One of the most popular questions to us at Elite RV Vacations is "Where should I take my rented Airstream?" And one of our favorite local Northern California spot (and a favorite spot for Airstream deliveries) is Costanoa. Costanoa is the perfect place for those who love nature and that country life, but who don't want to camp. This is glamping at its finest. The resort is located on the California coast between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz (about 25 miles from each on Hwy 1).
The resort does have a lodge (for those who want the full hotel experience) and tent bungalows (with shared dorm style bathrooms), but of course our favorite way to stay at Costanoa is in one of our Airstreams (the comfort of home on wheels). Plus, it is one of the few ways we can stay at Costanoa with our dogs (no dogs allowed in the lodge or the tent bungalows).
Have a BBQ with friends and family on the premises and play some competitive ladder golf (it's surprisingly addictive and fun). Costanoa also has a kids camp, mountain biking trails, and horseback riding for beginners. And take advantage of Costanoa's organic gourmet restaurant, Cascade. All their ingredients come form local farms or their own organic farm, and their menu changes seasonally. Last spring I had a really excellent kale and seaweed salad (trust me, it tastes way better than it sounds). Where else in the world can you glamp/camp and have fine dining?
While staying at Costanoa, check out some of our favorite places near by:
Pie Ranch: for delicious pie and fresh organic produce sold at their farm stand
Pigeon Point Lighthouse: the perfect spot for an awesome photo shoot with your DSLR or selfie stick
Arcangeli's: A bakery that's been family-run since 1929. Their garlic herb artichoke bread is famous and for good reason. It's not hype! It's delicious! And if the weather is nice, grab some grub (including the bread of course) and head over to the beach to have a picnic in the sand.
Pescadero Country Store: If you don't feel like going to the beach for lunch and the famous artichoke bread is sold out, then equally wonderful is the Pescadero Country Store. They have a space outside with picnic tables where you can drink an ice-cold beer and munch on some really wonderful fried artichoke hearts.
Swanton Berry Farm: In the summer you can pick your own berries! Don't feel like doing the work? You can still buy some at their farm stand when in season.
Harley Farms: A goat-lover's paradise. See the goats outback and buy some goat cheese and goat milk bath & body products at the farm stand. They also host some fun dinners and tours, but check with their website for availability.
Slow Coast Airstream store: This cool Airstream store is chock full of local unique gifts, and even if you're not in the mood to shop this store is definitely worth checking out (ok, I might be a little biased because I love all things Airstream).
Butano State Park: Hike amongst the giant Redwood trees
Ano Nuevo State Park: Hike along the ocean and spy on some elephant seals