The Inn at Mavericks
The Inn at Mavericks is just three blocks from Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay. I wondered as I rounded the bend onto Princeton Avenue if it might be a bit rustic because two streets away sit warehouses, repair shops, and storage yards. I pulled into the inn’s parking area, surprised to find a charming, blue apartment-like building. At the office door, I found an envelope in the mailbox with a contract and directions telling me the key would be on “a hook next to the door of the suite named Montara on the second floor.”
Sure enough, next to the door hung the key.
The room was huge with an enormous window/sliding door that opened to balcony and a panorama of the harbor’s breakwater and on out to the sea.A smattering of small, anchored boats bobbed in the water; waves rolled onto the rocks below the inn. A pelican skimmed the water. And there was the call of a distant foghorn.
The Montara was maybe the largest of the six-room inn.
Three downstairs rooms with small fenced in yards are dog-friendly, and three upstairs with balconies, no animals allowed.
The room was lovely, comfortable, a lush, king-size bed that faced the ocean, a long couch, flat-screen, high-definition TV, a round table with chairs, a refrigerator, microwave, a DVD player and a stand-alone fireplace.
I felt as though I was in my own apartment, my own getaway. I could live here comfortably for weeks.
And just two and three blocks away are:
The Mezza Luna, outstanding Italian food
The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company where the beer is world class and the food excellent.
Crab Landing, with surround windows, fireplaces, a great seafood and steak house.
Ketch Joanne, good home-style cooking in harbor digs
Caffe Messa Luna, a charming spot at the Harbor Village for coffee, and light breakfast, lunch or dinner. Yes it’s connected to Messa Luna restaurant.
Pillar Point Harbor – Here you can wander amid fishing boats, even buy fresh fish off the boats on certain days and times. There are kayaks for rent and more.
Harbor Village Shoppes – an enclosed gathering of boutique shops and spas
The coastal trail – Pick it up at Pillar Point and walk along the coast all the way to the Ritz Carlton.
(This article appeared in Examiner.com)