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Find a Perfect Half Moon Bay Bike Trail

November 28, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Bike Trail

Half Moon Bay Bike Trail / Photo By David Hallock via Flickr

Our scenic little town is full of big adventures. Many visitors at the Mill Rose Inn bring their bikes along, or rent when they get here, in search of that perfect Half Moon Bay bike trail. Fortunately there are trails of differing lengths, difficulties and terrains in and around this gorgeous town. Bicycles are a great way to absorb the beautiful landscape of Half Moon Bay and the surrounding area. At a slower pace you’ll observe different things, while breathing in that fresh, salty air. Biking is a big part of the California culture as well, so if you’re visiting you’ll get a chance to see things from a local’a point-of-view.

The Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail is perhaps the most well known bike track in the area. It stretches straight along the Pacific coast for 3.5 miles, along what used to be the Ocean Shore Railroad. The rails were eventually replaced by highways, leaving this wonderful space for recreation. This Coastside Trail is a destination trail, attracting day-trippers and cycle enthusiasts to take in the sweeping coastal views. This will be a flat, paved ride and could easily be walked or jogged as well. You’ll pass many great places to stop along the way, and it would be a great activity for the whole family.

If you’re into more intense cycling experiences, then the Coastside trail would be a great warmup before you head out to Route 92 to get up on the famed Skyline Blvd. This ride is definitely for avid cyclists as it will be one strenuous climb, followed by a plummeting descent after another. You will however be on some of the highest peaks on the peninsula overlooking both the Valley, the Bay, and the Pacific. Running right along the Crystal Springs Reservoir this ride is as beautiful as it is challenging. Whether you’re in the mood for a shorter 10-20 mile ride or a beastly 30-plus, you’ll be able to make a nice loop up in those hills.

Another challenging ride outside of town would be the Sweeny Ridge Trails. You may opt to drive up into this area in Pacifica, just 10 minutes north of Half Moon Bay. In the heart of the San Pedro Valley Park, this lush landscape will give you an equally challenging ride with a climb of 500 feet in just 2 miles to the peak. When atop the ridge you’ll see the San Andreas Reservoir, San Francisco and the beautiful East Bay Hills.  Most of the trail is paved but there are dirt portions, and the trip can be extended depending on what length of ride you’re up for.

The right Half Moon Bay bike trail isn’t hard to come by. Whether you’re more of a road cyclists, a mountain biker, or just a leisurely peddler, you will find a ride that works for you. You won’t be disappointed by the exercise or the views of our beautiful coastal town. Remember though, that this area of the California coast is known for its fog and wind, but we’ll be waiting for you at the Mill Rose Inn with warm towels and the garden jacuzzi.

Plan These Half Moon Bay Tours

April 23, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay ToursAt the Mill Rose Inn, we know that we’re lucky to live in such a beautiful place.  Half Moon Bay is alive with adventure and activity all year long, and summer is a great time for you to plan a visit.   If you’re curious about the area and all it has to offer, you might want to plan on taking one of these Half Moon Bay tours during your stay.


Coastal Elegance Tours

Coastal Elegance Tours offers eco cycling tours or intertidal nature hikes guided by local experts.  These Half Moon Bay tours practice Eco Tourism, which has the goal of “practicing good stewardship of our environment while leaving no footprint behind.”  But don’t be put off by the cycling or hiking if you’re worried about keeping up.  Tours are designed to move at the guests’ pace so they get the utmost enjoyment out of their day.  These Half Moon Bay tours are a great way to see the beauty of the Pacific coast from a new perspective.  Hikes and rides can take as long as a full day to complete, so you can be sure you’ll get to see a lot!


Half Moon Bay Adventures

Satisfy your inner adventurer with Half Moon Bay Adventures.  These Half Moon Bay tours show visitors the rugged beauty of the area.  Scenic horseback riding tours with an experience guides will take you along the coast or through the backcountry.  If getting out on the water is more your style, choose a kayak or stand up paddle board trip.  These Half Moon Bay tours take place in the safe waters of Pillar Point Harbor.  Stand up paddle boarding is a great way to get a “top down” view of the sea life in the harbor.  Other Half Moon Bay tours offered by Half Moon Bay Adventures include redwood forest hikes, downhill mountain biking  and even surf lessons from a local pro.


Pillar Point Harbor Tour

Get out on the water with Half Moon Bay Kayak Co. for a tour of Pillar Point Harbor. This guided Half Moon Bay tour takes guests through the calm waters of Pillar Point Harbor.  Guides will point out sites of interest as well as marine life such as the harbor seals and sea birds. And get local insider information on history and local landmarks such as Mavericks. This is a great Half Moon Bay tour for those who want to get out on the water while they take in the amazing natural beauty of the area.  And the guides are sure to have some entertaining and interesting tales to tell.



Half Moon Bay Coastside Tours

For a customized tour for you or your group, try Half Moon Bay Coastside Tours.  They work with guests to create the perfect Half Moon Bay tour experience depending on individual interests, budgets and how long they’ll be in the area.  Whether you want to cycle, see all the beaches, hike, kayak, or just experience some of the areas best dining, Coastside Tours can help you out with their knowledge of “hidden gems and local hotspots.”


When planning which of these Half Moon Bay tours to experience, don’t forget to book your stay at the Mill Rose Inn.  Our elegant guest rooms and suites are the ideal place to relax and recount your Half Moon Bay adventures.  Each is sumptuously appointed with luxurious furnishings  and amenities that will make your time with us an optimal time to renew your spirit.  Your stay always includes a full gourmet breakfast each morning, so you’ll be able to take on the day’s schedule.  We look forward to seeing you soon!



Photo courtesy Geoff Livingston.