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Producer/engineer/composer Allen Clapp has worked with major-label acts as well as bands making their very first album, helping shape sounds and giving focus and direction to ideas. His work has been licensed by Coca Cola, Target, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, and Samsung.

Clapp began his recording career with just a Tascam Porta-One cassette four-track recorder, a Roland Space Echo, and a Radio Shack tie-clip microphone in the early 1990s. Using whatever spaces were available to him—a church fellowship hall, a VW microbus, a tiny bedroom—he recorded his first collection of songs, “One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain” for the Bus Stop Label.

A few years later, he and his wife Jill Pries formed The Orange Peels with help from longtime friend Larry Winther (the Mummies) and crack session musician Bob Vickers (Cerebral Corps.). The band used their recording budget from the Quattro label in Japan to build their first 16-track studio in a mid-century modern Eichler Home in the heart of Silicon Valley.

After recording a dozen albums for various artists in the original Mystery Lawn Studio, Allen and Jill decided it was time to leave the city and set up shop in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. In the spring of 2014, they moved to a funky 1970s hexagonal house on two acres on a mountaintop in Boulder Creek, CA, and built v2 of the studio in the lower level.

Now called Mystery Lawn Mountain, the space offers an undisturbed, retreat setting where creativity is easy to access and the distractions of the outside world are minimized. If you’re visiting or recording here, please take a look around and explore some nearby restaurants, watering holes and unique attractions.

Restaurants

9 Burger
The Red Pearl
Taqueria Los Amigos
Scopazzi’s
Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub
Old Mountain Inn
Fosters Freeze

Outdoors

Big Basin State Park
Henry Cowell State Park: Lime Kilns trail
Long Ridge Open Space Preserve
Miller Property County Park
Little Basin

Coastal

Davenport Beach
Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room in Davenport
Whale City Bakery
Davenport Roadhouse

Wineries

Big Basin Vineyards
Byington Vineyard
Beauregard Winery
David Bruce Winery
Hallcrest Vineyards
Savannah-Channelle
Picchetti Winery
Ridge Vineyards
Saratoga tasting rooms

Watering Holes

Boulder Creek Brewery Outpost
Joe’s Bar
Tyrolean Inn
Henflings
Cremer House

Swimming Holes

Yep, we got ’em.

Attractions

Roaring Camp
Bigfoot Museum
Mystery Spot
San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk