It’s ess than a mile from Highway 1, but this green-minded resort feels as if it’s way up in the Sierra Mountains. Amid 300 mostly undeveloped hillside acres speckled with redwood groves and hiking trails, Chaminade Resort is the premiere resort in Santa Cruz County.
The 156 recently renovated rooms and suites include a host of amenities, from featherbeds to WiFi; some have private decks or patios. You could spend days here, relaxing in the spa facility, playing tennis, working out in the gym, swimming in the pool, or just gazing at the ocean views from the two hilltop restaurants.
Reserve well in advance for a seat at their summer farm dinners, where you can dine with the farmers who produced the ingredients for your meal, including the winemakers.