Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Shopping in San Mateo County

San Mateo County is home to some of the best shopping centers in Bay Area. Big shopping malls such as Palo Alto's Stanford Mall and Daly City's Serramonte Center boast of department stores such as Macy's, Nordstrom, Tiffany and Co and Betsey Johnson. San Mateo also offers numerous boutique stores and retailers offering everything from culinary gifts and specialty pet accessories. Weekenders will also enjoy the picturesque boutiques located in Moss Beach and Half Moon Bay.

Serramonte Center

Serramonte Center has more than hundred and forty retail stores. The mall draws shoppers from all over the city and nearby places. Mervyn's, Macy's, and Target anchor the center. It also contains the biggest New York & Company of the world. Other popular stores include The Body Shop, Forever 21, Wet Seal and the like.

Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo

Hillsdale Shopping Center boasts of hundred and thirty specialty stores that are housed inside the Hillsdale Shopping Center. These stores include Macy's, Nordstrom, Sears and Mervyn's. TGI Friday's, Outback Steakhouse, Sbarro and Panda Express are some of the dining options at the place. The mall takes care of all shopping needs of enthusiasts.

Shops at Tanforan in San Bruno

Anchored by Target, Sears and JCPenny, the shops at Tanforan make a pleasant shopping experience. There are variety of other stores also located at Tanforan, such as Shoe Palace, Victoria's Secret, Spencer Gifts, Journey's and Hallmark. Apart from this, the shopping mall has a huge food court for those people who are looking for a break from shopping.

Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto

This shopping center is an elite outdoor mall which is home to Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Macy's and Bloomingdale's. People who have a taste for luxury will surely be impressed by the huge selection of luxury shops. Sharper Image, Tiffany & Co., J. Crew and Betsey Johnson are few of the other outlets in the mall.

Shopping at Burlingame

Eclectic boutiques, designer stores, and unique kid stores abound in Broadway and Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame's two main shopping districts. Burlingame Avenue is a lively, pedestrian-friendly place while Broadway is a little passive and focuses on street side caf├ęs and quaint stores.

Shopping at Foster City

From clothes to house wares, Foster City offers something for everyone. There are also several city run shuttles that help shoppers to travel from one mall to another easily.

Shopping at Daly City

Daly City provides some of the peninsula's biggest shopping districts. Shopping centers such as Westlake Mall and Serramonte have become popular destinations for shopping enthusiasts looking for name brand stores. The malls also offer free parking, something which is very rare in San Francisco.

Shopping at San Carlos   

Laurel Avenue offers an approachable and charming stretch of restaurants, shops, and services in downtown San Carlos while the Hillsdale Shopping Center is an undisputed upscale shopping place in San Mateo County.

Shopping at Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay has numerous shopping districts that boast of unique clothing, accessories, and incredible works of art, jewelry stores, eco-friendly markets, and the like. One can find several charming family-owned shops at Downtown Half Moon Bay. Travelers can even buy specialty treats for their pets at the Doodledings Dog Bakery.
San Mateo County is not just charming and warm it is a dream destination for people who love to shop. It is also a friendly place for those with physical impairments. There are numerous transportation providers that offer non-medical transportation vans that can be hired to travel from one city to another. These vans are wheelchair friendly and can easily accommodate handicapped individuals and their travel companions.    

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Things to do with kids in San Mateo County

Couples with kids normally have a hard time choosing a place to vacation. Kids need to be kept busy or they can turn vacation time into hell time. One of the places that offer interesting activities for kids all year long is San Mateo County. Located in the San Francisco Bay area, the county features several museums, parks, camp trails, play centers and the like.  Here are some of the places you can visit during your vacation in San Mateo:

Coyote Point Park:

Coyote Point boasts of expansive grassy lands and large areas sectioned off for picnics. There is also a new play structure for kids and perhaps for young adults looking to recall their childhood. Because the grass lands are cushiony, parents do not have to worry about their kids getting hurt. However, since there is no place to get snacks or food, parents need to get their own.
While their kids are playing, the couple can enjoy a session of tanning by basking in the sun.

Central Park:

Central Park has something for everyone such as a children’s train, picnic areas, ball fields, grassy play areas, tennis courts, and children’s play ground. There are several community events that keep happening in the park as well. While the kids play, parents can enjoy the Japanese tea gardens and other activities.

Magic Mountain Playground:

Coyote Point is a recreational area that offers a range of activities such as, swimming, picnicking, windsurfing, jogging, bicycling, fishing, sailing and boating. Children will also love the dragon and castle themed Magic Mountain Playground. Visitors can observe live animals at the sanctuary. Apart from this, strolling along the beach and watching colorful boats, shorebirds, windsurfers, is a fun option.

Sawyer Camp Trail:

This trail at the Crystal Springs Reservoir is apt for several activities such as, running, walking, skating, rollerblading, horseback riding and bicycling. People of all ages can enjoy here. Moreover the beautiful scenery just adds to the overall experience.

Safari Run:

Safari run is a healthy entertainment center that offers seasonal camps that include crafts, games, and activities that are focused on specific themes, fitness and nutrition. Small group fitness classes are held for kids that are aimed at building a foundation of nutrition and exercise.

Hillsdale Shopping Center:

Hillsdale Shopping Center is known to have the finest collection of specialty shops and stores including Macy's, Nordstrom, and Sears. It also boasts of the Hillsdale Kid's Club that organizes different programs for kids. While parents can shop, kids can stay entertained with fun activities.  

Casanova Park:

Casanova Park is another haven for children that include a play area, basketball hoops and a picnic area. Parents on a budget vacation can certainly make use of this park to fill up their children’s time.

San Mateo County Fair:

San Mateo county fair brings families and communities together and offers something for everyone. There are rides, live stock, concerts, food, and several other exciting activities to keep people of all ages entertained. The fair is held during the summers for nine days.
Vacationing in San Mateo County with kids is exceptionally easy. There is no dearth of entertainment. Moreover, traveling in and around the cities is very easy. San Mateo boasts of a very well developed public transportation system. And in case someone needs special transportation due to a physically impaired family member then non medial transportation can also be available easily.  However, when traveling with kids, it is best to arrange for transportation beforehand. There are several companies that offer online booking for cabs and non medical transportation vans.