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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!

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.

Mavericks Half Moon Bay is a Surfer’s Dream

August 5, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

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Photo Credit: Dennis Yang / Flickr

Surfing is one of Half Moon Bay’s most popular pastimes, and not just for the kids or the local water lovers, but in the winter months it becomes a hotbed for professionals from around the world. Mavericks Half Moon Bay is one of the most famous swells on the entire globe, and home to the epic Titans of Mavericks surf competition each winter. Whether you are yourself a professional surfer or aspiring to compete on this level, spending some time out on the waters of Mavericks Half Moon Bay is practically a prerequisite to entering this world of great waves.

Where and What is Mavericks Half Moon Bay?

This famous wave is found about a mile off the coast of one of the area’s most popular surfing spots for wave riders, Pillar Point. During the winter months the Mavericks wave is known to rise up to 60 feet high, and can be so ferociously explosive that it can actually be recorded on the Richter scale. While it is one of the world’s most celebrated swells, it is inevitably one of its most treacherous as well, having taken the lives of many people throughout the years. Half Moon Bay native, Jeff Clark, was the first person to surf the big wave in 1975, just a high schooler at the time. While out surfing with some friends, he noticed the wave offshore and made a plan to swim out and hit it. He has been surfing Mavericks every year for the past 40 years.

Titans of Mavericks

Titans of Mavericks Half Moon Bay takes place sometime within the season, which opens January 1st and runs through March 31st. In the preseason, hopeful competitors head to the area to show off their skills with the hopes of being one of the 24 finalists chosen to compete during the official showdown. Competitors are watched closely by the C5, as the judges are known, during the preseason months and are judged according to a list of criteria.

The C5 is concerned with more than just fitness and skill, but also dedication to the Mavericks wave and the ability to understand its makeup and, ultimately, on their character. The mavericks compete under very strenuous conditions and the judges need to be sure their heart is in it for the right reasons. Are you involved in the community? Do you have good rapport with the other big wave surfers? Basically, are you an upstanding citizen who, in case of emergency, will respond in a predictable manner? These are incredibly important questions to answer before allowing someone to compete in such a high-stakes race.

Mavericks has been rightfully feared since its discovery, attracting only surfers who are truly up to challenge after decades of experience in the water, many of whom have earned the title Titan of Mavericks Half Moon Bay. If you are capable of competing on this level, start gearing up for another great season of surfing off the Northern California Coast. If you love surfing but your skill is more intermediate, considering coming to witness the breathtaking competition, and hitting the waves elsewhere in the area. They are still great waves!

If you’re looking for other things to do while visiting the area, check out this free Half Moon Bay vacation guide!