A long weekend is the best weekend on the coast. Plan to arrive before it gets underway on a Thursday or Friday. A short drive, just 20 miles from San Francisco International Airport or 39 miles from San Jose International Airport and you will arrive to a place that seems so far away but is so close to everything the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer.
Make sure you check-in and get ready for an amazing sunset on the Ocean Lawn complete with a serenade from our bagpiper while you enjoy a local Santa Cruz Mountains vintage in front of a cozy fire pit.
Three dining options await you: Navio which celebrates the freshest catch from nearby Pillar Point Harbor, Conservatory combining community based farming and local and sustainable meats, cheeses and seafood, or stay in for a romantic dining option in your own room served 24-hours a day.
Early risers can take advantage of a glorious sunrise over the Pacific waves as they crash along the coast. The 7.5 mile stretch of the California Coastal Trail that passes through our property is the perfect spot for a morning stroll, run, or bike ride.
After you've worked up an appetite, creative coastal inspired breakfast awaits you in Navio, or on Saturday or Sunday you can wait a bit longer and enjoy our famous brunches.
Make this day your exploratory day of the coast. We suggest our "Signature Drive". You can make this a scenic drive of about 1.5 hours, or extend to a half or full day of exploration with stops along the way. The drive takes you along the ridge line overlooking the coast through redwood forests where you could enjoy a hike in natures's cathedral. You can then stop at the award-winning Thomas Fogarty Vineyards and enjoy a tasting overlooking the dramatic landscape. From there be sure to stop at Alice's Restaurant, "Where you can get anything you want", famous for it's namesake song and the 60's counter culture. Driving back down to Highway 1, you can explore the Pigeon Point Lighthouse with dramatic views, Año Nuevo State Park with a close-up elephant seal experience, historic Pescadero, a former fishing town and home to Duarte's Tavern where the local artichokes are celebrated on the menu and their famous pies are a must to take home, and finally Harley Farms, a local goats dairy famous for its amazing cheese and event venue where you can tour the facilities and make friends with baby goats.
Again, make sure to arrive back to the resort in time to get refreshed and enjoy another sunset on the Ocean Lawn. Try a different vintage and a s'mores kit to roast your own treats on the open fire.
Try another dining option at the resort or a short 2 miles to Main Street, you'll find a variety of dining options to choose from. One of our favorites is It's Italia. They prepare authentic Italian cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere along with a fantastic wine list focused on the Italian varietals.
Sleep in and rest up for adventure! Today you could explore the beach on horseback at Sea Horse Ranch or take a surfing tour with Jeff Clark. The founder of the world-famous Maverick's Big Wave Surfing Competition can show you how to ride the tide. You could also return to the redwoods for an exhilarating zip-line tour or Explore The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve where you can view marine life up close in the tidal pools.
Three days may not be enough to enjoy all there is to see and do along our Northern California Coast. Extend another night and you could also plan an extended wine tour of the Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries, take a glass blowing class with local artisans and create your own pumpkin keepsake, or, did we forget to mention a relaxing treatment in our spa or a couple of rounds of championship golf at Half Moon bay Golf Links ending on the 18th green at our Ocean Lawn. One more sunset and glass of wine is well deserved!