San Francisco area coastal wedding destinations

Half Moon Bay Lodge – Lodging & Ceremony Location

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Ceremony Locations - Half Moon Bay Coastside, Lodging - Half Moon Bay Coastside

Half Moon Bay LodgeHalf Moon Bay Lodge, Best Western, is one of the quietest locations in the area for lodging in close proximity to a world class golf course, historic Half Moon Bay, beaches, a redwood grove with a spring-fed creek that runs year round, scores of excellent dining venues, and much more.

Rates are competitive for the area and they have a number of Packages with reduced rates: Unlimited Golf Stay & Play, Romantic Escape, Dinner & A Movie, Family Dinner and Movie, Eco Tour, Family Fun Picnic are a few.

I asked Minako Maki, the Conference Manager, to suggest three words she thinks most reflect the Lodge, I’ve been to the Lodge several times over the years so I agree with her answer: “intimate”, “charming”, and “personal”.

The Lodge is one of the few locations on the coast with a heated pool; they also have an oversized whirlpool spa, a dry sauna, a Fitness Center, and can make arrangements for a professional massage in your room for individuals and couples. They also have six meeting rooms that accommodate up to 60 people and have corporate rates for lodging if participants decide to stay over.

In addition to being a great location for guests attending wedding ceremonies on the San Mateo County Coastside, the Half Moon Bay Lodge is a lovely site for a wedding ceremony and reception for up to 50 guests.  “Experience our garden lawn setting with golf course views for your ceremony then celebrate in our dining room adjacent to our pool and charming patio.  We will take care of the details that go into making your wedding day flawless.”

Learn more at www.halfmoonbaylodge.com, call, or email for reservations:  (650) 726-9000 – reservations325@halfmoonbaylodge.com .

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Wedding & Reception Location – Half Moon Bay Golf Links

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Ceremony Locations - Half Moon Bay Coastside, Reception Locations & Dining

Ceremony Location

I’ve performed many ceremonies at the Golf Links and find this location one of the best places to officiate.

I asked Amy M. McNeil, Director of Sales & Marketing, a few questions to round out my thoughts about the location; the first was to give me 3 words she things best describes Half Moon Bay Golf Links; not surprisingly they were “Views, Service, Value”. Let me comment around her key words to describe their location and service.

Views?  You bet, you can see from a video I shot last November when I was there to officiate that the area is open and green right beside sea. There is a view of the ocean on their website; they are on more than a mile of scenic bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. Here is the link to the WBTS Video.

Service?  Amy and her staff of coordinators obviously love what they do, they take excellent care of every part of the rehearsal, celebration, and reception.  Couples always look relaxed and pampered by a staff that makes sure the whole experience goes smoothly and professionally.

Value?  Well, even with the expansive views, quality service, and fine food, the cost of Half Moon Bay Golf Links is one of the more affordable ones on the Coastside.

I asked Amy another question, what advice she would give to couples about their wedding?  Her answer?  “Trust your instincts -not only with each other, but with your wedding plans and vendors.  Everything should “click” and you should feel that your wedding vendors ‘have your back’ in all things and that they have your best interests at heart and are there to protect your overall experience.  Trust is key in all relationships from wedding planning through marriage.”

Look over their Wedding page at Half Moon Bay Golf Links.   If you’re interested in learning more specifics contact Amy McNeil, Director of Sales & Marketing at (650) 773-8895 or amcneil@hmbgolflinks.com.

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Half Moon Bay Online Directory – Coastside Live

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Resources - Half Moon Bay Coastside, Web Site Resources

There are many Coastside and online resources to find information when considering a visit, planning an event, standing on the street corner in Half Moon Bay looking for a location, or living here and trying to find a local service like an Insurance Agency.

Coastside Live is the easiest to use for locating Coastside business addresses and phone numbers, things are readily findable in Coastside Live.  Sites like the Coastside Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Half Moon Bay Review include only members or advertisers, Yelp and the search engine’s “Local” sites take some digging if you don’t know exactly what you are searching for.  Coastside Live has everything in clear lists in each category; it’s easy to scan and get that address and phone number.

So, ease of finding “everything local” is the first advantage of Coastside Live.

Next, the home page has three clear sections showing, the Coastside Calendar, Weather/Surf Reports, and Web Cams to showing exactly what the day looks like.  As a local resident and a wedding vendor I find that Coastside Calendar especially handy  for finding entertainment every night of the week and for recommending to wedding clients things to do if they are spending some time here before or after their wedding. The owners of Coastside Live make it easy for companies to enter their own entertainment or local activity listings and they follow up with those who don’t so it stays current.

Finally, comprehensivenes is a real plus; by following menu links like Eat, Sleep, Play, Shop, Move, or Local Services you can find everything you might need. I counted over 60 categories in Local Services alone. New local businesses and service providers can submit their information to Coastside Live by contacting them at coastsidelive@roguewebworks.com.

A word to businesses, organizations, and activity providers; since Coastside Live has excellent search engine findability for all the major keyword searchers use to find Coastside services, paying for a link or advertising on the site is a no-brainer for low cost traffic generation. However, your listing is free, so get it in the directory if you don’t find it there.

Visit this online directory at http://www.coastsidelive.com.

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