After our day of beautiful rainy adventures in Santa Cruz, we drove up the famous California Highway One coast road and cozied ourselves to stay for the night. I grew up in Half Moon Bay and coming back here is always a dream. Housesitting / vacationing while my parents were out of town made for a wonderful little getaway. And house sitting for your parents? Super affordable vacation.
The rain fell hard in the evening and we sat under my parents’ A-frame living room listening to the rain on the skylights and reading and reading and reading. We also brought our laundry with us (HAH) and spent the whole evening leisurely doing laundry. I know it sounds lame, but when you’re used to bringing all your clothes and sheets and towels and everything to the laundromat to do while you wait (ugh, haha), this was such luxury.
In the morning we slept in and then heated up the rest of my breakfast potatoes from Linda’s (there was plenty for both of us! amazing.) Poached eggs are my speciality and with freshly brewed coffee this was a total breakfast dream come true. Also, did I mention you can see the ocean and the whole horizon from my parents’ house? It’s my favorite favorite place.
After a leisurely breakfast and some reading and lounging, we put our running shoes and headed out to the coast. While it threatened to rain all day, it didn’t actually rain until late in the evening. Stormy skies make for a beautiful, moody day of exploration though. And Half Moon Bay is so naturally breathtaking. I’m so glad we spent the day wandering here.
After the crazy rains the day before, everything was flush with water. This river along the cliffs on the beach is usually just a puddle filled with seagulls, haha. This day it was gushing and actually kept us from crossing on to the sand. Those two small people you can barely see actually worked really hard and walked really far to get there. And they were going to have to get wet and muddy and do some serious slipping and clambering or head back all along the way they came.
After a few hours wandering the coast and the cliffs and the water, we headed into downtown Half Moon Bay for some lunch (dinner at this point?). The town, especially Main Street is super quaint. These weird trees totally caught my eye. I love them plus the simple paint job.
We stopped for lunch at Chez Shea. There aren’t a ton of nice places to eat in Half Moon Bay. I like Tres Amigos, which is the perfect taqueria, but we’d eaten there for dinner. (El Gran is also good for Mexican, but in a totally different part of town.) I also like It’s Italia for pizza (although last time we were there it was totally meh) and the one Indian restaurant in town is okay, although pricey and the East Bay has better food IMO. The fish tacos at the Hawaiian themed place (Flying Fish Grill) are really delicious although I could eat like four (hah) and that would be like $20. So I dunno. We tried Chez Shea. I wasn’t super impressed, but it wasn’t bad either. As far as the HMB food situation goes? It was right in line.
Next up was Garden Apothecary. I’ve been following this girl on Twitter for aaaages and so was super stoked to finally visit her shop and hopefully meet her. Unfortunately, somebody was on a lunch break and I missed out. But I did snap some cute photos of her letters outside on the wall and I absolutely adore the cacti inside (I peeped through the window). So there’s that. I’ll absolutely be back.
My other Main Street favorite is Half Moon Bay Feed & Fuel. They just painted this place a garishly ugly color, but it’s still fun to pop in there and see the baby chicks ($5.25 each) and the bunnies and guinea pigs. It’s a real working farm shop and I adore that it exists and continues to exist in a place I still kind of call home (always will, too).
These last three images are bonus. I snapped images of these photos hung on the walls of Chez Shea. What neat images! So fun looking back at what Half Moon Bay and Main Street used to be!