Discover the Santa Cruz Mountains: Boulder Creek

Nestled deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains is Boulder Creek, a quaint town that is equal parts eccentric and whimsical! Situated along the curving, redwood-tree-lined Highway 9, this mountain town is full of boomtown architecture that gives you the feeling that you’ve stepped back in time. Explore the redwood forest that became the first California State Park, sip on locally grown varietals overlooking a stunning vineyard, pop into a museum to learn about the local history, and enjoy some delicious meals along the way. Discover all of the hidden gems that Boulder Creek has to offer!  

830 Memory Lane 

Head through the woods and all the way to the end of Memory Lane for a view that is sure to delight: the sweeping terraces of grape vines rooted along the rolling hillsides of Big Basin Vineyards. The sweet smell of soil welcomes you to the estate, where you can take a seat with a view of the vineyard just outside their tasting room. Sip on the organically farmed, handcrafted wines grown here, in the distinctive terroir of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The unique aromas and compelling taste profiles that Big Basin curates in their wines are undeniable. Take home a bottle of your favorite varietal as a unique souvenir, since Big Basin’s wines will leave you wanting more!  

13300 Big Basin Way 

Established in a historic building over 100 years old, Scopazzi’s serves up fresh, delectable meals with an Italian flair. Be transported through time as you enjoy dinner and drinks in their stunning redwood dining room, built in 1924, indulging in classics like Spaghetti Bolognese or Tri-Tip. Soak up the sunshine during brunch on their inviting outdoor patio, where favorites like Texas French Toast and Chicken & Waffles are served up in style. With its historic location and delicious cuisine, you won’t want to miss Scopazzi’s! 

21600 Big Basin Way 

Founded in 1902 as California’s first State Park, Big Basin Redwoods is a place that still gives a true sense of the wilderness that this whole area once was. Home to the largest continuous community of ancient coast redwoods, Big Basin has stood since pre-historic times, and continues to persevere despite epic challenges: in 2020, the CZU Lightning Fires ripped through 97% of the park. Exploring Big Basin post-burn is a hauntingly beautiful reminder of the resilience of our redwood forests. As new life pops up along the forest floor and fresh, vibrant verdant redwood needles contrast against the charred wood, it is clear that Big Basin’s redwoods intend to stay for centuries more to come.  

To contribute to the rehabilitation of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, visit Reimagining Big Basin

13266 CA-9 

Perched amongst the redwoods overlooking the creek that runs through downtown, The Treehouse Cafe’s quirky decor and delicious food will make this a repeat visit. Grab a latte from their espresso bar, settle in for a sandwich, and don’t miss the lox bagel, which is expertly matched with tomato, cucumber, onion, and capers. Eat your meal next to a redwood tree, which stretches through the floor and out through the ceiling. The Treehouse Cafe dishes up casual-yet-delicious grub with a unique atmosphere that is sure to have you coming back for more!  

12547 CA-9 

Immerse yourself in the legendary history of this mountain region at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum! The gallery is situated in the former Grace Episcopal Church, which is the oldest religious building in Boulder Creek, built in 1906. Even the Museum’s location is a part of this area’s history! Step in to the old-growth-redwood building to check out the exhibits, which feature artifacts, documents, and vintage photographs that help to paint a picture of what life may have been like in this Valley over one hundred years ago. From logging and lumber to gold mining, the San Lorenzo Valley Museum has curated a collection that both preserves and shares the story of this place.  

The serpentine drive up Highway 9 through the San Lorenzo Valley is worth it when you discover this town’s quaint mountain charm. With so many hidden gems to explore, Boulder Creek is a treasure trove in the Santa Cruz Mountains!