Activities

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To make reservations or sign up in advance for any of the following activities contact the activities department at (650) 879-7312 or at oallan@costanoa.com. 72 HR cancellation policy applies to all activities. Scheduled Activities are subject to change at the discretion of the Activities Department. Please see the most updated schedule upon check-in.



December

Live Classical Guitar in Cascade with David Connors
Saturday December 6th 5pm
Enjoy %100 local organic tunes of David Connors with you meal at Cascade Bar and Grill

Holiday Wreath Workshop
Saturday December 13th 1pm - 3pm
Enjoy a facilitated Wreath Workshop under the tutelage of master Wreath maker Katharina.  Take your creation of Fir, Eucalyptus and other local plants home in celebration of the Holidays. $20
per person.

Tide Pool Exploration & Beach Clean-Up at Ranch Del Oso!
Saturday December 6 1pm
Come help us clean the beach and explore the wonders of the tide pools at south Waddell Beach – from anemones and sea stars to hermit crabs and kelp! We’ll meet at the Waddell Beach parking lot at 1pm for a beach clean-up then at 2 pm make our way down the beach towards Greyhound Rock.  Join us for this minus-tide adventure – but be sure to bring warm clothes, binoculars if you have them and tide pooling shoes!  RDO is located 7 miles South of Costanoa just past Waddell Creek Bridge.

ower Hike at Rancho Del Oso
Saturday December 13 10am
Take a hike among the wildflowers of Rancho del Oso’s Waddell Valley.  Docent naturalist Scott Peden will lead an approximately 4-mile hike to view a variety of wildflowers – there’s always something exciting in bloom!  Photographers are easily accommodated.  Show up with lunch, water and energy to hike! Hike starts at the yellow gate located across the street from Waddell Beach.    RDO is located 7 miles South of Costanoa just past Waddell Creek Bridge.

Live Acoustic Guitar in Cascade Restaurant with David Winters
Saturday December 13th 5pm
Enjoy %100 local organic tunes of David Winters with you meal at Cascade Bar and Grill.

Guided Bird Watching  with Scott Smithson
Sunday December 14th 9am
Meet at the Activities Center for a guided tour of Ornithological Fun.  Sign Up upon arrival, Rain
Cancels.

Fireside Stories at Rancho Del Oso
Sunday December 14 11am
Pretend, play, sing and explore! Bring the family and gather round the fireplace together at the Nature and History Center for a story followed by activities focused on the theme of the story. This 30-minute program will introduce youngsters (recommend children be at least 3) to the wonders of nature!  RDO is located 7 miles South of Costanoa just past Waddell Creek Bridge.

Live Classical Guitar in Cascade with David Connors
Saturday December 20th 5pm
Enjoy %100 local organic tunes of David Connors with you meal at Cascade Bar and Grill

Critter Crafts at Rancho Del Oso
Sunday December 21 noon – 4pm
Drop in for fun nature-themed craft time at the Nature and History Center. We will have a FREE make-and-take-activity most children can complete independently, although parents may need to assist preschool-aged children. Any age child is welcome to participate!  RDO is located 7 miles South of Costanoa just past Waddell Creek Bridge.

Live Acoustic Guitar in Cascade Restaurant with David Winters
Saturday December 27th 5pm
Enjoy %100 local organic tunes of David Winters with you meal at Cascade Bar and Grill.

Stargazing and History of the Universe with Steve White
Saturday December 27th 7pm
Meet Steve and his Telescope in front of the Ranch House and learn about everything under the Starts.  Indoor History of the Universe presentation will be given in case of Rain or overcast conditions.  Sign Up upon check-in.

Live Acoustic Guitar in Cascade Restaurant with David Winters
Wednesday December 31st 5pm
Enjoy %100 local organic tunes of David Winters with your New Years  Meal at Cascade Bar and Grill.

New Years Sunset Hike
Wednesday December 31st 3pm
Say good-bye to 2014 on this Guided Sunset Tour.  Sign Up upon arrival, Rain Cancels.

New Years After Party with DJ Now!!
Wednesday December 31st 10:30pm-1am in Cascade Loft
Exclusive DJ Dance Party for Costanoa Guests and New Years Patrons.  Get your groove on with Santa Cruz' DJ Now and dance into 2015. Open to all Costanoa Guests  of age 21 and older only.

Winter Highlights at Nearby State Parks

Año Nuevo State Park – Elephant Seals!
The Park offers naturalist-guided walks between December 15 and March 31, which feature the seals in their natural habitat. To view the seals during this period, you must be on a Guided Walk. These popular three-mile walks, over rolling sand dunes, last about two and a half hours and are considered moderately strenuous. They operate daily from early morning to mid-afternoon rain or shine. Reservations can be made starting October 20th up to 56 days in advance, and must be made at least one day in advance. ReserveAmerica handles all reservations either by phone (800) 444-4445 or online (anonuevo.reserveamerica.com). Any unreserved tickets, no-shows or other available spots are sold directly at the park daily on a first-come first-served basis, starting at 8:30am. If you are unable to get reservations ahead of time, your best bet is to arrive at the park at 8:30am and put yourself or your group on a waitlist. If you arrive anytime after 1pm without a reservation your chances of getting on a tour are pretty low. Tickets cost $7 per person over 3years, parking rates $10 per car. Año Nuevo is about 3 miles South of Costanoa on Highway 1.

Natural Bridges State Park-Tours of the Monarch Grove!
October through January Saturdays & Sundays at 11:00 & 2:00
Join a Docent Naturalist for a tour of the state designated monarch butterfly preserve at Natural Bridges State Beach.  Monarch butterflies are returning this fall to their winter home along our coast.  Learn the story of this beautiful creature and its fascinating seasonal migration. Public tours are offered on weekends and no reservations are necessary, or you may call 423-4609 to arrange a tour for a group of 10 or more.  Fall walks begin October 21 and continue through January.  Monarch numbers vary; usually the highest numbers are visible in November/December.  Meet at the Visitor Center for the hour-long program.  The walk is wheelchair accessible. Natural Bridges is 25 miles South of Costanoa off of Highway 1 .

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours
Weekends from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
Tour of the ranch houses at 1:00p.m.

Visit an early day dairy ranch and step back in time to the late 1800’s at Wilder Ranch State Park. Weekends at 1:00p.m., join the 1-hour tour of the 1897 Victorian home, 1896 water-powered machine shop, and other historic buildings. You can also play Victorian games or bring a picnic to enjoy on the front lawn, visit the farm animals and see what activities are taking place on the ranch this weekend; You may learn about hand quilting, watch blacksmithing, or learn about other innovative early-day ranch operations. Call (831) 426-0505 for all activities and dates.
Wilder Ranch is 22 miles South of Costanoa off of Highway 1.

For more information on any of these activities, please contact:
J. Oscar Allan
Activities and Spa Manager
Costanoa Lodge & Camp
2001 Rossi Road
Pescadero CA, 94060
650-879-2136 x7312