Where else can you find a spectacular golf course, an array of local arts, ecologically-conscious activities and a great beer? Regarded by many as a sleepy coastal town, Half Moon Bay has just as many attractions (if not more) than most larger cities. Visitors to the area have enjoyed the sights, sounds and tastes of this coastal locale for many years yet it is still something of a well-kept secret. But not worry, since you have found your way to this blog, you are now in that elite group that who have access to what to do and where to go when you make your trip to Half Moon Bay. The Gay Star News has investigated some of the best activities in the area and they are eager to share:
The Half Moon Bay Lodge is the perfect place to call your home from home while staying in this friendly small town, with romantic fireplaces in each of the Spanish Hacienda-style guest rooms, each overlooking the stunning 36 hole Half Moon Bay Golf Links. Perhaps as a result of all those hippies spilling out of San Francisco, two of the defining characteristics of the people youãªll meet along the route is their love of art and their respect for ecology. A great activity (if you don't mind getting up at 6am to catch the low tide) is a spot of inter-tidal eco rockpooling courtesy of Coastal Elegance Tours. Half Moon Bay Art Glass gives hot glass blowing classes, which is a lot of fun and means you leave with a rather unique souvenir. Popular creations include glass pumpkins (Half Moon Bay is the pumpkin capital of the world, apparently) or rainbow colored paperweights, ideal for selling at the pride festival near you on your return! All this creativity is thirsty work, so head on down the road to the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company situated on Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton-by-the-sea. This is a seriously cool hangout both inside and out and regular live rock music and sweeping Pacific Ocean Views from the funky outside terrace complete with fire pits. For an evening treat, why not check out Pasta Moon, a stylish yet unpretentious Italian establishment on Half Moon Bayãªs Main Street, which serves locally sourced sustainable foods, including the amazing local cheeses on their mouth-watering pizzas and pasta dishes. Half Moon Bay and Pescadero are towns often overlooked by many tourists, but are well worth visiting, either as part of a drive down the coast to LA or as part of a two center holiday.
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