The Santa Cruz Mountains are known for incredible vistas, majestic redwoods and world class vineyards. Our guests enjoy relaxing in this incredibly scenic area - hiking, biking, wine tasting, exploring the beaches and nature photography. Oh, and there’s a really scary zip line too.
Here are some ideas to get you started when thinking about your vacation…
There are 4 vineyards within 2 miles of the Cliff House (and dozens more nearby - we’ll provide you with a map):
Silver Mountain Winery (open on Saturdays only)
A bit further away and with the most stunning view we’ve ever seen is Loma Prieta Winery. It’s about a 10-15 minute drive up Loma Prieta mountain. Definitely worth the drive though, especially on a clear day.
Roller coasters, mini golf, arcades and bowling are just some of the things you can do here. You will also experience some of the best people watching ever! Lots of fine dining restaurants and bars are sprinkled throughout the downtown area as well.
Seal Lions at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
While you’re in Santa Cruz, be sure to check out the sea lions that hang out at the pier. They can be a noisy bunch!
Frolic through amazing hiking trails with wonderful photo opportunities among giant redwoods. Be cure to check out The Chimney Tree and Berry Creek Falls. From the California Parks website:
“Established in 1902, Big Basin Redwoods is California’s oldest state park. In the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, its biggest attractions—literally—are its ancient coast redwoods. Some of these giants are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the Statue of Liberty. At 1,000 to 1,800 years old, some may predate the Roman Empire. The park also offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, lush waterfalls, and a fascinating natural and cultural history.”