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Celebrate a Half Moon Bay New Years Eve

October 26, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay New Years EveWe at the Mill Rose Inn know that a Half Moon Bay New Years Eve can be a truly memorable experience.   Our California coast side town knows how to celebrate, making it an ideal destination for ringing in the new year. From parties to elaborate meals you’ll find something that fits your celebration style.  Or if you’d rather your new year begin with a romantic night in, then our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast is where you’ll want to be. Read on to get a glimpse of all the festivities you can participate in during a Half Moon Bay New Years Eve!

Dinners at Navio at the Ritz Carlton

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Two seatings, one at 5:30 and one at 8:30. Second seating features Caviar & Champagne” five-course prix-fixe menu with choices. Each couple will receive 1oz. of caviar and a half-bottle of Champagne.

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Lounge Party

Welcome in the New Year with four-course menu, access to a DJ Lounge with entertainment and a midnight Champagne toast.

Dinners, Music and Parties

Many of our favorite Half Moon Bay restaurants have special dinner seatings on New Years Eve that may feature champagne toasts.  Many establishments also have parties, and Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is usually host to a great one on their deck.  There are also many places to enjoy live music year-round in the area, and New Years Eve promises to have some special performances.

Stay In at Mill Rose

The perfect way to celebrate a Half Moon Bay New Years Eve is to book a stay at our bed and breakfast.  The Mill Rose Inn exudes elegance and luxury and will make your trip exceptional.  Our beautifully furnished guest rooms and suites are each individually decorated for a unique and homey feeling but they all offer a superb accommodation experience.

With amenities like hand painted fireplaces, claw foot tubs, cable TV, stereos, DVD players, a video library, wireless internet access, refrigerators stocked with complimentary beverages, and Japanese dressing robes, you’ll be in the utmost comfort during your time.  As you can see, Mill Rose Inn is a perfect place for a quiet and romantic Half Moon Bay New Years Eve.  Extend your holiday and indulge in all the property has to offer.  If you or your someone special needs some extra pampering, book a massage in our Rose Grotto with one of our certified massage therapists.  Or schedule some time in our amazing and unique Garden Jacuzzi.  Soak away your cares while surrounded by the abundant beauty of our garden.

When not spending time in your room or in the jacuzzi, you can always enjoy those beautiful gardens on the Inn’s grounds.  These beautifully maintained spaces bloom with color all year-round and are perfect for afternoon strolls or enjoying a glass of wine at dusk.  Or perhaps you’d like to relax and talk in our exquisite sitting room or enjoy quiet time there. Of course, you’ll get a full gourmet breakfast each morning, so you can start the days off on a delicious note.  Our aim is to provide you amazing hospitality, so you can be certain you will have a memorable Half Moon Bay New Years Eve.

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Night of Lights in Downtown Half Moon Bay

October 14, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn


Night of LightsWith all of the fall attractions in Half Moon Bay (also known as the Pumpkin Capital of the World) people sometimes overlook the charms of the winter holiday season.  The hometown of the Mill Rose Inn is full of charm no matter what time of year you visit, and the temperate climate makes it an ideal place to get into the holiday spirit without having to deal with snow and slush.  So if you’re looking to get away from the cold without losing the festive atmosphere, you should consider heading west for a Half Moon Bay Christmas.  We’ll help you relax and enjoy all that our area has to offer with personalized service and the utmost in cozy and comfortable accommodations.  One of the most special parts of the season is the Night of Lights. One night each year the residents of town comes together to make merry and spread cheer, and visitors are more than welcome! With decorated trees, a parade, and plenty of holiday shopping, Half Moon Bay’s annual Night of Lights is a holiday event not to be missed this season!


About the Night of Lights

Night of Lights is a good old fashioned holiday celebration held in downtown Half Moon Bay each year.  The event typically takes place in early December, making it an ideal way to kick off your holiday season.  The night includes a bevy of festivities bound to get even the biggest Scrooge into the spirit of things. Night of Lights, as the name would suggest, features some of the best light displays in the area.


The ceremonial tree lighting ceremony will kick off the celebrations, followed by a light parade down Main Street with decorated floats and vehicles showing off their holiday finest.  Decorated and beautifully lit trees will also be present throughout the downtown area as you browse the shops that will be open late especially for the event.  That makes the Night of Lights the perfect time to find that unique gift for someone special.  Carolers and other musical entertainment as well as seasonal food will also be available.  It truly is the ideal way to start off your December! And if you’re fond of Christmas lights, you might also want to attend the Harbor Boat Lighting Festival, where the boats in Pillar Point Harbor will be lit with hundreds of twinkling lights to create an unforgettable scene on the water.

Best of all, this year, the parade will be passing right by the Mill Rose Inn, so you don’t even need to leave our place to enjoy the festivities!

Where to Stay When Attending the Night of Lights

If you’re coming to Half Moon Bay for the Night of Lights, other special event, or just a weekend getaway, there is no better place to stay than the Mill Rose Inn. Our bed and breakfast offers maximum comfort and pampering in a luxuriously elegant setting.  Our rooms and suites are each individually decorated and furnished for a personal feeling, but all feature amenities that will definitely make you feel like you’re treating yourself to a sumptuous getaway.  When you stay with us, you get personalized service and attention and each morning you’ll be treated to a full gourmet breakfast. For an amazing stay in Half Moon Bay, the Mill Rose Inn awaits you!





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The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Is Back for the 44th Year

August 29, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin FestivalHalf Moon Bay’s biggest event of the autumn is coming up! The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival will return for its 44th year this October 18-19. Each year Half Moon Bay becomes the World Pumpkin Capital as it celebrates the fall with a variety of festivities that include pumpkin showcases, arts, crafts, food, and live entertainment. The Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival is a tradition that you have to participate in at least one time in your life! We at the Mill Rose Inn love this yearly event and want to share some information about the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival with you!

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival History

Now in its 44th year, the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival began in 1971, which is also when the Main Street Beautification Committee was formed in Half Moon Bay. The original goal of the festival was to raise money for the restoration and revitalization of Half Moon Bay’s Main Street. Today, the festival still celebrates the bounty of the harvest season and the area’s many pumpkin patches. While the first Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival drew a crowd of about 30,000 people over the course of the festival, today the downtown area sees scores more people during the festivities.


Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Events

Before he festival begins during the weekend, the “kick off” event is the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Which sees pumpkins of more than 1,000 pounds compete to find the biggest in the land. In addition to the Weigh-Off there is an exciting schedule of events during the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. The events include the Great Pumpkin Parade (showcasing the winning weigh-off pumpkin), a costume contest, pie eating contest, a Pumpkin Run/Walk on the Coastside Trail, and live entertainment on several stages.


Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Activities

Along with the contest events at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, there are other activities to participate in. Arts and crafts from local, national, and even international artisans will available for purchase, with a special locals section that will provide you with the opportunity to support the community while discovering one-of-a-kind crafts and art. There will be a large variety of pumpkin flavored and infused food and beverage including the stand-by pumpkin pie and pumpkin ale. You’ll never be bored or hungry when you visit the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival.
When you come to a local event like the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, the Mill Rose Inn is the ideal place to stay. The Inn is located in the heart of Half Moon Bay, so you’ll be close to the action – whether it’s for a festival or just a weekend getaway. Our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast has luxurious and elegant accommodations with modern amenities to keep you in the utmost comfort during your stay. You can truly indulge while at the Mill Rose Inn, either with a massage, a soak in our garden jacuzzi, or a stroll through our amazing gardens. We’ll make sure your time in the area is unforgettable. We’ll see you soon!
Photo courtesy Steve Jurvetson.

4 Excellent Half Moon Bay Events This Fall

August 18, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Events in FallSummer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops at the Mill Rose Inn! There are several Half Moon Bay events taking place in the autumn that are most definitely worth a visit to our bed and breakfast. So, come out and enjoy the vibrant fall atmosphere at these great Half Moon Bay events.


Kings Mountain Art Fair

The Kings Mountain Art Fair  is held every Labor Day weekend in nearby Woodside, amongst the beautiful redwoods.  This is one of the Half Moon Bay events that isn’t only fun to take part in, but it also benefits the community.  Proceeds go to programs like the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and activities for Kings Mountain Elementary school.  In addition to the wares on display and on sale from local artisans, the Kings Mountain Art Fair is a great place to enjoy some good food in a beautiful setting.


The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

The precursor to the biggest and most famous of the Half Moon Bay events during the fall is the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off.  The weigh-off will be held on Main Street. The “Heavyweight Championship of Gargantuan Gourds” rewards master growers for their truly gigantic pumpkins in several categories.  The grower with the heaviest pumpkin at the event will be awarded with prize money of $6 per pound of the pumpkin.  If the winning pumpkin also defeats the world record, they’re prize will be upgraded to $30,000! Other categories include the biggest pumpkins grown in California and on the Coastside as well as most beautiful, which is judged by the audience on color, shape, and size. Come out and marvel at these spectacular gourds!


Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

The biggest and most renowned of all the Half Moon Bay events that take place in the fall is the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. This annual two day celebration is definitely worth a visit and the festivities promise to be just as enthralling as in previous year! The winners from the World Championship Pumpkin-Weigh Off will show off their giant gourds in a parade, and people will be able to have their photograph taken and print with one of the mammoth pumpkins.  Local artisans will showcase their work in a Made on the Coast block, and artists from far and wide will also have displays and wares for sale. Music, great food, seasonal beverages, and even a pie eating contest round out the festival.


Johnston Holiday House – Boutique & Tour

Get a bit of shopping done before the Christmas season. The historic James Johnston House is a Half Moon Bay landmark overlooking the ocean.  The Holiday House is the biggest fundraiser for keeping the property (which is on the National Register of Historic Places) in such good shape.  Christmas decor, jewelry, arts, crafts, and delectable treats will be available for purchase.  This is also the only time to tour the house in the winter months, and it will be in a rare state with beautiful Christmas trees, garlands, and wreaths decking the halls. The Holiday House Boutique & Tour takes place the first two weekends in November.



When you’re attending one of these great Half Moon Bay events, the Mill Rose Inn is the ideal place to stay.  Our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast has comfortable guest rooms and suites that will wrap you in luxury during your stay.  And a full gourmet breakfast will start your days out on a delicious note, ready for the adventures ahead!

And for more recommendations on things to do in Half Moon Bay, be sure to download our free Vacation Guide!



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24th Annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show

March 1, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Pacific Coast Dream MachinesGuests of Mill Rose Inn  this spring might want to take part in a Half Moon Bay tradition.  The 24th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show will be held on Sunday, April 27th at Half Moon Bay Airport.  This celebration of automobiles, aircraft, antique tractors and more is a popular and exciting event that locals and visitors alike look forward to year after year.  Read on to find out what awaits you at the 24th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines show. 


Each year this “spectacular showcase of motorized mechanical marvels” draws visitors out to the Half Moon Bay Airport.  Machines such as cars, war planes and motorcycles from the 20th and 21st centuries will be on display for the public to enjoy.  Whether you’re into hot rods, imports, dragsters, luxury cars, or sports cars, the Pacific Coast Dream Machines show has something for every car lover. Also on display will be customized trucks, souped up motorcycles and vehicles modified to run on alternative fuels like bio-diesel.


Speakers and experts will be on hand to give visitors greater insight into the world of these marvelous machines. Last years speakers included members of the “Blastolene Brotherhood” who come up with innovative designs for cars and transform all kinds of vehicles, including an antique stagecoach. Speakers for the 2014 Pacific Coast Dream Machines show will be announced closer to the event on their website.


A highlight of the Pacific Coast Dream Machines show is the military machine display.  An impressive array of vintage warbirds will be present for viewing and some will even take flight in an exciting demonstration.  Planes present in past years include the P-51 Mustang, the Yak9, the Curtiss P-40, T-6, T-28, T-33 and Hawker Sea Fury.


Another point of interest at Pacific Coast Dream Machines is the restored antique tractor exhibition.  Tractors and farm equipment from as early as the 1920s have been on display in past years.  Anyone interested in agricultural vehicles or restoration will be impressed by these beautiful machines.


Accompanying the machine displays is awesome food, drink and live entertainment.  The proceeds from Pacific Coast Dream Machines benefit the Coastside Adult Day Health Center.  Pacific Coast Dream Machines is the biggest fundraiser of the for the organization, so by attending you’ll be supporting a worthy cause while having a blast.


After you enjoy all the fantastic cars, planes, tractors and other machines at the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, you can relax in one of Mill Rose Inn’s luxurious guest rooms.  Our rooms and suites are each appointed with elegant furnishings and amenities.  Or you may choose to unwind in our garden jacuzzi, surrounded by colorful flowers in the shelter of a gazebo.  No matter which room you choose, your stay at our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast will make your visit memorable.  Our full champagne breakfasts will start each day on a high note, readying you for your adventures around the area.  And the individualized attention from our staff will help you get the most of your trip.  Start planning your getaway today!


Photo courtesy Juergen Lehle.