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    Travel Notes: The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

    Half Moon Bay has been on my list of places to visit for a long time now. It’s a quick and beautiful drive, and regardless of the gloomy weather, our time spent was a real treat. We stayed at The Ritz Carlton, which is tucked away from the busy city life and sits on a hill overlooking the ocean and a beautiful green golf course. Firepits align the edge of the property – the 360º view from the back lounge area is unreal. The “castle on the coast” is rich with history and the twinkle lights strung are pretty magical too. I can’t even imagine how stunning the resort looks on a sunny day at golden hour… my goodness.

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    After arriving and sitting starry-eyed at the ocean view, we walked down for a snack at The Conservatory, the in-house restaurant and lounge, before our 7 pm dinner. I already miss that rosemary focaccia – so damn good. We ordered a cheese plate and a glass of vino and acclimated quickly into vacation mode.

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    After vegging out a bit, we wandered around the hotel and ended our self-tour with taking in the view from the firepits. We planned to make a visit back after dinner later that night for s’mores – thank you to everyone who recommended this, it was a weekend highlight! How gorgeous is this place? I can’t tell you how much inspiration comes from staycations. The experience we had was one we won’t forget.

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    The hamachi at dinner was out of this world, a delicacy at Navio, the restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton. Beyond its presentation, it was fresh, interesting, and won our votes for favorite dish of the trip. We also ordered a bottle of Stags Leap Cab – always a delicious choice.

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    We’ll make any excuse to take a night off from the city and indulge in wine, spend time with each other, and experience a new place. Staycations are a breath of fresh air every once in awhile… everyone needs a little escape. I highly recommend staying here if you’re thinking of making a trip to Half Moon Bay.

    We only had a night in Half Moon Bay, but it was more than enough time to fall in love with how peaceful and beautiful it is. Have you been to Half Moon Bay? What are your favorite things to do in the area? We decided we’re going to make another trip back soon to experience Main Street a bit more. It started to rain as we arrived to explore, so we hit the road home sooner than we wanted. I’d love to know your recommendations for next time! xx

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    My parents recently took a trip to Half Moon Bay and I was SOOOO jealous. Their photos looked amazing as well! What an amazing place for a weekend trip!

    It’s such a cute little town. I was bummed it was raining on Sunday because the Main Street had so many shops I heard were amazing, so I’ll be planning a trip back soon! It was fun, that hotel is ridiculously pretty!

    Rebecca Purcell

    Your pictures are stunning! Would you mind sharing what camera and lens you use? Although I’m sure the beautiful pictures are mainly due to the talented photographer 🙂

    Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much! I use a canon rebel, and I recently upgraded my lens to the 50mm. I linked below:

    http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/eos-rebel-t5-ef-s-digital-camera-18-55mm-is-ii-lens-kit

    It’s amazing! I would suggest just going for the camera and adding on the 50mm lens… it was life changing! xx

    Looks amazing – and such a nice, relaxing weekend! I’ll have to put this on my list of places to visit!!

    Yes, you must! It was so nice! Also, you seriously KILL me on snapchat… haha last nights faces were my favorite. You’re funny.

    Elspeth Fergusson

    Simply beautiful! Can you link your hat when you have a moment? Thank you!

    Elle
    MinkSunday.com

    Thank you, Elle! I just checked and it’s completely sold out and not showing up online anymore. I got it off Revolve Clothing, it’s by the brand K/INK and it was called the Birkin Hat. It was low in stock when I ordered it, so I will keep an eye out and if it comes back I will message you!

    Elspeth Fergusson

    You’re so sweet, thank you for the info!

    Elle
    MinkSunday.com

    Of course! Have a great day, friend! xx

    Amy Beth Campbell

    Gorgeousness, all around! Dying for us to make a visit soon, too! Thanks for the tips for when we do 🙂

    Oh my gosh, you must! It was tough to just stay one night, I will be making my way back at some point. Try and go when the weather clears up a bit… overall it was such a lovely time and the dining experience at both spots in the hotel were impeccable! xx