This past weekend was Daniel’s birthday so we headed out of town to the small seaside village of Capitola in Santa Cruz. We wanted to break our usual routine of going to the Napa Valley, but only had Saturday and Sunday so our destination needed to be relatively close to home.
I grew up camping in Santa Cruz with my family and in high school I spent many weekends visiting my brother in college there. Capitola has always been my favorite area of Santa Cruz. The village is tiny, but filled with friendly people, cute shops and good food. It was such a relaxing 24 hours, I can’t wait for our next trip back!
Capitola Wharf: On Sunday morning we woke up early and walked down the pier to get breakfast. Wharf House restaurant is filled with funky fishermen decor and has a sprawling view of the Pacific Ocean. It was the best morning I’ve had in a while. Eating pancakes, drinking coffee and whale watching is not a bad way to wake up.
Capitola City Beach: We had great weather while we were there. I could feel a hint of Summer coming on, which was very exciting! While we didn’t take time to lay out at the beach, we walked around the famed Capitola Venetian Hotel or as I call it, the “rainbow houses”. The color combinations look like something out of a Spongebob episode.
Capitola Hotel: We stayed at the Capitola Hotel because of its proximity to everything in town. We ended up parking upon arrival and didn’t have to drive again until we left. The staff was extremely friendly and it was great to be able to walk across the street and get cocktails before going to dinner at Shadowbrook.