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Summer Staycation Spots in California

Katy Thielke Straser

In her 20 year career across the Bay Area, Katy has represented properties from modest family homes to luxury estates...

In her 20 year career across the Bay Area, Katy has represented properties from modest family homes to luxury estates...

Jul 30 3 minutes read

Summer vacation looks a bit different this year so we're helping you embrace the STAY-cation!

We're all trying to stay closer to home this year and while that might mean your typical summer vacation was canceled, it doesn't mean there's no way to enjoy the summer. So, We've compiled a list of staycation spots within driving distance of Menlo Park. Stay safe and enjoy! 

1. San Luis Obispo

About a 31/2  hour drive from the Bay Area, beaches, hiking trails - Bishop’s Peak, Montana de Ora State Park, Morro Bay State Park, a few miles south of SLO is Pismo Beach where you can hang on the beach or head to Papi’s Grill for excellent fish tacos, restaurant patios and some crafts breweries are open.  The latter include Oak and Otter Brewing, Central Coast Brewing, and Liquid Gravity Brewing. 


2. Nevada City

Nevada City, with its many downtown buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, is brimming with California history.  A must-see is the Empire Mine State Park- home to the oldest, deepest and richest gold mine in California. All trails systems, the vineyard and the estate and are open, and active recreation - biking, jogging, and hiking are encouraged. Once you’ve gotten your fill of history, head to one of the many swimming holes- a popular one is under the Old Highway 49 Bridge. As for eating, numerous places are open for patio dining, including the popular Three Forks Bakery and Brewing featuring locally sourced food, wood-fired pizza regional wines, and craft beer brewed in at their 7 barrel brewhouse. Another option is One 11 Kitchen & Bar, an organic, sustainable restaurant preparing kebabs, burgers, and homemade chocolate cake. If you decide you want to stay overnight, try glamping at Inn Town Campground.


3. Pescadero

Just a short drive from Silicon Valley, Pescadero offers some great food, wine, hiking and beaches

If you haven't been to Duarte's Tavern, do yourself a favor and visit the restaurant and bar that have been in operation since 1934.  

202 Stage Road, Pescadero, CA 94060 (650) 879-0464, Open Daily

The restaurant features seafood specials and their famous artichoke soup and olallieberry pie.


What do you have planned for this summer?

If you're like us, the summer also means moving. If you're planning on selling your home this summer, let's talk.

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