Half Moon Bay is about a 45-minute drive south of San Franciscovia State 1. In downtown Half Moon Bay, Main Street stores stayopen late December 3-4 during the free annual Nights of Lightevent. And if you're in town December 18, don't miss the Half MoonBay Coastal Flower Market at La Piazza (9-3; Main St. at MiramontesSt.). For more area information, contact the Half Moon BayCoastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors' Bureau (www.hmbchamber.com or650/726-8380).

Best Western Half Moon Bay Lodge. Spacious rooms 2 milessouth of downtown Half Moon Bay. From $139. 2400 S. Cabrillo Hwy. (State 1); www.halfmoonbaylodge.comor 650/726-9000.

Pillar Point Inn. Bed-and-breakfast overlooking PrincetonHarbor. From $160. 380 Capistrano Rd., Princeton-by-the-Sea;650/728-7377.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. The most luxurious lodgingin the area, with ocean views, two restaurants, and a full-servicespa. From $195. 1 Miramontes Point Rd.; www.ritzcarlton.com or650/712-7000.

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