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Top Choice State Park in Pescadero

Año Nuevo State Park

Just over a dozen miles southeast of Pescadero State Beach, Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve is home base for one of the world's largest mainland breeding colonies of northern elephant seals. More raucous than a full…
American in Pescadero

Duarte's Tavern

You’ll rub shoulders with fancy-pants foodies, spandex-swathed cyclists and dusty cowboys at this casual, surprisingly unpretentious fourth-generation family restaurant. Duarte’s is this town's culinary magnet, thou…
Lighthouse in Pescadero

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park

A half-dozen miles south of Pescadero along the coast, the 115ft light station is one of the tallest lighthouses on the West Coast. The 1872 landmark had to close access to the upper tower when chunks of its cornice…
Farm in Pescadero

Harley Farms Goat Dairy

Another local food treasure, here the split-level farm shop sells creamy artisanal goat's cheeses festooned with fruit, nuts and a rainbow of edible flowers, as well as goat's-milk bath and body products. Show up an…
State Park in Pescadero

Butano State Park

Five miles south of Pescadero, bobcats and coyotes reside discreetly in this pretty park's 4600 acres of dense redwood canyon and uplands laced with hiking and mountain-biking trails and shady campsites. From Pescad…
Farm in Pescadero

Pie Ranch

Hit the brakes for this roadside farm stand in a wooden barn to pick up fresh produce, eggs and coffee, plus amazing fruit pies (which sell out fast). The historic pie-slice-shaped farm is a nonprofit dedicated to l…
Farm in Pescadero

Swanton Berry Farm Stand & U-Pick

Roll up your shirtsleeves and harvest some fruit at this organic pick-your-own farm south of Año Nuevo. It’s a union outfit (operated by Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers), with buckets of seasonal strawberries, ol…
Beach in Pescadero

Bean Hollow State Beach

Pretty sand beaches speckle the coast, though one of the most interesting places to stop is Pebble Beach, a jewel less than 2 miles south of Pescadero Creek Rd (and part of Bean Hollow State Beach). The shore is awa…
Market in Pescadero

Arcangeli Grocery Company

Create a picnic with made-to-order deli sandwiches, homemade artichoke salsa and a chilled bottle of California wine. Don’t go breezing out the door without nabbing a crusty loaf of the famous artichoke garlic herb …
State Park in Pescadero

Pescadero State Beach & Marsh Natural Preserve

Fifteen miles south of Half Moon Bay, this state beach and marshland preserve attract beachcombers and birders. Pull over and get out of the car to explore the marine-life-rich coastal tide pools on rocky outcroppin…