Tour des Fleurs Half Moon Bay



Tour des Fleurs – A Unique Experience Awaits You on the Coastside

“… Tour des Fleurs offers the public a once-a-year opportunity to tour our local nurseries/greenhouses, wineries and farms. Many of these businesses are not ordinarily open to the public and during Tour des Fleurs they invite you for a “behind the scenes” tour of their facilities and operations. Some will share helpful tips to pruning and caring for flowers, others will share their key to an efficient operation whether it’s a nursery or winery, and some will share their colorful and fascinating family history and how it shaped their businesses today.

Special flower gardens, calla lilies, dahlias, violas, oceans of roses and hydrangeas, organic herbs and field greens, California native plants surrounded by streams and waterfalls, a working dairy farm, acres of succulent berries, Coastal wineries, an abundance of potted plants of every variety and new this year, a Farmer’s Market Tour await you on this year’s Tour des Fleurs.

Each tour package takes you to three different nurseries. You drive yourself to each nursery in your package and enjoy a one hour guided tour. There are five different tour packages to choose from, and each tour package of three nurseries costs only $20.00.

For further information, please call the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau at (650) 726-8380 x100.


2010 Tour Locations include:

Bay City Flower Company – This third generation family owned business is one of the largest Hydrangea growers and also one of the most efficient commercial potted plant growers in the nation. They grow for high end commercial merchants such as Smith-Hawkins, Calyx Flowers and Red Envelope. You can also find their potted flowers and plants under the label Hana Bay Flower in upscale garden centers.

Coastside Farmer’s Market – John Muller, 2002 Farmer of the Year with 30 years experience, will tour you through our diverse Farmer’s Market complete with flowers, fruits, vegetables, fish, herbs, handmade crafts and soaps, and much more from some of the most fertile farmland in the West.  This market is very locally focused and folks will meet a dozen Coastside Farmers in one fell swoop. Farmer John is a wealth of information and has represented American farmers on numerous governmental committees and water boards, and is the Mayor of Half Moon Bay!

Green Oaks Creek Farm & Retreat – Owner Stephanie Jennings will take you on a guided tour of her working organic farm which offers educational programs for children and adults.

Harley Farms Goat Dairy – Harley Farms Goat Dairy, the home of 300 Alpine goats produces fresh award winning cheese daily in what is now the last remaining dairy farm in San Mateo County.

Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo – At this stunning certified organic farm in Pescadero, tour, touch and taste while learning about organic crop production. Begun in 1980, this original family farm site launched what has now become the nation’s largest grower/shipper of fine organic culinary herbs and edible flowers.

La Nebbia Winery – Owner Kendyl Kellogg will take you on a guided tour of this private winery, learn some valued tips to grape growing, and sample wines with a unique edible flower pairing.

Nurserymen’s Exchange – Founded by Carl and Virginia Pearlstein more than 60 years ago, Nurserymen’s Exchange has grown into one of America’s leading Wholesale Home and Garden companies. Wholesale only, their BloomRite® brand includes blooming plants, tropical plants and foliage, bulbs and packaged shrubs. They also carry a complete line of home and garden designs.

H. Pastorino & Son Company – Owner Hank Pastorino will guide you through hot houses, fields of flowers, and a unique on-site pottery shop.

PIE Ranch – Tour the historic Steele Ranch grounds and their diversified farm operation with fruit, vegetables, flowers, grains, beans, poultry, and livestock. The afternoon also coincides with their monthly community volunteer day, so people are welcome to stay and get their hands on a farm project, join in the evening potluck from 6:00pm-7:00pm and barn dance from 7:00pm-10:00pm.

Yerba Buena Nursery – Noted for native California plants, ferns, a meandering babbling brook, and a turn of the century historic house, is the pride of Kathy Crane, owner and tour guide.

Music venues in Half Moon Bay

There are several music venues for you to enjoy near our Inn in the Half Moon Bay area. All different types of music are here in Half Moon Bay including jazz, blues, classical and rock. Listed below are some of the music locations. It is best to check with the individual locations for the type of music and show times.

Miramar Beach Restaurant, 131 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay, CA, 650-726-9053

Douglas Beach House in Miramar, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society,  307 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay, 650-726-4143

The Wine Bar, located in the Harbor Village Mall, 270 Capistrano Rd., #22, Half Moon Bay

La Costanera, 8150 Cabrillo Highway, Montara, 650-728-1600

Cafe Classique, 107 Sevilla Ave., El Granada, CA  650-726-9775

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Rd., Princeton-by-the-Sea  Half Moon Bay, 650-728-2739

Sam’s Chowder House,  4210 N. Cabrillo Hwy., Half Moon Bay 650-712-0245

Pasta Moon,  Pasta Moon’s Music Box, 315 Main St, Half Moon Bay 650-726-5125

Cetrella restaurant,  845 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA  650-726-4090

Crab Landing Seafood & Steakhouse 260 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea
Half Moon Bay CA 94019, Phone: 650-712-1288

Bangkok House Thai Cuisine, 20-B Stone Pine Center, Half Moon Bay CA 94019, Phone: 650 726-5247

Lighthouses near our Inn

Our Inn is near two historic lighthouses. One is the Point Montara lighthouse which is a historic fog signal and light station from 1875. It is located at 16th Street at Highway One in Montara, CA. The telephone number is 650-728-7177. The other one is a few miles south of our Inn called the Pigeon Point lighthouse located on Highway One in Pescadero, CA. The telephone number is 650-879-0633. Both lighthouses are definitely worth visiting while staying at our Inn.

Point Montara lighthouse

Activities Near Our Inn

Coastal Elegance Tours

  • · Nature Hikes

The Coastal/Beach Hike on rural bluffs highlight marine animals, birds, wildflowers and seals, and possibly a few star fish and sea anemones if the surf is low enough. The Giant Redwood Hike includes a picture of your family inside an old growth redwood. Special lilies and iris bloom in the forest each Spring. Both hikes are 2-3 hours. $75 per person.

Redwood tree

  • · Half Moon Bay Coastal Eco-Cycling Group Events

Guests experience the areas rich ecological diversity while cycling along the Pacific Ocean. The trained naturalist guides inform participants about the native people, coastal and inter-tidal habitats. Cycle on trails along a secluded beach and rural Pacific Ocean bluffs. Curious seals, brown pelicans and shore birds are often seen and photos are shown of marine life animals that live in the inter-tidal zone. $120 per person, age 12 and older.

  • · Ultimate California Cycling Adventure

A three day/two night package begins with a 4:00 p.m. lodging check-in. On Day Two, the guided eco-culture cycling tour begins at 10:00 a.m. Enjoy the panoramic scenic 20-mile drive, visit ancient redwoods, secluded coastal beaches on rural country roads and stop for lunch in historic Pescadero. Day Three will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail. The terrain includes country lanes, bike paths and some dirt trials with spectacular views from the scenic Pacific Coast bluffs. Visit Pillar Point Lighthouse, the harbor, Mavericks, and enjoy lunch at the base of Montara Mountain. Rates and lodging options are available on the website.

Tours by reservation only: 650-712-8456

Farmers Markets

  • · Coastside Farmers’ Market ~  May – December

Farm fresh produce, fresh fish, local art and live music. Shoreline Station, Half Moon Bay ~ Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 650-726-4895 ~

Half Moon Bay Golf Links

The golf course will host the U.S. Open Qualifier on May 17, 2010. Learn more and sign up by visiting Two Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay ~ 650-726-1800


“Capradero – A Lot of Goats” ~ through May 27, 2010

An outdoor exhibit of goat sculptures in the grass lot next to Country Roads Antiques is a celebration of rural beauty. On Fridays-Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. the “goat meadow” is open to the public. Children can make their own goat masks, and families may picnic on the grass (blankets provided by the artists). Local musicians Suzana Gulmert & Abalone Dreams and Andy Markham & The Polyglot Quartet will play at 2 p.m. on May 8 and May 15, respectively. 320 Stage Road, Pescadero.

Mother’s Day Activities Near Our Inn

Basket of flowers

Cetrella – Brunch ~ 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Three-course dinner; $45 per person. 845 Main St., Half Moon Bay ~ 650-726-4090 ~

Costanoa -Wildflower Walk ~ 10:00 a.m.

Meet Costanoa naturalist Terry Strachan in front of the Ranch House to explore nearby foothills and revel in the bounty of local Lupines, Asters and Poppies. 2001 Rossi Road, Pescadero ~ 650-879-1100 ~


Moss Beach Distillery-Brunch ~ 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Two-course prix fixe menu with unlimited champagne and mimosas. $48.95 per person; $27.95 for children under 12). 140 Beach Way, Moss Beach ~ 650-728-5595 ~

Pasta Moon-Three-Course Lunch ~ 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

$45.00 Adults; $15.00 Children (excludes tax & gratuity). Reservations recommended. 315 Main Street, Half Moon Bay ~ 650-726-5125 ~


Movie DVD

Another DVD movie that we have in our collection for guests to view is Sherlock Holmes 2009, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. It is very well acted with fabulous suspense and great special effects (chilling at times). It has a terrific ending that leads one to think that there will be a sequel. We hope that you enjoy the movie.

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes 2009

Tidepools near our Inn

The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is just a few miles north of our Inn on the San Mateo County coast in Moss Beach, California. There are tidepools for viewing a variety of marine life and having a fun outing.  Any low tide below +1.0 feet will provide an array of tidepools with a variety of plants, and marine invertebrates. “The Reserve is open during daylight hours but the life in the tidepools can only be seen at low tides, below +1.0 feet. So, before you come to the Reserve, check your newspaper, an online tide guide, or a tide book which is available at marinas, boating or fishing shops. Please know that the tides at Moss Beach occur about one hour earlier than listed for the Golden Gate. Tidepooling is best done just before and just after low tide. Be sure to bring a windbreaker, a sweater and a pair of dry shoes.”

Starfish at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach

DVD Movies

Here at the Pacific Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn, we have a wide variety of DVD movies for your viewing including My Fair Lady starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. In 1964 it won 8 Academy awards and the sound track was very popular in the 1960’s.  It is a story about a gentleman grammarian and a lady who is not well versed in proper grammar and how they eventually fell in love. We hope that you enjoy the movie.

Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady

Goat farm near Half Moon Bay

Alpine goat

Alpine goat

A terrific day trip from our Inn is to Pescadero and Harley Farms goat dairy. “Harley Farms is a restored 1910 dairy farm, with 200 alpine goats on nine acres of pasture in Pescadero, California. The farm grew from six pet goats to today’s herd, with their delicious, critically-acclaimed cheese. The Harley Farms chevre, fromage blanc, ricotta and feta cheeses are consistent winners at the American Cheese Society awards, and hold two international World Cheese Show medals. (more…)

Half Moon Bay Activities

There are many activities to do near our Inn in Miramar Beach, Half Moon Bay, including hiking, golfing, wine tasting, walking on the beach, dining, shopping, art viewing, whale watching, boating, surfing and relaxing. Check our Area page on our website.

Sunset at Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay