Located on California’s scenic Highway 101 is the coastal town of Half Moon Bay. The morning fog rolls away each day to reveal the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, perched high on the bluffs. The 23-mile drive south from San Francisco is a treat on its own, and even better if you have the Ritz waiting for you at the end of your journey.
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay hotel rooms
The Ritz-Carlton is a great place to kick back, relax, and enjoy some views. My room, on the club lounge level, offered an ocean view of Half Moon Bay, gas fireplace, bathroom with marble walled shower and sunken bathtub. With waves crashing on the shore and hypo allergenic down and feather pillows and duvet, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more relaxing sleep experience.
Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge
If you want a little more seclusion during your stay, you might want to opt for the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge. It will cost you an extra $150, unless you are already staying on the Club Lounge Level. But, it all evens out if you want to eat on the property, as the Club Lounge includes, a hot breakfast, lunch items, hors d’ oeuvres, beverages (alcohol, coffee, tea, juice and water) and desserts.
Another perk of the Club Lounge? The cookie jar, which is just as popular with adults as it is with kids. However, healthy options such as fresh fruit, juices, and several types of water are also available.
Local traditions and flavors
You’ll get a taste of Scotland during the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay’s nightly (except Monday) bagpipe serenade. Listen for the bagpipes and look for the fellow in the kilt at 5 p.m. If you want to spend a little of your evening outside, grab the family and a blanket and enjoy the outdoor fire pits. For an extra fee, you can roast marshmallows and make s’mores!
If you’re looking for a little more than graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows, venture into downtown Half Moon Bay for other dining options. Seafood is a local specialty, so make sure you try some if you get the chance.
Hotel review and photos by San Francisco-based travel, food, and wine writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.