Old Thyme Inn Bed & Breakfast

779 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California 94019
Innkeeper(s): Rick & Kathy Ellis
  • Twilight at Old Thyme Inn -- time to relax and plan dinner!

    Twilight at Old Thyme Inn -- time to relax and plan dinner!

  • Dining area -- where we serve our delicious full breakfast.

    Dining area -- where we serve our delicious full breakfast.

  • Afternoon wine and cheese in the garden at Old Thyme Inn

    Afternoon wine and cheese in the garden at Old Thyme Inn

  • Garden Room - our finest, with fireplace and Jacuzzi-for-two

    Garden Room - our finest, with fireplace and Jacuzzi-for-two

  • Thyme Room - fireplace and 2-person whilpool tub

    Thyme Room - fireplace and 2-person whilpool tub

  • Mint Room - with fireplace, sitting area, and clawfoot tub.

    Mint Room - with fireplace, sitting area, and clawfoot tub.

  • Rosemary Room - with garden view and private Jucuzzi-for-two

    Rosemary Room - with garden view and private Jucuzzi-for-two

  • Oregano Room - overlooking the garden

    Oregano Room - overlooking the garden

 
  • Introduction

    You will find a garden of herbal delight at the Old Thyme Inn in Half Moon Bay. You'll spend enchanted nights in our "Princess Anne" 1898 Victorian B&B. A lush and fragrant English-style herb and flower garden provides a tranquil setting for romance, rest and relaxation, or pleasant conversation beside gurgling fountains at our Half Moon Bay Bed and Breakfast.

    The atmosphere of the Inn is friendly and informal. The parlor is the center of activity. Decorated with classic and custom-designed furniture and Kathy's plein air oil paintings, the parlor offers an assortment of current magazines, games, and video taped films as well as wine and cheese, nuts, and candies for all to enjoy. Your hosts and our gracious staff will greet you with warm hospitality and provide any assistance you need to make your visit most enjoyable and memorable.

    Old Thyme Inn is just the place to relax and regain your peace of mind.

    Meet and chat with your fellow guests or take a romantic stroll through the garden and see what’s blooming. Bask in the warmth and glow of the chimenea fireplace on the patio.

    Discuss the many local options for a delightful dining experience—Kathy and Rick will be pleased to offer suggestions and to assist you with reservations and directions.

    "A world away...but ever so close" The peaceful coastal village of Half Moon Bay is just 28 miles South of San Francisco and less than an hour from San Jose and the Silicon Valley. Walk to fine restaurants, art galleries, fascinating shops, and our beautiful crescent-shaped beach. We're looking forward to the pleasure of your company at our Half Moon Bay B&B!

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    There's something for everyone in Half Moon Bay.

    There's no scarcity of interesting places to visit, including Ano Nuevo State Reserve for viewing elephant seals, Fitzgerald Marine Reserve for its tidepools and other wildlife, Obester Winery, and Pigeon Point Lighthouse to mention just a few. There's also whalewatching by boat or seaplane, golfing, horseback riding, and visiting local nurseries and farms. San Francisco attractions are only 24 miles away.

  • Dining

    Typical breakfast offerings can include lemon-rosemary or banana-coconut crumb cake, ginger or cranberry muffins, "quiche du jour", lemon-cheese pancakes with strawberry syrup, chili rellenos, zucchini souffle, basil featherbed eggs, or eggs benedict. Breakfast always begins with orange juice, freshly ground custom-roasted coffee, regular or herbal teas, fresh seasonal fruit and delectable breads. All our cakes, muffins, and breads are baked right here at the Inn.
     
    Enjoy the Afternoon with Complimentary Wine & Cheese
     
    Late afternoon is time to relax with a glass of red or white California wine, sparkling pear cider, and scrumptious California cheeses.
  • Things To Do

    During your blissful visit to the lovely shores of Half Moon Bay, we have many ideas to make your stay ideal: comb nearby beaches, explore unique shops and galleries, or indulge yourself with a delicious lunch or dinner in one of the Coastside’s many delightful restaurants. We’re just 5 minutes from two world-class 18-hole championship golf courses. You can visit giant redwoods, go wine tasting, enjoy live jazz, surf, hike, kayak, go antiquing, tide pooling, whale watching, sport fishing, bird watching, mountain biking, dabble in eco-tourism or try your hand in nature photography, or simply stroll down the streets of this charming and historic coastal California town. Ask us for details on all the above activities.

    Southern Route

    This 48 mile drive on Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz is one of the most scenic drives in California! Start your trip by heading south away from downtown on Main Street. In about ½ mile Main Street ends at Hwy 1. Turn left and you’re on your way!

    Click to See Interesting Stops Along the Way!

    Northern Route

    Drive north on Hwy 1 through the many small communities that make up what we call the Coastside's. Along the way, visit the many beaches, hike in the mountains, and enjoy the diverse activities associated with our Pillar Point Harbor, with its picturesque fishing fleet. Start your trip by heading north on Main Street, through the center of town, until you come to Hwy 1 intersection (Chevron gas station). Turn right and you’re on your way!

    Click to See Interesting Stops Along the Way!

    Eastern Route

    Going east on Hwy 92 takes you through an area with many nurseries and green houses. If you love plants you can spend long happy hours strolling through acres of them. Take special note of Pastorinos if you love roses (you can’t miss the beautiful rose gardens in front) or ePlant World (at the end of a row of greenhouses) if your taste runs to orchids. In Fall, Hwy 92 is lined with pumpkin farms which, in Winter, become forests of Christmas trees. Start your trip by heading north on Main Street, through the center of town, until you come to the intersection with Hwy 92 (Shell gas station). Turn right and you’re on your way!

    Click to See Interesting Stops Along the Way!

    Picnic Planning

    Before you start your day trip, you might want to plan a picnic lunch as there are many beaches and parks along the way where you could have a leisurely lunch. Several businesses in town make delicious sandwiches and luncheon treats:

    Cunha's Country Store

    Three blocks north on Main Street, has a nice deli counter and all the other things you need.

    Garden Deli & Cafe

    Four blocks North on Main Street, locals think they make the best sandwiches in town.

    New Leaf Grocery

    On Hwy 92 at the intersection with Hwy 1 (7 blocks from the inn); natural and organic foods, great deli with all kinds of wonderful food and drinks.

    Our Dinner Suggestions

  • Directions

    From San Francisco or San Francisco Airport (SFO)

    1. Take either Hwy 101 or Hwy 280 South to Hwy 92 West (toward Half Moon Bay) 
    2. Follow 92 until you enter Half Moon Bay (the only town on Hwy 92)
    3. The first light you come to is Main Street (Shell gas station on corner), turn left there, continue 6 blocks and look for the Inn on your left

    Driving distance from San Francisco: 28 miles, from SFO: 22 miles.

    From San Jose

    1. Take Hwy 101 or Hwy 280 North to Hwy 92 West (toward Half Moon Bay)
    2. Follow 92 until you enter Half Moon Bay (the only town on Hwy 92)
    3. The first traffic light is Main Street (Shell gas station on corner), turn left there, continue 6 blocks and look for the Inn on your left

    Driving distance from San Jose/Silicon Valley: Approx. 45 miles.

    From Santa Cruz, Monterey, and points South on the Coastal Highway (Highway 1)

    1. Follow Hwy 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) North till you seen signs that you are entering Half Moon Bay
    2. Look for signs pointing to "Historic Main Street" (you'll pass Half Moon Bay Lodge and Joe's Place On the Coast, 1/2 mile before the Main Street/Higgins-Purissima Road exit)
    3. Exit right onto Main Street, in about 4 blocks look for the Inn on your right. Driving distance from Santa Cruz: 45 miles, from Monterey/Carmel-by-the-Sea: 100 miles


    GPS Coordinates: 37.459092,-122.429584