AROUND THE BAY
Small Towns: Take a coastal day trip to Pescadero
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
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
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