The home to the renowned AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am narrowly missed becoming a housing development. Today, it delivers endless luxury in the form of world-class accommodations and celebrated oceanfront golf courses.
For the ultimate in luxury, one cannot top The Lodge at Pebble Beach (pebblebeach.com). The historic destination has been for nearly 100 years the most ideal accommodations for seasoned golfers as it rests on one of the most prestigious courses on the planet. Nearly 200 guest rooms and suites accentuate the property. You'll find the perfect escape in one of the rooms facing the ocean: Open the French doors, rest on the balcony, and take in a view unlike any other. Book far enough in advance (18 months) and the perks come in the form of golf access.
Fairway One at The Lodge, a relatively new addition, makes its home on the scenic first fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links and features oversized guest rooms and two guest cottages in a tranquil setting. Casa Palmero takes tranquility to new heights by offering deluxe accommodations adjacent to the five-star Spa at Pebble Beach, which features resplendent treatments with Central Coast nuances.
Along 17-Mile Drive, near both Pacific Grove gates, many have cherished the unique fervor of The Inn at Spanish Bay. Between its golf links, stunning ocean views, and bagpiper at sunset, the place oozes with charm and elegance.
The award-winning chefs at Pebble Beach Resorts go for global flavor. The Inn's Péppoli at Pebble Beach serves bountiful Northern Italian flavors (start with a classic tomatobread soup and cherish a new take on osso buco). At Roy's at Pebble Beach, there is no shortage of culinary abundance with its inventive Hawaiian infusion (remarkable sushi and fresh fish).
Visitors wanting to remain closer to The Lodge have many options. The wood-roasted specialties at The Bench (flatbreads, standout burgers) inspire the palate, and while The Tap Room may sound like a great American tavern, the combination of its luxurious surroundings and robust menu (jalapeño crab poppers, Prime Rub Chili, salmon steaks) make it a bona fide culinary destination ideal for latenight noshes.
Stillwater Bar & Grill manages to do something that is downright memorable. The contemporary seafood bar with a stunning view uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients and puts a new spin on dining: sweet-corn buttermilk soup, Monterey Bay red abalone, tuna crudo, cedar plank-roasted salmon, and boneless lamb sirloin — all that, and a legendary wine list.
High-end boutiques and various golf-specific portals, all for the perusing — and purchase. Adjacent to the first tee of Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Heritage Shop at Pebble Beach offers golf apparel, equipment, accessories, and shoes. Pebble Beach Women's Shop boasts golf-related necessities as well, with a tilt toward elegance and style. For anything with a Pebble Beach logo on it, a brand that is recognized worldwide, The Lone Cypress Shop is your go-to spot, with inspired clothing and gift items. To top it all off, quick bites, bottles of wine, and any curious lastminute buys are all waiting for you at Pebble Beach Market.
Luxury is not spared at Marchesa Jewelry, where new and estate jewelry and certified diamonds ranging from 3 to 12 carats may just be the lifechanging purchases guests have been hoping for.
Be sure and visit the U.S. Open Shop, celebrating the 2019 U.S. Open, the sixth to be hosted at Pebble Beach in the past 50 years.
17-Mile Drive: It is best to experience this astonishing and mostly oceanfront excursion by making the appropriate stops at various turnouts along the path. Note: There is a cash-only admission fee per vehicle (you can find more information at pebblebeach.com/17-miledrive). Bird Rock attracts many tourists, but to see some of the most vivid, clear-water surf crashing against otherworldly boulders, consider Point Joe, one of the first stops after The Inn at Spanish Bay. It was here, and also at nearby China Rock, that Chinese fishermen made a home for themselves in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
No words capture the magnificence of The Lone Cypress. For more than 250 years, this famed landmark, standing solitary on its rocky perch, has marveled visitors. Come during sunset in the fall and winter months when the view of the ocean is particularly extraordinary. Inland at Crocker Grove, the 13-acre nature preserve is home to a bevy of pine and cypress trees. In fact, the grandfather of all Monterey cypress is rooted here. Find it — and look up.
Concourse d'Elegance, Aug. 26, 2018
Behold: 200 of the most prized collector cars in the world. They assemble themselves onto the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Peruse, nosh, imbibe.
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Pescadero Point is one of many picture-worthy spots along scenic 17-Mile Drive and is known for its hauntingly beautiful trees perched above the Pacific.
Photo courtesy Pebble Beach Company