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Two miles east of State Route 1 you will find Pescadero nestled away between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. Take the time to stay in this small town and take a break from California’s big cities. Pescadero is home to century old farms, sandy beaches and vast state parks. Relax by taking a vacation that will take it slow with you. Take a day trip to lighthouses, guided tours of farm work and get up close to wildlife. If you live in bustling San Francisco this will give you a breather without too much mileage. Join the community in downtown Pescadero in any of the local bars, or take the family out to the goat farm, a petting zoo but more hands on and better. Pescadero can be a romantic getaway or family vacation.
Things to do in Pescadero
Spend the day exploring the local farm life Pescadero is known for. Harley Farms runs out of a 101-year-old farmhouse and continues to turn out dairy products for all your needs. Whether you need skin softening goats’ milk soaps and lotions, fresh goat cheese or you want to learn about the cheese-making process, make sure to stop by. After churning cheese, fill your grumbly bellies with Duarte’s Tavern crab cioppino. The tavern has been a staple in Pescadero since 1894, and has been serving crafted beer for four generations and continues to do so for locals and those who passerby. For dessert, or because you love pie, drive up to Pie Ranch, where this farm produces all of its own ingredients to make their famous pies. Their farm stand offers jams, pancake mix and an assortment of their fresh grown fruits and veggies.
Day trips from Pescadero
Waves crash against the jagged rocks below the Pigeon Point Light Station. Make sure to bring the camera and capture the fresh cream paint of the lighthouse against the wispy clouds. The recently renovated lighthouse has stood strong since 1871 and it remains the tallest lighthouse on the west coast. Once you’re done touring the grounds, continue along the Pigeon Point Beach. Listen out for elephant seals on the long walk along the Ano Nuevo State Reserve. This great experience allows you to explore the remains of a prehistoric Native American village. Make sure to get the full experience by joining a guided tour up close to the elephant seals during breeding season in early February. Butano State Park is home to a secluded redwood-filled canyon. Spend the night camping in between the towering trees and many miles of trails. Guided nature walks and weekend campfire programs are offered during the summer as well as a separate schedule for winter. The park offers 21 drive-in campsites, 18 walk-in campsites and restrooms with running water.
This small town hosts an array of family-friendly accommodations including a lighthouse. The Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel houses guests in the four adjacent houses. The guests can enjoy the coastal views from the hot tub. Check out Tripping.com and find a cottage in town so you can stroll the streets and mingle with the friendly locals.
Transportation in Pescadero
No public transportation is available from San Francisco to Pescadero. A car will be needed to explore the town if you plan to visit the beach, state parks or neighboring farms. Downtown Pescadero can be accomplished on foot. This visit would be a great weekend road trip for anyone wanting to travel along Highway one. Don’t miss it as you drive by.
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