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Top 10 List of Things to See on Highway One in California

November 20, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Road trip on Highway One in CaliforniaExplore the West Coast the best way possible with a ride up Highway One in California! Whether you’re in it for the beaches along Highway 1 or just the beautiful drive, this is one road trip you have to add to your bucket list!

10 Things to See on Your Highway One California Road Trip

  1. San Diego
    Enjoy your time in San Diego exploring the sunny city. From the giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo to the amazing nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego is full of fun just waiting to be discovered.
  2. Huntington Beach
    This classic beach town will leave you wanting to relax by the water all day long. Whether you want to bicycle down the oceanfront paths, catch a few waves, or just soak in the rays, you’ll have a wonderful time visiting Huntington Beach.
  3. Los Angeles
    California’s largest city, also known as The City of Angels, is constantly bustling with tons of things to do. From the famous Santa Monica Pier to Pink’s Hot Dogs, Los Angeles has a little something for everyone.
  4. Santa Barbara
    This city is a must-see for its beautiful architecture. With inspiration from Spanish architecture, Santa Barbara is more than just a pretty sight.
  5. Santa Ynez Wine Country
    This is a must-see stop on your Highway 1 scenic drive. Who doesn’t love Wine Country? It’s time to slow down, relax, and enjoy with a nice glass of merlot, or other wine of your choosing. There are plenty of wineries to visit, including Sunstone Winery, which features a neat wine cave.
  6. Hearst Castle
    What’s a road trip without visiting a castle? This 165-room, 127-acre plot of land is a must see. From the gorgeous architecture to the gardens, fountains, and pools, you must add this to your things to do on Highway 1 bucket list.
  7. Big Sur
    Where the redwoods meet the ocean is an absolutely breathtaking sight. Travel along this 90-mile stretch of coastline with plenty to see along the way such as Bixby Bridge and McWay Falls.
  8. Monterey & Carmel
    From the well-known Monterey Bay Aquarium to The Carmel Mission, there is nothing but beauty in these Northern California towns. Rent bikes and explore the artsy town of Carmel-by-the-Sea or check out the aquarium’s bat-ray petting tank, no matter what you decide to do, you’re guaranteed to have a great time visiting these towns.  
  9. San Francisco
    This trip is not complete without a visit to beautiful San Francisco, CA. From the Golden Gate Bridge to their iconic downtown home architecture, this is another city full of hustle and bustle.
  10. Half Moon Bay
    Step away from the busy city and don’t forget to visit the quaint little town of Half Moon Bay. Besides the beautiful beaches and trails, Half Moon Bay is home to the Mill Rose Inn. Make a point to stop by and spend a day or two enjoying this gorgeous inn in our one-of-a-kind town. From downtown to amazing restaurants, Half Moon Bay will leave you wanting to come back again. For more information on our wonderful city, download our free Vacation Guide. We can’t wait to book your stay with us during your Highway One road trip!


The Best Kayaking in Half Moon Bay

April 7, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

kayaking in half moon bay

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A Pacific coast bay known for its giant surf, massive whale migrations and plethora of seaside restaurants serving up some of the best fresh seafood, it’s hard to avoid ocean-centered activities when you visit. In fact, many of our guests here in downtown Half Moon Bay, California at the Mill Rose Inn come to the area specifically to enjoy the sea adventures offered by this Northern California destination. There are many ways to enjoy the water, including things for the leisurely beach types, as well as the hardcore adventurers who want to hit the cold salt water and get a taste of the area’s unique lifestyle. Kayaking in Half Moon Bay is a favorite among visitors and locals alike.

Half Moon Bay Kayaking Co. located at Pillar Point Harbor is one of the best companies to get out on the water with. As a local small business, you can trust their expertise in guiding at sea as well as maintaining their equipment. They also offer a number of great trips that will take you out exploring some of the best places to see in the area. Now that the warmer months are upon us, kayaking in Half Moon Bay is a particularly perfect way to explore the area, no matter what your paddling experience is.

Here are the great adventures you can have on the water with Half Moon Bay Kayaking Co:

  • Coastal Paddle – Starting just north of Half Moon Bay at a state beach in Pacifica, this trip takes you down the coast, past the beautiful Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Kayakers will end up at Pillar Point Harbor having explored the beautiful coastline.
  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve – This is an adventure for anyone looking for a rugged trip out kayaking in Half Moon Bay. The Marine Reserve is scattered with sea stacks, kelp beds, secluded beaches and of course the legendary Mavericks surf spot. You are bound to see a lot of wildlife on this trip out around Pillar Point.
  • Full Moon Dinner – This multipurpose trip is a great night out either on a date or just with a group of friends. Paddle up the coast to Half Moon Bay Brewing Company or Sam’s Chowder House by moonlight for a delicious meal. A Full Moon Paddle without dinner is also available.
  • Pillar Point Harbor Tour – If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, either for the kids or because you’re a first timer on the water, then this is the perfect tour for you. After some training, paddlers will hit the tranquil water of the harbor to practice their skills without the challenges of being out at sea.
  • Sunset Paddle – After a brief land orientation you’ll head out for a relaxing sunset paddle across Pillar Point Harbor into the setting sunlight. Keep your eyes sky bound and look for the birds coming in to the roost for the night.

When heading out on your adventure kayaking in Half Moon Bay be sure to dress in layers and slap on that sunscreen and other protective gear. Pack a change of clothes just in case you get wet while out at sea and enjoy exploring these waters!

The Ritz-Carlton’s Oceanside Half Moon Bay Golf Course

February 13, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

half moon bay golf course

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If you’ve ever experienced golfing on the Pacific Coast cliffs then you probably have an idea of the breathtaking views at a Half Moon Bay golf course. The Half Moon Bay Golf Links at the Ritz-Carlton resort are some of the country’s premier courses for both quality and beauty. The Golf Links offer 36 holes of bliss with some of the best hospitality around. San Francisco and Silicon Valley residents who love to golf will frequently make the trip to play these legendary courses.

If you love to golf but want to get a feel for the town of Half Moon Bay then you ought to stay at the Mill Rose Inn, located right downtown. Offering luxurious accommodations in a reasonable price range, this is definitely the place for you. Mill Rose guests are frequently in town just to play this regal course, and enjoy the California coastal town experience offered by staying downtown as opposed to at the more remotely located Ritz.

As some of Northern California’s only luxury golf courses, the Half Moon Bay Golf Links attract avid golfers from around the world. They are a treat for anyone who loves the game as they pay homage to its heritage while embracing the new technologies. The blufftop landscape is surrounded by cypress trees and the thick morning fog offer unique challenges to the competitors who walk these greens.

If you love playing new courses than tackling this Half Moon Bay golf course pair is definitely for you. The Ritz-Carlton’s two 18 hole courses are both equally renowned in the Bay Area and nationally, and offer their own unique landscapes and challenges. The Ocean Course is more on par with the fast fairways and greens of modern links while the Old Course is more akin to the traditional parkland style of true Scottish links. Both are equally beautiful and enjoyable.

If you are planning a trip to Half Moon Bay to do some golfing, rest assured that there are plenty of other things to keep you, or the family, busy on your stay. From a myriad of outdoor adventures, to numerous gorgeous Northern California coastal sites to witness, this is a great vacation destination. If you enjoy other outdoor activities like hiking, biking, boating or fishing after a game of golf, you’ll find no shortage of options in this part of California. Both San Francisco and Silicon Valley are within an hour drive from Half Moon Bay and make for easy day trips on which you can experience the Northern California urban life.

Don’t miss an opportunity of a lifetime at a Half Moon Bay golf course. Either of these Ritz-Carlton courses will be a treat to any golf-lover. If you are a beginner you can rent clubs there,  sign up for a lesson and take advantage of the short game practice facility. After your round check out some of the Half Moon Bay restaurants or Pillar Point. Be sure to book your stay at the Mill Rose Inn and your tee times soon for your epic golf getaway.