From the issue Secrets of the Santa Cruz Mountains
Want to feel like royalty? Make like a kitschy King or Queen in The Tower, an unconventional homestead in the delightful one-stoplight town of Pescadero, located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains on the San Mateo coast. Nestled on a residential street and modeled after the water towers of Northern California, The Tower balances quirky and comfy within two stories and 900 square feet. A wrap-around wooden deck encloses the upper floor, with trumpetvines and jasmine spilling over the edge. French doors on all sides open to sweeping views of the rolling hills. Downstairs is a cozy sleeping space decorated with rose-flowered curtains and sheets (a bit frilly, yes, but all part of the charm). Outside, the family's potbellied pig, Ivy, acts as mascot and endears herself to all patrons. Use The Tower as a home-base for exploring nearby Butano State Park or Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve. Or borrow one of The Tower's complimentary bikes for a 2-mile spin (one-way) down to Pescadero State Beach. In the evening, walk a couple of blocks to downtown where you can hit the Country Store for some BBQ or the best pizza in town. It's good to be King.
The Tower, 785 North St., Pescadero; 650-879-0841. It is $135 per night on weeknights and $160 per night on weekends with a two-night minimum. Dog-friendly!