Posted August 7, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Though Half Moon Bay is just 30 miles from San Francisco, it may as well be in a different country. Big-city stresses will slip away, chased by its pastoral scenes and ocean views. This coastal city gears up in October for its Art & Pumpkin Festival, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy what its fertile land produces until then.
Harley Farms Goat Dairy: Located about 20 minutes from Half Moon Bay, Harley Farms' award-winning goat cheese draws visitors from all over to experience the magic behind its cheese-making. Take a tour to meet (and milk) the goats, learn how to make cheese, and enjoy a tasting in the hayloft. The farm produces a variety of artisan goat cheeses, adorned with fruits, herbs, and edible flowers grown on the property. Tours last two hours and cost $20.
Rogue Chefs: At Rogue Chefs, visitors get the chance to learn cooking essential from the pros. Discover the joys of stock, soups, sauces and more in each three-hour class ($65). Sampling what you're working on is certainly encouraged to fine-tune the flavor, but each class also includes a light lunch.
Old Thyme Inn: The Old Thyme Inn combines natural beauty with supreme comfort. Here, you can surround yourself with the scent of a fresh herb garden, listen to the trickle of a water fountain, or sink into down-filled bedding. The garden makes for a relaxing place to unwind after a long day at one of the many nearby beaches. Each of the seven herb-named rooms welcomes guests with bright and fresh decorations. Rooms typically start at $155 for mid-week stays with breakfast, but last-minute specials are available.
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(Photo: Paolo Vescia)
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