Crave the energy of Tahoe without the necessary tow and snow? Escape to the San Lorenzo Valley. The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to this Valley, a logging industry center of California back when the 49ers were not yet a football team. It is reminiscent of our favorite small snow bunny towns—minus the need for regular plows. That smell of redwoods taller than football fields and unaltered air, the wind whispering through the coastal trees...it's one of the best kept secrets in California.