Pescadero Area Points of Interest
The world famous Duarte’s restaurant is located in downtown Pescadero. Try their artichoke soup or the chile artichoke mix, a local favorite. Run by third generation Duartes, this is truly a destination restaurant.
The Pescadero Country Store, also known as Cindy’s, has some of the best pizza made in their very, very large onion-shaped, wood-fired pizza oven. They also have great BBQ on weekends during the summer with music in the garden. They have a wine and brew bar that rivals anything you might find in more cosmopolitan areas.
If you like Mexican food, you are in luck! Although not the best ambiance one can find, the Amigos at the corner gas station has some awesome Mexican food, voted best taco in California in 2008 by somebody, I forget whom, but they were right.
Another can’t miss is Arcangeli market and bakery right next door to the Pescadero Country Store. Try their artichoke garlic bread for a real treat. Mike is also quite a wine connoisseur with a great selection to complement that great bread or one of the fine sandwiches at Arcangeli deli.
In fact, Jon, his brother is making his own wine called St. Arcangeli and you can try it at their tasting room downtown. They are a real rising label in the wine world and totally connected to local roots.
While in Pescadero, you should also find an hour or so to go visit The Pescadero Flowery next door to the bakery — it’s a u-pick your own flowers! Great fun for the family to make your own bouquet; bring farm to home all the way!
Harley Farms goat cheese dairy has great cheese, cute goats, and awesome folks with a real life working dairy farm.
It is an easy and fun day trip for the whole family. Please see our links below for more info on these stops and more.
Pescadero Restaurants, Shopping, Markets, Farms and Sightseeing Opportunities
202 Stage Road, Pescadero, CA 94060 (650) 879-0464, Open Daily
Since 1934, Duarte’s has been an anchor on Stage Road in Pescadero. Duarte’s began as a bar, later added a soda fountain and barber shop, and now is a well-loved tavern and restaurant featuring seafood specials and their famous artichoke soup—home cooking at its best for almost 80 years! Recognized by the James Beard Foundation as an “American Classic” restaurant in 2003, one of only five restaurants in the nation to be honored with this distinction.
The Pescadero Flowery
251 Stage Rd, Pescadero CA 94060 (650) 206-0808, Check website for seasonal hours
The Pescadero Flowery is an immersive agricultural experience for visitors and locals alike, honoring our history as the cut flower capital of the coast. We offer locally grown cut flowers, dahlia u-pick from July-October, floristry master classes, and plenty of hands-on garden products and gifts.
Pescadero Country Store (Cindy’s Market)
251 Stage Road, Pescadero, CA 94060 (650) 879-0410, Open Daily
The best pizzas cooked right to order in the store’s stone pizza oven. Local organic produce, local wines, weekend barbecue on the lawn, and live music most weekends.
Arcangeli Grocery Co (Norm’s Market)
287 Stage Road, Pescadero, CA 94060 (650) 879-0147, Open Daily
All baked goods are made on site. ”We are that bakery—the one located in historic Pescadero California, a beautiful country town about two miles off Highway 1 on the coast between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. We’re that bakery with the Garlic Herb and Artichoke Bread.” Specialty breads, baked goods and a fine collection of local goodies! Locally grown artichokes, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, and mushrooms. Homemade salsas, garlic butter, olallieberry pies, pastries and scones. Delicious homemade sausages in the meat market.
Sante Arcangeli Family Wines
216-A Stage Road, Pescadero, CA 94060, Open 12-5 Saturday & Sunday
Sante Arcangeli Family Wines are carefully handcrafted Burgundian varietals that have been gently nurtured from rare mountain-grown fruit to a new life as elegant and expressive California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Luna Sea, a Handcrafted Artisan Gallery
250 Stage Road, Pescadero, CA 94060 (650) 879-1207, Open Friday-Monday
LunaSea Gallery is a handcrafted artisan gallery with an impressive collection of handmade art. This one roof cottage boasts a staggering selection of beautiful and functional art for the home and the person—jewelry, paintings, furniture, glassware, window decor, lamps, wearable art, greeting cards, garden art, kinetic sculptures, rain chains, wine barrel adirondack chairs, and outdoor carpets are just a sampling of what you will discover.
Costanoa Coastal Lodge and Camp
2001 Rossi Road, Hwy 1, Pescadero, CA 94060 (650) 879-1100
Costanoa is an eco adventure resort designed to encourage guests to explore the beauty of our protected California coastline and Discover the Pace of Nature. Accommodations include the Lodge, Camping Cabins, Tent Bungalos, and bring your own tent sites. Ammenites include the Cascade Bar and Grill, general store, picnic areas and BBQ’s, catering and the Spa at Costanoa.
205 North Street, Pescadero, CA 94060 (650) 879-0480, Open Daily
Award Winning Goat Cheese, Cheese Shop, Farm Tours
Harley Farms is a restored 1910 dairy farm, with 200 Alpine goats on nine acres of pasture in Pescadero, California. Harley Farms is open year-round for tours, cheesemaking classes, and events in our hayloft. Watch the milk move from goat to dairy, from curd to cheese.
2080 Hwy. 1 (just south of Cascade Ranch) (650) 879-0971, Open Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm May-Nov.
Locally-grown fruits and vegetables from Pie Ranch and Blue House Farm (chard, green garlic, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions, radishes, salad mix, spinach, and strawberries) as well as farm-fresh eggs, homemade pies, fresh brewed, fair-trade coffee and tea, wheat, dried beans (buckskin, canary, black turtle, Vermont cranberry, and desert pebble), and flowers.
Pescadero Creek Inn
393 Stage Road, Pescadero, CA 94060 (888) 307-1898
Pescadero Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast offers a serene and tranquil country setting to escape life’s hectic pace. Relax in front of a beautiful stone fireplace in the century old farmhouse or sit by the side of Pescadero Creek which separates the Inn from the many shops in town. BIcycling the coast, whale watching, beach combing, golf, horseback riding and fishing are just some of the things available nearby.
Año Nuevo State Park
Highway 1 south of Pescadero and Pigeon Point Lighthouse (650) 879-0227, Hours vary – see website for details
Año Nuevo State Park is the site of the largest mainland breeding colony in the world for the northern elephant seal. Fifty-five miles south of San Francisco and the Golden Gate, a low, rocky, windswept point juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The purpose of Año Nuevo State Park, in San Mateo County, is to preserve and protect the scenic, biological, ecological, and cultural values of the central California coastline.
Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park
210 Pigeon Point Road, Highway 1, Pescadero, CA 94060 (650) 879-2120, Open Daily, see website for tour and hostel information
Perched on a cliff on the central California coast the 115-foot Pigeon Point Lighthouse, one of the tallest lighthouses in America, has been guiding mariners since 1872. The coastal areas surrounding Pigeon Point Light Station are rich with life. Marine mammals, such as seals and whales, can be seen regularly from shore as they pass by beyond the surf. The intertidal zone along this part of the coast, particularly in the rocky reefs that flank the light station, contains a diverse and numerous variety of plant and animal life.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel
210 Pigeon Point Road, Highway 1, Pescadero, CA 94060 (650) 879-0633
Housed in historic lighthouse keepers’ quarters at Pigeon Point Lighthouse. The hostel is located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific near the town of Pescadero halfway between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. Guest rooms include shared dorm style rooms, private rooms and common areas to relax including a fire pit and adirondack chairs, hot tub and beach access.