scotts valley

Scotts Valley is a cozy community in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This small neighborhood has excellent schools, plenty of high-rated bars, restaurants, and parks, and a lively community of young professionals and families. Though it isn’t situated as close to a beach as some of the other neighborhoods in Santa Cruz, the coast is only a short drive away. At the end of the day, it’s the perfect neighborhood for residents who want to enjoy the amenities that a large county like Santa Cruz has to offer without losing the tight-knit feeling of life in a small community.

 Attractions

 

 
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Skypark

Everyone in Scotts Valley knows about Skypark. This large complex is home to most of the community’s events, from live music concerts and chess tournaments to festivals, fireworks, and sports games. The park is filled with activities and spaces for Scotts Valley residents to enjoy, including a tennis court, walking trail, soccer field, dog park, skate park, children’s play area, and a pump track.


Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market

Since 2009, Scotts Valley has hosted a great seasonal farmer’s market, bringing produce and baked goods from over 30 growers and food artisans to the community. Here, eager shoppers can find fresh vegetables, fruits, pasture-raised eggs and meats, sustainably-caught seafood, and plenty of baked goods and made-to-order meals. There’s enough variety here to complete a full grocery trip, and there’s even a full coffee and espresso bar to fuel early morning visits! If you get there around 10am, you’ll be able to enjoy live music from local musicians.

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Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer Festival

The Art, Wine & Beer Festival is a community favorite in Scotts Valley. Hosted in the Skypark, this event gives visitors the chance to sample many wines and beers from local breweries and wineries. There’s also live music, tons of food, a car show, a dog show, and an expansive art exhibit. You can see what Santa Cruz County artists are up to by touring photography, painting, ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture displays across the park while you enjoy the festivities.

Recreation

 

 
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Lodato Park

Anyone who loves the outdoors will appreciate Lodato Park. Tucked away behind a business complex, this hidden gem features a short 1.5-mile loop trail through the woods. Banana slugs and redwood trees can be seen, and it offers some great views as the trail increases in elevation. It’s a great spot to walk your dog, take a quick natural retreat from the stresses of work, and get a fantastic view of the valley from above.


Glenwood Open Space Preserve

This 166-acre natural preserve features the grasslands, riparian forests, and wetlands of Scotts Valley. While the preserve at large is still under development (bridges and trails are still being established in some areas), Scotts Valley residents can enjoy the expansive westside Glenwood Preserve Trails. They’ve already proved to be popular among mountain bikers, hikers, and the Scotts Valley High School cross country team.

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 schools

 

 

Public:

Vine Hill Elementary K-5th grade

Brook Knoll Elementary K-5th grade

Scotts Valley Middle School 6th-8th grade

Scotts Valley High School - 9th-12th grade

Private:

Baymonte Christian School Preschool-8th grade

Monterey Coast Preparatory 6th-12th grade

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