HALF MOON BAY GETAWAY
Known for its pumpkin crop and scenic coast, Northern California’s rugged Half Moon Bay gained an upscale claim to fame last month in the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.
Modeled on grand 19th-century seaside lodges, the bluff-top resort boasts cedar shingles and turrets on the outside, hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, and beamed ceilings within. Two coastal golf courses frame it, including The Ocean Course with sea views from every hole. A 16,000-square-foot spa emphasizes local produce, using pumpkin — a beta-carotene bonanza — in several treatments. Only 30 miles from either San Francisco or Silicon Valley, this is one escape that’s easy to make. Room rates from $305. (800) 241-3333; www.ritzcarlton.com