Many shoppers watch closely for announcements of Black Friday store hours and sales in the days prior to Thanksgiving, as opening hours will vary. Regular fans of the day have carefully planned their lists and attack, prepared to shop ’til they drop, with some stores in malls opening at midnight or in the wee hours on eve of Black Friday. Independent store owners on main streets throughout the Peninsula suggest Saturday is a great shopping day, once the flurry over big-ticket items in box and chain stores dies down.
For an escape from the crowds and traffic in San Fran, or the heat of the Peninsula and East Bay, the small seaside community of Half Moon Bay is a perfect choice for a day trip. Located less than an hour’s drive from San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is often overlooked as a popular destination. Expect interesting shops, galleries, restaurants, outdoor activities and even world-class accommodations in this perfect destination just a tank away.