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5 Ways to Spend the Last Days of Summer in Half Moon Bay, California

Want to explore and experience the last days of summer in the coastal city of California?

Half Moon Bay will not disappoint you. It is a perfect destination for all the adventurous summer people out there. Half Moon Bay offers breathtaking sites, exciting summer activities that a family or group of friends will enjoy.

Listed below are five ways to spend your last days of summer in Half Moon Bay, California.

1. Be challenged by outdoor activities

Who doesn’t love beaches during summer? Half Moon Bay has amazing beaches like Half Moon Bay State Beach, Mavericks, Miramar Beach and Pescadero Beach. If you love surfing, the best surfing location is Mavericks which offers best big waves. It is also the place of professional surfers. Aside from Mavericks, Open Ocean Surfing is present if you are into windsurfing, kitesurfing and other water sports. If you want to see outstanding opportunity for coastal Gray Whale watching, you can go to Oceanic Society. Half Moon Bay has a lot of beautiful beaches to enjoy summer lounging!

Photo was originally published in TripAdvisorThis photo was originally published in TripAdvisor

2. Food and Wine Tripping

For sure, wine lovers and people who love exploring authentic food will enjoy the best winery and restaurants in Half Moon Bay. One of the long-established wineries in the area is La Nebbia Winery which is located in the picturesque hills of Half Moon Bay. Lots of tourists and locals have enjoyed private parties and tours aside from wine tasting.

For private dining, Half Moon Bay offers Pasta Moon Restaurant and Bar which is committed to the farm to table concept that offers fresh and sustainable menu. It has also variant private dining spaces.

TestTo learn more about La Nebbia Winery, feel free to visit their website

3. Classes and Workshop

For educational and amazing art classes, you may want to try Half Moon Bay Art Glass. Classes include “make your own mini pumpkin” which you find very exciting! It has patient teachers who will teach the procedure of making a piece of glass art. Aside from individual classes they also offer corporate events at their Glass Blowing Shop. If you find it interesting, come and book your class there!

75b93dce284d8b72a9768fb82e78fa4bJelly fish lamps via Half Moon Bay Art Glass

4. Discover Wildlife

Discovering wildlife is one of the exciting summer activities. Perfect place for this is Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve where more than 200 species of birds are nested. You can also view lots of seals sunning themselves by the beach. If you want to discover more, feel free to have a nature walk in this very rich preserve.

pescadero-marsh-naturalThis photo was originally published in TripAdvisor

5. Enjoy Shopping

Shoppers’ will have options in Half Moon Bay. The best woodwork shop to visit is Gallery M. Each of the stunning pieces were made by their quality craftsmen. There is also a little store called Nasturtium Art of Living that sells nice pieces, jewellery and yards which you can give away to your relatives and friends as souvenirs. Shoppers who went there find the items with reasonable pricing.

104390738_scaled_320x240To view Gallery M products visit their product page

Best Time to Go Shopping On Black Friday

Economists predict that Bay Area shoppers are likely to buy more than others around the country due to the pace of economic recovery here. If you’re planing for a shopping spree this coming Back Friday  you are sure to come home with bags overflowing with awesome deals. However, with the increased population of shoppers in our area, a hassle-free shopping is not a guarantee.

Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and for seasoned shoppers it also means an endless array of best-of-year sales. It is a very busy shopping day so we have made a list of the best time for you to shop with its corresponding pros and cons.


The Crack of Dawn

Pros: Shoppers lining outside stores is a classic image of Black Friday shopping rush. Being one of the first to arrive at your favorite store means that you’ll be able to be the first one to grab that doorbuster deal. Black Friday deals are often limited-time or limited-stock offers  only so if you’ll plan your day right and race for the display as soon as the key is turned you’ll definitely have more chances of getting your dream deals.

Cons: Undeniably, waiting up for the store to open can be physically tiring. Also, expect some pushing and shoving since you won’t be the only one gunning for the top deals.


Later In The Day

Pros: If you’re not a morning person, getting good deals on a Black Friday shopping spree is still possible. Most stores will keep some sales going all day long and there will still be a lot of deals available until noon or even later.

Shopping later in the day will also mean that the crowd will have thinned out significantly. You’ll definitely be able to navigate through thhe shopping aisles more easily at this time of the day.

Cons: There won’t be as many doorbuster deals as there are during the early shopping hours. If you want to snag the best item, shopping early is your best bet.


Online Shopping

Pros: The last but certainly not the least option – online shopping! Shopping in your PJ’s with a few mouse clicks is a popular trend nowadays. Many online shops run comparable sales to brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday. No more lining up, no more shoving and elbowing other people.

Cons: Shopping through your computer screen is not nearly as fun as joining the Black Friday madness. There’s nothing quite like tossing as many hot buys in your cart as possible, then rushing to the checkout, so you can head out to the next store.


Whichever shopping option you decide, remember that it’s always best to do your research ahead of time. Look around and take note of the regular price of items, so you know which deals are worth your time and money, and come up with a list of which stores you want to hit and the items you want to get there. Planning ahead will save you a lot of time, money and energy.

Happy Shopping!

This post ins an adaptation of CBS SF Bay Area’s article. Read original post here.