The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Debuts Specialty Pumpkin Experiences in the Pumpkin Capital of the World

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From a pumpkin macaron-making class, to pumpkin afternoon tea, to photo-worthy pumpkin art hand-painted by local artist Christie Smith, travelers can experience the best of the fall season on the coast

Pumpkins in Half Moon Bay

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay honors pumpkin season in the Pumpkin Capital of the World with festivities including Pumpkin Afternoon Tea.

With pumpkin season right around the corner, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay – the Bay Area’s only luxury oceanfront resort – invites travelers to experience its delightful pumpkin offerings on the coast this fall. Paying tribute to the resort’s location in Half Moon Bay, California – 30 minutes south of San Francisco on the coast and fondly known as the “Pumpkin Capital of the World” – the whimsical pumpkin experiences will be available throughout the month of October and encompass a variety of activities and offerings exclusively for resort guests.

Pumpkin Macaron-Making Class
Marriott Bonvoy Elite members interested in learning how to make sweet autumn treats can take a hands-on macaron-making class with acclaimed Pastry Chef Aurélien Revil Signorat. The interactive class will teach guests the art of making the perfect macaron for fall and include macarons to take home. Offered Friday, October 4, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required. Marriott Bonvoy Elite members may call 650) 712-7686 to reserve.

Pumpkin Afternoon Tea
To fully embrace the great gourd, the culinary team at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay will offer a special pumpkin-themed afternoon tea experience in the ocean-view Conservatory restaurant. The service will feature savory finger sandwiches, such as egg and mayonnaise with pumpkin seeds and chives; Waldorf organic chicken salad on brioche; and smoked salmon with cucumber, applewood smoked trout roe and dill cream cheese on multi-grain bread. Alongside tea sandwiches, sweet delights include pumpkin and spice scones, cranberry eggnog tartlet, crème fraîche cheesecake and pumpkin ganache, and mint chocolate chip petit gateau. With seasonal sandwiches and sweets, guests can savor the flavors of fall while taking in breathtaking coastal views. As part of the brand-wide Community Footprints charitable initiative, the resort will donate $10 for every pumpkin afternoon tea reservation to Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside. Available Monday –Thursday throughout October from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pricing is $99 for adults and $45 for children ages 12 and under. Advance reservations are required and can be placed via TOCK or by calling (650) 712-7000.

Hand-Painted Pumpkin Art by Local Artist Christie Smith
As part of the resort’s passion for embracing local artisans, the property has partnered with local artist Christie Smith to present four hand-painted pumpkin art pieces. Each lobby alcove will feature one of Ms. Smith’s pumpkin art pieces surrounding by beautiful flower arrangements, providing a unique way for travelers to experience local art. Those wishing to experience more of Ms. Smith’s fine art can view her paintings in Navio or purchase her pumpkin art pieces in the spa gift shop.

Instagram-Worthy Pumpkin Display
Those seeking the ultimate autumn Instagram moment can strike a pose in front of the resort’s popular pumpkin display. Boasting dozens of photo-worthy pumpkins, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay offers the perfect backdrop for a festive fall photo. The display will be set up near the front drive of the resort for guests to discover upon arrival.

High resolution resort imagery is available HERE (credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay).

For more information and reservations, please visit or call (650) 712-7000.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Set atop a rugged bluff overlooking 50 miles of pristine California coastline, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a 261-room spa and golf resort offering a relaxing and romantic setting. As the San Francisco Bay Area’s only oceanfront resort, the timeless estate provides guests with a relaxed yet refined experience for a romantic getaway. For more information, please contact The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay at 650-712-7000. For room reservations, contact your travel professional, visit or call Ritz-Carlton worldwide reservations at 800-241-3333.

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