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Finding hygge in Half Moon Bay and the Mill Rose Inn

March 7, 2017 by Mill Rose Inn

Experience hygge at the Mill Rose Inn

Fireplaces, rich food and cozy nooks are what the Danish experience of hygge is all about. 

We Americans could learn a thing or two from the Danes. For one, they sure know how to make a tasty pastry. The Danes are also well-known for having established a healthy work/life balance and for making the most out of life. In fact, Denmark continually ranks high in measurements of happiness. The country took the first place in the 2016 World Happiness Report. So where does all this happiness come from? Some attribute it to the country’s affinity for  a concept known as hygge (pronounced hoo-ga). Hygge is all about embracing the quaint and cozy aspects of life. Picture reading an engaging novel by the fireplace or drinking hot chocolate and playing board games with a small group of friends.

Hygge is about cozy wool socks and rich homemade foods, a kind of rustic comfort that delights the senses in a way that some more modern day conveniences such as texting and emails don’t. Candles are very hygge. So is coffee and cake.

Cookies can be very hygge.

Comfort food, such as our homemade  cakes and cookies are also very hygge.

Lately, we’ve been thinking about how hygge enters our own lives here at the Mill Rose Inn and in our coastal town of Half Moon Bay.

Naturally, we are fans of this cozy concept. We’re big on throw pillows, soft blankets and freshly baked goods. We even have homemade cakes and cookies available in our dining room at any given moment.

We’d argue that the town itself has a bit of a hygge leaning to it as well. The small town charm, easy beach access and ample open space  are all a throw back to simpler times.

The Coastside is also home to a variety of artists and artisans who take great pleasure in their work. Walk into the various shops and restaurants along Main Street and you’ll be treated to the products of local painters, chefs and jewelry makers. Many of the store owners like to carry the handiwork of their fellow Coastsiders. We’re sure they’ve likely drawn their inspiration from such a beautiful place.

How do you bring hygge to your life?

Hygge can be practiced in your own home, of course. However, if you’re looking for an adventure that still incorporates your favorite creature comforts, we might suggest a stay in Half Moon Bay here at the Mill Rose Inn. We just had  a lovely couple come and take advantage of our new celebration package . They said they were completely drained from their busy high tech jobs and just had to get away from it all.  They enjoyed a three-night stay at our cozy inn and remarked at how refreshed the felt after their stay. Couldn’t get more hygge than that.

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6 of the Best Places for Half Moon Bay Seafood

April 12, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Seafood


With so many mouthwatering Half Moon Bay seafood options, it is hard to choose favorites. The Pacific Coast offers a unique variety of seafood appetizers and entrees, from market-fresh crab to shrimp and salmon sandwiches to grilled entrees. Half Moon Bay seafood comes in many forms, and here are some of the best places to find them!

Half Moon Bay Seafood Market

A top-rated location for Half Moon Bay seafood is the Half Moon Bay Fish Market. This seafood distribution and catering service has fresh shipments of Half Moon Bay crab, Half Moon Bay oysters, Half Moon Bay salmon, and more. The market hosts a full variety of fresh seafood cooked onsite in a steaming crab pot. You will be guaranteed the best prices here, compared to local restaurants.

Sam’s Chowder House

Voted best seafood in the Bay Area, Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay serves authentic New England style seafood platters. Whether you dine at the restaurant or at the traveling Chowdermobile, you will have access to the house specialties. These include a shrimp scampi and linguini, seafood risotto, fried shrimp with anchor steam beer batter, and jumbo prawns stuffed with blue crab and wrapped in smoked bacon. Is your mouth watering yet?

Cowboy Fishing Co.

Located on Main Street, Cowboy Fishing Co. Brews & Bites has some of the best Half Moon Bay seafood options. While the food is local, fresh, and sustainable, the Cowboy Code will bring you a revived form of antiquated hospitality. Pair on-tap brews from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Dogfish Head, Green Flash Brewing Company, and more with seafood bites like smoked salmon crostini with goat cheese and outlaw fish tacos served with sweet and tangy slaw. Fresh catches include Cowboy’s specialty of crab as well as salmon, cod, tuna, and halibut.

Flying Fish Bar & Grill

Halfmoon Bay Seafood is served in a delectable variety of lunch favorites at Flying Fish Bar & Grill. Starters include crabby-cheesy bread, cod ceviche, prawn nachos, and shrimp cocktails. Fish and chips comes in multiple pairings, and you can select from scallops, prawns, calamari, halibut, or a combination. The fish tacos and seafood wrapps are popular, while the crab melt, ahi tuna steak, and salmon BLT sandwiches are popular Half Moon Bay seafood favorites.

Barbara’s Fishtrap

Serving Half Moon Bay seafood since 1971, Barbara’s Fishtrap has both a take-out and dine-in selection. If you’re planning on spending a day on the go, the take out window is a prime option. The full menu includes award-winning clam chowder, specialties of coastside calamari, fish and chips, or scallops tempura, and sandwiches that range from fish of the day to baby bay shrimp, dungeness crab, or a salmon burger. If you aren’t feeling fishy, go for the chicken tenders, surf burger, or garden salad. You can also get a glass or bottle of house wine or a beer to go.


For coastal comfort food, Flavor is a great Half Moon Bay seafood dining option. Flavor serves weekend brunch along with lunch, dinner, and drinks, making it a great option for a lazy mid-morning stop before exploring Half Moon Bay. The brunch menu includes dungeness crab cakes, smoked salmon, chicken and waffles, French toast, and a seafood scramble as well as traditional favorites.


Visit a Half Moon Bay Distillery 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


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.


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.


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!

Enjoy a Meal at Mezzaluna in Half Moon Bay

January 29, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Caprese at Mezzaluna in Half Moon BayTreat yourself to a delicious meal at one of the area’s best Italian restaurants, Mezzaluna Half Moon Bay.

About Mezzaluna in Half Moon Bay

Opened by three friends with many years of experience working in restaurants in the summer of 1993, Mezzaluna Italian Restaurant has been serving some of the best Italian food in Half Moon Bay to all of its diners. The owners wanted to create an eating environment that provides the highest quality ingredients including everything from their meat to their produce. They offer an extensive wine list including both California and Italian varieties, as well as a full-service bar. The Italian food served at Mezzaluna is inspired by contemporary Southern Italian flavors. They are located in the historic Princeton Landing building 20 miles south of San Francisco.

Mezzaluna Half Moon Bay Menu

Mezzaluna offers three different menus and their impressive wine list. For lunch or dinner start off with one of their amazing Antipasti e Insalate (Appetizers & Salads) such as the Insalata Caprese, which is adorned with sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and extra virgin olive oil. For your main course enjoy a Pasta, Carne e pesce (Meats & Seafood), or Pizze (Pizza) dish sure to exceed your expectations. Top your incredible meal off with a delicious dessert such as their Crème Brulee or Tiramisu. If you’re craving an excellent Italian dish, make sure to stop by Mezzaluna Restaurant during your Half Moon Bay visit.

Caffé Mezzaluna Half Moon Bay

Enjoy Southern Italy homemade delicacies at Caffé Mezzaluna! With omelets and eggs fresh made to order you’ll easily satisfy your hunger. During lunch, you can enjoy a grilled panini and other specialty sandwiches as well as salads, personal pizzas, and frittatas. The patio is pet-friendly so don’t feel obligated to leave your furry friend at home!

Other Great Half Moon Bay Restaurants

Half Moon Bay has a plethora of other fantastic restaurants. Check out this small list of other Half Moon Bay restaurants below to add to your trip itinerary.

After a delicious meal at one of Half Moon Bay’s fabulous restaurants, head back to Mill Rose Inn to rest. Our inn features distinctively decorated rooms that will make you feel right at home. Each room has a private bath, private entrance, European antiques. Walk through our breathtaking gardens and enjoy the beauty our inn and Half Moon Bay provide. For pure pampering take a dip in our garden jacuzzi, perfect for some alone time. Once your food coma is gone, join us for a gourmet breakfast delivered straight to your room or served in the dining room and garden courtyards. From French pastries to crepes and quiche, you are guaranteed to start your day off on a delicious note. After breakfast continue your exploration of the gorgeous Half Moon Bay. 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 and treating you to an unforgettable getaway.

Enjoy Great Comfort Food at Flavor Restaurant Half Moon Bay

December 18, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

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

About Flavor Restaurant Half Moon Bay

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

Flavor Restaurant Half Moon Bay Menu

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

Brunch Menu at Flavor Restaurant

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

Lunch Menu at Flavor Restaurant

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

Dinner Menu at Flavor Restaurant

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

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

Treat Yourself to the Best Seafood at Navio Half Moon Bay

November 6, 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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6 Reasons Why You’ll Love Half Moon Bay Downtown

October 16, 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 5, 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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3 Reasons It’s All About Half Moon Bay Coffee Company

September 25, 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!

The Best of the Restaurants Near Half Moon Bay

August 13, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

restaurants near half moon bay

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Located not an hour south of the amazing foodie destination of San Francisco, California, Half Moon Bay has the privilege of being influenced by the city’s great food culture – and it shows in the many wonderful restaurants near Half Moon Bay. Whether you are looking to explore the tastes of local seafood at the best restaurants in Half Moon Bay for seafood, experience the farm to table movement so famously embraced in Northern California (with a meal or a visit to the Coastside Farmer’s Market), or just want a comforting meal by the ocean, you’ll love what the restaurants near Half Moon Bay have to offer. Be sure to explore our exhaustive list of restaurants in Half Moon Bay CA.

Restaurants Near Half Moon Bay


  1. Barbara’s Fishtrap – This coast side classic serves many house specialties on their extensive menu of fresh fish straight from the Princeton Harbor. Half Moon Bay has long been known as a fishing port and promises visitors the treat of the lastest catch straight from the sea.
  2. India Beach – One of the newest restaurants near Half Moon Bay, India Beach is restaurateur Babu Singh’s latest Bay Area establishment. Known for their mouth-watering clay oven-baked dishes, this is a wonderful option for Indian food in the area and will be both affordable and authentic.
  3. Flavor – Serving up the ultimate California comfort food, this is the perfect place for a great meal on the water if you happen to be hanging out around Pillar Point Harbor. With and ocean view patio, you’ll thoroughly enjoy your yummy meal at Flavor.  
  4. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company – One of the staple restaurants near Half Moon Bay, both for their delicious and upscale take on the typical bar menu, their craft beers, and the sweeping ocean views, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is a must when you are looking for a meal in the area. Located just out of town, it’s the perfect bike ride up the Coastal California trail for lunch or dinner.
  5. Chez Shea – Known for the eclectic menu featuring local organic food, Chez Shea offers flavors from around the world in their quaint little dining room perfect for a romantic night out.
  6. Moss Beach Distillery – This is a historic ocean view dining room and, therefore, one of the best restaurants near Half Moon Bay for both the food they offer and the ambiance that accompanies it. Come take in a delicious meal or grab a cocktail on the patio, and don’t forget to ask your server about the Moss Beach Distillery ghost!
  7. Sam’s Chowder House – Don’t forget about Sam’s Chowder House for the premier fresh seafood dining experience among restaurants near Half Moon Bay. Grab a seat at the bar, in the dining room, or on the oceanfront patio, and see what the fisherman have caught today on this fresh-as-can-be menu. After your meal take a walk on the beach just steps away from your seat.



There is absolutely no way you will go hungry while visiting with all these amazing restaurants near Half Moon Bay, and we’ve really only begun to uncover the extensive dining options. Eating in Northern California is always a treat and a motivation for many visitors to this portion of the coast long known for valuing food. There are so many Half Moon Bay restaurants to try, you’re always guaranteed a great meal here!

For more ideas of things to do while in the area, check out this free Half Moon Bay vacation guide!