For the past two weekends, I had weddings at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon bay, one of my favorite places in the Bay Area. I never mind the 45 minute drive there, as I love to enjoy the mountains and coastal scenery along the way. At this time of the year, it is especially inviting because of all the pumpkin patches being set up, officially welcoming the fall season!
Autumn is such an enchanting time of the year, transitioning us from summer to winter. For those of you that have never made a trip to the famous Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, you should definitely not miss out again this year!
Mark your calendars--October 18th and 19th, 2008!
This is the 38th year of the festival, where couples, families, and friends join together for the 'special display of massive weigh-off champion pumpkins, the remarkable “Picasso of pumpkin carvers” sculpting and shaping a monster 1,000+ pound pumpkin, three stages of blockbuster entertainment, everyone's favorite home-spun parade, harvest-inspired crafts, the tastiest pumpkin pie on the planet, enchanting events and contests for the whole family, and the never-ending search for the Great Pumpkin waiting to be picked from one of the rustic pumpkin patches dotting the coast.'
The Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free, but you may want to consider getting there before 9 a.m. to avoid a very congested Highway 92. It's worth the drive (and the traffic) though, as it really is a very spectacular event!