Things To Do https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/ en Half Moon Bay is Home Base https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/articles/half-moon-bay-home-base-best-bay-area-vacation-hub <div data-history-node-id="3158" 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">The Best Bay Area Vacation Hub</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/2022-08/AdobeStock_444902863.jpeg?h=ee131a3a" width="1140" height="480" alt="Half Moon Bay is Home Base" 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 perfectly situated for a wide variety of Bay Area experiences on the Coastside and beyond.</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 San Francisco Bay Area always ranks among the top vacation destinations in the US for good reason. It’s perfect for exploring nature, romantic getaways, family vacations, seeing sporting events, and even for arts enthusiasts. Half Moon Bay is conveniently located less than 30 minutes from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and 45 minutes from San Jose International Airport (SJC) and offers a low key, relaxed atmosphere for any kind of stay. It’s also perfectly situated for a wide variety of Bay Area experiences in Half Moon Bay and beyond. </p> <p>Iconic experiences to enjoy in Half Moon Bay include dining at a seafood restaurant, time at the beach, hiking in the redwoods and exploring downtown. Here’s how to make the most of your Bay Area visit, by staying in Half Moon Bay.</p> <h3>Romantic Getaways</h3> <p>A romantic getaway is better in Half Moon Bay. Whether you want to stay in an intimate bed and breakfast such as <a href="https://www.sealcoveinn.com/">Seal Cove Inn</a> or a top resort such as the <a href="https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/half-moon-bay">Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay</a>, you’ll enjoy elegant dining, spa visits and proximity to special experiences like a visit to <a href="https://filoli.org/">Filoli Historic Home and Garden</a> or <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/wine-spirits"> wine tasting</a> nearby. </p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Filoli Gardens" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c9c5010b-87e3-4805-b213-4054d5a7ac5c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AdobeStock_426557547.jpeg" /> <figcaption>Filoli Historic Home and Garden is just a 20 minute drive from Half Moon Bay.</figcaption> </figure> <h3>Sports Fans</h3> <p>Heading to the Bay Area to watch a world class sporting event? Half Moon Bay is not far from the 49ers home, Levi Stadium, or the home of the San Francisco Giants, Oracle Park. Also nearby is Chase Center, where the Golden State Warriors play or SAP Center, home of the San Jose Sharks. If college sports are more your style, you can take in a game at Stanford, UC Berkeley or San Jose State. In addition to plentiful opportunities for <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7b446c2b-1afb-46e1-9f60-c036b280d750" href="/articles/half-moon-bay-trail-guide-hiking-and-biking-coastside" title="Half Moon Bay Trail Guide">hiking</a>, kayaking, and biking, there are hotels with pools such as the <a href="https://www.halfmoonbaylodge.com/">Half Moon Bay Lodge</a> or gyms on site such as <a href="https://www.choicehotels.com/california/half-moon-bay/quality-inn-hotels/ca853">Quality Inn Half Moon Bay</a>, <a href="https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-half-moon-bay/aristocrat-hotel-bw-signature-collection/propertyCode.05740.html">Aristocrat Hotel </a>or <a href="https://oceanohalfmoonbay.com/">Oceano Hotel &amp; Spa</a>. </p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Oracle Park" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="adc81299-a6e5-4869-8c29-5d441fbd5bd7" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AdobeStock_239871384.jpeg" /> <figcaption>Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, is just 30 miles north of Half Moon Bay.</figcaption> </figure> <h3>Outdoors &amp; Nature Enthusiasts</h3> <p>Fans of the <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/articles/get-outdoors-half-moon-bay-activities-whole-family">outdoor activities</a> will enjoy the <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/biking-hiking">biking or hiking</a>, <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/beaches-parks">beaches</a> and golf that is available in and around Half Moon Bay. Want to see the <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/articles/through-redwoods-scenic-drive">giant redwoods</a>? You’re in luck! The Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve is easily accessible. Beachfront hotels in Half Moon Bay include <a href="https://www.cypressinn.com/">Cypress Inn on Miramar Beach</a>, and  <a href="https://www.beach-house.com/half-moon-bay/">Beach House Half Moon Bay</a>. </p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="68f4c1cd-4de8-4cfb-b526-3fc0dfbd00f8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AdobeStock_172270909a.jpeg" /> <figcaption>Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve is easily accessible only a few miles south of Half Moon Bay.</figcaption> </figure> <h3>Family Fun</h3> <p>If you’re bringing the whole family or a multigenerational group for a vacation, you’ll enjoy being within driving distance of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with a Japanese Garden, Botanical Garden, California Academy of Sciences as well as the San Francisco Zoo and plenty of beaches and farms for exploring, not to mention Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Local attractions that will appeal to <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/family-activities">families</a> include a visit to Harley Farms to see the goats, <a href="https://www.lemosfarm.com/">Lemos Family Farm</a> for the train rides and petting zoo and <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/tide-pools">exploring tide pools</a>. Hotels with free breakfast in Half Moon Bay include <a href="https://www.millroseinn.com/">Mill Rose Inn</a> and the <a href="https://www.nantucketwhaleinn.com/">Nantucket Whale Inn</a>.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Golden Gate Park" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f9015bea-e333-4d71-8889-71e80d4e3560" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AdobeStock_235433229.jpeg" /> <figcaption>Golden Gate Park is just 25 miles north of Half Moon Bay.</figcaption> </figure> <h3>Patrons of the Arts</h3> <p>Half Moon Bay is within driving distance of the Bay Area’s best arts institutions including the SFMOMA, DeYoung, Anderson Collection at Stanford University and the San Jose Art Museum. And don’t miss local<a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/art-galleries"> art galleries</a> while you’re here.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Art Galleries" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e9778061-70bd-4057-9e79-59f88bcaffbe" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC00560.jpg" /> <figcaption>Downtown Half Moon Bay hosts a growing number of art galleries, including Ocean Blue Vault (pictured), the Coastal Arts League, and Mirada Art.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Regardless of the type of vacation you’re planning, you’ll appreciate Half Moon Bay’s diversity of <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/eat/articles/where-to-eat-in-half-moon-bay">dining options</a>, <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/stay">accommodations</a> and<a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/shop"> local shopping</a>. Be sure the check out the<a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/events"> events calendar</a> if you’d like to include visits to local farmer’s markets, festivals and more during your stay.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 30 Aug 2022 00:04:04 +0000 khenney 3158 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org Get Outdoors in Half Moon Bay https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/articles/get-outdoors-half-moon-bay-activities-whole-family <div data-history-node-id="3010" 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">Activities for the Whole Family</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/2021-06/nathan-dumlao-bWVDTNHcXPk-unsplash_0.jpg?h=ed085b7a" width="1140" height="480" alt="Outdoor Activities 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>If you’re looking for the right destination for a multigenerational family group, you’ve found it. One of the great joys of Half Moon Bay is the myriad of outdoor activities that are easily accessible for everyone from kids to grandparents.</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>Come for a few days to fully explore the easy <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7b446c2b-1afb-46e1-9f60-c036b280d750" href="/articles/half-moon-bay-trail-guide-hiking-and-biking-coastside" title="Half Moon Bay Trail Guide">trails</a>, enticing <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="fd8b1574-6be4-4552-bca7-b3e62dd1b195" href="/discover/beaches-parks" title="Beaches &amp; Recreation Areas">beaches</a>, educational farms and exciting <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="9f57162b-600f-4249-8809-1b34573f377d" href="/downtown/events" title="Downtown Events">downtown experiences </a>that are sure to please.</p> <h3>Tidepool Exploring</h3> <p>Starting on the coast, Lauren Jackowitz-Fogarty, Event Manager at the <strong><a href="https://oceanohalfmoonbay.com/">Oceano Hotel &amp; Spa</a></strong> says “Kids especially enjoy discovering the abundance of coastal wildlife from watching sea anemones swaying in the tidepools to spotting a seal lion swimming in the waves.” A terrific place to explore the tidepools is the intertidal zone of <a href="http://fitzgeraldreserve.org"><strong>James V. Fitzgerald Marine Preserve</strong></a> in Moss Beach. Head online first to download <a href="http://fitzgeraldreserve.org/maps-and-guides">maps and guides</a> to the area. You can also watch a video (below) in preparation for your visit, that will give you a peek at the kinds of starfish, sea urchins, anemones, limpets, hermit crabs, harbor seals, eels, birds and maybe even an octopus you’re likely to see.</p> <div style="position: relative; overflow: hidden; width: 100%; padding-top: 56.25%;"><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/84876675" style="position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; bottom: 0; right: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;" width="640"></iframe></div> <h3>Nature Walk</h3> <p>Local insiders Melissa Rey of <strong><a href="https://www.innatmavericks.com">Inn at Mavericks</a></strong> and Shelly Auyeung the communications manager of <strong><a href="http://www.apple.com">The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay</a></strong> both recommend <a href="https://www.openspace.org/preserves/purisima-creek-redwoods"><strong>Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve</strong></a> as a favorite spot for a hike. Some of the oldest trees in the world, redwoods were the dominant trees in the Northern hemisphere when dinosaurs roamed thousands of years ago. A great pick for the whole family, the quarter mile nature walk is a flat and easy stroll through a shady second-growth redwood forest with trees that are over 100 years old. It’s just off Skyline Blvd, and has wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and a restroom.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Hiking in the Purisima Redwoods" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cc501703-f5e3-4029-b350-55ff34968c16" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/noah-boyer-TVhGZCIjbzM-unsplash.jpg" /> <figcaption>Hiking in the Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve. Photo by <a href="https://unsplash.com/@emerald_">Noah Boyer</a>.</figcaption> </figure> <h3>Farm Visit</h3> <p>Dana Dahl, general manager of the <strong><a href="https://www.beach-house.com/half-moon-bay/">Beach House</a></strong> says her favorite family activity is “Hands down <a href="https://www.harleyfarms.com"><strong>Harley Farms</strong></a> in the spring, seeing all the baby goats. It does not matter what age you are it will put a huge smile on your face!” It’s hard to resist the charm of the goats and their babies at Harley Farms and no matter when you visit, you’re likely to get up close and personal with the inquisitive and friendly herd, along with the guardian llamas, Anatolian shepherds, barn kitties, British White cattle, Iz the pig, and Rosie the donkey. While formal ticketed tours are not recommended for the youngest children, unscheduled visits for exploring on your own are highly encouraged. Picnic tables around the pond are a great spot for enjoying the outdoors or just taking a snack break and do make a stop at the farm store to pick up some farm fresh cheese. The farm is open daily to visitors from 11- 4pm.</p> <div style="padding:56.25% 0 0 0;position:relative; margin-bottom:1em;"><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/61140087" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></div> <script src="https://player.vimeo.com/api/player.js"></script> <p>Another good option for getting up close and personal with animals is the petting zoo at <a href="https://www.lemosfarm.com"><strong>Lemos Farm</strong></a><strong>.</strong> For a dollar you can purchase a cup of food and hand feed the animals including baby goats, pigs, sheep, and bunnies. It’s fun for the kids and a truly great picture taking opportunity for the rest of the family.</p> <h3>Entertainment in Town</h3> <p>Back in town, add <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="9e7b2664-473d-4283-b02c-991d1eaa51d1" href="/downtown/events/make-it-main-street" title="Make It Main Street"><strong>Make It Main Street</strong></a> to your calendar. It runs from July 1 - November 4, the first Thursdays of the month from 3-7 p.m. It’s a brand new monthly event that takes place on five blocks of Main Street. Your whole family will be entertained by a rotating array of musicians, artists, storytellers, and poets plus a woodworker, a letterpress artist, sculptor, a guitar-builder, and a glassblower. Head to Mac Dutra Park for performances from local writers, poets, essayists and storytellers and check out locally produced short films at the Oddfellows Hall throughout the evening. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 27 Jun 2021 19:17:16 +0000 kevin 3010 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org Exploring Devil’s Slide and Highway One https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/articles/exploring-devils-slide-and-highway-one-walk-pacific-coast-highway <div data-history-node-id="2984" 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">Walk the Pacific Coast Highway</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/2021-05/Devils%20Slide5%2C%20CA.jpg?h=b47278e1" width="1140" height="480" alt="Devils Slide Trail" 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>One of the most dramatic and scenic stretches of the Pacific Coast Highway, full of winding curves on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the shoreline, was once known for landslides, hence the name “Devil’s Slide.”</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>Today, Devil’s Slide is no longer so “devilish.” Instead it’s a serene and spectacular path for communing with nature, seeing wildlife, feeling the sea breezes, and enjoying the beauty of the coastline.</p> <h3><strong>History of Devil’s Slide</strong></h3> <p>Devil’s Slide, completed in 1937, was particularly treacherous, due to road collapses and accidents. It was also the location of a military triangulation station and observation site used during World War II as part of the harbor and coastline defense of San Francisco. As early as 1940 the road had to be closed due to erosion and in 1995 the road was closed to traffic for almost 6 months. During that closure locals discovered what a stunning spot it was for enjoying nature. In 2013 Caltrans shut down the coastal road and opened up a tunnel for cars instead. Now the almost 1 1/2 mile trail is the only spot along the Pacific Coast Highway where you can walk with no cars.</p> <h3><strong>Practical Information</strong></h3> <p>Today the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="8b6b30ef-1355-4be2-86e8-e326041372e5" href="/articles/devils-slide-trail-rails-trails" title="Devil's Slide Trail">Devil’s Slide Trail</a> is part of the San Mateo Parks system and is very accessible, with parking lots at both the north and south end. On the south side there are actually two parking lots. The parking is limited though, so getting there early especially on the weekend is important. There are bathrooms, a water fountain and garbage and recycling. The pathway is fairly wide and there are lanes for bikes and for those on foot. Equestrians are allowed, though the paved road may not be ideal for horses. The path is wide and not very steep, so it is great for all levels of fitness. Bring a windbreaker or jacket in case the wind picks up, a hat to protect you from the sun, comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots and binoculars, if you have them. You may also want to bring a camera to capture the stunning views.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Devils Slide Trail " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2ebcdd60-4de6-4430-becc-824869988853" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/devils-slide-Jairo%20Rene%20Leiva_.jpg" /> <figcaption>The pathway is fairly wide and there are lanes for bikes and for those on foot.</figcaption> </figure> <h3><strong>What You’ll See</strong></h3> <p>It’s hard to imagine that the trail used to be a section of highway. It’s quiet and features gorgeous views of the ocean, with a backdrop of the cliffs and bluffs. Interpretive panels offer information about the history, geology and wildlife along the way. Birdwatchers take note: some of the birds you may see include pelicans, peregrine falcons, pigeon guillemots who nest in the cliffs, Brandt’s cormorants diving in the ocean and western gulls. Keep your eyes open for whales and seals too.</p> <p>Depending upon the season, the landscape may be speckled with colorful wildflowers including California sagebrush, gum plants, blue blossom ceanothus and lizardtail, also known as seaside woolly sunflower.</p> <h3><strong>Montara State Beach and McNee Ranch</strong></h3> <p>A great spot to stop for a little beach time is <a href="https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=532">Montara State Beach</a>, just past the south end of the trail. Popular for beachcombers, surf fishers and tide pool exploring, the mile long beach has plenty of parking and restrooms. Dogs are allowed on leash.</p> <p>Across from the beach is <a href="https://www.coastsidestateparks.org/mcnee-ranch">McNee Ranch</a>; state park land within Montara State Beach which has several hiking trails and view trails. There are 3 trails rated “moderate”which range from a little over 3 miles to 7 miles and from 78 feet to 1,886 feet above sea level.</p> <h3><strong>Food &amp; Drink</strong></h3> <p>Just about 15 minutes down the road from Devil’s Slide is <a href="https://mossbeachdistillery.com">Moss Beach Distillery</a>. A landmark spot set back from the road overlooking a beautiful beach cove, it is a relaxing place with a patio where you can soak in more ocean views and enjoy a prohibition era cocktail after your hike. In addition to a full bar, the menu features plenty of seafood including clam chowder, oysters on the half shell and fish and chips. Originally opened in 1927, famed mystery writer Dashiell Hammett not only spent time here, but used it as a setting for one of his short detective stories, <span dir="RTL"> “</span>The Girl with the Silver Eyes.” Rumored to be haunted by a ghost, it is a truly haunting spot.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 08 May 2021 21:48:47 +0000 kevin 2984 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org Workcation in Half Moon Bay https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/articles/workcation-half-moon-bay-getaway-thats-not-too-far-away <div data-history-node-id="2980" 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 Getaway That&#039;s Not Too Far Away</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/2021-03/AdobeStock_132897911%20copy.jpeg?h=eae55372" width="1140" height="480" alt="Workcation 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>There’s a lot to be said for a change of scenery and the Half Moon Bay Coastside is famous for beautiful scenery.</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>Anyone who has taken a day off work knows that just getting out of your usual routine can help to relieve stress, so when a true vacation is out of the question, consider the benefits of a workcation. It’s a great way to break up the daily grind and give you a new outlook and get you out of the seasonal doldrums. Working from home doesn’t have to be limited to your primary residence, you can create a “home base” that’s close by in Half Moon Bay and still lets you stay connected.</p> <h3><strong>Where to Stay</strong></h3> <p>Start by choosing the type of stay that fits your needs. Half Moon Bay offers a range of different styles, locations and prices to meet every budget.</p> <h4><strong>Beachy</strong></h4> <p>The <strong><a href="https://www.harborviewinn.net">Harbor View Inn</a></strong> is an affordable choice that is right on the coast with panoramic views of the harbor and the water. It’s dog friendly and walking distance from several local restaurants. Just soaking up the negative ions coming from the ocean is bound to make you feel good.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Harbor View Inn" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6129a9b0-a146-4ba8-82b8-e5bcec50b2cf" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC02731.jpg" style="width:100%; height:auto;" /> <figcaption>The Harbor View Inn offers panoramic views of the harbor and the water.</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Downtown</strong></h4> <p>Located in a classic Spanish Revival building from the 1930’s, the <strong><a href="https://halfmoonbayinn.com">Half Moon Bay Inn</a></strong> is perfectly situated on Main Street. Each room is unique and there’s a wide variety of restaurants and shops to check out just outside your front door. Even a few days away will give you a new perspective.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="The Half Moon Bay Inn is perfectly situated on Main Street." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="50c6d61e-06d6-4083-abc7-3edb11fff9bc" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC02754.jpg" /> <figcaption>The Half Moon Bay Inn is perfectly situated on Main Street.</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Deluxe </strong></h4> <p>If you want to ensconce yourself in luxury, the <strong><a href="https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/half-moon-bay">Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay</a></strong> is the way to go. You can order room service, take walks on the beach, enjoy the unobstructed views, and even take in a round of golf. A week away will leave you feeling refreshed.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="54ac6d38-02dc-4a7c-b556-0e8f1a22b341" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AdobeStock_242344503.jpeg" /> <figcaption>If you want to ensconce yourself in luxury, the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay is the way to go.</figcaption> </figure> <h3><strong>Where to Eat</strong></h3> <p>Half Moon Bay has plenty of terrific places to eat. You can splurge on sushi or find sandwiches or barbecue to take to the beach.</p> <h4><strong>Seafood</strong></h4> <p><strong><a href="https://oplhmb.com">Old Princeton Landing</a></strong> is a pub with an outdoor space that’s frequented by surfers. On the menu you’ll find Hawaiian poke, ceviche, fish tacos, fish and chips and even Thai cod curry along with specials.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Old Princeton Landing" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a8f14cdb-9b6e-45a1-97da-9324db1f0beb" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC02744.jpg" /> <figcaption>Old Princeton Landing at Pillar Point Harbor</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Pizza</strong></h4> <p><strong><a href="https://www.verrazzanopizza.com">Verrazzano Pizza</a></strong> is not your typical pizzeria. The dough is made in small batches from locally sourced flour and the toppings are organic, seasonal and local whenever possible. Offering slices and whole pies, their artful pizzas will please the most discriminating palates.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Verrazzano Pizza" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="eb335666-5f71-4cd6-9363-bb7e0c3e7c5a" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC02766.jpg" /> <figcaption>Verrazzano Pizza in Stone Pine Center, Half Moon Bay</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Diner</strong></h4> <p><strong><a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/the-main-street-grill">Main Street Grill</a></strong> is the place to go when you’re craving an old fashioned hearty breakfast, or a burger and fries. A cozy spot that’s a favorite with locals, it’s friendly, comfortable and offers a full menu to go.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Main Street Grill" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5298536c-8233-4e65-9121-c1c9342aa5f6" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC02769.jpg" /> <figcaption>Main Street Grill in Downtown Half Moon Bay</figcaption> </figure> <h3><strong>Where to Walk </strong></h3> <p>Mom was right, a little fresh air is good for you. Whether you want to go on a hike, meander on the beach or window shop on Main Street, you’ll find plenty of options right out the front door.</p> <h4><strong>Hike</strong></h4> <p>The <strong><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="7b446c2b-1afb-46e1-9f60-c036b280d750" href="/articles/half-moon-bay-trail-guide-hiking-and-biking-coastside" title="Half Moon Bay Trail Guide">Coastal Trail</a></strong> offers over 11 miles to walk and you can take your leashed dog with you. Running parallel to the Pacific Coast, you’re likely to see birds in addition to beaches and bluffs. The trail is also open to bikes.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="The California Coastal Trail" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="aeb921ab-4a39-4fd1-b04c-7cb18f1f95b1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A6823-2_0.jpg" /> <figcaption>The California Coastal Trail, north of Miramar</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Beach</strong></h4> <p><strong><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="e9c8f270-5484-4057-86d5-aa2249aff3a6" href="/discover/half-moon-bay-state-beach" title="Half Moon Bay State Beach">Half Moon Bay State Beach</a></strong> encompasses several beaches including Francis Beach, Venice Beach, Dunes Beach, and Roosevelt Beach and Elmar Beach. Set below the dunes and bluffs, it offers 4 miles of sandy beaches. Weather permitting you can take a break and find your own scenic spot for a picnic.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Half Moon Bay State Beach" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="208296dc-14ec-481a-b1d5-344d2d6fbd80" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AdobeStock_266846986%20copy_0.jpeg" /> <figcaption>Half Moon Bay State Beach</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Main Street </strong></h4> <p>Half Moon Bay’s Main Street isn’t just great for shopping and dining, but also for history and architecture. Use this <strong><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="9b905b34-304a-4213-8988-4d994900cf07" href="/articles/historic-main-street-self-guided-walking-tour" title="Historic Main Street">guide</a></strong> on your walk. Midweek you’ll find that the town is even more relaxing and less crowded.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Downtown Half Moon Bay" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="93350020-a4d8-449c-a443-c5e24fbe0727" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A2406_1.jpg" /> <figcaption>Downtown Half Moon Bay</figcaption> </figure> <p>Ready to book a workcation of your own? <strong>Check out 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 directory</a></strong> and find the perfect place to stay, from charming inns and B&amp;Bs to luxury waterfront resorts!</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 15 Mar 2021 02:31:47 +0000 khenney 2980 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org Winter in Half Moon Bay https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/articles/winter-half-moon-bay-what-do-when-days-grow-short <div data-history-node-id="2981" 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">What to Do When the Days Grow Short</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/2021-03/077A8341_0.jpg?h=f7e13724" width="1140" height="480" alt="Winter 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 Coastside is blessed with mild weather all year round.</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>While in winter it can be rainy, cloudy and windy, the temperature rarely dips below about 40°F. The weather can also change quickly, from foggy in the morning to sunny in the afternoon, so it’s easy to take advantage of even the briefest dry moments to explore and get outside for a hike or exploring tide pools at the beach. A few days stay means it’s more likely you’ll get at least some nice weather. And if it’s stormy, snuggle up in a room with an ocean view to enjoy mother nature’s show.</p> <h3><strong>Stay </strong></h3> <p>When heading to Half Moon Bay in cooler months, you may be spending a bit more time in your room so pick a spot that is comfortable and cozy. The <a href="https://www.oceanviewinnhmb.com"><strong>Ocean View Inn Montara</strong></a> has suites with large decks and sweeping views of the ocean. Some rooms have fireplaces, and all have luxurious organic and spa infused bath shampoo, condition and lotions.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="The Ocean View Inn in Montara, California" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="76cffe18-e9a6-4f38-b5d6-204eec99e3e2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/01_01_Front_Exterior_mls_0.jpg" /> <figcaption>The Ocean View Inn in Montara, California</figcaption> </figure> <p>Another spot that’s perfect for winter stays is the <strong><a href="https://www.nantucketwhaleinn.com">Nantucket Whale Inn</a> </strong>a sweet bed and breakfast set on a quiet end of Main Street in Half Moon Bay. Thanks to deluxe amenities such as whirlpool tubs, fluffy bathrobes and fireplaces, you may never want to leave.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Nantucket Whale Inn" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a2f7aff3-41ce-4982-becf-64af46929392" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_3174_0.JPG" /> <figcaption>Nantucket Whale Inn on Main Street, Half Moon Bay</figcaption> </figure> <p>The <strong><a href="https://www.cypressinn.com">Cypress Inn on Miramar Beach</a> </strong>is designed for relaxing and rejuvenating. Set between forested hills and the coast, the beachy rooms feature great views, terra cotta heated floors, jetted tubs and there is even a massage therapist on call.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Cypress Inn at Miramar" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a5094a69-268c-429f-a83b-7b7d751a68f9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/1-Exterior-Cypress-Inn-507a4dc9c0_1.jpg" /> <figcaption>Cypress Inn at Miramar</figcaption> </figure> <h3><strong>Pamper</strong></h3> <p>Slowing down and relaxing is enhanced with pampering. Head downtown to <a href="https://gardenapothecary.com"><strong>Garden Apothecary</strong></a> to stock up on premier skin and body care products, including botanist-formulated skincare products and drinking teas, infused with botanicals made locally using local ingredients. Another spot, <a href="http://urbansanctuaryhmb.com"><strong>Urban Sanctuary</strong></a> offers yoga wear, honeys, teas and candles for creating a soothing environment no matter where you stay.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Urban Sanctuary" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d4ae4aca-2c9d-4c8a-8a3f-d980eb37fb8b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC02767.jpg" /> <figcaption>Urban Sanctuary offers yoga wear, honeys, teas, candles, and more.</figcaption> </figure> <h3><strong>Drive </strong></h3> <p>Just because the sky is grey, doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy the day. Taking a drive is a great way to take in the natural beauty of the region and the incredible variety of scenery from grassy fields, to smashing waves and towering and majestic redwood groves. Take it slow on a drive that invite you to enjoy the meandering journey as much as the destination. One itinerary is to start at Pescadero State Beach and take the Pescadero Creek Road to Alpine Road to Page Mill Road. It’s a winding path that will take you from the ocean up through shady forests and into the foothills.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Purisima Creek Redwoods" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ce6c52dc-20b4-46cb-8fe0-73e5e80b7a42" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A7868.jpg" /> <figcaption>Purisima Creek Redwoods Reserve</figcaption> </figure> <p>Another nice route is to take Stage Road to Hwy 1 to Tunitas Creek Road and up to the Purisima Creek Redwoods Reserve. Located on the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Half Moon Bay, head into the open space and you’ll meander amongst the redwoods, creeks, and lush ferns.</p> <h3><strong>Picnic </strong></h3> <p>Depending upon the conditions you may want to picnic outdoors or back in your room with a view. If you’re taking a scenic drive on Skyline Boulevard, stop by <a href="https://www.fogartywinery.com"><strong>Thomas Fogarty</strong></a> in Woodside to pick up a few bottles of wine. The majority of their wines are made from their estate vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="The tasting room at Thomas Fogarty Winery" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bfd90ed7-acae-42d9-b0e9-96cd26365dfd" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ThomasFogarty_0.jpg" /> <figcaption>The tasting room at Thomas Fogarty Winery</figcaption> </figure> <p>A local favorite, <a href="http://www.thebarnhmb.com"><strong>The Barn</strong></a> offers terrific salads and high-quality burgers and sandwiches made from locally sourced ingredients. Another great pick for those in the know is <a href="https://moonsidebakery.com/"><strong>Moonside Bakery</strong></a> in Downtown Half Moon Bay where you’ll find freshly made breads, pastries, sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas.</p> <p><strong><em>Ready to book your own perfect Half Moon Bay getaway? Head over to 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 directory</a> and see all of the options, from romantic inns and luxurious coastal resorts with breathtaking views to budget-friendly leading brand hotels, bed and breakfast inns &amp; motels.</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 11 Jan 2021 15:13:26 +0000 khenney 2981 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org Weekdays in Half Moon Bay https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/stay/articles/midweek-half-moon-bay-5-terrific-reasons-stay <div data-history-node-id="2965" 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">5 Terrific Reasons to Stay Midweek</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/2020-12/montarabeach.jpg?h=eb07c084" width="1140" height="480" alt="Weekdays 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 secret to a quick and easy getaway is a midweek stay in Half Moon Bay. Visiting during the week has a number of advantages that will take your visit from good to great.</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>A close destination for the greater Bay Area, Half Moon Bay is the perfect place for a night or two or even three. Here are five great reasons to visit during the week.</p> <h3>1. Save Money</h3> <p>Take advantage of lower hotel rates by booking midweek. There’s also more availability of better rooms. For the best rates head directly to hotel websites to book accommodations. Last minute deals can be found at places such as <a href="https://millroseinn.com/">Mill Rose Inn</a> offering discounts for same day reservations on weekdays. </p> <figure class="align-center" role="group"><img alt="Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c3861f75-8d14-4337-bd07-d98890df59d5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/millrose.jpg" /> <figcaption> <a href="https://millroseinn.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Mill Rose Inn</a> is a charming bed and breakfast right off of Main Street.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Budget-friendly <a href="https://www.miramarinn.com/">Miramar Inn and Suites</a> is just a short walk from Miramar Beach and Dunes Beach and features refrigerators and microwaves to make dining in your room carefree. Or check out the <a href="https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-half-moon-bay/aristocrat-hotel-bw-signature-collection/propertyCode.05740.html">Aristocrat Hotel, BW Signature Collection</a>, where rooms have a British theme that will charm anglophiles. </p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Aristocrat Hotel" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cc59e9f6-c4a8-4250-9df0-2c6b01b483bf" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/20947044.jpg" /> <figcaption>Rooms at the Aristocrat Hotel have a British theme that will charm anglophiles.</figcaption> </figure> <h3>2. Dine Out</h3> <p>With limited seating, many restaurants get busy on the weekend. During the week, you’re more likely to find a prime spot for relaxed dining. By staying overnight, you can also pick up something special to bring to the beach or to your hotel. </p> <p>A local’s favorite for tandoori dishes and dumplings called “momos” is <a href="http://www.monsoonhimalayancuisine.com/">Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine</a> at 20 Stone Pine Road, a family owned restaurant serving specialties from Nepal. It’s currently open every day except Tuesday for take out and delivery and there are two tables set up outdoors.</p> <figure role="group"><img alt="Cafe Capistrano" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1bc67986-3abe-4f12-b2e1-f28e5df5dfb1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/web-Cafe%20Capistrano%203.jpg" /> <figcaption>Café Capistrano is a Yucatecan restaurant serving wonderful Mayan specialties as well as Mexican food and sandwiches.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Another terrific spot singled out by the Michelin guide is <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/directory/cafe-capistrano-mayan-cuisine">Cafe Capistrano</a> at 523 Church Street. There’s a cozy outdoor patio where you can enjoy both Mexican and Mayan specialties from the Yucatan such as poc chuk, thinly sliced pork marinated in citrus and spices and sikil-pak a delicious pumpkin seed dip served with chips. It’s also a great spot for breakfast. It’s open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, except for Wednesdays. Call (650) 726-7699 for hours.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="3 Pigs BBQ" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6d120390-8512-4daf-a0e8-ed2347a9ccd9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC09981.jpg" /> <figcaption>3 Pigs is Downtown Half Moon Bay's newest restaurant, and has fast become a local favorite.</figcaption> </figure> <p>If you’re looking for something casual, possibly to take to the beach, check out the to go options such as <a href="https://www.3pigbbq.com">3 Pigs BBQ</a> for plates and family meals or <a href="https://spanglersmarket.com/deli/">Spangler’s Deli</a> for sandwiches.</p> <h3>3. Explore the Coast</h3> <p>One of the pleasures of a midweek visit, is having room to explore without the crowds. Recharge your batteries and soak up the negative ions! Head out to the harbor to see the boats and fishing activity or to some of the famous beaches. Use this <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/beaches-parks">beach guide</a> to find a spot to stretch your legs, see tide pools, bird watch and maybe enjoy a picnic. </p> <figure role="group"><img alt="Pescadero State Beach" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ed84144c-441b-4d6e-afaf-4eb99860478c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSCF0426.jpg" /> <figcaption>Weekdays can offer a rare chance to have a beach all to yourself. Pictured here is Pescadero State Beach, south of Half Moon Bay.</figcaption> </figure> <h3>4. Shop</h3> <p>Historic Main Street in Half Moon Bay is a great place for stress free shopping. Start at the North end of town at Mill Street and you’ll find plenty of independent shops and boutiques with loads of charm. </p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Jupiter &amp; Main" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2accae44-e4f4-4107-a53c-546a0c3c434a" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC07564.jpg" /> <figcaption>New to Main Street, Jupiter &amp; Main is a stylish general store with a focus on simple, quality-made goods.</figcaption> </figure> <p>A few spots you won’t want to miss are <a href="https://www.jupiterandmain.com/">Jupiter &amp; Main</a> at 432 B Main, a stylish general store with a focus on simple, quality-made goods with an emphasis on apothecary, shaving and hair care products for men. True to its name, <a href="https://www.hmbwineandcheese.com/">Half Moon Bay Wine &amp; Cheese</a> at 421 Main has a great selection of wine and cheese, but also picnic supplies and gifts for the foodies in your life. <a href="https://oddyssea.com/">Oddyssea</a> at 617 Main is a wonderland of magical treasures to delight kids and adults. Items play off the themes of art, technology, science, and nature and encourage discovery through exploration and creation.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Half Moon Bay Wine and Cheese" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="79520b2b-b77e-4523-8570-fb99b8c1dbb7" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A2660.jpg" /> <figcaption> Half Moon Bay Wine &amp; Cheese has a great selection of wine and cheese, but also picnic supplies and gifts for the foodies in your life..</figcaption> </figure> <h3>5. Relax! </h3> <p>Part of the charm of Half Moon Bay is how small and friendly it is. Midweek it’s even friendlier. Avoid the traffic, the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="3877c38b-9792-4255-aa19-df181fc474e9" href="/downtown/parking-half-moon-bay" title="Parking in Half Moon Bay">parking</a> hassles and waiting at popular spots when you visit during the week.</p> <p><strong>Choose from any of the Half Moon Bay area's 19 hotels and inns, then <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">book your stay</a> today!</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:39:48 +0000 kevin 2965 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org Beyond the Beach https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/articles/fresh-coastside-air-outdoor-activities-half-moon-bay <div data-history-node-id="2926" 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">More Fresh-Air Fun 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/2020-07/AdobeStock_172270909%20%281%29.jpeg?h=12e3b87d" width="1140" height="480" alt="More Fresh-Air Fun 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>Feeling cooped up at home for too long can make us all a little stir-crazy. Fortunately, the Half Moon Bay Coastside offers a plethora of outdoor activities that will get you out of the house and into the fresh coastal air.</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><em>We want you to enjoy our Coastside safely, so be aware that many facilities are taking new precautions and have modified services available. Please check with your destination directly before finalizing your plans. </em></p> <p>Half Moon Bay has an abundance of outdoor fun waiting for visitors, whether you're craving relaxation, adventure, or a bit of both. And while we love a day at the beach, the Coastside has so many other outside activities that you don't want to miss, so here are some of our favorite things to do in the open air.</p> <h4><strong>Bike the Coastal Trail</strong></h4> <p>All of the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="6b50e9a6-2648-4e73-92d5-4a66fdbdc752" href="/articles/bike-california-coastal-trail-seaside-splendor" title="Bike the California Coastal Trail">California Coastal Trail</a> is beautiful, but it's the five-mile stretch between <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="d7363981-9bb3-4099-a9ab-dfd0ef38f9b2" href="/discover/poplar-beach" title="Poplar Beach">Poplar Beach</a> and Pillar Point Harbor that's particularly appealing to cyclists. Wide, flat, and well-paved, it's accessible to even novice riders, making it a perfect way for the whole family to take in the sea air. Bike rentals are available at <a href="https://bikeworkshmb.com/">Bike Works</a> in Half Moon Bay and at <a href="http://www.hmbkayak.com/">Half Moon Bay Kayak Company</a> in the harbor.</p> <p><figure role="group"> <img alt="Bluffs Above Poplar Beach" data-entity-type="file" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Bluffs%20Above%20Poplar%20Beach%20Photo%20Credit%20Garrick%20Ramirez-7.jpg" /> <figcaption>Cyclists on the bluffs above Poplar Beach - Photo by Garrick Ramirez</figcaption> </figure> </p> <h4><strong>Visit a Farm</strong></h4> <p>We may be most famous for our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="38c9eeb9-c3e3-4446-b626-ffbaaf32b208" href="/articles/6-spirited-pumpkin-patches-half-moon-bay-ditch-supermarket-these-charming-country-patches" title="Half Moon Bay's Spirited Pumpkin Patches">pumpkin patches</a>, but that's far from the only agriculture you can experience on the Coastside. <a href="/articles/harley-farms-pastoral-paradise">Harley Farms</a> is a working goat dairy that offers a chance to meet the goats (babies arrive in the spring) and learn about cheesemaking. <a href="https://www.lemosfarm.com/">Lemos Farm</a> is open year-round with family activities like pony rides and a petting zoo. <a href="https://www.andreottifamilyfarms.com/">Andreotti Family Farm</a> operates their produce stand every weekend, but the real treat is in the fall when their you-pick sunflower field opens up.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Dee Harley of Harley Farms - Photo by Garrick Ramirez" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="465bc76e-9699-4868-8c1d-e1b89fac0678" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Harley%20Farms%20Photo%20Credit%20Garrick%20Ramirez-1Sm.jpg" /> <figcaption>Dee Harley of Harley Farms - Photo by Garrick Ramirez</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Saddle Up</strong></h4> <p><a href="/discover/horseback-riding">Horseback riding</a> offers a chance to see the Coastside from a slightly higher vantage point. <a href="https://seahorseranch.org/">Sea Horse Ranch</a> offers rides along the blufftops and down to the beach, and <a href="https://www.mossbeachranch.com/">Moss Beach Ranch</a> will take you above the Coastside to the breathtaking riding trails of Rancho Corral de Tierra. Both cater to riders of all skill levels.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Horseback riding" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="324cfccc-1ee1-4de1-8ede-1694465473c9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/horseback.jpeg" /> <figcaption>Sea Horse Ranch and Moss Beach Ranch offer visitors the chance to see the Coastside on horseback.</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Take a Hike</strong></h4> <p>Our <a href="/articles/half-moon-bay-trail-guide-hiking-and-biking-coastside">Half Moon Bay Trail Guide</a> shows you the best local trails that the Coastside has to offer. Take a leisurely stroll along the wide paved path of the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="8b6b30ef-1355-4be2-86e8-e326041372e5" href="/articles/devils-slide-trail-rails-trails" title="Devil's Slide Trail">Devil's Slide Trail</a>, or work up a sweat on the 8-mile round-trip climb to the top of Montara Mountain. Discover blufftop views of the Pacific or explore an ancient redwood forest. Whichever trail you choose, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful way to get your exercise.</p> <figure class="align-center" role="group"><img alt="Devil's Slide Trail - Photo by Vito Palmisano" data-entity-type="file" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/8q__o4dq.jpeg" /> <figcaption>Aerial view of the Devil's Slide Trail, looking north toward Pacifica and Point Reyes - Photo by Vito Palmisano</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Dine Outdoors</strong></h4> <p>Many local restaurants now offer outdoor dining areas, with plenty of room between tables so that diners can feel safe and relaxed. Or grab a take-out meal and enjoy it on the beach (just remember to pack your trash, garbage cans are in short supply in some areas). Our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="cd31548b-50b2-471f-b3e0-43b04175034c" href="/eat" title="Eat">Half Moon Bay Coastside dining directory</a> highlights restaurants that offer outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Miramar Beach Restaurant" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cd5706ea-c099-4430-9186-323222acc17d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A2722-Edit-2.jpg" /> <figcaption>Outdoor dining on the patio at Miramar Beach Restaurant - Photo by Kevin Henney</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Play a Round of Golf</strong></h4> <p><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="f4077aca-c4c3-4f09-a35d-430a03025a98" href="/articles/half-moon-bay-golf-links-bucket-list-golf-half-moon-bay-coastside" title="Half Moon Bay Golf Links">Half Moon Bay Golf Links</a> is home to not one, but two, world-class golf courses. Both courses have garnered numerous awards including top rankings in polls from Golf Digest, Travel + Leisure, and Businessweek. The stunning courses have drawn celebrity golfers like Bob Hope and sports icons from Joe DiMaggio to Stephen Curry, and played host to prestigious tournaments including the LPGA Samsung Golf Championship.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Half Moon Bay Golf Links" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="209d5fb4-e56e-431e-8553-ac31936d92a8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Golf_overview_photo3%20%281%29.jpg" /> <figcaption>Spread across dramatic coastal bluffs, the duo of courses at Half Moon Bay Golf Links offer two distinct experiences.</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Watch for Birds</strong></h4> <p>Half Moon Bay has become well known as a favorite destination for <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="5ad6efb1-6f61-4853-a43c-894ee6cb7278" href="/discover/bird-watching-bird-refuges-bird-sanctuaries" title="Bird Watching, Bird Refuges &amp; Bird Sanctuaries">birders</a>. Bird watchers have spotted 458 different species in the area, representing almost half of the 1,000 species that live in the continental United States. Pillar Point Harbor, Pescadero Marsh, and Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park are especially popular spots. Great Blue Herons, Brown Pelicans, and Western Gulls can be seen in abundance, but you might also spy rarities like Ross's Gull or the Red-Footed Booby.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="birdwatching in Half Moon Bay" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="33f421ce-7d83-4e3f-9b50-0218b09a5d2e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A3611-2.jpg" /> <figcaption>Bird watchers have spotted 458 different species on the Coastside.</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Go Out on the Water</strong></h4> <p>Charter boats out of Pillar Point Harbor take visitors out to sea for sportfishing, whale watching, tours, and even the occasional wedding ceremony. A day out on a vessel like the Huli Cat, Riptide, Queen of Hearts, or Ankeny Street is a great way to experience the open ocean. Or if you'd prefer to captain your own ship, closer to shore, a rented kayak from Half Moon Bay Kayak Company allows you to have a whole boat to yourself.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Charter boats in Pillar Point Harbor" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="eee10527-c093-4418-b52c-b6e8efc5bd3c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A8189.jpg" /> <figcaption>Charter boats in Pillar Point Harbor</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Fish from the Jetty</strong></h4> <p>Fishing from a boat is just one way to catch your limit, but many people prefer to fish from the jetty that separates the harbor from the open ocean. And because it's considered a public pier, you can fish off the jetty without a California fishing license (all other angling rules still apply).</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Fishing from the jetty at sunset." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8c7fb946-d431-4166-869b-9a20f21e1610" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A3662-2.jpg" /> <figcaption>Fishing from the jetty at sunset.</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Catch a Wave</strong></h4> <p>Half Moon Bay has become synonymous with big-wave surfing, but the waters around Surfer's Beach produce more modest waves that appeal to a broader audience. Unless you're an experienced surfer, though, you're going to want to stick to the waters just south of the harbor, and leave the huge breaks like <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="4a797d32-0add-4357-a1db-5a30815bff2d" href="/articles/mavericks-biggest-surf-west-coast" title="Mavericks">Mavericks</a> to the professional surfers. If a bigger board is more your style, rent a stand-up paddleboard - the calm waters of the inner harbor are an ideal place to learn to SUP.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="A surfer rides the waves at Surfer's Beach" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6a12e0f9-5551-4407-a067-78c206b3edfc" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A3702.jpg" /> <figcaption>A surfer rides the waves at Surfer's Beach</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Explore the Harbor</strong></h4> <p>Walk down Johnson Pier, where you can buy freshly-caught fish right off the boats. Pillar Point Harbor is also home to small shops; stock up on surfing gear and apparel at Mavericks Surf Shop and The Surf Factory, then check out the coastal chic gifts at Nasturtium. And of course you'll find fresh-as-it-gets seafood at a number of fantastic restaurants (see them all in our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="cd31548b-50b2-471f-b3e0-43b04175034c" href="/eat" title="Eat">dining directory</a>).</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Pillar Point Harbor" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2b0f9010-170d-410e-8723-09ad61001f72" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/harbor.jpg" /> <figcaption>A bird's-eye view of Pillar Point Harbor</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Stroll Down Historic Main Street</strong></h4> <p>Skip the malls and head to Half Moon Bay's <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="f8357918-aa81-4583-b778-13265960beaa" href="/downtown" title="Downtown Half Moon Bay">charming downtown</a>. Over one hundred shops, boutiques, and eateries await you, many along the town's historic Main Street that dates to the 1800's. Step back in time with our <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="9b905b34-304a-4213-8988-4d994900cf07" href="/articles/historic-main-street-self-guided-walking-tour" title="Historic Main Street">self-guided walking tour</a>, then indulge in a little <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="264a81af-77e1-4d37-a4af-f360c2cda800" href="/downtown/shopping" title="Shop Small, it Makes a Difference">retail therapy</a>, followed by a <a href="/downtown/restaurants-dining">bite to eat</a>. </p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Downtown Half Moon Bay " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="65601dbe-2bd7-45aa-8fdd-ee6151711877" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A2406_0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Downtown Half Moon Bay is host to dozens of beautiful stores, galleries, cafés and places to explore</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Visit Redwood Forests</strong></h4> <p>Take this scenic <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 though the redwoods</a> in the Santa Cruz Mountains, overlooking the Coastside. Stand at the foot of the 1800-year-old Methuselah Tree, the tallest largest redwood on the peninsula with a trunk that's 14 feet in diameter. You'll also discover fantastic nurseries, wineries, and restaurants along the way.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="The Methuselah Tree is 1800 years old. Photo by Garrick Ramirez" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ecbf6244-79b9-4394-bd4f-266c0f0b3052" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Through%20the%20Redwoods%20PC%20Garrick%20Ramirez-6_0.jpg" /> <figcaption>The Methuselah Tree is 1800 years old. Photo by Garrick Ramirez</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Beaches? We have those, too!</strong></h4> <p>Even with so many other outdoor activities to choose from, sometimes you just need to feel the sand between your toes. The Coastside is fortunate to have over 20 separate beaches, from Gray Whale Cove, north of Montara, to Año Nuevo, south of Pescadero. More local beach information is available on our <a href="/discover/beaches-parks">Beaches</a> page.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"> <img alt="Gray Whale Cove" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="660d8300-ead6-4047-a9af-8eb8d1d67897" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/077A6620-3.jpg" /> <figcaption>Gray Whale Cove</figcaption> </figure> <h4><strong>Stay a few days</strong></h4> <p>With so much to do on the Half Moon Bay Coastside, you'll find it difficult to experience it all in one day. Fortunately, the area has a range of accommodations for your stay, from luxury resorts to quaint bed &amp; breakfasts – explore them all in 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 section</a> and plan to stay with us for a while!</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 15 Jul 2020 18:59:48 +0000 kevin 2926 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org Half Moon Bay Coastside Backgrounds https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/discover/articles/half-moon-bay-coastside-backgrounds-your-next-online-meeting <div data-history-node-id="2902" 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 Your Next Zoom Meeting</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/2020-05/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Pigeon_Point.jpg?h=c662562d" width="1140" height="480" alt="Backgrounds for Online Meetings" 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>Many of us have found ourselves working from home lately, and online video meetings have become a big part of that. But, let's face it, sometimes you'd rather be anywhere other than your home office. Someplace like Half Moon Bay, perhaps?</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>Fortunately, some video conference software, like Zoom, let's you choose your own background image, so you can appear to be anywhere in the world (see the bottom of the page for instructions). We selected some iconic Half Moon Bay Coastside locations that you can download and use as backgrounds. So until you can be here with us in person, you can be here in spirit!</p> <p> </p> <h4><strong>Wildflower Fields, South of Half Moon Bay </strong></h4> <p>In the spring, fields around the Coastside turn brilliant yellow with blooms of mustard and oxalis flowers. Motorists frequently stop to gawk at the broad swaths of color, shown here with the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="a4dd989e-8805-4817-98ca-0da94f713bf4" href="/stay/ritz-carlton-half-moon-bay" title="The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay">Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay</a> and <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="64553e11-5d79-429c-8fd8-d26322d85def" href="/articles/pillar-point-harbor-offering-taste-new-england" title="Pillar Point Harbor">Pillar Point</a> in the distance. (<a href="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Mustard_Fields.jpg">download background</a>)</p> <a href="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Mustard_Fields.jpg"><img alt="Mustard Fields, south of Half Moon Bay " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a9cd9107-c3c2-4532-8dbf-89233ad05be1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Mustard_Fields.jpg" class="align-center" /></a> <h4> </h4> <h4><strong>Point Montara Lighthouse and Devil's Slide</strong></h4> <p><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="df034779-72e9-40d2-99c3-40b786654bf0" href="/articles/enchanting-lighthouses-coastside-seaside-beacons-illuminate-regions-history-beauty" title="The Enchanting Lighthouses of the Coastside">Montara's iconic lighthouse</a> is famous for having moved here from its original location on the East Coast; it's the only lighthouse in America that's stood watch over both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The rocky outcrop of <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="8b6b30ef-1355-4be2-86e8-e326041372e5" href="/articles/devils-slide-trail-rails-trails" title="Devil's Slide Trail">Devil's Slide </a>can be seen in the distance. (<a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Montara.jpg">download background</a>)</p> <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Montara.jpg"><img alt="Montara Lighthouse" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9f6244b1-a0b4-42e6-8874-7621bc4ffdaf" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Montara.jpg" class="align-center" /></a> <p> </p> <h4><strong>Sunset at Miramar Beach</strong></h4> <p>A path through emerald-green ice plant near <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="88c9cb2f-e198-4b89-aeb8-5e52f289d4ec" href="/articles/miramar-beach-hidden-coastside-gem" title="Miramar Beach">Miramar</a> beckons you toward the sandy beach below, as the sun sets over Pillar Point in the distance. (<a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Miramar.jpg">download background</a>)</p> <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Miramar.jpg"><img alt="Sunset at Miramar Beach" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d9d03246-3400-4f19-9a52-ae77edb2f16a" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Miramar.jpg" class="align-center" /></a> <p> </p> <h4><strong>Cowell Ranch Beach</strong></h4> <p>A long, steep staircase leads the way to Cowell Ranch Beach, reachable only after a mile long hike from the parking lot along Highway One. (<a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Cowell_Ranch_Beach.jpg">download background</a>)</p> <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Cowell_Ranch_Beach.jpg"><img alt="Cowell Ranch Beach" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ada56839-1640-43d6-8ae0-6cf31a5a8a3e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Cowell_Ranch_Beach.jpg" class="align-center" /></a> <p> </p> <h4><strong>Gray Whale Cove</strong></h4> <p>Those hardy visitors that are willing to descend the 147 steps down to the sand at Gray Whale Cove are rewarded with one of the Coastside's most beautiful pocket beaches. (<a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Gray_Whale_Cove.jpg">download background</a>)</p> <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Gray_Whale_Cove.jpg"><img alt="Gray Whale Cove" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4e9ef277-d4aa-4622-9e8e-e40539afcfb1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Gray_Whale_Cove.jpg" class="align-center" /></a> <p> </p> <h4><strong>Pigeon Point Lighthouse</strong></h4> <p>The Pigeon Point Lighthouse has been watching over the shores south of Pescadero since 1871. It's the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast (tied with the one at Point Arena) and is a California Historical Landmark. (<a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Pigeon_Point.jpg">download background</a>)</p> <a href="https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Pigeon_Point.jpg"><img alt="Pigeon Point Lighthouse" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="67e3835f-fc3d-4c73-879e-6aa8c6eae828" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Half_Moon_Bay_background_Pigeon_Point.jpg" class="align-center" /></a> <p> </p> <h4><strong>To add a background to your next Zoom Meeting</strong></h4> <ol> <li>Click on image and save it to your computer.</li> <li>In the Zoom application, open your Account Settings or click the up arrow next to ‘Start Video’ in the lower left-hand corner.</li> <li>Select ‘Choose a Virtual Background’</li> <li>Press the plus ‘+’ sign to upload your photo.</li> </ol> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 13 May 2020 18:32:50 +0000 kevin 2902 at https://www.visithalfmoonbay.org 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