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June 02, 2015

Connect with Nature

Ocean breezes and redwood treed trails are hard to miss on a visit to Santa Cruz County. They’re at just about at every turn and locals and visitors couldn’t be happier. Check out these three hotels spread throughout the county that will have nature knocking at your door. BEST WESTERN SEACLIFF INN Best Western Plus Seacliff Inn Located in Aptos, Best Western Seacliff Inn is just a few minutes south of Santa Cruz and Capitola. Explore south county’s expansive beaches, miles of forested trails, and quaint countryside (with wineglass in hand). Spend the day at the ever popular Seacliff State Beach - which is within walking distance of the hotel of course - and take in the waves and wildlife. Continue your best beach hunt and visit the more secluded gems of Manresa, Sunset & Palm State Beaches. Photo by @amandammarino Seacliff State Beach - Photo by @amandammarino Look inland and you’ll find the Forest of Nisene Marks, a state park with 30 miles of trails through undeveloped second-growth redwood forest. After your hike through the woods, hop on the Corralitos Wine Trail - a collection of family owned wineries dotted along the country roads as you travel through redwood trees, apple orchards, olive groves and flower farms. Nicholson Vineyard from Brand USA Shoot Nicholson Vineyard from Brand USA Shoot And after all that exploring, post up poolside, grab a drink from the bar, and enjoy all the comforts of your vacation at Seacliff Inn. MISSION INN Mission Inn Located on the Westside of Santa Cruz, Mission Inn is just a hop away from the heart of Downtown Santa Cruz, while being at the gateway of north county’s rugged coast. West Cliff Drive, home of the famed Natural Bridges State Beach, is just minutes away. Drive up Highway 1 and Wilder Ranch, Ano Nuevo, Waddell Beach and numerous other picturesque beaches can be found. Wilder Ranch State Park - Photo by @dforshner Wilder Ranch State Park - Photo by @dforshner Mission Inn is just down the hill from the UC Santa Cruz campus where some amazing trails can be found among redwoods and grassed mountains. While you’re up there, take in the tip-top vistas of Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay. View from UCSC - Photo by @shoheiburns View from UCSC - Photo by @shoheiburns Wine-down after your north coast adventures and do some urban wine and craft beer tasting at Swift Street Courtyard. Enjoy dinner and drinks and walk back to the Spanish-style oasis at Mission Inn. The hot tub and comfy accommodations will be calling your name. HOTEL PARADOX Hotel Paradox Entry - Photo by Garrick Ramirez Hotel Paradox Entry - Photo by Garrick Ramirez From the moment you step into Hotel Paradox, you'll immediately feel a connection with nature. The hotel models its design and decor after an urban forest set within a beach town. So in case you thought you were just visiting the beach, the woodsy accents will remind you that vast redwood forests also make up this beautiful county. Photo by Garrick Ramirez Photo by Garrick Ramirez Centrally located in town, Hotel Paradox makes any outdoorsy adventure just a short drive away. Hop on Highway 9 and shoot up to Henry Cowell or Big Basin State Parks for miles and miles of trails through old-growth redwood forests. Head down Ocean Street and hit the Boardwalk, wharf, and surrounding beaches. Go north or south on Highway 1 and the coast will be right out your window. Connect with Nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Connect with Nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park After a day of hiking, biking or beach basking, relax in the extreme comforts of Hotel Paradox. Enjoy the pool deck with the outdoor bar and dining, cabanas available for rent, jacuzzi and outdoor fire pit. This winning combination is sure to be the perfect nightcap to a perfect Santa Cruz day. Paradox


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