Known as “The City of Good Living,” San Carlos is set in the heart of the Peninsula, and is a charming town with a great sense of community. Downtown Laurel Street serves as a cultural center for the city, and is home to boutiques and a variety of dining options, including my local favorite, Town restaurant. Also contributing to the town’s inviting atmosphere are numerous art festivals and community events, such as the yearly Hometown Days celebration. Historic homes steeped with character are common in San Carlos, and add to the city’s charm and small town feel. From the homes in the western hills with panoramic views, to the bungalows on tree-lined avenues in the White Oaks neighborhood, San Carlos has an upbeat, yet easy-going community energy. Recreational opportunities in the city abound, with acres of open space close by, great for hiking and biking, including the local Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve.
The city is also home to The Hiller Aviation Museum, which celebrates the spirit of discovery and innovation of aviation pioneers, and features over 50 aircraft from more than a century of aviation history. Downtown San Carlos is the hub of the community. Laurel Street hosts a Thursday night farmer’s market that attracts not just San Carlos residents, but locals from up and down the Peninsula, and Saturday and Sunday mornings find the street lined with sidewalk tables of people enjoying brunch. Be sure to try The Refuge, located at the far end of Laurel Street, which turns out some of the best pastrami in the Bay Area, and has a fantastic Belgian beer selection. If you happen to stop by, the restaurant might look familiar – it was recently featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
To learn more about this community, check out this site: San Carlos
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