Where Scenery Meets Flavor in The San Fran Peninsula
Welcome to The San Francisco Peninsula, where stunning scenery and diverse food come together to create a one-of-a-kind Northern California experience. Home to San Francisco International Airport and located south of San Francisco, what makes The Peninsula truly unique is its unrivaled food scene, which takes you on an unparalleled culinary journey from high-end restaurants to family-owned coffee shops, gastropubs, and hidden local gems.
For those seeking the ultimate dining experience, The San Francisco Peninsula is home to over a dozen MICHELIN-rated and recommended restaurants. These establishments have been recognized by the prestigious guide for their exceptional cuisine, attentive service, and inviting ambiance. Whether you’re in the mood for Southern Indian cuisine at the acclaimed Saffron in Burlingame, or elevated Japanese cuisine at Wakuriya in San Mateo, The Peninsula’s MICHELIN restaurants are sure to impress!
What truly sets The Peninsula apart is its commitment to sustainability and locally sourced ingredients. When you think of Silicon Valley, you may not think of agriculture, but The Peninsula is home to over 50 working farms and harbors brimming with fishing boats – the local produce is truly unbeatable. The region’s “As Fresh As It Gets” program celebrates the agriculture, connecting locals and visitors to San Mateo County’s farmers and fishermen, and the restaurants and hotels that serve outstanding fresh meals and products. During harvest season on the Coastside, visitors can catch glimpses of fields bursting with vibrant orange pumpkins, Brussels sprouts, and artichoke plants as they drive along Highway 92 and scenic Highway 1. When visiting their favorite restaurants, guests may even see the farmer’s name on the menu, showcasing a true farm-to-table experience.
As you enjoy the fresh cuisine, don’t forget to pair your meals with some of the region’s finest wines. Savor a hidden gem along the Mid-Peninsula Wine Trail in San Carlos, featuring local favorites such as Domenico Winery, Flying Suitcase Wines, and Russian Ridge Winery. Explore coastal wineries such as La Nebbia Winery, or taste some of California’s best at Barterra Winery. The Peninsula’s wine scene offers a unique and memorable experience for any wine enthusiast.
Beyond food and wine, visitors can experience the west coast by nature and indulge in an array of outdoor activities. Go for a bike ride along the Bay Trail, surf or paddleboard in Pacifica, walk along coastal beaches or amongst the tall redwoods, and explore the quaint towns of Half Moon Bay and Pescadero. Take a trip to Filoli in Woodside where you can wander its 16 acres of exquisite formal gardens and the 1917 mansion. Grab a glass and embark on a journey through beautiful landscapes, exceptional wine, and excellent food on The San Francisco Peninsula… South of San Francisco, North of Expectations!
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