With ocean views, grassy trails, and an irresistible small-town feel, the only thing Half Moon Bay has lacked is an inn that's neither froufrou nor over-the-top expensive. That's why we're excited about the new Half Moon Bay Inn.' Smack in the heart of downtown, the two-story inn harkens back to its history as a 1930s flophouse, where weary travelers came for a warm meal and a cheap room. In keeping with that tradition, you can eat and drink in Kitchen & Cocktails, a busy bar and restaurant with comfort food like chicken potpie.

Why surfers love it: The waves. The best board jockeys in the world come for breakers bigger than your house. Why the rest of us love it: The small ag-town atmosphere, replete with road-side farmstands and some of the best nurseries in the Bay Area.