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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!

 

 

Photo courtesy dailylifemojo.

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.