City Guide Special: Half Moon Bay, California

November 4, 2011 | 4:30 PM | City Guides | By Chad Hays

Half Moon Bay Golf Links and The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is nearly upon us and stress levels will soon be nearing maximum capacity. Opportunities for a relaxing weekend getaway are quickly running out, so allow us to make a recommendation for this small-town delight: Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Located about 25 miles south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is a small, scenic coastal town of just over 11,000 residents with a mild California climate that is cool but comfortable year round. The town may be small, but it’s packed full of activites such as surfing, shopping, fishing, dining, wine, hiking and bikingworld-class golf, deluxe accommodations, cozy B&Bs and pristine beaches all in the immediate area.

If you’re looking to jet out soon, here’s a couple events to look plan for after the jump:

Passport to the Wineries
November 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association passport is your guide to over 50 wineries in the Northern California area. The passport is your year-round guide to wineries in the area and just like a regular passport, you get a stamp from from each winery you visit, with a prize coming your way after all the stamps have been collected.

Four days out of the year – the third Saturday of January, April, July and November – passport holders are treated to an elevated level of special deals. On those four days, including this Nov. 19, passport holders get the opportunity to tour the winery facilities, meet the winemakers and sample their product, including special wines poured only for participants in the passport program. Some of the participating wineries are only open to the public on those four days of the year – kinda like Willy Wonka’s factory.

Purchase a Passport for $40 donation by calling (831) 685-8463 or by visiting here. Each Passport covers tasting room fees for one person at all participating wineries and is valid until every winery has been visited.

Dungeness Crab Season Kicks Off
November 15 2011 – June 30 2012

Half Moon Bay has one of the largest concentrations of this seafood delicacy and the season for it is about to kick off. Every day during season, boats haul in their catch and visitors can purchase live crabs and fresh fish directly from the local fisherman. You can’t get that in AZ.

If you go and want to find out about the day’s catch, visit Pillar Point Harbor or call them at 650.726.8724, ext.3.

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