Half Moon Bay

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Oct 2008

Re: A getaway for only one night
I know you didn't want a hotel, but this place is a real find. My husband and I just had a 24 hour getaway for our 10th anniversary. It's the Beach House in Half Moon Bay, about an hour from here (you can go through SF, or over the San Mateo Bridge and across to the ocean). It's right on the beach, with lovely, clean, warm outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, and spa treatments available. Really nice rooms, with 2 TVs, microwave, fridge, fireplace, down comforters, and stereo system where you can hook up your iPod. Daily afternoon wine & cheese reception, a real treat upon arrival, away from our 3 kids! Right next door is Sam's Chowder House, a comfortable, family friendly, but also potentially romantic beachfront restaurant, with very good food. Be sure to sip wine in the adirondack chairs out by the fire pits at sunset... Have fun! heidi

Moving to Half Moon Bay

April 2005

My family and I are moving to Half Moon Bay in the next few months. I am looking for advice on specific areas to move to, how to meet other new moms, places to go, and any information you have that can help make this a positive move would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much. Michele

Half Moon Bay and the surrounding areas have a Parent's organization called Coastside Mother's Club--I'm sure they could direct you quite well--http://www.coastsidemothersclub.org/ There is also Music Together in Montara with Paul Godwin who is also a founding member of the band ''The Sippy Cups.'' http://www.musictogethersf.com/ They often have community fundraising events. In Moss Beach there are lovely child friendly beaches to waste away hours. In Princeton, there is another nice hike out to Mavericks Beach, and in the winter low tide is quite packed with tide pool adventure. There is the Half Moon Bay Airport Diner - Watch the planes come and go and grab some diner delights. linee

My husband and I have spent a lot of time in Half Moon Bay, and we love it. It has a small-town feel, but it's still only 45 minutes or so from San Francisco, and just over the hill from San Mateo (15-20 minute drive). There's a cute downtown area of about 10 blocks, with three wonderful independent book stores, a beautiful knitting store owned by a woman and her granddaughter that give classes there, a great sushi place (Sushi Main Street) that's always packed and is very kid-friendly...and that just starts the list! I'd recommend spending an afternoon poking around the town, getting a feel for it. Several scenic hikes are right in that area, as are great beaches. We'd consider moving there, if it weren't for our commutes (we work in the city, and that drive is not great on an everyday basis). Hope that helps, I'm obviously a fan of the place. Half Moon Bay fan