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Dining, Attractions and Adventure in
Mary Burroughs / Bobbi Stewart
27
August
2015

        We found so many amazing places to eat, play and stay that we just had to include an article in this issue for all to experience. Eat-Elegant Italian Fare Cetrella, 845 Main Street (650) 726-4090 • www.cetrella.com This upscale Italian restaurant is tucked away on the lower side of Main Street in Half Moon Bay. The ambiance is romantic and elegant, complete with a fireplace in the center of the main dining room with white linen covered tables and surrounding booths. On our visit we cozied up to our fireside table, sat back and enjoyed a night touching every one of our senses. The menu ranges from oysters, mussels and octopus to ravioli, scallops and pork chops. We began with a light, fresh heirloom tomato salad with burrata, basil and fig vin cotto. The house special risotto for the evening was flavorful yet not overwhelming, and the dry aged bone-in rib eye with bordelaise sauce, spinach and forest mushrooms was hearty and a guilty pleasure. Of course we had to try after dinner drinks and desserts for our readers. We toasted with a Riesling-kiona late harvest dessert wine. The drinks were accompanied by the pumpkin panna cotta with kabocha chip and ginger snap and also the poached pear tart with almond cream and goat cheese sorbet. On our way out of the restaurant we were shown the private dining room perfect for parties or business gatherings, the cheese room and the wine cellar. Cetrella will definitely be on our list of coastal eateries to return to in the near future. Play - How about a Farm Tour? Harley Farms Goat Dairy, 205 North Street, Pescadero (650) 879-0480 • www.harleyfarms.com Though located in Pescadero, 12 miles south of Half Moon Bay, Harley Farm Goat Dairy is one of the Half Moon Bay Coastside Eco-Tourism merchants who promote sustainable practices and values. We decided to make this one of our stops during our weekend visit. The drive to the farm down Cabrillo Highway (California Rt. 1) is gorgeous with the Pacific on the west and the green coastal mountain range to the east. Harley Farms is a restored 1910 dairy farm which has been transformed into an award winning goat cheese operation. The nine acres of pasture are home to 200 alpine goats. Tours of the farm are available year round and provide tourists with the opportunity to see firsthand the process of getting the cheese to your table. We started off by walking among the goats in a covered area since the morning of our visit included nice rain showers. Next we moved to the milking station and learned the process of getting the milk and moving it to the dairy. Once in the dairy, we were shown how the milk turns to curd and then cheese. Our guide was well informed and politely answered questions from our group. We ended our tour by sampling all of their cheeses including a chevre, fromage blanc, ricotta and feta. They were delicious, which is no surprise since they have won local awards as well as medals from the American Cheese Society and the World Cheese Show. Cheese and other goat milk products (lotions and soaps) can be purchased in the rustic shop. Harley Farms cheese products are also available in select stores in the Bay Area. Stay - Old Time Charm Old Thyme Inn, 779 Main Street (650) 726-1616 (800) 720-427 • www.oldthymeinn.com One option when visiting Half Moon Bay is to stay in one of the comfortable Bed and Breakfasts. We selected the 1898 Victorian Old Thyme Inn for its convenient downtown location to shops and restaurants and for its elegant, yet casual and comfortable setting. The Inn is complete with a white picket fence, gardens with colorful year round blossoms, and an interior with garden themed rooms such as Lavender, Rosemary, Mint and Chamomile. What may set this B&B apart from others is the innkeeper’s original plein oil paintings accenting the rooms and common areas, and the crisply ironed French luxury linens on a featherbed topped with Yves Delorme down comforters. Kathy, one of the innkeepers, gave us a warm welcome upon our arrival. She gave us a tour of the common areas, garden, living and dining rooms, movie and book library, before showing us to our room. The Thyme room was our escape to luxury. The focal point was the Louis XVI-style queen bed, one of the most comfortable beds we’ve slept in. The space also had a seating area next to the fireplace complete with a crystal carafe filled with sherry for sipping. On one of the bedside tables was a CD stereo and in the drawers below sat different music options. The restroom was stocked with soaps and lotions, thick cotton robes and a whirlpool spa. Though we didn’t want to leave our room, we did find time to stroll down Main Street and stopped in several art galleries and funky coastal shops. One morning we got an early start and headed down to a small coffee house for a cup of java. We read the paper all the while watching and listening to the locals meander in for their caffeine fix chatting it up with friends. It definitely had a small town feel. We headed back to the Inn for we couldn’t miss Kathy’s homemade breakfast; waffles, fruits, pastries, coffee, tea and orange juice. The large common breakfast table was filled with interesting guests; three of the four couples were repeat visitors who come back to the Old Thyme Inn every year to get a little rest and relaxation. The fourth couple were newlyweds who spent their wedding night in one of the suites. I bet they will be returning to the Inn next year to celebrate an anniversary. It is time for you to book your next romantic getaway here at The Old Thyme Inn. So much to do, or nothing to do, the choice is yours; all I know is I can’t wait to return to do it all again. •

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