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Whale Watching

Whale Watching Season is December through May for the annual gray whale migration. More than 17,000 whales make their way from the freezing water of the Artic to warm Baja California for calving time. Several groups do this kind of tour,  but I’d recommend the Oceanic Society, they have a great group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable people. If you can get a group of 10 together the price is less than $40 for 3.5 hours of fun! They leave from Pillar Point / Princeton. There is also SF trip that is 6 hours/ $90. You can call 415-258-8220 for information on the latest marine life sightings.

For May to December, there are opportunities to see whales in the Farallon Island are 27 miles off the coast, SF is the usually spot to charter a trip.  These islands are a national marine sanctuary. This rich area attracts humpbacks, seals, dolphins and sea birds.

When you are looking to set up a charter to go whale watching it is more fun if you learn a bit more about WHAT you are watching, so remember to ask if the tour has a naturalist aboard. CHECK the YELP ratings too, while you are at it, to get the best tour and trip.

RipTide Charters does this from Half Moon Bay: 300 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
650-728-3377

You don’t always SEE a whale but this is the time to give it a try!

Whale Watching

Bottle and Cork

Recycle your bottles the fun way at La Nebbia Winery at Bottle and Cork Days in Half Moon Bay, here is the schedule:

  • September 17th  bottling Rose Wine … here is more info: it is a 2010 Rosé (Dry) – Santa Ynez (60% Merlot, 40% Syrah)
    Fermented in stainless then placed in neutral oak barrels, this Rosé has a nice structure with hints of strawberry and watermelon. ABV 14%. Quite delicious and sure to be a sellout! Coming out of the abyss from which it was thrown, rosé has re-created itself. Made in a drier style, without residual sugar on the finish. They pair easier with foods, just one of the long list of credentials on rosé’s resume.
  • November 5th White Wine •
  • November 12th Red Wine •
  • December 10th Red Wine •

just in case this list isn’t current…. check this link! http://www.lanebbiawinery.com/bottlecork.html

Tasting Room Hours

Daily 10am to 5pm
12341 San Mateo Road
Half Moon Bay CA 94019
Phone: 650.726.9463
Fax: 650.726.7074

You might remember that La Nebbia was Obester, once upon a time. It is easy to find on HWY 92 before you get to the town of HMB.

Try a Full Moon Hike Jan 19

Let the Full Moon guide you! You can try for a calm beach walk and watch the water sparkle in the moonlight and listen to the waves rush and roar in gorgeous Half Moon Bay. After your peaceful time listening to the surf you can wind down at HMB Brewery afterwards.

Or try an urban walk in SF, heading down twisting Lombard Street’s pink brick.
The bright moon guide you over San Francisco’s most famous street. And it is not that easy, start at Pine and Polk, then climb up to Lombard and Hyde, take careful steps down Lombard’s switchbacks, and descend further on the Nob Hill side. Creep down Macondray Lane, the inspiration for Barbary Lane in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. After our foray into history and fiction.
Don’t forget: With either hike you’ll want warm layers, shoes with very good traction for the descents slippery surfaces and water.

Earth Impact in HMB

Isn’t it nice to go somewhere you really love and find restaurants and stores that are inspired?! Half Moon Bay is one of my favorite places… you can find so many things to do and of course playing on the beach is wonderful. In the downtown, here is a great  place you must go… Earth Impact located on 414 Main Street 650-726-9731 has clothing, art, jewelry and toys… ALL are carefully selected to be sustainable or salvaged materials and made with care. Beautiful Wooden Toys [made in the USA] are on their way and will be showcased at this store. These wood toys lead to creative play – dump trucks, tot-sized tools, big and little toys -made with quality and care. Ask Stephanie for more info.

Related note: Of course, You realize how important it is to select toys carefully, but many are not tested for safety when they come into the USA and many also contain lead-based paints BEWARE – these toys are dangerous.  For example, 1.5 million Thomas & Friends trains and rail components were recalled. Check the CDC and testing sites for current recalls and information.