The power of a weekend getaway should not be ignored. It is amazing what 48 hours away from your daily routine can do for you. That’s yet another reason we feel lucky living in San Francisco. There are amazing places to escape to all around us – many less than a 90 minute drive north or south!

This is definitely the case with our most recent Gotta Getaway discovery – the Ritz-Carlton at Half Moon Bay.


Only 45 minutes down the coast, the majestic hotel sits atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The grounds are gorgeous, with over six miles of walking paths that take you along the cliff’s edge and down to little secluded beaches.


We happened to be there on a particularly beautiful, relatively warm day. Half Moon Bay is known for its misty fog , wind and therefore slightly cooler temperatures, but the Ritz-Carlton has got you covered. Its patio is dotted with firepits to keep you warm – and you can get s’mores kits for a little extra after-dinner treat!



Our room overlooked the golf course and ocean just beyond it. There is very little I love more than a good hotel bed!

Between drinks in the bar, beautiful treats brought to our room and an amazing dinner in the newly renovated restaurant Navio, it was like our own little oasis out in what felt like the middle of nowhere. And I loved it.


I see many escapes to Half Moon Bay in my future! Meet you there?!

photography by me {eek!} for apartment 34

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  1. Looks to be exactly my style, lots of dramatic views, great food, great bad and not a lot of people…!

  2. Looks like a need to go place… lovely…my goodness!

  3. Looks like a gorgeous getaway! The photos are beautiful, and there is nothing like the luxury of the Ritz. 🙂

  4. Wow! How stunning. I live in Arizona, so every once and a while my boyfriend and I will try to get away to California. I’ll definitely have to keep this in mind- a nice stay by the ocean is always welcoming! x

  5. I have been going down to Half Moon Bay since I was a little girl and one time we went to the Ritz when it was pretty cold outside and used one of the outside fire pits. It was amazing! That place is gorgeous!

  6. Oh that looks like perfection! I love getting away to soak in some sun and put my toes in the sand!

  7. Ahhh what a beautiful place! It looks like oasis… In Ireland we have many georgeus places similar to this but unfortunatelly don’t have nice beaches:(