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Top 5 Parks in the Bay Area for Relaxing

February 12, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

parks in the Bay AreaThe Bay Area is full of beautiful scenery, and many local parks fall under the umbrella of beautiful places to visit. Whether you are looking for a place to sit down and read a book or a breathtaking setting to picnic with your significant other, these relaxing parks in the Bay Area are sure to soothe and rejuvenate with their natural settings and peaceful atmospheres. After soaking up the healing qualities of nature, you can retreat to the Mill Rose Inn for an extended calming California stay.

Top 5 Parks in the Bay Area for Relaxing

Golden Gate Park

When looking for the best parks in the Bay Area, at the top of the list is the Golden Gate Park, which gets around 13 million visitors annually. The 1,017-acre dreamy oasis is full of lush gardens, artistic monuments, picnic groves, and wooded trails. The park also hosts an array of cultural events, such as concerts and sports activities. For those individuals who prefer to relax by engaging in an outdoor sport, such as kayaking, archery, polo, or golf, this park is perfect, offering all those amenities and more. The beautiful landscaping is another attraction, from the Japanese Tea Garden to the Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers.

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park

Covering almost 2,500 acres from the Tilden Nature Area to Alvarado Park, the Wildcat Canyon Regional Park is full of luscious landscapes. Set up a blanket, lay in one of the rolling meadows, and let the breeze blow over your sunkissed shoulders. With so much space, there is a guaranteed quiet nook to spend your afternoon, while historic stonework near Wildcat Creek provides a great location for picnicking and exploring.

Jack London State Historic Park

With beautiful historic buildings that include Jack London’s cottage and the House of Happy Walls Museum, the Jack London State Historic Park is a forested retreat and a slice of the past simultaneously. Probably the most famous of the Bay Area parks, it houses preserved buildings and park trails great for biking, hiking, and horseback riding. And with such gorgeous landscape views, the park is wonderful for taking an artsy day to yourself. Let the canvas and paints capture your surroundings.

There are so many great spaces for picnicking as well, including several winding back-country trails with different terrains and a variety of scenery. To engage in a bit of the history that infuses the property, take a private guided tour or download the park audio tour app and make some discoveries on your own. Regardless of what you decide to do, be sure to soak up the encompassing nature and learn a little something from it. Jack London wouldn’t want it any other way.

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve

If you want to see a 1,400-year-old tree or a 310-foot-tall tree, look no further than the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve. As one of the most awe-inspiring of the parks in the Bay Area and even of California’s state parks, this redwood forest will take your breath away with its age and beauty. The park has a designated picnic area, but you might prefer to pack a lunch and eat beneath the trunk of a giant redwood. The preserve offers the opportunity for a peaceful moment in nature, and sometimes, there is no better place to be.

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Who said a park had to be green? There are several stretches of beach along the California coastline, and Half Moon Bay State Beach is one of these. With ocean views and cathartic waves, this beach is a slice of paradise with a calming atmosphere. Though sunny summer days offer sunbathing opportunities, a winter escapade on the sandy shores can bring about a serene solitude unlike any other. There is plenty of space to think as the wind blows over your shoulders and along the four miles of shore.

For more information on inspiring sites in the Bay Area, download our free Vacation Guide.

Relax at Mill Rose Inn

After a day spent exploring the region’s best parks, come back to the Mill Rose Inn where you can explore our own beautiful gardens and feel pampered by our extraordinary personal service, warm hospitality, and meticulous attention to detail. Our award-winning bed and breakfast in Half Moon Bay offers guests sinfully comfortable rooms and suites as well as easy access to the shops, galleries, restaurants and other fantastic things to do in this vibrant region. 


Take a Half Moon Bay Kayak Trip

December 22, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Kayak

Half Moon Bay Kayaks / Photo By John K via Flickr

The most quintessential way to see our little California Bay on the sea-side of the San Francisco Bay Peninsula is to take a Half Moon Bay Kayak Trip. If you want to see the entire coastline from the water, then a leisurely paddle along the shore is a great way to do it. This is ecotourism at its best!

You’ll be shocked by the famed rocky cliffs of the Pacific coast when you see them from just a few feet above the water’s surface. The mountains that run lengthwise down the peninsula, dividing the small coastal towns from the busy world of Silicon Valley and blanketed in redwood and eucalyptus groves are similarly breathtaking. The sandy beaches running along the coast are great resting points during your trip on the high seas. You’ll get the chance to glimpse wildlife like sea otters and whales. There are also miles of salt marshes in the area to kayak through for a more mellow trip.

Here are some local Half Moon Bay Kayak companies where you can rent equipment and sign up for tours.

Half Moon Bay Kayak Company

This company boasts numerous great trips, including team building trips for an out-of-office adventure. At very descent prices you can be outfitted with all the equipment you need and led over varying waters to explore Half Moon Bay. Sign up for an easy coastal paddle, or explore the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve – one of the most diverse ecosystems on the entire West Coast. Famous for being the safest harbor in the United States Pillar Point by sea kayak is another favorite tour. They also offer two different full moon paddles, one of which includes a stop for dinner. Or end a day of sightseeing with a lovely sunset paddle.

If you like fishing from a sea kayak then be sure to pack your fishing gear because this is your spot. You can rent a Cobra kayak with fishing rod holders. If you’re a competitor you should definitely come in July for the Nor Cal Kayak Angler’s Half Moon Bay fishing derby.

California Canoe and Kayak

Another local favorite and one of California’s oldest paddlesports company, California Canoe and Kayak will provide a great Half Moon Bay experience. Not only do they offer numerous rental options – including tandems! – and tour choices, but they also offer numerous sea kayaking classes. If you’re considering planning a long kayak trip this is a great opportunity to start studying up on this great sport. You can start with a beginners course and work your way up.

Getting our for a Half Moon bay kayak trip is worth very minute. The great thing about the above companies is that they offer multiple paddlesport equipment and tours so you can continue your sea adventures. If you’re staying with us here at the Mill Rose Inn this is a great daytime activity that will leave you ready for a meal at one of our great local restaurants. You’ll sleep well after a few hours out on the water!