Being on A Bellagio’s veranda is a sensory experience: hanging lanterns glow on the tables and warm breezes carry the scent of fresh flowers. After getting cozy in one of the old-fashioned, high-backed chairs, peruse a menu that includes international wines and Italian dishes such as homemade potato gnocchi.
Don’t stroll into Y&L Style Bar expecting a haircut or color treatment. Though comprised of expert stylists, the salon's team sticks to washes followed by blowouts and elegant up-dos. This means, that once every strand has been swept into place, customers will have enough time to enjoy manicures and pedicures, administered by nail techs or to sit as one of the bar's aestheticians beautifies their skin with mineral-based cosmetics by Jane Iredale.
But the fun here isn't reserved for adults only: birthday party packages invite girls as young as four to enjoy age-appropriate makeup, manicures, and other pint-size pampering, while Y&L's entire crew shares their skills with teen girls at annual summer camps.
Costanoa is adjoined to 30,000 acres of diverse hiking trails peppered with scenic lookouts to the shore. The forested paths weave in and out of the San Mateo Coast's back hills, where native birds flit by exotic plants such as blue sea rocket and yellow lizard tail. Guided naturalist hikes arranged by Costanoa dish on Native American history and coastal ecology, and mountain-biking tours through the backcountry head past towering redwoods and fossilized Clif bars.Steelhead trout mingle with coho salmon in the streams at Ano Nuevo State Park, which preserves idyllic coastal terrain including native dunes, freshwater marsh, and wetlands and sits less than 2 miles east of the resort.
Fresh meat from Morris Grassfed Beef, dairy products from Claravale Farm, and produce from Farm Fresh come together for executive chef and Organicopia owner Molly Holbrook’s all-natural recipes. She and her kitchen staff compile every meal from scratch, using seasonal ingredients and calibrating meals to clients’ allergies, dietary restrictions, and preferences for foods that begin with the letter Z. The team can craft full weeks of prepared meals and deliver them to customers’ doorsteps or devise one-time menus for catered events such as dinner parties and backyard celebrations. Molly also uses her expertise to analyze the nutritional value of her clients’ diets and help them manage their weight with tailored meal plans and cooking lessons.
Since 2008, Fuze Fit For a Kid's has offered noncompetitive camps, lessons, and parties courses that mix and match activities such as sports conditioning, yoga, martial arts, and dance classes. The caring and competent coaching staff believes physical activity bolsters motor skills, improves overall strength, increases self-esteem, and ensures the rescue of Princess Toadstool. Working with more than 15,000 kids through the years, the team of PCA-certified coaches builds on the sports activities with traditional strength-building plyometric and resistance activities.
You won’t feel out of place if you dress up for dinner at this Hellenic restaurant, which was awarded Michelin stars in 2011 and 2012. The precise cuisine includes elegant dishes like mesquite-grilled octopus with romesco and grated hazelnuts, and the 1,500+ bottle wine list is reason enough to invent a special occasion.