4 Nearby Places for Last-Minute Summer Escapes
While exploring San Francisco is a fulfilling weekend in and of itself, there are boundless places to discover just beyond our city line. And, at The Harrison, we have the privilege of neighboring the Bay Bridge, a gateway to some of the country’s most sought-after locales. Whether you wish to spend a weekend along the jaw-dropping coastline of Santa Cruz or amongst the vineyards of Napa, the getaway options are seemingly limitless.
One of California’s most desirable surf cities, Santa Cruz lies just an hour and a half from your doorstep at The Harrison. Teeming with an artistic, laid-back vibe, the town is home to hip surfers, local craft beer companies, astounding redwood trees and an old wharf that’s as charming as the sea lions lounging just below. Stay at the beachy Dream Inn, sleek and modern Hotel Paradox or opt for a cozy tent amongst the redwoods. You’ll return to San Francisco relaxed and refreshed, while both salty and sunkissed.
An undeniable favorite amongst locals and tourists alike, Napa Valley is a mere hour and a half drive from The Harrison. The wine region prevails as the most coveted in the country, home to nearly 400 wineries—many of which produce world-renowned, award-winning grapes. Pack your bags and head for the beautiful Meadowood boutique hotel, taste some of the best whites and reds in the world, indulge in farm-to-table food and find serenity amongst the endless expanse of vineyards.
Half Moon Bay
If you want a getaway that’s both refined and relaxed, Half Moon Bay is a perfect fusion of the two. The stunning seaside town is located just 45 minutes south of The Harrison, creating an ideally accessible retreat that, likewise, feels a million miles away. Book a room at the incredible waterfront Ritz Carlton, explore the area’s uncrowded beaches, kayak in Pillar Point Harbor, revel in local seafood and head to the legendary Mavericks surf break to catch sight of some of the world’s best surfers.
For a weekend immersed in nature, head just an hour and fifteen minutes south to Pescadero. The area is a bona fide haven for nature enthusiasts where one can hike, kayak, explore nearby farms and more. Stay at the Costanoa Lodge Resort in one of their wooden cabins or upscale bungalows, grab a bite at the iconic Duarte’s Tavern and meander the tide pools below the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. An easygoing weekend in Pescadero is bound to put your mind and body at ease.
*Photos courtesy of Visit Napa Valley & Half Moon Bay Golf