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A Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip is a Once in a Lifetime Experience!

February 5, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Pacific Coast Highway road trip


The California Pacific Coast Highway has long been reputed as one of the most scenic drives, or rides, in the whole United States. Stretching from the Northern California border with Oregon down to San Diego, there are few routes more beautiful and, at times, frightening. Hugging the coastal cliffs that are often blanketed in fog, the drive can sometimes be unnerving, but worth it for every corner you swing around only to have a new breathtaking view down the coast, so similar yet so unlike the one that came before it. Whether you head from north to south or vice versa here are some places to see on your Pacific Coast Highway road trip.

San Francisco

The northernmost big coastal city in the state, San Francisco is known as the City of Seven Hills, and can be quite the workout to walk around. That said there are so many great places throughout its beautiful neighborhoods that you don’t want to miss on your epic road trip. The Presidio, the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and the old cable cars are the typical places to visit. For something a little different, head to the mission and explore the more alternative part of the city with a visit to Tartine.

Half Moon Bay

Just down the coast from San Francisco, this quaint coastal town is home to the luxurious Mill Rose Inn, situated right downtown where you’ll find great shops and restaurants serving only the finest local California foods. Half Moon Bay is known for being the home of one of the world’s biggest surf contest, Mavericks, as well as its simple charm, quiet coastal life, and great places to hiking and biking.


Home to the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium, this coastal town was inspiration for many of John Steinbeck’s books. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a great place for a hike, or explore the old Cannery Row, the scenic 17 Mile Drive or head over to the neighboring village Carmel-by-the-Sea to do some shopping.

Big Sur

One of the most famous National Parks in the country, Big Sur has earned its name. Home to one of the tallest single span bridges in the world, the Bixby Bridge, it is full of numerous photographic opportunities. This rural mountain community is full of great little hippy hangouts like the hot spring pools.

San Simeon

This sleepy little coastal town is a great resting place as well as home to Moonstone Beach and the Pidras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, and Cambria Village. The most famous sight in the area is the Enchanted Hill, which is home to the famous Hearst Castle, a 250,000 acre mansion.


Don’t forget to pack lots of snacks for your Pacific Coast Highway road trip, along with great tunes, maps, and a list of great car games to play. Be sure to book your stay at the Mill Rose Inn for your stop through Half Moon Bay. This trip down the California Coast is an experience like nothing else, and is absolutely worth considering the next time you are planning a vacation.

Half Moon Bay to San Francisco is a Quick Jaunt

December 9, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

half moon bay to san francisco

Downtown San Francisco / Photo by Adam via Flickr

If you’re staying here at the Mill Rose Inn to experience some of that sweet California coast life we highly recommend that you make the quick trip from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco for a day of exploring this historic and beautiful city. This is among the favorite day trips that our guests take in the Bay Area and is sure to be a great cultural experience for any of our guests. If you’re coming to the city for business you may even consider staying down the coast a little ways with us to get some time away from the busy city after a long day of work.

The Drive

Just 25 miles away, this 40 minute drive from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco is one of the most beautiful coastal rides in the whole Unites States. You can follow the famed coastal highway, Route 1, all the way to Ocean Beach, or hop on I-280 for easy access to downtown San Francisco. This winding road along the coast cliffs is breathtaking, and will bring you meandering past famous spots like Pillar Point Harbor and Rockaway Beach. As you approach the city and drive through more urban areas like Daily City you will find them just as pleasing to the eyes. The city’s rolling hills dotted with colorful family homes will strike you as almost European. The city itself will give you a thrill to drive through as you tackle the steep hills and busy roads. The drive alone is an event!

San Francisco

Once you get to the city the options are endless – quite literally. You won’t possibly be able to fit everything into one day, but don’t let that keep you from making the quick jaunt from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco. Our guests have many favorite San Francisco spots – far too many to list here – but here’s a rundown of places worth getting to.

  1. Ocean Beach – Head out to city’s only surf spot to experience a different kind of beach. The Ocean Beach pathway is a great place to take a walk or a bike ride, and is a scene all its own.
  2. Golden Gate Park – This famous spot at the center of San Francisco makes for a gorgeous stroll, and is a place you could easily end up spending the whole day. The park is not only full on beautiful gardens, but also has places like the California Academy of Science and the De Young Museum.
  3. The Presidio – This is another great place to drive or walk around. Located at the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, the Presidio served as an army post for three nations, and is covered in beautiful restored barrack buildings. The Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County leaves the Peninsula from this beautiful landmark.

The trip from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco is worth every minute of the beautiful drive, and there are an overwhelming number of things to see in this international city. Its beauty is breathtaking, and its culture rich. We would love to give you directions and recommendations as you plan you trip from the Mill Rose Inn to the big city.