Pet Lovers: Half Moon Bay offers plenty of places to sleep and eat
By Kelly Chamberlain
This a vibrant coastal town located approximately 40 minutes south of San Francisco, is the perfect place for dog owners and their four-legged friends. With a temperate climate ranging from 40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, Fido and his owner can enjoy a wide range of activities year round – from kayaking along Northern California’s picturesque coast side to oceanfront dining as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean, Half Moon Bay is a pooch’s paradise.
After a long day of exploring all the town has to offer, dogs and their owners can retire to one of Half Moons Bay’s many pup-friendly inns and hotels featuring doggie beds, treats, goodie bags and more.
Here is your ultimate HMB guide to dog-friendly accommodations and restaurants..
Comfort Inn, Half Moon Bay
Fifty-four stylishly appointed rooms are packed with all the comforts of home. Including coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators, cable televisions and high speed Internet access (a few even feature whirlpool baths). Several rooms specifically accommodate guests traveling with their dogs. Added bonuses include complimentary continental breakfast, on-site conference facilities and a premier gym. Dogs 50 lbs and under are welcome and a non-refundable fee of $10 is charged per pet, per night. Pets should never be left unattended on the property.
Days Inn, Half Moon Bay
Located along the coast, this comfortable Spanish-style, dog-friendly inn provides guests with a small welcome bag containing doggie treats and a brochure of pet-friendly places in the area. The inn has 27 large, tastefully decorated rooms with all of the necessary amenities for a comfortable stay including cable TV, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers and hair dryers. Some guestrooms have large whirlpool tubs. Complimentary continental breakfast is offered daily. Accommodations for dogs require a non-refundable $10-$15 fee per pet, per night. Advance notice is appreciated for guests who wish to bring their pets.
Half Moon Bay Inn
Located on Main Street in a gorgeous, newly-renovated 1932 Spanish Revival building, this cozy, 14-room boutique inn offers overnight accommodations for guests and their four-legged sidekicks. Accommodations include a plush dog bed for the room, a feeding dish and doggie treats. The inn also provides a complimentary dog treat at check-in, dog towels and waste bags. Guests will be treated to luxurious guestrooms complete with beautiful European furnishings, plush pillow top mattresses, Italian linens, marble baths, and complimentary wireless Internet and 27'' flat screen televisions. Patrons who will be accompanied by their pups should notify the inn at the time booking. Guests are required to pay a onetime fee of $25.00 for one dog and $35.00 for two. Dogs should not be left unattended on the property at
Harbor View Inn
Located directly across the street from the California Coast, this inn offers stunning ocean and harbor views from each suite. The pet-friendly property features newly remodeled rooms with bay window seating and free WI-FI Internet. Guests can enjoy a free continental breakfast each morning. Dogs 40lbs and under are welcomed in guestrooms and require a nightly fee of $10.
Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn
Located directly on Miramar Beach, this upscale eight-room inn features stunning unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. The champagne room is the one dog-friendly guestroom on the property, and pups who are lucky enough to stay here will receive their very own basket with a blanket, a towel, biscuits, plastic bags for clean up and a map of pet-friendly beaches. After a serene walk along the beach, head back to the Champagne Room to enjoy the private balcony, fireplace, heated marble flooring and whirlpool bath. Special perks include complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres at night, as well as a gourmet breakfast served daily. The Champagne Room is $285 per night in addition to the $30 fee per pet, per night. A maximum of two dogs are permitted in each room.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Haute hounds and their owners will feel right at home at this luxurious, seaside resort and spa situated on dramatic bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The hotel features 261 luxurious guestrooms, a bluffside Jacuzzi and fireplace, world-class dining, two championship golf courses, tennis courts, coastal walking trails and accommodations for dogs 30 pounds and under. Guests can relax with their pets in the guesthouse, gazebo, front drive and stunning outdoor area surrounding the hotel. The hotel provides guests with a designated pet walk map for their convenience. A maximum of two dogs are permitted per room; a $125 non-refundable pet deposit is required per pet.Housed in a 1905 building in downtown Half Moon Bay, this cozy bed and breakfast features 12 pet-friendly rooms. Each room is decorated with antiques and claw foot tubs. Guests and their four legged friends can enjoy the beautiful gardens, gazebo, and massive fire pit for evenings under the stars. There’s also a sauna, on-site deli with famed homemade bread, a classic saloon and complimentary breakfast that can be delivered to guestrooms upon request. A $50 non-refundable pet fee is required at the time of booking.
San Benito House
Seal Cove Inn
This serene hideaway set amongst a meadow of wildflowers and bordered by cypress trees is the perfect place for guests traveling with their pooches. The property boasts stylish rooms with luxurious fine linens, fireplaces, sitting areas with desks, private patios or decks and some with whirlpool baths. A gourmet breakfast buffet and wine and appetizers are complimentary for all guests. Only vaccinated dogs 40lbs and under are permitted. The inn offers a limited number of pet-friendly rooms and therefore requires that prior approval and reservations be made for pets. A maximum of two pets are permitted per room, and there is a non-refundable fee of $65. Service dogs are always welcomed at the inn.
The Inn at Mavericks
Opened in Fall 2009, the Inn at Mavericks features six spacious 500 square foot guestrooms, three of which are pet-friendly. The dog-friendly guestrooms provide easy access to a fenced in grassy area where they can play and relax. This inn includes all the amenities of a luxury hotel coupled with the intimate service of a small property. Guests will enjoy rooms with private verandas with harbor views, fireplaces, Tempurpedic beds and marble bathrooms outfitted with Kohler deep soaking tubs and separate rain showers. A one time $25 pet fee will be charged per stay and a maximum of two pets are permitted in each room. Pets must never be left unattended on the property at anytime.
The Zaballa House
Half Moon Bay’s most historic inn, opened in 1859, features a comfortable Victorian-style parlor room and 20 guestrooms. This inn features seven pooch-friendly rooms, some with a double-size whirlpool tub and fireplace. A full breakfast and wine and cheese in the evening are included. Guests with dogs are required to pay a $10 fee.
Cameron’s Restaurant and Inn
This bright red, funky British style restaurant features an outdoor eating area where patrons can dine on pizza, steak, fish and award-winning hamburgers while their pets relax beside them. Canine comforts include a doggie watering station and complementary dog biscuits. Guests of the inn can check in with their dogs at no additional cost. Dogs must be well behaved and potty trained.
Specializing in organic comfort foods from around the globe, this casual spot features diverse menu items in a pet-friendly environment. The pup-approved outdoor patio allows friendly and well-behaved dogs to relax while their owners enjoy the international cuisine. Pets are required to stay at their table during their visit.
Crab LandingThis two-story seafood oasis is an unforgettable dining experience for all guests, four-legged ones included. Patrons can enjoy crab, lobster and steak on the scenic outdoor patio while their dogs drink from water bowls provided by the restaurant. Pets are welcomed only on the outdoor patio. All service dogs are permitted inside of the restaurant if they wear the uniform that is required by law.
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Boasting the first dog-friendly patio on the Half Moon Bay coastline, this renowned oceanfront brewery serves up delicious coastal cuisine designed to complement a wide selection of beers handcrafted on site. Guests can request complimentary dog kibble for their pets while they dine on the patio.
This cozy Italian restaurant features everything from gourmet pizzas to fresh housemade pastas. Dogs are welcomed to accompany their owners on the outdoor patio area. The Tuscan style patio, fireplaces and fountain create a warm and pleasurable atmosphere for pets and owners alike.
Moonside Bakery and Café
While patrons nosh on gourmet wood-fired pizzas, farm-fresh salads and sandwiches made with freshly baked bread, their dogs can sit with them on the outdoor patio dining area. This pup-friendly bakery and café provides thirsty pets with a bowl of water. Pets are not permitted inside the store or the Piazza building.
Moss Beach Distillery
With spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, an expansive outdoor heated patio and a special menu just for dogs, Fido and friends will feel right at home at this renowned distillery and restaurant. While owners nosh on pizzas, sandwiches and a wide selection of entrees, their canine companions can select from a menu filled with grilled hot dogs, mini burger patties, bacon slices, scrambled eggs, kibble and more.
At this farm-fresh California-Italian mainstay, pooches will be pampered with a homemade dog treat and bowl of water (provided upon request). Pets are welcomed in both the garden and restaurant.
Princeton Seafood Co.
Located in the heart of Pillar Point Harbor, fresh fish is the specialty (available to dine-in or take it to go). Pooches can relax on the outdoor patio and take in the fresh sea air while their owners enjoy crab, award winning clam chowder, oysters and many other seafood specialties.
Sam’s Chowder House
It’s doggie nirvana at Sam’s waterfront dining! Extensive outdoor seating with a warm fireplace, water bowls and homemade dog biscuits (available for purchase in the gift shop) are enough to spoil any pooch. What more can man’s best friend ask for? After enjoying the scenic ocean views and the authentic New England style seafood, canines and their companions can walk on the beach directly below the restaurant. All well-behaved dogs are welcomed to dine with their owners.
Kibbles N’ Gifts
This local pet store has served Half Moon Bay for more than 15 years, and is a one-stop shop for pet food, toys, accessories, grooming tools and everything else a pet owner would ever need.
From birds to dogs, the knowledgeable staff can provide an answer for any question asked. Staff members invite customers to shop with their pets as long as they are leashed and well behaved.
Lunar Wind Inventions
Pups can snack on treats provided by the store while their owners pursue the wide selection of toys, kites, dolls, puzzles and games. People of all ages are bound to find something of interest while shopping here.
For more information on Half Moon Bay, click on www.visithalfmoonbay.org.
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