| Bay Area Eco-Getaway |
We’re overlooking a perfect crescent of sandy beach, watching the clam diggers harvest a chowder. In the protected harbor beyond, a vintage yacht with a rakish bowsprit gently bobs, while on the riprap break wall, anglers lazily cast crab snares and bait their hooks. Where are we, New England? Some remote fishing village far from traffic gridlock and urban stresses? No, just 25 miles down the coast from San Francisco, and within easy striking distance of Silicon Valley. A few miles above the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay, a laid-back haven specializing in nature-focused getaways with organic dining, green wineries and sustainable shopping close at hand. It’s fast becoming a notable destination for green travel. And as we soak in this spirit-rejuvenating waterfront from our suite patio at the the aptly named Beach House, the eco-friendly boutique hotel we have chosen for this visit, we begin to understand why.
Life is sweet when you have all the green pleasures of the Bay Area nearby, yet we can pretend we have traveled to a sleepy, remote place where it’s easy to decompress and hard to remember what was so important about those unanswered e-mails.
From both the living and bedroom areas of the Beach House’s luxury loft suites, full advantage is taken of the majestic Pacific—three-quarters of the 54 suites have ocean views—and the Santa Cruz Mountains. In fact, when booking, there’s only the view to pick. Each suite features a patio or balcony, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower and all have identical amenities, including Coyuchi organic duvets, organic in-room coffee service, and high-quality natural bath amenities. Recently refreshed rooms feature non-offgassing eco-paints. Cleaning and laundry is done with healthy, eco-sensitive products. We could enumerate other green features, but the picture’s already in focus: gorgeous natural setting only steps off the beach and very satisfying eco-accommodations…read more