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Half Moons, Whole Hearts

“I Heart HMB” caboose outside a restaurant in Half Moon Bay, CA

Part one of my California adventure this weekend involved two day trips through Half Moon Bay, a traditionally upscale summer destination that is fueled by farming and fishing economies year-round. This town gets its name from the coastline, which is shaped like a half moon, and it is guaranteed to take just about anyone’s breath away with its lush cliffs, rolling hills and ancient redwood trees. It is located about 30 minutes south of San Francisco, and, due to the fact that my fiancé and I spent a lot of time in this area when we first started dating, we often found ourselves driving through Half Moon Bay just before sunset. Back then, the mist rolling over artichoke farms and light filtering from rose-packed nurseries filled our minds with such tranquility and yielded hours of that kind of silence that lets you know you’re truly comfortable with somebody. It was then that I thought to myself, “I could just drive with this person and keep on going – never stopping – for the rest of my life.” So, it is only fitting that we have decided to take our marriage vows in Half Moon Bay a mere five months from now. I am giddily excited for the summer (especially all the major life changes that come with it), and the fried fish and surf shops of this town made me feel as though August was close in the air even on a chilly March day…

Crescent-shaped cliffs near the spot where we will marry

More beautiful cliffs in a public wetlands preserve in Half Moon Bay

Half-moon sculpture between Main Street and the coastal highway

Psst: Other things that can make even the briskest days feel like summer to me include: ice-cold Diet Pepsi, homemade chocolate fudge, card games and John Candy movies. Are there sensations, places or things that make summer seem nearby for you?

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  • Reply Smriti@Bucket List Nation September 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    What a fabulous post!!

    the pictures look amazing!

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté September 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you, Smriti! Half Moon Bay is such a beautiful spot, and now it’s one of my absolute favorite places because I got married there. Even without the happy memories, I simply adore quiet beach towns. 🙂

  • Reply My Kind of Timeless | coté writes September 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    […] point out some other wedding posts you may have missed: you can read about the sentimental reasons we got married in Half Moon Bay, my dress-fitting saga, the morning of our wedding, or my husband and my first look at each other […]

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