It sometimes amazes me just how different and diverse this country is. Not just in its people, but in its landscape. Along most of the east coast, we view the ocean at eye level, on a beach or sand dune. On the west coast, up and down parts of California and Oregon, the ocean can only be seen from above, on craggy escarpments and high cliffs, ragged and rocky yet solid.
One such cliff is home to the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. Just south of San Francisco, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the resort is the kind of place you picture yourself vacationing just after you've won the lottery. You wouldn't be surprised to learn they even have technology butlers for your computer needs.
They do have function space. Both indoor and out (imagine a reception where you can taste the sea salt in the air without getting wet!). Meetings take place here, despite the fact that some of the meeting rooms have windows that look out on the surf, crashing into the rock face below. An easy way to get distracted, in a good kind of way. The kind of way that might actually make your mind slow and allow an idea marinate.
We stopped here once on a short road trip from Monterrey to San Francisco. I remember thinking it must be a little bit like what The Great Gatsby's life must have been like, a gargantuan estate surrounded by manicured grounds and gentlemen walking around in tennis sweaters, V-neck and all.
When not attending a function, your attendees can find plenty of diversion in the town of Half Moon Bay, with its five regions that offer the Coast, historic Main Street, the Pumpkin Region and the Redwood Region, for hiking, biking and horse rides.
One thing for sure. You won't forget Half Moon Bay.
To learn more about Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, go to the Cvent Supplier Network.