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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!

Our Guide to Butano State Park Hiking

December 23rd, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Butano State Park redwoodsThere is no better way to see the beauty of northern California than through Butano State Park hiking. From the towering redwoods to the park critters, you’re bound to enjoy your time exploring this magnificent state park.

About Butano State Park

In the coastal forested mountains just to the north of Half Moon Bay in the town of Pescadero, you’ll find one of the area’s most charming state parks. This land was preserved in 1957 through the Butano State Park, with the main purpose being to preserve more of the coveted coastal redwoods. Now one of the area’s best places to find a variety of hiking trails, to explore the towering redwoods and find woodpeckers, newts, and the rare Calypso orchids that many come specifically to find. Butano State Park hiking trails offer a variety of short and long loops for you to enjoy.

The change in elevation throughout the park, as well as the erratic coastal climate, means that hikers should be prepared with clothing layers. Don’t forget to pack plenty of water, snacks and to adhere to the Butano State Park’s strict no-crumb rules. Before heading out make sure to review the Butano State Park Map and Butano State Park Trail Map to make sure you are choosing the correct trails for your skill level and endurance. Butano State Park backpacking adventures led by a naturalist will be coming to the park in the summer of 2016.

Short Butano State Park Loops

  • Little Butano Creek Trail – This 4.3-mile hike gains 500 feet in elevation beginning at the parking lot near the entrance. Come explore this charming creek trail that will also get you up on one of the park’s ridges overlooking the valley below.
  • Little Butano Creek and Ano Nuevo –  For a great and longer variation of the Little Butano Creek Trail, a slight turn will give you 5.5 miles of hiking and even get you up to 1000 feet for more spectacular views, while you still get to enjoy the quaint lowland setting of the creek.

Long Butano State Park Loops

  • Grand Loop – This is the longest possible hiking route in the whole park, taking you meandering through its midst for 18 miles with a total elevation climb of 3,300 feet. There is no better way to explore the park than to truly devote a day or two to this epic trail where you will not only become deeply acquainted with the flora and fauna of this unique forest, but will also get some of the best panoramas of the valley available, and ends with an exciting creek crossing. There is a hike-in campground where you can stay along the way to break up two days worth of hiking on the Grand Loop.
  • Jackson Flats and Ray Linder Trails – This 14.2-mile loop is a full day hiking with significant climbs in elevation. This route will offer you a chance to see the numerous microclimates found within the park including redwood groves, along the creek, and up and down various mountain ridges. If you’re looking for a wildflower hike in the spring, this is a great option.

Hiking is one of the best ways to explore the region south of San Francisco where Half Moon Bay is found. One of the wonderful things about the area is that you can both enjoy the urban life and a redwood forest in one day, without feeling the strain of long travel times. After a day exploring the beauty that surrounds you, head back to Mill Rose Inn to rest. Located just minutes away from Butano State Park, we are in the perfect location for you to visit both Half Moon Bay and the beautiful neighboring state park. When considering taking a trip to the area and looking for more things to do in Half Moon Bay, CA, make sure to download our Half Moon Bay Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay and hearing about your adventures in Butano State Park!

 

Enjoy Great Comfort Food at Flavor Restaurant Half Moon Bay

December 18th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Pot Pie at Flavor Restaurant Half Moon BayEveryone enjoys a delicious meal in a beautiful setting, and Flavor Restaurant Half Moon Bay delivers that and more! From their decadent brunch to their gourmet dinner selections, Flavor offers something for everyone at your table.

About Flavor Restaurant Half Moon Bay

If you’re craving classic California comfort food, this is the restaurant for you. Since 2011, Flavor has been treating guests to the classic comfort food that the two owners and chefs grew up loving. Flavor has been delighting its diners with the fundamental idea of serving the best food with consistency, a fair price, the best ingredients, and a feeling a family from the staff. The co-owners, Devin Grant and Francisco Sanchez, both grew up in California with a taste for delicious comfort food.  

Flavor Restaurant Half Moon Bay Menu

Flavor is open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner and opens on the weekend for brunch and dinner. Offering their signature take on Pacific Coast comfort food, Flavor has something for everyone! A three-time winner of Open Table’s Diner’s Choice award, Flavor is a favorite hotspot for locals and travelers alike looking to take their taste buds on an adventure.

Brunch Menu at Flavor Restaurant

All you early risers out there do not want to miss out on a delicious and luxurious brunch from Flavor! Start your meal off with one of their delightful “Brunch Tails”, from a classic Bloody Mary that is sure to please, to Flavor’s signature Pillar Point Punch, you will not be disappointed. For your meal, look for their extensive Benedict selection. From the Dungeness Crab Cakes to the Corned Beef, there is a Benedict here for everyone to enjoy! Some of Flavor’s other staples include their two egg scrambles and their delicious waffles. No matter your choice, your meal is guaranteed to be delicious.

Lunch Menu at Flavor Restaurant

Lunch at Flavor will be anything but bland. From their soups and salads to their amazing homemade Pot Pies, your taste buds will be delighted with the variety of tasty choices that Flavor has to offer. They offer lunchtime classics such as a traditional warm tuna melt, but also offers a fine dining twist with their incredible garlic duck breast salad and fresh seafood pot pie. Whether you’re joining business partners or catching up with an old friend, Flavor is the place to be for a delicious lunch.

Dinner Menu at Flavor Restaurant

For the comfort of a home cooked meal in a fine dining setting, enjoy dinner at Flavor Restaurant. Start your meal off with one of their mouth-watering appetizers such as the smoked salmon crostini or the creamy burrata. Follow that up with the braised pork ragu or the garlic and roasted herbed chicken, and your meal is sure to be a delight! No meal is complete at Flavor without trying their always amazing signature soda, the Bundaberg, it compliments any meal to perfection.

After a delightful meal at Flavor Restaurant, make your way back to the Mill Rose Inn for some much-needed relaxation. Whether you head straight back to your room for some guaranteed alone time or make your way to our garden jacuzzi for an intimate soak among the fragrant rose bushes, your visit to Half Moon Bay will feel like perfection. For more information on things to do in Half Moon Bay feel free to download our free Half Moon Bay Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay and hearing all about your delicious meal at Flavor.

11 of the Best Things to Do in Pacifica, CA

December 11th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Pacifica Pier is one of the many things to do in Pacifica, CAPlan a trip to Northern California today and indulge in all of the wonderful things to do in Pacifica, CA. From outdoor activities to quaint wine bars, there is something for everyone in Pacifica, CA.

11 Top Things to Do in Pacifica, CA

  1. Devil’s Slide Trail
    This 1.3-mile multi-use trail is perfect for those seeking an outdoor adventure. Throughout the trail, there are provided outlooks for hikers, bikers, runners, and equestrians to view the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.
  2. Pacifica State Beach
    This crescent-shaped beach is one of California’s largest and is located at the southernmost part of Pacifica. This state beach features ample parking and is a great place to relax and watch local surfers catch a wave or two.
  3. San Pedro Valley Park
    The San Pedro Valley Park boasts a 1,052-acre area nestled amongst the Santa Cruz Mountain range. Whether you’re seeking a picnic or self-guided nature trail, this park has what you’re looking for. Make sure to leave your furry friends at home when visiting this park since no dogs or other pets are allowed.
  4. A Grape In the Frog
    This charming wine bar offers a lovely arrangement of wines from around the world. With their constantly changing wine menu, they offer wine by the glass, flight, or bottle.
  5. Sweeney Ridge Trail
    If you’re looking for a good hike, this is the trail for you. Wander through one of the four main walking paths that lead to the Discovery Site and enjoy the beautiful Pacifica scenery.
  6. Pacifica Pier
    This famous fishing pier is the perfect place to grab your next big catch or to take a walk over the Pacific Ocean. Located at Sharp Park Beach, you will find many great fish while fishing on the pier.
  7. University of Surfing
    Is it on your bucket list to surf the California coast? If so, head to the University of Surfing for some top of the line surfing lessons. Whether you want to learn in a group setting or prefer one-on-one, they have a lesson for you.
  8. Sea Bowl
    Sea Bowl is much more than just a bowling alley; it’s also an entertainment center! From classic bowling to their arcade, this is one of the best things to do in Pacifica, CA, with kids!
  9. Winters Tavern
    Get ready to rock at Winters Tavern! Order a glass or pitcher of your favorite beer and enjoy some great music.
  10. Shelldance Orchid Gardens
    Enjoy one of the unique Pacifica, CA attractions with a walk through the garden rooms and experience an impressive variety of plant life. From orchids to begonias you’re nearly guaranteed to find your favorite flower and bask in the beauty of your surroundings.
  11. Sanchez Art Center
    With the mission to “create community through art,” head to the Sanchez Art Center and check out the different art exhibitions. Whether you explore the Main Gallery, West Wing Gallery, or East Wing Gallery, you are bound to enjoy your visit to this great art center.

After spending your day exploring everything Pacifica, CA, has to offer, come back to the Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay to relax. Our award-winning boutique inn is renowned for our exuberant garden with year round color, comfortable rooms and suites, decadent culinary treats, and are located just a five-minute walk to the beaches, shops, galleries, and restaurants. We want you to have an absolutely wonderful experience during your visit which is why we have created this all-inclusive Vacation Guide. Download this free guide to find everything you need to know about the area from great places to eat to fabulous shopping and entertainment. We look forward to booking your stay.

10 of the Best Bay Area Trails for Everyone

December 4th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

One of the Bay Area TrailsEnjoy the beauty of Northern California by heading outside and taking advantage of the many Bay Area trails. From the gorgeous Half Moon Bay to the bustling San Francisco, the Bay Area has a lot of sights for everyone to see.

Your Guide to Bay Area Trails

  1. Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail
    Miles: 3.5
    Surface: Asphalt
  2. Purisima Creek Redwood
    Miles: 24
  3. Montara Mountain
    Miles: 7.5
  4. Berry Creek Falls
    Miles: 12
  5. Crystal Springs Reservoir Trail
    Miles: 13
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt
  6. Devil’s Slide Trail
    Miles: 1.2
    Surface: Asphalt
  7. Sweeney Ridge Trails
    Miles: 3.9
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt
  8. San Francisco Bay Trail
    Miles: 33.5
    Surface: Asphalt
  9. Centennial Way Trail
    Miles: 2.85
    Surface: Asphalt
  10. Crocker Park Recreational Trail
    Miles: 2.5
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone
  11. Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach
    Miles: 6.8
    Surface: Asphalt
  12. San Francisco Embarcadero
    Miles: 5.8
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete
  13. Lands End Trail
    Miles: 2
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

Whether you’re looking for hiking trails in the Bay Area, Bay Area bike trails, or Bay Area dog trails, this guide has it all. All of the trails are located near one of the most beautiful Bay Area cities, Half Moon Bay. Nestled on the Pacific Coast between forested hills and some of the most magnificent coastlines in the world, you’ll find the charming community of Half Moon Bay, California. The city lies on the coast of San Mateo County, approximately half an hour south of San Francisco. Half Moon Bay boasts a year-round Mediterranean climate with daily temperatures ranging from 60 to 70-degrees. Visitors enjoy panoramic views while hiking, biking, horseback riding, golfing, or kayaking.

For guests who expect extraordinary personal service, warm hospitality and attention to detail, the Mill Rose Inn of Half Moon Bay is a destination not to be missed. This award-winning boutique inn is well-known for its lush garden with year-round color, comfortable rooms and suites, and decadent culinary treats. The inn is an easy five-minute walk to the local beaches, shops, galleries, and restaurants in the vibrant Half Moon Bay. The Mill Rose Inn invites you to relax and be pampered in the comfortable luxury of an English country garden by the sea. The innkeepers and their staff welcome you into a world of tranquility and romance.

When you stay at our romantic, luxury inn, a lavish gourmet breakfast will be delivered to your room, served in the dining room, or offered “al fresco” for you in either of our garden courtyards. You can take a walk in our delightful oasis that features hundreds of perennials, annuals, and more than two hundred rose bushes. A tropical flower-filled gazebo shelters our intimate spa. Prepare for ultimate relaxation and renewal in this setting. Our customized massages will melt away tension and stress. Our certified massage therapists are professionally trained, experienced, and are specialists when it comes to relaxation.

After an eventful day outdoors exploring the beautiful area around us, come back to the inn and relax. For more information about Half Moon Bay, CA, including delicious eateries, great shopping, and amazing accommodations, make sure to download our free Vacation Guide to assist in your planning. We look forward to booking your stay here at the Mill Rose Inn!

The Best 10 Things to Do in San Mateo

November 25th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

things to do in San MateoWhether you are looking for things to do in San Mateo this weekend or for your vacation in a few months, use this guide to find out all of the incredible things this great city has to offer.

Top 10 Things to Do in San Mateo

  1. San Mateo Japanese Tea Garden
    The San Mateo Japanese Garden is a must-see attraction when visiting. As one of the finest tea gardens in California, there is much more to enjoy than just the tea. From the granite pagoda to the koi pond and bamboo grove, there are beautiful sights to be seen at this garden.
  2. Coyote Point Recreation Area
    This recreation area is one of the best things to do in San Mateo with kids. It offers a variety of activities including picnicking, swimming, fishing, sailing and much more. You can’t miss the giant, castle-and-dragon-themed playground bound to let your child’s imagination go wild.
  3. Sawyer Camp Trail
    This two-way traffic trail is one of the best known attractions in San Mateo County. Whether you’re a hiker, equestrian, or bicyclist, you will enjoy this great trail.
  4. CuriOdyssey
    CuriOdyssey is the perfect place to bring the whole family. From their science and wildlife exhibits to their educational programs, your kids will leave with a sense of wonder.
  5. Central Park
    Located in downtown San Mateo, these 16.3-acre park has a little something for everyone to explore!
  6. Laurelwood Park
    Enjoy the natural beauty with a visit to Laurelwood Park. With picnic tables and plenty of open space, enjoy a day outside!
  7. Escape Games
    San Mateo offers a few escape games. Escape games are a mixture of a game and team-building exercise. Imagine yourself locked in a room with up to 10 other players who have to work together to find your way out. This is a great way to strengthen relationships and have some fun doing it!
  8. Seal Point Park
    Grab Fido and head down to Seal Point Park. As one of the most popular and spacious parks in the area, it offers both big and small dog park sections. Surrounded by trails and grassy hillsides, you’re guaranteed to get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful city of San Mateo.
  9. Junipero Serra Statue
    As the leading force behind the founding of the many California missions, this tribute statue is a must see for all visiting the area.
  10. Horseshoe Lake
    The perfect place for some great walks and hiking! Head to Horseshoe Lake for a nature-filled day with beautiful sights!

For more information on this city, make sure to visit the San Mateo tourism website.

Plan Your Trip!

Make your visit complete with a stay at Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay. Located less than 15 miles away from San Mateo, CA, this is the perfect place to stay for a relaxing evening after an eventful day in the city.  The drive from San Mateo to Half Moon Bay will give you an opportunity to visit the San Pulgas Water Temple, halfway between San Mateo and Half Moon Bay. From our delicious gourmet breakfast to our serene garden Jacuzzi, you are guaranteed to enjoy your stay at our inn. Our rooms are distinctively decorated with private baths, private entrances, and European antiques where you can enjoy your delicious breakfast delivered directly to your room. For more information on Half Moon Bay and the surrounding area make sure to download our free Vacation Guide! We look forward to booking your stay with us and can’t wait to hear all about your adventures in San Mateo!

Top 10 List of Things to See on Highway One in California

November 20th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Road trip on Highway One in CaliforniaExplore the West Coast the best way possible with a ride up Highway One in California! Whether you’re in it for the beaches along Highway 1 or just the beautiful drive, this is one road trip you have to add to your bucket list!

10 Things to See on Your Highway One California Road Trip

  1. San Diego
    Enjoy your time in San Diego exploring the sunny city. From the giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo to the amazing nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego is full of fun just waiting to be discovered.
  2. Huntington Beach
    This classic beach town will leave you wanting to relax by the water all day long. Whether you want to bicycle down the oceanfront paths, catch a few waves, or just soak in the rays, you’ll have a wonderful time visiting Huntington Beach.
  3. Los Angeles
    California’s largest city, also known as The City of Angels, is constantly bustling with tons of things to do. From the famous Santa Monica Pier to Pink’s Hot Dogs, Los Angeles has a little something for everyone.
  4. Santa Barbara
    This city is a must-see for its beautiful architecture. With inspiration from Spanish architecture, Santa Barbara is more than just a pretty sight.
  5. Santa Ynez Wine Country
    This is a must-see stop on your Highway 1 scenic drive. Who doesn’t love Wine Country? It’s time to slow down, relax, and enjoy with a nice glass of merlot, or other wine of your choosing. There are plenty of wineries to visit, including Sunstone Winery, which features a neat wine cave.
  6. Hearst Castle
    What’s a road trip without visiting a castle? This 165-room, 127-acre plot of land is a must see. From the gorgeous architecture to the gardens, fountains, and pools, you must add this to your things to do on Highway 1 bucket list.
  7. Big Sur
    Where the redwoods meet the ocean is an absolutely breathtaking sight. Travel along this 90-mile stretch of coastline with plenty to see along the way such as Bixby Bridge and McWay Falls.
  8. Monterey & Carmel
    From the well-known Monterey Bay Aquarium to The Carmel Mission, there is nothing but beauty in these Northern California towns. Rent bikes and explore the artsy town of Carmel-by-the-Sea or check out the aquarium’s bat-ray petting tank, no matter what you decide to do, you’re guaranteed to have a great time visiting these towns.  
  9. San Francisco
    This trip is not complete without a visit to beautiful San Francisco, CA. From the Golden Gate Bridge to their iconic downtown home architecture, this is another city full of hustle and bustle.
  10. Half Moon Bay
    Step away from the busy city and don’t forget to visit the quaint little town of Half Moon Bay. Besides the beautiful beaches and trails, Half Moon Bay is home to the Mill Rose Inn. Make a point to stop by and spend a day or two enjoying this gorgeous inn in our one-of-a-kind town. From downtown to amazing restaurants, Half Moon Bay will leave you wanting to come back again. For more information on our wonderful city, download our free Vacation Guide. We can’t wait to book your stay with us during your Highway One road trip!

 

5 Fantastic Things to Do at the Año Nuevo State Park

November 13th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Elephant Seals at Año Nuevo State ParkAño Nuevo State Park in Pescadero, CA, is best known for the approximately 10,000 elephant seals who return yearly to breed. Not only does this state park offer this amazing opportunity to watch elephant seals in their natural habitat, but it also brings families from all over the world! On top of the amazing sights, Año Nuevo State Park weather is nearly perfect year round. Winter daytime averages rarely drop below 60 degrees leaving you with a perfect day exploring the beautiful scenery.

5 Things to Do at the Año Nuevo State Park

  1. Hike the Trails at Año Nuevo State Park
    Explore Año Nuevo State Park through its five different hiking trails including Año Nuevo Point Trail, New Years Creek and Steele Trails, Franklin Point Trails, and Whitehouse Canyon Trails.

    The Año Nuevo Point Trail is a 3-4 mile hike, round-trip. On this trail, you can see much more than just the elephant seals. The trail begins near the Marine Education Center and theater, which used to be the cattle barn and horse barn of the Steele Ranch. About 400 feet beyond the starting point you’ll come across the 5-ton remnant of the Point Arena’s hull. After meeting with the New Years Creek Trail, you’ll hike above an earthen dam that is home to many endangered species such as the red-legged frog. Following the earthen dam, you’ll see the beauty of Cove Beach. The natural preserve section of the trail is only accessible with a valid permit or during a guided tour.

    The New Years Creek and Steele Trails are considered connector trails, but they offer much more than just that. On the New Years Creek Trail, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the California quails who call the northern end of the trail home. With beautiful scenery and a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, don’t miss out on this trail. The Steele Trail is rather short but takes you past the historic Dickerman-Steel house.

    The Franklin Point Trails include Franklin Point, Whitehouse Creek, Atkinson Bluff, and Cascade Creek Trails. Franklin Point Trail winds throughout dunes to a secluded beach while the Atkinson Bluff Trail connects Franklin Point to Whitehouse Creek and Cascade Creek. Crisscross your way through a now-rare coastal prairie habitat by hiking both the Whitehouse Creek and Cascade Creek trails

    Finally, the Whitehouse Canyon Trails will provide you with a beautiful walk through the redwoods.
  2. Surf at Cove Beach
    This beach stretches 1 mile from the Año Nuevo cliffs to the San Mateo/Santa Cruz county line. Visitors to this beach come for a multitude of reasons from a world-class surf break to seeing the different types of local animals.
  3. Get Married at Año Nuevo State Park
    With all of the surrounding beauty, this would be a perfect place to profess your commitment to the one you love. If you are interested in getting married in Año Nuevo State Park, you will need to obtain a permit by emailing SMPermits@parks.ca.gov.
  4. See the Elephant Seals at Año Nuevo State Park 
    The elephant seal’s breeding season begins when the males arrive in December. After about 4 to 6 weeks after the seal pups are born, they will start to molt their black fur coat to reveal a shiny silver coat. For more information on the elephant seals, make sure to check out the park website.
  5. Take Guided Walks at Año Nuevo State Park
    Finally, if you are not adventurous or just prefer a guided walk over a hike, be sure to make a reservation. From guided seal walks to other specialty walks, Año Nuevo State Park has you covered.

After an enjoyable day at Año Nuevo State Park, come back to Mill Rose Inn and relax. Located in beautiful Half Moon Bay, we would love to host you. After a great night’s sleep you will receive a gourmet breakfast delivered right to your room. For more information about Half Moon Bay make sure to download our Vacation Guide.

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