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Mon Feb 6, 2012, 06:26 PM

Anybody up in San Mateo?

Hey folks. I am thinking about visiting my long-missed aunt Cindy and uncle John up in San Mateo this summer and I was wondering if any of you folks who might be in or around there could tell me a little about the place; you know, sights to see, places to eat, and to visit, etc.

Thanks, I'm really looking forward to this if I can get things to work out in my favor. =)

-Steve, aka AverageJoe90.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Original post)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 07:17 PM

1. My brother is there and I'm not far away.

We could probably put a list together for you.

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Response to EFerrari (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 08:09 PM

3. That'd be great, thanks.

It may be at least another 4 months away but it wouldn't hurt to start thinking about it now, IMHO. =)

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 08:15 PM

4. Think about the kind of tips you want so we can focus in the right direction.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Original post)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 07:30 PM

2. Oh boy, the locals won't like this.

San Mateo is part of a large strip mall that starts in South San Francisco and continues down to South San Jose. There are really only three things to see in California. The coast, the wine country and the Sierras. Fortunatly, you will only be a short drive from the coast. Starting early in the morning, head west on 92. Have breakfast in Half Moon Bay, either downtown or at the warf, then head south on PCH1 tell you get to Santa Cruz. Have lunch, either downtown or at the warf. Continue south to Monterey. Have dinner, either on Cannery Row or at the warf. Spend the night. Next day, head back on the same route. By now you will have other things you want to see and it looks completly different going the other way. As you head back to San Mateo from Half Moon Bay, turn right on Skyline Blvd (at the top of the hill) and drive down to the Mountain House for dinner.

Have fun!

I know I will get some knashing of teeth from the locals but I spent most of my life in the area and have only been gone for a year so I stand by my opinion.

Edited to add that snark is on cause I know how some folks get.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 7, 2012, 02:29 PM

7. What about The City?

Or is that considered part of the coast?

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 7, 2012, 05:46 PM

8. I suppose the The City That Knows How could be either......=)

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 7, 2012, 08:36 PM

9. Stand at the top of twin peaks. What do you see? Better yet,

Look at The City from the top of Mt. Tam!

If that aint the coast, I don't know what is.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 05:00 PM

16. I'm with you on that

I lived in San Mateo County for 20+ years and what you listed are the best parts of the county. i love HMB, Portola, La Honda and of course Santa Cruz (which is NOT part of SM County) but the rest are just suburbs.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Original post)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 09:08 PM

5. If you are on a tight budget, both

Santa Cruz and Monterey have great hostels.

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Response to roody (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 09:20 PM

6. Wasn't Mae Brussell from Monterey?

If you've heard of her, I've always wanted to see Monterey, too. And maybe even stop by her old neighborhood in Carmel Valley.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 7, 2012, 08:47 PM

10. If you can fit it in, Carmel is a must see. If you can spare the time,

Drive a little farther south and have lunch at Napenthe in Big Sur. pretty fucking special.

And, just so you know, we used to drive down to Napenthe for lunch from downtown San Jose. It was a day trip, not a major excursion.

Where are you coming from, BTW?

The biggest problem is that there is simply soooo much to see that you almost have to live there for awhile to see even some of it. Lucky me, I spent about 40 of my 61 years there so I got a decent overview.

I offer you Napenthe
http://www.google.com/search?q=nepenthe&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=V9QxT_rBGZOOigLyxPXNCg&biw=1024&bih=672&sei=YtQxT6z-DOmfiQLSgOm_Cg

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 7, 2012, 10:00 PM

11. Northern Texas. Rowlett(soon to be Frisco), to be more precise.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 7, 2012, 10:40 PM

12. O.K. When I think Northern Texas, I think Amarillo

Man are you in for a treat!

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 7, 2012, 10:51 PM

13. All I can say is that you will not come back the same person that you left with.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 08:49 AM

14. Howdy back at ya ...


From San Mateo going south drift down to Big Basin SP and see some great redwood groves, then meander through small towns and more redwoods to Santa Cruz and Capatola. If you have time the Aquarium in Monterey is very cool but around it is a yuppie tourist trap.

Going North drive up HWY 280 and you are in the City in 20mins. Or if you don't want to drive in the city, you can either take a train from San Mateo or drive up to near to airport for BART. Lots to do anywhere in SF.

Above all see the redwoods. The trees in Big Basin are nearly as big as the one's you find up above Eureka.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 10:13 PM

15. The Bay Area, I wouldn't live any other place! It's a liberal utopia with many cars w/Obama stickers

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