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Enjoy Weekend Getaways from San Francisco at Mill Rose Inn

July 30, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Weekend Getaways from San FranciscoSan Francisco is a beautiful and charming city full of exciting activities to do, however, after a while, the city can seem too busy and crowded. After spending weeks and weeks in the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, often one needs to getaway from it all and decompress. There is no better time then in the summertime, when the streets of San Francisco are buzzing with tourists trying to take in ever site the city has to offer, to getaway to the surrounding area. As you are thinking about all the weekend getaways from San Francisco you can take, make sure to check out the Mill Rose Inn. If you don’t know much about the Inn or the area surrounding it, we are here to help!

Located in picturesque Half Moon Bay, the Mill Rose Inn is a place like no other. From the moment you arrive until you depart, you are swept away to a different world. The Inn is furnished with valuable antiques and watercolors, opulent decor and period furnishings, which creates an atmosphere of relaxation and sophistication. The 1900’s cottage was transformed into a quaint Inn nestled on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. The Inn features spectacular gardens bursting with color year round, providing the perfect places to stroll through or read your favorite book. This fragrant oasis holds hundreds of perennials, annuals and more than two hundred rose bushes. The highlight of the Gardens is the tropical flower filled gazebo shelter.

  At Mill Rose, guests receive a gourmet Half Moon Bay breakfast every morning of their stay. Guests can munch on their delicious breakfast in the comfort of their room, in the elegant dining room, or al fresco in either of the Inns garden courtyards. The breakfast menu includes French pastries, freshly baked homemade breads, crepes, fresh juices and fruit, omelets or quiche, and your choice of beverages. The breakfast alone is worth a visit!   Another reason to choose Mill Rose Inn as your weekend getaway from San Francisco is because the Inn is only 35 minutes away from the city. Pack your bags and hit Highway 92 westbound to Half Moon Bay and you are on your way to a weekend you will never forget. Mill Rose Inn is an intimate country bed and breakfast tucked behind the many roads, yet within walking distance to the ocean and historic Old Town district of Half Moon Bay.   The Inn offers 4 beautiful rooms and 2 elegantly decorated suites for you to choose from. Relax in the distinctively decorate rooms, each with a private entrance, claw foot tub, European antiques and more. Every Room features a cable TV, DVD player, stereo, wireless Internet access, a video library, phones, a refrigerator stocked with complimentary beverages and plush Japanese robes.   As you are planning your weekend getaway from San Francisco, make sure to keep Mill Rose Inn on your list of possibilities. Ideally located in Half Moon Bay, the Inn is just far enough way offering guests a secluded getaway. We hope that you choose Mill Rose Inn as your next destination!

Enjoy the Pacific Surf at these Half Moon Bay Beaches

May 19, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay BeachesWhether you are a beach lover or a wildlife enthusiast, Half Moon Bay has something for you. Choosing Mill Rose Inn as your summer destination will give you easy access to all the beaches Half Moon has to offer and will put you in a prime spot to see the California wildlife. Made up of several of the loveliest stretches of sand on the west coast, Half Moon Bay beaches are great to explore and enjoy some of CA’s most beautiful views. Here are a few of our favorite spots!

 

World-renowned Mavericks beach is definitely worth a visit. It’s known for big-wave surfing and is where the world famous Mavericks Invitational takes place. Waves can regularly crest over 25 feet and sometimes reach over 80 feet! Stroll along this beautiful beach, let the salty breeze blow through your hair and wriggle your toes in the sand. Sit on the beach in the evening when the sun is setting; you won’t regret it! After walking across the beach, follow one of the small trails to the top of the cliffs to enjoy a view of a lifetime. The cliffs overlooking Mavericks are teeming with spectators during the big wave competition, so take advantage of the peaceful solitude.  Make sure to bring your camera!

 

More than four miles of sandy beach, Half Moon Bay State Beach has many beautiful spots to wander along the shoreline, trek a trail or gallop along on horseback. The wide, soft-sand beaches stretch from the ocean to high cliffs, creating an one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Being one of the best places to experience the Pacific Ocean, you don’t want to miss out! You can walk miles along this scenic beach or hike along the jagged cliffs and bluffs. In the summer, the bluffs are covered with an abundance of flowers, creating a sea of pink.

 

Some other popular activities to do on Half Moon Bay State Beach are sunbathing, fishing, picnicking and surfing. Caution should be exercised when contemplating a swim, for the water is cold year round and the currents are dangerous.

 

Home to a variety of native California wildlife, Half Moon State Beach is a great place for wildlife enthusiasts. Species include sea lions, gray foxes, mountain lions, harbor seals, elephant seals, coyotes and a colony of rare Western Snowy Plover. Be sure to watch for whales and dolphins in the water!

 

 

After a day on Half Moon Bay Beaches, Mill Rose Inn is the perfect place to come back and relax. Our rooms and suites offer modern conveniences but are traditional decorated to give guests a true California Inn experience. Each room has its own private bath, cable television, complimentary wireless Internet access and a well-stocked refrigerator with complimentary beverages. Each stay includes a delicious breakfast in the morning, so you’ll be ready for the exciting day ahead. When you choose to stay at Mill Rose Inn, you ensure that your time in the area will be truly memorable. Find your favorite room and begin planning your Half Moon Bay Beach getaway today!

 

Photo courtesy Jon ‘K‘. 

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.

5 Amazing Half Moon Bay Attractions to See

March 15, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay AttractionsThere is always something to see in Half Moon Bay.  With the mild weather, breathtaking beaches and endless selection of activities, Half Moon Bay CA is the ideal getaway.  Mill Rose Inn is located near several popular Half Moon Bay attractions that make the area special.  When you stay at our Half Moon Bay bed an breakfast, consider visiting these popular Half Moon Bay attractions.

Año Nuevo State Park

This California state park includes Año Nuevo Island and Año Nuevo Point. The Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve is home to several diverse plant communities.  However the thing that makes this one of the most popular Half Moon Bay attractions is the fact that latge groups of northern elephant seals, sea lions, and sea otters come ashore her to rest, mate and give birth. In fact, Año Nuevo State Park is home to the one of the largest breeding colonies for northern elephant seals.  Guided walks through the reserve are available. 

Half Moon Bay State Beach

For beach lovers, Half Moon Bay State Beach is a must-see.  The stretches of sand bluffs and blue ocean make for a beautiful scene.  Half Moon Bay state beach is made up of several beaches including  Surfers Beach, Roosevelt Beach, Venice Beach, Dunes Beach, Francis Beach and Poplar Beach.  Coastside Trail runs along the boundary of the park and links the beaches together, making it one of the extremely popular Half Moon Bay attractions among hikers and bikers.

Mavericks

Arguably one of the most iconic surfing spots in the world, Mavericks is home to some huge waves.  Big wave surfers from all over the globe come to Mavericks, especially in the winter, to take on waves that can reach up to 80 feet high.  An underwater rock formation give the waves at Mavericks a unique break.  It takes skill and experience to take on the waves at Mavericks, so if you’re not a surfer, it is a great place to observe the power of nature as well as spot expert surfers.

Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve

This Half Moon Bay attraction is a 243-acre preserve of wetland.  Several habitats are included in the preserve including: tidal estuary, freshwater marsh, brackish water march, dense riparian woods and northern coastal scrub. Access to the back of the marsh can be gained by taking the recently constructed footbridge.  Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve is an important stop for migrating waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway.  Over 200 species of birds have been spotted at the preserve and nearly 60 of those species nest there including the Great Blue Heron.  Other creatures making their home in the marsh are on the endangered species list such as the California red-legged frog and San Francisco garter snake.

Filoli

Filoli is one of the Half Moon Bay attractions that impresses visitors year after year.  This historic site is one of the only remaining country homes from the early 20th century . The house has 16 acres of formal gardens and over 650 acres surround that. Filoli was for the Bourn family in the early 1900s.  William Bowers Bourn was the owner of one of the state’s richest gold mines and the president oaf Spring Valley Water Company. The beautifully decorated house and ornate gardens  draw visitors from far and wide to the Half Moon Bay area.

With all these Half Moon Bay attractions nearby, the Mill Rose Inn is the perfect to stay during your getaway.  Our elegant rooms and suites are each comfortably appointed with luxurious decor and furnishings.  When you book your room , your stay includes a full gourmet breakfast and the personal attention of our staff. For a truly exceptional trip to Half Moon Bay, look no further than the Mille Rose Inn.

 

Photo courtesy Daderot, via Wikimedia Commons.

Half Moon Bay State Beach is Fantastic

March 7, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

 

Half Moon Bay State BeachOne of the features of Half Moon Bay, CA that keeps drawing visitors in year after year is our selection of pristine and picturesque beaches. The Mill Rose Inn is located in the heart of charming Half Moon Bay, close to the Pacific Ocean.  Half Moon Bay State Beach is an ideal place for beach lovers to visit, as it is made up of several of the loveliest beaches on the west coast. With miles of sandy coastline to explore, it can be difficult to decide where to begin your adventures, so here are a few things to know about Half Moon Bay State Beach.

 

Half Moon Bay State Beach spans about 4 miles along the coast of California and adds up to approximately 180 acres.  Part of the California state park system, Half Moon Bay State Beach consists of four beaches: Roosevelt Beach, Dunes Beach, Venice Beach and Francis Beach.  The park was created in 1956 and continues to be a popular destination for beach-goers to this day.

 

Popular activities on Half Moon Bay State Beach include sunbathing, picnicking, fishing and surfing. The water is cold year round and currents, so caution should be exercised when contemplating a swim.  The legendary Mavericks surfing location is in Half Moon Bay State Beach, where big wave surfers flock for some of the biggest waves around.  Waves at Mavericks often crest at over 25 feet and sometimes reach over 80 feet.  Taking these potentially dangerous conditions into consideration, only experienced big wave surfers should take on Mavericks, but watching surfers take on the waves from the shore or cliffs is an experience in itself.

 

The popular Coastside Trail offers several miles of hiking alongside Half Moon Bay State Beach.  A horse trail runs parallel to the Coastside Trail for those who want to experience Half Moon Bay State Beach on horseback.   Another location of interest is Pillar Point Harbor where commercial fishing boats launch and marine sanctuary waters can be accessed.  Marine sanctuary waters are a good place for fishing, recreational boating and wildlife watching.

 

Half Moon Bay State Beach is home to a variety of native California wildlife, including a colony of rare Western Snowy Plover. Other notable species include sea lions, harbor seals, elephant seals, mountain lions, gray foxes and coyotes.  The waters of Half Moon Bay State Beach are often good places for whale watching, where dolphins and whales can be spotted.

 

After a day on Half Moon Bay State Beach, Mill Rose Inn is the perfect place to come back and relax.  Our decadent rooms and suites offer classically elegant decor with all the modern conveniences travelers have come to expect.  Each room has its own private bath, cable television, complimentary wireless internet access and a well stocked refrigerator with complimentary beverages. Many rooms feature hand painted fireplaces and claw foot bathtubs, providing the ideal environment for unwinding after your fun in the sun.  And each stay includes a full champagne breakfast in the morning, so you’ll start each day off on the right foot.  Choosing to stay at our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast is a wonderful way to ensure that your time in the area will be truly memorable.  Find your favorite room and begin planning your Half Moon Bay getaway today!

 

 

Photo courtesy dailylifemojo.

Half Moon Bay Restaurants to Try During Your Visit

February 26, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

 

Half Moon Bay RestaurantsVisitors to our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast won’t have to look far for fine dining.  Not only does the Mill Rose Inn offer beautiful accommodations in a breathtaking setting, it is also near many of the best Half Moon Bay restaurants.  Whether you’re in the mood for pasta, seafood, sushi or a casual beer and burger, the area has something to please all palates.  With so many places to choose from, the task of selecting one may be daunting, so hopefully this guide will be helpful in making your decision of which Half Moon Bay restaurants to try during your visit.

 

Barbara’s Fishtrap

Barbara’s Fishtrap offers a classic seafood menu that utilizes a “sea to table” philosophy.  Beautiful views of Princeton Harbor are also a signature of this restaurant.

 

Cetrella Bistro

Cetrella Bistro is an ideal choice for fans of Mediterranean food who are also in the mood for great wine and live music. Cetrella Bistro is within walking distance from Mill rose Inn.

 

Cafe Gibraltar

Cafe Gibraltar has an award-winning menu of Mediterranean cuisine.   The 2014 Zagat Guide awarded Cafe Gibraltar with the highest food score of any restaurant on the San Mateo County coast.

 

Chez Shea

If you’re a vegetarian looking for delicious dining options, Chez Shea is the place for you.  The menu includes flavors from around the world made with fresh organic ingredients.

 

La Costanera

If you’re looking for some international flavor, La Costanera offers contemporary Peruvian cuisine.  Some say La Costanera has the best view of the coast.

 

Flavor

Flavor is a perfect place to go for “California comfort food” while enjoying an outstanding ocean view.  The menu includes salads, burgers, pastas, seafood and more.

 

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. offers indoor and outdoor dining as well as live music.  Enjoy some of the house-brewed beers on the patio overlooking the harbor or get comfortable around one of the fire pits. The menu includes classic burgers and sandwiches, seafood, salads, pasta, tacos and gluten-free options.

 

It’s Italia

Just two blocks from Mill Rose Inn, It’s Italia has a Tuscan-style menu.  Enjoy your Italian favorites inside or on the courtyard patio.

 

Mezza Luna

Contemporary southern Italian cuisine prepared with the freshest of ingredients is what you’ll find at Mezza Luna. Located in the historic Princeton Landing building, the restaurant is on Princeton harbor.

 

Miramar Beach Restaurant

This beachfront restaurant has seafood, steaks and a full bar.  Enjoy live music on the weekends.

 

Sam’s Chowder House

You can enjoy the fresh seafood served at Sam’s Chowder House on the oceanfront patio, at the bar or in the dining room.  Great views of the iconic crescent shaped bay as well as beach access are available here.

 

Pasta Moon

One of several Half Moon Bay restaurants within walking distance of Mill Rose Inn, Pasta Moon is a farm to table restaurant that’s been in business for 25 years. Using local ingredients, Pasta Moon’s dishes include handmade pasta, pizza, sumptuous desserts and more.

 

Sushi Main Street

This Japanese restaurant has an excellent sushi bar and an exceptional selection of sake. Right across the street from the inn, a great option for those looking Half Moon Bay restaurants within walking distance.

 

Princeton Seafood

Fresh fish and seafood straight from Pillar Point Harbor.  Princeton Seafood is a market as well as a restaurant.

 

When you’re deciding which Half Moon Bay restaurants to visit, don’t forget to book your stay at Mill Rose Inn.  Browse our selection of elegant and luxurious rooms  to find your perfect getaway.  Each stay comes with a delicious full champagne breakfast so your days get off to the right start. Our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast is conveniently located, making it easy to get to dining, shopping, galleries, hiking and more.  When you choose to stay at Mill Rose Inn, your trip will be enhanced by personalized service in a charming location.  Start planning your trip today and let the memory making begin!

 

Photo courtesy Noatake Murayama.