The Slowcoast is a stretch of land stretching from Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz along the California coastline. It spans fifty miles of Highway 1, known for steep cliff sides and expansive Pacific Ocean vistas. It's where the mountains meet the ocean, and why California is so, so special. I have vivid memories of being a 4-year old in the back of my parent's van listening to my dad blast James Taylor on our way to Santa Cruz each summer for vacation.
This past month Daniel and I spent a rainy foggy weekend along the slowcoast at Costanoa, an environmentally conscientious lodge and campground in Pescadero, California, complete with a General Store, giant chess, yurts, trailer hookups, and a 12-person hot tub. Pigeon Point Lighthouse is three miles north, and the Elephant Seals of Año Nuevo State Reserve are just a few miles south. It's a fantastic place to spend a weekend with the kids or for an intimate getaway. Coastanoa is situated right across the highway from the ocean, with beautiful views and a stunning landscape. Big Basin state park is nearby for incredible hikes amongst the giant trees.
We drove down to Davenport for some wine tasting and lunch, taking the long route through a stretch of trees overgrown with moss. We ended up at Swanton Berry Farm, an organic farm with an ocean view selling homemade jams, pastries, and cobblers, in the quaintest storefront with board games, music, good reads, and toys for kids.
We ventured on to the surfer town of Davenport, situated along the coastal bluffs and comprised of not more than a few boutiques and restaurants, along with a wine tasting room. The Boony Doon Tasting Room is an intimate space serving 2 different Boony Doon flights per day along with jams, crackers, and cheeses. We stumbled upon a General Store inside of a 1954 Airstream trailer, which turned out to be, quite appropriately, the SLOWCOAST headquarters. Inside and around we found locally made artisan products, including goat cheese, jams, eggs, breads, flowers, soaps, and clothing. There was also produce and herbs.
The foggy weather made for some surreal moments among the trees and coastline. If we had more time we would have ventured onward to Santa Cruz and Big Sur for more time along the rugged coastline and camping amidst the redwoods. Pescadero was definitely a great place to reset, and only a 1.5 hour drive from San Francisco makes it an easy enough day or weekend trip. Until next time, SLOWCOAST.