Day One - Friday

Heading into town along State 92, stop in at one of the route's many nurseries. H. Pastorino Farms (12391 San Mateo Rd./State 92; 650/726-6440), Half Moon Bay Nursery (11691 San Mateo Rd.; 650/726-5392), and Repetto's Nursery & Florist (12331 San Mateo Rd.; 650/726-6414) offer holly, poinsettias, and wreaths. Warm up afterward with hearty soup in downtown Half Moon Bay at the pink-walled Two Fools Cafe (408 Main St.; 650/712-1222).

Main Street shopping. Nuestra Tierra (421 Main; 888/992-0008) has Mexican pottery and artwork. Moon News Bookstore (315 Main; 650/726-8610) offers everything from cookbooks to lit books, and Sense of Peace (604 Main, Ste. C and D; 650/712-8900) soothes with Japanese teas and Asian tableware. Find just about anything at vintage furniture/garden shop Half to Have It (601 Main; 650/712-5995). And Cunha's Country Store (448 Main; 650/726-4071) has been rebuilt after last year's fire and is better than ever.

In the mood for wine. If you're feeling Scroogey, perhaps sampling some vino will get you grinning. In the La Piazza shopping center, Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese (604 Main; 650/726-1520) offers daily wine tastings (from $8). Or sip at the site of production at Obester Winery (12341 San Mateo Rd.; 650/726-9463), where, on December 4, you can do as the locals do and bring your own bottles for filling ($3.95 for a 750-ml. bottle).

Splurge on dinner. For a feast, head to sleek Cetrella Bistro and Café ($$$; 845 Main; 650/726-4090), where dishes feature seafood, mesquite-grilled meats, and local produce. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, you can also catch live jazz here. After dinner, have a nightcap at the San Benito House (356 Main; 650/726-3425) to toast the building's 100th anniversary in 2005.

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