Quality Inn & Suites Santa Cruz Mountains
9733 HWY 9
Ben Lomond, CA 95005
Phone: (831) 336-2292
Fax: (831) 336-0554
Established in 2006, Lindencroft Farm is the labor of love of Linda and Steven Butler. This sustainable and organic farmland grows top quality produce which includes vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruits. They have a program called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) where you can become a member by buying shares and get a weekly box of fresh harvest.
The historic building of Felton Presbyterian Church on Gushee Street, in Felton, California is home to the Felton Public Library. It serves as a great resource center for the general public and offers an array of information through volumes and books. It spans over 1250 square feet (116 square meters) and welcomes adults and kids alike. The library occasionally comes up with programs such as Summer Children’s Program and others to actively contribute to the intellectual development of adolescents. Of great historic significance, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Located in the pristine mountains of Santa Cruz is the quaint Hallcrest Vineyards. Owner John Schumacher who had a calling for wine-making very early on in his life is believed to be one of America's youngest wine makers. Before turning his garage into a winery which later became Hallcrest Vineyards, John sold a number of wines for many wholesalers to gather experience about the product. Wines produced here have an original and unique taste and can be safely regarded as California's finest wines. Wine tours at Hallcrest Vineyards are a family affair, you can plan a whole picnic just grab your baskets, buy a bottle of their delicious wines and have a memorable day here.
The eminent Felton Covered Bridge, located above the San Lorenzo River was constructed in 1892. It remains one of the few such bridges left in the state. The 80-foot (24-meter) long truss bridge is open from around 8:00a to sunset. Various recreational activities can be engaged in the adjacent park such as playing volleyball, walking and picnicking. The playground and lawns are great for children and adults alike. With as many as 32 parking spots, it provides for great parking facilities.
Roaring Camp Railroads was a railroad project for conservation of two railways which was initiated in 1890 by founder F. Norman Clark. The railroads are a fun way to spend a weekend with family adoring the beautify of the woods and travelling aboard the historic rail lines. Roaring Camp Railroads has two railways one Redwood Forest Steam Train which heads to the beautiful woods and the other line is the Santa Cruz Beach Train, which takes visitors to the Santa Cruz Beach Broadwalk. During Christmas they have a special attraction called the Candy Train.
Siltanen Park is a community park located near the Vine Hill Elementary School and the Scotts Valley High School in Scotts Valley. The park is a good place to head to if you wish to breathe in some fresh air, or even play a sport. The park has a baseball diamond, in addition to two tennis courts, making it a good spot for students of the nearby schools. There is also a swimming pool on-site.
This mountain winery includes an Italian-style chateau, a spectacular mountain view, and a tradition of winemaking that is the equal of both. The specialty is Pinot Noir, a dry red wine. It is a popular place for chic corporate parties, banquets, weddings or events of any kind. It also hosts informative and fun tours, and is part of the region's gala Vintner's Festival. It also has facilities for picnics, tasting sessions and barbecue. Allow a 45 minutes drive here from Downtown San Jose.
Pasatiempo Golf Club is home to the historic Pasatiempo Golf Course, designed by British architect Alister MacKenzie on Marion Hollins request. The grand opening on September 8, 1929 was a historic ocassion with four world-class players in attendance including Bobby Jones, Cyril Tolley and Glenna Collett. The course is rated one of the best golf-courses in the world and one of the top three in California. The course features an 18-hole range and bookings are available for visitors at a fee. Besides the golf course, the club offers other places of interest as well, for example dining options like the iconic Hollins House and the famous Tap Room within its walls. For additional information and to book a tee time, visit the website.
The Arboretum at the University of California, Santa Cruz is home to hundreds of varieties of flowers from all over the world, if one actually slows down and smell the roses. The secluded garden features beautiful plant species and is also ideal for some bird watching and light hiking. The gardens also make for a lovely and informal wedding venue. This is a place where one really appreciate nature and small things in life.
The farm at University of California Santa Cruz is managed by the staff and students of the Department of Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, who also operate the Alan Chadwick Garden that's located in the farm's vicinity. Both sites function as significant parts of training and studies. The result of their efforts is a farm-fresh, organic produce that is sold at the Market Cart, twice a week. Both, the farm and the garden remain open to public between 8a and 6p. While the docent-led tours here give a comprehensive insight into the agricultural process, self-guided tours are also allowed.
Established in 1967, the Alan Chadwick Garden was initially called the Student Garden Project. It is now run by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems of the University of California, Santa Cruz. This three-acre (1.21 hectare) organic garden has a great variety of flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. These include apple, citrus and pear, and heritage roses. Following the principles of its founder, this lush garden has set an example in organic horticulture.
Nestled by the Monterey Bay, the city of Santa Cruz features long stretches of beaches and redwood forest mountains. It also has 17 state parks and offers plenty of recreational facilities. Some interesting sites worth visiting are the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Lighthouse Field State Beach, Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and Lighthouse Point. Whether you are a surfer, nature enthusiast, history buff or an athlete, there is lots to explore this beautiful coastal resort town.