Events https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/ en Valentine's Day in Half Moon Bay https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/articles/valentines-day-half-moon-bay-romance-coastside <div data-history-node-id="2822" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix" typeof="schema:Article"> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Romance on the Coastside</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large_/public/2020-01/DSC01528.jpg" width="1140" height="480" alt="Half Moon Bay Bed and Breakfast" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-page-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--introduction-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text field--name-field-introduction col-sm-12"><p>The Half Moon Bay Coastside is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, whether you're visiting for Valentine's day or any other time of year. Here are some of our favorite ways to spend time with the special person in your life.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--plain-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text col-sm-12"><h2>stroll Along the beach</h2> <p>The stunning vistas of the Coastside make this an ideal spot for a long romantic walk along the water. <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/half-moon-bay-state-beach">Half Moon Bay State Beach</a> has over 2 miles of flat sandy beaches with ample parking and easy access for all, making it a great place to feel the sand between your toes. Or explore one of a dozen other area <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/beaches-parks">parks</a>, including remote pocket beaches and <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/tide-pools">tide pools</a> teeming with life.</p> <p>If a walk on the beach isn't for you, you can explore miles of paved Coastal Trail on bikes instead – <a href="https://bikeworkshmb.com/">Bike Works</a> and <a href="http://www.hmbkayak.com/">Half Moon Bay Kayak Company</a> both have rentals available. Or head to <a href="https://seahorseranch.org/">SeaHorse Ranch</a> and experience the beach on horseback with a guided trail ride along the blufftops and onto the beach.</p> <figure class="align-center" role="group"><img alt="The California Coastal Trail from Miramar to Pillar Point Harbor" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bf14f867-e366-43ce-a509-97fe18c466bb" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A6823_0.jpg" /> <figcaption>The California Coastal Trail from Miramar to Pillar Point Harbor.</figcaption> </figure> <h2>Pamper Yourself</h2> <p>After a long walk on the beach, relax with a decadent couples massage at one of the many Coastside spas. <a href="https://www.beach-house.com/half-moon-bay">The Beach House</a> offers several styles of massage, as well as Reiki and Private Yoga sessions. Spa services at at the <a href="http://www.oceanocoastalspa.com/">Oceano Coastal Spa</a> include Accupressure, Tui Na, and a whole range of traditional massage techniques, as well as therapeutic baths in one of their deep-soaking tubs.</p> <p>The spa at the <a href="https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/half-moon-bay">Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay</a> features luxurious spa experiences year-round, and during the month of February offers a special Valentine's Day Couples Massage complete with rose petals and rosé. Or head to <a href="http://www.harmoniessalon.com/">Harmonies Salon</a> on Main Street for their Aqua Detox, a detoxification foot spa said to increase vitality and energy levels, or opt for a more traditional massage designed to meet your individual needs.</p> <figure class="align-center" role="group"><img alt="The spa at the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="371d4b7a-b2da-4cb1-b8fb-6b8ac943b12c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ritzspa.jpg" /> <figcaption>The spa at the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay</figcaption> </figure> <h2>romantic dinner for two</h2> <p>The Half Moon Bay area is home to so many great dining experiences that you're going to want to stay in town for at least a few days. If you're looking for romantic ocean views, <a href="http://www.miramarbeachrestaurant.com/">Miramar Beach Restaurant</a> serves up steak and seafood right on the edge of the Pacific, while <a href="https://mossbeachdistillery.com/">Moss Beach Distillery</a> dishes California coastal cuisine perched on a cliff above scenic Seal Cove. And <a href="https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/half-moon-bay/dining/navio">Navio</a> at the Ritz-Carlton offers an ocean-to-table seafood menu that pairs perfectly with their stunning location.</p> <p>Head into the harbor for even more waterfront eateries, like <a href="https://www.samschowderhouse.com/">Sam's Chowder House</a>, famous for their lobster rolls, and <a href="https://www.hmbbrewingco.com/">Half Moon Bay Brewing Company</a>, where the Portuguese Fisherman's Stew is a local favorite. Also in the harbor, <a href="https://www.mezzalunabythesea.com/">Mezzaluna</a> is known for their southern Italian standards, while <a href="https://www.oplhmb.com/">Old Princeton Landing</a> and <a href="http://places.singleplatform.com/ketch-joanne-restaurant--harbor-bar/menu">Ketch Joanne</a> serve up more casual fare with plenty of local charm.</p> <p>If you're staying in Half Moon Bay, you'll find more than a dozen outstanding <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/downtown/restaurants-dining">downtown restaurants</a> in easy walking distance. It's impossible to cover all of the tasty local cuisine in one article, so explore our full <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="cd31548b-50b2-471f-b3e0-43b04175034c" href="/eat" title="Eat">restaurant listings</a> for all that the Half Moon Bay Coastside has to offer.</p> <figure class="align-center" role="group"><img alt="Miramar" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9c28b0f8-5513-4776-a922-883f505ebfc9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A2722-Edit_0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Visitors to the Miramar Beach Restaurant can dine on the spacious outdoor patio with its sweeping ocean views. </figcaption> </figure> <h2>Enjoy a Glass of Wine</h2> <p>With Half Moon Bay's <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="8d3e97ce-6952-483e-8415-6d898d1ba02e" href="/articles/legacy-farming-two-centuries-coastside-agriculture" title="A Legacy of Farming">rich history of agriculture</a>, it's no wonder the area is home to a number of vineyards, and you'll find plenty of opportunities to sip wine with your sweetheart. The <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="5889f864-561a-4370-b49e-f1e4b2ac00a7" href="/articles/through-redwoods-scenic-drive" title="Through the Redwoods">drive through the redwoods</a> to <a href="https://www.fogartywinery.com/">Thomas Fogarty Winery</a>, high in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Half Moon Bay, is a fantastic day trip, and along the route, be sure to stop at the tasting room of <a href="http://www.lanebbiawinery.com/">La Nebbia</a>, Half Moon Bay's oldest bonded winery.</p> <p>Near the harbor, <a href="http://www.trojakknier.com/">Trojak-Knier</a> specializes in hand-crafted wines that have been lauded at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Or head downtown to discover the award-winning wines of <a href="https://www.barterrawinery.com/">Barterra Winery</a>, then stroll up Main Street to <a href="https://www.hmbwineandcheese.com/">Half Moon Bay Wine and Cheese</a> and <a href="https://www.vinotecahmb.com/">Vinoteca</a>, local wine bars with their own carefully curated collections of vino.</p> <p>See our complete <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/articles/wine-beer-and-spirits-where-taste-half-moon-bay">guide to wine tasting in Half Moon Bay</a> for more information about Coastside wineries and wine rooms, as well as local breweries and distilleries.</p> <figure class="align-center" role="group"><img alt="Thomas Fogarty" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="47e24682-dade-4cde-b86f-54a80dae8cb4" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ThomasFogarty.jpg" /> <figcaption>The tasting room at Thomas Fogarty Winery</figcaption> </figure> <h2>Stay in Style</h2> <p>The Half Moon Bay area offers lodging to fit every taste and budget, from luxury oceanfront resorts to charming inns and affordable motels. Downtown, the <a href="http://www.halfmoonbayinn.com/">Half Moon Bay Inn</a>, <a href="https://millroseinn.com/">Mill Rose Inn</a>, and <a href="https://www.nantucketwhaleinn.com/">Nantucket Whale Inn</a> offer boutique lodging expereinces right on Main Street with easy access to local restaurants and shops. Further north, the <a href="https://www.beach-house.com/half-moon-bay/">Beach House</a>, <a href="https://www.harborviewinn.net/">Harbor View Inn</a>, and <a href="https://oceanohalfmoonbay.com/">Oceano Hotel</a> all overlook Pillar Point Harbor and put you in easy walking distance of food and shopping along the waterfront. <a href="https://www.cameronsinn.com/">Best Western Plus-Cameron’s Inn</a> is the most recent addition to area lodging, offering 46 spacious rooms, many with views of the Coastal Mountains &amp; the historic Johnston House. Find the perfect accommodations for your visit on our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="a5058ea5-9140-413e-9113-642a5ec4f532" href="/stay" title="Stay on the Half Moon Bay Coastside">lodging page</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:06:25 +0000 kevin 2822 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org Half Moon Bay for the Holidays https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/articles/holidays-half-moon-bay-celebrate-season <div data-history-node-id="2674" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix" typeof="schema:Article"> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Celebrate the Season</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large_/public/2019-11/HarborLights-29.jpg?h=45cb21e8" width="1140" height="480" alt="Decorated boat at Pillar Point Harbor" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-page-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--introduction-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text field--name-field-introduction col-sm-12"><p>You won't see much snow on the Half Moon Bay Coastside, but you can still experience your own winter wonderland when you're here during the holiday season. Here are some of our favorite things to do when the days grow short.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--plain-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text col-sm-12"><h2>Fill Up on Crab</h2> <p>Dungeness crab season in California arrives in early November, so it's no surprise that crab is a huge part of many Coastsiders' holiday feasts. If you want to catch them yourself, Pillar Point Harbor is home to a number of <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="0f37a4a1-0027-4e6e-88ff-deffdd943fe0" href="/discover/sportfishing-whalewatching-charters" title="Sportfishing, Whalewatching &amp; Charters">charter boats</a> that will be happy to take you out on the water and help you get your limit.</p> <p>If you'd rather let someone else catch them, you can also buy crab directly from the docks at the harbor and take them home to prepare in your own kitchen. And if you just want to skip all that work and get to the good part — eating crab — the Half Moon Bay area is home to a number of fine seafood <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="cd31548b-50b2-471f-b3e0-43b04175034c" href="/eat" title="Eat">restaurants</a>, each with their own mouth-watering renditions of our favorite crustacean on the menu.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Crab" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e03f4988-2c79-4ee5-82c2-20a4206e3d2e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AdobeStock_268221356.jpeg" /> <figcaption>Half Moon Bay is home to a number of fine seafood restaurants, each with their own mouth-watering crab dishes.</figcaption> </figure> <h2>Shop Small For a Big Impact</h2> <p>The holiday shopping season traditionally kicks off with Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving, conjuring images of crushing crowds rushing through big-box stores in search of elusive deals on this year's hottest gadgets. We'd like to invite you to slow it down a bit.</p> <p>The Coastside is home to hundreds of small businesses with nary a big-box store in sight, and <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="840785fd-6140-4787-8139-c9a2254b4a73" href="/events/shop-small-saturday" title="Shop Small Saturday">Shop Small Saturday</a> is the perfect time to reimagine your holiday shopping routine. Downtown Half Moon Bay, Pillar Point Harbor, and downtown Pescadero are all home to unique shops where you can find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, on Shop Small Saturday or any other day of the year.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Shopping on Main Street" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e4aa31c6-df37-4867-8faf-e0f4218971c1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A2406.jpg" /> <figcaption>Half Moon Bay's historic Main Street is lined with dozens of quaint shops and boutiques.</figcaption> </figure> <h2>See the Lights</h2> <p>The Coastside has not one, but two nights dedicated to holiday lights. <a href="/local/night-lights">Night of Lights</a>, on the second Friday in December, is a free old-fashioned holiday event held in downtown Half Moon Bay on the second Friday in December. The trees that line Main Street are decked out in dazzling lights and many stores stay open late so you can do some holiday shopping as well. There's also a tree lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Park, carolers and other music, and the beloved Parade of Lights down Main Street.</p> <p>Then, on the following night, the <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/events/harbor-boat-lighting">Pillar Point Harbor Lighted Boat Festival</a> invites locals and visitors alike to stroll along Pillar Point Harbor to view boats festively adorned with holiday lights and other trimmings. The best decorated boat will be chosen in the Annual Boat Decorating Contest. If you want to catch both nights (and you should) <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="a5058ea5-9140-413e-9113-642a5ec4f532" href="/stay" title="Stay on the Half Moon Bay Coastside">stay the night with one of our local lodgers</a>.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Roasting Chestnuts" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1690b78b-89b7-4eb9-b630-ed7403456a5b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/NightOfLights-37_0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Revelers roast chestnuts at the annual Night of Lights event in Half Moon Bay.</figcaption> </figure> <h2>Cut Your Own Christmas Tree</h2> <p>Some call Half Moon Bay the <em>Pumpkin Capital of the World</em>, but after those gigantic gourds are gone, agriculture of the evergreen variety takes the spotlight. Sure, you can pick up a pre-cut tree almost anywhere this time of year, but the tree farms in Half Moon Bay offer families a chance to choose and cut their own tree just like in the old days. It's a family outing you won't soon forget, and Half Moon Bay is one of the few places in the Bay Area where you can still cut your own tree.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Cutting Christmas Tree" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2f4b1c2a-f56d-49b9-a873-cf06788deb79" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AdobeStock_222908893.jpeg" /> <figcaption>Tree farms in Half Moon Bay offer a chance to cut your own Christmas Tree.</figcaption> </figure> <p>However you celebrate, winter in Half Moon Bay is a magical time of year. For a truly amazing experience, visit mid-week when everyone else is at work — there's nothing quite like the feel of having a beach all to yourself for a winter stroll, and Half Moon Bay's mild climate means outdoor activities are on the menu year round, although you'll probably prefer to enjoy the beach in a sweater rather than a swimsuit during the winter. If you're going to stay for a few days, <a href="https://visithalfmoonbay.bookdirect.net/">check here for the best deals on accommodations</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 21:59:23 +0000 kevin 2674 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org Mavericks Surf Challenge https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/articles/mavericks-surf-challenge-guide-half-moon-bays-big-wave-contest <div data-history-node-id="2094" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix" typeof="schema:Article"> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">A Guide to Half Moon Bay&#039;s Big Wave Contest</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large_/public/2019-01/AdobeStock_178670701.jpeg?h=df75c84c" width="1140" height="480" alt="Surfer at sunset" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-page-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--introduction-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text field--name-field-introduction col-sm-12"><p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--plain-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text col-sm-12"><p>Given the reliance on weather and surf conditions, competition dates vary each year. This window for this season’s contest opened November 2018 with the hope that the event will take place before waves subside and the window closes in mid-March 2019. As we await the official announcement, here’s what you need to know about the awe-inspiring contest, including where to watch the world’s top big wave surfers tackle some of the largest, gnarliest waves on the planet.</p> <h3><strong>About Mavericks</strong></h3> <p>Located roughly two miles offshore from Pillar Point Harbor Beach, Mavericks is a surf break with exceptionally large waves that can reach up to sixty feet high. It was popularized by local surf legend Jeff Clark who became one of the first to surf the monumental break. Before then, few believed huge waves existed outside of Hawaii, let alone California. Eventually, others caught on, word spread, and the first official surf contest premiered in 1999.</p> <p>Mavericks’ waves are so forbidding, that surfers are often towed out via jet ski as opposed to paddling themselves. If you’ve seen footage of surfers at Mavericks, you know how breathtaking it is. Dwarfed by behemoth swells, death-defying pros charge down the face of waves, propelled by a mountain of water that breaks with the ferocity of Niagara Falls—large enough to register on the Richter scale. It’s mind-boggling, mesmerizing, and a genuine marvel to behold.</p> <h3><strong>What’s New at This Year’s Contest</strong></h3> <p>The 2017-2018 season marked the first time women were invited to compete, but, unfortunately, they never got the opportunity after surf conditions precluded last winter’s event from happening. This year, ten female surfers are expected to participate in two heats of five surfers with the best three advancing to the finals. They join twenty-four male competitors who will participate in four heats of six surfers. Each surfer has roughly 45 minutes to catch as many waves as they can, and dazzle the judges. The men and women who place first will be awarded equal prize money, roughly $25,000.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Female surfer" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cc0621cf-8b8e-4ff9-ab89-5c820e4d81ba" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/surfer.jpg" /> <figcaption>This year, ten female surfers are expected to participate in two heats of five surfers with the best three advancing to the finals.</figcaption> </figure> <p>The inclusion of women to the historically men’s event was due in part to a change in organizers. In 2017, the rights for the twenty-year-old surf contest were acquired by the World Surf League (WSL), an organization that showcases numerous international surf competitions. The WSL redubbed the event as the Mavericks Surf Challenge, and added it to their roster of annual big wave surf contests which include the Nazare Challenge in Nazare, Portugal and the Jaws Challenge Pe'ahi in Maui, Hawaii.</p> <h3><strong>Where to Watch</strong></h3> <p>Mavericks Surf Challenge takes place two miles offshore, and is not visible to the naked eye. More importantly, the bluff and beaches nearest the break are off-limits on event dates due to the safety of bystanders—rogue waves have toppled and injured bystanders in the past—as well as environmentally sensitive habitats. Don’t be a kook! Resist the urge to sneak past the village surrounding Pillar Point Harbor; you’ll be greeted by law enforcement who will turn you away. </p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Maverick's surf shop" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7be62643-6999-4403-a96c-d026207a553a" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A3193-2.jpg" /> <figcaption>Gather with friends at one of many festive, local spots—including a parking lot party at Jeff Clark’s Mavericks Surf Shop—and enjoy a professionally shot, live stream of the event.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Instead, gather with friends at one of many festive, local spots—including a parking lot party at Jeff Clark’s Mavericks Surf Shop—and enjoy a professionally shot, live stream of the event. Here’s where to get stoked on this year’s Mavericks Surf Challenge:</p> <h4><strong>PILLAR POINT HARBOR</strong></h4> <ul> <li><strong><a href="https://www.hmbbrewingco.com/">Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.</a></strong><br /> 390 Capistrano Rd, El Granada<br /> 650-728-2739</li> <li><strong>Ketch Joanne Restaurant</strong><br /> Bar 17 Johnson Pier, El Granada<br /> 650-728-3747</li> <li><strong><a href="https://maverickssurfcompany.com">Mavericks Surf Shop</a></strong><br /> 25 Johnson Pier, El Granada<br /> 650-560-8088</li> <li><strong><a href="http://miramarbeachrestaurant.com/">Miramar Beach Restaurant</a></strong><br /> 131 Mirada Rd Half Moon Bay<br /> 650-726-9053</li> <li><strong><a href="https://oceanohalfmoonbay.com/">Oceano Hotel and Spa</a></strong><br /> 280 Capistrano Rd, El Granada<br /> 650-726-5400</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.oplhmb.com/">Old Princeton Landing Public House &amp; Grill</a></strong><br /> 460 Capistrano Rd, El Granada<br /> 650-728-7098</li> </ul> <h4><strong>HALF MOON BAY</strong></h4> <ul> <li><strong><a href="https://www.alifano.com/">Alifano Technologies</a></strong><br /> 225 Main St Half Moon Bay<br /> 650-504-4400</li> <li><strong><a href="http://cameronspub.net/">Cameron's Pub &amp; Restaurant</a></strong><br /> 1410 Cabrillo Hwy S, Half Moon Bay<br /> 650-726-7505</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.hmbboardshop.com/">Half Moon Bay Boardshop</a></strong><br /> 3032 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay<br /> 650-726-1476</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.itsitaliarestaurant.com/">It's Italia</a></strong><br /> 401 Main St, Half Moon Bay<br /> 650-726-4444</li> <li><strong><a href="https://sacrilegebrewing.com/">Sacrilege Brewery</a></strong><br /> 730 Main St, Half Moon Bay<br /> 650-276-7029</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.seniorcoastsiders.org/">Senior Coastsiders</a></strong><br /> 925 Main St, Half Moon Bay<br /> 650-726-9056</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:26:55 +0000 kevin 2094 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org Holidays in Half Moon Bay https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/articles/holidays-half-moon-bay-everything-snow <div data-history-node-id="2010" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix" typeof="schema:Article"> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Everything But Snow!</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large_/public/2018-11/starfish.jpg" width="1140" height="480" alt="Holidays in Half Moon Bay" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-page-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--introduction-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text field--name-field-introduction col-sm-12"><p>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&nbsp;some of our favorite things to do and see this yuletide season.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--plain-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text col-sm-12"><h3><strong>Night of Lights</strong></h3> <p><strong>December 7th,  2018 from 6pm to 9pm.</strong> <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/local/night-lights">Night of Lights</a> is free event hosted in downtown Half Moon Bay, an old-fashioned holiday celebration that brings together locals and visitors alike. Come enjoy the traditional tree-lighting ceremony, followed by the Parade of Lights down our historic Main Street. Of course, Santa will be in attendance, meeting children in Mac Dutra Park, and carolers and musical acts will be out in abundance. Take some time to do some holiday shopping in some of Main Street's unique stores, and partake in roasted chestnuts and family-friendly activities.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Night of Lights" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="609a5f58-fb41-429e-b84c-57d57f63f0cb" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A0108.jpg" /> <figcaption>The Lighted Parade is the highlight of the Night of Lights festivities.</figcaption> </figure> <h3><strong>Pillar Point Harbor Lighted Boat Festival</strong></h3> <p><strong>December 8th, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm.</strong> Another amazing free holiday event, the Pillar Point Lighted Boat Festival is in effect throughout December, but the best night to visit is on December 8th when the annual boat decorating contest is held. The harbor comes alive with festively adorned boats, and local businesses come out to serve holiday snacks and drinks to all. Santa Claus will make an appearance, and holiday music will be performed by the Half Moon Bay Choir and San Mateo Elks Band.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Harbor Lights" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6aa542d6-530a-46dd-a123-68c9cc50a207" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A0462.jpg" /> <figcaption><a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/articles/discover-pillar-point-harbor-offering-taste-new-england">Pillar Point Harbor</a> is aglow each December during the Lighted Boat Festival</figcaption> </figure> <h3><strong>Christmas Tree Farms</strong></h3> <p>As soon as the Thanksgiving holiday is behind us, the talk turns to Christmas trees. Farms on the Half Moon Bay Coastside have been providing trees to nearby residents and visitors for so long that a visit to a local tree farm is a time-honored tradition for many families. Here are a few farms we know you'll enjoy:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.repettonurseryflorist.com"><strong>A. Repetto Nursery</strong></a> – Along with an abundance of Christmas trees, A. Repetto Nursery has some of the best deals on fresh flowers ideal for a holiday centerpiece. </li> <li><a href="http://www.pastorinofarms.com"><strong>H. Pastorino &amp; Son Company</strong></a> - Once the pumpkins are gone, the barn is transformed and filled with the magic of Christmas along with holiday trim, ornaments, trees, gifts, garland, poinsettias, and fresh wreaths.</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.lemosfarm.com">Lemos Family Farm</a></strong> – During the autumn you know them for pumpkins and their famous haunted house, but Lemos Family Farm transforms into a winter wonderland during the Christmas season. You can find Douglas Fir, Incense Cedar, and other pines, and let the kids enjoy a holiday hayride, train ride, or a pony ride. </li> <li><a href="http://www.santastreefarm.com"><strong>Santa’s Tree Farm</strong></a> – You can pick out your own Christmas tree at this farm on Highway 92, and enjoy complimentary hot cider and candy canes with your purchase. Santa visits frequently as well - check their website for his schedule.</li> </ul> <h3><strong>Ritz Holiday Dining and Drinks</strong></h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/half-moon-bay">The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay</a></strong> offers a wealth of fine dining events during the holiday season, with special dinners at Navio for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, brunches Christmas weekend and Christmas Day, and special dining events for the New Year's holiday as well. Reservations are required for all holiday dining events and early reservations are strongly recommended. </p> <p>During the month of December, you can also enjoy winter cocktails at The Conservatory like their <em>Under the Mistletoe,</em> made with Tanqueray, Rosemary-infused sweet and sour and topped with Slingshot Cabernet plus a rosemary sprig and Luxardo cherry garnish.</p> <h3><strong>Sweet Treats at Harley Farms</strong></h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.harleyfarms.com/">Harley Farms</a></strong>, best known for their award-winning goat cheese, gets in the holiday spirit with their seasonal goat milk fudge, peppermint cheesecakes, and peppermint truffles. All of them make perfect gifts for Christmas time, and they're just the sort of thing that you won't find anywhere else! The farm's shop is open Fridays through Sundays from 11am to 4pm.</p> <h3><strong>Barrel to Bottle Days</strong></h3> <p><strong>December 8th, 2018.</strong> You can bottle your own unique Christmas gifts at <strong><a href="http://www.lanebbiawinery.com">La Nebbia Winery's</a></strong> Barrel to Bottle event, which offers wine lovers a chance to bring a clean, empty bottle and fill it with wine from their barrels. After bottling, corking, and labeling your wine, stick around to check out their tasting room, picnic in the gardens, or play some bocce ball. Prices start at $6 per bottle if you bring your own empties.</p> <h3><strong>Hand-Blown Holiday Ornaments</strong></h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.hmbartglass.com/">Half Moon Bay Art Glass</a></strong> (right next to La Nebbia) offers a chance to learn the art of glass blowing and make your own holiday ornaments for your tree. These family-friendly classes are open to children as young as six years (with an adult).</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 24 Nov 2018 22:41:40 +0000 kevin 2010 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org Things to Do in Half Moon Bay https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/articles/things-do-half-moon-bay-fall-2018 <div data-history-node-id="1870" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix" typeof="schema:Article"> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Fall 2018</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large_/public/2018-08/bonnie-kittle-143218-unsplash.jpg?h=95f1f7f9" width="1140" height="480" alt="Farmland" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-page-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--introduction-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text field--name-field-introduction col-sm-12"><p>The Half Moon Bay Coastside truly comes to life during the fall and early winter season. Pumpkins abound, of course (they don't call us the Pumpkin Capital of the World for nothing), but there's so much more to see and do. Here are just some of the highlights of the coming months.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--plain-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text col-sm-12"><h3>Cool Harbor Nights Car Show&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong><em>The First Thursday of Every Month - 3 p.m. to Sunset </em>(free!)</strong><br /> Car aficionados far and wide descend upon Pillar Point Harbor for Cool Harbor Nights, a coastal car and motorcycle show. Owners of classic cars, trucks, fancy motorcycles and hot rods have the opportunity to show off their pride and joy while providing a glimpse of early automotive and motorcycle technology. Many of the machines have taken years to create or restore. Families will enjoy the cruise down memory lane as they show their kids the vintage Mustang or hot muscle car just like they drove. Registered machines will be entered into a drawing for some fantastic prizes. The event is free and open to both exhibitors and spectators. <em>Pillar Point Harbor on Johnson Pier, Princeton-By-The-Sea. For more information and/or to register as a participant, contact Mary Botham, (650) 726-2722, </em><a href="mailto:mary@coastalcarshow.com"><em>mary@coastalcarshow.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <h3>The Mavericks Experience Tour</h3> <p><strong><em>Sept. 9, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. </em>(free!)</strong><br /> As September officially kicks off the big wave winter season, <a href="https://www.mavericksexperience.com/">The Mavericks Experience</a> will host a free guided tour hosted by Tim West, who has been surfing Mavericks and the surrounding coast for nearly 20 years. Stroll along the harbor trail from the Mavericks parking lot all the way out to the beach overlooking Mavericks as West explains the historical details about the harbor, community, and Mavericks. In addition, there will be a Q &amp; A with Mavericks surfers of past and present who have either surfed in the Mavericks contest or are a major influence on Mavericks. Donations are recommended for the tour; proceeds go to the Half Moon Bay Surf Club. <em>Mavericks Parking Lot (also known as Tide Pool's Parking Lot on Google maps). For reservations, contact Tim West, </em><a href="mailto:timwest@mavericksexperience.com"><em>timwest@mavericksexperience.com</em></a><em>, (650) 727-4455.</em></p> <h3>Barrel to Bottle Days</h3> <p><strong><em>Sept. 22, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, &amp; Dec. 8 </em></strong><br /> Wine lovers can take part in a tradition known as “Barrel to Bottle” at La Nebbia Winery by bringing in their empty wine bottles and getting them filled with La Nebbia’s own wine. Guests can even bring in their own custom labels and La Nebbia will apply them to the bottle during the event, making for a fun conversation starter or a great gift. On September 22, refill bottles with a delicious red wine. On November 3, customers can indulge in a white wine, and November 10 and December 8 are once again perfect for red wine lovers. <em>Barrel to Bottle pricing starts at $6 per 750ml bottle;</em> <em>12341 San Mateo Road, (650) 726-9463, </em><a href="http://www.lanebbiawinery.com"><em>www.lanebbiawinery.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <h3>11th Annual Hand-Blown Art Glass Pumpkin Patch</h3> <p><strong><em>Oct. 6-7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. </em></strong><br /> Half Moon Bay Art Glass will transform the grounds of La Nebbia Winery into a glistening glass pumpkin patch featuring the work of glass blower Douglass C. Brown. This artistic installation will feature hundreds of one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins available for purchase, each one personally handcrafted by Brown, who works year round to create this spectacular display. La Nebbia Winery will be open for guests to partake in wine tasting and to purchase bottles of wine, while bocce ball courts will offer fun for everyone. For those who wish to create their own piece of art, HMB Art Glass is offering several classes year around. Classes start as low as $40 + tax for kids 6 years old and above. Ask for the "NewClient50" special rate for up to 50% off website pricing. <em>La Nebbia Winery, 12341 San Mateo Road on Hwy. 92, (650) 283-5626, </em><a href="http://www.hmbartglass.com/"><em>www.hmbartglass.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <h3>16th Annual Bernese Mountain Dog Day</h3> <p><strong><em>Oct. 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.&nbsp;</em>(free!)</strong><br /> Farmer John’s pumpkin patch is sponsoring the 16th Annual Mountain Dog Day! Last year, there were over 130 Bernese Mountain Dogs who visited Farmer John’s pumpkin patch. Berner friends will be accompanied by John’s Bernese, Miss Cora, along with her cousin Miss Chloe who will welcome their old and new pals. Farmer John will be ready to give hayrides for his furry friends.<strong> </strong><em>800 North Cabrillo Highway, (650) 726-4980, </em><a href="http://www.farmerjohnspumpkins.com"><em>www.farmerjohnspumpkins.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <h3>45th&nbsp;Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong><em>Oct. 8, 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.&nbsp;</em>(free!)</strong><br /> Superstar Gourd Growing Greats and their hard-to-believe, titanic orange orbs gather for the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay. A special $30,000 bonus mega-prize will be awarded to any grower who breaks the world record at Half Moon Bay, considered the "Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs." A host of veteran growers contend for the coveted title, the $30,000 world record prize and thousands in additional prize money. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winner will take home a hefty $7 per pound for the champion mega-pumpkin.&nbsp;Superstar grower Joel Holland’s mighty 2,363-pound weigh-off champion mega-gourd obliterated a formidable field of heavyweight contenders in winning the 2017 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. The grand champion gourd (along with the top five overall) will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Art &amp; Pumpkin Festival on October 13-14.<em> IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street, (650) 726-9652, </em><a href="http://www.miramarevents.com/"><em>www.miramarevents.com</em></a><em>.&nbsp;</em></p> <h3>48th&nbsp;Annual Half Moon Bay Art &amp; Pumpkin Festival&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong><em>Oct. 13 &amp; 14, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.&nbsp; </em>(free!)</strong><strong> </strong><br /> Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special weekend filled with enormous heavyweight champion pumpkins, four stages of&nbsp;blockbuster entertainment, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, harvest-inspired crafts, home-style foods, expert pumpkin carver Peter Hazel sculpting a monster 10,000+ pound pumpkin, photos with the grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun,&nbsp;and so much more! With so much to see and do, visitors can use&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/half-moon-bay-art-pumpkin/id457746634?mt=8">iPumpkin</a>, the official mobile application of the Half Moon Bay Art &amp; Pumpkin Festival, to navigate their way through the festival.<em> Main Street, (650) 726-9652, </em><a href="http://www.miramarevents.com/"><em>www.miramarevents.com</em></a><em>. </em></p> <h3>Fifth Annual Coastside Brewfest&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong><em>Oct. 20, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m</em></strong><em>.</em><br /> Enjoy some of the best breweries on the West Coast at the Fifth Annual Coastside Brew Fest, hosted by Mavericks Community Foundation. Guests will enjoy unlimited tastes of their favorite brews from vendors such as Alpha Acid Brewing Company, Altamont Beer Works, Barebottle Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Drake’s Brewing Company, East Brother Beer Co., Faction Brewing, Fort Point Beer Co. This year’s beneficiary is the Mavericks Coastside Foundation, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Coastside Hope. <em>Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door; designated driver tickets are $10. Tickets are available at </em><a href="http://www.coastsidebrewfest.com"><em>www.coastsidebrewfest.com</em></a><em>. </em><em>390 Capistrano Road, (650) 728-2739. </em></p> <h3>3rd Annual Half Moon Bay Golf Links “No One Left Behind” Charity Golf Tournament</h3> <p><strong><em>Oct. 28, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. </em></strong><br /> In an effort to support firefighters and their families that are dealing with cancer and to educate others on how to prevent and detect cancer as best they can, Cal Fire Locals 2881- which covers the area from San Mateo to Santa Cruz- has partnered with Half Moon Bay Golf Links to host an annual golf tournament fundraiser. Golf participants are paired up with a current or retired firefighter and are treated to a shotgun format tournament on Half Moon Bay Golf Links’ beautiful Old and Ocean courses - two of the most scenic public golf courses in California. Golf will be followed by a full barbecue lunch, a reception, and comments from the Command Leader. <em>To register, learn about sponsorship opportunities, and get more information about the event, visit </em><a href="http://www.nolb-l2881.org/hmb/"><em>http://www.nolb-l2881.org/hmb/</em></a><em> or call (650) 464–2722.&nbsp;Half Moon Bay Golf Links, Two Miramontes Point Road.&nbsp;</em></p> <h3>146th Anniversary Celebration Pigeon Point Light Station</h3> <p><strong><em>Nov. 17, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. </em>(free!)</strong><br /> Perched on a cliff 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay, the 115 feet tall Pigeon Point Lighthouse and Historical Park is one of the tallest lighthouses in America and has been guiding mariners since 1872. During the 146th anniversary celebration, guests will enjoy live music, refreshments, face painting, native plant sales, a grounds tour, and more. From 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., the iconic First Fog Signal Building will remain open to show off the magnificent First Order Fresnel Lens. <em>210 Pigeon Point Road, Highway 1, Pescadero, (650) 879-2120, </em><a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/pigeonpoint"><em>www.parks.ca.gov/pigeonpoint</em></a><em>.</em></p> <h3>2018 Colony of Coastside Artists Open Studios</h3> <p><strong><em>Nov. 17-18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.&nbsp;</em>(free!)</strong><br /> Art lovers will flock to the annual Open Studios for the chance to score that perfect piece of local work. Hosted by the Colony of Coastside Artists, nearly 40 local artists will open their homes and studios to the public for this once-a-year showcase of their work. Peruse and purchase paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, hot glass, and much more. <em>For more information, visit </em><a href="http://www.colonyofcoastsideartists.com"><em>www.colonyofcoastsideartists.com</em></a><em>. </em></p> <h3>Night of Lights</h3> <p><strong><em>Dec. 7, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.&nbsp;</em>(free!)</strong><br /> Night of Lights is an annual old-fashioned holiday event hosted in downtown Half Moon Bay on the first Friday in December. Visitors will enjoy trees decorated in dazzling lights while doing some holiday shopping in the unique coastal shops. The event features a tree lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Park, a Parade of Lights down Main Street, carolers and musical entertainment, roasted chestnuts and activities for the kids. <em>For more information, visit </em><em>our <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/local/night-lights">Night of Lights page</a></em><em>.</em> <em>Main Street.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>Thanks to <a href="https://chamberlinpr.com/">Chamberlin Public Relations</a> for contributing event information to this article.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:44:45 +0000 kevin 1870 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org 2018 Mavericks Challenge https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/articles/2018-mavericks-challenge-where-watch <div data-history-node-id="1468" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix" typeof="schema:Article"> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Where to Watch</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large_/public/2018-01/joschko-hammermann-2224.jpg?h=7e4efe1f" width="1140" height="480" alt="2018 Mavericks Challenge" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-page-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--introduction-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text field--name-field-introduction col-sm-12"><p>When the Mavericks Challenge brings world class big wave surfers to Half Moon Bay,&nbsp;everyone wants to know how to catch the action. It's not as simple as heading out to the beach, though, so read on to find out the best places to watch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--plain-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text col-sm-12"><p>The most important thing to know is that <strong>you cannot go out to the point or bluff to see the Mavericks Challenge</strong>. This is an&nbsp;environmentally sensitive habitat and there will be&nbsp;Sheriff Deputies on hand to prevent the public from approaching the bluffs or beach. This is for your safety and the safety of this environmentally sensitive area.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are numerous local venues where you can watch the contest live via video, and those are the places you want to be!</p> <p>Below, we've listed all of the locations where people will be gathering to watch the live feed of the contest (venues are listed in order of their location, starting in the south in Half Moon Bay and continuing north to Pacifica).</p> <h3>Half Moon Bay</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Cameron’s Restaurant and Pub</strong><br /> 1410 Cabrillo Hwy S, Half Moon Bay<br /> 650 726 7505<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Sacrilege Brewery</strong><br /> 730 Main St, Half Moon Bay<br /> 650 276 7029<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>It's Italia</strong><br /> 401 Main St, Half Moon Bay<br /> 650 726 4444<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Senior Coastsiders</strong><br /> 925 Main St, Half Moon Bay<br /> 650 726 9056<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Alifano Technologies</strong><br /> 225 Main St Half Moon Bay<br /> 650 504 4400<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>HMB Boardshop</strong><br /> 3032 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay<br /> 650 726 1476</li> </ul> <h3>Pillar Point Harbor</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Ketch JoAnne Restaurant/Harbor Bar</strong><br /> 17 Johnson Pier, El Granada<br /> 650 728 3747<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Mavericks Surf Shop</strong><br /> 25 Johnson Pier, El Granada&nbsp;(set up in parking lot in front of shop)<br /> 650 560 8088<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Oceano Hotel and Spa</strong><br /> 280 Capistrano Rd, El Granada&nbsp;<br /> 650 726 5400<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Half Moon Bay Brewery</strong><br /> 390 Capistrano Rd,&nbsp;El Granada&nbsp;<br /> 650 728 2739<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Old Princeton Landing Public House &amp; Grill</strong><br /> 460 Capistrano Rd, El Granada&nbsp;<br /> 650 728 7098</li> </ul> <h3>Pacifica</h3> <ul> <li><strong>La Playa Mexican Cantina</strong><br /> 5460 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacifica<br /> 650 738 2247<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>NorCal Surf Shop</strong><br /> 5440 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacifica<br /> 650 738 9283<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Longboard Margarita Bar</strong><br /> 180 Eureka Square, Pacifica<br /> 650 738 5905<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Winters Tavern</strong><br /> 1522 Francisco Blvd, Pacifica<br /> 650 355 6162</li> </ul> <p>Please be safe and gather with others in one of these viewing locations (or visit a few!) and help us make things easy for law enforcement by staying away from the restricted areas around the Mavericks Challenge. Enjoy the show!</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:50:58 +0000 kevin 1468 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org Mavericks Challenge https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/articles/mavericks-challenge-half-moon-bays-big-wave-contest <div data-history-node-id="1459" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix" typeof="schema:Article"> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Half Moon Bay&#039;s Big Wave Contest</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large_/public/2017-12/surf_0.jpg?h=e7556746" width="1140" height="480" alt="Mavericks Challenge" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-page-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--introduction-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text field--name-field-introduction col-sm-12"><p>Massive waves call surfers to&nbsp;Half Moon Bay's legendary break every year, even without a contest or prizes. Now that the World Surf League has added Mavericks to its Big Wave Tour, the Coastside's giant surf is back in the spotlight.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--plain-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <h3 class="section-head col-sm-12">New Name, New Organizers</h3> <div class="section-text col-sm-12"><p>After&nbsp;months of uncertainty, the World Surf League announced that it had purchased the rights to the contest, then known as the Titans of Mavericks,&nbsp;from the event's previous owners, and would be adding Mavericks to it's&nbsp;<em>2017/2018 Big Wave Tour </em>through 2021. After securing the necessary permits and the approval of the&nbsp;California Coastal Commission, the WSL announced in December that the contest would officially return as the <strong>Mavericks Challenge</strong>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--plain-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <h3 class="section-head col-sm-12">The Window Opens</h3> <div class="section-text col-sm-12"><p>The 2018 contest window opens on January 3 and closes on February 28, leaving just 8 weeks in which to find the perfect conditions. While previous contest windows have opened as early as November, no contest in the event's 18 year history has ever taken place before January 12th, so the shorter window is unlikely to have any ill effects. The surf at Mavericks can be unpredictable, though, and sometimes the right conditions never materialize - since its inception in 1999, only 10 contests have been held.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Surfers at Mavericks - Photo By Scott Eggers" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e208a2bc-a8bc-4d8a-a59f-fdd053e8ab22" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AdobeStock_505857.jpg" /> <figcaption>Surfers at Mavericks - Photo By Scott Eggers</figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--plain-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <h3 class="section-head col-sm-12">Women Welcome</h3> <div class="section-text col-sm-12"><p>For the first time, the Mavericks Challenge will welcome female surfers to Northern California's most storied surf spot. Six of the world's best female big wave surfers will compete this year: Paige&nbsp;Alms, Keala Kennelly, Justine Dupont, Bianca Valenti, Sarah Gerhardt and Emily Erickson.</p> <p>“We are thrilled to open the competition window for the Mavericks Challenge,” said&nbsp;World Surf League CEO Sophie Goldschmidt, “Mavericks is a special location that adds a new level to the Big Wave Tour schedule. Hosting the women’s event at Mavericks was always a priority for us when we acquired the event. We are excited and ready to bring the Mavericks Challenge to the international stage for our fans to enjoy.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--plain-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <h3 class="section-head col-sm-12">How to Watch</h3> <div class="section-text col-sm-12"><p>For most people, the easiest way to catch the contest is on a screen near you - past contests have been broadcast on television and streamed online. The shoreline and blufftops that overlook Mavericks are closed to the public on the day of the contest&nbsp;both for the safety of visitors and the protection of delicate habitat. Still, standing on the beach was never the best way to watch - the break is too far from shore to be seen clearly.</p> <p>If you're lucky enough to score a place on board, some local charter boats take visitors out as close as they can get to the contest.&nbsp;If you're in town&nbsp;but stuck on dry land, many local restaurants and pubs serve as gathering spots where guests can watch live streams of the action - no Dramamine required.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:04:35 +0000 kevin 1459 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org New Year's Eve in Half Moon Bay https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/articles/new-years-eve-half-moon-bay-ring-new-year-coastside-style <div data-history-node-id="1457" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix" typeof="schema:Article"> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Ring in the New Year Coastside Style</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large_/public/2017-12/billy-huynh-454531.jpg?h=9509cc12" width="1140" height="480" alt="New Year&#039;s Eve in Half Moon Bay" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-page-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--introduction-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text field--name-field-introduction col-sm-12"><p>The Half Moon Bay area has something for everyone on New Year's Eve, whether you want to make it an early night or stay out until the cows come home. Here are a few of our favorite things to do.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--plain-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text col-sm-12"><h3>New Year's Eve</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Early Bird New Year's Eve at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.</strong><br /> The BrewCo will feature live music from Aftershock from 5-9pm, and they'll be observing the East Coast countdown at 9pm so you can still get your beauty sleep!<br /> <a href="http://www.hmbbrewingco.com/happenings/special-events"><em>more info&nbsp;</em></a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>New Year's Eve at Mullins Bar and Grill</strong><br /> Another early New Year's celebration, featuring&nbsp;Ryan Scripps and&nbsp;Roem Baur (both from The Voice) and a complimentary champagne toast when the ball drops in Times Square.<br /> <em><a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/events/new-years-eve-mullins-bar-and-grill">more info</a></em><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>New Year's Eve at Cameron's</strong><br /> If you want to stay up late, Cameron's has you covered. They'll watch the ball drop in Times Square, but after the kids go home, the party continues with a DJ, Dancing and Karaoke starting at 9pm, and complimentary champagne toast &amp; party favors at&nbsp;midnight!<br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/136214110360354/"><em>more info</em></a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>New Year's Eve at Old Princeton Landing</strong><br /> Say goodbye to 2017 with Old Princeton Landing!&nbsp;Live music by&nbsp;Redwood Roots and DJ Subcraze.$10 at the door, 21+, Balloon drop + Champagne at midnight.<br /> <a href="https://www.oplhmb.com/event/new-years-eve-party/"><em>more info</em></a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>NYE @ San Benito House</strong><br /> Mark Bettencourt and the Aftermath, a high energy classic rock band, will keep you dancing all the way into the new year!<br /> <em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/906256506199328/">more info</a></em><br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>New Year's Day</h3> <ul> <li> <p><strong>First Day Hikes in the State Parks</strong><br /> If you don't stay out too late on New Year's Eve,&nbsp;experience the beautiful natural and cultural resources found in the outdoors with a seasoned guide at California State Park's special First Day Hikes, including four of our local parks.<br /> <a href="https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=28055"><em>more info</em></a></p> </li> </ul> <p>Whether you celebrate early with the east-coasters or stay out until the wee hours, please make it a safe night. Our list of <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/stay">Half Moon Bay Hotels</a>&nbsp;will help you find a soft place to lay your head. Happy New Year!</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:40:40 +0000 kevin 1457 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org Farm, Fish & Flowers https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/articles/farm-fish-flowers-annual-event-guides-participants-local-farms-nurseries-ranches <div data-history-node-id="22" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix" typeof="schema:Article"> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Annual event guides participants to local farms, nurseries &amp; ranches</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large_/public/2017-05/Markegard%20Grass%20Fed%20Photo%20Credit%20Garrick%20Ramirez-2.jpg?h=1f3453d0" width="1140" height="480" alt="Farm, Fish &amp; Flowers" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-page-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--introduction-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text field--name-field-introduction col-sm-12"><p>With a patchwork of dreamy ranch and farm lands, the Half Moon Bay Coastside is a hub of vibrant food and horticulture. Offering a rare peek inside this dynamic agricultural community, the annual Farm + Fish + Flowers event guides participants through local farms, nurseries, and ranches that are not usually open to the public.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--plain-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="section-text col-sm-12"><p>Formerly known as Tour des Fleurs, the twenty-five year old event held each July offers a wonderful opportunity for home gardeners, foodies, nature lovers, and anyone curious about how small farms inform local communities.</p> <p>In recent years, prominent writers and chefs like Michael Pollan and Alice Waters have encouraged us to explore the origins of our food. Yet books and films could never replace the experience of visiting a working farm in real life. Like a Hollywood backlot tour for fans of food and agriculture, farm outings relay the daily struggles, clever innovations, and family histories that could enliven a fiery novel. Farm + Fish + Flowers captures these stories along with the breathtaking scenery that make the Half Moon Bay Coastside such a compelling ecotourism destination.</p> <p><img alt="Oku Nursery" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="79c29124-590c-4ca7-8436-3ba1e580ea2e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Oku%20Nursery%20Photo%20Credit%20Garrick%20Ramirez-3Sm.jpg" /></p> <p>One participating site that exemplifies the rich experiences of local family farms is Oku Nursery. Family-run since its founding in 1902, Oku’s notable history includes helping found the San Francisco Flower Market in 1956 and being the first to ship cut flowers east of the Rocky Mountains when New Orleans needed blooms for All Saints Day. Today, Oku continues that innovative tradition by growing flowers and lettuces via hydroponics, or without soil. In greenhouses hand-built by the Oku family, fragrant lilies, vivid gerbera daisies, and lustrous ranunculus sprout from ground coconut husk which, unlike soil, is not subject to volatility. Nearby, state-of-the-art structures hold football fields of leafy lettuce heads resting over pools of nutrient-enriched water. When the nursery was established, it served a local market before shipping advancements sent everything back East. Today, thanks to a strong local food movement, Oku and other regional farmers have come full circle selling their crops to local restaurants and farmers’ markets.</p> <p>Like Oku, members of the local ag community are thinking of creative new ways to diversify and sustain their farms. Educational nonprofit The HEAL Project transformed a gorgeous plot of farmland into an outdoor classroom for local school children. With the goal of imparting healthy eating habits and a respect for sustainable agriculture, the San Mateo County School Farm welcomes elementary and high school students to construct herb gardens, harvest produce, and prepare meals in an outdoor kitchen. There’s even a bicycle-powered blender for fresh berry smoothies.</p> <p><img alt="Rocket Farms Succulents" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ac605ea3-7cdd-4661-b86b-00827303e4c1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Rocket%20Farms%20Photo%20Credit%20Garrick%20Ramirez-4Sm.jpg" /></p> <p>“You wouldn’t believe how creative our kids are,” says Naomi Stern, the farm educator who engages young participants in Iron Chef style competitions. The farm’s berries appear each Saturday at the Coastside Farmers’ Market at a booth staffed by youth volunteers. Drop by and say hi, or swing by the farm on a Friday when The Heal Project invites the public to help harvest for the next morning’s market.</p> <p>Over at Miramar Farms, a dramatically scenic farm is used to foster wellness and mindfulness in adults. Mark and Jane Battey fled the confines of corporate life to reconnect with their natural surroundings and share their discoveries with others. Senior staff from major firms throughout the Bay Area come to team build, develop leadership practices, and, as the driving instructions to the farm encourage, “take a deep breath.”</p> <p>“Our setting provides the antithesis of a corporate environment where participants feel free to take off the armor,” says Jane who confesses to not being the picture of Zen back in her corporate days. As a bonus, Miramar Farms sits immediately adjacent to Figone Nursery, another Farm + Fish + Flowers participant, whose vibrant dahlia fields light up its surroundings.</p> <p><img alt="The HEAL Project" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b0be5a1e-6683-4018-a2af-6f84e228f8c1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/The%20HEAL%20Project%20Photo%20Credit%20Garrick%20Ramirez-1Sm.jpg" /></p> <p>To lend a sense of the region’s agricultural prominence, Farm + Fish + Flowers offers a behind the scenes look at Bay City Flower Company, one of the largest hydrangea producers in the nation. Just up the road, Rocket Farms grows nearly every rose and holiday poinsettia sold at everyday, big name stores.</p> <p>Participants tour hangar-sized greenhouses of budding roses and otherworldly Venus fly traps, peppering staff with questions like how to spur stubborn basil plants or coaxing roses to bloom a second time.</p> <p>The Coastside is home to innovative farmers like Ouroboros Farms who employ future-looking practices like aquaponics. Then there are those like Markegard Grass Fed who look to the past. With wooly cattle roaming grassy hills, frolicsome pigs sloshing in cooling mud, and Freedom Ranger chickens pecking at bugs in open fields, a visit here is like stepping back to a pre-industrial time. The sweeping grassland ranch feels like the cinematic setting for some classic western and is tended by the Markegards, a handsome family usually found dressed in dusty jeans and cowboy hats. Erik Markegard is a sixth generation cattle rancher who has stewarded this land for 30 years. Out in the fields, his wife Doniga and 8-year-old daughter Quill herd cattle with the sing-songy call of “ah-vai.” Visitors can find Markegard’s grass-fed and pastured meats at local eateries such as Old Princeton Landing as well as online at <a href="http://www.markegardfamily.com">markegardfamily.com</a>.</p> <p>With an appreciation of the area’s rich legacy and tradition, Farm + Fish + Flowers also highlights historical sites that gave rise to the region’s agriculture boom. Participants step inside the 1850s James Johnston House, an iconic New England saltbox home that sits prominently atop a countryside hill. Attendees can also join a historian-led walking tour of downtown structures that date back to Spanishtown, the original name given to Half Moon Bay and the first city to be founded in San Mateo County.</p> <p>Farm + Fish + Flowers participants are also invited to explore the docks at PIllar Point Harbor, home to one of the largest fishing fleets in Northern California. Dungeness crab, king salmon, and sand dabs are just some of the seafood that visitors can purchase directly from boats returning from long nights at sea. Other notable stops include the sustainable farming practices of Ananda Valley Farm, native drought-resistant plants at Yerba Buena Nursery, adorable goats and heavenly cheeses at Harley Farms, and traditional local crops such as Brussels sprouts and artichokes at Giusti Farms.</p> <p>One of the easiest ways for visitors to experience the Coastside’s year-round bounty is via the weekly Coastside Farmers’ Market. Founder Erin Tormey leads Farm + Fish + Flower participants through vibrant displays of local produce while engaging with farmers and enjoying the literal fruits of their labor.</p> <p>“It’s made my life very rich,” Tormey says of her role managing the farmers’ market and owning her own farm. “Every day I gaze upon something beautiful and soul nourishing. I’m sure there are people who have two commas in their paycheck that couldn’t say the same thing.”</p> <p>HOW TO PARTICIPATE<br /> The annual Farm + Fish + Flowers event is held on the last Saturday in July. Tickets are available beginning May 1st and sell out soon afterwards. Participants can choose from six itineraries that include three tour destinations. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber website at hmbchamber.com or call (650) 726-8380.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--plain-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 24 May 2017 19:51:36 +0000 colleen 22 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org