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Costanoa Lodge

Costanoa Lodge
Enjoy eco-adventure and coastal beauty

Mountain bike through towering redwoods, horse ride across coastal meadows, explore beaches and rockpools, and then chill out in a fully equipped safari-tent 'bungalow'(with plush bedding, electricity and Wi-Fi) at the coastal Costanoa Lodge, an eco-adventure lodge in Pescadero. Roughly a 1.5-hour drive south from San Francisco, this peaceful retreat is surrounded by 30,000 acres of state parks from Big Basin to Año Nuevo State Reserve and Butano State Park. The grounds are heaven on earth for nature and wildlife lovers. Drift off to sleep listening to the sound of crashing surf and lonely coyote yelps; in the morning, wander along the empty beach and spot lounging elephant seals. Appealing extras include an outdoor hot tub with views of the coastal hills, and—to completely posh it up—a day spa offering on-site massages and body treatments.

As well as tent cabins, Costanoa has snug cabins with fireplaces, skylights and a group dry sauna, and traditional lodge rooms. Walking, kayak tours, guided bird-watching walks and yoga are popular activities here, and children can do things like make tie-dye t-shirts and ice cream at Costanoa Kids Camp, which runs from April to August. The campsite includes outdoor grills and picnic tables, or head over to the Cascade Bar & Grill, for locally sourced seafood and produce. 

Nearby attractions include pick-your-own farms, the 19th-century Pigeon Point Lighthouse, the Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve (home to blue heron, foxes and deer) and two renowned Pescadero institutions, the Arcangeli Grocery and Bakery and Duarte’s Tavern, both of which serve up local artichoke-inspired delicacies.

 

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A crimson bridge, cable cars, a sparkling bay, and streets lined with elegant Victorian homes—San Francisco is undeniably one of the world’s great cities. Located along the Northern California at the state’s distinctive bend in the coast, the region has an alluring magic that stretches beyond the bay to diverse cities with nightlife and trend-setting cuisine. 

"I left my heart in San Francisco, High on a hill, it calls to me."  –singer Tony Bennett

The Bay Area is also home to some of the world’s finest wine country, including Napa Valley and Sonoma, plus waterfront towns, dramatic beaches, and the tech-savvy southern end of the bay known as the Silicon Valley, where lunchtime ideas at Google, Facebook, and Apple, turn into the next brilliant innovation. 

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