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Mill Rose Inn Wedding Rather Than a Beach Wedding

August 21, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Why have a Mill Rose Inn Wedding rather than a Beach Wedding?

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Half Moon Bay is a wonderful area for everyone to visit, especially on your special Mill Rose Inn Wedding. Nestled between the coast and the redwood forest, Half Moon Bay is a classic romantic getaway. Enjoy a picnic on the beach and take view a beautiful sunset, or take in an early morning hike in the heavenly redwood forest where crystal clear creek waters show you of the natural wonders of the world.

The Mill Rose Inn is located in the heart of Half Moon Bay and offers a luxurious, intimate, and indulgent atmosphere where lovers and guests alike lose themselves in English country gardens. The owner and innkeeper Eve Baldwin, will help coordinate your wedding. With over 30 years of helping couples create and personalize their wedding day and host receptions, wedding couples can be assured that they can relax and enjoy their special day.

The weather in Half Moon Bay can be unpredictable. Tents and other accommodations at the Mill Rose are offered if the forecast is less than perfect. The Mill Rose Inn is a short distance to the beach for a visit. You can go to the ocean-side to take some wedding photos, or shop and dine in our delightfully picturesque downtown. Street parking plentiful in front of the inn, and if the wedding party is of a larger size the Mill Rose is a wonderfully short distance to other hotels.

There is no better place to create and cherish everlasting memories of your most timeless and unforgettable Mill Rose Inn wedding. Celebrate from day to night surrounded by beauty, twinkling lights, and nighttime glow.

For more information on weddings and special events at the Mill Rose Inn, please visit this link: Mill Rose Inn Weddings

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!

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!


4 Reasons to Escape from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay

July 30, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

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Half Moon Bay is the perfect country escape from Northern California’s biggest city. Getting from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay is a quick and easy trip down the beautifully dramatic coastline. If you live in the city and are in need of a quick jaunt from it, be it for a day trip or to whisk away for a weekend after a hectic week. This quaint coastal city is the ideal retreat from San Francisco with its abundant options for outdoor activities, its quiet and laid back atmosphere, and the beautiful surroundings offering a sense of serenity you just won’t find around the city. Whether your need for a getaway is urgent or not, consider making the trip from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay.

4 Reasons to Escape from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay

  1. Quiet Half Moon Bay – Sometimes the hustle and bustle of the big city gets to be too much and having a close by place to escape to is crucial to thoroughly enjoying your urban lifestyle. The fact that getting from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay is an incredible asset to life in the city, as it makes that much needed day or weekend of peace incredibly accessible, without the burden of travel. The drive from the city is less than an hour!
  2. Surfing in Half Moon Bay – If you love to get in the water with your board but get tired of driving through the busy city to Ocean Beach where you can swim out into the Pacific, pack up your gear and head south for a weekend of two-a-days. Internationally famous for its huge waves, get a room at the Mill Rose Inn for the convenience of getting to the sea in no time at all. When you’re not in the water you’ll be right downtown for the convenience to its charming attractions as well.
  3. Hiking and Biking – Maybe you’re looking for alternative places to get in your weekend hikes, runs and bike rides, in which case the Half Moon Bay area is ideal. Again, you can stay downtown and enjoy the beautiful San Mateo County scenery while you hike through the hills, run along the coast, or tackle one of the gnarly mountain biking trails.
  4. Golf at the Ritz – Known as one of the absolute best golf courses on the Northern California coast, book yourself a few tee times over the weekend and enjoy this gorgeous spot overlooking the ocean. If you love a challenging game of golf, you won’t be disappointed by the quality of the links at the Ritz.

Making the trip from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay is always worth it, no matter how long you plan on staying. If you’re just looking to get a breath of fresh air out of the urban jungle, the drive alone through the rolling hills or along the coast, will do you well. If you can manage to steal a weekend away, definitely check the availability at the charming bed and breakfast right downtown, the Mill Rose Inn.

When you make the trip from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay check out this free vacation guide full of great things to do while there.

A Few Ways to Enjoy Pillar Point Harbor

October 31, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Pillar Point Harbor

Pillar Point Harbor


When you’re staying with us at the Mill Rose Inn you don’t want to miss the chance to see the historic Pillar Point Harbor. Just a ten minute drive from the inn, the Harbor is a notable West Coast attraction for many reasons. It’s a great addition to a day at the water as it is just steps from a beautiful beach and delicious oceanside restaurants. After you’ve filled up on our memorable breakfast in the garden-side dining room, head to Pillar Point Harbor and take in the sites.

Charter Boat Tours

The United States Coast Guard charters numerous boat tours from Pillar Point Harbor. Catch a boat to do some fishing or whale watching. Or maybe you’re more interested in a coastal tour of the the harbor to learn about what makes it the safest harbor on the West Coast. Take this opportunity to learn about the harbors natural history of its marshes and diverse species. Learn about the historic fishing industry where crabbing and salmon fishing are still large markets.


Fishing it the obvious option at the harbor. You can charter a boat or fish right off the pier. Pillar Point also has world famous surf. It is the home of the annual invitation only Mavericks Surf Competition every winter when the big waves come. It is a spectacle worth witnessing if you happen to be in town to catch it. The dates are rarely confirmed until the last minute as they depend completely on the weather. There are plenty of boat rentals as well if you’d prefer to get out on the water in a sea kayak.

Fish Market

Enjoy a largely lost tradition at Pillar Point with the dockside fish sales. Buy fish fresh from the water and directly from the fishermen. It doesn’t get much better than that. Call the Fish Phone for information about what is being sold. Of course you can catch your own as well. Or just come witness the hustle and bustle of this age-old tradition from the beach. It’s a window into the world before supermarket fish counters.

Boat Lighting Ceremony

It’s worth planning a trip around the holidays just to catch this annual tradition. Come see the boats light up to celebrate the season on December 13th, for the 27th annual Boat Lighting Ceremony. Gain a different appreciation for nautical life as vessel silhouettes reflect off the Pacific. Bring something warm to drink, and head across the street to the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company afterwards to try some local beers and delicious food.


The Pillar Point Harbor is an experience you don’t want to miss. It’s rich history and traditions are a unique American cultural experience and a great contrast to the nearby urban centers of San Francisco and San Jose. When you’re visiting us at the Mill Rose Inn you won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy this California treat. Come wash the salt water off your body in our hot tub, and get cozy in your room with a warm drink and a great movie after a day on the water.

How to Spend Your Half Moon Bay Halloween

September 12, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn



Half Moon Bay HalloweenFor all things pumpkin and festive for the upcoming fall season, head to the beautiful town of Half Moon Bay, California.  It is no wonder it is known as the pumpkin capital of the world.  This coastal town produces more than three tons of pumpkins every year by local growers.  Menus around town are filled with specialty items including pumpkin cheesecake and pie and pumpkin brews are on tap.  A Half Moon Bay Halloween can be spent at the many pumpkin patches and festivals making a trip this time of year a seasonal must.

On October 18th and 19th, the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival returns for its 44th year.  Admission is free to this fun, family event and will run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day.  A haunted barn, Great Pumpkin parade, pumpkin carving and pumpkin pie eating contest are just a few of the many events to be enjoyed this year.  There will be three stages at Pumpkinpalooza with a music lineup including classic country, blues, salsa, folk, and rock and roll.  The main stage will feature The California Cowboys, Big Cat Tolefree, Robin Campbell, The Stan Erhart Band, Pamela Rose, Extra Large and Caravanserai.  Jim Steven’s and Friends will open the event as they have done for the past 30 years.  Don’t miss the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh Off which happens on Monday, October 13th.  If that wasn’t enough pumpkin, there are plenty of pumpkin treats to be had such as pie, pancakes and ice cream and sausage, tamales, macaroni and cheese and homemade stew.

Open daily throughout the month of October, Lemos Farm is a family favorite for Halloween.  Since 1941, Lemos Farm has been a fall staple in the town of Half Moon Bay.  Kids of all ages will enjoy the Scare Zone with two haunted houses, a hay ride, spooky train ride, pony rides a petting zoo and a large pumpkin patch.  Families will be able to play all day and then enjoy BBQ drinks and snacks in the picnic area.  Tickets can be purchased for each individual activity or visitors can buy a day pass for unlimited rides.  The farm is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm and 9:00am to 5:00pm on the weekends.

Another family farm to visit this time of year is Pastorino’s Farm.  Enrico and Lorraine Pastorino started the farm back in 1957.  Their son Hank began having the pumpkin patch at the farm in 1971 and visitors return to this fun atmosphere year after year.  Families will find pony rides, a petting zoo, a haunted house, face painting and a giant slide for kids.  Attractions range in price from $1.00 to $6.00.  During the pumpkin season, the barn is turned into a decorators dream as it is filled with seasonal arts and crafts.  It truly is a sight to behold as the crafts are displayed into unique settings with an autumn atmosphere.

It just isn’t the fall season without a visit to the corn maze.  World famous Minotaurs Labyrinth Hay Maze at Arata’s Pumpkin Farm is back by popular demand.  This 2 acre maze is fun for all ages and will challenge visitors to see if they can find their way out!  Other fun events include a mini hay maze for children, train ride, petting zoo and a pumpkin patch.

After a long day at the many festivals around town, be sure to retreat to Mill Rose Inn on Mill Street in Half Moon Bay.  This bed and breakfast by the sea is a beautiful, country inn offering guest suites that create a calming atmosphere.  Relax in the provided Japanese dressing robes and kick back with a complimentary drink in the room’s stocked refrigerator.  Start the day with the Inn’s complimentary breakfast either in the privacy of your own room or in the lush garden courtyard.  Check in today and let your everyday stresses just melt away.

Photo courtesy of Ritu Vincent


Stanford Cardinal Football: The Perfect Excuse to Stay at the Mill Rose Inn

August 31, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Stanford Cardinal FootballFall is in the air, and that means one thing when it comes to college sports:  football season! For some NCAA Division I FBS action, Stanford University’s team delivers a great games in a fantastic atmosphere.  The Mill Rose Inn is located about half an hour away from Stanford’s campus in Stanford, California, making attending a Stanford Cardinal football  game the perfect reason to book a stay at our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast!  Read on to find out more about the 2014 Stanford Cardinal season as well as  few fun facts about the team’s history.


Stanford Cardinal Football History and Details

The football team at Stanford University has been competing since 1891, however the name of the team has changed a couple of times before settling on the Cardinal, which refers to the color rather than the bird. The unofficial mascot of the team is the Stanford Tree.   Currently, Stanford is the top-ranked school with an FBS football program, compete in in the Pac-12.  Stanford Cardinal football was also part of the first Rose Bowl game against Michigan.  The program has several in-state rivals such as California, who they play their “Big Game” every year, and Notre Dame, who they compete against for the Legends Trophy.  The storied program has had one Heisman Trophy winner (Jim Plunkett), 30 Consensus All-Americans, 14 conference titles, and two national titles (1926 & 1940).  The rich history and prestige of the team contribute to the on-of-a-kind atmosphere at games at Stanford Stadium.


Stanford Cardinal Football 2014 Schedule

Stanford Carinal football will play a challenging schedule in 2014 against both in and out of state rivals and fellow Pac-12 teams.  Here is the Stanford Cardinal football schedule for the remainder of the 2014 season:

Saturday, September 6th | USC

Saturday, September 13th | Army

Saturday, September 27 | @ Washington

Saturday, October 4th | @ Notre Dame

Friday, October 10th | Washington State

Saturday, October 18th | @ Arizona State

Saturday, October 25th | Oregon State

Saturday, November 1st | @ Oregon

Saturday, November 15th | Utah

Saturday, November 22nd | @ California

Friday, November 28th | @ UCLA


Where to Stay When You Go to a Stanford Cardinal Football Game

After a spending a day tailgating, soaking up the electric atmosphere, and cheering on the home team at a Stanford Cardinal football game, you should retire to a place where you can be pampered as you relax and re-energize.  The Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay, CA is located about half an hour outside of Stanford, making it a convenient option for those who enjoy football and also want to partake in luxury.  Our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast features elegant and comfortable guest rooms and suites as well as extensive gardens, which are beautifully kept all year round.  Our Garden Jacuzzi and Massage services in the Rose Grotto are options that you take advantage of should you need that extra bit of unwinding.  And of course, each morning you’ll receive a full gourmet breakfast to fuel you for whatever the day has in store! Whether you come for the football or not, we can’t wait to see you soon!



Photo courtesy Brian Cantoni via Wikimedia Commons.

Enjoy Weekend Getaways from San Francisco at Mill Rose Inn

July 30, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Weekend Getaways from San FranciscoSan Francisco is a beautiful and charming city full of exciting activities to do, however, after a while, the city can seem too busy and crowded. After spending weeks and weeks in the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, often one needs to getaway from it all and decompress. There is no better time then in the summertime, when the streets of San Francisco are buzzing with tourists trying to take in ever site the city has to offer, to getaway to the surrounding area. As you are thinking about all the weekend getaways from San Francisco you can take, make sure to check out the Mill Rose Inn. If you don’t know much about the Inn or the area surrounding it, we are here to help!

Located in picturesque Half Moon Bay, the Mill Rose Inn is a place like no other. From the moment you arrive until you depart, you are swept away to a different world. The Inn is furnished with valuable antiques and watercolors, opulent decor and period furnishings, which creates an atmosphere of relaxation and sophistication. The 1900’s cottage was transformed into a quaint Inn nestled on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. The Inn features spectacular gardens bursting with color year round, providing the perfect places to stroll through or read your favorite book. This fragrant oasis holds hundreds of perennials, annuals and more than two hundred rose bushes. The highlight of the Gardens is the tropical flower filled gazebo shelter.

  At Mill Rose, guests receive a gourmet Half Moon Bay breakfast every morning of their stay. Guests can munch on their delicious breakfast in the comfort of their room, in the elegant dining room, or al fresco in either of the Inns garden courtyards. The breakfast menu includes French pastries, freshly baked homemade breads, crepes, fresh juices and fruit, omelets or quiche, and your choice of beverages. The breakfast alone is worth a visit!   Another reason to choose Mill Rose Inn as your weekend getaway from San Francisco is because the Inn is only 35 minutes away from the city. Pack your bags and hit Highway 92 westbound to Half Moon Bay and you are on your way to a weekend you will never forget. Mill Rose Inn is an intimate country bed and breakfast tucked behind the many roads, yet within walking distance to the ocean and historic Old Town district of Half Moon Bay.   The Inn offers 4 beautiful rooms and 2 elegantly decorated suites for you to choose from. Relax in the distinctively decorate rooms, each with a private entrance, claw foot tub, European antiques and more. Every Room features a cable TV, DVD player, stereo, wireless Internet access, a video library, phones, a refrigerator stocked with complimentary beverages and plush Japanese robes.   As you are planning your weekend getaway from San Francisco, make sure to keep Mill Rose Inn on your list of possibilities. Ideally located in Half Moon Bay, the Inn is just far enough way offering guests a secluded getaway. We hope that you choose Mill Rose Inn as your next destination!

Bay Area Weekend Getaways Couples Enjoy

May 16, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

IBay Area Weekend Getawaysf you’re trying to find a destination for Bay Area weekend getaways, then your search is over.  Half Moon Bay is the ideal getaway spot for couples looking to take a short trip away from the stresses of everyday life. Our beautiful beaches, quaint downtown area, and fantastic restaurants make our home town the perfect place for couples to reconnect and recharge.  The bevy of local activities and attractions can keep you busy during the day, or you can take it easy and do as little as possible. Either way, the Mill Rose Inn is the perfect place to stay during Bay Area weekend getaways for you and your special someone.


Half Moon Bay has a quaint small town feeling combined with the cool cultural atmosphere of a beach town.  Our downtown area has shops featuring high quality goods ranging from jewelry to furniture and everything in between.  Downtown is also home to great art galleries and restaurants.  Mill Rose Inn is conveniently located in the heart of Half Moon Bay’s downtown district, so you will never be far from the action if that’s where you want to be.


One of the most popular activities for guests on Bay Area weekend getaways is a visit to one of the areas pristine beaches.  Hike along the Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail and see the coastline and surrounding forested areas.  Or spread out a blanket on Half Moon Bay State Beach and soak up some sun in the ocean breeze. Another great idea is to head over to Mavericks and view some of the most famous big waves in the world.  If you’re lucky, there might be some big wave surfers to observe.


A horseback ride along the beach is the sure to provide a memorable and romantic experience during your trip.  Seahorse Ranch offers guided rides along the beach as well as trail rides.  Choose your ride duration and location: there are rides ranging from one to two hours and can be exclusively on the trails or include the beach.


During your stay with us, you’ll also have many opportunities to sample great cuisine. Cafe Gibraltar has the one of the highest Zagat ratings in San Mateo County and is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Other popular eateries include Pasta Moon, Cetrella Bistro, and Chez Shea.


Miramar Beach Restaurant not only has fantastic seafood and steak, but is a great live music venue as well. Pianist and composer Terry Disley is the resident pianist at Miramar and plays unique jazz piano pieces on Thursday-Saturday evenings and during Sunday brunch.  Terry has worked with music legends like Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison and many more.  So a visit to Miramar isn’t just a meal, but a show as well!


When you’re planning these activities for your Bay Area weekend getaways, don’t forget the impact that the right accommodations can have on your vacation.  At the Mill Rose Inn, our elegant rooms and suites have all the charm of a classic European retreat but include all the modern amenities you deserve.  With our charming accommodations, excellent service, and convenient location, Mill Rose Inn will help turn a weekend stay into lifelong memories.