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By Tracey Minkin
Originally a popular destination on the stagecoach route from Santa Cruz to San Francisco, Pescadero maintains the stage-stop flavor with colorful shops and eats—and is full of natural splendor, like those towering redwoods of Butano State Park.
Where to stay: Costanoa Lodge ecoresort is a log-cabin dream perched on an ocean bluff—with main lodge, cabins, and tent bungalows. Rates start at $89; costanoa.com.