A stay in California’s scenic The San Francisco Peninsula becomes even more scenic when your restaurant or hotel room has its own magnificent fireplace. Art deco fireplaces and fire pits are popular calling cards at several hospitality hotspots in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley, where the days are mild and the cool evenings pair perfectly with a romantic fire. We’ve sized up these restaurants, hotels and bed-and-breakfast resorts to create a list of the finest fireplaces and fire pits to sit, stay or dine alongside when you visit this great destination.
Some of these crackling fireplace locations have indoor fireplaces; others have outdoor fire pits. Some even offer incomparable views overlooking the Pacific Ocean or San Francisco Bay to take in while warming up by the fire. Let’s blaze through some of the area’s premier hospitality venues where a beautiful fire is included.
Outdoor dining by the Pacific Ocean is an exquisite experience, though sometimes a little cool. But a fire pit near your table is the perfect accessory for an ocean-side outdoor dining experience.
Waterfront dining and a nice, warm fire are always on the menu at Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, a five-star seafood experience. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, named by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of America’s best beach bars, also features fire pits and locally brewed beer on its dog-friendly oceanfront patio. Distinguished Peruvian cuisine is served at La Costanera in Montara, with an outdoor seating option that has a fire pit, heat lamps and glass windows to protect you from the wind. Another great coastal option is the historic San Benito House hotel, which is connected to the fun and friendly San Benito Ale House, whose outdoor fire pits always offer a crackling good time.
For indoor fireplace dining to stoke your appetite, MacArthur Park in Palo Alto serves New American cuisine with a fine-dining flair by a large brick fireplace in its historic colonial location. Mullins Bar & Grill in Half Moon Bay has a distinctive indoor fireplace with views of the ocean and the Half Moon Bay Golf Links course. San Mateo’s Fish Market Restaurant serves upscale fresh seafood with a lovely indoor fireplace and gorgeous views of San Francisco Bay’s Seal Slough. Or, for gorgeous views of the majestic California redwoods, The Mountain House Restaurant in Woodside has panoramic forest views and fine dining right next to the fireplace.
You can also fire up your overnight stay with a hotel with a fireplace or fire pit. The outdoor fire pits put some spark in your stay at the Pullman San Francisco Bay in Redwood City, the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, the Courtyard San Mateo Foster City, the Hyatt House in Belmont, the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Francisco Airport North. And on top of that, all of these facilities also offer incomparable views of the San Francisco Bay or Pacific Ocean. Furthermore, The Clement Hotel in Palo Alto offers a serene vibe with fire pits on their downstairs outdoor patio and upstairs - surrounding their rooftop pool.
A giant outdoor fireplace with a view overlooking the golf course awaits your stay at the Half Moon Bay Lodge, while the Best Western El Rancho in Millbrae and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Francisco Airport both offer inviting fireplaces inside their hotel bars.
In Palo Alto, the Westin Hotel and Garden Court Hotel both offer rooms with individual guest fireplaces. And for rooms with fireplaces plus views of the Pacific Ocean, the Pacifica Beach Hotel and Half Moon Bay’s Oceano Hotel, Beach House and Inn at Mavericks all have rooms available with this outstanding scenic combination.
Or combine your room and meals with the fireplace ambience thrown in with San Mateo County/Silicon Valley’s bed-and-breakfasts with fireplaces in rooms. Half Moon Bay’s Mill Rose Inn and Zaballa House both offer fireplaces inside their rooms. San Mateo County/Silicon Valley offers incredible scenic coastline views, and you’ll enjoy them more warmly with food and hospitality by an open fire. Find a facility with a fireplace for your next stay in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley, one of the greatest places in the world to enjoy earth, wind and fire.
Photo courtesy of The Clement Hotel Palo Alto.