Half Moon Bay Lodge
Although the Half Moon Bay Lodge is a part of the Woodside Hotels and Resorts, it exudes quite a different feel than that of the Monterey Plaza and Spa, also featured in this site.
The lodge is modestly-sized and quaint, fitting with the small town-charm of Half Moon Bay. While the Half Moon Bay Lodge lacks the opulence of the Plaza, it offers a quiet warmth and charm for those seeking a more low-keyed vacation.
Half Moon Bay is a tranquil coastal farming and fishing town that is rapidly developing its sophisticated and cultured side. The San Mateo coastline is rugged and beautiful and as the fog rolls in, it creates a romantic, sleepy feeling, offering a refreshing change from the beating sun to which southern Californians are constantly exposed.
This charming lodge clearly fosters a relaxed and leisurely ambiance. Guests saunter around in the "Half Moon Bay Lodge" robes by the courtyard, eating breakfast as late as 11:00 a.m. The lodge maintains the peaceful composure of Half Moon Bay itself, while catering to professionals seeking getaways from San Francisco and Silicon Valley. As I sipped my morning coffee in the courtyard, an attorney and a banker chatted at the next table. If you want to be seen, go to the Plaza. If you want to unwind, without bothering with makeup or formal attire, come to this lodge and you will feel right at home.
The only inconvenience I found at this lodge is that it has no restaurant and it is located two and a half miles from Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Thus, it is necessary to get into your vehicle with your family for each meal, except breakfast, which is provided to guests in the courtyard. I did discover a few solutions to this dilemma during my stay. One option is to order an extra meal from the town to take back to your room at the lodge. The town offers many interesting restaurants. When eating lunch in town, simply order an extra meal to go since the guest rooms have refrigerators. I ordered an extra Thai plate on my first night staying at the lodge from a very good Thai restaurant we found in the village. I ate the chicken with rice and peanut sauce (albeit it was cold) the next day in my room as I sat out on the patio with Autumn. I also found that many of the restaurants in the quaint village do take-out. The lodge will provide you with a list of restaurants and a map to help you find them. The lodge also provides a booklet with all the restaurants and their telephone numbers. You can call one of the restaurants, order some food, and have your spouse pick it up while you relax with your children in the room.
A fitness center is available to guests of the lodge.
I would caution parents of young children to keep youngsters off of the decks of the second-floor guest rooms; the railings have large gaps and could be dangerous. If the children do go onto the decks, make sure they are closely supervised. (see baby-proofing suggestions) Make this area a priority for baby proofing, including creating a barricade for those decks. Other than this, there are many baby/child friendly features at this lodge:
I enjoyed this view of the surrounding golf course beyond the trees from my room.
This lodge is definitely conducive to a relaxing, romantic getaway. Here is why: