Local Favorites in Pescadero, CA

Here are some links to local information and places to go while you are visiting Venture Retreat Center!


Arcangeli Grocery Co./ Norm's Market
This family owned bakery, deli, and grocery is known for their delicious artichoke bread. Don't miss out on the sweet treats, sandwiches, and house-made sauces, spreads, and dressings.

Duartes Tavern
This historic family-owned Pescadero tavern has good food, a comfortable bar and a relaxed local atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Mercado y Taqueria de Amigos
This small town gas station also serves up delicious Mexican food! Open for lunch and dinner, but if you're lucky you can order a breakfast burrito off the secret menu.


Downtown Local Coffee Shop
Grab a delicious cup of coffee and enjoy the eclectic assortment of vintage items for sale.

Highway 1 Brewing Company
Just 10 minutes from Venture, a comfortable coastal brewery serving lunch and dinner with an ocean view. 

Historical Places of Interest

Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel
Standing proud at 115 feet, The Pigeon Point Lighthouse has been a guide to mariners since 1872!


Butano State Park
Just next-door to Venture Retreat Center! The Butano Fire Road trailhead is just a 15 minute walk from Venture (at the turnout on Cloverdale road after Canyon Rd.), or drive to the park main entrance in just 5 minutes.

Año Nuevo State Reserve
About fifteen minutes south of Venture Retreat, Año Nuevo has a beautiful beach and hiking, and is a breeding site and nursery for northern elephant seals and California sea lions.

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