half moon bay
As autumn rolls in, so roll the cars down Highway 1 to Half Moon Bay, the so-called "world pumpkin capital," which hosts an annual festival to celebrate the gourd. This month, make a whole day or weekend trip of it—there are plenty of scenic hikes, endless beaches, and delicious food to keep you happy.
C'mon, get a pumpkin. Here's where to do it nearby.
1. Arata's Pumpkin Farm 185 Verde Dr., Half Moon Bay, (650) 726-7548
If you've ever ridden past the Arata's sprawling field in Half Moon Bay, you've probably wondered what the heck you were looking at. Believe it, that's a giant iron gorilla and a massive hay maze. Get out and experience their haunted barn and two-acre Minotaur's Labyrinth.
With the summer fog blown off, and the fall and winter holidays looming, Half Moon Bay makes the perfect, effortless weekend getaway this time of year. Because it's a mere 30 miles away down relatively uncongested 280, you won't have to leave work early on a Friday to be in HMB by dinnertime. Make a rezzie at Pasta Moon, a warm, Tuscan-inspired eatery on Main Street where the owner circulates among the tables to make sure everyone's happy. Order the lightly battered asparagus, the pear-and-prosciutto wood-fired pizza and, for entrees, the pesto risotto with day boat scallops or the grilled Arctic char in a rosemary demi-glaze. This, my friends, is the way to end a work week.
Summer's in full-swing and everyone's abuzz with their fabulous vacation plans. Have you failed on that organizational front? Are you murderously jealous of everyone's fabulous vacation plans? Don't be. There are tons of quick grab-your-stuff-and-go day escapes within an hour of the city. Here are four we love.
Half Moon Bay