We have used their produce delivery service and are very satisfied with their timely delivery, produce quality and other grocery items such as Niman meat products. They specialize in delivery of organic produce, dairy, meat, fish and other products. What's great about this service is you can elect to have deliveries once a week or twice a month based upon your needs and you can specify the items you like or don't like. You can further elect to get produce only or a mixture of produce and other grocery products that you specify. You can also choose different sized packages to meet you family's needs.
If you plan your meals in advance and love getting the freshest organic produce without having to run to the store, waste gas and wait in line, this is a great service. Although they are in Sonoma, they deliver to just about all of the SF Bay area including the South Bay. They even give 2% back to the school of your choice through eScrip.
We stayed at the Big Sur Lodge that is Julia Pfeiffer State Park and found it comfortable (rooms newly remodeled) and loved that it was convenient to area hiking trails and other events for the kids. There is a restaurant on the premises that is adequate and a smaller ice cream parlor area and gift shop/general store. If it happens to rain while you're there, there are family games and a sitting area by the fireplace on the main floor of the lodge. It is a bit pricey.
We have gone here several times and like their Hawaiian and vegetarian pizzas. They make the pizza fresh while you wait, or, call in a bit ahead and it's ready when you arrive. You do have to bake the pizza yourself. Priced reasonably, convenient, large variety of fresh toppings.
We stayed here last year in the hotel that is part of this resort. It was supposed to be a room for four, but was extremely cramped and a bit loud. The resort also has many small cabins that you can rent. I believe these have kitchens and 2-3 bedrooms. These would most likely be a better option when staying at this resort. That said, the kids had fun here mainly at the beach that is a part of the property. There is also park land adjacent to the resort and easy walking trails where you can explore the history of the area and take in Lake Tahoe views. At night, there is entertainment both at the restaurant on the premises and at another barn that is next to the property. This resort is quite developed, a bit too much for my taste but there is a lot to do down at the beach (paddle boating, water skiing, parasailing, etc).
Pros: kids enjoyed this place, proximity to historic trails to learn about early Lake Tahoe
Cons: Cramped hotel room, a bit overdeveloped
We ate here on a recent trip to Tahoe. The pizza was excellent and moderately priced. The environment was very family-friendly and the service was good but a bit slow.
Il Postale has a warm atmosphere with fine art decorating its interior brick walls. Their food is excellent and they have a variety of meat and fish entrees that are fresh and well done. They also have customizeable pizzas and other Italian faire. My personal recent favorites are their crab cakes with red pepper sauce, and their fresh grilled salmon. We like the patio for dining when the weather is nice. They also have an excellent wine list and attentive service. A bit pricey for every day.
We stop by here for their fabulous sandwiches, wraps and smoothies. They have a wonderful deli where you can stop and pick up a bite to eat, then head out to the back of the inn. There, you'll find the Big Sur River filled with large comfortable bent wood/twig chairs and benches. Some kids and adults bring inner tubes and float down the river which is never very swift. The river is shallow in most places, so just take off your shoes, meander around the rocks, find a place to sit, relax and enjoy! They also have a full service restaurant here and a fairly large motel-style inn.
We camped here one summer when we were not able to get reservations for Pfeiffer Big Sur. This is a much smaller campground than Pfeiffer and features larger sites that are situated in a redwood grove. The setting is very pretty and were were very happy with our stay. There is a clean bathroom with showers and outside sinks for washing and firewood is available. Also, if you want a treat after roughing it, head up the hill and around the corner to the Ventana Inn!
Pros- easier to get reservations here than at Pfeiffer
clean, beautiful setting, smaller campground
Cons- just a bit more expensive and there are no sites situated right on the river if that's what you prefer.
We've gone to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park for the past several years with a few other families. Both times, we've camped out at their online reservation site and booked riverfront campsites six months in advance. Planning ahead is well worth it. Kids have a blast here walking in and exploring the river and there is even a swimming hole close to camp that they can go to during the day. There is also a ranger station that offers kids' hikes and other events and ample trails that range from easy to moderately difficult. When you're tired of the campgorund, venture a short distance across Highway 1 to access many beautiful, rocky, spectacular beaches.