There's more to Half Moon Bay than surfing. Here are six reasons to explore this coastal town

Posh Moon
Shopping this pocket-sized boutique is a bit like visiting Paris without leaving town. Edith Piaf sings in the background while you browse vintage décor, clothing and old world jewelry and hats. 650.726.3821

Coastal gardens
The coast might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of gardens, but that's about to change. Centrally located on Main Street, the Mill Rose Inn has an acre of flowers bursting with color year-round. There are perennials, annuals and more that two hundred rose bushes. Feeling inspired? Check out Half Moon Bay Nursery (650.726.5392) for plants to take home. www.millroseinn.com.

Moonside Bakery
Expect a queue at this European-style bakery, which dishes up freshly baked bread and pastries including tarts, cookies and pies. While the sticky buns are worth the drive, our fave is the artichoke and pesto bread served hot from the oven. www.moonsidebakery.com.


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Castellammare
A charming shop that's just the ticket for elegant furnishings (think tables, desks, chairs) and accessories like wall clocks, mirrors, porcelain vases and bowls. www.castellammare.biz.

Ritz Carlton
The quintessential escape from city life, this elegant 261-room resort perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean is inspired by the grand seaside lodges of the 19th century. Inside are two restaurants, a spa, and loads of nooks. Curl up by the fire in the library or enjoy tea in the Conservatory Lounge where floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the ocean. www.ritzcarlton.com.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Minutes from the boat harbor and a longtime neighborhood hotspot, this is the place to sip brews with names like Sandy Beach Blonde Hefeweizen and Harbor Light Ale. Live music plays on weekend evenings and Sunday afternoons, when you can kickback by the outdoor firepit and enjoy the beach town surroundings. www.hmbbrewingco.com.