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  • Spooky Fun at Spookville Halloween Theme Park

    If you are looking for a Halloween event that is fun for the entire family, yes that includes the parents, then you will want to try out Spookville Halloween Theme Park....

    Spookville is housed at the Westfield San Francisco Centre which is only about 20 minutes from El Rancho Inn. The theme park is a “no scare” experience that celebrates all of the fun and history of Halloween. Some of your favorite characters like Frankenstein’s Monster, a vampire, a werewolf, a ghost, a witch, and a skeleton will be there for the kids to interact with. Plus, there exciting activities like swimming in a grave of skulls, riding a witch’s broom, and even getting caught in a spider’s web. The adults can make their way to the “Creepshow Cabaret” which features Halloween themed cocktails, live music, and even selfie opportunities with your favorite 80’s horror characters. So get the family into their costumes and head over to Spookville for an exhilarating Halloween adventure. 

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  • Football Season is Back

    As any good fantasy football player knows, the 2018-2019 NFL season is just about to begin. The local team, the San Francisco 49ers, are hoping to have a successful run in the NFC West under their exciting young coach, Kyle Shanahan. ...

    The offensive genius Shanahan is sure to have stars like Jimmy Garoppolo, Marquise Goodwin, and Pierre Garcon putting up plenty of points. The defense is pretty impressive as well with stars like Richard Sherman, Solomon Thomas, and Adrian Colbert leading the way. In the next couple of months, the 49ers have exciting home games against the Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, LA Rams, Oakland Raiders, and New York Giants. Regardless of which opponent you get to see, the 49ers are guaranteed to put on a show that will have you jumping out of your seat. Hopefully, the 2018 season is a successful campaign that ends with a playoff run and a Super Bowl victory.

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  • Can You Make Your Escape?

    Ryptic Room Escape is one of the most challenging, exciting, and popular escape experiences in the entire Bay Area. Whether the players complete the challenge or not, every visitor admits to having lots of fun. ...

    Ryptic Room Escape has a location in San Mateo that is only about 15 minutes from El Rancho Inn, and the experience is definitely worth the short drive. You and your group of friends or family have 60 minutes to search for and decipher all the clues in the room in order to escape. This Ryptic location offers 2 distinct escape scenarios. In the first, Escape from the Aliens, you must find the missing Dr. Hatt by looking through the extraterrestrial evidence left behind in his office. In the second, Sherlock Inc., You and your team must help the legendary super-sleuth solve a mystery in London. No matter which experience you choose, you will find it challenging and fun all at the same time.

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  • The Trail Around the City

    The Spur Trail, Millbrae’s intercity trail, allows visitors to view all of the breathtaking sights of Millbrae at their own pace. The paved trail is actually two-section, a north-south section, and an east-west section....

    In total, the trail is about 2 miles, so it the perfect place to walk and take beautiful photographs. Exercise enthusiasts will enjoy the challenge of the short trail combined with a unique view of the city. The entrance to the Spur Trail is only about 5 minutes from El Rancho Inn. While on your stroll, keep your eyes open for some of the local plant and animal life that you might otherwise miss on your visit to Millbrae. The Spur Trail is one of those local treasures that you will find yourself returning to every time you make your way back to the Bay Area. After your two-mile loop around the city, make your way back to the hotel so you can prepare for a fun night out.

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  • All That Jazz

    The 36th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, taking place from June 5-17, features 44 unique and incredible jazz performances. Jazz music encourages improvisation and really demonstrates how music is the gateway to the soul. ...

    The SF Jazz Center is only about 25 minutes from the El Rancho Inn, so after a short drive, you can experience some of the best jazz musicians from around the world. The festival features stars like Jazz legend Ahmad Jamal, Lea Delaria, one of the stars of Orange of the New Black, a Patsy Cline and Oscar Peterson tribute, Jamison Ross, Irma Thomas and the Professionals, Diana Purim and Eyedentity, Amadou and Mariam, Brian Blade & The Fellowship, and many more extremely talented performers. This event is very popular each year so you may want to get your tickets here before it's too late. Being in the audience while jazz music is expertly played can be an emotional, relaxing and cathartic experience.

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  • Test Your Luck

    Poker really became mainstream when the World Series of Poker was broadcast live on ESPN in the early 2000s. Similar tournaments aired and continue to air on ESPN, Fox Sports, and even The Travel Channel....

    Matt Damon and Edward Norton even made a popular film titled Rounders that is built around Texas Hold ‘Em. If you are a fan of those shows and film, or you consider yourself an able card player, then you will want to visit Artichoke Joe’s Casino. The beautiful casino with an unbelievable atmosphere is less than 10 minutes from  El Rancho Inn & Suites. While there, you can test your luck at games like Pai Gow, Baccarat, California Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, and Three Card Poker. In addition to the poker rooms, Artichoke Joe’s has a world class bar with all of the finest top-shelf liquors and a variety of beers from around the world. You can even catch your favorite team in action on one of the widescreen TVs in the bar.

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  • Stand for the Redwoods on Earth Day

    Saturday, April 21 is the 49th annual Earth Day Celebration. The Save the Redwoods is also celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. To celebrate this history of conservation, you will want to visit the Earth Day San Francisco 2018 Celebration. ...

    All of the festivities take place at Civic Center Plaza which is less than 25 minutes from El Rancho Inn & Suites. The festival includes live music, speakers, plenty of free events, activities for the kids, and lots of delicious food and drinks. The music will be provided by acts like DJ David Harness, Bayonics, Chris Cane, and many others. Be sure to catch passionate speeches from Mayoral candidates Jane Kim and Mark Leno, CEO of Save the Redwoods Sam Hodder, and Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network Lindsey Allen. There will even be a sustainable fashion show, hands-on eco workshops, organic chef showcases, and a clean energy zone. This festival is a fun, informative experience for the entire family.

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  • Bay Area Brew Festival

    For the sixth annual Bay Area Brew Festival, organizers have brought together over 70 breweries, 200 different beers, and a variety of food trucks. The event takes place at Pier 35, which is about 35 minutes from El Rancho Inn, but the fun-filled festival is well worth the commute. ...

    General Admission includes unlimited beer samples, and VIP tickets get you special beers and pours during the first hour of the festival. You have two blocks to choose from to enjoy the festival. The first runs from noon to 4pm while the second goes from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Both types of tickets include access to live entertainment, a dueling piano bar, and all of the delicious food that is offered at food truck alley. Be sure to stop by the photo booth to get a fun picture to commemorate your visit to the Bay Area Brew Festival.

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  • Swish

    The Golden State Warriors have been so successful the last few seasons that people are starting to use the word "dynasty" to describe the team. Their beautiful home court, Oracle Arena, is only about half an hour El Rancho Inn, so you will not want to miss your opportunity to experience the electric atmosphere at a Warriors home game. ...

    When you see the Warriors play, you are guaranteed to see crisp passing, gravity defying dunks, and beautiful 3-pointers. With superstars like Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, Coach Steve Kerr is hoping for yet another championship run. In February alone, the team has home games against the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, LA Clippers, and Oklahoma City Thunder. No matter which game you decide to attend, you are certain to see moves and plays that you will remember for the rest of your life. Plus, you will get to be a part of what is hopefully another championship season.

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  • All Aboard

    I think I can, I think I can, I know I can, I know I can have an exciting and fun filled day at the MIllbrae Train Museum. Located in the former Southern Pacific Train Depot, which is only about half a mile from El Rancho Inn, the Millbrae Train Museum gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the locomotive history of the city, the Bay Area, and the entire Western United States....

    The museum is meticulously maintained by the Millbrae Historical Society, and the volunteer guides are happy to answer any of your questions. You may want to plan your trip in advance because the museum is only open to the public on Saturdays from 10 AM until 2 PM. Highlights of the museum include a fully restored 1929 Ford Model AA truck that served as a Railway Express Agency vehicle. The museum is filled with artifacts, pictures, and documents that give visitors the chance to get a look into the storied past of the Millbrae area.

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  • A Night with The Nutcracker

    Pyotr Tchaikovsky debuted The Nutcracker in 1892, and the popular ballet has captivated audiences for 125 years now. Though originally not particularly successful, the ballet has become a Christmas staple in the United States. ...

    Keeping the tradition alive, the San Francisco Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker from December 13-30. The home of the San Francisco Ballet, The War Memorial Opera House, is only about 25 minutes from El Rancho Inn. Adapted from a story by Alexandre Dumas, who in turn adapted the story from E. T. A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker tells the story of a family’s Christmas over 2 remarkable acts. With famous numbers featuring the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince, The Nutcracker is sure to become one your family’s favorites. In fact, you might even want to make your visit to the San Francisco Ballet an annual tradition. The music is classic, the atmosphere is beautiful, and the experience is one you will cherish for a lifetime.

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  • 3D Demonstration

    The science and technology behind 3D printing is growing so rapidly that we are now able to accomplish feats that were once only possible on Science Fiction television shows like Star Trek....

    If you are interested in this fascinating field, you will want to attend the Explore 3D Printing event at the Millbrae Library on Saturday, November 18. The drop-in workshop takes place from 1:30-3:00 PM, and it is the perfect place for the whole family to spend an afternoon. To make it even better, the Millbrae Library is only about half a mile, a short walk, from El Rancho Inn. The event will feature printing demonstrations as well as how the technology can be incorporated into our everyday lives. Once you have finished indulging your intellectual and curious side, make your way back to the hotel for a delicious dinner of contemporary American cuisine at Terrace Café and Veranda Bar.

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  • Halloween Festival Fun

    On October 28, The Peninsula Ballet Theatre will be hosting their first ever Halloween Festival. The fun and excitement starts at 5PM and doesn’t stop until 8PM. ...

    The beautiful venue where this event will be held is only about 25 minutes from El Rancho Inn, so you and your family should definitely stop by. There will all kinds of fun activities and games for the kids and the parents too. Of course, there will be trick or treating, and the festival will also feature a variety of carnival games. Brave visitors will have a spooky good time at the Haunted Werehouse. Other highlights of this exciting festival include a costume fashion show and a pizza dinner. Get your tickets early because this is one event that is sure to sell out, and you and your family do not want to miss out on all of the fun.

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  • Fore!

    The best golf courses in the world are challenging, beautifully maintained, and full of surprises. Sharp Park Golf Course, a public course located only 15 minutes from El Rancho Inn, checks all of those boxes. ...

    It is the perfect place for scratch golfers and weekend hacks alike. The course has been called “The Poor Man’s Pebble Beach,” and this is in no way a bad thing. Throughout the course, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean as well as the surrounding mountains. Some of the most challenging holes wrap around Laguna Salada, a natural lake in the park. Not only is course beautiful, but it also has a rich history since it was designed by Alister MacKenzie who also helped create Augusta National. Additionally, Golfweek Magazine named the course one of America’s 50 Greatest Municipal Courses. So be sure to pack your clubs because this is one golfing experience that you will not want to miss.

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  • Play Ball

    The Major League Baseball season is quickly coming to an end, but there is still time to enjoy a San Francisco Giants game. The Giants home stadium, AT&T Park is only about 25 minutes from El Rancho Inn by car, so getting there is a snap. ...

    In August alone, the Giants have home games against the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, and Saint Louis Cardinals. If you are lucky, you might see Buster Posey or Hunter Pence hit a homerun, Brandon Crawford or Brandon Belt make an amazing defensive play, or maybe even a pitching gem from Matt Cain or Johnny Cueto. Hopefully the home town team can pull out a victory, but even if they don’t, you are sure to have a blast at the beautiful stadium. Be sure to take a walk around the ballpark to take in the amazing view of McCovey Cove just past the right field wall.

    AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107

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  • Jay Alexander's Marrakech Magic Theater

    If you are looking for a fun night out doing something a bit off the beaten path, then you will definitely want to experience the show at the Marrakech Magic Theater. The theater is located only about half an hour from El Rancho Inn and features one of the most unique performances in the area. ...

    Jay Alexander is sure to shock and amaze you with his feats of magic, mentalism, and psychological feats all mixed with a healthy dose of comedy. A crowd favorite is Alexander’s unbelievable human lie detection. Doors open about an hour before show time so you can enjoy some cocktails, appetizers, and even pre-show mysteries and illusions. With rave reviews from Bono of U2 and Monty Python’s John Cleese, two men who know a thing or two about entertaining and comedy, Jay Alexander’s show is sure to leave you with a big smile on your face.

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  • Learn Some Local History

    If you have an interest and love for history, then you will most definitely want to visit the Millbrae Historical Museum. With summer just around the corner, it is the perfect time to leisurely stroll the half a mile or so from El Rancho Inn to the museum. The Millbrae Museum celebrates the history of Millbrae and the surrounding area. ...

    The building itself, built in 1895, is a converted house that once served as the dwelling place for the resident manager of the Spring Valley Water Company. The restored house now contains numerous artifacts, photos, furniture, and documents that all highlight what life was like in Millbrae near the end of the 19th century. Volunteer docents are available for questions every Saturday from 12-4 PM to answer any questions you may have. This one of a kind museum is an excellent place to spend a relaxing afternoon indulging your intellectual side.

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  • Millbrae Farmers' Market

    Every Saturday, rain or shine, the Millbrae Farmers’ Market is held in the City Parking lot on Broadway from 8am to 1pm. Located less than a mile from El Rancho Inn, walk to the farmer’s market and enjoy the fresh air on your way. Of course, the Millbrae Farmers’ Market has plenty of vendors selling fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, but this market has even more to offer. ...

    Every week, there are also flowers, plants, and even homemade baked goods for sale. You are almost guaranteed to find a new favorite pastry or dessert as you wander through the market. In addition, Bay Area musicians regularly play at the farmer’s market which just adds to the peaceful and relaxing ambience of the whole experience. You may have been to a farmer’s market before, but you have not ever experienced the local flavor and fun of the Millbrae Farmers’ Market.

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  • It's a Bird, It's a Plane

    If you are looking for an afternoon away from the fast paced lifestyle of the city, then you will want to visit the most unique park in Millbrae. Located only a mile and a half from El Rancho Inn, Bayfront Park has a little bit of everything. Take in amazing views of the Bay and Downtown San Francisco or enjoy a leisurely stroll or jog along a pedestrian-friendly path. ...

    Yet, one of the most exciting things about Bayfront Park is the unique opportunity to watch planes land and take off from the San Francisco Airport. There is nothing quite like the view of a 747 as it descends over the Bay en route to SFO. After a fun day of plane, bird, and people watching, make your way back to the hotel for delicious American Cuisine at the Terrace Café.

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