnificent children’s playgrounds, marina, environmental museum and animal center. A state-of-the-art wildlife center is a key attraction here. On Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, east of US 101.

    Edgewood Park

    Rolling terrain, wildflowers, and woodlands. At the intersection of Edgewood Road, Redwood City, and Interstate 280.

    Flood Park

    Group picnic areas, oak trees, baseball, softball diamonds, playground and tennis courts. In Menlo Park, at Marsh and Bay Roads.

    Huddart Park

    Horseback riding, picnicking and hiking throughout redwood forests. Two miles west of Highway 84, Woodside.

    Junipero Serra Park

    Airport views, nature trails, picnic sites, children’s playgrounds. On Crystal Springs Road, off Interstate 280 (San Bruno/Millbrae).

    Memorial Park

    Oldest park in the county. Campsites, picnic areas, camp store, old swimming hole, group areas and hiking trails. Pescadero Creek, Sam McDonald County Parks, and Portola State Park are adjacent. Take Highway 84 or Highway 1 to Pescadero Road.

    Milagra Ridge

    Hiking only. Formal federal government property preserved as open space. Spectacular views. On Sharp Park Road, Pacifica.

    Pescadero Creek Park

    Enormous 5,973-acre park featuring a major steelhead-spawning stream. Hike-in campsites plus horseback and hiking trails. Hikers may follow Pomponio Trail to Portola State Park or Memorial Park. On Alpine Road, west of Skyline Boulevard.

    Sam McDonald Park

    Pacific Ocean views, great old redwoods and fir trees. On Pescadero Road, south of Highway 84 (La Honda).

    San Bruno Mountain

    Just south of San Francisco. Over 2,000 acres of rough terrain. Tremendous views of the bay and San Francisco from top of mountain (trails lead to top). On Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, west of Old Bayshore Highway.

    San Mateo Fishing Pier

    On Beach Park Boulevard east of East Hillsdale Boulevard in Foster City.

    San Pedro Valley Park

    Group picnic spots, hiking trails. Take Highway 1 to Linda Mar Boulevard, then east.

    Wunderlich Park

    Riding/hiking trails. Oaks, redwoods, meadows and madrones. Former Folger family ranch. Take Highway 84, two miles southwest of Woodside.

    State Parks & Recreation

    Ano Nuevo State Reserve

    New Years Creek Road, Pescadero 650-879-2025 or 650-879-0227 (recorded info)
    Popular spot for watching elephant seals from December through March. Tickets for tours (2 1/2 hours) should be reserved by calling 1-800-444-4445. To get there, take Highway 92 (less curvy) to Highway 1; drive south about 25 miles.

    Butano State Park

    Pescadero 650-879-2040
    Redwood trees are the main attraction at Butano, which offers trails, family campsites and picnic areas. A 30-minute drive on Cloverdale Road off Highway 1 leads to the park.

    Portola State Park

    La Honda 650-948-9098
    Set in groves of redwoods, the park has hiking trails; 52 family campsites with tables, stoves and food lockers; and accommodations for trailers up to 22 feet and motor homes up to 26 feet. A group campsite holding up to 150 people and group picnic area holding up to 100 can be reserved. Park is reached via Page Mill Road, then continuing on Alpine Road about 5 miles west of Highway 35.

    San Mateo County Baylands

    Comprising East Palo Alto’s bay edge near Cooley Landing and an adjacent salt pond, this preserve is open by permit only.

    Skyline Ridge

    Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 2, 840-acre former Skyline Ranch property offers ridgetops, pastures, reservoirs and a Christmas tree farm, with equestrian and hiking trails linking the preserve with Monte Bello Open Space Preserve. Parking is available on the east side of Skyline Boulevard near Alpine Road.


    A former 87-acre estate, Thornewood is typical of gracious summer estates of the 1920s. It is located on La Honda Road (Highway 84) 1.2 miles south of the Portola Road intersection in Woodside. Access is limited to hikers and bicyclists who must obtain a permit from the district office.

    Windy Hill

    Grassland ridges and wooded ravines with creeks that flow year round characterize this preserve that has 9.4 miles of trails and a three-table picnic area adjacent to the parking area on Skyline Boulevard, two miles south of La Honda Road. Dogs on leashes allowed in designated areas.

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    San Mateo Transportation Services

    San Mateo is located at the crossroads of the Peninsula (Highway 92 and U.S. 101) and is easy to reach from any location in the Bay Area. Outstanding SamTrans bus service, convenient CalTrain stations and major highways running North-South (U.S. 101 and Interstate 280) and East-West (Highway 92) make commuting easy.


    (San Mateo County Transit District) offers bus service all over the county, as well as express commuter service to San Francisco. Special express buses are also available to Monster Park.


    runs commuter trains seven days a week from San Jose to San Francisco, with three stations in San Mateo: Hillsdale, Hayward Park and Downtown. Information/schedules: 1-800-660-4287.


    Amtrak, Southern Pacific Main Line. Truck: U.P.S.; 76 freight forwarders (foreign); 35 domestic trucking lines, overnight delivery to all of California and parts of Nevada.


    San Francisco International Airport provides scheduled passenger and air freight service by 54 airlines as follows: 32 major, 3 commuter, 5 seasonal and 14 cargo lines. San Carlos Airport, 3 miles south, serves executive and company planes up to 12,500 lbs.


    Greyhound Bus Line provides transcontinental service; SamTrans provides city and county service.


    Deep water port of San Francisco 20 miles north; Redwood City 6 miles south.


    Interstate 280; Highway 92 and U.S. 101; California 82.

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    Stay in a San Mateo Hotel

    Best Western San Mateo
    /Los Prados Inn

    2940 S. Norfolk Street
    San Mateo, CA 94403
    P: (650) 341-3300
    F: (650) 341-9999
    Crowne Plaza
    San Francisco Airport

    1177 Airport Blvd.
    Burlingame, CA 94010
    (650)342-9200 Ph
    (650)342-1253 Fax
    Firestone Lodge
    2175 El Camino Real
    San Mateo, CA 94403
    Cross Street: 25th
    P:(650) 341-5671
    F:(650) 341-5379
    Half Moon Bay Lodge
    2400 South Cabrillo Highway
    Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
    P: (650) 726-9000
    F: (650) 726-7951
    Hilton Garden Inn-San Mateo
    2000 Bridgepointe Circle
    San Mateo, CA 94404
    P: (650) 522-9000
    F: (650) 522-9099
    Holiday Inn
    330 N. Bayshore Blvd.
    San Mateo, CA 94401
    P: (650) 344-3219
    F: (650) 344-9012
    Homestead Guest Studios
    1830 Gateway Drive
    San Mateo, CA 94404
    P: (650) 575-1744
    F: (650) 574-1757
    Howard Johnson Express Inn
    2110 S. El Camino Real
    San Mateo, CA 94403
    P: (650) 341-9231
    F: (650) 341-9373
    Marriott Residence Inn
    2000 Winward Way
    San Mateo, CA 94404
    P: (650) 574-4700
    F: (650) 574-0756
    San Mateo Marriott
    1770 S. Amphlett Blvd.
    San Mateo, CA 94402
    P: (650)-653-6000
    F: (650) 653-6088
    Super 8 Motel
    140 N. Bayshore Blvd.
    San Mateo, Ca 94401
    P: (650) 342-3273
    F: (650) 342-4619
    Stone Villa Inn
    2175 S. El Camino Real
    San Mateo, California 94403
    P: (650) 458-6556
    F: (650) 458-6561
    Radisson Villa Hotel
    4000 S. El Camino Real
    San Mateo, CA 94403
    P: (650) 341-0966
    F: (650) 573-0164
    Wingate Inn San Mateo
    480 N. Bayshore Blvd.
    San Mateo, CA 94401
    P: (650) 347-9990
    P: (650) 347-9991
    Homestead Guest Studios
    1830 Gateway Drive
    San Mateo, CA 94404
    P: (650) 575-1744
    F: (650) 574-1757
    Howard Johnson Express Inn
    2110 S. El Camino Real
    San Mateo, CA 94403
    P: (650) 341-9231
    F: (650) 341-9373

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