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Flowers abound at Filoli and the Mill Rose Inn

April 6, 2017 by Mill Rose Inn

Sunken garden at Filoli

Filoli is home to many beautiful flowers.

If you’re a fan of flowers, a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Filoli. A beautiful estate just a 20 minute drive from the Mill Rose Inn.

Built between 1915 and 1917, the historic estate is simply a delight to come see. The ornate, Georgian-style home that stands on the Woodside property is worth a visit for its old-world elegance. However, one could argue that it’s the surrounding gardens that are the most enchanting.

You are free to explore the property on your own or you can sign up for a guided tour. Either way you will be immersing yourself in all of the lovely colors and fragrances the place has to offer.

We believe the popularity of the estate speaks to the universal appeal of flowers.  Have you ever fantasized about escaping your fast-paced life to just relax in a garden? Nestled in the shade on a sunny day, birds chirping, water gently running through a fountain … This stuff is the material for guided meditation tapes for a reason. The gardens at the Filoli Estate and the Mill Rose Inn each evoke this sensual appeal — an ever-shifting bounty of color blooming a variety of graceful shapes.

Daffodils and tulips  are currently taking center stage in the garden at Filoli. Soon, however, it will all be about the roses.  At the Mill Rose Inn our garden is currently blooming with poppies, hydrangeas and jasmine. A beautiful display of color and scents. Of course, we’re known for our roses too.

In fact, did you know that when Terry and I were first establishing the Mill Rose Inn in the late ’70s we were told by a local nursery that roses don’t grow well on the coast? That we should consider other types of flowers? My European heritage brought me both the love of roses and persistence not to be deterred by this notion. So after doing our own research  on what types of roses might thrive in our coastal climate, we went ahead and planted our rose garden anyway.

My favorite rose is the hybrid tea rose. Here is one in our garden at the Mill Rose Inn.

Today our visitors often remark at how healthy our flowers look. Much of that can be attributed to their care as we have custom organic food prepared for us that results in shiny, healthy green leaves and large flower heads.

You may also notice that our flowers are even more vibrant than the ones you’ll find at Filoli. We have the fog to thank for that. A little more sun comes to Woodside than our coastal town, and the sun will bleach the flowers out a bit which lends them a more pastel-like hue. On the other hand, the addition of a little more sun also intensifies the flower’s perfume.

I love sitting out in our garden when I can to enjoy all the beautiful flowers.

A man named William Bourn and his wife Agnes are responsible for building the Filoli Estate. After the devastating earthquake and fire struck the Bay Area, many wealthy families moved from San Francisco to the peninsula to build their estates. Filoli is the only one of its era that still stands.

The name Filoli comes from the first two letters of the words Fight, Love and Live. William’s credo had been  “To fight for a just cause; to love your fellow man; to live a good life.”

The design came from a combined effort. William hired one man to design the estate and another to design the garden. He even hired  one woman whom he tasked specifically with selecting the various plants. All contributed to the style which emulates a Renaissance style with a California flair that can still be observed today.

Filoli is open to the public from February to October. You can book your tickets for Filoli online here but be sure you get there in enough time. Even though they close at 5 p.m., the staff will not let you in after 4:30 p.m., because there’s lots to see.

In addition to regular tours, Filoli offers a variety of special events from jazz concerts in the summer to holiday entertainment. You can learn more about the special events here.

After your stroll through Filoli, you can come back and luxuriate in our private jetted-spa. You could even spend a good portion of your day simply enjoying our garden — watching the world go by from under a gazebo.

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Buy Fresh From the Coastside Farmers Market

July 16, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Coastside Farmer's MarketDo you enjoy fresh, crisp apples, red tomatoes, or juicy pears? We at the Mill Rose Inn surely do! Along with summer comes the annual opening of farmer’s markets. There are some outstanding farmers markets in and around the Half Moon Bay area to check out during your stay.  One market in particular is the Coastside Farmers Market!


This local market is bursting with sights and smells that will not only make you hungry but also leave you wanting to cook a delicious fresh meal for family and friends when you return home. There isn’t anything better than eating an amazing meal outside with the sun setting as your background, and having the sound of crickets fill the air as hours of conversation fill your night and make a lasting memory. You’ll find everything you need to take home to create that unforgettable dish at the Coastside Farmers Market.


The Coastside Famers Market has had the privilege and pleasure of creating two thriving markets that have become important pieces in the sustainability of young local farmers, supporting the established family farms, and preserving the treasured agricultural heritage of Coastside! The Market is a famer-directed Certified Market designed to link Coastside residents with their neighbors- local ranchers, fisherman, famers and culinary artisans that produce some of the most beautiful, nutritious and creative food in the world. The Half Moon Bay location is open every Saturday from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. One of the best things that you will experience when you come stay with is the finest locally grown food the area has to offer!


One fantastic thing about the Coastside Famers Market is the numerous sponsors they have. The Market could not continue to provide the locals and tourist alike with all the fresh produce with out the support of their sponsors! Fly girl farms, Triple Delight Blueberries, Fresh Corn, Farmer Johns veggies, Go To Chocolate and more, the food is local and amazing!  In 2014, the Coastside Farmers Market was ranked Best Famers Market on the Bay Area A List!  This Market is truly the best on the coast.


With a diverse selection of fresh fruits and vegetables at great prices, the Coastside Famers Market is sure to give you the best produce in the area! Whether you are looking for the perfect tomatoes for your bruschetta or the juiciest strawberries for your jam, the Market has it all! Pick up incredibly fresh lettuce, rainbow chard, basil, zucchini and more. Not only does the Market offer fresh produce, but also prepared foods. Stop by the Sukhis stand and sample some of the most delicious Indian food in the area. A trip to the Market is always an unforgettable experience.


While out enjoying the Coastside Farmers Market, you get in touch with the community and you might meet a friend from the inn. Maybe you will make a new one while deciding which apple to turn into your Grandmother’s famous apple pie. After wandering through this fantastic Market, head back to the Mill Rose Inn and relax for the evening in our gardens or in a luxurious room. Our charming bed and breakfast is an amazing spot for locals and travelers alike. We can’t wait to see you!



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