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About Me & My Family

I’m a single mom with a 4 yr old boy. My two passions are traveling and raising my son. I love being a mom; there’s no place I’d rather be then with my son. I work full time and love to exercise.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, quiet, cautious, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, sophisticated, easy_going, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
Cancun
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Carmel, CA
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Petite St. Vincent
Favorite Vacation Memory
Half Moon Bay, Carmel, Manhattan Beach, Cancun, Maui.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
I’ll never forget flying home from Honolulu with my 1.6 month old son on Delta. The plane did not have milk for the flight and even though I boarded early, not one person thought to inform me that the plane was not stocked with milk. My son was still drinking from a bottle at this time and freaked out over having to go 5 hours without a bottle. This old cranky lady behind me was loudly complaining the whole flight about how she was tired of hearing my son cry (as if I wasn’t.) I wanted to scream (but did not) at every employee on the plane for not informing me the plane was out of milk until we were up in the air.
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Perfect One Week Vacation with Kids to Half Moon Bay

Assuming your family might be in Half Moon Bay for a week long vacay, here’s a fun itinerary including nearby things to do as well as great day trips from the area.  We’ve also included suggestions for Half Moon Bay’s child friendly hotel’s.  

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1 Miramontes Point Rd
Half Moon Bay, California

Comment:
Ritz Carlton is the very definition of kid friendly!

reviewed on: April 27 2012

"Heaven, I Have Arrived"
A stay at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay is the utmost coastal extravagance. Families will enjoy roasting s'mores by ocean front fire pits, a weekend Hot Chocolate Bar, an 18-hole golf course with ocean views from every hole, the indoor heated swimming pool, and a bagpiper that can be heard announcing the arrival of each day’s sunset.

Indulgent guestrooms and suites offer sweeping ocean views, and most include cozy window seats, sophisticated fireplaces, and outdoor terraces. The daily resort fee includes a glass of wine upon arrival, wireless internet, and shuttle service to Main Street in downtown Half Moon Bay. Additionally, the Ritz-Carlton Club offers a private lounge with personal concierge staff and complimentary food and beverage presentations throughout the day.

Thursday through Sunday evenings, a dedicated Fire & Wine Butler services guests relaxing outside. Armed with wine atop a golf cart, the Fire & Wine Butler roves the property offering assistance with lighting outdoor fire pits or with pouring glasses of wine.

The guest houses are a short walk from the main building and consist of three adjacent buildings with rooms that are the same as the main building but offer a more secluded atmosphere. Tip: Guesthouse rooms are not always pricier than those in the main building and they offer complimentary parking!

Little Touches of Luxury:

The Ritz-Carlton literally rolls out the welcome wagon for it youngest guests. At check in, children select a welcome amenity from a wagon full of toys. Over the course of my weekend stay, this delightful wagon was rolled out for my son on three separate occasions.

On the second day of my trip, a large candy-covered edible castle was placed in my room while we were out. My son’s face lit up like a Christmas tree when we returned to our room to find this unexpected and delicious gift!

Additional family friendly amenities include sand toys and beach accessories, family board games and videos, and putter and wedge for use on pitching and putting greens.

C'est Très Magnifique:
  
Frequently acclaimed as the most superb brunch in the Bay, the nautically inspired Navio offers an impressive selection of coastal cuisine and decadent desserts from a 1,000 square-foot display kitchen. Navio’s Sunday brunch not only lived up to my expectations, but far surpassed it. While overlooking the Pacific Ocean, I found myself wishing two things; that I had been born to great wealth and that I had skipped dinner the night before. Sadly, my stomach ran out of room before I could try everything.

For a more relaxed setting, The Conservatory Lounge is ideal for families with toddlers and offers a bistro menu throughout the day. The children’s menu is the same at both Navio and The Conservatory.

A World-Class Spa with World-Class Service:

After a day spent exploring Half Moon Bay, I scheduled a massage to relax and rejuvenate at the spa. Guests entering the spa will discover calming views of the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the comforting sounds of tranquility fountains throughout the facility and treatment rooms.

Ritz Kids:

Little ladies and lads can participate in special activities just for them in the Ritz Kids program. From daily programs and Friday night parties, to summer adventures and innovative classes, the resort has much to offer its younger guests. On Christmas morning, Santa reads to the children himself from the Kids Room.

Disclosure: I received complimentary lodging, spa treatment, and meals as a guest of The Ritz-Carlton. The Ritz-Carlton did not request that I express any particular opinion and my reviews always reflect my honest opinion.

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401 main st.
Half Moon Bay, California

Comment:
Some units have kitchens!

reviewed on: April 26 2012

"The Perfect Family Getaway"
Half Moon Bay Inn is the perfect place for a coastal weekend getaway. The Inn offers 15 stunning rooms and suites with original artwork from Mexico.

All rooms have locally-roasted organic coffee, flat screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and parking, plush pillow top mattresses, down-filled duvets, fine linens, and crystal glassware.  

LOCATION:
Half Moon Bay Inn is centrally located on charming Historic Main Street, just a short drive away from the best Half Moon Bay has to offer. While you’re in town, do not miss the farm tour at Harley Farms, the tide pools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, the Coastal Trail, or Lemos Farms.

ROOMS (I stayed in two rooms during my visit):

Room # 1 - The Bella Vista Villa is a completely stocked and beautifully furnished second floor apartment with its own private entrance and grand staircase. At the top of the stairs, a locally-painted fresco welcomes you inside. The Villa features a fully-appointed kitchen, a dining room with large windows, a washer and dryer, a queen bedroom, a separate sitting room which doubles as a second bedroom, and a private balcony with beautiful courtyard views. The bathroom features a shower and tub.

Walking into the Villa, I felt young again. A stay here does not feel like a stay at a hotel. A stay here feels like a leased Parisian apartment on a spring day.

Room # 2 - The Hacienda Familia room is a very large room decorated with gorgeous lodge pine furniture. It comes with a private entrance and features a queen bed plus day bed. This room comfortably accommodates a family of four. The Hacienda room also features a bar-size refrigerator, microwave, and a comfy, stylish lounge chair. The large terra cotta tiled bathroom shower is gorgeous, luxurious, and is ADA compliant. There is no bathtub.


NICE TOUCHES:

The owners have great taste. They’ve really gone out of their way to ensure you leave here feeling pampered. At check-in, I was offered a complimentary bottle of wine and my son was offered a ripe delicious apple. As far as hotel experiences go, this one will be hard to top. On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s an 11.

Disclosure: I received complimentary lodging as a guest of Half Moon Bay Inn. The Inn did not request that I express any particular opinion and my reviews always reflect my honest opinion.


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2930 Cabrillo Hwy N
Half Moon Bay, California

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Free breakfast!


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4100 N CABRILLO HWY
Half Moon Bay, California



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280 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, California



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390 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, California

Comment:
Very kid friendly

reviewed on: March 03 2012

"Cheers to Half Moon Bay Brewing Company!"
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is a lively, family friendly restaurant and pub just five minutes north of Half Moon Bay.

The restaurant, which features live music and dancing with a gorgeous ocean view, was packed with families and happy couples. During my meal, I observed a smiling dad feeding his little girl French Fries and groups of merry friends drinking to toasts of health on the patio. The brewery is a good spot to kick back with your children, enjoy an ice cold beer and a meal, and take in a view of the Pacific Ocean.  

We ordered Mavericks Steak (9-10 oz Beef Petite Tenderloin), Chicken Fajitas, and a grill cheese sandwich from the kids menu. After dinner, we ordered the chef's special dessert; his signature “Mavericks Beeramisu,” made with handcrafted Mavericks porter and stout.

HMB Brewing Company is oceanfront and adjacent to the legendary Mavericks surf break, home to some of the world´s harshest big wave surfing and the annual Mavericks Surf Competition, it’s also home to Chef Gaston Alfaro, the talent behind the brewery’s savory menu.

The most wonderful thing about Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is its very casual and relaxed atmosphere. At one point or another, all parents have all experienced a child screaming at a restaurant, pounding the table with silverware, or generally causing a ruckus. If this describes your kids, consider dining here. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is so kid-friendly, you won't have to worry about your children being loud or annoying to other customers.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company provided my family with a discounted meal for this review. They did not request that I express any particular point of view and my reviews always reflect my honest opinions.

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1 Miramontes Point
Half Moon Bay, California

Comment:
My son enjoyed the Chicken Fingers and Fries. Beautiful view!

reviewed on: April 26 2012

"Floor-to-Ceiling Ocean Views!"
I have to admit I was a little nervous about dining at The Ritz Carlton with my three year old son. Like most young boys, my son is rowdy and loud. He likes to klink silverware and cry at the most inopportune moments. Turns out though, I had nothing to worry about. The Conservatory Lounge is family friendly.

The Conservatory Lounge features a casual seating environment with breathtaking floor-to-ceiling ocean views. The service is excellent and the bistro food is delicious. There’s even a kids menu and crayons. The Lounge is loud enough inside so that your child’s natural noisy chatter will blend in seamlessly with all that is going on around you.

Dress at The Conservatory Lounge is casual. I wouldn’t roll in rocking cut off denim shorts or anything, but I didn’t feel out of place in my non-designer blue jeans and sweater.

The Children's Menu includes:

ENTREES
Hot Dog with French Fries
Hamburger or Cheeseburger with French Fries
Chicken Fingers with French Fries
Cheese Pizza
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Petit Filet Mignon with Garden Vegetables

DESSERTS
One Scoop Ice Cream Sundae
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Root Beer Float

Every Thursday choose from a selection of burgers (Kobe-style, Crab, Vegetarian) while sipping on signature Speakeasy brews and listening to local jazz artists.

• Every Thursday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
• $19 per person, plus tax and gratuity
• Free valet parking

The Ritz-Carlton provided my family with a complimentary meal to facilitate this review. The Ritz-Carlton did not request that I express any particular opinion and my reviews always reflect my honest opinions.


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Pillar Point Harbor (Hwy. 1 at Capistrano Road)
Half Moon Bay, California


reviewed on: August 22 2012

"Baja Fresh of Seafood"
Half Moon Bay’s Princeton Seafood Co. is both fun and family friendly. It's ocean front location, much like all of Half Moon Bay, is beautiful. A statue of a stoic bearded fisherman in a bright yellow rain slicker holding a giant fish welcomes your crew as you enter. My kids couldn’t resist posing for photographs by the old man of the sea. My toddler even tried to have a conversation with him.

THE FOOD

Princeton Seafood Co. is the Baja Fresh of Seafood. It’s seafood without the fancy attire, wait list, and $30 lobster claws. It’s a great place for families who want some seafood on the fly in a fun environment. I sampled oysters in a half shell, fish tacos, and clam chowder. The clam chowder was amazing! AH-MAZING! Take note, the chowder is hot. Don’t let your kids dive in without testing the temperature for yourself.

I would not say the food at Princeton Seafood Company is delicious, it was just ok. Would I come here again? Yes, for the sense of community and the clam chowder, absolutely.

WHAT I ENJOYED

The restaurant is clean and the service is quick. The manager was wearing a great t-shirt that read “Got Crabs?” Our food was delivered to our table in a timely fashion which is important when you are eating with children.

KIDS MENU

Kids receive a Treasure Chest at the end of their meal (you have to ask for them).

Fish & Chips $4.95
Calamari & Fries $4.95
Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Fries $4.75
Prawns & Fries $6.95
Spaghetti with marinara sauce & garlic bread $4.90

This review is based on a complimentary visit to Princeton Seafood Company. I received no other compensation and was not asked to express a particular point of view. My opinions are entirely my own.

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401 Main St
Half Moon Bay, California



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4210 Cabrillo Highway North
Half Moon Bay, California


reviewed on: April 26 2012

"What a View!"
Family-friendly Sam's Chowder House is one of Half Moon Bay's most picturesque seafood restaurants. This lively spot boasts beautiful ocean views, from both the dining room and spacious open-air patios.

The food at Sam’s is worth every penny. It’s no wonder the Today Show recognized Sam’s as one of the top five sandwich makers in America. People come from far and wide to try Sam’s famous Lobster Roll.

I ordered the Jumbo Prawns Stuffed with Dungeness Crab and Wrapped in Smoked Bacon with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and creamy horseradish sauce for $26.95. Worth every calorie!!

A sample from Sam’s large kids menu includes:

Chicken Tenders and Fries or Green Beans $6.95
Fish and Chips $5.50 one piece $9.95 two piece
Sammy's Smashing Chicken and Mashers with Broccolini $9.95
Children’s portions of Side Dishes are available for $4.

Aside from serving food, Sam's presents live local music. Live music is great for improving the moods of cranky children and to camouflage the ruckus of noisy kids.

The setting at Sam’s is so lovely, I suggest enjoying your dinner out on the patio so the kids can admire the coastal sunset from an Adirondack chair while slurping up clam chowder.

Disclosure: Sam’s Chowder House provided my family with a complimentary meal. Sam’s did not request that I express any particular viewpoint and my opinions are always my own.

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1410 S Cabrillo Hwy
Half Moon Bay, California


reviewed on: April 26 2012

"The Disneyland of Pubs"
Try saying “Cameron’s Restaurant, Pub, Inn, RV Park & Campground” three times really fast. The name is quite a mouthful! A visit to Cameron’s Pub is also an eyeful, a tasteful, and a day-of-family-fun-ful!

A trip to Half Moon Bay without a visit to Cameron’s Pub would be a happy meal without the toy; ordinary. Don't settle for mediocre when you can have pizazz. I’ll tell you this, if pizazz was tangible, Cameron could issue shares of its stock!

THE HISTORY OF CAMERON’S INN FROM ITS WEBSITE:

{At least three times since the turn of the century it has been a house of ill repute or a house of fun depending on where you grew up and what you learned to call those places where ladies of the night lived. During the “Roaring Twenties,” Al Capone’s sister allegedly became involved in the Inn and reportedly owned the slot machines in play.}

This is just the tip of the iceberg. You must read all of the history for yourself, it’s fascinating.

The Inn has three rooms. Two of the three rooms share a bath. If you have a large family or are traveling with another family, rent the entire Inn.

CAMERON’S $5.95 KIDS MENU:

Corn Doggie * Mac & Cheese * Kid Burger * Kid Cheeseburger
Kid Tuna Sandwich * Grilled Cheese * Fish & Chippers * Shrimp & Chippers * Kid Chicken Fingers (All served with fries or apple sauce)

RV PARK & CAMPGROUND:

No reservations are required. There are 100 spaces for RV’s and campers & tents; all with the convenience of great pub food right next door. Your brood will also enjoy

• Volleyball
• Horseshoe pits
• Access to the Coastal Trail
• Short walk to the ocean
• Shower
• Gathering place
• BBQ
• Wireless internet hotspot
• Hammocks

Cameron’s Restaurant also boasts a game room with fooz ball, shuffle board, darts, a small arcade of video games, and much more. There are five big screen televisions in the game room to watch whatever sport you choose – along with your own personal remote control.

While I only spent a single afternoon at Cameron’s Pub, it’s an experience I will carry with me for many years to come. When you go, tour the Pub's RV Park and walk the grounds.

Disclosure: To facilitate this review Cameron’s Pub provided my family with a complimentary meal. Cameron did not request that I express any particular opinion and my reviews always reflect my honest opinion.

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260 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, California

Comment:
Excellent staff and management. I loved the steak and the cheesecake!

reviewed on: April 10 2012

"Love the Jellyfish Light Fixtures!"
Located in Pillar Point Harbor, Crab Landing Seafood & Steak House strives to create a memorable dining experience for each and every caller. Crab Landing prides itself on its unique multi-level dining room with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows. The exterior of this upscale restaurant gives off the message, “Eat here, we are a class act!”

While on vacation in Half Moon Bay, I took my son (age 3) to Crab Landing for dinner. The eatery is easy to find; you can spot the Crab Landing sign from Capistrano Road. We were seated at a table with a gorgeous view of the coastline. My favorite view though, was Crab Landing’s unique jellyfish shaped light fixtures. I’m a HUGE fan of unique light fixtures!

Crab Landing offers a larger than average selection of kids entree's such as Macaroni & Cheese $6.95, Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Fries $6.95, Fish & Chips $7.95, Grilled Chicken with Rice & Vegetables $7.95, Chicken Strips with French Fries 6.95, and more!

Everything I ordered was delicious, from the Oysters in a Half Shell and the Caesar Salad to the fried Calamari with grilled Jalapeños and the New York Steak! I have only 4 words to describe my dining experience. Nom Nom Nom Nom!

For desert, we dived into a carrot cake with white chocolate cream cheese buttercream, locally prepared by Elegant Cheesecakes. Elegant Cheesecakes has a beautiful display of cakes by the entrance, one even resembling a stylish purse! If you’re shopping for a one of a kind cake, you should keep them in mind. ElegantCheesecakes.com

Crab Landing is a full 9,000 square feet and can seat 250 people, think weddings! The servers joke about the workout they receive each night while on the job, hustling about from the kitchen and the first and second floors.

Crab Landing provided my family with a complimentary meal for this review. They did not request that I express any particular point of view and my reviews always reflect my honest opinions.

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205 North Street
Pescadero, California

Comment:
Take the 2 hour farm tour

reviewed on: April 26 2012

"A Memorable Day for the Entire Family!"
The two hour tour at Harley Farms makes my top 10 things for families to do in Northern California! Harley Farms is a restored 1910 dairy farm, with 200 alpine goats on nine acres of pasture in Pescadero, California. Year-round farm tours and cheese making classes allow visitors to see a working farm and watch goat milk turn to cheese.

Harley Farms lush green meadows, colorful spring flowers, and open sky vistas are postcard pretty. My toddler loved running around in the outdoor garden at the base of the Farm Shop. He also loved running into the Farm Shop for  bread and cheese samples!

The tour is appropriate for kids of all ages. I toured with two children, a boy (age 3) and a girl (age 7). If your children fancy petting zoos, they will love meeting the farm's gentle goats and will be offered an opportunity to hold a baby goat. Beware though, these goats have the munchies! You may have to shoosh away a few sets of soft lips seeking to nibble on your hemline!

Following the visit with the herd, my seven year old enjoyed donning a hair net to watch a demonstration in the kitchen on how a pound of cheese is made. Afterwards, everyone gets to taste the cheese in a restored hayloft around a table with handcrafted chairs.

Some of my favorite moments were holding the baby goats, photographing the beautiful farm, sampling the delicious treats in the cheese shop, and learning about the history of the farm while in the barn. Who knew goat farms could be so amazing! What a wonderful way to spend the day with your children. The cost of the tour was money well spent!

A word of warning, the Farm Shop is expensive. Enter at your own risk. It is open daily from 11 to 5 and features award-winning cheeses, a luxurious range of goat milk lotions and soaps, and many other delightful treasures.

This review is based on a complimentary visit to Harley Farms. I received no other compensation and was not asked to express a particular point of view. My opinions are entirely my own.

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California Avenue
Half Moon Bay, California

Comment:
15 minutes north of the city of Half Moon Bay. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is in a no-take Marine Protected Area; no collecting of organisms, shells, rocks, driftwood, etc. is permitted. Please do not bring buckets to the reef. Dogs are not allowed.

reviewed on: April 26 2012

"Rock Throwing Paradise"
The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve encompasses all of my favorite ingredients:

1. It's on the seashore
2. It's an activity that fosters curiosity, environmentalism, and an appreciation for Earth’s creatures
3. It's fun and out of the ordinary
5. It involves climbing, jumping, and splashing
6. There's a large body of water and plenty of rocks to throw
7. It’s free

Before visiting the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, I first took my son to several other costly, kid friendly attractions. These other activities were fun for him, but not over the top exciting. Once we arrived at the Fitzgerald tide pools however, it was a whole different ball game. The tidepool was hands down his favorite experience of the weekend. After a few hours here, I literally had to drag him away crying.  

This scenario is yet another example of a lesson my son has been trying teaching me since the day he was born – I don’t need drop a lot of money on activities to make him happy. More often than not he prefers the free activities to the commercialized attractions.

Tips for Parents:
• Bring a camera
• Wear shoes with grippy bottoms for hopping over
   slippery rocks
• Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks
• Dress in layers

There’s a restroom by the parking lot and parking is free. We didn't see much marine life but the tide pools are so beautiful that it really didn't matter to us.


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12320 San Mateo Road
Half Moon Bay, California

Comment:
No reservations needed.

reviewed on: April 26 2012

"I love Lemos Farm"
I can see from the other Trekaroo reviews that parents have mixed feelings about Lemos Farm. I LOVED Lemos Farm and I found myself wishing there could be a Lemos Farm in my hometown of Sacramento.

Admission and parking are free, there’s plenty of shade, a petting zoo, and a fun bounce house. You have to pay to play, but the prices aren’t steep (says the lady with only one child.)

Prices:
Day Passes (unlimited rides)
Kids (14 mos. old and up to 70 lbs) $15.00
Adults $5.00

Single Ticket Prices
Pony Ride $5.00
Playtown $5.00
Train Ride $3.00
Hay Ride $3.00
Haunted House (Sept./Oct. only) $3.00
Petting Zoo $1.00
All activities above are included in the Day Pass

All activities below are not included in the Day Pass
Coin Operated Activities
Dig Zone $2.00
Wagon Ride 50¢

New at the Farm
Laser Tag (20 min. game) $10.00

I lucked out with a sweet parking spot right in front, otherwise I would have had to park in the rear (the walk to the entrance is a bit far for young kids.) I was confused as to what we were supposed to pay for because it was my first visit, no one was around to assist us, and there was no clear signage posted. The only staff person I saw working was in the snack shack so we just moseyed on in.

My son went to town in the bounce house. He also enjoyed walking around and examining all the fun props such as the faux western town. We visited on a Sunday morning around 11 am which must be the ideal time to go because there were only a few families there.

The only money I spent was on a balloon and a small popcorn for my son on the way out. I shot some AMAZING photo’s here! If happiness were to explode and leave behind colorful globs of kid-friendly joy, it would be called Lemos Farms. What a wonderful place to take children.

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One Johnson Pier
Half Moon Bay, California

Comment:
Walk along the docks and check out the local fishermen selling fresh seafood directly off their boats.


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95 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay, California

Comment:
Perfect for a beautiful coastal walk, this mostly paved five mile trail runs along the Pacific Ocean.

reviewed on: April 27 2012

"Breathtaking!"
While staying at The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, my family participated in a free golf cart tour of the Coastal Trail and boy were we glad we did! The scenic trail is breathtaking and not to be missed. Though at first glance the trail appears to belong to the luxurious Ritz, it’s actually open to the public.

Delight in a stroll along the paved trail which runs six miles from Pillar Point Harbor to Poplar Avenue. All along the trail, paths lead to awesome State Beaches and remarkable coastal views. This region is perfect for beach lounging, running, horseback riding, walking, biking, camping, fishing, shopping, restaurants and more. For a true escape, stay at the nearby Ritz-Carlton or reserve a room at Half Moon Bay Inn a few miles down the road.

Best times to visit are spring, fall and winter, as it's less crowded. I visited in late February and I practically had the whole trail to myself. In summer, try dropping in on a less-crowded weekday. Be sure to slather on sunscreen and dress in layers, as the temperature can alter with fog and wind. Speaking of the wind, if you have long hair like me, pull it in a tight ponytail. The wind can be something fierce! Bring your camera, and plan to stop at Cameron’s Pub for lunch. While at Cameron’s Pub tour their RV campground out back. My family loved exploring Cameron’s outdoor décor.

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Main Street
Half Moon Bay, California

Comment:
Stroll along Main Street to check out art galleries, gift shops, bookstores, restaurants, and more.

reviewed on: April 26 2012

"I've Fallen in love with HMB"
Half Moon Bay's Main Street is a lot of family friendly fun. The stores aren’t really for children, more for parents, but kids will still enjoy the old timey feel of the street.

There's an awesome hotel located directly on Main Street that my family stayed at called Half Moon Bay Inn. I can't recommend it enough. Our suite had its own private entrance and was very large. We even had a full kitchen and dining room! Each morning when we left our hotel to explore Half Moon Bay, it was so much fun to step directly out on to Main Street.

Main Street is small but eclectic. You can tour the whole street in a few hours. With that being said, do it! There’s a larger than life, beautiful mural on the side of a building for kids to admire, a yummy restaurant called Its Italia to eat at, and lots of free parking. When in Half Moon Bay, Main Street is not to be missed.

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95 Kelly Ave
Half Moon Bay, California

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Low Tides can bring small tide pools. Please exercise caution when visiting any beach as rip tides can appear suddenly.


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11691 San Mateo Rd
Half Moon Bay, California

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185 Verde Rd
Half Moon Bay, California

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Pumpkins, pony rides, a labyrinth made out of 10,000 straw and hay bales, and a petting zoo.


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2700 Pescadero Road
Pescadero, California

Comment:
Visit the animals in the barnyard and pick up some goodies at the country store.


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Linda Mar Blvd
Pacifica, California

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Features seven hiking trails of varying habitats, lengths, and levels of difficulty.


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210 Pigeon Point Road at Hwy 1
Pescadero, California

Comment:
The 115-foot lighthouse is one of the tallest in the U.S. It is currently closed to the public, but there are half-hour guided history walks of the lighthouse grounds.


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One Miramontes Point Road
Half Moon Bay, California

Comment:
Sunday Brunch at Navio is legendary!

reviewed on: April 26 2012

"There's a Party in my Tummy!"
Enjoy sophisticated dining in its finest form at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay's family friendly, signature restaurant, Navio. Floor-to-ceiling windows expose patrons to breathtaking ocean vistas and set the scene for a memorable culinary experience.

Navio is open seven days a week:

• Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday through Saturday
• Lunch is served Saturday, Noon to 2 p.m.; Brunch is served on Sunday
• Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- reservations are recommended

Brunch at Navio is legendary. I’ve literally been hearing about it for years. I once even had a friend e-mail me pictures of the brunch spread after he visited with his in-laws! As such, I was very excited to experience the notorious Sunday brunch for myself.

The man behind the magic, Executive Chef Xavier Salomon, presents visiting families with Northern California coastal cuisine using fresh seafood from nearby Princeton Harbor and produce grown along the neighboring coastline.

Navio’s Sunday brunch not only lived up to my expectations, but far surpassed it. While overlooking the Pacific Ocean, I found myself wishing two things; that I had been born to great wealth and that I had skipped dinner the night before. Sadly, my stomach ran out of room before I could try everything.

Navio is fancy, but don't be scared to brunch here with your little ones; my 3-year-old is boisterous and he did just fine. You won’t be the only family dining with young children and you won't feel like everyone is starring at you wondering why you've brought your kids.

The Ritz-Carlton provided my family with a complimentary meal to facilitate this review. The Ritz-Carlton did not request that I express any particular opinion and my reviews always reflect my honest opinions.