The Northern California coast is an heavenly site for resorts. The State Coastal Commission, however, sees otherwise. That is why there are so few, and a single affordable one, Costanoa off Highway 1 near Pescadero. Prices plunge from $379 to $99 a night depending on whether you are bunking in a luxury lodge suite or pitching your own tent. Coastanoa is connected to four state parks and over 30,000 acres for hiking and biking. It is echt ecotopian with sophisticated spa amenities, a very fresh restaurant ,nature tours and, as you will be delighted to note, moonlit kayak paddling. Very family friendly.