What's New in Santa Cruz: Top 5 New Places to Stay & Eat
The sun is shining, school is out, and the sunscreen is being applied: Summer 2016 is here! Santa Cruz is ready for visitors this season with five new – and renovated - places to stay and eat this summer:
Chaminade Resort & Spa
Santa Cruz's Chaminade Resort & Spa recently completed an extensive $7.9 million remodel of all 156 guest rooms. The historic, Mission-style property now features an eclectic style reflective of Santa Cruz’s bohemian community, taking inspiration from the city's railroad industry, vintage technology and vibrant arts and culture scene. Each room features antique refrigerators and authentic abacus headboards, while reclaimed wood and artwork honor the local artisan culture. Tranquil meditation alcoves in select rooms are available for guests who routinely practice mindfulness and well-being when traveling. Each nook boasts premium tailored meditation cushions and pillows situated by windows or sliding glass doors offering picturesque views of eucalyptus trees and the natural landscape.
The Hotel Paradox: An Autograph Collection by Marriott Hotel
Celebrating the redwood forests surrounding Santa Cruz, The Hotel Paradox is now part of Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of independent properties. The Autograph Collection Hotels brand features properties that embrace their locale through refined design, thoughtful amenities and stand-out service. Located in the heart of Santa Cruz near the downtown’s iconic Pacific Avenue, the property was recently renovated, with an open floor plan in its Solaire Restaurant + Bar, new guestroom furniture, and additional fire pits and updated cabanas surrounding its pool. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a front desk made from a reclaimed eucalyptus tree.Guestrooms feature natural forest elements in the décor, including wooden stump tables, reclaimed wood paneling, and river rock shower floors with rain showerheads. Solaire Restaurant + Bar features local and sustainable menu items, such as fresh-caught seafood and a variety of seasonal dishes, set in an atmosphere featuring a multi-angled ceiling adorned with backlit trees and blue sky. As part of the Autograph Collection, The Hotel Paradox offers more value for guests through enhanced services and access to the worldwide Marriott Rewards network.
New Hotel on Santa Cruz’s Westside
Welcome home! A new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is the first hotel travelers headed to Santa Cruz on Highway 1 will encounter. The 82-room hotel features standard rooms and suites, with private balconies and scenic views. Located within walking distance to Natural Bridges State Beach, the hip and lively Swift Street Courtyard, tasting rooms and restaurants, and the pedestrian-friendly West Cliff Drive, the Fairfield Inn also features elegant glass exterior walls, and an outdoor patio with a fire pit. A pool, 24-hour business center, free parking and Wi-Fi round out the amenities.
Soif Restaurant and Wine Bar Unveils Renovations
Soif Restaurant and Wine Bar in Downtown Santa Cruz has reopened following an extensive renovation. The thee-part renovation included the kitchen, the retail shop, and the bar area. The new kitchen nearly doubled in size, with direct views into the chef’s preparation area. An expanded retail wine shop created a larger space connected to the main dining room. The wine inventory emphasizes small, family-run domains that employ organic practices as well as hard-to-find and lesser-known wines from around the world. Soif’s new bar area features wine, local craft beer, and wine-based cocktails (think Spanish Rebujito with yuzu juice and cucumber or Chimera with fresh pluots and aperitif wine) — plus the full dining menu during the restaurant’s normal operating hours.
The Cremer House Opens as Newest – and Oldest – Restaurant in Felton
Expanding her love of farm-fresh food and craft beer, Emily Thomas of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing has opened The Cremer House, in the San Lorenzo Valley. Lovingly restoring the 1874 vintage building - the oldest in downtown Felton – The Cremer House features a main bar created from 18th century barn wood and vintage light fixtures, preserving the integrity and honoring the history of the space. The eatery offers 25 rotating taps of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing suds and other beers, and 10 kegs of local wine. Behind the bar is a giant copper kettle with 25 brass taps, showcasing seven Santa Cruz Mountain beers and 13 other rotating craft beers, cider and kombucha. Menu items include “comfort food” options like fried chicken, black kale salad, bison meatballs, apple cider donuts, and hopcorn – sweet flint popcorn tossed with hop-infused oil and parmesan.