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The Best Places to Find California Native Plants

February 18, 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 12, 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 4, 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 Beautiful Day at the Pacifica State Beach

January 15, 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 8, 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.

Our Guide to Butano State Park Hiking

December 23, 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!

 

11 of the Best Things to Do in Pacifica, CA

December 11, 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 4, 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 25, 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!

Where is Princeton by the Sea?

September 28, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

princeton by the sea

Photo Credit: Martin Stein / Flickr

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.

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