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Coffin varnish, jiggle soup, and bathtub gin are just some of the colorful names used to describe the moonshine that filled Coastside stills and speakeasies during the Prohibition years of 1920 to 1933. Thanks to a landscape of secluded canyons and fog-shrouded coves—plus close proximity to a major market such as San Francisco—… Read more →
It is impossible to describe the Half Moon Bay Coastside without the mention of farming. Swaths of verdant fields have informed the region’s culture and beauty since coastal dairies cropped up in the mid-1800s and Italian immigrants flocked to the fields in the early 20th century. Since then, Coastside farms have fed the nation with… Read more →
A suspected haunted house, a jail for overindulgent saloon patrons, and a historic barn with a mysterious past. In a region chock full of mesmerizing historic structures, few capture the Coastside’s history and imagination like the Johnston House, former city jail, and what was previously known as the Thomas Johnston barn. Two of… Read more →
Everyone needs a little romance in their life and Half Moon Bay provides plenty of options, regardless of the weather. All it takes is a little planning ahead to make a memorable experience for two. Here are some terrific picks for a sweet weekend getaway. FRIDAY Check in For your escape, choose accommodations to fit your style.… Read more →
A bustling gathering spot since 2000, Half Moon Brewing Co. draws locals and visitors alike with killer views, brews, and grub. Situated along the shoreline in charming Pillar Point Harbor, the welcoming craft brewery and restaurant offers a sense of place with fresh local seafood, beers brewed onsite, and an expansive, light-strung… Read more →
When the Coastside’s famously large swells start picking up, so, too, does excitement for the Mavericks Surf Challenge. First held in 1999, the thrilling big wave surf contest draws an elite group of surfers from around the globe—from Australia to Portugal—to brave towering waves that frequently top twenty-five feet. Given the… Read more →
Save on your next visit to the Half Moon Bay Coastside with our round-up of seasonal and ongoing lodging specials in effect for December 2018. Beach House Hotel Enjoy special holiday savings at this luxuriously appointed New England-style boutique hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean. For the perfect winter getaway, guests can… Read more →
Half Moon Bay is a magical place during the holidays. With it's small town charm and mild weather, the Coastside shines as the days grow short. Here are some of our favorite things to do and see this yuletide season. Night of Lights December 7th,  2018 from 6pm to 9pm. Night of Lights is free event hosted in downtown Half Moon… Read more →
Each year, the Half Moon Bay Coastside is transformed into an autumn wonderland oozing with fall goodness. During the season, the pastoral coast is blanketed in pumpkin patches that would make the Peanuts gang proud, teeming with orange gourds, hayrides, and spooky haunted houses. The pumpkin capital of the world is also home to an… Read more →
Half Moon Bay is a dream for nature lovers. The coastline offers paths for hiking and biking, camping and while the water is too cold for swimming, it’s great for surfing, boating and standup paddle boarding. It also affords wonderful opportunities to see wildlife including whales, porpoises, birds and elephant seals. Here are some highlights… Read more →