Escape to a Felton vacation rental surrounded by peaceful Santa Cruz Mountains on the Central California Coast.
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This historic little town off of Highway 17 is a short drive north of the people-filled beaches of Santa Cruz and Aptos, tucked away in the woods between sections of the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.
An ideal destination for history buffs, Felton boasts an 1892 covered bridge (now designated as a California Landmark), as well as two restored steam trains that meander on tracks to Bear Mountain and the coast along the San Lorenzo River. And for those who like a little cryptozoology on their California getaways, the Bigfoot Discovery Museum is also located right in Felton. Wander exhibits dedicated to Bigfoot sightings and local Felton history.
When you leave your cozy little Felton vacation rental, you may choose to spend the day hiking the nearby Fall Creek Trail at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. This serene area of the park features a wild canyon, ferns, second-generation redwoods, and maple trees. After you've worked up an appetite, you'll be happy to know that Felton has its share of dining destinations in the charming downtown area. There's the family-owned Cowboy Bar & Grill for meat-centric dining, Redwood Pizzeria for organic pies, and Taqueria Vallarta for all meals, breakfast through dinner.
The Santa Cruz mountains are home to a number of wineries, including Hallcrest Vineyards, Dancing Creek Winery, and Beauregard Vineyards. Spend the afternoon tasting and return home with a bottle of Zinfandel Beauregard Ranch to go with dinner. And speaking of meal preparation while on vacation, Felton even serves as the Tuesday location of the popular Santa Cruz Farmers Market - so you can also pick up produce and artisan-made goods to go with your locally-produced wine for a special meal back at your Felton vacation rental.
Leave the hubbub of the busy Bay Area behind with a peaceful retreat to the redwoods. Although you'll only be 30 miles from San Jose, a Felton vacation rental offers a relaxing California getaway, close enough to the coast's beaches for an easy day trip, but far enough away to feel peacefully secluded, surrounded by lush forest, mountains, and scenic canyons.