One night, one week, or a month, the Santa Cruz Mountains and the surrounding cities, invite you to stay, eat, drink and explore this world famous destination.
The Santa Cruz Mountains is known as a premier wine and food destination for the Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz. The region is home to more than 425 exciting restaurants and home to some award winning Michelin star restaurants. Here is where the farm-to-table culinary scene meets the creativity of some of the Bay Area’s best chefs, resulting in a wide range of culinary adventures.
Whether you’re seeking an in-town hotel close to night life and dining, a luxurious spa getaway, or the peaceful calm of a remote vineyard setting or the sound of the ocean, you’ll find a warm, gracious welcome from any one of our quaint villages or cities, including Los Gatos, Saratoga, San Jose, Half Moon Bay, Palo Alto, Campbell, Aptos, Capitola, or Santa Cruz.
Best Western Seacliff InnBest Western Seacliff Inn
Welcome to the Best Western Seacliff Inn: Family Fun From Beach to Boardwalk!
Set on six beautifully landscaped acres with scenic garden paths, this friendly Aptos, California hotel is perfect for a fun, family vacation, business travelers or romantic weekends exploring Santa Cruz, local beaches and wineries. Just off scenic Highway 1 five miles south of Santa Cruz, Seacliff Inn is only 35 minutes from San Jose Airport and 90 minutes from San Francisco Airport.
CANTINE winepubCANTINE winepub
At CANTINE we offer an extensive selection of wine and beer sourced from right around the corner, throughout the west and across the pond. We think wine should be approachable and fun – not pretentious or complicated. And the same goes for craft beer, which can be overwhelming and mysterious to the uninitiated and even to those in the know.
To live well is to eat well and to live well is to drink well. Ideas that we committed to when putting together our menus. Honest food prepared simply and with respect to the ingredients; wine that is nuanced and balanced – wines that express the grapes from which they are made and the terroir where they are grown; beer crafted using hand selected ingredients, specifically picked for distinct flavor characteristics in mind and brewed to be flavorful, quality beer.
Drop by. Eat, drink, savor – enjoy good conversation and linger over a great varietal. Sit at a table with close friends and family. Share a story, sip a pint, break bread… and stay for a while.
Chaminade Resort & SpaChaminade Resort & Spa
Welcome to Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz
The AAA Four Diamond, award-winning Chaminade Resort & Spa is a spectacular 300 acre mountaintop hotel in Santa Cruz, California. This historic Mission-style California resort overlooks sweeping views of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Mountains. Chaminade is a luxurious Santa Cruz hotel for celebrations, getaways, weddings and executive meetings.
Our California resort features 156 spacious guest rooms nestled among the towering Eucalyptus and natural landscape. Eleven villas are spread throughout our Santa Cruz hotel, each containing a variety of guest room types. Innovative hues of the California coast complement contemporary Spanish furnishings which reflect the Santa Cruz hotels rich history. Granite bathrooms, BeeKind toiletries and down duvets are ready to pamper. Whether you need to check email or simply want to curl up in your bathrobe, you’ll find we have anticipated all of your needs. Consider Chaminade Resort & Spa your home away from home.
Pajaro DunesPajaro Dunes
Nestled along the Monterey Bay is one of the most scenic stretches of California’s central coastline. Spanning 1 1/2 miles of pristine beach, Pajaro Dunes Resort is a secluded, gated community featuring a collection of beautiful beachfront homes, townhouses, and condominiums architected to blend harmoniously with the gently rolling, natural oceanside landscape — available for vacation rentals and real estate sales.
Looking for a perfect Santa Cruz County family vacation, family reunion or wedding site? Pajaro Dunes is located 4 miles west of Watsonville and conveniently, 20 miles south of Santa Cruz and 25 miles north of Monterey/Carmel. Enjoy the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Mountain Redwoods, Monterey Bay Aquarium, central coast wineries and world famous golf!
Whether you’re looking for a perfect family vacation getaway or an ideal group retreat, Pajaro Dunes offers 4 facilities in a natural park like setting, perfect for corporate meetings and weddings. Placed conveniently in natural surroundings are 15 tennis courts. Experience Pajaro Dunes as it was meant to be experienced. Pajaro Dunes Company and Resort has been providing a great vacation destination for the past 35 years.
Enjoy the sun, sand and sound of the sea …
Shadowbrook RestaurantShadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf Rd., Capitola-by-the-sea.
Visitors to one of the nation’s 100-Most Romantic Restaurants (as voted by OpenTable diners) take the quaint hillside “cable car” or meander the garden path that leads down lushly landscaped gardens with waterfalls and rock walls to this ivy-covered dining destination set above the banks of Soquel Creek. A local favorite, this world-famous restaurant has also been on every visitor’s “Must-Do” list for over 70 years. Award-winning fare includes traditional offerings of prime rib, fresh seafood, pastas as well as creative nightly specials. Children are welcome and an acclaimed children’s menu is also offered. Dinner every night, including holidays. Popular local wine promotion on Wednesdays in the off-season. Reservations online or 831-475-1511.)
Rock Room Lounge
Located at the top of the world-famous Shadowbrook Restaurant, this is a popular destination for those seeking light fare, later hours and mellow live music. A wood-burning oven produces delicious pizzas and gourmet entrées as well as appetizers and a variety of sandwiches. Joe Ferrara, voted Best Santa Cruz musical entertainer, performs Fridays at 6:30pm. Open from 4pm and throughout the evening to 10pm or later. Happy Hour, Tues & Fri. No Reservations.
Monday – Friday: 5:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Saturday: 4:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Sunday: 4:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Monday – Saturday: 4 pm – Close
Sunday: 2:30 pm – Close
*Holiday Hours May Vary
Vinocruz Wine BarVinocruz Wine Bar
Vinocruz wine bar is located in the heart of Soquel Village on the corner of Soquel & Main. They have the largest selection of Santa Cruz Mountains wine as well as amazing food, local beer and cider. Vinocruz’s ambition is to be the go to destination to enjoy the best local wines and pair them with tasty small plates.