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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


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.


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.


5 Half Moon Bay Main Street Shops that Rock

May 21, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

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Photo Credit: Vicki Moore / Flickr

Sitting on the irresistible Pacific Coast with ocean bluffs and coastal mountains sweeping up from sea, the downtown area of Half Moon Bay is itself a breathtaking picture of small town coastal life in Northern California. From little foodie treasures and American handmade shops to rare imports stores that support the world’s developing cultures, there’s no shortage of great things to see and taste on Half Moon Bay Main Street.

Whether you like shopping, or would rather sit in a courtyard or coffee shop and observe the everyday life of passing residents, don’t miss a chance to enjoy the beautiful, and somewhat quirky, Half Moon Bay Main Street on your next trip to town. Here are some of the best shops to check out on Half Moon Bay Main Street.


Even if you hate shopping you’ll love this interactive retail shop made for curious people who love to nerd out about science, nature, and art. Come explore the store with its odd collection of sundials, geode kits, and vintage insect prints, or hang out in their garden where they frequently host events and have on-demand activities for the maker-minded adventurers.

Ellen Joseph Gallery & Studio

Ellen Joseph is a local artist whose landscape paintings are a favorite of residents and visitors alike who can’t get enough of the gorgeous coastal scenes. Her gallery walls are filled with paintings depicting views from around the area. She also sells giclee prints on canvas and paper, as well as pendants, mugs, mouse pads and other reproductions of her work that make affordable gifts.

Cottage Industries

This store celebrates the craftsmanship of home decor, selling only the finest American-made, traditionally built products. Come explore the Cottage Industries’ showroom to remember the difference it makes to have well-built and designed furniture made exclusively from hardwoods.

Fog Town Toys

As the only specialty toy store in Half Moon Bay, there is no better place to pick up a special treat for your kids. Whether you’re looking for teething toys for your baby, to look through the variety of Hape Toys made from sustainable materials, and even kites to fly on the beach, you will appreciate the unique selection at Fog Town as an adult just as much as if you were a kid in toy store paradise.

Gaia Essentials

Specializing in organic and sustainable skin care products, Gaia is the place to go if you’re interested in botanicals and all natural soaps and moisturizers. Their small batch production means that everything is made from food-grade ingredients that are sustainably harvested, with aromas made only from essential oils. These products are the best things you can do for your skin!


If you’re looking for other things to do both on Half Moon Bay Main Street and the surrounding areas, check out this free vacation guide. Whether you’re into hiking, biking, historical sites or just the nicest beaches to explore, there is no shortage of things to do beyond the downtown area. Just book your stay and start your planning for your dreamy Northern California vacation!

Our 8 Favorite Half Moon Bay Shops

February 26, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

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The Bay Area has long been known for being on the frontier of culture, which includes its retail sector. Though the small coastal town of Half Moon Bay is a few miles south of San Francisco, its landscape can be expected to be just as exciting and progressive. You’ll find world-class cuisine from many different ethnicities, award-winning bed and breakfasts and, of course, a vibrant shopping climate, making it the perfect place for vacation or even a day trip.  If you’re staying with us at the Mill Rose Inn the best thing about Half Moon Bay shops is that they are within walking distance, making your excursion all the more convenient and enjoyable.

Here are 8 of our favorite Half Moon Bay shops:

  1. Savvy Skirts is a fun, eclectic clothing and accessories store for women. This shop supports local artisans and entrepreneurs and carries a wide selection of products made for women by women.
  2. Toque Blanche is the ultimate cooking store for the home chef. As the Bay Area is known for its culinary scene, you can be sure that this great kitchen store sells only the best in cooking tools.
  3. The Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Company is one of the most necessary establishments in town. Their selection of California and international wines and cheeses is the subject of many foodie dreams. If you’re planning on spending time at any of the Half Moon Bay beaches, you definitely want to make a stop here on the way.
  4. For a taste of the California surf, head over to Mavericks surf shop, which belongs to one of the town’s most legendary surfers, Jeff Clark. Whether you’re interested in taking a lesson or not, this is one of the Half Moon Bay shops that will give you some great insight into the town’s culture.
  5. The Bay Book Company is a one-stop shop for a great read and a quality imported cigar. Depending on your tastes, this could also be a great place to stop by on your way to the beach or one of the many beach-side patio bars.
  6. Fengari is the local fiber arts store selling only the best in quality yarns and knit products. If this is a hobby you enjoy, get ready to be inspired.
  7. The Posh Moon is a boutique carrying only unique brands and styles. It was recently voted the Best Place to Buy Clothing on the Coast.
  8. Rouge Boutique is another great shop for rare finds in women’s clothing and accessories, music, men’s shirts and humorous gifts.

If you’re heading to this charming Northern California coastal town in the near future, no matter your motivation, be it surfing, hiking or just straight relaxing, you’ll enjoy exploring a few of these Half Moon Bay shops. The experience of staying right downtown at the Mill Rose Inn with the ability to walk to all these great shops and the town’s wonderful restaurants is unmatched. You’ll love your downtown Half Moon Bay experience, no matter the time of year or the reason for your visit.

Half Moon Bay Shopping on Historic Main Street

March 25, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay ShoppingHalf Moon Bay, California is home to great beaches, culture and dining.  Part of the charm of the town Mill Rose Inn calls home is the idyllic and historic Main Street.  Within walking distance of the inn, Main Street has many places to shop as well.  If you want to indulge in a bit of Half Moon Bay shopping during your stay, make sure to visit some of these stores.

Ellen Joseph Gallery and Studio

The Ellen Joseph Gallery is home to the work of local painter Ellen Joseph, who specializes in coastal paintings.  Original paintings and reproductions are available for purchase.  You may also catch Ellen there and be able to observe her working.

Gallery M

Hit this Half Moon Bay shopping spot toe experience the “West coast’s premier wood furniture gallery.” The gallery showcases hand-crafted custom wood furniture, art and accessories.

The Garden Gallery

The Garden Gallery shows the work of contemporary sculptors and painters. Paintings in acrylic, oil, watercolor as well as charcoal and pastel are on display along with bronze scuplture.

Cottage Industries

Cottage Industrties is great for those doing Half Moon Bay shopping for furniture.  Their furniture is handcrafted using native sustainable woods such as cherry, maple, walnut, oak and white pine.


For an eclectic Half Moon Bay shopping experience, look no further than Tokenz.  This Main Street shop has been around for more than 20 years and you can easily wile a day away wandering through the treasures.  Wares include crystals and beads, incense, jewelry, Aboriginal items and much much more.

Posh Moon

Posh Moon offers a selection of California made clothing and accessories.  Also look out for their French jewelry.


Abode is a great Half Moon Bay shopping locale for those in the market for elegant yet unique home decor.  This shop specializes in home accessories, furnishings and art. Their excellent selection has been described as “carefully curated.”

Luz Luna Imports

This Half Moon Bay shopping location offers unique handmade items with a purpose.  Luz Luna Imports supports women’s cooperatives around the world and sells only fair trade products.


A new addition to the area, Goldworks on Main Street offers a large selection of jewelry and services.  If you’re in the market for custom, designer or estate jewelry, Goldworks should be on your Half Moon Bay shopping destination list. They also offer repair and appraisal services.

The Paper Crane

This has become a Half Moon Bay shopping destination for letterpress and stationary enthusiasts.  The Paper Crane has printing presses in the back of a shop full of cards, stationary and gifts.

Half Moon Bay Electric Company

Along with electric services, Half Moon Bay Electric Company has a large selection of unique light fixtures, lamps and decor.


Looking for Half Moon Bay shopping with an exotic flavor? Jungletraders specializes in handmade furniture using salvaged railroad wood dating back to the colonial era in Africa.

For those who want to take advantage of all historic main street has to offer, including the fabulous Half Moon Bay shopping, Mill Rose Inn is the perfect place to stay.  Just minutes from downtown, our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast has beautifully decorated rooms and suites that blend classic European elegance with modern day conveniences that will make your trip exceptional.


Photo courtesy Experience Half Moon Bay.