HALF MOON BAY, Calif., December 30, 2013 — If the winter weather is getting you down and you would prefer to trade in your snow shovel for a surfboard, consider packing up for a week in Baja California. Just a short drive from the crowds in Cabo, the tiny coastal town of Pescadero is just the speed for chilling out and ditching anything that resembles a schedule.
Check in to Rancho Pescadero, an oceanfront boutique hotel that does everything right: comfortable yet luxe rooms, top quality service, mouth-watering cuisine and beverages, and amenities that may temp you to try them all.
Grab a surfboard or paddleboard from the Rancho’s quiver, and head on down to the water. If you are a brand-new surfer, a local surf instructor can teach you the essentials, including the best beaches where you can practice once you get the hang of it.
This region is legendary for big game fish, and you can dial the adventure up or down, as you choose. Go out on one of the big fishing boats, or buddy up with a local fisherman in a panga to learn his secret fishing spots. If you would rather dip your toe in, fishing poles are available at the front desk, and you can just cast your line while standing on the beach.
Yoga class is available every morning, and out front of the hotel is a stable of cruiser bikes for you to ride through the dirt roads to town, or wherever you choose to explore. The long beach serves as an ideal place to walk, and the cliffs at the edge of the ocean make a good hiking outing. Want to go on a bigger adventure? Rancho Pescadero can arrange mountain biking, hiking, or ATV excursions.
Take your pick among the spacious suites that feature palapa-covered patios, elevated platform beds, mosaic-tiled showers or sunken tubs, and handmade toiletries crafted by a local artisan. Fruit and coffee are delivered to your room each morning.
Want an ocean view? Tell the folks at the Rancho it is important to you, and they will suggest rooms that allow you to see the Pacific Ocean. Even if you opt for a room without a peek of water, you can still walk the few feet to the beach as often as you wish.
Rancho Pescadero’s restaurant highlights locally grown organic fruits, vegetables, and fish caught nearby. Make sure to try everything on the menu, because you will have a hard time picking just one favorite. While you are wandering around the property, take a look at the Rancho’s organic garden, where the produce on the daily menu comes from. If you are a big foodie, come back in November, when Rancho Pescadero holds a culinary weekend filled with tasty cuisine you will want to re-create at home.
Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker. Follow her adventures on dangerjillrobinson.com and Twitter @dangerjr. Jill is an avid kayaker and owner of Half Moon Bay Kayak Company.
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