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Visit a Half Moon Bay Distillery for the Best Spirits

March 2nd, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Bartender Making Drink

There are several Half Moon Bay restaurants and Half Moon Bay breweries, but only two major distilleries. Half Moon Bay Distillery and Moss Beach Distillery are worth a visit particularly because of their individual stories. While one tells the story of an Austrian town that was part of the distillery business for centuries, while the other tells the story of “The Blue Lady,” a famous resident ghost. Up your alcohol game from beer to spirits (both alcoholic and ghostly) by visiting a distillery in Half Moon Bay!

Half Moon Bay Distillery

History

Half Moon Bay Distillery was established in 2012 by Ulli and Caesar Bisono. Ulli was raised in Austria in the northern Alps, where farmers in her hometown have been distilling fruit brandy for centuries. She became a small business owner in real estate before moving to the California coast and fulfilling her dream of owning a distillery. Her husband, Caesar, was born in New York but spent summers with his grandparents in the Dominican Republic. Sticking with his Dominican heritage, Caesar became a connoisseur of fine liqueurs, from rum to whiskey and gin. He spent his early career as a jockey before moving to Northern California to manage an equestrian event facility. After meeting Ulli and working with a gold-medal-winning Austrian distiller, he was officially introduced to the art of distilling.

Products

Half Moon Distillery distributes to several retail outlets as well as bars and restaurants. Just a few of these include Sun Valley Market, Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Company, Flavor Coastal Comfort Food, the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club, and Via Uno. Specialty products at this distillery in Half Moon Bay are top-shelf Purissima Vodka and bar-strength yet smooth Harvard Avenue Gin. Half Moon Distillery also features a cocktail of the month using one of their spirits, such as the Harvard Avenue Gin Gimlet, a blend of gin, fresh lime juice, Rose’s Lime Syrup, and fresh mint leaves.

Moss Beach Distillery

Ghost Story

Alcohol isn’t the only spirit at the haunted Moss Beach Distillery. “The Blue Lady” is a ghostly fixture, featured on Unsolved Mysteries and The Legend of the Blue Lady. According to legend, over 70 years ago, a woman fell in love with a pianist, though she was already married to another man. She was killed while walking on the beach below the restaurant with her lover, and she is said to still be searching for him. Unexplained activities at this distillery in Half Moon Bay include mysterious phone calls from no one, levitating checkbooks, locked rooms form the inside without any other means of entry, and women diners losing one earring mysteriously.

Dining

Moss Beach Distillery used to be one of the most successful speakeasies of the 1920s, but now serves as an oceanside restaurant, bar, and event space. Sunday brunch is a specialty, including menu items such as smoked salmon benedict, pulled pork rancheros, and the California coastal omelet along with a bottomless glass of sparkling wine or mimosa. The all-day menu starts off with kale and quinoa salad or an oyster shooter before diving into entrees such as a yellowfish tuna sandwich, wild mushroom ravioli, pan-seared filet mignon, crab and avocado quesadilla, or Frank’s fish and chips. The dog-friendly patio also includes a pooch menu that features bacon slices, grilled chicken breast, and a bowl of kibble. The real menu at this distillery in Half Moon Bay is the cocktail menu, featuring signature drinks such as a Pomegraniti, Poison Apple, Cucumber Apple Press, and of course The Blue Lady.

Take a Cab Back to Mill Rose Inn

After indulging in some spirits from a distillery in Half Moon Bay, be sure to take a cab ride back to Mill Rose Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast by the sea. Soak away your troubles in the Garden Jacuzzi or rest in one of many elaborate yet charming rooms before waking up to a delicious homemade breakfast! For more information on what to do in Half Moon Bay, download our free vacation guide!

Why You Need to Visit the Coastal Repertory Theatre

February 26th, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Coastal Repertory Theatre seatsWhile you enjoy your stay in Half Moon Bay, make sure to check out the amazing Coastal Repertory Theatre and their current plays!

About the Coastal Repertory Theatre

For 24 seasons, the Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay has been bringing comedies, dramas and musicals to audiences in the Bay Area.  Founded in 1986, their goal was to bring high-quality theatrical entertainment to the Coastside.  The theater found a permanent home in 1993 at the Mel Mello Center for the performing arts.  The theatre features a holiday production every year which have included A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, and A Christmas Carol. This non-profit theatre draws its talent from all over the coast side and surrounding Bay Area. The Coastal Rep Theatre features an intimate 158 seats which create a cozy and homey experience. The overarching goal of the theatre is to provide a multitude of performances that bring out many emotions in their guests. Whether you’re looking for something that is joyous, hilarious, touching, provocative, inspiring, and or all of the above, you are guaranteed to have an entertaining evening.

Where to Eat

While you could spend a fortune on a broadway play in nearby San Francisco, for that same price, or even less, you can enjoy a gourmet dinner at one of the fabulous restaurants in Half Moon Bay. If you’re in the mood for comfort food, make sure to check out Flavor. If seafood is more your style, make sure to check out one of the many fabulous restaurants throughout Half Moon Bay. Some of our guests’ favorites include Princeton Seafood Company Market and Restaurant, Barbara’s Fishtrap, and Sam’s Chowder House. Finally, if you’re looking for a restaurant within walking distance of the Mill Rose Inn, visit Pasta Moon. In Half Moon Bay there are many delicious options that are guaranteed to satisfy your palate.

Where to Stay During Your Visit

 

When making travel arrangements to the Half Moon Bay area, check out a relaxing stay at Mill Rose Inn. This Four Diamond AAA award-winning inn offers six guest suites complete with private entrance, hand-painted fireplaces, and claw bath tubs. The Mill Rose Inn is nestled away for peace and quiet but within walking distance to the beach. Retreat to the lush gardens with hundreds of blooming flowers and rose bushes and even a gazebo with private spa. A gourmet breakfast is served each morning in the dining room or guests have the option to have their meal delivered to their room. French pastries and crepes, fresh fruit and omelets aside juices and coffee make for a complete and delicious meal to start the day. After a night on the town at the theater, be sure to find your way back to the Mill Rose Inn for a comfortable, unforgettable stay. For more information on things to do in Half Moon Bay, make sure to request our free Half Moon Bay Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay and helping you plan the perfect Bay Area getaway.

The Best Places to Find California Native Plants

February 18th, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

A California Poppy, one of the many California native plantsSpend a portion of your Bay Area getaway finding and identifying some of the incredible California native plants.

About California Native Plants

There are over 2,000 native plants throughout the state of California that range from shrubs to annuals. Some of the most popular native plants include the California Redbud, Coast Live Oak, California Poppy (also the state flower), and the Chalk Dudleya.

Where to Find the Native Plants of California

There are plenty of places to find these unique plants all over the state. From organized establishments to the side of the road, during your California trip, you’re guaranteed to catch a glimpse of these special plants.

Nurseries

  • Yerba Buena Nursery
  • Acterra Wholesale Native Nursery
  • Bay Natives
  • C. H. Baccus
  • Capitol Wholesale Nursery, Inc.
  • Clyde Robin Seed Company
  • Common Ground Garden Supply & Education Center
  • Middlebrook Gardens

Gardens

  • Regional Parks Botanic Garden
  • University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
  • Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum
  • University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum

Parks

Mill Rose Inn Gardens

For flower lovers everywhere, the gardens at the Mill Rose Inn, in Half Moon Bay, CA, are a must see. Whether you enjoy a midday stroll or take a dip in the intimate garden jacuzzi, surrounding yourself with the immaculate plant life will leave you with some incredible memories. With almost an acre of gardens to peruse, this delightful oasis is bursting with color year-round waiting to welcome visitors. The garden jacuzzi is placed under a tropical flower filled gazebo ensuring your time there will be incredible. With hundreds of perennials, annuals, and more than two hundred rose bushes, you will find yourself spending a lot of your time enjoying the views.

After an adventurous day exploring the Bay Area in search of native plants, come back to the Mill Rose Inn to rest and rejuvenate for another day on the town. Located in the cozy Half Moon Bay, everything you could need is right at your fingertips. The inn is close to the big city of San Francisco for convenience, but far enough away where you can enjoy a relaxing getaway far from the hustle and bustle. As you enter, you will notice valuable antiques and opulent decor throughout the inn creating an ambiance of relaxed elegance. Both of the innkeepers have a background in plants and would love to tell you about their personal favorite gardens and nurseries.

After an incredible night’s sleep, wake up to a delicious complimentary breakfast that will prepare you whatever the rest of your day holds. If you’re looking for more information on the area, make sure to check out the various things to do in Half Moon Bay, CA, by requesting our free Half Moon Bay, CA, Vacation Guide. For more information on things to do in the surrounding areas such as San Francisco tourist attractions, make sure to reference our blog. We would love to host you at the Mill Rose Inn and look forward to booking your stay.

Top 5 Parks in the Bay Area for Relaxing

February 12th, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

parks in the Bay AreaThe Bay Area is full of beautiful scenery, and many local parks fall under the umbrella of beautiful places to visit. Whether you are looking for a place to sit down and read a book or a breathtaking setting to picnic with your significant other, these relaxing parks in the Bay Area are sure to soothe and rejuvenate with their natural settings and peaceful atmospheres. After soaking up the healing qualities of nature, you can retreat to the Mill Rose Inn for an extended calming California stay.

Top 5 Parks in the Bay Area for Relaxing

Golden Gate Park

When looking for the best parks in the Bay Area, at the top of the list is the Golden Gate Park, which gets around 13 million visitors annually. The 1,017-acre dreamy oasis is full of lush gardens, artistic monuments, picnic groves, and wooded trails. The park also hosts an array of cultural events, such as concerts and sports activities. For those individuals who prefer to relax by engaging in an outdoor sport, such as kayaking, archery, polo, or golf, this park is perfect, offering all those amenities and more. The beautiful landscaping is another attraction, from the Japanese Tea Garden to the Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers.

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park

Covering almost 2,500 acres from the Tilden Nature Area to Alvarado Park, the Wildcat Canyon Regional Park is full of luscious landscapes. Set up a blanket, lay in one of the rolling meadows, and let the breeze blow over your sunkissed shoulders. With so much space, there is a guaranteed quiet nook to spend your afternoon, while historic stonework near Wildcat Creek provides a great location for picnicking and exploring.

Jack London State Historic Park

With beautiful historic buildings that include Jack London’s cottage and the House of Happy Walls Museum, the Jack London State Historic Park is a forested retreat and a slice of the past simultaneously. Probably the most famous of the Bay Area parks, it houses preserved buildings and park trails great for biking, hiking, and horseback riding. And with such gorgeous landscape views, the park is wonderful for taking an artsy day to yourself. Let the canvas and paints capture your surroundings.

There are so many great spaces for picnicking as well, including several winding back-country trails with different terrains and a variety of scenery. To engage in a bit of the history that infuses the property, take a private guided tour or download the park audio tour app and make some discoveries on your own. Regardless of what you decide to do, be sure to soak up the encompassing nature and learn a little something from it. Jack London wouldn’t want it any other way.

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve

If you want to see a 1,400-year-old tree or a 310-foot-tall tree, look no further than the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve. As one of the most awe-inspiring of the parks in the Bay Area and even of California’s state parks, this redwood forest will take your breath away with its age and beauty. The park has a designated picnic area, but you might prefer to pack a lunch and eat beneath the trunk of a giant redwood. The preserve offers the opportunity for a peaceful moment in nature, and sometimes, there is no better place to be.

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Who said a park had to be green? There are several stretches of beach along the California coastline, and Half Moon Bay State Beach is one of these. With ocean views and cathartic waves, this beach is a slice of paradise with a calming atmosphere. Though sunny summer days offer sunbathing opportunities, a winter escapade on the sandy shores can bring about a serene solitude unlike any other. There is plenty of space to think as the wind blows over your shoulders and along the four miles of shore.

For more information on inspiring sites in the Bay Area, download our free Vacation Guide.

Relax at Mill Rose Inn

After a day spent exploring the region’s best parks, come back to the Mill Rose Inn where you can explore our own beautiful gardens and feel pampered by our extraordinary personal service, warm hospitality, and meticulous attention to detail. Our award-winning bed and breakfast in Half Moon Bay offers guests sinfully comfortable rooms and suites as well as easy access to the shops, galleries, restaurants and other fantastic things to do in this vibrant region. 

 

The 17 Best San Francisco Tourist Attractions

February 4th, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Cable Cars: One of the best San Francisco tourist attractionsThe picturesque and culturally progressive Northern California city of San Francisco has long been a coveted destination for world travelers. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure, the frontier of contemporary food and fashion trends or some of the United State’s most interesting historical sites, the San Francisco tourist attractions are endless. Between its rolling hills that tend to get quite steep in areas, its famous beaches, bridges and ethnic neighborhoods, this great city is the perfect day trip from the quiet town of Half Moon Bay, which is just a quick drive from the big city.

17 of the Most Visited San Francisco Tourist Attractions

  1. San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf – Admittedly one of the most touristy neighborhoods in the whole city, it is still worth a visit. A walk on the waterfront or a basket of fish and chips are definitely in order when visiting this old Port City.
  2. The Golden Gate Bridge – One of the world’s most famous landmarks, this big red suspension bridge is one of the best walks or bike rides in town. Rent some wheels, take a drive, or make the trek across this famous channel and get a closer look at Marin County.
  3. Alcatraz Island – Once home to some of the country’s most famous and heinous convicts, this ferry ride and tour are nothing short of amazing. If you’re a swimmer, be sure to look out for the annual races to Alcatraz.
  4. Golden Gate Park – Home to all kinds of San Francisco tourist attractions, the Park is one of the best places to explore. With gardens, grazing buffalo, and the famous DeYoung Museum of Fine Arts, don’t miss the chance to spend a day here.
  5. San Francisco Cable Cars – These famous cable cars used to be the city’s only mode of public transportation, and were crucial to shuttling residents and visitors alike up and down the city’s big hills. Now used mostly for sightseeing, they have not lost their wonder.
  6. Blue Bottle Coffee – This world famous coffee roastery has shops all over the city, including Mint Plaza and the Ferry Building. If you want to experience the freshest coffee of your life, get Blue Bottle!
  7. China Town – Unlike China towns in other cities, San Francisco’s is still very much authentic, promising busy narrow streets and delicious food.
  8. The Presidio – This historical base has one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge in the city and is great for a walk!
  9. Tartine Bread – If you want a taste of the best San Francisco sourdough, Tartine is definitely the spot for you.
  10. AT&T Park – Part of the long lost tradition of classic inner city ballparks and the home of the San Francisco Giants, it’s well worth going to a baseball game if it’s the season.
  11. Twin Peaks: San Francisco – For a panoramic view of San Francisco head up to city’s own mountaintop for a walk or ride.
  12. The Ferry Building – Wrapping the list up with yet another tourist attractions, the Ferry Building is home not only to the terminal where you can catch a ride to the East Bay or Sausalito, it’s also a great place to grab a bite to eat if you are exploring downtown.
  13. Japanese Tea Garden: San Francisco – Located inside of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA, you will find the oldest public Japanese garden in the country. This is the perfect event if you’re already in the area and looking for fun things to do in San Francisco this weekend or even things to do in San Francisco today!
  14. Ripley’s Believe It or Not: San Francisco – This is one of the best things to do in San Francisco with kids. A visit to Ripley’s Believe It or Not will be fun for the whole family!
  15. Crissy Field: San Francisco – This former U.S. Army airfield now welcomes guests from all over as it is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. If you’re looking for some great free things to do in San Francisco, this is perfect for you!
  16. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park – This park includes a fleet of historic vessels including the Balclutha. Located right near Fisherman’s Wharf, this is the perfect stop while you’re in the area.
  17. Yerba Buena Gardens San Francisco – Enjoy a full two blocks of public park access located in downtown San Francisco at Yerba Buena Gardens. This park is open most hours of the day and is the perfect place to have a pinic or relax during your San Francisco adventures.

San Francisco is an easy trip from Half Moon Bay, where you’ll enjoy the perfect contrast to city life, a coastal Northern California town where the surf is big, and the town small. Be sure to plan for a trip up the coast to check out these things to do near San Francisco while visiting Half Moon Bay. If you’re considering planning a trip to the area soon, check out things to do in Half Moon Bay, CA, and make sure to request our free Half Moon Bay Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay.

Enjoy a Meal at Mezzaluna in Half Moon Bay

January 29th, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Caprese at Mezzaluna in Half Moon BayTreat yourself to a delicious meal at one of the area’s best Italian restaurants, Mezzaluna Half Moon Bay.

About Mezzaluna in Half Moon Bay

Opened by three friends with many years of experience working in restaurants in the summer of 1993, Mezzaluna Italian Restaurant has been serving some of the best Italian food in Half Moon Bay to all of its diners. The owners wanted to create an eating environment that provides the highest quality ingredients including everything from their meat to their produce. They offer an extensive wine list including both California and Italian varieties, as well as a full-service bar. The Italian food served at Mezzaluna is inspired by contemporary Southern Italian flavors. They are located in the historic Princeton Landing building 20 miles south of San Francisco.

Mezzaluna Half Moon Bay Menu

Mezzaluna offers three different menus and their impressive wine list. For lunch or dinner start off with one of their amazing Antipasti e Insalate (Appetizers & Salads) such as the Insalata Caprese, which is adorned with sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and extra virgin olive oil. For your main course enjoy a Pasta, Carne e pesce (Meats & Seafood), or Pizze (Pizza) dish sure to exceed your expectations. Top your incredible meal off with a delicious dessert such as their Crème Brulee or Tiramisu. If you’re craving an excellent Italian dish, make sure to stop by Mezzaluna Restaurant during your Half Moon Bay visit.

Caffé Mezzaluna Half Moon Bay

Enjoy Southern Italy homemade delicacies at Caffé Mezzaluna! With omelets and eggs fresh made to order you’ll easily satisfy your hunger. During lunch, you can enjoy a grilled panini and other specialty sandwiches as well as salads, personal pizzas, and frittatas. The patio is pet-friendly so don’t feel obligated to leave your furry friend at home!

Other Great Half Moon Bay Restaurants

Half Moon Bay has a plethora of other fantastic restaurants. Check out this small list of other Half Moon Bay restaurants below to add to your trip itinerary.

After a delicious meal at one of Half Moon Bay’s fabulous restaurants, head back to Mill Rose Inn to rest. Our inn features distinctively decorated rooms that will make you feel right at home. Each room has a private bath, private entrance, European antiques. Walk through our breathtaking gardens and enjoy the beauty our inn and Half Moon Bay provide. For pure pampering take a dip in our garden jacuzzi, perfect for some alone time. Once your food coma is gone, join us for a gourmet breakfast delivered straight to your room or served in the dining room and garden courtyards. From French pastries to crepes and quiche, you are guaranteed to start your day off on a delicious note. After breakfast continue your exploration of the gorgeous Half Moon Bay. For more information on things to do in Half Moon Bay, CA, make sure to request our free Half Moon Bay, CA, Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay and treating you to an unforgettable getaway.

Play a Round at Half Moon Bay Golf Links

January 21st, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Golf at Half Moon Bay Golf LinksSpend part of your time in the Bay Area enjoying one of the best golf courses, Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

About Half Moon Bay Golf Links

Located directly on the California coastline, Half Moon Bay Golf Links is one of Northern California’s only luxury golf resorts. Equidistant from San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, this course attracts locals and visitors alike. This course features 36 holes of oceanfront golf where you will occasionally notice a light ocean breeze during your game. With two courses to choose from, The Old Course and The Ocean Course, you are guaranteed to find something with both a challenge and beautiful view. The Old Course was built in 1973 by the legendary course designer Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane. As for The Ocean Course, it is considered the only true links course in the Bay area.

Other Golf Courses Near Half Moon Bay

  • Crystal Springs Golf Course
    This golf course offers a unique San Francisco Golf experience with its champion-style course that provides a challenge for even low handicap golfers. The holes range from a short par-3 hole to a short par-5 hole making this course ideal for every level of golfer.
  • Mariners Point Golf Course & Driving Range
    If you’re looking for a beautiful place to improve your game, book a tee time at Mariners Point Golf Course or visit their driving range. With over 60 practice stalls on a variety of surfaces, a driving range, and 9-hole par-3 golf course, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect spot to improve and lower your handicap. These facilities are open every day of the week to accommodate your schedule!
  • Emerald Hills Golf Course
    This 9-hole, par-3 course is labelled as “the toughest 9-hole course in Northern California,” so if you’re looking for a challenge, this is the perfect course for you. Emerald Hills Golf Course is open year round including holidays and host a plethora of tournaments, leagues, instructions, and junior camps. As most of the shots are either uphill or downhill you will enjoy the challenge and improve your golf game easily!
  • Poplar Creek Golf Course
    Located just off of Highway 101, Poplar Creek Golf Course has a lot to offer its visiting golfers. This course averages over 70,000 rounds of golf a year making it one of the most popular courses in this section of the state. You can conveniently get you tee reservations online or in the Pro Shop during their hours of operation.

Enjoy the perfect golfing getaway in the beautiful Northern California. With these excellent courses to choose from, make sure you are also choosing the best lodging in the area at the Mill Rose Inn. After travelling to the area, enjoy a great night’s sleep in one of our luxurious rooms and wake up to a delicious gourmet breakfast. Whether you decide to eat your incredible breakfast in your room, the dining room, or the garden courtyard, you will be recharged and ready to spend a day on the course. For more information on things to do in Half Moon Bay, make sure to request our free Half Moon Bay, CA, Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay!

Enjoy a Beautiful Day at the Pacifica State Beach

January 15th, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Couple enjoying Pacifica State BeachDuring your Half Moon Bay vacation, spend a day soaking in the sun along the Pacific Ocean at Pacifica State Beach.

About the Pacifica State Beach

Located in the southernmost part of Pacifica, CA, this crescent shaped beach is just under a mile long. Pacifica State Beach is known as the starting point for many San Francisco area beginning surfers who also call this beach the Linda Mar Beach due to its proximity to Pacifica’s Linda Mar subdivision. Even if you are not interested in surfing, this beach provides a habitat for an endangered shorebird called the western snowy plover. Enjoy the most well-loved and well-used beach in the city and walk the recreation trail along the ocean. Since surfing is incredibly popular at this beach, feel free to check the Pacifica State Beach weather and the Pacifica State Beach surf report, before hitting the water.

Other State Beaches in the Area

  • Montara State Beach
    As one of the closest beaches to Half Moon Bay, Montara State Beach is always a great option if you have already visited the Pacifica State Beach. This beach offers more than just surfing with its two beach access points, lighthouse, hostel, fishing, dog access, biking, hiking, and horseback riding trails.
  • Thornton State Beach
    Unfortunately, this beach is closed to the public in efforts to protect its habitat due to incredible landslides. While the beach is closed, the locals are still able to access the site for horseback riding, hiking, and other beach activities.

Other Area Attractions

  • Sanchez Adobe County Park
    Home to the Sanchez Adobe, this park represents rich history and is considered a fantastic example of Mexican era architecture in San Mateo County. Purchased by the County of San Mateo in 1947, this park has continued to serve as a living landmark for all of its visitors.
  • San Pedro Valley County Park
    This park spans 1,052 acres and embraces the middle and south forks of the San Pedro Creek where many Steelhead use to spawn. Nestled along the Santa Cruz Mountain range the San Pedro Valley County Park offers picnic areas, barbecue pits, a self-guiding nature trail, hiking trails, a visitor center, and views of a seasonal waterfall.

Where to Stay

While planning your trip to the San Mateo County area, choose Half Moon Bay for your stay. With proximity to all of the beaches and parks listed above, Half Moon Bay is the perfect place that is far enough away from San Francisco to relax, but close enough to feel the actual city atmosphere. The city lies on the coast of San Mateo County and is only about half an hour south of San Francisco. Take advantage of the best accommodations Half Moon Bay has to offer, by booking a stay at the Mill Rose Inn. When you stay at our romantic, luxury inn, not only will you feel refreshed and rejuvenated for your next day of adventure, but you’ll also receive a lavish gourmet breakfast delivered straight to your room. For the ultimate escape, spend time in our delightful oasis that features hundreds of perennials, annuals, and more than two hundred rose bushes. For more information on things to do in Half Moon Bay, CA, make sure to request our free Half Moon Bay, CA, Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay!

6 of the Best Parks Near San Francisco

January 8th, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Friends at a park near San FranciscoExplore the beauty of northern California by visiting the fantastic parks near San Francisco. From beaches to woods, you will be thrilled with the picturesque locations surrounding you.

Top 6 Best Parks Near San Francisco

  1. Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park
    In 1938, the state of California purchased this park with the intention to share this historic ranch property in the hidden, pristine valley south of Half Moon Bay. If you’re seeking solitude, a rich assortment of wildlife, and groves of mature eucalyptus, this is one of the state parks near Half Moon Bay you must visit. The property of this park extends from Higgins Purisima Road to Skyline Boulevard. During your visit, feel free to take advantage of  their hiking trail that consists of the old ranch road winding throughout the property alongside Mills Creek.
  2. McNee Ranch State Park
    Also known as Montara State Beach, this is a favorite location for guests who want to explore the beach’s tide pools or go surfing. Montara Mountain, also called McNee Ranch, is part of the park and a northern spur of the Santa Cruz Mountains. This park tends to hold many events throughout the year such as hiking the surrounding trails. Make sure to visit their website for the monthly planned activities.
  3. Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve
    Famous for their incredible wildflower displays each spring, Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve is located with easy access to Interstate 280 and Edgewood Road. This Park features 467 acres of woodlands and grasslands which provide endless hiking and sightseeing opportunities. Near the entrance of the park you will find three drop-in family picnic areas, an amphitheater, restrooms, and a meadow area.
  4. Muir Woods
    Known as “a tree lover’s monument,” Muir Woods is named after John Muir who coined it’s other name. Open daily throughout the year, John Muir Redwoods near San Francisco is one of the best national parks in California and one of the most beautiful national parks near San Francisco. While walking through the park, take notice to the natural looking caves in some of the redwood trees. These were caused by fires which hollowed out the tree trunks, leaving a cave behind. While some of the burn marks and caves may look new, the last fire in Muir Woods was 160 years ago.
  5. Golden Gate Park
    Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA, is well-known and a desired destination for many of California’s visitors. As the third most visited park in the United States, there is a plethora of things to do here. From their gardens to the carousel and museums to the aquarium, there is plenty to do in this park to fill your day with splendid activities.
  6. Mission Dolores Park
    Also known as Dolores Park, Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco, CA, encompasses nearly 16 acres and is one of the most popular state parks near San Francisco. A visit to this park will bring you lush green lawns with plenty of shade from the nearby palm trees, a playground, sport recreational fields and courts, a dog park, and a clubhouse. Many local events are held here throughout the year so make sure to check their calendar.

Whether you visit a park in Half Moon Bay or San Francisco, you are guaranteed to see some beautiful sights. After an eventful day exploring the surrounding area, come back to the Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay to relax. With fabulous accommodations and a gourmet breakfast in the morning, you’ll be ready to go to explore even more the next day. For more information on things to do in Half Moon Bay, CA, make sure to request our free Half Moon Bay Vacation Guide.

Why is the Half Moon Bay Harbor So Famous?

December 31st, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay HarborDuring your vacation to the beautiful Half Moon Bay, make sure you stop by the Half Moon Bay Harbor for incredible views and delicious meals. Between the avid fishing and beautiful sunsets, you can’t miss a visit to this incredible harbor.

About the Half Moon Bay Harbor

The Half Moon Bay Harbor, known as the Pillar Point Harbor, is well known for it’s beautiful views and fantastic restaurants. This protected harbor of refuge along the San Mateo County California Coast is a vital home to the commercial fishing industry, sport fishermen, and recreational boaters. With 369 berths, inner breakwater, and outer breakwater makes Pillar Point Harbor one of the safest harbors in the United States. On top of being a sport and commercial fishermen’s harbor, Pillar Point Harbor is also home to many events including the annual Mavericks surfing competition and Christmas boat decorating contest. If you’re looking to buy fresh fish from the harbor, feel free to call (650) 726-8724.

Top 5 Half Moon Bay Harbor Restaurants

  1. Ketch Joanne’s Restaurant & Harbor Bar
    With a long 30-year history serving delicious meals of generous portion and variety, Ketch Joanne’s Restaurant & Harbor Bar is a must visit when you’re exploring Pillar Point Harbor. Open at 7 am daily and serving food until 1 am, this is the perfect stop at any point in your day. On top of their extensive bar menu they also serve delicious dishes such as Joanne’s Cioppino and Creekside Smokehouse Fettuccine.
  2. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
    This brewing company has a lot more to offer its visitors than just beer. While they serve an excellent selection of brews and even offer a brewery tour, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company also offers a full restaurant menu with many delectable dishes. From classic fish and chips to seafood fajitas and their Stuffed Supreme Chicken Breast, you’re guaranteed to enjoy your visit to the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.
  3. Princeton Seafood Company
    As the most popular and arguably best seafood market in Half Moon Bay, Princeton Seafood Company has a lot to offer it’s guests. Whether you’re stopping by for a fresh catch to prepare dinner that evening, a bite to eat, or both, you’re guaranteed to enjoy your time. The Princeton Seafood Company Market offers overnight shipping anywhere, as well as in-person purchases. If you visit the Princeton Seafood Company Restaurant you’ll find delectable dishes such as their Pillar Point Prawns, Dungeness Crab Platter, and Camerone Tacos.  
  4. Flavor
    Flavor Restaurant in Half Moon Bay is perfect for those craving delicious comfort food. The co-owners both grew up in California with a taste for comfort food, which lead to their partnership in creating Flavor. From their perfect brunch menu to their amazing lunch and dinner options, there is never a wrong time to visit this excellent eatery.
  5. Barbara’s Fish Trap
    Since 1971 Barbara’s Fish Trap has been serving exquisite seafood to all of its visitors. This homey, casual, and simple restaurant may sound lax on their creations, but that could not be farther from the truth. Right on the harbor, you’ll get a beautiful view of the sunset as well as passing boats throughout the area.

After enjoying your visit to Pillar Point Harbor, head over to Half Moon Bay’s finest bed and breakfast, the Mill Rose Inn. Between the warm hospitality and meticulous attention to detail, you can’t go wrong with a stay at this award-winning Half Moon Bay B&B. For more information on things to do in Half Moon Bay, CA, make sure to download our free Half Moon Bay Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay!