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Treat Yourself to the Best Seafood at Navio Half Moon Bay

November 6th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Navio Half Moon Bay Grab your significant other or a group of friends and treat yourselves to a delicious seafood meal at Navio Half Moon Bay. From the comfortable California-inspired design to the exceptional seafood dishes, you are guaranteed to have a meal you’ll never forget. Navio chefs always use the freshest ingredients, which means their menu is constantly changing to deliver you the best meal possible.

Navio Half Moon Bay Breakfast Menu

Start your day off right with a luxurious breakfast from Navio. Their breakfast menu features a juice bar where you can order freshly squeezed juices, fresh housemade juices, and fresh blended smoothies. Whether you’re desiring a classic freshly squeezed California orange juice or a signature Aloha Twist, Navio has you covered. For your meal, you can choose to indulge in their three egg omelet filled with goat cheese, fresh herbs, and sausage or their coastal benedict with Dungeness crab, artichoke spread, and lemon hollandaise. No matter the choice, your meal is guaranteed to be delicious.

Navio Half Moon Bay Dinner Menu

After an eventful day around Half Moon Bay, head over to Navio for a delectable dinner. Start with their Hawaiian Tuna Tartare or Monterey Cuttlefish to give your palate the perfect start to a divine meal. If you’re in the mood for seafood, order something off of their “Ocean” section such as the Fort Braggs Black Cod or George’s Bank Scallops. If seafood is not your thing, order from the “Land” section of the menu where you can choose from a delicious Brandt Farms Prime Grilled Steak or Pan Roasted Liberty Farms Duck Breast. No matter what you choose, you’ll be delighted with the fresh, savory food.

Navio Half Moon Bay Recipes

Navio Half Moon Bay has a special section of their website for those who want to bring Navio dishes into their own kitchen. You can often find recipes for some of their delicious meals online, ranging from pumpkin cheesecake to chorizo chickpeas. Your Navio Half Moon Bay experience doesn’t have to end when you leave Half Moon Bay. Bring the deliciousness of this restaurant home with you.

Navio Half Moon Bay Eno Wine Bar

If you’re in the mood for a nice glass of wine head, over to the Eno Wine Bar. Here you will find an upscale Bay Area wine bar with a top-of-the-line selection of wines, cheeses, and chocolates. The wine bar features a custom-built wine room with picturesque ocean views, and unique glassware. Reservations are not required at Eno Wine Bar, so feel free to stop by anytime they are open.

Navio Half Moon Bay is conveniently located just 11-minutes south of Mill Rose Inn. After your decadent meal, head back to the inn for a luxurious night stay. Take advantage of our Mill Rose Inn Grotto Massage and let all of your remaining stress melt away. Our massage therapists are well trained, experienced, and are specialists when it comes to relaxation! They pull from a wealth of modalities to provide your own unique experience. Our therapists specialize in Couples Massages, 4-Handed Massages, and Individual Massages. If you’re looking to do more in Half Moon Bay while you’re visiting, make sure to download our free Vacation Guide. In the guide you’ll find all the best places to dine, shop, and top of the line accommodations. We look forward to your stay here with us at Mill Rose Inn.
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What is the Best Half Moon Bay Fish Market?

October 29th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Fish Market

While visiting the California coast, it is necessary to get a fresh fish meal. The coast, and Half Moon Bay, in particular, is full of amazing eateries that serve the best, freshest fish either prepared for you or caught right from the water ready to be your dinner that evening. Whether you like fresh halibut, or you prefer shrimp there are plenty of Half Moon Bay fish markets with delicious seafood for you!

The Best Half Moon Bay Fish Market

There is nothing better than a meal cooked with the freshest ingredients. Head on over to one of the best Half Moon Bay fish markets in the area guaranteed to give you the supplies needed for the delicious meal you have planned.

Princeton Seafood Company Market and Restaurant

Since 1979, Princeton Seafood Company Market and Restaurant has been one of the leading places to pick up fresh seafood for locals. Originally beginning as a fish wholesale company, business starting booming which evolved into the full-service seafood marketing and restaurant we all know and love today. With old family recipes and local flavors, Princeton Seafood Company remains one of the best in all of Half Moon Bay. Princeton Seafood is located on Pillar Point Harbor. Visit their website for days and hours of operation or call them at (650) 726-CRAB (2722).

Half Moon Bay Fish Market

As one of the most popular fish markets, Half Moon Bay Fish Market offers an abundance of seafood options. They are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are located at 99 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, CA, and you can reach them at (650) 726-2561.

Straight From the Water

Nothing says fresh fish more than buying it directly from the man or woman who caught it. With Dungeness crab season just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to get the best seafood available in Half Moon Bay.

Pillar Point Harbor

As one of the only places where you can buy fish directly off of the boat, Pillar Point Harbor is one place you can’t miss. Boats are typically docked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and product varies each day. Before you head out to the harbor, give the harbor office a call for a message about what is on sale that day. They typically have everything from halibut to rock cod and even tuna. Prices vary depending on your choices and the season, but generally run less expensive than an established store. After picking up your choice from the harbor, head over to Princeton Seafood Company where they will clean and fillet your new purchase. While you’re at the harbor you might as well enjoy everything they have to offer. From whale watching or even fishing for your own catch, Pillar Point Harbor will keep you busy all day.

After visiting Princeton Seafood Company or Pillar Point Harbor, come back to the Mill Rose Inn to rest for the next eventful day ahead of you. Get a great night’s rest and enjoy our complimentary breakfast. The gourmet Half Moon Bay breakfast is delivered to your room, served in the dining room, or offered al fresco in either of our garden courtyards. The menu includes fresh juices, fruit, French pastries, homemade bread, crepes, omelets or quiche, and your choice of beverages. Complete your trip by checking out our Vacation Guide with all of the best information on what to do, what to eat, and where to stay in Half Moon Bay!


How to Celebrate a Fantastic Half Moon Bay Christmas

October 24th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay ChristmasChristmas is such a wonderful time of the year filled with family, friends, and joy. There is no better way to spend your holidays than with a beautiful Half Moon Bay Christmas! With gorgeous weather and merry events, this will be one holiday season you’ll remember forever.

Half Moon Bay Christmas Events

Santa’s Tree Farm and Village

Since 1972, Santa’s Tree Farm and Village has been delighting families of all ages with their festive 487-acre choose and cut Christmas trees. With six different species of trees to choose from, you and your family will be able to find the perfect tree for your living room this Christmas. With every tree purchase, you can enjoy complimentary hot cider and candy canes as you make your way over to Santa’s Village. Santa’s Village offers both free and paid activities for the whole family to enjoy. At no cost, you can enjoy a festive puppet show, visit with Santa, meet and greet with the various characters around the village, and walk through the Sleigh Bells Gift Shoppe. For a small fee, you can attend Storytime with Mrs. Claus while you’re sipping a hot apple cider, receive a personalized letter from Santa and work along the elves at the Christmas Stocking Decoration Station. You may also join in on the What’s Behind the Tree “Treasure Hunt,” play putt-putt with Rudolph and Frosty, and board The Santa Express. There is so much to do at Santa’s Tree Farm and Village that you could stay a whole day! They are open from November 22nd through December 24th. Make sure to check their website for update events.

Lemos Farm

Starting the day after Thanksgiving, Lemos Farm turns into a magnificent winter wonderland of fun. Here you can hop on their Hay Ride and browse their Christmas tree field to choose the perfect tree for you and your family. For a quicker trip through the field, board the Choo-Choo Train, which adds a festive touch to your holiday. Lemos Farm also has a pony ride, a play town, and a petting zoo. To check out the prices of all their activities, including unlimited passes, visit their website.

Night of Lights

On December 4th from 6-9 p.m., head to Half Moon Bay’s downtown to see the magical Night of Lights. Night of Lights is a good, old-fashioned holiday event hosted each year on the first Friday in December. View all of the trees decorated with sparkling lights and stay out late shopping, as many of the stores have extended hours for all of your holiday shopping needs. Don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony at Mac Dutra Park, the Parade of Lights down Main Street, and the carolers and musical entertainment.

Where to Stay for Your Half Moon Bay Christmas

Enjoy everything Half Moon Bay has to offer during Christmastime with a stay at the Mill Rose Inn. With lavish holiday decorations, you will feel right at home while enjoying Half Moon Bay Christmas. To learn more about Half Moon Bay while you’re planning your visit, make sure to download our free Vacation Guide where you’ll find all of our favorite activities, eateries, and more!

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6 Reasons Why You’ll Love Half Moon Bay Downtown

October 16th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay DowntownWhile you’re visiting Northern California, take the time to enjoy the great restaurants, shopping and nightlife in Half Moon Bay’s downtown area. Whether you’re on a quest for fashionable clothing or delicious local cuisine, Half Moon Bay downtown offers an endless source of shops and restaurants all within your reach.

Stay with us at the Mill Rose Inn and stroll through the historic downtown to find the hidden gems of local antiques and scrumptious Californian food. Shop the latest fashions, grab something to eat at a local hot spot, and stop by all the visitors’ must-see sites. Use this Half Moon Bay downtown guide to find exactly which places you should spend your time!

  1. Pasta Moon
    Located on 315 Main Street, Pasta Moon serves the best authentic Italian food in the area. While wandering around Half Moon Bay stop by this charming restaurant for a wonderful lunch or dinner experience. With an excellent selection of wine to choose from, you will have no problem finding the perfect one to pair with your entrée. The delicious food, and not to mention friendly service, makes for a wonderful time! End your meal with the classic Italian dessert, Tiramisu!
  2. Cetrella Bistro and Cafe
    If you are looking for a fine dining experience, Cetrella Bistro and Café serves delicious food with great service in a wonderful atmosphere! All the food is prepared with fresh ingredients, adding to the already divine cuisine. Even though the menu changes seasonally, you can always enjoy brunch, dinner or just a cup of coffee at this quaint establishment. Cetrella is definitely something to talk about!
  3. Sushi Main Street
    Sushi Main Street, the best sushi in Half Moon Bay, offers delicious fresh food prepared to perfection. For all of you sushi lovers out there, pop into this charming restaurant and satisfy your palate with a simple California rolls or one of their specialty rolls. Sushi Main Street is serving Japanese food at it’s finest!
  4. Coastside Books
    Coastside Books has served Half Moon Bay since 1972 with a carefully edited selection of current fiction, biography, history, science and nature books. Located in the historic Half Moon Bay downtown, wander through this store full of books and cards made by independent artists and design companies.
  5. Toque Blanche
    From cookbooks and cookware, Toque Blanche offers visitors to the area with a fantastic selection of household goods. Stop by this adorable store and pick up a gift for a friend or something just for you! When you stock your kitchen with the cookware at Toque Blanche, you’ll never forget the time spent in Half Moon Bay downtown.
  6. The Posh Moon
    Looking for the perfect dress for a night on the town? Or a beautiful statement piece? This cute Parisian boutique in the quaint town of Half Moon Bay offers a wide selection of chic, trendy clothing for you to choose from! The Posh Moon is a style wonderland you won’t want to leave. Fill your suitcase to the brim with a lovely collection of clothing, accessories, household goodies, and more! It is nearly impossible to leave this store empty handed!

Half Moon Bay downtown is full of amazing treasures just waiting to be discovered. Just minutes from downtown, our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast’s rooms and suites are beautifully decorated. The Mill Rose Inn is the perfect place to relax and recharge from the day’s activities. Your stay always includes a full gourmet breakfast in the morning, so you’ll be able to take on the day ahead of you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Enjoy a Gourmet Italian Meal at Pasta Moon in Half Moon Bay

October 5th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Pasta Moon Half Moon BayPasta Moon Ristorante & Bar makes it their mission to support local farmers and ranchers as well as provide guests with fresh, eco-friendly gourmet meals. Their menu is constantly rotating depending on what’s in season. They are so dedicated to this mission, they even provide an infographic on their website showing which fresh produce is best depending on the month!

Pasta Moon Half Moon Bay Menu

Depending on the time of year, the menu may be different as it is frequently changing. Here are some featured items from their designated menus during fall.


On top of an ever-rotating menu, Pasta Moon in Half Moon Bay also offers daily specials that incorporate fresh produce from local farmers. For lunch, Pasta Moon offers antipasti, insalata, zuppa, pizza, house-made pasta and second piatti, the second course. To start your experience at Pasta Moon Ristorante & Bar, order a serving of their house marinated olives or fritto misto, which is fresh Monterey Bay calamari and rock shrimp adorned with fennel, Castelvetrano olives, red onion, lemon aioli. Next enjoy a classic caesar salad or Pasta Moon’s own clam chowder. For your entree, you’ll be delighted with the squid ink linguine or summer peach pizza. Make sure to view their full lunch menu for other wonderful options.


Everything is made in-house and fresh for the guests at Pasta Moon. Enjoy a hearty homemade Italian dinner that won’t leave you wanting another bite! Dinner, much like lunch, has antipasti, pizza, insalata and zuppa, housemade pasta, and second piatti options. To start, enjoy the homemade bruschetta with caramelized onion jam, fresh ricotta, arugula, and prosciutto. Next treat yourself to a delicious entree of butternut squash and mascarpone ravioli or minted pappardelle. If you’re not in the pasta mood, try the eggplant parmesan made with the freshest ingredients. Don’t forget to check out their full dinner menu for other delightful meals.

Dessert & Beverages

Finally, complete your scrumptious meal with an authentic dessert. Whether you want to try the traditional tiramisu or triple chocolate sorbetto, you will leave with a pleased palate. Not only does Pasta Moon in Half Moon Bay offer a great selection of desserts, they also have an extensive wine & cocktail menu. Some of their signature cocktails include the Flipped Over the Moon, which is a combination of Four Roses Bourbon, campari, benedictine, and plum bitters. They also offer the Derby Doozy, made of bourbon, mint, apricot, lemon, and Angostura Bitters  and the Coastside, comprised of Wodka Vodka, honey, lemon, fresh thyme, and prosecco. Check the full dessert and beverage menus for other signature concoctions.

Pasta Moon in Half Moon Bay Specials and Events

Whether you are in the mood for happy hour or live music, Pasta Moon has you covered. The self-proclaimed best happy hour in town runs from 5-7 pm during the week where you can find $5 draft beer, $6 wine by the glass, $5 cocktail creations, and $15 pizza.

Every year Pasta Moon presents the VinItaly, wine tasting extravaganza.There are over 75 wines to taste from each of Italy’s 20 wine tasting regions. On October 10th, Pasta Moon is presenting their 12th annual VinItaly for 2015.


Pasta Moon is the perfect place to have an authentic Italian meal while you are staying at the Mill Rose Inn. Less than half a mile away, you can either walk or take a short drive to Pasta Moon from our inn. Book your stay with us today. We can’t wait to host you! For more information on Half Moon Bay download our free Vacation Guide!

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Where is Princeton by the Sea?

September 28th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

princeton by the sea

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Princeton by the Sea is a lovely little, unincorporated community just north of Half Moon Bay and adjacent from the famed Pillar Point Harbor. Though the Mavericks Surf Competition is typically attributed to the town of Half Moon Bay, it is in fact held in Princeton by the Sea, meaning that this sleepy little community of under 300 residents is quite the tourist attraction during the winter months of massive waves. Surrounded by farmland on two sides, and the commercial fishing harbor on a third, when the surfers aren’t in town this sleepy seaside town is a wonderfully relaxing place to visit while in Half Moon Bay.

Where is Princeton by the Sea?

The quaint Princeton by the Sea is only 35 highway miles south of San Francisco, and less than five miles up the coast from downtown Half Moon Bay. It is the ideal place to stop for a beer or seaside lunch if you’re heading south from the city on Route 1. Princeton by the Sea proper is home to numerous attractions like restaurants, harbors and surf spots that are often attributed to Half Moon Bay as well, so there are plenty of things to do in this quiet town.

What is There to Do in Princeton by the Sea?

As an unincorporated community, many of the village’s addresses are attributed to Half Moon Bay. Princeton by the Sea is where you’ll find famous local haunts like the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and Barbara’s Fishtrap. The Brewing Company is known throughout the Bay Area for its local craft brews of both year-round staples and seasonal treats. Barbara’s Fishtrap is one of the best places to get a fresh off the boat seafood meal, and is literally a stone’s throw from the fishing dock. The famous Mavericks wave is also technically in Princeton by the Sea, which is one of the main reasons that this once very sleepy little town now has multiple hotels and restaurants to serve the influx of guests in town during the big wave season.

What is Mavericks?

Aside from being Princeton by the Sea’s biggest attraction, Mavericks is a world class surf wave that hosts an annual competition. During the winter months the Mavericks wave is known to rise up to 60 feet high, and can be so ferociously explosive that it can actually be recorded on the Richter scale. While it is one of the world’s most celebrated swells, it is inevitably one of its most treacherous as well, having taken the lives of many people throughout the years. Half Moon Bay native, Jeff Clark, was the first person to surf the big wave in 1975, just a high schooler at the time. He has been surfing Mavericks for the past 40 years.

The competition, now known as Titans of Mavericks, takes place sometime within the season, which opens January 1st and runs through March 31st. In the preseason, hopeful competitors head to the area to show off their skills with the hopes of being one of the 24 finalists chosen to compete during the official showdown. Competitors are watched closely by the C5, as the judges are known, during the preseason months and are judged according to a list of criteria.

For more ideas of things to do while visiting the Half Moon Bay area, download this free Vacation Guide!

3 Reasons It’s All About Half Moon Bay Coffee Company

September 25th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

half moon bay coffee companyIf you’re the kind of person who has to have your coffee first thing in the morning no matter where in the world you are, then rest assured that when you head to vacation on the California Coast, you can stop by the Half Moon Bay Coffee Company for a fix any time of the day. Serving some of the best coffee in the region, alongside a delicious menu of both breakfast and lunch, the Half Moon Bay Coffee Company is more than just a coffee shop, it’s both a restaurant and a community gathering place for people who appreciate fresh brewed coffees and locally sourced food.

3 Reasons to Visit the Half Moon Bay Coffee Company

  1. The Coffee
    Most importantly, the Half Moon Bay Coffee Company takes their coffee seriously. Not only do they offer a full espresso menu of every drink your heart might desire, but they also sell a long list of whole bean coffees. A bag of coffee is a great thing to take home with you after your travels to the Northern California Coast, and will make a great gift and even stocking stuffer now that the holidays are approaching. Stop in for a latte or cappuccino and check out our beans in every variety you can imagine from the classic French Roast, to Tanzanian Peaberry and Costa Rican Tarrazu. Whatever your weakness might be, you’re sure to find it here!
  2. Half Moon Bay Coffee Company Menu
    It’s hard to resist a classic baked good when you stop in to the Half Moon Bay Coffee Company for a steaming cup of joe. Their croissants and other bakery items are fresh every morning and just waiting to be paired with your favorite caffeinated beverage! Aside from these goodies, you can also look forward to their breakfast all day menu, and lunch service which begins everyday at 11 am. They are known for their breakfast rice and variety of egg dishes and griddle creations. At lunch you can look forward to fresh soups and salads, hot and cold sandwiches, and even things like burgers and chicken tenders. If you’re traveling with kids, don’t worry they have plenty of options on their kids menu, and make some of the best hot chocolate in Half Moon Bay.
  3. Location Location Location
    The Half Moon Bay Coffee Company is ideally located right downtown within walking distance from all the area’s attractions, including the Mill Rose Inn! It is just one mile from the oceanside also! Their location makes them the perfect places for communal gatherings, so you’re sure to be met with friendly and smiling faces when you stop in for a treat. You’ll be tempted to pop in for a drink or snack every time you pass!

Half Moon Bay is full of wonderful food and beverage establishments like the Half Moon Bay Coffee Company. You’ll have a great way exploring and eating your way through the area as you discover the other local haunts along the way.

For more ideas of things to do and see while here download this Free Half Moon Bay Vacation Guide!

How to Really Enjoy La Nebbia Winery

September 18th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

la nebbia winery

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Northern California is known as wine country throughout the world. While Half Moon Bay isn’t in Napa Valley, there are many winemakers producing exceptional wines with grapes from the famed valley to the north and other regions in the area. Being such a culinary-centered town, every Half Moon Bay winery is a great addition to the food and beverage scene here, and make for great things to see while visiting.

La Nebbia Winery, located in the hills above Half Moon Bay, is a no exception in the quality of wine they produce, and the pleasant experience they offer. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just enjoy the occasional glass with dinner, you’ll love exploring this small establishment and their great knowledge about the age-old craft of making wines.

The History of La Nebbia Winery

La Nebbia Winery production dates back to 1934 when John Gemello brought his winemaking expertise of Italy to the Santa Clara Valley in California and produced fine red wines with locally grown grapes. In the 70s that same winery was relocated to Half Moon Bay and renamed Obester Winery. The Gamello label was expanded to produce Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese and sparkling wines. As the millennium turned over, so did the winemaking at this winery. Kendyl Kellogg returned to Gemello’s roots, renaming the winery once again to its current name, La Nebbia Winery, and producing those full bodied reds inspired by the motherland.

La Nebbia Wines

La Nebbia’s tasting room is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. A classic five-wine flight is a mere ten dollars and comes with light snacks, as well as the complementary glass to take home. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful outdoor area with bocce ball. If you would like to tour the winery you can do so by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead. Here are some of the wines you can taste and buy when you visit La Nebbia Winery

White Wines

  • 2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma County
  • California Sparkling Wine
  • 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast
  • 2012 Riesling, Santa Ynez Valley

Red Wines

  • 2010 Merlot, Paso Robles
  • 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2011 Pinot Noir, California
  • 2012 Zinfandel, Lodi

Dessert Wines & Ports

  • 2013 Orange Muscat
  • 2013 Black Muscat

Barrel to Bottle at La Nebbia Winery

Keeping to this winery’s tradition of engaging the local community as they make their delicious wines, La Nebbia Winery offers Barrel to Bottle Days throughout the year. People are welcome to come with their empty jugs and bottles and fill them up with premium wines at an economical price. There are still 3 days left to enjoy this great treat this year, so try to catch them on November 7th for white wine, or November 14th and December 5th for red wine. Enjoy a tasting while you’re there!

La Nebbia Winery is a stable foodie establishment in Half Moon Bay and is sure to round out your eating and drinking experience nicely while you are in the area. Aside from their delicious wines, they are also located on a beautiful property that is a treat to enjoy when you visit.

For more ideas of things to do while here, download this free Half Moon Bay Vacation Guide!

4 Things to Do at Pigeon Point Lighthouse

September 8th, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Pigeon Point LighthouseThe Pigeon Point Lighthouse is located just down the coast from Half Moon Bay in Pescadero, California, which is a mere 50 miles south of San Francisco. Though its original Fresnel lense is no longer in operation, the structure itself is quite beautiful to visit, and the surrounding grounds are a truly stunning example of not only the breathtaking coastline you’ll find along this stretch of California’s Pacific rim, but also the vibrant life there.

Whether you’re looking for a nice place for a morning walk, a great beach to hang out on for a day, or to learn something about the area’s history, a visit the Pigeon Point Lighthouse will fulfil your desires. When visiting the light, be sure to dress in layers, as the weather can change quickly and dramatically, with afternoons typically being quite windy. There are restrooms onsite as well.

4 Things to Do at Pigeon Point Lighthouse

  1. Learn About the Pigeon Point Lighthouse
    The Pigeon Point Day Use Area is open 7 days a week from 8am to sunset, with tours of the grounds hosted Thursday through Monday from 10am to 4pm. These tours are the best way to learn about the Pigeon Point Lighthouse and its fascinating history. Though the light has not been open to the public since 2001, it’s surrounding grounds are just as beautiful and rich a way to learn about it. No longer using its original Fresnel lense, it is still a U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation.
  2. Enjoy the Beach
    At the northern tip of the Pigeon Point Road you’ll find Pistachio Beach where you can enjoy a quiet patch of sand on the Pacific. While the water is typically quite cold, you may be lucky enough to see some whales out at sea, or even some seals sunning on the beach!
  3. Bird Watching at Pigeon Point
    Pigeon Point Lighthouse is one of the ideal places in the area for bird watching. Whether you’re a seasoned birder or someone who just enjoys taking in a new-to-you area’s wildlife, you’ll be sure to see a diverse selection of stunning sea birds at the Point. The combination of its accessibility alongside deep ocean waters make it the perfect place to see birds, though the weather and season will vary your experience. The best times of year to catch the birds out at Pigeon Point Lighthouse will be during migratory seasons in early spring and again in the fall.
  4. Take a picnic to Pigeon Point Lighthouse
    There are a few picnic tables out by the lighthouse that are a beautiful spot for a bite to eat, whether you’ve picked something up at a local restaurant, or brought along some snacky treats to enjoy. You can also take your picnic straight to the beach and watch the waves crash in. Be sure to anticipate some of that famous Pacific wind either way.

There are so many wonderful places to explore along the Half Moon Bay coastline like Pigeon Point Lighthouse, and you truly won’t find one that isn’t absolutely amazing. If you have yet to discover this part of Northern California, make sure to get to planning your trip! For some ideas of things to do in Half Moon Bay during your visit, download a copy of our free vacation guide!


Have You Visited the Half Moon Bay Distillery?

September 1st, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

half moon bay distilleryIf you’re a sucker for craft cocktails and small batch spirits, you’ll love spending time in Half Moon Bay where people like the artisans at the Half Moon Bay Distillery are serving their community only the best. Whether you’re a mixed drink kind of person, or want to sip something neat to really experience the subtle flavor notes and to feel of it in your mouth, you’ll be in awe of the premium spirits behind the bar at the Half Moon Bay Distillery. If you’re less concerned with the specific spirits or fancy cocktails and are just looking for a charming spot on the water to spend your cocktail hour, again, you won’t find any place better in the area than the Half Moon Bay Distillery.

About the Half Moon Bay Distillery

Owners Ulli and Caesar Bisono found themselves united in their lives for finely distilled liquors via very different life paths. Ulli is Austrian born and raised and grew up drinking the equivalent of American moonshine – fruit brandy from the Alps. Liquor taxes were oppressively high in Austria, which led most people to distill their own spirits, which has become a fine art over the generations. Ulli brings those generations of experience and love for the art of distilling to the Half Moon Bay Distillery, where her husband compliments her passion with his own roots in the Dominican Republic. While his romance with spirits began with the native rums, he quickly grew to love whiskies and gins as well. This dynamic duo has a great talent for the finicky craft of distilling, and you’ll never be disappointed by a spirit they produce.

Half Moon Bay Distillery Products

  • Purissima Vodka is the first top-shelf product that the Half Moon Bay Distillery has begun to distribute to bars and retailers throughout the Bay Area. This 100 percent grain vodka is made from scratch, by hand and completely on site. Named for the town of Purissima, one of the earliest settlements along this stretch of coast, the town is known for becoming a ghost town after the river flooded in the 1920s. It is said to be haunted to this day.
  • The Harvard Avenue Gin is a 90 proof small batch gin released in May of 2015. Call or email the Half Moon Bay Distillery if you want to get your hands on their limited stock of this delicious earthy gin.

Visit the Half Moon Bay Distillery

Located out at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, the distillery is well worth the visit when you are in the area, whether fancy spirits are your thing or not. The great views, friendly atmosphere, and delicious drinks are enough to keep people coming back, connoisseurs or not. Each month the Half Moon Bay Distillery features their cocktail of the month so when you’re stopping by be sure to look for the latest concoction.


The Half Moon Bay Distillery is among the most highly recommended food and beverage establishments in the area. For more ideas of places to get the best meals and drinks in Half Moon Bay, check out this free vacation guide!