HistoryHistory

Small town charm, warm heart, big fun!

In the 1860’s, almost 50 years before the Davenport Roadhouse at the Cash Store was built, the town of Davenport was founded by Captain John Davenport, a whaler from the East coast. Davenport watched the whales pass close to shore and decided this was a good place to start a whaling business to capitalize on the great demand for lamp oil. Soon after he built a pier, a small town grew up around his lucrative business.

The Santa Cruz Portland Cement Company started operation in 1906, and then the two first stores in town were built: the Cash Store, a classic, old-time general store, and next door, a public bath house which later became a bar and dance hall, then a dentist’s office and finally a residence. As the cement plan hired more workers, the population of Davenport grew. In the 1960’s and 70’s a thriving artist community developed.

In 1977, at 1 Davenport Ave. construction was completed on the New Davenport Cash Store. Built on the site of the original Cash Store which burned down in 1953, it housed the owner’s pottery school with apartments above for the students. Over time it evolved into a cozy restaurant with eight ocean view rooms above. At 31 Davenport Ave next door, the public bath house was converted into a private home and eventually into a charming bed and breakfast inn.

In 1998 after the Trust for Public Land purchased 7,000 acres of land that had been owned by the Coast Dairies and Land Company, the Davenport Cash Store found itself in the middle of miles of beautiful, open coastal space. Parcels are now being transferred to government agencies to preserve the land and make 407 acres of land stretching from Santa Cruz to Davenport and Scotts Creek open to the public for all to enjoy.

In 2006, the Cash Store was acquired and renovated by a family of friends with diverse talents but a common vision: to create a unique destination that reflects the warm expression of the beauty, agricultural bounty and artisanship of Davenport and the Santa Cruz Mountain region. Today, the Davenport Roadhouse at the Cash Store is a restaurant, inn of 12 rooms (eight are available and four are undergoing rennovation), a store featuring local handcrafted artisan creations and a center of activities for guests and the local community. We are a beacon for travelers from near and far looking to make a quick stop for a delicious to-go meal or picnic, or for others staying a while to get back to nature and enjoy healthy and hearty food — all enjoyed at their own pace.

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Wine ClubRoadhouse Wine Tours

Throughout the summer we will be offering public and private wine tours of the Santa Cruz Mountains by local tour company Santa Cruz Experience.  A great addition to any vacation or special event, don't miss this opportunity taste some of the best wine California has to offer!

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Enjoy an on-site massage at the Roadhouse.  More information.

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