Fairview Manor B&B

245 Fairview Avenue P. O. Box 74, Ben Lomond, California 95005
Innkeeper(s): Gael and Jack

Top 12 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz County 20 May 2015, 12:44 pm

........... Courtesy of the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council ...........

1. Visit the "World's Best Seaside Amusement Park" - Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

2. Concerts and MOvies in California's Oldest Seaside Resort Town - Capitola Village

3. Year Round events - visit www.LetsCruzEvents.com

4. Tour the Historic and Eclectic, free walking tours of Capitola, logging days in Boulder
     Creek, the Victorian Homes of Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Ben Lomond, The 
    Grateful Dead Museum at UCSC...and more

5. Wildlife Watching .......... Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf for elephant seals, weekly
    nature walks in the Wetlands of Watsonville and the tide pools of Santa Cruz.

6. Admission Free Museums: San Lorenzo Valley Historical Museum (5 minutes from
    Fairview Manor B&B), Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Monterey Bay National Marine
    Sanctuary Exploration Center, and more

7. Fine Arts: Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center (a 5 minute walk from Fairview Manor B&B),
    The Pajaro Valley Art Council and the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery at UCSC

8. Free Summer time concerts on the beach! Wednesday in Capitola Village and Friday
    on the main beach/beach boardwalk.

9. Hike the Redwoods: admission free-Quail Hollow (4 miles from Fairview Manor B&B)
    and DeLaveaga Park. Henry Cowell, Wilder Ranch and Big Basin charge a small fee.

10. With 29 miles of coastline, finding an admission free beach is easy!

11. People watch strolling down Downtown Santa Cruz!

12. Explore the magical gardens of the Bamboo Giant Nursery, Roses of yesterday
      and today, Sierra Azul Nursery and more .... The Mountain Feed Store just a
     block away from Fairview Manor B&B is an absolute must. So much more than
     a feed store, plants, gifts, kitchen needs etc

Another Day in Paradise! 4 May 2015, 3:35 pm

Since the B&B is situated on 3 acres, thankfully not all level, the gardening is something that always needs to be done. Living on park-like acres means a constant raking, trimming, weeding and all the other fun stuff. Sometimes it seems like a never ending battle and other times it is therapy. There you are in the middle of the redwood grove imaging what the property was like 100 years ago. It is almost 100 years since Cody burned down his Ben Lomond Hotel. No one seems to know why he did it. Was it for Insurance monies? He didn't burn down his home which up until 2 years ago was the Bocci Sunglass Store. If you ever have the opportunity to go into Cody's old house, all you need to do is look up and see some of the most spectacular stain glass.
So the redwood grove has been raked for now. It will need more raking in a few weeks! Whoever knew that so much stuff could fall from these majestic trees. Okay, nap time!

Upcoming events for April 2014 near Fairview Manor Bed and Breakfast 20 Mar 2014, 11:24 am

April 12 - UCSC Arboretum Spring Plant Sale in conjunction with the 
             Native Plant Society, visit arboretum.ucsc.edu/calendar

April 13 - Santa Cruz Half Marathon, if half is a bit much you can opt for the
             10k or 5k walk/run. Visit www.firstwave-events.com

April 19 - Easter Egg Hunt on the Capitola Beach, visit www.capitolavillage.com

             Earth Day Santa Cruz, visit www.ecocruz.org

             Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries Passport Day (only 4 times a year)
             Find out which wineries are participating at www.scmwa.com/events 

April 26 - Ducky Derby, a fundraiser at Harvey West Park. Visit their site at

April 26-27 The Bigstick Logjam 2014 - 14th annual surfing event is old
             school! Old boards, no cords, single fins boards weighing 20 lbs +.

Fairview's Banana Bread Recipe, easy and yummy! 13 Mar 2014, 3:54 pm

                                           BANANA BREAD 

1.5 cups flour
1 tsp (each) salt and baking soda
1/2 stick of melted butter, cooled
1 egg, whisked
1 cup sugar
2 large bananas, mashed well

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt and soda

In a small mixing bowl, combine mashed bananas and sugar then add the
butter and egg, mixing to combine.

Pour wet mixture into the dry and stir to combine.

Oven to 325 degrees

Pour prepared mixture into a greased loaf pan and bake for one hour.

Cool for ten minutes and then turn out onto a rack to cool.

Once cool, wrap in plastic wrap. Bread will keep for up to 7 days in the fridge.

Gluten flour works well in place of flour.
Chopped walnuts can also be added

2012 Miracle on 34th Street 10 Nov 2012, 10:38 am

Dates: November 30th through December 22, 2012
           8pm on Friday and Saturday evenings
           2pm on Sunday afternoon .....
Where: The Mountain Community Theatre on Mill Street

MARK YOUR CALENDAR 9 Nov 2012, 1:46 pm

 Upcoming events for the Holidays ...

November 23
Boulder Creek Tree Lighting 5pm-8pm - Boulder Creek Hardward
November 24
Felton Tree Lighting 5pm-7pm - Felton Feed Store
December 1
Lighted Boat Parade through the Santa Cruz Harbor, featuring 50 beautifully decorated power and sailboats. Additional information at www.santacruzharbor.org/events
December 1
SNOW DAY! For one day only snow comes to the Watsonville Plaza.
December 1
Downtown Santa Cruz Holiday Parade beginning at 10am
December 14,15,16
The Nutcracker, presented by the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Additional information at www.scbt.org
December 14-30
A night at the Nutcracker, a zany musical comedy presented by the Cabrillo Stage. Additional information at www.cabrilostage.com
Miracle returns to the Mountain Community Theatre - special blog planned! This years production is being directed by an awesome lady, Wendy Edmonds!

2012 Summer Activities near Fairview Manor B&B 23 May 2012, 4:34 pm

May 26-28    The Civil War Re-enactment at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton from 10-3
June 2           Woof to Woof Dog Expo at Skypark in Scotts Valley 10am-3pm
June 2-3        Redwood Mountain Faire at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton from 11-7
June 9-10      Pro-Am Beach Soccer at Santa Cruz Main Beach, all day
June 24         Music at Skypark, Scotts Valley beginning at 3:30
July 4            Independence Day Celebration at the Alba Schoolhouse, Alba Rd.,
                     Boulder Creek, Felton and Scotts Valley will also have celebrations!
July 14-15     Mother Goose meets Dr. Seuss at Bethany College in Scotts Valley
July 22          Wharf to Wharf Race beginning at 8:30 on Beach Street in Santa Cruz
Jul 27-29      A Day with Thomas the Train at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton 9-5
July 29          Music at Skypark, Scotts Valley, Scotts Valley beginning at 3:30
Aug 10         Star Gazing at Quail Hollow Park in Felton 8pm to midnight
Aug 19         Race Thru the Redwoods, Henry Cowell State Park in Felton at 8:10
Aug 26         Music at Skypark in Scotts Valley beginning at 3:30
Sep 30          Music at Skypark in Scotts Valley beginning at 3:30

Ongoing Outdoor Activities:
Zip Line through the Redwoods at the Mt. Hermon Conference Center
Ride the Railroad to either Big Bear Mt or the Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Hike, fish or rent a boat at Loch Lomond

Keep an eye out for the Open Studios and Wine Passport weekends in the Fall

Felton is 3 miles from Ben Lomond
Scotts Valley is 6 miles from Ben Lomond
Loch Lomond is 5 miles
Santa Cruz is 9 miles

2011 FALL ACTIVITIES 8 Sep 2011, 2:14 pm

September 10-11

September 13-18
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY FAIR (Fairgrounds are in Watsonville)

September 24

October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16

October 7

October 7
* free admission at the Museum of Art & History

October 22

October 26-30

October 28-29

November 4
* free admission at the Museum of Art & History

November 18-December 11

November 19

November 26

December 2
* free admission at the Museum of Art & History

Dates to be announced for the Mountain Community Theatre's  Production of
 .............................. OUR TOWN .................
directed by Peter Gelblum of Boulder Creek

Another Day Adventure 19 Aug 2011, 11:52 am

After a great breakfast from the kitchen of Fairview Manor B&B, you head up Alba Road towards Bonny Doon. Travel through Bonny Doon to Highway 1 (Coast Hwy) north into San Mateo County. Waddell Beach is open and inviting and parking is only yards from the beach. You will want to stop at Ano Nuevo and visit the resident Sea Elephants (tickets are a must December through March). After your visit, continue north on Highway to Pescadero, turn right onto Pescadero Creek Road and go two miles. A great place to stop for lunch is Duarte's Tavern, famous for their Artichoke soup and bread! Can you spell yum? Continue up tracing a narrow, winding road to Skyline Blvd (CA 35) turn right on Skyline and continue south. Fogerty winery and open vistas are available if you wish to stop. At the junction on CA 35 (Skyline) and CA 9, you would turn right and continue down Hwy 9 towards Big Basin. Time permitting you can stop in Big Basin for a quick walk before continuing down, back to Fairview Manor B&B