Last May, I traveled along California’s coast from Santa Monica to San Francisco making several stops along the Pacific Coast Highway, known as Highway 1. It’s one of the most scenic roads in the country.
There was a particular stop about 30 miles outside of San Francisco that I did not have time to visit: Half Moon Bay. So just as the fall chill started to make itself comfortable in Chicago, I escaped to California for a long weekend.
If you are crunched for time but want a taste of the PCH road trip, head to Half Moon Bay from San Francisco. It is only a 45-minute scenic drive, and you’ll find yourself among the California redwoods and beautiful beaches.
The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
I arrived at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay on a crisp October afternoon. The luxury hotel is set on a bluff overlooking the ocean. What’s really is that you do not have to be a guest to enjoy the resort’s sprawling patio with impressive panoramic views. So I found a spot and savored the scenery over a seasonal cocktail.
A bartender at The Ritz crafted an autumn cocktail for me inspired by the hotel’s “growing wall.” It was garnished with fresh thyme and mixed with light rum, lemon, honey, and Prosecco. It was as tasty as it was pretty.
That October afternoon was a bit chilly, but the Ritz-Carlton’s open fire remedied that issue and created a calming ambiance. Relaxing outdoors in late October wearing only light activewear was a welcome treat for me!
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Have you taken a trip along Highway 1? What was your favorite stop? Share in the comment section below.