Monday, September 12, 2016

Our trip of exploration to San Mateo County Silicon Valley  started with the arrival at San Francisco International Airport aboard a one hour Jet Blue flight.  Then a short shuttle to the elegant Hyatt Regency SFO Hotel. 
That evening we dined at the hotel's 3Sixty where we met Executive Chef Bernard Foster who showed us a menu that included Asian influence matched with California produce and products.  We started with crab cakes, then a salad with a variety of lettuce.  Our entree was a crusted halibut with  vegetables including browned red potatoes.  Our dessert a strawberry shortcake.
Our wines included two 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clos Du Val and Sequoia Grove, both from Napa.
The next morning we started our 'As Fresh as it gets Media Tour' with a visit to the Filoli Center located in Woodside.  This estate includes a huge mansion surrounded by well cared for  acres of gardens.
It is situated on 654 acres and now has ninety thousand visitors each year.
Included is a center for growing organic herbs and spices and we had a sit down tasting of just what is being produced.
San Mateo county is flanked by the Bay to the east and the Pacific Coast to the west.  Dividing the two is a range of mountains which include a forest of redwood and oak.  Wunderlich Park shows this very well with several  trails  open  both to hikers and horse back riding
Continuing west we arrived at Half Moon Bay, walked the historic downtown, and enjoyed the sea air of the adjacent Pacific Ocean. Its beaches draw hundreds of thousands of visitors year round.
That evening we stayed at the Half Moon Bay Lodge which is surrounded by lush gardens and 36 holes of oceanfront golf. 

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