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Re: Good local beach vacation
Check out Costanoa, halfway between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. It is
close enough to go either place for the day, and there are bike trails,
horseback riding, and beach. Very quiet during the week.
Re: A quiet couple days away with kids
You might try Costanoa, about 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay
near Pescadero and Pigeon Point Lighthouse. It's a kind of camp
and hotel facility with choices of lodging ranging from tent
cabins to lodge rooms with fireplaces. The facilities are new
and quite clean and beautiful with California landscaping and
architecture at the main lodge, hiking/biking trails, wooded,
with close access to the nearby marvelous coastline. I believe
they do have a spa facility, and onsite food and gift store.
I haven't had the good fortune to stay there yet, only visited,
but hope you might get to try it.
Re: A quiet couple days away with kids (Nov 2005)
We are going to Costanoa this weekend with some friends. We
enjoy camping immensely, but I am too pregnant to consider
sleeping on the ground at this point. It is basically ''gourmet
camping.'' They have four levels of accomodations, including a
lodge. The website is www.costanoa.com. It is about a one
hour drive south of San Francisco on highway 1.
Enjoy your couple of days!
Re: A quiet couple days away with kids (Nov 2005)
I can't wait to see all the responses to your request. This
will surely be a great list! My contribution is a place
called ''Costanoa'' on the coast north of Santa Cruz, near Ano
Nuevo state beach. They have beautiful tent cabins with
amenities, as well as ''Motel style'' rooms -- or you can just
camp there. There is communal barbeque and picnicing where you
can meet folks. Can't remember if they have pool and/or hot
tub, but you can check their website. Enjoy!
I'm considering Costanoa for a big family reunion next June that includes
grandparents, parents & children (from age 2 to early teens). Is there enough to do
here for a group of this size and age range? They seem to offer a range of different
type of lodging. What has worked best (lodge, bungalow w/shared bath, tent)?
Would you go back? Thanks for the advice!
We had a family reunion at Costoanoa in May'01 for about
22 people. It worked well. Kids ranged in age from 2-14 and
loved running around and exploring the area. We stayed in the
lodge and asked for all of the ground floor rooms that opened
onto the large grassy area. We came in on friday, ate a great
dinner at the Davenport Cash store (about 10 miles south)where
they gave us two large tables in the back of the restaurant that
felt like a private room. Saturday night we had Costanoa cater
the dinner in one of their conference rooms. Overall, it was a
terrific place to get together.
Although Costanoa is a spectacular getaway....well, let me
just start by saying that we 'hosted' a post-wedding party
and camp-out for quite a few friends with kids and some
There's no TV (except in the communal lounge - accesible
only to lodge guests). They were pretty disppointed and so
were some of the older generation guests who's idea of
staying in a top rate 'hotel' includes kicking back with some
HBO. I would say, unless everyone is cool with camping and
hiking primarily then it's an awesome (very Californian)
place with access to the beaches, all kinds of trails for
hiking and well, lots and lots of nature!
It also seemed that a lot of folks who were there for quiet
get-aways seemed disturbed by the presence of little
children and weren't unobvious about how they felt.
Although, it says very clearly that kids are welcome.... it's just
one of those things to consider. Oh, and my advice, if you're
booking for a large party, don't book too many sites or
cabins (more than you need) because we had to pay, per
day, for what we didn't use (3 tents sites and a canvas
cabin... that adds up!).
It also gets pretty cold in Pescadero this time of the year.
Another thing to consider.
I hope this info helps.
If I were you, i'd go there personally and stay a nite with your
spouse/partner to feel it out. It's quintessentially Californian
and that doesn't always appeal to everyone.
Maybe consider something in Santa Cruz? The Boardwalk,
The Mystery Spot and The Winchester House are all nearby.
I don't mean to be negative on this place. It sounded great to me when planning a
trip last year. We used it as a stop over, the first night of a trip down the coast. But I
have to report that while it is a scenic and potentially beautiful place, it happens to
be situated next to one of the largest mushroom farms in California, and well, when
we arrived we could not believe the stench of the place. It was truly awful. If it hadn't
been the end of the day that we got there and that I could'nt see putting the kids
back in the car to go to an unknown destination, I would not have even spent the
night. The rooms at the lodge were nice enough, the staff was pretty clueless about
the local activities. Also if you are camping, you might get put right next to the
horses, and well, that was it's own aromatic experience. All in all, if you haven't
been there yet, I would definitely go and check it out in person before planning for
the whole family if you have your heart set on this place. Again, I really don't want to
sound too negative on the place, but it really was kind of disgusting.
Re: One-Night Get Away for Gals (March 2004)
Have you thought about going South instead of North?
Costanoa, about an hour south of here on Hwy 1, is really
beautiful, not cloyingly decorated (more of a woodsy, organic
feel to it,) and it's right by the beach. You can stay in either
the lodge or rent a private, canvas cabin (those share a bath area.)
They also have a spa service, a good sized outside hot tub,
saunas, etc... some of the rooms have hot tub-like tubs as well.
I just love it there.
Re: Romantic Getaway for Couples
An hour south of SF, we love Costanoa
(http://www.costanoa.com) for ''luxury camping.'' You get an
adorable ''canvas cabin'' complete with a bed, fluffy down
comforter, and electricity. The communal bathrooms feature
an outdoor fireplace surrounded by adirondack chairs, plus
a sauna and showers. From the front door of your cabin you
can hike to some of the most beautiful coastal trails I've
seen. No terrific dining nearby, but there's a gourmet
grocery store and plenty of grills.
Re: Weekend of solitude for mom (March 2003)
Check out Costa Noa. It's about 1-1/2 hours away, and an easy
drive, yoga classes, massage, in nature but close to civilization
if you want a fab dinner out, and they have a range of
My parents went there recently for their wedding anniversary and
had a great, relaxing time. http://www.costanoa.com
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