The secret to a quick and easy getaway is a midweek stay in Half Moon Bay. Visiting during the week has a number of advantages that will take your visit from good to great.
A close destination for the greater Bay Area, Half Moon Bay is the perfect place for a night or two or even three. Here are five great reasons to visit during the week.
1. Save Money
Take advantage of lower hotel rates by booking midweek. There’s also more availability of better rooms. For the best rates head directly to hotel websites to book accommodations. Last minute deals can be found at places such as Mill Rose Inn offering discounts for same day reservations on weekdays.
Budget-friendly Miramar Inn and Suites is just a short walk from Miramar Beach and Dunes Beach and features refrigerators and microwaves to make dining in your room carefree. Or check out the Aristocrat Hotel, BW Signature Collection, where rooms have a British theme that will charm anglophiles.
2. Dine Out
With limited seating, many restaurants get busy on the weekend. During the week, you’re more likely to find a prime spot for relaxed dining. By staying overnight, you can also pick up something special to bring to the beach or to your hotel.
A local’s favorite for tandoori dishes and dumplings called “momos” is Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine at 20 Stone Pine Road, a family owned restaurant serving specialties from Nepal. It’s currently open every day except Tuesday for take out and delivery and there are two tables set up outdoors.
Another terrific spot singled out by the Michelin guide is Cafe Capistrano at 523 Church Street. There’s a cozy outdoor patio where you can enjoy both Mexican and Mayan specialties from the Yucatan such as poc chuk, thinly sliced pork marinated in citrus and spices and sikil-pak a delicious pumpkin seed dip served with chips. It’s also a great spot for breakfast. It’s open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, except for Wednesdays. Call (650) 726-7699 for hours.
If you’re looking for something casual, possibly to take to the beach, check out the to go options such as 3 Pigs BBQ for plates and family meals or Spangler’s Deli for sandwiches.
3. Explore the Coast
One of the pleasures of a midweek visit, is having room to explore without the crowds. Recharge your batteries and soak up the negative ions! Head out to the harbor to see the boats and fishing activity or to some of the famous beaches. Use this beach guide to find a spot to stretch your legs, see tide pools, bird watch and maybe enjoy a picnic.
Historic Main Street in Half Moon Bay is a great place for stress free shopping. Start at the North end of town at Mill Street and you’ll find plenty of independent shops and boutiques with loads of charm.
A few spots you won’t want to miss are Jupiter & Main at 432 B Main, a stylish general store with a focus on simple, quality-made goods with an emphasis on apothecary, shaving and hair care products for men. True to its name, Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese at 421 Main has a great selection of wine and cheese, but also picnic supplies and gifts for the foodies in your life. Oddyssea at 617 Main is a wonderland of magical treasures to delight kids and adults. Items play off the themes of art, technology, science, and nature and encourage discovery through exploration and creation.
Part of the charm of Half Moon Bay is how small and friendly it is. Midweek it’s even friendlier. Avoid the traffic, the parking hassles and waiting at popular spots when you visit during the week.
Choose from any of the Half Moon Bay area's 19 hotels and inns, then book your stay today!