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October 29, 2018

Winter Wildlife Getaway – Lodging DISCOUNTS for 2018-2019

Photo courtesy of Lisa Fay Larson

The winter season marks the start of the best wildlife watching on the California coast and Santa Cruz County is no exception! Migrating whales, fluttering monarchs, active elephant seals, and birding galore, make the winter months the perfect time for a Santa Cruz vacation set around incredible wildlife viewing. And to top it off, there are some amazing hotel deals that will make your winter getaway even better!

Photo courtesy of Brad R Lewis

See the lodging specials below at some of Santa Cruz County’s most scenic and sought after properties and start planning your Winter Wildlife Getaway! And be sure to order a free 52-page Wildlife Watching Guide that will help you find your way to the area’s best wildlife hotspots!

Seacliff Inn Pool – Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Stay two nights and get the third night FREE! (Sunday through Thursday)
Phone: 831-688-7300 / Toll Free: 800-367-2003
Terms and Conditions: Subject to availability. Not Valid on Holidays and Weekends. Valid through January 31, 2019.

Capitola Venetian Hotel – Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Book two nights at the regular rate and get a third night in the same room for free. Use Promo code WWG when reserving.
Phone: 831-476-6471 / Toll Free: 800-332-2780
Terms and Conditions: This special is not available during holiday periods: November 18 – November 23 or December 20 – December 31. The third night cannot be a Friday or Saturday. Cannot be combined with any other discount or special.

Chaminade Resort and Spa – Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Enjoy overnight accommodations for two; breakfast for two guests in the Sunset Restaurant; two glasses of complimentary wine in Linwood’s Bar and Grill; 10% off spa menu and $25 Resort Credit (for Spa or food and beverage).
Phone: 831-475-5600 / Toll Free: 800-283-6569
Restrictions, Exclusions, Terms and Conditions: Enter Access Code: WWP when booking or click on link to book directly. Offer based on availability. Package starts at $189 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. Resort fee and taxes additional.

Dream Inn Santa Cruz – Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Dreaming of a screamin’ good deal? Here it is! Enjoy 15% off our Best Available Rate with a 3 night stay, plus a daily $25 food and beverage credit!
Package Includes:
15% off Best Available Rate on a three-night stay
Daily $25 credit towards food and beverage (excluding alcohol)
Phone: 831-426-4330 / Toll Free: 844-291-9681
Terms and Conditions: Rates are subject to taxes and fees and a three night minimum length of stay is required. Blackout dates may apply. Daily food and beverage credit applies to each paid night only and does not roll over each day.

Stay at the Hyatt Place Santa Cruz and enjoy 50% off room rates Sunday through Thursday during December and January! Use code WINT when booking online or when calling for a reservation.
Phone: 831-226-2300 / Toll Free: 800-233-1234
Terms and Conditions: Minimum 2 night stay. Please note: hotel offers valet parking only at $15/day.

Pajaro Dunes Resort – Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Pajaro Dunes is offering 20% off 2-night stays on select properties! Or enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2 any day of the week, or 4 nights for the price of two by checking in on a Monday and select from one and two-bedroom beach level condos.
Phone: 831-728-7400 / Toll Free: 800-564-1771
Terms and Conditions: Specials not valid over major holidays. Promotional rates available on select properties.

Stay three nights for the price of two!
Phone: 831-688-3207
Terms and Conditions: Subject to availability. Not Valid on Holidays and Weekends. Valid through January 31, 2019.

Stay one night at the West Cliff Inn, and receive your second night for free. Enjoy a Four Sisters Inns celebrated breakfast buffet, afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres.
$269, King Guest Room (reg. $538 for two nights)
$299, Deluxe King Guest Room (reg. $598 for two nights)
$319, Deluxe King Spa Guest Room (reg. $638 for two nights)
$349, Superior King Spa Guest Room (reg. $698 for two nights)
Phone: 831-457-2200 / Toll Free: 800-979-0910
Restrictions, Exclusions, Terms and Conditions: “Second Night Free” is based on availability, is not valid during holidays and special event periods, and blackout dates may apply. Must mention this package at time of reservation. Excludes certain room types. First night must be booked at full regular rate to receive the second night free and nights must be in consecutive order. This is not offered nor bookable on other travel sites. This special qualifies for one point towards the Frequent Sleeper Passport program. Valid Sunday through Thursday, October 28, 2018 through March 28, 2019.


Blackout dates and other terms, conditions, and restrictions apply. Based on availability. Ask about any other restrictions when making your reservation.*

Share your wildlife experiences on social media, using the hashtag #SCWhales or #SCWildlife! For more information about wildlife watching opportunities this winter, or to order your free Wildlife Watching Guide, see or call 800.833.3494.