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3 Day Cooking Holidays in Half Moon Bay, California

Mill Rose Inn, 615 Mill Street, Half Moon Bay, California 94019, USA

Adventure-filled Cooking Vacations USA

Come and join chef Ellie Angelini in this savory culinary adventure in Half Moon Bay, California, USA. Take a drive down the coast from San Francisco and arrive in an eclectic seaside village filled with traditional coast-side crops and seafood that play a major role in the food culture of the area. Enjoy touring, smelling, and absorbing all the yummy goodness the place has to offer under the guidance of experts. So what are you waiting for? Book this delightful trip today.

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  • Personalized cooking class
  • Personalized farmers market tour
  • 1 day culinary adventure with chef Ellie
  • Wine pairing activity with a wine ambassador
  • 2 breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner
  • Snacks and beverages at the inn
  • 2 nights accommodation


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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Wedding

You will be accommodated in shared or private double rooms at the Mill Rose Inn. This award-winning, European, boutique inn is noted for its luxurious service, warm hospitality, and meticulous attention to detail. It is renowned for its exuberant gardens with year-round color, sinfully comfortable rooms, luxurious suites, and decadent culinary treats. According to Travel and Leisure magazine, the rooms are "a romantic dream."

In 1978, Terry and Eve Baldwin began renovations on their 1901 cottage, and so the Mill Rose Inn was born, becoming the first bed-and-breakfast on the San Mateo coast. Your day at the inn will begin with breakfast which will be served either at your room, the inn's dining room, or the garden courtyards. You are welcome to relax in distinctively-decorated rooms and suites, each with private baths, private entrances, European antiques, and garden views.

All rooms have hand-painted fireplaces and either a clawfoot or whirlpool tub (except the Baroque Rose room that has a glass, walk-in shower). Rooms also feature ceiling fans, decadently-soft sheets, luxurious linens, Egyptian cotton towels, soft spa robes and slippers, high-definition television, extensive DVD library, free Wi-Fi, toiletries, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, and refrigerator stocked with complimentary beverages.


Day 1

  • Arrive in Half Moon Bay for your culinary getaway and check into the famous Mill Rose Inn. Your evening will be spent trying one of the fine restaurants in the area and exploring your surroundings.

Day 2

  • The day will start with meeting your host, tour guide, and teacher, chef Ellie Angelini, after a perfect breakfast at the inn. Your fabulous culinary adventure starts with a tour of Half Moon Bay's culinary culture. You will have a stopover at the farmers market. Next will be a trip to the harbor to see the catch of the day which, depending on the season, may include crab. If seafood is not your favorite, then pasta will be on the menu.
  • A wine pairing activity of the prestigious Northern California wineries is also included in your day and will be conducted by a local wine ambassador. Of course, you’ll be able to take home any leftovers. After lunch, you will head over to chef Ellie’s kitchen, preparing the ingredients you bought. Prior to your arrival, you will discuss the dinner menu and, together with chef Ellie, you will prepare a sumptuous meal for you to enjoy afterwards. The rest of the evening is yours to spend.

Day 3

  • Enjoy breakfast and then it’s time to depart, but please do return soon.
  • Half Moon Bay California Calendar of Events
  • Plan your stay in Half Moon Bay to take in one of these fun events.
  • Art and Pumpkin Festival - October 14-15, 2017
  • Held in the epicenter of the Pumpkin Universe, the granddaddy of California festivals, heralds All Hallows Eve with rustic pumpkin patches and a wickedly delicious lineup of harvest-inspired art and crafts, specialty foods, blockbuster entertainment, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a haunted house, the giant weigh-off champion pumpkin and pie-eating, carving and costume contests.
  • Coastside Farmers Market at Shoreline Station - Saturdays, May through December, except Pumpkin Festival weekend.
  • Offering and abundance of locally grown and/produced vegetables, fruits, organic products, gourmet cheese, herbs, seafood, organic coffee, desserts, and wines right from the people that produce them.
  • Half Moon Bay Coastal Flower Market - 3rd Saturday each month except October.
  • Admire a wide variety of locally-grown and exotic flowers and flowering plants at this monthly market, held on the third Saturday of the month (excluding October). Local arts, entertainment, and demonstrations are hosted throughout the day. Take some lovely blooms home and support longtime family business, the local floriculture economy and the larger community, vendors fees fund college scholarships Half Moon Bay and Pescadero high school seniors who plan to major in agriculture.
  • The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off - October 9, Columbus Day, 07:30 - 11:00
  • The world’s largest assemblage of giant pumpkins and their fanatical growers congregate to butt gourds in The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off the heavyweight championship in the Pumpkin capital of the World, Half Moon Bay, California. Nearly 100 contenders from across the west will be gunning for glory in hopes of capturing the coveted tide and share of about USD 18,000 in prize money.

Included excursions

A full-day tour of Half Moon Bay's culinary culture is included in the price of this retreat.


Ellie Angelini


This culinary holiday will take place in Half Moon Bay, California, USA. This eclectic seaside village is only a short, 30-minute drive down the coast from San Francisco. Half Moon Bay, or HMB as the locals call it, was the first part of Northern California Bay Area Peninsula to be discovered by foreign explorers, and was the oldest settlement established in San Mateo County, dating back to the 1840s.

San Francisco’s famed Mission Dolores was founded in the historic year of 1776 and, soon after, the Half Moon Bay coast-side became the grazing land for mission cattle, horses, and oxen. Farms dating back to the 1800’s still dot the area. Today, food producers specialize in the traditional coast-side crops such as Brussels sprouts, artichokes, English peas, and green beans. And of course, seafood plays a major role in the food culture of the area.

Nearby places

  • Oakland International Airport (OAK) - 45 minutes
  • Palo Alto - 30 minutes
  • San Francisco - 30 minutes' drive
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - 25 minutes
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC) - 40 minutes
  • San Mateo - 20 minutes
  • The Greater East Bay - 45 minutes



  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting


  • Beach
  • Concierge desk
  • Fireplace
  • Garden


  • Conference room
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room dining
  • Wedding


Two breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner are included in the price of this retreat. The breakfast menu at the Mill Rose Inn includes fresh juices, fruit, French pastries, homemade breads, crepes, omelets or quiche, and your choice of beverages. Fresh baked goodies and beverages are also available at the inn throughout the day. The lunch will be during your culinary tour of Half Moon Bay, and the dinner will be the meal you'll prepare in your cooking class with chef Ellie.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you can engage in activities all over the area. The Half Moon Bay State Beach is a four-mile stretch of protected beaches that are perfect for strolling. You can also surf the big waves at the legendary Mavericks Beach. Poplar Beach, on the other hand, is great for sunbathing and fishing. You can also check out the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, or the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve which offers canyon hikes, and bike and horseback riding trails.

Other places to visit include the historic Main Street and its shops, Half Moon Bay's dowtown area, Año Nuevo State Park, the amazingly-beautiful Filoli estate, Burleigh H. Murray Ranch, Coastal Repertory Theater, and Half Moon Bay Golf Links.


Whether you are a beach lover or a wildlife enthusiast, Half Moon Bay has something for you. Choosing Mill Rose Inn as your summer destination will give you easy access to all the beaches the area has to offer and will put you in a prime spot to see California's wildlife. Made up of several of the loveliest stretches of sand on the west coast, Half Moon Bay beaches are great for exploring and enjoying some of California's most beautiful views.

Enjoy the private garden and Jacuzzi

Set in almost an acre, the spectacular Half Moon Bay gardens burst with color all year and feature hundreds of fragrant perennials, annuals, and more than two hundred rose bushes. A tropical, flower-filled gazebo shelters an intimate outdoor Jacuzzi spa.


Guests at the inn have always enjoyed fishing charters for day trips. The Half Moon Bay fishing charters have captains who are very knowledgeable of the area and are ready to make your experience a memorable one. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced or beginner angler; fishing in Half Moon Bay is fun for people of all skill levels.

Filoli Estate

This estate is a great local place, full of history, beautiful countryside, and numerous other things. Recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century, the Filoli Estate welcomes the public to this remarkable 654-acre property, including the 36,000-square foot Georgian country house, and spectacular 16-acre English Renaissance garden.

The Filoli Estate is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and stewardship of the cultural traditions and natural history of this country estate for public education and enjoyment.

Admission to estate allows visitors to explore the house and garden at their leisure. Self-guided booklets and docents are available to answer questions. A 15-minute video on the history of Filoli runs continuously in the visitor and education center.


The mild and sunny climate of Half Moon Bay, California makes it a great destination for a variety of outdoor activities. One of the most popular outings for guests of Mill Rose Inn to partake in is golf. Half Moon Bay Golf Links is home to two world-class courses that will satisfy the needs of even the most experienced golfer. If you want to hit the fairways during your time, be sure to check out the Half Moon Bay courses.

Hiking and biking

No matter which Half Moon Bay hiking trail you choose, you’re sure to be met with beautiful views, refreshing weather, and wonderful Northern California wildlife. Whether it’s the Pacific Ocean or a grove of giant redwoods, you won’t be disappointed by the many sights that accompany hiking in the area.

Though the fog does tend to roll in from sea at certain times of year, the weather is always temperate leaving you with perfect days that are neither too hot nor too cold for steep ascent, or an easy forest meander.

Horseback riding

Experience Half Moon Bay’s beautiful scenery galloping on horseback along the endless coastline or riding among grassy meadows overlooking the ocean. Horseback riding in Half Moon Bay is available along the beach with prices starting at 65 USD. Discount coupons for 5 USD per person are available at Mill Rose Inn's front desk.


Shopping in Half Moon Bay is a unique experience of its own. Downtown Half Moon Bay along Main Street yields an extraordinary treasure of interesting shops, boutiques, and galleries.

Spa treatments

At an additional cost, melt away your tension and stress by booking massage treatments with Mill Rose Inn's exceptional and certified massage therapists. The inn's massage styles include Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, soft tissue release, and tuina (Chinese massage). Pre- and post-natal massages are also available upon request. Rates start at 105 USD. The therapists specialize in both individual and couples' massages.

They are well-trained, experienced, and specialists when it comes to relaxation. They pull from a wealth of modalities to provide your own unique experience. After only a day or two, 89% of people reportedly experience significant drops in stress when they travel. If you’d like to speed up that process, the inn recommends a customized massage that is especially for you. Enjoy your full 60 or 90 minutes of pure bliss and depart happier, relieved, and more energetic.

What's included

  • 1 dinner
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 cooking class
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Personalized farmers market tour
  • Snacks and beverages throughout the day at the inn
  • Wine pairing activity with a wine ambassador

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Driving directions from Highway 92

  • Take Highway 92 westbound to Half Moon Bay.
  • Turn left on Main Street (the first stop light).
  • Turn right on Mill Street (the second stop sign).
  • The Mill Rose Inn is at the end of the block on the right side of the street.

Arrival by airplane

You may either arrive at Oakland International Airport (OAK), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), or San Jose International Airport (SJC). All of these airports are a few minutes' drive away from the venue.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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