Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero, CA
While Lynn and I love hiking in the mountains and by rivers, I have always been called to the sea. My favorite part about living in California is how close we are to the beach at all times. For today’s post I have decided to go with Pescadero and Bean Hollow State Beach!
Bean Hollow State Beach is a two faced beast. To the south you will find tide pools, seals resting, and an amazing reef for the waves to crash upon. The views are spectacular and you can easily spend an afternoon enjoying just this end of the beach. We took turns taking pictures and Lynn got some amazing shots. I was mystified by the waves breaking before me, dusting me with mist.
The little town of Pescadero is really just a few streets filled with shops for tourists. Your first stop should be Downtown Local, a small hipster coffee shop with a free chocolate treat for a Yelp check in! This coffee shop is themed after 70’s and 80’s biker memorabilia. Free black and white movies are played in the back. Overall, this coffee shop is a gem and is a great place to sit and play chess with your traveling chess set! (shameless self plug).
A short walk down the avenue will bring you to Arcangeli Grocery Company/Norm’s Market. This place looks like your average general store but it has a secret. They make fresh artichoke garlic herb bread that is to die for. When we arrived a man had to ask for a box because he was buying 8 loaves. The bread is truly amazing, and I don’t take my bread lightly.
If you travel down the coast some more you will happen upon two more fantastic stops. One is Pie Ranch, a small barn that makes its own organic pies. We split a meyer lemon pie and it was divine. I could not have been more impressed with this small little farmstand. They host barn dances and educational programs as well as serving organic produce, coffee, and pies! Definetly worth the detour.
The last big site to hit while you are here is the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. With an inn on the premises you can hunker down for a night or just stop by for a day trip. We decided to simply stop in for the day and enjoy the sights. There is a museum there that houses the original lighthouse lamp and it is truly amazing.
There is a lot to do in this little seaside town so visit and enjoy!
Lynn was enchanted by the tidepools and the small worlds they contained. There is something for everyone here! On the north side of the beach (separated by a parking lot) you will find what the beach is famous for, smooth pebbles! The rocks on this beach are incredibly smooth, so much so that I almost slipped on them! The waters course over the rocks has smoothed them over the years and if you really tried you could slide down them into the water. This side of the beach is very touristy so beware of crowds!
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