3 B&B’s Serve Gourmet Breakfasts in Half Moon Bay
Slumber among trees or wake to a dramatic ocean view —
by Gwen O’Neill
The Half Moon Bay Coastside offers many choices for lodging and getaway experiences — from hostels in lighthouses and tent camps to plush Victorian settings and fine hotels.
Are you looking for a quiet weekend at a bed and breakfast that serves outstanding food? Here are three three options to help you get started with your search for that perfect spot for your next trip.
The Goose & Turrets B&B is an eco-friendly, historic inn featuring comfortable rooms, generous breakfasts and blooming gardens. It is located in a quiet residential area in Montara just blocks from Highway 1 and a short drive to many attractions on the coast.
If you are looking for a four-course breakfast, Goose & Turrets may be the place to consider for your Coastside stay. The inn features locally grown produce, and has received the “As Fresh As It Gets” award from San Mateo County for two years.
Ethiopian Harrar coffee starts the service that may be followed by Keemun tea, orange juice, melon and prosciutto, hot oatmeal, Southwest corn pancakes with sour cream and salsa, and mandarin orange sherbet. Or you may experience English Breakfast tea, tangerine juice, mango porcupine, garden omelet with country sausage and sour dough toast, and pot de crème du chocolat avec crème Chantilly. These are just a sampling of the varied menu served by Raymond and Emily Hoche-Mong.
The innkeepers often invent a dish because of a wonderful fresh ingredient they have found in their own garden or at the market. They are experienced gardeners and many of the herbs, fruits and vegetables used to make breakfast come from the surrounding garden and orchard.
Here are just some of the comments from the inn’s guestbook:
“We had tea with Emily and Raymond and enjoyed talking about books, travel, food and their adventures in small plane piloting. The old house is really charming and the breakfasts were delicious.” DD & AD, Campbell, Calif.
“This is a homey place, on a back street (no highway traffic noise), full of memorabilia from the hosts’ very interesting lives. Yes, it’s like visiting the grandparents, but only if yours were world travelers, private pilots, raconteurs and cooked a great breakfast. J&FF, Santa Monica, Calif.
“If your idea of ‘bed and breakfast’ is limited to white wicker furniture and lots of florals, this may not be the place for you; it is definitely not cutesy (which is one reason my husband liked it). However, it is very well decorated … the Demetra Room (named after an ancient Greek goddess) was decorated in an ancient Greek motif — pretty cool and a nice change from the usual.” DM, Fremont, Calif.
“If you want pamper-me-with-glitter B&B, keep on going. G&T isn’t about that at all. If you want a B&B where the hosts really want to KNOW you and engage in bright, intellectual conversation while continually teasing your olfactory senses with wonderful tea, coffee, and four-course breakfasts, then call G&T up now!” RH, Castro Valley, Calif.
Goose & Turrets B&B
835 George St.
P.O. Box 370937
Montara, CA 94037-0937
If a little more activity fits your mood, the Old Thyme Inn offers easy access to downtown Half Moon Bay. Located at the south end of Main Street, it is close to shopping and restaurants and within walking distance of the Coastside Trail and Francis Beach. In the downtown area, you will find unique retail boutiques, as well as several bookstores and art galleries. The inn is also just five minutes by car from world-class golf courses.
Each breakfast includes orange juice, seasonal fresh fruits or all-natural yogurt with fruit, home-baked coffee cakes or muffins, and your choice of Caffe Pronto coffee, Revolution premium long-leaf teas, or Ghirardelli hot cocoa.
Entrees alternate daily between sweet and savory offerings. Delicious homemade granola is always available by request.
Imagine Pears Frangelica, with dried Bing cherries and toasted hazelnuts or a tomato, goat cheese and fines herbes omelet. Breakfast on your visit could also include buttermilk Belgian waffles with fresh berries and warm maple syrup or baked eggs with gruyere cheese and chives.
Guests have this to say:
“A perfect place for a wedding anniversary stay; nice, quiet, relaxing. Most hospitable hosts, delicious breakfasts and many interesting guests from all over the world make it an unforgettable experience.”
“As always, the rooms, the food, the gentle fountain and relaxing atmosphere have brought us the rest and rejuvenation we desired. We will come back again! Thank you for setting the gold standard for a B&B experience.”
“What a beautiful place! My husband and I really enjoyed the room and the inn. Breakfast was great, the coffee was amazing and so was the tea. We loved the bed and the bath and everything here! Thanks for a VERY relaxing getaway.”
“Thanks so much for sharing your idyllic B&B with us. It was delicious, relaxing, luxurious — everything we’d hoped for; a perfect get-away spot!”
Old Thyme Inn
779 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1924
Phone: 800-720-4277 or 650-726-1616
If easy beach access is what you are looking for, Cypress Inn is the perfect place. You will be steps from the beach and in easy walking distance of more than seven good restaurants and the Half Moon Bay harbor.
Cheryl Gomes of Mountain View, who has made Cypress Inn her destination many times, said, “The Cypress Inn was very warm and inviting. We stayed in the El Sol room that faces the ocean. The room was spacious, bright and comfortable. We kept the deck door open a little and enjoyed hearing the waves crash all night along. Since breakfast in our room was an option, we enjoyed a homemade meal that was plentiful and delicious. It was so nice to walk to the Miramar Restaurant, and we enjoyed a quick drive to the harbor for more dinner options.
“The second time we stayed there was for a Dream Machines weekend. From our deck we enjoyed watching the old planes fly back and forth to the airport. We brought our bikes and rode to the event. All the other guests were also there for Dream Machines and we made new friends and had a really fun time.”
Cypress Inn on Miramar Beach
407 Mirada Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: 800-832-3224 or 650-726-6002
All three of these inns’ websites have suggestions for things to do during your visit. There are many wonderful restaurants along the coast, as well as places of interest for visitors.