Lillian’s Italian Kitchen
A family-owned restaurant that has been a staple in the city for almost a decade. Lillian’s offers traditional Sicilian recipes and a warm ambiance.
1148 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 831.423.5590 web site
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Set along one of the few boardwalks left on the West Coast, this park has free admission. A half-mile-long concrete boardwalk parallels a gorgeous beach and ocean. Visitors pay per use for the adult and kiddie rides and can freely peruse arcade games, fast-food stands, and souvenir shops. Major rides include the Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster (built in 1924 and now a National Historic Landmark) and the Logger’s Revenge flume ride, but no one wants to miss the old-fashioned carousel that features 70 hand-carved horses and a rare ring toss.
400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831.423.5590 web site
Dream Inn, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz’s only beachfront hotel, Monterey Bay sunsets from your private balcony, surfing and paddle-boarding on world-famous Cowell Beach, easy access to historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and University of California Santa Cruz. A boutique hotel featuring 165 guest rooms with thoughtful amenities like iPod docking stations and refrigerators, free WiFi and rainfall showers. Only a playful hop, skip, and a jump away from Santa Cruz’s adored 100-year old wharf, historic Boardwalk, and picturesque West Cliff Drive. Located just a short walk or drive away from some Central California’s most cherished state parks. Explore the forests of Big Basin and Nisene Marks. Adventure in the meadows of Pogonip or Wilder Ranch. Discover endless beauty along the beachside bluffs up Highway 1.
175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 844.510.1746 web site