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An Interior Designers Perspective

September 24th, 2017 by Mill Rose Inn

We received this great Yelp review yesterday,8/23/17,

“One of the reviewers made some comments about the decor at the Mill Rose:

I want to begin by saying I have mixed feelings about this establishment, which makes writing this review difficult. My girlfriend and I stayed at the Mill Rose Inn this previous weekend. It was a surprise belated overnight getaway; my girlfriend choose this place not me. When we arrived my first thought was, you have to be blind not to notice all the flowers, which isn’t necessary a bad thing unless you aren’t a flower type of person like I am. I will say that while I did see the beauty in them, I didn’t appreciate them as much as my girlfriend did. The room was okay in that sort of old Victorian style type of way. Oh did I forget to mention that there was wallpaper covering the walls and ceilings…and you guessed it, the wall paper was rose pattern of course.

I spent the first fifteen minutes starring at it all and wondering why none of it matched. Terry brought up a platter of cheese, crackers, strawberries and apple slices that had turned brown by the time they arrived in our room. The fireplace was a nice touch, despite the rose tiles that surrounded it, but it was way too hot for us to consider turning it on. despite the rose colored tiles. The bed was comfortable and the sheets were heavenly, and to my surprise they didn’t have roses on them.

The bright spot of staying here was the private Jacuzzi. There are lots of large potted plants in the space, but I am happy to report not one rose bush.

The next morning I was excited to take a bath in the old fashion deep tub, but my excitement was short lived when I discovered that the water didn’t stay hot enough to fill up the entire tub or that there wasn’t any bubble bath…bummer!

I opted out for having breakfast there since it was a combination of banana nut bread, which my girlfriend is allergic to, and fruit. Instead we walked a few blocks and had a “real” breakfast…eggs, French toast, waffles and sausage. Yummy!!!

I didn’t interact with Terry and we never saw his wife. All in all my stay wasn’t bad, it just was not a place I would of choose to stay if I had of been part of the decision making process. If you like flowers, especially roses, or you need a place to have a wedding then you would probably love this place. However, if you have bad allergies I would definitely recommend you find somewhere else to stay in Half Moon Bay.”

This was an interior decorators response:

“I’m actually a professional interior designer, and while Victorian is not my personal everyday style, I can say with the utmost certainty that Mill Rose’s Victorian decor is absolutely exquisite!  It’s gorgeous.  Hands down, the most gorgeous bed and breakfast in the bay area.  A bed and breakfast is expected to be charming and feminine, and that is exactly what it is, but with extra touches of elegance and luxurious flair.  One thing I love about the Mill Rose is that you can have your breakfast served IN ROOM, instead of having to eat with other couples in the dining room—although the dining room is lovely and very welcoming.  We love stopping in the dining room on our way back from dinner downtown to grab some fresh baked cookies and/or cocoa/coffee.  This place is top notch.  My husband and I have stayed in all of the rooms except the Bordeaux Rose Suite, and they are all stunning.  Terry and Eve are excellent hosts, and Eve’s cooking is absolutely fabulous!  I am going back this weekend for the first time in two years and I can Not wait!!!  For more inside info and pictures, see my blog article.  That’s right, I wrote a blog article on it.  Make of that what you will!

Her blog was originally written in May of 2013 by Judy Olson. She has returned over the years and we so enjoy reading all the comments from our happy guests.

Golf lovers flock to Half Moon Bay Golf Links

May 6th, 2017 by Mill Rose Inn

Ocean view at Half Moon Bay Golf Links/Photo courtesy of Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

Enjoy stunning views at Half Moon Bay Golf Links during your game.

There’s no denying that Half Moon Bay is a special place. Our little seaside town has  something to offer everyone from gorgeous hiking trails to fine dining. If devoting a few hours to your golf game is your idea of a fun way to pass the time, then the city of Half Moon Bay does not disappoint there either.

Less than four miles from the Mill Rose Inn, Half Moon Bay Golf Links is a world-famous golfing destination with ocean views that can’t be beat.

In fact, the vantage point from the 18th hole on the Old Course is particularly stunning and is regarded as one of the highest ranked holes in the world.

The Old Course was designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer and golf architect Francis Duane. Opened in 1973, the 7,001-yard course has played host to many U.S. Open Qualifiers. The course provides an exciting game that will test its players’ strength and skill.

Old Course. Photo courtesy Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

The Old Course was designed by golfing legend Arnold Palmer.

The Ocean Course plays and feels like a true links golf course which dates back to the origins of the game. Designed by Arthur Hills in 1997, the course is one of extremely few that can boast an outward and inward 9 that are each played against the ocean.

Ocean Course Photo courtesy of Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

Opened in 1997, the Ocean Course  provides an outward and inward 9 which are  played against a stunning ocean backdrop.

Beyond the game design and gorgeous views, Half Moon Bay Golf Links also prides itself on its excellent customer service. They offer valet service for its guests’ convenience who are taken — via golf cart — directly to the appropriate course

After their game, guests can enjoy a delicious meal at the Mullins Bar & Grill for traditional golf fare with a coastal twist. Diners can choose from a variety of seafood offerings, pasta, prime rib and more.

What does golf have to do with the Mill Rose Inn?

Here at the Mill Rose Inn we offer a special package for  golf lovers and people who love golf lovers. In other words, something for everyone, whether they’re fans of the sport or not. One couple recently selected the golf lovers package when they made their reservations and took advantage of its flexibility. We booked an afternoon tee time for the husband on the Old Course and a private spa reservation followed by a one-hour Swedish massage at the inn for the wife. When the husband returned we provided the couple with champagne, charcuterie and other treats. Afterward, the couple walked to the restaurant where they had dinner reservations and explored Half Moon Bay’s night life.

Massage at Mill Rose Inn

If your partner loves golf, but it isn’t really your thing you can reserve a Swedish therapeutic massage and some quality time in our jetted-spa instead. All while your partner enjoys time on the course.

Click here to learn more about our packages. Scroll down to the very bottom to see our golf package.

Flowers abound at Filoli and the Mill Rose Inn

April 6th, 2017 by Mill Rose Inn

Filoli Sunken Garden April
Sunken garden at Filoli

Filoli is home to many beautiful flowers.

If you’re a fan of flowers, a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Filoli. A beautiful estate just a 20 minute drive from the Mill Rose Inn.

Built between 1915 and 1917, the historic estate is simply a delight to come see. The ornate, Georgian-style home that stands on the Woodside property is worth a visit for its old-world elegance. However, one could argue that it’s the surrounding gardens that are the most enchanting.

You are free to explore the property on your own or you can sign up for a guided tour. Either way you will be immersing yourself in all of the lovely colors and fragrances the place has to offer.

We believe the popularity of the estate speaks to the universal appeal of flowers.  Have you ever fantasized about escaping your fast-paced life to just relax in a garden? Nestled in the shade on a sunny day, birds chirping, water gently running through a fountain … This stuff is the material for guided meditation tapes for a reason. The gardens at the Filoli Estate and the Mill Rose Inn each evoke this sensual appeal — an ever-shifting bounty of color blooming a variety of graceful shapes.

Daffodils and tulips  are currently taking center stage in the garden at Filoli. Soon, however, it will all be about the roses.  At the Mill Rose Inn our garden is currently blooming with poppies, hydrangeas and jasmine. A beautiful display of color and scents. Of course, we’re known for our roses too.

In fact, did you know that when Terry and I were first establishing the Mill Rose Inn in the late ’70s we were told by a local nursery that roses don’t grow well on the coast? That we should consider other types of flowers? My European heritage brought me both the love of roses and persistence not to be deterred by this notion. So after doing our own research  on what types of roses might thrive in our coastal climate, we went ahead and planted our rose garden anyway.

My favorite rose is the hybrid tea rose. Here is one in our garden at the Mill Rose Inn.

Today our visitors often remark at how healthy our flowers look. Much of that can be attributed to their care as we have custom organic food prepared for us that results in shiny, healthy green leaves and large flower heads.

You may also notice that our flowers are even more vibrant than the ones you’ll find at Filoli. We have the fog to thank for that. A little more sun comes to Woodside than our coastal town, and the sun will bleach the flowers out a bit which lends them a more pastel-like hue. On the other hand, the addition of a little more sun also intensifies the flower’s perfume.

I love sitting out in our garden when I can to enjoy all the beautiful flowers.

A man named William Bourn and his wife Agnes are responsible for building the Filoli Estate. After the devastating earthquake and fire struck the Bay Area, many wealthy families moved from San Francisco to the peninsula to build their estates. Filoli is the only one of its era that still stands.

The name Filoli comes from the first two letters of the words Fight, Love and Live. William’s credo had been  “To fight for a just cause; to love your fellow man; to live a good life.”

The design came from a combined effort. William hired one man to design the estate and another to design the garden. He even hired  one woman whom he tasked specifically with selecting the various plants. All contributed to the style which emulates a Renaissance style with a California flair that can still be observed today.

Filoli is open to the public from February to October. You can book your tickets for Filoli online here but be sure you get there in enough time. Even though they close at 5 p.m., the staff will not let you in after 4:30 p.m., because there’s lots to see.

In addition to regular tours, Filoli offers a variety of special events from jazz concerts in the summer to holiday entertainment. You can learn more about the special events here.

After your stroll through Filoli, you can come back and luxuriate in our private jetted-spa. You could even spend a good portion of your day simply enjoying our garden — watching the world go by from under a gazebo.

outdoor spa


Finding hygge in Half Moon Bay and the Mill Rose Inn

March 7th, 2017 by Mill Rose Inn

Experience hygge at the Mill Rose Inn

Fireplaces, rich food and cozy nooks are what the Danish experience of hygge is all about. 

We Americans could learn a thing or two from the Danes. For one, they sure know how to make a tasty pastry. The Danes are also well-known for having established a healthy work/life balance and for making the most out of life. In fact, Denmark continually ranks high in measurements of happiness. The country took the first place in the 2016 World Happiness Report. So where does all this happiness come from? Some attribute it to the country’s affinity for  a concept known as hygge (pronounced hoo-ga). Hygge is all about embracing the quaint and cozy aspects of life. Picture reading an engaging novel by the fireplace or drinking hot chocolate and playing board games with a small group of friends.

Hygge is about cozy wool socks and rich homemade foods, a kind of rustic comfort that delights the senses in a way that some more modern day conveniences such as texting and emails don’t. Candles are very hygge. So is coffee and cake.

Cookies can be very hygge.

Comfort food, such as our homemade  cakes and cookies are also very hygge.

Lately, we’ve been thinking about how hygge enters our own lives here at the Mill Rose Inn and in our coastal town of Half Moon Bay.

Naturally, we are fans of this cozy concept. We’re big on throw pillows, soft blankets and freshly baked goods. We even have homemade cakes and cookies available in our dining room at any given moment.

We’d argue that the town itself has a bit of a hygge leaning to it as well. The small town charm, easy beach access and ample open space  are all a throw back to simpler times.

The Coastside is also home to a variety of artists and artisans who take great pleasure in their work. Walk into the various shops and restaurants along Main Street and you’ll be treated to the products of local painters, chefs and jewelry makers. Many of the store owners like to carry the handiwork of their fellow Coastsiders. We’re sure they’ve likely drawn their inspiration from such a beautiful place.

How do you bring hygge to your life?

Hygge can be practiced in your own home, of course. However, if you’re looking for an adventure that still incorporates your favorite creature comforts, we might suggest a stay in Half Moon Bay here at the Mill Rose Inn. We just had  a lovely couple come and take advantage of our new celebration package . They said they were completely drained from their busy high tech jobs and just had to get away from it all.  They enjoyed a three-night stay at our cozy inn and remarked at how refreshed the felt after their stay. Couldn’t get more hygge than that.

If you’re interested in reading more on the topic, you can do so here.

Extend that Valentine’s Day Spirit With a Stay at the Mill Rose Inn

February 7th, 2017 by Mill Rose Inn

Extend that Valentine’s Day Spirit With a Stay at the Mill Rose Inn

Valentine's Day love every day, Terry & Eve

Courtesy Half Moon Bay Review

February is here and whether you’re eager for the romantic promise brought in by Valentine’s Day or are simply looking to escape another round of stormy weather — either mindset makes for a good opportunity to hold your loved ones close. Extend that Valentine’s Day Spirit With a Stay at the Mill Rose Inn!!

Though couples often like to do something special for the love-inspired holiday, here at the Mill Rose Inn you might say every day is like Valentine’s Day. We always go out of our way to make your stay here special and welcome your suggestions. Would you like a scattering of flower petals on your bed? Or one of our house-made desserts served to your room? We can handle that for you. In addition, each room comes well-stocked with a refrigerator filled with an assortment of complimentary beverages.
We pride ourselves on blending old-world European charm with modern-day conveniences.

For Terry and me, love blossomed in the horticultural department at City College of San Francisco where we met in 1970. We married a few years later and have happily shared our garden, home-cooked breakfasts and tasty treats with our many visitors from all over the world. We open our hearts and home to all who enter the Mill Rose Inn. A relaxing space we have lovingly created and tended to since 1980.

If you’re looking to extend the romantic feeling of Valentine’s Day, might we recommend you purchase a gift certificate for a memorable stay at the Mill Rose Inn? It can be for a friend or a family member for a special occasion or a future stay for yourself and your significant other. We would be happy to help you plan a romantic date night.

To sign up for a gift card you can go here. The gift certificates can be purchased and will be emailed the same day they’re ordered. They can be personalized with a card and can include additional offerings such as dinner, an on-site massage or time in our private jacuzzi. If you have any questions about the gift certificates, you can call us at (650) 726 – 8750. You can also email us at

Mill Rose Inn Room. Good for Valentine's Day or any day.

When you arrive you’ll be treated to all the comforts of our cozy inn as well as the wonderful attractions that the city of Half Moon Bay has to offer. We are a short walk from a variety of shopping and dining opportunities in the historic downtown. You can also head to the Pacific Ocean which is another short walk away. Hike the bluff tops and dine in one of the town’s amazing restaurants.

Got engaged over the holidays?

The Mill Rose Inn can also serve as a beautiful and romantic wedding venue. If you’re looking for an intimate site to host your ceremony or reception you can learn about our services here.

Celebrate the Holidays in Half Moon Bay

November 20th, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Celebrate the Holidays in Half Moon Bay


The start of the holiday season is a very special time, a time to give thanks and be merry. At the Mill Rose Inn of Half Moon Bay it is a time of transformation. With the addition of delightful European holiday decorations, the Inn offers a magical experience for all to enjoy. The feelings of love and warmth fill the Inn during November and December. Relax and be delighted by our magnificent Christmas Tree. Cozy up by one of our many fireplaces and indulge with a delicious beverage, hot chocolate, holiday cookies, and other tempting treats. Showers of tiny white lights adorn all interior rooms and the gardens. For your celebration of the season, even the individual guest rooms have a small decorated tree and stockings hung from the chimneys with care in hopes that your company soon will be there.


As December fills the air the Mill Rose Inn will warm you up as the holiday chill comes your way. Enjoy the many enchanting holiday decorations as the Mill Rose Inn of Half Moon Bay is magically transformed into the most perfect escape from urban congestion to a rural winter wonderland. Loaded with charm and relaxing clean, fresh air, and the ocean nearby, the Mill Rose provides true detox as well as a total mental work-break.

In December, the first Friday holds the annual ‘Night of Lights’, an old-fashioned holiday event in our historic Main-street downtown area. With a parade, tree lighting ceremony, shops, refreshments, and live music, it is fun for the entire family. Have a chance to do holiday shopping, cut down a Christmas tree, and take in a myriad of month long local activities. Dungeness Crab season opens mid-November and boats in Half Moon Bay Harbor are lit up with colorful Christmas lights. On December 15 in nearby Ano Nuevo in Pescadero are guided tours of Elephant seal activities are highly recommended.


Mill Rose Inn Wedding Rather Than a Beach Wedding

August 21st, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Why have a Mill Rose Inn Wedding rather than a Beach Wedding?

mill rose inn wedding

Half Moon Bay is a wonderful area for everyone to visit, especially on your special Mill Rose Inn Wedding. Nestled between the coast and the redwood forest, Half Moon Bay is a classic romantic getaway. Enjoy a picnic on the beach and take view a beautiful sunset, or take in an early morning hike in the heavenly redwood forest where crystal clear creek waters show you of the natural wonders of the world.

The Mill Rose Inn is located in the heart of Half Moon Bay and offers a luxurious, intimate, and indulgent atmosphere where lovers and guests alike lose themselves in English country gardens. The owner and innkeeper Eve Baldwin, will help coordinate your wedding. With over 30 years of helping couples create and personalize their wedding day and host receptions, wedding couples can be assured that they can relax and enjoy their special day.

The weather in Half Moon Bay can be unpredictable. Tents and other accommodations at the Mill Rose are offered if the forecast is less than perfect. The Mill Rose Inn is a short distance to the beach for a visit. You can go to the ocean-side to take some wedding photos, or shop and dine in our delightfully picturesque downtown. Street parking plentiful in front of the inn, and if the wedding party is of a larger size the Mill Rose is a wonderfully short distance to other hotels.

There is no better place to create and cherish everlasting memories of your most timeless and unforgettable Mill Rose Inn wedding. Celebrate from day to night surrounded by beauty, twinkling lights, and nighttime glow.

For more information on weddings and special events at the Mill Rose Inn, please visit this link: Mill Rose Inn Weddings

6 of the Best Places for Half Moon Bay Seafood

April 12th, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Seafood


With so many mouthwatering Half Moon Bay seafood options, it is hard to choose favorites. The Pacific Coast offers a unique variety of seafood appetizers and entrees, from market-fresh crab to shrimp and salmon sandwiches to grilled entrees. Half Moon Bay seafood comes in many forms, and here are some of the best places to find them!

Half Moon Bay Seafood Market

A top-rated location for Half Moon Bay seafood is the Half Moon Bay Fish Market. This seafood distribution and catering service has fresh shipments of Half Moon Bay crab, Half Moon Bay oysters, Half Moon Bay salmon, and more. The market hosts a full variety of fresh seafood cooked onsite in a steaming crab pot. You will be guaranteed the best prices here, compared to local restaurants.

Sam’s Chowder House

Voted best seafood in the Bay Area, Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay serves authentic New England style seafood platters. Whether you dine at the restaurant or at the traveling Chowdermobile, you will have access to the house specialties. These include a shrimp scampi and linguini, seafood risotto, fried shrimp with anchor steam beer batter, and jumbo prawns stuffed with blue crab and wrapped in smoked bacon. Is your mouth watering yet?

Cowboy Fishing Co.

Located on Main Street, Cowboy Fishing Co. Brews & Bites has some of the best Half Moon Bay seafood options. While the food is local, fresh, and sustainable, the Cowboy Code will bring you a revived form of antiquated hospitality. Pair on-tap brews from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Dogfish Head, Green Flash Brewing Company, and more with seafood bites like smoked salmon crostini with goat cheese and outlaw fish tacos served with sweet and tangy slaw. Fresh catches include Cowboy’s specialty of crab as well as salmon, cod, tuna, and halibut.

Flying Fish Bar & Grill

Halfmoon Bay Seafood is served in a delectable variety of lunch favorites at Flying Fish Bar & Grill. Starters include crabby-cheesy bread, cod ceviche, prawn nachos, and shrimp cocktails. Fish and chips comes in multiple pairings, and you can select from scallops, prawns, calamari, halibut, or a combination. The fish tacos and seafood wrapps are popular, while the crab melt, ahi tuna steak, and salmon BLT sandwiches are popular Half Moon Bay seafood favorites.

Barbara’s Fishtrap

Serving Half Moon Bay seafood since 1971, Barbara’s Fishtrap has both a take-out and dine-in selection. If you’re planning on spending a day on the go, the take out window is a prime option. The full menu includes award-winning clam chowder, specialties of coastside calamari, fish and chips, or scallops tempura, and sandwiches that range from fish of the day to baby bay shrimp, dungeness crab, or a salmon burger. If you aren’t feeling fishy, go for the chicken tenders, surf burger, or garden salad. You can also get a glass or bottle of house wine or a beer to go.


For coastal comfort food, Flavor is a great Half Moon Bay seafood dining option. Flavor serves weekend brunch along with lunch, dinner, and drinks, making it a great option for a lazy mid-morning stop before exploring Half Moon Bay. The brunch menu includes dungeness crab cakes, smoked salmon, chicken and waffles, French toast, and a seafood scramble as well as traditional favorites.


5 Engaging Events at the San Mateo County History Museum

April 6th, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

museum goer


The San Mateo County History Museum is not only a historical archive but also an interactive experience. The museum archives feature a history through books, photographs, maps, newspapers, and records. The Sanchez Adobe then gives a glimpse of life before the Gold Rush. The historic Woodside Store then takes you back to shopping in 1880, while Encore Books on the Square has over 30,000 used copies for browsing. It’s always a good time to take a step into the past and visit the San Mateo County History Museum, but these upcoming events are extra incentive!

San Mateo County History Museum Upcoming Events

Maritime Day

April 16, 11am-4pm, Free

The 11th Annual Maritime Day is being held in conjunction with the San Mateo County STEM Festival. For the event, the San Mateo County History Museum will celebrate the Charles Parsons’ Ships of the World exhibit. This exhibit features 24 historic ship models on display that were hand-crafted by Charles Parsons over the course of several years. At the April event, there will be information on local maritime history as well as crafts to participate in. You will be able to built your own model ship, make a lighthouse, learn how to tie knots used on ships, design a signal flag, and make a nautical bracelet. All these activities lead back to the early 1850s, when ships were one of the best ways to get to California!

Old Woodside Store Day

May 1, 12-4pm, Free

The San Mateo County History Museum will be hosting a special family day at the onsite Old Woodside Store. You will be able to travel back in time to the 1880s and learn the history of the store as well as redwood logging activities in San Mateo and the surrounding area. There will be some hands-on activities, such as making rag dolls, using a two-man saw, and participating in contests. Local band 27strings will be playing some bluegrass tunes for the event!

Free First Fridays

May 6, June 3, July 1, 10am, Free

For every first Friday of the month, admission is free at the San Mateo County History Museum! You will be able to explore the museum and receive a general tour starting at 2pm. This hourlong tour led by museum staff will highlight long-term exhibits. Meet in the Rotunda beforehand!

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

May 14, 10:30am-4pm, Free

There will be a rally, art exhibitions, and fair trade vendors at Courthouse Square and in the San Mateo County History Museum for this event. The benefit is meant to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking through the museum’s Courthouse Docket series. The presentations given are based on the museum’s exhibit Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County. The panel discussion will be “Human Trafficking in San Mateo County: What It Is and how You Can Help in Prevention and Rescue.” A reception will follow the discussion.

An Old Fashioned Fourth

July 4, 10am-4pm, Half-Price Admission

The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate, and the San Mateo County History Museum will be hosting holiday crafts from the past, ice cream-making, and archive film-showings. You will also be able to watch the Redwood City parade from the San Mateo County History Museum. Be sure to represent America by wearing red, white, and blue!

Some History at Mill Rose Inn

Mill Rose Inn has some rich history of its own. The 1900s cottage was contracted in 1980 and converted into a bed and breakfast. The interior and floral design pair with the gardens and landscaping. Meanwhile, antiques, watercolors, opulent decor, and period furnishings keep with the historical nature of the inn. After touring the San Mateo County History Museum, escape to this elegant seaside retreat to continue enjoying some California history. 

5 of the Best Beaches Near Half Moon Bay

April 1st, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Beaches Near Half Moon Bay


There are some breathtaking beaches near Half Moon Bay, from glorious Pacific Coast sunset views to a variety of terrains great for hiking. Whether you’re looking to picnic, adventure through nature, or lounge in the sun, here are 5 of the best beaches near Half Moon Bay.

5 Beaches Near Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay State Beach

When it comes to beaches near Half Moon Bay, you can’t get much closer than Half Moon Bay State Beach. These four miles of sandy beaches are an oasis for sunbathing, fishing, and picnicking, as well as camping. Located within the parameters of the Half Moon Bay State Beach are some popular coastal beaches near Half Moon Bay. These include Venice Beach, with refreshing outdoor showers, sun-dazed gulls flying above, and waves lapping the shoreline as well as Francis Beach with secluded cliffs, picnic tables overlooking the water, and a campground. Dunes Beach is also included, with sandstone bluffs and the beach’s namesake dunes. These are all great beaches for Half Moon Bay picnic spots! The Coastside Trail runs along the eastern edge of these beaches, providing a great biking or hiking trail, while a designated horse trail is also available.

Redondo Beach

Semi-secluded Redondo Beach is a hidden gem off the beaten path. Frothy waves crash against the shore, while tall cliffs rise in eye-catching rock formations just feet from the water at high tide. Away from the crowds at Half Moon State Beach, this is one of the more quiet and quaint beaches near Half Moon Bay. The dirt lot at the end of Redondo Beach Road is the place to park, but you will face the looming cliffs above the beachfront. To access the sand, take the accessible dirt trail until you find a sloped path down the shore. The seclusion and peaceful sound of the waves will bring you ultimate relaxation. This is a dog-friendly beach near Half Moon Bay as well, so let your furry friends tag along for some beach breezes and coastal explorations.

Cowell Ranch Beach

Of the beaches near Half Moon Bay, Cowell Ranch Beach is great for seal spotting. There are two pocket beaches with access to trails on the bluffs. Seal Beach, which is south of the overlook, is a harbor seal protection area, closed to the public. However, you can spot the lounging seals along the rocks and sands from a distance. The northern beach is accessible by a staircase, which leads to a secluded sandy cove great for spending the day in your own little beachy nook tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Poplar Beach

When looking for beaches near Half Moon Bay to visit, you can’t miss Poplar Beach, which is a favorite for families, dog owners, and horseback riders! The beach is owned by the city of Half Moon Bay and has plenty of space to share. There is a steep trail down to the shore from the parking lot, but once on the soft sand, you will be able to walk in both directions and comb for shells. Dogs are welcome, and the often gentle waves are great for some pup swimming near the shore. Horses are allowed on the beach, which makes this an ideal location for a romantic sunset horseback ride.

Surfer’s Beach

Looking to catch some waves at one of the beaches near Half Moon Bay? Grab your board and head to Surfer’s Beach off Highway 1, which is ideal for people watching as well as for surfers and boogie boarders alike. Build some sandcastles before hitting the surf, or watch the locals hang ten while you lounge onshore. There are also tide pools here, great for finding sea critters with the kids!

Stay By the Shore at Mill Rose

Take your time basking the sunshine, breathing in the salt air, and letting the sun rays seep into your skin. Then after a rejuvenating day at one of these beaches near Half Moon Bay, come back to Mill Rose for more coastal views in a luxurious seaside setting.