Last night, a fire broke out at the historical Brookdale Lodge in the San Lorenzo Valley of the Santa Cruz Mtns. Fortunately, crews were still on hand for the Lockheed Fire. It did not destroy the Lodge or the Restaurant, but was confined to the apts. in the back where staff lived. I love that place, although it has seen better days. I’ve always described her as a grand old dame. I have stayed there a number of times, always enjoying the locals bar and the restaurant. In the article below, it says a new owner took over in 2007. I have not been there in the last few years, so perhaps his intention to restore her has brought back some of her former glory. The history of the place is fascinating, and the creek running through the Bavarian-like Restaurant is sweet.
The article, including photographs, in the Santa Cruz Sentinel can be found here: Brookdale Lodge Fire Article
Here is just one of the Sentinel photographs:
You might wonder why I am reporting on this. I consider SLO and SC my neighbors. I have a love of old historical buildings, like the Brookdale Lodge. I love that place. That’s three reasons.