Monday, August 2, 2010


California Coast Accomodations :

Pigeon Point : Pigeon Point is about an hour south of San Francisco along CA-1.

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse

We stayed at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel. We didn’t actually stay in the lighthouse, which was closed to the public because of the condition it is in, but we did stay in what used to be the lighthouse keeper’s homes. We had a private room in what was more like a three-bedroom house, and we shared the living, kitchen and bath with two sisters and their kids. The hostel is part of Hostelling International, and the California website has a lot of information about the hostels and what to expect.
There are also lighthouse hostels at Point Montara, between San Francisco and Piegeon Point, and at Point Reyes National Seashore, north of San Francisco.

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The Hotel Ivanhoe

This entry will cover both lodging and dining as the Hotel Ivanhoe, a beautiful Victorian hotel also has a restaurant and a saloon. The restaurant serves dinner on Wed. through Sun. and I can highly recommend the Ravioli Pesto. Seriously. I didn’t even have to read any further on their menu. Scott was able to take a beer from the saloon and drink it on the front balcony located outside our room.

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Our cottage at the View Crest Lodge

We stayed at the View Crest Lodge which was a few miles north of Trinidad, CA. It was clean, comfortable, and large, with a covered spacious deck. This was one of the ones that share a wall with another unit and while their website claimed the shared walls were sound proof, I had my doubts until we got there. There was another couple with a child staying in the other unit and we didn't hear a thing from them the whole time. I really enjoyed staying here.

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Cafe Nooner, Eureka - Funky little restaurant with vegetarian options in the historic district in Eureka.

Seascape Restaurant, Trinidad - Located on the pier with great views of the water.

The Lighthouse, Trinidad - Has savory, mashed potato waffle cones and you can get beef or vegetarian gravy.

Beachcomber Cafe, Trinidad - Funky little coffee shop with breakfast and sandwiches.

California Coast Pies : The morning after our stay at Pigeon Point we had breakfast at Duarte’s. I really enjoyed the eggs and potatoes, but it was the fresh olallieberry jam on sourdough toast that I really enjoyed. They also have olallieberry pie, which is why we went there in the first place. Since it was breakfast, we got a slice to go and enjoyed it later after lunch. An olallieberry is a cross between a loganberry and a youngberry.

Looking for something fun to do? Here’s my post on attractions along the California coast.

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