Davenport



OUR LOCATION

Whale City is located in the tiny coastal town of Davenport, 10 minutes north of Santa Cruz, nestled between California State Parks, scenic beaches, Redwood hiking trails, organic farms, and artisan shops. The restaurant is located directly across the cliffs above Davenport Beach, which offers some of the best views of the Pacific Ocean on your journey down the historic and breathtaking Pacific Coast Highway.

DAVENPORT

Once a small, thriving whaling town, Davenport was first settled in the late 1800s by Captain John P. Davenport. The ranches and farms followed soon after. With Italian, Portuguese, Greek, and Latino roots, many descendants of the original Davenport families still reside here to this day, along with a community of artists, farmers, and small town lovers. You can still see examples of Davenport's varied history in landmarks such as the Davenport Jail, St. Vincent DePaul Church built entirely from local Davenport cement, the remaining local dairies and farm buildings, and the old railroad tracks that weave along the coastline. Today, locals meet daily at Whale City to enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and expansive sea views.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Costanoa Lodge
Davenport Roadhouse
Pescadero Creek Inn

ATTRACTIONS

Roaring Camp Railroad
Beach Boardwalk
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Santa Cruz Mission
Monterey Bay Aquarium

LOCAL BUSINESSES

Alta Organic Coffee
La Sireña Antiques
Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room
Beauregard Vineyard
Meeks Honey (The honey we use in all our homemade pastries)
American Abalone Farms
Bonny Doon Farm
Rodoni Farms
Fambrini Farms
Big Creek Lumber
Polar Bear Ice Cream
Pacific School
Swanton Berry Farms
Lundberg Studios
Santa Cruz Scrumpy Cider
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Swanton Pacific Ranch
Slowcoast Airstream

PARKS & BEACHES

Año Nuevo
Bean Hollow
Big Basin Redwoods
Butano
Davenport Beaches
Henry Cowell Redwoods
Pigeon Point Lighthouse Station
Rancho Del Oso
Wilder Ranch

SEASONAL FUN

SPRING

Cinco De Mayo: Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Davenport Resource Center featuring traditional dance, music, and food.

Grey Whale calves and mothers travel through the Monterey Bay approximately January-May

Humpback Whales feed in the Monterey Bay approximately April-December

Elephant Seals at Año Nuevo: The best time to tour this famous beach and state park is December-March, during breeding season. Book your tours early!

Al Smith Day: Join Cal Poly Swanton Pacific Ranch in celebrating this local legend with BBQ, train rides, and live music. Typically late April or early May.

SUMMER

Apple Picking: Cal Poly San Louis Obispo's U-Pick Apple Orchard is open late summer through fall. The orchard is located 15 minutes north of Whale City and offers certified organic apples.

Strawberry and Olallieberry Picking: Swanton Berry Farms provides U-Pick berry picking throughout the late spring and summer.

Boon Doon Art & Wine Festival: Hosted annually in the early summer, enjoy local food wines, and brews from the Santa Cruz Mountains.

FALL

Cal Poly Day: The last Sunday of September offers the chance to tour Swanton Pacific Ranch, ride the train, and view roping and axe-throwing demonstrations.

Open Studios Weekend Tours: Tour local artist's studios and watch them work over the weekends in October.

Pumpkin Picking: Travel north on Hwy 1 from Santa Cruz in October and you'll pass a number of large pumpkin patches. Remember a sweater and warm up at Whale City with a pumpkin spice latte after your fun!

WINTER

Swanton Artisans Fair: Local artists and craftsman gather at Swanton Berry Farm the first weekend of  December to sell handmade goods such as; wreaths, soaps, jewelry, and Christmas cards.

Christmas Tree Farms: A number of Christmas tree farms open in late November and are located north and south of the restaurant from Bonny Doon to Half Moon Bay.

Grey Whale calves and mothers travel through the Monterey Bay approximately January-May

Humpback Whales feed in the Monterey Bay approximately April-December

Elephant Seals at Año Nuevo: The best time to tour this famous beach and state park is December-March, during breeding season. Book your tours early!