Best Things to See and Do in The Hague, Netherlands

Friday September 17, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 4 Comments

If you come to The Hague, get your picture taken in front of the Palace Noordeinde

Things to See and Do in The Hague, Netherlands

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to the historic city centre. The Binnenhof is an old palace where the government is seated. You can walk through the working palace of the Queen and the shopping streets around Noordeinde. After this,  go  to the beach side resorts. The Hague is a metropolitan city by the sea, which is unique in Holland.

When I crave Dutch cuisine, I often think of Indonesian restaurants. In The Hague there are many Indonesian restaurants that are delicious and refer to the special relationship the city has with the former colony.

To escape work I go to one of the many terraces or the beach.

For complete quiet, I can hide away at one of the many green parks, such as Westerbroekpark. There is a nice Tea house in this park where you can rent row boats – an ideal place for some peace and quiet.

If you come to The Hague, get your picture taken in front of the Palace Noordeinde, the working palace of  Queen Beatrix.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Dayang (Prinsestraat 65), get an Indonesian rice table.

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The Hague is my one stop shop for antiques – where I found this Holland America Line piece

The Hague is my one stop shop for antiques – visit the weekly antique market at Lange Voorhout.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped I go to the beach for a picnic by sunset.

For a huge splurge, I go to Restaurant Saur, Lange Voorhout 51.

Photo ops in The Hague include the Hofvijver near the Binnenhof, a beautiful and characteristic pond around the palace where the government is seated. The Lange Voorhout, a historic lane with trees is also beautiful and where  people strolled around to be seen in the old days.

– The skyline (called The Resident):

– The Kurhaus Hotel at the beach of Scheveningen.

The Pier in Scheveningen is a nice vantage point with restaurant. Weather permitting, from there you can see 30 km South West (19 miles) along the flat coastline to  the Rotterdam Port Entry and the Electricity works and to the North East site (approx 50 km) you can see the Steelworks near the point of entry to Amsterdam Harbour (IJmuiden – Velsen)

The most random thing about The Hague  is the The Hague Festivals.  The three best weeks of the year can be experienced in The Hague from June 10 to 27, the city is completely given over to The Hague Festivals. The Hague Festivals offers cultural, musical and entertainment events for both young and old. Well known names from the festival period include The Hague Jazz, Festival Classique, Den Haag Sculptuur, PopHotSpot, ShoppingNight, Veteranendag and Parkpop. However, you can also visit less well known festiviteiten such as Jazz’in de Gracht, Zandsculptuur, Zenith Festival, Wild Wonders, Ut Haags Notûh Festival.
 

In The Hague an active day outdoors involves Nordic walking or hiking  through the dunes and over the beach. One of the things you see a lot in The Hague are water sports: sailing, wind- and kite surfing and kiting.

My favorite walking route is  through the Binnenhof in the late afternoon in winter. It has a very special and romantic ambiance.

There are many museums in The Hague. I had the pleasure of visiting the Mauritshuis Museum – the museum that houses Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a pearl earring.”  You may enjoy Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (translated Municipality Museum), with recent exhibitions such as Kandinsky & Der Blaue Reiter and Haute Couture. Voici Paris!

For a night of dancing, go to Millers, the new Hotspot on the Plein (translated Square), which opened end of April, 2010.

The Scheveningen Casino is the spot for late night dining. The Casino is open until 2: 00 AM and Des Indes claims their kitchen is open until 1.00 AM.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read NL 70, although it’s  not in English.

In the spring you should attend Queensnight on 29thof April. As big as Queensday is in Amsterdam, as big is the night before in The Hague.

In the summer you should attend The Hague Festivals in June and the fireworks festival in August.   * During the The Hague Sculpture festival from June to August on The Lange Voorhout

In the fall you should visit the Crossing Border festival for music and literature.

In the winter you should go for a High Tea in the Hotel Des Indes.

Hidden gems in The Hague are the little gardens and terraces that a lot of the restaurants in the city center have. However, they are indeed hidden from the outside, like Schlemmer on the Plein or Lola Mir at Noordeinde.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to the Juni in the Molenstraat.

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Just outside of The Hague you can visit the tulip gardens.

Just outside of The Hague you can visit Delft or Leiden by bicycle, both approximately 20 to 25 km (12 to 15 miles.) If you visit in the spring time, stop at Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Holland to see the tulips.

The best way to see The Hague is to walk or ride a bicycle.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Madurodam, the miniature city of Holland. www.madurodam.nl

Local’s Perspective from Happy Hotelier Guido Van Den Elshout “if you look at the triangle enclosing the three main Dutch cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Haag, which triangle we Dutch usually refer to as  “The Randstad,” the area covers approximately the same area as for instance Greater NYC (beyond Manhattan),  London, Paris or even Berlin. My analogy is then: The Hague is the Central Park area of The Randstad,  plus it has beaches!”

What are your favorite things to do in The Hague,  Netherlands?

I was a guest of the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions.

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House of Parliament photo courtesy of Darren Cronian. All other photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown.

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Things to See and Do in Middelburg, Zeeland, Netherlands

Friday September 10, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 1 Comment

1582 St. Joris Doelen Guild House, Middelburg, Zeeland

Take a picture in front of the St. Joris Doelen Guild House, built in 1582

Best Things to See and Do in Middleburg, Zeeland The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to the abbey which dates back to 1120. When I crave Middelburg cuisine, I turn to a cafe on the plaza. To escape work I go for a walk down Kuperspoort – Cooper’s Gate. For complete quiet, I can hide away in a secret garden. If you come to Middelburg, get your picture taken by one of 1,001 monuments.

Middelburg is my one stop shop for Boterbabbelaars – a hard butterscotch candy. When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I order hot frites, served in a cone. Photo ops in Middelburg include Tall John and houseboats on the canal. The best vantage points are taken by climbing the clock tower – all 204 stairs! The most random thing about Middelburg is the 1850’s strip show at the Zeeuws Museum. Have I got your attention?

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When I’m feeling cash strapped I order hot frites, served in a cone.

In  Middelburg, an active day outdoors involves walking and bicycling. There are three walking routes to follow in Middelburg. Middelburg’s best museum is the Zeeuws Museum with its Flemish tapestries.  Watch the short video for a preview. You can tell a lot about Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland, from visiting the town hall. In the spring you should look at the tulips. In the summer you should attend the art and culture route and a ring rider event. In the fall you should visit the opera.

Tall John, Middelburg, Zeeland, Holland

Tall John – A photo opportunity in Middelburg, Zeeland

In the winter you should sit by a cracking fire after ice skating. A hidden gem in Middelburg is the East Church with 17th century Baroque style. Spanish Street is typical Dutch architecture. Just outside of  Middelburg you can visit Zierikzee and see the boat museum. The best way to see Middelburg is to walk or take a boat on the canal. If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Miniatuur Walcheren. What are your favorite things to see and do in Middelburg,  Netherlands?

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For complete quiet, I can hide away in a secret garden in Middelburg

For more information on Middelburg, Zeeland click here. I was a guest of the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions. Related Posts: Things to See and Do in Zeeland, Netherlands Things to See and Do in Zeil, Netherlands

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Things to See and Do in Half Moon Bay, California

Friday September 3, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 2 Comments

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The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to the beach in Half Moon Bay, California

Half Moon Bay  is located 30 miles south of San Francisco on the California coast.

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Surfer’s Beach to see the ocean.

When I crave Half Moon Bay cuisine, I turn to Ketch Joannes at the harbor for seafood in a down-home setting with gorgeous harbor views.

Enjoy the water view at Sam’s Chower House

To escape work I take a drive up to Skyline (Hwy 35) to drive through the redwoods, or if you don’t have time, head to Sam’s Chowder House for a lobster roll and a glass of wine while enjoying the water view.

For complete quiet, I can hide away at Casey’s Café.

 

 

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Come to Half Moon Bay in California, get your picture taken at Pillar Point Harbor

If you come to Half Moon Bay, get your picture taken at Pillar Point Harbor with all the boats.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Duarte’s in Pescadero, order the half and half soup.  Half cream of artichoke and half green chile soup!

Half Moon Bay is my one stop shop for all things pumpkin.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to Milano’s Restaurant in Stone Pine Center or Camerons Inn and Pub.

For a huge splurge, I go to Cetrella, Navio at the Ritz, La Costanoa, Café Gibralter, or Pasta Moon.

Photo ops in Half Moon Bay include Main Street, pumpkin patches, harbor, ocean, Mavericks, or the bluffs by the Ritz-Carlton.

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Montara Mountain in nearby Montara.

The most random thing about Half Moon Bay is the Pumpkin Festival and Maverick’s Surf Contest.

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An active day in Half Moon Bay involves horseback riding with Sea Horse ranch on Poplar Beach

In Half Moon Bay, an active day outdoors involves walking , hiking, bicycling, kayaking, horseback riding or surfing.

My favorite walking route is the  Purissima Redwoods with streams, redwoods and ferns. The Coastal Trail is pretty spectacular, too.

Half Moon Bay’s best museum is the Johnston House and The Jail.

For a night of dancing, go to Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. (great local bands), or The Old Princeton Landing.

The Ritz-Carlton is the spot for late night dining.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read the Half Moon Bay Review or go to the Half Moon Bay Chamber calendar.

You can tell a lot about this Northern California coastal community from visiting  Pescadero and watching a rodeo event, attending Farmer of the Year at IDES in the spring or buying fresh fish and crab directly from the fisherman at Pillar Point Harbor.

In the spring you should attend Dream machines  on the last Sunday in April.

In the summer you should attend Tour des Fleurs held on the third Sat. of July.

In the fall you should visit all the pumpkin farms & Pumpkin Fest held in October.

In the winter you should  cut your own Christmas tree at all the Christmas Tree Farms.

A hidden gem in Half Moon Bay is outdoor dining at It’s Italia – five fireplaces and delicious Cal-Italian prepared with local ingredients.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to Three Zero Café at the Half Moon Bay Airport. For bakery good go to Moonside Bakery in La Piazza (fresh baked breads, pies, scones, cookies, yum!)

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Visit Harley Farms Goat Dairy in Pescadero, outside of Half Moon Bay, California

Just outside of  Half Moon Bay you can visit the little town of Pescadero; have lunch at  Duarte’s Tavern.  Don’t miss Harley Farms for goat cheese Be sure to take one of their tours, but sign up in advance, as they sell out.

The best way to see Half Moon Bay is to walk  Main Street and visit Pillar Point harbor.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Lemos Farm and Pastorino Farms on Hwy 92.

What are your favorite things to do in Half Moon Bay? For more information Half Moon Bay insider tips.

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Photos and YouTube video by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown.