With 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.