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Why Burleigh H. Murray Ranch is Definitely Worth a Visit

March 15, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

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

Architecture

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

History of Burleigh H. Murray Ranch

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

Burleigh-Murray Ranch Trail

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

Ranch to Inn

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

Visit a Distillery in Half Moon Bay for the Best Spirits

March 2, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Bartender Making Drink

There are several Half Moon Bay restaurants and Half Moon Bay breweries, but only two major distilleries. Half Moon Bay Distillery and Moss Beach Distillery are worth a visit particularly because of their individual stories. While one tells the story of an Austrian town that was part of the distillery business for centuries, while the other tells the story of “The Blue Lady,” a famous resident ghost. Up your alcohol game from beer to spirits (both alcoholic and ghostly) by visiting a distillery in Half Moon Bay!

Half Moon Bay Distillery

History

Half Moon Bay Distillery was established in 2012 by Ulli and Caesar Bisono. Ulli was raised in Austria in the northern Alps, where farmers in her hometown have been distilling fruit brandy for centuries. She became a small business owner in real estate before moving to the California coast and fulfilling her dream of owning a distillery. Her husband, Caesar, was born in New York but spent summers with his grandparents in the Dominican Republic. Sticking with his Dominican heritage, Caesar became a connoisseur of fine liqueurs, from rum to whiskey and gin. He spent his early career as a jockey before moving to Northern California to manage an equestrian event facility. After meeting Ulli and working with a gold-medal-winning Austrian distiller, he was officially introduced to the art of distilling.

Products

Half Moon Distillery distributes to several retail outlets as well as bars and restaurants. Just a few of these include Sun Valley Market, Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Company, Flavor Coastal Comfort Food, the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club, and Via Uno. Specialty products at this distillery in Half Moon Bay are top-shelf Purissima Vodka and bar-strength yet smooth Harvard Avenue Gin. Half Moon Distillery also features a cocktail of the month using one of their spirits, such as the Harvard Avenue Gin Gimlet, a blend of gin, fresh lime juice, Rose’s Lime Syrup, and fresh mint leaves.

Moss Beach Distillery

Ghost Story

Alcohol isn’t the only spirit at the haunted Moss Beach Distillery. “The Blue Lady” is a ghostly fixture, featured on Unsolved Mysteries and The Legend of the Blue Lady. According to legend, over 70 years ago, a woman fell in love with a pianist, though she was already married to another man. She was killed while walking on the beach below the restaurant with her lover, and she is said to still be searching for him. Unexplained activities at this distillery in Half Moon Bay include mysterious phone calls from no one, levitating checkbooks, locked rooms form the inside without any other means of entry, and women diners losing one earring mysteriously.

Dining

Moss Beach Distillery used to be one of the most successful speakeasies of the 1920s, but now serves as an oceanside restaurant, bar, and event space. Sunday brunch is a specialty, including menu items such as smoked salmon benedict, pulled pork rancheros, and the California coastal omelet along with a bottomless glass of sparkling wine or mimosa. The all-day menu starts off with kale and quinoa salad or an oyster shooter before diving into entrees such as a yellowfish tuna sandwich, wild mushroom ravioli, pan-seared filet mignon, crab and avocado quesadilla, or Frank’s fish and chips. The dog-friendly patio also includes a pooch menu that features bacon slices, grilled chicken breast, and a bowl of kibble. The real menu at this distillery in Half Moon Bay is the cocktail menu, featuring signature drinks such as a Pomegraniti, Poison Apple, Cucumber Apple Press, and of course The Blue Lady.

Take a Cab Back to Mill Rose Inn

After indulging in some spirits from a distillery in Half Moon Bay, be sure to take a cab ride back to Mill Rose Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast by the sea. Soak away your troubles in the Garden Jacuzzi or rest in one of many elaborate yet charming rooms before waking up to a delicious homemade breakfast! For more information on what to do in Half Moon Bay, download our free vacation guide!

Why You Need to Visit the Coastal Repertory Theatre

February 26, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Coastal Repertory Theatre seatsWhile you enjoy your stay in Half Moon Bay, make sure to check out the amazing Coastal Repertory Theatre and their current plays!

About the Coastal Repertory Theatre

For 24 seasons, the Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay has been bringing comedies, dramas and musicals to audiences in the Bay Area.  Founded in 1986, their goal was to bring high-quality theatrical entertainment to the Coastside.  The theater found a permanent home in 1993 at the Mel Mello Center for the performing arts.  The theatre features a holiday production every year which have included A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, and A Christmas Carol. This non-profit theatre draws its talent from all over the coast side and surrounding Bay Area. The Coastal Rep Theatre features an intimate 158 seats which create a cozy and homey experience. The overarching goal of the theatre is to provide a multitude of performances that bring out many emotions in their guests. Whether you’re looking for something that is joyous, hilarious, touching, provocative, inspiring, and or all of the above, you are guaranteed to have an entertaining evening.

Where to Eat

While you could spend a fortune on a broadway play in nearby San Francisco, for that same price, or even less, you can enjoy a gourmet dinner at one of the fabulous restaurants in Half Moon Bay. If you’re in the mood for comfort food, make sure to check out Flavor. If seafood is more your style, make sure to check out one of the many fabulous restaurants throughout Half Moon Bay. Some of our guests’ favorites include Princeton Seafood Company Market and Restaurant, Barbara’s Fishtrap, and Sam’s Chowder House. Finally, if you’re looking for a restaurant within walking distance of the Mill Rose Inn, visit Pasta Moon. In Half Moon Bay there are many delicious options that are guaranteed to satisfy your palate.

Where to Stay During Your Visit

 

When making travel arrangements to the Half Moon Bay area, check out a relaxing stay at Mill Rose Inn. This Four Diamond AAA award-winning inn offers six guest suites complete with private entrance, hand-painted fireplaces, and claw bath tubs. The Mill Rose Inn is nestled away for peace and quiet but within walking distance to the beach. Retreat to the lush gardens with hundreds of blooming flowers and rose bushes and even a gazebo with private spa. A gourmet breakfast is served each morning in the dining room or guests have the option to have their meal delivered to their room. French pastries and crepes, fresh fruit and omelets aside juices and coffee make for a complete and delicious meal to start the day. After a night on the town at the theater, be sure to find your way back to the Mill Rose Inn for a comfortable, unforgettable stay. For more information on things to do in Half Moon Bay, make sure to request our free Half Moon Bay Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay and helping you plan the perfect Bay Area getaway.

The Best Places to Find California Native Plants

February 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.

Play a Round at Half Moon Bay Golf Links

January 21, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Golf at Half Moon Bay Golf LinksSpend part of your time in the Bay Area enjoying one of the best golf courses, Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

About Half Moon Bay Golf Links

Located directly on the California coastline, Half Moon Bay Golf Links is one of Northern California’s only luxury golf resorts. Equidistant from San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, this course attracts locals and visitors alike. This course features 36 holes of oceanfront golf where you will occasionally notice a light ocean breeze during your game. With two courses to choose from, The Old Course and The Ocean Course, you are guaranteed to find something with both a challenge and beautiful view. The Old Course was built in 1973 by the legendary course designer Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane. As for The Ocean Course, it is considered the only true links course in the Bay area.

Other Golf Courses Near Half Moon Bay

  • Crystal Springs Golf Course
    This golf course offers a unique San Francisco Golf experience with its champion-style course that provides a challenge for even low handicap golfers. The holes range from a short par-3 hole to a short par-5 hole making this course ideal for every level of golfer.
  • Mariners Point Golf Course & Driving Range
    If you’re looking for a beautiful place to improve your game, book a tee time at Mariners Point Golf Course or visit their driving range. With over 60 practice stalls on a variety of surfaces, a driving range, and 9-hole par-3 golf course, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect spot to improve and lower your handicap. These facilities are open every day of the week to accommodate your schedule!
  • Emerald Hills Golf Course
    This 9-hole, par-3 course is labelled as “the toughest 9-hole course in Northern California,” so if you’re looking for a challenge, this is the perfect course for you. Emerald Hills Golf Course is open year round including holidays and host a plethora of tournaments, leagues, instructions, and junior camps. As most of the shots are either uphill or downhill you will enjoy the challenge and improve your golf game easily!
  • Poplar Creek Golf Course
    Located just off of Highway 101, Poplar Creek Golf Course has a lot to offer its visiting golfers. This course averages over 70,000 rounds of golf a year making it one of the most popular courses in this section of the state. You can conveniently get you tee reservations online or in the Pro Shop during their hours of operation.

Enjoy the perfect golfing getaway in the beautiful Northern California. With these excellent courses to choose from, make sure you are also choosing the best lodging in the area at the Mill Rose Inn. After travelling to the area, enjoy a great night’s sleep in one of our luxurious rooms and wake up to a delicious gourmet breakfast. Whether you decide to eat your incredible breakfast in your room, the dining room, or the garden courtyard, you will be recharged and ready to spend a day on the course. For more information on things to do in Half Moon Bay, make sure to request our free Half Moon Bay, CA, Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay!

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.

Why is the Half Moon Bay Harbor So Famous?

December 31, 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!

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!

5 Fantastic Things to Do at the Año Nuevo State Park

November 13, 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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