Valencia Hall and Post Office

The Valencia Hall and Post Office are all that remain of the once thriving community of Valencia. Built circa 1884 by Frederick A. Hihn for his Valencia logging mill workers and their families. ┬áValencia Hall originally served as a community meeting place for dances, Sunday school, the Lyceum and Literary Society. In the 1920s ownership […]

Aptos Village Park

Aptos Village Park is a hidden gem in the Santa Cruz county parks system. Unless you know it’s there, you’ll never see it, as it is tucked down below the road. It comprises 10 acres, with a very expansive, sunny flat meadow taking up much of the room. There’s no playground here, but there are […]

Bayview Hotel Aptos

Located in the heart of Aptos Village, the Bayview Hotel, built in 1870, is one of the oldest buildings in Aptos. The hotel was built by Jose Arano, who was the son-in-law of Rafel Castro, the original recipient of the Aptos Rancho land grant from the government of Mexico. It was listed on the national […]