AROUND THE BAY

Small Towns: Take a coastal day trip to Pescadero

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Ex­plore

Drive south down scenic High­way 1 for about 50 miles to reach this tiny coastal town that’s home to work­ing farms, tow­er­ing red­woods and rocky beach coves. For a quiet hike, head out to the un­der-vis­ited Bu­tano State Park and keep an eye out for ba­nana slugs. Make sure to pull over at the stun­ning Bean Hol­low State Beach for an af­ter­noon pic­nic or sun­set stroll. To get up close with mas­sive ele­phant seals, visit Año Nuevo State Park. On the way, stop at the cliff-top Pi­geon Point Light­house for a photo.

Bu­tano State Park 1500 Cloverdale Rd., 650.879.2040

Bean Hol­low State Beach 11000 Cabrillo High­way, 650.726.8819

Año Nuevo State Park 1 New Years Creek Rd., 650.879.2025

Pi­geon Point Light­house 210 Pi­geon Point Rd., 650.879.2120

Shop

Walk the town’s short strip called Stage Road and visit the small shops like Slow­coast Pescadero, which sells eco-con­scious, hand­made

Clock­wise from top: Rock for­ma­tions at Bean Hol­low State Beach; Slow­coast Pescadero; Bu­tano State Park; Har­ley Farms Goat Dairy founder Dee Har­ley.

gifts and vin­tage flan­nel from a rus­tic shed. Around the cor­ner is the Har­ley Farms Goat Dairy, where you can watch frol­ick­ing, hop­ping baby goats and shop for award-win­ning chevre and fro­mage blanc and goat milk lo­tions and soaps. And make a trip to the Pie Ranch barn (owned by a non-profit, pie-shaped farm) to buy fresh lo­cal pro­duce and a slice of pie.

Slow­coast Pescadero 251 Stage Rd., 831.252.0338

Har­ley Farms Goat Dairy 205 North St., 650.879.0480

Pie Ranch 2080 Cabrillo Hwy., 650.879.0995

Eat & Drink

You can get a tasty, fill­ing and af­ford­able lunch at a gas-sta­tion taque­ria, and you'll re­gret leav­ing town with­out a warm, fra­grant loaf of fa­mous ar­ti­choke bread from Ar­can­geli Gro­cery Com­pany. Perk up at Down­town Lo­cal with a Sight­glass Cof­fee drink or kom­bucha (on tap). The tiny shop plays vinyl and sells quirky an­tique items.

Ar­can­geli Gro­cery Com­pany 287 Stage Rd., 650.879.0147

Down­town Lo­cal 213 Stage Rd., 650.879.9155

For more things to do in Pescadero go to where­trav­eler.com

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