Scotts Valley, Big Basin,
Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Bonny Doon, Felton
If Hollywood was to choose
the ideal place for a story about independent mountain people,
then the tiny towns of the San Lorenzo Valley would win in a heart
beat. That's why it's no surprise that several movies have been
filmed here against the backdrop of steep hillsides, lush meadows,
and forests that nearly reach the clouds. Through it all, the San
Lorenzo River makes its lazy journey from the summit to the sea.
A century ago these hills
echoed with the rasping sounds of bucksaws, as loggers harvested
millions of redwoods and Douglas fir to feed the housing needs of
a growing country. Many of the best areas were clear-cut and left
to regenerate on their own.
Fortunately, they did,
giving us one more chance to appreciate and protect what nature
put here. San Lorenzo Valley people are like that, too - strong
and resilient, independent yet living in tight communities. These
are sophisticated people who enjoy a quiet way of life. Many of
them spend their workdays as engineers, technicians, and managers
in the high-tech world of Silicon Valley. But they return home to
the quiet of the forests and the small towns they love.
Their fine tastes are
obvious. Browse through any of the small gallery shops along
Highway 9, such as The Country Home, and you'll find the handiwork
of many gifted local artisans. In many cases, their names are
recognized on a regional and national level.
Valley restaurants reflect
a broad choice of menus, from the upscale to the "down home."
You'll find no cookie-cutter hostels in these parts, either.
Instead, find respite in the Alpine motif of the Tyrolean Inn, the
beautifully-appointed condos at the Boulder Creek Golf and Country
Club, Brookdale Lodge "where the river runs through",
or any one of the historic riverside lodges that have welcomed
visitors for decades.
California's oldest state
park - Big Basin - comprises much of the landscape, along with
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Fall Creek State Park, and Loch
Lomond Recreation Area with its placid lake. For a really
nostalgic view of the redwoods, hop aboard Roaring Camp's antique
steam train for a ride through the ancient forest to a natural
cathedral atop Bear Mountain.
Impressive? You bet! But
it's just part of the everyday scene in Boulder Creek, Brookdale,
Ben Lomond and Felton - the little gems of the San Lorenzo Valley.
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