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6 Reasons Why You’ll Love Half Moon Bay Downtown

October 16, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay DowntownWhile you’re visiting Northern California, take the time to enjoy the great restaurants, shopping and nightlife in Half Moon Bay’s downtown area. Whether you’re on a quest for fashionable clothing or delicious local cuisine, Half Moon Bay downtown offers an endless source of shops and restaurants all within your reach.

Stay with us at the Mill Rose Inn and stroll through the historic downtown to find the hidden gems of local antiques and scrumptious Californian food. Shop the latest fashions, grab something to eat at a local hot spot, and stop by all the visitors’ must-see sites. Use this Half Moon Bay downtown guide to find exactly which places you should spend your time!

  1. Pasta Moon
    Located on 315 Main Street, Pasta Moon serves the best authentic Italian food in the area. While wandering around Half Moon Bay stop by this charming restaurant for a wonderful lunch or dinner experience. With an excellent selection of wine to choose from, you will have no problem finding the perfect one to pair with your entrée. The delicious food, and not to mention friendly service, makes for a wonderful time! End your meal with the classic Italian dessert, Tiramisu!
  2. Cetrella Bistro and Cafe
    If you are looking for a fine dining experience, Cetrella Bistro and Café serves delicious food with great service in a wonderful atmosphere! All the food is prepared with fresh ingredients, adding to the already divine cuisine. Even though the menu changes seasonally, you can always enjoy brunch, dinner or just a cup of coffee at this quaint establishment. Cetrella is definitely something to talk about!
  3. Sushi Main Street
    Sushi Main Street, the best sushi in Half Moon Bay, offers delicious fresh food prepared to perfection. For all of you sushi lovers out there, pop into this charming restaurant and satisfy your palate with a simple California rolls or one of their specialty rolls. Sushi Main Street is serving Japanese food at it’s finest!
  4. Coastside Books
    Coastside Books has served Half Moon Bay since 1972 with a carefully edited selection of current fiction, biography, history, science and nature books. Located in the historic Half Moon Bay downtown, wander through this store full of books and cards made by independent artists and design companies.
  5. Toque Blanche
    From cookbooks and cookware, Toque Blanche offers visitors to the area with a fantastic selection of household goods. Stop by this adorable store and pick up a gift for a friend or something just for you! When you stock your kitchen with the cookware at Toque Blanche, you’ll never forget the time spent in Half Moon Bay downtown.
  6. The Posh Moon
    Looking for the perfect dress for a night on the town? Or a beautiful statement piece? This cute Parisian boutique in the quaint town of Half Moon Bay offers a wide selection of chic, trendy clothing for you to choose from! The Posh Moon is a style wonderland you won’t want to leave. Fill your suitcase to the brim with a lovely collection of clothing, accessories, household goodies, and more! It is nearly impossible to leave this store empty handed!

Half Moon Bay downtown is full of amazing treasures just waiting to be discovered. Just minutes from downtown, our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast’s rooms and suites are beautifully decorated. The Mill Rose Inn is the perfect place to relax and recharge from the day’s activities. Your stay always includes a full gourmet breakfast in the morning, so you’ll be able to take on the day ahead of you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Our 8 Favorite Half Moon Bay Shops

February 26, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

half moon bay shops

The Bay Area has long been known for being on the frontier of culture, which includes its retail sector. Though the small coastal town of Half Moon Bay is a few miles south of San Francisco, its landscape can be expected to be just as exciting and progressive. You’ll find world-class cuisine from many different ethnicities, award-winning bed and breakfasts and, of course, a vibrant shopping climate, making it the perfect place for vacation or even a day trip.  If you’re staying with us at the Mill Rose Inn the best thing about Half Moon Bay shops is that they are within walking distance, making your excursion all the more convenient and enjoyable.

Here are 8 of our favorite Half Moon Bay shops:

  1. Savvy Skirts is a fun, eclectic clothing and accessories store for women. This shop supports local artisans and entrepreneurs and carries a wide selection of products made for women by women.
  2. Toque Blanche is the ultimate cooking store for the home chef. As the Bay Area is known for its culinary scene, you can be sure that this great kitchen store sells only the best in cooking tools.
  3. The Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Company is one of the most necessary establishments in town. Their selection of California and international wines and cheeses is the subject of many foodie dreams. If you’re planning on spending time at any of the Half Moon Bay beaches, you definitely want to make a stop here on the way.
  4. For a taste of the California surf, head over to Mavericks surf shop, which belongs to one of the town’s most legendary surfers, Jeff Clark. Whether you’re interested in taking a lesson or not, this is one of the Half Moon Bay shops that will give you some great insight into the town’s culture.
  5. The Bay Book Company is a one-stop shop for a great read and a quality imported cigar. Depending on your tastes, this could also be a great place to stop by on your way to the beach or one of the many beach-side patio bars.
  6. Fengari is the local fiber arts store selling only the best in quality yarns and knit products. If this is a hobby you enjoy, get ready to be inspired.
  7. The Posh Moon is a boutique carrying only unique brands and styles. It was recently voted the Best Place to Buy Clothing on the Coast.
  8. Rouge Boutique is another great shop for rare finds in women’s clothing and accessories, music, men’s shirts and humorous gifts.

If you’re heading to this charming Northern California coastal town in the near future, no matter your motivation, be it surfing, hiking or just straight relaxing, you’ll enjoy exploring a few of these Half Moon Bay shops. The experience of staying right downtown at the Mill Rose Inn with the ability to walk to all these great shops and the town’s wonderful restaurants is unmatched. You’ll love your downtown Half Moon Bay experience, no matter the time of year or the reason for your visit.

Do Your Christmas Shopping in Half Moon Bay

October 27, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Christmas Shopping in Half Moon BayBelieve it or not, the holiday season is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner.  If you hate searching for gifts each year, then turn a dreaded chore into a relaxing getaway and do your Christmas shopping in Half Moon Bay while you stay at Mill Rose Inn.  Half Moon Bay is full of unique shops that are ideal for finding that perfect gift for everyone on your list! If you’re ready to start a new holiday tradition, plan your stay at the Mill Rose Inn and take a look at our guide for shopping in Half Moon Bay this Christmas.

Spanish Town

For the gardner on your list, Spanish town has a large collection of garden art, fountains, plant containers, antique doors, vases, stoves, and outdoor sculptures.  It’s also a major attraction because of the giant metal dinosaur, Buddha, and giraffe sculptures that inhabit the property.


Abode is a great Half Moon Bay shopping locale for those in the market for elegant yet unique home decor.  This shop specializes in home accessories, furnishings and art. Their excellent selection has been described as “carefully curated.”

Luz Luna Imports

This Half Moon Bay shopping location offers unique handmade items with a purpose.  Luz Luna Imports supports women’s cooperatives around the world and sells only fair trade products.


For that eclectic friend on your list, pay a visit to Tokenz. A staple for shopping in Half Moon Bay for 20 years and you can easily find a unique gift among the store’s many treasures. Merchandise includes crystals and beads, incense, jewelry, Aboriginal items and much much more.

Posh Moon

Posh Moon offers a selection of California made clothing and accessories.  They also have a great collection of unique French jewelry.


Goldworks on Main Street offers a large selection of jewelry perfect for gift giving.  If you’re on the hunt for custom, designer or estate jewelry for someone on your list, Goldworks is a great place to stop by during your Christmas shopping in Half Moon Bay.

The Paper Crane

The Paper Crane has printing presses in the back of a shop full of cards, stationary and gifts.  Personalized stationary, letterpress paper goods and more are available at this charming store.


No matter where you go shopping in Half Moon Bay this holiday season, be sure to book a room at the Mill Rose Inn.  Surrounded by lush gardens that colorfully bloom all year round, our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast is the epitome of a classic California Inn.  Our beautifully furnished and elegantly decorated guest rooms and suites are the perfect place to unwind after a day of shopping or exploring Downtown Half Moon Bay and the Coastside.  Relax by the fireplace (all but one of the rooms have them) in your room or in the sitting room, stroll the gardens, soak in the Garden Jacuzzi, or schedule a massage in our Rose Grotto for some extra pampering.  Whatever activities your days include, when you stay at Mill Rose Inn, you’ll have a relaxing getaway that will take the stress out of this part of the holiday season!