Though ranked among the worlds best hotels, most parts of the Lodge are open to the public including several restaurants, retail shops, and the golf course. Pricey, of course, but looking is free and fabulous. Last time we tried it the restaurants will credit your 17 mile Drive $10 receipt towards food bills over $30.
We like the casual dining atmosphere at the Gallery Cafe on the second floor above the putting green. If you eat outside on the porch dogs are even allowed. The prices are actually very reasonable and the food is surprisingly tasty. The Stillwater Bar & Grill (and other restaurants) faces the 18th Green and is more expensive. Next time we go we plan to eat or at least have a drink on the lowest level outside patio facing the 18th hole Green.
phone: (831) 647-7500
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