Getting Ready for a Summer Camping Near Half Moon Bay

Maybe you are thinking that it is too late to have a summer camp near Half Moon Bay. If you haven’t experience a camp before this is the time to let your child or the whole family enjoy one of summer’s best recreational activity.

Most of the summer camp sites begin to become crowded so campers should plan ahead, especially during this season. Here are some useful tips to help you with summer camp planning and ensure you will be able to have a fun-filled summer.

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Step 1

Schedule your camping trip. Temperatures in Half Moon Bay range from 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter; summertime often features morning and evening fog. Campgrounds get crowded in the summer and on weekends, so plan in advance to reserve a site. (http://www.traveltips.usatoday.com).

Step 2 

Determine the Campground that suits you.

Option 1. Book a site at Half Moon Bay State Beach if you are tent camping. This is the only place within Half Moon Bay proper that allows tent camping. Its 52 sites are available for tent campers. Since Half Moon Bay gets foggy and colder weather in the evening, dress in layers. Arrive at your tent site after the 2 p.m. check-in time (check-out is noon).

Facilities: 52 campsites, 3 for tents only, others for RVs up to 40′ or tents, dump station, showers, amphitheater, Many sites now have electric hook-ups.

Campsites: Maximum of 8 people per site, picnic tables, fire rings . For coastal hikers and cyclers, a Hike & Bike area is available for single night stays.

Reservations: Reserve America – Half Moon Bay State Beach

Fees: Standard site $35, Hike & Bike $7

Option 2: You can reserve a spot at Pillar Point RV Park for access to cable, water, electricity and wireless Internet. Pillar Point RV Park does not have tent camping. Check in to the Pillar Point RV Park from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

How to get there:

13 miles from Pescadero Beach
4000 Highway 1, Half Moon Bay, CA
(650) 712-9277 | Website: http://www.newradio.com/pillarpointrvpark

5 minute walk from beach, restrooms, showers, full hook-ups, cable TV, picnic tables, grills.

Option 3: Go to Private Campgrounds

Costanoa Lodge

2001 Rossi Road at Highway 1, Pescadero, CA
(877) 262-7848 or (650) 879-1100

– RV and Tent sites: Full hook-ups, comfort stations with bathrooms, showers
Amenities: General store, picnic and BBQ areas, WiFi, bar & grill, spa available.

Half Moon Bay RV Park & Campground

1410 Highway 1 South, Half Moon Bay, CA
(650) 726-7275

– Camping sites: fire pits, electricity and water hookups available
Amenities: Volleyball and horseshoe pits, BBQ area, nearby pub, showers, bathrooms, laundry, WiFi hotspots, dump station.

Smithwoods RV Park

4770 Highway 9, Felton, CA
(831) 335-4321

Full hook-ups, cable TV, picnic tables, fire pits, heated pool, kids’ room. (no tents).

Santa Cruz Redwoods | RV Resort

4980 Highway 9, Felton, CA
(831) 335-8312

– Full hook-ups, cable TV, WiFi, Bathrooms with hot showers, borders the San Lorenzo River, clubhouse and recreation room.

If you need a place to stay in Half Moon Bay during your summer camping, come and stay in Harbor View Inn. Located right across the street from the beautiful California Coast and close to many summer camp sites near Half Moon Bay. Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite, comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms, a free continental breakfast each morning before you go out on your u-pick adventure, and more!

Style Guide in Attending a Wedding in Half Moon Bay

Wedding season is approaching quickly – this means that you need some help in deciding what you should be your style. You might have already attended a spring wedding these past months or an early fall celebrations in Half Moon Bay.

Well as a guest, you should know the couple preferences in what they expect from their guest if the invitations are descriptive. If not, it is essential to have a good interpretation.

Every wedding is totally different. Here are a few outfit inspirations that will keep you celebrate in style.

Event Type – Casual (But not too casual)

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Hers: Summer sundress or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse; everyday, natural makeup and hair.

His: Dress pants with a button-down shirt or polo.

Event Type: Semi formal Dressy Casual (Think”night on the town”)

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Hers: Cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top

His: Suit and tie, dark for evening or light (like our Tan suit) for daytime events

Event Type: Beach Formal – Breezy, comfortable and weather-appropriate)

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Hers: Formal (tea or knee length) summer sundress with flat sandals, natural, everyday make up and hair.

His: Summer suit and linen shirt (no tie required), linen pants or khakis

Event Style – Black Tie Optional

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Hers: Long dress, dressy suit or formal cocktail-length dress in a dark, neutral color (brown or black).

His: Tuxedo or a formal dark suit and tie.

Event Style – White Tie ( The ultimate of formal)

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Hers: Full length ball gown in a neutral color (brown or black), glamorous make up and dramatic jewelry and hair appropriate.

His: Tuxedo, long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest, bow tie, formal shoes and optional white gloves dancing.

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Top 5 Best Seafood Restaurants in Halfmoon Bay

Here’s a list of the best seafood restaurants to try at Halfmoon Bay for a gastronomic adventure.

Barbara’s Fishtrap

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This seafood shack specializes in Fish n Chips and Fried Calamari for a very reasonable price. Seafood lovers frequent the place because of their worth-every-penny meals.  Their award-winning Clam Chowder is a must-try, because of its big servings, it can be shared by 3-4 people. Oysters are always fresh and juicy and are quite large, so it’s good for sharing. Their Fish n’ Chips is absolutely a must-try. However, lines can get long sometimes especially during lunch time, so it’s best if you arrive at the place early if you’re planning for a lunch out.

award-winning Clam Chowder is a must-try, because of its big servings, it can be shared by 3-4 people. Oysters are always fresh and juicy and are quite large, so it’s good for sharing. Their Fish n’ Chips is absolutely a must-try. However, lines can get long sometimes especially during lunch time, so it’s best if you arrive at the place early if you’re planning for a lunch out.

Are you ready for a one of a kind seafood experience? Visit Barbara’s Fishtrap at 281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA. The restaurant is open from Monday to Thursday and Sunday, from 11am-8:30pm, and from 11:0am-9:00pm during Fridays and Saturdays.

Flying Fish Bar and Grill

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If you are looking for a nice place to dine around Half Moon Bay area, Flying Fish Bar and Grill should be on top of your list. This seafood restaurant specializes in cold seafood, appetizers, seafood tacos and salads. The best-tasting fish and chips is found in here.  Customers keep coming back here to try their all-time favorite crab melt sandwich and Devil’s slide Mud Pie, a perfect way to end every customer’s hearty meal. Experience their excellent service from staff who are always accommodating and attentive. So the next time you visit the Half Moon Bay area, be sure to experience, first-hand, why people are raving about Flying Fish Bar and Grill.

Visit Flying Fish Bar and Grill every Monday, Wednesday-Sunday from 11am-8:30pm at 211 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA.  Or you can visit their website at www.flyingfishgrill.net for more info.

Princeton Seafood Company  Market and Restaurant

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This is the go-to choice for customers who are in for a delicious seafood treat.  Located at 9 Johnson Pier, Halfmoon Bay, CA, this seafood restaurant prides its food choices like salmon fish, garlic prawns and their mouth watering crab sandwich. Clam chowder is also another favorite.  What makes this restaurant a hit to the customers is because of its large food servings and simply delicious meals. This is a great place for small party gatherings especially because of its very casual ambiance.

Come and discover why Princeton Seafood Company Market and Restaurant is becoming every seafood lover’s choice. Visit them from 11am-3pm , Monday to Thursday, and from 11am-6pm, Friday-Sunday. Go and check their website at http://www.princetonseafood.com.

Rustic House Oyster Bar and Grill

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Rustic House Oyster Bar and Grill started it operation in 2016 and prides itself in being the only restaurant that specializes in fresh seafood.  Their specialties like fresh oyster, fish and chips and lobster roll are definitely a must-try in this new addition of growing number of seafood restaurants in San Francisco area. Not only because of its fresh seafood offerings, Rustic House Oyster Bar and Grill is also a crowd favorite because of its friendly and accommodating staff. Rustic House Oyster Bar and Grill does not only offer a wide selection of seafood, it also has a great range of wines, beers and cocktails. Their deep fried green Beans with Wasabi ranch is a perfect appetizer for everyone to enjoy. Another best-seller is their Shrimp Tacos that will keep you craving for more. So why not invite your friends and family over for a delectable lunch treat or a weekend night out and enjoy everything Rustic House Oyster Bar and Grill has to offer.

Visit Rustic House Oyster Bar and Grill at 920 El Camino, San Carlos, CA 94070 from 11am to-9pm daily, except on Mondays.  More information on their website: www.rustichouse94070.com

New England Lobster Market and Eatery

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This must-try restaurant boasts its being an authentic east coast seafood experience in San Francisco area. Located at Cowan Rd. Burlingame, CA.  New England Lobster Market and Eatery offers its guests a wide array of seafood choices – from lobsters to crabs and a whole lot more. Locals and even customers coming from far places visit the place because of their scrumptious seafood dishes. The restaurant’s Dressed Lobster roll with Coleslaw and House chips is a big hit to every diner. This dish includes a lobster dipped in butter, plus home-made chips and coleslaw on the side. You can pair it with lobster corn chowder for a complete dining experience.  Customers keep coming back here because of their friendly staff and fast service, not to mention their delectable dishes at a very reasonable price. Restaurant usually gets crowded during lunch time up until late in the afternoon, so it’s best to visit the place early.  Diners can also buy seafood at the market for home-cooking.

Visit New England Lobster Market and Eatery at 824 Cowan Rd. Burlingame. CA 94101  from 11am to 9pm daily. Enjoy their Happy Hour specials during weekdays from 4-6pm and enjoy great deals and discounts. For more info, visit their website at www.newenglandlobster.net.

Strawberry Picking in Half Moon Bay Area

One activity that is highly recommended this spring is strawberry picking. It is a unique, family fun activity to do especial around the area of Half Moon Bay.  It is surrounded by some of the most fabulous farmland. And some of these lands let you pick your own fruit. Here are the best farms for fruit-picking that will surely make your day a FRUITful one.

Webb Ranch

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Situated just outside of Stanford University, this family farm has been dishing out berries and homegrown fun since 1922. What started as 40 acres of strawberries is today a 285-acre California Certified Organic farm, dishing out fine crops of corn, tomatoes, squash and much more.

When and what time to go?

Summertime is U-Pick berry time at the ranch, with everything from raspberries to olallieberries on the menu depending on seasonality and availability. Picking days are Thursday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. with a $3 admission for guests over five. Berries cost $4.50 per pound.

Directions: 

2720 Alpine Road | Portola Valley – Take Caltrain to the Palo Alto Transit Center, then transfer to the P bus toward #96-Campus Oval. Take the SLAC bus from #1 Serra Mall at the Oval and get off at the SLAC Hotel. From there, it’s about a 20-minute walk (or bike ride) to Webb Ranch.

Gizdich Ranch

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Drive south to Watsonville where the berries are a-plenty! Gizdich Ranch has ample parking right by the berries – perfect for the littles who don’t want to walk too far to the fun. Strawberry season is open now.

When and what time to go?

Arrive early in the morning for the biggest selection and bring your own containers for picking. Hours: daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Strawberries season is in May to July.

Directions:

55 Peckham Road | Watsonville – From Highway 1 (southbound), take Riverside Drive EXIT, turn LEFT overpass, straight through downtown Watsonville (high school on left side), over a bridge, LEFT on Lakeview Road, RIGHT on Carlton Road, LEFT on Peckham Road.

Swanton Berry Farm

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Swanton Berry Farm encompasses 200 acres in five different locations, organically harvesting a cornucopia of produce in addition to its ever-popular strawberries. It is open every day for u-pick and also has a great farm stand where you can buy pies, chocolate covered strawberries and other treats. Strawberries are available now and later on in the summer.

When and what time to go?

Organic Strawberry U-Pick is now OPEN! Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Organic Strawberry U-pick is $4.50/lb for 0-10 lbs and $3.50/lb for 10+ lbs. The weather is quite variable on the coast so please bring farm appropriate layers and footwear (warm grubbies and closed toed shoes – there may be mud).

Directions:

25 Swanton Road | Davenport – Take Caltrain to San Jose (one hour) and catch the bus 17 to Santa Cruz Metro & Pacific Station (1 hour). From there walk or bike about a mile to the farm. Note that with transfer times, the journey could take up to four hours. For a day trip, driving is probably a better bet, but check out Zimride to set up a carpool with folks going your way.

Coastways Ranch

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Coastways Ranch can be found on scenic Highway 1 in Pescadero. They offer u-pick strawberries at a beautiful coastal location (which can get windy so make sure you bring a jacket).

When and what time to go?

U-pick season is finished at their Coastways ranch as of the moment but you can still visit them at the farm stand in Davenport, CA for organic u-pick strawberries. When the picking season starts for 2017 they operate every Friday-Sunday 10am-5pm.

Directions:

640 Highway 1 |Pescadero, Ca – If you are driving south from Half Moon Bay, the entrance is on the left just past Ano Nuevo State Park.

If you need a place to stay in Half Moon Bay during your strawberry picking, come and stay in Harbor View Inn. Located right across the street from the beautiful California Coast and close to many farms in Northern California, this is the Half Moon Bay hotel for you!

Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite, comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms, a free continental breakfast each morning before you go out on your u-pick adventure, and more!

Explore Half Moon Bay: A quick guide to discovering the city’s finest

This coastal city in San Mateo County, California is the perfect escape from the busy city. Whether you are looking for some exciting outdoor activities, startling sights and wonders or a peaceful view of parks and nature, Half Moon Bay is surely the best place to be. So here’s a list of the finest place to visit at Half Moon Bay.

COASTSIDE TRAIL

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If you are looking for a place with a stunning view of the ocean while biking or strolling around, Halfmoon Bay Coastside Trail might just be right for you. Its paved trail makes it easy for people to do brisk walking or a hassle-free biking. This 7.7 mile trail parallel to the Pacific Coast is definitely a sight to behold. The trails easy access to the beach makes it a good combination for surfers and bikers alike The scenic view of the ocean and hanging cliffs can be enjoyed by everyone while bird watching or simply nature viewing. Families and cliques can go here for a literal walk in park. Its easy to moderate trail makes it perfect for everyone. And if you are that type who is not into these activities, you can do a short leisure walk or sit on the bench while listening to the crashing of the waves from the ocean.

Tips:
Don’t forget to bring your camera with you and take a picture of the scenic view of the ocean and the wildlife.
Mornings can be chilly, foggy or sometimes drizzly since it’s near the ocean, so it’s best if you bring something with you to protect you from the cold breeze, or better yet try visiting the place any time of the day except during early morning. Weekends are usually jam packed with cyclists, bikers and families, so if you are bringing your own car, better arrive early.

How to get there:
Just go to https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/coastside-trail , and click directions.
For an accurate weather condition, you can visit http://www.wunderground.com and type Halfmoon Bay Coastside on the search bar.

Parking and Trail Access
To reach the Half Moon Bay State Beach visitor center, take State Route 1 and turn on Kelly Avenue toward the coast. The visitor center is at the end of Kelly Avenue. Park in the visitor center parking lot. There is no parking at the endpoints.

Additional parking is available at Venice Beach, at the end of Venice Boulevard off SR 1, and Dunes Beach, at the end of Young Avenue off SR1.

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PURISIMA CREEK REDWOODS PRESERVE

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If you are looking for the best place to train for your next backpacking trip just around the bay area, well look no further, Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve is highly recommended for a great hike for you and your friends. Lots of redwoods provide visitors with shaded hike as the sun will not directly hit you as you go through a lot of uphill climbing(and downhill of course). Adding to the challenge other than the uphill and downhill climb are the narrow and wide paths. At some point in the trail, hikers will get an astonishing view of the bay area, just the perfect time for come picture taking and a short rest. Well-marked trails provide hikers an idea of the mileage and how much more to take. Banana slugs, blackberry vines and ferns are almost everywhere. Animals like rabbits, deers and a lot more will also greet you during your hike, too. Truly, a lovely biodiversity. This hidden gem near Halfmoon Bay should be on everyone’s list to visit.

Tips:
The place can get crowded especially during the weekends.
Bring lots of water with you to fuel yourself as you go along the challenging trail.
Arrive early on the place as there can sometimes be a moderate trail traffic.
Dogs are not allowed in the preserve.
Smoking is prohibited on preserves.
Helmets are required for all riders at all times.

Planning on some stroll or vigorous hike soon? Here’s how to get here:
Visit http://www.openspace.org/preserves/purisima-creek-redwoods , enter your location on the search bar and click “get directions”.
For an accurate weather condition, you can visit http://www.willyweather.com and type Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve on the search bar.

McNee Ranch Park

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McNeee Ranch Park is located at San Francisco Peninsula in San Mateo County approximately 20miles South of San Francisco and 8 miles North of Half Moon Bay on Highway. It offers an amazing scenery of the Pacific Ocean and a wide panoramic view of the San Mateo County Coast. The 3-hour hike can be exhausting at first, but the view at the top, especially when the weather is clear is worth your every leg pain and back ache.

McNee Ranch is every mountain biker’s favorite because of its rugged slope. Definitely a great spot for horseback riding, biking or just contemplating the view. Animals and birds are abundant here, plus a diverse area of grassland and coastal scrubs, too. The park is almost totally exposed with few to none sheltered spots, so ready yourself from the scorching heat of the sun. For more info, contact State Park main office at Half Moon Bay at (650) 726-8819.

Tips
Check the weather beforehand if you plan to visit the place.
Bikers can get in your way so always be alert.
Bring binoculars with you especially during winter season for whale watching.
You can bring pets with you, but must be on leash.
Wear your hiking shoes and don’t forget to bring lots of fluids to get you through the days hike.
Things you need to know:
No entrance fee
Free parking is available at Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Open daily from 8am til sunset

How to get there:
For directions you can visit http://www.stateparks.com/mcnee_ranch_state_park_driving_directions.html

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Unique Spring Wedding Ideas at Half Moon Bay

Ring by spring! Planning a spring wedding in Half Moon Bay? Pretty pastels, sky-high cakes, bold brows and gold foil paper – know how to make them yours. See spring wedding colors, dresses, flowers and venue and more with these ideas.

Pastels Aplenty

Spring is all about pastels (think: soft yellow, blush pink and light lavender). Layer with shiny metallics like copper and rose gold for a luxe look, or pair with neutrals like gray and taupe to keep the palette from feeling too “Easter.”

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Spring 2017 Wedding Dress Trends

The Spring 2017 bridal runways were full of major wedding dress inspiration! Check their designs at www.brides.com.

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Tall Tiers

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Floral Prints

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Add a pop of color with a pretty floral pattern. Pastel, floral-print bridal gowns were big on the spring runways. Want to stick with white? Dress your bridesmaids in a happy print instead. You could even opt for printed floral pocket squares for the guys to tie the whole bridal party look together.

Springs Greens and Blooms

Embrace this blooming season in full force. Green garlands of ivy, lemon leaves or seeded eucalyptus will add a fresh look to long feasting tables or aisles. Or opt for flowering branche9cf595ba-aa32-4cb9-ac79-5fac39dc03c4-rs_768s, like cherry blossoms or forsythia—they’ll add height to your reception tables and make for easy conversation.

Gaga for Gold

Gold foil reigns! The foil trend—gold, rose gold, sliver and copper—is here to stay. From light dustings to full-on gold rushes, this luxe printing technique can add a fancy touch to an otherwise casual invitation

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Wedding Venues in Half Moon Bay

The Hastings House Garden –  lovely private outdoor setting, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Half Moon Bay Golf Links – With its unparalleled bluff-top Pacific views and luxurious amenities, Half Moon Bay Golf Links is the ultimate wedding ceremony location.

Long Branch Half Moon Bay Wedding Site – Long Branch Farms provides the perfect setting for a memorable wedding. This old west town, located in Half Moon Bay, has everything you’ll need for your wedding.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay – Sweeping ocean views, an exclusive coastal setting and inviting décor are only the beginning of what make our resort the ideal venue for your destination wedding in Half Moon Bay.

Accommodation for your Family and Guests

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Whether the wedding is in your hometown or far away, it is important to manage your family and guests accommodation to ensure their comfort. Harbor View Inn offers comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms as well as a newly remodeled single king and single queen rooms in order to accommodate your needs. It is located in 51 Ave Alhambra Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. You can BOOK HERE.

 

Free Travel Apps for Families

Are you looking for the best apps for traveling families? If you’re bringing a smartphone or tablet make sure you have these great travel apps for a memorable and stress-free adventure.

PackPoint Packing List

PackPoint Packing List app icon.Pack like a pro with PackPoint Packing List. This app suggests what to pack based on weather conditions in your destination, planned activities, and the number of nights you’ll be away. For more tips, you can also note if you’ll have access to laundry facilities, if kids will be repeating outfits during the trip, and if you’ll be traveling internationally. PackPoint is free on Apple and Android smartphones.

GateGuru

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Manage your flights and layovers with GateGuru, which offers real-time flight information, including security line wait times and details for terminals and gates. The app also allows you to reserve rental cars and nearby hotels. GateGuru is free on Apple, Android and Windows phones.

MyTSA

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Check flight delays, carry-on rules, weather conditions, and more with MyTSA. The Transportation Security Administration’s free app helps families get through security quickly and easily, and passengers can even provide feedback about their experience. MyTSA is free on Apple and Android smartphones.

 

Waze

Waze app icon.No one likes traffic jams, especially when there are kids in tow. Waze is a free traffic and navigation app that uses real-time information to direct you to your destination. It will automatically re-route you around traffic jams, guide you with turn-by-turn voice instructions, tell you where the closest gas station is, and estimate your time of arrival, plus your friends’ time of arrival if you’re all heading to the same place. Waze is free on Apple, Android and Windows smartphones.

USA Rest Stops

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Download USA Rest Stops before your family road trip and you’ll never have to search for a gas station or convenience store again. This app lists rest stops along major highways in every state — use the map to see how far you are from the closest rest stop, plus see how busy it is before you arrive. Activate notifications so you’ll know when you’re close to a rest stop, too, or see where they’re located before you even leave home. USA Rest Stops is free on Apple and Android smartphones.

HopStop

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There’s no need to be nervous about public transportation with HopStop, which offers schedules and door-to-door directions, plus approximate costs for buses, trains and subways. The free app can be used in more than 600 cities across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. HopStop is available for Apple smartphones.

ATM Hunter

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MasterCard’s free ATM Hunter app will help you quickly locate the closest machine. It uses GPS to find your location and point you in the right direction. Find an ATM or a specific bank — it’ll do both. Plus, it works internationally, offers bank and machine hours, tells you about surcharge fees, and more. ATM Hunter is free on Apple, Android and Windows phones.

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Need a place to stay in Half Moon Bay? Come and stay with us here in Harbor View Inn. Located right across the street from the beautiful California Coast and close to many attractions in Northern California, this is the Half Moon Bay hotel for you! Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite, comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms, a free continental breakfast each morning before you go out on your adventure, and more!

Things To Do in Half Moon Bay with Kids

There are a lot of reasons to bring your family and kids to Half Moon Bay.  Referred to as the World Pumpkin Capital, Half Moon Bay is the main coastal town between San Francisco and Santa Cruz, where you can find so much more than pumpkins. Plan the best spring getaway and explore plenty of adventures with your kids at this beautiful coastal city.

A Side Trip For Goat Cheese and Artichoke Bread in Pescadero:

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A 30-minute drive from Half Moon Bay, Pescadero has three must-dos with kids: Harley Goat Farms for goat cheese sampling and a tour if you time it right, a stop at Arcangeli Grocery Co. for a loaf of artichoke bread, and lunch or dinner at Duarte’s Tavern where cream of artichoke and cream of chili soup is a highlight. Tip: There are picnic tables near the grocery and goat cheese pairs very well with artichoke bread.

Rest and grab a bite at Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.:

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If your kids can’t leave their pets at home, dogs are welcome on the patio at Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. where spent grain leftover from the brewing process is made into “Mavericks Bones” dog biscuits. The pesto whole Dungeness crab and crab nachos are a must-try.

Grab your own take-home sized version  of pumpkin at Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm:

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If you miss the great pumpkin weigh-off in October, the 2014 winner weighed in at a whopping 2,058 pounds, you can buy your own take-home sized version at seasonal pumpkin patches. Also, during the rest of the year, local restaurants feature a variety of pumpkin dishes and desserts.

Experience and taste Scotland in California:

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The sound of bagpipes playing is the first clue that there’s something Scottish about The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. One look at the seaside cliffs and guests are transported to the coast of Scotland though the sunset is pure California. The resort has enough on-site activities to keep the entire family busy though the view is so stunning it’s tempting to curl up in the adirondack chairs and never leave.

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Need a place to stay in Half Moon Bay? Come and stay with us here in Harbor View Inn. Located right across the street from the beautiful California Coast and close to many attractions in Northern California, this is the Half Moon Bay hotel for you! Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite, comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms, a free continental breakfast each morning before you go out on your adventure, and more!

 

Romantic Ways to Show Your Love for Someone

There are plenty of things you can do to show your love, keep the romance alive and make your beloved feel special.This Valentine’s Day you just have to do something out of ordinary to show how much you love them.

Write a love letter.

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Don’t worry about not being a professional writer. Write a personal note from the heart, telling your honey everything you love about them and why your life is so much better with them in it. And if you really want to get creative, you might try your hand at writing a poem.

Create a photo book of your favorite memories together.

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Pick out photos of special times you have shared together. Use an online image publishing company like Shutterfly or go to your local big box store or pharmacy’s photo center and upload your photos. Pick the design you want to use to tell your story. And the image publishing company or photo center will create and print your book.

Make a surprise package.

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Fill a bag with items you know your loved one likes such as sweet or salty snacks and other little tokens of your affection. Include a personal note and slip the goody bag into their purse, briefcase or lunch bag.

Engage in an activity your loved one likes to do.

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If your partner loves sports, get tickets to the big game and go together. Pay attention to the game and show your interest instead of acting bored. Or if your partner is into cultural events, go to a gallery opening or theater performance. Challenge yourself to learn something new.

Pamper them.

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Run a bubble bath for her and light a few candles. Take care of getting the kids to bed while she relaxes. Or, give your loved one a foot massage to relieve sore muscles and help them relax.

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Need a place to stay in Half Moon Bay? Come and stay with us here in Harbor View Inn. Located right across the street from the beautiful California Coast and close to many attractions in Northern California, this is the Half Moon Bay hotel for you! Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite, comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms, a free continental breakfast each morning before you go out on your adventure, and more!

SAVOR A SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DINNER AT THE RITZ-CARLTON OCEAN VIEW RESTAURANTS

Are you looking for a nice, waterfront restaurant to make reservations for Valentines Day? The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay which is set in the Pumpkin Capital of the World is perfect for you. It is surrounded by organic farms and world-renowned wineries that has access to the finest offerings of the area.

NAVIO

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Boasting exceptional seafood dishes and a comfortable California-inspired design, the cuisine in Navio combines the subtle flavors of the sea with fresh textures and light savory accompaniments. The chef highlights approachable flavors that reference the best of coastal dining from all around the world.

THE PRIVATE DINING ROOM:

Located just off the main restaurant
Grand oval, refined wood table
Spectacular views of the Ocean Lawn, ocean waves and the Old Course 18th fairway
Seats up to 12 guests

THE FIREPLACE ROOM:

Space can be set with a single table, family-style seating or multiple smaller tables
Features wood paneling, a roaring fireplace and windows lining the entire west wall for spectacular sunsets
Seats up to 40 guests and is based on availability with minimum purchase for the entire space
Available Monday through Thursday

THE CHEF’S TABLE:

Located adjacent to the Navio kitchen
Chef creates custom prix-fixe menu tailored to guests’ preferences and visits the table to describe each course
Reservations available Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 6 or 7 p.m.
Seats up to 8 guests

THE CONSERVATORY

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The Conservatory concept grew from people who lived in the city having the desire to bring nature into their urban life. In The Conservatory does just that through his commitment to presenting fresh, organic, community grown ingredients. From the homegrown cocktails to main dishes, they prepare each one to fulfill the appetite and please the senses, all while promoting good health, sustaining the environment, and supporting the local economy. The Conservatory believes that everyone benefits when they know the source of their food and its journey from seed to table.

Serving daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Full bar specializing in homegrown cocktails crafted from the live growing wall
Views of The Ocean Lawn and Pacific Ocean
Comfortable furnishings
Seats up to 80 guests
Reservations are not accepted

CORK WINE BAR

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Cork Wine Bar features Vintner Series wine tastings, local cheeses, expert sommeliers and over 5,000 bottles of wine. Cork Wine Bar is an upscale Bay Area wine bar that offers flights of wines as well as wine by the glass. Our sommeliers specialize in introducing guests to new and interesting wines and educating them on every aspect of wines, wineries and varietals.

Custom-built wine room with breathtaking ocean views
Sommelier-selected wine flights
Wines by the glass and bottle
Reservations are not required
Open Monday through Thursday: 4 to 9 p.m., Friday: 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday: 3 to 10 p.m., Sunday: 3 to 9 p.m.

THE OCEAN TERRACE

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Ocean views and cozy firepits create a memorable setting for wine, cocktails, beer and light fare at The Ocean Terrace. Enjoy alfresco dinning overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sit back and listen to the crashing waves while you sip on a signature cocktail, glass of fine wine or beer of your choice.

Open daily at 12 p.m. to sunset (weather permitting)
Wine by the glass and bottle, variety of local beers and crafted cocktails
Seaside snacks including light bites and soups

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Need a place to stay in Half Moon Bay? Come and stay with us here in Harbor View Inn. Located right across the street from the beautiful California Coast and close to many attractions in Northern California, this is the Half Moon Bay hotel for you! Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite, comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms, a free continental breakfast each morning before you go out on your adventure, and more!