Located approximately 35 minutes south of San Francisco, The Half Moon Bay Coastside is the perfect destination to escape the sweltering summer heat and enjoy outdoor activities in a refreshing temperature. With a mild summer climate averaging 65 degrees during the day, the area provides the ultimate weather for a plethora of activities including surfing the waves, kayaking, paddle boarding, horseback riding on the beach, and hiking coastal trails through diverse ecosystems. Visitors can enjoy a series of live concerts and summer events including the annual Farm + Fish + Flowers, a rare opportunity for the public to tour the bounty of local farms. A visit to the Half Moon Bay Coastside will be bursting with extraordinary and unforgettable summer experiences that will be treasured by all.
Below is a summary of what’s new along the magnificent Half Moon Bay Coastside. Visit www.visithalfmoonbay.org for everything needed to plan a visit including information on cozy inns and coastal resorts, celebrated restaurants, horseback riding on the beach, bike tours, wine tasting, fishing, whale watching, surfing, and much more.
Special Note: All locations are in Half Moon Bay unless otherwise noted.
– UPCOMING EVENTS –
May through mid-December
Coastside Farmers’ Market
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Saturdays only)
The Coastside Farmers’ Market is an award-winning community treasure that features the best of Coastside grown and locally harvested produce, flowers, honey, fish, pastured poultry, grass-fed meats, artisan bakers, and food producers in a lovely outdoor setting with live music provided by Coastside resident musicians. Shoreline Station, 225 Cabrillo Highway. Media Contact: Erin Tormey, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May through August
Concerts in the Park (free!)
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Join friends and neighbors for free live music in downtown Half Moon Bay. Delight in a line-up of diverse musical styles that include:
- Saturday, May 5 – Celebrate Cinco De Mayo wth Mariachi San Francisco
- Saturday, June 9 – Summer Kick-Off with Caribbean band Ashton and Triology
- Saturday, July 21 – Groovy Jazz with Rose and Hit Waves Unplugged
- Saturday, August 25 – Rock Out with the Dr. D Band
Holy Ghost Festival (free!)
The Holy Ghost Festival, also known as “Chamarita,” recalls 16th century Portuguese Queen Isabella, the famine that blighted her people, and the arrival of a ship with food that saved them. The grateful queen took her crown to her church altar and centuries later Portuguese communities celebrate her with a festival and parades to the church, led by a young woman portraying the queen and carrying a crown. The weekend celebration includes a colorful parade with marching bands, a carnival, equestrian groups, a barbeque, and more. 735 Main Street, (650) 726-2729, www.halfmoonbayides.org.
48th Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade on Historic Main Street
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Let the good times roll! Marking its 48th rendition, Half Moon Bay’s beloved Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade takes over Main Street transforming the charming downtown into a mini-Mardi Gras style celebration. A time-honored tradition, the parade celebrates Independence Day with an entertaining array of whimsical floats, classic cars, dance and theatre troupes, Pumpkin Festival mascot “Gourdy,” and local dignitaries slowly winding their way through downtown. The Half Moon Bay Lions Club will host its annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast in the City Hall parking lot (501 Main Street) from 8am to 12pm. Visitors can enjoy new additions to the festivities this year, including the “Red, White and Blue Community BBQ” hosted by the Coastside Adult Day Health Center (City Hall parking lot, 12 pm to 3 pm), a libations tent selling wine, beer, and mimosas hosted by the Chamber of Commerce (Mac Dutra Plaza, 10 am to 3 pm), and live music (Mac Dutra Plaza, 1:30 pm to 3 pm). The parade is sponsored by the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee and Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. Main Street in Downtown Half Moon Bay, https://miramarevents.com/4th-of-july-parade. Media Contact: Tim Beeman, (415) 999-2428, email@example.com.
27th Annual Farm + Fish + Flowers
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Half Moon Bay’s flourishing bounty of fruits and vegetables is in abundance during the summer, and there’s no better way to take a bite than at the 27th Annual “Farm + Fish + Flowers,” formerly known as Tour des Fleurs. This unique event offers the public a special once-a-year opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at local nurseries, greenhouses, farms, and even a working harbor, many of which are not ordinarily open to the public. This year, a wide variety of experiences are available including special flower gardens, California native plants, a working dairy farm, organic vegetable farms, Harley Farms’ bunnies, and a tour of the historic Half Moon Bay downtown. $30 per tour; advance tickets required. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Bureau, (650) 726-8380, www.hmbchamber.com. Media Contact: Charise McHugh, (650) 726-8380, firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 18 & 19
Pescadero Art & Fun Festival (free!)
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Celebrate the artisans of the area at this fun-filled festival featuring live entertainment, handmade crafts, the SCAA Fine Arts Show, kids’ area, raffle, and a Puente Fun Run! Visitors will discover a gathering of artists showcasing their creativity while enjoying a down-home, country good time. Founded in 1991 by a group of local artists seeking an outlet for the local community of talent, the Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival has grown to become the event of the year for locals and longtime visitors. Pescadero IDES Hall, 393 Stage Road, Pescadero, (650) 879-0848, www.pescaderoartsandfunfestival.org.
– LOCAL RICHES –
May – October
Salmon Season is Underway
It’s time to grab the fishing rods and head to the ocean! The highly anticipated salmon season has kicked off and runs through October 31. The area around Half Moon Bay is traditionally one of the best areas to fish for king salmon along the California coast. The season is also open for rockfish, lingcod, and cabezon along the Coastside south of Pigeon Point, just 18 miles south of Half Moon Bay.
Here are some local companies offer recreational fishing excursions:
– ACCOMMODATIONS –
Best Western Hotel-Cameron’s Inn Opens This July
Opening on July 20th, visitors will have a new place to stay at the 46-room Best Western Hotel-Cameron’s Inn, adjacent to fun and family friendly English-style pub Cameron’s Pub. Located in an ideal location, the hotel is perfect for a relaxing getaway with easy access to the beach and nature trails. Guests will enjoy hotel amenities including a full complimentary hot breakfast, exercise room, business center, guest laundry room, and a 24 hour front desk equipped to direct guests to their excursions throughout Half Moon Bay. The hotel is conveniently located nearby a variety of restaurants, shops, and key area attractions that will keep hotel guests busy and entertained during their stay. 1410 South Cabrillo Highway. For more information, visit http://www.cameronsinn.com/. Media Contact: David Romero, email@example.com.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Unveils New Meeting and Event Space
Overlooking the grand vistas of Northern California’s coastline, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay has opened two brand-new meeting spaces – “Pescadero” and “Moss Beach” – in addition to the complete renovation of its existing event facilities. The new Pescadero room is 1,691 square feet of board-room style space and can accommodate 30-210 guests. While the Moss Beach venue, located on the second level, is 675 square feet with a capacity of 24-50 guests. The new modern classic design, inspired by the dramatic Pacific Ocean and beaches of the Northern California coast, incorporates shades of the ocean, setting suns, and shapes of sea plant life. Wall coverings in hues of silver and gray, which are adorned with sconces reminiscent of earth elements, are illuminated by the stunning gilded chandeliers. The combined expansion of meeting space and renovation brings the iconic luxury resort’s meeting spaces to 35,000 square feet, the most of any luxury Bay Area resort.
– CULINARY NEWS–
The Conservatory at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
With a modern beach house aesthetic and a new vibrant menu, the recently transformed restaurant, The Conservatory, combines homegrown cuisine and attentively crafted cocktails for an upgraded, yet calm dining experience. The new menu features handmade pasta, the finest seafood, premium meats, and delectable desserts. Menu highlights include a chickpea and avocado tartine with wild arugula and grilled ACME sourdough, HMB Cioppino with Dungeness crab, cod, mussels, manila clams in a spicy tomato broth, and Baked Apple Crostata with honey kataifi and vanilla ice cream. To complement the dishes, The Conservatory offers a full bar of hand-crafted beverages with innovative favorites such as The Redlands, combining Meyer lemon-infused tequila, orange liqueur, and egg white. Reflecting the resort’s elegant coastal décor, the renovated restaurant showcases the Half Moon Bay’s pristine beaches and golden sunsets with hues of gray and lightly earth tones throughout the furnishings and space. One Miramontes Point Rd., (650) 712-7000, http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/half-moon-bay. Media Contact: Shelly Auyeung, (650) 712-7007, Shelly.Auyeung@ritzcarlton.com.
Grab a Pastry and a Coffee at the New Bar Press
Opened at the end of January, Dan Spangler and Julia Paige established Bar Press to provide customers a convenient access to a fresh meal. With bright orange walls and places to sit, the vibe of the family-owned eatery is warm and friendly. Owning three other food establishments, the Bar Press combines best of both worlds with fresh pastries, salads, and sandwiches that are all in a grab-and-go setting. At the end of the day, guests can wander next door to Barterra for a glass of wine and snack on charcuterie and cheese from the Bar Press to pair on the side. 643 Main Street, (650) 729-3106.
Wine Tasting at Vinoteca
As a newly established wine tasting shop, Vinoteca provides delicious, curated wines from around the world – mostly from small family-owned wineries, and each with their own story to tell. The owners of Vinoteca have a passion for wine and travel that can help their customers find the perfect wine to drink that night or for any special occasion. Vinoteca offers space to host an event that allows seating for 20-25 people (can arrange for more upon request) and serves wine, cheese, hors d’oeuvres, or heartier meals for guests. 330 Main Street, #105, (650) 560-8954 www.vinotecahmb.com.
VIA UNO Cucina Italiana & Bar Welcomes New Chefs from Calabria, Italy
VIA UNO Cucina Italiana & Bar has a fresh and revitalized feel thanks to its talented new chefs hailing from Calabria, Italy. Experience the updated lunch and dinner menus comprised of Italian favorites, as well as unique dishes that can’t be found anywhere else, such as Spaghetti Carbonara with guanciale, black pepper, egg yolk, pecorino cheese, and a touch of truffle oil, and Zuppa di Pesce – a seafood soup of fresh clams, mussels, calamari, and seasonal fish in light, spicy tomato broth. VIA UNO was voted “Best Italian in the Bay Area” in 2016 & 2017 by the Bay Area A-List. Guests will be transported to Italy with its warm hospitality and authentic Italian cuisine offered daily at lunch and dinner. 2810 Cabrillo Highway 1 North, (650) 560-8858, www.viaunorestaurant.com. Media Contact: Penny Kostaras (650) 483-5111, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrations and Discussions with The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is a local favorite and hotspot for visitors to come together to celebrate handcrafted beer, friends, and fun. For the upcoming summer, the craft brewery is showcasing a variety of discussions and celebrations that will keep the new season fun and engaging:
- May 2, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Half Moon Bay Review Roundtable– Join a conversation with Lenny Mendonca and Clay Lambert, editor of the Half Moon Bay Review, about the recent purchase of the paper by the Coastside Newsgroup and the future of the paper as a self-sustaining, independently-owned, community newspaper
- May 3, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Investing with Stephanie Cohn-Rupp– Learn about impact investing with Stephanie Cohn-Rupp, the managing director of Threshold Group. She brings more than 17 years of experience in international impact investing including impact fund design and implementation, microfinance, and crowd funding.
- May 5: Cinco de Mayo- Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo by drinking Mango margaritas with silver tequila, mango puree, agave and lime served on the rocks with a Tajin salt rim and listening to live music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Risky Biscuits.
- May 13: Mother’s Day- Enjoy a full brunch with your mother from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and free live music starting at 5 p.m. with Glenn Walters Soulful Security. Every mom over 21 with the purchase of an entrée will receive a complimentary logo tulip pint glass.
- May 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – CALmatters’ David Lesher and Dan Morain- Share a discussion with CALmatters’ David Lesher and Dan Morain about the issues facing California including environmental regulation, education, health care, criminal justice, and economic inequality.
- May 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Dan Shugar, NEXTracker- Engage in a discussion with Dan Shugar, founder and CEO of NEXTracker (one of the fastest growing cleantech companies in the U.S.) about the company’s strive to making solar energy a mainstream power source.
- June 3, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Annual Dog Days of Summer: Peninsula Humane Society Benefit- With a $5 suggested entry donation, guests will receive a bag of Mavericks Dog Bones and a raffle ticket for a chance to win cool doggie swag and a portrait of their furry companion from FogDog Studios. Listen to free music by The Horse’s Mac and others. Four legged guests can feast on a “Special Dog” menu.
390 Capistrano Road, Media Contact: Mary Oldham, (650) 728-2739 ext. 204, email@example.com
The Ritz-Carlton Announces Chef Line Up for Global Cuisine Series 2018
Returning for its second year, The Global Cuisine Series at the iconic The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a decadent weekend retreat offered once a month exclusively to Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Marriot Rewards and SPG Rewards Members. The one night package features an overnight stay in a Coastal view room, an intimate hands-on cooking class with the famed chef for up to 16 guests, followed by a wine-paired luncheon where guests have a unique opportunity to get to know the guest chef. The Global Cuisine Series package will be offered on the Marriot Moments and SPG Moments website where rewards guests will be invited to bid points to win this exclusive package. Each package will include an overnight stay, a chef-led cooking class, a luncheon, and a $100 resort credit per night, along with the resort fee and valet parking per night. For more information on the line-up, go to http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/half-moon-bay/dining/global-cuisine-series. One Miramontes Point Rd. Media Contact: Shelly Auyeung, (650) 712-7007, Shelly.Auyeung@ritzcarlton.com.
About the Half Moon Bay Coastside
The Half Moon Bay Coastside is a charming seaside respite located approximately 35 minutes south of San Francisco. Nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this breathtaking region consists of four distinct areas – the North Coast, Half Moon Bay, the South Coast and the Redwood Region. Featuring the best of Northern California all in one place, visitors will enjoy miles of white sandy beaches, redwood forests, a historic downtown filled with local artisan shops, beautiful state parks, fields of wild flowers, and trails along ocean bluffs and mountain ridges as far as the eye can see. A sampling of activities includes horseback riding on the beach, farm fresh dining, shopping, biking, hiking and world-class golfing and surfing.
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