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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!

Explore the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail

September 17, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Coastal TrailBy foot or by bike, spend the day exploring the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail.  Family members of all ages will enjoy the ease of the flat paths and the amazing views at the stops along the way.  The trail is 11.5 miles long and can easily take a half of a day to complete.  The trail opens up to bluff side benches for watching the ocean waves and has access to great State beaches for quick dips in the sea.  Experience a morning or afternoon on the trail and uncover all the beauty of Half Moon Bay.

The summer months are the busiest times to visit the trail as the paths can become crowded.  The spring, fall and winter seasons seem to have fewer visitors and the weather is more likely to cooperate. Any season and any time of year, the Half Moon Bay Coastal trail is the ideal day trip when visiting the area.  Layered clothing is recommended as the ocean breeze can create cooler conditions depending on the time of day.  Half of the paths along the trail are paved with the other half consisting of dirt.  Despite the terrain, they still create a great ride for biking, running or walking.  The paths are dog friendly and even horses can be seen on the dirt paths.  The trails can become clouded with fog on many days but when the fog clears, the paths are perfect for meandering and taking in all the views.

There are spots to have lunch or drinks along the way, or bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach.  The end of one path will lead you to a ride through the beautifully manicured Ritz Carlton property and the trail runs adjacent to the golf course.  For stunning views of the ocean coast and an easy walk, the Half Moon Bay Coastal trail creates quite the experience.  There are many places to begin the journey.  The entry at the end of Poplar Avenue has access to the beach where dogs are allowed.  When walking the trails versus biking, begin at Francis Beach.  If biking first, begin at Magellan Road.  Other points of interest along the trail are the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Moss Beach Park and Half Moon Bay Harbor where fresh fish and crab can be purchased right from the boats depending on time of year.

Half Moon Bay, California is home to the award-winning B&B by the sea, The Mill Rose Inn.  The Inn is not only close to shops and dining, it is situated right on the ocean.  This beautiful and elegant bed and breakfast with its antiques and lavish décor, will have you feeling relaxed and ready to unwind.  There are six guest suites complete with private entrance and filled with items like a stocked refrigerator and Japanese dressing robes.  A gourmet breakfast is served each morning with items including French pastries, homemade breads, omelets, fruit and fresh squeezed juices.  After breakfast, take a stroll in the lush gardens filled with hundreds of roses and tropical flowers.  When booking your stay, there is a 20% discount for same-day reservations.  Room availability and nightly rate can be found on their website.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Vierra

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

10 Things to do in Half Moon Bay During Your Stay

May 7, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

10 Things to Do In Half Moon BayHalf Moon Bay is the perfect summer getaway spot.  When you stay at the Mill Rose Inn, you’ll have no shortage of opportunities for fun and relaxation.  To make planning your trip easier, we’ve put together a list of 10 things to do in Half Moon Bay during your stay.


1.Visit the Coastside Farmers’ Market

For a taste of fresh local produce and more, Coastside Farmers’ Market is the place to be.  Local farmers and ranchers come to the market each week to sell their goods to the public, promoting the farm-to-table lifestyle.


2. Horseback Ride On the Beach

One of the greatest things to do in in Half Moon Bay is to ride on horseback on the beach. This unique opportunity is good for riders of all abilities.


3. Visit the Purisima Creek Redwoods

The Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is a great place to go and see one of California’s natural wonders: the redwood forest.  Excellent trails and scenery await visitors at Purisima Creek.


4. Hike on the Coastside Trail

Hikers love the Coastside Trail, with beautiful views and a variety of terrains to hike on, it’s the ideal place to get out and explore the area.


5. Visit Half Moon Bay State Beach

Half Moon Bay State Beach is made up of the area’s best beaches. This four mile stretch of beach is a great place to sunbathe, picnic, fish, or surf.


6. Shop in Downtown Half Moon Bay

Downtown Half Moon Bay is full of unique shops and galleries that will provide you with plenty of opportunities to find that perfect something to remember your trip by.  Local shops include clothing boutiques, art galleries, furniture stores, jewelry, and more.


7. Visit Filoli

This early 20th century country estate includes 654 acres of property. The 36,000 squaree foot Georgian style house has been beautifully preserved and is surrounded by lovely grounds, including a 16-acre English Renaissance garden.


8. Enjoy Fine Dining

One of the most popular things to do in Half Moon Bay is to enjoy great food.  Mill Rose Inn is located in the heart of town, so many of the best restaurants are within walking distance from the inn. Local favorites include Cafe Gibraltar, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Pasta Moon, Cetrella Bistro, and Sushi Main Street among many others.


9. Get a Massage at the Mill Rose Inn

Mill Rose Inn has a wonderful massage room offering treatments drawing from a variety of techniques.  When you visit the Rose Grotto, you get to customize your massage experience, ensuring a completely relaxing experience.


10. Soak in the Garden Jacuzzi

Relax even further in our Garden Jacuzzi, surrounded by expertly tended gardens.  A visit to this oasis is the ideal way to restore your body and spirits during your getaway.


When you’re filling your itinerary with these things to do in Half Moon Bay, be sure to book your stay at the Mill Rose Inn.  Our elegant rooms and suites are the perfect place to rest between activities and indulge in some luxury pampering. Plus, the inn is set on almost an acre of beautiful gardens full of fragrant and colorful blooms all year.  There is no better place to enjoy the beauty of the area than our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast.  Of course, your stay includes a gourmet champagne breakfast each morning, so you’ll have the energy to explore Half Moon Bay to your heart’s content.  Let Mill Rose Inn make your trip a getaway to remember.  We can’t wait to see you soon!


Photo courtesy Steve Jurvetson.

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.

Prefer Ocean or Links? Check Out Half Moon Bay Golf Courses

April 2, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Golf CoursesThe mild and sunny climate of Half Moon Bay, California makes it a great destination for a variety of outdoor activities. One of the most popular outings for guests of Mill Rose Inn to partake in is golf.  Half Moon Bay Golf Links is home to two world-class courses that will satisfy the needs of even the most experienced golfer.  If you want to hit the fairways during your time with us, be sure to check out these Half Moon Bay courses.


The Ocean Course

As its name suggests, the Ocean Course has beautiful views of the Pacific ocean on each hole.  It’s position at the top of an ocean bluff makes for these sensational views and the final four holes are famed as some of the best in the game. Not only one of the best Half Moon Bay courses, the Ocean Course has been named among the best courses in California. The course opened in 1997 after being designed by famed landscape architect Arthur Hills.  The Ocean Course features a traditional Scottish “links style” format.  The fairways on the course are described as “firm and fast” with wispy natural grasses and trees along the edges of the course.  The par 72, 18-hole course plays at 6,914 yards from the furthest tee.  The tee boxes are formed by Rye Grass and the fairways, rough and greens are Perrnnial Poa Annual.


The Old Course

The Old Course was designed by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer along with Francis Duane and opened 1973.  Palmer is not only known for his excellent game, but he has designed some of the best courses in golf.  In 1990 Arthur Hills gave the course an update, so some of the greatest minds in course design have had input in the development of the Old Course. The course features a classic American parkland links layout.  The design makes for corridor views of the Pacific ocean.  The par 72, 18-hole championship course plays at 7,001 yards from the furthest tee.  Notable among Half Moon Bay golf courses as well as courses worldwide, the Old Course has one of the most recognized holes in the world. The 18th hole is a 405-yard par four hole that brings players to a bluff providing amazing views of the coast.  You may have seen this course on television, due to the fact that it has hosted a variety of professional tournaments including U.S. Open Qualifiers.


Practice Facility

Along with the two courses, Half Moon Bay Golf Links is also home to a wonderful practice facility, so you can get your game up to par. The 4-acre oceanfront short-game facility has two pitching greens, a practice bunker, a putting green and several pitching tees.  The views from the practice facility are just as breathtaking as those from the course.


When planning your trip to these Half Moon Bay golf courses, don’t forget to book your stay at Mill Rose Inn.  A local Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast is the perfect complement to your adventures on the course.  Our rooms and suites are luxuriously appointed with amenities that will renew your energy and your spirits. Find your perfect room to get started planning your getaway today.


Photo courtesy Christopher Michel via Wikimedia Commons.

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.


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 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.


Photo courtesy Daderot, via Wikimedia Commons.

24th Annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show

March 1, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Pacific Coast Dream MachinesGuests of Mill Rose Inn  this spring might want to take part in a Half Moon Bay tradition.  The 24th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show will be held on Sunday, April 27th at Half Moon Bay Airport.  This celebration of automobiles, aircraft, antique tractors and more is a popular and exciting event that locals and visitors alike look forward to year after year.  Read on to find out what awaits you at the 24th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines show. 


Each year this “spectacular showcase of motorized mechanical marvels” draws visitors out to the Half Moon Bay Airport.  Machines such as cars, war planes and motorcycles from the 20th and 21st centuries will be on display for the public to enjoy.  Whether you’re into hot rods, imports, dragsters, luxury cars, or sports cars, the Pacific Coast Dream Machines show has something for every car lover. Also on display will be customized trucks, souped up motorcycles and vehicles modified to run on alternative fuels like bio-diesel.


Speakers and experts will be on hand to give visitors greater insight into the world of these marvelous machines. Last years speakers included members of the “Blastolene Brotherhood” who come up with innovative designs for cars and transform all kinds of vehicles, including an antique stagecoach. Speakers for the 2014 Pacific Coast Dream Machines show will be announced closer to the event on their website.


A highlight of the Pacific Coast Dream Machines show is the military machine display.  An impressive array of vintage warbirds will be present for viewing and some will even take flight in an exciting demonstration.  Planes present in past years include the P-51 Mustang, the Yak9, the Curtiss P-40, T-6, T-28, T-33 and Hawker Sea Fury.


Another point of interest at Pacific Coast Dream Machines is the restored antique tractor exhibition.  Tractors and farm equipment from as early as the 1920s have been on display in past years.  Anyone interested in agricultural vehicles or restoration will be impressed by these beautiful machines.


Accompanying the machine displays is awesome food, drink and live entertainment.  The proceeds from Pacific Coast Dream Machines benefit the Coastside Adult Day Health Center.  Pacific Coast Dream Machines is the biggest fundraiser of the for the organization, so by attending you’ll be supporting a worthy cause while having a blast.


After you enjoy all the fantastic cars, planes, tractors and other machines at the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, you can relax in one of Mill Rose Inn’s luxurious guest rooms.  Our rooms and suites are each appointed with elegant furnishings and amenities.  Or you may choose to unwind in our garden jacuzzi, surrounded by colorful flowers in the shelter of a gazebo.  No matter which room you choose, your stay at our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast will make your visit memorable.  Our full champagne breakfasts will start each day on a high note, readying you for your adventures around the area.  And the individualized attention from our staff will help you get the most of your trip.  Start planning your getaway today!


Photo courtesy Juergen Lehle.

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.