beautiful waterfront dining
I did not put this in the restaurant section, because this is a tip on dining in general in Capitola. Particularly on Esplanade street, there is a great selection of dining options right on the waterfront. Spectacular views and great food. This area seems to have a more of a party vibe than anywhere else in the village. There are about five restaurants back to back, right on the water, with some bar & grilles squeezed in between.
Capitola is overflowing with creative people.
the sorrounding hills ,
the santa cruz mountains, and the monterey
bay provide an ever charging
panorama just begging for an artistic interpretation.
capitola's galleries are filled with colorful
sea and landscapes.
SALLY BOOKMAN, the gallerie
109 capitola av. 831 464 3838
MANY HANDS GALLERIE
510 bay av. 831 475 2500
202 cap.av. 602 550 0231
The first quarter
The first quarter released in 2005 honors California, and is the 31st in the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters® Program. California was admitted into the Union on September 9, 1850, becoming our Nation’s 31st State. Nicknamed the "Golden State," California’s quarter depicts naturalist and conservationist John Muir admiring Yosemite Valley’s monolithic granite headwall known as "Half Dome" and also contains a soaring California condor. The coin bears the inscriptions "California," "John Muir," "Yosemite Valley" and "1850."
In 1849, the year before California gained statehood, the family of 11-year-old John Muir emigrated from Scotland to the United States, settling in Wisconsin. In 1868, at the age of 30, Muir sailed up the West Coast and landed in San Francisco. He made his home in the Yosemite Valley, describing the Sierra Nevada Mountains as "the Range of Light… the most divinely beautiful of all the mountain chains I have seen." He devoted the rest of his life to the conservation of natural beauty, publishing more than 300 articles and 10 books that expanded his naturalist philosophy.
The 20-member California State Quarter Commission was formed to solicit design concepts from California citizens and to review all submissions. The Commission forwarded 20 design concepts to Governor Gray Davis’s office for further consideration. From these, five were chosen as finalists and sent for final review to the United States Mint. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger chose the final selection from this group of five. The four other design concepts considered included "Waves and Sun," "Gold Miner," "Golden Gate Bridge," and the "Giant Sequoia" design. The Department of Treasury approved the "John Muir/Yosemite Valley" design on April 15, 2004.
View of part of Esplanade (where the shops/restaurants) are fronting the beach, the channel that kids can play in and part of the beach. The actual ocean is to the left of the picture and is not seen in this photo.
What a great find. Sometimes it just takes a bit of nudging to see just what "is in your back yard."
A couple weeks ago we bought a picture at an art fair. When my wife showed it so a colleague, he said, that was taken from a restaurant in Capitola.
DUH....74 miles southwest.
So, as we drove to breakfast in Danville, I suggested that this would be a great day for a drive. My wife agreed; we picked up coffee and hit the road.
Top down, sun about 80 degrees, ti was a great trip. But the town awaited....
Like any ocean side town in California, "The Beach" is "The Place" to be on a hot sunny afternoon.
This one differs a bit as there are a number of artists that set up their displays at the edge near a little park at the far right of the photo.
The park has public restrooms and showers to add to the convenience.