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Here Are 5 Amazing Hikes in Half Moon Bay

March 25, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Hikes in Half Moon Bay

The California weather offers year round opportunities for outdoor activities. Enjoy the fresh air and explore the area and what the natural environment has to offer from sandy beaches to redwood forests. If you’re looking for some amazing hikes in Half Moon Bay to embark upon during your stay at Mill Rose Inn, these 5 spectacular trails are at the top of the list!

Purisma Creek Trail

The Purisma Creek Trail in the Redwoods Open Space Preserve overlooks Half Moon Bay from the slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ancient redwoods, a flowing creek, and lush greenery, berries, and wildflowers are all views along this trail. The Coast Redwoods are simply spectacular to stand beside, making this one of the most awe-inspiring hikes in Half Moon Bay. These trees are the tallest in the world, growing up to 360 feet (36 stories) and one of the oldest in the world, with the oldest known tree at age 2,200. That goes back quite a few generations!

Mavericks Cliffs Trail

One of the easier hikes in Half Moon Bay is the Mavericks Cliffs Trail, a 2.5-mile walk along the cliffs overlooking the beach. Beautiful ocean views will stand out from your height on the cliffs, while seals and other ocean life may make appearances near the harbor along the rock pier. Mavericks is known for its huge surfing competitions, so you’re bound to see someone catching a wave below on swells that can get up to 80 feet high!

Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail

The Coastside Trail in Half Moon Bay State Park offers incredible ocean views, access to multiple beaches along the route, and wonderful nature viewing opportunities. One of the most popular hikes in Half Moon Bay, this trail runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean along what once was the Ocean Shore Railroad. Red-tailed hawks, red-winged blackbirds, and blue herons frequent the trail for you birdwatchers out there, while equestrian trails and beachfront properties will also catch your eye. The paved trail from the Half Moon Bay State Beach Visitor Center is a great place to start, stretching two miles in total. A branch-off trail will give you access to Venice Beach, while the main trail merges into Mirada Road and leads to the Miramar Beach Restaurant, which is a brilliant spot to watch the sunset while dining with ocean views.

Blufftop Coastal Park

Nestled between Half Moon Bay State Beach and Wavecrest is Blufftop Coastal Park, a coastal prairie with sweeping views. As far as hikes in Half Moon Bay go, this one has trails for a variety of activities from bicycling to horseback riding. Monterey cypresses grow along the creek bed bank, forming a dividing line between Wavecrest and Blufftop, while the inverted flatbed rail car that is Seymour Bridge connects them. Steep descents are slightly challenging but not difficult, and bird watching is prime, from Kingbirds and Loons to Pelicans and Gulls!

Burleigh H. Murray Ranch

The Burleigh H. Murray Ranch is located in a beatufiul, historic barn and farm setting. The surrounding trails are peaceful and calm inside the valley, away from the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. Pick blackberries as you hike, and gaze upon magnificent Eucalyptus and alder trees. Rolling hills and grassland lead up to the bubbling creek and a picnic location. The stone work around the barn will bring you back to a rustic era, while the quiet landscape allows you to fully relax.

Relax After Your Hikes in Half Moon Bay

After participating in these hikes in Half Moon Bay, come back to Mill Rose Inn and soak your aching muscles in the garden jacuzzi. Then crawl into your comfortable bed, open the windows, and listen to the sea as you fall asleep. 

 

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.

Photo credit: benketaro / Flickr

Half Moon Bay State Beach is Fantastic

March 7, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

 

Half Moon Bay State BeachOne of the features of Half Moon Bay, CA that keeps drawing visitors in year after year is our selection of pristine and picturesque beaches. The Mill Rose Inn is located in the heart of charming Half Moon Bay, close to the Pacific Ocean.  Half Moon Bay State Beach is an ideal place for beach lovers to visit, as it is made up of several of the loveliest beaches on the west coast. With miles of sandy coastline to explore, it can be difficult to decide where to begin your adventures, so here are a few things to know about Half Moon Bay State Beach.

 

Half Moon Bay State Beach spans about 4 miles along the coast of California and adds up to approximately 180 acres.  Part of the California state park system, Half Moon Bay State Beach consists of four beaches: Roosevelt Beach, Dunes Beach, Venice Beach and Francis Beach.  The park was created in 1956 and continues to be a popular destination for beach-goers to this day.

 

Popular activities on Half Moon Bay State Beach include sunbathing, picnicking, fishing and surfing. The water is cold year round and currents, so caution should be exercised when contemplating a swim.  The legendary Mavericks surfing location is in Half Moon Bay State Beach, where big wave surfers flock for some of the biggest waves around.  Waves at Mavericks often crest at over 25 feet and sometimes reach over 80 feet.  Taking these potentially dangerous conditions into consideration, only experienced big wave surfers should take on Mavericks, but watching surfers take on the waves from the shore or cliffs is an experience in itself.

 

The popular Coastside Trail offers several miles of hiking alongside Half Moon Bay State Beach.  A horse trail runs parallel to the Coastside Trail for those who want to experience Half Moon Bay State Beach on horseback.   Another location of interest is Pillar Point Harbor where commercial fishing boats launch and marine sanctuary waters can be accessed.  Marine sanctuary waters are a good place for fishing, recreational boating and wildlife watching.

 

Half Moon Bay State Beach is home to a variety of native California wildlife, including a colony of rare Western Snowy Plover. Other notable species include sea lions, harbor seals, elephant seals, mountain lions, gray foxes and coyotes.  The waters of Half Moon Bay State Beach are often good places for whale watching, where dolphins and whales can be spotted.

 

After a day on Half Moon Bay State Beach, Mill Rose Inn is the perfect place to come back and relax.  Our decadent rooms and suites offer classically elegant decor with all the modern conveniences travelers have come to expect.  Each room has its own private bath, cable television, complimentary wireless internet access and a well stocked refrigerator with complimentary beverages. Many rooms feature hand painted fireplaces and claw foot bathtubs, providing the ideal environment for unwinding after your fun in the sun.  And each stay includes a full champagne breakfast in the morning, so you’ll start each day off on the right foot.  Choosing to stay at our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast is a wonderful way to ensure that your time in the area will be truly memorable.  Find your favorite room and begin planning your Half Moon Bay getaway today!

 

 

Photo courtesy dailylifemojo.