Seal Cove Inn

221 Cypress Avenue, Moss Beach, California 94038
Innkeeper(s): Kelly and John Dayan
 
  • Introduction

    Just 23 miles south of San Francisco, this serene hideaway is spectacularly set amongst a meadow of wildflowers and bordered by towering cypress trees. The AAA Four-Diamond inn looks out to acres of county park and the ocean beyond: an oasis where you can enjoy secluded beaches, watch frolicking seals, and follow the tree-lined path tracing the windswept Half Moon Bay ocean bluffs. The Inn also features an executive board room for small meetings up to 14.

    Each of Seal Cove Inn's ten guestrooms have king beds appointed with fine linens, log burning fireplace, sitting area, wireless internet, private bath with towel warmer, and a door opening to either a private balcony or onto a terrace with views to the distant ocean. Other amenities include a travel set of European shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, bath salts and lotion, Spa-quality towels and robes, a television with DVD/VHS player and complimentary movies, alarm clock/radio, hairdryer, iron and ironing board and daily, full-service housekeeping. Our friendly staff will help you select the perfect room, and assist you with planning a memorable stay.

    About Seal Cove Inn

    After many years of reviewing bed-and-breakfast inns for her popular guidebook series, author Karen Brown was convinced she knew what it took to make an inn successful.  In the late 1980s, she and her husband built the Seal Cove Inn, combining ideas collected from the many outstanding inns they’d visited in their travels around the world. From concept to completion, the inn was constructed with careful consideration of every detail, from the serene coastal site, to the layout of the guestrooms and the delightful garden.
     


    Reminiscent of a European country inn, each guestroom at Seal Cove Inn is oriented toward the water, with sliding doors that allow guests to hear waves crashing just beyond the Cypress grove. Modern décor incorporates intriguing artwork throughout the building, and trails beckon walkers to the adjacent Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.

    Each of Seal Cove Inn's 10 guestrooms has a California king bed, log-burning* fireplace, flat-panel television, private bath with towel warmer, wireless Internet and a door opening to either a terrace or a private balcony views to the distant ocean.

    Our friendly staff will help you select the perfect room and assist you with planning a memorable stay.

    Rates range from $235 - $350 and include:

    • Full signature breakfast for two
    • Afternoon reception and hors d'oeuvres
    • Freshly-baked cookies and coffee, tea, hot chocolate and sodas
    • Turndown service, on request
    • Wireless Internet
    • Complimentary onsite parking


     

     

     

     

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Kelly and John Dayan for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most of our guests chose to stay with us because of our serene coastal location. We’re close to it all - San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, Silicon Valley - but as they drive down our tree-covered driveway, guests tell us they feel like they’ve arrived in a private sanctuary.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for our proximity to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve – a stunning natural habitat for sea life, harbor seals and birds of all kind. But as new owners, we’re also focusing on being known for our culinary offerings and warm, friendly service.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    To relax and unwind while taking in the gorgeous scenery and listening to the calming sound of ocean waves.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    It’s very hard to narrow it down to the best compliment we’ve ever received, but I’ll quote a recent guest: "Seal Cove Inn is like a sanctuary...It is so peaceful and relaxing. And... your breakfasts are out of this world. Just wonderful." That sums it up nicely!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret is that even though we are located in a small town, we have world-class dining.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    The activities in our area are literally endless! Hiking, biking (the inn has 2 terrific bikes for use by our guests), kayaking, surfing, fishing, golfing and horseback riding are all available for the adventurous crowd. Wandering downtown Half Moon Bay’s many charming shops and boutiques is an enjoyable way to spend a day – as well as visiting farm stands or our many outstanding Farmer’s Markets. Day trips north to San Francisco and south to Santa Cruz are also popular – and can even include catching a sporting event such as a Giants or 49ers game!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve borders our property, and a very popular eatery, the Moss Beach Distillery, is also within walking distance. The Princeton Harbor area is also a short bike ride away!

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Half Moon Bay is at it's core a fishing and farming community – so wonderful food is abundant! My favorite food is anything freshly pulled from the Pacific.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau site – www.visithalfmoonbay.org – is very helpful for visitors.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 10 guest rooms in addition to a 14 person conference room and a 24 seat dining room.

    Do you accept pets?

    We have 2 guest rooms that are designated as dog friendly for pooches up to 30 pounds.

     

  • Breakfast and More Included at Seal Cove Inn

    Evening Manager Reception

    Be sure to join us each evening for a tasting of delicious hors d'oeuvres and more.

  • Meetings & Private Events

    Just 24 miles from San Francisco and an hour from San Jose, the Seal Cove Inn offers close proximity to the city, but feels worlds away. Our Executive Meeting room accommodates up to 14 guests, and offers a boardroom table with comfortable executive chairs in a beautiful space looking out to our garden. We've developed a complete package of services to ensure the success of your meeting or event. Our attentive staff is trained to anticipate your unique requirements, enabling your group to focus on facilitating a creative and productive meeting, or an extraordinary and memorable special event.


    Full day meeting rates at the inn include:

    • A morning break serving coffee, tea, soft drinks and muffins
    • An afternoon break with coffee, tea and cookies
    • Water service, notepads and pens
    • High-speed Internet access

    For more information, please call 800-995-9987

  • What Our Guests Are Saying...

    We had another great stay at the Seal Cove Inn. This lovely "chateau" seems a million miles away from SF with its lovely walk to the ocean, quiet setting and wonderful people, yet within 40 minutes one can be just about anywhere on the peninsula. We find it refreshing and always look forward to the special moments that bring us back here again and again!

    My company recently had an off-site meeting at the Seal Cove Inn. We could not have asked for a better location! The service, meeting accommodations and atmosphere were ideal. The continental breakfast and catered lunch surpassed all expectations. I highly recommend the Seal Cove Inn to anyone looking for a super friendly, tranquil place to escape the crazy pace of the city.

  • About Half Moon Bay

    Just 28 miles south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is a quick escape that feels worlds away from the commotion of the city. This serene coastal town lives life at a slower pace, making it the ideal getaway for stressed urban dwellers.  Half Moon Bay began as a farm town, and its agricultural identity is still strong today.  Village country shops and art galleries sit side by side with the old feed store, and local roadside stands are piled high with fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables, especially the region’s renowned artichokes.  The town’s most celebrated annual event is the Pumpkin Festival every October.

    Half Moon Bay’s cool year-round climate is especially attractive to inlanders seeking respite from the heat. There are two outstanding golf courses here, as well as pristine beaches, parks and miles and miles of excellent biking routes.  Six miles north of town, the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach has a scenic bluff-top trail that winds through ancient cypress groves and eucalyptus forests. Exploring the Reserve’s tidepools, filled with anemones, sea urchins and hermit crabs, is a fun way to spend an afternoon.


    Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
    Explore Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, a natural refuge for plants and animals adapted to live at the edge of the ocean. Walking distance from the inn   Website

    Half Moon Bay
    Just 6 miles to the south, Half Moon Bay is a quiet, charming farming town. Main Street boasts a feed store, a variety of country shops, art galleries and fine restaurants.  Website

    California Seals
    Enjoy watching the harbor seals at Seal Cove Beach, just over the bluffs from the inn. There are often 30 or more seals fishing in the water or relaxing on the beach. At low tide, the exposed rocks at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve are a favorite place for lounging. Seal Cove Beach. Walking distance from the inn
        
    Whale Watching
    From December through mid-February, take a three hour guided whale watching tour with Bait & Switch Sportfishing tours. Meet at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay. Call for reservations and pricing. 650-726-7133   Website

    Pillar Point Harbor
    Pillar Point is the picturesque harbor just two miles to the south following Highway 1. It is fun to explore the harbor and observe the boats as they return with their morning's bounty. Fish can be purchased directly from the fishermen, or if you would rather someone else do the cooking, Pillar Point Harbor has some excellent restaurants known for their fish.   Website


    Horseback Riding
    Half Moon Bay is probably one of the last places where you can ride horses on the beach. Beach, trail, sunset rides and guided tours are available at Sea Horse and Friendly Acres Ranch. 7 days a week, 8 am to 5 pm. Reservations are accepted. 650-726-2362  Website

    Golfing
    Two challenging golf courses are located just south of Half Moon Bay at Ocean Colony. Call for Tee-Times and current rates. 650-726-4438

    Moss Beach Distillery
    Built by Frank Torres in 1927, “Frank’s” (now The Moss Beach Distillery) became a popular nightspot for silent film stars and politicians from the City. Complete with unbridled ocean views, delectable dishes and lively entertainment, this is a unique and historical venue not to be missed! Reservations are recommended. 650-728-5595   Website

    Filoli
    Filoli is a beautiful estate in the Woodside Hills where the televsion series 'Dynasty' was filmed. The spectacular gardens and many rooms are available to tour. Reservations are necessary for a guided tour. Reservations are required for a tour. 650-364-8300  Website

  • Directions to Seal Cove Inn

    Directions from San Francisco Airport (SFO):

    • Take Highway 101 South, then take Highway 92 West towards Half Moon Bay
    • From Highway 92 West, take Highway 1 North/Cabrillo Highway
    • Proceed about six miles, look for the large grayish brown sign on the left that says "Distillery"
    • At that sign, turn left onto Cypress Avenue
    • Seal Cove Inn is on the right down a long driveway at 221 Cypress Avenue  
    • Average total driving time: 30 minutes

    Directions from Oakland Airport (OAK):

    • Take I-880 North towards Oakland
    • Merge onto I-80 West towards San Francisco
    • Cross the Bay Bridge and travel through the city, and connect with I-280 South
    • Take the Pacifica Exit/Hwy 1 South
    • When you reach the small town of Moss Beach, look for the large grayish brown sign on the right that says "Distillery"
    • At that sign, turn right onto Cypress Avenue
    • Seal Cove Inn is on the right down a long driveway at 221 Cypress Avenue  
    • Average total driving time: 1 hour

    Directions from San Jose Airport (SJC):

    • Follow signs to I-280 North to San Francisco
    • Take Hwy 92 West towards Half Moon Bay
    • Turn right onto Highway 1 North/Cabrillo Highway
    • Proceed about six miles, look for the large grayish brown sign on the left that says "Distillery"
    • At that sign, turn left onto Cypress Avenue
    • Seal Cove Inn is on the right down a long driveway at 221 Cypress Avenue  
    • Average total driving time: 1 hour