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November 23, 2016

FOR RELEASE: WILDLIFE WATCHING SEASON KICKS OFF WITH SANTA CRUZ COUNTY HOTEL SPECIALS IN SECOND ANNUAL WINTER PROMOTION

November 18, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        
Contact:  Christina Glynn
Phone: 831.425.1234 ext.112

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA – The winter season marks the start of the wildlife watching season on the California coast.  Citing fewer crowds, amazing hotel deals and some of the most spectacular natural activity in Santa Cruz County, the winter months bring with them opportunities to see wildlife come alive.  From the majestic migration of whales, wintering monarch butterflies, guided tours of an elephant seal breeding ground, and seasonal activity of a variety of birds, there is plenty to see this December and January for enthusiastic nature lovers.  Now it’s easier than ever to plan a winter wildlife watching getaway in Santa Cruz County.  Stay at a vacation rental property, a hotel, or a bed and breakfast inn and enjoy everything the wildlife season has to offer.  Visit Santa Cruz County (VSCC) is inviting visitors to experience this annual event with lodging discounts.  A free 52-page Wildlife Watching Guide produced by Visit Santa Cruz County can help navigate your way to wildlife hotspots and can be ordered online at www.visitsantacruz.org.

Beginning Thursday, December 1, 2016 through Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the Winter Wildlife Watching Getaway Promotion features hotels, B&Bs, and vacation rental properties offering guests an array of savings.  Blackout dates and other terms, conditions, and restrictions apply. Based on availability. Ask about any other restrictions when making your reservation. 

Visitors are encouraged to share their wildlife experiences on social media, using the hashtag #SCWhales or #SCWildlife. 

Beach House Rentals
Book a 2-night stay with us stay a 3rd night for FREE!  Offer applies to select availability.  Mention the "Winter Wildlife Getaway Special" when calling for availability and booking.  
Tel: (800) 330-2979
www.Beach-HouseRentals.com
 
Best Western Seacliff Inn
Stay two nights for the price of 1, Sunday through Thursday.  Call to book reservation.  Not valid with any other special offers. Not valid on holiday weekends, holidays or special events. Not applicable to group bookings. 
Tel:  (800) 367-2003
http://www.seacliffinn.com/

Capitola Hotel
Receive 25% off a 2-night weekday stay.  Call and request discount with code: WWGS25%.  Valid for weekday stays only.  Hotel stay must be booked and used by January 31, 2017.  
Tel: (877) 705-7377
http://www.capitolahotel.com/

Carousel Beach Inn
Enjoy 20% off your next stay at the family-friendly Carousel Beach Inn!  Use promotional code W16 when booking.
Tel: (831) 425-7090
http://carousel-beach-inn.com/

Chaminade Resort & Spa
Let Chaminade Resort & Spa show you a WHALE of a good time!   Santa Cruz Winter Savings, with rates starting at just $199.  . Package starts at $199 for room with one king bed, other room types are based on availability and increase in package price. Other restrictions apply. Offer subject to change at any time. 
Package includes the following every night of your stay: 
- Overnight Accommodations 
- $50 Resort Credit - For Spa or Food & Beverage 
- Breakfast for Two in the Sunset Restaurant 
- Two Glasses of House Wine in Linwood's Bar & Grill 
- 10% Off Select Spa Treatments 

Tel:  (800) 283-6569
www.chaminade.com

Fairview Manor Bed & Breakfast
Stay 2 nights and receive a third night on us! Daily room rate is $169++. Stay must include a Friday or Saturday night stay. Offer valid from December 28, 2016 through January 31, 2017. Mention the "Visit" promotion when making your reservation.  Cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to arrival. Any dietary restrictions need to be advised 5 days prior to arrival.  Reservation must be made directly with Fairview Manor and must include either a Friday or Saturday night stay.  Guest is responsible for the $1.75 TMD assessment on the third night.

Tel:  (831) 336-3355
www.FairviewManor.com 

Hotel Paradox
In honor of our winter wildlife visitors, the Hotel Paradox is offering a Winter Wildlife Package!  Offer valid Tuesday, November 1, 2016 – Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  A portion of the room rate will be donated to a Santa Cruz-based native wildlife animal rescue organization. 

- Save 15% off room rates with a minimum 2-night stay 
- Save 10% off food & beverage

Tel: (855) 425-7200
www.hotelparadox.com

Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Stay 3 nights for the price of 2 including weekends, or stay 2 nights and receive 25% off a Sunday through Thursday stay.  Mention the "Winter Wildlife Getaway Special" when calling for availability and booking.  Reservations must be made in advance and are non –refundable, and non-cancellable.  

Phone Number: (831) 423-7737
Website: http://www.hojosantacruz.com

Inn at Pasatiempo
Book a Friday or Saturday night stay at our standard rate and receive 50% off your second night. Overnight guests qualify for a 10% discount per person on any Sanctuary cruises whale watching tour.  Two night stay required, 48 hour cancellation policy. 

Tel:  (831) 423-5000
www.innatpasatiempo.com

Ramada Limited Santa Cruz
Stay 3 nights for the price of 2 including weekends, or stay 2 nights and receive 25% off a Sunday through Thursday stay.  Mention the "Winter Wildlife Getaway Special" when calling for availability and booking.  Reservations must be made in advance and are non –refundable, and non-cancellable.  

Tel: (831) 426-6111
www.ramadasantacruzca.com

West Cliff Inn
Stay one night and receive the second night free.  ’Second Night Free’ is valid Sunday through Thursday 12/4/16-1/29/17.  
Special includes:
- Choice of guestroom at West Cliff Inn 
- Full breakfast buffet each morning 
- Afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres 
- Complimentary cookies 

Valid for stays Sunday through Thursday.

Tel: (800) 979-0910 
www.westcliffinn.com 

For more information about wildlife watching opportunities this winter, or to order your free Wildlife Watching Guide, see www.visitsantacruz.org or call 800.833.3494.