Sand Rock Farm Bed & Breakfast
Fall Passport 16 Nov 2013, 9:01 am
This weekend, November 15th, you will want to get a very special
Passport. The Passport from the Santa Cruz Mountain Wine
Association will grant you access to over 30 wineries in the hills
and mountains surrounding Aptos and Santa Cruz .
A not to miss event. Some of the wineries are only open for Passport. All the wineries would like to share their wines with visitors. Each winery offers something unique. In one you might be given a vineyard tour. Another might show you the winemaking process. You usually are able to meet the winemaker and hear from him the attributes of his particular wines. Some of the wineries offer food and live music.
If you miss out this weekend, you can use the Passport any one of four weekends a year, the third Saturday of January, April, July and November. Wineries are usually open between 10 AM and 5 PM.
On your visit, a page of your Passport will be given a unique
commemorative stamp by the winery. There is a prize for those
Passport holders who have stamps from all the wineries.
Wineries open on non-Passport days will accept Passports and stamp your Passport. Passports are good for one free tasting winery visit on Passport days or throughout the year and is good for two years.
The Passport cost is $45 and can be purchased online or at any participating winery.
Fall is here 8 Nov 2013, 1:19 pm
Fall at Sand Rock Farm is not defined by falling leaves and the
onset of welcome rain. But, rather it is the end of the outdoor
As every year, the weddings through spring, summer and early fall were happy events with families and friends gathering to offer their best wishes to the couple (and to have a good time!)
We had weddings with many attendants, some with just a few. All were beautiful and handsome
We had weddings setting a magical stage with specially built
entry doors welcoming guests to dinner, some with creative lighting
We created a new look in the Barrel Aging Cellar with more of a vineyard cross string lighting replacing the Japanese lanterns there.
Each wedding was unique and become happy memories for us as we came to know the couples over many months of planning for the big day.
Though we have several small weddings scheduled this winter. Tours for prospective bride and grooms are more the norm.
We will look forward to March and our first wedding of Next Season!
Fall Feasting and Frolic 22 Sep 2013, 3:22 pm
Come to Aptos and Santa Cruz this Fall. Visit Sand Rock Farm and enjoy our bounty as we harvest grapes, apples, pears, figs and still plenty of raspberries from our orchard.
We showcase fruit in our breakfast selections, and will be happy
to give you a carton to pick ripe fruit for your own enjoyment. We
can even loan you a shovel to dig up a raspberry bush or two and a
pot to take them home to your garden, if you wish. These are
fabulous berries that produce all summer through the fall till the
first heavy rain.
Fall has arrived! Not only does it bring with it the best weather of the year, but, tasty and fun activities.
Restaurant Week in Santa Cruz, October 2-9, a new annual tradition includes 32 local restaurants offering a three course pri fixe dinner for $25. Menus will be shown on the website: www.santacruzrestaurantweek.com. It is an opportunity to try new and old favorites.
Open Studios, www.ccscc.org, the first three weekends of October offers work from 300 local artists for locals and visitors alike to enjoy and purchase.
Tours of Elkhorn Slough, www.elkhornslough.org are held every Saturday and Sunday through five miles of woodlands, tidal creeks and freshwater marshes. This is a real birding sanctuary and not to be missed!
Changes at the Farm 25 Jul 2013, 6:07 pm
Summer came in so quickly in July with a wedding every week.
Brides and grooms, with families and friends gather at Sand Rock
Farm wandering through forest green and gardens dressed in colorful
flowers with ripening grapes tumbling over the fence tops!
The Barrel Aging Cellar, long a favorite spot for the Ceremony or Dancing after dinner, has a bright new look.
We thought the lanterns romantic for a number of years. But, we decided that soft garden lighting might be even better.
Happy Birthday, Nan 21 Jul 2013, 2:04 pm
Remember, we featured Nan’s wedding in a blog last summer. Nan was the first bride we have pictured at Sand Rock Farm, August 24, 1957, as she married Don LIntz. Nan’s parents, Florence and Alvin Waugaman owned Sand Rock Farm then.
July 17th was a very big day for Nan Lintz ,her 80th birthday! She celebrated it here at Sand Rock Farm for lunch, with her daughter, Joan and many friends, some of whom had known each other since kindergarten!
The Gizdichs, old friends, came bearing apricot and olallieberry pies enjoyed by all for dessert.
Spring has Sprung!!! Now, Summer is All Around. 5 May 2013, 4:08 pm
Summer came sooner with no April showers. April flew by with two weddings celebrated with friends and family in the Carriage Barn, the Redwood Grove, the Wine Meadow and the Barrel Aging Cellar.
Lilacs, the elegant pink dogwood and our old tulip tree were beautiful and fragrant but, did not linger.
Our gardens are ever changing. Now, that May is here roses are blooming, irises are popping and birds are seranading as they make their nests around the house and barn. The view from the dining room this morning was more like June!
WHAT BETTER TIME TO VISIT SAND ROCK FARM, SANTA CRUZ AND APTOS.!
Roses of Yesterday and Today have a special Mother’s Day, May 12th treat of their extensive rose gardens now in full bloom, with complimentary ice tea, lemonade & cookies. Potted & bareroot roses available. visit web site
A day on the farm at the Fairgrounds www.aghistoryproject.org May 18th. A free day of fun, including hayrides, ice cream making, butter-churning, spinning, blacksmith demos, hay baling.
On Memorial Day Weekend you can visit a Civil War Ren-enactment at Roaring Camp, the Longboard Invitational, www.santa-cruz-lonboard-union.com and the Santa Cruz Blues Festival right here in Aptos. www.santacruzbluesfestival.com
So much to do! Don’t miss early summer at Sand Rock Farm, Aptos and Santa Cruz.
Mavericks at Last! 19 Jan 2013, 12:36 pm
After the icy nights and cold days we have had the past week
this weekend is a fabulous change. The sun is shining on Aptos,
Santa Cruz and up the coast. The temperature is our normal January
Surfers and surfing enthusiasts are anticipating Mavericks big waves. Not since February, 2010 have the waves been deemed good enough for the surfing community around the world to gather to capture the excitement of paddling out to catch the predicted 30 foot faces throughout the day, January 20.
Come to the Mavericks Festival and enjoy the coast this
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!! TIME IS FLYING! 16 Dec 2012, 11:02 am
You will see attached, a downloadable Gift Certificate. You may
print and fill it out yourself, but will need to have a Certificate
number to make it valid as a gift.
It will take just a minute to make a phone call to Sand Rock Farm, 831-688-8005, or send an email with your contact and credit card information. We will give you a Certificate number to include which will make the Gift Certificate active.
You may purchase the Gift Certificate with a minimum of $100
which can be used for any of the five lovely rooms in the house.
(Of course you may increase the certificate value for any amount
If you purchase more than one certificate for $100, or a $200 gift certificate, you will receive a %10 discount on the Gift Certificate or Certificates.
My granddaughter Emma and I decorated our tree the other day and
it stands in front of out antique mirror welcoming guests as you
come up the drive.
To friends and family near and far, we wish you the very best of the Holiday Season and hope to see you at Sand Rock Farm early in 2013.
Up in the Mountains hunting for that perfect tree!!! 18 Nov 2012, 5:03 pm
It might seem early for some as Thanksgiving is not till next week, but you need to be first to get the best!
This year we were searching for a very special 18-20 foot tree to for my daughter’s living room with its 40 foot ceiling. As she is currently in Asia, she entrusted me to find that Special Tree!! Lots of responsibility!
But, off we went to Crest Ranch, the oldest Christmas choose and
cut tree farm in California, maybe the whole West! www.crestranch.com/.
It is a beautiful drive up into the mountains above UC Santa Cruz and up the coast from Sand Rock Farm.
I thought an 18-20 foot tree might be a challenge, but not for Louise, the Jensen’s daughter, who with her husband Ed take care of the hundreds of acres of trees and open up the ranch to the public for six weeks in the Holiday season.
Louise directed us to the tall trees around the property and we
soon found The Tree.
We tagged it, paid for it, photographed it and sent on the picture to our family, hoping they will approve, as the tall trees, go very fast! If they like it, they will come chop it down when they get home before Christmas.
Of course, while there I also got a tree to stand in front of Sand Rock Farm’s antique mirror in the living room and one for my cottage as well. With an arm full of greens, we are well on our way to Christmas decorating.
The trees won’t go up till December 1st, but we will keep them in water and know that we have the freshest and the best! (We will highlight the ‘dressed’ trees in the next blog.
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Autumn at Sand Rock Farm 4 Nov 2012, 3:44 pm
At Sand Rock Farm, summer came, and went too quickly. Our Wedding Season was amazing! Beautiful brides, handsome grooms, gorgeous flowers, danceable music and delicious food created memories galore for families and friends.
Autumn –When did that happen! While away some time in the Spiral
Garden with the birds noshing the bright currant berries as leaves
color. Though a gentle rain freshened the Farm the other day, not a
drop fell on any wedding, even through the end of October!
As the year winds down, we think of weddings to come; welcoming couples to Sand Rock Farm to wander the grounds, find the perfect location, and begin planning for their weddings.
Come to Santa Cruz to enjoy this quieter time. We would love to have you stay at Sand Rock Farm. There is much, (or nothing, if you wish) to do.
This weekend the surfers are out and the waves are high. Great
O’Neill Coldwater Classic, November 1 through 11. Upgraded to a World Tour event for 2012, the O’Neill Coldwater Classic is delivering a new level of excitement as the world’s top 36 surfers reach the 2012 stretch drive. visit web site
From the ocean to the mountains, Santa Cruz offers something for everyone. The Wine Passport Program, November 17, 2012, www.scmwa.com provides a chance to visit wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains not normally open to the public. Taste wine & have a great time. visit web site.
Visit Sand Rock Farm while the sun is shining and the weather mild. Enjoy the great outdoors here on the Central Coast. Hike, Bike, Picnic and, follow that with a relaxing Massage. Stay in either the Honeycomb Suite with double Jacuzzi tub and luxurious sitting area, or the Hidden Garden Suite with a private garden and outside hot tub. Sand Rock Farm’s Special Fall Getaway includes a two night stay with a Picnic Lunch and massage for $495 in either room, based on availability. Good through March 30, 2013, except holidays.