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10 Things to do in Half Moon Bay During Your Stay

May 7, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

10 Things to Do In Half Moon BayHalf Moon Bay is the perfect summer getaway spot.  When you stay at the Mill Rose Inn, you’ll have no shortage of opportunities for fun and relaxation.  To make planning your trip easier, we’ve put together a list of 10 things to do in Half Moon Bay during your stay.


1.Visit the Coastside Farmers’ Market

For a taste of fresh local produce and more, Coastside Farmers’ Market is the place to be.  Local farmers and ranchers come to the market each week to sell their goods to the public, promoting the farm-to-table lifestyle.


2. Horseback Ride On the Beach

One of the greatest things to do in in Half Moon Bay is to ride on horseback on the beach. This unique opportunity is good for riders of all abilities.


3. Visit the Purisima Creek Redwoods

The Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is a great place to go and see one of California’s natural wonders: the redwood forest.  Excellent trails and scenery await visitors at Purisima Creek.


4. Hike on the Coastside Trail

Hikers love the Coastside Trail, with beautiful views and a variety of terrains to hike on, it’s the ideal place to get out and explore the area.


5. Visit Half Moon Bay State Beach

Half Moon Bay State Beach is made up of the area’s best beaches. This four mile stretch of beach is a great place to sunbathe, picnic, fish, or surf.


6. Shop in Downtown Half Moon Bay

Downtown Half Moon Bay is full of unique shops and galleries that will provide you with plenty of opportunities to find that perfect something to remember your trip by.  Local shops include clothing boutiques, art galleries, furniture stores, jewelry, and more.


7. Visit Filoli

This early 20th century country estate includes 654 acres of property. The 36,000 squaree foot Georgian style house has been beautifully preserved and is surrounded by lovely grounds, including a 16-acre English Renaissance garden.


8. Enjoy Fine Dining

One of the most popular things to do in Half Moon Bay is to enjoy great food.  Mill Rose Inn is located in the heart of town, so many of the best restaurants are within walking distance from the inn. Local favorites include Cafe Gibraltar, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Pasta Moon, Cetrella Bistro, and Sushi Main Street among many others.


9. Get a Massage at the Mill Rose Inn

Mill Rose Inn has a wonderful massage room offering treatments drawing from a variety of techniques.  When you visit the Rose Grotto, you get to customize your massage experience, ensuring a completely relaxing experience.


10. Soak in the Garden Jacuzzi

Relax even further in our Garden Jacuzzi, surrounded by expertly tended gardens.  A visit to this oasis is the ideal way to restore your body and spirits during your getaway.


When you’re filling your itinerary with these things to do in Half Moon Bay, be sure to book your stay at the Mill Rose Inn.  Our elegant rooms and suites are the perfect place to rest between activities and indulge in some luxury pampering. Plus, the inn is set on almost an acre of beautiful gardens full of fragrant and colorful blooms all year.  There is no better place to enjoy the beauty of the area than our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast.  Of course, your stay includes a gourmet champagne breakfast each morning, so you’ll have the energy to explore Half Moon Bay to your heart’s content.  Let Mill Rose Inn make your trip a getaway to remember.  We can’t wait to see you soon!


Photo courtesy Steve Jurvetson.

Things to Do in Half Moon Bay this Summer 2014

April 28, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Things to Do in Half Moon Bay this SummerWith mild temperatures and plenty to do, Half Moon Bay is the perfect summer vacation destination.  The Mill Rose Inn is located in the heart of Half Moon Bay, so you’ll never be too far from what is happening in the area.  From holiday celebrations to outdoor excursions, there are plenty of things to do in Half Moon Bay this summer.


Rock the Block

Come out and celebrate Coastside life at the Rock the Block party in downtown Half Moon Bay.  Hear live local music, taste some great food, see what local businesses and stores have to offer and mingle with the locals! This year’s party will take place on May 17th from 2:00 to 8:00 pm.


Devils Slide Coastal Trail

The Devil’s Slide Coast consists of publicly accessible lands between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay totaling 8,900 acres. Bluffs, beaches, ridge lines, tide pools, and historic sites are all on display here. The new Devil’s Slide Coastal Trail has opened and allows visitors to hike, cycle, ride on horseback over the diverse landscapes. There are 47 miles of trails for hiking with areas that provide easy strolls on paved paths to difficult steep hikes.


Holy Ghost Festival

The Holy Ghost Festival is a celebration that keeps a tradition that has existed for centuries.  The festival remembers Queen Isabel of Portugal, who left her crown at the alter of the Cathedral in Lisbon as an offering of thanks for the Holy Ghost. The reason for this giving of thanks was that her subjects on a faraway island were blessed with the appearance of a ship full of food and supplies in a time of great need after praying to the Holy Ghost.  Today, the festival includes several processions with ceremonies echoing the blessing of Isabel’s crown, dances and feasts. This year’s Holy Ghost Festival will be held on June 7th through the 9th.


Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade

Each Independence Day in downtown Half Moon Bay, there is a celebration featuring a parade.  This event has plenty of small town charm and has become a summer staple in the community.  The parade includes homemade floats, bands, horse riders, classic cars, and decorated bicycles and tricycles.  Groups such as dance and theatre troupes, non-profits, and sports team also participate.


Coastside Farmers’ Market

For some great local food, one of the best things to do in Half Moon Bay this summer is a visit to the Costaside Farmers’ Market.  This farmer-directed Certified Market gives locals and visitors access to goods directly from Coastside farmers, rancheres, fishermen and culinary artisans. The Half Moon Bay location of the Coastside Farmers’ Markert is open May to December on Saturdays from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. It is located at Shoreline Station.


Horseback Riding

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the unique opportunity to ride along the beach on horseback.  Head over to Sea Horse and Friendly Acres Ranch to experience the beach in a whole new way. Trail rides range from one to two hours and can accommodate riders of many abilities.


When you’re planning which things to do in Half Moon Bay during your visit, don’t forget to book your stay at Mill Rose Inn.  We have elegantly appointed rooms and suites that will wrap guests in luxury.  Enjoy some down time in our gorgeous gardens, take a soak in our garden jacuzzi, or indulge in a massage from a certified therapist.  And, of course, your stay include a full gourmet breakfast each morning.  Come to Mill Rose Inn and experience the best of Half Moon Bay this summer!


Photo courtesy County of San Mateo California Parks Department.