I have been invited to a family event (100th birthday) in Santa Cruz on Saturday, August 17th. In doing brief research, I realize traveling to Santa Cruz on a weekend in August is equivalent to visiting Phoenix in season - ridiculously expensive! Originally I figured on flying in to Monterey and staying there, but it's Car Week - not an option. So, next option is to fly into San Jose and drive down from there.
Is it possible to find an affordable place to stay, NOT near the beach or boardwalk. The celebration is being help at Chaminade (but at $300 a nite, I really don't want to stay there.)
I usually try to stay at Marriott, but the only close property is the Fairfield Inn Capitola at a whopping $309 per night. Not looking for luxury, but don't want a total dump either.
Any and all suggestions appreciated.