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Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp
Los Gatos, California
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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Relaxing time away near the coast”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Peaceful, clean, spacious camp. A great place for a few days away. We stayed in a simple tent cabin with a fire pit. The Pine Camp BBQ over the weekend had delicious food and friendly staff. We had several meals at the Cascade restaurant, too, and they were all really good. Their Sunday brunch had a huge selection and it wasn't over priced - a nice surprise. Great outdoor hot tub behind the main building and a small general store that has just about anything you need. Love this place!!

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Roseville, California
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

This is a truly unique experience. I do not know why they are not 100% booked all the time. Half an hour outside of San Jose, yet it seems like you're all alone in the world. Just off highway 1, but far enough away from the highway that you can't hear the road. Must be a hundred acres of private land going up the hill behind the resort with hiking/biking trails. Right across the highway 1 from the Northern tip of Ano Nuevo state park.

When you are hiking away from the actual resort grounds, you feel along in the wilderness, yet as soon as you get on the resort, you find luscious gardens, beautiful cabins surrounded by woods and Pine Tents in a grassy field.

Across from the main lodge is the Cascade Restaurant. A top rated restaurant in the entire Pescadaro area. Their focus is fresh and local. I had a warm quinoa dish that was amazing. My son had a clam chowder that was buttery. They offer cocktails made with spirits from a company that plants a tree for every bottle sold. There is a certificate on the wall boasting how many trees the Cascade alone is responsible for planting.

For breakfast the Cascade turns into a buffet with more local choices. There was an asparagus egg disk that was delicious.

In the Pine Tent area there is a bar and BBQ area where chefs seem to be cooking up something all day long. The bar is in a big pine tent, but has a TV playing local sports and popcorn for your enjoyment (try putting Tabasco on the popcorn. Delicious). On Saturdays a live band plays. The one when we were there was called "The Shapes". They played Jack Johnson sounding songs. Very nice. I'm telling myself it was the best band of the summer.

Next to the Cascade is a general store with everything you would need for your time at the resort, most importantly all the fixings for S'mores (and maybe a great selection of wine).

We stayed in a pine tent because we wanted the full experience. We were a bit worried as the Northern California coast is infamously cold (even in the summer). The weather was just as expected. Cold and foggy. It was so awesome that the beds came with, not only enough comforters to keep a normal person warm, but heated blankets. We set our heating up the max (5) and found ourselves so warm we had to turn it down to 2.

The comfort stations are amazing as well. They we heated (I think by heated floors). It was so nice that the Saturday band actually mentioned it in their act. There is not only a shower inside of the bathrooms, but another 6 outdoor showers for those we are really into nature. For those more into luxury, there is also a dry sauna and a fireplace in the comfort station area.

Near the BBQ is a activity tent where you can borrow just about every outdoor toy imaginable. There is even a ping pong table (a whole new challenge when the coastal breezes are blowing). You can also rent mountain bikes to go explore around the massive property (or keep the kids busy). If you search the property well, you can find a giant chess set out there as well.

There is a KOA campground on property for those with their own amenities (ranging from giant RVs to tents).

For those staying in the lodge or the cabins, there is a hot tub overlooking a valley behind the property. We likely could have snuck in, but we were just so busy with everything else.

We stayed a Friday and Saturday night. By Sunday morning we had done pretty much everything. A visit to the town of Pescadero and a hike to see the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo state park are totally worth it. If you have kids who love playing in the outdoors, I could see you staying a whole week at a place like this.

Just a couple of warnings. This is the Northern California coast. It is cold. Bring long pants and jackets. Rain is unlikely but you could spend most of the day in a fog bank, which is almost as moist. Also, this is nature. They don't spray with terrible chemicals to make sure that nothing can live. Mosquitos are rare (again, too cold), but you may find a bug or two in your tent. As a note of interest, on Friday night everyone's campfire were cut short as a family of skunks walked through the Pine Tent Village.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Had a lovely stay at Costanoa Lodge. We stayed in the Lodge. Rooms are spacious and have a nice deck overlooking the meadow and coastal range. Especially enjoyed a nightcap at the large outdoor fireplace, except for the skunk who seemed surprised to see us there but politely turned and left (without leaving a scent, thank goodness). Had dinner at Cascade and we were delighted with our dinner. Our server was very funny and made the evening even more pleasant.
Had a massage at the Spa which is always a pleasure.
Great experience!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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sharkee101
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6 reviews
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

I was kind of surprised when we got to the site. Not a big site but it has nice bathrooms, every camp site has its own water and electricity, and surprisingly there is a sauna. They even have hot showers. Plus there is a small convenience store onsite. It is near the beach and it has a trail that you can walk or bike. Some of the cons I noticed is the camp site is to closed to each other. It does have platforms where you can put your tent if you choose to instead of putting it on the ground. If you go to the beach you do have to cross the highway coz there is no direct trail to it. The place also have also tent cabins and lodges if thou code to stay in them instead of camping in your own tent. All in all pretty go of experience especially if for first timers and if you still want some of the conventional facilities. It is along the scenic highway one too so you will also enjoy the ride to the site and can drop by any of the gorgeous beaches along the way. Plus the Lighthouse is only a few minutes away. A pretty site to visit to check out the lighthouse, the view and the seals. If you drive half an hour on each opposite side from the site you can either go to Santa Cruz or Half moon bay. They are both nice beach towns.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

We had possibly the best tent cabin available - #30, isolated and facing the mountains. Maybe the last week of April is the time to be at Costanoa. We pretty much had the entire tent cabin area all to ourselves. Super quiet, clean cabin with great bed warmers and no noise.
Wish we'd stayed a few more nights.
Staff was very friendly and efficient.
Climbed Chalk Mountain for excellent vistas and returned to the hot tub to watch the moon rise.
Highly recommend...

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Fresno, California
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Camp Costanoa
“You can take a short walk from Camp Costanoa to beautiful beach area or trek a bit further down the beach to a viewing deck on the cliffs”
The trek to the Beach from Camp Costanoa is less than half mile, and from the beach to the north you can see Pigeon Point Light House Station in the distance.
The trek to the viewing deck from the beach is approximately quarter mile. Be advised, the trek from Camp Costanoa to the viewing deck is moderate, expect lose sand, easy hills, no restrooms, not wheel chair advisable, there are no life guards on duty and most of the waters in the area are rough. The beach area is wonderful for playing or wading in the surf; however, the BEAUTIFUL beach area and the BEAUTIFUL coastline are so amazedly awesome that you are reminded.., “It’s a Beautiful Day” don’t let it get away”” The trek from Costanoa to the viewing deck is definitely a bucket list must.
Do not forget your Water Bottle and Camera.
““Are You Going To Stand by the Side or Ride?””
Quote from. X-2 @ Six Flags Magic Mountain, California
Lots of Love.., for You. CoCoMoe @ You Tube Channel littlemoesquared

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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los gatos, ca
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2013

We went to Costanoa after getting a very good bargain through a Groupon type deal offered by Google. If we had paid full price, our excitement might have been a bit more reserved. As it was, we got a great deal on a tent that had access to the hot tub attached to the lodge, a complimentary bottle of wine at dinner, and a massage that was the best I have ever had. The restaurant was quite good, with abalone, cioppino, and fresh catches of the day. Very hearty breakfasts as well, which was good because the hiking is plentiful and only moderately taxing. The ocean was about a half hour's walk, so we did that one morning before breakfast. The tents are spartan, with no heating other than the blankets on the bed. There is electricity, but of course no TVs. A great retreat and a great way to slow down and smell the eucalyptus.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp
Address: 2001 Rossi Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060-9732
Location: United States > California > Pescadero
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Pescadero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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