Friday, 26 July 2013

Things to Do in summer at San Mateo

The summers at San Mateo County are certainly worth experiencing. Camping, beaches, wineries and day spas ensure that there is not a single dull moment in your life when exploring this place. Moreover, the community organizes a variety of summer events and camps for adults and kids alike, to keep them amused. Golfing also becomes a major part of San Mateo summers as people are seen enjoying the greens found at Half Moon Bay, Burlingame, and several other parts of the county.

Here are few of the San Mateo must-visits during summer months:
Menlo Park
Located just north of Palo Alto, Menlo Park is an extremely popular place for artists. It is known for the Allied Arts Guild. The Guild has been an oasis for artists since 1929, and still houses several studios and boutique shops. The restaurants close by are perfect for lunch. Menlo Park is also known for its wide variety of shopping options, day spas, and dining. It makes for a popular Bay Area getaway.
Fun and art camps are also organized in this area for children so that they can better explore their creative side.
El Granada
If its water activities that fascinate you then El Granada is an extremely popular destination. The place boasts of breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and bay. Sport fishing is the biggest attraction here. Tourists can use chartered boats for both fishing and for whale watching. Also, for a closer look at the water wildlife, kayaks can be rented.
Moss Beach
For people who love to relax with their favorite poison, Moss Beach is the place to be. The quaint bed and breakfast and the historical Moss Beach Distillery certainly keep the visitors entertained. Apart from this, the beaches, wineries, and beautiful scenery make everyone come back for more.
If you’re into incredible beaches, local shops and fresh gourmet cheese from the farms then Pescadero is the place to be. Harley Farms Goat Dairy is known for its delicious goat cheese. The visitors are also allowed to milk and pet the goats, to experience something very different from their city life.
Several school groups visit the farms to learn how professionals prepare cheese. Apart from this, other great attractions in Pescadero are the Pescadero County Store, Duarte's Tavern, and Norm's Bakery that offers scrumptious pastries and fresh-baked bread.
Other activities offered at San Mateo during Summers
Fitness programs:
Summer is the time to flaunt that toned body. In case you need to work on your core then taking up yoga or Pilates. These classes are a great way to get those ripped abs and to limber up your spine.  Apart from this, you can also take part in several boot camps to get your blood pumping and to get into shape.
Water fun:
Aquatic revelers can deck out in their swimming gear and traverse the waves on top of kayaks and paddle boards.
Fight club:
If learning martial art interests you then your summers at San Mateo are going to be pretty adventurous. The place boast of several karate and boxing studios that help you learn combat. Apart from this, you can also learn the art of fencing from professional fencers.
Horse riding:
Knowing how to ride a horse can certainly be liberating. Enthusiasts can learn how to handle and ride their horses by undertaking private lessons from professionals
Other sports:
Children can be enrolled into basketball and archery training sessions that teach the fundamentals of the game. This helps kids learn new skills and disciplines.
San Mateo is certainly a great place to be during the summers. There is plethora of activities to keep everyone in the family busy and entertained.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

What's Special in San Mateo County Fair This Year?

Originally known as the ‘Little Flower Show’, San Mateo County Fair had very modest beginnings. The event was held in several schools around San Mateo County. But finally, in the year 1935, the show was taken to Bay Meadows Racetrack where it still resides. Since the fair is such a big attraction to the residents and tourists alike, several transportation providers offer transit facilities to people to and from cities within the county.  
San Mateo County Fair 2013
There will be several attractions to the fair this year, some of them include:
Several big names are booked to perform at the fair. Some of the bands include:
The whispers:
This is one of the most loved and popular R & B vocal groups that began their career in 1963. They started off by playing at street corners in Los Angeles and now have become a big name around the US.
Aerorocks has thrilled audiences consistently worldwide, performing and touring on several different continents! This energetic tribute to the band Aerosmith began its journey in 1997 by Steve Tyler impersonator, Jay Basinger.
Tower Of Power:
This band has been creating soul music since 1968 and has delivered their unique compositions to their fans year after year.
Starship is an iconic rock band that recorded several popular anthems, including “Sara” and “We Built This City”. Although the history of the band goes back to the sixties, the incarnation that is still performing the hits today began in the year 1979 with Mickey Thomas.
Apart from the concerts, attendees will also be encouraged to participate in contests and summer fun. These daily contests are absolutely free for fairgoers to be a part of and provide a chance to win amazing prizes. All nine days, the fair will offer exciting and unique games. Some of them include,
  • Pie Eating Contest
  • Sponge Wringing Contest
  • Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
  • Win-It-In-A-Minute Contest
  • Extreme Puzzle Contest
  • Hula Hoop Contest
  • Extreme Apple Bobbing Contest
  • Donuts-on-a-String Contest
With several different rides, games, attractions, and food stalls, there is no dearth to the fun people can have. In fact there is something for everyone at the San Mateo County Fair. The staff works zealously year-round to get ready for this nine day event. They collaborate with organizations and local businesses as well as create partnerships within community. The fair also offers opportunity to local residents to display their talents and get acknowledged by prestigious judges. However, it is not just about competition. The Fair is also extremely popular with friends and families to reunite and make memories. 

By keeping evolution in mind, the fair management continually grows to make the event even better, specifically by implementing modern, unique, ideas. The Fair staff makes sure everything is well organized and has a lot in store for everyone! In fact having this annual Fair helps the community to come together and experience generations of traditions.

Travelling to the fair is also not difficult. With so many cab companies in and around San Mateo it becomes very easy to commute back and forth. These providers offer top notch vehicles that come with state of the art navigation system, credit card machines, and excellent interiors. Apart from this, the drivers behind the wheels are also well trained and aware of the shortest routes around.  These cabs can be booked before hand by visiting the company’s website or by calling the ground staff. Some of these companies also offer senior citizen discounts and several other concessions to make the ride even sweeter.