Ben Lomond, North Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains

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Ben Lomond, North Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains

Drinks & Nightlife

Dinner and or Dance, check the website for music line-up.
Local watering hole check for entertainment.
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Henfling's of Ben Lomond
9450 Highway 9
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Local watering hole check for entertainment.
For years I avoided Monty's thinking it looked a little rough, but I was missing out. Casual and fun, lovely garden, and a few local legends.
Monty's Log Cabin
5755 Hwy 9
For years I avoided Monty's thinking it looked a little rough, but I was missing out. Casual and fun, lovely garden, and a few local legends.
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Cowboy Bar & Grill
5447 Hwy 9
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Entertainment & Activities

Historic Steam Train operated between the Redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Manciple Wharf and Main Beach (Steamers Lane or stroll down West Cliff drive). Special trains are available seasonally, moonlight dances, chuck wagon dinners, christmas train, and children's programs or historic re-enactments.
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Roaring Camp
5401 Graham Hill Road
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Historic Steam Train operated between the Redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Manciple Wharf and Main Beach (Steamers Lane or stroll down West Cliff drive). Special trains are available seasonally, moonlight dances, chuck wagon dinners, christmas train, and children's programs or historic re-enactments.
Largest Frisby Course
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DeLaveaga Disc Golf Course
1468 Upper Park Rd
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Largest Frisby Course
Historic and Beautiful Golf Course
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Pasatiempo Golf Course
20 Clubhouse Road
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Historic and Beautiful Golf Course
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
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Recently rebuilt from the ground up after a devastating fire, this popular creek side club has never been better. Sunday and Wednesday are Yoga classes on the pool deck followed by free swim.
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Trout Farm Inn
7701 East Zayante Road
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Recently rebuilt from the ground up after a devastating fire, this popular creek side club has never been better. Sunday and Wednesday are Yoga classes on the pool deck followed by free swim.

Parks & Nature

Trails around various distinct habitats, family nature programs.
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Quail Hollow Ranch County Park
800 Quail Hollow Road
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Trails around various distinct habitats, family nature programs.
Redwood Park with fantastic trails, dogs are allowed on some trails with a leash.
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park
21600 Big Basin Way
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Redwood Park with fantastic trails, dogs are allowed on some trails with a leash.
Redwood Park with fantastic trails, dogs are allowed on some trails with a leash.
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground
2591 Graham Hill Rd
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Redwood Park with fantastic trails, dogs are allowed on some trails with a leash.
Geology of the Natural Bridge formations, but also home to millions of hibernating Monarch Butterflies.
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Natural Bridges State Beach
2531 West Cliff Drive
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Geology of the Natural Bridge formations, but also home to millions of hibernating Monarch Butterflies.
Restored 19th century steam trains will take you to the picnic grounds in the Redwood Trees, or the Beach Boardwalk. Be sure to check the website for moon light dances and chuck wagon dinners. This is fun for the entire family.
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Roaring Camp, Big Trees and Pacific Railroad Station
North Big Trees Park Road
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Restored 19th century steam trains will take you to the picnic grounds in the Redwood Trees, or the Beach Boardwalk. Be sure to check the website for moon light dances and chuck wagon dinners. This is fun for the entire family.

Sightseeing

UCSC Marine Lab Visitors Center on the Bluffs near the Santa Cruz Wharf and Beach Boardwalk. Access through a farmers field,
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 McAllister Way
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UCSC Marine Lab Visitors Center on the Bluffs near the Santa Cruz Wharf and Beach Boardwalk. Access through a farmers field,
Free Harbor Taxi Rides, great beaches, iconic Crows Nest for food and music.
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Santa Cruz Harbor
135 5th Avenue
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Free Harbor Taxi Rides, great beaches, iconic Crows Nest for food and music.
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Essentials

High quality grocery store with many local products.
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Ben Lomond Market
9440 Mill Street
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High quality grocery store with many local products.
I love checking out the seals resting on the joists at the end of the wharf. Here there are cutouts to allow viewing. There is no better view of the coast, and no other place to have such immediate variety of people and animals to watch.
Municipal Wharf
I love checking out the seals resting on the joists at the end of the wharf. Here there are cutouts to allow viewing. There is no better view of the coast, and no other place to have such immediate variety of people and animals to watch.

Shopping

Iconic Flea Market held every Fri., Sat, Sunday in the old Skyview Drive-In Theater on Soquel near Dominican Hospital.
Santa Cruz Flea Market
2260 Soquel Drive
Iconic Flea Market held every Fri., Sat, Sunday in the old Skyview Drive-In Theater on Soquel near Dominican Hospital.
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Felton
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Favorite Places to Eat

Ben Lomond Bungalow, located 10 miles above the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and municipal wharf in located in the San Lorenzo Valley, first know for the rich lumber industry. Three communities that rose during the 19th century remain and charming historic villages. We enjoy all three, but also selected special places to visit in Santa Cruz, and along the Central Coast.
Farm-to-table selections ranging from fresh sustainable seafood to the finest hand-selected grass-fed beef and wonderful vegetarian dishes. There is full salad bar and gluten-free options, expanded cocktail menu. Recently opened and a FABULOUS addition to the San Lorenzo Valley. Be sure to check out the floor show schedule on the Web page. There is a great dance floor and a place to make wonderful memories.
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Felton Music Hall
6275 California 9
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Farm-to-table selections ranging from fresh sustainable seafood to the finest hand-selected grass-fed beef and wonderful vegetarian dishes. There is full salad bar and gluten-free options, expanded cocktail menu. Recently opened and a FABULOUS addition to the San Lorenzo Valley. Be sure to check out the floor show schedule on the Web page. There is a great dance floor and a place to make wonderful memories.
Authentic Italian cuisine. Romantic and festive setting for birthdays, and special events. One-of-a-kind taproom in the redwoods.
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Ristorante Casa Nostra
9217 California 9
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Authentic Italian cuisine. Romantic and festive setting for birthdays, and special events. One-of-a-kind taproom in the redwoods.
Best German food we have found in the state. Friday night is wild game night, Thursday is the big buffet (I would still order off the menu). Lots of Charm, dinning room fireplace or chose the covered porch with Redwood trees growing out the porch. We are saddened that the wonderful fountain was removed by the former property owner when the land changed hands.
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Tyrolean Inn Restaurant
9600 Highway 9
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Best German food we have found in the state. Friday night is wild game night, Thursday is the big buffet (I would still order off the menu). Lots of Charm, dinning room fireplace or chose the covered porch with Redwood trees growing out the porch. We are saddened that the wonderful fountain was removed by the former property owner when the land changed hands.
The basic breakfast in the original vintage setting. Good service and dependable food.
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Spanky's
9520 Highway 9
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The basic breakfast in the original vintage setting. Good service and dependable food.
Fabulous Bakery and Pizza.
La Placa Family Bakery
9280 CA-9
Fabulous Bakery and Pizza.
Asian, all of their food fresh and made on location.
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The Red Pearl
13151 California 9
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Asian, all of their food fresh and made on location.