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one morning in Santa Cruz?

Hi!

My hubby and I will be driving from the LA area to Redding, Ca. next week and need to spend the night somewhere on the way.

I've never been to Santa Cruz, and even though we'd be getting in after dark, I was thinking we'd at least have the morning for a few hours to poke around before heading back on the road.

Any local breakfast joints you could recommend?

Is there a main town area with fun shops?

Also do you know if there are any places that sell salt water taffy?

Any "must sees"... view points, etc.

Thanks so much!

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1. Re: one morning in Santa Cruz?

For breakfast you can try the Silver Spur on 2650 Soquel Dr in Santa Cruz. Not fancy but always busy with people waiting out the door. If you'll be here Sunday morning you should try brunch at the Shadowbrook restaurant in Capitola. Beautiful location and brunch is reasonable considering the caliber of the restaurant.

Don't know where to find taffy, but I can recommend a good candy shop that makes it's chocolates and other goodies on the premises - MacKenzies Chocolates at 1492 Soquel Ave x Fredrick St.

For fun shops go to Pacific Ave, downtown Santa Cruz.

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2. Re: one morning in Santa Cruz?

Other thoughts for breakfast: for vegetarian, tofu scramble or pancakes try Dharma's in Capitola at Capitola RD x 42nd Ave. For great pastries try the Buttery at the corner of Soquel Ave x Branciforte Ave.

A must see would be the Boardwalk and Wharf area or drive a few block north to West Cliff Dr for expansive ocean views.

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3. Re: one morning in Santa Cruz?

Here we go.

I would suggest this for staying the night.

…bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do…

We just put up some friends here this weekend. (we are in temporary quarters waiting for a new abode to be finished.) It is two blocks from what you asked for...."a main town area with fun shops". Pacific Avenue.

I had never experienced the lodging before, but it has a lovely lobby with an atrium skylight and our friends said they had a very nice spacious room. The rate was very reasonable.

Pacific Avenue is the main pretty tree-lined street with boutiques and bookstores and more coffee houses and more sidewalk restaurants than I can count.

I would suggest Hoffman's Bakery Cafe for breakfast...near the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cathcart Street. (The Silver Spur is a favorite but it requires you to drive out of town to almost Soquel)

Ah, salt water taffy. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has a shop where you can watch the machine pulling taffy. Unfortunately, the Boardwalk will probably not be operating where you are here. But, on Pacific Avenue, there is an offshoot of one of the Boardwalk candy/ice cream stores....Marinis's, where I am almost sure you can get salt water taffy.

Must sees are to drive down to the Municipal Wharf and find the large colony of sea lions who swim and bark and sleep on top of each other on one of the boat landings. And then look back to the view of the Boardwalk with its beautiful 1906 Casino Building.

Then turn left when you leave the Wharf and drive a short distance on West Cliff Drive until you see a miniature lighthouse. This is Lighthouse Point and the lighthouse is a surfer museum. Park, and check it out and then look over the cliff where you will probably see some incredibly good surfers doing their thing.

For great views of the Monterey Bay, drive up Bay Street to the campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz. Bay Street becomes Cooolidge Drive at the entrance of the University and there are parking turnouts on the side of the road partway up.

The University itself is worth a drive-through. 2500 acres of redwoods and meadows, which was a former ranch and quarry for limestone. The quarries and the limestone kilns and the worker's cabins, and the carriage house, etc. are preserved and those which are useful are being used as administrative buildings and venues for graduations, etc.

There is also an arboratum which focuses on antipodal fauna, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and is lovely to wander through.

You might want to consider more than a "morning" ....but whatever time you have.

It's a special place.

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4. Re: one morning in Santa Cruz?

Thanks for the advise everyone!

Puter, thanks for the link... However, I already got sorted at the Super 8 East which is very close to the Best Western.

Funny... on TA it says the average price for the Super 8 East was over 200 bucks, but I called anyway because the Super 8 motels are known to be "cheapies". Sure enough, it was only 79 dollars for a basic room for two! Good enough for a place to crash for one night! :-)

Thanks again!

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5. Re: one morning in Santa Cruz?

Please give me the address of the Super 8 you have a reservation for. I only know of two in town and they are in bad locations. And neither call themselves Super 8 East, and neither have ever had rates of $200.

There may be one on upper Ocean Street which would be fine, but I want to be sure you are not down in the drug dealing area of lower Ocean Street.

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