Half Moon Bay, California might be known as the Pumpkin Capital of the World during the autumn, but there is something just as special and charming about the Mill Rose Inn’s home town during Christmastime as well. The James Johnston House is a historic house and museum situated on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean just outside of the Half Moon Bay city limits. Known as the White House of Half Moon Bay, the home is an iconic symbol of the area and is full of history to explore during a visit. During November, people flock to this landmark to enjoy the James Johnston House Holiday Boutique. This two-weekend event is a fundraiser for the foundation that supports the house’s restoration and upkeep. The event provides visitors a superb opportunity to see the historic home dressed in its Christmas finest, sample delicious foods, and purchase gifts and decor from local and regional artisans as well as items from Half Moon Bay’s best loved stores. Read on to find out more about this treasured Half Moon Bay landmark and what to expect at the James Johnston House Holiday Boutique!
James Johnston House History and Information
To understand why visiting the Johnston house during the holiday season is so special, you might want to start out with a bit of a history primer on the home. Since construction began in 1853 until today, there have been periods of prosperity of the historical site and years where the building fell into disrepair. In its early days, the house served as a landmark for ships as it is visible from the ocean and is even included on some coastal charts from the 1800s. Mining businessman James Johnston built the house for his family and many believed it was modeled after their former home. The Johnston House is a classic New England saltbox design, with two stories at the front of the house and one in the back. Today, the house is open to visitors the third Thursday of each month and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Holiday Boutique at the Johnston House
For many locals and visitors, a visit to the James Johnston House Holiday Boutique is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Guests shop and tour the home at the same time, putting them in the Christmas spirit. During this time the house will be decorated with beautiful seasonal decor and each room features a christmas tree. Local and regional artists will be displaying and selling their wares, local shops will have selections of items as well. Whether you want holiday decorations, gourmet food, handmade jewelry, or that perfect gift you didn’t even know you needed, the James Johnston Holiday Boutique delivers on all fronts.
Where to Stay When You Visit the James Johnston House
Now that you know a bit about the James Johnston House Holiday Boutique, you should start planning your trip now! When you come to Half Moon Bay for all the holiday celebrations this winter (or any time of year for that matter!) be sure to book a stay at the Mill Rose Inn. Our romantic Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast exudes elegance and offers rooms with luxurious pampering and modern amenities that will keep you in the utmost comfort during your stay. And while there may be a winter chill in the air where you live, the gardens at the Mill Rose Inn are always full of colorful blooms to enjoy. Of course, your stay includes a full gourmet champagne breakfast each morning, which is the perfect way to start out a day enjoying all of the great things Half Moon Bay and the Coastside has to offer! We can’t wait to have you with us soon!
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