The Quiet Coast
Half Moon Bay is about a 45-minute drive south of San Francisco via State 1. In downtown Half Moon Bay, Main Street stores stay open late December 3–4 during the free annual Nights of Light event. And if you’re in town December 18, don’t miss the Half Moon Bay Coastal Flower Market at La Piazza (9–3; Main St. at Miramontes St.). For more area information, contact the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Bureau (www.hmbchamber.com or 650/726-8380).
Best Western Half Moon Bay Lodge. Spacious rooms 2 miles south of downtown Half Moon Bay. From $139. 2400 S. Cabrillo Hwy. (State 1); www.halfmoonbaylodge.com or 650/726-9000.
Pillar Point Inn. Bed-and-breakfast overlooking Princeton Harbor. From $160. 380 Capistrano Rd., Princeton-by-the-Sea; 650/728-7377.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. The most luxurious lodging in the area, with ocean views, two restaurants, and a full-service spa. From $195. 1 Miramontes Point Rd.; www.ritzcarlton.com or 650/712-7000.