Sunset Inn

2424 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, California, 95060, United States
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Packing List

by sarasue

A big back-pack is best! Everything from a raincoat to a bathing suit. Most days it may drizzle of rain during the winter and it can be a bit chilly since the rain and weather is really wet. However in the spring and summer it may start out with a fog and burn off by mid afternoon.

Visit the town of Davenport

by trvlrtom

About 10 minutes north of Santa Cruz is the cute little town of Davenport. This is a good stop on the coast route, or a destination in itself from Santa Cruz. There are wonderful coast views from the ocean side of hwy 1. Walk through the stands of trees, but be careful of the high cliffs to the rocky waters below.

There isn't a lot to do in the town itself. There are a two or three places to get food, including the Davenport Cash Store Roadhouse, where you can have a good meal and look at the eclectic gift items for sale.

There is a tiny jail in the town; it's closed, but a minor point of historic interest. Davenport has a cement plant, which was the economic mainstay of the town for years, but no longer functions. Now it is about tourism.

UC Santa Cruz

by atufft

This is one of 10 campuses of the University of California system, which collectively are easily the most productive research universities in the world. UC Santa Cruz is one of the new campuses, being created in 1965 when the prevailing philosophy of avante education was oriented toward minimizing the standard method of grading in an effort to maximize creative learning output. Since then, the campus has had to confront the reality of students leaving and facing frustrations with transcripts elsewhere in the world of academia, and so now grades are awarded. The university is clear productive world leader in physics, genetics, and molecular biology, but is also owner of the Grateful Dead archives, a collection of papers and music that both scholars and stoners can study for years to come. The campus mascot is the yellow banana slug, a slimy creature found in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The 2,000 acre campus location was a contribution from a rancher in the area, but much of it is being restored to a natural landscape that surrounds the relatively small system of colleges. There are many activites and exhibits on this campus, but see the public website for more details.


by karenincalifornia about Oswald

This tiny restaurant serves fabulous French bistro fare - and it could be one of the best in Santa Cruz. It is tucked into a side walkway off Pacific Avenue, near the mural on my intro page. Service was excellent and the wine list had some unusual wines - not the standard Kendall Jackson and Rodney Strong. There were a number of German wines on the list, and the sommelier was very helpful in selecting a good Gewurztraminer. My husband had Coho salmon with a creative sauce ("random stuff" as my 15-year old daughter would call it) that had some unidentified ingredients - I thought they were pumpkin seeds. But whatever it was, it worked. I had a fresh heirloom tomato salad and a scrumptious eggplant and cheese napoleon with a marinara sauce. For dessert I ordered an excellent blackberry, peach and white nectarine cobbler - minus the blackberry seeds (nice touch) - plus a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. All excellent!

Schwan Lakes

by atufft

Twin Lakes Beach is actually named after Schwan Lagoon, which are now in the process of being restored to something of a freshwater wetland area. For a long time, railroad and automobile causeways blocked the flow of water into and out of the Schwan Lagoon, which are named for the original property owner of the area. During the 60's and 70's, the lagoon would dry up in summer, and become a stinky mess other times of year as storm drains from the city flow into it. Recently, the state and city have collaborated to restore the wetland aspect, although these are now freshwater lakes stabilized by a small dam, not brackish water of the original habitat. See the web link for an article about this place, which is popular for local fishing.


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