Grazing in the Grass

Grazing in the Grass
One member of our Deer Family

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Wind Surfing/Kite Surfing Waddell Beach, Santa Cruz CA

While driving back from Half Moon Bay on Sunday, I was totally gobstruck by the kite and wind surfers at Waddell Beach! There were so many out enjoying the day, good winds and surf sets. The colors were incredible! The amount of people out on the water was awesome and parking was at a premium. So many out enjoying the three day weekend and glorious weather. If you are coming to the West Coast, you truly need to drive the Coastal Highway and spend some time at Waddell Beach. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Coming Soon in the Redwood Grove!

Jack has been busy putting together a beautiful new structure in the Redwood Grove!
Can't wait to post pictures .... stay tunes

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Top 12 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz County

........... 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

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

Monday, May 4, 2015

Another Day in Paradise!

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!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Upcoming events for April 2014 near Fairview Manor Bed and Breakfast

April 12 - UCSC Arboretum Spring Plant Sale in conjunction with the 
             Native Plant Society, visit

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

April 19 - Easter Egg Hunt on the Capitola Beach, visit

             Earth Day Santa Cruz, visit

             Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries Passport Day (only 4 times a year)
             Find out which wineries are participating at 

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 +.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fairview's Banana Bread Recipe, easy and yummy!

                                           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

Saturday, November 10, 2012

2012 Miracle on 34th Street

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