By Louise Rafkin
Attention surfer dudes and dudettes: want to check the waves from your private balcony? Maybe even from the comfort of your luxury king bed?
And be the first on Santa Cruz’s morning swell? Get yourself beachside to Santa Cruz’s Dream Inn.
Under the management of the Joie de Vivre hotels, all rooms at the Dream Inn sport views of the town, boardwalk, and, on clear days, clear across Monterey Bay. Sure there’s the great surf outside, but inside, modern rooms with mid-century modern furniture, i-pod docking and high-end linens underscore the cool vibe.With an outdoor pool and a Jacuzzi steps from the sand, there’s not much reason to leave the grounds. A swank poolside set-up, with comfy couches, towel and bar service with cool cocktails is as good as it gets. But a carnival-like Boardwalk, a downtown mall, and many restaurant choices are well within walking distance. Too much effort? Room service fare is reasonably priced and tasty.Santa’s Cruz’s surrounding beauty provides venues for all flavors of biking, hiking, and sea kayaking. Wine aficionado’s can head to the hills for a less crowded and more laid-back Napa-lite experience. And a meal that rivals any found in foodie San Francisco can be had at The Cellar Door at Bonny Doon Vineyard.
The Dream Inn is reasonably priced, with value both inside and out. A luxury hotel in a fabulous location is a fabulous combination. Check the Internet for special package rates that include fun extras and free add-ons.
- Santa Cruz Dream Inn
- 175 West Cliff Drive
- Santa Cruz, CA 95060
- Reservations: 866.744 7735
- Fax 831.427.2025
Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com.