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Pillar Point Harbor: eating, boating, birding, exploring, buying seafood, and more.

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Things To Do - Half Moon Bay

Princeton By The Sea & Pillar Point Harbor is the center for a commercial fishing harbor, shops, eating establishments, wildlife, beautiful views, and world class surfing.

Pillar Point Harbor - Things To Do

Pillar Point Harbor Area Link
Start your visit walking on the pier looking at the boats or purchasing fresh fish from the dock. Then wander back to land for a range of activities:

    • Seafood dining
    • Italian dining
    • Renting a Kayak
    • Taking a whale watching tour
    • Outfitting for surfing
    • Shopping
    • Signing up for a sport fishing excursion

Harbor Village – Link
Walk across the street to Oceano Hotel & Spa, if  the center of Harbor Village. Along with the lodging and spa, there are 19 interesting shops and eateries in a casual, coastal environment. On Sunday’s there’s a Farmers Market with fresh foods and crafts.

Pillar Point Marsh Area
At the west end of the harbor,  park at the Pillar Point Marsh parking lot for a unique ocean experience:

  • Bird watching at the Marsh
  • Exploring the tide pools around Seal Rock
  • Hiking the bluffs for a unique vies of the ocean and the Mavericks surfing area.

Pillar Point Harbor is a fun place to tour for the guests attending your wedding, before or after the great event. Or book a tour of the area through HMB Coastside Tours. Maybe I’ll see you on the bluffs, I’m  there a couple of times a week with my wife and my dog.

 

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Plan A Perfect Coastside Tour Around Half Moon Bay

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Resources - Half Moon Bay Coastside, Things To Do - Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay Coastside Tours offers a 2-day all-inclusive tour of the San Mateo Coastside or will design a custom tour for groups of 6 or more.

This week I’m showcasing this new Coastside business run by vacation and travel experts, Ginger Minoletti and Mary Corcoran.

Let me walk you thorough their tour offerings or read the narrative below.

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If you’re visiting the Coastside near SF and think it might be helpful to have personalized assistance exploring the HMB Coastside, we’re pleased to recommend a new business, Half Moon Bay Coastside Tours.

This service is owned and operated by Mary Corcoran and Ginger Minoletti, two Coastside businesswomen who are long term local residents and know every nook and cranny of the area.  You can learn more about them here on their About Page.

HMBCoastsideTours.com offers 2 services:

  • First, a 2-day getaway Coastside tour package with accommodations and activities. Fill out a short Contact form and they’ll respond within 48 hours.
  • Then, they can design a customized  Coastside tour, a travel package based on your unique interests and needs. Check areas of interest on their Inquiry form and suggest other in the comment  area.

Why Half Moon Bay? This page lists some Activities and Events you can consider, and shows why this area is such a popular destination location in the Bay Area.

Their Gallery shows off some of the Coastside.

We recommend this site to all brides and grooms using our Destination Wedding Ceremony Package as a fun thing they can offer their out of town wedding guests and for themselves in the days before or after their wedding.

Visit HMB Coastside Tours today and discover why they’re the best choice for discovering the Coastside, tours guided by Mary and Ginger, two travel professionals and local Coastside residents.

terry Plank Authored by Terry Plank

Affordable Reception Restaurant Location – Low Budget

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Affordable - Low Budget Weddings, Reception Locations & Dining

Questions To Ask When Planning An Affordable Reception Restaurant Location

Last post I wrote about low budget, Affordable Wedding Locations. Choosing to have your wedding  in a more affordable location usually means having your reception and wedding in  different locations. Restaurants have become a popular and affordable  reception location or venue for a low budget wedding, especially for smaller weddings.

Restaurant Reception Location

Why does a restaurant save you money over renting a facility?

  • No chairs, tableware, glassware, and linens to rent.
  • No need have to hire a caterer.
  • Decorations and decor are already in place because a restaurant comes with an inviting, welcoming ambiance.

What other reasons are there for choosing a restaurant?

  • A broad choice of unique locations.
  • Most restaurants come with a distinctive ambiance and décor, which allows for individual taste being reflected in your environment.
  • Restaurants have a particular and unique cuisine.
  • Restaurants want return business, unlike a wedding location, so often you get more personal attention.

How do you find a suitable restaurant to fit your low budget wedding?

  • Search Google using these possible search phrases: (city, county, or state) restaurant reception location (site), (city, county, or state) restaurant wedding reception location (site)
  • Search local Chamber of commerce: at Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber you can do a search for restaurants.
  • Consider a restaurant that doesn’t normally have receptions, perhaps one where you are a regular customer and they may be open for your reception.
  • Here is a list of San Mateo Coastside restaurant locations at Weddings By The Sea.
Sams Chowder House Restaurant

Sam's Chowder House Restaurant

What things should you consider, what questions should you ask?

  • Can the restaurant handle your number of guests?
  • Do they have a location apart from regular diners or do you need to rent the whole location? The best option when you have a limited budget is to choose a location with more than one dining area or that has private dining facilities.
  • Is there an option for brunch or buffet?  What is the cost difference between a sit-down dinner and a buffet?
  • Are their options for dishes to select from? Can there be individual ordering for each guest?
  • Are there enough bathrooms and parking?
  • What amenities are included with the event?
  • Does the quoted price include the waitperson’s tips and parking for the guests?

One final tip: Be sure to test the food several times yourself and experiment with different dishes.
terry Plank Authored by Terry Plank

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