Wineries en Valentine's Day in Half Moon Bay <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="">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="">parks</a>, including remote pocket beaches and <a href="">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="">Bike Works</a> and <a href="">Half Moon Bay Kayak Company</a> both have rentals available. Or head to <a href="">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="">The Beach House</a> offers several styles of massage, as well as Reiki and Private Yoga sessions. Spa services at at the <a href="">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="">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="">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="">Miramar Beach Restaurant</a> serves up steak and seafood right on the edge of the Pacific, while <a href="">Moss Beach Distillery</a> dishes California coastal cuisine perched on a cliff above scenic Seal Cove. And <a href="">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="">Sam's Chowder House</a>, famous for their lobster rolls, and <a href="">Half Moon Bay Brewing Company</a>, where the Portuguese Fisherman's Stew is a local favorite. Also in the harbor, <a href="">Mezzaluna</a> is known for their southern Italian standards, while <a href="">Old Princeton Landing</a> and <a href="">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="">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="">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="">La Nebbia</a>, Half Moon Bay's oldest bonded winery.</p> <p>Near the harbor, <a href="">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="">Barterra Winery</a>, then stroll up Main Street to <a href="">Half Moon Bay Wine and Cheese</a> and <a href="">Vinoteca</a>, local wine bars with their own carefully curated collections of vino.</p> <p>See our complete <a href="">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="">Half Moon Bay Inn</a>, <a href="">Mill Rose Inn</a>, and <a href="">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="">Beach House</a>, <a href="">Harbor View Inn</a>, and <a href="">Oceano Hotel</a> all overlook Pillar Point Harbor and put you in easy walking distance of food and shopping along the waterfront. <a href="">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 Wine, Beer and Spirits <div data-history-node-id="1916" 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 Taste in Half Moon Bay</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/2018-09/kelsey-chance-575541-unsplash.jpg?h=748eb446" width="1140" height="480" alt="Wine Glasses" 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>From Highway 1 heading along the coast to Half Moon Bay you’ll see plenty of farms and a bustling harbor and plenty of beaches, so it’s no surprise that this region has fantastic fresh produce and seafood. But Half Moon Bay also excels at distilling, brewing and winemaking.</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>Whether you’re sticking in town or venturing out there are plenty of opportunities to taste and learn or just relax over a glass or two. Here are some top picks:</p> <h2>Wine</h2> <h4><strong><a href="">Half Moon Bay Wine &amp; Cheese Company</a></strong></h4> <p>This shop on Main Street is a go to destination for picnic supplies and shopping as well as wine tasting at the bar. They offer four different flights and four different cheese plates. Wine from California and beyond are also available by the glass as well as by bottle.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="HMB Wine and Cheese" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d2660335-40d1-43da-98e7-2bcd9cd4403e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/HMB%20Wine%203.jpg" /> <figcaption>Half Moon Bay Wine and Cheese Company, located in Main Street in HMB</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong><a href="">Vinoteca</a></strong></h4> <p>Sleek Vinoteca, located on Main Street is the newest wine tasting venue. The chic space offers red and white wine flights as well as a non-alcoholic selection of grape juices. Cheese and charcuterie plates are designed specifically to go with the wines and all the wines are available by the bottle.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Vinoteca" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3751bfd9-ab75-48b3-bdb9-7a1a37028fcd" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Vinoteca.jpg" /> <figcaption>Vinoteca's Tasting Room</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong><a href="">Thomas Fogarty Winery</a></strong></h4> <p>Located in Woodside, a winding and scenic drive from <a href="/downtown">downtown Half Moon Bay</a>, this The 300 acre estate winery has stunning views of vineyards and Silicon Valley below. Fogarty is best known for outstanding Pinot Noir as well as Chardonnay that reflect the terroir of the Santa Cruz mountains. The winery has a tasting room, but also some outdoor seating for picnics.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <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> <h4><strong><a href="">Sante Archangeli</a></strong></h4> <p>In Pescadero you’ll find Sante Archangeli a mini tasting bar with wines made from locally sourced grapes. The winery is named for a family patriarch and located across from the Archangeli Grocery. The Pinot Noirs are fruit forward and lush, while the Chardonnay is oak-free, clean and bright.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Sante Arcangeli" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="71eed483-8933-4f5a-b6cc-8e3db8c27236" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/SanteArcangeli.jpg" /> <figcaption>Sante Archangeli's mini tasting bar on Pescadero's Main Street</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong><a href="">La Nebbia Winery</a></strong></h4> <p>Named for fog in Italian, it is the oldest bonded winery in Half Moon Bay, located on San Mateo Road. The tasting room is cozy, set in a picturesque spot with a garden and bocce ball court. The wines are made from grapes from a variety of regions in California. Since the 1970’s they have been known for their bottling events, which are open to the public. Check their <a href="">website</a> for details.</p> <h4><strong><a href="">Trojack Knier Winery</a></strong></h4> <p>The tasting experience at the very small production winery Tronack Knier is very casual with a focus on having fun, discussing wine and making new friends. Their  “non-interventionist” style wine is all hand crafted on site, from crush to bottling with grapes sourced from nearby Napa. The tasting room is open on weekends and by appointment.</p> <h2>Beer</h2> <h4><strong><a href="">HMB Brewing Company</a></strong></h4> <p>Open for 15 years, this brewery is one of the best known, not only for their range of beers but also for their restaurant, which is a local hangout. A family friendly spot with a dog friendly patio, the restaurant has great local seafood and burgers. They also have a full calendar of events with live music every weekend and a free speakers series that presents discussions on everything from politics to environmental issues and social change.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="HMB Brewing Co" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b493f769-7a11-4ad1-97c2-2ec8e9d77f98" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A2815.jpg" /> <figcaption>Half Moon Bay Brewing Company's patio offers the chance to enjoy your beer with a view (and dogs are welcome, too!)</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong><a href="">Hop Dogma Brewing</a></strong></h4> <p>Hop Dogma has received multiple awards and recognition in national and international beer competitions, most recently winning gold medals at the California State Fair and a silver medal in the U.S. Open Beer Championship. The microbrewery offers a variety of different handcrafted beers including IPA’s, Imperial Stout and Kolsch that change seasonally and has partnered with a local restaurant <a href="">Lamas</a> so you can enjoy Mexican or Peruvian food with your brews.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Hop Dogma" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="dcb644fe-b5b3-4940-95c8-410719e03eae" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/HopDogma3.jpeg" /> <figcaption>Hop Dogma's new digs at <a href="">Harbor Village</a></figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong><a href="">Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen</a></strong></h4> <p>This funky brewery set in a house a few blocks from the center of town on Main Street has a comfortable feel with plenty of seating indoors and a few spots outside as well. The beer list changes daily, but a sampler is a good way to try the things they brew onsite as well as selections from around the country. The menu also features burgers and pub food including cheesy chili fries, pierogi and bangers and mash.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Sacrilege" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1c3e286a-af47-4bbf-9e75-197827d99334" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Sacrilege7.jpg" /> <figcaption>Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen in downtown Half Moon Bay</figcaption> </figure> <h2>Distilling</h2> <h4><strong><a href="">HMB Distillery</a></strong></h4> <p>During Prohibition the San Mateo coast had a reputation for bootlegging and speakeasies. Today there’s one modern craft distillery, where Ulli and Caesar Bisono make their ultra premium vodka and gin in small batches. Schedule a tour and tasting online at this micro distillery.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Ulli and Caesar Bisono" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d00f6647-cf56-426d-8545-bfd1063cadad" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Purissima%20martini.jpg" /> <figcaption>Half Moon Bay Distillery crafts small batches spirits like this Purissima Vodka, which you'll also find stocked at many of the watering holes.</figcaption> </figure> <p><em><strong>Editor's Note: Please drink responsibly. The Half Moon Bay area has 19 hotels, motels, and bed &amp; breakfasts where you can spend the night (<a href="">see all Half Moon Bay lodging</a>) and the area has a small but growing number of Uber and Lyft drivers to make sure you get home safely.</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:23:24 +0000 kevin 1916 at Three Days in Half Moon Bay <div data-history-node-id="1627" 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">For Foodies</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/2018-04/Navio.jpg?h=8a3251bd" width="1140" height="480" alt="Food on plate" 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 dream for foodies. From May through December the <a href="">Coastside farmer’s market</a> showcases some of the best in local produce, but year round you’ll find outstanding farms, seafood and great restaurants that utilize the best local products. Here are some top picks for a long weekend getaway.</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>FRIDAY</h2> <h6>Ease into the weekend</h6> <p>Get into the swing of things before checking in to your <a href="/stay">hotel</a>. <a href="">Half Moon Bay Distillery</a> is a craft distillery, located at Pillar Point Harbor. Ulli and Caesar Bisono make high quality premium spirits in small batches. Take a tour and taste their Purissima vodka and Harvard Avenue Gin. If you prefer <a href="/biz/directory/wineries-wine-tasting-and-wine-bars">wine</a>, head inland to <a href="">La Nebbia Winery</a> based in Half Moon Bay with a lovely garden and tasting room where you can try wines made from grapes from a variety of regions in California.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="HMB Distillery" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8e1ea6e1-b71c-4e01-bafe-2d200b07f246" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/web-HMB%20Distillery.jpg" /> <figcaption>Ulli and Caesar Bisono at the <a href="">Half Moon Bay Distillery</a></figcaption> </figure> <h6>Check in</h6> <p><a href="">Half Moon Bay Inn</a> is located right on <a href="/downtown">Main Street downtown</a>, in a 1932 Spanish Revival style building. Each room is beautifully and uniquely furnished and has luxurious touches like marble bathrooms and artful decor. Park and then enjoy exploring downtown on foot.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="HMB Inn" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="89e5ae31-2c87-45a5-8d78-132bd1d95899" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_0154.jpg" /> <figcaption>Half Moon Bay Inn is located right on Main Street downtown</figcaption> </figure> <h6>A meal to remember</h6> <p>While the Ritz Carlton is famous for their weekend brunch, the elegant dining room <a href="">Navio</a> with jaw dropping views of the coast is the perfect spot for a memorable dinner. Chef Pringle buys local and even sources wild foraged ingredients to use in his modern cuisine.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Navio seafond" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="164735ba-c0e0-4fcc-a2b3-e8d126871834" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/web-Navio%20seafood.jpg" /> <figcaption>Chef Pringle buys local and even sources wild foraged ingredients to use in his modern cuisine</figcaption> </figure> <h2>SATURDAY</h2> <h6>Grab a bite and have some coffee</h6> <p>Walk over to <a href="">Half Moon Bay Coffee Co</a><strong>.</strong> and soak up the vibes. This is a place where locals congregate and it’s in part due to their tremendous selection of whole bean coffees. Whether you’re stopping in a for a quick cup or a leisurely breakfast, it’s comfortable and friendly.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="HMB Coffee Co" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="01404dc7-44d6-4288-8d63-76f2146e5147" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/web-HMB%20Coffee%20Co.jpg" /> <figcaption>Half Moon Bay Coffee Co.</figcaption> </figure> <h6>Off to the farm</h6> <p><a href="">Harley Farms</a> is an award-winning goat farm located in Pescadero. The friendly goats are the main attraction, but the cheese is also outstanding. Be sure to plan ahead as their tours are very popular! Pick up a pretty round topped with fresh flowers or take home some of their goat milk enriched bath and body products.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Goat Cheese" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e4ff7d34-18eb-4760-b08c-cd41821282e6" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/web-Harley%20Farms.jpg" /> <figcaption>Freshly made goat cheese at Harley Farms</figcaption> </figure> <h6>A classic lunch spot</h6> <p><a href="">Duarte’s Tavern</a> also located in Pescadero is a James Beard Award winning “American Classic.” Get there early to dig into their famous cream of artichoke soup (or try it with a swirl of cream of green chile soup) as well as local fish or oysters and a slice of their olallieberry pie.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Duarte's Pie" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="09657b03-d672-46e2-b9e9-1019fa52f386" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/web-Duarte%27s%20pie.jpg" /> <figcaption>Olallieberry pie at Duarte's in Pescadero</figcaption> </figure> <h6>It’s happening at the harbor</h6> <p>Head to <a href="/articles/discover-pillar-point-harbor-offering-taste-new-england">Pillar Point Harbor</a> for a walk along the docks. You can check out the boats, birds and maybe get a glimpse of the fishermen’s catch. You can often buy fresh fish or crab right off the boat at this real working harbor.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Seagull" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f0acdfa0-bd3c-4449-8b4a-da281ecde4d1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/web-Pillar%20Point.jpg" /> <figcaption>At Pillar Point Harbor, you can check out the boats, birds and maybe get a glimpse of the fishermen’s catch</figcaption> </figure> <h6>Drinks, dinner and music</h6> <p>One of the most scenic spots for dining on the coast is <a href="">Sam’s Chowder House</a>. Sam’s not only has great chowder, but expertly prepared <a href="/biz/directory/restaurant-seafood">fresh local seafood</a>. Fridays and Saturdays there’s <a href="/discover/live-music">live music</a> in the bar, everything from blues and jazz to flamenco guitar. </p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Cioppino at Sam's" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="21401720-debf-477a-9b63-979037f30839" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/web-Sam%27s%20cioppino%201.jpg" /> <figcaption>Cioppino at Sam's Chowder House</figcaption> </figure> <h2>SUNDAY</h2> <h6>Treat yourself to breakfast</h6> <p>Cute little <a href="">Moonside Bakery</a> offers a variety of baked goods and breakfast options including breakfast pizzas and burritos, eggs, pancakes, waffles, and their decadent brioche French toast.   It’s casual, affordable and portions are generous.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Breakfast at Moonside Bakery" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d1d5d1cf-409c-4d9a-b881-e393d578ba5c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/web-Moonside%20Bakery%20breakfast.jpg" /> <figcaption>Breakfast at Moonside Bakery</figcaption> </figure> <h6>A hot spot for lunch</h6> <p>Look for the red caboose and you’ve found <a href="">Dad’s Luncheonette</a>. Chef Scott Clark has drawn raves for his short but sweet menu of burger, mushroom sandwich, mac and cheese, herb salad, homemade potato chips and a daily soup and dessert. You can’t go wrong no matter what you order.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Dad's Luncheonette" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3e7e1830-d131-42f0-8fd0-ccc00b05583b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/web-Dad%27sLuncheonette.jpg" /> <figcaption>Salad at Dad's Luncheonette</figcaption> </figure> <h6>Pick up a souvenir</h6> <p>If you’re looking for something sweet, look no further than <a href="">Sweet 55</a>, a little chocolate and pastry shop in a strip mall just next to Dad’s Luncheonette. The award winning Swiss style chocolate confections by Ursula Schnyder, who grew up, trained and worked in Switzerland. Don’t miss the Good Food award-winning Swiss alp “EMJ” bar with praline filling.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Sweet 55" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="656ebafb-1e6c-4271-8f1e-588694090676" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/web-Sweet%2055_256.jpg" /> <figcaption>Sweet 55</figcaption> </figure> <h6>Farm to table Italian style</h6> <p><a href="">Pasta Moon</a> is a long time favorite of locals and visitors alike. The restaurant’s mission is supporting local farms and has been committed to sustainable dining for over 30 years. They specialize in pasta including a signature dish their butternut squash ravioli, but also offer terrific pizzas and a wide variety of antipasti, soups and salads.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Lasagne at Pasta Moon" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="dcc9b01c-2505-4f1a-a1a4-707070fc2c49" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/web-PastaMoonLasagna.jpg" /> <figcaption>Lasagne at Pasta Moon</figcaption> </figure> <p><strong>Ready to spend some time with us in Half Moon Bay? <a href="/stay">Book your stay today.</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:24:20 +0000 kevin 1627 at Through the Redwoods <div data-history-node-id="1529" 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 Scenic Drive</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/2018-02/Through%20the%20Redwoods%20PC%20Garrick%20Ramirez-1.jpg?h=54ad6cb5" width="1140" height="480" alt="Scenic Drive" 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>A picturesque route guides you through breathtaking scenery with numerous stops along the way. Highway 35 packs bucketloads of scenery as it winds along the forested ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains with opportunities to explore redwood groves, chow down at historic eateries, and enjoy thrilling vistas of the Pacific and San Francisco Bay.</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>Also known as Skyline Boulevard, the highway is a staple among local cyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts, but you don’t need two wheels to enjoy its vivid scenery. Linked with three connecting highways, the route forms a wildly scenic loop through a variety of dazzling landscapes—from forests and farmlands to vineyards and beaches—that are worth getting revved up for.</p> <h3>HIGHWAY 92</h3> <p>To begin your journey, start in Half Moon Bay and head east on Highway 92. The popular thoroughfare leisurely winds through the region’s many farms and nurseries including <a href="">Ouroboros Farms</a>, a fascinating aquaponics facility that grows sustainable and chemical- free produce without soil. Stop by to tour its grounds and nab fresh produce from its vibrant farm stand. At the adjacent <a href="">Yerba Buena Nursery</a>, you’ll browse one of Northern California’s largest collections of native plants, from manzanita trees to vibrant, flowering mimulus. If the kids are in tow, stop for the fair-like rides and attractions at <a href="">Lemos Farms</a>, a western-themed destination that transforms into a pumpkin-filled paradise in the fall. At <a href="">La Nebbia</a>, epicures can swirl wine, nibble cheese, and enjoy a round of bocce ball in a pleasant garden setting.</p> <h3>HIGHWAY 35</h3> <div style="max-width:40%; margin:0 0 16px 3%; float:right;"><figure role="group" class="align-right"> <img alt="Highway 35 - Photo by Garrick Ramirez" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b914b02a-48d2-4637-8e19-d4bdb517525d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Through%20the%20Redwoods%20PC%20Garrick%20Ramirez-3.jpg" /> <figcaption>Highway 35 - Photo by Garrick Ramirez</figcaption> </figure> </div> <p>At the junction of Highways 92 and 35, a vista point offers peeks of the serene Crystal Springs Reservoir which supplies drinking water to San Francisco and the Peninsula. The artificial lake is the result of a rift valley forged by the San Andreas fault and filled, in part, with water transported via gravity-powered aqueduct from Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy reservoir.</p> <p>As the sun-dappled highway wends its way up the mountain, you’ll note the dense forest flanking the road. In the 1880s, the area’s coastal redwoods were logged extensively to fuel a booming, post-Gold Rush San Francisco. At <a href="">Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve</a>, historical logging roads have been repurposed as hiking trails where the scent of pine trees is strong and cell service is gloriously weak. Stretch your legs along the North Ridge Trail which traverses the fern-lined slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains before dipping into the lush, creek-filled redwood groves of Purisima Creek Canyon.</p> <p>Nearby, the 2,817-acre <a href="">El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve</a> is a mountain bike mecca with thrilling multi-use trails that snake through lichen-shrouded tanoak and redwood forests. If single track downhills aren’t your thing, check out the tafoni sandstone formations found along the Tafoni Trail. The intricate honeycomblike webbing that graces massive boulders is the result of thousands of years of erosion.</p> <p>One of the area’s biggest attractions— literally—sits just a few steps from the road. At 14 feet in diameter, the old growth Methuselah Tree is the largest redwood on the north Peninsula and estimated to be over 1,800 years old. To marvel at its mighty burl-gnarled trunk, follow the short path that leads from a roadside turnout—noted by gate CM02—roughly one-half mile south of the Skeggs Point parking lot.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Photo by Garrick Ramirez" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b5737acf-1fe0-4a17-a04d-0b9b951fe71c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Through%20the%20Redwoods%20PC%20Garrick%20Ramirez-6.jpg" /> <figcaption>Photo by Garrick Ramirez</figcaption> </figure> <p>Back on the road, you’ll soon arrive at a prominent intersection at Highway 84, made famous by the beloved <a href="">Alice’s Restaurant</a>. The destination roadhouse-like eatery sports cowhide stools, backyard hitching posts, and a parking lot full of revving motorcycles. The family-owned restaurant predates the famous Woody Guthrie tune, having originally opened as a lumberjack general store in the early 1900s before becoming a restaurant in the 1950s. Join the families, tourists, and bikers swapping riding tips and hiking recs over breakfast and BBQ plates on the lively outdoor deck. Try the Farmer’s Burger that’s made with local, grass-fed beef from the <a href="">Markegard ranch</a> just down the way.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Alice's Restaurant - Photo by Garrick Ramirez" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="68d6e4c0-cc68-47e3-b423-f332da8de76a" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Through%20the%20Redwoods%20PC%20Garrick%20Ramirez-5.jpg" /> <figcaption>Alice's Restaurant - Photo by Garrick Ramirez</figcaption> </figure> <p>To return to the coast, you’ll head southwest on Highway 84 (La Honda Road), but for a noteworthy detour, continue southeast on Highway 35 to <a href="">Thomas Fogarty Winery &amp; Vineyards</a>, a hilltop winery whose gorgeous grounds with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay has served as a backdrop for countless weddings. Bring a designated driver or do like the pros and use the spittoon, just don’t miss a chance to sample their crisp whites and luscious reds including an especially smooth barbera.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Photo by Garrick Ramirez" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="96e76e58-431c-41bb-a6b1-4bb348d80acc" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Through%20the%20Redwoods%20PC%20Garrick%20Ramirez-2.jpg" /> <figcaption>Photo by Garrick Ramirez</figcaption> </figure> <h3>HIGHWAY 84</h3> <p>In the 1960s, the secluded, former logging town of La Honda became a bohemian hideaway when writer Ken Kesey, who penned “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” settled into a log cabin and hosted raucous shindigs with counterculture celebs such as The Grateful Dead and Hunter S. Thompson. Today, the good times continue at Apple Jack’s, a 1879 blacksmith shop turned roadside saloon and music venue. The historic watering hole boasts history and scenery with a charming wood-shingle facade, creaky wooden floors, and a sunny outdoor deck perched above a lush, overgrown creek.</p> <figure role="group"> <img alt="Apple Jack's - Photo by Garrick Ramirez" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ba9e145a-2da1-4770-9e1b-89633e80b7a2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Through%20the%20Redwoods%20PC%20Garrick%20Ramirez-4.jpg" /> <figcaption>Apple Jack's - Photo by Garrick Ramirez</figcaption> </figure> <p>As the forest gives way to open farmland and rolling hills, you’ll arrive at the historic stagecoach stop of San Gregorio. Situated at the corner of Highway 84 and Stage Road—a former stagecoach route that stretched from San Francisco to Santa Cruz—the <a href="">San Gregorio General Store</a> remains a popular pitstop for modern daytrippers. Operating since 1889, the time capsule store features a pot belly stove-warmed saloon, micro post office, and a seemingly endless supply of goods, from cast iron pans to philosophy books, packed into its vast interior. A regular schedule of toe-tapping live music keeps things lively on the weekends.</p> <h3>HIGHWAY 1</h3> <p>Highway 84 soon delivers you back to Highway 1 at the dramatically scenic San Gregorio State Beach. The driftwood-strewn shore features a large estuary teeming with shorebirds, and tall grassy bluffs with sweeping vistas of the pristine coastline. It’s the same magnificent coastline that you’ll trail alongside heading north back into town via the famously scenic Highway 1, a fitting cap to a day exploring the diverse scenery of the Coastside.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:50:06 +0000 kevin 1529 at Pillar Point Harbor <div data-history-node-id="29" 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">Offering a Taste of New England </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/2017-07/Pillar%20Point%20Harbor%20Photo%20Credit%20Garrick%20Ramirez-2Sm_0.jpg?h=80206f91" width="1140" height="480" alt="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>With docks of colorful fishing boats and charming waterfront eateries, the cozy seaside hamlet of Pillar Point Harbor offers a taste of New England along the California coast. Ever present ocean views and salt-tinged breezes lure all those who share a love of the sea, from commercial fishermen to world-renowned surfers. Explore the coastal haven by foot and discover sandy beaches, scenic trails, and a killer seafood shack or two.</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>PLAY</h3> <p>Surrounded by the ocean, wetlands, and dramatic coastal bluffs, Pillar Point Harbor abounds with natural splendor. For a scenic primer that’s easy on the calves, hit the Pillar Point Marsh trail. In just under a mile, it passes through a garden of coastal flora, alongside the harbor’s gently swaying boats, and out to the wild shores of the Pacific. Start at the namesake salt marsh whose symphony of squawks, chirps and honks comes from hundreds of birds that dart about its waters. Follow the trail as it skirts the harbor’s sandy shore, past a romantic old wooden pier, before arriving at the driftwood-strewn sands of Pillar Point Beach.</p> <p>About a half mile offshore from Pillar Point Beach is the world-famous Mavericks surf break and some of the biggest waves on the planet. In the winter, waves can swell to over 60 feet high and break with a crash that registers on the Richter Scale. When conditions are right, twenty-four of the world’s best surfers are invited each year to scale Maverick’s mountains of water, literally putting their lives on the line, in a one-day surf contest. The event draws a crowd but the threat of rogue waves limits spectators to watch via big screens at designated viewing tents and local restaurants.</p> <p>Want to hop on a board without risking life and limb? Check out Maverick’s Paddleboard, a great resource for the stand-up water sport. It’s co-owned by local surf legend Jeff Clark — along with his wife Cassandra — who is credited with being the first to surf Mavericks and founded its first surf competition. Clark fell in love with paddleboarding as a way to be on the water when there were no waves to surf. Thanks to three breakwaters, Pillar Point is one of most protected and safest harbors in the nation. The shop offers classes for newbies and rentals for pros. Lucky paddlers might spot bat rays and harmless leopard sharks scurrying underfoot.</p> <p><img alt="Maverick's Surf Company" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="428f039a-4b75-4ad4-ba1c-49d633e178fe" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Mavericks%20Surf%20Shop%20Photo%20Credit%20Garrick%20Ramirez-1Sm_0.jpg" /></p> <p>Another way to experience the harbor’s tranquil, wildlife-filled waters is via kayak. Half Moon Bay Kayak Co. has everything visitors need to glide peacefully across the harbor’s gentle waters amidst seabirds and harbor seals. For landlubbers, there are rental bikes to cruise the scenic Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail which hugs the shore along a paved route removed from traffic.</p> <h3>SHOP</h3> <p>Whether you’re in town to ride a giant wave or simply grab a Mavericks hoodie, you’ll appreciate a stop at Maverick’s Surf Shop. Traveling surfers and curious visitors can pop into the shop and learn what it takes to surf Mavericks. The de facto headquarters for local surf culture has everything from posters to big wave boards custom made by Jeff Clark. “I’ve been fortunate to grow up next to the Everest of surfing and carve out an existence doing what I love,” says Clark.</p> <p>The same could be said of Simmin and Sudi, two sisters who own the home boutique Nasturtium Art of Living. Tucked in a cozy seaside bungalow, the shop reflects their love of design and their coastsidehome with a curated mix of coastal-inspired home and garden decor. Say hi to Coco Chanel, their shaggy pup who’s usually seen lounging in the front garden welcoming visitors.</p> <p><img alt="Nasturtium Art of Living" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b3ca680b-f2d1-4bb6-b351-d21f565057ab" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A2800Sm_0.jpg" /></p> <p>Arguably the most fun to be had at Pillar Point Harbor is scoring just-caught seafood directly from the fishing boats. Pillar Point is one of California’s last working fishing harbors and, each morning, Johnson Pier is a bustle of activity as returning boats are greeted with lines of eager customers. King salmon, halibut, petrale sole, and even live sea urchin are examples of typical seasonal catches. From November through May, Dungeness crab draws a crowd. Learn the catch of the day long before reaching the harbor by calling the harbormaster’s fishline (650-726-8724) or scrolling daily reports using the handy Fishline app (available at Even if you’re not prepared to plop crabs into steaming stovetop pots, it’s fun to stroll the docks and watch fishermen pluck wriggling, purple-hued crabs from their watery tanks.</p> <p>Don’t miss the interpretive signage that lines the pier and details the offshore marine sanctuary—one of the richest, most diverse ocean wildernesses in the world—and the harbor’s sustainable fishing practices. For example, fishermen only net male crabs of a certain size to ensure the population can reproduce and thrive.</p> <h3>EAT</h3> <p>Not everyone is keen to fillet a fifty- pound salmon themselves. Thankfully, Pillar Point Harbor brims with delightful eateries that dish up local seafood and inspiring waterfront views. Follow the crowds to Sam’s Chowder House, a spirited seafood restaurant with a setting close enough to the water to cast your own line. Nab a seat on the heated patio and tuck into a steaming bowl of clam chowder. Follow it with a lobster roll that would make a New Englander weep with heaps of plump lobster meat stuffed into a buttery brioche bun.</p> <p><img alt="Sam's Lobster Roll" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3a5ad545-49d2-422e-b8b6-cdd687e05faa" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Sam%E2%80%99s%20Chowder%20House%20Photo%20Credit%20Garrick%20Ramirez-4Sm_0.jpg" /></p> <p>Over at Princeton Seafood Company, it’s all about casual seafood faves like baskets of fish &amp; chips and bowls of creamy clam chowder. Sit down for table service or grab an order from the window counter and take it to colorful, sidewalk picnic tables. There’s also a fish market with impressive displays of the day’s fresh catch.</p> <p>Comforts abound at Flavor, a dual-level restaurant with picture windows overlooking the harbor. Upscale comfort foods such as braised short ribs and a seafood pot pie make it a regular hang for locals. The downstairs lounge is a happy hour nirvana with cushy oversized sofas, flat screen TVs, and a menu full of food and drink specials.</p> <p>The sunny Southern Italian food at Mezzaluna has gained a loyal following thanks to pastas like the Linguini della Baia bursting with clams, calamari, and scallops. The warm, light-filled dining room is anchored by a large stone hearth and overlooks the windblown cypress trees that line the harbor.</p> <p>A colorful Spanish flag hints at the wonderful atmosphere and food at Seville Tapas. The cafe and wine bar sports richly decorated interiors that transport guests to the southern coast of Spain. Outside, diners cozy up around courtyard fire pits and enjoy sizzling platters of Gambas al Ajillo, or garlic shrimp, paired with lusty Riojas and spanish beers on tap.</p> <p><img alt="Seville" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="659373b6-ab2f-4fef-b143-90ee62c08b13" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A2798Sm.jpg" /></p> <p>Before hitting the morning surf or trails, fuel up at The Press, a tidy barn-chic cafe that features pressed sandwiches on freshly-baked bread. Arrive early for your pick of unique, housemade pastries like a Strawberry Brie Danish. Or grab a breakfast burrito at Old Princeton Landing. During the last Mavericks competition, they sold sixty-five of them in less than an hour. Don’t be fooled by its casual exterior. The spic-and-span diner cranks out locally sourced produce and impeccable seafood that was likely swimming in the ocean earlier that day. At their adjacent tavern, locals clink pints of beer and swap stories from that day’s surf.</p> <h3>DRINK</h3> <p>During Prohibition, Pillar Point teemed with rum runners and bootleggers who took advantage of its isolated waterfront setting. Ships would dump their illegal cargo into the sea and locals looking to make quick buck would snag the barrels and drive them up to San Francisco speakeasies. Today, the smugglers have been replaced by craft brewers, artisanal distillers, and small-batch vintners.</p> <p><img alt="Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Flight of Beer" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="969d01dc-0f7b-45ca-a580-5fad03d3a829" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half%20Moon%20Bay%20Brewing%20Photo%20Credit%20Garrick%20Ramirez-5Sm.jpg" /></p> <p>Just try and pass up a cold one on the large harbor-facing deck at Half Moon Bay Brewing. The pup-friendly gathering spot serves an amazing array of craft beers, from a clean-drinking German style Kölsch to the burly Tunnel Vision IPA. Order a sampler and pair it with beer-friendly bites like a jumbo pretzel or beer-battered fish &amp; chips. Marking the entrance is a two-ton anchor salvaged from a sailing ship that broke apart on reefs off Pillar Point in 1876.</p> <p>Half Moon Bay Distillery is the first legal distillery on the San Mateo Coast. Inspired by the brandies of her native Austria, owner Ulli and her husband Cesar imported a gleaming distiller from Germany and began crafting refined spirits unique to the central coast. Their Purissima Vodka is named for the historic ghost town of Purissima whose overgrown cemetery can still be explored if you can find it. Their velvety Harvard Avenue gin, rich with citrus and spice, will make an instant convert of anyone weary of the spirit’s traditional bite. Sample both while learning the art of distilling at their gorgeous new tasting room.</p> <p><img alt="Half Moon Bay Distillery Vodka" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7c67d05d-e504-47ca-ae7c-b5c2da6ad5d9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half%20Moon%20Bay%20Distillery%20Photo%20Credit%20Garrick%20Ramirez-3Sm_0.jpg" /></p> <p>A few doors down, wine lovers can sip the elegant, food-friendly varietals of Trojak Knier Winery. Started by two locals who discovered a passion and talent for winemaking, the intimate winery sources grapes from Napa and Sonoma and crushes them amidst the crab nets and fish floats of Pillar Point’s shipyards. Everything is done by hand right down to the bottle labels. Drop by weekends and hope they haven’t sold the last of their delicious Pinot Noir.</p> <h3>STAY</h3> <p>Quiet sunrises and golden sunsets are strong motivators for staying the night. A number of cozy inns and beachfront hotels offer delightful ways for guests to extend their visit. Located smack dab in the middle of Pillar Point, Oceano Hotel &amp; Spa is just steps from the harbor’s buzz of shops and eateries. Plush beds, fireplaces, and deep soaking tubs make it a cozy respite after an activity filled day. A 5,000 square-foot day spa doesn’t hurt either. A new reception center and ceremony garden make it an enviable wedding venue.</p> <p>The Inn at Mavericks feels like a ship at sea with nothing but blue water visible from guest room windows. Hidden on a secluded side street, the boutique inn is perched directly on the harbor shore. Sit out on your oversized deck and enjoy the occasional visit from a raspy harbor seal. At night, be lulled to sleep by the gentle ripple of waves.</p> <p>A stay at the Beach House Half Moon Bay is like enjoying your own weekend beach cottage. With plush living spaces and convenient kitchenettes, fully-equipped suites are situated on the sandy dunes that front a quiet corner of the harbor. End the day on a private balcony and watch the sun disappear behind a silhouette of Pillar Point. In the morning, wake to a giddy spread of fresh-baked pastries, fruit, and local organic coffee.</p> <p><img alt="Beach House Hotel" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4030fff6-858b-40ed-97f4-567f6c19d956" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A2899Sm.jpg" /></p> <p>Tucked away on a quiet street across the harbor, Harbor View Inn is a comfortable property with spacious guest rooms that sport views of the Pacific. Fuel up with a complimentary breakfast before exploring the natural splendor and nautical charm of Pillar Point Harbor.</p> <p>Although just 25 minutes from the jet-fueled din of SFO, Pillar Point Harbor feels worlds away. It’s a special destination along the California coast where visitors can enjoy a thriving seaside culture, engage with breathtaking natural surroundings, and reap the tasty rewards of a bustling fishing harbor.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 25 May 2017 22:39:38 +0000 colleen 29 at