We left Half Moon Bay early and there was just a touch of fog in the air. Luckily the skies were clear. As we drove we happened upon two beaches that seemed lovely for a wedding. No crowds, nice coves, and perfect amounts of parking. Noted.
We drove into Santa Cruz. I really wanted to get some photos of the boardwalk. I took my photos, grabbed a package of salt water taffy and we were back on the road.
The only real appointment we had was at an estate in Carmel Highlands to look at a house to use as a potential venue. We drove 2 miles up a mountain to get to the estate. What a view! From up there you could see the fog roll in and move over the city below. The house was spectacular. Could we afford it? Probably not but what a view!
By this time we were starving, so we headed into Carmel. We ate at Forest in the Forge. Right away we noticed something odd. There were puppies and dogs all around in the waiting area. It was so cool to see a restaurant that actively invited the furry friends to enjoy a day out with their family. We ate and walked around downtown Carmel. A shopping center with a Kate Spade and Anthro temporarily distracted me.
We drove a small section of Pebble Beach’s 17-Mile Drive only on accident to get to our next beach to check out.
We also looked at a park/beach in Pacific Grove before driving to our Airbnb stop for the night to “check-in.” The house was nice but the meeting was odd. B and I felt a little out of place when we realized that we were to stay in an attached section of the house rather than the whole house. We relaxed for a little while and drove to a beach to watch the sunset and take photos.
It was fun until the rain came, that is when we retired to the bungalow for sleep! After our sleep, we headed to Big Sur (photos and post coming soon as well as our engagement photos)!
After our day in San Francisco, we headed down the coast to Half Moon Bay. It was quite busy (being Labor Day weekend after all), but we were determined to look at our beaches. We looked at about 5 beaches and loved the ones further down the coast but all in all, after the entire trip we decided that Half Moon Bay was just not right for the wedding. We still love the area though!
Must-Do’s in Half Moon Bay
- Enjoy a drink and dinner at Pasta Moon
- Grab a coffee at Half Moon Bay Coffee
- Walk down Main St
- If you are into golf, check out the many options for golfing
- Take a book and blanket and relax on Pomponio State Beach
- Get a massage at the Ritz-Carlton
Up next? Monerey, Carmel, Pebble Beach! Stay tuned!