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Road Trip with Your Best Friend: Half Moon Bay

Published: Oct. 28, 2008
Subject: Sit, Stay and Play in Half Moon Bay
Category: Have Dog, Will Travel

Road Trip with Your Best Friend: Half Moon Bay

Road Trip with Your Best Friend: Half Moon Bay

Orange is definitely in this fall in Half Moon Bay. As the “World Pumpkin Capital” growing more than 3,000 tons each year, it’s the go-to spot for the pick of the patch. And top growers in Half Moon Bay deliver their harvest across the country in time for Halloween.

Now that the annual Art and Pumpkin Festival has passed, the crowds are gone, pups are welcome and Half Moon Bay is yours to enjoy. About an hour’s drive from almost anywhere in the Bay Area and 30 miles south of San Francisco, this charming ocean town is packed with dog-friendly trails, dining and accommodations. Here are our top picks for weekend getaways with your canine sidekick.

ReTail Therapy
Pass the afternoon shopping around the historic downtown. With cool bookstores, galleries, shops and patio restaurants that welcome your dog, it’s the best of shopping with your best friend. Our favorite shop:

Half Moon Bay Feed & Fuel
Since 1911, this Main Street emporium for feed and farm products has been keeping Half Moon Bay pets set for life. With absolutely everything a dog could need from the leash to the treat, this frou frou-free operation is a must see. Make sure to stop in to see the baby chicks, bunnies and other little critters while you’re there.

Wine Tasting
Step off the beaten path and into the cozy, dog-friendly wine tasting room at Le Nebbia Winery. Then, with bottle in hand, pad off to the picnic tables, for lunch and bocce ball under the eucalyptus shade.

Beaching It
Leash up the pup for a stroll along the footpaths of the Half Moon Bay State Beach Trail or Blufftop Coastal Park. With gorgeous views, fresh air and your best friend along, you won’t even miss the beaches, which are not open to pups in Half Moon Bay. Notable exceptions are Surfer’s Beach (Hwy 1 at Coronado Street) and Montara State Beach (which is eight miles north of Half Moon Bay), for dogs on leashes.

Feast with Your Beast
Pull up a chair with your pup at your side for lunch, coffee and unforgettable local flavor.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Cuddle up near the fire pits for al fresco fare, micro-brews, music and friendly service.

Casey’s Café
Tucked away inside the plaza courtyard right in the middle of town, this eatery welcomes you and your doggie date for lunch under the umbrella topped tables.

Sit, Stay Over.
Make a weekend of the trip. Two comfy inns make you and your dog feel right at home.

Zaballa House
In heart of downtown Half Moon Bay, the cozy rooms, homemade breakfasts and reasonable prices make this quaint local inn a natural choice. 

Half Moon Bay Inn
Just walking distance to some of best dining, shops, and trails, this beautiful old world-style inn welcomes pets with their own beds, dishes and special treats. Great for human guests too, the welcoming staff invites you to enjoy roasted fair-trade coffee, and free wireless access.

The Scoop:

La Nebbia Winery
www.obesterwinery.com

Half Moon Bay Feed and Fuel
www.halfmoonbayfeedandfuel.com

Half Moon Bay State Beach Trail
www.bahiker.com/halfmoonbay

Montara State Beach
www.parks.ca.gov/montara

Other Half Moon Bay Beaches
www.best-california-beach.com

Zaballa House B&B
www.zaballahouse.net

Half Moon Bay Inn
www.halfmoonbayinn.com

Thank you to Kevin for the photo of Bu Ding and Mika taken in Half Moon Bay.

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