Harvest is high time to visit the coastal community of Half Moon Bay. During the second weekend of October, the town rallies around the annual, ever popular Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival*, a harvest homage that plays out as one big street fair along Main Street downtown. But the area locals call “the Coastside” offers a cornucopia of ways to embrace fall all season long.
There are a handful of bakeries around town, but Half Moon Bay Bakery, which has been open since 1908, is one of the best. During October the bakery is renowned for its pumpkin goodies: ultra-moist pumpkin bread, super-thick pumpkin pie, and even sometimes pumpkin cookies. Other worthy treats include custard-filled donuts, crescent moon-shaped chocolate chip cookies, and focaccia bread topped with artichoke and pesto.
House-made ravioli might come stuffed with butternut squash and mascarpone at Pasta Moon, where the Italian offerings showcase local produce, fish, and goat cheese.