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Loving the California Coast – Costanoa and Santa Cruz

We are spending some of October and November in the Santa Cruz area and want to show you the highlights:)

Brenda and Cece at Pie Ranch along Highway 1

The Pie Ranch “barn” is on highway 1 between Pescadero and Santa Cruz.  Their sustainable farming practices emphasize soil fertility, biological diversity, growing for local markets, and creating a relationship-based food system.  They also grow ALL the makings for pie. They educate through their Youth Education and Leadership Development program and they have farmer apprenticeships.  Stop by the next time you are nearby.

Daisy and P

Costanoa Cabin – Pescadero, CA

Camping and Coffee – yummy

Costanoa Farm – fresh veggies for their restaurant

Costanoa is a beautiful retreat and campground including tent sites, RV spots, tent cabins, cabins and lodge rooms.  They have a healthy respect for nature and the beautiful surroundings of the Pacific ocean and their restaurant serves local organic ingredients in their food, many of which come from their very own organic farm on the property.

Striped bass for dinner

Good friends that joined us at Costanoa – Daisy and P

Pie Ranch

Making wine at Bonny Doon Winery – Santa Cruz

While in Santa Cruz, we went several times to the Bonny Doon Winery tasting room.  They crush and make the wine right in front of the tasting room and you can walk by at any time to see the process – very cool.  Since early 2004, BD has been practicing biodynamic viticultural practices which is an integrated, holistic agricultural practice, based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner.

Mobo Sushi Saturday night ritual – sake bomb domino

Spiced hot chocolate – Pacific Street




  1. We love Santa Cruz. Great pictures!

  2. well well well, you girls sure know how to “pretty up” a driveway! I’m thrilled to see/read up on your latest need to see what “sake bomb domino” is about at MoBo’s when we are all in the same zip code again..soon, eh? “Eh?”, that’s Canadian for “I love you both”. See you gals soon, way to gather momentum and prevail..thanks for explaining to the ‘sayers that the old dinette was (indeed) recycled and in continued use..just like (almost) everything else 😉

  3. Well thanks LA. When you get back from Hawaii we will go play:)

  4. Damn, that cheese looks good. As well other edibles in these pictures. If I ever happen to find myself in Santa Cruz I have to remember to visit that Pie Ranch farm and the Bonny Doon Winery.

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