Among the mountainous terrain of California?s central coast, Scotts Valley residents enjoy moderate weather and beautiful vistas of the redwoods. Named after Hiram Scott who settled in the area in 1850, the city still sits on part of the original ranch site. Just a short distance from Monterey Bay, Scotts Valley offers a cozy hideaway that is only minutes from major cities. Only six miles north of Santa Cruz, 30 miles southwest of San Jose and 68 miles south of San Francisco, Scotts Valley is in Northern Santa Cruz County.
Outdoor enthusiasts never have a shortage of things to do in the area. Nearby Felton is a community located just a few miles from the ocean, offering hiking trails, biking, fishing, jogging, walking and shopping. Felton is home to a historic steam train plot that offers rides through the forests and mountains, down the San Lorenzo River Gorge, across a century-old bridge and through a tunnel before arriving to the beach boardwalk. Located on scenic Highway 9, Felton features a landmark covered bridge, perfect for a picnic, and an amusement park where you can pan for gold.
Camping is also offered nearby in several Redwood State Parks. 20 miles of hiking and riding trails have been preserved to look as it did many years ago with huge redwoods that are up to 1800 years old. For those looking to take it easy and sip some wine, residents indulge in the fine products of the Bonny Doon Vineyard. Recognized by Food and Wine magazine, Gourmet Magazine, Wine Cellar and the SF Chronicle, to name a few, Bonny Doon offers exquisite wine for both beginners and connoisseurs.
Additional attractions in the area include the San Josť Flea Market, a town favorite that includes eight miles of corridors of over 2,000 merchants. A culturally influenced community, San Josť thrives on the arts. The San Josť Museum of Art, the Tech Museum, the Rosicrucian Museum and the San Josť Museum of Quilts and Textiles all top the list for weekend fun. Santa Cruz is the nearby classic beach town, with locals riding the renowned waves. Not far from the surf break, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk boasts calliope music, shopping and a seaside amusement park.
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