Holidays at the Johnston House in Half Moon Bay

  • Address:
    110 Higgins Canyon Road
    Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Tour the historic house, shop the fabulous boutique items, enjoy wine & delicious food, listen to live music!

$25 timed tickets will be sold for each 1½ hour period. Order online and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Pasta Moon Restaurant gift certificate. Tickets sold at the door will be $30.

Due to fragile items, no children or pets, please.

All proceeds support AAUW to advance gender equity for women & girls, the Coastside Women’s Club to provide scholarships for Half Moon Bay High School students, and the Johnston House Foundation to support the preservation of the James Johnston House. 


The Johnston House sits on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, east of Highway 1, just south of the city of Half Moon Bay. Isolated, its silhouette is a remarkable sight against the rolling hillsides golden brown until the winter rains turns them green. The classic New England saltbox (two stories in front, one in back) was built by ‘49er pioneer James Johnston between 1853-1855, for his Californiano bride, Petra Maria de Jara.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house has survived 150 years of weather, abandonment, vandalism and high winds and celebrated its sesquicentennial year in 2005.

Group tours available by reservation 1-650-726-0329.