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Soquel

The small, friendly town of Soquel is situated about one mile inland from the Monterey Bay's beach resort town of Capitola. Tucked away in a peaceful valley surrounded by redwoods, Soquel offers the best of both worlds and serves it up with small town charm in a lovely, historic setting.

 

Location & Flavor

Soquel is a family friendly town with around 33 percent of the households in Soquel having children in them. While the small town shares many amenities with Capitola, Soquel does have its own schools, and it is just a few miles away from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

The streets of this 150 year old town are dotted with historic bed and breakfast inns, shaded by huge, old oak trees, and appointed with historic buildings like the white, high-steepled church built over a century ago, the congregational "Little White Church in the Vale."

A Quonset hut houses several boutiques, galleries and collectible shops to keep shoppers happy and around 20 gourmet restaurants featuring everything from Asian to Mexican cuisine, to keep everyone's taste buds happy.  Restaurants with names like Tortilla Flats remind us this is John Steinbeck country and add to the charms of Soquel.

Beyond the village, two-lane mountain roads lead up to Soquel's country homes with their horse pastures and family vineyards.

 

Activities & Attractions

One of Soquel's main attractions, besides its lovely setting, is the abundance of antique and collectable shops found here – more than a dozen at last count.

Notable vineyards found here include Soquel Vineyards, Hunter Hill, and Bargetto's where the wine tasting room is a tradition for locals and visitors alike.

Soquel residents can also enjoy the beach activities of sunny Capitola on Monterey Bay, just one mile down the road. The cities are linked in many ways, including by a joint Chamber of Commerce, and many of Soquel residents contribute to Capitola's annual Wine & Art Festival.

Monterey Bay with its National Marine Sanctuary provides many opportunities to view marine mammals, including sea otters, harbor seals, and bottlenose dolphins, as well as sea turtles. Both Gray and Humpback Whales pass by here when migrating in the summer and winter. Soquel residents also can make easy day trips to the surfing Mecca of Santa Cruz and its Beach Boardwalk (California's oldest amusement park and a State Historic Landmark).

For those who want even more culture and entertainment, San Francisco is less than a two-hour drive away.

 

Historical Tidbits

Besides the many historical buildings, the sense of history in Soquel is made stronger by a community where many of its 8,000 residents are descendents of the original settlers who came during the Gold Rush. In its early days Soquel had nearly a dozen saloons. Four sawmills and a sugar factory were also a big part of the community's economy. Today, a large collection of restaurants replaces saloons and the antique industry has replaced the lumber and sugar industries. Soquel remains though steeped in history with its many historic buildings reminding this tight-knit community of its ancestors.