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. Today, Scotts Valley’s rich history mixes with modern technology. With a history spanning more than 150 years, Scotts Valley was once a stagecoach stop between San Jose and Santa Cruz. Today, it still serves as a vacation spot for both leisure and business travelers.
GETTING HERE: Arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and drive approximately 70 miles/113 km south to Santa Cruz County (recommended: drive via Scenic Highway 1 – Pacific Coast Highway).
Start your morning with breakfast at the Stonehouse Bar & Grill in the exquisitely appointed Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley hotel. Then play a round at nearby Pasatiempo Golf Course, rated one of the top 100 golf courses in America. On Saturdays from May thru November, from 9am – 1pm, find fixings for a picnic at the Scotts Valley Farmers Market in Scotts Valley Square off Mount Hermon Road.
Relax at Skypark, where picnic grounds, ball fields, playgrounds, a skate park, tennis courts and walking trails abound. If Fido is travelling with you, there is also a great “Bark Park!” Opt for a breezy hike on the trails at the Glenwood Open Space Preserve, two parcels comprised of forests, meadows, riparian areas and wetlands. The West Glenwood Preserve trails are open to hikers, dog-walkers and cyclists. The East Glenwood Preserve trails welcome hikers and equestrians.
Shoppers will appreciate the many stores, restaurants, and even day spas in the neighborhood of Mt. Hermon Road. Stop in at Ashby Confections for a locally-made sweet treat to satisfy your chocolate craving. Take your picnic and fire up the BBQ, swim, and play a game of soccer or softball at the fields of Siltanen Park.
Stop in for a pre-dinner cocktail at Cloud 9, the newest outdoor lounge in Scotts Valley at Bruno’s Bar and Grill where you can kick back on cushy couches and enjoy a view of the mountains as you keep warm next to a personal fire table. Then head over to the elegantly appointed Hollins House restaurant at Pasatiempo for dinner.