The Cottage is nestled in the redwood forest of scenic Loma Mar in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom mid-century cottage was built by my grandfather in the 1940’s on the same property as his parents, my great grandparents. My ancestors were one of the first families to settle in Loma Mar and logged many of the redwood and oak trees until the early twentieth century.
My parents and I run The Cottage. We are not a management company where everything is hired out and nothing is personal. When the yard needs weeding – we do it, when the hot tub needs fixing – we do it, from the cleaning and maintenance, to taking reservations and this website you’re reading, yep, that is us. We truly are a family run business.
With a population of 167, it’s hard to believe Loma Mar is just over an hour’s drive from San Francisco! You feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, yet you’re not. Do you want the most memorable vacation ever? Look no further… Take a peek inside
- Unique Waterfall – to get you in the mood
- Hot Tub – to soak that stress away
- Fire Pit – to roast a few s’mores
- Large Deck – to relax with your favorite cocktail
- Garden – to stop and smell the flowers
- Old Fashioned Games – to rekindle that child within
- And More – because you deserve it!
A Little History…
In the early 1800’s my great, great, great grandfather Sven (Samuel) Blomquist left his wife and 9 children in Sweden and sailed to America. I’m sure he heard outrageous stories of Goliath redwoods, wild Indians and bears, uncharted territory, and later oodles of gold being discovered out west. He probably saw dollar signs too! I’m glad he decided on the redwoods and not the gold! He made Loma Mar (which was called Harrison back then) home, and became a lumberjack. Eventually the wife and kids came, as well as many other family members over the decades that would follow. In fact, Loma Mar was a Swedish village for a very long time that was made up mostly of… Blomquists!
Logging was a very dangerous and demanding job as it often took all day to cut down one redwood. You can get a lot of lumber out of a single tree. But how they managed this I don’t know. Trees never fall the way you plan. Redwoods are several hundred feet high. How did they hall them out of the forest? Oxen and lots of them.
The creeks that branch off Pescadero Creek are named after the families that settled in this area: Hoffman, Peterson, Blomquist, etc. Many of my relatives were able to make enough money and retire comfortably in Sweden. But, some stayed in Loma Mar too, like my great grandparents.
In the early twentieth century the county bought the remaining saw mill sites which today is Memorial Park. Fortunately, most of Loma Mar and the surrounding areas along the Coastside are now preserved for all to enjoy for generations to come.
My grandfather was born and raised in Loma Mar and he built ‘The Cottage’ in the 1940’s on the same property as his parents, my great grandparents. The house was a weekend getaway for family and friends. My grandfather loved the area so much that he wanted my dad and aunt to experience it like he did as a boy. Well, I guess it rubbed off because when my parents got married, they lived in The Cottage while building the house I grew up in on the same property! (A generational theme going on here, huh?)
After my parents were married, they inherited The Cottage and had it rented with various tenants from the early 1980’s until 2011. After the last tenet left in 2011, my parents and I decided to be a little adventurous and turn the house into a vacation rental – which I didn’t know what that was! I had a lot to learn…
We spent a year renovating the exterior and interior of the house, making it in our vision of what a fabulous vacation spot should be. Then on June 15, 2012 the doors at The Cottage officially opened. We didn’t know if people would want to come all the way out to Loma Mar – or even know where that was! I don’t think my parents and I ever imagined how many wonderful guests would visit in the coming years. And, from all over the world! It’s so gratifying to think that the house was originally built for good times with family and friends. And, those memories continue to live on like it was always meant to be. We hope you come on over and create some memories too!
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8 oxen pulling a redwood tree out of the forest
The second girl in from the right is my great grandmother
My grandparents on their honeymoon in 1939
This photo is from March 2011 and the last renter is now gone.
March 2011. The backyard. Unfortunately, our renter really let things go, yes?
August 2011. Now everything is cleared. Building the fence that wraps around the house, installing flagstone, fire pit, horseshoe area...
The waterfall is in, testing it and no hot tub. That didn't go in until the very end.
No landscaping either. We had lots to keep us busy for the months ahead! The early part of 2012 was devoted to the inside of the house. New appliances, counter tops, a fresh coat of paint in each room, furniture, beds and all the stuff that makes a house feel like a home. I never took any pictures of that, but you get the idea.
Backyard, October 2012. Much improved from the photo in 2011!