Your complete guide to summer 2022 on the Peninsula

With the last couple of summers of COVID canceling or limiting many events, many are looking forward to the return of signature summer festivities like Shoreline Ampitheatre’s Fourth of July fireworks show and the San Mateo County Fair. Check out our guide to summer fun to fill your calendar from June through September.

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Bike battle: How a spat over open space access in Belmont could shape preservation on the Peninsula

As the pandemic drives more people outdoors, cyclists, hikers and environmentalists are in a war of words over who can use two popular trails. Two cyclists on mountain bikes ride on a trail in Waterdog Park in Belmont. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) There’s a neighborhood on the Peninsula where the nature access is almost too good to be true. On one side of Hallmark Drive in the Belmont hills is one of ...

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The 12 best views on the SF Peninsula and how to see them

Boronda Lake at Foothills Nature Preserve in Palo Alto is a pristine part of the park for picnicking, boating or taking in the view. (Photo by Veronica Weber) Many people, from tourists to tech workers, decide to visit or live in the Bay Area in large part for its scenic nature. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the redwoods and the coastline, the region is home to sweeping ocean and Bay ...

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A tea house, a speakeasy, a beloved restaurant: The Van’s in Belmont has closed for good

The pandemic shutdown pushed owner Loring De Martini into retirement, ending a century of storied local history (Image via The Van’s website) The Van’s Restaurant On the Hill in Belmont, a local institution that was originally built in 1915, has permanently closed after decades of serving throwback fare from its perch above the Peninsula. Owner Loring De Martini, who took over the restaurant in 1973, shuttered The Van’s on March 14, just before the Bay ...

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Five of the best dog-friendly hikes on the Peninsula

Perfect outdoor spots entirely conducive to your canine By Juliette Spirson Like small children, bonsai trees and just about any surfer, dogs are simply happier if they get proper outside time. It’s a simple equation really, though one that can ultimately require a bit of know-now for navigating dog-friendly locations around the region. Luckily for Peninsula residents, the area contains some spectacular spots for man’s — and less face it already, woman’s — best friend. From beaches to hillsides to ...

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