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Half Moon Bay Review

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elcome, friends! Half Moon Bay and the surrounding coastal areas encompass a vast wealth of natural resources with recreational activities for everyone. visitors can mingle with the locals — from the beach trails to unique shopping and dining in our historic downtown Main Street. You’ll enjoy the ebb and flow of the coast yearround from resort life, to the arts, cultural events and festivals. On historic Main Street, you will still find many family-owned businesses. There are art galleries, boutiques, antique shops, unique clothing and jewelry stores. You’ll also find the best food and dining experiences in the Bay Area. There is something to please every palate. Select a sweet treat from the warm family-owned bakeries, relax and enjoy a casual meal, or bring a date and enjoy a tantalizing culinary experience at our awardwinning restaurants. Many of those restaurants feature local produce like artichokes, peas, and brussels sprouts from family-owned farms. You can even pick up this healthy fare at our Certified Farmers Market each Saturday from May to December. visit the Pillar Point Harbor for more great dining with incredible oceanfront views and a glimpse of life at a working harbor. Pick up fresh fish right off the boats to take back home with you. Half Moon Bay is also home to two championship golf courses with dramatic Pacific Ocean views that invite you to “Play against the ocean.” Nestled between the golf courses is the legendary Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, a world-class resort with its own special comforts and windswept views. So come explore all the coast has to offer, whether it’s hiking, biking, riding horses, or a leisurely stroll. Create your own memories. There is always a special pathway for you in Half Moon Bay.


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Spring into action Seasonal fog sometimes overshadows the beauty of Coastide beaches, but it doesn’t dampen the vibrant culture here during spring and summer. Even when the surf doesn’t sparkle, the community bustles. The cool marine climate provides the perfect growing conditions for beautiful flowers, tasty artichokes and sweet berries, all readily available from local farms. And while not as well-known as the Pumpkin Festival, annual events like the Portuguese Holy Ghost Festival and Pacific Coast Dream Machines provide windows into the Coastside’s unique culture. Hang up your bathing suit and dive into the coast like a native.

Holy Ghost Festival

Sometimes called the Chamarita, the name of a traditional Portuguese dance, this springtime celebration honors the Coastside’s Portuguese heritage. Held in Half Moon Bay and Pescadero for more than 130 years, the dual festivals imbue family fun with a deep spiritual reverence. This festival traces its roots back to the 15th century, when the Portuguese people were suffering from pestilence and famine. As the stories go, Queen Isabella prayed to the Holy Spirit to save her starving people, and, miraculously, a ship loaded with food appeared in the harbor on Pentecost morning. The queen arranged a thanksgiving Mass and feast for the people, and as she entered the church, she placed her crown on the altar as a token of gratitude to the Holy Spirit. Modern celebrants remember this event by choosing a teenager and little girl to be the festival’s queen and little queen. The two girls, with their “side maids,” lead the festival parade to the church, and, during the Mass, the festival’s queen symbolically lays her crown on the altar. But there is more to the Holy Ghost Festival than the parade. Both towns hold auctions, and in Half Moon Bay the I.D.E.S. Hall parking lot on Main Street is transformed into a carnival, complete with games, prizes and a Ferris wheel. Festival-goers can also enjoy the traditional, tasty roast beef sandwiches roasted in brick ovens. The men in the Portuguese community start firing the ovens a good week in advance, heating them just an hour each day to acclimate them to the high temperatures so they won’t crack. By festival day, they are red-hot and ready to roast between 7,000 and 8,000 pounds of sizzling marinated beef. The Pescadero festival (information: 712-1733) will take place this year on the weekend of May 15-16, and the Half Moon Bay festival (information: 726-2729), the following weekend, May 22-23.

Certified Farmers Market

The weekly Coastside Certified Farmers Market consolidates the region’s freshest bounty in one place for your health and convenience. Both organic and conventional produce grown at the hands of resident farmers can be found here. Artichokes, brussels sprouts and peas are some of the better-known coastal vegetables, but market-goers can also find gorgeous lettuce, kiwis, culinary flowers, spectacular greens, cabbages, carrots and berries — all locally grown. Out-oftown farmers, some from as far away as Lodi, bring hot-weather favorites to the market, things that won’t grow on the coast, like peaches, citrus, watermelons and cherries. Specialty items like artisan cheeses, crafts like pottery, booths with information on local nonprofits, as well as live music throughout every day of the market, make a day at the market a real treat. opening day is May 1. The market runs every Saturday through the third week in December except Pumpkin Festival weekend, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shoreline Station in Half Moon Bay. For more information, call Erin Tormey at 726-4895 or visit

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Pacific Coast Dream Machines

One of the Coastside’s most illustrious affairs, Dream Machines is a platform for expert mechanics to showcase their pride-andjoy in one day of turbo-charged fun. Collectors, drag racers, innovative engineers and aficionados converge in Princeton for the event, which brings together about 2,000 machines and is known to captivate locals and visitors alike. Spectators are sure to be dazzled by the array of custom, classic and futuristic cars, trucks, motorcycles and airplanes. People can even participate in up-in-the-air tours. This year marks the event’s 20th anniversary on the coast. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 25, at Half Moon Bay Airport. For information on tickets and registrations call 726-2328.

Berry picking

The Farmers Market may be a great place to get produce, but picking your own can be even more fun. Two local ranches on the South Coast have fields of sweet, ripe berries you can pick yourself, from the classic strawberry to coastal favorites like the olallieberry, loganberry or boysenberry. At the peak of the season in early July, you can practically fill your basket by standing in one place and shaking the branches. Berry picking is a fun family outing. Little ones as young as 2 can enjoy sampling the ripe fruit while parents and older siblings fill their baskets. No sprays or artificial chemicals are used at either Coastside ranch, so the berries are safe to eat right off the vine. Strawberries ripen as early as May and can run through October. Olallieberry season starts in early June and can last through September if the summer is cool. Boysenberries are a quick crop, ripening in early July and lasting just a few short weeks. Call ahead to get up-to-date information on weather and picking schedules, and to hear what else is available, such as baked treats, home-canned goods or pottery. Coastways Ranch: 640 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero. (831) 469-8804. Phipps Country Store and Farm: 2700 Pescadero Road, Pescadero. 879-0787.

Rodeo at Driscoll Ranch

Dust off your 10-gallon hat and spit-shine those spurs, Driscoll Ranch is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its summertime rodeo in La Honda. Each year the event draws thousands of spectators for a weekend of rodeo classics: bull riding, barrel racing, roping, bronco bustin’, and, for the 7-and-under crowd, mutton bustin’. There will be a concert, along with a dance and barbecue, Saturday night with music by the California Cowboys, right after the rodeo and into the night. Many contestants are locals who have been participating in the rodeo for years. Some have several family members in various events each year, spanning generations. Skits, a rodeo clown and the precision riding of the Coastside Cowgirls Drill Team, wearing pink to raise awareness of breast cancer, help make the rodeo a very family-friendly event. July 24 and 25, with the grand entry at noon. Call (650) 747-9704 for more info. Spring 2010 Coastside Guide 9


Events Calendar Surrounded by the finest in natural beauty, Coastsiders have added the best in performing arts to go with it. Theater, music, dance, original performance art, all thrive on the coast. And if you want to listen to live music — either to just kick back or to rev you up — there are plenty of hot spots for cool sounds too. oNGoiNG EVENTS First Thursday of each month

Harbor Nights Car Show at Pillar Point Harbor is a show of classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and hot rods, from 4 p.m. to sunset at the harbor. Free to spectators and exhibitors. Mary Botham, 726-2722.

Third Saturday of each month

Docent-led tours of the historic (1853) James Johnston House at 110 Higgins Purisima Road in Half Moon Bay from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to September. 726-0329.

Every Friday

Build Your own Burger, beef or veggie, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion, Coastside Post 474, 470 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea. 728-9224.

Every Saturday

The Coastside Farmers Market, from May 1 through the third Saturday in December, presents fresh local/San Mateo County/California-grown produce, with live entertainment, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shoreline Station in Half Moon Bay. 726-4895. Free cooking demonstrations and tastings from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. at Toque Blanche, 604 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-2898.

Seven days a week

The Año Nuevo State Reserve welcomes visitors to see the elephant seals, molting in summer and fall, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the reserve 25 miles south of Half Moon Bay. No reservations needed in summertime. 879-2025.

APRiL April 8

Seniors Night out is when Senior Coastsiders matches locals with seniors to take to a festive dinner with entertainment, which takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 726-9056.

April 25

The 20th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines presents cars and planes and machines from yesterday to tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Half Moon Bay Airport, to benefit the Coastside Adult Day Health Center. Tickets are $20/adults, $10/age 11-17 and 65-plus, and free for kids 10 and under. 726-2328.

MAY May 9

Mother’s Day is celebrated with a Mother’s Day brunch, champagne brunch and dinner at Navio Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. 712-7000.

May 15

Gardens of the South Coast, a tour of beautiful participating South Coast gardens to benefit the Pescadero Education Foundation, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continental breakfast included. Tickets are $20. 879-9033.

May 15, 16

The Pescadero Holy Ghost Festival with the traditional feasting, auction and Sunday religious parade, takes place at the Pescadero I.D.E.S. hall and grounds. 712-1733.

May 21 through May 24

The Portuguese Pentecost Festival in Half Moon Bay with the traditional auctions, carnival, Sunday parade and feast takes place at the I.D.E.S. hall and grounds in Half Moon Bay. 726-2729.

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Events Calendar JuNE June 2

“Tip-a-Cop” brings the community and the local police together at Cameron’s Restaurant and Inn from 5 to 9 p.m. for educational fun and a silent auction to benefit Special Olympics. 726-5705.

June 13

The Summer Concert Series presented by the Half Moon Bay Recreation Division presents live music from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mac Dutra Park in Half Moon Bay. Free. 726-8297.

June 13

The Pillar Point Half-Marathon and Fun Run, benefiting the Coastside Child Development Center, includes a 10K and 5K runs and a Kids’ Fun Run, beginning at 8 a.m. 726-7416.

June 20

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, celebrates Father’s Day with a 10 a.m. brunch at the Navio restaurant. 712-7000.

June 25

The Half Moon Bay Recreation Division “oohs, Aahs and Giggles” presents family fun from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Ted Adcock Community/Senior Center in Half Moon Bay. 726-8297.

JuLY July 4

The old-fashioned Fourth of July parade brings you a taste of red-white-and-blue Americana on Main Street, with floats, children on decorated bikes and trikes and units on horseback, starting at noon. 726-8380.

July 4

American Legion Post 474 will hold an old-Fashioned Town Picnic for the community, at around 1 p.m., at 470 Capistrano Road in Princeton. Live entertainment. 728-9224.

July 11

The Summer Concert Series presented by the Recreation Division presents live music from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mac Dutra Park in Half Moon Bay. Free. 726-8297.

July 17

The 19th annual Tour des Fleurs in which Coastside nurseries are open to the public for guided tours arranged in tour packages, takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 726-8380.

July 23

“oohs, Aahs and Giggles” presented by the Recreation Division presents family fun from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Ted Adcock Community/Senior Center in Half Moon Bay. Free. 726-8297.

July 24-25

The 10th anniversary Driscoll Ranch Rodeo begins with a 1:30 p.m. grand entry and takes you back in time to a real Old West-style rodeo with events, live country music, and a concert following the rodeo on Saturday, all to benefit the local 4-H and FFA. 747-9704.

AuGuST Aug. 4

The Boys and Girls Club Golf Tournament invites you to “swing with the legends” to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Half Moon Bay. 712-9710.

Aug. 8

The Summer Concert Series presented by the Recreation Division presents musical entertainment for the family from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mac Dutra Park in Half Moon Bay. Free. 726-8297.

Aug. 21 and 22

The Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival celebrates 20 years this year with crafts booths, food, entertainment, kids’ activities and artwork by local artists, takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pescadero I.D.E.S. hall and grounds. Free. 879-0848. Spring 2010 Coastside Guide 11

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Beaches No trip to the Coastside is complete without a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean from one of the many beaches in the area. They range from the wild and craggy to deserted stretches of sand, perfect for a romantic stroll. There is something for the whole family. Don’t miss the well-known tidepools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve or the lighthouses that mark the region’s northern and southern boundaries. You’ll see surfers, whales and other marine life, depending on the time of the year. And you are virtually guaranteed a good time. See the map in the center of the Coastside Guide for locations. Beaches are listed from north to south. Photographs courtesy, a non-profit organization maintaining a visual database of the entire coast of California.

Gray Whale Cove An unofficial clothing-optional spot (at the north end), there is parking across the street. Don’t leave valuables in the car — thefts are reported often. Just south of tunnel construction. Restrooms on trail to beach.

Montara State Beach Very popular when the weather is good, empty if not. Great for hiking and beachcombing, but be careful of the steep drop at the surf. Dangerous swimming. Inconsistent surf, but it can be the best wave on the Coastside if the conditions are right. Restrooms in south parking area.

Montara Lighthouse Beach A small beach accessed through the Montara hostel/ lighthouse station. Historic fog signal dates back to 1875. Secluded and scenic, but not accessible if gate is closed at lighthouse. No facilities.

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve When the ocean rolls back the tides, another world is revealed in pools that attract the curious from all over the Bay Area. Look but don’t touch! Restrooms and visitor center in small parking lot.

Seal Cove Secluded beach underneath the Moss Beach Distillery. Difficult access down steep staircase and eroded trail. Can be a great swimming beach, especially at low tide. Reef blocks large waves creating a relatively calm lagoon. Can be lots of seaweed.

Ross’s Cove This is the hidden half-moon just north of the famous Mavericks break. It can be tricky getting to the beach, but worth the effort. A long paddle out through rocky outcroppings limits the number of surfers, but the wave here can at times be clean and very large. Spring 2010 Coastside Guide 13

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Mavericks Trail from harbor leads past calm beaches popular with dog walkers and kayakers. Beach past breakwater is popular with seaglass hunters. High tide can cover beach with surf and seaweed. Mavericks surfers paddle out from this beach.

Surfer’s Beach This is the most popular surf spot on the San Mateo County coast and usually the most crowded beach when the weather is good. At high tide, beach can disappear completely. Erosion has removed much of the golden sand that can be found at other spots.

Miramar Beach Accessed by a short staircase near the Miramar Beach Restaurant. Limited parking but can be a nice spot when Surfer’s Beach gets crowded. Beach disappears at high tide and for much of the winter. Uncrowded but inconsistent surf.

Alcatraz South of the bridge at Miramar. Access is best from Mirada Road, down the Coastal Trail. Old stairs are washed out. Shifting sand bars can sometimes create good surf. Careful though: at low tide, pillars from old pier can be exposed.

Roosevelt Beach The northern end of four miles collectively known as “Half Moon Bay State Beach.” Access at Young Avenue. Turn right at kiosk and travel slowly down access road. Large parking lot and pit toilets. Uncrowded most of the year.

Dunes Beach Pretty, quiet beach with paid parking available. You may see surfers or just those who love a long walk on the beach. Access at Young Avenue, straight through the kiosk. Flush toilets. Trail down to beach. Good spot to park and explore Coastal Trail.

Venice Beach The end of Venice Boulevard opens into a beach operated by the state. Multiple, large parking areas. Flush toilets. Stairs to beach at northern lot, but you may need to ford creek to get to the sand. Remember: gates close at sunset.

Francis State Beach Perhaps the busiest of Coastside beaches, there is ample paid parking and access to the Coastal Trail. At the end of Kelly Avenue. Popular for surfing and picnics. Large camping area for RVs, cars, and cyclists. Ranger station and visitor center.

Poplar Beach Often deserted stretch south of downtown Half Moon Bay. Careful: Watch out for horse droppings! Free parking. Steep, dirt trail leads down to wide open beach. Great spot to access Coastal Trail.

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The beach at the Ritz Sweeping views from the bluffs but a difficult scramble down eroded cliffs to the beach. Seldom visited but good way to access the Ritz-Carlton segment of Coastal Trail to the south.

The beach at the Ritz You don’t need to stay at the Ritz-Carlton to utilize this beach. Park just before entering resort property on Miramontes Point Road. Beach is tucked under the golf course. Stairs down to beach.

Cowell Ranch Located south of Half Moon Bay, Cowell begins with a half-mile trail to the point and then 150 stairs to a well-protected sandy beach. Restroom at lot and at beach. Permanent view scope on bluff.

Tunitas Creek Beach Wide, wild beach with dramatic cliff views to the north. Few visitors — perhaps because of the difficult, very steep trail down from Highway 1. Best to enjoy from above. Reputation for being ‘sharky.’

San Gregorio State Beach There is enough driftwood to build a vacation home on this mile-long sandy beach at the mouth of the San Gregorio Creek. Restrooms and picnic area. At the intersection of Highway 84 and 1.

Pomponio State Beach Plenty of parking and picnic tables make this South Coast beach a perfect place for a barbecue with family. This day-use facility features a small lagoon and roaring surf.

Pescadero State Beach Rocky coves and tidepools. Popular with fishermen. Across the highway is Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, a popular spot for bird watchers and other naturalists. Several parking areas.

Bean Hollow State Beach Beautiful horseshoe shaped cove with plenty of tidepools to the north. Look for the self-guided nature trail — and keep your eyes open for sea urchins, crab and other marine life. Small, powerful waves can break right onshore.

Gazos Creek Beach Abundant tidepools dot a beach that is now part of the Año Nuevo State Reserve. The reserve also includes Cascade Ranch. Parking is across from the Gazos Grill restaurant.

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From the redwoods to the beaches


ou don’t need to open any publication to know the Coastside is a unique place. Head west over the ridge of Highway 92 or wend your way over Devil’s Slide for the first time and find yourself farther from San Mateo or Pacifica than you imagined. If you moved here from somewhere distant, you likely remember that first time. The land is protected by soldierstraight redwoods and those beautiful invaders, our eucalyptus trees. Homes are dotted about but don’t dominate the landscape here. Cross Highway 1 and you are on craggy cliffs and beautiful beaches. Sometimes-challenging weather keeps the hordes away. The Coastside can feel like it belongs only to you. The following stories, pulled from the pages of the Half Moon Bay Review, provide glimpses into life here. Lifeguards and researchers and a hidden gem in La Honda. It’s all right here, in our unique place. — Clay Lambert

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Half Moon Bay turns 50 without fanfare



1920 Prohibition takes effect. City becomes a hub for bootleggers.


ver the summer, Half Moon Bay celebrated its 50th anniversary as a city, a landmark occasion for generations of Coastsiders who have invested their lives and love into San Mateo County’s most gorgeous city. It was a restrained celebration. There was no parade, no fireworks, no ceremonial plaques, nor any town monument. City leaders said that would be inappropriate, given that the city’s golden anniversary came during its most tumultuous time. “We’ve been downplaying the 50th celebration because our efforts have been on keeping this

city as a city,” Mayor Marina Fraser said at the time. “A lot of cities would go all out, but that couldn’t be a priority for us.” The City Council had a modest party with cake and coffee during their public meeting in July, to mark the city’s historic founding. The following day, City Manager Michael Dolder signed an unprecedented bond release, giving Half Moon Bay the money needed to pay off its Beachwood debts — a move that commits the city to pay back more than $30 million over three decades. Call it apt or call it ironic that the city’s landmark birthday came as the city faces the greatest test for its survival. Half Moon Bay History Association President Dave Cresson said the incorporation of Half Moon Bay may have contributed to some of the problems that led to

1893 Electricity comes to Half Moon Bay. 1915 Highway 1 opens along San Mateo Coast.

1932 Farmer John Arata starts selling roadside pumpkins, starting city’s reputation for pumpkins. 1939 Buildings of present-day Cunha Intermediate School open. 1941 World War II paranoia leads locals to restrict Germans and Italians to stay only on east side of town. 1959 voters approve Half Moon Bay becoming a city. 1961 City Police Department established. 1965 Cabrillo Unified School District formed. 1971 First Pumpkin Festival takes place. 1974 City holds first pumpkin weighoff. 1976 City approves a 97-lot subdivision on Beachwood. 1985 McDonald's opens at Strawflower village, becoming the first chain restaurant on the Coastside. 1985 Ted Adcock Senior / Community Center opens at Shoreline Station. 1987 City Hall rebuilt after the old building was condemned by inspectors. 1994 Surfer Mark Foo dies at Mavericks. 1998 Half Moon Bay Fire District moves into new Main Street building. 2001 The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, opens on the south side of town. 2003 Cunha’s Country Grocery burns down. 2007 Federal court rules city owes $41 million over Beachwood lawsuit.

Members of the first Half Moon Bay City Council gather in the Review newsroom on June 23, 1959, after election results show overwhelming support for city incorporation.

2008 City settles Beachwood judgment, reducing potential debt to $18 million.

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Beachwood. Half Moon Bay’s litany of council members sometimes handled difficult issues in very ignorant ways, he said. “The more professional leaders in San Mateo County never would’ve made our mistakes,” Cresson said. “They don’t do the things that the judge condemned as a mistake with Beachwood.” But Cresson says Half Moon Bay’s incorporation became a hugely popular idea among locals back in the 1950s. That popularity was rooted in local concerns about the future of the Coastside. Half Moon Bay, believed to be the oldest community in the county, once had its own local member on the Board of Supervisors, along with stronger political sway among county officials. However, locals began to feel neglected by the county officials over the hill, particularly with infrequent patrols from the Sheriff ’s Office and the ongoing need to hire private patrols. “Getting local control was very important,” said Fraser, who also studies Coastside history and has been active in the Spanishtown Historical Society. “Half Moon Bay used to really have a voice on the county Board of Supervisors … and they really wanted to retain that type of control.” The effort to incorporate was lead by local resident “Nick” J.L. Carter, a local psychometrician (someone who professionally administers mental tests). Carter and other advocates worked for more than three years to promote the idea of forming a city among nearby farmers and families. Carter later became the first mayor of Half Moon Bay. When incorporation was brought before voters in 1959, they approved it with 76 percent in favor — a landslide victory. The official announcement of the incorporation victory was a small-town media event — it happened right inside the Review’s current building with the paperwork officially signed on a couple pushed-together desks. On July 15, 1959, about 200

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Population of Half Moon Bay from 1940-2000 2000



1990 8000










people crowded to celebrate the city’s birth in the Half Moon Bay High School gymnasium, which is now occupied by Cunha Intermediate School. “It was a simpler time of life in the ’50s and ’60s,” recalled City Councilman John Muller, a born-and-raised Coastsider. “The budget was small, and people did what they could to get by.” “Things for Half Moon Bay have gotten much more complex,” he said. “We’ve had a down three years, but we’re still going to be a great city.” Cresson says the intersection of the city’s anniversary and the culmination of Beachwood is downright eerie. “There is a certain poetry in this,” he said wryly. “What a way to celebrate the 50th!” CG


August Howell runs down the beach with fellow campers to surf on the last day of the first session of Junior Lifeguard Camp on Dunes Beach.

Junior lifeguards have fun while learning to be safe PROGRAM HAS BEEN GROWING SINCE 2005


anting and dripping with saltwater, Logan Kennedy grinned, willing himself out of the receding waterline to outrace two of his instructors to a flag lodged in the sand. Kennedy, 8, then plopped down in the sand and glanced out over the water at an orange buoy 200 yards offshore, a mere remnant of his daunting swim. “You just swam 400 yards, Logan,” exclaimed lifeguard instructor Taylor Riis. “That’s four football fields. Awesome, buddy!” Kennedy retrieved his towel and joined the 27 other junior lifeguards, the only ones brave enough to enter the water at Dunes Beach on a cold Thursday morning in the middle of July. Armed with full-body wetsuits, zinc and booties, they didn’t mind at all. In fact, they wouldn’t be anywhere else. Started in 2005 by California State Parks’ lifeguards, the Half Moon Bay State Junior Lifeguard Program has been steadily growing from summer to summer. With 37 students registered for the first session of this season, the program was as big as it had ever been in the summer of 2009. Riis, a seasonal lifeguard, has been involved with the program since the beginning. “I started when I was 16 and I started from scratch,” he said,

mentioning that there was no junior lifeguard program when he was growing up. “Being out here and teaching though, this has been by far the best. The kids are so full of energy.” Riis and fellow instructor John Anderson have managed to create a fun environment while at the same time promoting ocean safety, educating students on everything from rip currents to CPR. “The rewarding part is that many of these kids pick up the terminology and knowledge that usually takes years of being around the beach,” Anderson explained. “It’s great watching these kids grow and develop in this setting.” For these lifeguards, educating is also about building a beach culture, something Half Moon Bay has been lacking, despite its miles of coastline. Surfers and tourists aside, Anderson believed that this lack of beach culture has contributed to a disregard for ocean safety. “This program helps to cultivate a beach culture,” he said. “Even though we live on the coast, we don’t have a lot of people that come to beaches. We try and open that awareness.” It seems to be working too. “I really like what we learn,” said Jack Tannenbaum, 13, who came every day to Half Moon Bay from San Francisco. “It’s worth it.” CG

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Researcher makes waves beyond coast EL GRANADA RESIDENT MODELS ‘FREAK’ WAvES


rowing up, some may have heard “The Hero of Haarlem” before drifting off to sleep. In the fable, a little Dutch boy on his way to school notices a small leak in a dike that surrounds his town. Knowing what his father had told him about the “angry waters” outside the dam, the boy acted quickly and plugged the stream of water with his finger. Resolute, he stayed there through the night until he was found and, by doing so, saved an entire city. Tim Janssen, a professor of geosciences at San Francisco State University, may or may not be familiar with the tale about his home country. He is, however, familiar with angry waters. “I’m originally from the Netherlands, and I’ve always been fascinated by waves and fluid mechanics,” he said in a 2009 interview. “The Netherlands lies below sea level and understanding what goes on is very important … It drives my research.” The professor and El Granada resident published his research in the Journal of Physical Oceanography on the conditions and statistics of extreme or “freak” waves. Janssen described his work, which strives to explain not only the formation of such waves, but also their chances of occurring in a given sea state. “My research is focused on near-shore ocean dynamics or wave-driven dynamics, and we’re looking at how statistically waves change due to interaction with things like reefs and current,” he said. “In other words, we’re studying the likelihood of running into a large wave.” While the professor conceded that he could not predict

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Coastsider and San Francisco State University oceanographer Tim Janssen uses mathematical models to unlock the secrets of rogue waves.

the occurrence of any individual wave, his work does help to understand what factors contribute to favorable big wave conditions. Freak waves, canonized in surf films and conquered by only the bravest of surfers, can be three times as large as the average wave on a given body of water. Witnessed in places like Pipeline in Hawaii and Cortez Banks in California, these waves have become an archetype of Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring power. Janssen’s examination of freak waves goes far beyond mere aesthetics. For him, these waves are a matter of numbers, as he crunches figures and probabilities together in computer simulations to identify big wave hot spots. “There’s a lot of theory involved, a lot of physics,” he explained. “Also, in order to describe the evolution of a wave, it’s not just (using the) computer, you also have to go out in the ocean and measure what is there.” And with Mavericks in his backyard, Janssen may have no better place to view and understand the watery monsters. “I have no particular theories or anything [on Mavericks],” he said. “It’s a schoolbook example of the focusing of waves at a unique high energy spot. “When I got to California, the first thing I had on my mind was that I had to learn to surf,” he recalled. “I never regretted that.” When asked if he’ll be taking his chance at Mavericks any time soon, the professor explained a dream he once had. “I always thought that if I’d work really hard and surf every day I would be able to go out there,” he said. “It’s not realistic though. I’d be a threat to myself and everyone else involved.” Looks like Janssen will stick to the normal waves for now.CG


La Honda pool remains a splash

Neighborhood kids dive and swim in the lap lane at the La Honda pool on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.



unbathers in dark sunglasses lounged on chairs near the clear blue water on a bright Wednesday in July while children, blissfully boisterous is the summer sun, tried hard to reconcile their excitement with the lifeguard’s warnings. “Don’t run! Walk!” hollered Carissa Howland at an exuberant youngster from her shady poolside perch. Last summer was the Coastsider’s second summer keeping a watchful eye on the pool. She’s one of about 15 local teenagers and “older folk” employed as lifeguards at the pool each summer, said Carole Williams, La Honda pool lifeguard supervisor. Lifeguards always work in pairs, “one younger, one older,” in a kind of checks-and-balances system. Before the partnerships, teen lifeguards attracted parties of their peers to their watch zones, creating what Williams considers a safety hazard. “We’re trying to be more professional,” she said. In spite of some tighter regulations, Howland said she looked forward to the job every day. “It’s not a drag to come to work,” she said. “And, if I want to, I can go for a swim before and after my shift.” Howland has roots up and down the Coastside from Pescadero and La Honda to the Midcoast and says she doesn’t

know anyone with a swimming pool. There’s a small private pool tucked away in a Pescadero nook, she said, and the public pool at Half Moon Bay High School. That pool was closed to the public last summer due to budget constraints. That leaves the La Honda pool as the sole option for Coastsiders looking for a public place to soak and grab some sun away from the ocean fog and sand. Serving South Coast residents since 1926, the pool was built at the same time as the Cuesta La Honda Homeowners Guild was formed. Today, the 300 households in the guild own and maintain it through monthly dues. Today, La Hondans cherish it as one of the few familyoriented gathering spots in the sleepy town, and as a one-of-akind summer venue. “It’s a hidden jewel,” said Nuala O’Sullivan, who lives down the street from the pool and visited almost every day with her two children. ”I get to have adult conversations with friends (and) catch up on gossip. You see kids and families. It’s not overcrowded. And the view is beautiful — the redwoods and mountains are right there.” It’s all part of the family atmosphere Williams has been promoting since she assumed the supervisor position years ago. “We want kids to take away memories from here,” Williams said. CG

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Lifeguards are thin line of coastal protection PROFESSIONALS SPEAK OF 40 MILES OF DANGEROUS COAST


oastside beaches are only a short drive from beaches in Santa Cruz, but for lifeguards that distance divides two distinct worlds. “This is frontier lifeguarding in some ways,” said Paul Keel, State Parks superintendent for the San Mateo County coast, in an interview last week. “It’s more wild up here. There are more remote beaches with colder water and big surf, and it’s more dangerous — for (the lifeguards) too.” The waves, weather and rip currents up and down the Coastside are unforgiving and can surprise experienced and prepared water users, said U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Charity Hoffman. Her claim was given merit with the recent drowning of a kite surfer at Poplar Beach and the presumed death of a high school student off the coast of Davenport that occurred earlier in the month. “I can tell you from my experience … that there’s really not much discrimination as to who ends up getting in trouble,” Hoffman said. The Coast Guard made 162 so-called assists in the Bay Area

in 2008. Hoffman said the cases ranged from commercial fishermen and local surfers in trouble to rescues of infrequent beach visitors. Hoffman said Coast Guard data shows no revealing correlations among incidents on the Coastside, just that the heaviest season for search and rescue teams is spring through fall, when the weather is nice and more people visit the beach. Traditionally, during summer weekends, three seasonal lifeguards resume duty on the Coastside. The rest of the year, only four water watchers patrol the area — two lifeguards and two “aquatic rangers” — bolstered by rescue boats from the Pillar Point Harbormaster’s Office. That might seem like too few eyes to cover about 40 miles of shoreline, but four lifeguards are “really good,” Keel said, as high as staffing has been in more than a decade. “Travel time is difficult,” he said in 2009, “but we do the best we can,” given budget constraints and the public need. “These are tough beaches here,” said Jeff Wadkins, the State Parks lifeguard who retrieved the body of the drowned kite surfer at Poplar Beach in March 2009. “The rip currents are like live animals, and the sand is soft, so it moves a lot.” CG

Lifeguard Jeff Wadkins demonstrates the technique he uses if he has to run into the water for a rescue.

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Dining The very best thing about the Coastside — after the mountains, ocean and fresh air — is the huge variety of amazing, top-quality choices in dining. Whether you are picking up a deli sandwich made with fresh, warm bread or eating lobster dipped in melted butter or dining at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, you’ll find it all right here on the coast. CoFFEEHouSES Caffino

Coffee, iced drinks and pastries. Drive-through. 198 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. 712-7255.

Café Lucca

Italian espresso bar, fresh pastries, panini sandwiches, salads and more. Highway 1 at 8th St., Montara. 728-5229.

Caffé Mezza Luna

Italian espresso bar, Italian pastries, gelato, breakfast and lunch. Harbor village, 240 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay. 560-0137.

HMB Coffee Company

Soup, salads, sandwiches, desserts, coffees, teas. 20A Stone Pine Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-3664.

La Di Da Café

Espresso drinks, fresh baked goods, bagels, soups, salads and lunches. 500 C Purissima St. at Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay. 712-8808.

M Coffee

Baked goods, coffees, desserts, light sandwiches, 522 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-6241.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Pastries and sandwiches. 142 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay. 726-1261.

Raman’s Coffee and Chai

Coffee, tea, chai, bakery items, soft drinks. 101 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. 726-6292.

Starbucks Gourmet Coffee

Pastries and sandwiches. Strawflower village, Half Moon Bay. 726-5753.

BAkERiES Elegant Cheesecakes

Special order and on-hand cakes. 103-A Harvard Ave., Half Moon Bay. 728-2248.

Half Moon Bay Bakery

Pastries, pies and other baked goods. Sandwiches and foccacia. 514 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-4841

Moonside Bakery

Breakfast and lunch; baked goods, espresso, wood-fired pizza, salads and sandwiches. In La Piazza, 604 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-9070.

Sunshine Donuts

Donuts, muffins, eggrolls. 80 N. Cabrillo Highway, Strawflower village, Half Moon Bay. 726-1161.

BREAkFAST/LuNCH Blue Sky Farms

Espresso drinks, breakfast, sandwiches, bakery items. 3068 N. Cabrillo Hwy. Half Moon Bay. 726-5999.

Café Capistrano

Serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week. 460 Capistrano Road, Princeton. 728-7699

Café Classique

American-style breakfast and lunch. 107 Sevilla Ave., El Granada. 726-9775.

Main Street Grill

Breakfast and lunch. 547 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-5300.

Sam’s Coffee Shop

Breakfast and lunch. 210 San Mateo Road in Pilarcitos Square, Half Moon Bay. 726-3167.

Three-Zero Café

American-style breakfast and lunch. At Half Moon Bay Airport, 8850 North Cabrillo Highway near Moss Beach. 728-1411. Spring 2010 Coastside Guide 27

“ Top three outdoor dining spots in the Bay Area” – San Francisco Magazine “Beautiful views, friendly service, great seafood” – San Francisco Chronicle Top Five “Best Sandwiches in America” – NBC’s The Today Show

Reservations: 650 712-0245 Open 7 days a week from lunch through dinner. 4210 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA 28 Coastside Guide Spring 2010



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DELiS Arcangeli Grocery Co.

Country bakery, deli, fine wine, gourmet foods. 287 Stage Road, Pescadero. 879-0147.

Café Riace

Italian deli. Shoreline Station 225 S. Cabrillo Hwy., Half Moon Bay. 726-4343.

Cunha’s Country Grocery

Deli sandwiches, cold cuts, salads to go. 448 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-4071.

El Granada Hardware

Deli sandwiches. 85 Avenue Portola, El Granada. 726-5009.

La Honda Country Market

Deli, hot food counter. 8875 La Honda Rd., La Honda. 747-0551.

New Leaf Market

Full-service natural food store. Hot and cold food, bar and deli. 150 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay. 726-3110.

Pescadero Country Store

Deli, wood-fired pizza, 251 Stage Rd., Pescadero. 879-0410.


Lunchtime deli sandwiches. 70 Cabrillo Hwy., Half Moon Bay. 726-1143.

San Benito House

Lunchtime deli sandwiches. 356 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-3425.


Energizing smoothies and juices. 50 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, in Strawflower village. 560-9049.

FAST FooD Burger king

Hamburgers and soft drinks for the family. 30 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-1182.


Family dining. 100 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-1222.

Popeye’s Chicken

New Orleans-style fried chicken. 120 San Mateo Road. Half Moon Bay. 726-2904.


A selection of sandwiches. 80 N. Cabrillo Highway, in Strawflower village, Half Moon Bay. 712-0330.

PiZZA Harbor Pizza

Delicious pizza, sandwiches. 65 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada. 726-3501.

odyssey Pizzeria & Café

Serving pizza, Mediterranean & Greek-inspired cuisine. 2350 Carlos St., Moss Beach. 728-5151.

Round Table Pizza

Pizza, sandwiches for the family. 50 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, in Strawflower village. 726-5207.

Straw Hat Pizza

Family fare; pizza, spaghetti, sandwiches. 186 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-2758.

AMERiCAN Alice’s Restaurant

Breakfast and lunch; dinner in summer. 17288 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. 851-0303.

Cameron’s Restaurant and inn

Award-winning burgers, fish and chips, and clam chowder. Family-style pub. 1410 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-5705.

Casey’s Café

Soups, salads, seafood, entrées, vegetarian dishes and desserts. Open daily. Orders available “to go.” 328 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 560-4880.

Duarte’s Tavern

Family-style dining, mostly seafood. Award-winning pies. 202 Stage Road, Pescadero. 879-0464.

Gazos Grill

Oceanview dining Wednesday – Sunday. Breakfast served all day, lunch, dinner. 5720 Cabrillo Hwy., Pescadero (at Gazos Creek). 879-0874. Spring 2010 Coastside Guide 29



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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Oceanfront restaurant and brew pub with fresh seafood, pub grub and excellent microbrewed beers. 390 Capistrano Road, Princeton. 728-2739.

Miramar Beach Restaurant

Scenic oceanfront location serving fresh seafood, steaks, spirits. Corner of Magellan Avenue and the ocean, three miles north of Half Moon Bay. 726-9053.

Moss Beach Distillery

Prime steaks and chops, seafood. Beach Way and Ocean Boulevard, Moss Beach. 728-5595.

Mountain House

American cuisine. Dinner. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 13808 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. 851-8541.

Mullins Bar & Grill

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, specializing in fresh Coastal cuisine. Located at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, Two Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-6384.

oceano Bar & Grill

Pre-dinner cocktails, and a sampling of light coastal fare from a unique menu. Oceano Hotel, 280 Capistrano Rd.., Half Moon Bay. 726-5400.

7th Street Montara

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open Wed.-Sun. Crepes, benedicts, omelettes, specialty sandwiches, gourmet burgers, steak, seafood, pasta. 171 7th Street, Montara. 728-7966.

San Benito House

Burgers and bar food. 356 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-3425.

Sullivan’s Restaurant and Bar

American and English fare. Open Thursday – Saturday with breakfast served weekends. 8865 La Honda Road, La Honda. 747-9220.

FiNE DiNiNG Bella Vista

A fine restaurant serving French, Italian, continental cuisine. 13451 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. 851-1229.

Cascade Bar & Grill

Coastal cuisine, local wines, seafood and organic produce. 2001 Rossi Road at Hwy. 1, Pescadero (at Costanoa). 879-1100,


European bistro and café, Mediterranean coastal cuisine. Live jazz Thursday through Saturday. 845 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-4090.

La Costanera

Contempory Peruvian cuisine, seafood, tapas. 8150 Cabrillo Hwy., Montara 728-1600.


Ritz-Carlton’s signature restaurant serving fine coastal cuisine with unsurpassed views of the Pacific Ocean. 1 Miramontes Point Rd., Half Moon Bay. 712-7000.

SEAFooD Barbara’s Fishtrap

Delicious seafood, beer and wine. 281 Capistrano Road, Princeton. 728-7049.

Crab Landing

Seafood, steaks, full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. Ocean and harbor views. 260 Capistrano Rd., Half Moon Bay. 712-1288.

Flying Fish Grill

variety of seafoods, fish tacos, soups, seafood cioppino and salads. 99 San Mateo Road and Highway 92, Half Moon Bay. 712-1125.

ketch Joanne and the Harbor Bar

Breakfast, lunch, dinner; seafood, pasta and steak. 17 Johnson Pier, Pillar Point Harbor. 728-3747.

Princeton Seafood Company

Seafood, salmon, steak, ribs, burgers. Take out available. Fresh fish for sale. #9 Johnson Pier, Pillar Point Harbor. 726-2722.

Sam’s Chowder House

Authentic New England-style seafood restaurant open for lunch and dinner daily. Oceanfront dining with outdoor seating. 4210 North Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay. 712-0245.

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MExiCAN Brianna’s

Authentic Oaxacan fare. 726 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 712-0296.

El Gran Amigo

Mexican food, tacos and more. 2448 Cabrillo Highway at virginia, Moss Beach. 728-3815.

Happy Taco

Mexican takeout. 184 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-5480.

La Bamba

Mexican food. Lunch, dinner, full bar. 211 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay.

La Familia

Mexican cuisine. 3048 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-7441.


Mexican-style family dining. 515 Church St., Half Moon Bay. 726-7357.

Taqueria De Amigos

Mexican food to go or eat in. 1999 Pescadero Creek Rd., Pescadero. 879-1232.

Taqueria La Mexicana

Mexican takeout. 250 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-1746.

Tres Amigos

Mexican food to go or eat in. 200 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-6080.

ASiAN The Bangkok House

Delicious Thai cuisine. 20 Stone Pine Center, Half Moon Bay. 726-5247.

China kitchen

Chinese take-out. 80 N. Cabrillo Highway in Strawflower village, Half Moon Bay. 712-8511.

Gin Wan

Chinese food. Eat in or take out. 2810 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-6028.

Shiki Sushi

Sushi, lunch and dinner. 20E Stone Pine Center, Half Moon Bay. 712-8886.

Sushi Main Street

Sushi, lunch and dinner, sake bar. 696 Mill St., Half Moon Bay. 726-6336.

Fog City

Authentic North Indian cuisine and pizza. 1410 Main St., Montara. 728-5672.

iTALiAN Half Moon Bay Joe’s

Italian-American cuisine, San Francisco style. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 2380 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 560-9260.

it’s italia

Pizza, seafood and grill, pasta, salads, panini, fine wines and micro brews. Lunch and dinner. 401 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-4444.

Mezza Luna

Fine Italian cuisine, full bar. 459 Prospect Way, Princeton. 728-8108.

Pasta Moon

Gourmet Italian dining, fine wines and a full bar. 315 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-5125.

Milano Ristorante

“Where locals meet.” Authentic Northern Italian cuisine, pizza, extensive wine selection. 40 Stone Pine Rd. Suite K, Half Moon Bay. 726-6600.


Mediterranean cuisine. Dinner from 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Menu changes weekly. 425 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada. 560-9039.

Chateau des Fleurs

French cuisine. 523 Church St., Half Moon Bay. 712-8837.

Chez Shea

Eclectic organic eatery. Open daily except Monday: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 5 to 8:30 p.m. 408 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 560-9234.

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Cypress Meadows... The perfect venue for

a beautiful wedding, productive corperate meeting, or successful event

Enjoy the private and exclusive use of this beautiful facility for your next occasion. Spectacular garden, meadow, forest and ocean views will help make the day memorable. We work with you to ensure that your event at Cypress Meadows is just as you envision.

Enjoy a complimentary beverage as you explore our garden nursery featuring California natives and other coast loving plants nestled among arbors, swings, and garden art. Come inside to find fresh cut flowers, beautiful plants, and an eclectic collection of gifts for home and garden. Inside and out you will find great values and friendly service.

Cypress Flower Farm

333 Cypress Avenue, Moss Beach, CA 94038 (650) 728-0728 Open Wednesday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 32 Coastside Guide Spring 2010

Cypress Flower Farm

Cypress Meadows

343 Cypress Avenue, Moss Beach, CA 94038 Ph. (650) 728-8045 or fax (650) 728-8046


Lodging Planning a romantic getaway by the sea? Or the relatives don’t have enough spare rooms for everyone? The Coastside’s convenient motels, hotels and beautifully decorated bed-and-breakfasts can meet any lodging need. Memorable views are as close as the windows of the Coastside’s wide variety of hotels.

The Beach House inn

4100 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 712-0220.


2001 Rossi Rd. at Highway 1, Pescadero (650) 879-1100 or toll free at (877) 262-7848.

Cameron’s inn

1410 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-5705.

Cypress inn

407 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-6076 or (800) 83BEACH.

The Farallone inn

1410 Main St., Montara. 728-8200.

Goose and Turrets Bed-and-Breakfast

835 George St., Montara. 728-5451.

Half Moon Bay inn

401 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-1177.

The inn at Mavericks

346 Princeton Ave., Princeton.728-1572.

Landis Shores oceanfront inn

211 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-6642.

Mill Rose inn

615 Mill St. in Half Moon Bay. 726-8750.

oceano Hotel and Spa

280 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay. 726-5400 or (888) OCEANO1.

The old Thyme inn

779 Main St. in Half Moon Bay. 726-1616 or 800-720-4277.

The Pacific Victorian Bed-and-Breakfast

325 Alameda Ave., Half Moon Bay. 712-3900.

Pescadero Creek Bed & Breakfast

393 Stage Road, Pescadero. (888) 307-1898.

Pillar Point inn

380 Capistrano Road, Princeton. 728-7377 or (800) 400-8281.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

One Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay. 712-7000.

San Benito House

356 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-3425.

The Seal Cove inn

221 Cypress Ave., Moss Beach. 728-4114.

The Zaballa House

324 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-9123.

Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel

16th Street and Highway 1 in Montara. 728-7177. Spring 2010 Coastside Guide 33

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230 Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-3400.

Days inn

3020 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-9700.

Comfort inn and Conference Center

2930 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 712-1999.

Harbor View inn

51 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada. 726-2329 or (800) 886-6997.

Estancia del Mar

460 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero. 879-1500.

Plum Tree Court

642 Johnston St., Half Moon Bay 712-0104.

The Coronado Apartments

379 Coronado Ave., El Granada. 712-9000.

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Half Moon Bay Campgrounds

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Landmarks Grab your camera and get ready to snap pictures of the San Mateo County Coastside that you can bring home and enjoy for years to come. Drive or walk by some of the more than 100-year-old buildings, or even take the time to go in. A visit to Cunha’s Country Store, which burned down in recent years and had to be rebuilt, is like stepping into the past.

Año Nuevo State Reserve

Home and breeding ground to elephant seals. Docent-accompanied walks bring visitors within 25 feet of the seals. About 30 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1. First come, first served for guided walks. (650) 879-2025. Open 8:30 a.m. to sunset.

Community united Methodist Church

Built in 1872, with stained-glass windows that reflect Coastside themes. Miramontes and Johnston Streets, Half Moon Bay. 726-4621.

Cunha’s Country Grocery

Built in 1900. Once a speak-easy, it retains its history as a country grocery and housewares store. Main Street and Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay. 726-4071.

Greek Revival Building

Built in 1904, it went from the Bank of Half Moon Bay to the Bank of Italy and now City Hall. Corner of Main Street and Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay Jail

Restored to house the Spanishtown Historical Society museum, it’s a trip back in time, with a tiny jail cell and lots of old photos. 505 Johnston St., Half Moon Bay. 726-7084.

The i.D.E.S. Hall

The Irmandade do Divino Espirito Santo Society, built in 1928. 731 Main St., Half Moon Bay.

Mosconi Hotel

Built in 1905. Now houses the San Benito House deli and bed-and-breakfast. 356 Main St., Half Moon Bay.

James Johnston House

The White House of Half Moon Bay, built by Scottish immigrant Johnston in 1853. On Higgins Purisima Road just south of downtown Half Moon Bay, visible from Highway 1.

Miramar Beach Restaurant

Originally a Prohibition-era roadhouse, speak-easy and house of ill repute. Built-in nooks housed illegal whiskey. Magellan Avenue and Mirada Road, Miramar. 726-9053.

Moss Beach Distillery

Built in 1928 as a road house; home to the spectral Blue Lady, who, legend has it, haunts the restaurant. Beach Way and Ocean Boulevard, Moss Beach. 728-5595.

Pescadero Community Church

Built in 1867 and still standing. 363 Stage Road, Pescadero. 879-0408.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

The lighthouse was built in 1872 and is one of the West Coast’s tallest. About 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1. 879-2025.

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Built in the 1930s and a haven for residents, live music, an amazing selection of books and household items. Highway 84 and Stage Road. San Gregorio. 726-0565.

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Built in 1863 by Zaballa after his marriage into the family of one of Half Moon Bay’s original land grant holders. 326 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-9123.

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Activities The Coastside’s a great place to play. With the ocean to the west, the hills and mountains to the east, and two great golf courses to the south, there are numerous opportunities to get out and play. At Surfer’s Beach, located just south of Pillar Point Harbor, waves range from a few inches to several feet for surfing. The beach is also a popular spot for ocean kayaking, boogieboarding, windsurfing and even surf lessons. Along the beach, the paved Coastal Trail stretches some 4.2 miles from the end of Poplar Street in Half Moon Bay to near Pillar Point Harbor and is open to walkers, joggers, bicyclists and skaters. Horseback riding along side this trail is an option as well. Half Moon Bay Golf Links comprises two world-class 18-hole courses. Oceanview Driving Range is open to the public and located near the beach on Kelly Avenue. The James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach is a living museum of sea stars, anemone, algae and other marine life in acres of tide pools. The Half Moon Bay Department of Parks and Recreation is a great resource for classes for kids, youth and adults. Programs include music, art, cooking, sports clinics and camps, tap and ballet dancing and more.

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1828 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-2362.

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214 Princeton Ave., Princeton. 728-2120.

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50 N. Cabrillo Hwy., Strawflower village, Half Moon Bay 726-4040.

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Hiking and biking The Coastside’s scenic beauty has a funny way of grounding people while simultaneously elevating them to new heights. Many of us have chosen life on the coast because we are drawn magnetically to the pristine beauty that surrounds us. The rolling surf bleeds into the beach; the sand meets a barrier of bluffs that protect the community from the sea. A short distance from the shore, gentle slopes grow into grassy foothills, eventually rising to mountainous peaks — all within walking, biking or riding distance. Spring and summer are the ideal seasons to explore this region. What follows should not be mistaken for an all-inclusive list of Coastside retreats. It focuses on day hikes for those traveling on foot, but includes great ideas for cyclists, equestrians and overnight campers. MixED-uSE PATHWAYS The Coastal Trail

One of the Coastside’s premier projects, this beautiful trail officially starts at Coronado Street in El Granada on the undeveloped land called Mirada Surf West, just south of the jetty at Pillar Point Harbor. It wends through Miramar and Half Moon Bay, stretching two or three miles south of Kelly Avenue. Informal pieces of the trail run through Moss Beach, Princeton and the harbor as well. very popular with locals, the Coastal Trail is open to those traveling by foot, bicycle or (at least in parts) by horse. Expect traffic, as this trail is usually busy.

McNee Ranch State Park

Jaunting through the 700-acre McNee Ranch State Park, it’s plain to see why the park is one of the Coastside’s top hiking destinations. Situated near Montara Mountain, the land provides breathtaking ocean and hillside views for reasonable effort. Take the San Pedro Mountain Road north across the park for a 6.4-mile round trip hike. This route was the one used before it was replaced by Devil’s Slide. For a steep climb, start from Highway 1 and take the North Peak Access Road. The round trip is 7.6 miles. If you’re in the mood for a shorter trek, try the path to Gray Whale Cove, two miles round trip. To get to McNee Ranch State Park, take Highway 1 north from Half Moon Bay. Just north of Montara State Beach you’ll find an entrance and plenty of parking. Open to hikers, equestrians and cyclists.

San Pedro Valley County Park

Like McNee Ranch, this 1,150-acre park in Pacifica offers incredible ocean vistas at the top of the mountain. A network of short trails, including the easy, 400-foot Plaskon Nature Trail and the 0.6-mile Brooks Falls Overlook Trail, make the park an ideal outing for families. If you’d like to hike a little farther, try the 2.1-mile each way Montara Mountain Trail, or the Hazelnut Trail, 3.7 miles one way. Most of the park is wheelchair accessible, and there is one bicycle trail (Weiler Ranch Road), plus several equestrian trails. To get there, take Highway 1 from the south end of Pacifica and turn east on Linda Mar Boulevard to the park entrance.

Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park

This lovely short trail is actually an old farm road. It follows Mills Creek and will lead you by a historic ranch and barn. Two miles round trip to the barn, four miles round trip to the water tanks. Trails for equestrians, hikers and cyclists: From the intersections of highways 1 and 92, go south on Highway 1 for 1.2 miles to Higgins Purisima Road. Turn east and go 1.7 miles to the park entrance, where you’ll find parking.

Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve

Edgewood is a San Mateo County park adjacent to Pulgas Ridge and contains 467 acres of land. There are more than seven miles of trail within the park and several loops. However, dogs and pets are not allowed, and there are restrictions on bicycles and horses. It is a “park for all seasons,” with pleasant views year-round and beautiful greenery in the spring months. Start at the entrance and follow Edgewood Trail or Sylvan Loop, then choose a path. There are many possible routes at this park, making it a fun place to come back to again and again. To get there from Interstate 280, take the Edgewood Road exit and go west. Park on the south side of Edgewood Road near the freeway or at Cañada and Edgewood roads. Spring 2010 Coastside Guide 43


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This old county road used in the 19th century follows Purisima Creek through steep canyons. It’s quiet, wide, and 8.4 miles round trip. Alternatively, you might make a loop from the North Ridge Trail or Harkins Ridge Trail and return on the Whittemore Gulch Trail for a vigorous 6.8-mile trip. Or, from the Higgins Purisima entrance, try the challenging 9.1-mile loop: take Purisima Creek Trail to the Soda Gulch Trail, connect with Harkins Ridge Trail, the North Ridge Trail and then end with Whittemore Gulch Trail. Some trails are open only for hikers; others are open to equestrians and cyclists. There is even a 1/4-mile-long trail, funded by the Peninsula Open Space Trust, for the physically limited. Access the preserve from either Higgins Purisima Road or Skyline Boulevard 6.5 miles south of Highway 92.

HikERS oNLY Año Nuevo State Reserve People come from around the world to experience this treasured coastal strip, many of them hoping to glimpse the reserve’s most famous attraction elephant seals in action. Año Nuevo is a three-mile round trip to the Año Nuevo Point. It’s an easy hike until you get to the sand, where there are dunes that make the trek more challenging. There is beach access for disabled people. Bicyclists and equestrians prohibited. From Northern Elephant Field, with binoculars, you might spot elephant seals, which molt during the spring and summer. No pets allowed. Permits are free and you get them at the entrance station from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. South on Highway 1, 30 miles from Half Moon Bay. Butano State Park

Located in a quiet, woody canyon, this park is a favorite for campers. It’s popular among hikers as well. The beautiful, challenging 10-mile Canyon Trail connects you to a series of circuits through the park. Equestrians, bicyclists and dogs are prohibited from trails. Call (650) 879-2025 for more information. Butano is off Highway 1, 4.6 miles south of Highway 84. Take Pescadero Road east for 2.6 miles, turn south on Cloverdale Road and then go five miles to the park entrance on the left.

Memorial Park

Nestled in the redwood forestland behind Pescadero, Memorial Park offers outdoor enthusiasts a tranquil retreat. Inside the park, visitors will find a series of trails snaking past campsites and picnic areas to breathtaking vistas of the Santa Cruz Mountains and swimming holes in Pescadero Creek. Perfect for campers and hikers, the park prohibits bikes, horses and dogs. Trails from the park connect to adjacent properties Pescadero Creek County Park, Portola State Park and Butano State Park. To get to Memorial Park, take Highway 1 to Pescadero Creek Road and drive eight miles east — the park entrance is on the right-hand side of the road.

Crystal Springs Cross With views of the San Francisco skyline, this 7.5-mile course is considered one of the best cross-country paths Country Running Course in the Bay Area. Maintained by College of San Mateo volunteers, the trail is open exclusively to hikers, joggers and runners. Be sure to bring a water bottle — the trail area can get pretty hot on sunny days. Athletes have been known to pass out from heat exhaustion when running this trail. To get there from the coast or Interstate 280, take Highway 92 east and exit at Ralston Avenue. Turn right on Hallmark Drive and continue to Hallmark Park. Park on the street and enter the trailhead by the path near the tennis courts. From I-280, take Highway 92 east and follow the directions above. Pulgas Ridge open Space This 366-acre Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District preserve contains two beautiful loop hikes and Preserve joins the San Francisco Watershed. There are six miles of trails to travel for hikers only. One three-mile loop is a surfaced road designed for hikers and cyclists. An alternate route, the Polly Geraci Trail, meets up with the main loop. To get there, take the Edgewood Road exit from Interstate 280 and go east one mile. Turn left on Crestview Drive and left on Edmonds Road.

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Equestrian EQuESTRiAN RETREATS Russian Ridge open Space Preserve

In the spring, Russian Ridge is one of the best places to view wildflowers in the area, according to MROSD. Year-round, the preserve has wonderful views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Francisco Bay. Enjoy the preserve’s grassy hillsides, which are not as steep as Purisima or Windy Hill. Hikers, bicyclists and equestrians permitted; no dogs allowed. Start at the entrance to the preserve at the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Page Mill Road. Take the Bay Area Ridge Trail, connect with the Mindego Trail, join the Ancient Oaks Trail and then you’ll connect back again to the Bay Area Ridge Trail and return to the parking lot. The entrance to Russian Ridge can be accessed by taking Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) 19.7 miles south of Highway 92. Or take the Page Mill Road exit from Interstate 280 until its intersection with Skyline Boulevard. All MROSD trails have maps available at the signboards in the parking areas.

Purisima Creek Redwoods open Space Preserve

This preserve contains a 21-mile network of challenging trails through canyons and ridges under a balcony of redwoods. Think about browsing through a guidebook before heading out — the trail possibilities are many. The owner, MROSD, says this is a great place for summer rides because it is heavily forested, providing muchneeded shade on hot days.

Windy Hill open Space Preserve

The trails are distinct, and the views incredible, according to MROSD. A great 1.5-mile hike is the Anniversary Trail loop, which offers 360-degree views of the entire Bay Area. Access this hike from Skyline Boulevard, 14.4 miles south of Highway 92, where you’ll find a gate labeled WH01 at the entrance and ample roadside parking. It is open to hikers and leashed dogs only. However, a longer, roughly 8-mile loop is perfect for horses. Park at the designated parking area on Skyline Blvd., 14.8 miles south of Highway 92. From there, take the Lost Trail to Razorback Ridge, connect with Eagle Trail and then the Hamms Gulch Trail, finally returning to the Lost Trail for a short distance back to the parking lot. The Spring Ridge Trail is open to bikers, horses, hikers and dogs.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Established in 1902, Big Basin is California’s oldest state park, and consists of over 18,000 acres of old-growth and recovering redwood forest. It features beautiful waterfalls, an 80-mile trail network and camping areas. Trails range from easy to moderate, with options for hikers, backpackers, cyclists and equestrians. The best way to pick a hike is to check out the Web site at From here, you can find information about trails, weather conditions and fees. To get to Big Basin, take Skyline Boulevard (Hwy. 35) to Hwy. 9, and then take Big Basin Way to the Ranger Station.

Sam McDonald County Park

This easily overlooked 850-acre park lies about 3 miles west of La Honda on Pescadero Creek Road on the way to Memorial and Pescadero Creek parks. With its network of trails, the park offers equestrian adventurers a place to stretch their horses’ legs. The park also features the Hikers’ Hut, situated near the top of Towne Ridge, which provides lodging for groups of hikers. To get to the park, Take Highway 1 to Pescadero Creek Road. Then go east 11 miles to the park entrance.

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Entertainment Surrounded by the finest in natural beauty, Coastsiders have added the best in performing arts to go with it. Theater, music, dance, original performance art, all thrive on the coast. And if you want to listen to live music — either to just kick back or to rev you up — there are plenty of hot spots for cool sounds too.

THEATER, MuSiC AND DANCE Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society

A bohemian beach-house party evolved into the nationally respected Bach. Officially incorporated in November 1964, the Bach is where owner Pete Douglas is fiercely dedicated to preserving and presenting world-class jazz, classical, contemporary and fusion music in the informally elegant, intimate Douglas Beach House. This summer on the Coastside, the music that will include flutist viviana Guzmán and trio (April 18,) Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (April 25,) the Michael O’Neill quintet (May 9) and the Fred Ross Project (May 30). 726-4143;

Coastal Repertory Theatre

Founded in 1986 as This Side of the Hill Players, Coastal Rep presents quality drama, comedy, farce, classic, musical theater, family and avant-garde productions in the comfortable 158-seat Mel Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Half Moon Bay. Still to come this summer are “Our Town” (June 4-26), “Urinetown, the Musical” (July 23-Aug. 21), and “Rabbit Hole” (Sept. 17-Oct. 9). 569-3266;

Coastal Theatre Conservatory

Part of Coastal Repertory Theatre but still its own peppy entity, CYC offers theater lovers from kindergarten through high school lessons in the arts of the theater. Conservatory director Michael Lederman and Coastal Rep staff teach acting, voice, improv, dance and overall stagecraft to students. This year, CTC will stage “Wonka: The Musical” April 30-May 9. 726-0267 or 569-3266.

Coastside Chorale

Administered through Cabrillo Unified School District Adult Education and made up of 25 adults and students, now in its 53rd year, the chorale presents two concerts annually, and ensembles perform at events like Nights of Light at holiday time and at local medical centers. The chorale will join the San Francisco State University and Half Moon Bay Library handbell choirs in concert April 30, and present its annual Spring Concert with selections from “Les Miserables,” spirituals and Gilbert and Sullivan, on June 5 at the Coastside Lutheran Church. Joan McBride, director, 726-9266.

Coastside Community orchestra

Forty to 50 Coastside classical music lovers from beginners to pros make symphonic music yearround with the orchestra, which celebrated 27 years in 2010. Its next concert, “Invitation to the Dance” with dance themes, is set for May 8 in Half Moon Bay. The orchestra also invites local string players to make music together in the Summer Strings program. Anne Pearlman, 726-1241.

Half Moon Bay High School

Beyond academics, young performers glow in the limelight at Half Moon Bay High, where the concert band, jazz band and vocal ensembles perform at community and school events. Previous musicals have included “42nd Street,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and, in 2010, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” 712-7200.

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Michelle McDonald’s Gotta Dance!

For more than 15 years, this El Granada studio has helped youth 3 through young adulthood who gotta dance. Instructor Michelle McDonald teaches tap, ballet, jazz dance and tumbling while staging regular theatrical dance productions. 726-1489.

omni Foundation for the Performing Arts

Now in its 29th season, local classical guitarist Richard Patterson has produced the Omni Dynamite seasons of the best in classical, contemporary and world music by guitarists from around the world, in concert and in its International Guitar Night, in San Francisco venues.

The Shely Pack Dancers

The Shely Pack Dancers studio, coordinated through the Half Moon Bay Recreation Division, offers a diversified program for beginning to serious young students of classical and lyrical ballet, jazz, tap, modern dance, hip-hop and acrobatics, and has fostered a number of Dance Masters of America national champions. The Shely Pack dance troupe performs locally, regionally, nationally and internationally throughout the year. Upcoming local performances include “Crystal Magic,” the annual recital commemorating the studio’s 15th anniversary, June 16 and 17, at the Skyline College Theatre. 726-7811;

The Susan Hayward School of Dancing

For three decades on the coast, founder Susan Hayward and staff have taught beginning through performance-level ballet and tap dance to students age 2 through adult. The teachers are certified through the Royal Academy of Dance in London and teach from its syllabus. The school’s 100-plus students perform throughout the year, and there are holiday performances, an annual spring production, and a dance and theater arts summer camp. The school will give a spring performance, reprising “I’ll Tell You a Story,” May 15 and 16, in the Half Moon Bay High School student center. 728-7519;

Young Actors Workshop

Since 1989, under director Auri Naggar, Young Actors Workshop has sought to help young people from kindergarten through high school develop confidence in their abilities as performing artists, become empowered to trust their decisions and to nurture imagination, teamwork and problemsolving skills. YAW will present its Young Rockers Workshop program this summer and stages an annual musical production in May, with original story, characters and songs created by students. This year’s production, “Burdaburp, Qweeneeequeep and Buzzork,” about three planets to be visited by class of earthlings, will run May 7, 8 and 9 at Half Moon Bay High School. 726-1304; www. Spring 2010 Coastside Guide 51

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Hot Spots Alice’s Restaurant

17288 Skyline Blvd., Woodside, 851-0303. Light rock, folk rock, folk, blues, originals, Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

Apple Jack’s

8970 La Honda Road, La Honda, 747-0331. Rock, blues, reggae or country music at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings; folk, rock and country from 4 to 9 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.

Cameron’s Restaurant and inn

1410 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, 726-5705. Karaoke 9 p.m. on Saturday nights, open mike 8 p.m. Thursday evenings; occasional rock, folk, open mike or family entertainment.


845 Main St., Half Moon Bay, 726-4090. Jazz at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, and occasional special events.

Café Classique

107 Sevilla Ave., El Granada, 76-9775. “Songwriters Welcome,” 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

Café Gibraltar

425 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, 560-9039. Classical and flamenco music on Wednesday evenings, and live jazz on Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Caffe Lucca

8455 Cabrillo Highway, Montara, 728-5229. Occasional afternoons or evenings of acoustic entertainment, also an open mike at 7 p.m. every other Friday evening and art events.

Gazos Grill

5720 Cabrillo Highway, 879-0874. Light rock, folk, blues, jazz, folk rock, originals, on Sunday afternoons and Saturday evenings.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

390 Capistrano Road, Princeton, 728-2739. Blues, jazz, rock 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday afternoons and 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings.

M Coffee

522 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-6241. Occasional acoustic music, poetry readings or special events.

Miramar Beach Restaurant

Miramar Beach, Miramar, 726-9053. A solo pianist does jazz, contemporary and piano music from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

The Music Box

315 Main St., Half Moon Bay, 726-5125. Contemporary jazz with a soulful upbeat, 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

old Princeton Landing

460 Capistrano Road, Princeton, 728-9103. Karaoke at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings, rock, reggae, R&B and blues for dancing Friday (8:30 p.m.) and Saturday (9:30 p.m.,) evenings, and a professional-level blues jam on Sunday (8:30 p.m.) evenings.

Sam’s Chowder House

4210 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, 712-0245. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings 6 to 9 p.m. inside the bar in the wintertime.

San Benito House

356 Main St., Half Moon Bay, 726-3425. Blues, funk, acoustic music from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings.

San Gregorio Store

Stage Road and Highway 84, San Gregorio, 726-0565. Acoustic, folk, rock, Irish, blues, bluegrass, country and originals on Saturday and Sunday late mornings and afternoons.

The Wine Bar

301 Roosevelt Blvd., Half Moon Bay, 726-0770. Celtic music from the Lighthouse String Band on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m., and acoustic and original music on Saturdays ,7:30-10:30 p.m.

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Galleries The Coastside is an artist’s Mecca, alive with painters, sculptors, fiber artists, jewelry makers, mixed-media wizards and much more. There are a number of inviting galleries that proudly showcase their own work, as well as the work of other fine artists. Many restaurants and other businesses join the galleries in displaying artworks. For beginning artists, or experienced ones looking to brush up their technique, some of the Coastside’s professional artists and galleries offer classes and workshops.

Borsini-Burr Gallery

1401 Main St., Montara. 712-2111.

Coastal Arts League

300 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-6335.

The Coastside Gallery & Wine Bar

330 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-4460.

Courtyard Gallery

643 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 712-1114.

Enso Gallery

131 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay. 726-1409.

Fly on the Wall

790 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-8125.

Galleria Luna

300 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-8932.

Gallery M

328 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-7167.

The Garden Gallery

530 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 712-7777.

Greenhouse Pottery/Pastorino Farm

On Highway 92, two miles east of Half Moon Bay. 867-9120.

kelly Avenue Potters

514 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay. 245-7105.

kelly Street Gallery

751 Kelly St., Half Moon Bay. 726-4358.

Light and Art

330 Main St. #101, Half Moon Bay. 726-3080.

Made in Pescadero

216 Stage Road, Pescadero. 879-9128.

Personal Fx

643 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. 560-9131.

Spring Mountain Gallery Photography

790 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 726-3025.

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The Coastside is the heart and soul of San Mateo County’s agriculture industry, with 99 percent of the county’s production generated from farms west of Skyline Boulevard. With its temperate summers and mild winters, the area is ideal for cool weather crops such as artichokes, brussels sprouts and mushrooms. Nurseries and flower farms are also abundant in the area. PRoDuCE/DAiRY Andreotti Family Farm

Kelly Avenue one-quarter mile west of Highway 1. 726-9151.

Farmer’s Daughter

Across from Half Moon Bay Airport east of Highway 1, five miles north of town. 728-8660.

G. Berta

One mile east of Half Moon Bay on Highway 92. 712-0661.

Harley Farms

205 N. Street, Pescadero. 879-0480.

Phipps Country Store and Farm

At 2700 Pescadero Road in Pescadero. 879-0787.

Pardini’s Vegetable Stand

On Prospect Road in Princeton, about five miles north of town. 726-4289.

Tom & Pete’s Produce

At the intersection of Highway 92 and Main Street in Half Moon Bay. 726-2561.

Sweet Peas organics

Located on Highway 1 in Montara. 728-9944.

PuMPkiNS Arata Pumpkin Farm

Six miles south of Highway 92 on the east side of Highway 1. 726-7548.

Bob’s Pumpkin Farm

Five miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1. 726-4567.

Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm

Family farm located on Highway 1, just one mile north of Highway 92 on the west side. 726-4980.

Cozzolino Nursery

Two miles east of Half Moon Bay on Highway 92. 726-4307.

H. Pastorino and Son

Two miles east of Half Moon Bay on Highway 92. 726-6440.

Lemos Farm

Two miles east of Half Moon Bay on Highway 92. 726-2342.

NuRSERiES Blue Sky Farms

3068 N. Cabrillo Hwy., Half Moon Bay. 726-5999.

Bongard’s Treescape Nursery

A mile-and-a-quarter east of Half Moon Bay on Highway 92. 726-4568.

Cypress Flower Farm

333 Cypress Ave. in Moss Beach, just off Highway 1 six miles north of Half Moon Bay. 728-0728.

Half Moon Bay Nursery

On Highway 92, about three miles east of Half Moon Bay. 726-5392.

BERRY PiCkiNG Coastways Ranch

Highway 1 about 30 miles south of Half Moon Bay opposite Año Nuevo State Reserve. 879-0414.

FLoWERS Half Moon Bay orchids

37-K Frenchmans Creek Road in Half Moon Bay. 712-1311.

i Fiori

A corner stand at Kelly Avenue and Purissima Street in Half Moon Bay. 726-1945.

T & E Pastorino/Tutti Fiori

On Highway 92, about one-and-a-half miles east of Half Moon Bay. 726-2445.

Repetto’s Nursery and Florist

On Highway 92, one-and-a-half miles east of Half Moon Bay. 726-6414.

Alena Jean

340 Purissima St., Half Moon Bay. 726-3662. Spring 2010 Coastside Guide 57

Pescadero Visit Historic


e invite you to discover our many treasures. Pescadero is nestled between the ancient towering redwood forests and the pristine coastline, offering miles of hiking-biking trails and endless wind-swept beaches. The town, with its historic frame houses and steeple churches, grew from a single adobe dwelling on a Mexican rancho in the late 1840s. Pescadero, accessible by stagecoach from San Francisco, became a fashionable country “resort� with two famous hotels that thrived well into the 1920s. Today the village is

mainly an agricultural and ecotourism area. Pescadero offers a wide array of local produce including artichokes, u-pick kiwis and olallieberries, as well as locally produced goat cheese and artisan breads. Take a stroll down the Old Stage Road and beyond, where you will discover small shops specializing in handcrafted goods, antiques, delicious cuisine, wood-fired pizzas, renowned fish tacos and a charming array of lodging. For more than 150 years, people have been coming to Pescadero to enjoy the natural beauty of this peaceful seaside village.

Fascinating Fascinating Fact: Fact: Gordon Gordon Moore, Moore, Founder Founder of of Intel, Intel, grew grew up up in Pescadero and lived in the house which is now Luna Sea 58 Coastside Guide Spring 2010

MERCADO MERCADO & & TAQUERIA TAQUERIA DE DE AMIGOS AMIGOS Authentic Authentic Mexican Mexican Food/ Food/ Mini-Mart/Gas Mini-Mart/Gas Daily Daily 6am-10pm 6am-10pm Stage Stage Rd Rd & & Pescadero Pescadero Rd Rd (650) (650) 879-0232 879-0232 GAZOS GAZOS GRILL GRILL Daily Daily 10am-6pm 10am-6pm 5720 5720 Cabrillo Cabrillo Hwy Hwy (650) (650) 879-0874 879-0874 HARLEY HARLEY FARMS FARMS Award Award Winning Winning Goat Goat Dairy Dairy Shop Shop open open Daily Daily 11am-5pm 11am-5pm Tours Tours by by Reservation Reservation 205 205 North North Street Street (650) (650) 879-0480 879-0480 MADE MADE IN IN PESCADERO PESCADERO Handmade Handmade Furniture/On-site Furniture/On-site Woodshop/Arts/Crafts Woodshop/Arts/Crafts Mon Mon & & Fri Fri 12-4pm 12-4pm // Sat Sat & & Sun Sun 11am-6pm 11am-6pm 216 216 Stage Stage Road Road (650) (650) 879-9613 879-9613 COUNTRY COUNTRY ROADS ROADSANTIQUES ANTIQUES Antiques Antiques for for Home Home & & Garden Garden Sat Sat & & Sun Sun 12pm-5pm 12pm-5pm 320 320 Stage Stage Road Road (650) (650) 879-9420 879-9420 DUARTES TAVERN TAVERN DUARTES “WHERE FRIENDS FRIENDS MEET” MEET” “WHERE SINCE 1894” 1894” SINCE Open Daily Daily Breakfast, Breakfast, Open Lunch & & Dinner Dinner Lunch 202 Stage Stage Road Road (650) (650) 879-0464 879-0464 202 ARCANGELI GROCERY GROCERY ARCANGELI Bakery/Wines/Gourmet Foods/ Foods/ Bakery/Wines/Gourmet Butcher & & Deli Deli Butcher Daily 10am 10am — — 6pm 6pm Daily 287 Stage Stage Rd Rd (650) (650) 879-0147 879-0147 287 PESCADERO COUNTRY COUNTRY STORE STORE PESCADERO Pizza/Weekend BBQ/Sandwiches/ BBQ/Sandwiches/ Pizza/Weekend Market Market Daily 9am-6pm 9am-6pm Daily 251 Stage Stage Road Road (650) (650) 879-0410 879-0410 251

LUNA LUNA SEA SEA A A Handcrafted Handcrafted in in USA USA Artisan Artisan Gallery Gallery Mon Mon & & Fri Fri 12-4pm 12-4pm // Sat Sat & & Sun Sun 11am-6pm 11am-6pm 250 250 Stage Stage Road Road (650) (650) 879-1207 879-1207 PHIPPS PHIPPS COUNTRY COUNTRY FARM FARM Heirloom Heirloom Beans/Produce/ Beans/Produce/ U-Pick U-Pick Berries Berries Daily Daily 10am-6pm 10am-6pm 2700 2700 Pescadero Pescadero Road Road (650) (650) 879-0787 879-0787 STAGE STAGE ROAD ROAD SHOP SHOP An An Artful Artful Mix Mix of of Old Old and and New New Fri/Sat/Sun Fri/Sat/Sun 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 248 248 Stage Stage Road Road (650) (650) 879-0476 879-0476

AMARIS AMARIS GARDENS GARDENS 722 722 North North Street Street (650) (650) 766-3396 766-3396 COSTANOA COSTANOA LODGE LODGE & & CAMP CAMP 2001 2001 Rossi Rossi Road Road @ @ Hwy Hwy 11 (650) (650) 879-1100 879-1100 MCCORMICK MCCORMICK HOUSE HOUSE 358 358 Stage Stage Road Road (650) (650) 521-2628 521-2628 MY MY BLUE BLUE HEAVEN HEAVEN 826 826 North North Street Street (650) (650) 387-0078 387-0078 PESCADERO PESCADERO BED BED & & BISCUIT BISCUIT 3980 3980 Pescadero Pescadero Road Road (650) (650) 879-9190 879-9190 PESCADERO PESCADERO CREEK CREEK INN INN BED BED & & BREAKFAST BREAKFAST 393 393 Stage Stage Road Road (888) (888) 307-1898 307-1898 PESCADERO PESCADERO CREEKSIDE CREEKSIDE BARN BARN 248 248 Stage Stage Road Road (650) (650) 879-0868 879-0868 THE THE TOWER TOWER 758 758 North North Street Street (650) (650) 879-0841 879-0841 HISTORIC HISTORIC CHURCHES CHURCHES & &VENUES VENUES Ides Ides Hall, Hall, Native Native Sons Sons Hall, Hall, Pescadero Pescadero Community Community Church, Church, St. St. Anthony’s Anthony’s Church Church WEDDINGS WEDDINGS

Fascinating Fact: Pescadero High School has 111 students

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Costanoa Lodge and Resort g Eco-adventure, green-certified resort surrounded by acres of undisturbed wilderness g Cascade Bar and Restaurant serving local California cuisine, onsite catering and spa services. g Perfect for Corporate and casual groups and weddings. g Lodge, cabins, bungalows, tent camping and RV sites.

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Schools There are two school districts, Cabrillo Unified School District and La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District, that serve students on the Coastside. In addition, two K-8 private schools are located Coastside. CABRiLLo uNiFiED SCHooL DiSTRiCT The Cabrillo Unified School District, situated between the cities of San Francisco and Santa Cruz on the beautiful Pacific Coastline, serves approximately 3,400 students in pre-kindergarten, K-12, and adult education programs. The District, established on July 1, 1965 and encompassing an area of approximately 135 square miles, consists of four elementary schools—El Granada, Farallone view, Hatch, and Kings Mountain— Cunha Intermediate School, Half Moon Bay High School, and Pilarcitos High School (an alternative education/continuation center). The mission of the Cabrillo Unified School District is to “develop critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens who actively participate in their individual learning and development and are fully prepared to embrace their next challenge by utilizing our unique natural resources and engaging the entire Coastside community and its partners in providing a rich and academically rigorous curriculum in a safe and nurturing environment.” This mission is more succinctly stated in the Board-adopted motto, “Every Child, Every Day.” The District Office is located at 498 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay, and can be reached at 712-7100. visit the official Cabrillo Unified website at for additional information. School sites include: Alvin S. Hatch Elementary School

490 Miramontes St., Half Moon Bay, 712-7160.

El Granada Elementary School

514 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay, 712-7150.

Farallone View Elementary School

1100 Le Conte Avenue, Montara, 712-7170.

kings Mountain Elementary School

211 Swett Road, Woodside, 712-7180.

Manuel F. Cunha intermediate School

Kelly Avenue and Church Street, Half Moon Bay, 712-7190.

Half Moon Bay High School

1 Lewis Foster Drive, Half Moon Bay, 712-7200.

Pilarcitos High School

498 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay, 712-7224.

THE LA HoNDA-PESCADERo uNiFiED SCHooL DiSTRiCT is San Mateo County’s largest district in terms of geography, but has the smallest student enrollment. The small size imposes some limitations, but it also means the teacher-student ratio is small enough for individual attention, and the district enjoys a high degree of community involvement and support not typical in larger districts. The district encompasses the South Coast, serving the unincorporated communities of Pescadero, La Honda and Loma Mar with an enrollment of 360 students. The district office is located at 360 Butano Cutoff, Pescadero, and can be reached at 879-0286. It includes: La Honda Elementary School

Sears Ranch Road, La Honda. K - 6. 747-0051.

Pescadero Elementary

620 North St., Pescadero. Preschool-5. 879-0332.

Pescadero Middle and High School

350 Butano Cutoff Road, Pescadero. Grades 7-12. 879-0274.


Sea Crest School is an independent, nonprofit K-8 school that offers small class sizes and before- and after-school care. 901 Arnold Way, Half Moon Bay. 712-9892.

Wilkinson School

Pre-K–8 in El Granada has offered an educational choice for Coastside families since 1977. 750 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, 726-2990. Spring 2010 Coastside Guide 63

A World-Class Hospital Just 20 Minutes Up the Coast With Local Services Right in Moss Beach

Bay Area Restoration IN BUSINESS FOR OVER 36 YEARS —— The Peninsula’s Premier Short Term Rehab Facility —— Expert furniture restoration Therapy Services ■ Antique restoration • Hip/knee fracturemarble ■ Repair broken • Joint replacement ■ Restore art paintings and frames • Swallowing Disorder ■ Replace broken chandelier parts • Stroke ■ Repair grandfather and mantle clocks • Post cardiac surgery ■ Replace missing furniture hardware • Post general surgery ■ Restore sculptures • Wound Treatment Skilled Nursing dept. can repair: Al’s Handyman Services ■ Hardwood floor gouges and scratches • Pain Management ■ Chips and small holes in sheet rock • IV/anti-biotic therapy ■ Stopped upnursing sinks and drains • Restorative ■ Toilets and faucets • Individualized ■ Concrete care planrepair • Theraputic Diet rails ■ Door and hand ■ Fence and gate ■ Replace rusty house vent screens And much more! All work guaranteed! 5 Star Quality Rating from

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We can solve your problems! 751 San Pedro Terrace Road, Pacifica 94044 650-728-1662 ■ 650.359.4800 | 850 Airport Street #3, Moss Beach Innovative Technology. Heartfelt Care. Seton Coastside has the only 24-hour Emergency Department on the coast between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. Seton

the wOrldThrift of Senior Coastsiders Store

515 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Michael Parkes 726-6543

ExclusivE OnE Man shOw

Medical Center’s Coastside campus offers Physical Therapy, Radiology, Mammography and Clinical Laboratory Services. Plus, Seton Medical Center’s main campus is just 20 minutes up the coast and this full service hospital is nationally recognized for excellence in Cardiac Care, Spinal Injuries, Orthopedics and Cancer Care. Angel of Dawn bronze

1900 Sullivan Ave. Daly City, CA 94015


Seton Coastside 600 Marine Blvd. Moss Beach, CA 94038

Member of Daughters of Charity Health System

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for an Invitation Package at or 650-712-2111

Seton Medical Center


Intriguing OpEn Treasures and rEcEptiOn High Fashion7 November at Low Prices 2009 v

Nightfall, oil on canvas

Mondays, Thursday-Saturday 10-4pm Sunday 12-4pm Donations welcome! Montara-by-the-Sea, CA | 650.712.2111 | Please deliver donations one hour before closing


Health & Senior Services Besides a host of private practices, those seeking medical care have a variety of choices. Seton Medical Center Coastside (Seton Coastside) provides long-term care for the elderly and chronically ill, emergency and outpatient services. The Coastside RotaCare Clinic brings urgent care to those who have no medical insurance or are underinsured. Sonrisas Community Dental Center offers dental services on a reduced-fee schedule to eligible low-income families. Coastside Adult Day Health Center (CADHC) offers a full range of services for the frail, elderly and disabled. The Senior Coastsiders serves hot meals and provides Meals On Wheels for the homebound. Seton Medical Coastside

Seton Medical Coastside provides compassionate care including a 116-bed skilled nursing facility with long-term care for the elderly and chronically ill, and hospitalization in the medical unit. Seton Coastside has the only standby 24-hour physician-staffed emergency department on the coast from Daly City to Santa Cruz. There are also three outpatient clinics — a lab, screening mammogram and X-ray department, and rehabilitative services. Seton Medical Center is located in Daly City. Off Highway 1: 600 Marine Blvd., Moss Beach. (650) 563-7100.

The Coastside RotaCare Clinic

The Coastside RotaCare Clinic brings urgent care to those who have no medical insurance or are underinsured. RotaCare is the result of a collaborative partnership between Seton Medical Center, Seton Coastside, the Half Moon Bay Rotary Club, and the San Mateo County Public Health Department. Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Translators and Registrars volunteer their time, providing much needed healthcare services to coastside residents. The Clinic operates on a first-come, first-served basis and is opened Wednesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Shoreline Station: 225 S Cabrillo Highway, Suite 200A, Half Moon Bay. (650) 573-3774.

Sonrisas Community Dental Center

Sonrisas Community Dental Center opened its doors in 2001 to provide access to affordable dental care for low-income San Mateo Coastside residents. Last year, they provided dental treatment to nearly 1,500 children and adults who might otherwise have gone without care. The dentists, hygienists, and other dental professionals who treat Sonrisas patients are creating a healthier life and a brighter future for families who live and work in the community. Pilarcitos Square: 210 San Mateo Road, Suite 104, Half Moon Bay. 7262144.

Coastside Adult Day Health Center

CADHC keeps the frail, elderly and disabled as healthy, active and independent as possible, when advancing years or physical/mental conditions call for extra care and attention. The agency offers a daily program of activities and substantial health services operated by a team of professionals and program aides, including an Alzheimers Program and Family Caregiver Support Program. The agency works in cooperation with the participants, their caregivers and their personal physicians in an atmosphere that is both caring and supportive. 645 Correas St., Half Moon Bay. 726-5067.

Senior Coastsiders

Founded in 1977, Senior Coastsiders has become the focal point for senior services on the Coastside. Senior Coastsiders strive to create an atmosphere that acknowledges and affirms the value, dignity and self worth of seniors and adults with disabilities. The agency also serves as a resource for the entire community for information on aging, support of caregivers, and development of innovative approaches to address issues of aging. Ted Adcock Community/Senior Center. 726-9056. Spring 2010 Coastside Guide 65

Holy Family Episcopal Church inclusive community sharing the love of God in Christ

Innovative Services Joyous Eclectic Celebrations The Jewish Community You’ve Always Imagined!

Join us this Sunday for Worship atSunday 9:00 AM.for Join us this

See our web site for more special services and events Worship at 9:00 AM. See our web site for special services and events (650) 726-0506

CALL FOR DETAILS (650) 306-0328


Holy Family Children’s Center (650) Cabrillo 726-9001Highway 1590 South Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 1590 South Cabrillo Highway Phone: (650) 726-0506 Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Holy Family is located on the Ocean side of Highway One 1.6 miles South of the intersection of Highway 1 and 92 in Half Moon Bay.

Enjoy your backyard! We’ve got everything you need:

Green waste compost — recycled yard trimmings Pervious concrete and concrete pavers — designed to keep all runoff water on property Plastic bender board — made with recycled plastic Recycled base rock — broken up concrete and asphalt grindings reduce our landfill Green concrete — environmentally friendly LEED certified concrete mixes — now available in 60lb. bags! Also: River Rock, Bark, Planting Soil Large or small quantities. Pick up or have us deliver.



119 MAIN STREEET | 650.726.6696 | 66 Coastside Guide Spring 2010


Religion The Coastside is home to several religious organizations, so visiting guests and newcomers are likely to find just the right place to express their beliefs and congregate with like-minded folks from the community. Sightseers may want to visit some of the older churches in town — like the Community United Methodist Church on the corner of Johnston Avenue and Miramontes Street. Built in 1872, this old church has stained-glass windows that reflect various Coastside themes. Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church on Kelly Avenue and Church Street is another landmark sight with more than 125 years of history in Half Moon Bay. Calvary Chapel of Half Moon Bay

436 Purissima St., Half Moon Bay. 726-7978.

Church in the Redwoods Worship

8910 La Honda Road, La Honda.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

375 California Street and Hwy 1, Moss Beach. 728-5556.

Coastlands Church


Coastside Baptist Church

555 Seymour St., Half Moon Bay. 726-2013.

Coastside Jewish Community

P.O. Box 1729, El Granada, CA 94018. 306-0328

Coastside Lutheran Church

900 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-9293.

Community united Methodist Church

777 Miramontes St., Half Moon Bay. 726-4621.

Holy Family Episcopal Church

1590 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. 726-0506.

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Half Moon Bay 611 Magnolia St., Half Moon Bay. 726-6129.

Mariner’s Community Church

225 S. Cabrillo Highway #101C, Half Moon Bay. 726-5959.

our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church

400 Church Street, Half Moon Bay. 726-4674.

our Lady of Refuge

146 Sears Ranch Road, La Honda. 726-4674.

Parish of St. Anthony (Pescadero)

696 North St., Pescadero. 726-4674.

Pescadero Community Church

363 Stage Road, Pescadero. 879-0408.

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Wholesale manufacturer of luxurious frozen cakes, tarts, open to the public

1090 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica

Open weekdays 8 am to 5 pm

650.738.4990 -

doggie boutique & cafe

doggie boutique & cafe shop





Care of domestic & pocket pets Free 1st exams: shelter adoptees Weekly dog vaccination clinic Routine and specialist surgery Dental surgery, cleaning, x-ray Ultrasound & x-ray Pet behavior consultation Geriatric care Senior citizen discount

1290 DANMANN AVE., PACIFICA (650) 359-5770

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Ceramic Tile Contractor


Calif. State Contr. Lic. No. 266971

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James S. Turner

(650) 738-2388 68 Coastside Guide Spring 2010

205 Rockaway Beach Ave., #4 Pacifica, California 94044 877-U-Segway | 650-355-8655 Providing great service to the greater Bay Area.

El Granada Songwriter’s Stage Half Moon Earrelevant Publishing Company

Stage Hours ~ Thursday–Sunday 5–8pm Breakfast & Lunch Open Daily 4am-3pm

Get on board SamTrans for your trip to work, school or just to explore the beauty of the Coast.

Fresh Baked & Homemade Scones • Muffins • Bagels

Café Classique 106 Sevilla Ave El Granada 650-726-9775

Call 1-800-660-4287 for help with your trip planning or visit

– We Welcome New Patients – State of the Art Equipment & Techniques


– Cosmetic & General Dentistry – Gentle & Friendly Care – Evening & Saturday Appointments Available – We're glad to help with your insurance


– Convenient Location (Right Off Of Hwy 1) – Se Habla Español Spring 2010 Coastside Guide 69










40 Stone Pine Road Suite I Half Moon Bay 726-5542

We know our customers by their first names. All major medical insurances accepted • No lines • Personalized service • Low prices • Prescriptions • FREE MTM consultations • Over the counter medications • Vitamins • Pain remedies • Medical supplies Same ownership, different name | Harish Odedra: Pharmacist

Ramans Mantia’s BarberCoffee Shop 357 Main St. Half Moon Bay and Chai Since

Ramans Coffee and Chai

Ramans Readings Coffee by Debbie and Chai




Palm, Tarot & Psychic Readings

Ramans Ramans Coffee Coffee and and Chai ON EARTH Chai THE BEST CHAI

Senior Discount • Children Welcome • No Appt. Necessary

Ramans Coffee and Chai

650-921-2471 for appt.

Ramans Coffee and • Beads • GiftsChai

• Craft Supplies

Ramans Coffee and Chai Open Daily


Ramans RamansOpen Ramans • Stained Glass Open Open Mon - Sat Mon Sat Coffee Mon - Sat Coffee Coffee 6:am - 4:pm 6:am - 4:pm 6:am - 4:pm and and and Chai 524 MainChai Chai St., Half Moon Bay

on Sunday 101 Main Street #A, Half Moon Bayand • 650.726.6292 6:am -12 noon

Open 70 Coastside Guide Spring 2010 Mon - Sat 6:am - 4:pm

and on Sunday

Open Mon - Sat Street 6:am#A - 4:pm

101 Main Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 650.726.6292

and on Sunday

and on Sunday 650.712.8457 6:am -12 noon Open Mon - Sat 4:pm #A 1016:am Main- Street

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 650.726.6292 and on Sunday

and on Sunday

fx 712.8460 6:am -12 noon Open Mon - Sat Main 6:am 101 - 4:pm

Street #A Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 650.726.6292

and on Sunday


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HALF MOON BAY T H E H E A R T O F T H E C OA S T S I D E John Minaidis Jr. Felipe Preciado


Moon Bay Fish Market f l a H Fresh Seafood Crab & Lobster Live or Cooked

99 San Mateo Rd. Half Moon Bay

Since 1972

Books • Cards • Gifts Open Daily Located in Downtown Half Moon Bay 432A Main Street (650) 726-5889

Mon-Fri 9am–6:30pm Sat & Sun 8am–7pm

San Mateo County Farm Bureau Jack Olsen

Executive Administrator 765 Main Street Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Coastside Books

650-726-4485 650-726-4495 Fax

Clothing & Gifts

for Infants & Children

P. Cottontail & Co.

650-726-0200 527 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

MAIN STREET AND BEYOND Spring 2010 Coastside Guide 71


Hotline FoR ANY EMERGENCY CALL 911 Half Moon Bay Police

office 726-8288 dispatch 726-8286

San Mateo County Sheriff

office 573-2801 emergency 363-4911

Coastside Fire Protection District


CA Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Pescadero 879-0121

La Honda Volunteer Fire Brigade


EMERGENCY Poison Control

(800) 523-2222

Seton Coastside Emergency Room


Veterinary Emergencies (after 6 p.m.)


Peninsula Humane Society


Ambulance Communication Center


American Medical Response

(888) 650-5472


Building, Public Works, City Engineer


726-4718 office 726-1819

Pescadero Dump


u.S. Postal Service

El Granada


Half Moon Bay


La Honda




Moss Beach




San Gregorio


TV AND WEB Comcast

(800) 945-2288

Mid-Coast Television


Coastside Net, inc.



CiTY oF HALF MooN BAY City Clerk, City Manager, City Council

ox Mountain Sanitary Landfill

Half Moon Bay Airport


Half Moon Bay Library


Pillar Point Harbor District


Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau



CRiSiS iNTERVENTioN Alcohol and Drug Help


Youth and Family Services

(888) 220-7575

Psychiatric Emergency Services


Business licenses


City Attorney

(831) 423-8383




726-8910 726-8297

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

(800) 232-4636

Parks and Recreation Planning


Rape Trauma Services


Suicide Prevention

579-0350 726-6369


(800) 310-2355

Coastside Mental Health

Coastside County Water District


Support for victims of domestic violence

(800) 572-2782

Montara Water and Sanitary District


San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services

(800) 675-8437


(800) 743-5000

(800) 300-1080

Granada Sanitary District


Community overcoming Relationship Abuse

Sewer Authority Mid Coastside


National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

(800) 843-5678

Allied Waste Services


Planned Parenthood

(800) 967-7526

Seacoast Disposal


San Mateo County Mobile Health Van


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LauraL. Bradfield ROYCE BANDLE


LAURA BRADFIELD Gloria & David Clark



RALPHGiusti ELY Lynnette



BILL M AHAR Ginny Mees

Patrick Ryan P ATRICKJ.R YAN

TOM/SHARON SALET Sharon & Tom Salet

ROSE ATESerdy SERDY Rose & /N Nate



GINNY MEES Annette Merriman


CHERYL STOCKTON Michelle JUDY Verdura TAYLOR Cheryl Stockton | HALF MOON BAY | 42 N. Cabrillo Hwy. 94019 | 650.712.1199


Unique drinks and Happy Hour Sunday thru Friday 5-7, and all evening on Tuesdays.

The best ocean views on the coast Outdoor fireplaces • Inventive interiors Join us: Reggae 3rd Fridays • Salsa, with lessons, 2nd & 4th Thursdays Private event space available for parties of 10-300

8 Miles north of Half Moon Bay in the former Chart House 8150 Cabrillo Hwy, Montara, CA 94037 Tel: 650.728.1600


Fax: 650.728.1601

Phone: (650) 728-7875 Fax: (650) 728-5706 E-mail:


Real Estate isn’t just about selling homes ...

it’s really about the people


Voted the Coastside’s BEST Real Estate Agent 40 Stone Pine Road, Suite H Half Moon Bay, CA 650.712.0144 800.950.7327 e-mail:

Coastside Guide Spring 2010  

Half Moon Bay Review's biannual guide to the San Mateo County Coastside. Spring 2010.

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