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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. 

 

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!

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.

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.

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!

Top 10 List of Things to See on Highway One in California

November 20, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Road trip on Highway One in CaliforniaExplore the West Coast the best way possible with a ride up Highway One in California! Whether you’re in it for the beaches along Highway 1 or just the beautiful drive, this is one road trip you have to add to your bucket list!

10 Things to See on Your Highway One California Road Trip

  1. San Diego
    Enjoy your time in San Diego exploring the sunny city. From the giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo to the amazing nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego is full of fun just waiting to be discovered.
  2. Huntington Beach
    This classic beach town will leave you wanting to relax by the water all day long. Whether you want to bicycle down the oceanfront paths, catch a few waves, or just soak in the rays, you’ll have a wonderful time visiting Huntington Beach.
  3. Los Angeles
    California’s largest city, also known as The City of Angels, is constantly bustling with tons of things to do. From the famous Santa Monica Pier to Pink’s Hot Dogs, Los Angeles has a little something for everyone.
  4. Santa Barbara
    This city is a must-see for its beautiful architecture. With inspiration from Spanish architecture, Santa Barbara is more than just a pretty sight.
  5. Santa Ynez Wine Country
    This is a must-see stop on your Highway 1 scenic drive. Who doesn’t love Wine Country? It’s time to slow down, relax, and enjoy with a nice glass of merlot, or other wine of your choosing. There are plenty of wineries to visit, including Sunstone Winery, which features a neat wine cave.
  6. Hearst Castle
    What’s a road trip without visiting a castle? This 165-room, 127-acre plot of land is a must see. From the gorgeous architecture to the gardens, fountains, and pools, you must add this to your things to do on Highway 1 bucket list.
  7. Big Sur
    Where the redwoods meet the ocean is an absolutely breathtaking sight. Travel along this 90-mile stretch of coastline with plenty to see along the way such as Bixby Bridge and McWay Falls.
  8. Monterey & Carmel
    From the well-known Monterey Bay Aquarium to The Carmel Mission, there is nothing but beauty in these Northern California towns. Rent bikes and explore the artsy town of Carmel-by-the-Sea or check out the aquarium’s bat-ray petting tank, no matter what you decide to do, you’re guaranteed to have a great time visiting these towns.  
  9. San Francisco
    This trip is not complete without a visit to beautiful San Francisco, CA. From the Golden Gate Bridge to their iconic downtown home architecture, this is another city full of hustle and bustle.
  10. Half Moon Bay
    Step away from the busy city and don’t forget to visit the quaint little town of Half Moon Bay. Besides the beautiful beaches and trails, Half Moon Bay is home to the Mill Rose Inn. Make a point to stop by and spend a day or two enjoying this gorgeous inn in our one-of-a-kind town. From downtown to amazing restaurants, Half Moon Bay will leave you wanting to come back again. For more information on our wonderful city, download our free Vacation Guide. We can’t wait to book your stay with us during your Highway One road trip!

 

What is the Best Half Moon Bay Fish Market?

October 29, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Fish Market

While visiting the California coast, it is necessary to get a fresh fish meal. The coast, and Half Moon Bay, in particular, is full of amazing eateries that serve the best, freshest fish either prepared for you or caught right from the water ready to be your dinner that evening. Whether you like fresh halibut, or you prefer shrimp there are plenty of Half Moon Bay fish markets with delicious seafood for you!

The Best Half Moon Bay Fish Market

There is nothing better than a meal cooked with the freshest ingredients. Head on over to one of the best Half Moon Bay fish markets in the area guaranteed to give you the supplies needed for the delicious meal you have planned.

Princeton Seafood Company Market and Restaurant

Since 1979, Princeton Seafood Company Market and Restaurant has been one of the leading places to pick up fresh seafood for locals. Originally beginning as a fish wholesale company, business starting booming which evolved into the full-service seafood marketing and restaurant we all know and love today. With old family recipes and local flavors, Princeton Seafood Company remains one of the best in all of Half Moon Bay. Princeton Seafood is located on Pillar Point Harbor. Visit their website for days and hours of operation or call them at (650) 726-CRAB (2722).

Half Moon Bay Fish Market

As one of the most popular fish markets, Half Moon Bay Fish Market offers an abundance of seafood options. They are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are located at 99 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, CA, and you can reach them at (650) 726-2561.

Straight From the Water

Nothing says fresh fish more than buying it directly from the man or woman who caught it. With Dungeness crab season just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to get the best seafood available in Half Moon Bay.

Pillar Point Harbor

As one of the only places where you can buy fish directly off of the boat, Pillar Point Harbor is one place you can’t miss. Boats are typically docked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and product varies each day. Before you head out to the harbor, give the harbor office a call for a message about what is on sale that day. They typically have everything from halibut to rock cod and even tuna. Prices vary depending on your choices and the season, but generally run less expensive than an established store. After picking up your choice from the harbor, head over to Princeton Seafood Company where they will clean and fillet your new purchase. While you’re at the harbor you might as well enjoy everything they have to offer. From whale watching or even fishing for your own catch, Pillar Point Harbor will keep you busy all day.

After visiting Princeton Seafood Company or Pillar Point Harbor, come back to the Mill Rose Inn to rest for the next eventful day ahead of you. Get a great night’s rest and enjoy our complimentary breakfast. The gourmet Half Moon Bay breakfast is delivered to your room, served in the dining room, or offered al fresco in either of our garden courtyards. The menu includes fresh juices, fruit, French pastries, homemade bread, crepes, omelets or quiche, and your choice of beverages. Complete your trip by checking out our Vacation Guide with all of the best information on what to do, what to eat, and where to stay in Half Moon Bay!

 

Take Advantage of the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Tides

June 11, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

fitzgerald marine reserve tides

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In Moss Beach, California, about 15 minutes north of Half Moon Bay, visitors flock to witness the world shift caused by the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Tides. Thought to be one of the most biodiverse areas in the entire state, the pools are home to thousands of species that are best witnessed during low tides. This is a spectacular place to explore whether you’re a marine biology hobbyist or just enjoy beautiful ocean views and a stroll on the beach. This spot is definitely worth seeing if you’re in the area.

Explore the Tidal Pools

People have been coming to investigate this phenomenon since the early 1900s, and it is no less wonderful now than it was then. Be sure to check the tide pool chart when you are planning to visit the reserve to make sure that there will, in fact, be a low tide during daylight. While it often happens, it isn’t every day of the month. You can visit when it isn’t low tide, but you will see significantly more crawling and swimming creatures when the waters are shallower.

The tide pools are full of a variety of crab, anemone, starfish and octopus species, just to name a few. There are usually seals sunning on the beach, and the springtime is high time to see their adorable pups out alongside them. There are tours available throughout the day if you are hoping for some proper education on the natural wonders of the tide pools. There are numerous resources on the website that will prepare you in this way for your trip to the reserve, as well as educational videos. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is another good resource to learn about the wonders you will see while here.

Take Care

While there are many reasons to witness the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tides change, there are a few things to keep in mind while here. The rarity of the ecosystem demands that guests take special care when heading out to witness the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tides and what they leave behind when they head back out to sea. The reserve opens at 8 am each morning, and the closing times vary and are posted at the park. Dogs are not permitted at the park because of the of the area’s fragility, and for the same reason people are not allowed to take anything from the property. This is a place to be observed with eyes, and guests are even advised not to touch anything while here, and to tread tenderly. If you’re coming with a group of more than ten you are required to make a reservation.

 

If exploring the outdoors is a passion of yours, this area of Northern California is definitely for you. While the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tides are just the beginning of the glorious wonders you can see in the San Francisco Bay Area, it also one of the most unique outdoor experiences you’ll find. From cypress and redwood forests to the great coastal mountains, there are many great things to do in Half Moon Bay. For more ideas, check out this free vacation guide.

 

 

The Best Kayaking in Half Moon Bay

April 7, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

kayaking in half moon bay

Photo Credit: Dennis M via Flickr

A Pacific coast bay known for its giant surf, massive whale migrations and plethora of seaside restaurants serving up some of the best fresh seafood, it’s hard to avoid ocean-centered activities when you visit. In fact, many of our guests here in downtown Half Moon Bay, California at the Mill Rose Inn come to the area specifically to enjoy the sea adventures offered by this Northern California destination. There are many ways to enjoy the water, including things for the leisurely beach types, as well as the hardcore adventurers who want to hit the cold salt water and get a taste of the area’s unique lifestyle. Kayaking in Half Moon Bay is a favorite among visitors and locals alike.

Half Moon Bay Kayaking Co. located at Pillar Point Harbor is one of the best companies to get out on the water with. As a local small business, you can trust their expertise in guiding at sea as well as maintaining their equipment. They also offer a number of great trips that will take you out exploring some of the best places to see in the area. Now that the warmer months are upon us, kayaking in Half Moon Bay is a particularly perfect way to explore the area, no matter what your paddling experience is.

Here are the great adventures you can have on the water with Half Moon Bay Kayaking Co:

  • Coastal Paddle – Starting just north of Half Moon Bay at a state beach in Pacifica, this trip takes you down the coast, past the beautiful Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Kayakers will end up at Pillar Point Harbor having explored the beautiful coastline.
  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve – This is an adventure for anyone looking for a rugged trip out kayaking in Half Moon Bay. The Marine Reserve is scattered with sea stacks, kelp beds, secluded beaches and of course the legendary Mavericks surf spot. You are bound to see a lot of wildlife on this trip out around Pillar Point.
  • Full Moon Dinner – This multipurpose trip is a great night out either on a date or just with a group of friends. Paddle up the coast to Half Moon Bay Brewing Company or Sam’s Chowder House by moonlight for a delicious meal. A Full Moon Paddle without dinner is also available.
  • Pillar Point Harbor Tour – If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, either for the kids or because you’re a first timer on the water, then this is the perfect tour for you. After some training, paddlers will hit the tranquil water of the harbor to practice their skills without the challenges of being out at sea.
  • Sunset Paddle – After a brief land orientation you’ll head out for a relaxing sunset paddle across Pillar Point Harbor into the setting sunlight. Keep your eyes sky bound and look for the birds coming in to the roost for the night.

When heading out on your adventure kayaking in Half Moon Bay be sure to dress in layers and slap on that sunscreen and other protective gear. Pack a change of clothes just in case you get wet while out at sea and enjoy exploring these waters!