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Here Are 5 Amazing Hikes in Half Moon Bay

March 25th, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Hikes in Half Moon Bay

The California weather offers year round opportunities for outdoor activities. Enjoy the fresh air and explore the area and what the natural environment has to offer from sandy beaches to redwood forests. If you’re looking for some amazing hikes in Half Moon Bay to embark upon during your stay at Mill Rose Inn, these 5 spectacular trails are at the top of the list!

Purisma Creek Trail

The Purisma Creek Trail in the Redwoods Open Space Preserve overlooks Half Moon Bay from the slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ancient redwoods, a flowing creek, and lush greenery, berries, and wildflowers are all views along this trail. The Coast Redwoods are simply spectacular to stand beside, making this one of the most awe-inspiring hikes in Half Moon Bay. These trees are the tallest in the world, growing up to 360 feet (36 stories) and one of the oldest in the world, with the oldest known tree at age 2,200. That goes back quite a few generations!

Mavericks Cliffs Trail

One of the easier hikes in Half Moon Bay is the Mavericks Cliffs Trail, a 2.5-mile walk along the cliffs overlooking the beach. Beautiful ocean views will stand out from your height on the cliffs, while seals and other ocean life may make appearances near the harbor along the rock pier. Mavericks is known for its huge surfing competitions, so you’re bound to see someone catching a wave below on swells that can get up to 80 feet high!

Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail

The Coastside Trail in Half Moon Bay State Park offers incredible ocean views, access to multiple beaches along the route, and wonderful nature viewing opportunities. One of the most popular hikes in Half Moon Bay, this trail runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean along what once was the Ocean Shore Railroad. Red-tailed hawks, red-winged blackbirds, and blue herons frequent the trail for you birdwatchers out there, while equestrian trails and beachfront properties will also catch your eye. The paved trail from the Half Moon Bay State Beach Visitor Center is a great place to start, stretching two miles in total. A branch-off trail will give you access to Venice Beach, while the main trail merges into Mirada Road and leads to the Miramar Beach Restaurant, which is a brilliant spot to watch the sunset while dining with ocean views.

Blufftop Coastal Park

Nestled between Half Moon Bay State Beach and Wavecrest is Blufftop Coastal Park, a coastal prairie with sweeping views. As far as hikes in Half Moon Bay go, this one has trails for a variety of activities from bicycling to horseback riding. Monterey cypresses grow along the creek bed bank, forming a dividing line between Wavecrest and Blufftop, while the inverted flatbed rail car that is Seymour Bridge connects them. Steep descents are slightly challenging but not difficult, and bird watching is prime, from Kingbirds and Loons to Pelicans and Gulls!

Burleigh H. Murray Ranch

The Burleigh H. Murray Ranch is located in a beatufiul, historic barn and farm setting. The surrounding trails are peaceful and calm inside the valley, away from the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. Pick blackberries as you hike, and gaze upon magnificent Eucalyptus and alder trees. Rolling hills and grassland lead up to the bubbling creek and a picnic location. The stone work around the barn will bring you back to a rustic era, while the quiet landscape allows you to fully relax.

Relax After Your Hikes in Half Moon Bay

After participating in these hikes in Half Moon Bay, come back to Mill Rose Inn and soak your aching muscles in the garden jacuzzi. Then crawl into your comfortable bed, open the windows, and listen to the sea as you fall asleep. 

 

Why Burleigh H. Murray Ranch is Definitely Worth a Visit

March 15th, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

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Dating back to the mid-1800s, the Burleigh H. Murray Ranch was donated to the state of California in 1979 and is now preserved as a natural environment and piece of history. It serves as a local timepiece of the past, standing almost the same as it did over a century ago. The California Department of Parks and Recreation still owns the land today, and the historic ranch is open to the public for self-guided touring and exploration.

Architecture

There is a main house, unique dairy barn, and surrounding outbuildings that make up the Burleigh H. Murray Ranch. The dairy barn definitely stands out, designed by pioneer Robert Mills to look like those of the English Lake Country where he was raised. This “bank barn” is unlike any other in the state of California. It has two stories and is built hillside, so that both floors can be open at ground level. Just across the creek is the farmhouse, which was built in the 1920s as the replacement for a Victorian-style house that burned down.

History of Burleigh H. Murray Ranch

Robert Mills was an Englishman who traveled to California during the famed Gold Rush. He acquired land in the foothills of Half Moon Bay, and there constructed a house, dairy barn, and outbuildings against the hillside. Mills and his descendents leased the land to ranchers for over a century until Mills’ grandson and heir Burleigh H. Murray died in 1978. Murray’s father was a successful dairy farmer on the land, raising sheep and cattle and putting the land and structures to proper use. Named in his honor, the Burleigh H. Murray Ranch was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, 100 years after its construction began.

Burleigh-Murray Ranch Trail

An old ranch road winds its way beside Mills Creek for a mile up to a 1930s bungalow as the premier hiking trail. Access is granted from the ranch entrance off Higgins-Purisma Road, where parking is available. The path traverses through groves of old eucalyptus, red alter, and buckeye trees until reaching the prominent barn and wooden water tank. It then continues through a narrow valley between hills, finally fading away into the dense undergrowth. The trail is a favorite spot for not just outdoor exercise and scenic sightseeing but also for birdwatching. Many unique species are attracted to the creekside habitat, and native plants such as red flowering currant, twinberry, salmonberry, and woodland wildflowers can be observed. Be sure to bring your camera and take some beautiful pictures of the rustic farm and any nature you can spot along the trail.

Ranch to Inn

Located just a 15 minute drive away from Burleigh H. Murray Ranch is Mill Rose Inn. Head from the ranch toward the beach and stay at this beautiful seaside bed and breakfast in Half Moon Bay, which offers amenities such as a flower garden Jacuzzi and gourmet breakfast each morning. For more to do in Half Moon Bay and surrounding areas, download Mill Rose Inn’s free vacation guide!

10 of the Best Breweries in the Bay Area

March 9th, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Breweries in the Bay Area

We all know that California is home to some of the best Napa Valley wineries in the world, but it is also home to some top-notch breweries. From laid-back brewpubs with bay views to city microbreweries with industrial charm, there are a variety of options to choose from when deciding where you want to have your next local craft beer. Here are just 10 of the best breweries in the Bay Area.

10 Breweries in the Bay Area

Alameda Island Brewing Company

The beers brewed at Alameda Island Brewing Company go straight from barrel to bottle. From the Broadside Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in a bourbon barrel to Neptune’s Pale Ale with a hoppy grapefruit and citrus punch, the flavors can be tasted in flights as well as pints. Tours of the microbrewery are offered, as well as an inviting outdoor patio.

Cleophus Quealy Beer Company

One of the most top-rated weekend breweries in the Bay Area, the Cleophus Quealy Beer Company creates small batch Belgian-inspired beers with an original flair. The dog-and-kid-friendly tasting room hosts a Spring Music Series, and has hosted several events, such as the March Bluegrass Jam, Chilaquiles & Chill, and Figs & Fiddles.

21st Amendment Brewery

The 21st Amendment Brewery offers a full-service pub, with San Francisco beers on tap and weekend brunch along with the regular food fare. In the heart of the new city center and just two blocks from the San Francisco Giants baseball park, the location can’t be beat. The 21st amendment repealed Prohibition, by the way, so we can all be grateful!

Drake’s Brewing Co.

Located in San Leandro, CA, Drake’s Brewing Co. has been brewing clean, high-quality, and hoppy beers since 1989. A huge draw to Drake’s is the community atmosphere and true passion for beer.

Linden Street Brewery

From the New Oakland Glow Bohemian Pilsner to the Burning Oak Black Lager, the beers of Linden Street Brewery are crafted in small batches with imported malts and fresh hops.

Fieldwork Brewing Co.

Fieldwork Brewing Co.’s tap room is located in Berkeley, CA, and offers drafts along with scrumptious bites from the kitchen. Choose from roasted almonds, tomato bisque, herbed fromage blanc, a variety of pasties, and more to wash down with your choice beer.

Diving Dog Brewhouse

Breweries in the Bay Area are prevalent, but Diving Dog Brewhouse offers BOP (brewing on the premises). Diving Dog provides the recipes, ingredients, and instruction to brew and bottle your very own beer, as well as a custom label for your creation!

Hot Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge

The industrial chic setting of Hot Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge is a draw, but the truffle popcorn and projected movies are really the kickers! This brewery is also known for live music, with a variety of hip-hop and underground artists.

Triple Voodoo Brewery

Triple Voodoo Brewery in historic San Francisco has a tap room featuring 16 rotating taps of their craft beers. From taster flights to growler fills, you can get your beer fix. Snacks are also for sale at the bar, and food from local restaurants can be ordered through the bar staff! This one is dog-friendly too.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Located right near Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay, this is one of our personal favorite breweries in the Bay Area. With a restaurant and brewery, as well as a huge outdoor space with beautiful views, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is a great place to sit with friends and relax over some drinks and food. Beers are crafted at the in-house brewery, and weekly specials include $3 beers on Tuesday chosen by the brewmaster, $9 Growler refills on Monday, and kids eat free on Wednesday!

Then Come Home to Mill Rose Inn

After you’re done tasting what some of the best breweries in the Bay Area have to offer, come back to Mill Rose Inn and relax in the garden jacuzzi. For more ideas on what to do in the Bay Area, download our free vacation guide!

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!