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Half Moon Bay Events and Culture
The Mavericks surfing competition has been canceled for 2017. Not only were surfers shocked and saddened, but the community at Half Moon Bay also felt the loss of this unique event.
Located just south of the lovely seaside town of Pescadero (about 35 minutes from Inn at Mavericks) stands the picturesque Pigeon Point Lighthouse. This 144 year old icon is considered to be the tallest operating lighthouse on the West Coast (115-ft.) and one of the most recognizable in the Western United States. For over 140 years the lighthouse has guided ships in and out of the harbor and has served as a major coastal California treasure that has drawn hundreds of thousand of visitors each year. Today, the lighthouse and grounds have been designated a California State Park and are considered to be a California Historical Landmark listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
Here’s a few excellent reviews published by our guests on TripAdvisor. Thank you to our visitors who enjoyed themselves and who wrote positive reviews. We hope to see you again soon!
The Inn at Mavericks
Reviewed 5 days ago
“If you love nature and the sea this is the perfect place for you to stay. The room was so clean and well kept. The service impecable. From the room, the harbor is visible. Close by are nature trails and state parks. Already planning my return visit.”
Located a mere 30 minutes from Inn at Mavericks is Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve. This 4,711 open space preserve is part of MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District and is home to the Purisima Creek Canyon, Purisima Creek, towering Coastal Redwoods, beautiful ferns and wildflowers and incredible views overlooking Half Moon Bay.
Two of the most popular trails of the preserve are the Redwood Trail and the Purisma Creek Trail. The redwood trail is an easy hike for people of all ages and winds 1/4 of a mile through the Coast Redwoods near Skyline Boulevard (the park’s main entrance). The Purisima Creek Trail is slightly more challenging and follows an old logging road located on the western side of the preserve and crosses over picturesque Purisima Creek. The entrance to Purisima Creek Trial can be found 3.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Purisima Creek Road which intersects Highway 1.
Every year beginning in the fall, gray whales travel over 12,000 miles from their summer feeding grounds in Alaska down to Baja California, Mexico to breed and give birth to their young. When Spring arrives, the gray whale mothers and their calves travel back north to their feeding grounds in Alaska. This migration path occurs along the California coast making it an ideal location to see these beautiful majestic creatures. The Oceanic Society offers an incredible 3 hour whale watching cruise beginning on December 26th, when visitors will get the amazing opportunity to see whales and hear commentary from a well versed naturalist about gray whale biology as well as other valuable information on other marine wildlife and seabirds. In addition to seeing gray whales, visitors might also see California sea lions, harbor seals, and porpoises.
Located only 15 minutes north of Half Moon Bay in Moss Beach, California, is Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. This three mile stretch of Northern California Coastline is known by scientists as one of the most bio-diverse intertidal regions in the state and is home to dozens of colorful, unique sea creatures. If you visit the reserve at low tide (one foot or less), you’ll be able to see a multitude of sea-life. The reserve hosts a living community of seaweed, crabs, sea-stars, octopus, sponges, mollusks, fish, and even harbor seals.
Inn at Mavericks is delighted to have been awarded the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for all of the consistently great reviews written about our Inn.
Here are just a few positive reviews written by our satisfied customers:
The Inn at Mavericks is proud to announce that we’ve been awarded a “Bravo!” by TripAdvisor for the wonderful reviews our customers have written about their stays. We take pride in our rooms and service, and we’re glad our patrons enjoy their visit! Our Inn has been rated “excellent” by over 100 reviewers on TripAdvisor.
Here are some highlights from our satisfied customers.
Jon K of Kingsport wrote: “My wife and I did a trip starting in San Francisco and drove south on the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) to Big Sur. We stayed our first night of the trip at The Inn at the Mavericks. What a fantastic start to the trip….The Inn at the Mavericks even provided complimentary ear plugs just in case the fog horn was bothersome during sleep. They covered all the bases. We will definitely stay here again next time we are in Half Moon Bay. Thanks for the great memory.”
In our short video, we explore the coastal community of Princeton-By-The-Sea. We start at the Inn at Mavericks, visit Pillar Point Harbor, and walk down the beach and let the dogs play in the waves. As day comes to a close we enjoy the fire-pit in front of the inn, and the next morning wake up to specular sunsets. We hope our video inspires you to come visit Princeton-By-The-Sea and Half Moon Bay, and stay at the Inn at Mavericks.
There are many exciting attractions surrounding the Inn at Mavericks.
In the front of our picture, you’ll see the Pillar Point Harbor and Romeo Pier surrounded by the beautiful Half Moon Bay beaches. Fishing and crabbing without a license is allowed on all public piers in California. There are also sailing cruises, shoreline hiking trails, and picnicking within Pillar Point Harbor.