Finding the holiday spirit this month might be as easy as
cruising over the Coast Range to the quiet town of Half Moon Bay.
The drive rewards with a peaceful landscape of Christmas tree and
flower nurseries, seaside bluffs, timeworn farmhouses, and the
mesmerizing calm of the winter ocean. It's such a restful spot,
it's surprising that this coastal retreat is so close to Bay Area
Founded on fishing and farming, Half Moon Bay now has a
downtown lined with shops and restaurants, offering a
gift-gathering getaway. You'll likely see fog and maybe a coastal
storm at this time of year, but winter skies can also be
startlingly clear. And, with the area's December appeal still a
relative secret, you'll likely have the beaches to yourself - with
a few surfers and elephant seals here and there.