Where To Stay
Clockwise from top left: Clos Lachance vineyard, Gizdich Ranch; Nita Gizdich’s famous apple pies; Clos Lachance winery; lime and salt for Victor Palma’s tequila tasting; Phil Digirolamo’s famous seafood stew; grapes on the vine at Clos Lachance vineyard, Phil’s Fish Market; Victor Palma
California dreaming While the centrepiece of this beautiful resort is a championship golf course, the surrounding 700 hectares of meadows, undulating hills, creeks and waterfalls make it an ideal retreat for couples seeking a romantic hideaway in the northern Californian countryside. If you can bear leaving your sumptuous hillside bungalow—appointed with goose-down comforters, original artwork, fireplace, whirlpool tub and sunny patio overlooking the golf course—then lace up your sneakers and hit the hiking trails that meander through the valley and rise into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Pause for a tasting at the resort’s on-site winery and vineyard, Clos Lachance, adjacent to the sixth hole. Located just 30 minutes south of San Jose and 45 minutes north of the Monterey Peninsula, this hidden gem is in the heart of wine country, and the concierge can arrange tours of other popular vineyards, plus local orchards and family-run farms.