We enjoyed our weekend in the Santa Cruz mountains. We loved visiting Henry Cowell and Big Basin first thing in the morning and Santa Cruz in the afternoon. Each location is only about a 20-25 min drive from the house, which is great if you would like a variety of scenery between redwoods and the beach.
Lolly was very responsive and helpful in getting us set up for the trip and answering questions. We really appreciated her responsiveness.
A few things that I think would make the experience better for the next time - the dishwasher was full when we arrived, so we had to empty it. Would be great to have that done before we get there as that isn't the first thing you want to do on vacation. The sponge for washing dishes was also used, so just replacing the sponge between visitors. There was also a used razor in the shower, which should be removed before new guests arrive. The backyard and deck could also use a quick refresh between guests - hosing off the deck, wiping down the furniture and arranging the cushions would go a long way in making it feel more welcoming and put together.
Check out instructions ask that the guest remove sheets and start the wash, wash the dishes and put them away. If possible to have a cleaning crew that can do these few things, rather than the guests, I think that also goes quite a way in making it a more enjoyable experience, particularly for those last few hours of vacation.
Overall we enjoyed our stay and appreciated Lolly sharing her home with us.