Travel Blog

January 1, 2019


Scotts Valley, located amidst the area’s dramatic redwood forests in the western region of the Santa Cruz Mountains, is a small suburban community with a proud link to the past. Once a stagecoach stop between San Jose and Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley’s deep history goes back more than 150 years. Today, it serves as a vacation spot for both leisure and business travelers.


The Hiram D. Scott House, built in 1853 is a Santa Cruz County Historical Trust Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Scotts Valley’s Skypark is the only place in Santa Cruz County to see fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Celebrated movie director Alfred Hitchcock, Scotts Valley’s most famous resident lived in a mountaintop estate for three decades beginning in 1940, which is now a winery. Click here for a list of tasting rooms.

The annual Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival will delight art lovers with over 100 local artists specializing in glass, ceramic, painting, metal work and other forms. Local wine tasting, food, music and a kid’s art tent round out the festivities.


  1. Visiting with Fido? Skypark’s dog park includes a special area for both large and small dogs.
  2. Make Scotts Valley your basecamp as you explore nearby local and state parks. An array of outdoor options like tennis, golf, skateboarding, and basketball are all close by.
  3. April through October, visit the Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market, where food artisans display a unique mix of fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods, fresh meats, sausages and seafood, and prepared foods. During the summer months, enjoy live music.
  4. Skateboarders will delight at the Tim Brauch Memorial Skatepark, a 22,000 square foot concrete playground.
  5. Look for historical murals in town, which pay tribute to the history of the area and the people who have contributed to the community.