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Costanoa: A Thoughful Eco Resort on the California Coast.

February 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Destinations

What is better than a quiet getaway?  How about a quiet getaway that isn’t going to take days to reach or weeks to pay for?

A quiet spot to look at the canyon and beyond to the ocean at Costanoa.

After striking out on many last minute reservations attempts at the popular coastal California eco-resort Costanoa, I was ecstatic to enjoy a two night stay in the resort’s lodge during January for only $99/night.  With the threat of cold and rain, winter is quiet and a great bargain.  We hit the jackpot with warm, sunny weather after the marine layer (fog) burned off.

Costanoa’s resort concept is designed to let guests “Discover the Pace of Nature.”  What makes it special is the balance of simplicity and comforts and the freedom to let you choose how much of each you want to indulge in.

Entrance to the Costanoa lodge.

Lodging options include BYO tent and RV campgrounds, tent bungalows, cabins and a lodge. While the lodge bathroom is en suite, the “comfort stations” for the other options are upgraded with heated concrete floors, a 24 hour dry sauna and an outdoor fireplace.  Guests of the lodge, cabins and bungalow can use the hot tub.

View of hot tub and surrounding hills from our balcony.

Other on-site amenities include free WiFi (even from your tent), a general store, a bar and grill, a small playground, great views, and lots of open space to explore.  Activities include horseback riding, mountain biking, guided hikes, yoga classes, surf lessons, kayaking and massages.

So now that you know what Costanoa offers, what did I think?  It was understated.  It was thoughtful.  It was both mellow and energizing.

There were were no TVs, but empty refrigerators in the lodge rooms which are great for traveling families.  Our room was small, but well laid out with a balcony where we had a bottle of local wine purchased at the general store.  Pick up wine in Half Moon Bay or bring some with you; we were underwhelmed with the $15 red wine recommended.

Mirielle playing with her dad in our room at the Costanoa Lodge.

The on-site restaurant was open for all meals and served a variety of fresh choices, often from local vendors.  Service was a little slow during peak breakfast hours, but the coffee and fresh orange juice came quickly and were refilled often.

Walking around the grounds we stumbled upon wonderful views in unexpected places.  There are plenty of places for kids to run around and explore safely.  We also checked out the tent bungalows and cabins for future visits.  I highly recommend the cabins which looked comfortable and many sat on a ridge with great views.  The “pace of nature” tag line is not far off.

While we enjoyed breakfasts and a couple of hours exploring both the grounds and the hot tub, Costanoa was our base for visiting Ano Nuevo State Park (~3 miles away), Half Moon Bay (~24 miles away) and everything in between.

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review.  All opinions expressed are those of the author.

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