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For the best places to stay and finest eateries on the west coast, Half Moon Bay is gaining popularity as an ideal California vacation destination. Regarded as a 'small farming community' in comparison to nearby Mendocino and San Francisco, Half Moon Bay has a wide variety of restaurants from the family-owned diner The Silver Star Grill to The Wine Bar at the Shoppes at Harbor Village where local artists display their work and musicians perform during wine tastings. Local bakeries, coffee shops, brew pubs and more are aplenty in Half Moon Bay, so you are never short of excellent dining options. Award-winning wineries The Trojak-Knier Winery and Barterra Winery are well worth a visit (and a bottle) and have breathtaking landscapes that make for a welcome escape from the city. But there is even more to do such as a visit to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve where the whole family can experience the wonder of undersea life in the natural reserve during low tide. Local farms such as Harley Farms and the Cool Patch Pumpkin Farm are also lots of fun. For more ideas on things to do in Half Moon Bay, just search the many articles on this blog. (Full article 'California Dreamin' can be found at The Family Groove: site no longer online)