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Celebrate the Holidays in Half Moon Bay

November 20, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Celebrate the Holidays in Half Moon Bay

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The start of the holiday season is a very special time, a time to give thanks and be merry. At the Mill Rose Inn of Half Moon Bay it is a time of transformation. With the addition of delightful European holiday decorations, the Inn offers a magical experience for all to enjoy. The feelings of love and warmth fill the Inn during November and December. Relax and be delighted by our magnificent Christmas Tree. Cozy up by one of our many fireplaces and indulge with a delicious beverage, hot chocolate, holiday cookies, and other tempting treats. Showers of tiny white lights adorn all interior rooms and the gardens. For your celebration of the season, even the individual guest rooms have a small decorated tree and stockings hung from the chimneys with care in hopes that your company soon will be there.

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As December fills the air the Mill Rose Inn will warm you up as the holiday chill comes your way. Enjoy the many enchanting holiday decorations as the Mill Rose Inn of Half Moon Bay is magically transformed into the most perfect escape from urban congestion to a rural winter wonderland. Loaded with charm and relaxing clean, fresh air, and the ocean nearby, the Mill Rose provides true detox as well as a total mental work-break.

In December, the first Friday holds the annual ‘Night of Lights’, an old-fashioned holiday event in our historic Main-street downtown area. With a parade, tree lighting ceremony, shops, refreshments, and live music, it is fun for the entire family. Have a chance to do holiday shopping, cut down a Christmas tree, and take in a myriad of month long local activities. Dungeness Crab season opens mid-November and boats in Half Moon Bay Harbor are lit up with colorful Christmas lights. On December 15 in nearby Ano Nuevo in Pescadero are guided tours of Elephant seal activities are highly recommended.

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Mill Rose Inn Wedding Rather Than a Beach Wedding

August 21, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Why have a Mill Rose Inn Wedding rather than a Beach Wedding?

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Half Moon Bay is a wonderful area for everyone to visit, especially on your special Mill Rose Inn Wedding. Nestled between the coast and the redwood forest, Half Moon Bay is a classic romantic getaway. Enjoy a picnic on the beach and take view a beautiful sunset, or take in an early morning hike in the heavenly redwood forest where crystal clear creek waters show you of the natural wonders of the world.

The Mill Rose Inn is located in the heart of Half Moon Bay and offers a luxurious, intimate, and indulgent atmosphere where lovers and guests alike lose themselves in English country gardens. The owner and innkeeper Eve Baldwin, will help coordinate your wedding. With over 30 years of helping couples create and personalize their wedding day and host receptions, wedding couples can be assured that they can relax and enjoy their special day.

The weather in Half Moon Bay can be unpredictable. Tents and other accommodations at the Mill Rose are offered if the forecast is less than perfect. The Mill Rose Inn is a short distance to the beach for a visit. You can go to the ocean-side to take some wedding photos, or shop and dine in our delightfully picturesque downtown. Street parking plentiful in front of the inn, and if the wedding party is of a larger size the Mill Rose is a wonderfully short distance to other hotels.

There is no better place to create and cherish everlasting memories of your most timeless and unforgettable Mill Rose Inn wedding. Celebrate from day to night surrounded by beauty, twinkling lights, and nighttime glow.

For more information on weddings and special events at the Mill Rose Inn, please visit this link: Mill Rose Inn Weddings

Stanford Cardinal Football: The Perfect Excuse to Stay at the Mill Rose Inn

August 31, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Stanford Cardinal FootballFall is in the air, and that means one thing when it comes to college sports:  football season! For some NCAA Division I FBS action, Stanford University’s team delivers a great games in a fantastic atmosphere.  The Mill Rose Inn is located about half an hour away from Stanford’s campus in Stanford, California, making attending a Stanford Cardinal football  game the perfect reason to book a stay at our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast!  Read on to find out more about the 2014 Stanford Cardinal season as well as  few fun facts about the team’s history.

 

Stanford Cardinal Football History and Details

The football team at Stanford University has been competing since 1891, however the name of the team has changed a couple of times before settling on the Cardinal, which refers to the color rather than the bird. The unofficial mascot of the team is the Stanford Tree.   Currently, Stanford is the top-ranked school with an FBS football program, compete in in the Pac-12.  Stanford Cardinal football was also part of the first Rose Bowl game against Michigan.  The program has several in-state rivals such as California, who they play their “Big Game” every year, and Notre Dame, who they compete against for the Legends Trophy.  The storied program has had one Heisman Trophy winner (Jim Plunkett), 30 Consensus All-Americans, 14 conference titles, and two national titles (1926 & 1940).  The rich history and prestige of the team contribute to the on-of-a-kind atmosphere at games at Stanford Stadium.

 

Stanford Cardinal Football 2014 Schedule

Stanford Carinal football will play a challenging schedule in 2014 against both in and out of state rivals and fellow Pac-12 teams.  Here is the Stanford Cardinal football schedule for the remainder of the 2014 season:

Saturday, September 6th | USC

Saturday, September 13th | Army

Saturday, September 27 | @ Washington

Saturday, October 4th | @ Notre Dame

Friday, October 10th | Washington State

Saturday, October 18th | @ Arizona State

Saturday, October 25th | Oregon State

Saturday, November 1st | @ Oregon

Saturday, November 15th | Utah

Saturday, November 22nd | @ California

Friday, November 28th | @ UCLA

 

Where to Stay When You Go to a Stanford Cardinal Football Game

After a spending a day tailgating, soaking up the electric atmosphere, and cheering on the home team at a Stanford Cardinal football game, you should retire to a place where you can be pampered as you relax and re-energize.  The Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay, CA is located about half an hour outside of Stanford, making it a convenient option for those who enjoy football and also want to partake in luxury.  Our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast features elegant and comfortable guest rooms and suites as well as extensive gardens, which are beautifully kept all year round.  Our Garden Jacuzzi and Massage services in the Rose Grotto are options that you take advantage of should you need that extra bit of unwinding.  And of course, each morning you’ll receive a full gourmet breakfast to fuel you for whatever the day has in store! Whether you come for the football or not, we can’t wait to see you soon!

 

 

Photo courtesy Brian Cantoni via Wikimedia Commons.

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!

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.

How to Plan Your Half Moon Bay Wedding: Let Us Do It!

March 21, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay WeddingHalf Moon Bay, CA is a popular wedding destination due to its natural beauty and temperate climate.  Couples who want their wedding set in a scenic location will be happy they chose Half Moon Bay on the California coast. If you’re looking for a gorgeous venue for your Half Moon Bay wedding, look no further than the Mill Rose Inn.  Our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast is set on almost an acre of amazing gardens full of colorful blooming flowers, creating an ideal setting for saying your vows and celebrating your love.

Mill Rose Inn has specialized in English country garden weddings and receptions since 1982.  Our inn can accommodate weddings with between 20 and 150 guests. The picturesque inn is filled with opulent decor, antiques and period decor perfect for an elegant affair. The gardens provide a spectacular outdoor venue for ceremonies and reception, with fragrant and colorful plants blooming all year. What could be more romantic? And our luxurious rooms and suites make the perfect honeymoon spot for the couple after the wedding festivities have ended.  Each room has its own private bath and private entrance. The suites have fireplaces and bathtubs for ultimate relaxation.

Our wedding package options include the basics needed to create a memorable ceremony and reception.  The Mill Rose Inn provides the entire inn, all guest rooms, gardens and set up & clean up. A separate rehearsal date will also be provided if desired. Other amenities include an on-site dance area, music system, outdoor heaters, parking, complementary corkage and cake cutting.

You’ll have the assistance of our wedding coordinator and consultant to help plan your ideal day.  The coordinator, Eve Baldwin, has the expertise to ensure every aspect is perfect.  By using the wedding coordinator you will be able to relax and enjoy your special day rather than stressing about details.  We believe you should be able to savor each moment of your wedding day, so we strive to make that happen.

Our wedding coordinator has recommendations for local wedding vendors that we’re happy to share upon request.  For instance, favorite caterers are Continental Caterers and Shumann’s Four Seasons.  We also have ideas for photographers, music, officiants and more. Or if you’d rather, you can search for Half Moon Bay wedding vendors here.  Whether you choose to use one of our preferred vendors or your own, we will work with them to make sure your Half Moon Bay wedding is everything you’ve always envisioned.

The Mill Rose Inn’s wedding coordinator and staff will ensure that you have everything you need to make your big day go smoothly.  When you choose our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast you and your guests will also have access to our six guest rooms on the wedding day and night, which includes a full champagne breakfast the following morning.  This is a wonderful option for an intimate destination wedding.  So, when you’re planning your Half Moon Bay wedding, let the knowledgable staff at Mill Rose Inn take care of the details so you can enjoy the festivities!

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

 

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Half Moon Bay Trails Adventure Guide

February 26, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay TrailsGuests staying at our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast, Mill Rose Inn, have access to a bounty of natural beauty.  Not only is our inn surrounded by lush and colorful gardens, but the Half Moon Bay area is an ideal place for hiking and exploring. Half Moon Bay trails cover a variety of landscapes along  the coastline and ocean views are plentiful. There are several places in the area you can visit to enjoy the outdoors.  To help you plan your trip, we’ve put together a short Half Moon Bay trails adventure guide.

 

One of the most popular Half Moon Bay trails is the Waterfront Coastside Trail. Part of the Half Moon Bay State Park, this trail is around 6 miles roundtrip and is great for both hiking and biking because it is paved. There is also easy access to the beach if you want to walk on the sand for part of your hike. This is a fairly easy hike with picture perfect scenic views of the beach and wooded areas.  There is also a horse trail alongside the Waterfront Coastside Trail. Picnic tables, benches and restrooms are available along the trail. This trail goes along some of the best beaches in the Half Moon Bay State Beach.

 

Purisma Creek – Whittmore Gulch is one of the longer Half Moon Bay trails measuring about ten and a half miles log.  The hike is moderate and is best for those looking to spend at least half a day hiking. This trail goes through might redwood forests as well as having areas that open up to the ocean.  Banana slugs are something hikers on this trail need to look out for and bringing plenty of water is a must.

 

For a shorter oceanfront hike, try Mavericks Cliffs Trail.  See one of the most famous surfing locations in the world as you walk this two and a half mile trail. During the Mavericks competition, the trail is crowded by surf enthusiasts looking to take advantage of its stunning views of the waves. This trail along the cliffs is easy and has very little elevation change.  However, if you want, you can continue along the harbor to a rock pier where you may be able to view seals and other marine life.

 

Blufftop Coastal Park trail is another easy hike.  It will take you about an hour and a half or less to make the loop which measures in at just under three miles.  You can choose to take the paved or dirt path, but be aware that the dirt path is frequented by horseback riders.

 

In nearby Boulder Creek is Berry Creek Falls. There are three routes to choose from, all measuring ten miles or more. Hikers should allow for four to six hours of hiking roundtrip but when you get to the falls, the trip is well worth it. And if you’re looking for a mountain hike, Montara mountain offers a an elevation gain of almost 2000 feet above the beaches. Hiking Montara mountain from Graywhale Cove State Beach will provide you with a hike of almost five miles.

 

When you’re mapping out which Half Moon Bay trails to explore, don’t forget to book your stay at a local Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast. Mill Rose Inn has a beautiful selection of rooms and suites to choose from. Many rooms have garden views, claw foot tubs and fireplaces.  And your stay comes complete with a delicious full champagne breakfast so you’ll have the fuel to hit the Half Moon Bay trails. Find your perfect room and start planning your trip today!

 

Photo courtesy Steve Jurvetson.

 

Welcome to our Blog

February 12, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Watch for our new blogs to appear soon!  We hope to provide you some great information about our Inn and area.