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Half Moon Bay Activities This Summer

April 17, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

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Now that spring is here and it’s time to start dreaming about your summer vacation, I’ll bet that Half Moon Bay is on your list of potential places to see. Northern California is the ideal place for a trip in the warm summer months as it never gets too hot, yet you can expect 80-degree temperatures accompanied by lots of sunshine. It’s perfect beach weather, and you’ll find many of those right here among the other Half Moon Bay activities waiting to be explored. Relax and enjoy a good book on the beach, or take an adventure in a kayak or even tackle the gnarly West Coast surfing.

This list of summertime Half Moon Bay activities will certainly tip the scales and have you California-bound for your next getaway.

Salmon Fishing

Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay is one of the biggest King Salmon fisheries in the whole world. With the season just vamping up, anglers can expect to take home their fair share of fish, weighing in anywhere between five and fifty pounds. There are numerous options for fishing charters, most of which leave early in the morning. If you’re looking for a cheaper, or perhaps more challenging day, consider renting a fishing kayak to paddle out and reel in your day’s catch.

Bach Summer Series

People from the Bay area to Silicon Valley look forward to the Bach Summer Series all year long, and it begins on May 31st! Taking place on Sunday afternoons, these concerts make for the perfect relaxing Sunday, post-brunch and just in time for evening cocktails. Just off Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay, with your general admission ticket you can look forward to a buffet and wine bar, or a picnic on Miramar Beach, where the series takes place. Make sure to bring layers, as you may get chilly while the day winds down.

Tour des Fleurs

Half Moon Bay is the perfect place to enjoy the spring and summer flowers, and on July 25th anyone will have the chance to go on this great flower tour around the city. Visit nurseries, farms, flower shops, and wineries and learn about what’s growing and how the experts are caring for their plants. Be sure to call ahead and make your reservations for the Tour des Fleurs!

Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival

Just north of Half Moon Bay in the town of Pescadero on the weekend of August 15th and 16th, this free festival will take place in their quaint, oceanside downtown area. Dubbed an “Old Fashioned Country Festival” it promotes local artists and raises funds to benefirt youth programs. You can look forward to vendors selling everything from fresh local food to handcrafted goods, live music, and many fun activities for the kids!


We have hardly scratched the surface of Half Moon Bay activities that you’ll have the chance to experience while visiting here this summer. Another great experience while here is a stay at the Mill Rose Inn located right downtown within walking distance of the town’s best shopping, dining and entertainment establishments. Book your trip now and see this beautiful Pacific coast gem for yourself!

5 Things You Have to Do in Half Moon Bay this Summer

July 2, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Summer is here and what better way to spend it than in beautiful California! Start planning your trip to Half Moon Bay and explore the stunning shoreline, eat scrumptious food and more! Come stay with us at Mill Rose Inn and experience the area at its best! Here are the 5 things you have to do in Half Moon Bay this summer:


1. Bask in the Sun on Half Moon Bay State Beach

Half Moon Bay State BeachMore 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. Stretching from the ocean to high cliffs, the stunning beach is the perfect place to see some of California’s most beautiful scenery. Being one of the best places to experience the Pacific Ocean, you don’t want to miss out! Whether you want to hike along the jagged cliffs and bluffs or just take in the view from the sandy shoreline, Half Moon Bay State Beach is the perfect place for you. In the summer, the bluffs are covered with an abundance of flowers, making it the best time to visit.



2. Grab a Bite at Pasta Moon on 315 Main Street

Grab a Bite at Pasta MoonOffering delicious food in a wonderful atmosphere, Pasta Moon is dishing out top-notch Italian food made with only the freshest ingredients. Owner and chef Kim Levin, strongly believes in giving back to the local community and supporting the local ranchers, gourmet artisans, famers and fisherman. The menu changes regularly depending on the season, brings guests the best Italian cuisine. Pasta Moon has been cooking tasty food, like house-made pasta, pizzas and desserts, for more than 25 years. After enjoying a bowl of delicious pasta, Stoll down Main Street and take in all that the area has to offer.



3. Sample the Vintages at La Nebbia Winery

La Nebbia WineryLoacted in coastal Half Moon Bay, La Nebbia Winery offers a selection of award winning wines, which are sampled daily in the tasting room! Visitors not only have the opportunity to sip on a glass of wine but they can also purchase gourmet food products and locally produced items, including smoked salmon, gourmet cheeses, honey and more! This old fashioned winery provides a relaxing and memorable environment. Unfortunately, there are no vineyards to walk through but there are beautiful gardens to explore. The owners are passionate and excited to talk and explain the fermenting process of their wine, making for an enjoyable experience! Stop by and enjoy a divine glass of wine!



4. Hike the Waterfront Coastside Trail

Half Moon BayOne of Half Moon Bay’s hidden gems, Waterfront Coastside Trail is a delightful path to stroll along. The hike winds along the Pacific coast and measures 6-miles round trip. Enjoy an afternoon walk or exciting bike ride on this paved path that glides gently through the beautiful cliffs. The view of the coastline is breathtaking!






5. Eat at Navio Restaurant on 1 Miramontes Point Road

Eat at Navio Restaurant for Fresh SeafoodA great way to experience Half Moon Bay is by enjoying a plate of fresh local seafood. Munch on some of the best fish in the area with a front row view of the Pacific surf at Navio Restaurant. The attentive service, divine food and stunning setting, makes for a memorable dining experience. Start with Lobster Bisque and house Made Smoked Fettuccini with Crab and Parmesan Sherry Cream Sauce and end your delicious meal on a sweet note with the Baba Au Rum!






As you look over these amazing things to do in Half Moon Bay, be sure to book your stay at the Mill Rose Inn.  Our elegantly decorated guest rooms and suite are the perfect place to rest and recharge between adventures.  And if one of the activities leaves you feeling sore, one of our certified massage therapists can ease the tension and make you feel brand new. The classic furnishings will surround you with comfort and our expert staff will ensure your time in Half Moon Bay will be the experience of a lifetime. We can’t wait to see you soon!


Photos via Jay CrossSteve Jurvetson, Benson KuaElaine with Grey Cats, Jumping Rocks