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Bask in the world's best climate - according to a pre-WW1 government survey – while staying in Redwood City, which sits right at the heart of Silicon Valley. With San Francisco humming to the north, and the Pacific Ocean crashing against dramatic beaches just a few miles to the west, Redwood City puts the best of the Bay Area within easy reach. You'll find there's no better way to spend a chilled out Saturday morning than browsing Silicon Valley's oldest farmers' market, however – where you can pick up some vacation reading for less than a buck, or bite into sweet berries – plucked fresh from California's sun-soaked fields.

Things to see

The Bay Area, and Silicon Valley, may be streaking ahead when it comes to innovation and technology, but Redwood City hasn't forgotten its past. A spectacular umbrella of glass lets colored light pour into the old courtroom at San Mateo County History Museum, where you can bang your mallet for justice on the oak wood desks. Afterwards, step onto a virtual surfboard to tackle a simulation of the booming, 40-foot waves that crash at nearby Mavericks Point. This wild location tempts the very best surfers from across the world to California's beaches, and the museum will let you experience exactly what it's like to peer down from 1 of its legendary crests. If that experience leaves you pining for the ocean, drive across to Half Moon Bay. Depending on the weather, you can either stroll along the shore, to watch the cliffs taking a battering from the angry sea, or search for a secluded banana of hidden white sand, where you can sunbathe in peace. On your way back to Redwood City, stop in at Filoli Country Estate. The lavish Georgian architecture is charming enough, but it's the smell of fresh flowers, and sight of bright summer colors outside that steals the show. Sit on a bench to relax, while looking over beautiful gardens, decorated with the scarlet cups of tulips, and orange fists of California poppies.

Hotels in Redwood City

More color-lashed gardens wait at Redwood City hotels, where you can alfresco dine surrounded by tweeting birds, and babbling water features. A stay at 1 of the city's top-notch hotels will leave your jaw on the ground – as you walk in to see a bottle of chilled champagne, an oceanic bath, and a lavish 4-post bed waiting in your room. Even the cheaper options will leave you wondering if you've been accidently upgraded, as quick WiFi, widescreen televisions, and tea and coffee making facilities are supplied as standard.

Where to stay

Stay at a downtown hotels, if you want to get your dancing shoes on and shimmy under the sun, as Redwood City celebrates its Spanish routes. Smother sweet tomato salsas onto spicy burritos, before tasting clear tequilas – all to a soundtrack of hip-shaking Latin music – during the Salsa Festival. Or, stay in high-tech Palo Alto, where settling into a comfy seat, to watch a black and white film flickering into life - in the stunningly restored Stanford Theatre - provides a glorious respite from the city's incessant innovation.

How to get to Redwood City

San Francisco International Airport juts out into the bay, offering the simplest way to arrive in Redwood City. After a long flight, there's no greater feeling than pulling up in your hotel's car park, just 15 minutes after leaving the rental booth. Getting out and about from Redwood City is child's play thanks to the Caltrain, which stops in downtown, and will run you right across the Bay Area - from San Francisco to San Jose.